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.

Governor Snyder Activates National Guard to Deliver Bottled Water and Filters In Flint

Governor Rick Snyder has activated National Guard units to go to work in Flint. Guard troops will relieve American Red...

Snyder Scales Back Proposed Overhaul of Detroit Schools

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s slowing down his plans to fix Detroit’s schools in order to the process moving. In...

Michigan Supreme Court to Consider Church-State Separation Case

The Michigan Supreme Court will decide whether courts may step into resolve a dispute between dueling factions of a Baptist...

Snyder: ‘Things that Were Not Fully Understood’ on Flint Water Crisis

Governor Rick Snyder acknowledges the decision to switch the city of Flint’s water system was not vetted the way it should...

State Lawmaker Wants to Ban Great Lakes Fish Farms

By Rick Pluta and Jake Neher A state lawmaker wants to make sure commercial fish farms will never be allowed to...

UM Law Professor Joan Larsen Named to Michgan Supreme Court

The new Michigan Supreme Court term officially starts Thursday with a new justice appointed by Governor Rick Snyder. He named...

Snyder Says Michigan Should Take Refugees

Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like Michigan to welcome more refugees fleeing war and violence in the Middle East. The governor...

Contractors Ask Legislature to Preserve Prevailing Wage

A group of construction contractors and trade unions is pushing back against an effort at the state Capitol to repeal prevailing...

GOP Lawmaker Wants to Guarantee Expulsions Stick

A Republican legislator is drafting a bill to ensure that state lawmakers who are expelled or quit remain out of office....

Doctor Ben Carson Visits Michigan

Doctor Ben Carson took his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination to Michigan, with stops in Jackson yesterday and Spring Arbor...

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...