About one year ago, an armed mob broke into the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. The mob was eventually subdued, and many Capitol stormers are being tried in court, but the events that day marked the first time a group of people attempted to disrupt the peaceful transfer of presidential..
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and congressional Democrats commemorate the one-year anniversary of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol. Supporters of then-President Trump stormed the building after a rally at the White House to protest the 2020 election certification. Trusted, accurate, up-to-date. WDET strives to make our journalism accessible to..
Rep. Brenda Lawrence, Michigan’s only Black member of Congress, will not seek re-election, and her retirement announcement has shaken up the races for the 12th and 13th Congressional Districts. In a video statement posted Tuesday night, Lawrence says she knows her retirement from Congress will leave a void in African American representation in the state. “It is not lost on me that I'm currently the only Black member of..
This year, electoral politics will be critical in Michigan and across the country. Notably, however, this election will be distinct from those of the past. That’s largely because the state has new political maps that were drawn not by politicians in Lansing, but by an independent redistricting commission made up of citizens. “It really was an exercise..
Up until now partisan politicians have been able to draw maps behind closed doors in ways that have disproportionately advantaged whichever party happened to control the state legislature. This time, the process has – by and large – played out in real time in the open. “This is what many have called an ‘experiment in democracy.’”..
Not everyone is happy with Michigan’s new legislative and congressional maps. There’s plenty of criticism coming from all sides of the political spectrum. On Monday, a group of current and former lawmakers and political activists announced their intention to file the first major lawsuit challenging the maps themselves. “We have rights in this country just like everybody..
A group of current and former Detroit-area legislators say they’re filing a lawsuit to force the state’s redistricting commission to start over. The Democratic lawmakers say new maps adopted by the commission will force too many Detroit incumbents to run against each other in primaries. Courtesy of State Rep. Tenisha Yancey Democratic Representative Tenisha Yancey..
After many decades of having a “Dingell” represent Dearborn, the city will have a new congressional representative. Michigan’s independent commission has officially re-written its political maps, which will soon cause a shift in political representation. “The vote we have is the fundamental foundation of our democracy and people are trying to undermine people’s confidence in that. You..
It’s a wrap on 2021, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still look back at some of the highs and lows of last year. As part of the weekly series MichMash, WDET’s Jake Neher and Slate’s Cheyna Roth focus on the blunders of 2021 with Gongwer Michigan's Jordyn Hermani. Hermani, Gongwer's state House reporter, took on an interesting..
The first iteration of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission was bound to have some hiccups. It’s difficult enough redrawing heavily gerrymandered state legislative districts, but then bad advice by the commission’s legal team led to a 90-minute closed door session and a lawsuit taken to the Michigan Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the state’s new redistricting commission will start the process of voting..