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Trump’s Opponents Spent over $75 Million Trying to Defeat Him

May 4th, 2016 Comments off

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Conservative Solutions PAC, a pro Marco Rubio group, spent over one of every four dollars for an anti-Tump ad—about $19.7 million. One of their ads, “Serious,” ran 3,939 times, the most of any anti-Trump ad. His campaign even ran ads in Missouri attempting to link Trump to the KKK.

The second most anti-Trump ad that ran, “Day One,” was sponsored by a Sen. Ted Cruz group that criticized Trump and other candidates.

In second place for the most anti-Trump dollars spent came from Jeb Bush’s super PAC, Right to Rise USA, which spent nearly $10 million.

Shelling out the most of any presidential candidate on either side of the aisle, Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent $5.2 million on ads with an anti-Trump message.

But Cruz’s campaign spent $4.3 million against Trump, more than any other Republican.

Meanwhile, on the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Indiana, the same state that gave Trump a resounding defeat over Ted Cruz, and all but sealed the Republican primary for Trump.

As MHProNews has reported, Democrats want to keep, and possibly expand, the reach of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while Republicans say they want to do away with the agency. ##

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The Donald’s Duck Dynasty Reality LA Win

March 6th, 2016 Comments off
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Donald Trump packs the house in less than 24 hours at the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida, touting “the movement” that Time Magazine and others in the mainstream media have taken note of in recent weeks. Photo credit, MyNews13.

The headline practically writes itself. Governor Bobby Jindal’s endorsement of Marco Rubio had little noticeable impact, as the junior U.S. Senator from Florida came in a distant third in his state, while the “Duck Dynasty” Robertson family support of Donald Trump was a true reality TV victory for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Louisiana in the March 5, 2016 primary contest.

Self-described Democratic socialist, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), took Nebraska and Kansas, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning in LA.

Trump and Senator Ted Cruz split victories on March 5th, with Cruz winning caucuses in Kansas and Maine, and Trump winning Louisiana and Kentucky, scoring an edge in the states with the larger delegate counts.

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The other headline for March 5th voting ought to be that none of the so-called establishment candidates have won a race on the Republican side. Rubio became the default go-to person once establishment favorite, Jeb Bush, bowed out after his resounding defeat in South Carolina.

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The once-vaunted 100+ million dollar war chest of the Bush campaign and the pro-Bush super PACs failed to dent The Donald’s populist/nationalist and self-described “common sense conservatism” movement. Some argue that attacks on Trump have actually helped him with voters angry at the establishment and the political status quo. Anti-Trump super PACs have pledged to spend up to $40 million in negative TV ads, hoping to derail the candidate’s momentum with voters.

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Rubio – who came to Washington, DC as a Tea Party candidate –  has won in Minnesota and is expected to do well in Puerto Rico; but polling and the upcoming map for his campaign looks grim.

If it’s a tough road for Rubio, the path for under-funded Ohio Governor John Kasich is even more problematic. Each must win their home states on March 15, but each faces stiff challenges in their own turfs and beyond.

An emboldened Ted Cruz campaign narrative not only continues to declare that his is the only campaign that has been able to consistently upend Trump, Cruz is essentially forcing a showdown with the real estate titan by opening ten well placed campaign offices in FL. 

Anti-Trump talk radio show host, Erick Erickson, called Saturday morning for Rubio to join Ted Cruz’s campaign as his VP, as yet another attempt to derail Donald Trump’s otherwise apparent path to the Republican party nomination. 

Drudge Report headline says that Trump has called on Rubio to bow out. Trump has brushed off Rubio’s recent attacks – which were essentially repeated and underscored by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney – as having the same impact as that of others, like former Governor Jeb Bush who tried it before. Trump called Romney a “failed candidate” who blew an election he should have won against the “failed presidency of Barack Obama.

