PEG 12th Congressional DistrictNewsletter #244
The process of selecting maps that will be used for redistricting is rapidly drawing to a close.
These maps will be utilized for ten years, beginning with the 2022 primary and general elections (See FAQ’s). The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission will take its final vote on these maps on December 28. They will accept oral comments at its Dec 16 meeting and will accept written comments until December 27. Apparently, the Commission pays attention to all the comments they receive. There are nine maps from which the Commission must now choose – three Congressional maps, three Michigan House maps, and three Michigan Senate maps. There are numerous criteria that must be applied by the Commissioners in their deliberations. For example, “partisan fairness” is one of the areas. According to Voters Not Politicians, the maps with the highest degree of “partisan fairness” are:
- Michigan House map = HickoryHandled11 – HickoryHandled11 is map #(#P9240)
- Michigan Senate map = Linden
- Congressional map = Chestnut and Birch V2
Use links below to submit comments/testimony. [NOTE: The maps of greatest concern are the ones related to the Michigan House. The Hickory11 is the only map that has the greatest degree of partisan fairness, while the other two maps are quite problematic.] HickoryHandled11 is an updated version of Hickory. It was sent to the Commission for review but has not been added to the Commission’s list of approved maps. In addition to submitting HickoryHandled11 as your MI House choice, consider emailing the Commission to request more time to review and reconfigure the House maps. Each email is printed and given to each Commissioner, and it becomes part of the public record. It takes just a couple of minutes to register your opinion. Go to https://www.michigan-mapping.org/#submit.
Comments shouldn’t be copied and pasted! Please create your own! Examples of comments can be seen when you scroll down to the bottom of the page. Comments are due by December 27, but don’t wait until the last minute! Please scroll to this site and register your comments!
Beware! ‘Secure MI Vote’ Petition is circulating in our area
We warned you in this September newsletter that a dangerous petition was coming that would circumvent Governor Whitmer’s ability to veto voter suppression bills. Yesterday, petition volunteers were reportedly seen asking library patrons to sign …
Things to do
Watch the Demcast Interview with Chuck Newman
In this informative interview, you will find out what Demcast is, their goals to help preserve our Democracy, and how you can join in the efforts!!
As Democracy Summit approaches, Biden must make the Freedom Vote Act his priority
“As the Democracy Summit approaches, President Biden must make the Freedom to Vote Act his absolute priority. To proclaim democracy’s virtues of freedom and inclusion in sharp contradistinction to authoritarianism’s intolerance and oppression, all the while standing idly by as our own democracy crumbles before us, not only renders the summit meaningless, but it also further deteriorates our credibility abroad.” Read more Freedom to Vote Act
Contact your representatives, the President and all legislators who believe in democracy to act on the Freedom to Vote Act https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative. https://www.cop.senate.gov/states/MI/intro.htm https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/write-or-call/
Friday, December 17. Lunch & Learn: Protecting our watershed: Keeping our rivers clean and healthy with League of Women Voters
Join a panel discussion on the importance of keeping our watershed clean with Kris Olsson and Janet Kahan of the Huron Watershed Council and Diana Kern of the Legacy Land Conservancy. Register for zoom here https://bit.ly/3C0rmMD or stream it on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LWVWashtenaw. Noon–1:30 pm
Saturday, December 18. Yousef and you virtual coffee hours.
Rep. Yousef Rabhi, 53rd House district: email@example.com, Phone: (517) 373-2577. https://housedems.com/yousef-rabhi/. Typically discussions are 10 am on the 4th Saturday of the month and 6 pm on the 2nd Monday of the month. Click to register. 10 am
Visit the PEG website to view the comprehensive listing of Upcoming Events!
Things to read, Watch, and Listen to
Critical Race Theory: Hot Button on the Right
Critical race theory, a graduate-level concept that argues that racism exists on an institutional and legal level which supersedes the individual level, has become a conservative rallying cry among educators and parents. They oppose CRT on the basis that “all white Americans [are] being [called] racist” and that “people [are being divided] by race into oppressors and oppressed,” explains Lauren Jackson in the New York Times The furor over CRT is credited with throwing the Virginia governor’s race to Glenn Youngkin who promised to abolish the teaching of it on his first day of office.The free expression group PEN has documented the spread of anti-CRT laws across the country. They conclude, “These bills appear designed to chill academic and educational discussions and impose government dictates on teaching and learning.” John McWhorter, also writing in the New York Times, offers this caveat in the debate on CRT: “This take on America’s racial progress can seem almost fantastical considering clear advances in attitudes about race in recent years.” He also notes the irony that “that C.R.T. as interpreted by the anti-racism training field “diminishes Black people in the name of dignifying us.”But PEN’s data is clear amid the conflicting views on CRT: Throughout the country, legislators are voting on a rash of bills suppressing its teaching. 11 bills have become law, in nine states, sometimes within days of being introduced. Another 18 are pending from the 2021 legislative session, and six more have already been drafted for consideration for 2022.”In terms of free speech, this is a terrifying situation with ominous overtones for the future of our democracy.
Perspective: What’s happening with Build Back Better?
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised a vote on Biden’s Build Back Better agenda by Christmas. Manchin has yet to confirm that he will support the bill. Biden has met with Manchin twice in the last week to persuade him to support the bill. Manchin is claiming that his hesitation comes down to fear of inflation. Per The Hill,“Manchin pumped the brakes on Biden’s bill earlier Monday when he told reporters that the latest inflation numbers suggest rising prices are “not transitory” and “alarming.”
Manchin’s concern over inflation is a smokescreen. He voted for a defense bill last week that was four times more expensive than the Build Back Better bill—and Manchin did not say a word about inflation. Although the causes of inflation are complicated, the major factors have little to do with federal spending, but rather, monetary policy (set by the independent Federal Reserve) and macroeconomic factors in the national and global economies. See Paul Krugman in NYTimes, “Don’t Let Inflation Anxiety Undermine Our Future.” In other words, Manchin is either a hypocrite who simply opposes spending on social programs or he doesn’t understand what causes inflation. But. . . . we are in this position because Democrats failed to beat Susan Collins and Joni Ernst in 2020—both of whom were vulnerable. Biden should make the best deal he can with Manchin, declare victory, and then focus on expanding the Democratic majority in the Senate in 2022. It could be worse; but for the last-minute victories of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, we wouldn’t be in a position to pass the “Manchin-lite” version of the Build Back Better bill. Let’s be thankful for what we can achieve and continue the struggle. At this point, further delay will simply erode Biden’s favorability numbers further. Time to move on.
Read more here. –Robert B. Hubbell’s Today’s Edition
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