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  • At Raleigh Event, Brockovich Vague On Alcoa Dam Controversy

    06/30/2010 9:56:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | June 29, 2010 | Rick Henderson
    RALEIGH — At a press conference Tuesday, environmental activist and celebrity Erin Brockovich offered a rambling defense of the state’s efforts to take control of four central North Carolina hydroelectric dams between Salisbury and Badin owned and operated by Alcoa Power Generating Inc. “My job here today is not to sit here and bash Alcoa,” Brockovich said at a briefing that took place before an invitation-only event for state lawmakers at the exclusive Capitol City Club. “Agencies, industries, and attorneys need to get together collectively and do what’s right by people,” she added. “It’s time to … give back, and...
  • Missing the Big Pfizer Kelo Story [5th Anniversary Kelo]

    06/27/2010 4:40:50 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Columbia Journalism Review ^ | 11/13/2009 | Ryan Chittum
    ...It’s surprising to see how much of the press has just whiffed on a big story on Pfizer’s decision to close its New London, Connecticut, R&D headquarters. ... Remember New London? You probably ought to, and journalists certainly should. It was the defendant in the infamous Kelo v. New London case where the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that the government could take private property and give it to another private interest.
  • Michigan Should Look To China on Property Rights

    06/10/2010 6:52:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies · 52+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/10/2010 | Russ Harding
    Chinese officials are considering rules that would make it more difficult for local government to seize property from individuals and turn it over to developers without at least compensating the property owners, according to a report in the May 27, 2010, edition of The New York Times. East Lansing officials may want to pay attention. Government taking of private property in China has led to considerable civil unrest including several cases of suicide of victimized property owners. Chinese officials may be more worried about rapidly escalating real estate values and a possible future real estate bubble than individual property rights,...
  • Farmer's Land Given To Feds For Port Of Entry (137 acres via eminent domain)

    06/08/2010 2:28:42 PM PDT · by bamahead · 71 replies · 165+ views
    KFOX TV - El Paso ^ | June 7, 2010 | Daniel Novick
    EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County turns over land to the federal government to build the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry, despite a last stand by a farming family whose land was taken from them through eminent domain. The new port of entry will be on 137 acres that used to be owned by the Lettunich family, land they owned since the 1920s. But three weeks ago, through eminent domain, the county got the land, and in return, the county was ordered to pay the family $1.4 million. On Monday, the 137 acres was turned over from the county to...
  • Threat of Eminent Domain Abuse Prompts Calling for Supreme Court Decision (Frying Pan To New Fire?)

    05/21/2010 9:39:30 AM PDT · by Andrea19 · 4 replies · 333+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 5/20/10 | Robert Kramer
    ...The Institute for Justice and National Association of Home Builders want to bring the case before the Supreme Court. If it agrees to hear the case, we can only hope that a ruling is given in favor of private establishments across the country...
  • IT’S YOUR LAND:Fighting for the Family Farm

    05/20/2010 1:42:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies · 570+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 5-20-10 | Eric Shawn
    "It's a perverse use of eminent domain," says Brian Rainville. “There is no public good here." He stood on a green field, filled with alfalfa and grass, on the gentle rolling hills of his family's Franklin, Vermont farm… just steps from the Canadian border. He says the barn dates back to 1800, and the land is on the national registry of historic places. But Brian’s family, who have been dairy farmers here since 1946, may not have the land much longer. The United States Government says it needs 4.9 acres of the family’s property to help protect national security. The...
  • Freedom Watch: Robert McNamara on eminent domain (VIDEO)

    05/12/2010 1:57:22 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 177+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/12/2010 | MichCapCon
    This video exposes the threat of governments taking away private property.
  • Four Supreme Court justices face a tough vote in elections ( Colorado )

    05/10/2010 9:59:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies · 566+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 02/15/2010 | Felisa Cardona
    Judicial-retention elections are traditionally quiet, noncontroversial affairs that barely get attention before Election Day. But a series of decisions made by the Colorado Supreme Court over the past decade has energized opponents of four justices who will be up for retention this fall, including Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey. Critics say the majority of the justices' rulings on property taxes, eminent domain and congressional redistricting have violated the state's constitution or are clearly partisan. "This Supreme Court is arguably the most partisan Supreme Court in all of the country, and they have a special knack for redefining English words to suit...
  • Feds threaten eminent domain grab on Vermont farm

    05/02/2010 11:09:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,167+ views
    hosted ^ | May 2 | JOHN CURRAN
    FRANKLIN, Vt. (AP) -- This is one sleepy border crossing. At the Morses Line Port of Entry, on the U.S.-Canada border, the border station is located smack-dab in the middle of a Vermont dairy farm. On average, 2 1/2 cars pass through an hour. The pace is so slow that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who man it have been known to fill out their days by driving golf balls in an adjoining meadow, shooting skeet or washing their cars.
  • New York Town Threatens To Use Eminent Domain If Citizens Do Not Sell Out To Powerful Developer

