It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
Before I reveal who won the week this week, I need to provide some background. So please bear with me for a moment.
Article 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the federal government conducts a comprehensive and complete count of its population once every 10 years. This decennial process provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and federal financial support for local hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources.
The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts. And even in the best of times, counting roughly 330 million people is a monumental task. In the middle of a pandemic, it becomes incalculably harder.
The Census Bureau anticipated this back in April, during the first wave of the coronavirus, when it requested from Congress a four-month extension to deliver its data. Current federal law requires the data to be turned in by Dec. 31st. The extension would have run through April 2021. As part of its request, the bureau said it would continue knocking on doors, trying to reach every person in the country, through the end of October.
So of course, Trump ordered the Census Bureau to conclude operations for the census a full month earlier than what the Census Bureau requested. With about four in 10 households yet to be counted, ending the crucial in-person canvas one month early would ensure a significant undercount of minorities, immigrants, as well as rural populations and other groups. Such an undercount would benefit the GOP for the next decade, at least.Okay, with that background out of the way, this week’s Who Won the Week winner is U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in California.
Judge Koh ordered a preliminary injunction to stop the 2020 census from finishing at month’s end and suspended a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress. Koh said the shortened schedule ordered by the Trump administration likely would produce inaccurate results that would last a decade.
Naturally, the day after Judge Koh’s ruling, the Trump administration asked the Ninth Circuit Court to immediately suspend her ruling, arguing that the September 30 deadline must stand in order for it to be able to deliver final population counts to Congress by December 31, as it is required to do by federal law.
As Rachel Maddow is wont to say, “Watch this space.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?