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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CWforFreedom on December 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Well d*mmitt,finally good F`n news!

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

“LOL!”

-crr0

Bishop on December 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Dear Nikki Haley and the South Carolina legislature,

Please redraw racist Jim Clyburn’s district.

SouthernGent

SouthernGent on December 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Yeeee-haaaaa!

God bless the Lone Star State!

madmonkphotog on December 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Economic Indicators

http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/briefroom/BriefRm

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Keep in mind this census reflects a moving population, not the results of “breeding”.

That means the changes in population are due to liberals moving out of blue states into red states. That fact alone doesn’t change their voting habits or loyalties.

In todays political environment, its important to know who moved, not just how many.

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Another place this could have an effect

Will States Push a Constitutional Amendment That Allows Them to Overturn Federal Law ?

Under the “repeal amendment,” a federal law or regulation would be repealed if legislatures in two-thirds of the states voted in favor of doing so. The effort is being led by state lawmakers in Virginia.

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Thank you New Yawk for those two seats–from your friends in FL.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Shellacked in November

Shellacked by the Census you tried to control in the White House.

Good job, Barry.

Knucklehead on December 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

California should have lost seats too, we have one of the highest emigration rates of US citizens in the country, the only reason we didn’t is because we also have one of the highest rates of illegal immigration in the country.

joshleguern on December 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I moved from Massachusetts to Texas this year.

So I claim full credit for this good (finally) news!

Rebar on December 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Since the move occurred over the last ten years and we just had the midterms that brought GOP big gains in state houses, I think that question has already been answered.

Ed Morrissey on December 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Mean whilst…

… California has officially become a 3rd world toilet.

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM

couldn’t have said it better myself c :)

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Well, it’s at least 8 electoral votes that Obama won’t get. And an added plus – more GOP members of the House in 2012.

It’s all good.

SlaveDog on December 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I still think next to TX gaining 4 seats, the big story in this census is that California’s run of picking up seats is over and may go into reverse – especially since they decided to double-down on stupid be electing Moonbeam again. That place is going to fall apart.

forest on December 21, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I would love the Illinois district eliminated to me mine(and Knuck’s) but since the Dims control everything I suspect that it’ll be the 11th(soon-to-be Adam Kinzinger) or or my son’s district which was currently held by Phil Hare soon-to-be held by Bobby Schilling.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

..
That means the changes in population are due to liberals moving out of blue states into red states. That fact alone doesn’t change their voting habits or loyalties.
..
BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

..love to see the stats on hat assertion. I can’t imagine a bunch of California libs going to Texas to be where they can carry guns and have an (R) legislature.

The War Planner on December 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

UNfortunately IL is stil in the hands of Dems and we just made some good gains for the GOP house elections. Look for the Dems to redraw Chicago collar county districts to include a bigger slice of Cook county.

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:35 PM

What happens to states that lose seats? We are talking about congressional representation, right? When do those people get sent packing? Will it have to wait until the state re-draws the districts?

Mord on December 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

The War Planner on December 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

some of them have moved to AZ, that’s for sure…

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM

I can’t imagine a bunch of California libs going to Texas to be where they can carry guns and have an (R) legislature.

The War Planner on December 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Liberal Californians are allergic to Texas. When California libtards up and leave it’s usually to other blue states like OR, WA, CO, NV and any other loser college towns in the Northeast and Midwest.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 12:37 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on December 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Pindit speculation is that the GOP district to be eliminated will be at the southern tip of IL. My guess is the collar county districts will include more of Cook county. Take some of that 85% – 15% Dem margin in your district and put it in Kinzinger’s district, for example.

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Mord on December 21, 2010 at 12:36 PM

i would think a special election, no? or do they wait until 2012?

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Yeeee-haaaaa!

God bless the Lone Star State!

madmonkphotog on December 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm!!!

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Keep in mind this census reflects a moving population, not the results of “breeding”.

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

BobMbx:(I`m kidding),so its a Cattle Drive eh!!:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Pindit speculation is that the GOP district to be eliminated will be at the southern tip of IL. My guess is the collar county districts will include more of Cook county. Take some of that 85% – 15% Dem margin in your district and put it in Kinzinger’s district, for example.

