Politics can be messy. Politics can be confusing. But, that certainly doesn't mean politics can't be a total thrilling joy-ride. Join It's Just Politics hosts Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta every Monday morning for a fast-paced spin around Michigan politics.
State board to take up redistricting ballot question this week
The proposal to change how Michigan draws the lines for congressional and legislative districts is about to go on the ballot. But, will it stay there? The question to create an independent commission to handle the job of redistricting is poised to become Proposal 2 on the November ballot. The group that gives the OK to what questions make it on the ballot meets Wednesday.
Update: Group opposed to redistricting ballot asks MI Supreme Court for ruling
Update, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.: The group Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court and asked the justices to put an immediate hold on the lower court decision that would place the question on the November ballot. The court asked the Supreme Court to act before the Board of State Canvassers schedules its next meeting to comply with the order. Now, it’s up to the Supreme Court justices to decide whether to grant the motion while they decide
After 8 years of GOP control, Schuette wants Michiganders to re-visit Granholm's legacy
Jennifer Granholm has been out of Michigan's gubernatorial office for over seven years. But, this year, her name is back in the spotlight. With Republicans running the show in Lansing for the past eight years, it has been especially hard for GOP gubernatorial candidates to run on the basis of change. This election is expected to be a referendum on Donald Trump and the way Republicans are managing things in Washington D.C., or the legacy of Rick Snyder.
A Libertarian primary for the first time in Michigan history
This year, Libertarians will join Republicans and Democrats with candidates on the August primary ballot in Michigan. This is something that doesn’t happen very often. In fact, the last time a third party qualified to hold a primary in Michigan was 1998.
Democratic candidates shun Nancy Pelosi amid hopes of "blue wave"
Democrats like their chances in Election 2018 as they hope President Trump’s unfavorables will help them win the House in November. But Republicans have their own emblematic figure they are using to paint a dark picture of the ramifications of a “blue wave.” As much as Democrats expect and hope people are ready to get out and vote against Donald Trump, Republicans think and hope the same may be true for the House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
Do you have a legal right to have your signature counted on a petition?
Do you have a right to have your name counted when you sign a petition? Or, can it be thrown out on a technicality that has nothing to do with you? There are two recent instances in Michigan where, although signatures on a petition were collected, it’s unclear whether those signatures will actually be counted.
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