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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Federal judge dismisses GOP case against Michigan redistricting commission

Federal judge dismisses GOP case against Michigan redistricting commission

July 6, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The case is the latest in a number of legal victories for the new commission for drawing voting district lines in Michigan.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closes most bars as coronavirus cases spike

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer closes most bars as coronavirus cases spike

July 1, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Paula Gardner

As some service workers and others call for even more restrictions, Whitmer says ‘we need to take aggressive action right now to ensure we don’t wipe out all the progress we have made.’

Michigan police defend surplus military gear, as debate about force grows

Michigan police defend surplus military gear, as debate about force grows

June 29, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A federal program that gifts military equipment to local police is under scrutiny as protesters raise concerns over police brutality. Police say the gear saves money and is used only in emergencies. See what's in your community.

Last-minute ruling keeps Michigan gyms closed, hours before they could reopen

Last-minute ruling keeps Michigan gyms closed, hours before they could reopen

June 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wins big victory, as Republican-nominated federal judges affirm her authority to act unilaterally amid the coronavirus pandemic. That means gyms in southern Michigan will stay closed for now.

Michigan GOP lawmakers claim Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot mailings illegal

Michigan GOP lawmakers claim Jocelyn Benson’s absentee ballot mailings illegal

June 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Former Secretary of State Ruth Johnson brings local clerks to Lansing who claim her successor is ‘throwing spaghetti at the wall’ with experiments during an election year. Democrats denounce the hearing as political theater and nonsense.

Pool of 200 selected for new Michigan commission to end gerrymandering

Pool of 200 selected for new Michigan commission to end gerrymandering

June 24, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Michigan’s first redistricting commission should take shape in August, after legislative leaders strike up to 20 people from the panel. Voters in 2018 opted to form the commission after years of complaints about gerrymandering.

Michigan gyms to open Thursday as judge won’t budge on Whitmer appeal

Michigan gyms to open Thursday as judge won’t budge on Whitmer appeal

June 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A federal judge on Monday tells Gov. Gretchen Whitmer he won’t pause his order reopening gyms while she appeals, ruling that she failed to show that she’s likely to win on appeal or that the public will be irreparably harmed in the meantime.

Protesters want big police reforms. Michigan lawmakers offer small changes.

Protesters want big police reforms. Michigan lawmakers offer small changes.

June 22, 2020 | Riley Beggin, Abigail Censky

Legislators in Lansing are offering incremental reforms that experts and even police themselves say won’t make much difference in reducing police violence and holding rogue officers accountable.

Enbridge rebuffs Whitmer, won’t close Line 5 after damage to anchor support

Enbridge rebuffs Whitmer, won’t close Line 5 after damage to anchor support

June 21, 2020 | Riley Beggin

An anchor support to one leg of the pipeline was recently damaged. The company says it will continue to operate the other leg under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says more needs to be known about the damage before resuming oil flow.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel pushes police reforms, with limits

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel pushes police reforms, with limits

June 16, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Officers should lose their license for a broad range of misconduct and disciplinary records should be permanently maintained, she said. But Nessel said she may support limits on which disciplinary records are made public.

Michigan Democrats ‘in knots’ as calls to ‘defund the police’ grow louder

Michigan Democrats ‘in knots’ as calls to ‘defund the police’ grow louder

June 15, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A newly popular proposal with an inflammatory name puts Democrats in a tricky situation. Republicans are making the most of it.

Michigan lawmakers fast-track police reform but some question necessity

Michigan lawmakers fast-track police reform but some question necessity

June 11, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Bills to ban chokeholds, require more training and ensure officers step in over excessive force have been introduced in recent weeks. Police officials, though, say the bills are mostly symbolic as such practices are already unauthorized.

 Lawsuit: Jocelyn Benson allowing ‘suspiciously high’ voter registration rates

Lawsuit: Jocelyn Benson allowing ‘suspiciously high’ voter registration rates

June 9, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A conservative activist sues Michigan’s top elections officials, alleging that 16 of the state’s 83 counties have registration rates of more than 90 percent of eligible voters. A state spokesperson calls the suit a publicity stunt.

Neighbors of Edenville Dam don’t want state investigating its failure

Neighbors of Edenville Dam don’t want state investigating its failure

June 9, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Riley Beggin

The same day Michigan sued owners of troubled dams whose failures sparked a catastrophic flood in Midland, nearby property owners call for an independent investigation. The residents say the state is misstating facts about its failure to regulate the dams.

Midland failed dams, floods caused $200M in damages to 2,500 buildings

Midland failed dams, floods caused $200M in damages to 2,500 buildings

June 8, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer revealed the estimates on Monday while announcing she is seeking a federal major disaster declaration. Just 8 percent of homes damaged had flood insurance, local officials estimated.

Salons to reopen statewide June 15, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

Salons to reopen statewide June 15, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says

June 5, 2020 | Riley Beggin

Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula will have even more freedoms beginning June 10, when most entertainment venues and gyms will also be allowed to reopen.

Michigan Supreme Court kicks GOP challenge of Whitmer powers to lower court

Michigan Supreme Court kicks GOP challenge of Whitmer powers to lower court

June 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Supreme Court, in a close ruling mirroring the bench's split, tells the state Legislature that a lower court must first consider its challenge to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's emergency powers.

Michigan Senate passes training bill aimed at reducing police brutality

Michigan Senate passes training bill aimed at reducing police brutality

June 4, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The legislation would require training in personal biases, de-escalation techniques and safely policing people with mental illnesses and comes amid national protests against police treatment of African Americans.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls for anti-bias training, police reforms

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer calls for anti-bias training, police reforms

June 3, 2020 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor urges police to increase training and implement ‘duty to intervene’ policies, as protests against police brutality and racial injustice continue in communities throughout Michigan and worldwide.

Congress launches probe of Michigan, federal oversight of failed Midland dam

Congress launches probe of Michigan, federal oversight of failed Midland dam

June 2, 2020 | Riley Beggin

A U.S. House committee opens an investigation into last month’s failure of two Midland dams, one of which had been flagged for decades as unsafe by federal regulators.

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