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Special Assignment (1982 Cong. Elec. and Reapportionment) #72788

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 22, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Possible impact of reapportionment on 1982 congress elecs. examined; Representatives Floyd Fithian, Marge Roukema, Jim Wright and Robert Edgar cited as exs. Theory behind reapportionment, involving United States census, explained; 1812 revision of Essex Cnty. by Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry with concept of gerrymandering resulting recalled. Word defined on screen. Similar efforts of California in 1961 and 1971 by New York recalled; Representative John Rousselot mentioned. Republican national committee 's current efforts to gain majority noted. [Committee spokesperson Maxene FERNSTROM - acknowledges importance of reapportionment.] Democrat loss in IN and Fithian's probable fate outlined. [FITHIAN - comments.] [IN Republican chairperson Bruce MELCHERT - wants incumbent Democrats removed.] Shift of national population described; New York and Florida said largest loser and winner, respectively. Details outlined on screen; Representative Phillip Burton's efforts in California to keep Democrats in office mentioned. [ROUSSELOT - comments.] Reapportionment's influence on national pols. considered.
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

Reynolds, Frank;
Sherr, Lynn

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