Texas big winner in reapportionment sweepstakes

posted at 12:25 pm on December 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The results are in from the 2010 Census, and the GOP looks like a big winner in reapportionment.  Texas gets the best deal by far, picking up four seats, while almost every other state gaining is a Republican-leaning state in national elections.  Almost every state that lost a seat goes blue in presidential contests:

Texas gained four House seats and Florida picked up two, while New York and Ohio each lost two seats in the new census count. …

Other winners included Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington. They each gained one seat.

States losing one seat each were Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Losing two seats out of New York and Ohio is more like a wash.  While Obama won Ohio in 2008, it is normally considered a Republican state.  It went Republican in statewide elections in 2010.  Obama also won Florida in 2008, but that will almost certainly flip back to the GOP after Democrats got trounced in statewide elections there, too, in November.

Otherwise, this is a nightmare for Democrats, especially in Texas.  Not only do Republicans control the state government in advance of redistricting, they enjoy a large enough advantage now to push through any kind of redistricting they want.  They will restructure the state’s districts to further entrench Republican power, and that gives the GOP an even greater boost in 2012.  Given the large gains made by the GOP in statehouses in the midterms, it puts the Democrats squarely on the defense for reapportionment in many states.

The only states that diverge from this are losses in Louisiana and Missouri for the Republicans, and gains in Washington for the Democrats. Republicans will still have to flip more states than Florida and Ohio to beat Obama in 2012, but Democrats will have to defend a lot more territory thanks to the Electoral College gains in this census reapportionment.


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Hell, it’s gonna be in the 80s today. Winter is definitely not monotonous around here. Lately, the most out-of-state plates I see (in Plano and surrounding areas) are from Illinois.

Ward Cleaver on December 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I’ve also seen a bunch recently from CA–definitely an uptick in the CA natives moving here. I also see alot of MI plates, but suspect that’s because I particularly notice them because I lived there.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

2012

All of this talk of the presidential and congressional elections of 2012 is well and good, but they aren’t coming for almost two years. We have less than a year left before three gubernatorial elections.

Who are we running against Steve Beshear in Kentucky? Does Bobby Jindal have any credible Democratic opponents in Louisiana? Who will step up to replace term-limited Haley Barbour in Mississippi?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

I wonder if the dems will flee again.

Vera on December 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM

If you’re referring to the way they $hit in their own beds & then complain about the mess, then I guess you’d be right on the ball.
That’s all these worms do.
They screw up their home place, then complain it sucks (bcs they’ve made it that way), then move to a Conservative have, then proceed to screw it up.
I have been ahead of this tide for a while now.
I have fled to ND, but we may soon be in trouble.
Now I’m stuck bcs I married a rancher.
I’m digging in my heels on this one.

Jdripper on December 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Far as I know ND is usually always GOP for POTUS.
ND’s are mostly Consvtv.
But bcs of the huge self flagellating Catholic population, they tend to vote for ‘compassion’ by going Dem on some stuff.
I have voted for some Dems here before bcs they are common sense Dems.
Perhaps Dorgan & Conrad started out that way.
I can respect Dorgan for one thing: He has never failed to forget where he came from,Regent ND, very small town.
‘Course his mom lived there (not sure if she’s passed away).
National politics it semms is so corrupt it can take a good man & turn him bad (course he had to be a little rotten in the 1st place).

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

All you Yankees and Californians are welcome in Texas as long as you leave the politics of your state IN your state and don’t bring’em here! Pro-business, free market,low tax policies and individual freedom is what made Texas desirable in the first place. Don’t mess with Texas!

cartooner on December 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

I’m from Washington and I believe our redistricting is handled by a “non-partisan” panel. So even though Democrats control the state, they theoretically shouldn’t be able to do much to help themselves with their gain of one seat here.

American Elephant on December 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

And from what I hear, many Californians are moving to TX.They ruined WA & OR, CO & ID & MT.
Don’t worry Texas (my expat state) you’re next.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Don’t forget Florida. 20-30 years ago FL was a sleepy Southern state. That’s before 1.2 of NY and NJ moved there.

angryed on December 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I’m from Washington and I believe our redistricting is handled by a “non-partisan” panel. So even though Democrats control the state, they theoretically shouldn’t be able to do much to help themselves with their gain of one seat here.

