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  • Sawgrass Rebellion

    10/17/2002 12:45:42 PM PDT · by isasis · 14 replies · 490+ views
    Naples News | 10-17-02 | Michael Peltier
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sawgrass Rebellion protesters arrive in state capital Thursday, October 17, 2002 By MICHAEL PELTIER, mpeltier1234@comcast.net TALLAHASSEE ó Property rights advocates brought their "Bucket Brigade" to the state capitol Wednesday, the latest stop in a cross-country protest that travels to Naples today or Friday. Two weeks after leaving their homes in Klamath Falls, Ore, road-weary members of the Sawgrass Rebellion brought their message and symbols to Tallahassee to protest state and federal efforts to restore portions of the Florida Everglades by flooding lands now containing homes or used for agriculture. They were joined by an Ohio farmer who likewise traveled...
  • Standing his ground (Jeb Bush used EM to take vet's property)

    02/08/2016 8:24:16 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.sptimes.com ^ | March 1, 2005 | KELLEY BENHAM
    EAST OF NAPLES, TURN LEFT AT THE BUCKET - Once, the land under Jesse Hardy's feet was an underwater reef, and nobody owned it and nobody wanted it. Then it became more or less solid, part of South Florida. To the east, the Everglades grew drier and drier. To the west, a town called Naples crept closer and closer. In the 1970s, developers peddling paradise dug canals, built roads and carved the swamp into squares of empty promises. Too remote to be developed, it stayed pretty much abandoned, except for Hardy. Looking for an escape from Miami, he bought a...
  • Trump and Eminent Domain [way to acquire property without using government force]

    02/09/2016 2:32:45 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    National Review ^ | February 9, 2015 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Memo to The Donald: There are ways to acquire property without using government force. "Eminent domain is an absolute necessity," said Donald Trump during Saturday's Republican presidential debate. "Without it," he claimed, "you wouldn't have roads, you wouldn't have hospitals, you wouldn't have anything. You wouldn't have schools, you wouldn't have bridges. You need eminent domain." In fact, though, we would still have roads, bridges, schools, and hospitals. It's a relatively new phenomenon for the government to seize property on behalf of private development projects. And yet, so very many of these projects somehow used to get done. Only one...
  • Governor Jeb Bush Has A Much More Serious ‚ÄúEminent Domain‚ÄĚ Problem Than Donald Trump‚Ķ.

    02/08/2016 2:34:54 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 47 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Feb 8 2016 | Sundance
    When Governor Jeb Bush Ordered The Jack Boots To Action... Former Governor Jeb Bush has a much more serious eminent domain problem to reconcile than current media reports are discussing. During his tenure as Florida Governor Bush initiated the largest eminent domain private property confiscation in the history of the Sunshine State. Bush's action is now costing the State of Florida hundreds of millions in lawsuits and legal fees. During a period from mid-2000 to January 2006 the Florida Department of Agriculture, at the direction of Governor Jeb Bush, began a program to seize and destroy citrus trees from Florida...
  • Lawsuit Over Eminent Domain Could Snarl Bush Library Plans (Flashback 2006)

    02/08/2016 5:25:02 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 2/17/2006 | MEGHAN CLYNE
    The school favored to host the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas's Southern Methodist University, may encounter a snag next week in the form of a lawsuit alleging that the school has improperly seized local homes in order to secure land for the proposed library site. Amid increasing outrage among Republicans over the use of eminent domain and other coercive measures to obtain private property for public projects, a case in Dallas County's 134th Civil District Court, which is set to begin on Tuesday, will determine whether the university violated its legal obligations to local homeowners in an effort to...
  • Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Eminent Domain, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

