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.

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Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan blasted a decision by the Israeli government to bar her and another Muslim member of Congress from an official visit to the West Bank.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has barred embattled Michigan civil rights director Agustin Arbulu from cabinet meetings. Whitmer says it’s time for Arbulu to be fired for “unacceptable conduct.”

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she would support a “red flag” law to allow law enforcement to seize firearms from someone who is deemed a risk.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has again called on Republican leaders to reconvene the Legislature to wrap up work on a new state budget and a plan to fix the roads.

       But GOP leaders say there’s no reason yet. 


The body of a 41-year-old Iraqi man who was deported will be returned to the US. That’s according to Congressman Andy Levin, a Michigan Democrat. Rick Pluta tells us that will allow Jimmy Aldaoud (al-dah-OOD’) to be buried alongside his mother.