It's a long shot. But a new federal lawsuit seeking a major restructuring of the US House of Representatives claims Rhode Island, among other states, has disproportionate power in Congress. From the Associated Press:
JACKSON, Miss. A federal lawsuit that seeks to double or
even quadruple the size of the U.S. House argues that citizens in
Mississippi and four other states don't have enough representatives
while Wyoming, Rhode Island and a few others get too many.
Three federal judges in Oxford, Miss., will hear arguments
Friday in the lawsuit by a homeschooling activist and conservative
attorney that challenges the way the 435 House seats are divided
among the 50 states.
The suit, considered a long-shot by some experts, was filed
against U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, whose department
oversees the Census; Census Bureau director Robert Groves and
It claims the principle of one-person, one-vote is violated
because congressional districts vary widely in population from
state to state. It cites 2000 Census figures showing 905,316 people
in Montana's single House district and 495,304 people in Wyoming's