    02/08/2016 5:12:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    REASON ^ | 02/08/2016 | Nick Gillespie
    There's no question that one of the most memorable exchanges in last night's GOP debate in New Hampshire came over the question of eminent domain, the constitutionally sanctioned taking of private property for public use. Donald Trump is for robust use of eminent domain, including instances that most people would agree constitute eminent-domain abuse. That is, situations in which the property being seized is delivered either immediately or soon after to a private entity (such as the egregious case in which Trump himself worked with Atlantic City officials to kick a widow out of her house so he could expand...
  • Trump: Bush family used eminent domain to build a baseball park

    02/07/2016 9:24:25 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/7/16 | Bradford Richardson
    Following attacks from primary rival Jeb Bush about his past use of eminent domain, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday accused the Bush family of using the practice to build a baseball stadium in Texas. "Eminent domain is a very important thing," Trump said on ABC's "This Week." "Jeb Bush doesn't understand what it means, and if you look into the Bush family - I found this five minutes ago - they used eminent domain for the stadium in Texas, where they own, I guess, a piece of the Texas Rangers." When host George Stephanopoulos said that was Jeb's...
  • Trump tramples core conservative belief in property rights

    01/26/2016 9:13:45 AM PST · by Isara · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/26/16 | Washington Examiner
    Margaret Thatcher, when she was British Prime Minister, used a simple formula to describe the economic freedoms due to a properly free people: "A man's right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master." This was, in her view, "the British inheritance." Her thinking, influenced by centuries of English jurisprudence and political philosophy, provides a modern statement of the same rights that America's founders sought to bestow upon their posterity. Thatcher's phrase embodies the conservative view of the role of government and of citizens' rights...
  • Establishment lining up behind me to stop ‚Äėnasty wack job‚Äô Ted Cruz - still loves eminent domain

    01/25/2016 5:36:38 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Not sure how this is a selling point... If you’re a conservative, and you dare to utter even the merest suggestion that Donald Trump is anything other than a staunch constitutionalist, watch out. You’re about to be hit with a blast from the Trump loyalists’ artillery battalion. They can fire the word RINO at you 500 times in just under a minute, so it’s a formidable force. It’s much easier to just sit back and let The Donald say things like this:
  • [2014 + 1994] Atlantic City Wants to Bulldoze a Home to Benefit a Casino

    01/25/2016 1:11:46 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 93 replies
    reason.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | Damon Root
    In 1994 a New Jersey state agency known as the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) tried to seize the home of an elderly widow named Vera Coking, who lived just off of Atlantic City's famous beachfront boardwalk. In place of Coking's modest residence, state officials envisioned a new limousine parking lot for the neighboring Trump Plaza, the high-rise hotel and casino owned and operated by real estate tycoon Donald Trump. Thankfully, this preposterous attempt to wield eminent domain on Trump's behalf was struck down in court. "What has occurred here is analogous to giving Trump a blank check with respect...
  • Tone-deaf Trump touts eminent domain support

    01/23/2016 10:01:45 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 262 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2016 | Al Weaver
    DES MOINES - If nothing else, Donald Trump certainly didn't toe the company line or kowtow to the citizens of Pella, Iowa, while touting his support for eminent domain during his second campaign stop in the Hawkeye State on Saturday. With only eight days until voting, the Republican Party front-runner continued to back eminent domain before a crowd interspersed with locals from Pella and Oskaloosa as the two cities continue to push to build a regional airport next to Highway 163 using the practice. Twice, Trump called the practice a "positive thing" while talking up the necessity of its use....
  • TRUMPED: The Donald, The Widow and Eminent Domain [related to new Cruz ad]

    01/22/2016 12:44:18 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 108 replies
    Institute for Justice via YouTube ^ | 5/16/2011 | Dana Berliner - IJ
    Please click the link for the video of this report from the Institute for Justice who represented Vera Coking against Donald Trump and won in court. Here is a transcript of the same: In the video: Dana Berliner of the Institute for Justice (appears to be a property rights advocacy group), Donald Trump, John Stossel, Vera Coking -------------------- Clip of ABC News report playing interviewing Trump. TRUMP: In life you have a thing called condemnation and cities have the right to condemn for the good of the city - whether it's New York, whether it's Los Angeles, whether it's any...
  • Cruz seizes on eminent domain as wedge against Trump in New Hampshire

