How a shadow Republican group gerrymandered Michigan – sparking a backlash

How a shadow Republican group gerrymandered Michigan – sparking a backlash

September 25, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Led by Michigan Chamber executives, the Michigan Redistricting Resource Institute paid $1 million to bolster GOP control of Lansing and the state’s congressional delegation even as state Democrats won just as many votes.

These Republican insiders split $1 million to design and defend Michigan 2011 maps

September 25, 2018 | Bridge Staff in Public Sector

An obscure nonprofit, the Michigan Redistricting Resource Institute, paid the funds from undisclosed sources to GOP lawyers and consultants to draw legislative lines that favored the party in 2011 redistricting

Maps show how gerrymandering benefitted Michigan Republicans

September 25, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson in Public Sector

How the Michigan GOP used scalpel-like precision –  and sometimes the bluntness of a dull axe – to redraw state political boundaries in their favor since 2000.

A final meeting, and Michigan’s social studies standards head for a rewrite

September 21, 2018 | Ron French in Talent & Education

No gay rights. No Roe v. Wade. No Climate Change. That could change, after the Michigan Department of Education was inundated with complaints about social studies revisions for K-12 students.

Truth Squad: Republicans attack Dana Nessel for firm’s defense on sex crimes

September 21, 2018 | Ron French in Michigan Truth Squad

A TV ad blasts the Democratic attorney general candidate for her former law firm’s defense of accused child sex offenders, and ties her to Weinstein, Cosby and Nassar for good measure.

Opinion | You’re paying less taxes than you think. And that’s a problem.

September 21, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Sanjay Gupta in Guest Commentary

We can’t make good policy decisions if the ‘facts’ in our heads are wrong, say two Michigan State University economists.

Bill Schuette no longer touts Trump ties, but president’s shadow follows

September 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin in Public Sector

Michigan's November election will be all about President Donald Trump, whether the candidates for governor like it or not. (Spoiler alert: Democrats like it.)

Turning Gretchen Whitmer into Granholm, a Republican gamble in governor race

September 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle in Public Sector

Republicans say Gretchen Whitmer would push the same tax and economic policies as Michigan’s last Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm. The record is more complicated.

Opinion | I’m disabled, and it took me 15 years to find a dentist in Michigan

September 20, 2018 | Paul Palmer in Guest Commentary

Michigan’s dentist shortage is even more severe for vulnerable populations like the disable and the poor.

Opinion | Michigan has abandoned cities. Let’s reverse course with online sales taxes

September 20, 2018 | Dan Gilmartin in Guest Commentary

Michigan ranks dead last in supporting its communities. But the state will reap a $200 million windfall from collecting taxes on Internet sales that should help parks, police and firefighters in cities statewide.

A slow-moving ‘disaster’ is threatening Lake Superior and way of life

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

The Buffalo Reef in the Keweenaw Peninsula teems with lake trout and whitefish. But a mountain of waste from a closed mine is slowly seeping into the water, prompting a desperate search for a solution.

Slideshow: In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, mining waste threatens Buffalo Reef

September 18, 2018 | Jim Malewitz in Michigan Environment Watch

View photos from the past and present showing how waste from a closed mine is smothering key fish spawning grounds in Lake Superior’s Keweenaw Bay.

Mining waste and growing wetlands mean more mercury in fish in Upper Peninsula

September 18, 2018 | Eric Freedman in Michigan Environment Watch

A Michigan Tech researcher says studies show humans are at risk because of high levels of the toxic metal in inland Great Lakes fish.

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