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Truth Squad | A video attacks Michigan redistricting proposal

Truth Squad | A video attacks Michigan redistricting proposal

September 6, 2018 | Riley Beggin

An animated video by the Michigan Freedom Fund conveys a dire future of one-party Democratic rule if the Voters Not Politicians ballot proposal becomes law.

Here’s how Michigan’s redistricting commission would work

Here’s how Michigan’s redistricting commission would work

August 30, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters will decide in November whether they’d like to create a citizens redistricting commission for drawing district lines. Here’s what we know, and don’t know about how that commission would work.

Michigan redistricting ballot language rejects partisan phrasings

Michigan redistricting ballot language rejects partisan phrasings

August 30, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Bureau of Elections’ proposed ballot wording for the Voters Not Politicians initiative focuses on the structure of what a new redistricting commission would look like. It faces a hearing Thursday.

Amid jeers, Michigan Republicans select a supreme court justice who strayed

Amid jeers, Michigan Republicans select a supreme court justice who strayed

August 25, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Elizabeth Clement, an incumbent justice who voted in favor of two Republican-opposed causes, secured her party’s nomination Saturday despite some palpable frustration on the convention floor.

Will Michigan Republicans take down Justice Clement? If so, here’s how.

Will Michigan Republicans take down Justice Clement? If so, here’s how.

August 23, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan GOP Supreme Court justice is under fire for votes in recent cases on guns and redistricting. Some party delegates remain furious, but it’s unclear if they will challenge her at Saturday’s party convention.

Next hurdle for Michigan redistricting backers: ballot language

Next hurdle for Michigan redistricting backers: ballot language

August 1, 2018 | Ron French

The description of a proposal can be no longer than 100 words on November’s ballot. Those words can clarify, confuse, anger or motivate voters. The battle over Michigan’s redistricting proposal is about to start.

Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group

Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group

July 31, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Riley Beggin

A campaign treasurer for Republican-backed justices is on the board of a dark-money group that helped finance the drawing of GOP-friendly legislative districts, federal records show. The justices say they didn’t know.

Voting results deliver on Michigan Chamber VP’s gerrymandering promise

Voting results deliver on Michigan Chamber VP’s gerrymandering promise

July 31, 2018 | John Bebow

A Bridge analysis of 410 House, Senate and congressional races since 2011 shows that only 16 were competitive, with Dems crammed into limited districts as Republicans solidified state control.

Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s highest court rules that voters can decide in November whether to approve a measure that would put an independent commission in charge of redrawing legislative lines in the state. Two Republicans join two Dems.

Four takeaways from Michigan Supreme Court upholding redistricting ballot proposal

Four takeaways from Michigan Supreme Court upholding redistricting ballot proposal

July 31, 2018 | Ron French

A high-priced battle and a wedge issue for governor. What did the Supreme Court ruling change?

Michigan politicians, others react to Supreme Court redistricting decision

Michigan politicians, others react to Supreme Court redistricting decision

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan's high court, in a 4-3 decision, approved a proposed ballot proposal that would change how the state draws legislative lines. See how politicians and experts reacted to the news.

Democrats blast Michigan Chamber over gerrymandering emails

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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