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Blog: Immigration Reform As Viewed From a Classroom

Blog: Immigration Reform As Viewed From a Classroom
OUR country’s immigration policies are reflected in the lives of my students. Some kids are taught from early ages to protect the people they love or those people will be sent away, never to be seen again. Some are made to lie, forced to cheat, and threatened with unnamed horrors so their undocumented family members can remain in the shadows.
One clue comes with simple questions. How many brothers and sisters do you have? Do your mother and father speak English? How long have you lived in Colorado? When the answers keep changing, you learn to stop asking.
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Swinging the Swing State: Working Class Whites Now Less Than 50% of Voters in Ohio

Swinging the Swing State: Working Class Whites Now Less Than 50% of Voters in Ohio
For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. Nationwide, working-class whites are more likely to be socially conservative, less optimistic about their futures and skeptical of big government. But in Ohio, the group has been much more politically divided: encompassing deeply religious, GOP-leaning conservatives in rural areas as well as unionized blue-collar Democrats in cities.
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79 Percent of Camden Children Below Federal Poverty Line; NJ at Its Worst Since 1950s

79 Percent of Camden Children Below Federal Poverty Line; NJ at Its Worst Since 1950s
Legal Services of New Jersey issued its annual poverty report, which found that more people in the state had trouble making ends meet in 2011 than at any time since the late 1950s. Some scary stats included in the report: 2.7 million residents living in actual poverty, including 38.5 percent of all children (a number that skyrockets to 79 percent in Camden).
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Connecting the Dots of the US 2010 Census

Check out this cool map created by software engineer Brandon Martin-Anderson, which shows every person counted by the 2010 US and 2011 Canadian censuses.
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Online Census Option Targets Tablet Users, Young Adults

The Census Bureau said it is hoping to tap into the changing information habits of Americans, especially younger adults, who are increasingly turning to computers, tablets and smartphones for their communications. Over the last two censuses, the government has struggled with decreasing response rates, due to a combination of perceived inconvenience and concerns about revealing personal information in surveys.
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End Gerrymandering Now

On November 6, Virginia's presidential vote went to the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, by about 4 percentage points.  The Senate seat went to the Democratic candidate, Tim Kaine, by almost 6 percent.  At the same time, in the eleven congressional races, all of the incumbents won-eight Republicans and three Democrats.   Does that mean that huge numbers of Virginians were splitting their votes?
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