Mapping Michigan: Here’s where the political redistricting process stands
If the redistricting commission’s current timeline holds, Michigan will have an official set of political district maps before the end of the year -- then come the likely legal battles. The fight over where the state’s political districts land for the next decade is expected to head straight from the drawing board to the courts. Under the federal Voting Rights Act law, political districts are required to adequately represent minority populations. Here’s howFacing time crunch, Michigan redistricting commission cuts back on public hearingsDraft maps for new Michigan legislative districts currently favor Republicans, analysis showsMichigan’s redistricting commission promised transparency. Michigan Supreme Court rejects redistricting commission’s request for more time to redraw political mapsRedistricting commission considers hiring law firm that defended gerrymandered mapsDespite concerns about partisan ties, Michigan redistricting commission hires law firm to defend mapsmlive.com
Rep. Greene introduces bill to award Congress’s highest honor to Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men
Greene was one of 21 Republicans who voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all the police officers who responded to the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6.washingtonpost.com
Beyond Manchin: Dems' $2T bill faces Senate gauntlet
It took half a year but Democrats have driven President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion package of social and climate initiatives through the House. It gets no easier in the Senate, where painful Republican amendments, restrictive rules and Joe Manchin lurk. Facing unbroken GOP opposition, Democrats finally reached agreement among themselves and eased the compromise through the House on Nov. 19.news.yahoo.com
Trump was upset by his connection to Sean Parnell's faltering Senate campaign and blamed Donald Jr. for the fallout after his endorsement: report
Parnell suspended his campaign on Monday after a judge awarded his estranged wife sole legal custody of their children amid abuse allegations.news.yahoo.com
2 Michigan Republicans file to run for state Senate seats
LANSING, MI — A pair of House Republicans have filed campaign committees to run for two Michigan Senate seats. State Rep. Michele Hoitenga, R-Manton, announced a run for what is expected to be the 36th District in the Senate. Hoitenga announced her campaign for state Senate in a post to Facebook Nov. 19. She was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2016. Clements filed a campaign committee for state Senate on Nov. 5.mlive.com
Biden's social and climate plan is set for a House vote after analysis shows it adds to the deficit
The House moved toward a vote on President Joe Biden's social safety and climate plan Thursday night after a key analysis said it would add to budget deficits over a decade. A handful of centrist House Democrats wanted to see the Congressional Budget Office's estimate of how the Build Back Better Act affected long-term deficits before they voted for the plan. The score's release opens the door for the House to pass the social safety net and climate bill in the coming days. The Senate then aims to approve the legislation before Christmas, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said this week. If the Senate makes changes to the bill, it would have to go back to the House for another vote.cnbc.com
Chile Senate rejects removing president in impeachment trial
The Chilean Senate has rejected an opposition-initiated impeachment process to remove President Sebastián Piñera over allegations that he favored the sale of a family property that hinged on the government not declaring the land a nature reserve.
Virginia House Democrats aim to protect their majority
Democratic control of Virginia state government over the past two years has allowed lawmakers to dramatically reshape public policy with legislation reforming the criminal justice system, loosening abortion restrictions and expanding voting access.