    04/22/2010 11:06:57 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 39 replies · 1,561+ views ^ | 04/22/2010 | Jonathan Turley
    Despite the criticism of the Supreme Court’s eminent domain ruling in Kelo, the city of Auburn, New York appears undeterred and is threatening to invoke eminent domain to seize private property for a private company. The Kelo opinion was wrongly decided in allowing a Connecticut town to seize homes to give the land to a private company. Putting that flawed legal logic aside, I am astonished that elected officials continue to abuse eminent domain powers in this way and shows the need for state laws barring the practice. Mayor Mike Quill insists that the interests of the majority (and one...
  • Osborne wins national honor for fighting possible eminent domain (in Delaware)

    04/15/2010 7:44:45 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 3 replies · 267+ views
    Newark Post ^ | 4/1/2010 | n/a
    Ed Osborne of Greenville, will be one of the recipients of the 2010 Sammie Awards, an award that honors citizen leadership and political activism. He is receiving the award for his vigorous defense of property rights against eminent domain in Delaware, and will be awarded the $5,000 Modern Day Sam Adams award, the top recognition among the Sammie’s six award categories. The Sammie Awards ceremony is set to take place April 16 in Chicago. Osborne gained notoriety as an activist when he and 61 other Wilmington business owners received notification that their businesses were on the city’s property acquisition list....
  • (Russian)Tycoon's tyrant ties (Zimbabwe-Mugabe) threaten Nets deal (& Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards)

    04/11/2010 8:36:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies · 1,136+ views
    New Yok Post ^ | April 11, 2010 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    A New Jersey congressman says he will demand a government inquiry into Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire poised to buy the New Jersey Nets, for his extensive business dealings in Zimbabwe -- a bombshell that could blow up the $200 million team deal and threaten the future of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards, The Post has learned. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, wants to know if companies controlled by Prokhorov in Zimbabwe violate federal rules that forbid American citizens and companies, and subsidiaries set up in the United States, from doing business with...
  • Utah Invokes Eminent Domain Against the Federal Government

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

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

    03/21/2010 12:35:39 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies · 457+ views
    BangorDailyNews ^ | March 21, 2010 | Jen Lynds
    FOREST CITY, Maine — While the name might imply a metropolis, Forest City, population 5, is not a hub of activity. The rural community at the border of Washington and Aroostook counties and the province of New Brunswick has no convenience stores, shopping centers or schools, and there are many more trees than people. So Jane Johnson, a Forest City resident for 30 years, was shocked earlier this month to hear of a proposal by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to demolish and replace the current land port of entry in Forest City with a new, larger and more expensive...
  • Utah plans to take US land through eminent domain

    03/10/2010 11:52:14 AM PST · by Willie Green · 98 replies · 2,369+ views
    Business Week ^ | March 10, 2010 | BROCK VERGAKIS
    Utah lawmakers angry over federal ownership of land in the state approved the use of eminent domain Tuesday to take some of the most valuable parcels. The goal is to spark a U.S. Supreme Court battle that legislators' own attorneys acknowledge has little chance of success. But Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and other Republicans say the case is still worth fighting because if the state wins it could reap millions of dollars for state schools each year. More than 60 percent of Utah is owned by the U.S. government, and policy makers here have long complained that federal ownership hinders...
  • Eminent Domain Strikes Sour Note in Tenn

    02/23/2010 7:52:43 AM PST · by yorkie · 10 replies · 468+ views
    Fox News Blog ^ | February 23, 2010 | Jonathan Serrie
    After four years in business, the Musicians Hall of Fame is closing its doors. A judge ruled that Nashville's Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency could take possession of the property through eminent domain to build the Music City Center, a $585 million convention facility scheduled to open in 2013.
  • My review of Avatar

    02/20/2010 1:19:42 PM PST · by mainestategop · 71 replies · 1,287+ views
    Last week for the Second time, i got to see Avatar. having been watching the blog sphere lately I have been quite surprised by some of the responses to the movie, Allegations that the movie promotes environmentalism, and liberalism. probably the biggest problem I have heard is that the humans instead of the aliens are the bad guys. A major departure from traditional science fiction orthodoxy that is rare. That, and James Cameron has used his fame to attack and ridicule conservatives and libertarians. my review concentrates on some of the ridiculous remarks made against the movie in the blog...
  • Townhouses Could Come To New London (CT)

    02/19/2010 3:45:03 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 3 replies · 263+ views ^ | February 19, 2010 | Unattributed
    NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Construction on new Townhomes could be one step closer in New London. Along the Thames River, a piece of land which used to belong to the united States Navy could see development in the form of townhouse units. Plans are in the early stages, but the city thinks it’s a good idea for New London. -snip- While the city has had some court battles over eminent domain for some pieces of land near the parcel, it won’t be using any of them because the properties are so spread out. Construction on the project will not occur...
  • Hamtramck builds homes to atone for discrimination

    01/19/2010 12:45:46 PM PST · by Abathar · 19 replies · 590+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | Tue Jan 19, 2010 | Ed White
    HAMTRAMCK, Mich. – More than 40 years after her family was forced from their home because they were black, Sallie Sanders received the keys to a new house built to settle one of the longest-running cases of housing discrimination in the United States. "My parents would be ecstatic that their offspring would be able to enjoy the things they couldn't," the 60-year-old Sanders said Monday before a ceremony to celebrate the milestone on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hamtramck agreed in 1980 to develop 200 family housing units to make up for violating the civil rights of blacks whose neighborhoods...
  • Robin Hood in Reverse - New York’s eminent domain policies rob the vulnerable to reward the...

