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Why Democratic Leaning Jaime Dimon, of JP Morgan, Calls Americans to Support Tax Reform

November 24th, 2017 Comments off

JaimeDimonJPMorganBloombergDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsJames Dimon is an American business executive. He is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase, the largest of the big four American banks,” says Wikipedia.

James “Jaime” Dimon is calling for a tax cut and overhaul, in order to make American businesses more competitive in a tough global economy.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon explains why he’s hesitant to get involved in politics after previously supporting Hillary Clinton,” said NBC News.


So the video report below, courtesy of left-of-center Bloomberg, shouldn’t be seen as much as a pro-Trump policy statement as it is Dimon’s considered belief that the policies he advocates for would benefit Americans and American businesses.

As the Daily Business News has previously reported, the House passed their version of the tax reform bill.  The NFIB and others support the tax cut/overhaul measure, which if it passes the Senate, will then go to the House/Senate conference committee to reconcile the two versions of the legislation.

NFIB’s Juanita Duggan Cheers, Leads, Explains Why on Tax Reform for American Businesses

If in doubt about who your two senators are, MH Industry members can go to the link below to find yours. Email addresses are routinely provided on senators websites.

Alternatively, you may phone the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request,” says the website.

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Sexual Harassment, Workplace Poll, Congress, President Sound Off – MH Industry Impact?

November 22nd, 2017 Comments off

SexualHarrasmentManHandsWomanShoulderMarianUDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsQuinnipiac University has released the results of a new poll that looks into the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, Congress and the presidency.

Sixty percent of American women voters say they’ve experienced sexual harassment, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today,” states the poll’s media release to the Daily Business News.

If the poll is presumed to be reliable, it reflects troubling data for businesses, which would include manufactured housing.

A deeper dive into the sexual harassment and workplace issues, and how it may specifically impact manufactured housing industry professionals, is planned after Thanksgiving.

The poll could signal problems for the GOP’s reform agenda, again if the survey is presumed to be reliable.

Senator Al Franken Should Resign Immediately, Says Slate’s Mark Stern, Roy Moore Update

A look at elements of the poll will embedded in and following the president’s remarks on related topics, below. Rephrasing, the polls results being shown were not part of the president’s remarks, but some of the charts from are sprinkled in that presidential Q&A below, and then following it as well.

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Sexual Harassment Allegations in the News

Until yesterday, the president has been silent for days on the issues of sexual harassment, Congressional payoffs to accusers, GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Senator Al Franken (D-MN), and senior Democratic Congressman John Conyers, among other topics.



That Q&A from yesterday is being shared verbatim, per the White House pressroom release to the Daily Business News.

Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure

South Lawn – 3:16 P.M. EST

PresidentTrumpQuestionsMarineOnePittsburgPressDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsQ Mr. President, are you ready to talk about Roy Moore at all?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, I’ll be talking about him. I can tell you one thing for sure: We don’t need a liberal person in there, a Democrat — Jones. I’ve looked at his record. It’s terrible on crime. It’s terrible on the border. It’s terrible on the military. I can tell you for a fact, we do not need somebody that’s going to be bad on crime, bad on borders, bad with the military, bad for the Second Amendment.

Q Is Roy Moore, a child molester, better than a Democrat? He’s an accused —

THE PRESIDENT: Well, he denies it. Look, he denies it. I mean, if you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And, you know, you have to listen to him also. You’re talking about, he said 40 years ago this did not happen. So, you know —

Q Are you going to campaign for Roy Moore?

THE PRESIDENT: I’ll be letting you know next week. But I can tell you, you don’t need somebody who’s soft on crime, like Jones.


Note, while most polls are showing the president’s job approval under 50 percent, the typical pollster predicted that candidate Trump wouldn’t win – just a little over a year ago. There does seem to be either an underground Trump supporter, and/or the internals of the poll, to see what percentage of Democrats, Republicans and independents are being polled, and adjusted for if/as needed, as MHProNews did last year pre-election to properly project the Trump upset win. Showing a poll doesn’t mean MHProNews endorses the poll.

Q Mr. President, what is your message to women, sir, during this pivotal moment in our country where we’re talking about sexual misconduct? You’ve had your own allegations against you. What do you say to women?

THE PRESIDENT: Let me just tell you, Roy Moore denies it. That’s all I can say. He denies it. And, by the way, he totally denies it.

Q Mr. President, what is your message to women? This is a pivotal moment in our nation’s history.

