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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Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

Biden, Sanders make final case to Michigan: Revolution or return to normal?

March 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has changed since Bernie Sanders won the presidential primary in 2016. The economy is far better. But many remain left behind, and could be a receptive audience to Sanders’ calls for massive change.

Michigan primary 2020: Expect heavy turnout, long wait for winner

Michigan primary 2020: Expect heavy turnout, long wait for winner

March 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The results are likely to come in late as Michigan clerks work through an increased numbers of absentee ballots. What else you need to know for Tuesday.

Elizabeth Warren tells Detroit her tax plans make billionaires cry

Elizabeth Warren tells Detroit her tax plans make billionaires cry

March 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

With a dig at billionaire and fellow presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, Warren framed herself as an agent for change during a rally before 2,200 in Detroit.

Dems’ immigration plans would help Michigan economy, hurt low-skilled workers

Dems’ immigration plans would help Michigan economy, hurt low-skilled workers

March 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Democrats competing in Michigan’s March 10 primary want to reverse many of President Trump’s policies. Easing immigration rules could help amid a labor shortage, but not all would win.

Michigan adopts new PFAS standards over industry, farmer objections

Michigan adopts new PFAS standards over industry, farmer objections

February 27, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Environmentalists cheer as Michigan approves limits for the forever chemicals that are much stricter than federal advisory levels. But some question whether there was a rush to make the rules.

1.2 million Michiganders at risk of not being counted in 2020 Census

1.2 million Michiganders at risk of not being counted in 2020 Census

February 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

State officials warn that an undercount could have serious repercussions for the state, including diminished funding and less representation in Congress.

Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

Michigan primary 2020: What you need to know, where to vote, absentee rules

February 26, 2020 | Riley Beggin

 It’s almost Election Day, and a lot has changed since the last major election. Here’s how to vote in the presidential primary.

 National Republicans want in on case challenging Michigan voting laws

National Republicans want in on case challenging Michigan voting laws

February 20, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Democratic super PAC hopes to strike down state rules barring transportation to polls and help delivering absentee ballots. Republicans say they have an interest in stopping that.

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

Michigan clerks’ pleas for help with absentee ballots fall on deaf ears

February 19, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Clerks fear an uptick in absentee ballots will mean late nights and delayed election results, but a leading lawmaker says proposed solutions won’t move.

Court: Much of Michigan sex offender registry not enforceable until fixed

Court: Much of Michigan sex offender registry not enforceable until fixed

February 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The federal ruling puts pressure on the state Legislature to produce clearer rules that are fair to offenders on the list and stand up to constitutional scrutiny.

Fact Squad | Gary Peters touts veterans work, bipartisan record in first ad

Fact Squad | Gary Peters touts veterans work, bipartisan record in first ad

February 14, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The first-term incumbent senator says he’s one of the most effective and most bipartisan legislators in Congress. A subjective claim? For sure. Fact Squad takes a look.

Pot businesses join Michigan GOP in opposing labor pacts with workers

Pot businesses join Michigan GOP in opposing labor pacts with workers

February 12, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A debate over marijuana industry rules made unlikely bedfellows of the state’s new marijuana industry and conservative politicians and business groups that had opposed recreational pot.

Rockford residents skeptical of Michigan PFAS deal with Wolverine World Wide

Rockford residents skeptical of Michigan PFAS deal with Wolverine World Wide

February 11, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A proposed $69.5 million settlement with the state raised questions among residents over the company’s future obligations to monitor health and listen to public concerns.

Michigan is a toss-up state again after favoring Democrats for a generation

Michigan is a toss-up state again after favoring Democrats for a generation

February 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

Michigan has only 16 electoral votes among the 538 in the Electoral College that decides the U.S. presidency. But the state is expected to be a key battleground for Democrats and President Donald Trump.

Michigan voters may weigh ballot issues on abortion, LGBTQ, lobbying reforms

Michigan voters may weigh ballot issues on abortion, LGBTQ, lobbying reforms

February 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A number of hot-button issues could be on the ballot in Michigan in November besides the presidency. Among them: banning some abortions, extending civil rights laws to LGBTQ community and adding disclosure rules to lobbyists.

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

Whitmer’s budget: more help for Michigan moms, not so much for local roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Much could change before Michigan adopts a budget this year, but Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants more money for vulnerable mothers, environmental cleanups and education. College and municipal leaders aren’t so happy.

Fact Squad | Dueling ads take on Gov. Whitmer and those damn Michigan roads

Fact Squad | Dueling ads take on Gov. Whitmer and those damn Michigan roads

February 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Is Gretchen Whitmer a hero for borrowing billions to fix highways or has she already broken a central campaign promise? Michigan Fact Squad investigates ads reaching opposite conclusions on the governor.

Trump is in Michigan to tout the new NAFTA. Here’s what it means to Michigan.

Trump is in Michigan to tout the new NAFTA. Here’s what it means to Michigan.

January 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to provide some boost to the auto industry in the short term, but economists warn it may harm manufacturing jobs in the long run.

Whitmer and GOP agree $3.5B won’t fix Michigan roads, swap blame on funding

Whitmer and GOP agree $3.5B won’t fix Michigan roads, swap blame on funding

January 30, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans agree $3.5 billion bonds plan isn’t a long-term solution for Michigan’s ailing roads. But they contend it’s up to the other side to come up with a better solution.

Frustrated Gov. Whitmer vows no more ‘games’ with GOP on fixing Michigan

Frustrated Gov. Whitmer vows no more ‘games’ with GOP on fixing Michigan

January 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, in her second State of the State, says she’ll work around recalcitrant Republicans to fix roads, maintain Affordable Care Act protections and ensure students don’t repeat the third grade because of the reading law.

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