10 Questions that Count: Alaska First

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Throughout the year, the Brian Lehrer Show will be covering the 2010 census and what it means for the New York region. Valerie Lapinski, the BL Show's census editor, is in Alaska where polling begins ahead of the rest of the country. She checks in from Sitka to discuss the early counting and preview the 10 Questions that Count project.


Valerie Lapinski

Comments [5]


I remember a story on WNYC a few years ago about a group of law firms that catalogs every tripping hazard on NYC streets and sidewalks and turns it into the city. You can not sue the city inless they were aware of the problem and didn't fix it.
That seems like a HUGE undertaking.
Counting people seems easier. I guess it is all about goals and motivation...

Jan. 07 2010 11:35 AM
John from Bergen County NJ

Check out
it shows a bridge to somewhere.
Looks nice.

Jan. 07 2010 11:34 AM
Jon from NYC

To Derek from 42nd St [1]:
Because it's a far, far better thing to be known and represented in a faulty democracy than to be unknown and ignored in a perfect democracy.

Jan. 07 2010 11:33 AM
hjs from 11211

rachel maddow had a story last night about people who are upset that the census uses the word negro.

Jan. 07 2010 11:32 AM
Derek from 42nd St.

Is the census needed? The Census according the US Constitution is mandated to apportion the representatives by State. Why has the US Congress not expanded its membership since the 1910 census and why did the Congress freeze the membership at 435 in the Reapportionment Act of 1929. The congressional distinct sizes have tripled in population (212,000 to 650,000) while the Congressional House membership has been stagnant at 435. If this is truly a representative government we need to increase the House Membership. This also affects the Electoral College and Presidential elections.
Also the Method of Equal Proportions is a disaster for apportionment and an equal divisor method would be ideal with a fixed number of people per Representatives
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Jan. 07 2010 11:27 AM

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