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Techies are familiar with Tesla Motors, which makes all-electric sports cars.  They're a big deal because the cars actually work, they respond well, the design is top notch (Consumer Reports gave the car very high marks), and it doesn't look like the only tool the designer had to hand was a ruler.  It has recently announced its first quarterly profit.

Tesla has been making, you should pardon the expression, serious inroads in selling its cars.  It uses an Internet-based model to sell the vehicles.

Naturally, the gate keepers car dealers aren't happy about it.  And they have turned to that old standby, political lobbying, to get their way.

In Raleigh, NC, this past Monday, the state Senate passed a bill unanimously amended its definition of the what a car dealer.  As such, it requires car manufacturers to sell their cars through the state's system of 7,000.

In other words, Tesla can't sell their electric car without partnering with a dealer network that will price them into oblivion.

Tesla is lobbying to change the bill to allow an exception for zero-emmission, electric cars.  Tesla is out of state and not only doesn't contribute to the state economy, it actually takes business from the state economy.  The dealer network is 7,000 citizens who vote, are local, and can no doubt provide any politicians who happen by with a great deal.  I think we know how this is going to go.  The bill is now on the way to the House where it is expected to pass.

Remember the Golden Rule -- he who has the gold makes the rules.

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