ACCEPTANCE AND REJECTION IN 1913
Having devoted most of their energies to the national campaign in 1912, Hiram Johnson and his advisers turned their complete attention the following year to state matters. Originally their reform goals had been three: "turn out the railroad villains," "purify" the administration of governmental affairs, and "democratize" the political system. Such a general program had offended few people and had received enthusiastic endorsement by a large majority of the state's citizens. In fact, the great strength of the reform movement of 1910-1911 was due to the relatively uncontroversial nature of its "ideology" and to its consequent broad appeal.1
Yet even before the end of the legislative session of 1911 Arthur J. Pillsbury, an editor of the California Outlook who was later appointed to Johnson's new Industrial Accident Commission, had counseled caution. Writing under the byline "The Watchman," he had advised the Johnson
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Publication information: Book title: California's Prodigal Sons:Hiram Johnson and the Progressives, 1911-1917. Contributors: Spencer C. Olin - Author. Publisher: University of California Press. Place of publication: Berkeley, CA. Publication year: 1968. Page number: 70.