America’s Blackest city may face a future without a Black representative in Congress, thanks to new political districts and competition among Democrats.
The 13-member citizen panel has been beset with bickering and accusations of bullying. Now, a commissioner is suing the group on claims it violated the Freedom of Information Act.
The nonpartisan group is partnering with a Washington D.C. law center in seeking to intervene against a Republican lawsuit challenging new congressional boundaries.
Michigan Supreme Court hears oral arguments over racial composition of new districts. Makers of the maps say minorities don’t need to be in majority to elect candidates.
The suit claims the districts violate the constitution because they don’t have even populations. One of the plaintiffs is challenging Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for re-election.
The redrawn redistricting maps give Democrats the first chance in a generation to flip the Michigan Legislature. But Black leaders say it could happen at the expense of electing Black candidates.
The commission contended Blacks will get more political power by being spread out in multiple districts. Lawmakers disagree.
Michigan’s two majority-Black congressional districts are eliminated. Eight of 14 incumbents would have to face off against each other or run in different districts.
Read the seven memos Bridge Michigan and other news outlets sued to make public. Most materials discuss the Voting Rights Act and drawing of majority-minority districts.
Bridge Michigan was among several media organizations that sued the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission for its failure to make public a private hearing and refusing to release secret legal memos related to its work.