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  • Santorum Endorses Clovis, Blasts Ernst’s Record of Raising Taxes

    05/15/2014 10:39:19 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 5/14/2014 | Craig Robinson
    The last time Rick Santorum was in Iowa, political reporters suspected that an endorsement in the Republican U.S. Senate contests was eminent. Santorum endorsed his longtime friend Secretary of State Matt Schultz, who is running for congress in Iowa’s third Congressional District on his trip to Iowa in back in March, but he refused to endorse U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis at the time. Clovis was an early and influential supporter of Santorum in the 2012 presidential race. This morning Santorum got of the sidelines and officially backed Clovis in Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, but in doing so called out...
  • Will Trapped Loans Snap Richmond's Home Scheme?

    09/20/2013 9:43:07 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi
    Calwatchdog.com ^ | September 20, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The City of Richmond’s move to seize the loans of over-mortgaged homes can continue, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled this week. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the reason was because “he felt the case, brought by Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank on behalf of holders of loans on over-mortgaged homes, was not ‘ripe for determination’ since Richmond had not exercised eminent domain and might never do so.” Despite an initial win in federal court, will Richmond first have to prove that loans on over-mortgaged homes in its city are “trapped” to meet the “blight” criteria of California...
  • [California] Pricey homes in Richmond's eminent domain plan

    08/20/2013 3:40:35 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 3 replies
    sfgate.com, San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | Carolyn Said
    Richmond's controversial plan to seize underwater mortgages through eminent domain includes loans for at least two homes purchased for over $1 million as well as other high-end properties - a revelation that appears to undermine the city's argument that the plan would combat blight. The city is pursuing mortgages with balances ranging from $98,000 to $1.12 million, according to data collected by Marc Joffe, an analyst who received the property addresses, loan balances, offer amounts and other information through a California public records request and shared them with The Chronicle. --SNIP-- Eminent domain is the seizure of private property for...
  • Jobless Claims, Mortgage Foreclosures and Eminent Domain in California

    08/08/2013 7:57:54 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Department of Labor, in the week ending August 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 333,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 328,000. The 4-week moving average was 335,500, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 341,750. joblessc080813 Continuing claims rose above the 3 million mark, printing at 3,018,000. This represents an increase from the previous week of 2,951,000. Yet we seem stuck in a continuing claims slump since April. ontjc080823 Consumer confidence? It rose to -23.5, the highest level since early 2008. bcc080813 Delinquent...
  • Richmond CA Considering Seizure Of Mortgages (An Offer They CAN’T Refuse)

    07/31/2013 10:58:01 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/31/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Richmond California is considering invoking eminent domain to condemn and seize hundreds of underwater mortgages to help troubled homeowners. The controversial move would be the first of its kind in the country. Richmond is not the first to consider it. San Bernardino (also known as San Berdoo) considered … and rejected it. Richmond is the farthest along in a plan advocated by Steven Gluckstern’s Mortgage Resolution Partners LLC for U.S. cities to confiscate mortgages and write them down in an effort to help homeowners escape oversized debt burdens. The idea has drawn opposition from bondholders such as Pacific Investment Management...
  • Wall Street warns against using eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages

    08/19/2012 4:44:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/19/12 | Peter Schroeder
    Wall Street warns against using eminent domain to seize underwater mortgagesBy Peter Schroeder - 08/19/12 05:00 PM ET Heavy hitters in the financial industry are lining up against a new idea brewing among local government officials to help struggling homeowners by seizing control of their mortgages through eminent domain. With many areas of the country still digging out from the housing crisis, some local governments are considering taking on the underwater mortgages at a substantially lower price, thus making them more affordable for the borrower. With policymakers at the federal, state and local level struggling to find a way to...
  • WSJ: Seizing Mortgages Could Yield Big Returns (Long Live King John!)

