National Affairs: Balance Tipped

By an odd twist of Senate cloakroom politics, two far-apart issues—Negroes' civil rights in the South and federal power policies in the Northwest—got linked together on Capitol Hill last week, with surprising results.

Public-power and private-power advocates have quarreled and quibbled for a decade over whether the Federal Government should 1) build a power dam in mile-deep Hells Canyon on the Northwest's Snake River, or 2) let the privately owned Idaho Power Co. do the job. The issue seemed settled last year when the Senate scotched, 51 to 41, a Democratic bill authorizing a federal Hells Canyon dam costing upwards of $300...

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