The Truth About Cars » Politics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 News Round-up: Jag Going Racing, Saab Has a Plan, Teslas Are Expensive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/news-round-jag-going-racing-saab-plan-teslas-expensive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/news-round-jag-going-racing-saab-plan-teslas-expensive/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 17:15:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1242321 This is the new News Round-up where we cover all the things you should know that may or may not deserve a headline on their own (or we may have simply run out of time to cover them). It’s similar to the “While Your Were Sleeping” news coverage, but not the same, hence the name […]

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This is the new News Round-up where we cover all the things you should know that may or may not deserve a headline on their own (or we may have simply run out of time to cover them). It’s similar to the “While Your Were Sleeping” news coverage, but not the same, hence the name […]

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Republican Presidential Hopefuls Discuss Ethanol In Iowa http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/republican-presidential-hopefuls-discuss-ethanol-iowa/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/republican-presidential-hopefuls-discuss-ethanol-iowa/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1020145 A handful of Republican presidential hopefuls converged upon Iowa last weekend to discuss the pros and cons of ethanol. Autoblog reports U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Jeb Bush of Florida, and Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin debated ethanol and the federal […]

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A handful of Republican presidential hopefuls converged upon Iowa last weekend to discuss the pros and cons of ethanol. Autoblog reports U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Jeb Bush of Florida, and Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin debated ethanol and the federal […]

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Foxx, Obama Administration Urge Congress To Act On Funding Highway Trust http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/foxx-obama-administration-urge-congress-to-act-on-funding-highway-trust/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/foxx-obama-administration-urge-congress-to-act-on-funding-highway-trust/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=820890 With 112,000 infrastructure projects and 700,000 jobs at stake, the Obama administration and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx are both urging Congress find a way to provide funding to the United States Highway Trust Fund before the well goes dry as early as August. Autoblog reports both parties offered Congress a four-year funding bill that […]

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With 112,000 infrastructure projects and 700,000 jobs at stake, the Obama administration and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx are both urging Congress find a way to provide funding to the United States Highway Trust Fund before the well goes dry as early as August. Autoblog reports both parties offered Congress a four-year funding bill that […]

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UAW, VW Works Council Regrouping Under Voting Fallout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/uaw-vw-works-council-regrouping-under-voting-fallout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/uaw-vw-works-council-regrouping-under-voting-fallout/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=742985 Following the 712 – 629 decision against representation by the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., the union may be forced to throw in the towel on foreign-owned auto factories as the automaker’s works council vow to press forward with plans to establish their brand of representation in the plant. Bloomberg […]

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Following the 712 – 629 decision against representation by the United Auto Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., the union may be forced to throw in the towel on foreign-owned auto factories as the automaker’s works council vow to press forward with plans to establish their brand of representation in the plant. Bloomberg […]

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Scrambling the Politics of Mass Transit in San Francisco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/scrambling-the-politics-of-mass-transit-in-san-francisco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/scrambling-the-politics-of-mass-transit-in-san-francisco/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=686034 Image from Twitter @craigsfrost Positively or negatively, mass transit is often viewed as a social leveler. Rich and poor alike ride the subway in New York, London and Berlin. Atlantans of all economic and social backgrounds make use of MARTA’s facilities, as they do in many other American cities where public transit is the most […]

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Image from Twitter @craigsfrost Positively or negatively, mass transit is often viewed as a social leveler. Rich and poor alike ride the subway in New York, London and Berlin. Atlantans of all economic and social backgrounds make use of MARTA’s facilities, as they do in many other American cities where public transit is the most […]

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Iran’s Imported Chevrolet Camaros Raise Questions About GM’s Dealings With PSA And The Iranian Regime http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/irans-imported-chevrolet-camaros-raise-questions-about-gms-dealings-with-psa-and-the-iranian-regime/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/irans-imported-chevrolet-camaros-raise-questions-about-gms-dealings-with-psa-and-the-iranian-regime/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:26:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=644722 An obscure story in the Azerbaijani press this past summer may be the tip of a much larger iceberg involving General Motors, PSA Peugeot Citroen and the Western World’s current bete noir: the Iranian regime currently embroiled at the heart of a controversial nuclear program, which is subject to economic sanctions by the United States government, […]

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An obscure story in the Azerbaijani press this past summer may be the tip of a much larger iceberg involving General Motors, PSA Peugeot Citroen and the Western World’s current bete noir: the Iranian regime currently embroiled at the heart of a controversial nuclear program, which is subject to economic sanctions by the United States government, […]

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$57 Million Chicago Ford Dealership Delayed As Aldermen Play Politics http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/57-million-chicago-ford-dealership-delayed-as-aldermen-play-politics/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/57-million-chicago-ford-dealership-delayed-as-aldermen-play-politics/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:25:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499269 FMG Holdings, which operates a number of car dealerships in western Michigan under the name of Fox Motors, had planned on spending $57 million turning an abandoned industrial site on Chicago’s North Side into a large Ford store but it has now given Chicago politicians an Oct. 1st deadline to either approve or deny their […]