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Voter turnout for Democratic candidates has been down so far in 2016 vs. the 2008 election cycle. By contrast, the energy created on the hotly contested Republican side has seen record voting, with increases of 50% and more in various states to date.  In Massachusetts, reports say that some 20,000 Democrats left their party to vote in the Republican primary.

Those facts have bolstered the Trump campaign claims that it has brought in Democrats and Independents, and could in a general election, win in states such as deep blue New York or New Jersey, as well as swing states such as Florida, Ohio, Virginia or Pennsylvania. Trump says that Hillary’s campaign fears running against him.  Indeed, Clinton has mentioned Trump directly or by inference, while generally ignoring other Republican candidates.

The Campaign and the MH Industry

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CFPB regulations has made buying and selling manufactured homes under $75k more difficult, and the impact on manufactured homes with a value under $20,000 has been even more severe. This has trapped many would-be buyers in a de facto Renters Nation. Image credit, MHProNews.

Rubio has supported the manufactured housing industry’s reforms sought in the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, S 682. The Washington Post quotes Ted Cruz as saying, Five major agencies that I would eliminate: the IRS, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce and HUD.” Cruz has suggested the functions of those agencies could be sent back to states or to other federal departments, which leaves manufactured housing industry members wondering – would the HUD Code manufactured home program functions be transferred to, say, the Department of the Interior?

Democratic candidates have favored no changes on Dodd-Frank that might help affordable housing.  HR 650 passed the House in the spring of 2015 with bi-partisan support, and the current state of the CFPB’s regulations harms the resale values of millions of lower cost manufactured home and conventional housing owners

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CFPB regulations restricts free speech rights, one of the changes sought in HR 650/S 682 MLO rule.  The CFPB furthermore restricts lending – even by those who risk their own capital to make loans on manufactured homes. Learn more at the video linked here. Image credit, MHProNews.

Donald Trump was quoted by The Hill  as saying, We have DoddFrank and we’re in a bubble right now anyway,” Trump has called Dodd-Frank “Terrible,” and along with other Republican candidates, has said he’d repeal the legislation that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

While many questions remain on the specifics of what impact the policy positions of each of the campaigns might have on affordable housing in general, and manufactured housing in particular, there is little doubt that the Democratic front runner’s greatest primary challenge is the FBI and the DOJ, while the upcoming math and momentum strongly favors Donald Trump. ##

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L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach is the publisher of MHProNews.com and MHLivingNews.com.

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Dec. 6-Dec. 13, 2015

December 13th, 2015 Comments off

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Why Families, Singles and Couples are Attracted to Good Manufactured Home Communities

Police Chief’s Wife is on Town Council and Loves Manufactured Home Living

What’s New in Manufactured Housing Industry Professional News

Homeless Housing in Dublin in Dispute. FEMA CA Wildfire Housing to Seniors. Iowa county allows only multi-section homes. More insider trading at Drew, Patrick and Skyline. Ronnie Richards appointed to Texas board. MH organizations sponsor food drive. New officers at Patrick. MHPros ask industry to contact Congress re: S682. Clayton buying Texas plant. Michigan MHC settles suit. Modular homes mimic Hobbit Holes. And much, more in news and views for you to peruse.

Saturday, Dec.12

Patrick Announces New President, CFO

Friday, Dec.11

Temporary Spending Measure Passes to Keep Government Open

Dow Spirals Downward as Oil Falls, Pulling many Stocks Down

Skyline CEO Florea buys Company Stock

Clayton Manufacturing Closes on New Plant

Trump Gaining Steam, Cruz, Rubio appealing to MHPros

Kovach asks Community to Contact Congress in Support of S 682

Thursday, Dec. 10

One-time Fee would Raise the Cost of a Manufactured Home

Modular Home Offers Life on the Water

MH-related Stocks Relatively Quiet in Today’s Trading

Michigan, Arbor Americana MHC Settle Lawsuit

Manufacturing Housing Pros rallying Troops for More Financing Options in 2016

Modular Homeless Housing in Dublin Hits another Snag

Wednesday, Dec 9

Modular Container Homes in Costa Rica will be Off the Grid

Most MH-related Stocks Slip, as do Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500

