Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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NewsRoom
7:14 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Senate Vote on Autism Mandate Expected

Measures on the state Senate calendar this week would require health insurance plans to cover autism treatments for children. Supporters of the autism mandate say early treatments can ensure children transition into healthy adults, and ultimately save money on health care costs.

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NewsRoom
5:40 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Michigan in line for $100 million foreclosure settlement

A federal judge is expected to approve a settlement between states and some of the nation’s biggest mortgage lenders. The deal is expected to net Michigan about $100 million. State Attorney General Bill Schuette  has a plan for how to use the money.

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NewsRoom
8:23 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Governor Says Jobs, Public Safety Go Together

Governor Rick Snyder was in Flint to roll out a plan to fight high crime rates in Michigan cities.  The governor presented his plan in front of a room filled with police officers, prosecutors, and other local government officials.  The plan has 34 separate initiatives and would cost tens of millions of dollars.

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Election 2012
6:43 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Unions Push for Labor Rights Amendment

Unions in Michigan have launched a petition drive to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

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NewsRoom
7:27 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Santorum Rally in Front of GOP HQ Fizzles

A rally was scheduled for Monday night to protest the Michigan Republican Party’s decision to award both of the state’s at-large national convention delegates to Mitt Romney.

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NewsRoom
6:18 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Ballot Drive Seeks to Guarantee Union Bargaining Rights

Unions and progressive groups plan to roll out a ballot campaign Tuesday to preempt efforts to pass a right-to-work law in Michigan.

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NewsRoom
6:27 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Santorum Continues to Dispute Michigan Primary

The Michigan primary was almost a week ago, but the Rick Santorum campaign continues to dispute the results. The fight with the state GOP is over the apportionment of two statewide delegates to the Republican National Convention.

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NewsRoom
5:40 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Santorum Campaign Seeks Investigation of GOP Primary

 Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign has formally asked the Republican National Committee to investigate the actions of Michigan GOP leaders following Tuesday’s presidential primary.

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NewsRoom
7:31 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Michigan GOP Awards At-Large Delegates to Romney

There’s a fight brewing over one Michigan delegate to the Republican National Convention this summer. The state Republican Party has awarded both of Michigan’s at-large delegates to Mitt Romney – despite the fact that Rick Santorum was a close runner-up in the popular vote.

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NewsRoom
7:25 am
Fri March 2, 2012

MSU Edits Public Copy of Lawmaker’s Traffic Stop

Michigan State University has cut portions of a videotape and police report on the arrest of a state lawmaker who is a key decision-maker on higher education spending. State Representative Bob Genetski was stopped last month on the MSU campus and arrested for drunk driving.

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NewsRoom
5:55 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Takeover Law Opponents File Petitions for Referendum

The campaign to challenge Michigan’s local emergency manager law has filed petitions seeking to put the question on the ballot.

Opponents say the state takeover law is an affront to voters’ rights to choose their local elected officials. 

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NewsRoom
7:25 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Santorum can claim partial Michigan win

File photo WKAR

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum lost the popular vote to Mitt Romney by a slim margin in the Michigan Republican primary. But it appears Santorum’s in line to pick up about half the state’s national convention delegates.

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NewsRoom
6:30 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Michigan Primary Helps Set the Stage for Super Tuesday

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There are 30 Republican national convention delegates up for grabs in today’s primary. But today’s vote is about more than just delegates.

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NewsRoom
7:45 am
Mon February 27, 2012

GOP candidates make closing arguments in MI GOP race

File photo WKAR

Republican presidential candidates will be criss-crossing Michigan. GOP hopefuls Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul all have Michigan campaign stops planned. And there is no let-up expected in campaign advertising.

This has largely been what’s called a “contrast” campaign, which is a euphemism for attacking one’s opponents.

Bobby Schostak is the Michigan Republican chairman. He says Republicans don’t simply want someone who can beat President Obama in November.

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It's All Politics
1:37 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Romney Name Doesn't Guarantee Ballot Magic In Michigan

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney plays up his Michigan roots when he talks to voters in the state where he grew up.

