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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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Kansas State Workers Sent Home Because of Bedbugs

December 18, 2014 Kansas state government employees working in an area of a Topeka office building were sent home on Wednesday after bedbugs were discovered on a floor occupied by the state’s Department of Revenue. A state government worker told the executive director of the Kansas Organization of State Employees that a bedbug ...

Charlotte Launches Its New Open Data Portal

December 18, 2014 Last year, Code for America selected Charlotte as one of 10 cities for its 2014 fellowship program. This week, North Carolina’s largest city unveiled the product of its partnership with the non-profit organization that helps governments across the nation build open-source technology and improve public services through digital innovation and ...

Washington Gov. Announces Carbon Cap-and-Trade Plan and New Clean Fuel Standards

December 18, 2014 Back in 2008, lawmakers in Washington state approved legislation that mandated that carbon emissions be reduced to 1990 levels by the end of this decade and cut even more by 2035 and 2050. On Wednesday at REI’s flagship store in Seattle, Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a new proposal aiming to ...

Hard Work Awaits San Diego After Open Data Policy Is Approved

December 17, 2014 Add San Diego to the list of U.S. cities enthusiastically embracing open data. On Tuesday, members of the San Diego City Council unanimously approved a new open data policy that will help unlock municipal information resources to the public. While increasing transparency is one of the goals of the new ...

Tennessee City Bans Negative Social Media Comments

December 16, 2014 Earlier this month in South Bend, Indiana, members of the city’s Common Council approved a controversial new policy that would impact the social media activities of elected councilmembers, specifically “how members should be presenting themselves as elected officials and representatives of South Bend,” according to the South Bend Tribune. The ...

Like Other State Capitols, Missouri’s Seat of Government Is Falling Apart

December 16, 2014 Many state capitol buildings that have reached or are nearing their 100th birthdays are showing their age and signs of major structural and other problems. The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul is the middle of major renovations. Officials in Oklahoma have made moves to fix their deteriorating seat of ...

County Pushes Back on Fluoridation Skepticism

December 16, 2014 Fluoridating public water supplies to strengthen teeth and promote better oral health can be a controversial topic for local governments to deal with. As GovExec State & Local previously reported, a proposal nearly a year ago in New Mexico to boost fluoride levels in Albuquerque’s water supply was denounced by ...

How an Arizona Town Uses Its Website and Facebook to Promote Local Businesses

December 15, 2014 In many cities, it’s not uncommon for a business improvement district or a Main Street organization to be the primary cheerleaders for the local business community. Their websites are used as a platform for commercial listings and local business news. In places that don’t have those types of groups, the ...

A Complicated Land Transfer Saga Simmers in North Carolina

December 15, 2014 Last week, GovExec State & Local was in North Carolina checking out a few stories in the Raleigh-Durham area. Here’s our report on Wake County’s big transit planning meeting, our field trip to Durham’s infamous 11-foot-8 bridge, our feature on Cary’s new Aquastar water metering system and a primer on ...

Maryland Develops New Tool to Curb Drunk Driving

December 14, 2014 Maryland officials unveiled a new app last week aimed at getting drivers in the state home safe. The ENDUI app, developed by the Maryland Highway Safety Office, gives drivers who may have been drinking alcohol tools to estimate their blood alcohol concentration and resources for ways to get home safe ...