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  • How property rights in outer space may lead to a scramble to exploit the moon’s resources

    11/18/2015 9:17:32 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 18 Nov 2015 | Dominic Basulto
    This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation known as the SPACE Act of 2015 (The U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act), which recognizes and promotes the rights of U.S. companies to engage in the exploration and extraction of space resources from asteroids and other celestial bodies. That’s a huge win for private space exploration companies, especially for companies with upcoming plans to tap into the economic potential of the moon. That’s because the legislation, in its definition of “space resources,” is sufficiently broad to include resources found on the lunar surface. In short, the moon could now be...
  • My Trump Problem

    11/11/2015 4:31:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 105 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2015 | John Stossel
    Sometimes I like Donald Trump. He makes me laugh when he mocks reporters' stupid questions. Sometimes he's smart. When Maryland's lefty governor said a tax on rich people would "raise revenue," Trump told me why it wouldn't. The taxpayers would just flee: "I know these people! They're international people! Whether they live here or in a place like Switzerland, it doesn't really matter to them!" Perfect TV sound bite. And accurate. Maryland's tax on the rich brought in less revenue. When Trump makes billions by giving people things they want in voluntary exchanges -- via casinos or real estate or...
  • Expect Ted Cruz to Begin Surging in Next Few Weeks

    11/10/2015 7:08:28 AM PST · by Isara · 44 replies
    Liberty News ^ | November 10, 2015 | Eric Odom
    The Ted Cruz candidacy for Texas Senator was quite a show. Cruz had one of the most polished, well funded, grassroots organized Senate campaigns of that cycle.One of the most notable qualities of the campaign was the level of patience and strategy deployed by team Cruz. Their ability to understand the key of not peaking too early is unmatched. Their strategy of building a financial war chest and not burning through a ton of cash up front has proven time and again to be second to none.Which is what makes Ted Cruz incredibly potent in this GOP primary for the...
  • Will Kelo Decision Finally Sink Donald Trump?

    11/05/2015 10:09:15 AM PST · by Freemeorkillme · 286 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/05/2015 | Michael Walsh
    Donald Trump’s high standing in the polls is attributable entirely to the fact that he’s not a Washington insider, not part of the racket, and despite his wealth really might actually give a damn about the Little Guy. So why is he saying things like this? Donald Trump on Wednesday defended government property seizures as a “necessary thing,” even when it means involuntarily taking property from a private owner to transfer it to another business. Trump was speaking to reporters outside the capital statehouse moments before formally filing his candidacy for the February primary, and the Washington Examiner pressed him...
  • Iowa Gov. Branstad (R) Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines

    11/04/2015 1:21:01 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 10 replies
    http://whotv.com ^ | 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Governor Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines Posted 10:11 pm, November 2, 2015, by Aaron Brilbeck, Updated at 10:16pm, November 2, 2015 DES MOINES, Iowa -- This week, the Iowa Utilities Board will discuss whether to use eminent domain to seize property from landowners to use for a massive oil pipeline. Dakota Access, LLC wants to use the land for an underground pipeline that would carry roughly a half million barrels of crude oil from North Dakota, through Iowa and to a distribution center in Illinois. Governor Branstad says he believes eminent domain can and should be used for some pipeline...
  • Very Little Protection for Property Owners in Decade Since Supreme Court's Kelo Ruling

    10/16/2015 8:04:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/16/2015 | Bill Straub
    "When the government is empowered to decide the most valuable use and redistribute it, no ones property is truly their own." _____________________________________________________ WASHINGTON A public interest lawyer whose firm represented homeowners in a controversial case regarding eminent domain 10 years ago told lawmakers that the U.S. Supreme Court has left private property owners with very little protection if a city wants to take their residences for developmental purposes. Dan Alban, an attorney for the Institute for Justice, a firm that represents people whose rights, the outfit determines, are being violated by the government, appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on...
  • Trump: Eminent domain is a wonderful thing

    10/06/2015 6:24:24 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 116 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 06, 2015 | Elliot Smilowitz
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his stance in favor of eminent domain a view not shared by many in his party. "Eminent domain, when it comes to jobs, roads, the public good, I think it's a wonderful thing," Trump told Fox News' Bret Baier. ADVERTISEMENT You're not taking property. You're paying a fortune for that property, he said of the process, adding that homeowners can be paid four, five, six, ten times their propertys value. Trump, a real estate mogul, noted that hes dealt with eminent domain a lot in building developments...
  • Donald Trump defends his vocal support for eminent domain: I think its a wonderful thing