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FMG Holdings, which operates a number of car dealerships in western Michigan under the name of Fox Motors, had planned on spending $57 million turning an abandoned industrial site on Chicago’s North Side into a large Ford store but it has now given Chicago politicians an Oct. 1st deadline to either approve or deny their […]

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American Sanctions Forced Renault Out Of Iran http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/how-sanctions-forced-renault-out-of-iran/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/how-sanctions-forced-renault-out-of-iran/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:37:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497141 Following PSA’s exit from Iran last year, Renault is the latest French car maker to leave the Middle Eastern country, thanks to American derived sanctions. La Tribune reports that Renault will stand to lose about 100,000 units worth of sales in Iran, with variants of the Dacia Logan making up the bulk of their volume. Renault […]

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Following PSA’s exit from Iran last year, Renault is the latest French car maker to leave the Middle Eastern country, thanks to American derived sanctions. La Tribune reports that Renault will stand to lose about 100,000 units worth of sales in Iran, with variants of the Dacia Logan making up the bulk of their volume. Renault […]

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Tesla Dodges A Legislative Bullet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/tesla-dodges-a-legislative-bullet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/tesla-dodges-a-legislative-bullet/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:30:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493103 A proposed law that would have eliminated Tesla’s ability to sell cars in New York state has died on the vine, after lawmakers adjourned their legislative session without taking any action on the bill. The bills, introduced in both the lower house and state Senate, would make it illegal for an auto maker to operate […]

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A proposed law that would have eliminated Tesla’s ability to sell cars in New York state has died on the vine, after lawmakers adjourned their legislative session without taking any action on the bill. The bills, introduced in both the lower house and state Senate, would make it illegal for an auto maker to operate […]

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Analysis: Will Cars Be “The Cigarette Of The Future”? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/analysis-will-cars-be-the-cigarette-of-the-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/analysis-will-cars-be-the-cigarette-of-the-future/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 12:30:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=487756 TTAC’s forays into areas like law, politics and economics are not everyone’s cup of tea, but they do matter. The dry, dense topics like regulation and financial topics have real implications for car enthusiasts, not to mention society as a whole. One subset of that is urban planning, a discipline which can have an enormous […]

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TTAC’s forays into areas like law, politics and economics are not everyone’s cup of tea, but they do matter. The dry, dense topics like regulation and financial topics have real implications for car enthusiasts, not to mention society as a whole. One subset of that is urban planning, a discipline which can have an enormous […]

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Obama Nominates Anthony Foxx As Next DOT Head http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/obama-nominates-anthony-foxx-as-next-dot-head/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/obama-nominates-anthony-foxx-as-next-dot-head/#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=486796 President Obama announced the nomination of Anthony Foxx, the current mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, as his choice to succeed Ray LaHood as the next head of the Department of Transportation. While LaHood’s legacy will largely relate to distracted driving legislation and an increase in the CAFE standard, little is known about how Foxx will […]

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President Obama announced the nomination of Anthony Foxx, the current mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, as his choice to succeed Ray LaHood as the next head of the Department of Transportation. While LaHood’s legacy will largely relate to distracted driving legislation and an increase in the CAFE standard, little is known about how Foxx will […]

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1 Million EV Goal Absent From State Of The Union http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/1-million-ev-goal-absent-from-state-of-the-union/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/1-million-ev-goal-absent-from-state-of-the-union/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:30:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477360 Those who watched the State of the Union address last night and have an interest in autos may have noticed a conspicuous absence; Barack Obama failed to mention his goal of putting 1 million EVs on the road by 2015. Obama last mentioned the figure in 2011, stating At the California Institute of Technology, they’re […]

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Those who watched the State of the Union address last night and have an interest in autos may have noticed a conspicuous absence; Barack Obama failed to mention his goal of putting 1 million EVs on the road by 2015. Obama last mentioned the figure in 2011, stating At the California Institute of Technology, they’re […]

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Did Government Meddling Cripple The Dodge Dart? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/government-obama-dodge-dart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/government-obama-dodge-dart/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 22:25:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475299 As we come to yet another hiccup in the launch of the Dodge Dart, it’s worth taking a look backwards to examine how we got to this point; the elimination of a second shift at the Dundee, Michigan plant that builds the Dart’s 1.4L FIRE engine, as well as the firing or re-assignment of 58 […]

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As we come to yet another hiccup in the launch of the Dodge Dart, it’s worth taking a look backwards to examine how we got to this point; the elimination of a second shift at the Dundee, Michigan plant that builds the Dart’s 1.4L FIRE engine, as well as the firing or re-assignment of 58 […]

