Noontide of the Terrace Realm
Much ado about nearly nothing: Texas and Florida, counterweights to California and New York, are picking up House Reps; NY loses a pair. When states pick up voters, they grow more diverse. When states lose voters, they grow...more entrenched. It's better to gain, but just barely.
Noting the Boston Globe's map above: the palm of Michigan loses the Rep and apparently the peninsula does not.
There is more evidence regarding how little this matters in a Kerry Cavanaugh piece this morning on LA's City Council races (it turns out that the piece is not about any race at all, and doesn't interviewing any candidates). Cavanaugh's stats do point to the fact that not a single LA City Councilmember currently in office has been elected with even 15% of the registered voices in his or her district. In fact, some student body presidents at local high schools garnered more votes than Tony Cardenas did in his last election.
George Lopez more or less announces his candidacy for Mayor of LA in 2017. Significantly, he doesn't acknowledge being a Latino like Villaraigosa, but an entertainer like Schwarzenegger.