Good Afternoon, Oakland County!
Keep reading for TWO important announcements.
Join the OCDP for Appetizers in the Afternoon
Please join your favorite members of Congress and make new friends while enjoying delicious appetizers with specially paired drinks, while listening to great jazz music at a park-like setting private residence in Rochester Hills.
To tempt the foodies, a couple of the appetizer and paired drink concoctions are:
~ A portabella mushroom, sauteed in Zip sauce, topped with caramelized sweet onions, with a classic Manhattan
~ An Italian Focaccia toast point topped with a Roma tomato slice, fresh parsley and balsamic glaze, with a peach Prosecco and peach garnish
There are 3 more just as amazing food stations to tempt you, but we’ll just leave that as a mystery so you just HAVE to come and see what they are!
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If you have questions, you may reach out to the Event Organizer, Dana Fortier, at 248.996.4104.
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The MICRC finalized their first rough draft of the state Senate map. The MICRC recognizes this is a rough draft and plans to evaluate and make further edits during map deliberation.
At this point, the Senate draft map:
✓ does have 38 Senate districts that fall within the required population deviation
✗ has not yet been run through a VRA analysis
✗ has not yet been measured for partisan fairness
The Senate draft is not as far right as the 2010 Senate map. But, in its current form, it remains a Republican gerrymander.
Total Districts: 38
Lean Republican: 21
Lean Democratic: 17
The MICRC is moving closer to the center, but this map needs edits to be considered a fair map. We need to continue advocating for fair maps. We want to see competitive districts with as little political bias as possible.
We will see further evaluation during the map deliberation days currently scheduled for Sept 23 in Mt. Pleasant, Sept 27, 28, 29 in Detroit, and Sept 30th in Rochester Hills. If you can attend one of these meetings and provide public comment, please sign up.
The MICRC also took their first stab at a Congressional map. The commission did not finish working on a draft and will continue to focus on Congressional mapping during their meeting on Monday.
Their first attempt was quickly done and poorly executed. The MICRC failed to recognize several significant community of interest arguments across the state. It is important to note that the VRA expert was not available during their mapping session. The first draw-through would create a map that is significantly redder than what we have now. It is unacceptable in its current form.
The MICRC will continue working on a Congressional map on Monday. The MICRC has not yet released agendas for the rest of the week. They do plan to meet every day this week. The VRA expert will be in attendance and is expected to provide guidance regarding the Congressional map, and possibly last week’s draft of the Senate map.
MICRC’s Schedule this week:
Monday, Sept. 20 in East Lansing from 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 21 in East Lansing from 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 22 in East Lansing from 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday, Sept 23 in Mt. Pleasant from 1 pm – 4 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
Friday, Sept 24 in East Lansing from TBA
Their meetings are live-streamed on the MICRC’s YouTube page.
Public comment is offered at the beginning of all their meetings.
Immediate Public Comment Needed:
-Ask the commission to prioritize partisan fairness when mapping.
-Tell the commission to draw districts with as close to zero political bias as possible.
-We want to see commissioners mapping with partisan data in front of them so that they can evaluate partisan fairness throughout this process.
-We need competitive districts across the state
Three ways to submit public comments:
-Submit public comments online via the public comment portal.
-Give public comment by attending one of the upcoming meetings of the MICRC or registering to speak via zoom.
Email the MICRC at firstname.lastname@example.org
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