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I would be delighted to become part of Kinzinger’s district.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

do they wait until 2012?

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM

2012, but the world ends in Dec 2012…so it really does not matter.

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Keep in mind this census reflects a moving population, not the results of “breeding”.

That means the changes in population are due to liberals moving out of blue states into red states. That fact alone doesn’t change their voting habits or loyalties.

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Well, that’s one explanation, but it’s not like blue states are entirely blue, and more than red states are entirely red.

The migration from blue to red states could be of R’s who are seeking greener (redder!) pastures, which leaves the blue state bluer and the red state redder.

I’ve got no data to support this, but if I had to guess who would be most likely to move from California (blue) to Texas (red) it’s a California Republican who’s sick of living in a liberal la-la land, not a liberal who decides Texas might be a nice place to open their new ashtanga yoga studio.

And even if they were all liberals moving, they’d be mixed into red districts in their new state. So as long as the districts were decidedly red to begin with, creating more Texas districts, even if they only win 60-40 instead of 62-38, is still good for the right.

SoRight on December 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Bush won 286 electoral votes in 2004. If the Republican nominee were to win the same states in 2012, what would that total?

aunursa on December 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

That means the changes in population are due to liberals moving out of blue states into red states. That fact alone doesn’t change their voting habits or loyalties.
..
BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM
..love to see the stats on hat assertion. I can’t imagine a bunch of California libs going to Texas to be where they can carry guns and have an (R) legislature.

The War Planner on December 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

I moved to Texas three years ago from Michigan.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:27 PM
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couldn’t have said it better myself c :)

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

cmsinaz:Egads,its been downhill since the MidTerms,
I hope,with this,its beginning to level off:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Yeah I figured that special elections could fill the new seats, but who gets to decide which representative gets sent home after a state like NY loses seats? They have both republican and democrat representatives, that should be a fun fight.

Mord on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

^^ that would be “any” more than red states are entirely red. Damn this lack of an edit function . . .

SoRight on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

i would think a special election, no? or do they wait until 2012?

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I believe the process is that the redisctricting comes first then elections are held in 2012.

I know this because in 1992 Alan Mollohan who was my (D)umbass congressman had to run against another democrat who s also a congressman but had his seat joined with Mollohan and anotehr part joined with another democrats seat.

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

I would be delighted to become part of Kinzinger’s district.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

But your fellow residents will probably reinstall Debbie Halverson.

I hope the GOP can muster a campaign in IL that tells IL citizens to look at the financial state the Dems have IL in. Is this what you want citizens of IL?????

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

great news.

and, oh BTW, this is a referendum on Obama….

tick tock.

ted c on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

The thing is, even though here in TX it’s still pretty red, Dallas (Dallas County, that is), Austin, and Houston are very blue.

Ward Cleaver on December 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Hey Texans- PLEASE split Austin up into about four districts to dilute all the hard-core libs moving from the Silicon Valley of California. Otherwise, you’re headed for the same fate as Washington and Oregon- rot from the California cancer as it metastasizes to other states and transforms them all into San Fran lite.

Also, California should have lost seats. Counting illegal aliens in the census is the only reason we held on to the seats we have. I would argue it’s not an accurate count since illegal aliens are not supposed to be allowed to vote.

NTWR on December 21, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Yeeee-haaaaa!

God bless the Lone Star State!

madmonkphotog on December 21, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Don’t get cocky. California too had 25 million people. Somewhere between that and when it reached 30 million did it completely went retard.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

but who gets to decide which representative gets sent home after a state like NY loses seats? They have both republican and democrat representatives, that should be a fun fight.

For many states its the state legistlature combined with the Governor. Others use non partisan boards to deceide. I believe in NY’s case it will be the Legislature with Cuomo having a veto over it.

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

I must admit I don’t understand this districting crap.
Here in ND, the districts are all square & represent natural boundaries.
We don’t have all of those wierdly shaped districts so many states have.
From what I understand about all of this, I just wish they would do what we’ve done in ND with common sense boundaries instead of everyone trying to scam their power.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Thank you New Yawk for those two seats–from your friends in FL.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

+1

But as BobMbx noted, let’s hope our population increase is NOT primarily blue yawyers.

ornery_independent on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Yeah I figured that special elections could fill the new seats, but who gets to decide which representative gets sent home after a state like NY loses seats? They have both republican and democrat representatives, that should be a fun fight.

