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2011 Michigan Redistricting: Gerrymanderliscious

June 22, 2011

Well, it’s been quite a while since my last post, but I figured this topic is important enough to warrant a return to the blogging world (even if it’s a brief return).  The Michigan Legislature recently released their maps for the 2011 redistricting.  For reference, here are links to the current boundaries:

Now, those were created by the 2001 Legislature, which was controlled by Republicans, and signed into law under Republican Governor John Engler.

They’re not bad, and look pretty good.  This year, it seems as if the Republican members of the Legislature have gotten a little more ambitious, and a little more creative.  So let’s take a look at what they’ve proposed.  Here are links to PDFs of all 3 maps, and I’ve copied the images below, where I’ll analyze them:

This first map is the proposed Congressional districts:

And here’s a zoomed in image of the Metro-Detroit area:

I’ll admit – I cringed when I saw the 14th district, and the 11th district isn’t exactly pretty either.  They’ve got some awkward separations, like putting Farmington Hills in the 14th, but keeping Farmington in the 11th; putting Bloomfield Hills in the 11th, while placing Bloomfield Township in the 9th; Southfield Township is placed in the 9th, while Southfield City ends up in the 14th; Clawson is split up; and Rochester Hills is split up.

In an attempt to squeeze Democratic Congressmen Sander Levin and Gary Peters into the same district and force a primary between the two, saving the Republicans from losing a seat, the map has turned into something I like to call gerrymanderliscious.

But it gets even more creative as we move on to the Michigan Senate map:

And again, a zoomed in view of the Metro-Detroit area:

For the most part, this one isn’t too bad until you get to the Metro-Detroit area. District 1 is incredibly awkward, as is District 6. But the really weird ones are 14 and 25.  You can’t see it on my uploaded images, but if you view the original map at 100% zoom, you can see that Springfield Township and Waterford Township just barely overlap for the 14th to be contiguous.  As for the 25th district, I’m guessing they’ve just connected them along a strip of County Line Road, but I’m not positive.

So that brings us to the state House of Representatives:

And again, a zoomed in view of Metro-Detroit:

And a zoomed in view of Grand Rapids and the southwest corner of the state:

The House map isn’t too bad, other than more awkward county splits than I’m really comfortable with. The Grand Rapids area looks pretty decent, although 86 is a bit wacky. And Metro-Detroit looks pretty good with the exception of the 13th.

So, by far, my biggest complaints are with the Congressional map, but what was really sad was the Republicans claims that they had to draw the lines like that to abide by the Voting Rights Act, which mandates 2 majority minority districts for Michigan.  That’s just nonsense.  There are plenty of ways to draw the lines so that you have decent looking districts that obey the VRA.

Obviously Democrats Sander Levin and Gary Peters weren’t happy with the maps, but even Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is unhappy with the map, because as of the current proposal, Oakland County, the second most populous county in Michigan, would be represented by people who all live outside of the county.

Now, gerrymandering can be a lot of fun; I enjoyed playing around and making this little beauty for Maryland:


But when it comes to ACTUALLY redistricting, our legislature shouldn’t be drawing crap like this for partisan gain. Doing so takes the focus off of the good things the Republicans have done in Michigan and tells voters, “We know you voted for us in 2010, but we don’t trust you for the next 10 years, so we’re gonna cheat to win.”

Am I advocating that the legislature adopts a plan where we have 14 districts and each one is competitive at a 50-50 level?  Absolutely not; that’d be ridiculous.  The GOP won in a landslide in 2010, so it’s expected that the maps will favor us, but there’s no need to mangle the maps the way they’ve done.  That’s just petty politics, and when the people of Michigan see that, it gives them a bad image of the party.

Final Results of Veteran Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick’s Primary

August 6, 2008

Here are the final results, from the Wayne County Clerk, for the Democrats 13th Congressional District primary:


Vote for not more than 1

Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick . . . . . 20,906 38.90%

Martha G. Scott . . . . . . . . 13,380 24.90%

Mary Waters. . . . . . . . . . 19,355 36.01%

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 103 .19%

Over Votes . . . . . . . . . 55

Under Votes . . . . . . . . . 1,768

So, Cheeky K. wound up winning her primary, and obviously she’ll go on to win the general election against Ed Gubics.  Had Martha Scott actually wanted Kilpatrick out, she’d have dropped out and endorsed Mary Water.  But, perhaps its not her fault.  Who knows how many dead people her son, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, round up to vote for her!

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Veteran Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Clenched a Close Victory in Her Primary

August 6, 2008

Alright, it’s pretty much official.  Michigan’s 13th Congressional District Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick will win her party’s nomination (Democratic Party).  Here are the results as of 1:50 A.M. EDT with 329/343 (95%) precincts reporting:

  1. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick 19,981 39%
  2. Mary Waters  18,643 36%
  3. Martha Scott 12,835 25%

Too bad Scott didn’t drop out.  Now we’ll be stuck with Cheeky K. for another 2 years, since we know she’ll win the general election.  I’m calling it, and that’ll be my last post for the night.

