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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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State and Local Agencies Prepare as Hurricane Irma Threatens Florida in Coming Days

September 4, 2017 As the flood response and recovery continues in Houston and other parts of southeastern Texas following Hurricane Harvey and western states endure a tough wildfire season, state and local agencies in Florida are preparing to deal with what's shaping up to be the next major U.S. disaster. Hurricane Irma continues...

Houston Metro Adapts Winter-Weather Tactic to Save Its Buses From Harvey’s Flooding

August 29, 2017 When major winter storms hit the Northeastern U.S., the agencies that run the subways in New York City and the Washington, D.C.-area Metro system will move rail cars from vulnerable and exposed maintenance yards and relocate them underground for protection from the elements and being snowed-in or, in some cases,...

National Weather Service: Texas Flooding Is ‘Beyond Anything Experienced’

August 28, 2017 Emergency managers, local officials and first responders across the flood disaster zone in Texas are carefully watching gauges along rivers, creeks and bayous, awaiting higher water levels as excessive inland rainfall tries to drain as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to dump excessive, unprecedented amounts of rain on the state this...

Dallas, Other Cities Playing a Familiar Disaster-Relief Role

August 28, 2017 Following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, a mass exodus of evacuees from New Orleans— including many by the busload—sought refuge in cities like Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Memphis and Oklahoma City. They also went to Texas, including Houston, which this week is facing historic, widespread flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Many...

With Harvey Parked Over Texas, Life-Threatening Flooding Will Continue in Houston

August 27, 2017 A flood disaster that officials have described as "historic" is currently unfolding in Houston, the nation’s fourth most-populous city, following Hurricane Harvey’s arrival in Texas on Friday night. The situation will continue to test emergency managers and first responders in the coming days, not just in the greater Houston area...

Texas Awaits ‘Devastating and Life Threatening’ Flooding

August 25, 2017 There’s plenty to worry about with Hurricane Harvey as it quickly gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico and makes landfall on the Texas coast somewhere near Corpus Christi as a Category 3 storm late Friday or early Saturday. First there are the winds. There’s also the storm surge that...

More Good News for a Promising Earthquake Early-Warning Tool

August 17, 2017 SEATTLE — As part of Route Fifty’s ongoing emergency management series, “The Geography of Disaster Risk and Resiliency in America,” I featured a scenario about how applications built off an earthquake early-warning system could be deployed to vulnerable locations and infrastructure, alerting people and vital systems that destructive seismic waves...

Help Us Crowdsource State and Local Government News Links

August 9, 2017 One of the challenges that we face at Route Fifty covering the fascinating and varied landscape of U.S. state and local government is that we live in a big country. There’s no doubt about that. As editors and reporters who cover the entire nation, there’s no shortage of stories that...

Mayor Emanuel: ‘Chicago Will Not Be Blackmailed’ by Trump Administration

August 6, 2017 Lawyers for the nation’s third-largest city are heading to federal court on Monday to challenge new requirements handed down by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that would tie certain federal funding grants for local law enforcement agencies to their jurisdiction’s compliance with immigration enforcement actions. “Chicago will not be blackmailed...

The Transit Investments That Stitched Together L.A.’s Winning 2028 Olympic Bid

August 4, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Much has been written about how L.A.’s Olympic vision for the 2024 summer games—now the 2028 games, thanks to a deal with Paris and the International Olympic Committee—has been built around the notion that unlike most other host cities, it already has plenty of sports-related infrastructure in...