Mord on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

They won’t be special elections, nor does anyone go home directly. These numbers will be used to design a whole new set of districts (some unchanged, some slightly changed, some brand new and some gone forever) which will then be competed for in the 2012 elections.

In some cases, two incumbents will find their districts combined into one and (if they are of the same party) will have to duke it out in a primary to decide who gets to seek the seat in the general.

SoRight on December 21, 2010 at 12:46 PM

2012, but the world ends in Dec 2012…so it really does not matter.

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

heh

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Don’t get cocky. California too had 25 million people. Somewhere between that and when it reached 30 million did it completely went retard.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 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

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Thanks!

Mord on December 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

Mord on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

should be fun indeed

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:47 PM

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:39 PM
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2012, but the world ends in Dec 2012…so it really does not matter.

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:41 PM

WashJeff:Yup,massive solar flare,fueled by gamma ray burst
bubbles,near the galactic centre!!

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

I hope the GOP can muster a campaign in IL that tells IL citizens to look at the financial state the Dems have IL in. Is this what you want citizens of IL?????

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

They’ll pay no attention. The idiots voted for Quinn who campaigned on raising their taxes.

Knucklehead on December 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

from your keyboard C…

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM

thanks!

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

TX is a pro-gun, pro-life, right to work state with no state income tax.
The GOP just got a super majority in the legislature.

And the mayor of Austin (one of the few Blue districts)just announced that they were scaling their “alternative energy” Greeny plan way back because it was too expensive.

TX won’t be making CA’s mistakes, I guar-an-tee.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

In Mi. that may be the 15th. congressional seat in Wayne County held by John Dingell, good riddance.

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

But your fellow residents will probably reinstall Debbie Halverson.

I hope the GOP can muster a campaign in IL that tells IL citizens to look at the financial state the Dems have IL in. Is this what you want citizens of IL?????

WashJeff on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM
you’re pro’lly right.
Let’s not forget, Illinois 2 voted in Gus Savage and Mel Reynolds.

annoyinglittletwerp on December 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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from your keyboard C…

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:48 PM

cmsinaz:There must be thousands of doomsday 2012 scenarios
out there,ugh!:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

My SIL and her husband are seriously considering retiring to Texas from California. They are sick of the insanity. Luckily, Texas is a big state and there’s plenty of room for good folks.

Extrafishy on December 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

In Mi. that may be the 15th. congressional seat in Wayne County held by John Dingell, good riddance.

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

IF there was justice it would be Dingel in MI, Frank in MA, and Rangel in NY that would lose their seats.

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM

did the fcc time this meeting so that folks would concentrate on the new census data instead of what they are planning to do?

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:52 PM

..love to see the stats on hat assertion. I can’t imagine a bunch of California libs going to Texas to be where they can carry guns and have an (R) legislature.

The War Planner on December 21, 2010 at 12:34 PM

No stats, just a general observation developed by my superior intellect. Don’t bother trying to make sense of it. I’m too smart for you.

(Good Lord…somebody must have spiked my coffee with some kool-aide…I started sounding awfully presidential there)

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

I’ve got no data to support this, but if I had to guess who would be most likely to move from California (blue) to Texas (red) it’s a California Republican who’s sick of living in a liberal la-la land, not a liberal who decides Texas might be a nice place to open their new ashtanga yoga studio.

I know quite a few libs that left when all the hi-tech jobs bailed out of California to Texas, usually Austin. My SF native, ACLU donating brother who calls me a teabagger and his family included.

NTWR on December 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM

yepper, but there is only ONE who truly knows…I’ll be ready :)

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

I moved to Texas three years ago from Michigan.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM

What took you so long? I moved to Texas (Big D) 32 years ago from Florida.

We’ve got room. Bring yer guns. Get used to the heat. Eat TexMex food and enjoy the fact that Texas has a shidtpot load of things to offer than most other states in the union.

