Rick Pluta

Managing Editor, Michigan Public Radio Network
Flint Water
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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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
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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
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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. 

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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. 

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

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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
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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
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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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A bill on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would compensate people who were wrongly convicted of a crime and imprisoned. 

Bill Schuette
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

More courtroom drama today as Michigan Republicans and the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump continue try to shut down the statewide ballot recount.  

   At least three lawsuits have now been filed related to Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s effort to force a recount of the ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election.

Michigan Republicans
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This afternoon marks the deadline for Green Party nominee Jill Stein’s campaign to ask for a recount of the ballots cast in Michigan’s presidential election. 

Lead Test
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Every infant and toddler in Michigan should be tested for lead.  That’s one of the recommendations of a state task force looking for ways to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. 

Border Fence
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It’s been a year since Governor Rick Snyder called for a “pause” in re-settling refugees from the Middle East in Michigan.  Before that, Snyder described himself as the nation’s most pro-immigration governor.

Rick Snyder
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Governor Rick Snyder is out of the country on a week-long trade mission to China.

Donald Trump
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President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan Tuesday by the narrowest margin in the state’s history.

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The presidential candidates and their surrogates swung through Michigan on the final day before the polls opened.

Bill Clinton
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Michigan is getting battleground state attention from the presidential campaigns. Republican nominee Donald Trump pays a visit to Macomb County.  Former President Bill Clinton toured the state to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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As home to one of the nation’s largest populations of Middle Eastern immigrants, the Detroit area is a natural destination for refugees fleeing violence in places like Syria.  But the leader of the largely suburban county that neighbors the city has called for a stop to refugee resettlements and has threatened to go court.  That has become a hot issue in the race for Oakland County executive. 

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The state agency responsible for Michigan’s medical marijuana program says changes are in store.  That’s after an audit found it’s not tracking doctors who approve medical marijuana cards.       

Voting Booth
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With a week to go before Election Day, opponents of Michigan’s ban on voters taking selfies with their ballots are back in court.