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.

Courtesy Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Facebook Page

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said today (WED) there’s NOT much she can do stop President Donald Trump or other political campaigns from holding a big rally in Michigan. That’s despite the fact that those rallies violate her executive orders.

Courtesy senate.michigan.gov

The Michigan Senate adopted a bill Tuesday that would allow many local governments to prepare absentee ballots to be opened and processed the evening before Election Day. Local clerks say that could shave hours off the process of tallying the ballots.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s budget chief and the Legislature’s Republican appropriations chairs announced they’re close to a final budget deal before the October 1st deadline.

Courtesy Michigan Supreme Court

Briefs are due Wednesday after the Michigan Supreme Court asked for more arguments on whether Governor Gretchen Whitmer exceeded her emergency authority to address the COVID-19 crisis.

Courtesy Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Facebook Page

Governor Gretchen Whitmer leveled sharp words today (THU) against President Donald Trump over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis.

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