#WednesdayWisdom: Pop Quiz!

What percentage of all U.S. car dealership jobs are created by international nameplate auto dealers?

A) 30%

B) 50%

C) 70%

D) None of the above

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The Hill: 5 Things the Olympics Can Teach Us About Trade Policy

We can learn a lot about trade policy by looking at the Summer Olympics.

The largest peacetime gathering of the world, this multination spectacle brings athletes from many countries together every four years to compete across many events, many sports, and many days.

Here are five ways how.

Trade is timeless. Like the Olympics, which dates back to 776 B.C., international trade seems like it has been with us forever. Trade's origins stretch back that far, if not longer. Yet the goods we trade include many of the same kinds of products we traded more than 3,000 years ago. At the same time, like the Olympics, trade constantly brings us innovation. New events in the Olympics appear every four years, while new products and services appear even more frequently. Yet despite this innovation, each Olympiad is inexorably linked back to its predecessors. Michael Phelps recently reminded us of this when he broke a 2,100-year old record for the most individual Olympic titles, held previously by one of his Rhodes forebears.

To read the other 4 things the Olympics can teach us about trade policy from The Hill, please click HERE

#WednesdayWisdom: Pop Quiz!

How many indirect U.S. jobs were generated by international automakers in the U.S.?

A) 145, 000

B) 250,000

C) 575,000

D) 1.25 million

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David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Is August Recess Work or Play?

A few weeks into the longest August recess in over three decades, Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks out the whiteboard to get to the bottom of an age-old mystery: how do lawmakers spend their summer vacations?

While members typically work 70 hour work weeks while Congress is in session, a survey by the Congressional Management Foundation and the Society for Human Resources Management found that they spend an average of 59 hours a week at work during the August recess as well. So how much time will lawmakers really be spending at the golf course this month?

For more from Roll Call's David Hawkings, please click HERE

August is also great opportunity to host your Member of Congress at your dealership, please click HERE to schedule your visit! 

#WednesdayWisdom: Pop Quiz!

How many international dealership franchises are in the United States?

A) 4,000

B) 6,800

C) 9,500

D) None of the above

BONUS QUESTION: How many cars did these franchises sell in total last year?

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The Week in Review: The Week of August 1, 2016

This week officially kicked off the August recess, and Members of Congress have returned home for the District and State work period. The Week-In-Review will be on hiatus until September when Congress reconvenes but, as always, please continue to follow along here on You Auto Know for the latest news out of Washington.

The August recess also brings opportunity. An opportunity to get involved with AIADA through the Dealer Visit Program and to forge meaningful relationships with your representatives on Capitol Hill. The Dealer Visit Program is a grassroots initiative that connects you with your Member of Congress to host a visit. It includes a legislative update to your employees and a tour of the dealership. It’s a chance for your elected official to see firsthand the day-to-day workings of a dealership and meet the hard working individuals from their community.

Last week, Congressman Blake Farenthold visited Autonation Toyota Scion in Corpus Christi, TX

AIADA will handle all the details--from scheduling and talking points to media advisories and event logistics. For more on the Dealer Visit Program, please click HERE. To schedule your visit today, contact Sarah Martinez, Manager of Grassroots and Government Relations at Martinezs@AIADA.org or 703-519-7800.

Carey Hyundai in Yakima, WA recently hosted Congressman Dan Newhouse for a Dealer Visit.

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What is the total payroll of all international nameplate auto franchise employees in America?

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Chairman's Blog: In Business, as in Sports, Competition Keeps Us Healthy 

This week's Chairman's Blog, AIADA Chairman Greg Kaminsky, shares his enthusiasm about the upcoming Rio Olympics. An enthusiastic fan, he writes that he sees similarities between athletes and dealers. By nature, dealers are competitive people in an ultra-competitive industry. Like athletes, we train relentlessly and can never slack off. So, if competition keeps us sharp, and benefits consumers, why is our government against it? Lately, Washington, D.C.'s regulatory agencies have been working overtime in the power vacuum created by Congress' inability to pass legislation. This anti-competitive bent extends even to our global trade policies. Fortunately for dealers, AIADA is always working in D.C. to push back against regulators and preserve what made this industry great in the first place: competition.  And when dealing with trade skeptics you have to give them the facts. A great start can be found in the international industry economic impact report. And as for the Olympics? Let the games begin. Read more of Kaminsky's latest blog post here

Auto Makers, Regulators Spar on Fuel Economy

Auto makers and environmental regulators are publicly sparring over stringent fuel-economy standards, signaling a pitched battle ahead over whether to relax the Obama administration’s future mileage targets.

At an automotive conference on Michigan’s northern shore this week, industry lobbyists seized on a July Environmental Protection Agency report that predicted car companies will sell vehicles averaging roughly 50.8 miles a gallon by 2025, below the 54.5 mpg goal unveiled when standards were set in 2012 and gasoline prices soared to record highs.