    07/25/2012 10:12:14 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/25/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Wall Street Journal reports that seizing mortgage could yield BIG returns for investors. “Tapping the power of eminent domain to repair underwater mortgages could generate investor returns of up to 30% and billions of dollars in fees for bankers behind the proposal, according to people with knowledge of the plan. Despite the controversy, some potential investors in Mortgage Resolution’s plan are stepping forward. “We think the program has legs and a fairly strong legal justification” to seize mortgages with eminent domain, said Tom Capasse, co-head of Waterfall Asset Management, which said it is considering investing in the plan.” Of...
  • Yet Another Loan Mod Program: Municipal Condemnation for Mortgage Principal Writedowns

    06/25/2012 6:10:27 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/25/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    In his op-ed, Professor Shiller discusses an approach by Professor Robert Hockett from Cornell Law School – using eminent domain powers of government to force principal writedowns for mortgages. “Professor Hockett argues that a government, whether federal, state or local, can start doing just this right now, using large databases of information about mortgage pools and homeowner credit scores. After a market analysis, it seizes the mortgages. Then it can pay them off at fair value, or a little over that, with money from new investors, issuing new mortgages with smaller balances to the homeowners. Taxpayers are not involved, and...
  • House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domain (Mad Maxine is for it)

    02/29/2012 5:36:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domainBy Pete Kasperowicz - 02/28/12 05:19 PM ET The House on Tuesday afternoon approved legislation that overturns a 2005 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the ability of states to take control of private property under the doctrine of eminent domain and hand it to another private developer. That decision, Kelo v. City of New London, led to sharp complaints in particular from Republicans, who argued that the Court ignored the normal "public use" standard. Under that standard, eminent domain was seen as permissible only when the land or property taken would...
  • Donald Trump’s eminent-domain empire

    04/23/2011 6:30:27 PM PDT · by Springfield Reformer · 35 replies
    Michell Malkin's Notes (Facebook) ^ | 4/22/2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Don’t be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I’m a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump’s towers. All through my childhood, casino developers and government bureaucrats joined hands, raised taxes and made dazzling promises of urban renewal. Then we wised up to the eminent-domain thievery championed by our hometown faux free-marketeers. America, it’s time you wised up to Donald Trump’s property redistribution racket, too.
  • Can Greedy Politicians Throw You Out of Your House?

    08/10/2010 7:55:37 AM PDT · by grace522 · 9 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 10 Aug 10 | Chris Freind
    There’s good news and bad news. First, the bad. As we all know, there just aren’t enough places to play skee-ball in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Which just ain’t right. But fear not. The good news rights that wrong. I have found the perfect location for skee ball this side of Steel Pier. Unfortunately for Mount Holly mayor Tom Gibson, that location happens to be where his house now sits. Hey, stuff happens. All that remains to be done is grease the political skids and file the paperwork required to seize Gibby’s house through eminent domain. Isn’t it great when...
  • Utah Invokes Eminent Domain Against the Federal Government

    03/29/2010 7:05:19 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 49 replies · 1,553+ views
    abovethelaw.com ^ | 29 Mar 2010 at 3:41 PM | ELIE MYSTAL
    Utah Invokes Eminent Domain Against the Federal Government By ELIE MYSTAL This is the kind of story that sounds unbelievable — until you realize that it’s dealing with the people who run Utah. The WSJ Law Blog reports: Utah Governor Gary Herbert on Saturday authorized the use of eminent domain to take some of the U.S. government’s most valuable parcels. A state is invoking the Takings Clause against the federal government? This reminds me of the time I came home and my dog told me to get off the couch. Sure, I was surprised that my dog was (a) talking...
  • Utah governor signs bills to seize federal land

    03/28/2010 7:56:28 PM PDT · by george76 · 105 replies · 2,366+ views
    ap ^ | March 28, 2010
    Two measures OKd by Gov. Gary R. Herbert would allow use of eminent domain to take valuable sites. A long court fight is likely. Supporters hope the bills, which the Republican governor signed Saturday, will trigger a flood of similar legislation throughout the West and, eventually, a U.S. Supreme Court battle that it hopes to win -- against long odds. More than 60% of Utah is owned by the U.S. government, and policy makers complain that federal ownership hinders their ability to generate tax revenue and adequately fund public schools... Initially, the state would target three areas, including the Kaiparowits...
  • Utah Gov. OKs Eminent Domain Use on Federal Land

