Dead man's lifted files show census citizenship question can help GOP

I'm not sure why this is explosive news, but Democrats and the media are apparently shocked to learn that if the Census asks whether people are citizens, it's expected to help Republicans. (There is no proof that this is actually the case, but that's the assumption.)

The party that is all-but explicitly promising amnesty and access to America's welfare system in exchange for votes on Election Day, is surprised to learn that culling non-citizens from the official census count might help the opposing party.

And what's even worse - the opposing party KNOWS it!

This development comes from a look at the computer files of the late Thomas Hofeller - the man who made the legislative maps for North Carolina. Hofeller died recently and his files were taken by his estranged daughter - who, in turn, gave them to his political and legal adversaries.

The New York Times reports:

Files on those drives showed that he wrote a study in 2015 concluding that adding a citizenship question to the census would allow Republicans to draft even more extreme gerrymandered maps to stymie Democrats. And months after urging President Trump’s transition team to tack the question onto the census, he wrote the key portion of a draft Justice Department letter claiming the question was needed to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act — the rationale the administration later used to justify its decision.
Those documents, cited in a federal court filing Thursday by opponents seeking to block the citizenship question, have emerged only weeks before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the legality of the citizenship question. Critics say adding the question would deter many immigrants from being counted and shift political power to Republican areas.

I thought it was fairly well understood that eliminating unauthorized immigrants from the census count would benefit Republicans and harm Democrats.

Naturally, the focus of the coverage and the reaction is to pillory the GOP for seeking advantage, rather than examining why the Democratic Party benefits so much from large numbers of non-citizens?

Pete's Prep: Thursday, May 30, 2019

  • From the Citizen-Times: After delays, Asheville is about to get five new electric buses.
  • reports: "Among the county’s population of 116,000 people, 13.3 percent are within the federally established poverty levels. One in five Henderson County children lives in poverty."
  • Andy Jackson at NC Civitas takes a look at the special election in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District.
  • This story from confirms that New Jersey is, basically, a police state.

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