Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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6:38 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Casino Question Blocked from Ballot

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The campaign to allow eight new non-tribal casinos will have to go back to court to get a spot on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Bing Frustrated with Delay as Lansing Waits on Light Authority

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the pace of the city’s recovery is being slowed by delays in Lansing. The mayor says the Legislature is taking too long to create an independent authority to help Detroit and other cities keep their street lights on.           

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NewsRoom
7:10 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Subcommittee To Review Fireworks Law

The State Capitol.
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An ad hoc state House workgroup will review Michigan’s new fireworks law and could recommend some changes. The law allows licensed retailers to sell high-powered fireworks. 

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NewsRoom
6:39 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

LG: Ballot Question Would Not Stop Bridge Project

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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley says a ballot question to require a public vote on a new international bridge won’t stop the project.

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NewsRoom
6:25 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Court of Appeals Asked to Lift Order That House GOP Count Procedural Votes

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A battle over how Republicans in the Michigan House of Representatives count votes was argued Wednesday before the state Court of Appeals.

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NewsRoom
6:23 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

EM Law Suspended as Referendum Goes on November Ballot

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The referendum to challenge Michigan’s emergency manager law is officially on the November ballot, and the law is suspended until after the election. Now, there’s a new fight brewing over whether the old emergency financial manager law now takes over.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

It’s Primary Day in Michigan

It’s primary election day across Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Schuette: Old Law Takes Over If Referendum Succeeds

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Attorney General Bill Schuette says if Michigan’s emergency manager law is rejected by voters in November then the old law takes over – and that still allows the governor to name a financial manager to run a city or school district.

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NewsRoom
6:51 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Court of Appeals To Hear Ballot Challenge

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The Michigan Court of Appeals will hear a new challenge to a question that could go on the November ballot. A coalition of businesses and existing casinos say a proposal to allow eight new non-tribal
casinos in Michigan has a critical technical flaw.

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NewsRoom
6:51 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

MI Supreme Court Orders Referendum Onto November Ballot

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The Michigan Supreme Court has ordered the referendum on the state’s emergency manager law onto the November ballot.           

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NewsRoom
6:43 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Treasurer: Emergency Managers To Be Re-Appointed

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State Treasurer Andy Dillon says the emergency managers running four cities in Michigan will be quickly re-appointed to serve as emergency financial managers under the former law – with one exception.

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Election 2012
6:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Senate GOP Candidates Tangle in TV Debate

Bill Richards WKAR

Three Republicans running for their party’s U.S. Senate nomination appeared together Thursday in their only televised debate of this primary season.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Schuette: Teen Lifers Don’t Deserve Re-Sentencing

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is against holding re-sentencing hearings for hundreds of inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles. That’s despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles.

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NewsRoom
6:33 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Court: City Cannot Outlaw Medical Marijuana

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The Michigan Court of Appeals says local governments cannot stop people from growing or using medical marijuana.

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NewsRoom
6:39 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

House Panel Continues to Ponder Next Action on Health Coverage

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Another day of hearings by two state House committees have wrapped up on Michigan’s next step now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal healthcare law. Michigan is facing some deadlines to move ahead with an online exchange for people to shop for health coverage.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Change Underway in How State Grades Schools

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Michigan will change how it grades schools and teachers when students return to classrooms this fall. The state Department of Education has a waiver from federal rules that will let Michigan try some new things.

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NewsRoom
6:53 am
Mon July 30, 2012

SoS Informs Bolger, Schmidt Inquiry Underway

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State House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt have a little less than three weeks to respond to complaints they broke campaign finance laws. The complaints are related to a plot to keep a real Democrat off the ballot after Schmidt jumped to the Republican Party.

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NewsRoom
6:14 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

MI Supreme Court Says MSU Violates Free Speech Rights

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The state Supreme Court has struck down a Michigan State University ordinance that’s supposed to protect employees from harassment as a violation of the First Amendment.

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NewsRoom
6:22 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Senate Panel Approves Anti-Abortion Bill

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The state Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require clinics and doctor’s offices where abortions are performed to be licensed and inspected.

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NewsRoom
6:32 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Groups Waiting For MI Supreme Court Ruling

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The Michigan Supreme Court will decide the fate of a referendum on the state’s emergency manager law after spending more than an hour and half listening to arguments. The case also brought a few hundred demonstrators to Lansing.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Regulator Urges Action On MI Online Health Exchange

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State House members held a hearing Wednesday on a federal law requiring states to set up a website to help people buy health insurance. The mandate is part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NewsRoom
7:15 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Governor Declares Energy Emergency In U.P.

The Mackinac Bridge leading to Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Melissa Benmark WKAR

Governor Rick Snyder has declared an energy emergency in parts of the Upper Peninsula due to a pipeline break in Wisconsin.

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NewsRoom
7:10 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Protestors To Rally Outside MI Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court building.
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Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:20 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Opponents Say Casino Question Should be Blocked from Ballot

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

Opponents of a proposal to allow eight new casinos in Michigan will ask the state Court of Appeals to order the question off the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:30 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Board Of Canvassers To Meet On Ballot Questions

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A state elections board will meet to finalize the September 5 special primary that will narrow the field of candidates running to complete the term of Congressman Thad McCotter. The Livonia Republican resigned suddenly on July 6. The board will also make decisions about half a dozen petition drives that turned in signatures to put questions on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:17 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Snyder: Locals Should Not Expect State Funding to Help with Election Cost

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Governor Rick Snyder says local governments in the 11th congressional district should not expect the state to help cover the costs of a special primary to replace Congressman Thad McCotter. The cost is pegged at about $650,000.

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NewsRoom
6:29 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Snyder Says He’s Still Willing to Work with Legislature on Health Care Law

Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes Republican lawmakers will act before the end of the summer to create an online place for people to comparison shop for health coverage.

The governor and Republicans in the state House have been at odds over the health care exchanges called for in the federal Affordable Care Act. GOP leaders say they wanted to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule before acting. Now that the court has upheld the law, Republicans say they still have a lot of questions.

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NewsRoom
6:28 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Dem Chair Brewer Re-Files Campaign Complaint on Bolger, GOP Staff

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The chair of the Michigan Democratic Party says a prosecutor’s report shows his complaint of election law violations deserves another look. Mark Brewer says state House Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republicans used state resources to plot a lawmaker’s defection to the GOP and put a fake Democrat on the ballot.

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NewsRoom
6:26 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Protesters Abound at Legislature’s Only Session Day in July

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The Legislature’s only session day in July was a magnet that drew protesters to Lansing.

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NewsRoom
3:41 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Democrats Call for House Inquiry into Actions by Schmidt, Bolger

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Democrats at the state Capitol are calling for an investigation into whether House Speaker Jase Bolger and state Representative Roy Schmidt broke ethics rules.

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