    01/22/2016 7:36:36 AM PST · by Isara · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri January 22, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    ...In the eyes of Ted Cruz, here's another "New York value" embodied by Donald Trump: seizing private people's property to build skyscrapers with his name on it.As the rivalry blooms between the Republican field's top presidential contenders, Cruz and his allies are eyeing a major opportunity in this rural state to cast Trump as an overly zealous land-grabber, profit-driven elitist and big-government liberal, prioritizing commercial interests like his own over conservative values. "Trump, with his casinos, he can take the land because it's in his best interest," former Sen. Bob Smith, a Cruz co-chairman, said here. "It's a big deal...
  • The coming Cruz attack on Trump: Not only is he a fake conservative, he's establishment all the way

    01/18/2016 3:23:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 18, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I called it a coming attack in the headline but maybe it’s already here. I noticed Cruz attacking Trump as a fake conservative over the weekend but didn’t notice him drilling down on Trump as a fake populist. Did I miss it? If it hasn’t happened yet, don’t worry. It will soon. What got me thinking about this was Stephanopoulos asking Trump at the start of the clip I posted earlier whether it’s now a two-man race between him and Cruz. Trump’s answer: No, which is surprising given that he had talked about a developing two-man race less than a...
  • Why Does Harney County Sheriff David Ward Want Hammond Family Story Hidden? (shortened)

    01/10/2016 10:24:37 PM PST · by Ray76 · 26 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 10, 2015 | Sundance
    We've been following the story of the persecution of the Hammond family in Oregon from a position of trying to identify the real motive and real agenda behind the MSM headlines. Previously we outlined the full back story to the origin of the Hammond family problems. Later we shared how the motive of the Oregon U.S. Attorney, Amanda Marshall (Obama appointee) was brutally obvious. The discoveries continue... To aid the Hammond family Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family appealed to Harney county Sheriff David Ward. Sheriff David Ward formerly worked for the Federal Bureau of Land Management and appears...
  • Donald Trump and Eminent Domain

    01/10/2016 4:39:14 AM PST · by House Atreides · 40 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 19, 2011 | Robert VerBruggen
    A brief history In a free market, there's a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets another's 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. It's an effective way of recognizing the impracticality of the Tenth Commandment while enforcing the Eighth. Donald Trump's covetous nature is not in dispute, but what many may forget is that he's no great respecter of the admonition not to steal, either: The man has a track...
  • Donald Schwarzentrump

    12/02/2015 9:42:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 2, 2015 | Star Parker
    Although there is a sense that Donald Trump's unusual and outlandish run for the presidency is the first ever of its kind, this is not entirely true. Californians, such as myself, remember how Arnold Schwarzenegger captured the governorship of California in 2003, in a campaign remarkably similar to Trump's. Obviously, governor of California is not the same as president of the United States, but it is the chief executive of the nation's most populous state. That year, California's incumbent Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, was pulled from office in a recall election. It was a time of disillusionment and cynicism...
  • With Shipwreck Treasure Easier to Reach, a Duel Is On

    11/30/2015 2:11:31 PM PST · by Theoria · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Frances Robles
    The Spanish galleon San José was overloaded with 200 passengers and 700 tons of cargo on a summer night in 1631 when it smashed into a rock off the Pacific coast of Panama, spilling silver coins and bars into the Gulf of Panama. More than 400,000 coins and at least 1,417 bars were lost over a 40-mile trail. Four hundred years later, that shipwreck has become one of the latest to land in a legal quagmire over who should have the rights to historic artifacts trapped under the sea. This one involves the United Nations, the United States Department of...
  • How property rights in outer space may lead to a scramble to exploit the moon‚Äôs 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‚Äôs a huge win for private space exploration companies, especially for companies with upcoming plans to tap into the economic potential of the moon. That‚Äôs because the legislation, in its definition of ‚Äúspace resources,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs high standing in the polls is attributable entirely to the fact that he‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúnecessary thing,‚ÄĚ 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...
  • ĎVery Little Protectioní 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 oneís property is truly their own." _____________________________________________________ WASHINGTON Ė 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 ďvery little protectionĒ 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 Ďa wonderful thingí

