Michigan gerrymandering

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Proposal to end gerrymandering resonated in red and blue Michigan

November 9, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Gerrymandered districts help Republicans keep control of Michigan Legislature

November 8, 2018 | Mike Wilkinson, Joel Kurth

Michigan Democrats win big in statewide balloting Tuesday. But district lines drawn in 2011 helped the GOP maintain majorities in state House and Senate.

Overnight, it’s a new Michigan. Women sweep to power in change election.

November 7, 2018 | Ron French, Jim Malewitz, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Welcome, legalized pot. So long, gerrymandering. Democrats and women score big victories, as ballot measures all pass. Republicans hold onto Legislature, promising divided government.

One woman’s Facebook post leads to Michigan vote against gerrymandering

November 7, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The improbable story of how a political novice upended Michigan’s biased system for drawing legislative districts, transforming the state’s political landscape.

Michigan Proposal 2 redistricting group defends dark money as fighting fire with fire

November 1, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

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.

Michigan redistricting group brings in whopping $13.9 million

October 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

Truth Squad | Scare tactics on Michigan redistricting measure get foul rating

October 22, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Experts confirm Proposal 2 would be more expensive than our current redistricting system, but the ballot initiative has accountability provisions the radio ad ignores

Emails: Michigan Republicans brag that redistricting ‘protects incumbents’

October 13, 2018 | Joel Kurth

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.

Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 2 (redistricting)

October 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

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.

Who is funding the fight over a redistricting proposal in Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Alexandra Schmidt

Each side in the battle over partisan gerrymandering has brought in national money for their campaigns. That’s where the similarities end.

5 concerns about Michigan’s redistricting proposal and what to make of them

October 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

It’s more expensive, you can’t vote commission members out of office, and the commission might exclude your mom. Experts weigh in on each of these critiques and others.

Opinion | Redistricting proposal is confusing and bad for Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Tony Daunt

Prop 2 would be a disaster for Michigan, says Tony Daunt of the Michigan Freedom Fund.

Opinion | Gerrymandering has been ‘weaponized’ in Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Author David Daley has studied Michigan political districts and says expected Democratic gains only prove the power of gerrymandering in the state.

Phil Power | Michigan’s elections are rigged. Is redistricting proposal the answer?

October 10, 2018 | Phil Power

Proposal 2 would take the drawing of legislative lines out of the hands of politicians. But it could also exclude people of good will who want to participate.

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

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

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.

Bridge Magazine guide to the 2018 Michigan ballot proposals

September 12, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Three statewide Michigan ballot proposals will appear in November, ranging from legalizing recreational marijuana to voting and redistricting reform. Bridge offers a quickie guide to their pros and cons, and who is funding them.

Opinion | Why computers alone can’t fix Michigan gerrymandering

September 12, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Why do we need a redistricting commission made up of fallible, possibly biased people to redraw Michigan’s political boundaries? Can’t a computer do that? Eric Lupher explains why you need both

Michigan redistricting group gets $250,000 donation for fall ballot battle

September 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters Not Politicians received the money from a national group pushing redistricting reform headed by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder. Critics say it’s more proof of a Democratic scheme.

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