    04/01/2010 3:26:12 AM PDT · by ICAB9USA · 32 replies · 879+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 3/29/10 | Brock Vergakis
    Utah governor, aiming for court battle, approves use of eminent domain to take federal land SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Fed up with federal ownership of more than half the land in Utah, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert on Saturday authorized the use of eminent domain to take some of the U.S. government's most valuable parcels. Herbert signed a pair of bills into law that supporters hope will trigger a flood of similar legislation throughout the West, where lawmakers contend that federal ownership restricts economic development in an energy-rich part of the country. Governments use eminent domain to take private property...
  • Abuse of Eminent Domain Results in Nothing But Vacant Lots

    11/14/2009 7:14:27 AM PST · by Starman417 · 7 replies · 482+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-13-09 | Wordsmith
    An entire neighborhood was uprooted to make way for a big money development which will never be built!Want to know why people are mad at the nexus between big government and big money? The Famous 'Kelo House' Property Is Now A Vacant Lot By John Carney The Business Insider Law Review Nov. 10, 2009 What you are looking at above is a monument to government folly. It is the vacant lot where the home of Susette Kelo once stood. A decade ago, the town of New London, Connecticut claimed Kelo's house by right of eminent domain. The plan was to...
  • Eminent Domain Case to Be Decided This SCOTUS Term - Help Needed

    10/02/2009 2:53:10 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 5 replies · 581+ views
    Self | 10/2/2009 | lmo56
    I read in Newsweek that an Eminent Domain case is going to be heard this term by SCOTUS ... Does anyone have the case name or know when it is on the docket for oral argument ???
  • Bit of land triggers big fight over city powers (Paging Corrupt Mayor Bill White)

    12/31/2008 12:16:07 PM PST · by Troll_House_Cookies · 7 replies · 765+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | CAROLYN FEIBEL | 28 Dec 08
    Using its power of eminent domain, the city of Houston seized the land for the park from brothers James and Jock Collins last year. Officials claimed there was a "public necessity" for the park in the Uptown area, despite the fact that a much larger one — the 4.7-acre Grady Park — is just two blocks away. What will the new "pocket park" be used for? That's hard to say. The city has yet to draw up any plans for the land at the corner of Post Oak Lane and San Felipe. In fact, city parks director Joe Turner testified...
  • Border Fence Could Cut Through Backyards

    11/09/2007 3:31:11 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 101 replies · 125+ views
    AP, via Breitbart.com ^ | 11-08-2007 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    GRANJENO, Texas (AP) - Founded 240 years ago, this sleepy Texas town along the Rio Grande has outlasted the Spanish, then the Mexicans and then the short-lived independent Republic of Texas. But it may not survive the U.S. government's effort to secure the Mexican border with a steel fence. A map obtained by The Associated Press shows that the double- or triple-layer fence may be built as much as two miles from the river on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, leaving parts of Granjeno and other nearby communities in a potential no-man's-land between the barrier and the water's...
  • Moul Fight Will Be Costly (Local Government Uses Eminent Domain on Local School Board)

    01/19/2007 3:53:05 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 3 replies · 331+ views
    Evening Sun (Hanover, Pennsylvania) ^ | January 19, 2007 | Ashley Adams and Steve Marroni
    Hanover Public School District Superintendent Jill Dillon said filing preliminary objections to Hanover Borough's use of eminent domain to take the recreation field, as well as Myers Memorial Playground, from the district costs between $185 and $425 an hour based on the skill, experience and seniority of the individuals performing the tasks. (snip) And as for the cost. "It certainly will not be cheap, that's for sure, for either side," Glenn said. Glenn said it seemed like an interesting case with one public entity taking property from another. He studies eminent domain on a federal level, not at the state...
  • U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Eminent Domain Extortion Case

    01/18/2007 7:03:29 PM PST · by STE=Q · 41 replies · 1,521+ views
    Institute for Justice ^ | January 16, 2007 | Institute for Justice
    Arlington, Va—“Your money or your property” may soon become the mantra of politically connected developers nationwide as the result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement today that it will not consider the appeal of an eminent domain case involving attempted private extortion. The case the Court declined to review arose out of the Village of Port Chester, N.Y., one of the nation’s worst eminent domain abusers. The Village’s chosen developer approached property owner Bart Didden and his business partner with an offer they couldn’t refuse. Because Didden planned to build a CVS on his property—land the developer coveted for a...
  • Republicans, This Is Why You MUST Vote!

