Saturday, January 5, 2008

When is the last time California lost a House seat and electoral vote?

The most recent analysis of population changes this decade says the Golden State could drop a seat after 2010 reapportionment. Other potential losers include New York and Ohio dropping two seats each.

The big winner? Texas could gain as many as four seats. And, with Hispanic numbers and migrancy from the north, while Texas will surely remain Red-state leaning, it’s not an Oklahoma or Kansas monolith now and will be even less so in the future.

Other projected winners are Florida and Arizona both gaining two seats. The changes would give Florida the same Congressional representation and electoral votes as New York.

Of course, if we’re lucky, as Ed Abbey knew, nature will finally win out over homo sapiens, and millions of recent migrants will be forced to move back out of Arizona, Nevada and maybe even Southern California. And, as last year’s, still ongoing, drought has shows, Georgia leaders shouldn’t get too happy about their state’s rate of population growth either.

Someday, the Ohios of the country will seem more attractive again.