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Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Now Tied in Her Primary Battle

August 6, 2008

Well, the results for the Michigan 13th Congressional District could not get much tighter.  I’m guessing that Kilpatrick WILL maintain her lead, since Detroit is often the last one to have precincts come in, and this is where her support will be the strongest, but this is by no means a call for who will win – it’s still WAY too close.  Here are the results as of 12:15 A.M. EDT with 244/343 (71%) precincts reporting:

  1. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick 16,406 38%
  2. Mary Waters 16,295 38%
  3. Martha Scott 10,589 24%

Like I said, Scott should’ve dropped out if she really wanted Cheeky K. out of office.

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Representative Carolyn Kilpatrick Now Down 6% with 51% Reporting

August 5, 2008

Here are the results for the 13th Congressional District in Michigan with 176/343 (51%) precincts reporting, as of 10:40 P.M. EDT:

  1. Mary Waters 12,308 40%
  2. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick 10,567 34%
  3. Martha Scott 7,866 26%

Still too close to call, as Kilpatrick has caught up.  This is VERY close, but I’m thinking that Wates could actually pull this off.

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Veteran Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Is Losing Her Primary as of 9:45 P.M.

August 5, 2008

Here are the results as of about 9:45 P.M. EDT for the 13th Congressional District in Michigan:

  1. Mary Waters 4,616 45%
  2. Martha Scott 3,541 35%
  3. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick 2,029 20%

Now, this is only with 13% reporting, but this is VERY bad for Kilpatrick (good for us).  She could come  back, but being down 25% with this much reporting isn’t good for her.

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6-Term Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI) May Not Make It Out of Her Primary

July 31, 2008

Kwame’s mommy could be in trouble!  A poll came out earlier this week, sponsored by WXYZ-TV and the Detroit News, showing 6-term Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick(D-MI-13) beating her 2 opponents with 33%.  29% said they’ll support former state Representative Mary Waters, and 24% plan on supporting state Senator Martha Scott.  The poll was made up of 400 people who said they are  likely to vote in the August 5th Democratic primary.  The margin of error is +/- 5%.

I think Kilpatrick will win it, because those who oppose her, which is quite a few, especially with everything that’s happening with her son, are splitting up instead of  uniting.  If either Scott or Waters endorsed the other, they’d have  a chance of ousting Cheeky K.

Kilpatrick herself, last week, told reporters, “I’m winning, but my numbers aren’t as high as I want them to be.”

Personally I can’t stand her – she’s rude and mean.  She relentlessly defends her son when we all know he’s corrupt.  Her office is TERRIBLY disorganized.  I went down to D.C., and when I tried to get a gallery pass, they opened drawers that were just cluttered with junk.  After waiting 10 minutes for them to try to find a pass, I left and got one from another office.

Plus, one of Kilpatrick’s major campaign platforms is her amount of earmarks she’s secured for Michigan (over $500 million).  And sure, she’s my Congresswoman, so it’s good for my district, but it means higher taxes for everybody.  Earmarks and pork barrel spending is wrong, even if it benefits me, so I’m ashamed of her when it comes to the amount of taxpayer money she’s wasted.

Kilpatrick told the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit, “I need your help.  I want your prayers.  I want to continue to serve.  So I ask you to send me back when you go to vote.”

Waters told reporters, “I take issue with the fact that Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick continues to inject herself into the City of Detroit and what’s going on there.  Character and trust clearly are an issue in this race.  We deserve better. … Right now, people are feeling the trust in government is at an all-time low.  Will the real Carolyn Kilpatrick stand up?  I don’t believe that she’s being honest with the people.”  That comment was made in regards to questions about Kilpatrick’s connection with her son, the Mayor of Detroit, Kwame.

A Waters’ supporter, Deputy Fire Department Chief Reginald Amos, told reporters, “If we get her out of here, that will be setting the tone to get Kwame Kilpatrick out, too.  That’s part of my motivation, but I just don’t think she’s done the job.  When you look at her, you can see why her son has an aura of entitlement.  The arrogance that she’s shown has shaped him.”

Meanwhile, Harry Kalogerakos, told reporters, “We all have family members who we might not be too proud of, but we should all be judged on what we do.  When you’re talking about your children, that’s a sensitive area.  I’ve got kids, they’re grown.  But if somebody wants to call them out about something, it still rankles me.”