    11/05/2006 3:32:05 PM PST · by DocFarmer · 61 replies · 2,298+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 11/06/2006 | Doc Farmer
    Republicans, This Is Why You MUST Vote!Written by Doc FarmerMonday, November 6 2006ChronWatch.com Tomorrow is Election Day. The miracle provided to you by the Founding Fathers in 1776, and protected and preserved for you by the blood of our best. A miracle that most Americans, sadly, take for granted. Don't be one of those who take it for granted. Especially if you're a rep/con/tair -- my more accurate term for the so-called "right". An amalgam of the core political constructs of Republicans, conservatives and libertarians. For many, many months, you've been told that the lib/dem/soc/commies (my more accurate term for...
  • Archers, shooters face fee hikes ( Closing public lands to the Public )

    09/25/2006 10:51:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies · 1,514+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | September 15, 2006 | Dick Foster
    A small band of archers has been shooting bows and arrows for 37 years on a range in the Pike National Forest north of Deckers, paying the U.S. Forest Service about $450 a year for a permit. This year it will all end because the Forest Service presented the Columbine Bowmen with a bill for $23,000 for the one-year permit, said club president Tom Younger. The same fate faces the 180 or so members of the Buffalo Creek Gun Club, who shoot targets in the Pike forest near Bailey. The club's annual permit fee of $150 over the past 40...
  • Will the Government Take Your Home?

    08/14/2006 12:55:11 PM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 12 replies · 684+ views
    parade ^ | August 6, 2006 | Sean Flynn
    Joy and Carl Gamble bought an English stucco house in Norwood, Ohio, in 1969. They raised two children there and worked seven days a week in their small grocery store to pay off the mortgage. “ We had the house fixed up just the way we liked it,” Carl says. “When we retired, we planned to sit down and enjoy it.” But now the Gambles live in their daughter’s basement. Their house stands vacant in the weedy field that was their neighborhood—seized by the city and transferred to a developer who wants to build shops, offices and condominiums. In Long...
  • Time to use "Eminent Domain" on the NY Times (submit your suggestions for better use)

    06/26/2006 4:33:19 AM PDT · by highlander_UW · 30 replies · 800+ views
    vanity ^ | 6/26/06 | me
    Since the NY Times believes it's in the public interest to put us all at increased risk at the hands of terrorists, and since untold millions will now have to be expended to develop new methods to track terrorist financing I think that a New York city location such as the NY Times building would be better used for some other purpose. And it would seem ironic justice if the same faulty ruling brought to us by the liberal judges be used to rid NY of the terrorist aiding Times. So my challenge is (and be clean) what better use...
  • Fight the power of eminent domain

    04/08/2006 10:43:05 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies · 610+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | March 26, 2006 | STEVEN GREENHUT
    City officials use fanciful arguments to explain why, say, a Costco is a public purpose because it brings in more tax revenue than the neighborhood that was there before it. With that simple twist of a phrase, essential constitutional property protections have been obliterated. You might own a small warehouse, but a developer wants to build a new high rise on the site. The government will come in and offer you the value of the warehouse (and will usually lowball the price and often force you to go to court to get a higher price, where you will pay your...
  • City moves to condemn SBC church using eminent domain

    03/09/2006 3:46:26 PM PST · by twntaipan · 27 replies · 786+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 3/9/2006 | Erin Roach
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (BP)--City leaders in Long Beach, Calif., have classified the Filipino Baptist Fellowship’s building as a blighted area and are forcing the congregation out in order to make way for condominiums. The path for the case was laid when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last summer in Kelo v. New London, Connecticut that a city’s use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private party to another may qualify as a “public use” protected by the Constitution. John Eastman, director of The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence who is defending the church, said the case -–...
  • Eminent domain arm-twists

