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  • O'Hare western access fight flares up as Tollway sues

    11/24/2016 12:54:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | November 23, 2016 | Greg Hinz
    A dispute that threatens decade-old plans to build a western access road to O'Hare International Airport is headed to a federal agency, as the Illinois Toll Highway Authority sues the Canadian Pacific Railway. In a petition filed today, the tollway asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to allow it to force CP to sell or grant easements to the tollway for portions of railroad property immediately to the north of the railway's huge Bensenville Yards. The tollway indicated it also may eventually need access to the yard itself. The Surface Transportation Board is the federal agency that regulates railroads, and...
  • Homes Coming Down To Make Way For Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike

    11/09/2016 7:56:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
    News Channel 4 (KFOR) ^ | October 28, 2016 | Sarah Stewart
    OKLAHOMA CITY--The 1600 square foot home on S.E. 15th came crashing down in a matter of minutes. It was demolished on Monday to make way for the new Eastern Oklahoma County turnpike. It happened because they were ignorant of their rights and were victimized by the state, said Steve Maguire. Maguire helped start Victims of Eminent Domain Fund, a non-profit dedicated to telling the stories of homeowners in that part of the county and stopping the turnpike from coming through. He says the owners of the home on S.E. 15th were told false things by the people acquiring the property...
  • (NJ) Piano tuner's fight to save A.C. home isn't over yet

    10/14/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    NJ.com ^ | September 01, 2016 | Erin O'Neill
    A state agency that lost its bid to seize the home of piano tuner Charlie Birnbaumin state Superior Court last month plans to continue its lengthy legal battle to acquirethe Oriental Avenue property.The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, or CRDA, on Wednesday filed a notice appealing the Aug. 5 decision from Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez, who wrote the state agency's effort to condemn Birnbaum's property is a "manifest abuse of the eminent domain power." The agency has targeted the brick walkup that has been in Birnbaum's family for more than four decades as part of a mixed-use development project in...
  • Judge tosses flag desecration charge; was pipeline protest[Iowa]

    08/28/2016 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | David Pitt
    A flag desecration charge was dropped Monday for a man who protested a crude oil pipeline that crosses his property by hanging an American flag upside down at his home, online court records show. Homer Martz, 63, was charged Friday under a state law that makes it illegal to defile, cast contempt upon, satirize or deride a flag. That law, however, was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in December 2014 and state prosecutors were told not to enforce it. The law, which lawmakers have not removed from the books, says law enforcement officers have a duty "to enforce the...
  • Jerry Brown and Eminent Domain Abuse

    08/21/2016 5:22:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 21, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    As mayor of Oakland in the 2000s, Jerry Brown supported redevelopment. Then he returned to the governor's office in 2011 and inherited a $25 billion budget shortfall. Feeling the squeeze, Brown saw an opportunity to make $1.7 billion by eliminating redevelopment agencies and shifted. He liked redevelopment as mayor, he explained to the League of California Cities, but also: "I didn't quite understand it. It seemed kind of magical. It was the money that you could spend on stuff that they wouldn't otherwise let you spend." In Sacramento, fiscal restraint can only last so long. The urge to "spend on...
  • U.S. Set to Approve Moon Mission by Commercial Space Venture

    06/08/2016 8:56:18 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2016 | Andy Pasztor
    U.S. officials appear poised to make history by approving the first private space mission to go beyond Earth's orbit, according to people familiar with the details. The government's endorsement would eliminate the largest regulatory hurdle to plans by Moon Express, a relatively obscure space startup, to land a roughly 20-pound package of scientific hardware on the Moon sometime next year. It also would provide the biggest federal boost yet for unmanned commercial space exploration and, potentially, the first in an array of for-profit ventures throughout the solar system. The expected decision, said the people familiar with the details, is expected...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Foundation Got $100M From Blood Minerals Firm

    06/02/2016 10:49:32 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies
    A little known Swedish-Canadian oil and mining conglomerate human rights groups have repeatedly charged produces blood minerals is among the Clinton Foundations biggest donors, thanks to a ($100 million pledge) in 2007, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found.Blood minerals are related to blood diamonds, which are allegedly mined in war zones or sold as commodities to help finance political insurgencies or despotic warlords. When the Vancouver, Canada-based Lundin Group gave its $100 million commitment to the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, the company had long been cutting deals with warlords, Marxist rebels, military strongmen and dictatorships in the...
  • Say Good-Bye To Hinga Auto Repair, Killed Off With Zoning By Elitist Politicians

    05/19/2016 10:38:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 19, 2016 | George Leef
    One of the main reasons why America was so attractive to hard-working people used to be that if you were successful, you could enjoy your rewards and use your property as you thought best. Sadly, that is less and less true. One immigrant who can testify to that is Hinga Mbogo, who is about to be forced to close his auto repair business in Dallas. He came to the United States from Kenya in 1974 with some skill in repairing machinery and found a job working as an airplane mechanic. By 1985, he had accumulated the capital necessary to open...
  • Pelosi, Pickens and the Corruption of Green Energy