THE PRESIDENT: Women are very special. I think it’s a very special time because a lot of things are coming out, and I think that’s good for our society, and I think it’s very, very good for women. And I’m very happy a lot of these things are coming out, and I’m very happy it’s being exposed.


Q Should Al Franken resign now?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t know — look, I don’t want to speak for Al Franken. I don’t know what happened.

Q What about John Conyers?

THE PRESIDENT: I just heard about Conyers two minutes ago.

As far as Franken is concerned, he’s going to have to speak for himself. I’d rather have him speak for himself.


This poll should be revisited after the Alabama Senate special election. Why? Because state polling indicates some show Roy Moore’s opponents up by a few, points, another shows Judge Roy Moore slightly ahead. The Access Hollywood/Bill Bush video of then candidate Trump was released shortly before the election; and as you know, Donald Trump is the president. Similarly, in spite of accusations against Bill Clinton, and he still won his race too.

Q What did you say to Vladimir Putin, sir?


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THE PRESIDENT: We had a great call with President Putin. We’re talking about peace in Syria — very important. We’re talking about North Korea. We had a call that lasted almost an hour and a half. We’ve just put out a release on the call. But we’re talking very strongly about bringing peace for Syria. We’re talking about very strongly about North Korea and Ukraine.

Q The AT&T-Time Warner merger, sir — what do you think about it?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m not going to get involved in litigation. But, personally, I’ve always felt that that was a deal that’s not good for the country. I think your pricing is going to go up. I don’t think it’s a good deal for the country. But I’m not going to get involved. It’s litigation.

Thank you, everybody. Have a very great Thanksgiving.

Q Do you believe Roy Moore’s denials? Do you believe him?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, he denies. I mean, Roy Moore denies it. And, by the way, he gives a total denial. And I do have to say, 40 years is a long time. He’s run eight races, and this has never comes up. So 40 years is a long time. The women are Trump voters; most of them are Trump voters. All you can do is, you have to do what you have to do. He totally denies it.

Q Mr. President, do you believe Congress should release the names of lawmakers who have settled on sexual harassment claims?

THE PRESIDENT: I do. I really do. I think they should. Thank you. Have a good Thanksgiving, everybody.




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Quinnipiac University National Poll

Wikipedia says that Quinnipiac University does not disclose their polling arm’s operating budget, and the poll does not accept clients or outside funding.


That said, the Daily Kos, Akdart and The Conservative Treehouse are among those in media that note that Quinnipiac’s polling has historically had a left leaning, or pro-Democratic tilt.  For the left-right media tilt analysis by award winning journalist, Sharyl Attkisson, click here.


Some of the questions Quinnipiac used are what pollsters call “push polling” style. What that  means is that the question tends to push respondents in a certain direction, which may influence their responses.

QuinnipiaceUniversityWhereSexuallyHarrasedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsThen, news media picks up those polls, often without qualifiers like those noted above, and thus those skewed responses are in turn a tool that attempts to influence the public at large.

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While virtually all polls show President Trump overall job approval numbers under 50 percent, what many in media fail to mention is what the Drudge Report recently pointed out.  Namely, that President Trump is polling better than other democratic world leaders, such as Britain’s May, Germany’s Merkle and France’s Macron.

The president also out-polls Congress, and trust in the mainstream news media.


The Daily Business News will do a post-Thanksgiving review of sexual harassment insights as it relates to manufactured housing. Stay tuned.  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, tips, and commentary.)


Beyond Thanksgiving, Reflections on Scandals, Fears, Reform, Prayer, Conversion

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Big Win for OMHA/OMHC in House, Senate Vote Next

May 4th, 2017 Comments off

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In a story that the Daily Business News has followed closely, the Ohio Manufactured Housing Association (OMHA) saw the Ohio House of Representatives pass Substitute HB 49, the “State of Ohio budget bill” on May 2nd, restoring the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission (OMHC), consistent with present law.

As we reported prior, the original proposal from Governor John Kasich’s’ office would have abolished the OMHC, and transferred its responsibility to the Ohio Department of Commerce (DOC).

At the core of the campaign against the Commission are claims from Ohio fire and environmental officials who say the board doesn’t do enough to prevent manufactured home fires and ensure clean drinking water in the MH communities.


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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we have pointed out the facts versus myths surrounding manufactured homes and fires, noting that homes built under post-1976 federal regulations have the same rates in this area as traditional homes.

The OMHC has wide ranging responsibilities as an independent agency, including all regulation of home installations & inspections, dispute resolution, sales licensing, and manufactured home community regulation.

