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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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A Federal Court Will Deal With the Latest Flashpoint in the E-Scooter Wars

July 13, 2018 Among the cities that have taken action against the unauthorized deployment of dockless battery-powered scooters has been Milwaukee, which filed a lawsuit against Bird Rides Inc. on July 6 after the Santa Monica, California-based company launched in Wisconsin’s largest city in late June. Milwaukee’s deputy city attorney had written a...

‘The Truth Will Come Out’ in Fisticuffs Incident at City Hall

July 13, 2018 Good morning, it’s Friday, July 13, 2018. Some really intense city council acrimony in Minnesota leads Route Fifty’s state and local government news roundup, which includes stories from Seattle, Washington; Burnt Mountain, Vermont; and Tampa, Florida. CITY HALLS | In northwestern Minnesota, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office has turned over...

Drone-Sparked Fire Prompts Important Safety Questions

July 12, 2018 It could have been much worse. A man flying his recreational drone aircraft near Springfield, Oregon lost control of the aerial device after a passerby’s dog jumped on top of him and knocked the transmitter out of his hands. After some rapid aerial maneuvers, a video posted to Facebook shows...

Local Courts Scramble to Deal With Juror No-Shows

July 12, 2018 Good morning, it’s Thursday, July 12. An important civic duty—jury duty—leads Route Fifty’s state and local government news roundup, which also includes stories from Columbus, Ohio; San Francisco, California and Dallas, Texas, among other places. Scroll down for more ... CRIMINAL JUSTICE | To some people, skipping out on jury...

Seattle’s Trackless Electric Backbone

July 10, 2018 SEATTLE — In transportation circles, the word “trolley” can sometimes come with decades-old reputational baggage. Getting around on one might seem antique and quaint, best suited for tourists taking in local attractions at a leisurely pace, not daily commuters trying to get from Point A to Point B. But that’s...

An Uncomfortable Reminder of Why You Shouldn’t Take Air Conditioning for Granted

July 10, 2018 Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The record heat in Southern California—and the stresses it brought to the local power grid—leads our state and local government news roundup, which also includes stories from Albany, New York; Heyburn, Idaho; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. INFRASTRUCTURE | As public...

With #LindasStory, Police Share a New Lead From a 45-Year-Old Cold Case

July 9, 2018 Here’s Route Fifty’s roundup of state and local government news stories for Monday, July 9. LAW ENFORCEMENT | In Southern California, the Newport Beach Police Department used its Twitter account this weekend to highlight the unsolved 1973 murder of 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe in hopes somebody, somewhere might have information that...

Another Drone Intrusion Grounds Aircraft Fighting Western Wildfires

July 6, 2018 Good morning, it’s Friday, July 6. Some “simply moronic behavior,” as one U.S. senator put it, leads Route Fifty’s roundup of state and local government news from across the nation, which also includes stories from Portland, Oregon; Honolulu, Hawaii; Rochester, New York; and Fort Collins, Colorado. DRONES | Firefighters battling...

Mayor at Citizenship Ceremony: ‘This Is the Greatness of Our Country’

July 5, 2018 Good morning, it’s Thursday, July 5, 2018. Here’s our special July 4 roundup of state and local government news around the United States, which celebrated its 242nd birthday on Wednesday. Mayors, governors and other public officials joined newly sworn-in U.S. citizens from around the world at July 4 naturalization ceremonies,...

Crews Battling Wildfires Won’t Be Pausing for July 4

July 3, 2018 Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and leading Route Fifty’s state and local government news roundup are the wildfires in western states and the firefighters fighting them heading into the July 4 holiday. Scroll down for more stories from places like Seattle, Washington; Frankfort, Kentucky; Marion County, West Virginia;...