American Elephant on December 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

HA HA HA. You’re funny. Non-partisan – like centrist and moderate – means leftard.

angryed on December 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Population = 308,000,000
House members = 435
308,000,000/435 = residents per member = 708,000
Conservative number of illegal aliens = 12,000,000
12,000,000/708,000 = members controlled by illegal aliens = 17

jaime on December 21, 2010 at 1:22 PM

That city life sucks the common sense out of many people.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

As opposed, of course, to the salt-of-the-earth, Good Country People rural life that is greatly subsidized by those same emotional, irrational city slickers you so deride.

BTW, North Dakota gained people, for once.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Congratulations Texas, I had the privilege of living in your fine state from Jan.1980 until Sept. 1983, the first thing we did was get rid of our snowbird plates.

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

We managed to survive the “yellow tags” that migrated south in the 1970′s. There were so many NY and PA yellow license tags that came here for work. We’d always hear “that’s not how we did it up north”, and we’d reply, “then go back”. At least most of them were able to assimilate to the Texas culture. I hope we don’t get as screwed up as Colorado and Washington state. Those California morons flee their state and then vote in the same crap that is killing California.

Hopefully they’ll all move to Austin, which is already 90 square miles surrounded by reality.

golfer1 on December 21, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Who are we running against Steve Beshear in Kentucky? Does Bobby Jindal have any credible Democratic opponents in Louisiana? Who will step up to replace term-limited Haley Barbour in Mississippi?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Don’t know about LA or MS, but in Kentucky we have a great GOP ticket of State Senate Majority Leader Dave Williams and Agriculture Commissioner (and former Kentucky basketball hero) Richie Farmer. There are other candidates, but Williams and Farmer are probably the strongest ticket the GOP could run.

rockmom on December 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Non-partisan – like centrist and moderate – means leftard.

angryed on December 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

There’s that liberal reality bias again…

Or could it be that you’re just a flaming wingnut?

Dark-Star on December 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Two of my new neighbors are California refugees,(one is a minor Hollywood person)and the others are all very dependably Democrat. If the GOP can prise Austin out of their grip, I’d be very happy.

Fortunata on December 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

OT:

7.4 quake off Japan. Tsunami alert issued.

A 7.4 is BIG.

Yoop on December 21, 2010 at 1:28 PM

angryed on December 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

The GOP has supermajorities in FL and basically control the state now, much different than what happened to your NV, which is no longer a libertarian state.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 1:28 PM

From the lefties we NOW hear, “America doesnt want partisan gerrymandering” and “Lets get rid of the electoral college”. Hah!

canditaylor68 on December 21, 2010 at 1:32 PM

OT:

7.4 quake off Japan. Tsunami alert issued.

A 7.4 is BIG.

Yoop on December 21, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Yoop:Thanks for the heads:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I’m from Washington and I believe our redistricting is handled by a “non-partisan” panel. So even though Democrats control the state, they theoretically shouldn’t be able to do much to help themselves with their gain of one seat here.

American Elephant on December 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

A conservative in Washington state? Oh vey, that’s gotta suck. I’ll pray for you :)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a sanity-filled Happy New Year!

Branch Rickey on December 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Yoop:Thanks for the heads:)

Oops,forgot the ups part!

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

MeanWhile………..from da Left point of view!
=======================================================

Census Allocates 6 More Crazy Members of Congress To Florida, Texas
—————

http://wonkette.com/

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM

The republican majority got larger in the State side when two dems flipped to Republican after the November elections…that does give us a super-majority now…

golfer1 on December 21, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I’ll be moving a republican vote from California to Texas. California is lost and I want a future.

trigon on December 21, 2010 at 1:14 PM

When you get here, and folks find out you’re not a native Texan, just remember this phrase… “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!”

You can top that saying off with a healthy “sigh of relief” and the native Texans won’t string you up.

Try not to refer to California as California when you talk about where you came from. Use either “the left coast” or “The land of fruits and nuts” and native Texans will understand.

Texas slang ain’t too hard to pick up either.