    02/18/2006 1:15:29 PM PST · by peyton randolph · 1 replies · 280+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/18/06 | Jacob Sullum
    -snip- Last fall Mr. Peterson told a Senate subcommittee that when the government threatens to condemn people's property because it thinks someone else can make better use of it, "a majority of the time, most people agree to sell." Interesting. Given the choice between selling and fighting an expensive legal battle they will almost certainly lose, after which they will have to give up their land anyway, probably on less advantageous terms, most people "agree" to sell. -snip-
  • Perdue submits property deal ban (Georgia's Gov Sonny on our side)

    02/09/2006 6:38:45 AM PST · by devane617 · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Albany Hearld ( Albany,Ga) ^ | 02/09/2006 | Dave Williams
    ATLANTA — Local governments would be prohibited from condemning private property to put money in the pockets of developers under legislation unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Taking charge of a legislative debate that has spawned dozens of bills, the governor proposed both a constitutional amendment and a law banning eminent domain for economic development purposes. The two measures also would allow only elected officials to make decisions on condemning private properties for any reason. "The government's awesome power of eminent domain should be used sparingly and never be abused for private benefit," Perdue said during a news conference at...
  • Estrich: A Professor of Eminent Domain

    02/01/2006 7:00:29 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 61 replies · 3,711+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | February 1, 2006 | Larry Leonard
    It happened late in January on the FOX network's Hannity and Colmes program, with the pretty blonde, Estrich, in her abrasive voice subbing for the absent abrasive Colmes. The subject was eminent domain, a process by which a government "condemns" private property and takes it for "public" use. Until recently, I had never seen it used for any other purpose than to make way for a road or a public development of some kind. A park, a facility to keep equipment, like fire trucks, in a central location. A place to put a school. Those sorts of things. Then, the...
  • Eminent domain abuse - it could happen to you

    01/21/2006 6:12:26 AM PST · by seanmerc · 17 replies · 881+ views
    January 20, 2006 | Jerry Falwell
    Date: January 20, 2006 From: Jerry Falwell EMINENT DOMAIN KNOCKING ON CHURCH’S DOOR I learned this week that a small Baptist church in Oklahoma is at risk of losing its place of worship because it sits on a site where city leaders want to build a shopping plaza. This eminent domain business is getting serious. Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Kelo ruling last year, we are facing a brand new ballgame in terms of private property and what that term really means. For the Rev. Roosevelt Gildon, pastor of the Centennial Baptist Church in Sand Springs, Okla., eminent domain is...
  • Oakland Seizes Land, Swaps Retailer

    11/04/2005 8:35:54 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 12 replies · 1,047+ views
    Fox ^ | 11/4/05 | Unknown
    OAKLAND, Calif. — Revelli Tire ( search) has been a family-owned business in Oakland, Calif., for 56 years. But if action by the city council remains on course, the tire store will have to find a new home or go the way of the dinosaur. In July, using the power of eminent domain, the Oakland City Council evicted John Revelli from his store and locked the doors. The council's argument: One landowner should not impede the progress of a city on the move. "I am being forced to give up and give away all I have worked for all these...
  • Eminent Domain in N.J. - Now They Just Steal Land

    10/18/2005 6:20:04 AM PDT · by WmCraven_Wk · 50 replies · 2,141+ views
    NewsMax.com Wires/Star-Ledger ^ | Monday, Oct. 17, 2005 | Star-Ledger
    Union Township, N.J. -- Carol Segal has a problem: He wants to build townhouses on the six acres of land he owns in New Jersey's Union Township and has contracted with a developer to build 100 townhouses there. But the township government wants to develop the property themselves, and - incredibly - they have voted to take his land through the eminent domain process and let a local developer with political connections do the job. "They want to steal my land," Segal told the Newark Star-Ledger. "What right do they have when I intend to do the exact same thing...
  • Real Angry Over Real Estate (Eminent domain reaction 'giant tsunami', developers hurry)

