Vermont had the lowest foreclosure activity in the nation in November, with 10 foreclosures at a rate of only 1 for every 31,262 units. North Dakota was a very distant second with 49 foreclosures for a rate of 1 in 6,395. New Hampshire had 561 foreclosures for a rate of 1 in 1,064.RealtyTrac (www.realtytrac.com(link is external)), the leading online marketplace for foreclosure properties, has released its US Foreclosure Market Report for November 2010, which shows foreclosure filings ‘ default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions ‘ were reported on 262,339 US properties in November, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 14 percent decrease from November 2009. One in every 492 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing during the month.‘Foreclosure activity decreased dramatically in November, with fewer than 300,000 properties receiving a foreclosure notice for the first time since February 2009,’ said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer at RealtyTrac. ‘While part of the decrease can be attributed to a seasonal drop of 7 to 10 percent that typically occurs in November, fallout from the foreclosure robo-signing controversy forced lenders and servicers to hit the pause button on many foreclosures while they scrambled to revamp their internal procedures and revise or resubmit questionable paperwork.’Both the 21 percent month-over-month decrease and 14 percent year-over-year decrease in foreclosure activity were the highest drops recorded since RealtyTrac began publishing the US Foreclosure Report in January 2005.Foreclosure Activity by TypeA total of 78,955 U.S. properties received default notices (NOD, LIS) in November, a 21 percent decrease from the previous month and a 31 percent decrease from November 2009 ‘ the 10th straight annual decrease in default notices. November’s default notices total was the lowest since July 2007.Default notices in states that practice judicial foreclosures (called Lis Pendens filings) decreased 31 percent from the previous month and were down 43 percent from November 2009. Meanwhile non-judicial default notices (NOD) decreased 9 percent from the previous month and were down 12 percent from November 2009.Foreclosure auctions (NTS, NFS) were scheduled for the first time on a total of 115,956 U.S. properties in November, a 16 percent decrease from the previous month and unchanged from November 2009. Scheduled judicial foreclosure auctions (NFS) decreased 34 percent from the previous month and were down 12 percent from November 2009, while scheduled non-judicial foreclosure auctions (NTS) decreased 7 percent from the previous month but increased 5 percent from November 2009.Lenders foreclosed on 67,428 U.S. properties in November, down 28 percent from the previous month and down 12 percent from November 2009. Bank repossessions (REOs) decreased month-over-month in 37 states and the District of Columbia. November’s REO total was the lowest since May 2009, but November’s numbers pushed the year-to-date 2010 REO total to more than 980,000 ‘ already above the record year-end total for 2009.Nevada, Utah, California post top state foreclosure ratesDespite a 20 percent monthly decrease in foreclosure activity, Nevada posted the nation’s highest state foreclosure rate for the 47th straight month. One in every 99 Nevada housing units received a foreclosure filing in November ‘ nearly five times the national average.Thanks in part to sharp monthly drops in foreclosure activity in Arizona, Florida, California and Michigan, Utah’s foreclosure rate leapfrogged to second highest among the states in November after being sixth highest the previous month. One in every 221 Utah housing units received a foreclosure notice during the month ‘ more than twice the national average.With one in every 233 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, California posted the nation’s third highest foreclosure rate despite a nearly 14 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from the previous month and a 22 percent decrease in foreclosure activity from November 2009.Other states with foreclosure rates ranking among the top 10 in November were Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Idaho, Illinois and Colorado.10 states account for more than 70 percent of national totalCalifornia alone accounted for 22 percent of the national total in November, with 57,378 properties receiving a foreclosure filing during the month ‘ the nation’s highest state total. Default notices in California, which is primarily a non-judicial