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April 2018

Holland Sentinel - 'Letter: Citizens can make leaders do the right thing'

Metro Times - 'You do know we are falling apart, yes?'

Central Michigan Life - 'Panelists talk redistricting at Spring 2018 Griffin Policy Forum'

Traverse City Record Eagle - 'Jack Lessenberry: Michiganders need a reason to trust government'

Detroit News - '3 delayed ballot initiatives poised to advance'

Toledo Blade - 'Michigan government must earn back trust'

Escanaba Daily Press - 'League advocates redistricting reform'


March 2018

Macomb Daily - 'Town hall meetings to discuss gerrymandering, redistricting ballot proposal'

Aquinas College - 'AQ Alum Creating Change for Michigan Voters'

Bridge Magazine - 'Why don’t Michiganders trust government? Let’s count the ways.'

The Pickle - 'Voters, Not Politicians: The Fight to End Partisan Gerrymandering Wages On [Podcast]' 


February 2018

ABC 13 - 'Ohio, Michigan have plans to revise district maps'

AP News - 'Redistricting emerges as key legislative priority'

Political News - 'How Voters Not Politicians aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan'

Rapid Growth Media - 'A line in the sand: How Voters Not Politicians aims to end gerrymandering in Michigan'

Macomb County Legal News - 'Redistricting panel members share experiences'

Traverse City Record Eagle - 'Jack Lessenberry: It's time for Michigan to restructure election rules'

Political News - 'Reformers, civic groups take action following historic summit'

Michigan Radio - '“The cause is a just one.” Former Republican congressman joins non-partisan redistricting effort'

Detroit Legal News - 'Schwarz joins board of Voters Not Politicians'

Battle Creek Enquirer - 'Former U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz joins Voters Not Politicians board of directors'

Metro Times - 'Former Republican U.S. Representative joins Michigan anti-gerrymandering effort'

Grand Rapids Legal News - 'California redistricting commissioners share their experiences across Michigan'

Washington Post - 'Finding the map to lead Congress out of dysfunction'


January 2018

Michigan Radio - 'Republican member of California’s redistricting commission says it’s a “clear success”'

Metro Times - 'What the latest federal court rulings on gerrymandering mean for Michigan'

Michigan Radio - 'What political pundits are watching in election year 2018'

New York Times - 'Putting the Voters in Charge of Fair Voting'

Two Broads Talking Politics - 'TBTP, Episode 29: Voters Not Politicians'

Midland Daily News - 'LWV to discuss redistricting at Monday meeting'

Alpena News - 'What will drive the off-year elections?'

WMUK - 'WSW: Will 2018 Be Another "Wave" Election In Michigan?'

Detroit Free Press - '2018 election cycle promises plenty of fresh faces in state offices, ballot proposal bonanza'

The Young Turks - 'The Young Turks LIVE! 01.02.18'


December 2017

Dome Magazine - 'The War Over Gerrymandering Has Just Begun'

MLive - 'How two different groups are trying to upend Michigan's redistricting process'

Detroit News - 'Federal judge orders panel to hear gerrymandering case'

News & Record - 'Doug Clark: Congressional seats belong to the people, not to parties'

Holland Sentinel - 'Gerrymander petition is a good example of engagement, grassroots democracy'

Detroit News - 'Redistricting reform puts residents in charge'

DIY Democracy - 'Putting gerrymandering on the ballot'

Detroit Free Press - 'Dickerson: Are gerrymandering's days numbered in Michigan?'

The Young Turks - 'Gerrymandering Reform Poised For Win?'

TriCounty Times - 'End of gerrymandering in Michigan?'

Michigan Radio - 'In 2018, Michigan will choose new leaders to deal with old problems'

Arab American News - 'Initiative to end partisan gerrymandering turns in more than 425,000 signatures'

Marquette Mining Journal - 'Voters should get to weigh in on gerrymandering'

Lansing State Journal - 'Gerrymander petition is a good example of engagement, grassroots democracy'

Holland Sentinel - 'Anti-gerrymandering group turns signatures into the state'

Legal News - 'Signatures submitted for redistricting initiative'

The Hill - 'Michigan redistricting initiative likely headed for ballot'

WTVB - 'Volunteer group delivers petitions to SOS'

Newburgh Gazette - 'Effort to Change Gerrymandering Rules Moves Forward'

The Monroe News - 'Anti-gerrymandering petition signatures sent to state office'

Upper Michigan Source - 'Petitions submitted for Michigan redistricting ballot drive'

Michigan Radio - 'The fight against gerrymandering faces its next obstacle'

WCMU - 'Redistricting drive a step closer to 2018 ballot'

9 & 10 News - 'Effort to Change Gerrymandering Rules Moves Forward'