“Over yonder” – a couple miles up the road.
“A fer piece” – 30 miles or more up the road.
“Fittin’a” – I’m preparing to do something.
“Larepin’” – Damn good, so good you wanna lick the plate.
“Coke” – Good for Pepsi, any soda really. But if you want a Dr. Pepper, its “Dr. Pepper”.
“Outsider” – You. You’ll hear this in the form of “Yer an outsider ain’t ya”? It means you’ve used Cali slang too much like “dude!” or “totally” or “Gnarly”.

There your primmer.

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Does Bobby Jindal have any credible Democratic opponents in Louisiana? Who will step up to replace term-limited Haley Barbour in Mississippi?

Inquiring minds would like to know.

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 1:16 PM

There’s no serious challenger to Jindal from the left in Louisiana.

The Dems in the state have been in total disarray since Katrina, as they can no longer rely on the machine vote in New Orleans to power their way to victory in the state as a whole.

That’s partly why Mitch Landrieu, brother of Sen. Mary Landrieu, left his position as Lt. Governor to become Mayor of New Orleans.

teke184 on December 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Dingell’s seat lost the most population, so if I understand it right he should lose that seat. Isn’t that how it works by population?

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

That’s the theory. In practice, it depends on how much pull that particular Congresscritter and his constituency have within either the state legislature or the courts.

In Louisiana, I’m not sure where the least amount of gain was, but the actual lost seat will likely be LA-3 because LA-2, in New Orleans, is a minority-majority district and LA-3 has the Congressman with the least seniority out of the remaining six districts.

teke184 on December 21, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Comeback twit’s twit downplays, of course.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Don’t know about LA or MS, but in Kentucky we have a great GOP ticket of State Senate Majority Leader Dave Williams and Agriculture Commissioner (and former Kentucky basketball hero) Richie Farmer. There are other candidates, but Williams and Farmer are probably the strongest ticket the GOP could run.

rockmom on December 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Have you seen anything that makes you think Beshear is vulnerable? I recall reading something about a third party candidate potentially syphoning off some of his votes.

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I’m a proud Texan! Everyone else bow down!

conservador on December 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM

That’s partly why Mitch Landrieu, brother of Sen. Mary Landrieu, left his position as Lt. Governor to become Mayor of New Orleans.

teke184 on December 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM

To rebuild the Dem machine, or to sit it out until Jindal’s out of the picture?

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM

To rebuild the Dem machine, or to sit it out until Jindal’s out of the picture?

steebo77 on December 21, 2010 at 1:49 PM

To keep from being unemployed, IMHO.

New Orleans, besides being his family’s stronghold for years, is one of the few major parts of the state where a Dem can be reliably elected.

In addition, there was little security in his current position because the Lt. Governor office is in danger of being abolished.

teke184 on December 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM

MeanWhile………..from da Left point of view!
===========================================

Census Allocates 6 More Crazy Members of Congress To Florida, Texas
—————

http://wonkette.com/

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I hope those added reps will be “crazy” as the lefty’s worst nightmares are. Welcome to our world for the last few years wonkers.

canditaylor68 on December 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

As opposed, of course, to the salt-of-the-earth, Good Country People rural life that is greatly subsidized by those same emotional, irrational city slickers you so deride.

BTW, North Dakota gained people, for once.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Notice, my knee-jerk ignorant friend that I did not include ALL city people.
And you can suck my you know what bcs this girl is not subsidized by your a$$.
There are a lot of rural people who are not personally subsidized by you a$$hats.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

They always bring their econut, lib thinking with them when they relocate. That’s why the west has been getting blue or mauve. Montana’s Rs just retook the state legislature and hope to regain the gov mansion. Tester already has 3 or 4 opponents in ’12. We can get our state back.

Kissmygrits on December 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM

A conservative in Washington state? Oh vey, that’s gotta suck. I’ll pray for you :)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a sanity-filled Happy New Year!

Branch Rickey on December 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Well to be fair, as a former resident, it is the W of the mountains major cities that are mostly effed up.
E of the mountains is mostly good people.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

And you can suck my you know what bcs this girl is not subsidized by your a$$.
There are a lot of rural people who are not personally subsidized by you a$$hats.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I can feel the christian LUV!!! LOL

such piety, such holiness!! LOL

right4life on December 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Well to be fair, as a former resident, it is the W of the mountains major cities that are mostly effed up.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

such christian compassion!! LOL

right4life on December 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Well to be fair, as a former resident, it is the W of the mountains major cities that are mostly effed up.
E of the mountains is mostly good people.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

So the closer you get to the Left coast, the more hairbrained liberal you get then ey?