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Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca Endorses Mitt Romney http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/former-chrysler-ceo-lee-iacocca-endorses-mitt-romney/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/former-chrysler-ceo-lee-iacocca-endorses-mitt-romney/#comments Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:48:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464319 Retired Chrysler CEO and former Ford president Lee Iacocca has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Iacocca is a political independent with a record of endorsing both Republicans and Democrats for the United States’ highest elected office. In his endorsement statement, which was also published as an op-ed piece in the Detroit News, Iacocca stressed […]

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Retired Chrysler CEO and former Ford president Lee Iacocca has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Iacocca is a political independent with a record of endorsing both Republicans and Democrats for the United States’ highest elected office. In his endorsement statement, which was also published as an op-ed piece in the Detroit News, Iacocca stressed […]

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Never Mind The McLaren: Why The Dacia Sandero Is The Star Of The Paris Motor Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/never-mind-the-mclaren-why-the-dacia-sandero-is-the-star-of-the-paris-motor-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/never-mind-the-mclaren-why-the-dacia-sandero-is-the-star-of-the-paris-motor-show/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:30:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461764 The Paris Auto Show is about to kick off tomorrow, and some of the product set to debut has me cursing myself for not maxing out my Visa on a flight and a room at the lovely hotel that’s walking distance from the Porte de Versailles, where the pretty girl with crooked teeth sits patiently […]

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The Paris Auto Show is about to kick off tomorrow, and some of the product set to debut has me cursing myself for not maxing out my Visa on a flight and a room at the lovely hotel that’s walking distance from the Porte de Versailles, where the pretty girl with crooked teeth sits patiently […]

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GM Bumps Up Q3 Results Prior To Election Day http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/gm-bumps-up-q3-results-prior-to-election-day/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/gm-bumps-up-q3-results-prior-to-election-day/#comments Fri, 07 Sep 2012 15:24:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=459306 General Motors hasn’t announced their Q3 financial results prior to November in six years, but they intend to announce them on October 31st, 2012 – just prior to the U.S. general election on November 6th. The timing, reported by MLive.com, is apparently coincidental, with GM spokesman Jim Cain telling the outlet that  “…scheduling is based […]

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General Motors hasn’t announced their Q3 financial results prior to November in six years, but they intend to announce them on October 31st, 2012 – just prior to the U.S. general election on November 6th. The timing, reported by MLive.com, is apparently coincidental, with GM spokesman Jim Cain telling the outlet that  “…scheduling is based […]

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Consumers in Tampa and Charlotte to Miss Out on Courtesy Car Deals as GM Stops Comping Conventions http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/consumers-in-tampa-and-charlotte-to-miss-out-on-courtesy-car-deals-as-gm-stops-comping-conventions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/consumers-in-tampa-and-charlotte-to-miss-out-on-courtesy-car-deals-as-gm-stops-comping-conventions/#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:21:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458091   Overlooked in the announcements by General Motors and Chrysler that their factories will not be hosting any presidential campaign events such as photo ops or speeches by either the Obama or Romney campaigns is the fact that GM, which for 30 years has supplied both major US political parties’ national conventions with hundreds of […]

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  Overlooked in the announcements by General Motors and Chrysler that their factories will not be hosting any presidential campaign events such as photo ops or speeches by either the Obama or Romney campaigns is the fact that GM, which for 30 years has supplied both major US political parties’ national conventions with hundreds of […]

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GM, Chrysler To Political Candidates: GTFO http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/gm-chrysler-to-political-candidates-gtfo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/gm-chrysler-to-political-candidates-gtfo/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:49:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458020 Auto plant visits, long a staple of election-year vote-courting for politicians, are now banned at both GM and Chrysler plants until after the votes have been counted. GM and Chrysler implemented the move in response to the highly politicized nature of the auto industry following the bailout. An article in the Detroit Free Press contains […]

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Auto plant visits, long a staple of election-year vote-courting for politicians, are now banned at both GM and Chrysler plants until after the votes have been counted. GM and Chrysler implemented the move in response to the highly politicized nature of the auto industry following the bailout. An article in the Detroit Free Press contains […]

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California Congressman Alleges CAFE Benefits Bailout Recipients http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/california-congressman-alleges-cafe-benefits-bailout-recipients/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/california-congressman-alleges-cafe-benefits-bailout-recipients/#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:38:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456316 Bloomberg is reporting that House Republicans, led by California Congressman Darrell Issa, are set to produce a report that heavily criticizes CAFE as a politicized move designed to curry favor with bailed out auto makers and environmental groups. Issa called CAFE “a raw political process designed to appease environmental extremists…The impact of this process will […]