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

http://online.barrons.com/article/SB125392413369542679.html

As taxes surge in states such as California, New York and New Jersey, more and more wealthy folks like Andrews are pulling up stakes. They’re moving from high-tax states by the hundreds of thousands each year, and laying down roots in lower-tax locales like Wyoming, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Texas.

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Keep in mind this census reflects a moving population, not the results of “breeding”.

That means the changes in population are due to liberals moving out of blue states into red states. That fact alone doesn’t change their voting habits or loyalties.

In todays political environment, its important to know who moved, not just how many.

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I’d expect it is the Conservatives that fled for the most part. That means those states that lost will turn bluer.

Tim Burton on December 21, 2010 at 12:56 PM

I’ve got no data to support this, but if I had to guess who would be most likely to move from California (blue) to Texas (red) it’s a California Republican who’s sick of living in a liberal la-la land, not a liberal who decides Texas might be a nice place to open their new ashtanga yoga studio.

I’d say that the folks who moved did it for a job. And brought whatever ideology they had with them. Making a SWAG here, but odds are good that the majority of folks moving out of CA are liberal, only because most folks in CA are liberal.

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

How in world did north arolina not gain seats?

jp on December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Luckily, we have this:

Robert Gibbs sought Monday to downplay the possibility that 2010 census results would be a boon for Republicans. “I don’t think shifting some seats from one area of the country to another necessarily marks a concern that you can’t make a politically potent argument in those new places,” he said.

The Census results are to be framed for discussion as to whether “politically potent arguments” can be made or not.

BTW, I’m downloading Whistlin’ Bob Gibbs’ “Live from The Graveyard” right now.

jamie gumm on December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 12:52 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

TX is a pro-gun, pro-life, right to work state with no state income tax.
The GOP just got a super majority in the legislature.

And the mayor of Austin (one of the few Blue districts)just announced that they were scaling their “alternative energy” Greeny plan way back because it was too expensive.

TX won’t be making CA’s mistakes, I guar-an-tee.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

California was banning racial quotas, passing prop. 187, and banning bilingual education. Back then, there was no Loretta Sanchez and the Bay Area had several Republican congressmen. That was in 1995, I would’ve laughed at the thought of Jerry Brown being our governor, again.

Apologetic California on December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Hmm… I hit “quote” it formatted as “strike” …Kismet!

jamie gumm on December 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

The weather has been better in certain places for ever. People move away from chaos and negativity, and towards order and optimism. That’s why Dems lose and Republicans gain.

RBMN on December 21, 2010 at 12:58 PM

BobMbx:(I`m kidding),so its a Cattle Drive eh!!:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Moo

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

ornery_independent on December 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM

I’m a transplant as well. I think most people moving here are very fiscally conservative, especially those from the northeast. They come for the sun, beaches, women and no income tax. That’s why at the statewide level the GOP now controls the state completely. It’s still weakly Republican at the Presidential level, but Rubio could change that.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I know quite a few libs that left when all the hi-tech jobs bailed out of California to Texas, usually Austin. My SF native, ACLU donating brother who calls me a teabagger and his family included.

NTWR on December 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

They’re like locusts.

Ward Cleaver on December 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

jp on December 21, 2010 at 12:57 PM

me too, with raleigh/durham area being one of the most popular places to live

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 21, 2010 at 12:30 PM

FL is only about 575K away from surpassing NY in population. Luckily for NY, IL can’t add 7 million more people anytime soon.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

The best thing about this is where the votes are coming from…the seats turn from blue to red.

We have a couple of Bald Eagles nesting near Redstone Country Club in Humble, Texas. We normally don’t see bald eagles in these parts, but I joked with one of my friends that they probably escaped to one of the few places in America where the would still be free…

Now if they can just redistrict my district so that I am no longer represented by Queen Sheila, I’ll be even happier…

golfer1 on December 21, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I moved to Texas three years ago from Michigan.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 12:42 PM
What took you so long? I moved to Texas (Big D) 32 years ago from Florida.

We’ve got room. Bring yer guns. Get used to the heat. Eat TexMex food and enjoy the fact that Texas has a shidtpot load of things to offer than most other states in the union.

