Oops! Wrong inaugural rate at the Capitol Hill Hotel Washington D.C.

Faith James likes to think of herself as a “pretty savvy traveler” but when she planned to attend the presidential inauguration in Washington next month, she couldn’t have foreseen the trouble with the Capitol Hill Hotel Washington D.C.

I couldn’t have, either.

James is taking her 78-year-old mother up to DC to attend the festivities. They were lucky enough to get tickets from their congressman, but accommodations proved to be a little more difficult.
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Should Republicans blame the TSA for their loss?

When Susan Verbeeck attended a rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney with her two daughters and a friend at the Virginia State Fairgrounds in Doswell, Va., earlier this month, she didn’t expect to be greeted by TSA agents.

But that’s exactly what she found blocking the entrance to the fair: a row of metal-detectors staffed by uniformed TSA agents.
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Presidential candidates don’t care about you? Vote anyway

Presidential candidates don’t care about you? Vote anyway

To say that the major presidential candidates are indifferent to the needs of travelers may be something of an understatement. No matter what your political views may be, it should be clear to you by now that Barack Obama and John McCain take the jet set for granted.

If the contenders didn’t make their positions clear during the primaries — as I documented in my MSNBC column last spring — then they left no doubt about it after the conventions.

So what? Vote tomorrow, anyway.

Both Democrats and Republicans have given short shrift to the issues we travelers care about: fixing airline delays, affordable gas prices, easing traffic congestion, simplifying confusing travel requirements, propping up the dollar and funding mass transit.

My recommendation? Vote for the man you dislike the least, or don’t vote for president at all.

Instead, pull the lever for a local candidate. Because who goes to Congress may be more important than who ends up in the White House.

Good luck, everybody. Here’s hoping your candidate wins tomorrow.

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