Rick Pluta

Managing Editor - Michigan Public Radio Network

A political fight between Republicans and Democrats at the state Capitol has landed in court.

The Michigan Supreme Court -- in a decision that breaks along party-lines -- has upheld a state law that will let Republicans on the Oakland County Commission redraw their district lines.

Michigan is one of 26 states challenging federal health care reforms in a case that is going before the U. S. Supreme Court. But there is also a stalemate in state government over moving ahead with an online healthcare exchange that is part of the law that would help consumers shop for coverage.

Lawyers acting for Governor Rick Snyder have asked the state Court of Appeals to reverse lower court rulings that blocked the administration’s efforts to resolve financial crises in two cities.

A fight that pits Democrats in Oakland County against Republicans in the Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder is now before state Supreme Court.

Governor Rick Snyder’s administration will appeal a judge’s ruling that would delay any deal between the state and Detroit on a plan to fix the city’s fiscal crisis. 

The state Senate could vote this week on the first major amendment to Michigan's medical marijuana law since it was adopted by voters in 2008.  The measure would strip the eye disease glaucoma from the list of conditions that would qualify a patient for a medical marijuana card.

A pair of measures that would strengthen collective bargaining rights took a small step today toward being on the November ballot. 

A union-led effort to amend the Michigan Constitution to guarantee labor bargaining rights will go before a state elections panel. The Protect Our Jobs campaign will ask the Board of State Canvassers to pre-approve its petition to get on the November ballot.

Governor Rick Snyder leaves Saturday morning for a week-long trade development trip to Europe.

The state House has approved a controversial measure that would end a ban on depositing yard waste in landfills.

A judge in Ingham County has ordered Flint’s emergency manager to take no official actions until after a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday. The city’s largest public employee union has filed a lawsuit challenging the process that resulted in the appointment of an emergency manager.

Governor Rick Snyder is standing by his proposed consent agreement as an alternative to placing Detroit under the control of an emergency manager with sweeping power.

Governor Rick Snyder says he has not given up on reaching a deal with Detroit elected officials on a legal agreement to fix the city’s finances without a state takeover.

The state House approved a package of bills that creates punishments the use of threats or coercion to try to force a woman to have an abortion.

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