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Posted on Tue, Sep 21, 2010 : 7:23 p.m.

Director of documentary film to participate in panel discussion in Ann Arbor

By Heather Lockwood

Director Jeff Reichert will participate in a panel discussion after a special screening of his new documentary film "Gerrymandering" in Ann Arbor on Oct. 6.

The screening is set for 7 p.m. at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Weill Hall, 735 South State St., and admission is free.

The panel discussion, with U-M professor of public policy John Chamberlin, former Congressman Joe Schwartz, and Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, will address issues related to redistricting, according to event information.

Watch the "Gerrymandering" trailer:

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Wed, Sep 22, 2010 : 12:18 p.m.

@ Weider It is perfectly possible to gerrymander elective districts without an official partisan label as you of all people well know. Ann Arbor should just drop the party labels all together in the interest of encouraging wider participation in government. If you're a Green, Libertarian, Republican, independent or whatever what possible incentive do you have to participate?

Tom Wieder

Wed, Sep 22, 2010 : 9:05 a.m.

re: Huron 74 You may be right about gerrymandering in general, but not regarding A2 City Council. Ann Arbor has become so Democratic that it is almost impossible to draw a ward with a GOP majority in any November election. In most recent November elections, GOP candidates carried few, if any, precincts for any office. Democrats sweep in November because there are so many more Democrats, not because of the ward boundaries.


Tue, Sep 21, 2010 : 6:40 p.m.

Ending so-called gerrymandering would result in better accountability for the political types than the term limits we have now. Just imagine how city council would be if members could actually lose in the general election if they didn't represent well? But this will only happen from a law suit or a ballot initiative; the political class will never vote for and end to gerrymandering.