Chalk up another win for Elon Musk and the crew at Tesla Motors. The North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association (NCADA) had convinced its pals in the Senate to pass a bill with language that would have, among other things, banned the California automaker from selling cars in the state. After meeting some strong head winds in the North Carolina House of Representatives, however, the bill has been scrapped. All but the anti-free market bit was then added to a separate piece of legislation.

It seems the Tesla charm offensive – both Governor Pat McCrory and House Speaker Thom Tillis went for test drives – was quite effective. We're also certain the company's recent high profile also helped the cause, what with making its first profit and paying back the entirety of its DOE loan. We won't even mention the pressure added from fans of the company, like, say, our favorite vegetarian, hippie chick race car driver, Leilani Munter, who penned a piece for the Huffington Post about the issue.

So, will this latest win convince national and regional auto dealer associations to give up their crusade against the electric car company's direct sales model? Probably not. Still, it sure looks like the tide is turning.


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      EZEE
      • 11 Hours Ago
      But EZEE! How am I supposed to know what political party they belong to? ABG failed to mention it? Why that is a good question - it is called the internet! Although, I can imagine your shock at how you felt after seeing my great post, pointing out that it was democrats and republicans that supported the bill in the NC senate, but republicans in the house and governor that put this to a stop. Why ABG would FAIL to mention this, is a COMPLETE MYSTERY to me. But great job asking there, small child. Unlike others, who jumped to conclusions, you asked. And that is the way to learning, and wisdom. Why, if you simply operate on emotion, with no rational thought (cough)brotherkenny(cough), then you will simply be continually manipulated by politicians, only hating who you are told to hate, and never thinking for yourself. (cough)brotherkenny(cough)...
      Marcopolo
      • 11 Hours Ago
      @ EZEE You will never explain or change the opinion of people who have already made up their minds based on prejudice, ignorance, or or a love of having stereotypes to express outrage against. But here's an interesting facet of this drama, that has just come to light. Tesla have engaged the services of a very effective '' social media management firm" as part of it's pubic relations strategy. The sort of organisation is quite new, keeping a very low profile, and marketing their services in a very oblique manner. For a remarkably hefty fee, these internet based services, monitor and "manage" their clients image on the internet. This involves, posting positive comments about their client, obviously planting negative stories about the opposition, building profile on the prejudices of genuine forum participants, publishing carefully constructed polls, etc. On of the most lucrative, and successful of these enterprises was founded by a former CIA psychological warfare expert. It's really only sophistication of old style PR, and the methods used in political campaigns. Still,...an interesting business.
      EZEE
      • 11 Hours Ago
      But Domenick.... You KNOW....the prejudices of people in this room... You KNOW what they will assume. You know the hate that these people feel at anyone who dares to disagree. Read BrotherKenny's post. People are going to bring it up. The people in this room make politics out of everything, and label those they disagree with as Zombies, anti-American, unenlightened, racist...etc. The listing of D's and R's and not listing seems very selective as well. If a democrat proposes and EV tax, the D is never listed, and everyone here shouts (assuming it is an R) that republicans hate children and want to destroy the earth. If, it were an EV tax in Texas and by a republican, would you honestly not post the R? Here is why it IS important to post that stuff, especially when a democrat does it, or is involved. The people who post here so believe this is IS political, so believe it is black and white, that they will NEVER hold their own side accountable. They will never look and anti-EV efforts by their own side and sound off. When a politician feels his wn base is secure, there is no need to change. Think of it this way - the IRS scandal (we are up to 299 conservative grops targeted, 6 liberal groups - they actually found a few liberal groups) is passing...no one in jail....no one cares. What happens when the next politician wants to do this? Why not? Anyone in jail for the financial collapse? For Iraq? The base was secure....no one cares. So a republican comes into office.....they see ABG catering to liberals....maybe some IRS action? Maybe some wire tapping? You have to know the sensibilities of this room. Maybe if more republicans had stood up on Bush's taking a surplus and turning into a deficit, we wouldn't be where we are. What will happen with the IRS stuff? Wire tapping? Bi-partisan doesn't mean ignoring who does what, it means calling out a person who does wrong, regardless of party. Thank you for chiming in, but if your goal of this blog is to inform....there re issues, and the ultimate goals of green vehicles may not be helped in the way you want.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, I think politicians are starting to see the optics of this fight . . . do you line up behind the auto dealership cartel or do you line up with hot new successful green car company that builds American-designed cars in America? It is a no brainer.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 11 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        How about not lining up with anyone and letting the market do it's thing, for god's sake?
        SublimeKnight
        • 11 Hours Ago
        @Spec
        For a politician, you left out a crucial data point in determining which side to back. Who contributes more to my campaigns?
          Spec
          • 11 Hours Ago
          @SublimeKnight
          True. And another maxim . . . all politics is local. Why support the Californian industrialist when you can support the local dealerships? But still . . . a cartel never looks good.
          Vlad
          • 11 Hours Ago
          @SublimeKnight
          Maybe because the next contender for your seat could show how much sales taxes you sent to a state down the road?
      Domenick
      • 11 Hours Ago
