Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

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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.
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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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