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 2:17 PM

such christian compassion!! LOL

right4life on December 21, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Droning cry of Darwinist in 3..2..1..

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

such piety, such holiness!! LOL

right4life on December 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

You’re so fond of this saying, I’ll relate here:
Pot, meet kettle.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Droning cry of Darwinist in 3..2..1..

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM

in this case hypocrite will do

right4life on December 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

You’re so fond of this saying, I’ll relate here:
Pot, meet kettle.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…but in this case its inappropriate.

you really are a foul-mouthed ‘lady’ (I use that last word very loosely)

I do find it amusing that you are the first to throw stones…

right4life on December 21, 2010 at 2:21 PM

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

excellent

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Get back to me on whether or not you’re subsidized when all that Bakken oil money helps make North Dakota a net donor state to the Feds. Otherwise, a lot of your neighbors are living off this city slicker.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM
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I hope those added reps will be “crazy” as the lefty’s worst nightmares are. Welcome to our world for the last few years wonkers.

canditaylor68 on December 21, 2010 at 1:58 PM

canditaylor68:And I agree,hehe!:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Don’t leave out these key Texas words: “fixinta”, “ustacould” and dijaeat?”

And, oh yeah, we’ve decided it’s okay to speak Spanglish as long as you do it with a Texas accent to make the undocumented visitors cringe some. Es todo bu-eno.

itsacookbook on December 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM

The Washington State add serves as a good example. While the state has gotten more liberal, and they keep trying to get more money from the “evil rich,” the lack of income tax there is as sacrosanct as the lack of a sales tax is in Oregon, where I live. A lot of Californians and Oregonians sick of ever increasing income taxes moved to Washington to avoid them.

People that can move (the “evil rich”) move to where the tax climate is best. Thus Washington is in there with Texas, who also benefited from the flight from Katrina that left Lousiana down a rep.

Commie libs know this, that’s why they are trying to put so much former state responsibility at the federal level and increase taxes there. They mistakenly believe the “evil rich” won’t next move to a different country when they tax it into oblivion . . .

PastorJon on December 21, 2010 at 2:44 PM

How much of Texas’ growth is Americans voting with their feet versus Mexicans seeking refuge?

When/where will we find state by state numbers?

DrewVT6 on December 21, 2010 at 3:49 PM

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 1:39 PM

My friend moved to Texas. The phrase that took him the longest to figure out was: “Whatchyou know good?” or something along those lines.

strictnein on December 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Commie libs know this, that’s why they are trying to put so much former state responsibility at the federal level and increase taxes there. They mistakenly believe the “evil rich” won’t next move to a different country when they tax it into oblivion . . .

Look at where the super rich Scandinavians, British and Germans end up. The used to all flock to Florida, now they head to Dubai or Thailand, etc.

DrewVT6 on December 21, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Draw a line from north to south in Texas along U.S. 83, and everything to the east is what’s gaining population. Outside of the outlying areas of the bigger cities in West Texas, that half of the state’s actually lost population in the past decade, so the new Congressional districts will be skewered towards Central and East Texas, mainly in the “Texas Triangle” created by I-35, I-45 and I-10.

Which means when the four new seats are drawn up, at least one will probably go Democratic, since it will be the designated minority-dominated district either centered around Dallas or Houston (though as the District 23 results in the San Antonio area showed in November, you can draw a Texas district under Supreme Court guidelines to be majority Hispanic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to have a Democratic representative in Washington under the right conditions, because Texas Hispanic voters tend to be more conservative than their California counterparts, who are influenced there by the overall welfare state mentality).

jon1979 on December 21, 2010 at 4:09 PM

And now we know why a South Texas State Representative, Aaron Pena, switched from a D to a R last week. He gets to help create the new district he will run for.

lonestar1 on December 21, 2010 at 4:20 PM

all those new latino voters … white voters basically static … wonder whom they will be voting for …

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Draw a line from north to south in Texas along U.S. 83, and everything to the east is what’s gaining population. Outside of the outlying areas of the bigger cities in West Texas, that half of the state’s actually lost population in the past decade, so the new Congressional districts will be skewered towards Central and East Texas, mainly in the “Texas Triangle” created by I-35, I-45 and I-10.

