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  • Will Redistricting Be a Bloodbath for Democrats? (Most GOP states since 1928)

    11/04/2010 9:43:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/04/10 | HUMA KHAN
    Will Redistricting Be a Bloodbath for Democrats?Republicans See Historic Victories; Gain Control of At Least 19 Democratic-Held State Legislatures By HUMA KHAN Nov. 4, 2010 Republicans gained a historic edge over Democrats in state legislature elections that will have national implications for years to come. State legislatures in 44 states are responsible for one of the most important political processes: drawing district boundaries for the U.S. House of Representatives. In a process that usually triggers partisan bickering, the reigning party usually has the upper hand, especially if the governor is also from the same party and cannot veto the legislature's...
  • Losing their census: Every 10 years, a national poll drives some Americans crazy

    10/25/2009 3:32:30 AM PDT · by Scanian · 8 replies · 896+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 25, 2009 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    It’s as old as the Bible, the taking of a census. The ancient Romans did it. Medieval England did it. It’s written into our Constitution that a census be conducted once every 10 years, and yet, every 10 years, the idea of the government counting the population breeds varying levels of controversy, fear and suspicion. Which, in a way, is normal; distrust of intrusive government is encoded in the American DNA. “We’ve been doing this 200-odd years,” says census historian Margo Anderson, “and every decade, there is some issue with the census. Because it’s a fairly rare event, when the...
  • Vanity: Strategy for Conservatives upset with the 2010 Census (Obama/Democrats' Power Grab):

    09/02/2009 6:05:08 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 9 replies · 1,346+ views
    Myself.. | Sept 2, 2009 | J,J.S. (Myself)
    Freepers, I was pondering the other day about what Conservatives can do (especially because we are worried about Obama/A.C.O.R.Ns' power grab over this very important issue- since it represents how many representatives we have in the House). WELL I HAVE A UNIQUE STRATEGY I WOULD LIKE YOU ALL TO HEAR (and comment on if you like): We know that the RNC/Republican members of Congress will probably sue the Obama Administration over the Census since their power grab may give an un-fair advantage to Democrats.. This is likely to fail, IMO becuase our courts are so far leftist that we are...
  • Massachusetts Likely To Lose Seat In U.S. House

    08/14/2009 5:26:57 AM PDT · by Gay State Conservative · 44 replies · 1,273+ views
    Boston Globe | 8/14/09 | Boston Globe
    WASHINGTON - Massachusetts almost certainly will lose one of its 10 congressional districts after next year’s census, the result of a long-term population shift that is giving Southern and Western states more political power in Washington at the expense of the Northeast, say specialists who have been poring over data in advance of the 2010 count. link:http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/08/14/population_shift_likely_to_cost_mass_seat_in_us_house/
  • Do Census Layoffs Clear the Way for Hiring of ACORN Workers?

    07/02/2009 6:33:08 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 23 replies · 1,537+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 7.2.09 @ 9:21PM | By Matthew Vadum
    [T]oday the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the layoff of Census workers comprised the bulk of the jobs just lost in the federal government. The July 2 Employment Situation Summary states: "Employment in federal government fell by 49,000 in June, largely due to the layoff of workers temporarily hired to prepare for Census 2010." What's wrong with this picture? The federal government isn't exactly on an austerity binge right now. Given that the Obama administration lied about ACORN's involvement in the Census, it might be lying now about the laid off workers being temporary employees. Is the way being...
  • Obama's Census to castrate American Caucasians

    06/27/2009 9:53:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 213 replies · 9,487+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 27, 2009 | Paul Williams
    It’s invasive. It’s corrupt. It’s rigged. It’s unconstitutional. Its purpose is the legislative transformation of the United States of America into a land where conservatives, Christians, and Calcasians will become political castrados. It is biased and prejudicial. It serves to channel billions of dollars into bogus political action groups, such as ACORN. It promotes gay rights and same-sex marriages. It is a document that was not something drafted by the Berkley chapter of the Barbra Streisand Fan Club or the Alec Baldwin wing of the American Civil Liberties Union. It is President Barack Obama’s 2010 Census Form. The form asks...
  • Redistricting looms over 2010 election landscape

