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Michael Grass

Executive Editor 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.
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Alaska Lawmakers Send United Message to Feds on Legal Weed

April 20, 2018 The Alaska State Senate, following previous action in the House, approved a joint legislative resolution on Thursday calling on the federal government to “respect the authority of the state to regulate marijuana use, production, and distribution” and “reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule I controlled substance.” The resolution...

Chicago OKs Punitive Strategy to Curb Double-Parking Drivers

April 19, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught our attention … TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT | In a city where space on the streets is a precious commodity, Chicago is cracking down on drivers who double park in the central business district, even if they’re idling with their flashers on....

5 U.S. Cities Named Finalists for Engaged Cities Award

April 19, 2018 Among the 10 cities around the world that were this week named finalists for the Engaged Cities Award program from Cities of Service, five are in the United States: Boston, Massachusetts; Fort Collins, Colorado; Huntington, West Virginia; San José, California; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. The awards program, underwritten by the Bloomberg...

A New Plot Twist in Cincinnati’s Ongoing City Hall Soap Opera

April 18, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention … TRANSPARENCY | For those keeping track of the unfortunate local government soap opera that’s been unfolding at Cincinnati City Hall in recent weeks—which has revolved around a dispute between Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry...

The Glass-Half-Full Way to Prep for the State and Local ‘Silver Tsunami’

April 18, 2018 The phrase “silver tsunami” is something that many state and local government managers have become very familiar with. They may have experienced the impacts first hand in their organization or dread the day they'll lose years of experience and institutional knowledge with a single retirement or multiple departures of important...

L.A. Mayor: ‘We Do What Washington Can’t Seem to Get Done’

April 16, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention ... Los Angeles, California | City officials have proposed a $20 million plan to build new emergency shelters across the city to help ease the local homelessness crisis, with the intent of having some of the shelters...

Pension Crisis Forces Some Oregon Localities to ‘Do Less With Less’

April 15, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention. PENSIONS | No state wants to be in the national limelight for its pensions troubles, but whether it wanted it or not, Oregon got front-page attention in The New York Times this weekend for its “severe, self-inflicted...

Some Good News (For Once) About the Nation’s Opioid Abuse Crisis

April 13, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention. PUBLIC HEALTH | While there’s no shortage of bad news about the severity of the nation’s opioid abuse crisis, there’s some good news coming from the University of Minnesota, where researchers are getting closer to clinical testing...

New Worries Over Aging Underwater Pipeline in Great Lakes

April 11, 2018 Here are state and local government stories that caught Route FIfty’s attention ... INFRASTRUCTURE | Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday called on Enbridge, the Canadian owner an aging underwater energy pipeline that passes through the Straits of Mackinac, to accelerate work to finish alternative studies to replace Line 5...

Route Fifty Turns 3 Years Old

April 11, 2018 This week, Route Fifty turns three years old! Time certainly flies when you’re covering the world of state and local government in the United States. Despite having a small editorial team, we have been able to cover a lot of ground in a big, big country—explore our 2015, 2016 and...