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The North Carolina Coup: This is what happens when voter suppression stops working

I don’t know how well it’s being covered by the television news, but, at this very moment, there’s a coup underway in North Carolina, as the Republican legislature, which was ostensibly called back to the capitol for a special legislative session to deal with the aftermath of hurricane Matthew, started passing bill after bill intended […]

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What the 2016 election results tell us about the changing landscape of America, the possibility of non-partisan redistricting in Michigan, helping local kids find their inner superheroes, and Mittenfest XI …on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack

This Saturday’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack, our second of the Trump era, will be told in four parts. During our first segment, we will be talking with University of Michigan Professor of Political Science Vincent Hutchings, the author of Public Opinion and Democratic Accountability: How Citizens Learn About Politics, about the results of […]

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The post-Trump assault on voting rights has already begun in Michigan… Here’s what you can do to fight back

A few days ago, after Trump made the unsubstantiated claim that “millions” of people had voted illegally for his opponent during the recent presidential election, we discussed the possibility that this heightened rhetoric of his concerning voter fraud, which was particularly odd given the fact that he’d won the election, might have been a preemptive […]

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How gerrymandering is killing American Democracy, and why we need to fight for transparent, non-partisan redistricting in Michigan

Every ten years, the Michigan legislature has an opportunity, after assessing the results of the federal census, to redraw congressional districts to reflect shifts in population. The most recent redrawing of lines took place in 2011, and was approved by the Department of Justice in January, 2012, despite concerns that redrawn districts violated the Voting […]

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Syed Taj on the separation of church and state, going up against extremist conservative candidates, and running for the House of Representatives as a Muslim

I’ve spent a great deal of time these past few weeks explaining why it is that I think that folks shouldn’t vote for either the Tea Party activist Kerry Bentivolio or the white supremacist Daniel Johnson in the race to represent Michigan’s 11th congressional district, but I haven’t really made the case as to why […]

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