California's loss isn't just Texas' gain

Friday, May 7, 2021
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

moving van (United Van Lines)A former state lawmaker believes The Centennial State has picked up an additional congressional seat and electoral vote at least in part because California liberals have moved there.

Colorado is one of only two blue states to pick up an electoral vote as a result of the 2020 census. Like Oregon, the other blue state that gained, Colorado has been blessed with scenic beauty that draws people to the state.

Dr. Gordon Klingenschmitt, a former Colorado state representative who now runs the Pray In Jesus Name project, thinks his state has benefited from California, which lost an electoral vote for the first time ever.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) (May 7, 2021) — California's population declined in 2020 for the first time since state officials have been measuring it.

State officials announced Friday that the nation's most populous state lost 182,083 people in 2020. California's population is now just under 39.5 million. It had shown only very small annual increases for the last several years.

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced the state would lose a congressional seat for the first time because it grew more slowly than other states during the past decade. State officials blamed the loss on a declining birth rate, reductions in immigration, and an increase in deaths because of the coronavirus.

"When people leave and flee states like California, they're not all going to Texas. A lot of them are coming to Colorado," he tells One News Now. "We're attracting small businesses. We have a booming economy here and a beautiful environment, and there are some places like Colorado Springs where I would even recommend it's safe to raise a family. I would not recommend that in Boulder or Denver, but those places are growing, too."

Klingenschmitt, Gordon (former Navy chaplain)Klingenschmitt notes, though, that the new congressional seat will likely be filled by a Democrat, as that party controls the redistricting commission.

"We have a provision in the Colorado Constitution that congressional districts must be drawn to approximate a circle," he explains. "If the new gerrymandering commission follows the Constitution, then they must make it equitable for Republicans, but I doubt that they will because nobody cares about the Constitution."

Klingenschmitt adds that even the liberal judges in the state make it worse, "because it's basically a power grab and not following the intent of the founders."

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