Riley Beggin

Riley Beggin is Bridge’s Capitol watchdog reporter. She lives in Lansing, where she covers Michigan politics, including legislative, gubernatorial and other state-wide elections. Riley will be reporting stories that aim to shed light on state governance and hold public officials accountable to those they serve. She joined Bridge in January 2018 after working as a digital producer for KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR member station. Before that, she was a fellow at ABC News’ Washington Bureau, where she reported on the Trump administration, Congress and the State Department. She has interned with NPR’s investigative unit and her freelance work has appeared on NPR, ESPN and more. 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, where she worked for IRE, the largest organization of investigative reporters in the world. You can reach Riley at rbeggin@bridgemi.com or call her at 517-657-3580.

Articles

Analysis: Michigan Republican governor candidates actually focus on substance in first full debate

May 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The first debate among all four GOP contenders featured some name-calling, but was mostly notable for moments of real discussion about the biggest issues facing Michigan.

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s stand on transparent government

May 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan attorney general claimed to be the only Republican gubernatorial candidate with a plan to increase government accountability. Is he?

It’s Thanedar vs. El-Sayed, as Michigan gov hopefuls square off over eligibility

May 1, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Shri Thanedar wants the state to decide his opponent Abdul El-Sayed’s eligibility to run for governor, but Democrats may have a while to wait until the uncertainty is over. El-Sayed meanwhile is contesting Thanedar's signatures.

A blue wave in Michigan Legislature? Maybe, but don’t count on it.

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

It’s possible Democrats can make big gains into Republican control of the state House and Senate in 2018. But experts say it’s far from a sure bet.

Breaking down the Michigan bills intended to stop the next Larry Nassar

April 24, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Lansing is debating more than 30 (mostly bipartisan) bills following the horrific crimes of MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Here’s what’s in them — and what experts say.

Slideshow: A dogfight at the Michigan Democratic Party convention

April 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge captures the battle in Detroit on Sunday between two primary rivals for state Attorney General nomination.

Two Michigan Attorney General rivals. One day to make their pitch.

April 16, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

On the biggest day of their political lives, candidates Patrick Miles and Dana Nessel spend Sunday at the Michigan Democratic Party  convention making an urgent plea: ‘Vote for me!’

Friction among Michigan Democrats might pose threat to victory in November

April 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

State Democrats have been dogged by rifts within their ranks. As the party gathers for its Sunday convention in Detroit, insiders are trying to turn those divides into a blue wave.

Here’s who has endorsed Democratic candidates for Michigan governor, AG, SOS

April 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has the most endorsements so far in the Democratic field for governor, including from more than a dozen labor unions.

Old divisions, new blood: The Michigan GOP in the era of Trump

April 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The moneyed establishment and the populist grassroots are chasing the Trump wild card in 2018.

Here’s who has endorsed Republican candidates for Michigan governor

April 5, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Attorney General Bill Schuette has the most endorsements so far in the GOP field for governor, including from President Donald Trump.

Michigan’s economy is improving. But suburbs may face next fiscal crisis.

March 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Cities are booming, but problems of unfunded liabilities such as pensions could plague smaller communities.

Pure Michigan faces troubles from climate change to drinking water

March 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Environmental experts weigh in on what the state and communities can do to protect Michigan’s natural resources and prepare for change.

Michigan voters may weigh legalizing pot, repealing prevailing wage

March 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Initiatives to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law and to legalize recreational marijuana may be on the ballot in November. Those backing and opposing each issue defend their sides.

Michigan governor candidates release tax returns, other assets

March 13, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge Magazine requested financial data from 19 candidates for governor to shed light on potential conflicts of interest. Here’s a rundown of who responded, and who didn’t.

As hacking fears mount, Michigan election security gets middling marks

March 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Good news: Michigan has new voting equipment. Bad news: No system is secure, and state procedures make it harder to catch tampering.

Michigan Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer’s claims on college affordability

February 22, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Whitmer, a former state senator and current Democratic candidate for governor, said the state used to shoulder a much higher burden of college costs than it does now. Are her numbers accurate?

Michigan Truth Squad: Thanedar vows to stop for-profit charters, DeVos

February 22, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Shri Thanedar, a Democratic candidate for governor, says he will transform the charter school industry, and stop people like Betsy DeVos from making money off Michigan public schools.

Where Michigan governor candidates stand on ‘red flag’ gun bills

February 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Bridge asked Michigan candidates for governor if they support “red flag” legislation, that would allow police to seize firearms from ag person deemed dangerous before they commit violence.

Will Florida school shooting nudge Michigan to pass ‘red flag’ gun laws?

February 20, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

A Republican committee chair promises to give a good look to stalled bills to allow relatives and police to petition courts to temporarily remove guns from those who pose risks.

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