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.

Articles

In chaotic year, Mich. Sen. Gary Peters sticks to issues. Some find that dull.

In chaotic year, Mich. Sen. Gary Peters sticks to issues. Some find that dull.

October 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Despite decades in public office, the ‘boring guy’ Michigan senator still isn’t well-known. To supporters, that’s because he’s quietly got the job done. To critics, it’s because he hasn’t done much.

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

Michigan Supreme Court rules Whitmer lacks COVID-19 emergency powers

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin, Kelly House

A divided court declared unconstitutional  a 1945 law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used to issue orders without input from the Legislature. The GOP declares it a ‘great day’ and the fate of 120-plus orders from Whitmer are now in question.

Whitmer orders restrictions in Upper Peninsula as coronavirus cases spike

Whitmer orders restrictions in Upper Peninsula as coronavirus cases spike

October 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer requires the U.P. to adhere to the same guidelines as most of the Lower Peninsula. The move comes as cases have exploded in western counties near Wisconsin.

Maskless activists rally against Michigan Gov. Whitmer after Trump diagnosis

Maskless activists rally against Michigan Gov. Whitmer after Trump diagnosis

October 2, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Hundreds gather at Michigan Capitol to blast Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s pandemic orders Friday, the same day that President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. His diagnosis set off a brief panic among Republicans.

Fact Squad: Trump, Biden swap falsehoods about Michigan, autos at messy debate

Fact Squad: Trump, Biden swap falsehoods about Michigan, autos at messy debate

September 29, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Riley Beggin

Amid all the shouting and interrupting, there were a few factual claims about Michigan and the auto industry during the first debate between Trump and Biden. Spoiler alert: The pursuit of truth was not a debate winner.

Whitmer: Michigan movie theaters can open and K-5 students must wear masks

Whitmer: Michigan movie theaters can open and K-5 students must wear masks

September 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Many businesses set to reopen on Oct. 9 — like event venues and bowling alleys — have been closed in much of the state since mid-March.

State and national Republicans sue Michigan over extended ballot deadline

State and national Republicans sue Michigan over extended ballot deadline

September 25, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A Court of Claims judge temporarily blocked a rule requiring ballots be received by Election Day for them to count. Republicans hope to reverse that.

Bills to wipe criminal records clean pass Michigan Legislature

Bills to wipe criminal records clean pass Michigan Legislature

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The package may make hundreds of thousands more Michiganders eligible for expungement.

Bill to speed up absentee ballot counting passes Michigan House

Bill to speed up absentee ballot counting passes Michigan House

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Democrats have said the GOP-led legislation doesn’t go far enough, but all agree it will at least partially help ease the crush of expected ballots.

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

MI ‘actively considering’ ordering K-12 schools to reveal COVID outbreaks

September 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Hours after a committee hearing in which health officials said they can’t report school outbreaks more than once a week, Michigan’s public health director told Bridge Michigan the Whitmer administration may order schools to publicly reveal outbreaks as they are confirmed.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledges to make Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pledges to make Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan becomes the ninth state in the nation to set a carbon neutral goal. Environmental groups say the impact of climate change is already harming the Great Lakes State.

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

State: Officials too busy to report MI school COVID outbreaks more often

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Once-weekly reporting of coronavirus outbreaks in schools is the most local public health workers can handle, state health officials argued Wednesday.

In Senate bid, John James is blunt about police, racism. Less so about Trump.

In Senate bid, John James is blunt about police, racism. Less so about Trump.

September 23, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Seen as a rising star and the GOP’s best chance at flipping a Senate seat, John James opens up about his mistreatment at the hands of police and sympathies for protesters. But he’s less candid about the president he once said he supports “2,000 percent.”

How to vote early in the November election in Michigan

How to vote early in the November election in Michigan

September 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Early voting begins on Thursday, when clerks begin sending out absentee ballots to regular voters. Here’s how to cast your absentee ballot before Election Day.

Five ways Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, replacement could impact Michigan

Five ways Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, replacement could impact Michigan

September 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Robin Erb

Health care, abortion and even the presidential election could be impacted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday evening.

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

Voting activists get twin victories in Michigan with transport, ballot cases

September 18, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Jonathan Oosting

In separate rulings, judges rule that ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 will count in the election and block a ban on providing transportation to the polls.

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

Trump touts jobs in Michigan, falsely claims he saved auto industry

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin

President Trump comes to Michigan to hype the economy before coronavirus. He boasted that he ‘saved’ the auto industry, a claim that is dubious at best since Michigan has lost auto manufacturing jobs under his watch.

Whitmer thanks Michigan COVID essential workers with free community college

Whitmer thanks Michigan COVID essential workers with free community college

September 10, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner, Ron French

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer set aside $24 million in federal CARES Act funds to allow people required to work through the height of the coronavirus crisis to receive a free associate’s degree at a local community college.

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

Michigan gyms, indoor pools can reopen Sept. 9, Gov. Whitmer orders

September 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

One day after saying she wasn’t quite ready, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopens one of the last remaining parts of Michigan’s economy, allowing fitness centers and ice rinks to reopen under some restrictions.

Michigan gyms, theaters, bowling alleys may finally be able to reopen soon

Michigan gyms, theaters, bowling alleys may finally be able to reopen soon

September 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s making a decision “very soon” on whether to reopen the businesses shuttered since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Many say they’re close to closing permanently.

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