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From our State Capitol in Lansing to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, WKAR is committed to explaining how the actions of lawmakers are affecting Michiganders. Political and government reporter Abigail Censky leads this section. There are also stories from Capitol correspondents Cheyna Roth, Rick Pluta and the Associated Press. As the 2020 presidential race begins, look here for reports on the role Michigan will play in electing or re-electing the president.

GOP To Challenge Michigan Redistricting Court Decision

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Republicans in the Legislature will challenge a federal court decision that struck down Michigan’s congressional and legislative district lines. As we hear from Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, the court says Republicans went too far in drawing districts to the benefit of Republican candidates.

The decision says the Legislature has until August to come up with new, fairer district lines.

The lines were approved a Republican House, a Republican Senate, and a Republican governor. GOP leaders say, yes, they were in control, but they followed the rules. Amber McCann is the press secretary for the state Senate GOP majority.

“The Senate will file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court, and we will also seek a stay of the order.”

McCann says Michigan Republicans are watching redistricting cases in Maryland and North Carolina. The Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on those challenges.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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