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
- Senate GOP probe: No systemic fraud in Michigan election
Senate Republicans who investigated Michigan's presidential election say there was no widespread or systemic fraud.
- Redistricting commission asks court for more time to finish maps
The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission wants more time to do its job. Attorneys for the commission made their case Monday before the Michigan Supreme Court. They say the problem is …
- Despite reopening, Republicans will continue to question Whitmer COVID orders
Almost all COVID-19 restrictions in Michigan will be lifted Tuesday, but that won’t put an end to arguments in Lansing about how the crisis was handled and what should happen next. Republican lawmaker …
- Senate adopts bills to expand ID requirements to vote
The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate adopted bills Wednesday to expand ID requirements to vote in person or to get an absentee ballot.
- Deal reached between Michigan Democrats and GOP on early childhood programs
There appears to be a deal between Democrats and Republicans in Lansing on plans to make early childhood programs more available and more affordable to more families. The deal includes using federal C …