politics

Hot buttons poll: Campaign finance

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Hot button: Take the plunge to deal with U.S. debt?

A majority of Overdrive readers favor a moderate course in dealing with the "fiscal cliff' coming at yearend if Congress does not act.

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Reader: ‘We built our business one day at a time’

Overdrive reader Steve Bixler, in a team operation hauling frack sand with his wife, Doris, offers kudos on Max Heine's "Who built your business?" column.

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Hot Button: Truckers’ choice for President

Sixty-six percent of Overdrive readers participating in our 2012 presidential election poll favored Mitt Romney as their candidate of choice.

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Joe Biden on the big-rig business

Trucking could use a little more of what the Vice President seems to have had back in 1973, a true empathy for the realities of the independent trucking business.

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Owners, drivers: Stand up and be counted

"I know that if our owners and drivers stopped long enough to vote on the issues their voice would be heard." --Michael McRae, President of M&M Contractors and Specialized Carriers

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Lynyrd Skynyrd continues long-haul legacy with new record

Lynyrd Skynyrd's new "Last of a Dyin' Breed" record runs hard with themes of the passing of a generation of highwaymen and -women. Interviews here with guitarist/Blackfoot founding member Rickey Medlocke and tour hauler Dale Macon.

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ObamaCare: Love it? Or repeal it?

As you'll likely be aware, on June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the president’s health care act, including a provision that requires Americans to prove they have health insurance or pay a fine. Also under the law, those with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage, children up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ insurance, and states must set up online “exchanges” where consumers can buy subsidized insurance policies. Presumptive Republican ...

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EOBRs reportedly dropped, then back in highway bill

According to this report from Fox News, citing confidential sources knowledgeable of ongoing Senate/House conference committee work on final highway bill language, a deal has been reached that includes removal of the mandate for interstate carriers to use EOBRs for hours-of-service compliance. Here's the language in the Fox report: "At the insistence of House Republicans, the Senate dropped a safety provision that would have required commercial trucks to be equipped with devices that keep track of ...

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Trucking fruit in Obama’s energy, manufacturing messages

If you missed last night's State of the Union address, the President followed in predecessors' footsteps by detailing a veritable laundry list of election-year policy initiatives with no small measure of specific requests for the deadlocked Congress -- many of which, it's sure, will not see the light of day this year. All the same, Obama's vision for boosting American economic prospects holds potential good news for drivers in the area of future infrastructure rebuilding, and ...

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