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

Tom Leonard is Michigan Republican Attorney General pick, Treder Lang nabs SOS

August 25, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin

Michigan Republican delegates chose nominees Saturday for attorney general, secretary of state, two Supreme Court seats and other statewide offices, while urging unity against Democrats.

Will Michigan Republicans take down Justice Clement? If so, here’s how.

August 23, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle

The Michigan GOP Supreme Court justice is under fire for votes in recent cases on guns and redistricting. Some party delegates remain furious, but it’s unclear if they will challenge her at Saturday’s party convention.

Bill Schuette picks Lisa Posthumus Lyons as running mate for Michigan governor

August 15, 2018 | Riley Beggin

The former state representative and current Kent County clerk has deep ties in the critical west Michigan voting bloc, but has also shown a distaste for President Donald Trump.

Michigan's biggest primary winners weren’t red or blue. They were women

August 9, 2018 | Riley Beggin

Tuesday’s statewide primary election was an indication of the growing power of politically active women on both sides of the aisle.

Gretchen Whitmer and Bill Schuette, ideological opposites, face off for governor

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Lindsay VanHulle, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt

The Democratic and Republican frontrunners swamped their party rivals and now bring starkly different visions for curing all that ails Michigan

Where Michigan governor primary winners Schuette and Whitmer stand on issues

August 8, 2018 | Riley Beggin, Bridge Staff

Michigan’s voters chose Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican Bill Schuette as their parties candidates for governor Tuesday night. Here is what they would do if elected in November.

Eight takeaways from Michigan’s gubernatorial primary

August 8, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle, Riley Beggin, Ted Roelofs, Chastity Pratt

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.

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