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

Bill Schuette no longer touts Trump ties, but president’s shadow follows

September 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan's November election will be all about President Donald Trump, whether the candidates for governor like it or not. (Spoiler alert: Democrats like it.)

Michigan redistricting group gets $250,000 donation for fall ballot battle

September 12, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters Not Politicians received the money from a national group pushing redistricting reform headed by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder. Critics say it’s more proof of a Democratic scheme.

Truth Squad | A video attacks Michigan redistricting proposal

September 6, 2018 | Riley Beggin

An animated video by the Michigan Freedom Fund conveys a dire future of one-party Democratic rule if the Voters Not Politicians ballot proposal becomes law.

Here’s how Michigan’s redistricting commission would work

August 30, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters will decide in November whether they’d like to create a citizens redistricting commission for drawing district lines. Here’s what we know, and don’t know about how that commission would work.

Michigan redistricting ballot language rejects partisan phrasings

August 30, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Bureau of Elections’ proposed ballot wording for the Voters Not Politicians initiative focuses on the structure of what a new redistricting commission would look like. It faces a hearing Thursday.

In Charlevoix and Petoskey, pricey housing leaves businesses without workers

August 28, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Picturesque views of Lake Michigan draw tourist crowds but push out the workers who make shoreside cities run.

Amid jeers, Michigan Republicans select a supreme court justice who strayed

August 25, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Elizabeth Clement, an incumbent justice who voted in favor of two Republican-opposed causes, secured her party’s nomination Saturday despite some palpable frustration on the convention floor.

Tom Leonard is Michigan Republican Attorney General pick, Treder Lang nabs SOS

August 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Michigan Republican delegates chose nominees Saturday for attorney general, secretary of state, two Supreme Court seats and other statewide offices, while urging unity against Democrats.

Will Michigan Republicans take down Justice Clement? If so, here’s how.

August 23, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan GOP Supreme Court justice is under fire for votes in recent cases on guns and redistricting. Some party delegates remain furious, but it’s unclear if they will challenge her at Saturday’s party convention.

Bill Schuette picks Lisa Posthumus Lyons as running mate for Michigan governor

August 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The former state representative and current Kent County clerk has deep ties in the critical west Michigan voting bloc, but has also shown a distaste for President Donald Trump.

Michigan's biggest primary winners weren’t red or blue. They were women

August 9, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Tuesday’s statewide primary election was an indication of the growing power of politically active women on both sides of the aisle.

Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette, ideological opposites, face off for governor

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

The Democratic and Republican frontrunners swamped their party rivals and now bring starkly different visions for curing all that ails Michigan

Where Michigan governor primary winners Schuette and Whitmer stand on issues

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Bridge Staff

Michigan’s voters chose Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette as their parties candidates for governor Tuesday night. Here is what they would do if elected in November.

Eight takeaways from Michigan’s gubernatorial primary

August 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt Dawsey

Can a Trump-centric platform win in November? Where do progressives go from here? Did Michigan pollsters redeem themselves? Bridge answers the burning questions from Tuesday’s primary races.

Gretchen Whitmer wins Democratic primary for Michigan governor

August 7, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Whitmer beat back a spirited challenge from charismatic young challenger Abdul El-Sayed and millionaire entrepreneur Shri Thanedar. She now turns her attention to Republican winner Bill Schuette.

Roaring rallies, modest polling. Can Abdul El-Sayed upend Democratic politics?

August 3, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Venues packed with supporters, high-profile endorsements and a donation from Ben Affleck. What the candidate’s national popularity may, or may not, mean for Michigan’s Democratic primary.

Truth Squad: Gretchen Whitmer says El-Sayed takes money from corporate execs

August 2, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer turned the tables on opponent Abdul El-Sayed during the candidates’ last debate. Was her claim valid?

Michigan politicians, others react to Supreme Court redistricting decision

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan's high court, in a 4-3 decision, approved a proposed ballot proposal that would change how the state draws legislative lines. See how politicians and experts reacted to the news.

Michigan Supreme Court votes 4-3 to keep redistricting proposal on ballot

July 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s highest court rules that voters can decide in November whether to approve a measure that would put an independent commission in charge of redrawing legislative lines in the state. Two Republicans join two Dems.

Republican Supreme Court justices have ties to Michigan gerrymandering group

July 31, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Riley Beggin

A campaign treasurer for Republican-backed justices is on the board of a dark-money group that helped finance the drawing of GOP-friendly legislative districts, federal records show. The justices say they didn’t know.

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