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Emails Show GOP Hostility To Dems In Michigan Redistricting

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Emails produced in a lawsuit over Michigan's legislative and congressional maps show Republicans eager to pack Democratic voters in certain districts after the 2010 census.

In 2011, Jack Daly told others that he wants to "cram ALL of the Dem garbage" into four districts in southeastern Michigan. Daly at the time was chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter, a Livonia Republican.

A lawsuit in Detroit federal court claims Michigan's districts violate the rights of Democratic voters and are the result of "excessive" partisanship by Republicans who controlled the process. Districts are drawn every decade.

Mark Brewer, a lawyer and former head of the state Democratic Party, believes the emails help his case. People named in the emails declined to comment because of the lawsuit.

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