Nevada gained another U.S. House of Representative which brings us up to 4 House congresscritters.
From the Las Vegas Sun: Today's Census findings offer a snapshot of American migration trends, but more importantly, they determine representation in Washington.
Because of the numbers released today, 18 states will see shifts in electoral power in Congress. Ten Eastern and Midwestern states will lose House seats. Eight mostly Western states, including Nevada, will gain seats.
The announcement of a 4th Congressional District sent Nevada politicians into a tizzy.
The state Legislature will decide the boundaries of the new district and in the process redraw the lines of the state's three existing ones.
Reapportionment, as it is called, is considered the most brutally political act the Legislature undertakes. Fights between Northern and Southern interests and between Democrats and Republicans are sure to emerge. http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/nevada-wonk/2010/dec/21/census-bureau-nevada-was-fastest-growing-state-nat/
This will be an interesting event to watch, as the Democrats in the State control the Assembly and Senate. Brian Sandoval is the GOP governor and has veto power over the reapportionment.
Nationally, the Democrats probably will use seats. From Fox News: States losing seats include Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. All those states lost one seat apiece, save for New York and Ohio, which lost two each.
Texas, continuing seven consecutive decades of growth, will gain the most seats with four more House members in 2012. Florida gains two, while Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington each gain one.
With the exception of Washington, the other states gaining representatives are Red States. This will make it tougher for a Democrat to become president. It will probably make the House more conservative as well.
No wonder why President Obama wanted to take over the Census Bureau last year.
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