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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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Oregon County Voters Say ‘No,’ Again; West Virginia’s Data Lawsuit

September 17, 2014 CURRY COUNTY, Oregon: On Tuesday night, voters in a cash-strapped county in the southwest corner of the state rejected another proposed tax increase that officials said was necessary to keep the local jail open. As The Associated Press reports that “Curry is among several timber counties in southwestern Oregon struggling ...

Important Lessons From Sacramento’s Cellphone Waste Report

September 17, 2014 Are local government workers making the most out of expensive wireless devices they’re issued to carry out official duties? Are they downloading unnecessary apps, using too much data or spending too much time using public resources for personal matters? Are there effective agency guidelines in place that lay out what’s ...

‘Unprecedented Legislative Intrusion’ in Texas; Idaho City Fights ‘War on Wolves’

September 16, 2014 Here are some stories from our daily State & Local roundup of stories you may have missed from around the country … AUSTIN, Texas: The University of Texas System regents have sent a message loud and clear to state legislators: stay out. On Monday, the regents voted unanimously to prohibit ...

Minnesota State Capitol Renovations Bring Big Changes

September 16, 2014 A large-scale renovation of a state or local government office building is never fun, especially when it necessitates a long list temporary relocations and office space musical chairs. That’s especially true for a large public building like the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, where renovations are currently underway to ...

D.C. Statehood Bill Gets Rare Capitol Hill Hearing

September 15, 2014 A bill that would grant statehood to the residents of the nation’s capital got its first hearing on Capitol Hill in 20 years on Monday. But don’t expect the legislation to go anywhere. “It is hard to explain to anyone why a nation that sees itself as a beacon of ...

Will New Jersey’s Red-Light Camera Program Die This Year?

September 15, 2014 POHATCONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. — In mid-December, all of New Jersey’s red-light enforcement cameras are likely to cease operations. The law that authorized the state’s pilot program in approximately two-dozen Garden State communities expires and state leaders, including Gov. Chris Christie, are set to let the camera-enabled automated traffic enforcement program ...

Making Seattle's Waterfront Vision a Reality

September 15, 2014 Our daily look at state and local government stories from around the country ... SEATTLE, Washington: Leaders in Seattle have a vision for the city’s downtown waterfront once the seismically-vulnerable Alaskan Way Viaduct is removed in two years. They also think they have a plan to pay for it all. ...

Alaska’s Distressing Murder Ranking; NYC Council Speaker’s Retribution?

September 15, 2014 Here are some state and local stories from around the nation that you may have missed this weekend ... NEW YORK CITY, New York: A “young City Council policy wonk” who told reporters that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was not being truthful to city lawmakers about how frequently police officers ...

Delaware State Workers Sprayed With Green Liquid; Nevada’s Tesla Special Session

September 11, 2014 Here are some state and local stories you may have missed from around the country ... CLEVELAND, Ohio: Now that the city has been selected for 2016 Republican National Convention, Steven Litt of The Plain Dealer reports that Mayor Frank Johnson has set an important goal involving downtown construction. According ...

Fly High Above West Virginia’s State Capitol

September 11, 2014 There’s only one State Capitol building in the United States that’s also its state’s tallest building. West Virginia’s State Capitol in Charleston, was designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1932. Gilbert also designed the State Capitols in Little Rock, Arkansas, and St. Paul, Minnesota, along with the Woolworth ...