Riley Beggin

Riley Beggin is a Capitol reporter covering Michigan politics, including legislative, gubernatorial and other statewide elections. She joined Bridge in January 2018 after working at KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR member station. Before that, she was a fellow at ABC News’ Washington Bureau and an intern with NPR’s investigative unit. Riley majored in history and international relations at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She also holds a master’s degree in investigative journalism from the University of Missouri. You can reach Riley at rbeggin@bridgemi.com or call her at 517-657-3580.

Articles

Enbridge lost rods in the Straits. It didn’t tell Michigan for two months.

Enbridge lost rods in the Straits. It didn’t tell Michigan for two months.

December 5, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Enbridge says the accident involving lost rods at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac doesn’t pose an environmental risk. But some environmental groups are worried it indicates problems to come. 

Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

Michigan budget breakthrough in works as Gretchen Whitmer, GOP near deal

December 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan lawmakers passed bills Wednesday that reflect an agreement to return $573.5 million to the state budget. A deal would restore funding to popular GOP programs, including money for charter schools, autism programming and rural hospitals.

GOP leaders: We won’t halt Michigan Medicaid work requirements

GOP leaders: We won’t halt Michigan Medicaid work requirements

December 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gretchen Whitmer asked Republican leaders to stop the implementation of controversial work requirements for subsidized healthcare. They quickly shut down her request.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: ‘Bat-sh*t crazy’ jab doesn’t help resolve budget

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: ‘Bat-sh*t crazy’ jab doesn’t help resolve budget

December 2, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gretchen Whitmer responds to criticism from Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and says both sides are no closer to finding a compromise on a weeks-long budget stalemate over $1 billion in cuts and transfers. Shirkey apologized again Monday afternoon.

Why easy access to recreational marijuana is taking so long in Michigan

Why easy access to recreational marijuana is taking so long in Michigan

November 25, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Recreational marijuana sales are set to begin on Dec. 1, but shortages and few licensed shops mean options will be limited.

Cellphones are everywhere. Except Michigan courts. Is that an injustice?

Cellphones are everywhere. Except Michigan courts. Is that an injustice?

November 20, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Supreme Court considers a rule to allow cellphones in all courts. One justice says cell bans are “callous” and “incredibly insensitive,” but others say allowing devices in courts would create security problems.

Michigan term limits face court challenge from former lawmakers

Michigan term limits face court challenge from former lawmakers

November 20, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Ron French

A group is arguing in a new lawsuit that Michigan’s strictest-in-the-nation legislative term limits are unconstitutional.

Poisoned Michigan: How weak laws and ignored history enabled PFAS crisis

Poisoned Michigan: How weak laws and ignored history enabled PFAS crisis

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jim Malewitz

Michigan lawmakers said ‘never again’ after an agricultural mishap sparked one of the worst poisonings in history in 1973. But serious reform never came and some mistakes of that crisis are being repeated with the PFAS threat befouling state waterways.

 In a Michigan town with a toxic legacy, residents fought for decades to heal

In a Michigan town with a toxic legacy, residents fought for decades to heal

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jim Malewitz

In the town of St. Louis, a  group of rabble-rousers ensured state and federal authorities didn’t forget their toxic legacy. The work is only half done, but could be a lesson for communities now battling PFAS contamination.

Michigan’s PFAS cleanup costs are mounting. Taxpayers may get stuck with the tab.

Michigan’s PFAS cleanup costs are mounting. Taxpayers may get stuck with the tab.

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

When a chemical disaster strikes – as it did in the tiny town of St. Louis – bills mount far faster than polluters’ willingness to pay. It’s a lesson survivors of the crisis fear will repeat with PFAS, which Michigan already has spent tens of millions to address.

Letter suggests Bill Schuette shrugged off request to sue 3M over PFAS

Letter suggests Bill Schuette shrugged off request to sue 3M over PFAS

November 18, 2019 | Jim Malewitz, Riley Beggin

As he left office, the former attorney general told Rick Snyder he couldn’t sue because the governor’s staff never greenlighted a lawsuit — even though Snyder himself requested the suit.

Graphic photos vivid reminders of horror of Michigan PBB chemical crisis

Graphic photos vivid reminders of horror of Michigan PBB chemical crisis

November 18, 2019 | Riley Beggin

This slideshow shows how a 1973 mixup at a chemical company in St. Louis sparked an agricultural and health disaster statewide that still affects residents. Warning: Some photos may be upsetting.

Liberal super PAC sues Michigan over voting restrictions

Liberal super PAC sues Michigan over voting restrictions

November 13, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Priorities USA argues in two lawsuits that state laws prohibiting certain voter services unconstitutionally restrict the right to vote. A state Republican leader said the restrictions are important to discourage voter fraud.

Michigan eyes reform to costly, confusing system of expunging criminal records

Michigan eyes reform to costly, confusing system of expunging criminal records

November 4, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Republicans and Democrats seem to be on the same page — it’s time to give former offenders a second chance with new reform.

Applications open for new Michigan redistricting commission. What to know.

Applications open for new Michigan redistricting commission. What to know.

October 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Registered state voters can apply to serve on the commission until next June. Here’s what you need to do.

Michigan Republicans say ‘the budget is done.’ Here’s what they really mean.

Michigan Republicans say ‘the budget is done.’ Here’s what they really mean.

October 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

For weeks, GOP leaders have said the state budget is in place, even though $1 billion of their priorities were cut and negotiations continue with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At the core of the standoff is broken trust and the GOP’s insistence on capping how much money the governor can shift from department budgets.

Anti-gerrymandering group may team with GOP to tackle term limits

Anti-gerrymandering group may team with GOP to tackle term limits

October 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Interest in changing Michigan’s strict legislative term limits may produce an unlikely alliance: Voters Not Politicians, the GOP and Michigan Chamber.

U.S. high court kills Michigan gerrymandering case ordering new districts

U.S. high court kills Michigan gerrymandering case ordering new districts

October 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The decision makes it official: A federal district court order to redraw gerrymandered lines and stage new elections is moot.

Score one for bipartisanship: Michigan Dems, GOP pass ‘raise the age’ bills

Score one for bipartisanship: Michigan Dems, GOP pass ‘raise the age’ bills

October 16, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The legislation would make 17-year-olds automatically treated as juveniles in criminal proceedings. Advocates say it will help curb recidivism among young offenders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign the legislation.

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

Michigan Republicans want to rein in Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget power

October 10, 2019 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Republicans explore taking power away from Whitmer, as her Democratic allies submit bills to restore some unpopular budget cuts, including $1 million for an autism program and $34 million for rural hospitals.

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