foreclosure state, decreased 11 percent from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 2 percent and bank repossessions decreased 40 percent.With 32,938 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in November, Florida posted the second highest state total despite a 42 percent drop in foreclosure activity from the previous month. Default notices in Florida, which is a judicial foreclosure state, decreased 52 percent from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 46 percent and bank repossessions decreased 20 percent.With 15,311 properties receiving a foreclosure filing in November, Michigan posted the third highest state total despite a 21 percent drop in foreclosure activity from the previous month. Default notices in Michigan, which is primarily a non-judicial foreclosure state, decreased 4 percent from the previous month, while scheduled auctions decreased 20 percent and REOs decreased 35 percent.Georgia posted the fourth highest state total, with 14,423 properties receiving a foreclosure filing, and Texas posted the fifth highest state total, with 13,369 properties receiving a foreclosure filing. Both states ‘ which are primarily non-judicial foreclosure states with short foreclosure processes that do not require a public default notice separate from the published foreclosure auction notice ‘ documented double-digit percentage increases in scheduled auctions from the previous month but also documented double-digit percentage decreases in bank repossessions from the previous month.Other states with foreclosure activity totals among the nation’s 10 highest in November were Illinois (12,941), Nevada (11,371), Ohio (10,458), Arizona (10,384) and Pennsylvania (5,672).Top 10 metro foreclosure rates in Nevada, California and FloridaWith one in every 86 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November, the Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev., metro area maintained the nation’s highest foreclosure rate among metropolitan areas with a population of 200,000 or more. Las Vegas foreclosure activity decreased 19 percent from the previous month but was up 21 percent from November 2009.Reno-Sparks, Nev., also posted a foreclosure rate in the top 10, at No. 8 with one in every 150 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November.Seven California cities posted foreclosure rates that ranked in the top 10: Stockton at No. 2 with one in every 130 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing; Bakersfield at No. 3 (one in 133 housing units); Modesto at No. 4 (one in 135 housing units); Vallejo-Fairfield at No. 5 (one in 144 housing units); Merced at No. 6 (one in 147 housing units); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario at No. 7 (one in 148 housing units); and Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville at No. 9 (one in 163 housing units).Big monthly drops in foreclosure activity in many Florida metro areas resulted in only one metro area in the state with a foreclosure rate ranking among the top 10: Port St. Lucie at No. 10 with one in every 173 housing units receiving a foreclosure filing in November.Report methodologyThe RealtyTrac U.S. Foreclosure Market Report provides a count of the total number of properties with at least one foreclosure filing entered into the RealtyTrac database during the month ‘ broken out by type of filing. Some foreclosure filings entered into the database during the month may have been recorded in previous months. Data is collected from more than 2,200 counties nationwide, and those counties account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. population. RealtyTrac’s report incorporates documents filed in all three phases of foreclosure: Default ‘ Notice of Default (NOD) and Lis Pendens (LIS); Auction ‘ Notice of Trustee Sale and Notice of Foreclosure Sale (NTS and NFS); and Real Estate Owned, or REO properties (that have been foreclosed on and repurchased by a bank). The report does not count a property again if it receives the same type of foreclosure filing multiple times within the estimated foreclosure timeframe for the state where the property is located. Source: IRVINE, Calif. ‘ Dec. 16, 2010 ‘ RealtyTrac® (www.realtytrac.com(link is external)
