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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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At the Illinois State Capitol, Obama Eschews the ‘Refusal to Compromise as an Accomplishment’

February 11, 2016 With the nation’s combined political attention focused on the state of New Hampshire and 2016 presidential campaign politics this week, it was easy to miss President Obama’s return to Springfield, Illinois, on Wednesday, where he spoke to state lawmakers at the State Capitol. Besides from greeting some of his former...

Boise’s Sound Approach to Engaging Its Local Skateboarders

February 8, 2016 When it comes to municipal relations with local skateboarders, Idaho’s capital city might not seem like the most obvious place where local officials have taken proactive steps to improve public recreational infrastructure for that community, sometimes viewed as violators who willfully ignore regulations governing use of public spaces. But sure...

Boston Deploys ‘Be Like Sebastian’ Campaign to De-Escalate Winter Parking Battles

February 8, 2016 In some cities, it’s not uncommon to see residents using of a chair or other sizable household item to save an on-street parking space that they had dug out for subsequent use following large winter storms that dump a lot of snow. The practice is often respected out of courtesy...

Former Philly Mayor Michael Nutter Joins What Works Cities as Senior Fellow

February 8, 2016 Michael Nutter left Philadelphia City Hall a few weeks ago, but don’t expect the former mayor to leave the municipal sphere. According to an announcement released Monday morning, Nutter will be joining What Works Cities, a program funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies and managed by Results for America. The former...

New York Village Faces Its Own Toxic Water Crisis

February 8, 2016 While the origins of their respective, ongoing municipal water crises are different, residents of Hoosick Falls, New York, and Flint, Michigan, share a few things in common right now. They fear toxins coming from the tap and worry about health risks. They have to procure bottled water for drinking and...

Vacant Walmart Sites Create Giant Big-Box Stumbling Blocks for Local Governments

February 7, 2016 Walmart delivered a major corporate announcement last month: 154 stores around the United States, including all of its Walmart Express concept stores, would be shuttered. In some communities where Walmart can play a make-or-break role in a local economy, the news has been devastating. The Washington Post recently examined the...

Some Fear Vote Could Make North Carolina ‘First in Flight, Last in Health’

February 3, 2016 North Carolina, a state that’s already known for being among the worst for teacher pay, might be known in coming years for offering the worst health insurance options to state workers. That depends on a vote scheduled for Friday, when State Health Plan Board of Trustees members will consider a...

Some Good News With the Future ‘Really Big One’ and Other Major Quakes

February 3, 2016 SEATTLE — The Pacific Northwest’s next megaquake originating from the Cascadia Subduction Zone, whenever it happens, is likely to be the United States’ most destructive and disruptive natural disaster to date. That’s pretty much unavoidable when you’re dealing with a magnitude 9.0 earthquake scenario. A future Cascadia megaquake could strike...

East Coast Blizzard Aids Delaware in Courtship of Austin Startup

February 1, 2016 These days, startups don’t have to cluster in the traditional places where the tech sector has previously found fertile ground. Instead of Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Austin, you can find smaller but vibrant tech clusters in places like Miami, Omaha and Pittsburgh. Delaware, like so many other...

N.C. Court Upholds Firings of Sheriff’s Deputies in Political Coercion Case

January 30, 2016 Should employees who work for an elected county sheriff be protected from firing if they don’t donate to the campaign of their boss? In a ruling handed down on Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court said no, upholding the terminations of three deputies and a jail counselor who alleged they...