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

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.

Driveway by driveway, these volunteers aim to end gerrymandering in Michigan

July 25, 2018 | Riley Beggin

How a coalition of volunteers and donors from across the state are seeking public support for the Voters Not Politicians ballot drive to end gerrymandering, an effort which may be facing its final days.

Where do they stand? The governor candidates on their plans for Michigan

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Bridge interviewed gubernatorial candidates to find their answers to crumbling roads, slumping test scores, contaminated water and other problems vexing Michigan.

Is FOIA like the Russia probe? And other surprises from Michigan GOP candidates

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

One candidate doubts the value of a math major. Another likened a stronger public records laws to the Mueller probe, and not in a good way.

IDs for undocumented workers? And other surprises from Michigan Democrats

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Five surprises from Democratic governor candidates. One wants more services for undocumented workers. Another would prepare for a recession with construction jobs. A third can’t say when it’s raining.

Brian Calley: What Michigan could learn from ‘Pissed Off Autism Moms’

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The lieutenant governor says he and other parents of kids with autism learned how to fight big insurance and win.

Patrick Colbeck: Eliminate income taxes to expand Michigan’s economy, population

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Republican running for governor says tax could be gradually reduced to zero without cutting schools or public safety.

Jim Hines: Michigan school problems can’t be solved with money alone

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Republican governor candidate says billions more have gone into schools with few results. He’d start by scrapping Common Core and consider eliminating subsidized preschool.

Bill Schuette: Michigan must fix education, lower taxes and car insurance

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The Republican pledges to improve Michigan reading scores and car insurance rates, both of which are among nation’s worst.

Abdul El-Sayed: Expand health care, access to education in Michigan

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic doctor slams Gov. Rick Snyder, vows to shut down Line 5 and institute single-payer healthcare system.

Shri Thanedar: Fix Michigan schools by taxing rich, reforming prisons

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Democratic entrepreneur proposes need-based school funding, graduated income taxes and massive infrastructure repairs.

Gretchen Whitmer: Grow Michigan by offering debt-free community college

July 19, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Democrat pledges better protections for water, stopping Line 5 and investments in schools, roads and infrastructure.

Michigan Supreme Court hears arguments on redistricting ballot measure

July 18, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The state’s High Court jousted with attorneys Wednesday over whether a measure that would change the way Michigan draws voting lines should be allowed to go to voters in November.

Support legal pot in Michigan? Know the latest health risks (and benefits)

June 27, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The latest research shows pot is less dangerous than tobacco or alcohol, but it’s not without health risks. Here is what you should know before Michigan votes on legal weed.

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