    10/06/2015 5:48:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 318 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/06/2015 | By Jenna Johnson
    Even though it's a stance not especially popular with some Republicans, Donald Trump continued to support eminent domain in an interview on Tuesday, calling it "a wonderful thing" that has unfairly received a bad rap.Trump, a billionaire known for his major real estate development projects, described eminent domain as a useful tool that local governments can use to prevent greedy homeowners from derailing major projects that could create thousands of jobs or provide a public good. Trump said that some conservatives don't fully understand how eminent domain works and don't realize that homeowners are usually paid "four, five, six, ten...
  • Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment Emminent domain

    09/16/2015 5:08:07 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 09/16/2015 | Melissa Quinn
    http://dailysignal.com/2015/09/16/connecticut-homeowners-fight-to-prevent-city-from-taking-their-homes-for-redevelopment/ Energy News Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City From Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment Melissa Quinn / @MelissaQuinn97 / September 16, 2015 / Janet Rodriguez's house on First Avenue in West Haven, Conn., is one of the homes the city is approved the use eminent domain on to make way for a $200 million high-end mall. (Photo: Janet Rodriguez) Every day, Janet Rodriguez sits at her home in West Haven, Conn., and she waits. She waits for a knock at her front door, a knock she fears will bring news that Rodriguez and her family will be forced to...
  • Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City From Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment

    09/16/2015 2:53:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 9/16/15 | Melissa Quinn
    Every day, Janet Rodriguez sits at her home in West Haven, Conn., and she waits. She waits for a knock at her front door, a knock she fears will bring news that Rodriguez and her family will be forced to leave the home theyve lived in for nearly a decade. A knock that means the city has exhausted its efforts to negotiate with Rodriguez and her family and is moving to condemn their house to make way for a $200-million high-end mall.Rodriguez, along with her neighbors on First Avenue, is fighting the city of West Haven to keep her home....
  • Myanmar land grab victims turn to black magic

    05/24/2014 1:26:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 24, 2014 1:36 AM EDT | Aye Aye Win
    Victims of land grabs in Myanmar have eagerly tested new-found freedoms by protesting and sending petitions to the president and parliament, to no avail. Now some are turning to old ways: Curses and black magic. Coffins marked with the names of those who seized property have been set ablaze. In rugged central regions of the country, aggrieved villagers have prayed for mountain gods to unleash their wrath. [] Land seizures by the military, the government and private companies linked to junta cronies have long been commonplace in this Southeast Asian country, whether for development or the extraction of natural resources....
  • Air Force wants owners to give up property near secret Area 51

    09/07/2015 5:53:06 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 45 replies
    AP Fox News ^ | 09/07/15
    LAS VEGAS The U.S. Air Force is giving an ultimatum to owners of a remote Nevada property that over time has been surrounded by a vast bombing range including the super-secret Area 51. They're being told to take a $5.2 million "last best offer" for their property by Thursday -- or the government will seize it through condemnation. The owners include descendants of a couple who lost their hardscrabble mining enterprise after the Air Force moved in in the 1940s. Nuclear tests then began in 1951, their mine mill mysteriously exploded in 1954 and they ran out of money...
  • Rand Pauls sneak attack strategy

    08/27/2015 4:35:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | August 27, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    SPOKANE, Wa. Rand Paul was 2,487 miles away from the Beltway journalists who had written off his campaign, and he was loving it. A riverfront hotel ballroom had filled early, latecomers grabbing chairs from the hallway to add more rows. Seven hundred people stood for a prayer, then the Pledge of Allegiance, then the Star-Spangled Banner, then for two amen-filled endorsements from local legislators, then a video message from the senators wife Kelley and then, finally, for Rand Paul. Looks like the liberty movement is alive and well and packing itself into the room! said Paul. He wore...
  • Donald Trumps Eminent Domain Love Nearly Cost a Widow Her House

