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 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

Five months in, the precarious state of bipartisanship in Lansing

May 21, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Michigan’s new Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders promised bipartisan collaboration this year as divided government replaced eight years of Republican rule. Despite skirmishes, the two sides are still talking.

Michigan lawmaker denies bribery: ‘Do you think I would stoop that low?’

May 16, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Larry Inman acknowledges writing texts that appear to show him soliciting donations from a union before a key vote. The feds accuse him of bribery and extortion. He says there’s an “explanation” for his texts. The explanation? He won’t say.

Right to Life of Michigan launches ballot drive to ban abortion procedure

May 15, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

One day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will veto bills to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the anti-abortion group said it has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters in 2020.

Michigan state rep sought bribe for vote through text messages, feds allege

May 15, 2019 | Riley Beggin

State Rep. Larry Inman, a Republican from Grand Traverse County, faces calls to resign following his indictment on charges of seeking campaign donations from a union in exchange for his vote.

Abortion limits pass Michigan House and Senate. What you need to know.

May 14, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Republican bills would make it a felony for health care providers to perform dilation and evacuation abortions, the most common second-trimester procedure. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vows a veto as Michigan joins other states in abortion battles.  

Michigan governor and Republicans at impasse on auto insurance reform bills

May 9, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Republicans say the plans will save “buckets” of money for drivers. Democrats say the plans don’t guarantee rate roll-backs nor the elimination of non-driving factors in setting insurance rates. Is there an opportunity for a grand bargain that includes road funding? 

Michigan Republicans say car insurance reforms would slash premiums

May 7, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate approves bills that would allow drivers to opt out of unlimited medical benefits. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is promising to veto the measure if it makes it to her desk.

What to expect in Michigan’s first election since voting rights amendment

May 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

 Tuesday, May 7 will be the first election where Michigan voters will exercise a variety of rights enacted by a sweeping amendment approved in November. 

Jocelyn Benson says she’s committed to increasing Michigan voter turnout

May 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The newly elected Michigan Democratic Secretary of State says she’s hosting town hall forums and working with local clerks to enhance voter rights and boost turnout in elections.

Senate GOP proposes shrinking jail funds to Michigan ‘sanctuary cities’

May 1, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Department of Corrections opposes the language of a bill that would withhold state payments to local jails that house felons if the communities aren’t fully cooperating with federal immigration officials. The move would increase costs for an understaffed state prison system, but Senate Republicans argue law enforcement should work collaboratively.

Unlicensed Michigan medical marijuana shops to stay open under court ruling

April 30, 2019 | Riley Beggin

After months of changing rules over when unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries must gain licensure or close, a court order Tuesday sides with the business owners and offers withering criticism of the state agency regulating marijuana.

To fix maps, Michigan Republicans must please Whitmer and three irked judges

April 28, 2019 | Riley Beggin

After working in secret in 2011, Republican lawmakers must now redraw state political boundaries that can win over a Democratic governor and the federal judges who dismantled earlier maps.

Sea change for Michigan marijuana comes amidst industry chaos

April 25, 2019 | Riley Beggin

A controversial licensing board ends, making way for a new agency overseeing a market with more questions than answers.

Michigan civil asset forfeiture bills headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

April 25, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Police would no longer be able to take assets from people they arrest unless there’s a criminal conviction, under a bill going to the governor’s desk. It’s an early area of bipartisan agreement in the Michigan legislature.

Michigan’s political districts illegally gerrymandered, court rules

April 25, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

A three-judge panel finds that 34 districts were drawn in 2011 to benefit Republicans and orders special elections in 2020.

 

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s brash attorney general, plows through Lansing

April 19, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Just months into office, the state’s top lawyer has dueled with Lansing Republicans, the Trump administration and the Catholic church, while reversing course on lawsuits by her conservative predecessor. Got a problem with that?

Jocelyn Benson plans overhaul of Michigan Secretary of State offices

April 11, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Secretary of State visited all 131 branch offices in her first 100 days in office. What she found, she said, “was heartbreaking.”

Bills to bar Michigan 'sanctuary cities' face headwinds in Lansing

April 11, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Proponents say they would protect law enforcement from political retribution. Opponents say it would encourage racial profiling and destroy trust between local police and immigrant communities. The bills face headwinds in Lansing.

After years of impasse, bipartisan Lansing drive for criminal justice reform

April 9, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Republicans and Democrats are teaming up on measures ranging from cash bail to asset forfeiture reform to finding ways to better protect young prisoners.

How high is too high to drive? That’s up to police in Michigan

April 8, 2019 | Riley Beggin

A state commission tells lawmakers not to set a blood limit for stoned driving because science hasn’t caught up with legalization. Critics fear that’s ripe for abuse.

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