The 2019-20 college basketball season is here, and with it comes nearly a year of speculation regarding next June’s 2020 NBA Draft. While plenty will change between now and then as teams are able to evaluate prospects, it’s worth getting out ahead on who to watch and the storylines that will shape the season, so here’s a first crack at just that.Storylines first, projections to follow… 15. Hawks (via Nets) — Trendon Watford, Big, LSU H: 6-9 | W: 236 | Age: 19.0Watford combines his size with ball-handling, which makes him an intriguing prospect as a versatile big man. There’s still a need for him to develop some of the shot-making required to become a real threat offensively, but his intriguing ball skills are enough to project him this high to start the season. 16. Heat — Tyrese Haliburton, Wing, Iowa State H: 6-5 | W: 172 | Age: 19.7It might be surprising to see a sophomore who put up a meager 9.2 percent usage rate as a freshman this high in the order, but Haliburton was an advanced analytics darling in the lead-up to the 2019 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old checks plenty of boxes, including an outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio, a high 3-point percentage and plenty of steals and blocks.If he can maintain those rates in a higher-usage role — and keep the shooting numbers up, specifically — he’ll be one of the best returning prospects in the sport. 17. Magic — Matthew Hurt, Forward, Duke H: 6-9 | W: 214 | Age: 19.5Hurt is a high IQ forward with the ability to knock down shots from the outside and do a little bit of playmaking in the half-court. His size and athleticism may leave him in an awkward position, however, as he’s not strong enough to battle down low and may lack the athleticism to defend the perimeter.If he can find a place defensively, his offensive skills are good enough to move him up the board. MORE: Most regrettable NBA Draft picks in every first-round spot18. Bucks (via Pacers) — Isaac Okoro, Wing, Auburn H: 6-6 | W: 215 | Age: 18.8Big wings with defensive potential are in high demand in the modern NBA as the ability to defend multiple positions becomes paramount. Okoro is a prospect who will need to find his way offensively, but he has the potential to be a terrific defender as a freshman and really impress scouts en route to a first-round selection. 19. Timberwolves — Ayo Dosunmu, Combo, Illinois H: 6-5 | W: 185 | Age: 19.8Dosunmu is a quality shot creator with the potential to be a secondary ball-handler in an NBA lineup. His best work currently comes in transition. He’ll need to show more in the half-court as a sophomore at Illinois where he can be expected to pile up stats after averaging 13.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3f/9a/wendell-moore-getty-110219-ftrjpg_1uxttqe19udnc1fhe73m1xbpke.jpg?t=770383454&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a9/61/tre-jones-getty-110219-ftrjpg_z5wbp6p3qyxl1vm2g5omuf0yf.jpg?t=770406502&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f0/4/lamelo-ball-getty-110219-ftrjpg_1v13st3znbrwp12f0w61jyebev.jpg?t=770306822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8b/79/trendon-watford-getty-110219-ftrjpg_10tpzh4g39zg311pzcdiieibgd.jpg?t=770356438&w=500&quality=80 20. Mavericks — Wendell Moore, Wing, Duke H: 6-6 | W: 214 | Age: 18.1Possessing a 6-11 wingspan, Moore has tremendous size for an off guard at the next level. He’s also a capable creator out of the pick-and-roll and a disruptive defender thanks to the aforementioned length.The issue is the jump shot, which is why he finds himself here. If a team believes it can teach the jumper, he could go higher. 21. Celtics — Kahlil Whitney, Wing, Kentucky H: 6-7 | W: 210 | Age: 18.8Size, athleticism and youth are the attractions here, as Whitney looks the part of an NBA player physically. He’ll need to compete at a high level for Kentucky this season in order for NBA teams to buy into him as a long-term option. 22. Nets (via Warriors) — Killian Hayes, Wing, ratiopharm Ulm H: 6-5 | W: 176 | Age: 18.3Hayes is most intriguing thanks to his passing, as he’s averaged 8.6 assists per 36 minutes in five EuroCup games this season. He’s adept at setting up his teammates, but he still needs to find consistency in his own scoring ability.While he’s gotten off to a hot start shooting this season, history suggests there’s room for improvement. 23. Lakers — Devon Dotson, Point, Kansas H: 6-2 | W: 185 | Age: 20.6After a late decision to return to Kansas for the 2019-20 season, Dotson is now positioned as one of the top point guards in college basketball. His pace in both transition and in the half-court as well as his intensity at the point of attack defensively stand out.While he flashed promise as a shooter during his freshman campaign, increased consistency and volume could benefit his draft stock this season. 