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Senior Editor Michael Grass, who joined GovExec 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.
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High-Growth Texas Communities Face High Local Debt Loads

12:03 PM ET It’s not always easy to understand the complex world of local government finance, especially when involves local debt that spreads out across municipalities, counties and school districts. In the Lone Star State, the Texas Tribune has assembled a helpful tool to explore the local debt landscape across the entire state, ...

North Carolina Teachers Are 'Easy Pickings' for Texas Recruiters

August 26, 2014 Classes are starting this week in the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Texas and one of the largest in the nation. Among the new faces in classrooms are plenty of new teachers. This year, the school district, which has roughly 12,000 teaching positions with about 1,700 ...

How Legalized Marijuana Is Also a Long-Term ‘Knowledge Experiment’ in Washington State

August 26, 2014 Compared to the relatively rapid and effective implementation of Colorado’s legalized recreational marijuana market, the rollout of legal weed in Washington state has been met at times with groans and complaints over the Evergreen State’s sluggish approach. But could researchers and other states looking at potential marijuana legalization learn more ...

Napa Official: ‘Very Impressive Progress’ Made on Earthquake Recovery

August 25, 2014 Although the city of Napa and neighboring areas in Northern California’s Napa Valley sustained some significant localized damage after Sunday morning’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake, recovery has been fairly rapid for most city services. “Very impressive progress has been made in terms of electric and gas,” Napa’s city manager Mike Parness, ...

A Sky-High View High Above Buffalo’s City Hall

August 25, 2014 City Hall in Buffalo, New York, is an imposing 32-story Art Deco municipal building. Anchoring Niagara Square, a grand public space with an obelisk dedicated to President William McKinley, City Hall towers over nearly every other downtown building. It’s hard to appreciate the scale and the architectural details of the ...

Two Ousted Mayors Aren’t Going Quietly

August 25, 2014 Two U.S. mayors have been kicked out of their respective city hall offices for very different reasons—and they aren’t happy about it. One has pitched a tent on his city hall’s front lawn while another is asking his state’s Supreme Court to order him be allowed back in. In Seat ...

Napa Quake Reminds California Officials of Unknown Seismic Risks

August 24, 2014 While earthquakes aren’t necessarily surprising in California, the 6.1 magnitude quake that hit Napa County on Sunday morning was a reminder to local officials across the Golden State and in other known quake zones that there’s still a lot of uncertainty to understanding the full extent of local seismic risk. ...

This Isn't Your Average Municipal Complex

August 22, 2014 Denver’s Civic Center is home to one of the most impressive collection of state and local government office buildings in any American city. Inspired by the City Beautiful movement and championed by Mayor Robert Speer, the complex is anchored by the Colorado State Capitol, finished in 1908, and includes municipal ...

This Alaska Locality Did Something Unusual When Renaming Its City Hall

August 21, 2014 It’s not all that unusual for a city to rename a government office building for an elected official who served the public. Building dedications honoring politicians are common on the state level, too. But Alaska’s second-largest city, Fairbanks, made an unusual move when it renamed its city hall this week. ...

Los Angeles Is Starting a Big Drupal Migration

August 21, 2014 The nation’s second-largest city announced a major new contract on Thursday with Boston-based Acquia to help it migrate 20 different city websites to the Drupal content management system. The city of Los Angeles’ Information Technology Agency selected Acquia’s Cloud Site Factory for the project, which aims to move the city’s ...