Rick Pluta

Capitol Bureau Chief and Reporter

Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He is heard daily on WCMU's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Michigan House Republicans

A campaign to recall a state lawmaker is asking an appeals court to reverse a decision by Michigan’s top elections official and put the question to voters.

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The state Bureau of Elections has tossed out petitions and thousands of signatures seeking a recall election against state Representative Larry Inman. 

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            Michigan Republicans are planning their next move after a federal judge refused their request to press the “pause” button on the state’s new redistricting law. It creates an independent commission to draw legislative and congressional districts. That would take the job away from the Legislature.

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The state’s marijuana watchdog agency has ordered tests on vaping inventories. 

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A group of former state legislators is asking a federal judge to overturn Michigan’s term limits law.