    08/22/2015 5:25:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 161 replies
    CATO INSTITUTE ^ | 08/19/2015 | By David Boaz
    Since he shot to the top of the presidential polls, Donald Trump’s serial bankruptcies and bullying nature have made big headlines. But no one seems to have brought up a bullying business practice he’s particularly fond of: eminent domain.The billionaire mogul-turned-reality TV celebrity, who says he wants to work on behalf of “the silent majority,” has had no compunction about benefiting from the coercive power of the state to kick innocent Americans out of their homes.For more than 30 years Vera Coking lived in a three-story house just off the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. Donald Trump built his 22-story Trump...
  • California plans taking farms for massive water tunnels

    08/17/2015 1:23:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 17, 2015 3:58 PM EDT | Ellen Knickmeyer
    Gov. Jerry Browns plans for massive water tunnels have yet to win approval, but a report shows California already is planning to take up to 300 farms to acquire land for the project. A 160-page report prepared by state contractors lays out plans to move rapidly to eminent domain to acquire land for two 30-mile-long tunnels. The tunnels would help ferry water from Northern and Central California to Southern California.
  • Donald Trumps eminent-domain empire

    08/12/2015 4:29:53 AM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 113 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | 4/22/11 | Michelle Malkin
    While casting himself as Americas new constitutional savior, Trump has shown reckless disregard for fundamental private property rights. In the 1990s, he waged a notorious war on elderly homeowner Vera Coking, who owned a little home in Atlantic City that stood in the way of Trumps manifest land development. The real estate mogul was determined to expand his Trump Plaza and build a limo parking lot Cokings private property be damned. The nonprofit Institute for Justice, which successfully saved Cokings home, explained the confiscatory scheme: Unlike most developers, Donald Trump doesnt have to negotiate with a private owner when...
  • Donald Trump and Eminent Domain [Revisiting Trump's support of the Supreme Court's Kelo decision]

    08/09/2015 7:15:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 215 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/19/2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    In a free market, theres a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets anothers belongings: The coveter makes an offer to purchase them. If the offer is rebuffed, the coveter can make a new proposal, but he cannot simply take what he wants. Its an effective way of recognizing the impracticality of the Tenth Commandment while enforcing the Eighth. Donald Trumps covetous nature is not in dispute, but what many may forget is that hes no great respecter of the admonition not to steal, either: The man has a track record of using...
  • Houston trying to seize churches through eminent domain

    08/07/2015 12:21:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2015 | Taylor Millard
    Houston is trying to seize two churches through eminent domain for tax money. The churches are in Houston’s infamous fifth ward and Kemberlee Kaye at Legal Insurrection points out why the churches matter. The Latter Day Deliverance Revival Center was established in the fifth ward in 1965 by Bishop Roy Lee Kossie. A few years later, Pastor Quinton Smith began pastoring at the Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, also in the fifth ward. Both churches have grown and have had a positive impact on their community in each year since their establishment. Building a youth ministry center, a church-run...
  • Eco-Imperialism Joins Vulture Environmentalism

    03/21/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2013 | Paul Drissen
    Gina McCarthy, President Obamas choice to replace Lisa Jackson at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chastised for having lied to Congress, in claiming that EPA did not use dangerous manmade climate change to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. Shes also been implicated in the agencys practice of using fake emails to hide questionable dealings and activities. These issues highlight attitudes toward ethics, law and public policy that prevail at EPA and too many other government agencies. However, that attention should not distract from other important matters. Ms. McCarthy may be the worst of the...
  • Property Rights: Kelo v. City of New London Ten Years Later

    06/23/2015 4:43:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/23/2015 | by RICHARD EPSTEIN
    Ten years ago, on June 23, 2005, the United States Supreme Court dropped a judicial thunderbolt in Kelo v. City of New London. By a narrow five-to-four margin it rejected a spirited challenge that Susette Kelo and her neighboring landowners had raised against the ambitious land-use development plan put forward by the City of New London, Ct. The formulaic account of the holding is that a local government does not violate the public use component of the Constitutions takings clause nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation when it condemns property that will...
  • 10 years later, heres what happened to the land seized and sold to developers in Kelo v New London

    06/23/2015 8:23:08 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 23 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 2015-06-23 | Benjamin Weingarten
    As of early 2015, almost ten years after the Supreme Court upheld the Kelo condemnations, the properties that were the focus of an epic legal battle remain empty and undeveloped. Several plans to redevelop these lots have fallen through. The only creatures making regular use of them in the intervening years have been a colony of feral cats. These failures were not simply caused by adverse publicity resulting from the public backlash against the Supreme Court ruling or by the recession and financial crisis that began in 2008. As a 2005 New York Times article noted, the failure was a...
  • Conservative Media Savages Trump

