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Mon April 11, 2011
Redrawing Michigan's political map - Will it be fair?
A state House panel will begin the process of redrawing Michigan’s political maps this week at the state Capitol. The redistricting process works like any other law that is approved by the Legislature and then moves on to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.
The new political map will also most likely be contested and end up in front of the Michigan Supreme Court. But with all areas of government controlled by Republicans, many Democrats are skeptical that the process will be fair.
Republican state Representative Pete Lund will chair the committee.
“Everyone sees it as being so political, but it’s really not. It’s amazing, too, is how much you go into this your start realizing some of these lines almost draw themselves.”
One set of lines Democrats are particularly worried about is that of Democratic Congressman Gary Peters. Michigan will lose a seat in Congress next year, and many Democrats think Republicans heading the redistricting process will draw lines to hurt Peters’ chance of getting reelected.