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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

"We demand total opposition to all of
Trump's appointees, to Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court and to any
legislation coming out of the Trump
administration," Chamberlain told the
Washington Post.

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to enacting fundamental tax reform. The
Trump team and Congress have been
moving towards each other for months."
One of the possible tax provisions
on the cutting board is section 1031,
which authorizes like-kind exchanges
used by many in real estate, including
many hotel owners. Fortunately, AAHOA
has an ally in Norquist, who tweeted
in December that "like-kind exchanges
promote entrepreneurship" and that
doing away with the provision would
"hurt small businesses and reduce
economic growth."

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D, Ohio) said
the party either "outright offend[ed] or
least fail[ed] to inspire nearly every segment of our party's base voters." After
the election, Ryan mounted a Quixotic
bid to takeover for Nancy Pelosi as the
Democratic leader in the House. He
received 63 votes to her 134.
Whatever the fault of the dismal election results, the party needs to find a
way to rebuild, says Michael Cooper, Jr.,
in a U.S. News & World Report op-ed.
His prescription for a new Democratic
Party includes "bold policies" built on
the principles of empowering people
over the powerful. He urged the party to
organize locally and use the grassroots
momentum to build a new, bottom-up
national party.
Not satisfied to let only conservative outside groups hold officials
accountable, liberal-leaning groups like
Democracy for America - founded by
former Democratic presidential candidate and past chair of the Democratic
National Committee Howard Dean - see
their role as urging Democratic senators to block or otherwise stymie the
Republican agenda to run out the clock
until the 2018 midterms.
Democracy for America Executive
Director Charles Chamberlain was blunt.

DEMOCRATS ARE
REBUILDING, PUSHING
BACK AGAINST TRUMP
While Republicans are rallying behind
enacting their agenda, Democrats, as
Politico magazine put it in January, are
"in the wilderness" with a party that's
been "decimated."
As to what went wrong in 2016 - an
election that seemed certain to go
their way all the way through the final
moments of the campaign - Democrats
are divided.
"Democrats failed to listen sufficiently
to voters," declared Gretchen Whitmer,
the former state senate Democratic
leader in Michigan.

REGARDLESS OF PARTY,
NOW'S THE TIME TO ENGAGE
Something that unites Republicans,
Democrats and independents alike in
the AAHOA community is their shared
commitment to working to better the
hospitality industry.
That's why AAHOA hosts two annual
fly-ins to Washington, says Chip Rogers,
president and CEO of AAHOA.
"AAHOA members, when they engage
in as little as opening and responding to
an email action alert, they're making a
difference for our industry," Rogers said.
"When an AAHOA member takes time to
come to Washington for our two annual
legislative conferences, their impact is
even greater."
There are even more ways to get
involved politically, Rogers added.
There's donating to the AAHOA political
action committee, which pools resources
to support a bipartisan slate of local,
state and federal candidates each election. AAHOA also works with state lodging associations to organize events in
state capitols for hoteliers to meet and
talk with state lawmakers.
As for whether the 2018 elections will
become a rebirth of the Democratic Party
(as history suggests it will) or whether
the Republicans will be able to buck the
trend, only time will tell. But there's no
time to waste in getting involved. A good
place to start is AAHOA's Legislative
Action Summit on May 17 and 18 in
Washington. Visit AAHOA.com to register today.
■
Brandon VerVelde is the
Director of State and Local
Government Affairs for
AAHOA and can be reached
at brandon@aahoa.com.

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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
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - AAHOA Member Spotlight
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Winning the Airbnb Guest
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - What Uber Can Teach Us About Our Future
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Part 2: Demystifying the Digital Marketplace
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - The Value of True Hospitality in a Shared Economy
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Today's Hotelier - March 2017 - Locality’s Effect on Design Evolution
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