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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 12:05
Redistricting Is Not The Problem In Louisiana
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Who cares about Louisiana's declining population?

One can’t doubt that the re-districting fight is going to be a big mess. Louisiana is going to lose a congressional seat, and there will be a big fight over which seat will get the axe   and then, how the district lines will be redrawn. Some argue that North Louisiana has experienced the most population loss, and therefore they should lose a congressional district.

Others argue that the North should keep its two congressional seats, despite the population loss. Via KTBS comes this:

Northwest Louisiana Congressman John Fleming and three fellow Republican lawmakers have backed a redistricting plan that would preserve two North Louisiana-based congressional districts, despite continued population loss in the area.

Fleming and U.S. Reps. Rodney Alexander of Quitman, Charles Boustany and Bill Cassidy say the map they prefer considers common economic and cultural heritage and looks at historical representation patterns in the state.

The question for all parties involved is seems to be “how do we keep our congressional seat?”  But why aren’t more people asking,  ”why are we losing  a congressional seat,  and how can we keep from losing another one in the future?”

The answer to the first part of that question is easy. We are losing congressional seats due to population loss that is not related to natural disasters.  You might think I’m stating the obvious by saying that, but it’s not obvious to everyone.  There are people who think that we’re losing a congressional seat because of Katrina. As John Maginnis has observed. that’s a misconception:

A common misconception, however, is that Katrina caused the state to lose a congressional seat. Even if the levees in New Orleans had not failed, one district would still be a goner. The census estimate of Louisiana’s population in July 2005, the month before Katrina, was just under 4.5 million, while the 2010 count was just above that.

We’re losing a congressional seat because we are losing population. And we’re losing population because young, upwardly mobile college graduates are leaving Louisiana to find work.

This is a serious issue.  If current population trends continue, how long until we lose yet another seat?

If our lawmakers don’t like the idea of having to go through this redistricting headache again, then maybe they should consider how to keep people in the state.  One way to do this is to make Louisiana a more business friendly state.  If there is any serious effort underway to make this happen, I must have missed it.

by Chad Rogers, Publisher of and

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