    06/13/2009 10:18:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 1,104+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2009 | Aaron Blake
    David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report noted there is a flip side to Kosmas’s situation, though. In Nevada, another freshman congresswoman, Titus, won a fast-changing swing district in Las Vegas-based Clark County and is a top GOP target. But Wasserman said that any would-be comers could also wait two years and pursue what is likely to be a new Republican- leaning district nearby. “Why do that and get beaten up when there will be a new seat in Clark County in 2012?” he said. “That is something that could really discourage Republicans from taking on Dina Titus.” Since redistricting...
  • Democrats-Already Winning '10 Elections—Is What Happens When Justice Department REALLY Politicized

    06/04/2009 7:54:40 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 2,141+ views
    National Review--Corner ^ | 6-3-09 | Andrew McCarthy
    Never a dull moment with the Justice Department of Eric Holder, aka "the right man at the right time to protect our citizens in the critical years ahead." In fact, it would be more accurate to say he's the right man at the right time to protect our non-citizens in the critical years ahead. Unbelievably (or, perhaps, entirely too believably), Holder has told Georgia that it may no longer verify identification in order to ensure that voting is done only by citizens eligible to vote. The AP reports: ATLANTA — The Justice Department has rejected Georgia's system of using Social...
  • U.S. Census Sparks Feud Over The Counting Of Illegal Immigrants [Counting Illegals?]

    05/30/2009 7:09:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 1,149+ views
    LATimes ^ | May 30th 2009
    U.S. Census sparks feud over the counting of illegal immigrants Teresa Watanabe May 31, 2009 In a high-stakes battle that could affect California's share of federal funding and political representation, immigrant activists are vowing to combat efforts by a national Latino clergy group to persuade 1 million illegal immigrants to boycott the 2010 U.S. Census. The Washington, D.C.-based National Coalition of Latino Clergy & Christian Leaders, which says it represents 20,000 Latino churches in 34 states, recently announced that a quarter of its 4 million members were prepared to join the boycott as a way to intensify pressure for legalization...
  • 1984: The Sequel - A Real World in Virtual Catacombs (GPS coordinates on your home)

    05/23/2009 8:26:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies · 1,674+ views
    Remnant ^ | 05/22/09 | Michael J. Matt
    (Posted 05/22/09 http://www.RemnantNewspaper.com) If you still live here in America these days you’ll soon be visited by one of the 140,000 workers recently hired by the federal government to collect global positioning satellite (GPS) coordinates on your home. Over the next year or so every home in America will reportedly have its GPS coordinates logged in with Uncle Sam, right down to the front door. In other words, Big Brother will be watching you—literally. This $700 million project funded by your tax dollars, of course, is part of a data collection program the government is running allegedly in preparation for...
  • Obama's Census Nominee Likely to Face Questions on ACORN, Sampling in Confirmation Hearing

    05/13/2009 3:56:26 AM PDT · by Man50D · 21 replies · 1,283+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 13, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    Changing the formula for the U.S. Census could mean shifting up to two dozen congressional seats to the Democrats, a Republican congressman warned Tuesday, as the Senate prepared to consider the nomination of Robert Groves as director of the Census Bureau. Groves supports “sampling” in the census count. Sampling uses statistical “adjustments” to add people to the Census who apparently were not counted. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs will hold a hearing Friday on the nomination of Groves, who currently serves as director of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social...
  • ACORN, now 5 Billion richer is starting to record the GPS Coordinates of every front door in America

    05/02/2009 8:56:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies · 2,329+ views
    RepubX ^ | May 1, 2009
    Well, now we know why ACORN got 5 Billion$ from CommuPorkulus I and why the White House took control of the US Census Bureau. A perfect excuse to start tagging homes in America for the next Census scheduled for 2010, though it directly violates Sec. 223, Title 13, U.S. Code, Chapter 7, Subtitle 2 which provides the Fed NO authority to GPS paint your front door. It is in direct violation of the Constitution and no one is doing anything to stop it (surprised? They allowed 5.2 Trillion in new spending). ACORN signed on as a national partner with the...
  • Freep this poll: Redistricting to accommodate Obama

    04/21/2009 8:08:16 AM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 14 replies · 957+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 4/20/2009 | Editorial
    Please click on the link and vote thumbs down in this poll. This idiotic editorial is pitching redistricting so republicans don't have an advantage! LOL
  • Census workers heading into neighborhoods

