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Unrequited love from the owner of Asian King

Anyone who lives on the road or has a loved one on the road knows how important telephone relationships are. When George was brand new to over the road, we didn't have Facebook, and SnapChat and Facetime and 99 other ways to see one another instantly, through the magic of the interwebs. We spent our time together on the phone, hours and hours on the phone, talking about everything happening around us, describing the feeling ...

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My left hand’s free

We survived the body part harvest of 2017. I'm having T-shirts made that say: “I'm not drunk, I'm just recovering from hand surgery.” Here's a note about scheduling, and remembering that two adults who are extremely active and independent probably don't need to have simultaneous surgeries, especially if they're counting on one another to help recover. The note says, “What the hell were you thinking?” What I was thinking is we both needed maintenance that was going ...

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ELD delay faces big hurdles, even with added co-sponsors

Despite a bill being introduced this month to delay the ELD mandate, Congress appears reluctant to tackle the issue. ATA is also adamant there's little support for the measure among lawmakers.

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Videographer Texomatic is ready to rock Dallas

Being a 20-plus-year veteran of trucking, Tex has a unique approach to his filmmaking that captures the industry in a way I've not seen anyone else do. Texomatic productions, whether video or stills, have a distinct feel, and clearly the industry likes it.

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10 dead in smuggling operation: A reminder that Thune’s trafficking bill is too narrow

This smuggling operation that turned tragic hits the trucking industry in the gut. Yet provided early statements to police hold up, this was not just the effort of one truck driver.

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Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Representative Babin gets it

"Since we have the golden unicorn of a Representative in Texas who has really been inside a truck, used one to make a living, and knows what the HOS is, we should definitely make an effort to let him know how very much we appreciate him." Support his bill by calling your own rep, Wendy urges.

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Steve McNeal’s sleeper-/six-skid-box-outfitted custom ’17 Ford Transit expediter

Take a video run through a unit that, in a booth at the Expedite Expo (Load One's) that also included one of Brad Keselowski's actual NASCAR racecars, was getting the lion's share of the attention.

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Why language is important

Wendy on Congressional move to institute lifetime CDL ban for human traffickers: "Language matters, especially when crafting laws. You see, laws are a lot like lies, the more specific and convoluted you make them the easier it is for them to be picked apart."

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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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