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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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Michigan voters to decide paid sick leave issue in fall. Minimum wage effort stalled.

July 27, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

State canvassers on Friday voted to certify a ballot proposal for November to require employers to offer paid sick leave, but deadlocked on another to raise the minimum wage.

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.

Where they stand: Michigan governor candidates on jobs and the economy

July 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Democrats have ambitious programs to fix what ails Michigan such as bad roads and rotten schools. Republicans and Libertarians say they can address the state’s challenges without tax increases.

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.

Poll: Michigan Dems more alarmed about nation, more excited to vote in November

July 24, 2018 | Ron French

A survey of Michigan residents also suggests that large majorities of voters take a dim view of money in politics and want want to make it easier for people to vote.

Group tied to Michigan governor candidate Gretchen Whitmer reveals donors

July 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Build a Better Michigan had faced accusations it was a vehicle for “dark-money” contributions to the Democratic hopeful. Monday’s release showed more traditional union and progressive support.

Six more meetings set on controversial Michigan social studies standards

July 23, 2018 | Ron French

Public outcry over proposed changes to the standards, including deletion of “democratic” from “Core democratic values” at the request of a Republican legislator, has delayed approval.

Watch: In-depth interviews with Michigan candidates for governor

July 19, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Candidates for governor met with Bridge and the Detroit Journalism Cooperative for an hour each. Watch the videos or read the transcripts for the most in-depth and substantive interviews available with those who seek to run Michigan for the next four years.

Where do they stand? The governor candidates on their plans for Michigan

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Bridge interviewed gubernatorial candidates to find their answers to crumbling roads, slumping test scores, contaminated water and other problems vexing Michigan.

Is FOIA like the Russia probe? And other surprises from Michigan GOP candidates

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

One candidate doubts the value of a math major. Another likened a stronger public records laws to the Mueller probe, and not in a good way.

IDs for undocumented workers? And other surprises from Michigan Democrats

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Five surprises from Democratic governor candidates. One wants more services for undocumented workers. Another would prepare for a recession with construction jobs. A third can’t say when it’s raining.

Brian Calley: What Michigan could learn from ‘Pissed Off Autism Moms’

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The lieutenant governor says he and other parents of kids with autism learned how to fight big insurance and win.

Patrick Colbeck: Eliminate income taxes to expand Michigan’s economy, population

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Republican running for governor says tax could be gradually reduced to zero without cutting schools or public safety.