Michael Laris

ReporterWashington, D.C.

The latest from Michael

The governor reclassified a series of crimes, leading to far-reaching change starting Monday.

  • Apr 18, 2014

Sen. Mark Warner and other Va. politicians of all stripes gather at the annual political meet-and-greet.

  • Apr 16, 2014

A council member says the city wants to speed commutes and get financial help maintaining roads and bridges.

  • Apr 15, 2014

They came for the cherry blossoms, but crowds also wound up photographing trash heaps

  • Apr 13, 2014

About one-quarter of eligible voters cast ballots in the mayoral primary, a significant drop from 2010.

  • Apr 2, 2014

For many, the mayoral election seemed a solemn — even dour — duty filled with complexities.

  • Apr 2, 2014

Some see the medical need and the suspicions of waste at closer range than state legislators.

  • Mar 8, 2014

Legislators passed ethics, mental health and school testing reforms on last day, but budget still in limbo.

  • Mar 8, 2014

The governor and House GOP remain in a stalemate just days before legislative session is to end.

  • Mar 6, 2014

Loopholes remain in two proposed bills that aim to move the state past the McDonnell scandal.

  • Mar 1, 2014

McAuliffe visits hospital to press for program, while business groups argue the benefits.

  • Feb 24, 2014

Conflicting budgets could mean extended legislative session or even a shutdown of state government.

  • Feb 20, 2014

It’s likely to be rejected, but it could strengthen delegates’ hand for negotiations with senators.

  • Feb 19, 2014

As a teen, Edgar Coker Jr. had followed attorney’s advice and admitted to a false charge of rape.

  • Feb 17, 2014

A day of mixed emotions after federal judge rules Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

  • Feb 14, 2014

Prominent conservative makes at least the seventh GOP candidate for the battleground district.

  • Feb 12, 2014

A Va. Tech victim’s father and an unbending gun-rights supporter spar over what it means to be safe.

  • Feb 11, 2014

General Assembly works against a Tuesday deadline to move legislation to the other chamber — or let it die.

  • Feb 11, 2014

After his first bill-signing, the new governor calls for bipartisan compromise on the new health law.

  • Feb 5, 2014

The measure created a diplomatic flap when the Japanese ambassador said trade relations could suffer.

  • Feb 5, 2014
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About Michael

Mike Laris came to Post by way of Los Angeles and Beijing. He’s written about the world’s greatest holstein bull, earth’s biggest pork producer, home builders, the homeless, steel workers and Italian tumors. In China, he reported on floods, riots, cave dwellers, dissidents, fat kids and an Olympic mountain biker.