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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Federalism in Action, Mid-2018

In the compound republic of America, the power surrendered by the people is first divided between two distinct governments, and then the portion allotted to each subdivided among distinct and separate departments. Hence a double security arises to the rights of the people. The different governments will control each other, at the same time that each will be controlled by itself.
Supporters of business regulation are rediscovering federalism.

Jon Marcus at The Hechinger Report:
But it wasn’t the Education Department that shut down the Charlotte School of Law days before it was scheduled to open this past fall. It was North Carolina’s attorney general. And when the department sought to limit the number of the law school’s students eligible to have their loans forgiven, the attorney general intervened again.

The case is among a slew of enforcement actions, lawsuits and legislative proposals through which states are cracking down on for-profit colleges and universities and loan-servicing companies they say cheat or mislead students. And the trend is picking up momentum as the Trump administration and Congress seek to soften federal regulations that were beefed up during the Obama years.
Steven Musil at CNET:
 Leading California lawmakers said Thursday they have reached an agreement on legislation that will create super-strong net neutrality protections after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its own regulations.
The deal comes after bitter debate among Democrats over how much muscle to put into the legislation, heralded as one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to revive Obama-era net neutrality regulations reversed by the Trump administration.
The bill's author, state Sen. Scott Wiener, said in June that he and fellow Democrat Assemblyman Miguel Santiago would begin negotiating to fix the bill to ensure the protections that were weeded out in the committee process would be added back into the legislation.
"For months, we have worked with a broad coalition to pass strong and enforceable net neutrality protections," Weiner, a Democrat from San Francisco, said in a statement Thursday. "As internet service providers and media companies like AT&T and Time Warner consolidate, net neutrality is more important than ever."