Michael Grass

Executive Editor Michael Grass, who joined the Government Executive Media Group in June 2014, is the founding co-editor of 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, 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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Why Elected Officials Sometimes Need to Rein In Their Influence During Emergencies

July 26, 2016 LONG BEACH, Calif. — When disaster strikes or there’s an unfolding emergency situation, it’s not uncommon for elected officials in state, county and municipal governments to rush to the scene or to the nearest assemblage of television cameras. For the general public, their elected officials are recognizable figures and offer...

Check Out This Great Resource for County-Level Health Data

July 25, 2016 LONG BEACH, Calif. — When trying to understand the scope of health and wellness in communities in the United States, state-level rankings often give a limited picture of reality. Colorado, for instance, is generally regarded as one of the nation’s healthiest states, where residents have access to ample recreational activities,...

Nation’s Most-Populous County Takes Center Stage

July 24, 2016 LONG BEACH, Calif. — In Southern California, the City of Los Angeles is usually viewed as the region’s most dominant jurisdiction. And for good reason—L.A. is the nation’s second-largest city. But don’t forget the County of Los Angeles, which, naturally, includes the City of Angels, plus so many other cities,...

Reminder: Nominations for Navigator Awards Remain Open Through Aug. 15

July 21, 2016 Attention those who submitted nominations for the Route Fifty Navigator Awards: On behalf of Route Fifty and Government Executive Media Group, thanks for the time and effort you put in submitting suggestions for great teams and individuals in state, county and municipal government who have demonstrated excellence in implementing good...

McAuliffe on Cybersecurity: ‘It’s Something That Every Governor Needs to Focus On’

July 18, 2016 When Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe took the reins of the National Governors Association’s executive committee as the new chair for 2016-17 this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, it wasn’t necessarily a surprise that the Democrat made cybersecurity his main initiative for the organization in the upcoming year. McAuliffe regularly talks...

Governors Discuss Trans-Pacific Partnership, Opioid Abuse at NGA Summer Meeting

July 17, 2016 About half of the nation’s governors were in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend for the National Governors Association annual summer meeting, discussing issues like the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic and economic development, in particular the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, which is waiting for congressional ratification. While the trade agreement has...

Download Our New Ebook: ‘Current Challenges, Great Ideas and Big Issues Shaping U.S. Counties’

July 13, 2016 Later next week, the nation’s county government community—a few thousand public servants and other professionals working with county governments—will be gathering in Long Beach, California, about 25 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, for the 81st annual National Association of Counties Conference and Exposition. They’ll be sharing their success stories,...

When Overheight Vehicles and Low Bridges Don’t Mix

July 10, 2016 SEATTLE — Here’s a good reminder that despite all good efforts by a transportation authority to alert car and truck drivers to potential roadway hazards, humans are, well, humans. Warning signs sometimes may just go unheeded. That was apparently the case here in the Emerald City this weekend along a...

Violence in Dallas: 5 Police Officers Dead, 7 Injured Following Downtown Protests

July 8, 2016 9:40 a.m. ET (This post was updated at 11:30 a.m. ET to include the suspect's name and other details.) A suspect in the shootings that killed five police officers and wounded seven others in downtown Dallas Thursday night told authorities during negotiations that he specifically wanted to kill white police...

A Way for States to Streamline Parks and Recreation Access

July 7, 2016 As part of the 125th anniversary of Minnesota’s parks and trails, the North Star State this week announced an easier way to access—and support—those parks and recreation facilities. Instead of paying for special stickers or decals to apply to vehicles for parks access, the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles is...

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