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

Michigan’s Republican black-sheep justice is winning some unlikely allies

October 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement has been snubbed by Republicans for her votes on key rulings. But moderates in both parties are rallying (and giving) to a justice they say put principles above party.

Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 3 (voting rights)

October 11, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Proposal 3 ‒ aka Promote the Vote ‒ adds 7 voting reforms to Michigan’s constitution. We lay out the pros and cons, and the cash behind it. This is the last of three Bridge reports on Michigan ballot issues.

Who’s funding Michigan’s voting rights ballot proposal?

October 11, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Bridge follows the money on who is supporting Proposal 3, also known as Promote the Vote. Spoiler alert: It includes the ACLU. Who is backing opposition to the effort is less clear.

Michigan ballot issues: What to know about Prop 2 (redistricting)

October 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Voters Not Politicians says it will stop partisan gerrymandering in Michigan. We explain how the proposal works, how it might not, and where the money is coming from. Part 2 of 3 on state ballot issues.

5 concerns about Michigan’s redistricting proposal and what to make of them

October 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin

It’s more expensive, you can’t vote commission members out of office, and the commission might exclude your mom. Experts weigh in on each of these critiques and others.

Local governments across Michigan vexed over how to handle legal weed

October 9, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Officials from Michigan’s local governments on both the right and left say they’re not shouting “reefer madness,” but have practical concerns about how to regulate pot businesses in their communities.

Three Michigan Attorney General candidates with wildly different visions

October 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Democrat Dana Nessel, Republican Tom Leonard and Independent Chris Graveline spoke with Bridge about their priorities and what sets them apart.

Dana Nessel: To fight for environment, most vulnerable as Attorney General

October 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic candidate for Attorney General will go to battle over PFAS pollution and the Line 5 pipeline, and responds to allegations of internal strife in her campaign.

Tom Leonard: Vows to be ‘rule-of-law’ Michigan Attorney General

October 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Republican conservative vows to tackle elder abuse and mental illness among offenders if elected to the state’s highest legal office.

Chris Graveline: Why Michigan needs an Independent Attorney General

October 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The former assistant U.S. Attorney sued state elections officials to get on the November ballot. Now he says he will bring nonpartisanship to the Attorney General’s office.

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.

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