    04/12/2009 10:26:52 PM PDT · by Liberty Valance · 29 replies · 1,681+ views
    The Kerrville Daily Times ^ | Published April 13, 2009 | ySonya Campbell
    U.S. Census activities have begun nationwide, with workers updating address lists and maps. The information will be used to distribute census forms, according to the United States Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration’s regional census center in Dallas. Officials are asking the public’s cooperation in allowing Census Bureau employees access into buildings and communities to perform their official duties. Because the 2010 Census is a complex operation that involves several phases, more than one census worker may request access during the next several months. The workers have identification badges that should be displayed while they are on duty. Also,...
  • Counting On Illegal Aliens

    04/13/2009 6:14:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 813+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 13, 2009
    Who Counts?: The next U.S. census chief wants to count people who aren't there. The acting director wants to count people who shouldn't be here. And Acorn will help do the counting.Back when he was the Census Bureau's associate director of statistical design, Robert M. Groves, nominated to be the next director of the bureau, recommended that the 1990 census be statistically adjusted to correct an alleged undercount of minorities in urban areas — areas that tend to vote heavily Democratic. Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher overruled him, saying the use of "statistical sampling," as it's known, was a form of...
  • Democrat Congressman: Illegal Aliens Have 'Nothing to Fear' By Participating in Census

    04/09/2009 4:14:32 AM PDT · by Man50D · 25 replies · 1,884+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 09, 2009 | Josiah Ryan
    Arlington County in Northern Virginia will try to maximize its population number in the 2010 Census by counting illegal immigrants, and part of the reason for doing so is to capture some of the $300 billion in federal funds distributed to local governments each year based on census numbers. That’s what local officials, Census Bureau officials and documents, and Rep. James Moran (D-Va.) indicated at a meeting on Wednesday. Moran and Census officials told CNSNews.com they are preparing to reach out to illegal immigrants by emphasizing that they have nothing to fear from the census because it does not differentiate...
  • Advocates Want Halt on Immigration Raids to Ensure Accurate Census

    04/06/2009 4:43:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies · 963+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 6, 2009
    U.S. Rep. William Clay says he'll ask the Obama administration to suspend immigration raids over the next year, so illegal immigrants don't worry that sharing accurate information with Census workers could somehow expose them to punishment.Some lawmakers are calling anew for the U.S. to relax its immigration laws -- not to provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants, but to ensure statistical accuracy. The calls come as the Census Bureau prepares to kick off the 2010 Census. Critics argue that unless the government is willing to relax immigration laws, millions of people -- afraid to their share their personal information -- will...
  • Advocates Want Halt On Immigration Raids To Ensure Accurate Census [If Only The Voters Knew]

    04/06/2009 6:22:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,032+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 06, 2009
    Advocates Want Halt on Immigration Raids to Ensure Accurate Census U.S. Rep. William Clay says he'll ask the Obama administration to suspend immigration raids over the next year, so illegal immigrants don't worry that sharing accurate information with Census workers could somehow expose them to punishment. FOXNews.com Monday, April 06, 2009 Some lawmakers are calling anew for the U.S. to relax its immigration laws -- not to provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants, but to ensure statistical accuracy. The calls come as the Census Bureau prepares to kick off the 2010 Census. Critics argue that unless the government is willing to...
  • Team Obama Announces It Will Use Community Organizations Like ACORN For Census Count

    04/03/2009 8:08:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies · 1,285+ views
    FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 2009 Team Obama Announces It Will Use Community Organizations Like ACORN For Census Count Change! Team Obama confirmed today that they will use community organizations like ACORN for the census count. ACORN will help count the illegal immigrants, or as Speaker Pelosi calls them, the "American patriots." CNS News reported, via Mere Rhetoric: The acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census. The Census is used to apportion the...
  • Census Bureau: We’ll Work with ‘Community Organizations’ to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010

    04/02/2009 7:15:53 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 56 replies · 2,311+ views
    Census Bureau: We’ll Work with ‘Community Organizations’ to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010 Thursday, April 02, 2009 By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter (CNSNews.com) - The acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau, Thomas Mesenbourg, told CNSNews.com that the bureau intends to work with community organizations to make sure every illegal alien in the United States is counted in the 2010 Census. The Census is used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representative. There are 435 House seats that are divided among the states in proportion to their population, which is determined by the decennial census. States...
  • Source: Obama taps Groves for census director

    04/02/2009 12:12:02 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 955+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 2, 2009 | HOPE YEN
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has chosen Robert M. Groves to be the next census director, turning to a professor who has clashed with Republicans over the use of statistical sampling to lead the high-stakes head count. The White House will announce the selection of Groves on Thursday, a Commerce Department official told The Associated Press. The official demanded anonymity because the individual was not authorized to speak before the announcement.
  • [Commerce Secretary] Locke Pushing Census Into Democrat-Rich Areas

