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  • 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...
  • USCG Museum timeline, seizing homes for the Feds?

    07/15/2005 4:47:14 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 2 replies · 409+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 15, 2005
    Coast Guard Museum Timeline Published on 7/15/2005 • July 14, 2000: Merle J. Smith, vice president of the National Coast Guard Museum Project, says during an OpSail celebration that the museum will be built in the Fort Trumbull area. • March 1, 2001: U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons introduces legislation to bring the museum to New London. The bill would have provided $10 million for construction. • June 28, 2001: The Coast Guard holds public meetings to gauge support for locating the museum either at Fort Trumbull or Riverside Park. • May 2002: The Coast Guard signs a memorandum of understanding...
  • Kelo plaintiffs'land to be seized for federally-owned USCG Museum?

    07/15/2005 4:31:08 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 331+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 15, 2005
    KATE MORANDay Staff Writer, New LondonPublished on 7/15/2005New London — The Coast Guard's national museum is among several projects that have started to grind ahead since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that the city can raze houses on the Fort Trumbull peninsula to make way for a commercial venture that also will include a hotel, offices and housing.Momentum will likely remain slow and deliberate for the next several months, however, while members of the museum association deliberate exactly where they want the museum to go. Before it begins raising funds for construction, the museum association must settle on...
  • California lawmakers seek to strengthen homeowners' rights

    07/14/2005 4:46:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 432+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 7/14/05 | Kathleen Hennessey - AP
    SACRAMENTO – A group of California lawmakers is trying to block the impact of last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that expanded the government's power to seize private property, a decision that was swiftly criticized by groups across the political spectrum. In the 5-4 decision, the nation's highest court ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses without their consent for private development. State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Northridge, said the court ruling in Kelo v. New London allows governments to "take the house of a person that it doesn't like, and give it to a person that it...
  • Woman settles with Hesperia, gives up land (California)

    07/13/2005 7:50:45 PM PDT · by Buddy B · 14 replies · 719+ views
    Victorville Daily Press, California ^ | Wednesday, July 13, 2005 | KATHLEEN STINSON, Staff Writer
    Wednesday, July 13, 2005 Woman settles with Hesperia, gives up land By KATHLEEN STINSON Staff Writer HESPERIA — The case between the school teacher who owned land in Hesperia and the city that tried to foreclose on her was settled Monday. Ellen Zunino owned a 10-acre parcel of land in what is referred to as the "Golden Triangle" area of Hesperia that increased dramatically in assessed valuation, but she said she was unable to pay the assessment. ..... Before the city established an improvement district in the area — west of Interstate 15 and south of Avenal Street — Zunino's...
  • Online Poll on eminent domain by St. Louis Mayor Slay

    07/13/2005 8:38:15 AM PDT · by Saint Louis · 3 replies · 408+ views
    Mayor of St. Louis ^ | July 13, 2005 | Saint Louis Participate on a poll on eminent domain sponsored by Mayor Slay of St. Louis, who is a fan of eminent domain.
  • The California Homeowner and Property Protection Act (McClintock Kelo Response)

    07/12/2005 3:29:24 PM PDT · by calif_reaganite · 66 replies · 1,853+ views
    Sen. Tom McClintock | July 12, 2005 | Sen. Tom McClintock
    The Homeowner & Property Protection Act A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by amending Section 19 of Article I thereof, relating to eminent domain. WHEREAS, This measure shall be known and may be cited as “The Homeowner and Property Protection Act”; and WHEREAS, Eminent domain has been subject to widespread abuse in California, whereby local governmental entities have condemned property and transferred it, by sale, lease, or otherwise, to the control, management, or exploitation of private entities for private use and profit on the theory that...
  • Eminent Domain and the Battle for the Spirit of the Constitution

    07/07/2005 8:44:57 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 3 replies · 342+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2005 | Alexander Rubin
    In the true spirit of America’s Independence Day, the 4th of July saw battle joined as homeowners, concerned citizens and upholders of the American constitution from all sides of the political spectrum joined forces to defend the now threatened 5th amendment and to protect hard-earned property from municipal governments recently accorded sweeping new powers of eminent domain. ... For many Americans, the damage done and threatened by the decision is as much symbolic as anything else. The decision violates the spirit of the constitution, designed to protects the rights and freedoms (including the right to property) of Americans, effectively nullifying...
  • Video clips of Kelo rally now online

    07/06/2005 6:51:02 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 15 replies · 1,692+ views
    Two links with good video of the July 5th rally: scroll down to the video link on the right to: "Fight continues against eminent domain in Fort Trumbull- by Sara Welch" scroll down to: "Click here to view a brief clip of the rally featuring Ms. Kelo’s speech-one that is short, to the point and quite moving."
  • Fort Trumbull Just Beginning The Fight

    07/06/2005 3:25:33 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 6 replies · 1,151+ views
    The New London Day ^ | 07-06-05 | Susette Kelo
    Featured in Letters to The Editor Fort Trumbull Just Beginning The Fight Published on 7/6/2005 Letters To The Editor: I am writing about the editorial titled “It's time to move ahead,” published June 26. You have got to be kidding if you think for one minute your words of nonsense could change the way we feel about our homes. Do you think because you can choose to stop printing the opinions of the people from all over this country that the Fort Trumbull residents are going to go away? Do you think because you write words about compensation that that...
  • Protesters Target Eminent Domain-Scores rally against 'injustice' of events in New London case

