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  • Bill seeks to restrict eminent domain

    08/09/2005 7:52:18 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 8 replies · 750+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 9, 2005 | Scott S. Greenberger
    A bipartisan group of state lawmakers, spurred by a recent US Supreme Court ruling, is pushing a measure designed to curb the power of Massachusetts cities and towns to take private property to make way for private economic development. [...] Under the measure authored by Representative Bradley H. Jones Jr., the House Republican leader, municipalities would be prevented from taking private property for private development except in cases where the property is ''a substandard, decadent, or blighted open area" under state law. Geoff Beckwith of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, which lobbies for cities and towns, says the law would handcuff...
  • Internet Agency Reassigns Iraq Domain

    08/08/2005 5:36:46 PM PDT · by ELS · 1 replies · 175+ views
    Yahoo! News Tech Web ^ | August 5, 2005 | Anick Jesdanun
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet's key oversight agency has quietly authorized Iraq's new government to manage its own domain name, allowing for the restoration of Internet addresses ending in ".iq." The suffix had been in limbo after the 2002 federal indictment of the Texas-based company that was running it on charges of funneling money to a member of the Islamic extremist group Hamas. InfoCom Corp., which sold computers and Web services in the Middle East and got the ".iq" assignment in 1997, was convicted in April along with its chief executive and two brothers. The board of the Internet...
  • Understanding ‘Kelo’: why Justice Souter should be praised

    08/03/2005 2:23:53 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 27 replies · 1,117+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | August 3, 2005 | Peter J. Smith
    CRITICISM of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kelo vs. New London, which permitted the Connecticut city to seize several homes to clear the way for a proposed economic revitalization plan, has become personal. According to an Associated Press article published last week and an article in the July 16 edition of the Union Leader, “people from across the country are joining a campaign to seize Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter’s farmhouse to build a luxury hotel.” Justice Souter did not write the decision in Kelo, but he joined Justice Stevens’ majority opinion. The campaign to seize his property...
  • Announcement of "Property Rights First!" coalition

    07/28/2005 8:53:28 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 225+ views
    Montana News ^ | July 28, 2005
    CENTER ANNOUNCES CREATION OF 'PROPERTY RIGHTS FIRST' COALITION, CITES NEED TO STOP 'KELO II' by MONTANA NEWS Washington, D.C.--Today, the American Policy Center joined several organizations concerned with property rights to help form “Property Rights First!,” a coalition designed to push property rights to the center of the debate over the Endangered Species Act. APC is warning that draft legislation released by Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) titled “The Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005” (TESRA 2005) would do more harm than good to American property owners. The Center has dubbed Pombo’s draft bill “Kelo II,” as it represents...
  • County Leaders Secretly Hire Private Investigator

    07/28/2005 6:49:33 AM PDT · by hdrabon · 19 replies · 1,080+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 7/27/05 | Associated Press
    SALISBURY - Rowan County officials paid private investigators more than $23,000 over the past five years to search for the writer of anonymous letters criticizing county spending. According to the private eyes, that person turned out to be one of the county's own. The Board of Commissioners never discussed or approved spending for the investigation at any formal meeting. Only County Manager Tim Russell, his assistants and possibly two commissioners' chairmen knew of the investigation, The Salisbury Post reported. Russell said he hired the agency because of the letters' threatening tone. The investigation was revealed after Kiker Investigations issued a...
  • Connecticut Voters Say 11 - 1 Stop Eminent Domain

    07/28/2005 6:19:35 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 4 replies · 794+ views
    Quinnipiac University Polling Results ^ | July 28, 2005 | Quinnipiac University Polling
    July 28, 2005 - Connecticut Voters Say 11 - 1 Stop Eminent Domain, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Connecticut voters say 89 - 8 percent that the state legislature should pass laws limiting the use of eminent domain, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Republican voters support such limits 91 - 8 percent, as Democrats favor limits 85 - 11 percent and independent voters want limits 94 - 5 percent. A total of 61 percent of Connecticut voters "disagree somewhat" or "disagree strongly" with the traditional use of eminent domain to take private property for public uses such as...
  • Hillary Clinton, Cyberwarrior

