Progressive victories

Progressive victories - Political, economic and social Most...

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Most progressives agreed with the need to break the power of political machines The most corrupt cities had systems with officials who controlled hiring/budget/police of specific precincts – so if the party controlled that person they controlled that area of the city One alternative to machine politics was the city commission system instituted in Galveston, Texas, after a hurricane destroyed the city. By centering power in the hands of a few business-oriented , at-large managers, Galveston developed an efficient city government.
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Within 20 years, more than 500 other cities adopted a commissioner system. Another 158 cities adopted a city-manager system in which the city council hired a professional to manage the daily affairs of the city. Other reforms to city government included a reduction in the number of padded contracts that ward bosses could hand out, tightening of bloated government payrolls, and changes in election procedures that allowed for nonpartisan elections.
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In Wisconsin, Governor “Fighting Bob” La Follette and his supporters attacked the power of bosses and instituted reforms that made government more responsive to the people. Reforms included the direct primary, initiative, referendum, and recall. Other states under progressive leadership instituted similar reforms.
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In 1902 the Oregon Constitution was amended to allow for the initiative, referendum, referral and recall Initiative – a matter is placed before the voters after a petition
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