Breaking: Three-Judge Court Unanimously Enjoins Trump Order to Report Non-Citizen Numbers for Apportionment Purposes from the Census Count; Case Likely Headed to SCOTUS

From the court decision: For the reasons that follow, Plaintiffs are entitled to summary judgment. The Presidential Memorandum violates the statutes governing the census and apportionment in two clear respects. First, pursuant to the virtually automatic scheme established by these … Continue reading

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“Trump’s Memorandum on Not Counting Undocumented Immigrants for Purposes of House Reapportionment Calculations”

Marty Lederman deep dive begins here: Contrary to what you might have read, President Trump’s “Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens From the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census,” which he issued yesterday, doesn’t change the way the Department of Commerce will conduct the … Continue reading

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District Court in Census Case Sanctions DOJ For Failing to Produce Relevant Documents as to Reason for Adding Citizenship Question; Declines Sanctions for Possible DOJ Officials’ Lying, Because Plaintiffs Got All the Relief They Wanted at Supreme Court

You can read the 23-page ruling here. Two snippets: “In other words, Defendants’ failure to produce the documents was caused by a lapse that would make a first-year litigation associate wince.”.. At the end of the day, the NGO Plaintiffs’ … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Census Hearing: Lingering Effects of the Citizenship Question

Roll Call: Although the Trump administration dropped a citizenship question from this year’s census, minority groups told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday that the question’s specter has haunted preparations for a national count that could miss millions of residents. More from NBC: There also … Continue reading

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“New York Dems Are Redrawing Congressional Districts and It Could Put Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Out of a Job”

The Daily Wire ties the census, redistricting, and (perhaps) a bit of wish fulfillment.  They’re not wrong about legislative leadership use of redistricting to enforce party discipline, though.  It’ll be interesting to see the extent to which New York’s new … Continue reading

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“Emails Show Trump Officials Consulted With GOP Strategist On Citizenship Question”

NPR: A prominent GOP redistricting strategist had direct communication with an adviser to the Trump administration concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, newly released emails show….The administration’s now-former adviser on census issues, Mark Neuman, however, … Continue reading

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Joan Biskupic Scoop: Chief Justice Roberts Was For Inclusion of the Citizenship Question on the Census Before He Was Against It

Joan confirms what many of us suspected from reading the opinions in Dep’t of Commerce v. NY: Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote against President Donald Trump’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, but only after … Continue reading

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“Advocates push Census Bureau to prepare for security breaches, disinformation ahead of 2020 count”

San Antonio Express-News: As the first U.S. census to be conducted mainly online gets underway in the coming months, warnings from the Government Accountability Office about “substantial cybersecurity challenges” and disinformation campaignsraise concerns about how such a massive operation – … Continue reading

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