Deadline Detroit - 'Retired Judge: Why Gerrymandering Ballot Initiative Faces Legal Battle'

Click On Detroit - 'Petitions submitted for redistricting political maps in Michigan'

WWMT - 'Nonpartisan group turns in signatures seeking to end gerrymandering in Michigan'

San Fransisco Chronicle - 'Signatures submitted for Michigan redistricting initiative'

WKAR - 'Redistricting Drive A Step Closer To 2018'

WILX - 'Anti-gerrymandering petitions submitted'

WLNS - 'Skubick: Petitions to put gerrymandering rule revisions on ballot turned in to state'

Battle Creek Enquirer - 'Anti-gerrymander group turns in signatures to get on Nov. ballot in Michigan'

Detroit Free Press - 'Anti-gerrymander group turns in signatures to get on Nov. ballot in Michigan'

Seattle Times - 'Signatures submitted for Michigan redistricting initiative'

MLive - 'Group behind independent redistricting ballot petition submits signatures to state'

Detroit News - '‘Anti-gerrymandering’ petition signatures sent to state'

Houston Chronicle - 'Signatures submitted for Michigan redistricting initiative'

WSJM 94.9 - 'Anti-Gerrymandering Petitions Submitted To State'

Associated Press - 'Petitions Submitted for Michigan Redistricting Ballot Drive'

Huffington Post - 'Michigan Gerrymandering Reform Hits A Major Milestone'

WILX - 'Citizen-driven initiative to end partisan gerrymandering'

Michigan Radio - 'Grassroots group one step closer to overhauling redistricting in Michigan'

WMUK - 'Redistricting Overhaul Campaign Ready To Turn In Petitions'

WIN Country - 'Grassroots group has momentum'

Holland Sentinel - 'Anti-gerrymandering group reaches signature goal'

Metro Times - 'Organizers for Michigan anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative plan to turn in petitions Monday'

Michigan Radio - 'Anti-gerrymandering group full steam ahead in 2018 ballot initiative'

Clarkston News - 'A call to end gerrymandering in Congress'

MSU School of Journalism - 'Anti-gerrymandering proposal moving closer to Michigan ballot'

Holland Sentinel - 'Anti-gerrymandering group finds support in Holland, across Michigan'

Daily Mining Gazette - 'Election Fixing: Gerrymandering turns elections for political party in power'

Daily Mining Gazette - 'Statewide voter campaign against gerrymandering faces partisan resistance'

The American Prospect - 'Prospects Brightening for Redistricting Reform'

Battle Creek Enquirer - 'Joe Schwarz champions push to end gerrymandering'

East Village Magazine - 'Commentary: Fixing gerrymandering, and a look at Michigan’s ballot proposal'

WKTV - 'In Focus Voters Not Politicians Katie Fahey 12x7x17'

Deadline Detroit - 'Retired Judge: Why Gerrymandering Will End Up at the State Supreme Court'

Alpena News - 'Plenty of potential ballot issues in 2018'


November 2017

The Blade - 'Citizens over spoils in Michigan'

The Hill - 'Gerrymandering opponents turn to ballot initiatives to redraw lines'

Bridge Magazine - 'Which 2018 Michigan ballot issues are going strong. Or going down.'

The Times Herald (Port Huron USA Today) - 'Volunteers just might drain the swamp'

Detroit News - 'Politicians shouldn’t choose their voters'

The Source - 'Michigan in focus: Anti-gerrymandering group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive'

9 and 10 News - 'Anti-Gerrymandering Group Closer To Getting Proposal On 2018 Ballot'

Fox 47 - 'Anti-gerrymandering group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive'

The Daily Telegram - 'Redistricting group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive'

WZZM - 'Anti-gerrymandering group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive'

The Daily News - 'Group defies odds with ballot drive on voting districts'

Click On Detroit - 'Michigan anti-gerrymandering group defies odds with 2018 ballot drive'

AP - 'Anti-Gerrymandering Group Defies Odds With 2018 Ballot Drive'

Fox 17 - 'Changing the redistricting map for Michigan'

WDET - 'Gerrymandering Question Becoming Central to 2018 Election in Michigan'

Detroit News - 'GOP to fight anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal'

MLIVE - 'Redistricting petition group reports they've collected 300K signatures'

WKAR - 'MI Redistricting Reform Advocates Reach 300K Signatures'

WMUK - 'Gerrymandering, Ballot Campaigns And Legal Challenges'

WMUK - 'Bridge looks at a ballot drive to eliminate gerrymandering in Michigan'


October 2017

Huron Daily Tribune - 'Group seeks to end gerrymandering'

BridgeMI - 'Michigan gerrymandering petition on pace for ballot. Will state justices stop it?'

