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The Director of Princeton University’s Gerrymandering Project says a new independent commission in Michigan presents an opportunity to move past partisan gridlock and represent a wide range of interests. Sam Wang says there are also challenges such as essentially starting a new state agency from scratch.

Michigan House - file photo by Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network
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(MPRN) The people of the 104th District are a step closer to a vote on recalling their state Representative. 

Michigan Senate Chamber - file photo by Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network
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Non-profit groups can provide things like backpacks and scholarships. But an analysis from the Michigan Campaign Finance Network shows that money donated to those groups can also be a way to get the attention of a state lawmaker.

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The Michigan Campaign Finance Network looked into the connections between state lawmakers and non-profit groups that can accept unlimited donations from secret donors. The watchdog group’s director Craig Mauger says they found that a majority of lawmakers have ties to one of those groups. 

Mauger says the non-profit organizations don’t have to disclose their donors, so it creates secrecy around the relationship between lawmakers and people trying to influence them. While the non-profit groups are not supposed to participate in political activity, they do give lawmakers a chance to promote themselves to potential voters. Mauger says many times groups with business before a lawmaker donate money to a non-profit organization with ties to that state representative or senator.

Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks toward the lectern to speak outside 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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A Western Michigan University Political Science Professor says Great Britain has always been somewhat “aloof” from the rest of Europe. However, Gunther Hega, who studies European politics, says British attitudes toward the European Union have changed over the last 45 years.