    03/30/2009 3:38:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 599+ views
    Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is urging census volunteers to reach out to hard-to-count communities, where Hispanic and Asian immigrants often mistake the workers as law enforcement officials or tax collectors. In his first public appearance as secretary, Locke spoke at a training conference Monday held by the Census Bureau for partnership groups ranging from AFL-CIO to the NAACP and Vote Latino. He stressed that personal information submitted on the census form will be kept absolutely confidential.
  • Foxes guarding the chicken coop - or having ACORN help with the census

    03/21/2009 6:12:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 499+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | March 21, 2009 | Stephanie Gutmann
    It was good in the seventies and if anything the "certified angry militant" gig has only gotten sweeter over the years. Just look at the growing budget of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, otherwise known as ACORN. In one city alone -- Baltimore -- ACORN gets $50,000 a year to provide "housing counseling [to] low and moderate income people" -- and it has 1,200 local chapters in 110 American cities. ACORN has had a busy year. Last year it threw itself into the task of getting new voters registered in time for the presidential election. But the...
  • HOLY COW!!!! AGAIN!!!!! ACORN Hired by Department of Commerce

    03/21/2009 6:18:33 AM PDT · by AJMCQ · 17 replies · 962+ views
    The Commentary ^ | March 18th 2009 | Uncredited
    When we last discussed ACORN they were engaging in criminal breaking and entering of foreclosed homes. Before that, ACORN ran the largest voter fraud in American History, they were convicted of, or being investigated for voter fraud in 14 states (marked in red above-Map from Rottenacorn). Now the Democrat’s favorite voter fraud group, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has a new opportunity to destroy the constitutional right of “one man-one vote.” They have been contracted by the Census department to hire local census workers. That’s right, the same group that registered Mickey Mouse to vote in...
  • EDITORIAL: ACORN to count heads for Census

    03/20/2009 3:23:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 35 replies · 1,586+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2009 | Editorial
    First it was President Obama trying to break all precedent and run the 2010 census from within the White House. While the administration finally backed down from that politicization of the census, it clearly hasn't learned its lesson. Now it is having ACORN officially "partner" with the Census to help count the number of Americans in the country. It's like Santa trusting a child to tell him how many times he or she has been good in the past year. We could write a book on the false voter registrations submitted by ACORN. There are bizarre stories, such as one...
  • ACORN to Play Role in 2010 Census

    03/17/2009 2:58:21 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 78 replies · 1,814+ views
    FOXNews ^ | 3/17/09
    The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year's count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States -- currently believed to be more than 306 million people. A U.S. Census "sell sheet," an advertisement used to recruit...
  • ACORN to Play Role in 2010 Census

    03/17/2009 3:25:01 PM PDT · by sarah p · 35 replies · 1,780+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2009
    The U.S. Census is supposed to be free of politics, but one group with a history of voter fraud, ACORN, is participating in next year's count, raising concerns about the politicization of the decennial survey. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now signed on as a national partner with the U.S. Census Bureau in February 2009 to assist with the recruitment of the 1.4 million temporary workers needed to go door-to-door to count every person in the United States -- currently believed to be more than 306 million people. A U.S. Census "sell sheet," an advertisement used to recruit...
  • White House Softens Language on 2010 Census Plan

    03/11/2009 5:16:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies · 1,034+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/11/09 | staff
    Republicans had been opposing President Obama's plan to have the next Census Bureau director report to both the commerce secretary and White House senior officials. The White House this week suggested a subtle shift in its plans for overseeing the next year's national head count following Republican criticisms over past administration comments. "The president
  • Major Victory Over Attempted Obama Power Grab ( Census Bureau to stay in Commerce Dept )

    03/05/2009 10:07:57 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 49 replies · 1,198+ views
    Strata Sphere ^ | Mar 05 2009 | AJStrata
    This is excellent news, and proof Americans can pull together to stop even the liberal democrats in DC from going overboard: The Obama administration has scrapped plans to have the Census Bureau director report directly to the White House, assuaging the concerns of lawmakers.Commerce Secretary nominee Gary Locke met with key senators Wednesday to reassure them that the 2010 census would be managed by the Commerce Department, and not the White House.  Fearless Leader just showed some fear. Someone send a dead fish to poor Rahm - he just lost his plan for world domination (so what are you going...
  • The Coming Battle of Reapportionment and Redistricting

