1/ The 2020 census will ask respondents if they are United States citizens, despite concerns from Census Bureau. Inclusion of a citizenship question could prompt immigrants who are in the country illegally not to respond, resulting in an undercount of the population, which would effect government agencies and groups that rely on the census data. The effects could also effect redistricting of the House and state legislatures over the next decade. It's been 70 years since the government has included a question about citizenship on the census. (New York Times)
The story that Nevada Republican Mark Amodei put out yesterday. It has the same details as the last time the rumor made the rounds. Sorry for the image but do to high traffic, this article crashed the Nevada Newsmakers Site.
Trump’s buddy, Elliott Broidy, who is a million-dollar convicted briber and (unsurprisingly) RNC’s Deputy National Finance Chairman, has once again been caught with his hand in the cookie jar. This time, it’s a Romanian cookie jar.
Interestingly, in this particular influence peddling scheme, Broidy enlisted the help of Rick Gates, now a star government witness in the Trump-Russia scandal. No doubt Gates will assist Mueller as he fills in details about the connections between Broidy and Trump.
2/ California has sued the Trump administration, arguing that the question about citizenship in the 2020 Census violates the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution requires a census every 10 years to count the “number of free persons” in each state. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleges the change violates the constitutional requirement of “actual Enumeration” of every person in every state, every 10 years, and that “California simply has too much to lose for us to allow the Trump Administration to botch this important decennial obligation.” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he would lead a multi-state lawsuit, which Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said she would join. (Washington Post / Politico)
I am glad California is out in front with this. And also doing its best to protect it’s Sanctuary cities. But thanks to NYAG Schneiderman for going all out to protect multiple states.
“NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York, California and other states vowed on Tuesday to stop the U.S. government from asking in the 2020 census whether people are citizens, arguing the question could stop immigrants from participating and skew the makeup of Congress.”
"The U.S. Census Bureau decided to include the citizenship question in the once-a-decade questionnaire, saying an accurate count of citizens would help protect minority rights under the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. "