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Court Ruling on Michigan Points to Dems Keeping US House

Court Ruling on Michigan Points to Dems Keeping US House

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Friday, 26 April 2019 06:36 AM Current | Bio | Archive

No sooner had a three-judge federal panel on Thursday afternoon ruled that Michigan must redraw the maps of its U.S. House and legislative districts than state and national Republicans began worrying that their chances of recapturing the House in 2020 were fading.

“It’s the redistricting follies all over again,” former Ingham County GOP Chairman Tom Klunzinger told Newsmax. 

In many ways, Republicans see this as the next step in thinly veiled partisan strikes by the courts against maps of districts that favor Republicans. 

In January, 2018, the Democrat-controlled State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania struck down the U.S. House map drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature.  The subsequent plan approved by the jurists resulted in Democrats making a net gain of three seats in the Keystone State’s U.S. House delegation—taking it from a 12-6 Republican advantage to a 9-9 tie between the parties.

The suit against the Michigan U.S. districts was brought by the League of Women Voters.  Two of the three retired jurists on the panel were appointed by former President Bill Clinton—U.S. Appellate Judge Eric Clay (a Yale Law School classmate of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s) and U.S. District Judge Denise Page Hood.  The third jurist, U.S. District Judge Gordon J. Quist, 82, was appointed by Republican President George H.W. Bush.

In language strikingly similar to that of the Pennsylvania judges, the panel in Michigan said that the legislators who drew the congressional and legislative districts for Michigan in 2011 put “partisan considerations” above all others at every step in the process. 

Their ruling specifically ordered the legislature to redraw 34 of the Wolverine State’s 162 congressional and legislative districts because their present lines “ensured that Republicans could enjoy durable majorities.” The plans, which require approval of both legislative houses (still in GOP hands) and Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, must be submitted to the three judges for approval by Aug. 1.

Republicans have called on the legislature to hold off on a new redistricting plan until the U.S. Supreme Court makes its ruling on gerrymandering in cases involving the states of Maryland and North Carolina. 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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