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Matt Laslo

Capitol Hill Reporter

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is an award-winning reporter who has covered Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court since 2006. While he’s filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Omaha World-Herald, and Washingtonian.

Laslo is also the host and founder of BillsandBrews.com, a show intended to rid Washington of partisanship through casual pub chats with lawmakers. Since 2009 Laslo has sat on the board at the Regional Reporters Association where he helps represent the dwindling numbers of regional reporters based in Washington. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Covenant College and a Master of Arts degree in government and public policy from Johns Hopkins University (cum laude).


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To stop intoxicated passengers from driving their cars, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program is offering free cab rides until Jan. 1. Since 1993, SoberRide has given free rides to nearly 50,000 people.The president of the nonprofit, Kurt Erickson, says the majority of drunk driving crashes occur in the United States around the holiday season."We're in that period righ...
Eighteen housing counseling programs in Virginia will have to share the $4.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The money is to go to help homebuyers, renters and the homeless either avoid foreclosure or get their finances in order.HUD gave out approximately $73 million nationwide. ClearPoint Financial Solutions in Richmond received $1....
Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) is preparing to take the top spot on the Democrats side of the Budget Committee.With a more conservative Republican Party readying to take control of the House in January, the number one issue in the next Congress promises to be reducing the deficit. But when the broad rhetoric of slashing spending meets with specific programs like Medicare or...
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Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is plowing ahead on tax reform and deficit reduction, even though he failed to get it included in the recently passed compromise tax passage.The compromise tax bill was a pain pill for most lawmakers to swallow: It added to the deficit but did not address many of the longterm problems facing the nation. Warner hopes to take a lead role in th...
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The regions senators are pulling the Pentagon in different directions as officials start the process of repealing "don't ask, don't tell."Under the law passed Saturday, the military will slowly start unwinding "don't ask, don't tell," and Congress will be watching the Pentagon's every move.Va. Democrat Jim Webb is worried unit cohesion will be disrupted if officials move...
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Shortly after a federal judge in Virginia ruled that an individual insurance mandate is unconstitutional, administration officials began preparing for the case to reach the Supreme Court.But that's months away.In the meantime, officials are preparing to defend the law against House Republicans who are set on undoing it. Health secretary Kathleen Sebelius has a message fo...
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Gridlock and partisanship have been the dominant themes on Capitol Hill in the recent past, but as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) prepares to join the minority party in January, he's laying out some policy areas where the two parties may be able to find common ground.Hoyer says both parties need to work together to expand the U.S. manufacturing sector. He also says future ...
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Members of Congress who lost this year are spending their time packing up their offices and archiving their careers here in Washington.The question for many outgoing Democrats was what to do with decades of official congressional papers. It's a hectic process to say the least. South Carolina's Rep. John Spratt (D), who is the outgoing chair of the Budget Committee, is shipping ...
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Maryland Democrat and outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is pushing for changes to the tax deal worked out between President Obama and Republican leaders.Hoyer and his House colleagues are letting the Senate move first on the extension of Bush-era tax cuts this week. But the majority leader says he'll try to amend the bill on the House floor.Rank-and-file Democra...
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The Baltimore Teachers Union has approved a new teachers' contract which links pay increases to student performance.The school board voted unanimously to approve the contract. A board spokesperson says, now, planning and implementation of the new agreement will kick into high gear.Under the pact, teachers in the Baltimore school system will no longer receive automatic r...
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In Maryland, fire officials say two men were found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a Pikesville home earlier today.A Baltimore County Fire Department spokesperson says a resident called 911 around 8:40 this morning and reported someone might be injured inside her neighbor's home. When police responded, they found eight people, including two children, sick inside that h...
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The future of live horse racing in Maryland is still in doubt, but negotiators say progress is being made on getting the 2011 season underway.After the racing commission unanimously rejected a plan for only 47 live racing days, it was back to the drawing board for the Maryland Jockey Club and Penn National Gaming. The two groups met with an aide to Gov. O'Malley yesterday, but ...
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In Annapolis, state officials are meeting with representatives of the Maryland Jockey Club to try to break through the impasse over horse racing in the state.Maryland's labor secretary and an aide to Gov. O'Mally have been negotiating with members of the jockey club since 2 p.m.The Jockey Club asked for only 47 live racing days for 2011, which was unanimously rejected by...
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As House Democrats prepare to turn the reins of power back to Republicans, some caucus members worry the incoming speaker may reverse some diversity programs on Capitol Hill.In April, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi kicked off a new diversity initiative for Hill staffers. Legislative department heads are required to periodically report on the diversity of their staffs and a resume b...
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The future of horse racing in Maryland is in limbo as the state's racing commission rejected a plan to cut the number of live races in the state. The commission unanimously rejected a plan to only allow 17 live horse racing days at the Laurel Park track coupled with 30 live days at Baltimore's Pimlico.Penn National Gaming and the Maryland Jockey Club offered their plan as a sto...
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A plan released today for the future of Maryland horse racing was rejected by the Maryland Racing Commission.Members of the racing commission and the public were angered by the plan, submitted by Penn National Gaming and the Maryland Jockey Club.The group asked the commission to give them just 17 live racing days at Laurel Park and another 30 live days at Pimlico in Balt...
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Analysts predict a lot of gridlock between House Republicans and the White House come January. In the nineties that led to a government shutdown, which is an option Republicans are keeping on the table.Shutting down the government would reverberate through the region's economy where approximately 230,000 workers are employed through the federal government. Ohio Republican Congr...
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Today is another big holiday travel day, as hundreds of thousands of travelers from the region head back home. AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates more than a million people from the area took to the skies, rails and highways this Thanksgiving weekend.As those people return to the D.C. region, officials say to expect congestion on the roads but not necessarily at airports. There were in...
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Just weeks after a more than 13-point defeat, 1st District Maryland Democrat Frank Kratovil is mulling a run in 2012.A spokesperson for Kratovil confirmed to WAMU that the defeated congressman is considering a run in 2012, saying Kratovil "hasn't decided what direction to go in."Paul Herrnson of the University of Maryland says a lot of issues will play into his final dec...
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A major bridge project on Route 1 in Southern Delaware has been slowing commuters heading to the local beaches for years. But there's a new problem developing below.Coastal officials say the inlet below the Indian River bridge is getting deeper by almost one foot a year. The salty waters are moving through faster and slowly deteriorating the pilings on the bridge.That wo...