Examining the intersection between Washington politics and the auto retail industry.



Q&A With Global Automakers’ Don Stewart

During a crucial week for autos and trade, we sat down with Don Stewart, Global Automakers’ new Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, to talk tariffs, dealer engagement, and what exactly the Washington Nationals need to do to pull out of their spring slump. Stew’s extensive experience on Capitol Hill (paired with a brief but unforgettable […]




Why Dealer Involvement REALLY Matters

In this episode of Beltway Talk, AIADA Chairman Howard Hakes explains why it’s so important for dealers to make an effort to get involved in what’s happening to their businesses on a federal level. “A lot of the people are just, ‘Oh, Howard, you’re taking care of that, appreciate what you’re doing for us.’ I […]




Dealers Respond to 232 Tariff Threat

AIADA Vice President of Public Relations Libby Newman, standing in for regular Beltway Talk host Hannah Oliver, sits down for  a quick interview with AIADA President & CEO Cody Lusk to discuss tariffs, national security, and why dealers need to care about it. With auto imports in the cross hairs, international brand dealers have every […]




Death and Taxes

In this episode of Beltway Talk, Patrick Conner, a partner with Husch Blackwell in St. Louis, MO, breaks down what dealers need to understand about the Estate Tax, and how they can best plan for a future for their business and their families. As a Financial Services & Capital Markets expert, Patrick knows what dealers need when […]




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