The census is likely to be one of the most urgent priorities for the next commerce secretary. But Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo didn't make a single reference to it during her first speech since being named as Biden's intended nominee.

My updated story:…
2. Commerce Dept's mission is "to help spur good-paying jobs...empower entrepreneurs to innovate & grow...come together with working families & American businesses to create new opportunities," Raimondo said w no mention of dept's bread & butter — survey data & weather forecasts
3. If confirmed, Raimondo would inherit the supervision of a census that's been upended by COVID-19 and last-minute changes by Trump officials, which have raised a lot of questions about the data's accuracy and public perception of the Census Bureau as a trusted institution.
4. The Commerce Department's name doesn't really do justice to the bulk of the department's work
5. Don Graves, Biden's intended nominee for deputy commerce secretary, also did not reference the census or Census Bureau at the event where he and Raimondo were introduced by the president-elect.

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BREAKING: The expected release date for the 1st set of 2020 results has been pushed back further, now March 6, DOJ attorney John Coghlan tells a federal judge during a court conference. The Census Bureau's working "diligently" to fix irregularities in census records, Coghlan says
2. The Census Bureau has not uncovered any additional "anomalies" in the census records since those Coghlan disclosed on Jan. 4 to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh for the National Urban League-led lawsuit over the Trump administration's census schedule changes.
3. The 1st set of census results, again, are the new state population counts that are used to determine each state's share of congressional seats and Electoral College votes for the next 10 years. The 2nd set of results are redistricting data. Timing for that release is still TBD
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President Trump is expected to miss this census deadline under Title 2 of the U.S. Code today as the Census Bureau continues trying to fix irregularities found in the census records to make sure they're accurate before census results are released:… (a) On the first day, or wi...
2. As I reported last week, the release of the first set of 2020 census results (state population counts) used to determine each state's share of votes in the House and the Electoral College for the next decade is not expected until Feb. 9 or later:…
3. The Census Bureau's associate director for the 2020 census said in a court filing last week that the bureau's "committed to fixing all identified anomalies & to producing complete & accurate census results as close to the statutory deadline as possible"
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While we wait for Electoral College votes to be tallied by Congress, your regular reminder that your state's share of 435 of those votes is determined by the census… That's because the Constitution requires a count of every pe
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But what primarily determines how much of a say your state has in who is president, that's the census.
3. To be clear, how the 538 electoral votes are currently assigned to the states is based on the 2010 census.

The 2020 census affects the presidential elections of 2024 & 2028.

When thinking about the census, think in the long term because it carries 10 years of consequences.
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NEW: The Census Bureau's associate director for the 2020 census, Al Fontenot, confirms in this court filing that newly discovered anomalies may further delay the first census results' release past Feb. 9, which was the projected release date as of Dec. 29… these estimates are subject to change as work to complete th
2. This court filing confirms news I reported yesterday out of a court conference for the National Urban League-led lawsuit over census schedule changes:…
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5 Jan
The Census Bureau hasn’t responded to my questions about the latest irregularities found in the census records that require more quality checks, but a DOJ attorney told a judge they’re expected to delay the release of numbers until after Trump’s term ends.…
2. Finding irregularities (the bureau’s calling them “processing anomalies”) in the census records is not unusual. Trying to count every person living in the U.S. has always been a messy process, which was even more complicated in 2020 because of the pandemic.
3. What was unusual was that the Trump administration, in addition to ending counting early in October, forced the Census Bureau to cut short the time for running quality checks used to make sure no resident is counted more than once or in the wrong place.
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BREAKING: As of Dec. 29, the Census Bureau's expected release date for the 1st set of 2020 census results is Feb. 9 & may be pushed back further bc of newly discovered irregularities in the census records, DOJ attorney John Coghlan tells a federal judge during a court conference
2. New anomalies were recently discovered in the census records, DOJ John Coghlan said during the court conference for the Nat'l Urban League-led lawsuit over the census schedule. Coghlan emphasized all dates are tentative as the Census Bureau keeps working on fixing anomalies.
3. The 1st set of 2020 census results are the new state population counts that were due to the president by Dec. 31 and are used to reapportion House seats and Electoral College votes among the states.
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