Texas's state's rapid population growth netted it four new congressional seats in reapportionment this cycle, and about two-thirds of the 4.3 million people Texas added from 2000 to 2010 were Hispanic. Yet the Lone Star State isn't really guaranteed more than one new Hispanic representative in Congress, and you could argue that that Gulf Coast/Mexican border district should have had one already. The lack of real guaranteed gain in Hispanic representation in Texas is an interesting case study for the difficulties standing before the Hispanic community as it tries to translate growing numbers into political influence, and I took a look at why in this week's National Journal magazine:
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