Rick Haglund: Census shows Michigan is still losing the race to attract young talent

BY: - August 30, 2021

Alarm bells should be ringing in the heads of state policymakers over Michigan’s latest census figures. Why, you ask? At first glance, the numbers look pretty good. The 2020 census, released earlier this month, shows Michigan has 10,077,331 residents. That’s the first time the state has cracked the 10 million mark since 2008. Many of […]

Michigan redistricting process could face more delays 

BY: - August 20, 2021

Michigan’s redistricting commission began drafting new congressional and legislative maps on Friday and will do so through Oct. 8. This comes after the commission approved Thursday a process and schedule to draft the maps in a 10-2 vote. The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission adopted a mapping schedule last week and a second round of hearings […]

Independent redistricting panel hires GOP-connected law firm, despite concerns

BY: - August 13, 2021

Updated, 8:20 a.m., 8/13/21 After hours of discussion, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) voted 9-2 on Thursday to hire the only law firm that applied to be the panel’s legal counsel once its new U.S. House, and state House and Senate district lines are finalized later this year. The consideration of the Washington, […]

Census data shows Michigan’s population grew and diversified, Detroit lost residents

BY: - August 12, 2021

Michigan’s population increased slowly over the past decade and became increasingly more diverse, but the population of Detroit decreased for the seventh decade in a row, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  Michigan’s population, which is now nearly 10.1 million people, grew by just 2% since the 2010 Census, making it one of […]

Michigan Supreme Court rejects deadline extension for independent redistricting panel

BY: - July 9, 2021

Updated, 1:51 p.m., 7/9/21, with comment from Voters Not Politicians The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday denied the independent redistricting committee’s request for a deadline extension due to delayed U.S. Census data, throwing a wrench into the new panel’s first go at drawing new district lines for the state. The 13-member Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting […]

Redistricting panel kicks off public hearings, despite questions looming around census data

BY: - May 10, 2021

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) in charge of drawing the state’s new U.S. House and state House and Senate district lines for the 2022 elections is gearing up to kick off its series of 16 public hearings across the state which begins tomorrow.  “This is an entirely new process for the state of […]

Census data kicks off partisan brawl in statehouses over U.S. House seats

BY: - April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — The announcement of which states will lose and gain U.S. House districts in 2023 was the opening bell for the cutthroat, once-a-decade process of redrawing district boundaries. The results of the state-level fights now unfolding will shape not only the partisan makeup of each congressional delegation, but also help determine whether Democrats can […]

Michigan gains population, but still will lose seat in Congress in ‘22

BY: - April 26, 2021

Despite seeing an increase in population, Michigan lost a congressional seat, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Monday, dropping the state’s number of U.S. House representatives from 14 to 13 starting in the 2022 election cycle.  The state’s 2020 population, which is how the Census bases the congressional apportionment, is 10,077,331. This is an increase […]

Florida, North Carolina among states gaining U.S. House seats

BY: - April 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — After months of delays, the U.S. Census Bureau on Monday gave states part of the critical data needed to redraw their U.S. House boundaries: an updated tally of how many people live within their borders, and the number of House districts that each state will have for the next decade. For six states, the long-awaited […]

Benson files lawsuit to extend redistricting process deadline

BY: - April 21, 2021

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has filed suit with the state Supreme Court, saying it’s necessary to ensure the public can provide feedback on the new legislative and congressional district maps that will be drawn by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC).  The suit was filed jointly with the MICRC and seeks to […]

Redistricting panel proposes closed session after census data delay

BY: - February 18, 2021

Julianne Pastula, general counsel for Michigan’s new Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC), said during a meeting Thursday that the current timeline for drawing new district lines is “an untenable situation.” The state constitutional amendment creating the commission sets a Sept. 17 deadline for drawing the initial maps for congressional and legislative districts, kicking off a […]

What will the census setback mean for Michigan’s new redistricting commission?

BY: - February 17, 2021

The 2020 census had a challenging year with the COVID-19 pandemic. Now a delay in census data from the U.S. Census Bureau will likely throw a wrench in the plans of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC), which needs the data to draw new legislative and congressional districts.  Voters in 2018 approved a constitutional […]