Rick Pluta

Rick Pluta appears in the following:

It's primary day in Michigan — an important swing state

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

While the winners of Michigan's Democratic and Republican primaries are not expected to be a surprise, the outcome can provide insights to candidate strength in a key battleground state.


What is up with Michigan's unusual GOP primary and caucuses?

Monday, February 26, 2024

Michigan's GOP is dealing with a challenge to its leadership over alleged mishandling of party assets. The winner of Tuesday's GOP primary will not receive all of the state's party delegates.


Michigan Supreme Court rules to allow Trump on the state's 2024 ballot

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to uphold a lower court ruling that allows former President Donald Trump to appear on the ballot in 2024. Michigan is a pivotal state.


A year since Dobbs, these are the many ways states are protecting abortion

Friday, June 23, 2023

Abortion access has declined dramatically nationwide, but many states have further protected abortion by enacting "shield laws," allocating funding, stockpiling medication and repealing old laws.


Minnesota to join at least 4 other states in protecting transgender care this year

Friday, April 21, 2023

In 2023, a record number of states have passed rules or legislation to eliminate youth gender-affirming care, but a record number of states have also moved to protect care for trans youth and adults.


Michigan is set to repeal its decade-old right-to-work law, a big win for unions

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Michigan lawmakers have voted to repeal the state's right-to-work law, which allows workers to opt out of paying union dues. Republicans call the move a setback for the state's economy.


Michigan Democrats pledge action on gun restrictions after shooting at Michigan State

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

First the first time in 40 years, Democrats control every part of Michigan's state government. After Monday's shooting at Michigan State University, the party is pushing hard for gun restrictions.


Michigan voters reelect Gov. Whitmer, safeguard abortion rights in the state

Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, won a second term over Republican Tudor Dixon. Voters also acted to enshrine abortion rights in the state's constitution.


Abortion remains legal in Michigan after injunction blocks 1931 law being reinstated

Saturday, August 20, 2022

After a court ruling Friday, abortion in Michigan continues to be legal for now - though there are more legal challenges ahead.


Judge blocks prosecutors from enforcing 1931 abortion ban in Michigan

Friday, August 19, 2022

Abortion is still legal in Michigan after a circuit court judge ruled that county prosecutors can't charge providers with a felony. The decision blocks the enforcement of a 1931 pre-Roe abortion ban.


A 1931 law is central in Michigan's debate over the legality of abortion services

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Under a ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals, local prosecutors in Michigan may soon be allowed to file felony charges against abortion providers. Multiple challenges are already underway.


Michigan's Supreme Court weakened a case about Flint's toxic water against officials

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

People in Flint, Mich., are awaiting justice after water there was poisoned years ago. The former governor is facing charges, but the state Supreme Court has issued an opinion weakening the case.


A Nurse Won The Michigan Vaccine Lottery After Facing The Virus From The Frontline

Monday, July 19, 2021

Michigan is one of the states that turned to lottery drawings to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. There's concern among some health experts that interest will drop once the lotteries end.


Michigan's COVID-19 Plan Is Now Less Stick, More Carrot

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Michigan has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases, and skepticism is growing over health orders and vaccines. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is in persuasion mode to try to get vaccine skeptics on board.


Former Michigan Governor Charged In Flint Water Crisis, Along With 8 Others

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Michigan ex-Gov. Rick Snyder and a former Flint public works director have each been charged with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty in connection with the Flint water crisis.


After Violent Mobs In D.C., Michigan Bans Open Carry In State Capitol

Monday, January 11, 2021

Democrats say it doesn't go far enough. Republicans say it goes too far. After armed protests in Lansing and a violent riot in D.C., Michigan's Capitol bans open carry, joining a majority of states.


Michigan GOP Sidelines Democrat For Her 'Unacceptable' Response To Lynching Threats

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Days after Rep. Cynthia Johnson was harassed for her criticism of Rudy Giuliani, Michigan Republicans removed her from committee posts for sharing what they called a threatening video on Facebook.


Michigan's GOP Lawmakers Head To White House As Trump Contests Election Results

Friday, November 20, 2020

Michigan's top Republican lawmakers are reportedly headed to the White House Friday. Trump's campaign is trying to challenge votes from heavily Democratic parts of the state without success in court.


Michigan Gun Rights Advocates Push For The Right To Carry Weapons At Polling Places

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Michigan open-carry advocates are challenging state officials' ban on bringing weapons into the polls next week, as some voters and poll workers fear intimidation.


While COVID-19 Stats Rise In Some States, Cases Drop In Others

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Florida and Alabama are seeing rapid increases in coronavirus cases, which experts link to the states' reopening dates. But Michigan's case numbers are dropping — meaning schools can reopen this fall.