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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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Congressman Demands Names of Local Government Staffers, Hints at Prosecution

March 3, 2015 Here’s something your municipal government likely doesn’t have to worry about: Having members of Congress looming over local affairs and threaten to prosecute the mayor and city employees. But that’s the situation the District of Columbia, a federal enclave with limited home rule powers that gives the national legislature and ...

El Paso Makes Filling Potholes Look So Easy

March 3, 2015 Compared to colder-weather jurisdictions that endure tough annual freeze-thaw cycles, heavy salting and snow plowing that can chew up roadway surfaces, El Paso might not be the best place to demonstrate how to fill a pothole. Still, just like everyone else, drivers in this West Texas border city encounter them ...

City of Raleigh Dishes Out DIY Worm-Farming Tips

March 2, 2015 As we’ve previously reported, municipal composting efforts are gaining strength around the nation. The projects range from mandatory programs like in Seattle to new pilot curbside pick-up services in Minneapolis and New York City. But what if you want to create your own do-it-yourself worm farm for composting at your ...

Texas Lawmaker Looks to Invalidate Municipal Laws That 'Erode Consumer Choice'

March 2, 2015 It’s no secret that many Texans cherish their freedom and independent spirit, but some state lawmakers want to tighten the reins on some municipalities that have taken their own local steps to implement new environmentally friendly fees or prohibitions on single-use plastic bag use. As the Austin American-Statesman reported last ...

Check Out These Powerful New Inflatable Swift Water Rescue Boats

March 2, 2015 First responders in the Sacramento area now have three new rigid hull inflatable boats to help assist them in rescues and other on-the-water operations. In a newly uploaded video from the California Office of Emergency Services, Tom Neville of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire’s swift-water and flood rescue operations and Bill ...

‘Polite’ Michigan City Doesn’t Want to Boast About Its Low-Crime ‘Year of Oddities’

March 1, 2015 Sometimes, when there are enviable crime statistics to be very proud of, local officials will celebrate with a press release or triumphal media announcement. But sometimes it’s better to be modest when it might be tempting to trumpet a success. That’s one lesson from Michigan’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids, a ...

New York State’s New 90-Day Email Purge Policy Raises Big Questions Over Transparency

March 1, 2015 New York state’s chief information officer faced tough questions from lawmakers last week amid news of a recently implemented administrative policy that automatically deletes the emails of state employees after three months. Maggie Miller, was appointed state CIO by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in December, testified before a legislative committee hearing ...

Arizona ‘City’ With Escaped Llamas Isn’t Actually a Municipality

February 26, 2015 It was hard not to be transfixed on live television or Internet livestream news coverage of Thursday’s escaped llama drama in suburban Phoenix. The locality where the captivating animal pursuit played out was Sun City, a master-planned retirement community of more than 35,000 people. With a population of that size, ...

Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., Celebrate FCC’s Municipal Broadband Ruling

February 26, 2015 While most of the attention on Thursday’s Federal Communications Commission meeting was focused on the commissioners’ decision on net neutrality, a separate ruling to block state laws or regulations that limit the expansion of municipal broadband projects was a moment for celebration in two cities that petitioned the FCC to ...

Local Fire Departments Prepare for Possible Impacts From DHS Showdown in Congress

February 26, 2015 As the congressional showdown over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security continues plays out on Capitol Hill, some municipal governments around the country are watching for how any potential shutdown of the department impacts local fire protection. In Michigan, for instance, 84 communities receive funding grants from the ...