Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can end census field operations early, batting aside a lawsuit that warned the truncated schedule will lead to minorities being undercounted in the crucial once-a-decade head count. Still, the decision was not a total loss for the plaintiffs, who managed to get two extra weeks […]

Del. AG joins fight vs. Trump over U.S. census

DOVER — State Attorney General Kathy Jennings has joined a large coalition of attorneys general, cities, counties and the bipartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors in taking legal action against the Trump administration’s alleged impairment of the 2020 decennial census. The coalition filed an amicus brief in “National Urban League v. Ross” supporting the plaintiffs’ request […]

Census-takers counting on Delawareans; numbers due Sept. 30

GEORGETOWN – The stakes are high in the 2020 U.S. Census, and the current consensus is that Sussex County is way behind in the game. The clock is ticking, and time is of the essence. “We literally have 30 days,” said Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long in a virtual update Tuesday. “Please, do the census.” According […]

Coronavirus a hurdle in Delaware’s Census initiative

DOVER — In the current world of uncertainty, one thing is certain: every person in Delaware counts. A delayed countdown is on for the U.S. Census, a once-every-decade data gathering that determines U.S. congressional representation and distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds. “It takes six minutes; 10 questions,” said Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long. […]

Commentary: Census success will benefit Delaware citizens

By Sue Claire Harper and Carol D. Jones The federal government uses census data to distribute more than $675 billion annually for public programs, including Medicaid, SNAP, Head Start, unemployment benefits, housing vouchers, programs for seniors and veterans with disabilities, school lunch programs, and disaster relief. “The 2020 Census is your census, and its success depends […]

Speak Out: Census time

As it comes around for its once-per-decade counts of local residents, Sen. Tom Carper joined U.S. Census Bureau Director Dr. Steven Dillingham, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long and Sheila Bravo last week in explaining the importance of participation by Delawareans. • Yes, and Dems want illegal aliens counted so that they can get the numbers for […]

Speak Out: Trump and census

President Donald Trump is arguing he didn’t retreat when he abandoned his effort to insert a citizenship question into next year’s census and insists his fallback will prove a more accurate option. • If Trump was the kind to give up, he’d not be President Trump. — Chris Werner • More truthful the way he’s […]

White House asserts executive privilege in census fight

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday. The claim comes as the House Oversight Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary […]