There’s plenty of talk these days about the seemingly impenetrable partisanship in Washington. “The country is divided,” “Our lawmakers can’t get anything done,” “We need to change the conversation in Washington.” These are statements we read in the press and hear on the news on a daily basis. But what are we – what is anyone – doing about it?
Is there any way to tamp down the rhetoric and toss out the talking points? Matt Laslo, a veteran Washington reporter, believes there is, and he aims to do just that with his Kickstarter Campaign for a web video series called “Bills and Brews.”
The premise is simple: “By taking politicians outside of the typical media bubble and putting a local craft beer in their hands, Bills and Brews is aiming to rid Washington of partisanship one sip at a time.”
By creating an informal atmosphere where both the interviewer and the interviewee are enjoying a beer, Laslo hopes to cut through the bullshit. And since craft brewing policy is a hot new political subject, every discussion on the series will cover craft beer and the policies surrounding it.
Check out the video below for more on the premise of the show.
Matt Laslo is definitely the man for this job. He has a Master’s degree in Government and Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, where he wrote his thesis on the impact of hyper-partisanship on contemporary lawmaking. And he’s been covering Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court since 2006 – his stories frequently appearing on NPR and countless other political print publications.
Laslo has four days before he reaches his funding deadline. He’s about $19,000 away. So if you’re interested in backing “Bills and Brews,” head on over to his Kickstarter page.
If you’re still not sure, check out the first episode with Congressman Peter DeFazio of Oregon, who just so happens to be the head of the Congressional Small Brewers Caucus.
Good luck, Matt! We hope to see many more episodes of “Bills and Brews” in the future.