    10/05/2005 8:02:47 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,289+ views
    US News ^ | 10/10/05 | Silla Brush
    Real Angry Over Real Estate Why a recent Supreme Court ruling has lots of homeowners hot under the collar By Silla Brush 10/10/05 Stan Dunn and his wife, Barbara, had just sold their home in California and were about to retire to the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga this spring when they heard the rumblings: A developer might tear down their new home--and more than 300 other nearby houses--in order to build a new complex of apartments, townhouses, and businesses to eliminate blight and boost the economy. And while town officials are excited at the prospect, the Dunns say they have...
  • Lumberton OKs road's location close to house

    09/05/2005 10:46:19 AM PDT · by force field · 6 replies · 469+ views
    The Beumont Enterprise ^ | 08/23/2005 | KEVIN J. DWYER
    Lumberton OKs road's location close to house LUMBERTON - In a unanimous 7-0 vote Monday night, the Lumberton City Council approved the proposed location of a connector road that, when built, will run within 50 feet of a paralyzed man's bedroom. "The action plan we passed tonight is part of the design to connect subdivisions to subdivisions in accordance with a city ordinance," Surratt said. "It will help move traffic east to west in our city...." There are four choices now for drivers "He may not get to go boating or fishing. That's his piece of land," Linda Rich said....
  • Judgment Day for Eminent Domain (McClintock SCA 15 up for vote)

    08/30/2005 11:40:19 AM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 5 replies · 779+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8-30-05 | OC Register
    Judgment day on eminent domain The state Senate Judiciary Committee today likely will vote on several measures that would curb alarming abuses of eminent domain by California cities and redevelopment agencies. Local governments routinely take property from homeowners and small-business owners and transfer it to large corporations that promise a huge tax windfall to cities that are willing to trample on property rights. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in June - Kelov. City of New London(Conn.) - ruled in favor of such takings, but the public backlash has spurred efforts in most states, including California, to put some limits on...
  • Constitution Party Meeting In Colombus Ohio

    08/20/2005 8:39:49 PM PDT · by IronChefSakai · 14 replies · 672+ views
    Constitution Party National Website ^ | Aug. 20, 2005 | unknown
    The Constitution Party invites you to its Fall 2005 National Meeting in Columbus, Ohio on September 16th and 17. Party leaders from across the country will be there and you won't want to miss this event! Special Guest Speaker Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center will be with us to discuss Property Rights and Eminent Domain. Addresses by the party's 2004 standard bearers, Michael Peroutka and Chuck Baldwin, along with a fine list of other outstanding speakers will inform and inspire us all. For more details, visit: http://www.constitutionparty.com/view_events.php Encourage your friends, family and others to come to Columbus so...
  • "New" Justice Souter is not the one I remember.

    08/10/2005 5:34:33 PM PDT · by Past Your Eyes · 23 replies · 987+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | August 10, 2005 | Chuck Douglas
    Chuck Douglas: 'New' Justice Souter is not the one I remember By CHUCK DOUGLAS Guest Commentary THIS MONTH marks the 20th anniversary of the New Hampshire Supreme Court decision titled Merrill vs. City of Manchester. That case dealt with the question of public use in exactly the same context as did the recent Kelo vs. New London case in the United States Supreme Court. Justice David Souter sat on both cases but came to totally different conclusions.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Boston Liberals Plot to Steal Land (24 hour notice)

    07/21/2005 3:54:18 PM PDT · by pabianice · 10 replies · 716+ views
    mass chc | 7/21/05 | Stein
    Surprise Bill Disempowers Communities and Privatizes Surplus Public Lands. With less than 24 hours before a scheduled vote, a radically different bill for disposing of state surplus land was unveiled yesterday. According to Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC) board member Nat Fortune "The Legislative leadership is using summer vacation and a last-minute release to get the bill passed before there can be a public response. Considering what’s in this bill, it’s no surprise its proponents were keeping it under the radar.” Jill Stein, MCHC president noted, “This bill takes disempowerment of communities to a new extreme. Like the other...
  • 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...