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08NR26 – MRF News Release – 2008 Election Overview

November 15, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR26 – MRF News Release – 2008 Election Overview 

As expected, Obama garnered approximately 52% of the popular vote. A Democrat piecing together a popular-vote majority is an extraordinary accomplishment, however, it’s not a mandate just as George Bush didn’t receive a mandate with his narrow victory in 2004.

The pundits calling the election had predicted that the black vote and the youth vote would put Obama over the top. That didn’t happen. Nationally, black turnout increased from 11% to 13%, and the 18 to 29-year-old vote increased from 17% to 18% compared to 2004. Rather it was the increased margins toward the Democrat candidate of those two voter categories that tilted Obama to victory.

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08NR25 – MRF News Release – Feds Consider New Helmet Standards

November 6, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR25 – MRF News Release – Feds Consider New Helmet Standards 

Recently, it was reported by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) that the US DOT is contemplating some new requirements for motorcycle helmet labels, as well as testing methods and tolerances.  The federal government rulemaking process requires that the proposed new rule be made available to the public for a period of time to allow the general public offer comment.

The MRF has submitted comments on the proposed changes to current standards and is encouraging you to do the same. Read the full MRF comments on the internet by visiting www.regualations.gov and search for Docket number NHTSA-2008-0157-0001 or by using this link.

http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=NHTSA-2008-0157
or
http://tinyurl.com/65mtw5

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH – ELECTION DAY!

November 4, 2008 by · Comments Off on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH – ELECTION DAY! 

A message to the motorcyclists of America:

The pollsters have told us who is likely to win. The pundits have had their say as to whom they feel would be best to lead our country and to serve in the congress.

Now it’s our turn.

Don’t let Gallup, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fox News, or Zogby decide this election.

The only poll that counts is being taken today – take part in it – get out and vote.

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08NR22 – MRF News Release – Motorcyclists – get out and vote!

October 31, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

NO EXCUSES – VOTE NOVEMBER 4TH

In a matter of days, Americans will make the decision as to who will be the 44th President of the United States. Presidential elections bring out the largest number of voters, and the top of the ticket can have a definite impact on the down ballot races. Those races, specifically the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and the 35 seats in the United States Senate (there are 2 special Senatorial elections this year in addition to the 33 seats in this cycle) should be of serious interest to us.

In the next Congress we will see debate begin on the re-authorization of the Interstate Highway funding act, which has historically been the defining piece of legislation for us. It is imperative that we support our friends in Congress in those down ballot races and not let them get buried in what could be a landslide vote for President in some states. A defeat of Congressmen who are supportive of our issues could turn what we perceive to be potentially a positive piece of legislation on its ear. The days of “transfer penalties”, sometimes referred to as “helmet law blackmail”, could be on the horizon if we don’t get out and vote.

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Ride to Vote on November 4th

October 30, 2008 by · Comments Off on Ride to Vote on November 4th 

On Election Day (Tuesday, November 4th 2008), make your vote count in the polling booth and on the road – by riding your motorcycle or scooter to vote!

No matter which candidates, propositions and issues you support, please help demonstrate that motorcycle and scooter riding is an important part of our world’s mobility landscape.

Ride to your polling place, park near the entrance, and wear your riding gear when you cast your ballot. Let the other voters see you as a rider!

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08NR21 – MRF News Release – MRFA&E Organizational Efforts Complete

October 21, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR21 – MRF News Release – MRFA&E Organizational Efforts Complete 

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation for Awareness and Education, Inc. would like to announce that it has received its official tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. This qualifies us as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. All donations made to RFA&E
are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.

MRFA&E will not be engaging in issue advocacy or lobbying of any kind. We will be providing several valuable services to the Motorcyclists’ Rights Movement however. A room in the Washington DC office of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation will now be dedicated to legislative and historical
research. It will be funded by MRFA&E.

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08NR20 – MRF News Release – Washington Update

October 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08NR20 – MRF News Release – Washington Update 

NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a quarterly Motorcycle Safety Network meeting in Washington DC, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation reports. The meeting, originally the brainchild of NHTSA, has mushroomed into almost an entire DOT meeting as the room had a good number of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) officials either reporting or just listening. It seems that as with the sales of new motorcycles, so goes this meeting’s attendance. Each meeting’s attendance has increased significantly and has now grown out of the current DOT conference facilities.

The meeting was attended by all government transportation officials as well as representatives from SMSA, MIC, MSF, AMA, IIHS, Honda, Harley and ASMI.

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08LR19 – MRF Leaders Report – October

October 3, 2008 by · Comments Off on 08LR19 – MRF Leaders Report – October 

Washington Update

The US House passed the Health Insurance Restrictions and Limitations Act of 2008 (HR 6908) last week. This bill, as previously reported by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), would force insurance providers to disclose upfront, in writing, any activity they are unwilling to provide full payment for an injury sustained while participating in said activity. Currently the insurance providers need only refer to the federal loophole known as the “source of injury exclusion provision” to limit payment for any injury based on the source of the injury.

The bill passed with unanimous consent by the US House and is now being considered by the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). The Senate has passed legislation that was farther reaching than HR 6809 in a previous Congress so the outlook remains bright but time is running short. The MRF will keep you informed on this important issue.

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