Alabama: A Loss of Population

Like its sister states in the Deep South, Alabama sends only Democrats to the U.S. Congress—and keeps them there for a long while. The state's nine Representatives average 15 years on Capitol Hill, and their seniority gives them considerable power and influence. But as of last week that seniority seemed threatened by the Alabama state legislature, after a session wild enough to be worthy of a Congolese nominating convention.

Alabama's population is decreasing, and it was the legislature's painful duty to reapportion the state into eight congressional districts instead of nine. Legislators from the industrial areas of north Alabama argued...

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