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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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Former Mayor’s Name Lingers All Over Boston

July 22, 2014 It’s hard to deny that Thomas M. Menino, a larger-than-life figure in Boston politics who served as mayor for 20 years, left his stamp on the city. Going around town, it’s easy to spot instances of his physical name remaining on city signs seven months after he left office. Boston.com...

Virginia Counties May Withdraw From Open-Access Broadband Initiative

July 21, 2014 Southwest Virginia’s Roanoke Valley likes to promote itself as a good environment for business. Anchored by the city of Roanoke, Virginia Tech is nearby and the cost of living is low compared to other Virginia and U.S. cities. Industrial electricity rates are below the national average. So too are construction...

County Clerk in Florida Ready to Issue Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples

July 21, 2014 Following a state judge’s order handed down late last week, a county clerk in the Florida Keys had been gearing up to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting this week. But gay couples wanting to head to Key West to get hitched are going to have to wait a...

North Carolina Might Block Counties Looking to Boost Teacher Pay

July 18, 2014 The ongoing budget debate among state lawmakers in North Carolina over how to fund teacher raises may soon impact counties in the Tar Heel State looking to boost local sales taxes to help pay the salaries of public school educators. This past week, senators in the Republican-controlled General Assembly considered...

State & Local Showcasing Localities Across the Nation

July 17, 2014 GovExec State & Local has been up and running for more than a week now. We’ve featured stories from all over the United States — from New Mexico and North Carolina to Ohio to Seattle, Chicago and Miami to Boulder, Colorado, and Tecumseh, Michigan. We have a lot more in...

Michigan Suburb Blocks Street on Detroit Border

July 17, 2014 Alter Road has always been a dividing line. It’s where the Michigan cities of Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park meet — or nearly meet. It’s not as well-known as Eight Mile Road, but Alter is a stark socioeconomic dividing line between the poverty, vacant lots and blight that’s common in...

Open Gov Backers Launch ‘Free Law’ Group

July 16, 2014 Open-government advocates and local officials in five major U.S. cities announced the formation of a new coalition, the Free Law Founders, on Wednesday, launching a partnership to create new tools, data standards and processes for state and local governments to make public information and data better accessible to the public....

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....