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    Michigan Redistricting: County Commission Roundup

    By Conservative First, Section News
    Posted on Sat May 28, 2011 at 03:33:34 AM EST
    Tags: redistricting, county commission, Kalamazoo (all tags)

    County commission redistricting is well underway, with the majority of counties appearing to have completed their new maps.  Maps are drawn by a five-member commission consisting of the county prosecutor, treasurer, and clerk, and the chairmen of the Republican and democrat parties.  There are a number of rules that must be complied with, which are laid out in the post below on Kalamazoo County.

    In particular, the apportionment commission can pick the number of districts, within some boundaries.  A trend in many counties has been to reduce the number of districts.

    I did detailed analyses of the maps for Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties.  For other counties, I found some newspaper articles.  Unfortunately, such articles tend not to do a good job explaining what is going on.  Comments from readers in other parts of the state explaining what's happening in their area are welcome.

    Kalamazoo: Kalamazoo County Commission Redistricting Plan Adopted

    Calhoun: Calhoun County Commission Redistricting Plan Adopted

    Oakland: Oakland GOP: Let county boards set districts
    Adopted Map: http://www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections/approved_map.pdf
    (passed by democrats 3-2)

    Kent: Kent County board redistricting called 'political gerrymandering
    Republican re-districting plan for Kent County board does not include a 'Hispanic' district
    Map: Adopted Apportionment Plan

    Genesee: Genesee County Republicans and Democrats approve new map for county commissioner districts

    Washtenaw: Washtenaw County  Board  to  Shrink from 11 to 9 Commissioners Under Approved County Redistricting Plan

    Ingham: Ingham County Redistricting Raises Question

    Livingston: Livingston County chooses new commissioner districts

    Ottowa: Ottawa County approves new redistricting plan

    Muskegon: Four Muskegon County commissioners face unique races after redistricting

    Allegan: Reapportionment plan would shrink Allegan County Board from 11 members to 7

    VanBuren: Van Buren County board boundaries set - still with seven commissioners

    Barry: Reapportionment takes Barry County Commission from eight districts to seven

    St. Joseph: 2 seats cut from St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners, making it a 5-member body

    Saginaw: Saginaw County Board of Commissioners districts will merge to 11

    Bay: Bay County redistricting: Check out the map to see each Bay County district

    Marquette: Fewer commissioners for Marquette County
    Marquette County residents lay plans to appeal apportionment

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    Grand Traverse County (none / 0) (#1)
    by JGillman on Sat May 28, 2011 at 09:32:04 AM EST
    Is going to 7 members from 9.

    For the most part, it makes a Democrat seat nearly impossible, except for one area occupied by a Republican who is well loved by the strong Democrat constituency.  THAT commissioner is as hard a worker as any on the board.

    My own district was shifted, placing me in opposition to the chair as our districts were blended.  Frankly, I hadn't originally thought of running for the newly formed district, but some continuing irresponsible editorializing is drawing me in.  

    I must now prove them wrong.

    One commissioner who has been in place since the war of 1812, is also in a position where he faces his good friend (another commissioner).  I personally like them both, and the historical perspective of the first is quite valuable.

    Bay County Re-Dux (none / 0) (#2)
    by JGillman on Sat May 28, 2011 at 09:37:26 AM EST
    Glad to see Kim Coonan having an upcoming battle with Joe Davis.

    Coonan, "retired" from his fireman job, and then requested unemployment so he could buy his new bar.  The county was charged the UE, and that of course made the news.

    Real integrity by the Democrats eh?

    I'll be providing . . . (none / 0) (#4)
    by Kevin Rex Heine on Sat May 28, 2011 at 12:12:48 PM EST
    . . . a reasonably detailed rundown of what really happened in Kent County (let's just say that the Grand Rapids Press is providing a skewed account) by Monday night.  I need to double-check a few key facts before I "go to press" with my report.

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