    08/13/2008 5:08:53 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 24 replies · 387+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 8/13/2008 | Moneyrunner
    Ah so! It seems T. Boone Pickens is not the disinterested environmental pioneer that his ads make him out to be. Michelle Malkin exposes the grand scale corruption that is behind Nancy Pelosis desire not to drill for more oil. It seems that she has stock in companies that create and run wind farms T. Boone Pickens companies. Though she seemingly backtracked on labeling drilling a "hoax" this week, Pelosi refuses to consider GOP energy proposals that don't include massive government subsidies for so-called eco-alternatives that have never panned out. Which brings us to Madame Speaker's 2007 financial disclosure...
  • A decade after Kelo v New London Socialism has failed (Fort Trumbull still an empty lot)

    05/07/2016 8:20:47 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 9 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    In 2005, the Fort Trumbull area of New London Connecticut was a growing middle class neighborhood. The people there were hard working and spent much of their lives building their homes and living out prosperous lives. That came to an end in 2000 when Liberal Fascist Democrats in City hall and in the state capitol of Hartford made a deal with Pfizer corporation to allow them to build a research laboratory and upscale housing in Fort Trumbull. According to estimates by the same lying fascists, over 5000 new jobs would be created. Connecticut was one of the states hardest hit...
  • Hanging over us: Homeowners face uncertainty as I-395 plan ramps up

    04/10/2016 11:03:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | April 10, 2016 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    BREWER, Maine When Ken and Jo-Ann Arbo moved into their home in Eddington 22 years ago, they thought they found the perfect place to live.I hunt right there. I fish out there. I snowmobile out there, Ken Arbo said of the woods and fields near the couples home. That is why we moved out there.Now the Arbos face the real possibility of moving again.Their Lambert Road home is within the path of the controversial I-395/Route 9 connector, a proposed two-lane road from Brewer to Eddington meant to ease heavy truck traffic and improve safety on nearby routes 46 and...
  • Mormon entrepreneur plans to build multi-million dollar 'city of the future' in Vermont...

    04/02/2016 4:44:54 PM PDT · by kevcol · 89 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 2, 2016 | Chris Pleasance
    A Mormon businessman is planning to build a futuristic multi-million dollar city in the middle of rural Vermont based on 180-year-old plans drawn up by his religion's founder. David Hall, 69, plans to construct a 20,000-home city around a monument to Joseph Smith, founder of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of The Latter Day Saints, near the town of Lebanon, central Vermont. The layout of his proposed 5,000-acre metropolis would be based on plans Smith drew up in 1833 for the city of Zion, which he originally planned to construct in Missouri. . . . Other revolutionary ideas include foam-flushing...
  • Ceremony marks dedication of new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

    03/20/2016 9:10:12 AM PDT · by MeganC · 5 replies
    Santa Rosa Press Democrat ^ | 19 March 2016 | ELOSA RUANO GONZLEZ
    State and federal officials Saturday dedicated the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument with a ceremony and festival. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and Reps. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, gathered along with hundreds of other officials and conservationists at Cowboy Camp, a popular recreation site west of Williams, to dedicate the monument that takes in a 331,000-acre mountainous region running through Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Solano and Yolo counties. After years of tireless work by countless numbers of people, the Berryessa Snow Mountain region finally has the permanent protection it deserves, Thompson said...
  • No, Mr. Trump, Victims of Eminent Domain Do Not "Get a Fortune"

    02/29/2016 9:09:58 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | February 26, 2016 | George Leef
    During the debate among Republican presidential candidates last month, Jeb Bush hammered Donald Trump on his abuse of eminent domain. But Trump apparently sees nothing wrong in having government officials force people to sell their property. Trump replied, Eminent domain is an absolute necessity for a country, for our country. Without it, you wouldnt have roads, you wouldnt have hospitals, you wouldnt have anything. You would have schools, you wouldnt have bridges. And what a lot of people dont know because they were all saying, oh, youre going to take their property. When somebody when eminent domain is used...
  • Ted Cruz Already Looking Ahead to Nevada With Latest Ad

    02/19/2016 8:13:51 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 136 replies
    Charisma News ^ | February 19, 2016 | BOB ESCHLIMAN
    After Saturday's very important South Carolina Republican Primary, the presidential nomination process kicks into a whole new gear.Three days later, on Tuesday, Republicans in Nevada will gather for their caucus. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) isn't waiting for Saturday night's results from the Palmetto State to launch his efforts in the Silver State. He unveiled his first Nevada-specific ad on Thursday afternoon.The 30-second spot, titled "Nevada Land," continues the Cruz campaign's attacks on Republican front-runner Donald Trump over the issue of eminent domain and federal ownership of land. It features Cruz speaking directly to the voters:"Eighty five percent of Nevada is owned...
  • Ted Cruz Goes Bare-Knuckled Against Donald Trump on Eminent Domain Abuse

    02/16/2016 2:51:21 PM PST · by Theo · 85 replies
    The Politistick ^ | Feb. 11, 2016 | Matthew K. Burke
    WOW! If People Don't Understand Eminent Domain Abuse, They Will Now Ted Cruz Goes Bare-Knuckled Against Donald Trump on Eminent Domain Abuse -- "A Pattern of Sleaze Stretching Back Decades" They say the political gloves are about to come off in South Carolina, whose primary on February 20 and which is crucial to building momentum for the upcoming Super Tuesday or "SEC Primary" states on March 1. "They" are correct, as one of the most brutal ads of the political campaign, thus far, has just been released by the Ted Cruz presidential campaign, an ad that CNN reports will be...
  • Antonin Scalia vs. Donald Trump: Why Scalia rejected Trump-style eminent domain abuse.

