Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
Rick was one of the first Michigan political reporters to write about “pay-to-play” fundraising, and the controversies surrounding recognition of same-sex relationships. He broke the news that Gov. John Engler was planning a huge juvenile justice overhaul that included adult-time-for-adult-crime sentencing, and has continued to report since then on the effects of that policy decision.
He co-hosts the weekly segment “It’s Just Politics” on Michigan Radio with Zoe Clark.
Rick is fascinated by the game of politics, and the grand plans and human foibles that go into policy-making. You will never find him ice-fishing.
Follow him on Twitter at @rickpluta
Contributions from Rick Pluta
- Michigan business groups push back against political arguments over immigration
Business groups across Michigan say they’re worried election year politics will get in the way of developing sensible immigration plans . The Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of …
- Michigan agrees to pay $80 million to settle prison sex abuse lawsuits
The state of Michigan has reached an $80 million dollar settlement with former juvenile inmates who say they were sexually abused in the prison system.
- Whitmer signs orders to help automakers in shift to “mobility” business
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is making her mark on efforts to help Michigan’s auto industry make the transition into electric vehicles and new ways of getting from place to place. Whitmer was in Detroit …
- Gov. Whitmer says she would sign bill to allow faster processing of absentee ballots
Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she’d sign a bill to allow faster processing of absentee ballots on primary election night.
- Senate bill would drop deer-baiting fine to $1
Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a bill last year to end a ban on allowing hunters to use bait to attract deer. Republicans who disagree with that veto just made their next move. A new bill would allo …