CAPITOL LOOKOUT: Politics could cloud hopes for new Congress

Besides being able to regularly visit Washington’s memorials and Smithsonian museums, one of the perks of living and working in our nation’s capital is the easy access to “inside the Beltway information” that you can get by attending free seminars and conferences featuring former and current members of Congress, super-lobbyists and high-priced pollsters, many of…more

CAPITOL LOOKOUT: separates fact from fiction

With many members of the marine industry descending this week on Washington, D.C., for the annual American Boating Congress, those who couldn’t make it but still want to be informed should visit for the straight scoop on public policy issues that are being debated not only in our nation’s capital, but perhaps around the…more

CAPITOL LOOKOUT: One person’s tax reform is another’s tax increase

Like a mariner in distress shooting off a flare gun in the hope that someone will notice, the chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., introduced a sweeping tax reform bill earlier this week that every American should start preparing for, especially if the Republicans win control of the…more

COMMENTARY: You be the judge on “All is Lost”

In a year in which it seemed that Republicans and Democrats in our nation’s capital could never agree on much of anything, let’s add cinema-going sailors to the list of those who see the world in black-and-white terms.

CAPITOL LOOKOUT: NMMA president delivers industry message to Congress

As President Obama was launching a series of speeches Wednesday, beginning at Illinois’ Knox College, highlighting how the rich have gotten richer since the turn of the century and the poor have gotten poorer, NMMA president Thom Dammrich was making a presentation in an ornate room on Capitol Hill about the struggling boating industry and…more

CAPITOL LOOKOUT: Some summertime civility in Washington

With NMMA president Thom Dammrich set to descend Wednesday on Capitol Hill to discuss the state of the U.S. recreational boating industry with members of the Congressional Boating Caucus, there are signs that an increasing number of members of Congress are at work behind the scenes to get around the gridlock that has paralyzed our…more

CAPITOL LOOKOUT: If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu

The raw power of grassroots lobbying has been on full display these last few weeks as the National Rifle Association and its 4 million members have pulled out all the stops to water down legislation to curb gun violence. No matter how the congressional debate finally ends up, there is no doubt that the NRA…more

OPINION: Obama campaign success has lessons for marine industry

By now you’re probably pretty tired of hearing about the reasons President Obama won re-election. While the pundits and the 24-hour news cycle are still spinning their post-election analysis ad nauseam, one campaign development should be of particular interest to the recreational boating industry. Behind the scenes in a section of Obama’s Chicago campaign headquarters…more

OPINION: Boat rentals are a viable option

From expensive residential solar panels to the growing fleet of Zipcars on many urban streets, renting rather than owning is coming of age. Whether it’s a DVD from Netflix or the lease of an expensive new BMW, renting just makes sense for a lot of folks who choose not to own – a decision often…more

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