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

Whitmer urges business to back gas tax, Michigan Republicans still balking

Whitmer urges business to back gas tax, Michigan Republicans still balking

May 30, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Democratic governor pleaded with the state’s business leaders to pressure legislators on her $2.5 billion road proposal after signing auto insurance reform.

What the no-fault auto reform deal means for Michigan drivers

What the no-fault auto reform deal means for Michigan drivers

May 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican leaders in the legislature negotiated a big change to the state’s auto insurance laws. Here’s how the deal may impact your rates and coverage.

Bipartisan Michigan auto insurance deal reached between Whitmer, Republicans

Bipartisan Michigan auto insurance deal reached between Whitmer, Republicans

May 24, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

After weeks of secret talks, and years of gridlock, the deal offers personal injury protection opt-out for some drivers, extends guaranteed PIP rate rollbacks for 8 years and stops insurers from raises based on non-driving factors.

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

Michigan Attorney General: GOP limits on petition drives are unconstitutional

May 22, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

Dana Nessel, a Democrat, said the controversial election law passed by lame-duck Republicans “creates an obstacle for voters without any support in the (state) Constitution itself.”

New ballot initiative would ban abortions in Michigan after fetal heartbeat

New ballot initiative would ban abortions in Michigan after fetal heartbeat

May 21, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Michigan Heartbeat Coalition filed a petition that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion after around six weeks. Currently, abortion is legal until around 24 weeks.

Five months in, the precarious state of bipartisanship in Lansing

Five months in, the precarious state of bipartisanship in Lansing

May 21, 2019 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Michigan’s new Democratic governor and Republican legislative leaders promised bipartisan collaboration this year as divided government replaced eight years of Republican rule. Despite skirmishes, the two sides are still talking.

Michigan lawmaker denies bribery: ‘Do you think I would stoop that low?’

Michigan lawmaker denies bribery: ‘Do you think I would stoop that low?’

May 16, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Larry Inman acknowledges writing texts that appear to show him soliciting donations from a union before a key vote. The feds accuse him of bribery and extortion. He says there’s an “explanation” for his texts. The explanation? He won’t say.

Right to Life of Michigan launches ballot drive to ban abortion procedure

Right to Life of Michigan launches ballot drive to ban abortion procedure

May 15, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

One day after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she will veto bills to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure, the anti-abortion group said it has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters in 2020.

Michigan state rep sought bribe for vote through text messages, feds allege

Michigan state rep sought bribe for vote through text messages, feds allege

May 15, 2019 | Riley Beggin

State Rep. Larry Inman, a Republican from Grand Traverse County, faces calls to resign following his indictment on charges of seeking campaign donations from a union in exchange for his vote.

Abortion limits pass Michigan House and Senate. What you need to know.

Abortion limits pass Michigan House and Senate. What you need to know.

May 14, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Republican bills would make it a felony for health care providers to perform dilation and evacuation abortions, the most common second-trimester procedure. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vows a veto as Michigan joins other states in abortion battles.  

Michigan governor and Republicans at impasse on auto insurance reform bills

Michigan governor and Republicans at impasse on auto insurance reform bills

May 9, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Michigan Republicans say the plans will save “buckets” of money for drivers. Democrats say the plans don’t guarantee rate roll-backs nor the elimination of non-driving factors in setting insurance rates. Is there an opportunity for a grand bargain that includes road funding? 

Michigan Republicans say car insurance reforms would slash premiums

Michigan Republicans say car insurance reforms would slash premiums

May 7, 2019 | Riley Beggin, Mike Wilkinson

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate approves bills that would allow drivers to opt out of unlimited medical benefits. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is promising to veto the measure if it makes it to her desk.

What to expect in Michigan’s first election since voting rights amendment

What to expect in Michigan’s first election since voting rights amendment

May 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

 Tuesday, May 7 will be the first election where Michigan voters will exercise a variety of rights enacted by a sweeping amendment approved in November. 

Jocelyn Benson says she’s committed to increasing Michigan voter turnout

Jocelyn Benson says she’s committed to increasing Michigan voter turnout

May 3, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The newly elected Michigan Democratic Secretary of State says she’s hosting town hall forums and working with local clerks to enhance voter rights and boost turnout in elections.

Senate GOP proposes shrinking jail funds to Michigan ‘sanctuary cities’

Senate GOP proposes shrinking jail funds to Michigan ‘sanctuary cities’

May 1, 2019 | Riley Beggin

The Department of Corrections opposes the language of a bill that would withhold state payments to local jails that house felons if the communities aren’t fully cooperating with federal immigration officials. The move would increase costs for an understaffed state prison system, but Senate Republicans argue law enforcement should work collaboratively.

Unlicensed Michigan medical marijuana shops to stay open under court ruling

Unlicensed Michigan medical marijuana shops to stay open under court ruling

April 30, 2019 | Riley Beggin

After months of changing rules over when unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries must gain licensure or close, a court order Tuesday sides with the business owners and offers withering criticism of the state agency regulating marijuana.

To fix maps, Michigan Republicans must please Whitmer and three irked judges

To fix maps, Michigan Republicans must please Whitmer and three irked judges

April 28, 2019 | Riley Beggin

After working in secret in 2011, Republican lawmakers must now redraw state political boundaries that can win over a Democratic governor and the federal judges who dismantled earlier maps.

Sea change for Michigan marijuana comes amidst industry chaos

Sea change for Michigan marijuana comes amidst industry chaos

April 25, 2019 | Riley Beggin

A controversial licensing board ends, making way for a new agency overseeing a market with more questions than answers.

Michigan civil asset forfeiture bills headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan civil asset forfeiture bills headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

April 25, 2019 | Riley Beggin

Police would no longer be able to take assets from people they arrest unless there’s a criminal conviction, under a bill going to the governor’s desk. It’s an early area of bipartisan agreement in the Michigan legislature.

Michigan’s political districts illegally gerrymandered, court rules

Michigan’s political districts illegally gerrymandered, court rules

April 25, 2019 | Joel Kurth, Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

A three-judge panel finds that 34 districts were drawn in 2011 to benefit Republicans and orders special elections in 2020.

 

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