Political Analyst Charlie Cook Kicks Off First-Ever Legislative/Regulatory Session at ATD Convention

Charlie Cook addresses the general session at the ATD Convention and Expo on April 18.


As legislative and regulatory challenges continue to grow in the nation’s capital, it’s more important than ever for commercial truck dealers to learn about issues that affect their dealerships and help shape sound policy decisions. That’s why political analyst Charlie Cook was invited to kick off the first-ever general session covering legislative and regulatory affairs issues at the ATD Convention and Expo earlier this week.

Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report, provided his predictions for the 2012 elections, including the race for the White House. While he did not predict a winner for the 2012 Presidential race, he did say if unemployment is near 9 percent it will be difficult for President Obama to get re-elected. If unemployment is closer to 8 percent, Obama is likely to get re-elected, he said.

“People vote with their pocketbooks,” he said. “If things are good or getting better in the economy the incumbent is more likely to win.”

Cook also reviewed the pluses and minuses of the top-five potential Republican candidates for president. He forecast that Republicans would keep control of Congress in 2012 and could take the majority in the Senate.

David Regan, vice president of legislative affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and ATD, moderated a panel session that discussed ways for truck dealers to get involved at the grass-roots level and communicate more effectively with their members of Congress. The panelists included Jim Hartman, ATD Kenworth Line Representative and a truck dealer in Virginia; Bobbi Sparrow, president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association; and former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg.

“It’s important for members of Congress to know that dealerships are powerful economic forces on Main Street which provide high-paying career opportunities and generate significant tax revenue,” Regan said.

Shadegg stressed the importance of building personal relationships with elected officials. He said members of Congress welcome invitations to visit dealerships and meet with dealers and their employees.

A second panel, which included Doug Greenhaus and Paul Metrey from NADA’s regulatory affairs office, and Patrick Calpin and Regan from NADA’s legislative affairs office, highlighted advocacy efforts on behalf of ATD before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

Printer Friendly Version
Email This Story
RSS
Bookmark and Share

Dealers: Related News

4/22/2011 – Political Analyst Charlie Cook Kicks Off First-Ever Legislative/Regulatory Session at ATD Convention

As legislative and regulatory challenges continue to grow in the nation’s capital, it’s more important than ever for commercial truck dealers to learn about issues that affect their dealerships and help shape sound policy decisions. That’s why political analyst Charlie Cook was invited to kick off the first-ever general session covering legislative and regulatory affairs issues at the ATD Convention and Expo earlier this week….
More

4/20/2011 – Ryder Opens 16th Facility in Southern California

Ryder System has opened a truck rental, leasing, and maintenance facility in Ventura, Calif….
More

4/19/2011 – Mack Names Distributor of the Year

Mack Trucks named Tri-State Truck Center of Memphis, Tenn., as its 2010 North American Distributor of the Year….
More

4/18/2011 – MK Quality Truck Sales Buys Mack Franchise

MK Quality Truck Sales of Indianapolis completed the acquisition of the Mack Trucks franchise from Central Indiana Mack Sales and Service….
More

4/18/2011 – ATD Chairman Highlights 5 Factors That Commercial Truck Retailing is Improving


After enduring a global economic downturn and diminished sales over the past couple years, the nation’s commercial truck dealers are eagerly waiting to get “back to normal” and setting their sights on the legislative and regulatory challenges ahead, said Kyle Treadway, chairman of the American Truck Dealers, in remarks Saturday to the group….
More

4/18/2011 – Richard Ryan Named Truck Dealer of the Year

Richard “Dick” Ryan of South Carolina was named the national Truck Dealer of the Year at the American Truck Dealers annual conference in Phoenix Saturday.

“I’ve had a wonderful career,” said Ryan, president and CEO of Carolina International Trucks in Columbia, S.C., who began in the business as a sales trainee for International Harvester Co. in 1972. “And I’ve really loved it.”…
More

4/8/2011 – Fontaine to Open New Modification Service Center in Denton, Texas

Fontaine Modification Company, a provider of truck modification services for OEMs, dealers and fleets throughout North America, will open a new modification service center on May 1 in Denton, Texas….
More

4/7/2011 – Ryder Acquires Portfolio of B.I.T. Leasing

Ryder System completed the acquisition of the lease, rental and maintenance portfolio of B.I.T. Leasing, a privately owned, 58-year-old full-service truck leasing and fleet services company headquartered in Hayward, Calif….
More

4/7/2011 – Yancey Truck Centers Opens Macon, Ga., Location

Yancey Truck Centers opened its newest full-service International truck sales and service location in Macon, Ga. Located at 1320 Guy Paine Rd, Yancey Truck Centers’ Macon store is the fifth Yancey Truck Centers store operating in the state….
More

3/31/2011 – NationaLease Adds Three Member Companies

NationaLease has expanded its network of independent trucking companies with the addition of three new companies, which have been approved for full membership….
More

3/30/2011 – Ryder Opens Two Used Vehicle Sales Centers

Ryder System opened used vehicle sales centers in Orlando, Fla., and Montebello, Calif….
More

3/22/2011 – Central Michigan Kenworth Opens New Location in Saginaw

Central Michigan Kenworth has opened a full-service Kenworth dealership in Saginaw, Mich., providing access from U.S. Interstate 75….
More

3/18/2011 – Five Dealers Nominated for National Truck Dealer of the Year

Five truck dealers have been nominated for Truck Dealer of the Year, a national award co-sponsored by ATD and Heavy Duty Trucking magazine….
More

3/16/2011 – Asbury Automotive Exits Truck Business

Asbury Automotive Group, one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., has fully exited the heavy truck business with the sale of its truck franchises….
More

3/14/2011 – Peterbilt Dealer Continues Growth; Announces Location in Northern Virginia

The Pete Store has opened a full-service Peterbilt truck dealership in Springfield, Va….
More

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER
We'll deliver tax strategies to your inbox from our CPA firm.
We hate spam. Your email address will not be sold or shared with anyone else.