In 2008, Romney won the Republican presidential primary in Michigan. On the campaign trail, he likes to tell stories about his father, George, who was an iconic governor of Michigan in the 1960s:

"He said, 'It sure is great to be in Mount Clemens today,' even though he was in Mount Pleasant. My mother was sitting behind and said, 'George, it's "Pleasant." ' He said, 'Yes, it's pleasant in Mount Clemens.' "

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NewsRoom
6:07 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

New Law Allows Highland Park Students to Flee District

WKAR file photo

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that allows students in Highland Park to transfer to another district or to a charter school now that the Highland Park district has run out of money.

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It's All Politics
4:36 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Fred Who? He's Republican, He's Gay, And He's Competing For Michigan Delegates

GOP presidential candidate Fred Karger hopes Michigan's primary rules will allow him to pick up a few delegates to the national convention. He's focusing on just one congressional district in the center of the state.
Rick Pluta for NPR

Originally published on Fri February 24, 2012 6:36 pm

As better-known candidates trod the landscape and crowd the airwaves, pleading for votes in Michigan's Republican primary, the first openly gay GOP presidential hopeful is plotting a minor upset.

Fred Karger hopes the state's primary rules will land him a mid-Michigan miracle and a handful of delegates to the national convention.

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NewsRoom
6:53 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Highland Park Teachers Could Be Asked to Work through Payless Payday

Teachers in Highland Park schools could be asked to work without pay while a standoff between the state and the school board is resolved.  

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NewsRoom
6:34 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Snyder: Highland Park School District Could Close by Monday

WKAR file photo

Governor Rick Snyder says he is forced by a court decision to “de-activate” the emergency manager running the Highland Park school district.

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Election 2012
7:27 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Santorum Stumps for Votes in West Michigan

WKAR file photo

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney returns to Michigan on Tuesday to campaign in Macomb County.  Rick Santorum spent much of Monday courting voters at three stops in west Michigan –before heading to Arizona, which also has a primary in one week.

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NewsRoom
7:45 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Snyder: Auto Bailout Should Not Be An Issue In GOP Primary

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum returns to Michigan Monday, speaking at a Republican fundraiser in Grand Rapids. Mitt Romney visits Macomb County Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
6:37 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

On Stump in Detroit, Romney Shows “Love” for Michigan, Autos

Melissa Benmark WKAR

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney spoke to a business luncheon Thursday not far from where he grew up in Oakland County as he stumped for Republican support in Michigan’s presidential primary. 

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Judge Says Local Review Teams Violated Open Meetings Law

Kevin Rosseel morgueFile

An Ingham County judge has ruled that state-appointed review teams looking into the finances of the city if Detroit and the Highland Park school district broke Michigan’s open meetings law.  

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NewsRoom
6:31 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Voters Rights Groups Oppose Election Law Changeup

Mark Bashore WKAR

The state Senate has approved some prospective changes in Michigan voting laws.

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NewsRoom
7:28 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Snyder, Schuette Oppose Lansing Casino

Governor Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette have told a northern Michigan Indian tribe they will do whatever is necessary to stop a casino from being built in downtown Lansing. 

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NewsRoom
6:57 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Michigan to Start Seeing Candidate Visits

Photo: WKAR

 

Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says no one should count him out when he faces Michigan native Mitt Romney on the state’s February 28th GOP primary ballot. Santorum and Romney both plan to campaign in Michigan this week. Santorum says his message should play well with Michigan’s conservative blue
collar voters.

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NewsRoom
5:47 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Court: City cannot keep marijuana question off ballot

WKAR photo

A measure to eliminate criminal penalties for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana in Detroit could be voted on by city voters this coming summer.

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NewsRoom
5:55 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Snyder Budget Focuses on Student Performance

Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy: State of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder calls for a slight boost in spending in his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year – with more money for police, schools, and universities.  The governor says this year’s spending plan is built on tough decisions made last year.

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NewsRoom
6:24 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Hoekstra Changes Ad Strategy on the Heels of Controversy

Michigan Public Radio Network

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra is altering his ad strategy following a storm of criticism over a spot deemed by many as insulting to Asians.

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NewsRoom
9:05 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Gov. Snyder delivers his second State of the State address

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his second annual State of the State address Wednesday evening in Lansing.
State of Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder highlighted the accomplishments of 2011 and outlined Michigan's goals for 2012 in his second annual State of the State address Wednesday evening in Lansing.

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