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Cong. Clay & Special Interest Groups Pressure Census Director; States Now Allowed to Use Prison Populations for Redistricting

February 12th, 2010 by mopns · No Comments

Not only do the Democrats want to give illegal immigrants healthcare and future citizenship (including being counted in this year’s census) to cement their political power, they’re now playing race politics with the census count! In an ACORN style assault on the census director, Congressman Clay and a bunch of “public interest and minority groups” have come to an agreement with the director to allow states to decide how they want to use that data for Congressional redistricting.

Now we’re all for counting every LEGAL citizen in this country, but why are we counting prisoners who don’t live in their hometowns anymore, and are not productive members of society, from an economic and criminal standpoint? Thank goodness we had a Boston, Massachusetts newspaper alert us to this controversial decision.

AP: (via allpointsblog.com)

Census director Robert Groves decided after discussions with Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., and citizen groups that states will receive information on their prison populations before they finish redistricting work. It will be up to the states how they use that data which will not include the hometowns of the inmates. In the past that data breakdown was provided, but after redistricting meaning some rural areas with prisons had what some would consider inflated populations while the areas from which prisoners came, often urban areas, were undercounted. Read more…

Boston Globe:

Prison populations have historically been included in national headcounts, but the change will allow states to decide how to count inmates for purposes of redistricting.

Census director Robert Groves made the decision after weeks of discussion with Representative William Lacy Clay, Democrat of Missouri, and with public interest and minority groups. They called it an important first step toward shifting federal resources and representation back to urban communities, where they believe the aid is needed the most. Read more….



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  • 1 Zahal // Feb 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm


    Census Bureau decision has NOTHING to do with congressional redistricting.

    Information on prisoners could be used by states to adjust redistricting for state legislature and local offices. But that is not mandatory.

    Has nothing to do with federal redistricting.

  • 2 1st con. district // Feb 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Zahal: Then why is Rep. Caly , public intrest and minority groups so intrested?

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