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(originally posted on our website - Feb. 4, 2013)

In 2010, the US Bureau of the Census conducted the decennial census of population, as required by the US Constitution. This was the second Census that I worked on. Despite running into people who did not realize that the first such census occurred in 1790, it was a real pleasure to participate in this process. What came after, however, was different.

Once the Bureau published the population numbers (not "personally identifiable"), the politicians in all 50 states got to work redrawing congressional district (and other political unit) boundaries. In Wisconsin, this task was delegated to a private law firm meeting in secret, with the latest in geographic information systems, so they could draw boundaries at the census tract level. This is the lowest level at which census data is available and is the reason that a map of Wisconsin's Assembly and Congressional Districts looks like some of them grew warts.

As it seems, the private firm had some outside assistance. Please refer to the following blog from our Teamster brethren:

- Karen Edson

Originally posted to Wisconsin Grassroots Network on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 10:41 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (1+ / 0-)
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    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 04:20:40 PM PDT

  •  Welcome to Daily Kos! (2+ / 0-)

    We've had many posts on the Wisconsin situation since Walker's election, and probably before, including intensive first-person coverage and reports by those active in the recall, and by the Overpass Light Brigade.

    While you may have been lurking for a while and understand the various good options you have as a member, in the tough area of Wisconsin I think you will enjoy reading the many posts by Puddytat, Giles Goat Boy, Downstate Democrat, and a great many others. To find them use the "search" window at the upper righthand corner of your screen and type in their posting names - as for example "rule of law." This will take you to their personal page here, and on it you'll be able to see many past diaries - all of which Kos keeps archived, like all diaries at this site.

    Hope to see more of your posts in the coming weeks.

    •  Thanks, Creosote (3+ / 0-)
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      AndrewR9, Puddytat, Creosote

      I've taken a look at Puddytat and Giles Goat Boy's diaries. Very good stuff! I'll check out Downstate Democrat too.

      We're using this Kos account mainly to increase exposure for the bloggers at our website and to raise awareness of our Grassroots network among the many talented Wisconsinites here on Kos.

      Feel free to join us on FB:

      (...and please tell your friends!)

      -Thanks again-

      •  Pardon but no Facebook here (1+ / 0-)
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        and I'm out in the Pacific Northwest. The Wisconsin situation has struck me from the first as a rather grisly test case on how humanly destructive Koch, Bradley, Walker & Co., fueled by Citizens United, can be.

        And almost all rural, even suburban, areas are now vulnerable.

        I hope your group will find a way to get more reality into people's hands!

      •  No facebook either (1+ / 0-)
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        Got a virus when I visited (just VISITED) a page one time.  Since then, I don't look and don't envision ever having an account.

        With that disappointment, however, let me share a joke

        Question:  How did the Koch Brothers get into the Wisconsin Capitol?

        Answer:  They bought a Walker.

        Sad, but true.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 12:26:33 AM PDT

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