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U.S. Roads Are In Terrible Shape: How Would You Fix Them?
U.S. Roads Are In Terrible Shape: How Would You Fix Them?

Here's what we know about the state of America's highways and byways: 1. Many roads in the U.S. are in desperate need of repairs or upgrades. In 2009 the American Society of Civil Engineers gave our roadway system a D-minus. According to Pew Research, over a third of U.S. roads are in "substandard"...Read More»

2012 Republican National Convention
GOP Platform Speaks Out Against Monitoring Of Cars, EPA Regs

Forget John Grisham and Stephen King: if you want some good beach reading this Labor Day weekend, break out a copy of the official Republican party platform, which was ratified yesterday in Tampa. (The Democratic platform may be equally entertaining, but unfortunately, it won't be available until...Read More»

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GM To Dems & GOP: No More Cars For Your Conventions

Since 1980, General Motors has provided cars to both Republicans and Democrats for their national conventions -- and it's done so free of charge. But according to a report in Detroit News, that policy has come to a screeching halt. Typically, GM has supplied the conventions with several hundred...Read More»

Attack ad against Jeff Brandes from the Committee to Protect Florida
Florida Attack Ad Uses 'Driverless Cars' To Scare Elderly Voters

'Tis the season for many things: late-summer road trips. Back-to-school shopping. And of course, iffy political attack ads. By now, we'd expected to see a number of commercials criticizing incumbents' support of the Detroit bailout begun by President Bush and continued under President Obama. But in...Read More»

Representative Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan: Former Wienermobile Driver, Future Vice President?

With November's presidential election drawing close, the tickets are now set, with President Obama and Vice President Biden set to take on Gov. Mitt Romney and newly named Vice President nominee, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. According to a report last year by National Public Radio, the...Read More»

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GM Nixes Support For Conservative Lobbying Group

Once upon a time, corporations seemed pretty adept at keeping their political activities quiet. But as reps from Lowe's, Kraft, and Chick-fil-A will quickly tell you, that ain't the case no more: thanks to the internet and today's 24-hour news cycle, corporate lobbying maneuvers are increasingly...Read More»

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Surface Transportation Bill Finally Passes. So, What's In It?

After a long, grueling slog through both houses of Congress, the highly anticipated, two-year surface transportation bill has finally passed. But now that it's been hacked to shreds by the House and the Senate, then stitched back together in joint committee, what, exactly, is in it? Hard to say...Read More»

Mitt Romney
Automobile Magazine Explains... Mitt Romney?

As the glossies go, Automobile magazine has always strived to be a bit different and a bit less politically correct than the other keep-the-advertisers-happy-at-all-costs buff books. The latest issue, with its feature story on Mitt Romney and his auto industry executive father, George, is certainly...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Don't Get Mad, Don't Get Even: New Jersey Outlaws Road Rage

On Friday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that stiffens penalties for drivers convicted of road rage. The law is known as "Jessica Rogers' Law" (PDF), named for a young woman who was paralyzed in 2005 when the car in which she was riding hit a telephone pole. The driver...Read More»

First Scene Car Blackbox Traveling Data Recorder
Coming Soon To Your New Car: A Black Box Data Recorder

Last week, we told you about a proposal from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that would require brake-override systems on new vehicles. But there's more change afoot in D.C.: according to Mashable, legislation has passed in the U.S. Senate that would mandate the installation of...Read More»

2012 Ford Expedition
Republicans Go Big And Thirsty, Democrats Go Small And Green

The differences between Republicans and Democrats extend beyond mere political ideology. When it comes to buying cars, party loyalists on both sides have distinctly different tastes, but their respective vehicle choices don’t always play to stereotypes. As the latest survey from Strategic...Read More»

2012 Dodge Durango - ParkView back up camera
U.S. To Require Rearview Cameras On All Cars By 2014: UPDATED

UPDATED: See below On July 8, 2004, five-year-old Benjamin Donnell was killed when his father backed over him in the family's SUV. On October 9, 2004, two-year-old Adrianna Clemens met a similarly tragic fate. These stories are not unusual. In fact, according to a report in the New York Times, over...Read More»

Ray LaHood
Ray LaHood Proposes New Rules To Combat Distracted Driving

Back in December, the National Transportation Safety Board proposed strict new guidelines governing the use of mobile devices in automobiles. Shortly thereafter, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood implied that portions of the NTSB's guidelines were unnecessary -- namely the part about...Read More»

Mitt Romney
Polls Headed South, Mitt Romney Hits The Road To Win Michigan

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's made no secrets of his ties to the epicenter of the American auto industry, in Michigan. Not only was Romney's father George governor of the state, he was president of American Motors during that company's last real run at success, in the 1960s. But as he's...Read More»

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
CA Passes Landmark Law Requiring Many More Zero-Emission Vehicles

Last Friday, the influential California Air Resources Board adopted new emission rules that will require carmakers to sell increasing number of zero-emission vehicles in the state, starting in 2018. By 2025, fully 15.4 percent of the cars sold annually in California must be zero-emission...Read More»

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Are Gas Prices Heading To $5 A Gallon?

In case you’ve spent the past 30 days engaging in holiday revelry without regard to current international events, we’ve got some bad news for you. Things in the Middle East, while never good, have gone from bad to worse. In retaliation for Iran’s continued nuclear efforts, the...Read More»

2011 Saab 9-5
The Top Car News Stories Of 2011

The year 2011 will not go down in history as the happiest year for the auto industry. From March's destructive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, to the year-long Saab saga that's ending sadly, it's been a difficult, sometimes tragic, year for the people who work in the auto industry. There is...Read More»

Flower developed by Toyota to offset emissions from its Prius facility
People Will Soon Legally Marry Their Cars, Says Pressure Group

Democracy is often a messy process, with extreme statements on both sides of any issue--particularly when public attitudes are evolving rapidly on contentious social issues. So it may be best to view last week's statement by an executive at the American Family Association that we will soon legally...Read More»

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Alabama Nabs Honda Exec A Week After Jailing Mercedes Manager Under Immigration Law

Many of the people arrested under Alabama's new immigration law--immigrants from Central and South America, documented or not--get no media attention. A state that arrests or tickets executives from foreign automakers who provide thousands of jobs, however, makes the press sit up and take notice...Read More»

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