2010 Census — Georgia and Florida

Of the states released this past week, two states gained seats in Congress -- Florida and Georgia.  Since both are pre-clearance states under the Voting Rights Act and both have significant minority populations, the legislatures in the states are merely the first step in the process with guaranteed court fights over whatever lines get drawn up.  (In addition, Florida...

Census 2010 — Last Week (Week 8)

With about a week to spare, the Census Bureau completed its statutory obligation to release redistricting data to the states before April 1, 2011.  In this post, I am going to cover the "smaller" states -- Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia -- leaving Michigan and New York for a separate post. Maine stayed at...

2010 Census — California

It goes without saying that California is a big state.  Los Angeles County, by itself is larger than almost any state.  The very size of California contributes to many of its problems.   Redistricting for this next decade is no excpetion. After the last census, California found itself with 53 seats.  At the end of the decade, these 53 seats were...

2010 Census — Week 5

Both in terms of time and in terms of the number of states, we are just past the mid-point of the release of redistricting data by the census.  By the end of this month, we will have the data for all 50 states, and the discussion about redistricting will move from the theoretical -- how could we draw the...

2010 Census — Week 4

Another week down, another bunch of interesting states in the mix. I'm going to put Hawaii to the side.  It had two districts before.  It still has two districts.  Both should stay Democratic barring the Republicans finding the right candidate (e.g. Linda Lingle). Alabama has seven seats.  It also has a significant African-American population -- up to 28% of the total...

2010 Census — Georgia and Florida

Of the states released this past week, two states gained seats in Congress -- Florida and Georgia.  Since both are pre-clearance states under the Voting Rights Act and both have significant minority populations, the legislatures in the states are merely the first step in the process with guaranteed court fights over whatever lines get drawn up.  (In addition, Florida...