Graham Vyse  |  Staff Writer

Graham Vyse is a staff writer at Governing. He was previously a staff writer at The New Republic, and his writing has appeared in Slate and Washingtonian. His first job in journalism was covering the District of Columbia for the Current Newspapers, where he appeared on “The Fix’s 2015 list of best state political reporters” in The Washington Post. A native of Rhode Island, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s degree in journalism from American University. 

November 9, 2018

Democratic Socialists Rack Up Wins

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib made headlines for their congressional wins. But a number of Democratic Socialists also won state-level races this election.
November 7, 2018

Democrats Win Total Control of 6 More States. What Will They Do With It?

The party now has 14 "trifectas," compared to the Republicans' 22.
November 7, 2018

The Right to 'Live Free From Government'? New Hampshire Voters Just Gave It to Themselves.

Privacy concerns have prompted 10 states to add privacy protections in their constitutions.
November 7, 2018

One State's Voters Fight for Their Right to Sue the Government

States across the country have limited citizens' right to sue their state or local government. Voters in one of them, New Hampshire, revived it on Tuesday.
November 7, 2018

Over PETA's Objections, California Voters Pass Strict Animal Protections

Advocates say Prop. 12 represents the world's strongest protections for animals raised for human consumption.
November 7, 2018

Recreational Marijuana Expands Into the Midwest

Legalization measures passed in Michigan but failed in North Dakota.
November 7, 2018

In Immigration Vote, Oregon Keeps Sanctuary Law

Oregon voters were the first to directly weigh in on immigration during the Trump era.
November 1, 2018

Offshore Wind Could Be the Next Big Breakthrough in Renewable Energy

After decades of false starts, turbines are starting to turn in several coastal states.
October 5, 2018

States Enacted 116 Immigration Laws in 2018

It's a slight decline from last year but still more than usual.
October 1, 2018

The Supreme Court Cases for State and Local Governments to Watch

In the cases the justices will hear this fall, legal observers say "state sovereignty is a really big issue."
September 20, 2018

How Democratic Socialists Performed in State and Local Primaries

Just over half of this year's candidates endorsed by Democratic Socialists are advancing to the general election. They could win seats for school boards, city councils and legislatures in 20 states.
September 11, 2018

Seth Rogen Inspires a U.S. City to Change the Public Transit Experience

The actor has become the voice of announcements on Vancouver's buses and subways.
September 4, 2018

What Brett Kavanaugh Means for States

The Supreme Court nominee's legal vision could empower state governments on some issues but imperil their laws on others.
August 23, 2018

California's Unprecedented Plan to Tackle Fake Election News

The state is launching an ambitious effort, along with tech companies, to monitor and remove disinformation on social media that could keep people from voting.
August 16, 2018

Fentanyl, Gas, Firing Squad: Why Execution Methods Are Changing

As states struggle to obtain traditional lethal injection drugs, some are turning to new methods of execution, or reviving old ones, as a backup.
August 15, 2018

Want Young People to Vote? Make Them Sign a Pledge.

New research suggests a simple way to boost turnout among first-time voters.