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Bloomberg is reporting that House Republicans, led by California Congressman Darrell Issa, are set to produce a report that heavily criticizes CAFE as a politicized move designed to curry favor with bailed out auto makers and environmental groups. Issa called CAFE “a raw political process designed to appease environmental extremists…The impact of this process will […]

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Romney Would Sell GM Stock, Look For CAFE Alternatives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/romney-would-sell-gm-stock-look-for-cafe-alternatives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/romney-would-sell-gm-stock-look-for-cafe-alternatives/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:58:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447662 The Detroit News interviewed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday, and the Republican candidate-to-be shared his thoughts on government ownership of GM stock and the future of CAFE. Romney told the paper that he would like to see government-held GM stock sold as quickly as possible “There is no reason for the government to continue […]

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The Detroit News interviewed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday, and the Republican candidate-to-be shared his thoughts on government ownership of GM stock and the future of CAFE. Romney told the paper that he would like to see government-held GM stock sold as quickly as possible “There is no reason for the government to continue […]

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Sanctions Cause PSA To Suspend Iran Khodro Shipments http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/sanctions-cause-psa-to-suspend-iran-khodro-shipments/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/sanctions-cause-psa-to-suspend-iran-khodro-shipments/#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 12:50:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442765 Sanctions imposed on Iran by the EU and the United States have compelled PSA to delay parts shipments to Iran Khodro until September at the earliest. Iran Khodro needs parts to build cars like the 206 and the ancient (by modern standards) 405. The delays are expected to cost both parties about $10 million per […]

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Sanctions imposed on Iran by the EU and the United States have compelled PSA to delay parts shipments to Iran Khodro until September at the earliest. Iran Khodro needs parts to build cars like the 206 and the ancient (by modern standards) 405. The delays are expected to cost both parties about $10 million per […]

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Blind Spot: Electric Cars And “The Freedom Thing” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/blind-spot-electric-cars-and-the-freedom-thing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/blind-spot-electric-cars-and-the-freedom-thing/#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:39:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433104 Editor’s note: While our erstwhile Editor-in-Chief, Edward Niedermeyer, is on sabbatical, he will continue to weigh in on automotive issues in a (hopefully) weekly column entitled Blind Spot. This is the first installment. Back in 2008, as the worlds of automobiles and politics headed towards a dramatic collision, the founder of this site and I […]

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Editor’s note: While our erstwhile Editor-in-Chief, Edward Niedermeyer, is on sabbatical, he will continue to weigh in on automotive issues in a (hopefully) weekly column entitled Blind Spot. This is the first installment. Back in 2008, as the worlds of automobiles and politics headed towards a dramatic collision, the founder of this site and I […]

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UAW: Romney Trying To “Rewrite History” Over Bailout http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/uaw-romney-trying-to-rewrite-history-over-bailout/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/uaw-romney-trying-to-rewrite-history-over-bailout/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2012 16:31:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=431474 Days after Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney penned an op-ed in the Detroit News over his thoughts on the bailout, UAW President Bob King is firing back. In a statement released to the media, King said that  “He’s trying to rewrite history and attack President Obama and the UAW for successfully saving the auto industry. […]

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Days after Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney penned an op-ed in the Detroit News over his thoughts on the bailout, UAW President Bob King is firing back. In a statement released to the media, King said that  “He’s trying to rewrite history and attack President Obama and the UAW for successfully saving the auto industry. […]

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Canadian Condo Won’t Let Chevrolet Volt Owner Charge His Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/canadian-condo-wont-let-chevrolet-volt-owner-charge-his-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/canadian-condo-wont-let-chevrolet-volt-owner-charge-his-car/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:49:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428315 A Chevrolet Volt owner in Ottawa, Ontario has been blocked by his condominium board from charging his Chevrolet Volt – even though he has offered to reimburse the board for the $1 (approximately) in electricity it takes to charge the Volt at local rates. Mike Nemat, who bought a Volt a couple months back, lives […]

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A Chevrolet Volt owner in Ottawa, Ontario has been blocked by his condominium board from charging his Chevrolet Volt – even though he has offered to reimburse the board for the $1 (approximately) in electricity it takes to charge the Volt at local rates. Mike Nemat, who bought a Volt a couple months back, lives […]

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Texas: Top State Senator Says Red Light Cameras About Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/texas-top-state-senator-says-red-light-cameras-about-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/texas-top-state-senator-says-red-light-cameras-about-money/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 20:07:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427043 The most senior Texas state lawmaker admitted last week that he voted to save red light camera programs even though he knew they had no effect on public safety. State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), who was first elected to the legislature in 1973, appeared on KTRH radio’s morning news program to discuss how public opposition […]

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The most senior Texas state lawmaker admitted last week that he voted to save red light camera programs even though he knew they had no effect on public safety. State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), who was first elected to the legislature in 1973, appeared on KTRH radio’s morning news program to discuss how public opposition […]

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