Regulators, meanwhile, said auto makers still can comply with tougher mileage goals, showing few signs they will be softened. The EPA, with other agencies, must decide by April 2018 whether the standards should be relaxed, strengthened or left unchanged. Officials are awaiting car makers’ comments before making proposals.

The debate over rising government mileage targets dominated much of the discussions among car executives, regulators and researchers here despite fervent interest in automated vehicles after a May fatal crash of a Tesla Motors Inc. electric car driving itself. Auto makers are locking in vehicle investments now for mileage rules already on the books, whereas future rules and test results for autonomous cars remain hazy.

To read more from The Wall Street Journal, please click HERE.

In Trade News

Obama Defends Trans-Pacific Deal Against Strong Anti-Trade Tide (The New York Times)

House Lawmakers Urge Obama to Forgo Lame-Duck TPP Vote (The Hill)

Graham: Trade Agreements Would Give South Carolina Auto Industry a Boost (The Post & Courier)

In Auto News

Honda Sets New Car and Truck Sales Records (Automotive News)

Showdown Erupts Over Federal Emissions, Fuel Economy Rules (Detroit Free Press)

Best-Selling Cars Have Big Discounts as August Starts (24/7 Wallstreet)

Friday Funny

Voting Anguish (Third Rock From the Sun)

#WednesdayWisdom: Pop Quiz!

What is the total payroll of all international nameplate auto franchise employees in America?

A) $20 Billion

B) $32 Billion

C) $45 Billion

D) None of the above

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You Auto Know: The Week of July 25, 2016

The Week in Review - Week of July 25, 2016

Special Democratic National Convention Edition

The Democratic National Convention (DNC) took place in Philadelphia this week and history was made as Hillary Clinton became the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. The convention was not without its share of drama, though, as on opening day, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned her post as chairwoman following an email hacking scandal. The Trans-Pacific Partnership also played a silent role, with protesters holding up anti-TPP signs during speeches. While Sanders supporters vowed “Bernie or Bust,” ultimately it was Senator Sanders who cast the final delegate votes from Vermont for Clinton and urged everyone to unite behind the nominee.

In addition to celebrities, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama all took the stage throughout the convention. Former President Clinton kicked off the week and daughter Chelsea introduced her mother on the final night. And while attention during the DNC was supposed to be all about the Clinton nomination, Donald Trump stole the spotlight early on. The convention concluded with Clinton taking the stage and accepting the nomination. 

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Last year, international dealerships accounted for what percentage of all U.S. auto retail sales?

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An Acceptance Speech for the Polls Rather Than the Ages

If this election required Hillary Clinton to deliver a speech for the ages -- a speech that will be quoted for decades -- then her convention acceptance address fell far short. 

But if what was needed was a solid speech -- reaching out to every key constituency and punctuated with occasional good lines -- then Hillary did okay. In a sense, the speech was a mirror of the candidate: It offered no surprising inspirational themes, but it conveyed a consistent sense of competence and command.

Much will justifiably be made of the historic nature of the nomination of the first woman for president. But for all the talk about "when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit," the moment that defied sexual stereotypes came later in the speech. 

Talking about the former reality-show host who commandeered the Republican nomination, Clinton posed a question that will be repeated in TV ads and debate lines throughout this campaign: "Do you really think Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief?" 

That was the set-up line for Hillary's answer: "Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons." 

To read more from Roll Call, please click HERE.

Trump Steals the Spotlight at Democratic Convention

Donald Trump is stealing the spotlight from Democrats in the middle of their national convention — though whether it helps or hurts his campaign remains to be seen.

Trump swung the spotlight and headlines in his direction with an hourlong press conference in which he said he hoped the Russian government had obtained Hillary Clinton’s private emails and would release them.

“They probably have her 33,000 emails, too. I hope they do,” the Republican presidential nominee said at one of his golf courses in Florida.

Trump later added: “Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Russia is believed to be behind a hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that resulted in the release of embarrassing emails on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. The emails showed DNC officials plotting to help Clinton’s presidential campaign and undermine Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt) rival bid.

Politicians in both parties on Wednesday said Russia should stay out of U.S. affairs, but Trump sounded a different note. “Why should I tell Putin what to do?” he said during the presser.

To read more from The Hill, please click HERE.

Anti-TPP Protest Breaks out on Democratic Convention Floor

A protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal broke out on the floor of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Arena on Monday afternoon, in the midst of an address by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

Delegates, many of them wearing Bernie Sanders T-shirts, unfurled a large banner reading: “Economic Justice, Climate Justice, Trade Justice.” They began shouting “No TPP!”

To watch video of the protest from Breitbart.com, please click HERE.

