Unequal Representation

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Rural Political Power vs. Urban Needs

Need of Cities to Seek Federal Assistances

Major american cities will look to the federal government again in 1959 to help them solve problems in which the state legislatures, dominated by members from rural areas, have shown little interest. The cities may get a readier response from the 86th Congress than they have had from its immediate predecessors. If predicted increases in Democratic majorities in House and Senate materialize, they may be expected to weaken the informal coalition of Republicans and southern Democrats, whose members have regularly opposed direct federal-local tie-ups, and give freer rein to northern Democrats inclined to favor federal aid of various kinds to municipalities.1

Politics aside, it is probable that the nation's cities will find it increasingly ...

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