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 email@example.com or call her at 517-657-3580.
June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin
The Michigan redistricting measure may well be approved Wednesday for the November ballot. But the Michigan Supreme Court could still decide to reject the proposed constitutional amendment later this summer.
June 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin
Michigan will have its first Libertarian gubernatorial primary in its history this August. From Ayn Rand to civil rights, Bridge talks philosophy and politics over a beer with the candidates.
June 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin
An appeals court rejected a challenge to a Michigan ballot measure that would create an independent commission to decide how state legislative lines are drawn. State Supreme Court may make final call.
June 5, 2018 | Riley Beggin
Michigan Republican leaders say they will not vote on a pot bill before a Tuesday deadline, which leaves the matter to voters this fall and may spur a heavier Democratic turnout.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley defends response to Flint. Attorney General Bill Schuette doesn’t like Jennifer Granholm. And religious animosity remains between Patrick Colbeck and Abdul El-Sayed.
May 31, 2018 | Riley Beggin
Michigan towns that rely on tourism like Traverse City are flourishing. But high housing costs paired with low wages leave many local workers scrambling for a place to live.
May 24, 2018 | Riley Beggin
A campaign ad from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley accuses Republican rival for governor Bill Schuette of flip-flopping on abortion. Schuette calls that a lie, cites anti-abortion voting record.
Only five of nine candidates for Michigan governor have shared their 2017 tax returns with Bridge, in a year when politicians are calling for greater transparency from candidates for public office.
Schuette continues to fend off attacks about inherited property in a U.S. territory, as Republicans spar over financial holdings.
All Michigan Democratic candidates have publicly supported greater transparency and financial disclosure among candidates for state office.
Two Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidates will appear on the August primary ballot for the first time in state history. The candidates say their campaign finance filings are sufficient.
May 10, 2018 | Riley Beggin
The first debate among all four GOP contenders featured some name-calling, but was mostly notable for moments of real discussion about the biggest issues facing Michigan.
May 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin
The Michigan attorney general claimed to be the only Republican gubernatorial candidate with a plan to increase government accountability. Is he?
May 1, 2018 | Riley Beggin
Shri Thanedar wants the state to decide his opponent Abdul El-Sayed’s eligibility to run for governor, but Democrats may have a while to wait until the uncertainty is over. El-Sayed meanwhile is contesting Thanedar's signatures.
It’s possible Democrats can make big gains into Republican control of the state House and Senate in 2018. But experts say it’s far from a sure bet.
April 24, 2018 | Riley Beggin
Lansing is debating more than 30 (mostly bipartisan) bills following the horrific crimes of MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Here’s what’s in them — and what experts say.
Bridge captures the battle in Detroit on Sunday between two primary rivals for state Attorney General nomination.
On the biggest day of their political lives, candidates Patrick Miles and Dana Nessel spend Sunday at the Michigan Democratic Party convention making an urgent plea: ‘Vote for me!’
State Democrats have been dogged by rifts within their ranks. As the party gathers for its Sunday convention in Detroit, insiders are trying to turn those divides into a blue wave.
Former state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer has the most endorsements so far in the Democratic field for governor, including from more than a dozen labor unions.