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  • Capitol Update: Lessons for the Political Environment Beyond Game of Thrones

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,On June 10, there was a collective gasp of surprise and shock inside the Beltway not felt since the betrayal of Robb Stark by Lord Walder Frey during the “Red Wedding.” Sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his primary election to David Brat, an economics professor from Randolph-Macon College, despite outspending him by a reported 26 to 1 margin. The...
  • Weighing in on Term Limits and Re-districting to Stop Congressional Gridlock

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,Happy summer! I have the pleasure of traveling to a number of NAA affiliates each year as part of my role on the Government Affairs team. Typically, I am afforded some time to speak to a membership meeting, Leadership Lyceum or other gathering and share some information or observations on what’s happening in Washington, D.C. Considering the daily serving of...
  • Capitol Update: Drama of House Members Distracts From GOP Agenda

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,If the GOP were a corporation, the public relations department would be exhausted from the month of April. Three of its members in the House of Representatives, Mssrs. McAllister, Grimm and Stockman, were caught on film in a compromising position with a staffer, placed under a federal 20-count indictment and reported to be under investigation by the House Ethics...
  • Capitol Update: Finish Line Possibly in Sight for One Top Industry Issue

    Apartment Industry Colleagues,March was a big month for two of the top federal legislative issues that could impact the apartment industry’s future – housing finance reform and tax reform. In each case, a long-anticipated legislative proposal was released by a committee chairman. Neither one has universal support at the moment and both have their critics. The outlook for one is much, much...

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