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.

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Appeals court sides with gun advocates in ban on firearms at Michigan polls

Appeals court sides with gun advocates in ban on firearms at Michigan polls

October 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

State officials plan to “immediately appeal” the decision to the state Supreme Court ahead of Election Day.

Five things you missed not standing in the rain with Donald Trump

Five things you missed not standing in the rain with Donald Trump

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The president’s stop in Lansing Tuesday touched on the auto industry, COVID-19, refugee policy and more. He recounted his hard-to-pin-down Man of the Year honors and expressed his love for women.

Demystifying Michigan elections: What happens to ballots after you vote?

Demystifying Michigan elections: What happens to ballots after you vote?

October 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

In a season of intense scrutiny over the security of voting, Bridge Michigan is presenting a step-by-step process for counting in-person and absentee ballots.

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

Michigan voting 2020: masks, guns, ID, straight ticket, what you should know

October 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Do you need to show ID at the polls? Wear a mask? Can I bring a gun? Vote straight ticket? You have questions. We have answers. Bridge dives into some of your concerns ahead of Election Day.

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

Mail delivery delays up in southeast Michigan in weeks before election

October 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A new report finds that the U.S. Postal Service’s Detroit District had the worst on-time delivery rate of any region in the nation in the last period available. That’s increased some fears about the delivery of absentee ballots.

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

Michigan early voting returns heaviest so far in Democratic counties

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

In a year of record turnout, absentee voting is strongest in counties where Hillary Clinton did well in 2016. It’s unclear if the trend will hold through Nov. 3, but it’s bad news so far for Trump, Republicans.

Benson defends Michigan ban on guns at polls, says state police will enforce

Benson defends Michigan ban on guns at polls, says state police will enforce

October 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A lawsuit is expected this week from gun rights groups, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson the law is on her side. “This is an effort to protect our voters from intimidation,” she said.

Michigan mail-in ballots must reach clerks by Nov. 3, appeals court rules

Michigan mail-in ballots must reach clerks by Nov. 3, appeals court rules

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The three-judge panel, all Republican appointed, overturned a lower court decision that had allowed ballots to be counted if they were postmarked by Election Day even if they did not arrive at a clerk’s office until as much as two weeks later.

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

Biden touts ACA, makes murky claims on economy in metro Detroit stop

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

The Democratic nominee touted accomplishments on health care while critiquing Trump’s policies on the economy and COVID-19.

Jocelyn Benson bans open carry of guns at Michigan polls on Election Day

Jocelyn Benson bans open carry of guns at Michigan polls on Election Day

October 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Ted Roelofs

The guidance clarifies rules for the November general election, barring openly carrying guns and allowing concealed carry, except in certain locations. Gun rights advocates call the ban a partisan Democratic effort to discourage conservative voters and vow to sue.

Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

Michigan has no law against guns at polls, but Dana Nessel may clarify rules

October 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Anyone can openly carry a gun, but guns are banned at some locations that are regularly used as polling places, such as churches and schools. The rules have caused confusion over the years.

Crush of poll watchers expected at Michigan election raises intimidation fears

Crush of poll watchers expected at Michigan election raises intimidation fears

October 13, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Thousands of poll watchers and challengers are expected at the Nov. 3 election, and some fear trouble. Here’s what’s legal and what isn’t, and what to expect.

Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

Michigan court rebukes Whitmer, ending COVID powers now rather than 28 days

October 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A 6-1 Michigan Supreme Court decision is another blow to the governor, whose unilateral emergency powers were struck down earlier this month. 

Whitmer signs Clean Slate Michigan, allowing automatic felony expungement

Whitmer signs Clean Slate Michigan, allowing automatic felony expungement

October 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hundreds of thousands of people will be eligible for expungement under new laws signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Michigan GOP leader questions why Legislature wasn’t warned of terror plot

Michigan GOP leader questions why Legislature wasn’t warned of terror plot

October 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Saturday, asking why state lawmakers, who were initially a focus of an alleged domestic terrorist attack, weren’t alerted to the plan earlier.

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

‘Liberate Michigan’: Months of angry rhetoric precede Whitmer kidnap plot

October 8, 2020 | Kelly House, Paula Gardner, Riley Beggin

Emotions have boiled over repeatedly this year over coronavirus lockdown orders. Violence has erupted over masks and protests have included guns. And now, a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

Gun ban unlikely at Michigan Capitol, despite plot to storm it, take hostages

October 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Members of a group that oversees the Capitol say they’re ‘as surprised as anyone’ about an alleged plot to overthrow the government. But their position on a gun ban hasn’t changed.

Confusion reigns in Michigan over masks, business rules after COVID ruling

Confusion reigns in Michigan over masks, business rules after COVID ruling

October 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration moves to reimpose mask and social distancing rules through her health department. Republicans question if she has that right after a court ruling limited her power. Meanwhile, COVID is spiking again.

In chaotic year, Mich. Sen. Gary Peters sticks to issues. Some find that dull.

In chaotic year, Mich. Sen. Gary Peters sticks to issues. Some find that dull.

October 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Despite decades in public office, the ‘boring guy’ Michigan senator still isn’t well-known. To supporters, that’s because he’s quietly got the job done. To critics, it’s because he hasn’t done much.

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Kelly House

A divided court declared unconstitutional  a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to issue orders without input from the Legislature. The GOP declares it a ‘great day’ and the fate of 120-plus orders from Whitmer are now in question.

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