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Candice is a St. Louis, Mo., native who received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master's from American University in Washington, D.C. Before joining Governing, she worked as a web producer for Politico, a politics fellow with The Atlantic, and a weekend White House freelancer for Bloomberg. She has covered criminal justice, education and national politics.

November 7, 2018

Does #MeToo Matter? Of 19 State Candidates Facing Accusations, Only 2 Lost

On the heels of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, these results raise questions about how alleged misconduct factors into voters’ decisions.
November 7, 2018

The Right to Hunt Is Now Constitutionally Protected in North Carolina

The state is the latest where voters have weighed in on the debate.
November 7, 2018

Slavery Is Still a Legal Punishment in the U.S. But Not in This State Anymore

In 2016, Coloradoans voted against abolishing slavery as punishment for a crime. This year, they had a change of heart.
November 7, 2018

In First Statewide Vote on Transgender Rights, the LGBTQ Community Wins

Massachusetts voted to keep a 2016 law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces.
November 7, 2018

In Wake of Parkland and Pittsburgh Shootings, Washington Voters Pass Comprehensive Gun Control

Washington state, which has a history of letting voters weigh in on guns, now ranks among the states with the toughest firearm laws.
November 7, 2018

'People Want Their Power Back': Voters Approve Redistricting Reforms

In a year with more redistricting measures than usual, voters in several states reduced politicians' role in the process of drawing voting districts.
November 1, 2018

Can Free Money Make Up for Widescale Job Loss?

Faced with the prospect of up to a third of jobs being eliminated by automation in the next decade, governments are taking another look at Universal Basic Income.
October 16, 2018

2 Cop Convictions in 2 Months: Is This a Tipping Point in Police Accountability?

Fatal police shootings rarely result in convictions. In Chicago and Texas, they just did.
October 1, 2018

California's New Marijuana Law Is a First But Likely Not the Last

The unprecedented legislation implements an automatic statewide process to potentially reduce or dismiss sentences and records for crimes that are no longer illegal under state law. Other states are pursuing similar policies.
September 18, 2018

Will Clergy Sex Abuse Allegations Spur Change in Statute-of-Limitation Laws?

Since the Pennsylvania report, several other states have launched investigations into the Catholic Church. But in some of them, laws prevent many child victims from seeking legal justice.
August 27, 2018

Ruling Threatens States' Right to Regulate Toxic Coal Ash

As the Trump administration plans to weaken environmental rules, a federal court has said that some Obama-era regulations didn't go far enough.
August 23, 2018

Where Marijuana Is Legal, Some Cities Help People Still Haunted by It

There's a small but growing movement among prosecutors to automatically reduce sentences and expunge criminal records from before the drug was legal.
August 13, 2018

Is Child Care a Campaign Expense? States Are Divided.

In a year with an unprecedented number of female candidates, the debate is being revisited after the federal government weighed in.
August 10, 2018

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Bipartisan Momentum

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that places Massachusetts among a growing number of states making it hard to not be registered.
August 7, 2018

'Anti-Union Forces Awoke a Sleeping Giant': Voters Overturn a New Anti-Union Law

In a test of public support for unions following the Supreme Court's Janus ruling, voters rejected Missouri's right-to-work law on Tuesday.
July 31, 2018

Climate Change Has Been a Losing Battle for Governments. Could a New Lawsuit Turn the Tide?

Rhode Island is using new tactics to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for disaster-related infrastructure damage.
July 30, 2018

Colleges, Cities and Pension Funds Pressured to Cut ICE Ties

Public institutions across the country invest in the private prison operators of immigration detention centers and contract directly with the federal immigration enforcement agency.
July 16, 2018

Silicon Valley Is Helping Cities Test a Radical Anti-Poverty Idea

What if everyone got a paycheck that they didn't work for? It's called universal basic income, and with the help of tech entrepreneurs, Stockton, Calif., is the latest city to test it.