The OMHC also conducts inspections of all new and previously owned manufactured home installations, resulting in less than 10 complaints in the last three years. By comparison, 23,000 home installations have occurred in the last decade, and prior to the Commission’s existence 500 -800 improper home installation complaints occurred annually.


Credit: OMHA.

The OMHA, along with the Association of Manufactured Home Residents of Ohio (AMHRO), representing homeowners and residents, vigorously opposed the proposal from the Kasich Administration during recent legislative testimony before the Ohio House.

During the testimony, AMHRO President Frank Pojman said: “I urge any of your Committee to review agendas and minutes of the MH Commission meetings, to see the all-important issues that are discussed, for the benefits and safety of manufactured homeowners.”

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Tim Williams, OMHA.

The House of Representatives provided for thorough discussion during legislative testimony,” said OMHA Executive Director Tim Williams.

I am pleased the House recognized the value of maintaining the independent Manufactured Homes Commission and its record of consistently operating below budget, providing 100% homeowner safety inspections and reducing both homeowner and business fees.”

The Ohio Senate will now consider Substitute HB 49. The Daily Business News will continue to follow this story closely and provide updates. ##


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Carson Approved by Senate Committee, Provides View on MH

January 24th, 2017 Comments off

Ben Carson taking the oath at his confirmation hearing. Credit: Newsmax.

The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee has unanimously approved Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.) His nomination now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Manufactured housing also took center stage, as the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) tells MHProNews that Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada) asked Dr. Carson to describe in writing his view of the role of manufactured housing in the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.


I do see manufactured housing playing an important role in providing affordable housing in rural areas. I think it’s important to ensure HUD’s policies promote access to this valuable resource,” said Carson.


Senator Dean Heller. Official photo.

After the vote by the senate, Carson will inherit an agency with 8,300 employees and a budget of about $47 billion.

According to WWLP, Committee Chairman Michael Crapo of Idaho praised Carson and his impressive career.


Senator Michael Crapo. Credit: Wikipedia.

HUD will benefit from having a secretary with a different perspective and a diverse background,” said Crapo.

The committee advanced Carson’s nomination in a simple voice vote without major opposition from Senate Democrats, who are fighting other appointees of President Trump.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the leading Democrat on the panel, said he was supporting Carson because of his commitments to address lead hazards, uphold fair housing laws and advocate for rental assistance, despite his reservations.


Senator Sherrod Brown. Official photo.

I would not have chosen him because of his lack of experience and his often troubling public statements over the last three years,” said Brown.

But despite my reservations and my disagreements with some of his positions, I’ll give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt.”

Prior to the vote, Brown proposed unsuccessfully that the committee begin requiring Cabinet-level nominees to submit three years of tax returns before confirmation hearings.

Republicans opposed the change.

Our extensive coverage on the nomination and confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson includes four former HUD Secretaries endorsing Carson and an open letter from MHProNews and MHLivingNews Publisher L.A. “Tony” Kovach.

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Temporary Spending Measure Passes to Keep Government Open

December 11th, 2015 Comments off

u_s_congress__foxnews__creditMHProNews has learned from foxnews the Senate has passed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government open until Wednesday, Dec. 16, so negotiators can have more time to hammer out a longer term measure.

While lawmakers are trying to come together on a $1.1 trillion budget deal to fund all the government agencies in 2016, Republicans and Democrats are disagreeing over the environment, taxes and Syrian refugees.

While the Senate approved the stop-gap spending bill on voice vote, the House was expected to pass the measure today.

Meanwhile, MH industry pros continue to beseech others in the industry to contact their Congresspersons and urge them to include S 650 as a policy rider to the omnibus appropriations bill. The opportunity is now, no one knows what Congress may do in 2016. This is the industry’s best shot at alleviating the inadvertent effects of Dodd-Frank and the subsequent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s hamstringing of manufactured home financing options. Click here for MH pros’ take on the measure. ##

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Homeowners Insurance Transparency Includes Manufactured Homes

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

In the name of transparency, beginning in May, Louisiana House Bill 909 requires companies that provide homeowners insurance, including manufactured homes, to publish information on premiums, incurred losses and how the insurance company arrived at its rate. MHProNews has learned from the information, which will be available on the Louisiana Department of Insurance’s website, can be garnered based on parish, Zip Code and peril going back for ten years. The bill unanimously passed the House and the Senate and Gov. Bobby Jindal signed it June 4, 2014. A sunset clause will end the measure in 2017 if it is not effective. ##

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Reform Bill Passes House

February 28th, 2014 Comments off

Sponsored by House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI), the Consumer Financial Freedom and Washington Accountability Act, HR 3193, passed on a mostly party-line vote, would replace the director with a five-member commission and give Congress oversight of the budget. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) calls it “the single most powerful and least accountable Federal agency in the history of our nation and thus demands rigorous oversight. The American people deserve better. We do need protection for consumers from Wall Street but consumers need to be protected from Washington as well,” he said. The bill would remove it from Federal Reserve control and make it a stand-alone independent agency, subject to the appropriations process like other federal agencies.

