Politics Resulting from Katrina

and a dispersal of the evacuees…

Richard Murray, director of the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston, said Republicans hold every elective office in Harris County, which takes in most of Houston, but did not win by much.

“This could accelerate the tipping of the county, which was expected to happen in the next four to six years,” he said.

While politics is taking a back seat for now to the urgent needs of the hurricane victims, “my Democratic friends are smiling,” Murray said.

Bob Stein, professor of political science at Rice University in Houston, said the political impact on Texas depends in large part on how concentrated or widely dispersed the evacuees are.

He noted that sprawling Houston is one of the nation’s least segregated big cities because it has no zoning laws, so hurricane victims could well be broadly scattered, diluting their impact in any particular race.

In any event, though, with Texas’ Hispanic population surging and its black population growing faster than the white population, demographic shifts already are pushing the state toward the Democrats. Relocation of evacuees could help hasten the trend.

“Our politics may be Republican,” Stein said, “but that’s just a temporary condition.”

from CNN (Of course, they’re also the ones who told us that Shaw Group is sooo Republican, even though the head of Shaw Group is also the head of the La. Democratic Party.)