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



Ready for a Challenge: Honda’s VP of Government Relations Looks Ahead

Jennifer Thomas took over as Honda’s Vice President of Government and Industry Relations for Honda North America, Inc. in June. In her new position she oversees the company’s legislative affairs, advocacy, and public policy efforts for state and federal matters. In this podcast, Jennifer discusses Honda’s work inside the beltway, the important role dealers play […]




A Look Back at 2019 with AIADA Chairman Howard Hakes

Join 2019 AIADA Chairman Howard Hakes as he takes a look back at the ups and downs of his year as chairman, and what he sees as the challenges awaiting dealers in Washington, D.C., in 2020. Howard discusses trade, tariffs, and how vital dealer involvement has been to protecting dealer interests on Capitol Hill.




Q&A With Toyota’s Director of Public Policy Communications

In this latest Beltway Talk we take the opportunity to pick the brain of Ed Lewis, Director of Public Policy Communications at Toyota. Ed gives us an update on Toyota’s activity in Washington, D.C., and discusses trade, fuel regulations, and why Toyota’s dealers are so critical to their mission as a company.




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