Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
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Virginia House of Delegates Elections Could Get Complicated
2021-07-11 12:08:24
by Dan McCue

While states across the country have been grappling with a delay in the reporting of U.S. Census Bureau data as they contemplate drawing new election district maps, the pandemic-caused slowing of the information could impact Virginia House of Delegates races... Read More

Harvard Researchers Recommend Census Not Use Privacy Tool
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Harvard Researchers Recommend Census Not Use Privacy Tool

A group of Harvard researchers has come out against the U.S. Census Bureau's use of a controversial method to protect privacy with the numbers used for redrawing congressional and legislative districts, saying it doesn't produce data good enough for redistricting.... Read More

Conservatives Aim at Census' Method for Uncounted Households
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Conservatives Aim at Census' Method for Uncounted Households

When U.S. Census Bureau workers couldn't find out any information about some households after repeatedly mailing them questionnaire reminders and sending census takers to knock on their doors, the statisticians turned to an obscure, last-resort statistical technique known as "imputation."... Read More

Oklahoma Legislature Approves New State District Map
In The States
Oklahoma Legislature Approves New State District Map
2021-05-17 20:55:22
by TWN Staff

OKLAHOMA CITY - State lawmakers in Oklahoma this past week came to bipartisan agreement on a new legislative map to be used in upcoming state House and Senate races. And in something of the rarity in this hyper-sensitive time, the... Read More

Judges Hear Arguments Over Contentious Census Privacy Tool
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Judges Hear Arguments Over Contentious Census Privacy Tool

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The fight over whether the U.S. Census Bureau can use a controversial statistical technique to keep people's information private in the numbers used for drawing political districts on Monday went before a judicial panel that must... Read More

'We Did It!': Minnesota Exults at Census Win at NY's Expense
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'We Did It!': Minnesota Exults at Census Win at NY's Expense

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans spent 18 months worrying over whether the 2020 census would finally cost them a precious seat in Congress, expecting to lose one to faster-growing competitors in the South  and West even if they found and counted... Read More

Fear, Lack of Funding Hurt Census in Sun Belt, Advocates Say
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Fear, Lack of Funding Hurt Census in Sun Belt, Advocates Say

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — According to the new census, the booming Sun Belt isn't booming quite like the experts thought.Population counts released Monday came as a shock to many demographers and politicians who expected to see growth that could add... Read More

Bye, Bismarck: 144 Cities Could Lose Status as Metro Areas
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Bye, Bismarck: 144 Cities Could Lose Status as Metro Areas

Bye-bye, Bismarck. So long, Sheboygan. Those cities in North Dakota and Wisconsin, respectively, are two of 144 that the federal government is proposing to downgrade from the metropolitan statistical area designation, and it could be more than just a matter... Read More

Calendar Timing Means Virus Deaths Won't be Seen in Census
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Calendar Timing Means Virus Deaths Won't be Seen in Census

The human loss from the coronavirus will not be reflected in the 2020 census because of a matter of timing, which could save a congressional seat for New York but cost Alabama one. Because the start of the pandemic in... Read More

Litigants Take More Cooperative Approach in Census Lawsuit
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Litigants Take More Cooperative Approach in Census Lawsuit

Attorneys for a coalition of municipalities and advocacy groups that had sued the Trump administration over accuracy concerns about the 2020 census say they're hopeful about reaching an agreement with the new Biden administration as both sides take a more... Read More

Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
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Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States
2021-01-22 21:03:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau estimates show 16 states saw population declines last year as the nation experienced its slowest overall growth since the Great Depression, a new Pew Charitable Trusts analysis shows. According to the analysis, which first appeared... Read More

Census Bureau Director to Resign Amid Criticism Over Data
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Census Bureau Director to Resign Amid Criticism Over Data

Facing criticism that he was acceding to President Donald Trump's demand to produce citizenship information at the expense of data quality, U.S. Census Bureau director Steven Dillingham said Monday that he planned to resign with the change in presidential administrations.... Read More

Attorney: Congressional Seat Data Not Ready Until February
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Attorney: Congressional Seat Data Not Ready Until February

A Trump administration attorney said Monday that the numbers used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets won’t be ready until February, putting in jeopardy an effort by President Donald Trump to exclude people in the country illegally... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
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Supreme Court Rules Challenge to Trump Census Plan is Premature
2020-12-18 17:58:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a challenge to President Donald Trump's plan to exclude people living in the country illegally from the population count as premature. Trump's insistence that illegal immigrants be excluded from the count could... Read More

Census Estimates US Population at 330 Million
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Census Estimates US Population at 330 Million