    02/15/2016 5:20:59 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/15/2016 | Damon Root
    Antonin Scalia, the conservative legal giant who died on Saturday at age 79, will be remembered for his outspoken views on legal issues ranging from abortion to gun control. Scalia's fierce opposition to eminent domain abuse is also worth remembering. In 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kelo v. City of New London. At issue was that Connecticut municipality's desire to bulldoze a working-class neighborhood and hand the razed land over to a private developer working in cahoots with the Pfizer corporation. The idea underlying the city's scheme was that if people were forced out of their...
  • Governor Jeb Bush Has A Much More Serious “Eminent Domain” Problem Than Donald Trump….

    02/15/2016 10:01:01 AM PST · by GilGil · 40 replies
    The Conservative Tree House ^ | 2/8/2016 | Sundance
    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 residents. Former Governor Jeb Bush has a much more serious...
  • Trump: Bush family used eminent domain to build a baseball park

    February 07, 2016 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...
  • Cruz’s misleading attack that Trump ‘convinced’ the gov to ‘bulldoze’ a widow’s home

    02/13/2016 10:23:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 313 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | February 13, 2016 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    "Trump bankrolled politicians to steamroll the little guy, a pattern of sleaze stretching back decades. Worse? Trump still supports eminent domain today." Who knew such a wonky topic would find its way into political attacks in the Republican presidential race? An ad released this week by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign lodged a renewed attack on Donald Trump's support for eminent domain and alleged use of the government's powers for private gain, to bully an elderly woman out of her home. There are two problematic aspects of this ad: the misleading headlines that accompany the narration and the cherry-picked footage of...
  • Cruz attack ad: Trump got rich from 'seizing private property'

    01/22/2016 8:53:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 191 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 22, 2016 | Rebecca Savransky
    ... The ad goes on to say that Trump bulldozed the home of an elderly widow in Atlantic City to build a limousine parking lot at his casino. "Trump won't change the system. He's what's wrong with it," it says in the end. Cruz tweeted his ad Friday morning saying "It's time we change the system and break the #WashingtonCartel -- together!" ...
  • Ted Cruz Was Asked Three Years Ago About the ‘Liberty’ of Private Landowners in Eminent Domain

    02/11/2016 4:06:19 PM PST · by kiryandil · 126 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 10, 2016 | Jon Street
    Ted Cruz has slammed Republican rival Donald Trump for supporting eminent domain – but it appears the Texas senator was once in favor of it, too. In his run for the U.S. Senate in July 2012, Cruz was asked during a debate about his stance on eminent domain when it comes to securing the U.S.-Mexico border. "Let me ask you about a constitutional issue: liberty," the moderator asked Cruz. "What about the liberty of the hundreds, if not thousands, of private landowners in Texas whose land would be seized by the government for what even some in your own party...
  • Trump’s Eminent Disdain Donald is wrong about the Keystone Pipeline and property rights.

    02/11/2016 6:15:22 PM PST · by House Atreides · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 10, 2016 | Unknown
    You can't build a real estate empire unless government helps you snatch private property, or so says Donald Trump, who routinely defends eminent domain as an inevitable business reality. Maybe he needs broader business experience. In Saturday's Republican debate, Mr. Trump fielded a question about eminent domain and had a ready answer. "You need eminent domain," Mr. Trump said. "A lot of the big conservatives that tell me how conservative they are," they "all want the Keystone Pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline, without eminent domain, it wouldn't go 10 feet, OK?" Not OK, or accurate. In the decade since TransCanada proposed...
  • First on CNN: New Cruz ad hits Trump's character, accuses him of 'sleaze'

    02/11/2016 2:59:45 PM PST · by TBBT · 373 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/11/16 | MJ Lee
    (CNN)Ted Cruz will launch his most forceful attack yet against Donald Trump in a TV ad that accuses Trump of buying political influence "in a pattern of sleaze stretching back decades." The 60-second spot, shared first with CNN, is part of a six-figure ad buy that will hit voters' TV screens across South Carolina starting as early as Thursday. It centers around Vera Coking, an elderly widow who faced the threat of losing her home in Atlantic City when the city tried to seize it through eminent domain — in order to allow Trump to build a casino parking lot....
  • 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 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 “Eminent Domain” Problem Than Donald Trump….

    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 ‘nasty wack job’ 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 · 109 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’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...