Stateside: SCOTUS redistricting ruling; latest on UAW-GM deal; why Canadian elections matter to MI
Today on Stateside, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a lower court's ruling that ordered Michigan to redraw its congressional and state legislative district lines before the 2020 election. Plus, we talk to the reporter who helped solve the mysterious disappearance of a young Michigan man and FBI informant.
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Michigan doesn’t have to redraw congressional districts before 2020, U.S. Supreme Court rules
- On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling regarding gerrymandering in Michigan. The lower court had ordered the state Legislature to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts before the 2020 election. The Supreme Court's ruling struck that down, saying that gerrymandering for political reasons is something that’s beyond the federal court's reach. Todd Spangler, the Washington correspondent for the Detroit Free Press, filled us in on what this means for the future of Michigan’s redistricting process.
As workers continue to strike, UAW and GM get closer to a contract deal
- It’s day 36 of a strike against GM. That's the longest national strike against the company since 1970. Last Thursday, union leaders approves a tentative contract that is now being vetted by the rank and file before they vote on it. Leadership decided to keep workers on the picket line during the ratification process. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton explained how the ratification process works and what comes next.
It’s Election Day in Canada. Here’s why Michiganders should care.
- It’s Election Day in Canada. The leader of the Liberal Party, incumbent Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been rocked by scandals and a lack of enthusiasm from those in his own party. The Conservative Party leader is nearly tied in polling, but neither party is expected to win a majority in parliament. Why does all this matter for Michigan? To answer that question, we talked to Bill Anderson, a professor at the University of Windsor and the director of the Cross-Border Institute. He explained how Canada's election may impact Michigan, which counts Canada as its largest trade partner.
Traverse City public schools superintendent resigned after just months on the job and board isn’t saying why
- The former superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools Ann Cardon resigned last week, just two months into the job. The reasons for her departure are not exactly clear. There are plenty of rumors, but meetings about her job were held behind closed doors. Frustrated residents, parents, and school district employees packed into recent school board meetings to demand answers. Max Johnston from Interlochen Public Radio explained why residents are frustrated and recapped the ongoing budgetary and administration struggles of the district.
- Michigan Radio’s podcast Same Same Different explores identity and how to survive “otherness” with your sanity intact. In the podcast's third episode, host Bryce Huffman talks to photojournalist Regina Boone and filmmaker and activist Sultan Sharrief about how they found spaces where they felt like they could be their full selves.
- The Wall Street Journal recently published a story about a young man from Oxford, Michigan who became a source for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and eventually ended up murdered in Ukraine. The reporter who researched and wrote that story, Brett Forrest, explained what happened to Billy Reilly, and why his parents struggled to get help from the FBI after their son's disappearance in 2015.