    06/17/2015 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 75 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 17, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You look at the conservative media and what they're doing to Trump. If the conservative media would hit Hillary with one-tenth of what they're hitting Trump with, it might matter! It's incredible. Hillary Clinton gets more respect than Trump gets from the conservative media. Now, look, I understand some of it. Krauthammer is out there... (laughing) I mean, Trump's out there calling Krauthammer and George Will "losers," and they don't know what they're talking about, have never been right about anything. (chuckles) It's all a good show. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know, here's how crazy it is. Here you...
  • Donald Trumps eminent-domain empire [April 22, 2011]

    06/16/2015 9:07:45 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 18 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | April 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.Trump has been wooing conservative activists for months and flirting with a GOP presidential run — first at the Conservative Political Action...
  • Nebraska Judge Stops TransCanada from Using Eminent Domain for Keystone XL

    02/18/2015 10:13:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 13 Feb 2015 | Zo Schlanger
    Last month, a Nebraska Supreme Court decision approved a route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline through the state. That decision effectively allowed TransCanada, the pipeline company, to begin issuing eminent domain papers to landowners in the way. But a fresh lawsuit brought by nearly 70 landowners has spurred a Nebraska judge to halt TransCanadas eminent domain proceedings, the Huffington Post reported Thursday. TransCanada sees the writing on the wall, Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, a group fighting the pipeline, said in a statement following the judges decision to issue an injunction. Nebraska landowners are not going to cave...
  • Lawsuit by Nebraska Landowners May Decide Keystone Pipelines Fate (Eminent Domain)

    11/20/2014 11:34:43 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 20, 2014 | Amy Harder
    LINCOLN, Neb. For all the angst and anger over the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, the projects fate may lie here in Nebraska, where disgruntled landowners are challenging a state law that officials used to approve the pipelines path through their property. After the U.S. Senate rejected a measure to approve the project Tuesday, Republicans who will control the chamber in January said it would be one of the first items on their agenda next year. A more immediate hurdle, though, is the Nebraska suit, which encompasses much of the legal and emotional core of the battle over Keystone. I...
  • City Seizes Art Studio [satire]

    11/11/2014 8:29:47 AM PST · by John Semmens · 65 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) has received court approval of its seizure of the art studio of James Dupree. It plans to bulldoze it and sell the land to a private grocery chain. Despite renovating a dilapidated warehouse and converting it into an attractive and bustling center for artistic expression, Duprees property rights are being sacrificed to the PRAs vision of what the City needs. Its a question of whether the rights of the collective community should take precedence over the rights of a single individual, PRA Executive Director Ed Covington explained. Far more people will eat the food sold...
  • Judge Says City of Philadelphia Can Take Artist's Studio, Turn It Into Grocery Store

    11/07/2014 9:41:26 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 44 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 11/05/2014 | Evan Bernick
    James Dupree is a world-renowned artist and native son of Philadelphia, who is about to see his art studio turned into a grocery store, thanks to the rubber-stamp review that passes for judging when his city exercises the power of eminent domain. James' artistic accomplishments are truly awesome. He has five paintings in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Others can be found in the National Museum of Art in Cardiff, Wales; the Schomberg Museum in New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. You can see the Philadelphia Museum...
  • Surf-riding over the Republic and the Rule of Law

    10/29/2014 11:50:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 12 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/29/14 | Cherie Zaslawsky
    The public's rights to someone's private property, Eminent Domain and California beaches Before surfers and friends celebrate their victory over venture capitalist Vinod Khosla regarding access to Martins Beach through his land, they would do well to consider the following: now that the Governor has chimed in, threatening the use of eminent domain, what we have is the State controlling and/or taking someones private property. Recall that the function of our government is to protect our freedom, lives and property. So the government should have stood firmly behind Vinod Khosla and his right to use and control his own property...
  • Mixing Oil and Water [public domain runs amok]