    07/06/2005 3:18:46 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 14 replies · 1,141+ views
    Protesters Target Eminent Domain Scores rally against ‘injustice' of events in New London case Buy this Photo Protesters gather on the front steps of New London City Hall at a rally organized by the Institute for Justice on Tuesday, designed to show support for the residents of the Fort Trumbull neighborhood affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain, which sided with the city. "There is no amount of money that could replace our homes and our memories. This is where we chose to settle, and this is where we want to stay. This is America, the home...
  • Protesters From New Jersey To Maine Voice Displeasure

    07/06/2005 3:11:00 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 5 replies · 589+ views
    "We're not here because mom and dad are supporting us while we write our thesis on what's wrong with the country. We're middle class Americans who have jobs to go to and families to support and we care very deeply about this.” Ted Whittenkraus of Wells, Maine, who was taking part in Tuesday's eminent domain protest in New London By KENTON ROBINSON Day Staff Columnist, Enterprise Reporter/Columnist Published on 7/6/2005 New London — More than 300 protesters from as far away as Maine and New Jersey packed the steps of City Hall and spilled onto State Street Tuesday to voice...
  • Homeowners protest eminent domain decision

    07/05/2005 9:17:14 PM PDT · by FortRumbull · 10 replies · 1,184+ views
    Well over 500 attended, and the amount of flags (including many 'Don't Tread on Me' flags) and protest signs was incredible. People from at least a dozen states showed, Texas was the farthest I heard of, and yes the Freepers were there. The funny thing is, Freepers look just like everyone else, so it is hard to pick them out, except when the signs they were holding identify them as such (see some of the other FR postings for photos). A great time was had by all, including the opportunity to let the evil New London city councilors know what...
  • Sustainable Development, Smart Growth and Kelo: Organized theft by any name

    07/04/2005 7:39:45 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 22 replies · 730+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Monday, July 4, 2005 | Tom Deweese
    Put yourself in the homeowner’s shoes. You buy a home for your family. Perhaps it’s even handed down from your father or grandfather. It’s a place you can afford in a neighborhood you like. The children have made friends. You intend to stay for the rest of your life. As you plant your garden, landscape the yard, put up a swing set for the kids, and mold your land into a home, unknown to you, certain city officials are meeting around a table with developers. In front of them are maps, plats and photographs — of your home. They talk...

    07/04/2005 5:47:06 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 13 replies · 1,274+ views
    Saddle Up. This is the big one.Good v. EvilKelo v. New LondonAs we celebrate this Independence Day, it is essential that we are cognizant of the repudiation of one of our most basic rights by the current Supreme Court.  You probably missed Woodstock, the march on Selma, Dan's Bake Sale, etc.  But you do not want to miss the great Kelo rally in New London on July 5th, right before the New London, CT City Council meets for the first time since the Supreme Court's decision was handed down.  Meet the plaintiffs, their attorneys from the Institute for Justice and...
  • Opponents Of Fort Trumbull Plan To Rally On City Hall Steps Tuesday

    07/03/2005 5:06:13 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 6 replies · 617+ views
    The New London Day ^ | July 3, 2005
    Opponents Of Fort Trumbull Plan To Rally On City Hall Steps Tuesday By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/3/2005 New London — Attorneys from the Institute for Justice will lead a rally Tuesday on the steps of City Hall that could draw crowds of protestors from around the region who oppose the city's plan to seize houses in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood and replace them with a large commercial development. Attorneys Scott Bullock and Dana Berliner will speak at the protest along with Chip Mellor, the founder of the Institute for Justice, the public interest law...
  • The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men (Jn Witherspoon; Signer of Dec. of Independence)

    06/30/2005 3:57:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 13 replies · 445+ views
    Primary Sources ^ | May 1776 | Reverend John Witherspoon
    The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men by John Witherspoon May, 1776 In the first place, I would take the opportunity on this occasion, and from this subject, to press every hearer to a sincere concern for his own soul's salvation. There are times when the mind may be expected to be more awake to divine truth, and the conscience more open to the arrows ofconviction than at others. A season of public judgment is of this kind. Can you have a clearer view of the sinfulness of your nature, than when the rod of the oppressor is...
  • Tipping Point: Supreme Court Sows the Seeds to its Long-Awaited Demise

    06/29/2005 3:08:09 PM PDT · by WJHII · 29 replies · 1,272+ views
    N. Beaujon ^ | 6/29/2005 | N. Beaujon
    Tipping Point: Supreme Court Sows the Seeds to its Long-Awaited Demise By N. Beaujon June 29, 2005 The obituary of the tyranny of the judicial branch of government can finally be written. In two days of wrong-headed decisions, Dred Scott-like in their proportion, the Court has finally put the nail in their own lawless coffin. Even the most uneducated American knows the Supreme Court has officially run amok. When Government is told they can act as an arm of private developers to trump your inalienable right to own and make use of your cherished private property you can safely assume...