In Trade News

Trump Attacks Clinton on Trade Deal (The Hill)

Virginia's Other Democratic Senator Defends TPP (Politico)

Clinton, if Elected, Plans to Renegotiate NAFTA, UAW Chief Says (Automotive News)

In Auto News

The Hottest New Car Features for 2017 (Forbes)

Best Cars for Teens (U.S. New &World Report)

Top Ranked Cars and Trucks in J.D. Power’s 2016 APEAL Study (J.D. Power)

Friday Funny

The Longest Time (Madam Secretary)

#WednesdayWisdom: Pop Quiz!

Last year, international dealerships accounted for what percentage of all U.S. auto retail sales?

A) 25 %

B) 45%

C) 59%

D) None of the above

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You Auto Know: The Week of July 18, 2016

Special Republican National Convention Edition

The Republican Convention took place in Cleveland, Ohio, this week and managed to live up to the hype and expectations. The anti-Trump faction attempted to make a move early in the week during the rules committee session, but was thwarted by the majority of delegates who came to Cleveland to support Donald Trump. Finally, after a long primary season, on Tuesday night Donald J. Trump officially became the Republican nominee for President with 2,472 delegates casting their votes for him.

On Wednesday, Speaker Paul Ryan introduced the Vice Presidential nominee, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, and the voters got a chance to get to know him better. But Wednesday was not without drama as Senator Ted Cruz failed to officially endorse Trump during his remarks – the convention hall erupted in boos. As the build up to Thursday came, each of the Trump children spoke about their father and his vision for the country. The convention finale came on Thursday as Donald Trump was introduced by his daughter, Ivanka. Donald Trump gave the speech all the delegates were waiting for, the balloons dropped, and the Republican National Convention drew to an end.

Next week’s You Auto Know review will report on the Democratic National Convention. Remember to visit You Auto Know for quick, concise, up-to-the-minute news from your Government Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy team.

Now.. THIS is What You Auto Know Now...

How many states have manufacturing facilities operated by international automakers? 

A) 11

B) 16

C) 23

D) None of the above

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Trump Offers Vision of Unyielding Leadership in a Lawless, Dangerous Time

There were no echoes of Ronald Reagan’s “Morning in America,” George H.W. Bush’s “kinder and gentler nation” or even George W. Bush’s compassionate conservatism in Donald Trump’s speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination here Thursday night. Instead, in both theme and target audience, Trump offered a powerful echo of Richard Nixon almost 50 years ago.

Trump’s speech proved once again that he would continue to throw out the traditional campaign rulebook that might dictate softer language and broader appeals. Instead, he offered his grim portrait of the country and a law-and-order message in the hope of summoning an army of disaffected and forgotten voters large enough to topple the political status quo in November.

Throughout this election year, it has been evident that the forces of change are in control, which puts Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton at an obvious disadvantage. But with questions about his temperament and readiness to be president, Trump has but one way to win, and that was on display Thursday night.

To read more from The Washington Post, please click HERE.

Trump’s Agenda Tackles Taxes, Spending, and the Wall

When Donald Trump exits the Republican National Convention this week as the party’s official nominee, he’ll tout his plans for the country should he be elected president. 

Trump’s advisers say turbocharging the economy is his most urgent priority, and it’s likely that shortly after taking office a President Trump would put forth an economic plan that would slash government spending, trim federal bureaucracies, and radically reduce taxes.

“We’re going to plan it explosively towards growth,” said Stephen Moore, one of Trump’s senior economic advisers.

While Trump remains unpredictable and often reverses himself on policy issues, here’s what the candidate and his top advisers say they are going to prioritize should he win the presidency in November:

To read more from The Hill, please click HERE.

Defiant Ted Cruz Stands by Refusal to Endorse Trump After Being Booed During Convention Speech

Ted Cruz on Thursday strongly defended his refusal to endorse Donald Trump during his Republican National Convention speech, saying he's not "in the habit" of backing politicians who attack his family.

"I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Cruz said at a morning meeting where he faced sharp questions from the Texas delegation in Cleveland.

The Texas senator sensationally withheld an endorsement of Trump in his speech Wednesday, earning a chorus of boos from the floor while getting upstaged in a power play by the GOP nominee himself.

In a dramatic development, as Cruz wrapped up his speech, Trump suddenly appeared in the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He walked to join his family in a VIP area and flashed a thumbs-up -- a gesture that transmitted clear anger at the Texas senator's behavior.

To read more from CNN, please click HERE.


In Trade News

Trans Pacific Partnership: Good for America, Good for the World (Washington Examiner)

GOP Platform Strikes Tough Anti-TPP Language but Remains More Skeptical on Trade (The Washington Post)

Democrats v. GOP on Trade, Jobs — By the Numbers (CNBC)


In Auto News

Automotive News Announces Best Dealerships to Work For (Automotive News)

VW Vows to Compensate Dealers for Diesel Issues (Wall Street Journal)

Feds Say Automakers May Not Meet Fuel Economy Target (Detroit News)


Friday Funny

Photos: Funny Hats, Serious Politics at GOP Convention (Reno-Gazette Journal)