WASHINGTON — At least 330 million people lived in the United States as of April, according to a Census Bureau estimate released Tuesday that will serve as one of the first accuracy checks for forthcoming decennial census results. The agency... Read More

House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census
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House Democrats Threaten to Subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Over 2020 Census

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight Committee will subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unless the Commerce Department hands over internal documents detailing delays and issues with data related to the 2020 census, the committee chairwoman warned in a letter Wednesday. In the letter, chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D- N.Y., accused... Read More

Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census
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Supreme Court Casts Doubt on Trump's Bid to Exclude Illegal Immigrants from Census

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's plan to exclude millions of immigrants in the country illegally from the 2020 census count appeared to fizzle at the Supreme Court on Monday. California officials feared that Trump's policy, if put into effect in the last weeks of his presidency,... Read More

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles
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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Quickly Enters Fray of Trump's Acrimonious Legal Battles

WASHINGTON — Newly confirmed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett will immediately be embroiled in some of the nation's biggest legal battles, including cases that could determine whether the president who nominated her gets four more years in the White House. The 48-year-old Barrett, who... Read More

Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Take Up 'Remain in Mexico' and Border Wall Cases
2020-10-19 17:41:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up two cases arising from President Donald Trump's efforts to slow both legal and illegal immigration from Mexico. Monday's announcement followed an order late Friday in which the high court said... Read More

Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy
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Census Count Wraps Up Early Amid Questions About Accuracy

WASHINGTON _ Once the Trump administration ends its count for the 2020 census early Friday morning, advocates and even former Census Bureau directors fear the administration won't take the time to correct what could be the most inaccurate count in decades.... Read More

Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
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Supreme Court Temporarily Shuts Down Census Data Collection
2020-10-13 21:29:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court late Tuesday stayed a preliminary injunction that required the Census Bureau to continue to collect data until the end of the month. Last month, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh agreed with civil rights groups that... Read More

Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early
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Wilbur Ross Loses Ruling Over Move to End Census Count Early

WASHINGTON — A U.S. appeals court upheld an order requiring Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his department to keep the census count going until the end of the month. Wednesday’s ruling maintains a decision by a California federal judge... Read More

US Appeals Court Blocks Trump from Shutting Down Census Count Early
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US Appeals Court Blocks Trump from Shutting Down Census Count Early

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court decided Wednesday to let stand a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from shutting down the census count early in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S.... Read More

Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
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Supreme Court Fast-Tracks Dispute Over Illegal Aliens' Place in Reapportionment
2020-09-30 20:34:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a dispute over whether people living in the United States illegally must be included in the reapportionment of congressional seats. Under federal law, once the decennial census is completed, the... Read More

Southern States Lagging in Census Amid Pandemic, Hurricanes
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Southern States Lagging in Census Amid Pandemic, Hurricanes

WASHINGTON — Southern states have lagged behind the rest of the country in census counting amid the pandemic — and now a historic hurricane season may hamper last-ditch efforts to finish in a shortened timeline, census experts warned Thursday. The... Read More

Census Bureau Reverses Course on Layoffs After Court Order
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Census Bureau Reverses Course on Layoffs After Court Order
2020-09-08 21:53:31
by Dan McCue

The Census Bureau told a federal judge on Tuesday that it will delay laying off some census takers and will restore quality-control measures it had already begun winding down as the end of the once-a-decade population count nears its end.... Read More

Internal Census Document: Shorter Count Risks ‘Serious Errors’
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Internal Census Document: Shorter Count Risks ‘Serious Errors’

WASHINGTON — Census Bureau officials concluded the shortened time frame for the 2020 count could lead to “serious errors” in the data used to apportion congressional seats and more, according to an internal agency document released Wednesday by congressional Democrats.... Read More

Shortened Census Schedule Cuts Data Review Time
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Shortened Census Schedule Cuts Data Review Time

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau has halved the time it has for combing through data from 2020 census results in a verification process that weeds out duplicate responses and finds people who never responded — a step experts say is... Read More

Census Bureau Says US Population Reached Milestone in July
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Census Bureau Says US Population Reached Milestone in July
2020-08-21 21:04:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Data for the 2020 census is still being collected, but the Census Bureau reports the U.S. population has already achieved a population milestone this summer -- topping 330 million people. The agency said based on the population "clock"... Read More

Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
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Democrats Criticize Trump for Ordering Illegal Immigrants Excluded From Census
2020-07-30 14:01:04
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Democrats attacked the president’s plan to exclude illegal immigrants from the 2020 Census during a congressional hearing Wednesday while Republicans said they wanted to prevent foreign influence. The House Oversight Committee held what it called an “emergency hearing”... Read More

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