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Republicans Fear Census Undercounting

Tea partiers' push for noncompliance may backfire, GOP warns

(Newser) - The GOP is worried that an anti-government backlash could lead to underrepresentation of conservatives in the census and shrink the number of Republican lawmakers. Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul have urged supporters not to provide anything to census workers except the number of people in their household. "The census...

Anti-Government Anger Backfires in Texas Census
 Anti-Government Anger Backfires in Texas Census
gop will be the loser

Anti-Government Anger Backfires in Texas Census

Response rates dismal from key conservative districts

(Newser) - Anti-government sentiment could be dampening the census response in Texas, which has been counting on picking up four congressional seats and millions of dollars in federal funding. Across the state, the response rate stands at 27%, well below the national average of 34%. In some Republican districts, the rate is...

Yes, Feds Can Get You for Dissing Census

Fine could be $5K, but it's highly unlikely they'd actually try

(Newser) - You’ve likely gotten your Census forms from the federal government, and maybe they’re already under a pile of other stuff (or worse). Ignore filling them out at your own peril, Ted Rose writes for Slate —though it’s an extremely limited peril. The feds can fine you...

Unemployed Professionals Vie for Census Jobs

Applicant pool for 2010 temp jobs is unusually qualified

(Newser) - For the Census Bureau, the recession is good news: With unemployment near 10%, professionals with advanced degrees are applying for temporary census jobs in droves. The bureau will hire at least 700,000 people in the spring and summer to make house calls on census laggards and perform organizational tasks....

Census Begins With Dog Sled Ride

Noorvik, Alaska gets the call; WWII vet will be first counted

(Newser) - The 2010 census officially begins today in Noorvik, Alaska, a 600-resident Inupiat Eskimo village. Census Bureau director Robert Groves will arrive by dog sled and personally administer the census to an 89-year-old World War II veteran who’s been selected as the first citizen to be counted this year. The...

Glenn Beck Calls 'African-American' a 'Bogus' Term

Shock jock offers vocabulary lesson

(Newser) - Glenn Beck doesn’t like the 2010 US Census form one bit, because it allows people to identify themselves as “African-American,” a “bogus, PC, made-up term” that is “not a race.” Speaking on his Fox News show, the host offered his objections to the designation....

'Negro' Box on 2010 Census Raises Ire

Government contends older blacks use the term

(Newser) - Census respondents this year can identify themselves as “black, African-Am. or Negro,” which does not sit well with some black Americans. “It’s a bad vibe word,” a man tells the New York Daily News of the Negro identification. “Doesn’t agree with my heart....

US Spends $340M to Urge People to Get Counted
 US Spends $340M to Urge 
 People to Get Counted 
census kickoff

US Spends $340M to Urge People to Get Counted

Super Bowl ads and cross-country tour aim to boost response

(Newser) - The Census Bureau today launched a $340 million campaign to publicize this year’s survey, beginning with the rollout of the Census Portrait of America Road Tour, a flotilla of 13 vehicles that will travel across the nation to public events and tout the benefits of being counted. Also in...

Police Rule Census Worker Hanging a Suicide

Say Bill Sparkman faked his death to collect on life insurance

(Newser) - Authorities are saying a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with "fed" scrawled on his chest committed suicide and staged his death to look like a homicide. According to Kentucky police, 51-year-old Bill Sparkman died where he was found, bound, gagged and with an ID badge taped...

Life Insurance Scam Eyed in Hanging
Life Insurance Scam Eyed
in Hanging

Life Insurance Scam Eyed in Hanging

Census worker may have disguised suicide as murder

(Newser) - A census worker found hanged in September may have staged his death for insurance reasons, police say. Sources tell the AP that Bill Sparkman may have manipulated the scene to make his suicide look like murder so that his son could collect on his insurance policy. "If it's deemed...

Census Worker May Have Hanged Himself

Investigators consider suicide in naked 'fed' case

(Newser) - Investigators probing the death of a census worker found hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest increasingly doubt he was killed because of his job and are pursuing the possibility of suicide. The suicide theory is gaining steam because there were no defensive wounds...

Telenovela Sexes Up Census Participation

Soap opera reaches out to worried Latinos

(Newser) - Spicy soap opera action may not be something usually associated with the US Census Bureau, but that's set to change next week. Perla Beltrán, a luckless but lovely character in popular Telemundo telenovela Más Sabe el Diablo, is getting a job helping boost Hispanic participation in next year's...

US Census Bureau Axes Community Group ACORN

Group called 'distraction' after sting catches employees advising prostitute

(Newser) - The US Census Bureau will not allow community-organizing group ACORN to participate in next year’s national census, the Wall Street Journal reports tonight. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is a “distraction,” Census director Robert Groves writes, after members of its Baltimore and Washington offices...

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