Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is drawing fire from Republicans, who say she’s trying to ‘rig elections to favor Democrats’ with a deal to end a suit over redistricting.
Jocelyn Benson seeks to settle the lawsuit that labeled the state’s legislative districts unfair. A settlement could pave way for new districts to be drawn for the 2020 election.
The new Michigan secretary of state has spent years criticizing partisan redistricting. Now she heads the office that has defended the state against gerrymandering accusations. A federal trial is only weeks away.
Demographic shifts in Michigan favor Democrats as the population in rural Michigan declines, forcing new maps that should have more “purple” districts.
Republicans say they are setting processes in place for a commission to oversee political redistricting, as well as reforms such as same-day voting. Proponents suspect an ulterior motive.
Supporters of the group behind Michigan’s new redistricting commission are livid over a bill that would define political party affiliations for the new system.
Emails, election results are enough for three-judge federal panel to rule that a League of Women Voters lawsuit challenging Republican redistricting maps in Michigan can go to trial
Explore how gerrymandering helped GOP keep control of Michigan’s House and Senate, even though Democrats got more votes.
An analysis of statewide House and Senate races shows how Michigan Republicans kept control of both the House and Senate in the Nov. 6 election, despite receiving less votes than Democratic candidates statewide.
Michigan's Proposal 2, a ballot measure to take the drawing of legislative lines out of politicians’ hands in an effort to end gerrymandering was supported by voters across the state, from Democratic strongholds to Republican ones as well.
Michigan Democrats win big in statewide balloting Tuesday. But district lines drawn in 2011 helped the GOP maintain majorities in state House and Senate.
Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.
The improbable story of how a political novice upended Michigan’s biased system for drawing legislative districts, transforming the state’s political landscape.
Voters Not Politicians makes no apologies for accepting $10 million from dark-money groups, saying its well-funded opponents are doing the same. Critics say the donations show national progressive groups are steering the ballot effort.
Voters Not Politicians, advocating for a citizens redistricting committee, made nearly $14 million. Protect My Vote, a committee that does not support redistricting or voting ballot measures, has brought in $1.47 million. Bridge brings you up to the minute on spending around all three Michigan ballot issues.
Experts confirm Proposal 2 would be more expensive than our current redistricting system, but the ballot initiative has accountability provisions the radio ad ignores
Some Republicans were ‘beyond pissed’ and ‘just hated’ proposed political districts that threatened their power, prompting wheeling and dealing to ensure favorable districts in 2011, new emails in federal gerrymandering suit claim.
Voters Not Politicians says it will stop partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. We explain how the proposal works, how it might not, and where the money is coming from. Part 2 of 3 on state ballot issues.
Each side in the battle over partisan gerrymandering has brought in national money for their campaigns. That’s where the similarities end.