Do you hate politics? If someone asked, "Would you rather watch coverage of the 2016 presidential election once or Jeff Goldblum laugh forever," would you pick the latter? (Editor's note: Tough choice.)

There is a solution.

Although your frustration may stem from the fact that there is a seemingly endless pool of information to sort through when it comes to elections, the problem is that you didn't dive deep enough into the sludge to find the 2016 news made just for you. If you look past the cable news, past the newspapers and major magazines, you will find the trade magazines and publications for very specific interests. These magazines are not known for their political analysis. They should be.

The mainstream media may not cover important questions like, "what would a Hillary Clinton presidency mean for coin collecting?" or "would Ted Cruz stand up for beds?" These magazines will.

However, only reading political coverage in trade and hobby magazines may cause despair when you learn that you will never love anything in life as much as the people who read these magazines love the very particular thing they have decided to spend their life thinking about.

Below, find hints of what political coverage may come in the next two years, cataloged by interest.


Autograph Magazine loves presidential elections, because it is the best time to get autographs from people who might someday be super famous.

Business technology professionals

In 2012, Information Week had some great advice for presidential candidates. More charts!

I figured it out. I figured out how in one small step the candidates could make the 2016 presidential campaign more informative and effective: Use PowerPoint.
I mean it. If you were making a bet-your-career business pitch, wouldn't you work up a few killer PowerPoint slides, at a minimum?
I'd guess pretty close to 100% of you would, if not a more elaborate, data-intensive multimedia presentation. But Mitt Romney and Barack Obama didn't have enough cash to whip up a deck of slides? In the business world, I hear executives constantly telling me they're trying to make more data-driven decisions. CIOs are creating dashboards that help employees visualize data so they know what action they should take. So why is it that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama almost never push charts on us to try to sway our votes?

Coin collectors

It's not clear that coin collectors will decide to comment on the 2016 election. They seem depressed.

They hope that someone will realize that there are a lot of votes in the coin community waiting to be collected: "I bet that if a 2012 candidate expressed a sincere interest in coins and coinage designs, many votes would result!"

If a 2016 candidate would like to talk to them, the magazine is conveniently located in New Hampshire, where "you cannot throw a copy of Coin World without hitting a presidential candidate."


In 2004, Field & Stream argued that all the pundits had analyzed the presidential election results incorrectly.

The morning after the presidential election, pundits of all stripes were using the word historic. Conservatives were calling George W. Bush's reelection a historic mandate; liberals, a historic mistake.
They were both wrong. If history was made in this election, it was because the winning ticket, through its rhetoric and its actions during the campaign, elevated the hunting and fishing community to a position it hadn't held in decades—that of being the leading voice for environmental protection in America.

Over at Saltwater Sportsman in 2008, there was talk about what the candidates thought about energy, and what it meant for fishing.

Watching the recent presidential debates, I heard both candidates talk about America's need to wean off foreign oil. T. Boone Pickens and I agree that's a good platform. We should be doing everything possible to develop green, alternative energy sources like solar, wind and thermal. But if a straw vote were held today among boaters, ethanol would earn a raspberry so loud the Smucker boys would fall off their bikes. This stuff is like corn liquor -- it sounds good, but it'll sure give your fuel system a nasty hangover if you're not careful.

Gun owners

In 2012, Guns & Ammo asked Ted Nugent what he would do if he were elected president.

I would rescind Obama Care and begin to gut the wasteful, bloated bureaucracies one by one.


Disappointed by the lack of questions about knitting in the past few presidential debate seasons? Vogue Knitting knows how you feel.

Source: Vogue Knitting
Source: Vogue Knitting

The magazine published a story in 2008 about what knitters could do to make a political statement (HINT: It involves knitting).

Why should knitters be concerned with politics? Because there’s much more to it than whose name will soon adorn the White House stationery. A number of issues directly affect knitters and designers. The Orphan Works Act (Senate Bill 2913, House Bill 5889), currently fast-tracked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, would have an incredibly negative effect on knit­wear and crochet designers’ ability to earn a living by damaging their ability to protect their work from infringement; the bill would allow copycats to copyright knockoffs of someone else’s work, even when the original designer states an objection.


During the last presidential election cycle, American Medical News explained how doctors keep politics out of their medical practice during campaign season. Eight years earlier, they talked to politicians who were campaigning for presidential candidates.

People who sell outdoor furniture

The best part about election season for the readers of Casual Living Magazine? Tailgating season!

As for the upcoming presidential election, the tailgating industry does not appear to favor one candidate over the other.
"Near as we can tell, the industry is not choosing sides," he said. "In one respect, it's a win-win because both candidates have demonstrated a deep appreciation of America's passion for celebrating sports."
Will people tailgate during the upcoming presidential debates?
"You bet," Stewart said. "We are going to see a lot of Home Tailgating events for the debates. And you know, they'll probably be just as partisan and emotional as NFL game-day parties. This is another example of how the Tailgating culture has taken hold over the past decade. It's redefined who Tailgaters are and what Tailgating is."

People who sleep

It’s easy to see why people want to disengage from the political process. But those of us in the bedding industry don’t have that luxury.

Over at Sleep Savvy Magazine, they are currently wondering how to best attract millennials, who, rumor has it, love to sleep. Their guide for how to market to millennials is based on doing the opposite of what the Republican National Committee has tried.

People who use cranes

In 2008, Cranes Today wondered what the election would mean for crane safety.

As a delayed federal rule is about to be released, and some individual states are deciding to go their own way, election-year politics has taken up the issue of crane safety. It remains unclear who wins and who loses when the dust settles.


It is not clear that the plastics industry will ever be as excited as they were during the 2012 presidential election, when plastics royalty came this close to glory. As Plastics News reported in January 2012,

Political news junkies in the plastics industry got more than their share of interesting headlines this weekend.
The big new is that Jon Huntsman Jr. decided to drop out of the race for the Republican presidential campaign.
Huntsman, son of plastics Hall of Famer Jon M. Huntsman, entered the race six months ago, putting his efforts into the New Hampshire primary. But he finished third, and today he endorsed Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination.Insiders don't expect this will end Huntsman Jr.'s political career. Perhaps we'll see him on the presidential campaign trail again in 2016.

People in plastics are dreamers, as Simon and Garfunkel once sang.

Plastics News has also written about the 2016 presidential election as it pertains to people who might actually do well in the primaries.

While Clinton has not yet officially thrown her hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential race, the visit to custom injection molder Intertech Plastics Inc. looked a lot like a campaign stop and focused on a sure-fire hot topic in the coming election cycle: jobs for young people.


If Hillary Clinton decides to run in 2016, Flying Magazine knows the most important questions to ask about her platform.

So the question is, how can Washington on one hand make perfectly sensible use of business aircraft and on the other hand vilify those who do the same thing in the private sector?
That's the question we need to asking them.

The general tenor of political coverage at Flying is far more somber. They get the feeling that no one is paying attention to them.

With worldwide panic over the economic crisis and cautious euphoria over the presidential election, aviation can expect to assume back burner status for the foreseeable future. ... Speaking at last week's AOPA Expo in San Jose, incoming president Craig Fuller (incoming AOPA president that is-not the other incoming president) said of general aviation, "I doubt we'll even get a mention in [the] inaugural address."


Several magazines focused on marijuana are looking forward to 2016. High Times has discussed the potential for legalization in more states, while Culture talked to a guy who is excited about Gary Johnson running again.

Varmint hunters

There were lots of different ways to characterize Mitt Romney's vice-presidential pick in 2012. Here's how Outdoor Life framed it.