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Inspiration for experimentation. Literary. Liberators of techonllo9gy. Prosperitypublishing. Prosperitization. Democracy in design. Feeding demoracy. Research. California pulls out of 50-state foreclosure talks. By DON THOMPSON SACRAMENTO, Calif.

California pulls out of 50-state foreclosure talks

California Attorney General Kamala Harris says she will not agree to a settlement over foreclosure abuses that other state attorneys general are negotiating with major U.S. banks. Harris' announcement Friday is the latest to undermine a settlement that had been in the works between the banks and attorneys general in all 50 states. Other states including New York also have expressed reservations. The Next Big Bank Bailout. California AG Kamala Harris Rejects Foreclosure Fraud Settlement. In a major development, California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has broken off from the proposed 50-state settlement over foreclosure fraud.

California AG Kamala Harris Rejects Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

If the talks weren’t dead already, and if you’ve read this space you’d know that I think they were, this surely puts them to bed. California Atty. Gen. Harris spent the entire day last Friday in a room with representatives of the big banks, giving them every opportunity to come up with a solution that presented California homeowners with relief commensurate to the liability release they wanted. I think that Harris would have signed on to a deal if she got what she needed out of it. Harris’ full letter to Thomas Perrelli of the Justice Department and Iowa AG Tom Miller is here.

Lab.pdf (application/pdf Object) State Legislatures as "Laboratories Of Democracy" Listening to what passes these days for debates in the U.

State Legislatures as "Laboratories Of Democracy"

S House of Representatives and the U. S. Senate, it is easy to get the impression there are no new ideas left-certainly no new progressive ideas or suggestions that there might be solutions to the nation's multitude of social and economic problems. At best, what little energy progressive members can muster is exhausted on efforts to halt the rollback of existing programs. The dimming of the vigor and effectiveness of the national legislature is placing a new focus on state legislators, who for so long were regarded as poor cousins to their national counterparts in Washington.

For years, most state legislatures were in session for only a short few months each year or, in some cases, met only every other year. While there remain legislatures not far removed from those practices, a growing number of states have adopted longer annual sessions. For more information about a progressive agenda: Laboratories of Democracy? Brandeis, Federalism, and Scientific Management. Although Louis Brandeis is rightly regarded as a champion of federalism, this article suggests that his famous depiction of the American states as “laboratories” of democracy in fact has little to do with federalism and in fad rests on an understanding of public policy inimical to federal diversity.

Laboratories of Democracy? Brandeis, Federalism, and Scientific Management

More specifically, it argues that Brandeis's choice of metaphor largely reflects his hope for scientifically based public policy, which in turn reflected the influence of Scientific Management upon his thought. The article concludes that abandoning Brandeis's metaphor would be useful in rethinking the relations among states in the diffusion of innovations. © 2001, CSF Associates, Easton, PA.

Louis Brandeis. Louis Dembitz Brandeis (/ˈbrændaɪs/; November 13, 1856 – October 5, 1941) was an American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939.

Louis Brandeis

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish immigrant parents from Bohemia, who raised him in a secular home. He attended Harvard Law School, graduating at the age of twenty with the highest grade average in the law school's history. When his family’s finances became secure, he began devoting most of his time to public causes and was later dubbed the “People’s Lawyer.” He insisted on serving on cases without pay so that he would be free to address the wider issues involved.

Race to the bottom. The race to the bottom is a socio-economic phenomenon in which governments deregulate the business environment or taxes in order to attract or retain economic activity in their jurisdictions, resulting in lower wages, worse working conditions and fewer environmental protections.

Race to the bottom

An outcome of globalization and free trade, the phenomenon may occur when competition increases between geographic areas over a particular sector of trade and production. History and usage[edit] The concept of a regulatory "race to the bottom" emerged in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th century, when there was charter competition among states to attract corporations to domicile in their jurisdiction. Some described the concept as the "race to efficiency", and others, such as Justice Louis Brandeis, as the "race to the bottom".[1] In academic literature, the phenomenon of regulatory competition reducing standards overall was argued for by A.A.

Sanford F. See also[edit] Notes[edit] Laboratories of Democracy. Justice Louis D.

Laboratories of Democracy

Brandeis’s metaphor of the states as "laboratories" for policy experiments is perhaps the most familiar and clichéd image of federalism. Contrary to common belief, however, Brandeis’s famous dictum had almost nothing to do with federalism and everything to do with his commitment to scientific socialism. That substantive view proved even more influential, in political thought and constitutional jurisprudence, than the metaphor that flowed from it. To this day, it continues to inhibit a truly experimental, federalist politics. Click here to view this Outlook as an Adobe Acrobat PDF.