    10/24/2014 7:53:31 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 8 replies
    Weather.com ^ | N/A | Katy Reckdahl
    The state of Louisiana says it has a public duty to seize private land that sinks underwater. Families who have lived off that coastal marshland for 300 years say the state is using oil company research to grab millions of dollars in oil royalties from lands it failed to protect. ***snip*** For more than 200 years, the Thibodeaux family has hunted and fished the area where this pump hums. ***snip*** But 200 years of property taxes mean nothing to the state of Louisiana. Not when the water rises by a few feet, and especially not when oil money is on...
  • Proposed Pipeline Would Cut Across Iowa

    08/13/2014 2:16:13 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | 13 Aug 2014 | Clay Masters
    Business is booming in North Dakotas Bakken Shale oilfields. With that boom comes a need for infrastructure. More than half of the oil out of the Bakken leaves by train or truck. But companies are working on pipelines. One proposed pipeline would cut clear through the state of Iowa. A Texas company wants to build an 1,100 mile crude oil pipeline, from the northwest corner of the state to the southeast. In two years, the pipeline could be carrying up to 320,000 barrels a day, from the Bakken Shale Oil Fields, to Patoka Illinois, and from there, the oil would...
  • NJs threat to take Holocaust survivors land: Another Kelo land grab in the making

    05/21/2014 5:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/20/2014 | Editorial Board
    Charlie Birnbaums parents were Holocaust survivors whose patch of the American Dream was a modest Atlantic City home near the ocean. Their son has held on to it through hurricanes, economic slumps and even his mothers murder. Today, it may be taken away when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority asks a state court to give it Charlies property. The CRDA basically argues it has the right to take whatever properties it wants and do with them whatever it wants to reshape Atlantic City whatever way it wants. Traditionally, to seize someones property through eminent domain, you had to show...
  • Why Orlando is Demolishing a Black-Owned Church & What It Plans to Build Over Its Just Plain Wrong

    05/21/2014 4:16:56 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | kevin boyd
    City of Orlando officials have filed a lawsuit seeking to seize a church property through eminent domain, in order to build a soccer stadium on it. The Orlando City Lions, set to enter Major League Soccer in 2015, are seeking to build a new soccer-specific stadium to play in. The Orlando Sentinelpublished today: If successful, the eminent domain action filed Thursday in Orange Circuit Court would allow Orlando to take the last of 20 parcels needed for the $115 million stadium being built for the Orlando City Lions, an MLS expansion franchise. Newly released records show the city more than...
  • (Huffington Post) From Bundy to Keystone XL: Wheres the property rights outrage here?

    05/12/2014 4:55:14 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 4 replies
    Huffington Post via Grist ^ | 05-12-2014 | Kate Sheppard
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has become something of a folk hero among the anti-government, pro-property rights crowd, thanks to his recent standoff with the federal Bureau of Land Management. Some landowners in the path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline want to know where the support for them has been, since their private property will actually be taken away without their approval. Bundy and his supporters dont recognize federal ownership of the land where his cattle have been grazing illegally for more than two decades. He refuses to pay grazing fees, arguing that he has ancestral rights to the land...
  • The Kelo Decsion and Barack Obamas BLM land grabs

    04/22/2014 10:52:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/22/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    What stops the federal government from merely deeding private lands to foreign governments because we can? Actually nothing stops the government from doing anything, certainly not the Kelo Decision. Without a doubt the Supreme Courts Kelo Decision is one of the most potentially destructive weapons a tyrant like Barack Obama has at his disposal. Weve heard that Dirty Harry Reid, Nevadas real life Senator Geary, was possibly preparing to steal some of the Bundy ranch land to give it to a Chinese company to run another fake green scam. This begs the question: Why couldnt the Bureau of Land Management...
  • Colo. eminent domain case settled with $115,000 sale

    04/16/2014 6:38:46 PM PDT · by saywhatagain · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Faith Mangan
    Andy Barrie recently held a property rights seminar for landowners. Asked what lessons they shared, Ceil Barrie said with teary eyes, "Yeah, don't annoy the government."
  • Well-Kept Secret: New London, Conn. Mayor Has Apologized for Kelo Property Seizures

    03/15/2014 12:13:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 03/01/2014 | Tom Blumer
    Daryl Justin Finizio, the recently elected Democratic Party Mayor of New London, Connecticut has apologized to the families and homeowners who lost their homes as a result of the city's decision to condemn properties in the Fort Trumbull area of that city. Those efforts began over a decade ago. A lawsuit by the victims which attempted to stop the city from taking their properties and destroying their homes ultimately led to the Supreme Court's Kelo vs. New London decision in 2005. The Court ruled in favor of the City based on what it believed was "a carefully considered development plan."...
  • Eminent Disaster

