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Tesla Motors slams Michigan car dealers for new bill banning them from in-state sales

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A last-minute amendment to a bill passed by Michigan lawmakers before the end of their state legislative season would effectively ban electric automakers Tesla Motors from operating in their state, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

“We were in open dialogue, and were anticipating discussing this in the legislature in the coming year,” Tesla vice president of business development Diarmuid O’Connell said. “Dealers, under the cover of darkness, are foreclosing that debate, I can only assume because they don’t like their prospects in the public debate that we seek.”

The bill originally barred auto companies from telling dealers to charge customers less than 5 percent for “documentation fees.” State law sets the maximum charge for those fees at $200.

According to the Detroit News, an amendment was introduced on Oct. 2 prohibiting auto sales in the state “directly to a retail customer other than through franchised dealers.”

The bill was passed shortly afterwards. Gov. Rick Snyder (R) has until Oct. 21 to sign it into law. The Michigan Automobile Dealers Association took credit for the amendment, but vice president Terry Burns denied targeting Tesla with the move, saying it was “clarification” for the current law.

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“People have asked me is this an attempt to keep Tesla out. No,” Burns told the Detroit News. “We would expect if Tesla wanted to operate in the state of Michigan that they would follow the laws.”

The Tesla sales model currently calls for buyers to purchase their autos either directly from the company or from approved company outlets. Forbes reported that there are 50 registered Tesla owners in Michigan, but the closest sales outlet is in Columbus, Ohio.

“Many bills came over as the legislature finished the session,” a spokesperson for Snyder said. “The governor is doing due diligence by examining all of them.”

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Earlier this year, Tesla announced that it would build a $5 billion auto “gigafactory” in Nevada, prompting lawmakers there to consider giving the company $1.3 billion in tax breaks.


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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

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ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.

Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.

"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.

She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.

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One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."

The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.

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