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    Redistricting commission hires firm despite concerns about partisanship


    Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission voted Thursday to hire litigation counsel over the concerns of several redistricting advocates, including the ballot committee that helped approve the creation of the commission in 2018. 

    The commission voted 9-2 to hire the firm, BakerHostetler, after hours of public comment, an interview with the firm and deliberation over its hire. Two members — Juanita Curry and Brittni Kellom — were absent from the meeting.

    “I know there’s some opinions out there from the Michigan community that we need to look at other groups. I don’t share that opinion,” said Doug Clark, a Republican commission member. “I think we’ve got in front of us a first class firm that’s going to give us the services we ask for.”

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