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.

Marijuana Campaign Says It’s Not Too Late To Make ’16 Ballot

Jake Neher/WDET The campaign to legalize marijuana in Michigan says there’s still time to get the question on the November...

Appeals Court Hears Challenge To Emergency Manager Law

Sascha Raiyn Opponents of Michigan’s emergency manager law still hope their legal challenge will go to trial. On Thursday, they...

Gilbert Will Try To Remove Name From Ballot Following Primary Win

Facebook/Melissa Gilbert Actor Melissa Gilbert has won a prize she no longer wants. Gilbert was the only candidate in Michigan’s...

Court Says Judges Must Talk to Juries When Issuing Instructions

Brian Turner Rules, tradition, and talking to juries matter. That’s the gist of what the state Court of Appeals said...

Paid Leave Drive OK’d by Board

Employers in Michigan would have to let workers earn paid sick days under a petition drive that got the OK...

Judge Blocks Michigan’s Ban on Straight-Party Voting

govtech.com Voters in Michigan may be allowed to use the straight-ticket voting option on the November ballot. A federal judge has...

DEQ Task Force Re-Thinking Trash Rules

Jake Neher/WDET Plans are getting underway to send less trash to landfills in Michigan and to find more ways to...

Snyder Asks MI Supreme Court’s Advice On Payments To Private Schools

Elizabeth Garrett Gov. Rick Snyder has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to offer an opinion on whether it’s ever possible...

Appeals Court Says Booking Photos Exempt From Federal FOIA

Brian Turner The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals says, in the age of the internet, the release of a...

Michigan Asks Court To Dismiss Marijuana Drive’s Petition Lawsuit

Brett Levin, flickr. The state has asked a court to dismiss a legal challenge filed by the campaign to legalize...

Lawsuit Challenges Michigan’s Vaccine Counseling Requirement

tschoppi/Flickr A legal challenge has been filed against a state rule that requires counseling for parents who have a religious...

Replacement Process for Late State Rep. Plawecki Underway

Official Photo The process is underway to name a replacement on the ballot for state Rep. Julie Plawecki (D-Dearborn Heights),...