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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:47 PM

BREAKING: Federal Court orders Michigan districts redrawn for 2020

Detroit — Michigan must redraw legislative and congressional districts for the 2020 elections because Republican lawmakers unconstitutionally gerrymandered current maps, a three-judge federal panel ruled Thursday.

The blockbuster ruling requires Michigan to conduct special state Senate elections for certain seats next year, cutting in half the four-year terms that current lawmakers are now serving.

The “predominate purpose” of the redistricting plan approved by the GOP-led Legislature in 2011 “was to subordinate the interests of Democratic voters and entrench Republicans in power,” said the unanimous decision written by U.S. Circuit Court Judge Eric Clay, an appointee of Democratic President Bill Clinton.

“Therefore, the enacted plan constitutes a durable partisan gerrymander.”

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/25/michigan-gerrymandering/3576663002/

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Reply BREAKING: Federal Court orders Michigan districts redrawn for 2020 (Original post)
brooklynite Apr 2019 OP
Siwsan Apr 2019 #1
Recursion Apr 2019 #2
Siwsan Apr 2019 #3
Recursion Apr 2019 #4
Siwsan Apr 2019 #5
progressoid Apr 2019 #6
diva77 Apr 2019 #7
former9thward Apr 2019 #8
bluestarone Apr 2019 #11
former9thward Apr 2019 #18
FakeNoose Apr 2019 #9
aidbo Apr 2019 #10
spanone Apr 2019 #12
llmart Apr 2019 #13
Wounded Bear Apr 2019 #14
Turbineguy Apr 2019 #15
mahannah Apr 2019 #16
DFW Apr 2019 #17

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:49 PM

1. I just hope I keep my current representation, which is 100% Democrats

Especially Dan Kildee. He's a great Congressman.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:53 PM

2. Dale's son, I assume? (nt)

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Response to Recursion (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:54 PM

3. His nephew

He took up where Dale left off, and is doing a fantastic job. We couldn't wish for better representation.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:56 PM

4. Awesome. I remember Dale from when I worked on the Hill back in the neolithic

Great guy, and glad to hear his district is still in good hands

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Response to Recursion (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:01 PM

5. The Kildee family and my family go back a long way - to the North end of Flint

Dale was a very close friend of one of my uncles. I always got a big hug, when ever I saw him at a political event.

Dan and his staff are just as involved and effective as was Dale's so we are in great hands.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:10 PM

6. How long can the MI gop draw this out?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:12 PM

7. K&R

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:14 PM

8. This decision will be put on hold.

The Supreme Court currently has two cases on gerrymandering and they should be decided by the end of June. All other cases, including this one from Michigan, will have to follow whatever the SC decides in their cases.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:22 PM

11. Then they will all claim it's too close to election time right?

Wouldn't surprise me that they try to redraw map AFTER the 2020 election! Is this possible?

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Response to bluestarone (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:22 PM

18. Yes, those things may happen.

We will just have to wait until the June decisions.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:14 PM

9. Congratulations to Michigan Democrats!

This was a tough battle, and now you've got the go-ahead. We did the same in Pennsylvania last year and it really made a difference for us. Several districts turned blue in 2018 because the new map was fairly (or almost fairly) drawn for the first time since before 2010.


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:22 PM

10. Awesome!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:24 PM

12. K&R...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:24 PM

13. Great news!

When I first moved to Michigan, my district was strongly Democratic until the gerrymandering and we ended up with Repugs all the time.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:41 PM

14. Let's hope it wins on appeal...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:47 PM

15. No Fair!

How can republicans get elected if they can't cheat?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 03:57 PM

16. Yes (in Kalamazoo)!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:00 PM

17. Now THERE is some news worth breaking! n/t

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