Chief Storytellers: Community Engagement or PR?
Some critics wonder if the new city gig is a legitimate use of government money. Denver thinks so.
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.
The option is spreading at a time of heightened fear of foreign interference in U.S. elections. It has been used in a few local elections and will be available to some voters in the 2020 presidential caucuses.
The policy is already law in some states and cities, and has become a talking point for Democratic leaders and presidential candidates. But while it has helped lift some Americans out of poverty, it has cost others their jobs.
Panelists at the Netroots Nation conference this weekend raised concerns about finding enough candidates and donors for state legislative elections.
The decision increases the focus on often-ignored state legislative elections, where the GOP has recently dominated.
There are more lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans politicians than ever before, but they only make up .1 percent of elected officials.
The West Virginia Senate passed a bill that would not only punish teachers for protesting but also includes a charter school provision they recently fought to defeat. The House could vote on it as early as Monday.
Census officials and immigration advocates warned Congress this week that untested technology and reduced federal resources could lead to vast undercounts.
The president left the meeting with congressional leaders after only three minutes, holding an infrastructure bill hostage unless the investigations into him end.
A wave of conservative states passed abortion bans this year, but the national backlash didn't come until Alabama's was signed into law.
Some are boycotting Georgia after it passed a "heartbeat" bill last week. Others argue there are better ways to protect abortion rights.
Democratic and Republican secretaries of state agree that more money is needed to improve voting systems, but they disagree on how that federal funding should be spent.
North and South Carolina teachers rallied this week. Educators in Sacramento, Calif., and Oregon could strike later this month.
In California, where the soda industry spends millions on lobbying, a bill to tax sugary drinks has been shelved. Lawmakers in four other states proposed one this year.
The president wants to release detained immigrants in cities where local leaders oppose his immigration policies.
Elite actors are threatening to boycott Georgia over a heartbeat abortion bill, endangering the state's a-list status among major TV and movie productions.
Republican Jim Brainard of Carmel, Ind., has become a national voice on environmental issues.