Matt Laslo

Matt Laslo, Washington, DC Correspondent

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a freelance reporter who has been covering Congress, the White House and the Supreme Courtfor more than five years. While he has filed stories for more than 40 local NPR stations, his work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, National Public Radio, The Omaha World-Herald, Pacifica Radio, Politics

Magazine, and Washingtonian Magazine. He has also displayed an amazing ability to blend traditional reporting with new media through his former blog for Capitol News Connection with PRI and his prodigious use of Twitter where he has brought Congress to life for his 4,390 followers (he’s currently the 52nd most popular Twitter user in Washington, D.C., according to

Since 2009 he’s sat on the board at the Regional Reporters Association where he helps represent the dwindling numbers of regional reporters based in Washington. In 2010 he completed the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship, which is put on by the National Press Foundation. That same year he was also tapped to be one of three judges of the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award that’s awarded through the Radio/Television Correspondents Association.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and a Master of Arts degree in Government and Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University (cum laude). His thesis was entitled “The Trading Game: Why ‘Compromise’ Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word in Washington.” It explores hyper-partisanship’s impact on contemporary lawmaking, which he is expanding and publishing in the near future.

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Arizona’s newly elected Republican senator is now seated in the 113th Congress. 

Arizona delegates at the Democratic National Convention say President Obama’s speech last evening is inspiring them to spread his message when they return home.

Arizona delegates at the Democratic National Convention say the vision laid out by former President Clinton last evening draws a stark contrast between the two parties.

The Arizona delegation at the Democratic National Convention reports having a good time in spite of being seated in the back of the hall.  

Arizona delegates who attended the Republican National Convention accuse the media of portraying Mitt Romney in a bad light.  Delegates are praising last evening's convention speech while preparing to volunteer for the campaign.

Mitt Romney has had trouble connecting with average voters. So this week his campaign attempted to use the party's convention to portray him in a warmer light. And it worked according to Arizona Republicans. Jennifer Tobin says the country finally got to see the man she knows that goes beyond what’s usually seen on TV. 

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As Democrats and Republicans struggle over how to balance the federal budget, Republicans have drawn a line in the sand.

Arizona’s U-S House lawmakers voted along party lines in another Republican attempt to repeal the nation’s health care law.  The Democrats accuse the G-O-P of breaking their promise to replace the law, not merely repeal it.

Hours after the Supreme Court upheld the health law Republicans were preparing for the repeal vote. By some counts it’s the thirty first time the House has voted to repeal all or part of the law. Arizona Democrat Raul Grijalva says the G-O-P is just trying to score political points while avoiding any attempt to reform the system.

Republicans say Arizona businesses will suffer if President Obama is allowed to increase taxes on wealthier Americans.

"The president is on the campaign trail this week calling on Congress to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire for individuals making more than two hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year. Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl says the president’s plan would just prolong this lingering bad economy and cause further layoffs in Arizona.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many lawmakers in Washington for a loop. Now Arizona’s congressional delegation is examining how to proceed after the High Court upheld the individual mandate but limited the government’s attempt to expand Medicaid.

Republicans were optimistic the justices would rule in their favor on the individual mandate but the court deflated their hopes. Five justices ruled the individual mandate is constitutional under Congress’ power of taxation, which Arizona Republican Senator John McCain says is what he’s been saying all along.

The debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling is back before Congress.

And once again, Republican leaders are drawing their line in the sand.

But the debate could hurt Arizona as it struggles to get its own triple A credit rating back.

The debt ceiling is kind of a technicality.

The money’s been spent, but Congress has to raise the ceiling on how much the federal government can borrow in order to avoid defaulting.

Last year a bipartisan coalition voted to raise it as a part of a broad compromise.