    03/13/2014 12:19:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    NEARLY NINE years have elapsed since the US Supreme Court, in one of its most notorious rulings, decided that seven homeowners in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood of New London, Conn., had no property rights which City Hall was bound to respect. Today Fort Trumbull is a wasteland, as a detailed new report confirms. The court's 2005 holding inKelo v. City of New Londongave local officials a green light to seize and demolish private homes through eminent domain, then turn the land over to developers itching to build something more lucrative. In Fort Trumbull, those private homeowners included people such as...
  • Claremont should be wary of water takeover plan

    03/12/2014 3:42:20 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 3 replies
    http://www.dailybulletin.com ^ | march 5, 2014 | jon coupal
    A particularly dangerous movement has taken hold in California that constitutes an immediate threat to homeowners in Claremont. The city government is planning to use eminent domain to seize the local water system currently owned and operated by a private company. The cost to taxpayers will be enormous, yet government refuses to provide residents with information that would allow for a thoughtful and independent review. If the takeover makes sense, why hide the facts? There is nothing inherently wrong with public ownership of water service and, indeed, most Californians get their water from public providers. But the devil is in...
  • TransCanada Tries To Seize U.S. Land For Keystone Pipeline (Eminent Domain)

    03/10/2014 6:35:34 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02-24-2014 | James Conca
    On Wednesday, a Nebraska judge struck down a state law that would have allowed TransCanada to use the power of eminent domain to seize private land to help construct a short 300-mile segment of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline between Cushing and Steele City, Nebraska. The law in question, LB 1161, allows Nebraska Governor David Heineman and TransCanada to avoid regulators in siting a crucial portion of the pipeline. Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy sided with three landowners who challenged the law, finding that regulatory power over industrial companies such as TransCanada must remain with agencies such as the...
  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone pipeline to proceed through state

    02/19/2014 2:08:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19,2014 | AP
    LINCOLN, Neb. A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project. Lancaster County Judge Stephanie Stacy issued a ruling that invalidated Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of the route. Stacy agreed with opponents' arguments that law passed in 2011 improperly delegated the decision-making power to Heineman to give the company eminent domain powers within the state. Stacy said the decision should have been made by the Nebraska Public Service Commission, which regulates pipelines and other utilities....
  • Nebraska judge strikes down legislatures move allowing Keystone XL route

    02/19/2014 2:16:51 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 133 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2014 | By Lenny Bernstein
    A Nebraska judge ruled Wednesday that the state violated its constitution when it allowed the governor to approve the route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a decision that could significantly delay the $5.3 billion project. District Court judge Stephanie F. Stacy blocked Gov. Dave Heineman (R) and other defendants from taking any action on the governors January 22, 2013 approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline route, such as allowing land to be acquired by eminent domain for the project. Stacy concluded that the state legislatures decision to take the siting power away from its Public Service Commission and give...
  • Nine Years after Kelo, the Seized Land Is Empty

    02/06/2014 6:26:22 AM PST · by rktman · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/5/2014 | Alec Torres
    Nine years after the Supreme Courts Kelo decision gutted the right of American property owners to resist eminent-domain seizures, the neighborhood at the center of the case remains a wasteland. Fort Trumbull in New London, Conn., was bulldozed to fulfill the vision of politicians and developers eager to create a New Urbanist mixed-use hub for upscale living in the depressed town near the mouth of Long Island Sound.
  • Kelo Revisited

    02/04/2014 10:45:46 AM PST · by mgist · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | FEB 10, 2014, | CHARLOTTE ALLEN
    Kelo Revisited Properties were seized and a neighborhood razed in the name of economic development that never came "See that pole with the transformer hanging from it? Michael Cristofaro asked me. That was where my familys home was. MICHAEL CRISTOFARO STANDING IN WHAT ONCE WAS HIS YARD IN NEW LONDON, CONN. TIM COOK / THE DAY I looked up at a line of high telephone poles marching diagonally against a blanched winter sky across a vast, empty field; that was entirely uninhabited and looked as though it had always been that way. New London, population 27,000, a rundown onetime whaling...