10. Spurs — RJ Hampton, Combo, New Zealand H: 6-5 | W: 185 | Age: 18.7Like Ball, Hampton is spending his pre-draft season playing in Oceania. He’s a combo guard capable of generating his own offense who could grow into additional athleticism.One interesting number to watch from his early days in New Zealand is his 3.8 percent steal rate, which could portend some future growth. 11. Suns — Precious Achiuwa, Forward, Memphis H: 6-9 | W: 210 | Age: 20.1Achiuwa possesses NBA size and flashes the type of versatility that will be attractive to NBA front office personnel. He can attack in a straight-line drive offensively and occasionally knocks down jumpers. His size and athleticism offers a canvas to work from. 12. Pelicans — Tyrese Maxey, Point, Kentucky H: 6-3 | W: 198 | Age: 19.0Maxey brings an impressive scoring repertoire to the table thanks to a quality handle and projectable jumper. He’s a bit stuck in between positions, as he has the size of a traditional point guard, but lacks the dynamic distribution that might be required of him in that role.The NBA team selecting him will need to figure out where he slots in offensively. PHOTOS: NBA Draft fashion through the years13. Trail Blazers — Isaiah Stewart, Big, Washington H: 6-9 | W: 250 | Age: 18.4With a 7-4 wingspan, Stewart’s got the size to play the center spot in the NBA. He also plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor and is working to use his length to be an effective defender. His ability to knock down some outside shots could shape where he ultimately lands on draft night.If he’s not able to show projectable growth there, he may come off as a player from a bygone era. 14. Thunder — Josh Green, Wing, Arizona H: 6-6 | W: 209 | Age: 19.0Like many high school wing prospects with elite athleticism, Green faces questions surrounding the development of his jump shot. He should still show out nicely at Arizona in a fairly large role given his ability as a slasher in the half-court. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/81/1f/rj-hampton-getty-110219-ftrjpg_1r960gbkwbd7d1dvjrj5fjg5me.jpg?t=770327838&w=500&quality=80 4. Hawks — LaMelo Ball, Point, Illawarra H: 6-6 | W: 180 | Age: 18.2High IQ initiators with height are always interesting. Ball has already shown flashes as a creator and playmaker while featuring in Australia where he’s averaging 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per contest.He needs to be a more consistent shooter, but if the college prospects falter, it wouldn’t really be a surprise to see him enter the No. 1 pick conversation. 5. Grizzlies — Theo Maledon, Combo, ASVEL H: 6-5 | W: 174 | Age: 18.4Maledon possesses impressive size for a guard and has shown flashes as a playmaker for others. He’s capable of getting downhill toward the basket and knocking down shots off the catch. He’s also a willing defender.He hasn’t been the most productive player this season, but he has potential to grow into a valuable NBA role. 6. Kings — Deni Avdija, Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv H: 6-9 | W: 210 | Age: 18.8A 6-9 forward with perimeter skills makes for an attractive lottery prospect. Avdija has frequently worked as a primary creator in youth international appearances, although that likely won’t be his role in the NBA due to a lack of elite athleticism.Still, his potential as a secondary offensive option given his skill level is enticing. NBA DRAFT LOTTERY: No. 1 picks that changed the league7. Wizards — Jaden McDaniels, Big, Washington H: 6-9 | W: 185 | Age: 19.1McDaniels is another big with perimeter skills who has the potential to fit into modern offenses if things come together. There’s plenty of potential here that needs to be actualized and polished before he’s a finished product, but we’ve seen less sure players go this high before. 8. Bulls — Nico Mannion, Guard, Arizona H: 6-3 | W: 185 | Age: 18.6Explosiveness and size are the question marks. Skill level is of little concern. Mannion can knock down shots and make plays for others while operating with a crafty handle. This year will be all about figuring out what his ceiling is given the lack of elite athleticism. 9. Pistons — Scottie Lewis, Wing, Florida H: 6-6 | W: 180 | Age: 19.6Elite athleticism, competitiveness and size are the package Lewis has going for him. He’s an excellent wing defender who excels in transition thanks to his quickness and bounce. He’ll be looking to find a place in the half-court offensively at Florida this season as he looks to bolster his draft position. 