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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. 

Urban

Chief Storytellers: Community Engagement or PR?

Some critics wonder if the new city gig is a legitimate use of government money. Denver thinks so.

August 29, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

Parks for All

"Park equity" gets a new focus as cities tackle inequality in all facets of public life.

September 1, 2019
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Politics & Elections

Voting by Phone Is Convenient, But Is It Too Risky?

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.

August 7, 2019
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Management & Labor

After Federal Minimum Wage Bill Advances, What’s the Future of the Fight for $15?

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.

July 29, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

Cities Ban Government Use of Facial Recognition

Three American cities have now banned the use of facial recognition technology in local government amid concerns it's inaccurate and biased.

July 24, 2019
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Politics & Elections

Not All About Trump: Democrats Worry About State Legislative Races

Panelists at the Netroots Nation conference this weekend raised concerns about finding enough candidates and donors for state legislative elections.

July 16, 2019
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Politics & Elections

Will the Gerrymandering Ruling Motivate Donors and Voters?

The decision increases the focus on often-ignored state legislative elections, where the GOP has recently dominated.

July 10, 2019
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Politics & Elections

Despite Historic High, LGBTQ Still Underrepresented in Elected Office

There are more lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans politicians than ever before, but they only make up .1 percent of elected officials.

June 25, 2019
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Education

In the State Where Teacher Strikes Started, Lawmakers Aim to Prevent More

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.

June 14, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

Can Surge Pricing Cut Energy Use?

California will be the first state where utilities charge more for power used during peak hours.

June 13, 2019
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Politics & Elections

As 2020 Census Looms, Citizenship Question Isn't the Only Concern

Census officials and immigration advocates warned Congress this week that untested technology and reduced federal resources could lead to vast undercounts.

May 31, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

Garcetti: Trump 'Walked Away From His Duty' When He Left Infrastructure Meeting

The president left the meeting with congressional leaders after only three minutes, holding an infrastructure bill hostage unless the investigations into him end.

May 23, 2019
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Health & Human Services

'Game-Changer': Why Alabama's Abortion Ban 'Awoke' Protesters

A wave of conservative states passed abortion bans this year, but the national backlash didn't come until Alabama's was signed into law.

May 22, 2019
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Politics & Elections

As Abortion Bans Spread, Hollywood Debates How to Protest Them

Some are boycotting Georgia after it passed a "heartbeat" bill last week. Others argue there are better ways to protect abortion rights.

May 16, 2019
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Politics & Elections

In Congressional Hearing, Election Officials Appear United Yet Divided

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.

May 9, 2019
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Education

As Protests Spread, Lawmakers Seek Punishment (and Protection) for Teachers

North and South Carolina teachers rallied this week. Educators in Sacramento, Calif., and Oregon could strike later this month.

May 2, 2019
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Health & Human Services

Why, Despite Trying, No State Has Passed a Soda Tax Since 1992

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.

April 30, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

Sanctuary City Mayors Respond to Trump's Threat 'With Open Arms'

The president wants to release detained immigrants in cities where local leaders oppose his immigration policies.

April 15, 2019
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Politics & Elections

Liberal Hollywood and Conservative Politics Clash in America's New Filmmaking Hub

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.

April 10, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

The GOP Mayor Pushing Climate Change Policies in Congress

Republican Jim Brainard of Carmel, Ind., has become a national voice on environmental issues.

April 5, 2019
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Education

What Linda Darling-Hammond's Appointment Means for Education

Democrats once fought to keep her from becoming Obama's education secretary. Now she's set to lead California's State Board of Education, where she could influence the national party's education stances.

March 13, 2019
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Workforce

Where 'Bring Your Baby to Work Day' Can Be Every Day

A growing number of state agencies -- mostly in places with no paid family leave -- are letting public employees bring their infants to the office.

March 12, 2019
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Management & Labor

Senate Bill Would Stop States From Punishing People at Work for Missed Student Loans

Some states can revoke your job license if you fall behind. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio introduced legislation that would outlaw that practice.

March 5, 2019
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Workforce

'Choose Purpose': Cities Launch Ad Campaigns to Attract More Job Applicants

Are they working?

February 13, 2019
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Politics & Elections

State of the Union Draws Polarized State and Local Responses

Governors' reactions to President Trump's address, which was heavy on immigration but also touched on infrastructure and drug prices, showcased the country’s sharp political divisions.

February 6, 2019
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Management & Labor

How Nurses Prove the Power of Unions

In an anti-union era, nurses may have found a model for effectively organizing labor.

February 11, 2019
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Education

'A Slap in the Face': Amazon Deal Advances as Virginia Teachers Demand More Education Funding

The state House approved $750 million in tax incentives for the company while teachers protested outside the Capitol.

January 29, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

Mayors: Immigration Reform Would Take a Day If We Were in Charge

The White House and Congress now have three weeks to agree on border security -- or the government could shut down again. A bipartisan group of border-state mayors wants more than a wall -- if at all.

January 25, 2019
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Urban

During Shutdown, Mayors Show What Bipartisanship Looks Like

The U.S. Conference of Mayors gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to discuss its agenda and tout its members' ability to work across party lines -- even on immigration.

January 23, 2019
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Education

Not Just L.A.: Where Teachers Might Strike in 2019

Unrest over education funding and policy is brewing in several cities and states across the country.

January 17, 2019
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Education

Why the L.A. Teacher Strike Is Different From Last Year's Protests

Educators in the nation's second-largest school district are set to strike on Monday. The dispute could impact education policy across the country.

January 11, 2019
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Politics & Elections

Young People Power Into Statehouses and City Halls

This year will see the largest class yet of millennials entering legislatures. How will they shape politics and policies?

January 4, 2019
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Workforce

ALEC Outlines 2019 Agenda to Erode Union Power

The conservative group of lawmakers recently convened in Washington, D.C., to strategize ways to capitalize on the Supreme Court's ruling this year that limited unions' ability to collect fees.

December 5, 2018
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Health & Human Services

Newly Elected Democratic Socialists Bring New Ideas on Affordable Housing

The fresh crop of progressives taking state office next year could shake up the conversations about how to lower the cost of living.

November 29, 2018
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Politics & Elections

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 9, 2018
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Politics & Elections

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
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Politics & Elections

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
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Politics & Elections

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
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Management & Labor

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
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Public Safety & Justice

In Immigration Vote, Oregon Keeps Sanctuary Law

Oregon voters were the first to directly weigh in on immigration during the Trump era.

November 7, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

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.

November 20, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

Recreational Marijuana Expands Into the Midwest

Legalization measures passed in Michigan but failed in North Dakota.

November 7, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

States Enacted 116 Immigration Laws in 2018

It's a slight decline from last year but still more than usual.

October 5, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

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."

October 1, 2018
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Politics & Elections

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 20, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

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 11, 2018
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Politics & Elections

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.

September 4, 2018
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Politics & Elections

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 23, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

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 16, 2018
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Politics & Elections

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

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

August 15, 2018
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