    07/27/2005 8:11:33 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 22 replies · 646+ views
    Village Voice ^ | 7/26/2005 | Kristen Lombardi
    Hillary Clinton, at first blush, would appear to have little in common with big-screen bombshells like Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, let alone such iconic sportsmen as the late Vince Lombardi. But as politicians go, New York's junior senator is larger than life. And like each of these superstars, she has seen her good name hijacked by so-called "cybersquatters." On July 13, Clinton finally launched photo: hillaryclinton.com, having wrested it from the notorious Italian Web operator who originally owned it. She's using the domain name as the home of her re-election bid next year. "This new website is a reflection...
  • A waste of a newspaper. New London Day urges: Go slow on eminent domain reform

    07/25/2005 10:58:03 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 7 replies · 572+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 25, 2005
    Editorial - Only Fools Rush In - Information meeting on eminent domain this week can start a thoughtful debate on the subject. Published on 7/25/2005 On Thursday, legislators will begin reviewing Connecticut's eminent domain laws. The proceeding before the Planning and Development and Judiciary committees is not a formal hearing, but is described as an information session. This meeting will be a good place to set the tone for the state's deliberations on this matter, raised when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city in the Kelo case and reaffirmed the practice of using eminent domain to...
  • New Londoners rage against eminent domain machine-note upcoming dates

    07/25/2005 4:30:55 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 10 replies · 1,304+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 25, 2005
    Eminent domain protesters picket Sunday in front of the home of David Goebel, chief operating officer of the New London Development Corporation. By PATRICIA DADDONA Day Staff Writer, Waterford Published on 7/25/2005 New London — Eminent domain activists picketed Sunday evening in front of the home of Fort Trumbull redevelopment leader David M. Goebel as he hosted a dinner party in his back yard. The hourlong march, marked by chants that began, “We won't go,” and ended with “How low can you go?” was the first of many that Coalition to Save Fort Trumbull members and supporters say they intend...
  • Hotel Souter: DOA

    07/24/2005 12:48:12 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 12 replies · 732+ views
    Lakeland FL Ledger ^ | July 24, 2005 | BEVERLEY WANG
    Welcome to Hotel Souter? Eminent domain ruling triggers backlash By BEVERLEY WANG Associated Press Writer WEARE, N.H. Near the foot of an unmarked, dead-end dirt road sits a humble, mud-colored farmhouse. A sign on a mailbox jutting from a tilted post spells "SOUTER." Through the years, U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has stuck to his family's home in the central New Hampshire town of Weare, population 8,500. A bachelor, the 65-year-old Souter has lived for decades on the 8-acre property, undisturbed among neighbors whose yards are strewn with rusting farm equipment and old pickup trucks. The house, more than...
  • Eminent Despotism (a column by Tom McClintock)

    07/21/2005 10:25:15 AM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 28 replies · 898+ views
    Tom McClintock ^ | July 19, 2005 | Tom McClintock
    In the days of the old Republic, Americans lived secure in their homes safe in the knowledge that the fundamental responsibility of government was to protect their lives and property from anyone who threatened them – no matter how rich, powerful or well-connected. If a widow didn’t want to sell her home to a developer, she didn’t have to. That was the end of the matter, unless the developer sent in thugs to beat her up. And government was there to protect her from the thugs. Under the Kelo decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, government has become the thug....
  • Larry Elder: New London is Zimbabwe West

    07/21/2005 4:35:44 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 3 replies · 231+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 21, 2005 | Larry Elder
    It takes a village ... of property owners Posted: July 21, 2005 By Larry Elder © 2005 Creators Syndicate Inc. It's "almost as if God has spoken," said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. To what did the House Democratic leader refer? The Sermon on the Mount? The Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream" speech? Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean's latest rant? Go to the head of the class if you guessed Pelosi's remark related to the Kelo v. City of New London property-rights Supreme Court case. In Connecticut's Kelo v. City of New London case, the Supreme Court, in...
  • Kelo attorney begins negotiations with CT Gov. to let homeowners stay

    07/21/2005 4:20:26 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 4 replies · 229+ views
    The Day ^ | July 21, 2005
    Fort Trumbull Advocates Brief Aide To Rell On Change In Law State hears ways to curb eminent domain powers By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/21/2005 New London — Scott Bullock, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, met Wednesday with the governor's chief counsel to recommend ways the state could change its laws and restrict the ability of local governments to take private property for economic development projects. In the month since it lost its case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Institute for Justice has shifted its mission to constrict eminent domain powers from...
  • Leggo My Kelo-The attorney who argued the case responds

