I don't know if it's a good or bad thing to live in a presidential "battleground" state.

I don't know if it's a good or bad thing to live in a "battleground" state. Michigan has again been pegged as a state that is up for grabs by either major party's presidential candidate, which means residents are bombarded with ads on radio and TV from Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain.

That means a lot of money to local TV and radio stations, but it's starting to wear on many people -- or at least me -- and we still have 40-some days to go until the election.

But all these commercials got me thinking: What does the election mean for people in Snips' industries? One of our stories next month will deal with the presidential election and what major associations involved in sheet metal and HVAC work are hoping to get out it.

Snips' associate editor James J. Siegel interviewed plenty of lobbyists to get their opinions. But what do you think? As you'll see in October's story, most associations don't simply follow a Republican or Democratic Party philosophy. It’s usually much more nuanced than that.

And there’s the simple truth that whoever is in power is more likely to be able to give you what you want. That’s why for the last two Congressional elections, far more money has gone to Democrats than GOP candidates. Since Democratic control of the U.S. House and Senate is unlikely to change anytime soon, Democrats have generally raised more money than Republicans.

But who do you think will be best for the HVAC industry -- and why?  There are plenty of other Web sites where people can talk general politics, so please try to include industry-specific examples to back up your endorsements. Thanks.