    01/21/2014 10:25:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | january 21, 2014 | becket adams
    World War II veteran Frank Whitney is fighting taxpayer-funded attempts by a New York village to seize his private property. Officials in the village of Saltaire on Fire Island, N.Y., are trying to take Whitneys Saltaire Market grocery using eminent domain so they can build amunicipality-owned market, theNew York Post reported. And in an attempt to get their hands on the 88-year-olds property, which was damaged in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy, village officials may try to raise the $2.5 million needed to buy and refurbish his grocery store by increasing the areas property taxes. Whitney said he has means and...
  • Cities Mull Using Eminent Domain To Seize Mortgages

    01/08/2014 7:15:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    IBD ^ | 01/08/2014 | By ANDREA RIQUIER
    As a real estate agent in the struggling San Francisco Bay city of Richmond, Zina Hall is well acquainted with all ways of helping troubled homeowners. Hall spent months this autumn working with an elderly widow with a medical condition who was struggling to make payments. Her best option, Hall believed, was a short sale, and they began that laborious process. But after several weeks, the homeowner disappeared, then called Hall to say she wanted to pull out and use a new program by the city. "They have eminent domain and it's going to help me," Hall recalled her saying....
  • Sacramento seeking to file eminent domain suit [against CalPERS/U.S.Bank] for arena property

    01/03/2014 6:02:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 3, 2014 | Ryan Lillis and Tony Bizjak
    After negotiations over the property stalled without a deal, the city of Sacramento is preparing to push ahead with an eminent domain lawsuit to seize control of the former Macys mens clothing and furniture store at Downtown Plaza, a vital parcel in the plan for a new sports arena. [snip] The parcel is owned by CalPERS, the states public employee pension fund, and U.S. Bank holds a ground lease on the property, according to a city staff report. C-III, a Texas-based asset management firm, is negotiating on behalf of U.S. Bank, city officials said. [SNIP]
  • Elderly Chinese man deployed six homemade CANNONS to stop his home being demolished without consent

    12/25/2013 3:17:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 06:04 EST, 25 December 2013 | William Turvill
    An elderly man deployed six homemade cannons around his home to prevent it from being demolished. Zhou Jianbang set the dummy weapons up after watching neighbors houses torn down allegedly without consent. Mr. Zhou insisted his cannons would not have caused any harm and civil police in Xingyang, Henan, central China, confirmed he had not broken any laws.
  • Eminent Domain, NY Attorney General Schneiderman And Cas Sunstein (All You Need Is Luck!)

    11/19/2013 10:11:14 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    confoundedinterest.wordpress.com ^ | 11/19/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages is rearing its ugly head in New York. However, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman actually showed common sense by pointing out the dangers: I am, just as a lawyer, uncomfortable with expansive use of eminent domain. I think [it] should be a vehicle of necessity, and its controversial whenever you use it You have to be careful about balancing all the interests. Well said, Mr. Schneiderman. emdomnj Eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages is a clear attack on mortgage investors, as I have discussed previously. But it seems to be gaining momentum, despite...
  • Eminent Domain For Negative Equity Borrowers: ACLU Versus PIMCO And FHFA (Hockett To 'Em, Baby!)

    11/16/2013 11:15:16 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The eminent domain steamroller is gaining momentum. Irvington NJ now joins Richmond CA in the effort to seize the mortgages of underwater borrowers and reduce their debt. Other cities are moving forward (or backward) in the eminent domain derby. Newark NY, Pomona and Oakland CA are moving forward. Other cities are considering studies to seize mortgages such are two in Pennsylvania and a cities in Minnesota, according to Robert Hockett, a Cornell University law professor and one of the architects of the strategy. He should be nicknamed Hockett to em. robert_hockett-inside-small Who is the em that Hockett want to sock...
  • Richmond [CA] weighs using eminent domain to help struggling homeowners

    10/15/2013 12:47:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 15, 2013 | Hudson Sangree
    RICHMOND -- A San Francisco-based group of financiers called Mortgage Resolution Partners has been calling on Sacramento and other California cities for more than a year, pitching a plan to use government powers of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages and refinance them for the benefit of homeowners who owe more than their homes are worth. Most communities took a pass, saying the novel plan was too risky. Not Richmond, a largely working-class city in the Bay Area. There, a determined and articulate Green Party mayor has helped steer the plan through the City Council in recent months. Today, the...