- May 20, 2007
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Michigan, even more than Pennsylvania, is the good news story. The Dems now control all three branches of government, and the electorate passed a ballot measure that will guarantee reproductive rights in the State Constitution. Michigan was one of the states likely to have all abortions illegal because of an old 1930s-era law.
I'd be interested to see an analysis of the role that redistricting played in the outcome, as Michiganders approved a non-partisan redistricting commission in a previous ballot initiative to un-do all the gerrymandering.
One particular note about Michigan, it appears that Oakland County, long an obstacle to regional transit in Detroit has voted for a millage (property tax charge) to support same. That could be hugely impactful for many Detroit area residents.
Oakland County all in on transit as millage passes; Macomb, Wayne voters also show support
Metro Detroit transit could see its biggest expansion in decades after Oakland County voters OK'd a countywide millage for the first time.
Ohio, sadly, has gone the way of Indiana for good.
While electing trumper JD Vance is among many unfortunate decisions taken by Ohio voters last night, I would advise against 'for good' as a take.
Michigan was hopelessly gerrymandered and the state spent a generation under Republican control, and saw 3 generations of rot in Detroit.
Today, Michigan returned Democrats across the board; Detroit is seeing a fair bit of new investment, getting a signature waterfront park, the new bridge, and seeing a downtown highway downsized to a large arterial with considerable public realm improvements, all the while, the Detroit burbs just voted for regional transit.
Hell can freeze over.........Ohio may yet return to civil society.