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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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Michigan DOT Launches App Version of Popular Traffic and Road Information Tool

November 12, 2014 Back in 2007, the Michigan Department of Transportation launched an all-encompassing website called Mi Drive to host a variety of real-time traffic and travel information for important roadways in the state. Four years later, MDOT launched a mobile-friendly version of the website. Now, as more and more states are developing...

Sunlight Foundation Makes Case to Save Sitegeist Local Data App

November 12, 2014 Two years ago, the Sunlight Foundation launched a new localized data-visualization app called Sitegeist, which pulls in information from various data sources and displays facts about a particular location. The creation of the app, which was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was considered a resounding...

Bob Hope’s Name Clouds City’s Identity; Utah’s Liquor Rules Divide State Voters

November 12, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Wednesday, November 12, 2014 ... BOISE, Idaho: The Gem State is getting ready to launch its new state-run health care exchange. As Phil Galewitz reports for Kaiser Health News, about 76,000 Idaho residents signed up for private insurance via the federal...

Wyoming’s Data Privacy Push; Florida Wildlife Agency’s Owl Attack Advice

November 11, 2014 Here’s our State & Local news roundup for Tuesday, November 11, 2014 ... BALTIMORE, Maryland: Members of the City Council OK’d legislation on Monday night that would mandate that police officers wear body cameras. And although Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says that she wants police body cameras implemented, Mark Reutter of...

3 Pennsylvania Cities Sue the State Over Gun Law; Small Mississippi Town Embraces Gigabit Connectivity in a Big Way

November 10, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Monday, November 10, 2014 … SAN JOSE, California: SPUR, a 104-year-old San Francisco-based organization focused on civic planning, disaster preparedness and good government in the Bay Area, launched an affiliate chapter in San Jose two years ago. This week, the John...

Ready or Not: State and Local Governments Prep for Winter Conditions

November 10, 2014 The major snowstorm that swept into Minnesota on Monday was a reminder to state and local transportation officials there and elsewhere that we’re entering winter-weather season. As a state that’s no stranger to snow and cold, this type of storm is something Minnesota has handled plenty of times before—Minnesota Public...

Hawaii Officials Test Building Road Atop Active Lava Flow

November 10, 2014 Here’s something most U.S. state and county road commissions never have had an opportunity to test out: Can you build a road on top of an active lava flow? Officials in Hawaii County, facing the ongoing threat from a slowly moving—but recently stalled—lava flow that’s been targeting the small village...

How Detroit Found $816 Million to Save the City; Florida’s Harmful Smelly Snail Invaders

November 9, 2014 From our State & Local news roundup for the weekend of November 7-9, 2014 ... DETROIT, Michigan: Now that the city of Detroit's path out of the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy has been officially approved by a federal bankruptcy judge, more details are emerging as to how the so-called Grand...

Why a Google Fiber Deal Fell Apart in Kansas

November 7, 2014 Earlier this month, the world’s fastest Starbucks opened up in Kansas City, Missouri—fastest as in Internet connectivity, thanks to a direct connection to Google Fiber and not the speed of the pumpkin-spice-latte-production process. It’s no secret that Google has been investing a lot of resources to deploy high-speed gigabit Internet...

OpenGov Foundation Projects Get Big Boost From Knight Foundation

November 6, 2014 The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced on Thursday that it was awarding the Washington, D.C.-based OpenGov Foundation with a two-year $750,000 grant to continue its efforts to help governments build better digital homes for their legal codes and get the public to more effectively engage in the...