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  • Capitol Update: Advocacy Is Like Changing a Dirty Diaper

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,One recent afternoon I was enjoying some quality time with my 9-month-old daughter watching another hilarious adventure of Sponge Bob Squarepants when the most interesting commercial ran. The product is called “Diaper Surprise” where a doll, after being fed water, “deposits” a charm in its diaper which the doll’s owners can then wear on their wrists. After...
  • Capitol Update: All Eyes are on the Midterms

    Apartment Industry Colleagues, Let me begin this month by thanking those affiliated associations and owners who participated in our apartment community tour program over the August recess. You spent time, resources and patience organizing tours of apartment communities with elected officials, including members of Congress, candidates for the House of Representatives and even state legislators....
  • Capitol Update: Outcome of Midterm Elections Critical to Apartment Industry

    Dear Apartment Industry Colleagues,It’s once again that time of year when Congressional thoughts turn to the five-week August recess – vacations, Congressional Delegation (“CODEL”) trips, town hall meetings, fundraisers, parades and apartment community tours.  Typically at this time of year I bemoan the partisanship that prevented so many straightforward legislative successes from happening...
  • 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...

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