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Obama's reelection hopes dim after census count
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Today, the Census Bureau released the results for the latest count and it spells bad news for Obama's prospect of winning reelection. Obama loses ten votes to solidly Republican states. Examiner

 

As a result [of the census] the size of districts when the 113th Congress is picked in 2012 will increase from an average of 646,952 constituents to 710,767. (In Ohio the number will be 723,031 per district.) Newsnet5

 

Beyond the loss of electoral votes, the Republican tsunami not only swept out 63 Democrats in the House, their greatest gain in seats since 1938, it gave Republicans control of many statehouses which will redraw Congressional district lines.

 

Although Washington is a blue state, the dilemma faced by Democrats is where to put their new Congressional seat….There are a large number of Republicans and Independents who vote Republican in the state. Creating a Democrat leaning seat only strengthens the Republicans in marginal Republican seats.

 

The seven seat loss by the Democrats, their third worst, was mitigated by the fact that only 1/3 of the Senate seats were up for election. Examiner

HIGHLIGHTS

The last Republican Presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania was in 1988.

 

Although Republicans can easily win the presidency without Pennsylvania. If the Democrats lose this state then there is no place they can offset the twenty vote loss.

 

California won't lose or gain any seats in the House of Representatives, the new Census numbers show, even though the West and the South -- including Republican strongholds -- saw population gains during the last decade.

 

Texas and Florida will add seats, while more Democratic-leaning states in the Northeast and Midwest, which lost population, will lose seats.

 

A closer look at the data reveal that much of the population increase in the Republican-dominated Southwest comes from Latinos. The Reporter

 

For the first time since the 2000 Census, reporters will be able to track trends at the micro level, down to the neighborhood (census tract in government lingo).

 

Smart newsrooms are assigning the Census story as a beat, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) association considers it so important that IRE conducted special training to help journalists sharpen their Census skills.

 

Obvious stories include population shifts, aging trends, and race/ethnicity topics such as integration or segregation. We'll be able to see how all of that is shifting among large cities, suburbs, small towns, metro areas and various regions of the country.

 

Less obvious stories include topics such as the multi-racial population. This data will give us the first official look at how America's multi-racial population has grown and shifted since 2000 - the first time that people could select more than one race on the Census form.

 

In addition, the 2010 Census has a housing question that will allow reporters to track home ownership vs. renting, vacant properties, and the number of people who own their houses free and clear of a mortgage. Poynter

FACTS & FIGURES

The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district.

 

The United States is the third or fourth largest country by total area, and the third largest both by land area and population.

 

It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries.

 

The U.S. economy is the world's largest national economy, with an estimated 2009 GDP of $14.3 trillion (a quarter of nominal global GDP and a fifth of global GDP at purchasing power parity).

 

The United States has three levels of government, Federal, State (executive, legislative & judicial) and local  which directly serves the needs of the people, providing everything from police & fire protection to sanitary codes, health regulations, education, public transportation, and housing

 

Congress, & judiciary share powers reserved to the national government

 

The federal government shares sovereignty with the state governments

 

In the 2010 elections, the Democratic Party lost its majority in the House of Representatives and state governorships, as well as its control in the majority of state legislatures. It will continue to hold a majority of seats in the Senate at the beginning the 112th Congress.

 

The Republicain Party, founded by anti-slavery expansion activists in 1854, is often called the Grand Old Party (GOP). The party is a reflection of American conservatism in the political spectrum, in contrast to the more "liberal" or "progressive" Democrats.

 

The Libertarian Party is the third largest political party in the United States. The platform emphasizes individual liberty in personal and economic affairs, avoidance of "foreign entanglements" and military and economic intervention in other nations' affairs and free trade and migration.

 

Libertarian Party members formed Libertarians for Peace to encourage the party to continue promoting a consistent non-interventionist position.

 

The Constitution Party was founded as the U.S. Taxpayers' Party in 1992. The party puts a large focus on immigration, calling for stricter penalties towards illegal immigrants and a moratorium on legal immigration until all federal subsidies to immigrants are discontinued.

 

The Green Party of the United States (GPUS) is a voluntary association of state green parties, and has officially been active since 2001, and emphasizes environmentalism, non-hierarchical participatory democracy, social justice, and respect for diversity, peace and nonviolence.

 

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