1. Knicks — Cole Anthony, Point, North Carolina H: 6-3 | W: 185 | Age: 19.5Anthony starts the season at the top here in large part because of the importance of the lead guard spot when it comes to offense in the modern NBA. The 19-year-old is a terrific shot creator with NBA quality athleticism.At North Carolina, he’ll have the opportunity to put up plenty of counting stats in what is perennially one of the nation’s fastest offenses. 2. Hornets — Anthony Edwards, Wing, Georgia H: 6-5 | W: 207 | Age: 18.2If you’re a believer in the idea that youth and athleticism are an indicator of potential, then Edwards is the prospect for you. His power and explosiveness make him an impressive slasher with the ability to get to the rim at will.The consistency of his jump shot will shape his draft prospects as much as anything. 3. Cavaliers — James Wiseman, Big, Memphis H: 7-1 | W: 230 | Age: 18.6At 7-1 with a 7-6 wingspan, Wiseman has legitimately great size for the center position in the NBA. He has the potential to excel as a rim protector in the type of drop coverage schemes growing in popularity and could be poised to make All-Defensive team appearances.Questions remain about where he fits in offensively and his motor, but bets those pieces of his game will come along could be rewarded given his defensive upside. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ce/a5/cole-anthony-getty-110219-ftrjpg_gd74roszfktg1x1mbsdom5g49.jpg?t=770266950&w=500&quality=80 Who will win the race for the No. 1 pick? Unlike last season when Duke’s RJ Barrett entered the season as the consensus favorite to be selected No. 1 overall — although he was eventually overtaken by teammate Zion Williamson — there is no clear frontrunner for 2020. North Carolina’s Cole Anthony is where most fingers will point to open the year, but Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and Memphis’s James Wiseman will also be early contenders.Barring a dramatic rise from one of them, or another prospect launching himself into the conversation, we may get the first real No. 1 pick debate in years. Where’s the returning talent? Spoiler alert, but the first returning college player in the below projections clocks in at No. 16, which is a far cry from this past summer when six of the 2019 NBA Draft’s lottery picks were returning collegians. Is this a forthcoming trend thrust upon the draft by rules changes making early entry easier, or a blip on the radar reinforced by the optimism that comes with the start of a new season?Whether new early entry rules have helped drain the collegiate talent pool is an interesting subject, and it’s likely too early to tell, but it is a storyline worth tracking this season as we see if any returnees can force themselves into the lottery. How good is the international class? One of the factors in pushing the returning talent down the draft board is the rise of quality international players in this class. While there’s no generational prospect like Luka Doncic was two seasons ago, there are at least a few who project to go highly this year. Perhaps they will be able to make up for some of the depth lost from the lack of returning college players. What happens to the bigs? The NBA’s move towards smaller lineups has been one of the most well-chronicled trends in recent memory, and as a result, the value of selecting bigs with high picks in the NBA Draft has been called into question. Now, though, with the league seemingly at least taking a step back in the big man’s direction this season, will there be any sort of change?It’ll be worth keeping an eye on the stock of players like Wiseman, Washington’s Isaiah Stewart and Duke’s Vernon Carey as teams aim to sort out what to do with the 7-footers in the room. NBA DRAFT HISTORY: Every team’s ugliest, most painful regretNow, before we dive into the selections below, a few brief notes about how to interpret things: It’s obviously way too early to make projections about the draft order. The order of the mock was determined using FiveThirtyEight’s original projected finish by record. Clearly this projected order of finish will change over the season and with the lottery. Don’t put too much stock in which team is selecting which player. Similarly, because the draft is so far away and the order is unsettled, fit was a non-factor when assigning players to teams. If a team with an established power forward selects a young power forward, don’t necessarily expect that to be the case come June. Unless it’s the Knicks — they love power forwards. Basically, consider the below a fluid power ranking of where guys might go if the draft were held today, and expect it to change plenty before the actual draft rolls around. Now, some picks…NBA Mock Draft 2020 24. Raptors — Tre Jones, Point, Duke H: 6-3 | W: 185 | Age: 19.8Jones is widely lauded for his point of attack defense and offensive play-making, but he rates lower in these projections primarily because of his shooting questions. The 19-year-old converted just 26.2 percent of his 103 3-point attempts last season.In order to be more than a likely NBA backup, that number needs to improve. His 75.8 free throw percentage offers a bit of hope. 25. Jazz — Amar Sylla, Forward, B.C. Oostende H: 6-9 | W: 190 | Age: 18.1Athleticism and size are the selling points for Sylla, who is averaging 4.