NAACP suing state for prison gerrymandering

BY: - February 29, 2020

They argue in their civil lawsuit, which was filed in Commonwealth Court on Thursday by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Ballard Spahr, that it’s illegal for Pennsylvania to count prisoners as residents of the counties where they are incarcerated rather than the county where they were living before they were incarcerated.


Pa. made a $44M Census mistake in 2010. How one group is trying to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 22, 2020

"The rate of uncounted young kids in urban areas is double or triple the national figure," an advocacy group says.

Census 2020: Pa. is expected to lose a seat in Congress. Here’s why that’s a huge deal

BY: - January 9, 2020

With about 13 million people as of last year, Pennsylvania is the nation’s 5th most populous state. But other states, particularly those in the Sun Belt, are growing faster.

Philly MLK Jr. Day of Service to focus on voting rights, U.S. Census

BY: - January 9, 2020

By John N. Mitchell PHILADELPHIA — In celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service will highlight the role of African-American women in the suffrage movement and other voting–related themes. The annual event, which takes place Jan. 20, the official federal holiday, is expected to draw upwards of 150,000 […]

Census data: Fewer African Americans in Philly are living in poverty

BY: - September 30, 2019

The number of African Americans facing poverty in Philly was approximately 199,654 in 2016. It dropped by about 10,000 people to 189,534 in 2018.

U.S. House holds top Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question

BY: - July 17, 2019

The chamber voted 230-198, largely along partisan lines, to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt after they failed to comply with subpoenas from House Democrats. 

Census 2020: Why some Pa. lawmakers say the state’s inmates should be counted at home, rather than in prison

BY: - May 23, 2019

In the lead up to 2020 census, General Assembly lawmakers have their eyes on a small but potentially important change to state law — counting incarcerated people at their homes, not at the prisons where they're serving their time.

Gov. Wolf backs proposal to spend public dollars for 2020 census outreach

BY: - May 20, 2019

"A dollar per person will really help us take that first step forward and make sure we have an accurate census," a commission member said.


What to do about Pittsburgh’s population loss? A few prescriptions | Opinion

BY: - May 9, 2019

It starts with ending public school teacher and mass transit strikes; prevailing wage reform; ending economic development subsidies, and allowing voter approval for all local tax increases.


This one thing kept Erie from losing even more of its population last year | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 26, 2019

Spoiler Alert: Taco trucks have something to do with it.


This is what’s at stake in the Supreme Court fight over the 2020 Census | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 24, 2019

So let's talk about citizenship for a minute.

Wolf cabinet secretaries make the financial case for not ignoring the 2020 Census

BY: - April 1, 2019

One year before the next U.S. Census officially kicks off, a handful of Gov. Tom Wolf’s cabinet secretaries gathered in the Capitol on Monday to make the financial case for participating. “It isn’t a Republican issue. It’s isn’t a Democrat issue,” Rick Vilello, Department of Community and Economic Development deputy secretary for community affairs, said. […]