Financial regulatory systems fragmented and unprepared for next crisis, says bailout expert

The “No More ‘Too Big to Fail’” rallying cry is unrealistic, says Cheryl Block, JD, federal taxation, budget and bailout expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “When the next really big economic crisis arises, Congress is unlikely to stick to its ‘no bailout’ pledge,” she says.

Faith on the campaign trail: Romney’s religion to play a significant role

With the ballot nearly set for the November election, Mitt Romney looks to become the first Mormon to secure a presidential nomination for a major party. His membership in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints assures that religion — and the separation of church and state — will play a significant role in this presidential election, says Gregory P. Magarian, JD, free speech and election law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. “In general, I think it’s appropriate to consider a candidate’s religion as a part of their persona, but the candidate should get a lot of leeway in setting the terms of their religion’s role in political debate,” he says.

Corporate political spending must be disclosed, says securities law expert

Investors are highly interested in information regarding corporate political spending, says Hillary Sale, JD, securities and corporate governance expert and the Walter D. Coles Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. “The SEC should address the need for transparency in political spending to better inform shareholders and allow them to protect themselves from hidden political agendas in corporate campaign spending,” she says. 

‘Educate Yourself’ forums run weekly until election

With the November election quickly approaching, many people want to know more about the key issues facing the candidates. If that’s you, then you need to educate yourself! “Educate Yourself: 2004,” sponsored by Student Union, will comprise a series of weekly forums aimed at helping the University community, and the public, fully understand all sides of some of the larger issues in the upcoming election.

Political pundits Thomas Mann, Norman Ornstein to discuss 2004 elections, Nov. 4

Two of the nation’s most recognized political commentators, Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, will discuss prospects for the 2004 presidential election in a public forum from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Laboratory Sciences Building. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, takes place on Election Day — exactly one year before the 2004 presidential elections.