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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.

June 11, 2019

Why Illinois' Marijuana Legalization Law Is Different From All Others

It will be the first state where the legislature -- not voters -- legalized cannabis sales. But that's not all that makes it unique.
June 5, 2019

How Governments Are Transitioning Their Gender Policies to Nonbinary

A growing number of states and cities are letting residents identify as neither male nor female, setting up a cascade of tough policy questions.
May 28, 2019

Republican Women Watch Their Numbers Decline in State Legislatures

2018 was a bad year for GOP female candidates. The ones that did win elections don't hold as much power as Democratic women.
May 15, 2019

Can Medical Marijuana Get You Fired? Depends on the State.

Less than half of the states where the drug treatment is legal protect patients from employment discrimination. Courts have generally sided with employers -- until recently.
April 24, 2019

A New Gig in Government: Chief Storyteller

Some cities are hiring people to share locals' stories and change the traditional narrative surrounding the place they call home.
April 1, 2019

With Number of Missing Native American Women Unknown, States Seek Answers

States are starting to address the jurisdictional issues that leave so many of these cases unsolved.
March 29, 2019

In #MeToo Era, Cities Train Bystanders to Intervene

Some are targeting bar and restaurant staff to better respond to sexual harassment and violence.
March 18, 2019

As China Builds U.S. Transit Cars, Congress Seeks to Ban Them

The state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corp is building rail cars for some of America's biggest cities, prompting cybersecurity concerns and bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate.
March 8, 2019

For More Citizen Engagement, One Town Turns to Video Calls

A Miami suburb might be the first in the nation to let residents participate in -- not just watch -- public meetings from anywhere they have an internet connection.
February 13, 2019

Anti-Drug Smuggling Policies Are Increasingly Isolating Prisoners

Jails and prisons around the country are replacing in-person visits with video calls, enacting strict mail policies and other regulations that limit inmates' communication with family, friends and lawyers.
January 23, 2019

Financial Literacy Is Becoming a Requirement in Schools

As most Americans struggle with money management, some states are making schools teach kids about personal finance. What's the best age to start?
December 20, 2018

U.S. Police Under Pressure to End Their Relationship With Israel

Police departments have been sending their leaders to Israel to learn about the country's counterterrorism strategies since the 1990s. But growing opposition is pushing some to rethink these exchange programs.
December 19, 2018

Are Cops 'Off the Hook'? How Police Reform Has Changed Under Trump

The Trump administration has shifted away from overseeing police in favor of tackling violent crime.
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.