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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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More Local Governments Move to ‘Ban the Box’

July 15, 2014 Although convicted criminals often go through vocational training and education while in prison to help successfully reenter society and find work once they’ve served their time behind bars, they’re often confronted by a big obstacle when they apply for jobs. On employment applications, they’re often automatically excluded from consideration on...

Iowa Governor, Mayor Differ on Assisting Immigrant Children Caught Along Border

July 14, 2014 Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday that the Hawkeye State will not welcome any of the more than 52,000 immigrant children, mostly from Central America, who have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents in droves since last year. "The first thing we want is to secure the border,"...

8 Cities Awarded NLC Grants for Medicaid, CHIP Enrollment Expansion Initiative

July 14, 2014 The National League of Cities has selected eight cities around the nation to receive grants and technical assistance as part of the organization’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families Initiative, which aims to boost the enrollment of children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program....

D.C. Residents: Don't Even Try to Buy Booze in New Hampshire

July 14, 2014 Residents of the District of Columbia don’t have full and equal representation in Congress. And in New Hampshire, they don’t have the legal right to purchase alcohol. As D.C. resident Travis Mitchell and a group of friends found out recently at the Concord Food Co-op, they weren’t allowed to purchase...

Teacher Pay Battle Snags North Carolina Budget Negotiations

July 11, 2014 If you’re a public school teacher in North Carolina, it’s hard not to feel like a political pawn in the ongoing yet-to-be-settled budget fight that continues to sluggishly unfold in Raleigh. Teacher pay remains a big stumbling block for state leaders who know that North Carolina ranks almost last among...

Miami Mayor Faces Heat Over Library Cuts

July 11, 2014 Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who is set to face off against county commissioners next week over his job-cutting proposed “worst-case scenario” budget, is feeling continued heat from library advocates who are now armed with a new survey that shows strong opposition to significant cuts to library funding in South Florida’s...

Code for America Announces Latest Class of Civic Innovators

July 10, 2014 Code for America, the national non-profit group that aims to assist governments and the citizens they represent with technological solutions to solve challenges facing their communities, on Thursday announced its 2014 Code for America Accelerator class. The program, now in its third year, hopes to identify civic-oriented startup groups and...

Pew Study Shows Continued Shifts in Statehouse Reporter Ranks

July 10, 2014 Two-thirds of American newspapers do not have reporters covering their statehouses, either full- or part-time. One in seven statehouse reporters is a student. And if you compare the respective state capitol press corps in Minnesota and Colorado, states with roughly equal populations, there are three times more full-time statehouse reporters...

Seattle Seeks to Save Its Bus System

July 9, 2014 When elected officials in Washington state’s King County put a ballot proposal to shore up transit funding to a public vote this past spring, many thought it wouldn’t have trouble passing. Residents in Seattle, King County’s largest jurisdiction and Washington state’s prime economic driver, are highly dependent on King County...

How Big Cities Are Saving Big Bucks With Car Sharing

July 9, 2014 Government vehicle fleets often make headlines for all the wrong reasons. In 2012, a South Florida Spanish-language news outlet made an odd discovery in a parking garage: Nearly 300 barely-driven Toyota Prius hybrids that had been brought new by Miami-Dade County in 2006 and 2007 and were somehow forgotten. More...