Michael Kirby

Dispatches from Washington

Michael Kirby has worked since 2008 for a credentialed news bureau on Capitol Hill that provides digital video and information services to news organizations across the web. Kirby graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2007 with a BA in philosophy, minoring in history. He is interested in many legislative topics, and always has an eye on public safety-related news because he grew up around the firehouse.

Childcare, school reopening intertwined with 2020 politics
Six months into the global pandemic, are we any better prepared for the fall wave?
The time for school reopening preparation is running out, but these strategies can help
At a recent hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee, lawmakers learned about the profound challenges awaiting teachers and students when classes resume in the fall
In a 66-part tweet, Ellen Weintraub aims to set the record straight on the security, and integrity, of voting by mail
Local and state government leaders paint a dire budget picture for House panel, with funding testing and contact tracing critical to economic recovery
The federal Election Assistance Commission offers 7 key to-do items for local governments and election commissions
Working groups on digital connectivity press on as the pandemic exposes and exacerbates the digital divide; goals set and preliminary solutions discussed
Tough choices to confront governments amid coronavirus, economic pause as Cassidy-Menendez legislation proposes relief
With hazard pay not included in recent bill, members push to fund local-level government in next round