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Lessenberry on gerrymandering, "Michigan Jobs First" plan, and wrongful convictions

Jul 19, 2017

A group called Voters Not Politicians is trying to get a question about gerrymandering on the 2018 statewide ballot. Gerrymandering refers to the process of drawing voting districts to favor certain politicians or populations. Their plan would create a 13-member citizens panel to oversee redistricting. It would be made up of five independent voters, four Democrats, and four Republicans. 

Senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry talks to Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about how this ballot initiative could change current voting districts.

They also talk about a "Michigan Jobs First" bill introduced by Democrats to favor Michigan companies, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's decision to establish a unit to investigate possible wrongful convictions, and how the state's practice of blocking certain Twitter followers resulted in blocking the account used by former President Obama and President Trump.