There are two articles on the back page of the February 8, 2001, Wall
Street Journal, worth looking at. They both deal with issues of
sampling and adjustments.
One is titled "Bush's Next Recount Battle: Should Census Tallies Be
Adjusted?. Below is a press release I receive relative to this article
from the Census 2000 group. The other article is titled "Asian
Americans Join Census Complaints, Calling for Adjustments via
'sampling'". If you have access to the Wall Street Journal give these
articles a look. (The Wall Street Journal is online at www.wsj.com
unfortunately you need an account to get to the back page articles.)
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2001 12:35:48 -0500
From: Census2000 <Census2000(a)ccmc.org>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,
CONTACT: BEN CHEVAT, 202-225-7944
Maloney Slams Reports of White House "Private Promises" to Block use of
Accurate Census Data
NEW YORK, NY - After reading in the Wall Street Journal today that
President Bush has promised House Republicans that his administration
will block the use of corrected Census numbers in configuring
congressional districts throughout the country, Census Subcommittee
Ranking Member Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following
The report states that Republicans on Capitol Hill insist, "The White
House has privately promised to block states from using sampled numbers
to redraw any of the nation's 435 congressional districts." In the
story, it was also reported that Missouri GOP Rep. Roy Blunt, Bush's
point person in Congress, went on to say he does "not believe there is
any reason," that the President would allow the use of "statistical
sampling," (WSJ, 02/08/01).
"If this report is true, President Bush is now in clear contradiction
with statements he made just days ago, when he told every Democratic
Member of Congress, in response to a question I posed on correcting the
Census undercount, 'I haven't been briefed on that,'" Maloney said
today. "When was the President briefed and when did he know it?"
Referring to the disenfranchisement of thousands of minority voters in
this fall's election in Florida, Maloney added, "This decision will make
Florida look like a case of petty theft."
"Even worse than the fact that millions of Americans must learn about
the Bush Administration's position on counting every American through
media reports of 'private promises,' is the fact that it has also now
been reported that the Bush team is relying on the counsel of top
Republican National Committee staff including 'redistricting guru' Tom
Hoffeler, in developing their Census strategy."
"President Bush's Republican Administration and colleagues are obviously
not worried about the consequences of deciding not to accurately count
America's historically undercounted Black, Hispanic, Asian and American
Indian populations, but I can guarantee they will be worried when
America's Black, Hispanic, Asian and American Indian populations learn
that the Bush Administration and their GOP cohorts have decided that
they don't count," Maloney concluded.