U. S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), in opposing the measure, said, “The CFPB has ensured that all consumers have fair and transparent access to consumer financial products and services. It has written important mortgage rules that prevent lenders from engaging in the risky and irresponsible practices that led to the collapse of the housing market and fueled the 2008 global financial crisis.” She said its enforcement actions have resulted in over three billion dollars being refunded to nine million consumers.

Critics also complain it intends to spend $145 million on renovations to a building it does not even own. As tells MHProNews, HR 3193 now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate where it faces an uphill battle. ##

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Pooling Resources for Manufactured Housing, or Pulling them Apart?

February 25th, 2014 Comments off

In a commentary by‘s publisher L. A. ‘Tony” Kovach, noting a recent advertisement by the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) targeted to industry lenders who are members of the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) in an attempt to have them join MHARR, he alludes to a 1971 Pogo cartoon by cartoonist Walt Kelly in which Pogo says, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

Infighting is destructive to common goals and a waste of energy, as if someone outside the manufactured housing industry has a policy of divide and conquer in order to derail the goal of making affordable housing accessible. As several MH industry execs have indicated, we all have more in common than not, and our cause is best advanced when we all—state associations, trade organizations, lenders, retailers, community owners, etc., pull together in the same direction.

Kovach specifically points out MHARR’s president, Danny Ghorbani, does not publicly support HR 1779 and S 1829, the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act in the House and the Senate, nor does he support bills backed by state associations. He apparently does not see the inconsistency in embracing Ishbel Dickens of the National Manufactured Homeowners Association who testified publicly that manufactured home community owners are the enemy, and then he asks for support from community owners. Meanwhile, support for HR 1779 continues to grow, a companion bill has been introduced in the Senate, and the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been put on the hot seat about shortcomings in Dodd-Frank that negatively affect manufactured home lending practices.

When Danny and his allies throw bombs, it diverts attention from the true goal: Pooling resources to promote the industry in a positive manner so more people have access to buying manufactured homes. For the full commentary, click here. ##

(Editor’s Note: A related news column is linked here.)

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MHI Members Scour Capitol Hill for Support

February 21st, 2014 Comments off

One of the highlights of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) Winter Meeting Feb. 9-11 was the day manufactured housing professionals from the entire spectrum of the industry visited Capitol Hill to speak directly with their Congressional representatives. After a breakfast/pep talk with Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and supporter of HR 1779, MHI members fanned out, seeking support for the industry in nearly 100 meetings with Senate and House members. The Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, S. 1828, garnered six Senate co-sponsors: Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rand Paul (R-KY), Lamar Alexander (R-KY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Dan Coats (R-IN). understands 108 members of the House have already signed on as co-sponsors of 1779.

Leo Poggione, President of Craftsman Homes said, “It is always more effective if your representatives hear your voice in a face-to-face situation. We are probably in the midst of one of the biggest turning points of our industry in the last 20 years and Hill visits are absolutely vital to our survival as an industry.”

Said Brad Shechtman of AMHC Management: “The most important aspect of our visits to the Hill are the stories we can tell about ordinary folks trying to buy affordable quality homes that our industry offers. It was refreshing to see how the congressional staffers and lawmakers thoroughly enjoyed the education, statistics and information we provided about manufactured housing. When we are successful at painting the picture for our friends on the Hill, it is more likely we can influence policy.” ##

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Separate FHA Reform Bill may Pass Congress

December 16th, 2013 Comments off

If Congress cannot decide on the feasibility of passing overall housing reform legislation, banking committee leaders from both houses may just pass Federal Housing Authority (FHA) reform as a stand-alone bill, legislation which almost passed in 2012 with bipartisan support. Overall reform might also include the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two very hot topics. FBR Capital Markets policy analyst Edward Mills says the improving performance of the FHA fund decreases the “threat of large-scale congressional changes to the program that could have contracted credit availability.” As nationalmortgagenews informs MHProNews, the House Financial Services Committee passed a housing reform finance bill last summer but the full House has not been given the opportunity to vote on the bill.

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