Scott, the other candidate, told reporters, “No one has run against her [Kilpatrick] who has any record of service or credibility.  I serve on the Senate Appropriations committee, and I have served the community well.  I keep people informed, and I deal with their issues.  That’s what people deserve.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has come to Kilpatrick’s rescue, endorsing her, and even coming to Wyandotte (the city next to me, and a few suburbs south of Detroit) to campaign for her.  She told a crowd there, “When she speaks, our colleagues listen.  I’m dazzled by her knowledge of the policy.”

Pelosi did briefly comment on the issues with Kilpatrick’s son, saying, “I admire her [Kilpatrick] being a good and loyal mom.”

She went on to address various issues, such as health care and the Iraq war, saying, “She still comes to Washington every day as an outsider, asking what does this mean for my district. … We’re going in to January with great optimism and hope.  We need a bigger vision for health care. … We want to send our dollars to the Midwest, not the Middle East.”

So, overall, Kilpatrick could face some problems come next Tuesday.  Personally, I think she’ll pull off the win, unless her opponents wise up and stop splitting up the opposition to Kilpatrick.

Now, considering the fact that I can’t stand Kilpatrick, I’m going to leave you with an attack ad against Kilpatrick, showing a video of Kilpatrick crazily defending her criminal son.  ENJOY!

She’s a pretty scary woman – I wouldn’t want to make her angry.  You never know, one of her son’s goons might bump you off!

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Michigan Should Not Re-do Its Primary; Democrats Agree

March 17, 2008

Alright, so lately we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about a do-over primary here in Michigan, and possibly in Florida.  For now, we’re going to leave out Florida, because it seems like actual progress for a plan is moving quicker in Michigan.

Personally, I think it’s a terrible idea for the Democratic Party – but if they do do it, I think that it would be great for the Republican Party come November.

Here’s what’s been proposed by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Representative Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-Detroit) (yes, she’s Mayor Kwame’s mother, and unfortunately my representative [13thCongressional District] – one of the most liberal people in the house.  She wants us to pull out of Afghanistan!  Most Democrats support the war in Afghanistan.  That and her office is the most disorganized  thing I’ve ever seen in my life), United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger, and Democratic National Committee Member Debbie Dingell:

  • A primary would be held sometime in June (the rumor has been June 3rd).
  • The primary would be run by the Secretary of State, but funded by the Clinton and Obama campaigns.
  • Anybody would be allowed to vote as long as they did not vote in the Republican Primary (Michigan does not keep track of party registration, only who takes which ballot).

The group put out this statement on Saturday: “We agree that the Michigan delegation should be seated at the convention, and without a fight before the Credentials Committee or on the floor of the convention.”

Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer called the movement a “good first step.”

The Michigan Legislature would have to pass a law, since it would be run by the Secretary of State (Terri Lynn Land [Republican]).  The Senate Republicans (who are in control) have said that they would not stand in the way, but some Democrats in the Democratic controlled House may oppose it.  As of now, nobody is getting delegates, and even if Obama does lose, the delegates that he would win (because it would be a proportionally awarded system) might push him over the magical number.

In addition to the Michigan Legislature, both the Obama and Clinton campaigns would have to back the plan.  Obama released this statement, “I will continue to work with all involved to resolve the issue of seating our delegates at the National Convention,” while Bill Burton, an Obama spokesman said, “We hope a resolution can be arrived at that is fair and practical, and look forward to building a winning campaign in Michigan for November.”  As of yet, Clinton has not released a statement.

So, how do Democrats feel?  Well, let me introduce my friend and roommate, Livid Liberal, who I have allowed to guest post so that we could get the view of a Democrat on this (and he’s just one of many Democrats that I know that share this view):

As a first-time voter the Democratic Party has done a wonderful job destroying my enthusiasm for politics. I’m going to start out by saying that I feel like the voters of Michigan were screwed over by the DNC. First we’re told we are not going to be allowed to vote just because a few of our people managed to upset the party. Those of us who were educated and informed didn’t want our votes to go to waste so we decided to vote in the Republican primary. At least that way someone is listening to our opinion. Now after all the hassle about how we broke the rules and how we deserved not to have our opinion count (a violation of the democratic value of equality I might add) it turns out the Democrats actually want our opinion. Unfortunately the Democrats really managed to screw things up because the informed Dems voted in the Republican primary and won’t be able to participate in the real primary. I suppose they don’t have a choice unless they let all the Republican voters participate also, but it seems like those of us who were trying to plan ahead and not throw away a vote are now being punished for doing what at the time was the most reasonable choice presented to a Democratic voter in Michigan.

~~Livid Liberal

I agree wholeheartedly.  If you’re going to hold a primary, you should open it to everybody.  And you better bet that I’m going to vote in it.  The Democrats crossed over in 2000 and 2008, so do you honestly think that I’m going to sit here when I have the opportunity to vote for both a Republican and Democrat?  NO!

We’ll have to wait and see what happens – if the Obama or Clinton people in the House fear that it’ll help their opponent too much, they may vote it down, and this will become a non-issue.

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