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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.
Public Safety

Protecting Waikiki From Future Flash-Flood Destruction

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Diego’s new Airbnb rules … a bizarre resignation in Oklahoma … and Denver’s big renewable energy pledge.

Infrastructure

Returning Federal Funds Could Leave a Bitter Aftertaste

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Madison mayor says county is blackmailing his city … Pa. school security secrecy law … and some good news for Colo. firefighters amid bad news elsewhere.

Tech & Data

Md. Investigating Contract of Software Vendor Bought by Russian Oligarch

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska plastic bag bans … concerns over city’s disclosure of overdose address information … and an Ill. county’s mumps outbreak is over.

Infrastructure

A Federal Court Will Deal With the Latest Flashpoint in the E-Scooter Wars

As Bird and other companies feel local regulatory heat across the nation, a recent legal action in Milwaukee is worth watching.

Public Safety

‘The Truth Will Come Out’ in Fisticuffs Incident at City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Surge in Ohio, Ky. HIV cases … Colo.’s pollination corridor … and Maine Gov. LePage digs in his heels.

Public Safety

Drone-Sparked Fire Prompts Important Safety Questions

A recent incident in Oregon offers "a cautionary tale about dog ownership and fire danger this time of year."

Management

Local Courts Scramble to Deal With Juror No-Shows

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio governor vs. agribusiness … London Breed’s first day as San Francisco mayor … good news for parched Arizona … and Idaho’s 8,000-pound exemption.

Infrastructure

Seattle’s Trackless Electric Backbone

When transportation planners drool over the Emerald City’s transit successes, they shouldn’t overlook the decades of investments in this legacy asset.

Infrastructure

An Uncomfortable Reminder of Why You Shouldn’t Take Air Conditioning for Granted

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ind. AG defiant as pressure to resign mounts … Maine gov.’s Medicaid expansion veto survives … and the high costs of homelessness services.

Public Safety

With #LindasStory, Police Share a New Lead From a 45-Year-Old Cold Case

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rahm vs. Rauner … a plumbing problem in West Virginia … and business groups target a N.Y.C. Sanitation Dept. proposal.

Public Safety

Another Drone Intrusion Grounds Aircraft Fighting Western Wildfires

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trillions of quagga mussels carpet Lake Michigan ... pulling back on San Francisco's citywide broadband ambitions … and New Mexico’s brain drain.

Management

Mayor at Citizenship Ceremony: ‘This Is the Greatness of Our Country’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kobach brings gun float to another Kansas parade … torrential rains swamp Houston … and a tornado touches down in a Minnesota city.

Public Safety

Crews Battling Wildfires Won’t Be Pausing for July 4

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ky. Gov. Bevin cuts vision and dental benefits … Wash. lt. gov. skewers Seattle Times edit board … Hawaii’s sunscreen ban … and a Dallas jail escapee’s easy escape.

Health & Human Services

Yuma Hopes to Rebound After Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

The romaine lettuce crisis may be officially over, but this agriculturally rich area has taken a big economic hit.

Finance

An Annoying Hiccup to Complete New Jersey’s Budget Deal

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dystopian skies shroud San Francisco … what Duluth paid in Trump visit costs … and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Michigan mission.

Management

Jerry Brown’s Message About Daylight Saving Time in California

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Absent Pennsylvania mayor may lead to city’s shuttering … Austin’s $925 bond issue vote … and Don Jr.’s Chicago City Hall meeting.

Public Safety

Florida Investigators Pinpoint Cause of Destructive Wildfire

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calif. online privacy legislation … N.Y.C. rent hike vote … Cincinnati police cuts restored … and St. Louis targets illegal trash.

Finance

Budget Plan OK’d by Calif. Governor ‘Fills Rainy Day Fund to the Brim’

The Golden State’s finances are far more golden than when Jerry Brown found them seven and a half years ago.

Finance

What a ‘State of Fiscal Crisis’ Will Bring in Harrisburg

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spokane eliminates parking minimums in some areas … Florida audit looks at state procurement cards … and Columbus passes new anti-panhandling law.

Management

Georgia Studying Takeover of World’s Busiest Airport

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Northern California wildfire emergency … child care center lead risk … trouble for Utah school funding bill … and Richmond’s big bus realignment.