America at war! (1941–) – Part 3

AP to appeal membership order of court

Judges ban competition as factor in accepting newspapers

FCC decides against banning newspaper ownership of radio stations

By Charles T. Lucey, Scripps-Howard staff writer

Funeral services held for Clare Luce’s daughter

Anti-racket bill called up for early Senate hearings

Joseph Eastman of ODT to be first witness for Hobbs bill, designed to curb wartime interruptions

Labor’s change seen in draft of better law

Plea for ‘national service’ called admission of failure
By Rep. Mike Monroney (D-OK)

Travel viewed as hard work in portal area

Labor Department enters mine case before Supreme Court


Governors’ poll on soldier vote –
Dewey stands pat on New York law

Bricker to call special session of Ohio Legislature after Congress passes bill; other states plan action
By Robert Taylor, Press Washington correspondent

Washington –
Governor Thomas E. Dewey believes that New York’s soldier-vote law is adequate to assure every New York soldier a vote, and he plans no further recommendations to his legislature, but Governor John W. Bricker plans to call a special session of the Ohio Legislature when Congress passes a soldier-voting bill.

The two Republican presidential possibilities made their positions known in a poll of governors conducted by Senator Theodore F. Green (D-RI).

Mr. Dewey, replying through his secretary Paul E. Lockwood, implied that the federal government had failed to cooperate with New York’s soldier-vote program. The reply said:

The New York law for soldier voting appears to be complete and, if the U.S. government had consented, would have permitted every soldier from this state to vote in each of the last two elections.

Mr. Bricker reported that:

It is my purpose to call a session of the legislature as soon as Congress acts on this matter.

Nine other governors replied, like Mr. Dewey’s secretary, that their state laws were adequate to permit soldier voting, and that no further action was contemplated now. These states were Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

Altogether, 23 governors either consider present soldier-vote laws adequate, are waiting to see what Congress does, are considering the problem and have reached no decision, or will make legislative recommendations “if necessary.”

Two governors, John Moses of North Dakota and Lester C. Hunt of Wyoming, mentioned that they favored federal action. States in the waiting group include Delaware, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Arkansas, Idaho, Vermont and Washington.

In 16 other states, governors have made or will make recommendations to their legislatures, in regular or special session, for soldier-vote legislation. These are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma (where a referendum is planned), Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Senator Green is reporting the results of his poll to the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee, as evidence of the need for federal legislation. Congressional supporters of such action have cited cumbersome and conflicting state laws as the principal reason for a federal military ballot to assure each servicemen a vote on federal offices.


Poll: Political air of Illinois is all for Dewey

Some Willkie backer opposed to Chicago for GOP convention
By George Gallup, Director, American Institute of Public Opinion

With Chicago picked as the GOP convention city, surveys of Republican sentiment show the political climate of Illinois is more favorable to New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey than it is to Wendell Willkie.

Although Mr. Willkie declared he had no personal objection to the selection of Chicago, some of his backers were opposed to the choice. The Midwest as a whole, and Illinois in particular, is the center of Mr. Willkie’s weakness as a candidate.

The center of his strength is New England, the stamping ground of Governor William H. Wills of Vermont, who came out with a strong endorsement of Mr. Willkie early this week.

Dewey clearcut choice

The contrast between Illinois and New England is revealed in surveys by the Institute. In Illinois, the current top choice of the Republican rank and file is Governor Dewey. He receives twice as many votes as the next candidate, Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Mr. Willkie and Governor John W. Bricker are the next two choices, running about even in strength. Governor Bricker has gained in recent weeks, whereas Mr. Willkie has lost a little.

In New England, Mr. Willkie enjoys a marked advantage over all other candidates. An Institute survey covering Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont shows him receiving nearly twice as many votes as Governor Dewey. When Governor Wills endorsed Mr. Willkie, he was clearly reflecting the sentiment of this area.

More than half for Willkie

The vote follows:

Asked of Republicans: Whom would you like to see the Republican Party nominate for President?

Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont only

Willkie 55%
Dewey 29%
MacArthur 10%
Bricker 4%
Stassen 2%

A recent survey in Massachusetts likewise found Mr. Willkie leading, with a vote of 40% as compared to 30% for the next most popular candidate, Governor Dewey.

La Guardia forgives World Series stunter

Airman frozen by flak wind crawls back to man his guns

Bombardier whose sense of duty made him cripple for life named for highest award
By Douglas Werner, United Press staff writer

Small, adequate British industries may beat U.S. to post-war word market

By Henry J. Taylor, Scripps-Howard staff writer

Packard: Cervaro hills stained brown with U.S. blood

Push against Italian town takes many lives and much courage
By Reynolds Packard, United Press staff writer

Steele: Overseas Yanks in favor of national service law

Soldiers want anything that will stop strikes; believe drastic measures justified
By A. T. Steele

Roosevelt’s conferences with press drop sharply

President now meets half as often with reporters as he did before war

Washington (UP) –
President Roosevelt, who used to hold regular twice-a-week press and radio conferences, has averaged only a little better than one a week in the last year.

Wartime travel and occasional illnesses have been the principal reasons given for Mr. Roosevelt’s lessening contacts with reporters.

Continuing to “take it easy” after his recent illness on orders of his doctor, Mr. Roosevelt did not hold his press conference today. He also scheduled no Cabinet meeting, but held three appointments in his residential quarters.

For years it was the President’s custom to meet with newsmen virtually every Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning to make announcements and to submit to free-for-all questioning. These conferences were rarely cancelled and held even when he was out of town for the benefit of reporters traveling with him.

Since Pearl Harbor, however, Mr. Roosevelt has more and more missed his news conferences. Not one is held when he is out of Washington in wartime because reporters now travel with him only on exceptional occasions.

Mr. Roosevelt held only 59 press conferences in 1943, compared with 96 in 1942, 91 in 1941 and 96 in 1940, the third-term campaign year. During the 10 months he was in office in 1933, he held 83 conferences. The total since he took office on March 4, 1933, is 929.

The President has held only three news sessions since Nov. 9, shortly before he left the country for the Cairo and Tehran Conferences. He was out of the country for about five weeks and had no contact with press or radio reporters during that period. For the past two weeks, he has been ill and recovering from an attack of influenza.

He held two news conferences shortly after his return, one on Dec. 17 and again on Dec. 21, and one after Christmas, on Dec. 28, but none since.

A few days after the Dec. 28 conference, Mr. Roosevelt became ill and although he has virtually recovered and is holding a daily schedule of appointments, his physician, RAdm. Ross T. McIntire, has recommended that the President “take it easy” for a while.

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Gen. Stilwell carrying out war promise

Uncle Joe said 2 years ago he would beat Japs in Burma
By Darrell Berrigan, United Press staff writer

Editorial: Sherman said it

Edson: Labor draft may run into trouble with civic pride

By Peter Edson

Background of news –
Universal service

By Bertram Benedict, editorial research reports

Reporters are dizzy viewing style parade

Top-flight designers show dazzling array of new fashions
By Lenore Brundige, Press staff writer

William Collier Sr., aged actor, dies

I know that no one at the time knew how sick he truly was, but he is trying to lead a nation at war. He might be a little bit busy lol.

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