Michigan gerrymandering


Democrats blast Michigan Chamber over gerrymandering emails

July 27, 2018 | Joel Kurth

Chamber president claims group had no knowledge of emails blasting Democrats. Emails reported by Bridge show a top chamber executive was involved in several emails about Dems.

Emails suggest Republicans gerrymandered Michigan to weaken ‘Dem garbage’

July 25, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle

Emails involving Republican strategists and the Michigan Chamber emerge in a federal lawsuit. The messages suggest that helping GOP candidates was the central focus in redrawing legislative boundaries back in 2011.

Driveway by driveway, these volunteers aim to end gerrymandering in Michigan

July 25, 2018 | Riley Beggin

How a coalition of volunteers and donors from across the state are seeking public support for the Voters Not Politicians ballot drive to end gerrymandering, an effort which may be facing its final days.

Opinion | Don’t insult Michigan voters, let them vote on redistricting

July 18, 2018 | Bill Bobier, M.L. “Mickey” Knight

If the Supreme Court strikes down redistricting reform it would disrespect for the people’s right to decide how their government works, and contempt for the intelligence of voters.

Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot measure

July 18, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state’s High Court jousted with attorneys Wednesday over whether a measure that would change the way Michigan draws voting lines should be allowed to go to voters in November.

California’s redistricting commission has some free advice for Michigan

July 16, 2018 | Ron French

California has had a citizen redistricting commission since 2008 similar to the one proposed in Michigan. One lesson from the Left Coast: be prepared for lawsuits.

Michigan Supreme Court will decide redistricting battle

July 6, 2018 | Bridge Staff

The high court says it will hear arguments July 18 on whether to allow voters in November to consider a ballot measure that would change how legislative districts are drawn in Michigan.  

Bill Schuette asks Michigan Supreme Court to reject redistricting proposal

June 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Schuette, the attorney general and Republican frontrunner for governor, wants Michigan redistricting question off the November ballot. His office argues the proposal creates “a fourth branch of government.”

Opinion | Challenge to Michigan redistricting initiative show need for reform

June 21, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Putting reviews of ballot initiatives at the end of the process creates headaches and expensive misfires, says the president of the Citizens Research Council.

A Supreme Court challenge could be next for Michigan redistricting proposal

June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan redistricting measure may well be approved Wednesday for the November ballot. But the Michigan Supreme Court could still decide to reject the proposed constitutional amendment later this summer.

Redistricting proposal to appear on Michigan ballot, only Supreme Court in way

June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The petition to create an independent citizens redistricting commission was approved to appear on the general election ballot Wednesday. The Michigan Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to consider a challenge to the proposal.

Michigan redistricting proposal should be on November ballot, court rules

June 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin

An appeals court rejected a challenge to a Michigan ballot measure that would create an independent commission to decide how state legislative lines are drawn. State Supreme Court may make final call.

Michigan justices backed by opponents of redistricting proposal may decide its fate

June 8, 2018 | Craig Mauger

Michigan’s Supreme Court has a rich history of expensive judicial races and partisan pressure when it comes to redistricting. A 2018 ballot measure may hang in the balance.

Optimism grows that Michigan voters will decide pot, redistricting questions

April 19, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

As deadlines near, the road appears bumpier for a host of other proposals, from creating a part-time Legislature to shutting down an aging oil pipeline. Bridge updates all the state ballot measures.

Which 2018 Michigan ballot issues are going strong. Or going down.

November 27, 2017 | Lindsay VanHulle

Petition drives to stop gerrymandering or end prevailing wage laws are going strong. Others, like an effort to allow pot even for minors, not so much. A quickie guide to 8 potential ballot issues.

California holds clues to how a redistricting commission could change Michigan

October 19, 2017 | Ron French

More competitive races. More public input. But don’t look for a massive swing in electoral prospects.

Michigan gerrymandering petition on pace for ballot. Will state justices stop it?

October 19, 2017 | Ron French

The 300,000-plus registered voters may not be as important as seven state Supreme Court justices in determining if an independent commission should set political boundaries rather than politicians.

Finding a solution to gerrymandering in Michigan

October 3, 2017 | Phil Power

A U.S. Supreme Court case could lead to a profound upheaval in both political parties’ ability to act out their parochial and selfish political impulses.

Gerrymandered political districts poison democracy

June 27, 2017 | Phil Power

Will the U.S. Supreme Court strike down a Wisconsin system that heavily favors one political party over another? If so, watch for seismic changes in states like Michigan. 

Gerrymandering in Michigan is among the nation’s worst, new test claims

April 13, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Heard of the ‘efficiency gap’? You may soon. It’s key to a Wisconsin redistricting lawsuit that could eventually affect how Michigan’s lines are drawn.