    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 ó 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 ďYou're not taking property. Ö You're paying a fortune for that property,Ē he said of the process, adding that homeowners can be paid ďfour, five, six, ten timesĒ their propertyís value. † Trump, a real estate mogul, noted that heís dealt with eminent domain a lot in building developments...
  • Donald Trump defends his vocal support for eminent domain: ĎI think itís a wonderful thingí

    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 theyíve 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. [Ö] 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 Ė 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 Paulís 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. Ė 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 senatorís wife Kelley ó and then, finally, for Rand Paul. ďLooks like the liberty movement is alive and well and packing itself into the room!Ē said Paul. He wore...
  • Donald Trumpís 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‚Äôs serial bankruptcies and bullying nature have made big headlines. But no one seems to have brought up a bullying business practice he‚Äôs particularly fond of: eminent domain.The billionaire mogul-turned-reality TV celebrity, who says he wants to work on behalf of ‚Äúthe silent majority,‚ÄĚ 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 Brownís 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. Ö
  • Donald Trumpís 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 Americaís 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 Trumpís manifest land development. The real estate mogul was determined to expand his Trump Plaza and build a limo parking lot ó Cokingís private property be damned. The nonprofit Institute for Justice, which successfully saved Cokingís home, explained the confiscatory scheme: ďUnlike most developers, Donald Trump doesnít 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, thereís a pretty simple process for dealing with the situation that arises when one person covets anotherís 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. Itís an effective way of recognizing the impracticality of the Tenth Commandment while enforcing the Eighth. Donald Trumpís covetous nature is not in dispute, but what many may forget is that heís 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 Obamaís 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 ďdangerous manmade climate changeĒ to justify new 54.5 mpg standards for cars and light trucks. Sheís also been implicated in the agencyís 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 ďpublic useĒ component of the Constitutionís takings clause ó ďnor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensationĒ ó when it condemns property that will...
  • 10 years later, hereís 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 Trumpís 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‚Äôt be fooled by The Donald. Take it from one who knows: I‚Äôm a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trump‚Äôs 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‚Äôs time you wised up to Donald Trump‚Äôs property redistribution racket, too.Trump has been wooing conservative activists for months and flirting with a GOP presidential run ‚ÄĒ 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 | ZoŽ 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 TransCanadaís eminent domain proceedings, the Huffington Post reported Thursday. ďTransCanada sees the writing on the wall,Ē Jane Kleeb, director of Bold Nebraska, a group fighting the pipeline, said in a statement following the judgeís decision to issue an injunction. ďNebraska landowners are not going to cave...
  • Lawsuit by Nebraska Landowners May Decide Keystone Pipelineís 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.ó For all the angst and anger over the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, the projectís fate may lie here in Nebraska, where disgruntled landowners are challenging a state law that officials used to approve the pipelineís 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. ďI...
  • 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, Dupreeís property rights are being sacrificed to the PRAís vision of what the City needs. ďItís a question of whether the rights of the collective community should take precedence over the rights of a single individual,Ē PRA Executive Director Ed Covington explained. ďFar 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 Martinís 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 someoneís 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 Dakotaís 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...
  • NJís threat to take Holocaust survivorís 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 Birnbaumís 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 ó through hurricanes, economic slumps and even his motherís murder. Today, it may be taken away when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority asks a state court to give it Charlieís 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 someoneís property through eminent domain, you had to show...
  • Why Orlando is Demolishing a Black-Owned Church & What It Plans to Build Over Itís 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 Sentinel†published 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...