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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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Route Fifty Roadmap: Michigan’s Official Guide to Driving Around a Roundabout

May 24, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Upper Sandusky, Ohio COLDWATER, Mich. — When you cross a state border on an Interstate highway, there’s usually a good chance that a rest area or...

Route Fifty Roadmap: Revisiting ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ in North-Central Ohio

May 23, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Ontario, Ohio UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio — When most travelers traverse the Buckeye State from east to west or west to east, they usually opt for the...

Scott Walker’s Battle to Cut Univ. of Wis.’s Budget Continues; More State Layoffs in Conn.

May 22, 2016 MADISON, WISCONSIN HIGHER EDUCATION | Cutting the budget of the University of Wisconsin System along with instituting tenure reform have been top agenda items for Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican colleagues in the state legislature. There have been layoffs across the university system and cutbacks in course offerings and...

Route Fifty Roadmap: New Hospital Taking Shape in Vacant Mall Department Store

May 19, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: East Liverpool, Ohio ONTARIO, Ohio — When I drove through this city just west of Mansfield for the first time in 2013, I was initially surprised...

Route Fifty Launches Navigator Awards Program for State and Local Governments

May 18, 2016 When we were thinking about how to design a state and local government awards program for the Government Executive Media Group’s Route Fifty, we wanted to do something a little different. Instead of simply honoring an individual for their overall excellence and record of good work, for the Route Fifty...

Route Fifty Roadmap: East Liverpool, Ohio

May 17, 2016 Route Fifty Roadmap is an ongoing series of dispatches from the semi-regular travels of the Route Fifty staff around the United States. | PREVIOUSLY: Wheeling, West Virginia EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — There aren’t many good reasons to go out of your way to check out this faded industrial city just...

Route Fifty Roadmap: Wheeling, West Virginia

May 16, 2016 So I’m not actually in Wheeling, West Virginia, at the moment. This photo of the approach to the historic, 167-year-old Wheeling Suspension Bridge over the Ohio River is from a foggy morning in August 2015 that gave way to sunny skies. My visit to Wheeling was supposed to be part...

Feds Issue Emergency Safety Directive for D.C. Metrorail

May 8, 2016 WASHINGTON — Metrorail commuters in and around the nation’s capital will be dealing with a year’s worth of painful service reductions and station closures across the 117-mile regional transit system as part of an emergency maintenance surge to start in June. Friday’s announcement from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority...

Missouri County’s Big Spending on Birthday Cards; No Pay Raise for N.C. State Workers

May 4, 2016 CLAY COUNTY, MISSOURI BIRTHDAY CARDS | There’s no harm in public officials wishing seniors in their community a happy birthday. But if they mail registered voters that are 62 or older birthday cards or, say, free museum passes, using taxpayer money, that can lead to trouble. A lawsuit filed by...

Performance Management vs. Data Analytics: An Interview With Mike Flowers

May 3, 2016 This article was originally published in Route Fifty’s recently released ebook, “Preparing for Tomorrow’s State and Local Government Workforce” | DOWNLOAD THE EBOOK During last year’s Code for America Summit in Oakland, California, Oliver Wise, the director of the Office of Performance and Accountability for the city of New Orleans,...