Which means when the four new seats are drawn up, at least one will probably go Democratic, since it will be the designated minority-dominated district either centered around Dallas or Houston (though as the District 23 results in the San Antonio area showed in November, you can draw a Texas district under Supreme Court guidelines to be majority Hispanic, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to have a Democratic representative in Washington under the right conditions, because Texas Hispanic voters tend to be more conservative than their California counterparts, who are influenced there by the overall welfare state mentality).

jon1979 on December 21, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Might actually be 2 of the 4. The northern suburbs of Dallas were roughly 60-40% GOP in the last Presidential election. That’s down from roughly 80-20% GOP in 2000. I’m not saying the northern suburbs will flip in the next four years, but I can see it happening in eight if the GOP overreach or screw up this time around.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Why the assumption that Louisiana will lose a Republican seat? 6 of the 7 current Rep’s are Republican.

The Senate is 51% Democrats, but the House is about 53% Republicans and the Governor is a Republican and has veto power over the redistricting.

Redteam on December 21, 2010 at 5:21 PM

but … without the Hammer around before he takes up residence in some nice 8X10 room, who will take care of the reorganization to make sure it “turns out right”?

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Why the assumption that Louisiana will lose a Republican seat? 6 of the 7 current Rep’s are Republican.

The Senate is 51% Democrats, but the House is about 53% Republicans and the Governor is a Republican and has veto power over the redistricting.

Redteam on December 21, 2010 at 5:21 PM

The New Orleans sit is VRA-proof, i.e., they have to keep it for black representation or the DOJ sues. That means one of the other remaining LA seats, which are all GOP, will have to go.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 6:01 PM

but … without the Hammer around before he takes up residence in some nice 8X10 room, who will take care of the reorganization to make sure it “turns out right”?

Monkei on December 21, 2010 at 5:34 PM

I’d guess my Congressman Pete Sessions…
As for DeLay, why do you think they sent him up the river in the first place? As punishment for redistricting TX after it was severely gerrymandered by the Democrats after Reconstruction up until 2000.
(Tom’s innocent and I want to help get him off!)

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

I’d guess my Congressman Pete Sessions…
As for DeLay, why do you think they sent him up the river in the first place? As punishment for redistricting TX after it was severely gerrymandered by the Democrats after Reconstruction up until 2000.
(Tom’s innocent and I want to help get him off!)

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Try convincing the jury that convicted him.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 6:13 PM

Maybe we can get some of those Texas school textbooks to talk about the merits of capitalism and individual liberty vs. a statist government based on redistribution of wealth.

frode on December 21, 2010 at 6:24 PM

In celebration of all the new Texans:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQoXnz3h_FE

gary4205 on December 21, 2010 at 6:31 PM

BTW, the fun thing to watch in Texas will be the democrats in our legislature.

The last time, when there was more of em, and it was time for redistricting the democrats, I KID YOU NOT, all got on buses and hid out in Oklahoma!

They figured if the refused to show up, it wouldn’t get done. Didn’t quite work out that way.

Now Republicans have a super majority. This should even be more fun!

gary4205 on December 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I would ask that my area gets one of the new seats, but I’m OK without it. We got rid of Ciro the Zero. That licker of Pelosi’s boots needed to be shown the door after his first term.

john1schn on December 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM

My friend moved to Texas. The phrase that took him the longest to figure out was: “Whatchyou know good?” or something along those lines.

strictnein on December 21, 2010 at 3:50 PM

It basicly means “Hey, gimme some good news padna!”

Typical answer should be.. “Cold beer”.

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 8:37 PM

The last time, when there was more of em, and it was time for redistricting the democrats, I KID YOU NOT, all got on buses and hid out in Oklahoma!

They figured if the refused to show up, it wouldn’t get done. Didn’t quite work out that way.

