Rick Pluta

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.

House Might to Try to Shut out Gamrat, Courser

Former Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat will face crowded primaries, but will have a chance to reclaim the jobs they...

Snyder Forms Political Fund to Back Candidates

Governor Rick Snyder has started a political fund to support candidates who share his centrist views on governing. The governor revealed...

Republicans Dream of Winning at Mackinac Conference

Many Michigan Republicans spent the weekend on Mackinac Island, where they enjoyed fine dining and cocktail receptions, listened to the campaign pitches...

Gamrat Files for Her Old House Seat

Expelled state Representative Cindy Gamrat has filed to run for her old House seat. Gamrat joins a Republican field that’s already...

Snyder Declares Michigan ‘Welcoming Week’ to Honor Immigrants

The immigration question is causing turmoil in the Republican presidential primary, but Governor Rick Snyder is standing by his staunchly pro-immigration position....

Campaign Files Petition to Outlaw Prevailing Wage

The business-led campaign to outlaw union-level prevailing wage mandates on publicly funded construction projects says it has filed 390 thousand...

Courser, Gamrat Out; Special Elections to be Held

  The Michigan House voted Friday morning to expel Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) and accepted the resignation of Rep. Todd...

Courser Asks for Forgiveness, Censure

A special state House disciplinary panel will begin deliberating on a punishment for state Representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell)...

Gamrat Offers Tearful Apology, Asks for Censure

State Representative Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell) offered a tearful apology as she asked a special committee to consider censure and the loss of...

Cotter Activates Courser/Gamrat Expulsion Committee

A select committee will begin its work to help whether state Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat will keep their jobs...

Michigan to Develop its Own Plan to Reduce Carbon

The state of Michigan will develop its own plan to meet new federal carbon emissions standards. “Not to do so would...

Cotter Activates Courser/Gamrat Expulsion Committee

A select committee will begin its work to help whether state Representatives Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat will keep their jobs following...