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  • When Mama Isn't Happy...

    Mother Nature is a heartless woman. She doesn’t take our plans into account, or even think about how much we still have on our property to-do lists before she unleashes chaos onto our schedules. Over the past few years there have been several times I’ve been at her mercy and I have decided that she must be obeyed.  Last year my town was hit with the first snow storm in a long time to occur during...
  • That’s Ms. President to You

    Deciding what to cook for dinner—for just one person—often feels like too much pressure. Running the country? Um, no. I have absolutely no desire to become POTUS, but in celebration of President's Day, we asked one of our members—Greystar’s Liz Porras—to share some of the changes she would make as leader of the free world. Following are a few highlights: 1. Large corporations typically have...
  • 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...
  • Talking the Talk at the NAA Capitol Conference

    This year will be my fifth NAA Capitol Conference. It’s a little hard to believe I’ve already been here five years –and amazing to me how much I’ve learned in that time. It’s also amazing to see how the Capitol Conference has evolved since I’ve been here.  “CapCon,” as we call it, has a lot to offer. It’s not just about the federal issues, even though Lobby Day is the star of the show. It’s not...

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