    02/24/2009 8:44:21 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 9 replies · 747+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 24, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    Republicans should begin to inform voters in swing states like New Hampshire, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Iowa just how much political clout and federal money a crassly partisan Obama census process would cost the people and politicians of those states. Republicans should encourage bipartisan state resolutions to demand a census free of theoretical projections and guessing. Reapportionment produces as many losers as winners. It is for just this reason that it must be fair. The losers are never happy. Republicans must, as soon as practicable, let voters in states which would be cheated with a partisan census count know...
  • Rahm Emanuel's Census Power Grab Could Favor Dems In 2010

    02/17/2009 7:35:12 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 30 replies · 1,858+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 2/17/2009 | Connie Hair
    When the Obama administration moved oversight and accountability for the 2010 Census from the Department of Commerce directly to the White House, few noticed until Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) took his name out of consideration for the post of Commerce Secretary. Gregg cited this obvious politicization of a Constitutional function as one of the reasons he withdrew. So what’s the big deal? The data compiled from the Decennial Census -- one of the few governmental functions specificed in the Constitution -- affects directly how our representative government works, from the Electoral College allocation and the allotment of seats in the...
  • Axelrod Insists White House Controls Census

    02/16/2009 6:35:52 PM PST · by melt · 58 replies · 1,613+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 2/16/09 | Rick Pedraza
    White House political advisor David Axelrod says the Obama administration’s plan to take over the U.S. Census Bureau by placing it directly under the control of top White House officials will, nonetheless, remain in the hands of experts to run the program Axelrod, appearing on "FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace," said despite the move by the West Wing to manage the bureau, the census would continue to “be in the charge of the professionals who conduct it." Republicans, who oppose the move on the grounds that it will politicize the upcoming 2010 census, say supervision of it by the...
  • Why the 2010 Census Stirs Up Partisan Politics (Whitewash Alert)

    02/16/2009 10:26:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 776+ views
    Yahoo! News / Time Magazine ^ | February 15, 2009
    When Republican Senator Judd Gregg announced on Thursday that he no longer wished to be the Commerce Secretary nominee, he said that the decision was based in part on serious disagreements with the Obama White House over the 2010 census. That night on Fox News, Sean Hannity called Obama's plans for the census process "the biggest White House power grab ever," as his guest Karl Rove voiced agreement. The same day, House Republicans declared that the White House had "an unprecedented plan" for the census that "will taint results and open doors to massive waste of taxpayer funds." It may...
  • A crash-and-burn course on the census (SF Chronicle mildly disagrees with President Obama)

    02/15/2009 12:12:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 1,162+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 15, 2009 | The Editors
    The once-a-decade census is more than a national nose count. It's used to divvy tax dollars for roads and hospitals, spot population trends for schools, business and social programs, and - did we forget? - play high-stakes politics. The task comes loaded with importance, and that's why the Obama team is making a mistake by requiring that the next census director report to the White House instead of the Commerce Department bureaucracy. The decennial count is about information gathering, not partisan score settling. The political gamesmanship has just produced its first casualty or trophy kill, depending on your vantage point....
  • Why Obama Wants Control of the Census

    02/15/2009 11:45:46 AM PST · by Lorianne · 37 replies · 1,674+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10 February 2009 | John Fund
    President Obama said in his inaugural address that he planned to "restore science to its rightful place" in government. That's a worthy goal. But statisticians at the Commerce Department didn't think it would mean having the director of next year's Census report directly to the White House rather than to the Commerce secretary, as is customary. "There's only one reason to have that high level of White House involvement," a career professional at the Census Bureau tells me. "And it's called politics, not science." The decision was made last week after California Rep. Barbara Lee, chair of the Congressional Black...
  • Gregg Withdrawal Ignites Census Rhubarb

    02/14/2009 12:32:52 PM PST · by AJKauf · 9 replies · 1,282+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Unfortunately for the Obama administration, Judd Gregg’s withdrawal as commerce secretary has highlighted the effort by the White House to wrest control of the census (and with it, the groundwork for the 2010 Congressional reapportionment). Gregg took a second or third tier issue and vaulted it to the front pages. Since word had broken that the White House intended to take oversight of the census out of the Commerce Department and give it to the hyper-partisan political operator Rahm Emanuel, the Republicans had worked feverishly to raise public awareness. The White House power grab to apply "oversight" of the national...
  • Dems Downplay Obama's Plan to Oversee 2010 Census

