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Federal judge deals blow to Michigan GOP over redistricting commission challenge

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A federal judge on Monday handed a major setback to Michigan Republicans who wanted the court to delay implementation of a redistricting commission approved by voters last November. Plaintiffs in two lawsuits are challenging the state constitutional amendment that created the redistricting commission.

They wanted plans to move forward on the commission put on hold while those cases make their way through the courts. The judge declined to grant that request. Zach Gorchow covers state politics for Gongwer News. He broke down the two lawsuits involved in this decision, the arguments on both sides, and what he expects will happen next.

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