Minnesota keeps all eight congressional seats [UPDATE]

We keep eight seats.

We keep eight seats.

Minnesota will not be losing its eighth seat in Congress.

We had the second-highest Census participation rate in the country for 2010. The nose count means that we retain our political clout on Capitol Hill, our Electoral College votes and a higher share of some $400 billion in federal spending over the coming decade.

However, there was some question as whether our population grew at a pace equal to, or better than, the populations of other states.


It did. The 2010 Census shows our population count up 7.4 percent compared to the 2000 Census.

The big winner was Texas, which now has 36 seats, up from 32, thanks mostly to huge gains in the Hispanic community. Florida added two seats for 27 total, and Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah and Washington added a single seat.

Other states didn't fare so well. Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania all lost one seat each. New York and Ohio lost two seats.

The states with the top census participation rates. We're No. 2 behind Wisconsin.

The states with the top census participation rates. We're No. 2 behind Wisconsin.

So we scarped by unharmed, no thanks to Michele Bachmann, by the way. For her, the Census belonged on "Conspiracy Theory" with Jesse Ventura.

The 6th District congresswoman blew a lot of hot air about ACORN corrupting the count, and the government using the data to lock its enemies away in prison camps. She even said said she wouldn't complete the entire survey.

"I know for my family the only question we will be answering is how many people are in our home," she said. "We won't be answering any information beyond that, because the Constitution doesn't require any information beyond that."

Not only was she wrong, but she was also talking about breaking the law.

Cooler heads including Republican strategist Karl Rove urged all Americans to complete the form. A Star Tribune editorial pointed out that spouting headline-grabbing paranoia and scaring people away from completing the Census was a bad deal for the state -- and maybe even Bachmann herself.

At the very least, the census statements call Bachmann's strategic judgment into question. She may be setting in motion events that could substantially hurt her home state and potentially cost her the office she occupies.

Bachmann relented. Stephen Colbert pounced.

More importantly, Minnesotans ignored all the conspiracy nonsense: 81 percent completed the Census. Only our neighbors across the river in Wisconsin participated more: 82 percent.