44Magnum on December 21, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I’ve really enjoyed Texas (Big D) for the last 42 months. Especially on days like today with temps in the 70s and sunshine. I’m much more of a moderate than most of you, but I don’t find the Dallas area threatening at all. Hell, I know many more people who have moved here from MA, MI, OH and IL than native Texans.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I know quite a few libs that left when all the hi-tech jobs bailed out of California to Texas, usually Austin. My SF native, ACLU donating brother who calls me a teabagger and his family included.

NTWR on December 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Tell them this:

On the bright side, anal lube is cheaper in Texas. Not nearly as high a demand there as in CA.

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

let’s hope our population increase is NOT primarily blue yawyers.

Probably not; there is a correlation between states that topped the “10 worst states for retirees” list and those which lost congressional seats.

runner on December 21, 2010 at 1:04 PM

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Careful, you’re about to dive into a pet peeve of mine. Unless you want to be thought of as one of those conservatives for whom “There goes the neighborhood” is SOP.

BradSchwartze on December 21, 2010 at 1:04 PM

TX is a pro-gun, pro-life, right to work state with no state income tax.
The GOP just got a super majority in the legislature.

And the mayor of Austin (one of the few Blue districts)just announced that they were scaling their “alternative energy” Greeny plan way back because it was too expensive.

TX won’t be making CA’s mistakes, I guar-an-tee.

Jenfidel on December 21, 2010 at 12:50 PM

But the GOP could be making a big mistake if they overplay their hand and use their supermajority in the House to ram things through.

I wouldn’t call Texas a particularly social conservative state anymore–at least not in the major cities.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 1:05 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

For the states yes but not via congressional district. Michigan is told they must lose one seat. Michigan gets to re draw the lines. Yeah Dingel will have his district redrawn but it will probably have population added to it from another district.

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Oh look George Soros’s personal consigliere is here lying his ass off.

Inanemergencydial on December 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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Moo

BobMbx on December 21, 2010 at 12:59 PM

BobMbx:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I’ve really enjoyed Texas (Big D) for the last 42 months. Especially on days like today with temps in the 70s and sunshine. I’m much more of a moderate than most of you, but I don’t find the Dallas area threatening at all. Hell, I know many more people who have moved here from MA, MI, OH and IL than native Texans.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

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

at least not in the major cities.

Jimbo3 on December 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Very interesting that most major cities are havens for Democrats, Progressives, & Liberals,
That city life sucks the common sense out of many people.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I wonder if the dems will flee again.

Vera on December 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM

William Amos on December 21, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Thanks for the clarification.

fourdeucer on December 21, 2010 at 1:09 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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yepper, but there is only ONE who truly knows…I’ll be ready :)

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 12:54 PM

cmsinaz:So true,I’m with ya on that,gawd not another flood tho:)

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Read the map Ed. The GOP should pick up North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri all of these States went for BO. They should also get North and South Dakota as well as Montana and Wyoming. Where does BO go to get his win? If the GOP could get a backbone and take him on and stop rolling over for him every where possible he will be toast. However, START, DADT, and the never ending spending they can’t bring themselves to stop being pigs at the trough.

Jdripper on December 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

The last time we did redistricting here in TX, the Dems ran off and hid out of state. And Tom DeLay interfered. Ought to be a real circus this time.

Ward Cleaver on December 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Oh yes and my home State will never vote for BO that is Virginia. That means with him losing those seats that he won the last time he will lose big, really big.

Jdripper on December 21, 2010 at 1:11 PM

press secretary Robert Gibbs sought Monday to downplay the possibility that 2010 census results would be a boon for Republicans. “I don’t think shifting some seats from one area of the country to another necessarily marks a concern that you can’t make a politically potent argument in those new places,” he said.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2010 at 1:12 PM

canopfor on December 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

:)

cmsinaz on December 21, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Very interesting that most major cities are havens for Democrats, Progressives, & Liberals,
That city life sucks the common sense out of many people.

Badger40 on December 21, 2010 at 1:08 PM

To them, “ambiance” means hearing gunshots at night, and seeing gang graffiti everywhere.

Ward Cleaver on December 21, 2010 at 1:13 PM

But, but…will this be good for the comeback twit? You bet, when Gibbs and the AP/Reuters speak.

Schadenfreude on December 21, 2010 at 1:14 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

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

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