    07/20/2005 4:09:33 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 187+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 20, 2005 | Scott Bullock
    Leggo My Kelo In his piece “Property Rights & Wrongs,” Jonathan Adler defended the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 Kelo decision, which held that cities may use eminent domain to take private houses and give them to private corporations for “economic development.” Whereas the Kelo majority basically acknowledged that its approach was at odds with the original understanding of the Constitution, Adler mysteriously claimed that “the originalist case for a robust, judicially enforceable ‘public use’ limitation is fairly weak.” We should start, as Adler does not, with the Constitution itself. The Fifth Amendment reads “nor shall private property be taken for...
  • Sen. Lieberman supports Kelo decision, plaintiffs' Congressman works to keep them in their homes

    07/20/2005 9:05:52 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 228+ views
    Connecticut Post ^ | July 18, 2005 | Peter Urban
    Article Last Updated: 7/18/2005 07:16 AM Congress critical, state lawmakers quiet on ruling State lawmakers stay quiet on property decision PETER URBAN purban@ctpost.com Connecticut Post WASHINGTON — Connecticut lawmakers are taking a back seat in a fast-moving congressional effort to blunt a Supreme Court decision that allows the government to take private land for economic development. The decision, issued June 23 and based on a New London, Conn., case, drew sharp criticism from some members of Congress, who see it as an assault on individual property rights. However, no one from the Connecticut delegation is spearheading efforts to limit the...
  • Former New London mayor gratified by response to Kelo decision

    07/20/2005 8:56:51 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 193+ views
    Long Island Newsday ^ | July 19, 2005 | AP
    Couple says pain of eminent domain ruling eased by states' new debate July 19, 2005, 7:38 PM EDT MINOT, N.D. (AP) _ A U.S. Supreme Court case involving the question of whether cities can take private property for economic development is close to the hearts of Lloyd and Sandy Beachy. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last month that New London, Conn., had the authority to take homes for a private development project. But it also suggested states may ban the practice. Beachy, the former mayor of New London, and his wife had opposed the city's eminent domain action. Beachy said...
  • Transforming New London From National Disgrace To National Hero

    07/20/2005 8:48:51 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 214+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 20, 2005 | Scott Bullock
    Transforming New London From National Disgrace To National Hero The city and NLDC can have development in Fort Trumbull while letting homeowners, who have shown what it means to be American freedom fighters, stay. There is more land in Fort Trumbull for development than New York has to rebuild the World Trade Center. By SCOTT BULLOCK Published on 7/20/2005 It is ironic that an editorial calling for less heated and “inflammatory” rhetoric about the Fort Trumbull eminent domain controversy accuses the Institute for Justice of waging a “jihad” about eminent-domain abuse. (“Needed: Light, not Heat,” July 17.) That epithet should...
  • States Trying to Blunt Property Ruling

    07/19/2005 2:27:12 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 6 replies · 374+ views
    Guardian ^ | 7/19/05 | Maura Lannan
    Alarmed by the prospect of local governments seizing homes and turning the property over to developers, lawmakers in at least half the states are rushing to blunt last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding the power of eminent domain. In Texas and California, legislators have proposed constitutional amendments to bar government from taking private property for economic development. Politicians in Alabama, South Dakota and Virginia likewise hope to curtail government's ability to condemn land. Even in states like Illinois - one of at least eight that already forbid eminent domain for economic development unless the purpose is to eliminate blight...
  • Homeowners Ask Court To Reconsider Its Decision On Eminent Domain

    07/19/2005 6:58:12 AM PDT · by camle · 9 replies · 856+ views
    New London (CT) Day ^ | 19-jul-05 | Kate Moran _NL Day
    By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/19/2005 New London — However improbable their chance for success, attorneys at the Institute for Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider the decision in the Kelo v. New London case that allows the city to take private property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to make way for a huge new development. In the three weeks since the court handed down its decision, the Institute for Justice has pressed local and state leaders to conserve the dozen houses and single apartment building the city has planned to...
  • ‘Plans' As A Ruse To Grab Land

    07/17/2005 6:13:48 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 194+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 17, 2005
    ‘Plans' As A Ruse To Grab Land Changes made to the 'plan' have shown how nebulous the supposed 'economic development' can be and how uncertain are the predicted benefits. By NEILD OLDHAM Published on 7/17/2005 New London's attempt to use the power of eminent domain for “economic development” has provided a textbook case for why this power should not be so used. Changes made to the “plan” have shown how nebulous the supposed “economic development” can be and how uncertain are the predicted benefits. The five justices referred to the “carefully considered development plan” in their June 23, 2005, opinion...