Michigan’s population is flat, but districts that are heavily Democratic tended to lose more residents than Republican areas, according to a Bridge Michigan analysis. Rep. Dan Kildee’s district lost the most.
The authors argue that hiring Washington, D.C. law firm BakerHostetler as litigation consultant would subvert the nonpartisan mission of the commission as it redraws the state’s unfairly gerrymandered political maps.
The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission sought to extend a Sept. 17 deadline for redrawing political maps, noting that new U.S. Census population figures would not even be available to it until the end of September.
Democrat Joe Biden carried Michigan by extending his support into the suburbs to withstand a surge for Republican Donald Trump in rural parts of the state. But precinct-level data shows many exceptions, with one sliver of Detroit going for Trump and more of west Michigan favoring Biden.
Republicans in the Michigan House want to award most of the state’s presidential electors by congressional district, an overhaul that would increase clout of rural areas and decrease it in metro Detroit.