Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

A former sports doctor for Michigan State University and the US Olympics gymnastics team faces 22 more felony sexual assault charges, as levied by Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette. 


Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder won’t support a plan to roll back the state income tax rate without a matching plan to cut spending.


Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan / umich.edu

A survey of local officials across the state finds wide interest in overhauling Michigan’s emergency manager law


Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Michigan’s elections chief says it appears there were 31 instances of people casting two ballots in the 2016 election, but it doesn’t seem to have changed any results.  That was the finding of audits of the election results, as well as a separate inquiry into ballot irregularities in Detroit.


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget calls for saving and spending, but no new tax cuts to appease Republicans in the Legislature


Michigan State Senate
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

There could soon be tighter restrictions on the public’s access to information in bids for state business. 


Brian Banks
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

A state lawmaker has quit his job and agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.  This creates the first vacancy of this session of the Legislature.


Prison
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state Senate has adopted a criminal justice overhaul that aims to improve public safety by sending fewer people to prison. 


Jarrod Agen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder’s chief of staff has taken a new job at the White House

Michigan House of Representatives
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office.  A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder says President Trump has opened a “much-needed” national conversation on immigration with his order that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim nations.


Caleb Pluta / MPRN

State officials say any federal investigation will not turn up widespread vote fraud in Michigan, despite unsubstantiated accusations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally.  


Voting Machine
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A state board has approved spending as much as $82 million dollars over the next two years for new voting machines in every precinct in Michigan.


Flint Water
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis and said “superficial posturing” might be delaying a resolution.


Michigan Republican Party
Courtesy Photo / Michigan Republican Party

A battle has been averted over leadership of the Michigan Republican Party.  One of two contenders for the post of state party chair has dropped out.  Scott Hagerstrom led the state Donald Trump campaign, but that wasn’t enough to win him the job.


Michigan House of Representatives
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

It’s looking like “prevailing wage” will be an issue in the Legislature’s new session.  It deals with pay rates for construction workers on publicly funded projects.  And, it’s an issue that divides Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Ten million people.  Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above that number before the next US Census.  It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered Tuesday night at the state Capitol.


Flint Water
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a legal brief supporting a group of Flint pastors suing the state over the city’s drinking water crisis.  Schuette’s position puts him at odds with Governor Rick Snyder.  


Dan Kildee
US House of Representatives / house.gov

As Governor Rick Snyder prepares to deliver his seventh State of the State address, a potential candidate to replace him has called for ethics rules that would align Michigan with what the federal government requires.


Michigan Electors Cast Votes For Trump

Dec 20, 2016
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Protests and a national campaign to convince presidential electors to vote for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump did nothing to change the result in Michigan. 


No Guns
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

 

The state Court of Appeals says the state’s preemption of local firearms ordinances does not apply to schools.  The court upheld the Ann Arbor public schools ban on guns on school property. The ban was challenged by a gun rights group and a parent with a concealed pistol permit. 

Coal
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

A major rewrite of Michigan’s energy policy is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder


Ballot Box
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

The state will look into problems with ballots cast in 20 Detroit precincts in last month’s elections.  The recount last week showed big discrepancies in the number of votes counted and the number of ballots stored in containers.  That left more than half the city’s precincts unrecountable.


Michigan Supreme Court
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Supporters of continuing the statewide presidential ballot recount maintain the slimmest of hopes that it might resume once the Michigan Supreme Court weighs in.     


Vote Here
Tom Hagerty / flickr.com

A state elections panel meets this morning to deal with a court order to end the recount of ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election.  


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