The Michigan Supreme Court has settled a dispute over the drawing of political districts in one Southeast Michigan County. The court upheld a state law that will send Oakland County's new district maps back the drawing board.
Democrats are crying foul.
The decision clears the way for Republicans in Oakland County to scrap a county commission re-districting map largely drawn by Democrats and replace it with one more to their liking.
Democrats challenged the law, claiming the Legislature and Republican Governor Rick Snyder acted to help Republicans maintain their advantage as Oakland County has become a political battleground.
The state Supreme Court has a four-to-three G.O.P. majority. But the court says it cannot consider possible motives, political or otherwise, in judging whether a law is valid. Democrats on the court dissented.