BridgeMI - 'California holds clues to how a redistricting commission could change Michigan'

Michigan Radio - 'New committee opposing ballot initiative on gerrymandering hints at partisan fight ahead'

Hillsdale - 'Volunteers look to end gerrymandering'

Huron Daily Tribune - 'Political group looks to end gerrymandering'

Metro Times - 'Here's where you can sign petitions to end gerrymandering (Oct. 13-19)'

WKAR - 'SCOTUS Weighs Redistricting as MI Petition Drive Advances'

Record-Eagle - 'Phil Power: Finding a solution to gerrymandering in Michigan'

Michigan Journal - 'Voters Not Politicians visits campus'

Interlochen Public Radio - 'We’ve Got Issues: Gerrymandering complaints lead to ballot campaign'

MLive - 'Redistricting Reform Ballot Proposal town hall scheduled in Bay City'

Metro Times - 'Sign petitions to end gerrymandering at these locations over the next week'




September 2017

The Michigan Daily - 'Voters Not Politicians looks to end Michigan gerrymandering'

WMUK - 'WSW: Ballot Proposal Takes Aim At "Heavily Gerrymandered State"'

TC Times - 'Gerrymandering issue could be on November ballot'

TC Times - 'Gerrymandering — why your vote might not matter'

Metro Times - 'Group collects 100K signatures for gerrymandering ballot proposal'

Sturgis Journal - '‘Voters Not Politicians’ aims to get constitution change on 2018 ballot'

Three Rivers Commercial-News - 'On The Dotted Line'

Alpena News - 'Ballot group to hold event at library'

Manistee News Advocate - 'Grassroots group seeks to end gerrymandering in Michigan'

WYCE 88.1 FM - 'Catalyst Radio: Gerrymandering'

We Love Dexter - '"Gerrymandering" Made Easy'

Mining Gazette - 'Group seeking end to partisan redistricting'

MLive - 'Michigan lawmakers join legal briefs in Supreme Court gerrymandering case'

Record Eagle - 'Jack Lessenberry: Redrawing state's electoral lines an extended process'


August 2017

UP Matters - 'Petition to combat gerrymandering circling in Michigan'

Metro Times - 'Our chance to take government back'

The Nation - 'Michigan Suffers from Some of the Most Extreme Gerrymandering in the Country'

MLive - 'Complaint claims state elections bureau illegally assisted redistricting group'

McClatchy D.C. - 'Voter groups try to sideline politicians as states redraw district maps'

Lexington Herald - 'Voter groups try to sideline politicians as states redraw district maps'

The Olympian - 'Voter groups try to sideline politicians as states redraw district maps'

Deadline Detroit - 'Trickery of Gerrymandering Lets Lawmakers Pick Their Voters'

Toledo Blaze - 'Making elections competitive in Michigan'

Miami Herald - 'What to know about Michigan's 2018 ballot drives'

WDET - 'A Number of Ballot Proposals Get Green Light to Collect Signatures'

WKYZ - 'Group to begin collecting signatures to end gerrymandering in Michigan'

The News Herald - 'Volunteers gathering signatures for anti-Gerrymandering petition'

WMUK NPR - 'Board Of State Canvassers Approves Ballot Proposals'

FOX 47 - 'State Board of Canvassers allows petition drives to begin for 2 ballot proposals'

WKAR - 'Board of State Canvassers Approve Ballot Proposals'

Michigan Radio - 'Will voters overcome their politicians?'

WWMT - 'State board takes up redistricting reform proposal'

Clay Center Dispatch - 'Michigan OKs redistricting, paid sick-time ballot drives'

WLNS - 'Board OKs petitions for redistricting, sick time, pot drives'

US News - 'Michigan OKs Redistricting, Paid Sick-Time Ballot Drives'

Detroit Free Press - 'VIDEO: Organizer says signature collection starts today to end gerrymandering'

Detroit Free Press - 'State panel approves petition aimed at ending gerrymandering'

Detroit CBS - 'State Elections Board OKs Petition Drives For Legal Pot, Redistricting, Sick Time'

Detroit News - 'Redistricting, sick leave, pot petitions approved'

Metro Times - 'Michigan gerrymandering petition OK'd'

MLive - 'Redistricting petition cleared for signature gathering'

Michigan Radio - 'Board of State Canvassers approve ballot proposals'

Detroit News - 'Michigan anti-gerrymandering petition set for review'

WWMT - 'Grassroots group seeks to stop gerrymandering in Michigan'

MLive - 'Group aims to take politics out of redistricting in Michigan with independent commission'

July 2017

MLive - Group aims to take politics out of redistricting in Michigan with independent commission

Michigan Radio - Lessenberry on gerrymandering