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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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Will California Make a Big Change in How It Votes? Feds Probe Dallas DA’s Use of Forfeiture Assets

November 16, 2014 Here is our State & Local news roundup for the weekend of November 14-16, 2014 … DALLAS, Texas: Since August, the U.S. Department of Justice has blocked the Dallas County district attorney’s office from using federal criminal forfeiture funds and is investigating apparent “accounting discrepancies,” according to Jennifer Emily of...

Boston’s ‘Smart Parking’ Data Study Brings Changes to On-Street Spaces

November 16, 2014 One Boston neighborhood is set to see some big changes in how drivers park in metered on-street spaces. Mayor Marty Walsh’s office announced some policy changes over the weekend that will impact on-street spaces on certain streets in the Innovation District, a waterfront area in South Boston home to start-ups,...

Maryland vs. 131,000 Toll Violators; Porn Email Scandal Snags More State Workers

November 13, 2014 Here is our State & Local news roundup for November 13, 2014 … PORTLAND, Oregon: Officials in Oregon’s largest city may have been a bit overly prepared for a winter storm that was supposed to cripple Thursday’s morning commute but didn’t materialize into anything too impressive. As Joseph Rose of...

City Manager Facing Big Storm: ‘There Is No Bad Weather, Just Bad Clothes’

November 13, 2014 Cities often make big headlines when they’re caught off guard and aren’t able to respond effectively to inclement weather, especially when certain public officials are out of town and seem particularly insensitive to their constituents’ problems. Consider District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry in 1987 relaxing in sunny Southern California...

Manhattan DA to Help Other Cities Dig Through Their Rape-Kit Backlogs

November 13, 2014 New York City is stepping up to the plate to help law enforcement and sexual-assault survivors in other jurisdictions in a big way. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. joined “Law & Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay on Wednesday to announce that his office was making $35 million available to...

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...