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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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Indy Mayor, Council Agree on Preschool Plan; What’s Wrong in Carmel, California? Plenty.

November 6, 2014 Here’s our State & Local news roundup for Thursday, November 6, 2014 … DES MOINES, Iowa: The interim police chief in Iowa’s capital city is looking at an expansion of automated traffic enforcement. The city already has cameras to catch red-light violators and speeders. But as MacKenzie Elmer of The...

Seattle Pre-K Initiative Approved by Voters; Local Fracking Ban in Texas Challenged

November 5, 2014 Here is our State & Local news roundup for Wednesday, November 5, 2014 ... SEATTLE, Washington: Voters in the Emerald City overwhelmingly supported a city-backed pre-kindergarten ballot initiative over a dueling union-backed proposal to expand pre-kindergarten access in the city. David Kroman details the winning proposal for Crosscut: 1B is...

Arkansas Voters OK Minimum Wage Proposal But Keep Alcohol Restrictions

November 5, 2014 Just like in Alaska, Nebraska and South Dakota, voters in Arkansas on Tuesday approved a ballot initiative to increase the state’s minimum wage with nearly 66 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. But residents voted down a ballot proposal that would have eliminated the state’s county-by-county “patchwork” of...

Maine Voters Projected to Reject Bear-Baiting Amendment

November 5, 2014 Voters in Maine were projected to reject Question 1, a ballot proposal that would have banned of the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting, with exceptions for protecting property, public safety and research. According to the Bangor Daily News, preliminary results indicated that the “‘no’ votes on...

Muriel Bowser Set to Win D.C. Mayor’s Race

November 4, 2014 District of Columbia voters were on track to pick Councilmember Muriel Bowser as their new mayor on Tuesday night, according to preliminary election results. Bowser had previously defeated current Mayor Vincent Gray in the Democratic primary. As Washington City Paper reports, Bowser “handily won” the mayor’s race. Her main competitor,...

Georgia Voters Set to Approve Amendment to Cap Income Taxes

November 4, 2014 Georgia voters were on track to approve Amendment A, a ballot proposal that would create a constitutionally mandated cap the state’s income tax starting in Jan. 1, 2015. The current income tax rate is 6 percent. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, with more than 87 percent of the votes...

Seattle Looks to Create Comprehensive Digital Privacy Standards

November 3, 2014 SEATTLE — As more and more cities make more and more of their accumulated data available and accessible to the public, what are some of the implications for privacy? Coming off an announcement by Mayor Ed Murray to launch a new digital privacy initiative, members of the Seattle City Council...

Blame This Pittsburgh Official for Daylight Savings Time; Unisys Announces New Georgia Service Center

November 3, 2014 Here is today’s State & Local news roundup for Monday, November 3, 2014 ... PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: Do you dislike the shift in daylight savings time? You can blame a Pittsburgh City Council member from nearly a century ago. In a 2009 Pittsburgh magazine feature, Rick Sebak writes about Robert Garland,...

Louisville’s Open Data Growth; Hawaii Lava Stalls But Is Building Up

November 2, 2014 Here is our State & Local news roundup for the weekend of October 31-November 2, 2014 ... LOUISVILLE, Kentucky: The largest city in the Bluegrass State has increased the amount of open data it has released by 200 percent in the past year , according to an inaugural report from...

New Socrata Benchmarking Study Details Open Data Attitudes Across the U.S.

October 30, 2014 Houston Mayor Annise Parker recently introduced a new open data policy in the nation’s fourth-largest city. “First and foremost, this is about increasing transparency,” she said in the city’s announcement. “It is also about citizen engagement and increasing the pace of innovation in our city. We want to engage the...