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Michael Grass

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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New Socrata Benchmarking Study Details Open Data Attitudes Across the U.S.

October 30, 2014 Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently introduced a new open data policy in the nation’s fourth-largest city. “First and foremost, this is about increasing transparency,” she said in the city’s announcement. “It is also about citizen engagement and increasing the pace of innovation in our city. We want to engage the ...

San Francisco Mayor Announces World Series Victory Plans; Big Change in El Paso

October 30, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Thursday, October 30 ... SAN FRANCISCO, California: Following Wednesday night’s World Series victory by the San Francisco Giants over the Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced that there will be a victory parade along Market Street on Friday ...

Pennsylvania’s Secondhand Smoke Loopholes; Dangerous Highway Guardrails?

October 29, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Wednesday, October 29, 2014 ... PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: Anti-smoking advocates say that loopholes in Pennsylvania’s workplace smoking ban are exposing employees who work in bars and casinos to harmful secondhand smoke. Legislation to close those loopholes is stuck in a state committee, ...

Indianapolis Plans New Electric Vehicle ‘Freedom Fleet’ for City

October 28, 2014 It’s no secret that Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is very serious about getting his city’s government to ditch foreign oil. The Marine Corps veteran issued a bold executive order in December 2012 on the issue, has encouraged other big-city mayors to join his cause and pushed for the creation of ...

Apple CEO Challenges Alabama in Speech; NTSB Releases Findings on Conn., N.Y. Rail Incidents

October 28, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Tuesday, October 28, 2014 ... MONTGOMERY, Alabama: During his remarks after being inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a challenge to his home state on gay rights. As Stephanie Mlot writes for PC ...

Lava Prompts Evacuation Advisory in Hawaiian Community

October 27, 2014 Over the past few weeks, GovExec State & Local has been carefully tracking the slow-moving lava flow from a Hawaiian volcano as it approaches the Big Island community of Pahoa. Unlike most disasters, this one is unfolding slowly and presents unique challenges for local levels of government. In the case ...

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of How County Government Works

October 27, 2014 Depending on where you are in the United States, what a county government actually does can sometimes be a bit of a mystery. According to the National Association of Counties, there are 3,069 counties across the 50 states, though there are only functioning county governments in 48 of the 50 ...

When a Simple Street Address Is Digitally Useless

October 27, 2014 Using a system of street addresses may work for routine public services like U.S. Postal Service mail delivery and municipal garbage and recycling pickup. But when you look at the digital utility of the simple street address, it’s fairly primitive technically speaking. A street address can’t pinpoint a specific location ...

Atlanta’s 311 Debut; Oklahoma Capitol’s Ten Commandments Attack

October 27, 2014 Here’s our State & Local news roundup for Monday, October 27, 2014 ... SAN DIEGO, California: The City Council “is making a late push to neuter Civic San Diego in its new role as a commercial real estate investor,” Andrew Keatts reports for Voice of San Diego, noting that a ...

Houston Introduces New Open-Data Policy

October 26, 2014 The nation’s fourth-largest city has instituted a new open data policy that will bring new standards for managing and publishing its datasets and encourage collaboration among the city government, engaged citizens and the local civic technology community. “First and foremost, this is about increasing transparency,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker said ...