    02/13/2009 6:23:29 AM PST · by Delacon · 33 replies · 1,434+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 11, 2009
    President Obama's plan to have the Census director report to the White House has sparked protest from Republicans who accuse the president of a political power grab.  With Republicans increasingly critical of President Obama's decision to step up White House oversight of next year's census, some Democrats are downplaying the move, saying it is not even official yet. Obama's plan to have the Census director report to the White House in addition to the Commerce Department has sparked protest from some Republicans, who accuse the president of a political power grab. One GOP lawmaker is pushing for an investigation into...
  • Dems Downplay Obama's Plan to Oversee 2010 Census

    02/11/2009 1:44:51 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 24 replies · 980+ views
    Fox News / Politics ^ | 02/11/2009 | EagleUSA
    With Republicans increasingly critical of President Obama's decision to increase White House oversight of next year's census, some Democrats are downplaying the move, saying it is not even official yet. Obama's plan to have the Census director report to the White House in addition to the Commerce Department has sparked protest from some Republicans, who accuse the president of a political power grab. One GOP lawmaker is pushing for an investigation into the planned move. "I think this is way too premature," said Democratic consultant Dan Gerstein, claiming that this was all started by an "unnamed White House source saying...
  • GOP Lawmaker Probes Obama Census Order

    02/10/2009 8:03:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 2,113+ views
    Newsmax ^ | February 10, 2009
    A Republican lawmaker is calling for an investigation of a plan by the Obama administration to have the U.S. census managed by White House staff. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, fears that the move could jeopardize a reliable census in 2010. That, in turn, could trigger allegations of political chicanery in redrawing the lines that determine districts and help shape electoral fortunes. "I'm deeply concerned" about "the White House controlling the day-to-day operations of the Census Bureau," Blackburn told Fox News. Obama's plan, she wrote in a letter to the committee requesting...
  • Why Obama Wants Control of the Census

    02/10/2009 2:01:27 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies · 1,368+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2009 | John Fund
    President Obama said in his inaugural address that he planned to "restore science to its rightful place" in government. That's a worthy goal. But statisticians at the Commerce Department didn't think it would mean having the director of next year's Census report directly to the White House rather than to the Commerce secretary, as is customary. "There's only one reason to have that high level of White House involvement," a career professional at the Census Bureau tells me. "And it's called politics, not science." The decision was made last week after California Rep. Barbara Lee, chair of the Congressional Black...
  • GOP Sounds Alarm Over Obama Decision to Move Census to White House

    02/09/2009 9:45:27 AM PST · by PilotDave · 93 replies · 4,846+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, February 09, 2009 | Bill Sammon and Shannon Bream
    Utah's congressional delegation is calling President Obama's decision to move the U.S. census into the White House a purely partisan move and potentially dangerous to congressional redistricting around the country. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told FOX News on Tuesday that he finds it hard to believe the Obama administration felt the need to place re-evaluation of the inner workings of the census so high on his to-do list, just three weeks into his presidency. "This is nothing more than a political land grab," Chaffetz said. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, told the Salt Lake Tribune that the move "shouldn't happen." He...
  • White House Nabs Political Control over Census for 2012 Redistricting

    02/08/2009 3:32:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 3,865+ views
    Newsmax ^ | February 8, 2009
    The Obama administration is ending the Census Bureau's traditional autonomy – a move that has Republicans outraged over the White House's politicization of counting Americans. Last week, an administration official revealed that the yet-to-be-named director of the Census Bureau will report to the White House rather than Commerce Secretary nominee Judd Gregg, a Republican. That prompted a blistering response from two key Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "Any attempt by the Obama administration to circumvent the census process for their political benefit will be met with fierce opposition as this ill-conceived proposal undermines a constitutionally obligated...
  • Barack Obama does not trust the Republican he put in charge Commerce to take the 2010 census

    02/08/2009 7:30:09 AM PST · by Askwhy5times · 46 replies · 1,649+ views
    The intellectual Redneck ^ | February 8, 2009 | The Intellectual Redneck
    This in not a vote of confidence for Commerce Secretary nominee Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H. This appears to be a "cave in" to the democratic Hispanic base. They have had concerns about his nomination. Everyone knows the census data can be manipulated for partisan political reasons. A Republican working for a Democrat would be the perfect nonpartisan person to oversee the 2010 census. Instead, the White House wants to put Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in charge. When you consider the shoddy way Republicans were treated over the stimulus bill and this partisan power grab, bipartisan cooperation in Washington is...
  • Census Power Grab?

