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

Bill Schuette asks Michigan Supreme Court to reject redistricting proposal

June 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Schuette, the attorney general and Republican frontrunner for governor, wants Michigan redistricting question off the November ballot. His office argues the proposal creates “a fourth branch of government.”

Business groups split over Michigan Republican governor candidates

June 26, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schuette are splitting chamber of commerce endorsements, which bring clout and funding. Is the business community divided?

Redistricting proposal to appear on Michigan ballot, only Supreme Court in way

June 20, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The petition to create an independent citizens redistricting commission was approved to appear on the general election ballot Wednesday. The Michigan Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to consider a challenge to the proposal.

A Supreme Court challenge could be next for Michigan redistricting proposal

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.

Two Michigan Libertarian governor candidates walk into a bar…

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.

Michigan redistricting proposal should be on November ballot, court rules

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.

Michigan Republicans won’t pass marijuana bill. Voters to decide in November.

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.

Flint, Islam and fixing the damn roads. Your Michigan governor debate recap

May 31, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Joel Kurth

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.

Traverse City grows as local workers search for a place to call home

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.

Michigan Truth Squad: Brian Calley says Bill Schuette once supported abortion

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.

Which Michigan governor candidates disclosed 2017 taxes, and which haven’t

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

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.

Three of four Republicans share tax returns. Bill Schuette said he will soon.

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Schuette continues to fend off attacks about inherited property in a U.S. territory, as Republicans spar over financial holdings.

Michigan Democrats El-Sayed, Whitmer disclose taxes; Shri Thanedar does not

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

All Michigan Democratic candidates have publicly supported greater  transparency and financial disclosure among candidates for state office.

Michigan Libertarian gov candidates decline to disclose financial details

May 21, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

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.

Analysis: Michigan Republican governor candidates actually focus on substance in first full debate

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.

Michigan Truth Squad: Bill Schuette’s stand on transparent government

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?

It’s Thanedar vs. El-Sayed, as Michigan gov hopefuls square off over eligibility

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.

A blue wave in Michigan Legislature? Maybe, but don’t count on it.

April 26, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

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.

Breaking down the Michigan bills intended to stop the next Larry Nassar

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.

Slideshow: A dogfight at the Michigan Democratic Party convention

April 16, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Bridge captures the battle in Detroit on Sunday between two primary rivals for state Attorney General nomination.

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