Now Republicans have a super majority. This should even be more fun!

gary4205 on December 21, 2010 at 6:41 PM

That stunt made me beyond furious when it happened. I could not believe how childish and irresponsible those supposed adults were. I worked with some Dems who were cheering them on. How typical of the Dem psyche, though – the rules never apply except when you can use them to handicap your opponent.

Austin is an irresistible magnet for incoming liberals. The city council’s activism rivals that of Berkeley. The California transplants I meet feel right at home. Sigh…

inmypajamas on December 21, 2010 at 9:03 PM

I think I’ll ring Sen. Sessions and say ok – for two years we allow all lawful immigrants, then we start background checks.

Gotta protect the Homeland…you know…Alabama

seesalrun on December 21, 2010 at 10:32 PM

Badger40, North Dakota has 3 electoral votes; there isn’t any redistricting there because you only have one Representative. 3 votes = 1 Rep + 2 Senators. The square districts you’re speaking of is in the state government.

As opposed, of course, to the salt-of-the-earth, Good Country People rural life that is greatly subsidized by those same emotional, irrational city slickers you so deride.

BTW, North Dakota gained people, for once.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Those good country people are the ones that feed the city slickers! Unless, there are cows and cornfields in 6th floor walk-ups in NYC.

rmel80 on December 22, 2010 at 1:54 AM

American Elephant on December 21, 2010 at 1:17 PM

A conservative in Washington state? Oh vey, that’s gotta suck. I’ll pray for you :)

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a sanity-filled Happy New Year!

Branch Rickey on December 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

You know, I’m getting upset with this kind of talk. IMHO, it’s not a very cordial way of greeting a conservative brother … doubting his very existence in blue states.

Cheers and Merry Christmas too to both of you … brothers/sisters/friends/countrymen!

TheAlamos on December 22, 2010 at 6:16 AM

Maybe we can finally finish off Jim Matheson in Utah… but the sucker keeps hanging on with grim determination. How he survived the Tea Party I don’t know. Maybe we can make his district all rural this time or something. :D Include his house and the rest all rural utah, which usually has two parties: The Republicans and the Constitution party.

Vanceone on December 22, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Get back to me on whether or not you’re subsidized when all that Bakken oil money helps make North Dakota a net donor state to the Feds. Otherwise, a lot of your neighbors are living off this city slicker.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

What is wrong with ND making $$ off of their oil?
Does that bother you?
And BTW-I do not control what my neighbors do.
But I do not live off of you.
And again, notice I did not call all people ‘city slickers’ or even call them that at all.
That is your label for yourself.
I merely pointed out living in the city makes people soft & forgetful of the other real part of life.
Being a ‘city’ person in of itself is not is what is shameful.
Letting the common sense get sucked out of you bcs you live there is what I have the problem with.

Badger40, North Dakota has 3 electoral votes; there isn’t any redistricting there because you only have one Representative. 3 votes = 1 Rep + 2 Senators. The square districts you’re speaking of is in the state government.

As opposed, of course, to the salt-of-the-earth, Good Country People rural life that is greatly subsidized by those same emotional, irrational city slickers you so deride.

BTW, North Dakota gained people, for once.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Those good country people are the ones that feed the city slickers! Unless, there are cows and cornfields in 6th floor walk-ups in NYC.

rmel80 on December 22, 2010 at 1:54 AM

He evidently does not understand that his federal govt subsidizes the purchase of his food in order to make it cheaper for him at the grocery store.
In that way, we are ALL living off of each other in this country bcs we mostly ALL buy food here.
As I said, common sense is lacking in a lot of people living in cities.

Badger40 on December 22, 2010 at 10:33 AM

rmel80 on December 22, 2010 at 1:54 AM

Oh & I realize the districts are for state govt.
But I don’t understand what power districts have beyond that.
Do they?
Or does just population decide how many reps you get?

Badger40 on December 22, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Sold my home in Texas to a couple from California. (married man and women) Small business owner and about as conservative as you can get. This couple said the strangle-hold the radical left has on the state was one of the main reasons they left. They were just sick of it. They also said most of there family has relocated. We been through redistricting in Texas before. The last time the dem-lib’s took Willie Nelson and a few ounces ran off to New Mex. After they got their ass handed to them they cry “Wee Wee Wee” all the way home?

try again later on December 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM

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