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History tells us it could very well be
short-lived.
All totaled, voters gave Republicans
control of 32 state legislatures (both
the state house and senate) and elected
33 Republican governors. In 25 states,
they have the political trifecta - control of both chambers of the legislature
and the governor - giving them wide
leeway to quickly enact their agenda
without compromise.
Their dominance reaches far and
wide: from the Desert Southwest to the
plains of the Midwest; from the Rust Belt
of the Great Lakes to their almost universal dominance of the South. Even in
the liberal Northeast, Republicans have
a trifecta in New Hampshire.
By comparison, the Democratic Party
enjoys just six political trifectas and
those are limited to just the east and
west coasts and Hawaii. There are just
16 Democratic governors.
As much as Republicans are celebrating their hard-fought victories
and Democrats are mourning their gutwrenching losses, both sides could learn
a lesson from the history books. In fact,
lesson number one comes from just eight
years earlier.
When Barack Obama was sworn in as
the 44th president of the United States,
the Democratic Party enjoyed a historic
high-water mark. Their party enjoyed
control of 27 state legislatures, 28 gov-
ernors' mansions and held 16 state trifectas. Their party had just sworn in
large majorities in the U.S. House and
Senate and was led by the first AfricanAmerican to hold the office of the president - something truly historic.
And they used their newfound emergence into power. Obama signed into
law major overhauls of the banking and
financial system, a bailout of the auto
manufacturing industry, a $1 trillion
economic stimulus spending bill and his
signature healthcare law, the Affordable
Care Act (also known as Obamacare), all
in the first two years.
The pendulum of power swung hard in
the other direction. Starting in 2009 and
peaking in 2010, there was a Republican

2016 presidential election results.
wave that swept the nation. Republicans
gained a dozen governorships, 13 state
legislatures and achieved a trifecta in 20
states. They regained the majority in the
U.S. House and narrowed the Democratic
control of the U.S. Senate.
This back and forth has been repeated
throughout recent history. Following the
2004 re-election of President George W.
Bush, the Republicans enjoyed large
majorities in both chambers of Congress
only to see Democrats sweep the 2006
midterms. Following Democrat Bill
Clinton's defeat of incumbent Republican
President George H.W. Bush in 1992,
Republicans were swept back into control of Congress in 1994.
Though not without exceptions - the
younger Bush successfully led his party to
gain seats in the 2002 midterm elections
- the party in power should probably only
count on two years to enact their agenda.
And the party out of power can look forward to - but work hard towards - a favorable election less than two years away.

REPUBLICANS ARE
WORKING TO QUICKLY
ENACT THEIR AGENDA
If history holds true, then Republicans
have two years to advance their agenda.
Conservative outside groups are keeping
one word in mind: accountability.
Tim Phillips, president of Americans
for Prosperity, the conservative

grassroots organizing and advocacy
group founded by billionaire brothers
Charles and David Koch, puts it simply:
"We've had promises, especially on controlling spending, from Republicans, and
it's time for them to really keep their
word," Phillips said to the Washington
Post. "The Republicans have enormous
opportunity. With that opportunity
does come high expectations, and
we're hopeful they're going to meet
those expectations."
Other conservative groups that generally align with Americans for Prosperity,
like FreedomWorks and Americans for
Tax Reform, are leading the charge on
many conservative wish-list items.
Among them is reforming the tax code,
which they say is overly complex and full
of loopholes that favor special interests.
"[Americans for Prosperity] plans to
advocate for fixing the nation's broken tax
code to make it work better for families
and businesses across the country," reads
the group's website. "To achieve this, [we]
will promote solutions that bring simplicity and neutrality to the tax code."
Despite some media reports of friction between the leaders - Trump, House
Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R, Wis.) and Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R,
Ky.) - others say their individual policy
goals have never been closer.
American for Tax Reform President
Grover Norquist said, "We are very close
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - March 2017

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
AAHOA Member Spotlight
Winning the Airbnb Guest
Government Affairs
What Uber Can Teach Us About Our Future
Sales & Marketing
Part 2: Demystifying the Digital Marketplace
The Value of True Hospitality in a Shared Economy
Finance & Revenue
Locality’s Effect on Design Evolution
AAHOA Founding Members
AAHOA @ Industry Events
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Finance Q&A
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - cover1
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - cover2
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 3
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 5
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 6
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 7
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 9
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 11
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - AAHOA Member Spotlight
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 13
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Winning the Airbnb Guest
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 15
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 16
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 17
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 18
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 19
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Government Affairs
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 21
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 22
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 23
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - What Uber Can Teach Us About Our Future
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 25
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 26
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 27
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Part 2: Demystifying the Digital Marketplace
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - 31
Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - The Value of True Hospitality in a Shared Economy
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Finance & Revenue
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Locality’s Effect on Design Evolution
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - AAHOA Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - AAHOA @ Industry Events
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Finance Q&A
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