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in the Belgian league to start the season. He’s flashed an interesting offensive skill set in international competitions, which leads to questions about where his ceiling may end up. 26. Celtics (via Bucks) — Vernon Carey, Big, Duke H: 6-10 | W: 269 | Age: 18.7Carey is what I’d describe as an absolute unit physically with the ability to overpower defenders on the block. His ability to do more than that offensively will shape his ceiling, though, as pure post players are seemingly out of vogue in the modern NBA. Carey will also need to prove he can fit in defensively at the next level. 27. Thunder (via Nuggets) — Aaron Nesmith, Wing, Vanderbilt H: 6-6 | W: 213 | Age: 20.0Positional size, defensive ability and projectable shooting combine to make the rising Vanderbilt sophomore an interesting prospect. While he only made 33.7 percent of his 3-point attempts last season, he hoisted 7.5 attempts per 40 minutes and shot 82.5 percent from the foul line, suggesting plenty of potential for improvement.In a league constantly seeking out value on the wings, Nesmith could be a nice find. MORE: The most ill-timed NBA Draft early entry decisions28. Clippers — Isaiah Joe, Wing, Arkansas H: 6-5 | W: 168 | Age: 20.3Joe is the only high-major freshman this decade to attempt 8.0 or more 3-pointers per game while connecting at a better than 40.0 percent clip in their first season. The 20-year-old has deep range and the ability to generate space working off the ball. Those are valuable attributes as teams seek out ways to space the floor offensively. 29. Nets (via 76ers) — Kira Lewis, Point, Alabama H: 6-3 | W: 165 | Age: 18.6Lewis was too young to enter the draft last summer after reclassifying, but he could be poised for a breakout year as a sophomore. He put up solid numbers last season, including connecting on 35.8 percent of his 3-point attempts.His ability to generate separation is valuable, and he should put up even bigger numbers as a sophomore. 30. Rockets — Neemias Queta, Big, Utah State H: 6-11 | W: 245 | Age: 20.3Queta made the decision to return for his sophomore season in late May after going through the pre-draft process. As a freshman at Utah State, he averaged 3.5 blocks per 40 minutes while posting a 25.4 percent defensive rebound rate.With a 7-4 wingspan, Queta has an easily projectable role at the next level.
DES MOINES — Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has rejected a plan to restrict the authority of Iowa’s attorney general.Reynolds says she shares concerns raised by Republican lawmakers about having Attorney General Tom Miller join lawsuits challenging Trump Administration policies, as those lawsuits conflict with the policy goals of the Republican-led legislature and her. However, Reynolds said she’s cautious about redefining the attorney general’s duties since he’s elected to the job by voters.Reynolds and Miller recently met privately to discuss this proposal. The governor announced today that Miller has agreed to consult with her and join lawsuits on behalf of the state only when she agrees. If the governor doesn’t agree with a lawsuit’s aims, Miller may still join it — but independently under his own name, not on behalf of the State of Iowa.Here is the letter Reynolds sent the legislature, explaining her decision:“I share many of the concerns expressed by members of the Legislature about the past actions of Attorney General Tom Miller in courts outside of Iowa. He has participated in litigation throughout the nation, repeatedly taking positions in the name of the State of Iowa that are in conflict with Iowa’s statutes, the policy goals of the Legislature and Governor, and the best interests of Iowans. But I am cautious about approving a provision that redefines the scope of the Attorney General’s duties because I am mindful that the Attorney General is also elected by, and directly accountable to, the people of Iowa.