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  • Capitol Update: Cue the Wet Blanket for Issue #2

    We are one month into the new Congress and the gears of power are already turning furiously as the legislative process is well under way. Much to my own surprise the Congress got off to an early start and passed an extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) less than a week into the new session. The President signed it shortly thereafter, taking off of the table an important issue for...
  • Capitol Update: TRIA Reauthorization Still Looms

      Apartment Industry Colleagues, Happy New Year! I hope this missive finds you safe and healthy so far in 2015. The new Congress has been sworn in, freshmen are figuring out where the cafeteria, the WC and Committee chambers are located (not necessarily in that order) and the party caucuses are organizing for many battles to take place over the next two years. For the GOP, the hope was to start...
  • Capitol Update: The 114th Congress: What Lies Ahead?

    By the time you read this, all of the midterm elections will have been decided and the playing field will be set for the 114th Congress. When members return in January, the GOP will be in firm control of both the House and Senate. Last month I looked back at some of the key factors that contributed to the Republican victory. Now it’s time to look forward to what the new management in Congress...
  • Capitol Update: Parity Achieved

    It appears that after eight years of missteps and missed opportunities, the Republican Party has finally figured out its campaign strategy, tactics and infrastructure. That starts with candidate selection and oversight, brings in better polling and message testing and finishes with strong and accurate get-out-the-vote operations. Add in the muscle and money of third-party groups like Americans...

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