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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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New Jersey Mayor: ‘I Don’t Have a Butt Patrol’

September 21, 2014 Here are some stories you may have missed from around the country this weekend … WILDWOOD, New Jersey: Here’s something you don’t hear a mayor say everyday: “We don’t go out hunting it down. I don’t have a butt patrol,” Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. told Michael Miller of The Press...

More Videos and Photos From Minnesota’s Big State Capitol Renovations

September 19, 2014 We recently took at look at some of the major renovation work being done at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, particularly the legislative hearing rooms, which are seeing some major upgrades. But there’s a whole lot more going on, including repair work on the Rotunda, which is featured...

DC Seeks First 'Civic Hacker in Residence'

September 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The District of Columbia Council General Counsel’s office is looking for its first ever “Civic Hacker in Residence,” a full-time developer who will help the local government in the nation’s capital improve access to public data by using open-source tools and platforms. According to the “Innovation Fellow” position description: The...

D.C. Looking for 1st ‘Civic Hacker in Residence’ for Innovation Fellowship

September 18, 2014 The District of Columbia Council General Counsel’s office is looking for its first ever “Civic Hacker in Residence,” a full-time developer who will help the local government in the nation’s capital improve access to public data by using open-source tools and platforms. According to the “Innovation Fellow” position description: The...

Miami Beach’s New Flood Defenses; Flint’s ‘Massive’ Water Thefts

September 18, 2014 Our daily State & Local roundup of state and local government news from around the nation … MIAMI BEACH, Florida: Higher-than-normal tides that can swamp parts of low-lying Miami Beach typically arrive around Oct. 9. But the city, according to The Miami Herald’s Joey Flechas, is working to get five...

Grand Rapids Mayor Touts ‘Blue Economy’ and Effort to Let City’s River Run Wild

September 18, 2014 Michigan’s second-largest city, Grand Rapids, was built, as you can probably guess, along the rapids of a river. In this case, it’s the Grand River. But Grand Rapids’ grand rapids largely disappeared because of a series of small dams constructed after the city industrialized in the 19th century and became...

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...