Michigan 14th Congressional district http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: 14th District follies http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-14th-district-follies <p></p><p>Less than two years ago, Congressman Gary Peters and his supporters spent nearly $2 million to win a congressional seat different from the one he already held, and one in which he did not live. That wasn’t really his fault.</p><p>Michigan lost a seat in Congress. Redistricting had largely eliminated his old district, and Peters had to run somewhere. In this case, he ended up running against another Democratic incumbent, Hansen Clarke, in the oddest shaped district in our history.</p><p>The current 14th looks like an old man sitting in a chair with his legs tucked under. His head is Pontiac, his neck, Keego Harbor, His body takes in a wide swath of Oakland County suburbs, from West Bloomfield through Farmington Hills and Southfield, before expanding to include many poor neighborhoods in Detroit. Finally, the legs take in the Grosse Pointes, and the feet end up in a Hispanic neighborhood near the coming new Detroit River Bridge.</p><p>This doesn’t exactly fit the ideal standard for a district composed of communities with common interests, but it did fit the needs of the Republican legislature, which wanted to pack as many Democrats into as few districts as possible. Plus, they felt that the Voting Rights Act required them to create two districts that had a majority of African-American residents.</p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:53:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12315 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: 14th District follies Detroit Congressman Clarke calls race allegations a "sickening" distraction; says he won't debate http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-congressman-clarke-calls-race-allegations-sickening-distraction-says-he-wont-debate <p>Detroit Congressman Hansen Clarke says his political opponents are trying to smear him by raising questions about his racial heritage.</p><p>And on Tuesday, he made it clear he&rsquo;s had enough.</p><p>Clarke is in a tough primary fight against three other Democrats in Michigan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/02/the_most_interesting_primary_i.html">newly-redrawn 14th district.</a></p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 14:17:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8142 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Congressman Clarke calls race allegations a "sickening" distraction; says he won't debate