    02/07/2009 10:51:14 PM PST · by Danae · 99 replies · 6,055+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb 7, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    By Matthew Vadum Saturday, February 7, 2009 With all of Washington and most of the media mesmerized by debate on the porkulus bill, little attention has been paid to what appears to be an unconstitutional power grab by President Obama. The Obama administration reportedly wants the U.S. Census to be run directly out of the White House, as opposed to by a politically insulated official within the Department of Commerce. This would apparently be unprecedented and unlawful because federal law provides that the Census must be administered by the Commerce Department. Former Census director Bruce Chapman warns that no good...
  • Presidential Oversight of Census Migh Be Illegal

    02/07/2009 8:22:08 PM PST · by CaptRon · 13 replies · 923+ views
    Instapundit ^ | 2/7/09 | Via Instapundit
    Obama's control over census likely illegal.
  • Gregg mum on Census Bureau

    02/07/2009 7:31:43 AM PST · by george76 · 35 replies · 1,179+ views
    UNION LEADER ^ | Feb. 6, 2009 | JOHN DISTASO
    Sen. Judd Gregg yesterday declined all comment on reports that the White House will strip him of his authority over the federal Census Bureau even before he becomes Secretary of Commerce. Gregg spokesman Laena Fallon said all comment would come from the White House. The Census Bureau is a key part of the Department of Commerce. The Capitol Hill publication Congressional Quarterly yesterday reported that the White House, responding to minority groups' concerns about Gregg's commitment to funding the census, has decided to have the director of the Census Bureau report directly to the White House. Minorities are traditionally concerned...
  • Obama shifts Census oversight, triggering angry protest by Republicans

    02/07/2009 6:09:26 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies · 4,008+ views
    Government Executive ^ | February 6, 2009 | Carrie Dann (CongressDaily)
    President Obama has decided to bring the U.S. Census Bureau under White House jurisdiction, a move that incensed House Republicans, who fired off a blistering letter to him Thursday, calling it "outrageous and unprecedented" and a "blatant partisan and political maneuver." The move would shift the chain of command with the bureau and the Commerce Department, where the bureau currently resides. It comes after the Congressional Black Caucus, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and other groups expressed displeasure with Obama's nominee for Commerce secretary, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire. Gregg, the groups said this week,...
  • White House Power Consolidation Continues with 2010 Census Takeover; Will Press Care?

    02/07/2009 2:11:42 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 33 replies · 1,128+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | february 5th | Tom Blumer
    The power grab continues. My bet is that Old Media will also maintain its studied ignorance of this development, despite years of whining about alleged Executive Branch excesses during the Bush administration. Now it looks like Barack Obama's inner circle is going to teach the Census Bureau how to count in 2010. CQpolitics.com this morning reported that the White House is taking the next decennial census away from the Commerce Department, and keeping it for itself.
  • White House: Census Director to ‘Work Closely’ with West Wing

    02/05/2009 8:25:27 PM PST · by STARWISE · 35 replies · 3,370+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2-5-09 | Jonathan Allen
    The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday that the as-yet-unnamed Census Bureau director will have a direct line to the White House but sought to define the relationship as one in which the director would “work closely with” rather than report to President Obama’s senior staff. ***After black and Hispanic leaders raised concerns over Commerce Secretary-nominee Judd Gregg ’s commitment to core functions of the Census Bureau, a senior White House official told CQ on Wednesday that the director would report directly to the White House.*** That brought fire Thursday from Republicans, who accused the White House of attempting to gain advantage...
  • White House to Bypass Commerce on Census

    02/05/2009 10:42:45 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 70 replies · 1,589+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | February 5 | Jonathon Allen
    The director of the Census Bureau will report directly to the White House and not the secretary of Commerce, according to a senior White House official. The decision came after black and Hispanic leaders raised questions about Commerce Secretary nominee Judd Gregg ’s commitment to funding the census. Gregg, New Hampshire’s senior senator, voted in committee and on the floor for a 1995 Republican budget that envisioned the elimination of the Commerce Department. Of even more concern to black and Hispanic leaders, Gregg battled President Clinton over a request for “emergency” funding for the 2000 census. “Secretary of Commerce-designate Judd...