First FEMA Manufactured Homes will be for Seniors Displaced by Valley Fires

Modular Homes Built to Mimic Hobbit Holes

MHC Management Sets Payment Plan for Miscalculated Charges

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Manufactured Home Organizations help Sponsor Annual Food Drive

Jeffrey L. Gendell Continues Unloading Patrick Stock

Sun Stock Rises Alone as Third Avenue Value Fund, UFPI Drop Sharply

Passages: Mary “Irene” Younkin

Sun Lights Up with Distributions

Passages: Darla Blanchard

Monday, Dec. 7

Rural Scott County Iowa only Allows Multi-Section Manufactured Homes

Manufactured Home finally Saved from Creek

More MH-related Stocks Slip than Rise

Texas Gov. Appoints Richards to MH Board

Drew Principals Sell over 40k Shares of Stock

Sunday Morning Recap-Manufactured Housing Industry News Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2015 ##

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Trump Gaining Steam, Cruz, Rubio appealing to MHPros

December 11th, 2015 Comments off

political_caucus__precincts_from_Wash_state_46th_Legislaltive_District_caucus_in_a_school_lunch_room_(2008).MHProNews is hearing about support among industry members for candidates ranging from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side, to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and the political phenom of the year, Donald Trump among Republicans.

As the 2016 primary season heats up, The New York Times reports that Trump is no longer a laughing matter among Democrats. Trumps positions on immigration, and his recent talk of banning Muslims from coming to America in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack last week has the political class rebelling, but his poll numbers are continuing to rise so far.

Writing in washingtonexaminer, Byron York says while the media rages over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s declarations, his supporters in Iowa say his draw is so strong he is bringing newcomers into the caucus process. If true, combine these with current Trump supporters and he could win in Feb.

Meanwhile, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is picking up support in Iowa, having received endorsements from evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats as well as Iowa U. S. Rep. Steve King. One recent poll showed Cruz in the lead, while a different one had Trump ahead. Trump supporters say the polls do not show the true strength of his draw.

Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims is not hurting him here in the Midwest. York says, “The idea that caused the punditocracy’s heads to explode doesn’t appear to be having the same effect among Iowa Republicans.

Mr. York was a featured speaker at a Manufactured Housing Institute event.

Patrick Buchanan writes on wnd that while Donald Trump was being called a fascist demagogue, compared to Hitler and Mussolini for proposing a ban on Muslim immigration, in 1924 the Congress restricted immigration, especially from Asia, and from southern and central Europe. This resulted in a 40 year moratorium on most immigration into the U. S.

President Coolidge and congressional leaders wanted the U. S. to maintain religious and ethnic ties to Europe, not Africa or Asia, the “law of the land” under FDR, Truman and JFK.

He says, “The Constitution protects freedom of religion for U. S. citizens. But citizens of foreign lands have no constitutional right to migrate. And federal law gives a president broad powers in deciding who comes and who does not, especially in wartime.” ##

(Photo credit: wikipediacommons–Precincts from Washington state’s 46th Legislative District caucus in a school lunchroom (2008).

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Sen. Marco Rubio Signs on to S 1828

March 5th, 2014 Comments off

MHProNews.com has learned that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, has become the tenth U. S. senator to sign on as a co-sponsor of S 1828, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-IN, introduced the legislation in the Senate Dec. 16, 2013. The other senators who have signed on are as follows:

    • Sen Tom Coburn R-OK
    • Sen. Pat Toomey R-PA
    • Sen. Tim Scott R-SC
    • Sen. James M. Inhofe R-OK
    • Sen. Daniel Coats R-IN
    • Sen. Rand Paul R-KY
    • Sen. Joe Manchin III R-WV
    • Sen. Lamar Alexander R-TN
    • Sen. John McCain R-AZ ##

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