      Just in case you're really wondering (I couldn't tell if that was sarcasm), I didn't mention political parties because, to me, this seems a nonpartisan issue. People from the two main parties are voting both ways, and so it just seems moot. Also, I'd just as soon not instigate a bunch of D vs R in the comments.
      BipDBo
      • 11 Hours Ago
      Worth the read. Thanks, EZEE.
      bluepongo1
      • 11 Hours Ago
      The Future wins.... resistance is futile. ;-)
      brotherkenny4
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's difficult for conservatives to convince us they are anything more than the minions of industry if they are specifically protecting certain industries. Free trade? What free trade? You mean the free trade you tell us we can do but not the ones you tell us we can't? That's kind of like where their version of religious freedom is them being able to tell us what we have to believe in. Yep, their free to impose their religious morality on everyone, and free to protect the companies they like from competition, and of course they really like the companies that are big contributors.
        EZEE
        • 11 Hours Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Yes - those dasardly conservatives: Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange, lauded the ingenuity of the car after watching it automatically start up when she sat down, but she said she doesn't regret joining the 47 other senators who voted unanimously for the bill. "Dealerships are one of those basic industries that are the roots of a small town," she said. "The model convinced me that, while this is visionary, the reality is it has to evolve to a local presence." Opps - was that a "D" after her name? But, the house bill, stripped out that the anti-Tesla part. Here is something on THAT bill: Sen. Bill Rabon, a Southport Republican, asked the House Transportation Committee to approve a new version of the franchise dealer regulations with the anti-Tesla provisions stripped out. They were offered in a rewrite of an unrelated bill. “I would like to tell you the provisions included in (the amended bill) are only those provisions agreed to by all industry stakeholders,” Rabon said. “And secondly, the provisions from the other Senate bill that remain in controversy among the industry stakeholders are not included in this.” Whoops! Did I hear, "Southport Republican?" And this Thom Tillis and Pat McCrory...what letter's do they have after their names...? Oh...might it be? Both 'R's? So let's see...the democrat, as all democrats in the Senate, voted for the anti-tesla bill (and republicans as well), but in the house, a Republican sponsored a bill to strip that out, a Republican test drove the Tesla and loved it, as did the Republican governor. So let's see...you are... wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. Also, you post things without research, thinking, nor anything remotely resembling a sentient human. Now, I will expect you to talk about Democrats support for big business, those who lobby, how they are against free traide, etc. And, you are... wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong wrong. Furthermore, you are wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. Wrong - ro'ng - 1. Not in conformity with fact or truth; incorrect or erroneous. 2. a. Contrary to conscience, morality, or law; immoral or wicked. b. Unfair; unjust. 3. Not required, intended, or wanted: took a wrong turn. 4. Not fitting or suitable; inappropriate or improper: said the wrong thing. 5. brotherkenny4
        mycommentemail
        • 11 Hours Ago
        @brotherkenny4
        Disclaimer: I'm a liberal through and through. If you swap the word conservative with politician in your comment, then you'd be correct. But most conservatives who aren't politicians are actually on the side of Tesla in this case. I believe in calling out those who need it, but there is no point in creating conflict by insulting people needlessly. Especially on a subject nearly everyone who isn't a politician can agree on.
          BipDBo
          • 11 Hours Ago
          @mycommentemail
          Thank you, from a conservative. I could not have said it better. To play the devil's advocate, though, we can look not at conservative free market ideal, but look to the pragmatics of local politics. These politicians are representing not California, but local citizens. It's not just that local dealership owners have pooled together legal money and lobby money for this protective legislation. It's also that there are many local citizens who work for the dealerships. A local citizen could see Tesla's sales model as a potential industry wide shift that could ultimately move jobs out of state.
          purrpullberra
          • 11 Hours Ago
          @mycommentemail
          I don't know of any conservatives who have come out for Tesla except for the ones on this blog. I'm not looking for it of course but
          purrpullberra
          • 11 Hours Ago
          @mycommentemail
          sorry, but I think the main point is that the conservative pols are the ones who set policy and dominate the conversation. When every GOP pol has called Tesla 'losers' who are just as bad as Solyndra and FOXLIES talking the same way too, it's hard to argue that conservatives don't have an irrational bias against Tesla, not all but some. The main thing that I think would make Brotherkenny4's argument unassailable is I it mentions that the GOP platform and their inner selves believe strongly in doing everything business owners want to do in the name of searching for more profit, they want to give up any environmental regulation or clean water regs. and safer work environments and the rest of the awful things businesses do because they can. Democrats don't have that attitude and are more willing to see each side more clearly. But when you have to deal with people who won't make any compromises the resulting rules will be tilted towards the pro-business-at-all-costs side. In this case that means valuing local dealership fears over allowing free trade of an American made product. It sounds like something from the GOP platform and not the Dems. That much seems obvious to me but...
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I applaud North Carolina's govt for operating on some modicum of common sense. Whoever proposed this should be sent through the trap door and never be heard from again. Thanks for playing!
      Smoking_dude
      • 11 Hours Ago
      tesla stock now at 110$ :D good that i bought some
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