“As a result of the Legislature’s leadership on this issue, Attorney General Miller and I have had the opportunity to engage in a thoughtful discussion about the appropriate balance of authority between the Governor and the Attorney General with respect to Iowa’s involvement in litigation. And ultimately, Attorney General Miller agreed to my proposal to adjust our litigation practices in a manner that I believe addresses my core concerns without amending Iowa’s current statutes.“Attorney General Miller has agreed that so long as he serves as Attorney General, he will not prosecute any action or proceeding or sign onto or author an amicus brief in the name of the State of Iowa in any court or tribunal other than an Iowa state court without the consent of the Governor. He retains the authority to participate in litigation or author letters in his own name, as Attorney General of Iowa. Attorney General Miller has also agreed that if the Governor requests that he prosecute an action or proceeding or file an amicus brief in any court, he will do so or facilitate outside counsel, and that such participation requested by the Governor shall be conducted in the name of the State of Iowa.“This agreement is an appropriate interpretation of the authority and duties provided for under existing Iowa law and our constitutional structure. It ensures that the State of Iowa will speak with one consistent voice when it participates in court proceedings outside of our state. And it respects the Attorney General’s independent authority and accountability to the people of Iowa.“I commend the Legislature for starting this important discussion and Attorney General Miller for his willingness to reevaluate our practices with respect to engaging in litigation on behalf of the State of Iowa. I look forward to working with Attorney General Miller to ensure that the State’s litigation advances the interests of Iowans.”Attorneys general from other states, including Republicans from Idaho and Nebraska, sent letters to Reynolds urging her to reject the plan that would have required Miller to get approval from the governor, the state executive council or the legislature before signing on to any lawsuit filed in a court outside of Iowa.The proposal was included in a budget bill and Reynolds used her item veto authority to remove it before signing the measure into law.Attorney General Miller released this statement on the governor’s decision:Today I have entered into a compromise agreement with Gov. Kim Reynolds concerning lawsuits filed by my office. I do so for the following reasons.The legislation would limit the ability of my office and my successors to bring litigation outside the state courts of Iowa. My greater concern was always about the institution of the Attorney General and its powers and duties. My successors were always more important than the current Attorney General. By vetoing the legislation, Governor Reynolds is protecting this interest and concern. A long time ago when I was first elected Attorney General of Iowa, my elders — the other state Attorneys General — preached to me the importance of the powers and duties of our office and the great obligation to protect those powers and duties. I will not be haunted by the ghosts of my elders. While I am Attorney General, I agree to get the consent of the Governor to bring out of state cases when the State of Iowa is the plaintiff, but not when the Attorney General of Iowa is the plaintiff. This means that generally I will not be suing the Trump administration. I brought a selective number of lawsuits against the Trump administration in the last two-plus years. I believe they were well grounded in the law. According to the available polling data, these cases, such as the ones concerning the Dreamers and separating children from parents, were supported by a majority of Iowans. The cases were also supported by Iowans in their overwhelming re-election of me just last November. I am reassured by the fact that the cases will continue to be brought by my 26 Democratic Attorney General colleagues, and they will do a very effective job.This agreement allows my office to continue to protect Iowans through consumer enforcement actions, which are primarily filed in Iowa courts. It also allows me to express my opinion on matters affecting Iowans before federal agencies and Congress.This is a good-faith agreement between Governor Reynolds and me. In my opinion, there are too few good-faith compromises today in Washington and Des Moines. This also leads me to make this agreement.