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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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Top New Mexico Official Faces 64-Count Indictment; Philly’s Pothole Predicament

August 31, 2015 Here some of what we’ve been reading today ... SANTE FE, New Mexico: The New Mexico state government and political community is still digesting Friday’s 64-count indictment of Secretary of State Dianna Duran on fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges. The indictment, brought by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas,...

Katrina, 10 Years Later: Facing Our Future Intertwined Natural and Manmade Disasters

August 30, 2015 A few months before Hurricane Katrina brought its unprecedented levels of destruction and disruption 10 years ago, two friends of mine were getting ready to go on a trip to New Orleans. I told one of them, jokingly, that they should experience the Crescent City “before it was destroyed by...

Gay Couple’s Marriage License Blocked Again in Kentucky; Pre-Determined Assisted Suicide in Colo.?

August 27, 2015 Here's some of what we've been reading today ... MOREHEAD, Kentucky: Sometimes, the third time’s the charm. But not in Rowan County in eastern Kentucky. James Yates and William Smith Jr., the gay couple blocked previously by Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis from getting a marriage license despite the U.S....

Why Local Governments Need to Take Cybersecurity More Seriously

August 27, 2015 CINCINNATI — During this week’s National Association of State Technology Directors annual conference, Tom Duffy, the executive director of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, detailed the spectrum of cybersecurity risks state and local governments are facing now or will be facing down the road. It’s not necessarily news...

Route Fifty City-County Roadtrip Recap: East Liverpool, the Sad, Unhealthy ‘City of Yesterday’

August 26, 2015 Route Fifty is currently featuring dispatches from a city-county summer roadtrip in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and elsewhere along the way. An Introduction to the Series | Previous Stop: Pittsburgh EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — I’ve visited this Ohio River town on a handful of occasions and each time...

State Cybersecurity Defense Bogged Down by Strained Workforce Resources

August 25, 2015 CINCINNATI — The strength of state government cybersecurity operations is only as strong as the personnel assets a state government is able to recruit and retain to protect its vulnerable networks and information resources. That’s been an ongoing theme within the state government technology community for years and one that’s...

Charlotte vs. Raleigh? American Legion Booted From Utah’s Capitol to Make Room for Lobbyists

August 25, 2015 Here’s some of what we’ve been reading today ... CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: Are North Carolina’s two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh, intrastate rivals or friends? That’s the topic of an essay in Charlotte magazine by author Scott Huler. Unlike Charlotte, which is the center of a metro area with one...

Why There May Never Be a Final Price Tag on Last Year’s Napa County Earthquake

August 23, 2015 A year ago, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked Napa County, California, north of San Francisco. While the early morning seismic event on Aug. 24, 2014, didn’t unleash widespread destruction throughout the county—the quake was the largest in the San Francisco Bay area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake in...

Too Many Dead Dogs in Dallas; SoCal Water District’s Short-Shower Playlist

August 22, 2015 Here’s some of what we’ve been reading this weekend … DALLAS, Texas: In an awfully depressing story, The Dallas Morning News follows dog rescuer Marina Tarashevska, who “works on the gag-inducing front line of a problem plaguing many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods: loose and abandoned dogs.” According to the...

Route Fifty City-County Roadtrip Recap: Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

August 22, 2015 Route Fifty is currently featuring dispatches from a city-county summer roadtrip in Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and elsewhere along the way. An Introduction to the Series | Previous Stop: Waynesburg, Pennsylvania | Next Stop: East Liverpool, Ohio PITTSBURGH — In the varied landscape of cities and counties in...