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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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Kentucky Sues Walgreens Over Opioid Abuse Epidemic

June 15, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention … Boone County, Kentucky: A new lawsuit filed by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear accuses the Walgreens pharmacy chain of exacerbating the opioid abuse epidemic in the state for fulfilling orders “for such large quantities of prescription...

Boston Tightens Regulatory Screws on Airbnb

June 13, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention … Boston, Massachusetts: The Boston City Council on Wednesday passed rules for Airbnb and other short-term rentals that Mayor Marty Walsh is expected to approve. The proposal—which would ban tenants and investors from renting out units but...

Chicago City Hall Pushes State to OK Use of Public Safety Drones

June 12, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention. Chicago, Illinois: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has been pushing allies at the Illinois General Assembly to allow the Chicago Police Department and other law enforcement agencies to deploy drones for “legitimate public safety purposes” at public gatherings,...

Maine Governor: Ranked-Choice Voting Is the ‘Most Horrific Thing in the World’

June 12, 2018 As San Francisco elections officials continue to count the final votes from last week’s mayoral special election, where ranked-choice voting has created a considerably tight but unresolved finish, on the other side of the nation, Maine Gov. Paul LePage raised doubts on Tuesday over his state’s first use of the...

Seattle Leaders Set to Retreat After ‘Head Tax’ Furor

June 11, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention … Seattle, Washington: During a special meeting planned for Tuesday afternoon, the Seattle City Council is set to vote on a proposal that would repeal the city’s controversial head tax on large employers like Amazon. that would...

Texas Town Uses 'Public-Pizza Partnership' to Fix an All Too Common Problem

June 11, 2018 Most everyone working in the state and local government world should be familiar with the term public-private partnership, especially those who are focused on infrastructure. But Bartonville, small rural Texas community about 35 miles northwest of downtown Dallas, has deployed a different type of P3 for an infrastructure project, what...

‘You Cannot Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps If You Have No Boots At All’

June 10, 2018 Here are some state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention this weekend. Boston, Massachusetts: During opening remarks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual summer meeting this weekend, Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Steve Benjamin, the organization’s new president discussed some of the reasons why he’s a...

R.I. Gov. Toughens Rules for State Lawyers After Costly Mistakes

June 8, 2018 Lawyers working for Rhode Island’s state government will be subject to new accountability policies that come following costly mistakes made recently by state attorneys. Gov. Gina Raimondo announced the following rules, which also effect state employees who must maintain certifications and licenses for their positions, during a press conference on...

Ranking the ‘Worst Connected’ Cities in the U.S.

June 8, 2018 Here’s a ranked list that no local government should want be included on: the “worst-connected city.” The National Digital Inclusion Alliance took 2016 American Community Survey data that was released last September and then “ranked all 185 U.S. cities with more than 50,000 households by the total percentage of each...

Worries Over Cyanotoxins in Tap Water of Oregon's Capital City

June 7, 2018 Here are state and local government news stories that caught Route Fifty’s attention ... Salem, Oregon: Certain residents in Oregon’s capital and neighboring communities remain under a drinking water advisory that came after the discovery of cyanotoxins from algae blooms in Detroit Lake, a reservoir used by the city for...