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Michael Grass

Michael Grass
Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of DCist.com and worked as a copy editor at Roll Call, local and online editor at The Washington Post's Express newspaper, deputy managing editor at The New York Observer's Politicker.com, deputy managing editor at Washington City Paper and the D.C., Maryland and Virginia local editor for The Huffington Post. He also managed a non-profit network of state-based policy news sites in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and New Mexico.
Health & Human Services

Delaware’s Lt. Governor Distributes Doses of Life-Saving Medication

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A pipeline for thirsty Utah communities … Oregon will ask for a federal OK to toll interstates ... and a Monty Python inspired crosswalk in Texas.

Public Safety

L.A. Metro Will Deploy Millimeter Wave Scanners in Stations

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | W.Va. governor visits his state’s capital city … breaking ground on the Digital Crossroads of America Data Center … and a mayor’s Twitter tattoo bet.

Management

Contract Recommendation Prompts ‘Day Without Scooters’ in Santa Monica

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Albuquerque mayor goes undercover ... Mass. city’s missing parking meter money … and Neb. uses fentanyl in an execution.

Tech & Data

Tracking the Blanket of Unhealthy Air in the Pacific Northwest

While real-time data can’t clear the air of wildfire smoke, it can help people and agencies make smarter decisions.

Management

5 Former N.C. Governors: Proposed Constitutional Amendments ‘Must Be Stopped’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.J. Supreme Court rules on police video access … stunning images of Carr Fire’s destruction … and why Fort Worth doesn’t envy Dallas.

Management

N.Y. State Wants to Help Its Municipalities With Recycling Strategy

Amid China’s new restrictions on recycling imports, Gov. Cuomo wants a better game plan for waste management in the Empire State.

Public Safety

When Wildfires Strike Rural Places Wary of Tax-Funded Firefighting Operations

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif.’s secret DMV location for lawmakers … a plan to consolidate N.J. school districts … and a lawsuit over a “secret deal” in Miami Beach.

Management

Pennsylvania Governor's Views on Recreational Marijuana Diverge From His Allies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dallas City Council member indicted … pipe dream for new Ala. interstate … and a frustrated city manager leaves job due to armchair quarterbacks.

Infrastructure

This 106-Year-Old Risk Makes the Case for a Subway in Portland

What will come first? A new river crossing Oregon's largest city needs or a massive earthquake?

Infrastructure

One Step Closer to Rules That Will Reshape Uber and Lyft in N.Y.C.

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | State of emergency in Virginia … Airbnb’s San Diego signature effort … laid-off state workers sue Illinois … and a microclimate for ticks in Maine.

Finance

Preparing for the Inevitability of the Next Recession

Some states and localities are more ready to deal with an economic downturn than others.

Finance

More Counties Join PILT Class-Action Lawsuit Against the Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fact-checking Trump’s claims on Calif. wildfires … a big N.M. groundwater ruling … and Detroit’s dismal rental inspection compliance.

Health & Human Services

Michigan Daycare Center Reports High PFAS in Its Water

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trial runs for the dreaded L train shutdown in N.Y.C. … job losses in Trump counties … and Maine is not prepared as tick-borne diseases spread north.

Public Safety

Destroyed By ’93 Flood, This Village Likely Spared St. Louis a Major Disaster

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A major train derailment in Pittsburgh; Florida’s red-tide crisis … Boston’s new top cop … and the plan to carve a new city out of Baton Rouge.

Infrastructure

Dangerous Gases in Dayton’s Sewers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona’s wrong-way driver detection system … what lurks in Delaware’s warming coastal waters … and fare enforcement reform in Seattle.

Health & Human Services

Breathing In Wildfire Smoke Prompts Concerns Across the West

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mich. gov. dismissed in Flint water crisis lawsuit … Austin's land-use code reset … and Louisiana’s LG has an idea for the French Quarter.