    01/17/2010 10:13:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 464+ views
    City Journal ^ | 15 January 2010 | John K. Ross, Dick Carpenter
    New York’s eminent domain policies rob the vulnerable to reward the powerful.In November, New York’s Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, upheld the use of eminent domain to take homes and small businesses to make way for wealthy developer Bruce Ratner’s so-called “Atlantic Yards” development: 16 mammoth skyscrapers centered around a basketball arena. The court accepted the Empire State Development Corporation’s contention that the area was “blighted”—based on a study that Ratner paid for himself and which wasn’t even initiated until years after the project was announced. The court didn’t go so far as to embrace the reasoning of...
  • Stop Pelosi's Eminent Domain Takeover of Your Body: Elect Scott Brown

    01/10/2010 5:57:42 AM PST · by Trafalgar123 · 3 replies · 320+ views ^ | January 10, 2009 | Stella Paul
    How best should we understand the unconstitutional abomination of ObamaCare? Think of it as the Democrats’ eminent domain takeover of your body. Your lungs, kidneys, liver and brain have all been declared property of the state. Nancy Pelosi will grant permission for your heart to beat. Harry Reid will allow your stomach to digest. Barack Obama holds the contract to your spleen. When they take a fancy to your cellular real estate, you’re toast.
  • When can't New York take your land (NY State abuse of Eminent Domain powers should worry you)

    12/10/2009 11:32:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies · 567+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/7/2009 | Steve Malanga
    A New York appellate court last week harshly rejected the state's effort to take property from businesses in upper Manhattan and give it to Columbia University for its campus expansion, calling it a "scheme" hatched by the university and the state and labeling their arguments in favor of invoking eminent domain, the government power to seize private property, as "mere sophistry." Yet for decades the state has confiscated private property on the slimmest of pretexts, often vastly underpaying, and in the process ruined businesses and lives. The Institute for Justice, an Arlington, Va.-based, public-interest group, recently called New York one...
  • Land would cost Hampstead $2.89 million

    12/09/2009 9:28:04 AM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 10 replies · 991+ views
    Hampstead must decide if it will pay $2.89 million for a 10-acre parcel of property that it acquired in an eminent domain trial. The six-member jury came up with the $2.89 million figure Tuesday as just compensation for the property the town wants to take from Oakmont Green, a golf course in Hampstead. The town sought the land because it includes a well. That figure is more than the highest appraisal that was presented in the trial. After the number was announced, Lee Snyder, owner of Oakmont Green Inc., was on the verge of tears. He said he is hoping...
  • Property Rights Are No Slam-Dunk

    12/03/2009 5:44:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,013+ views ^ | December 3, 209 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Eminent Domain: Four years after the Supreme Court told a Connecticut homeowner that no one's house is safe from developers, Brooklyn homeowners may lose their homes to a pro basketball team. On June 3, 2005, by a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively repealed the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, deciding that your constitutional right to be secure in your home didn't matter if your state or community decided your property could produce more revenue as a shopping mall or condominium development. Pfizer coveted Susette Kelo's working-class neighborhood for an office park and condominium complex. The city fathers...
  • Taken In Vain: New London's Folly

    11/26/2009 9:01:22 AM PST · by steve-b · 22 replies · 1,072+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 11/15/09 | Jeff Benedict
    With Pfizer Leaving, City Has Nothing But Weedy Acres To Show For Grandiose Development Scheme That Uprooted Homeowners And Razed A Neighborhood I'm often asked if I'd consider writing a novel. My answer is always no, truth is better than fiction ... and often harder to swallow. Consider the bitter pill that Pfizer Inc. slipped New London this week. Barely a decade after constructing a $300 million research and development headquarters in the city, the pharmaceutical giant announced it was shutting down the facility. Just like that, New London will lose 1,400 jobs and become home to a gigantic, vacant...
  • Ruling Lets Atlantic Yards Seize Land

    11/25/2009 10:50:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 13 replies · 792+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 24 Nov 2009 | CHARLES V. BAGLI
    After enduring three years of delays, several lawsuits and the collapse of the real estate market, the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn took a major step forward on Tuesday when New York’s highest court ruled that the state can seize private property for the 22-acre development. The Court of Appeals ruled 6 to 1 that the state could exercise eminent domain in claiming businesses, public property and private homes for economic development projects like Atlantic Yards. In doing so, the court backed the state’s assessment that the area in question — where some holdouts had refused to sell...
  • Liberal Fascism: Land Stolen in "Kelo" Case Still Not Used

    11/10/2009 8:59:29 AM PST · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 12 replies · 1,084+ views
    Vocal Minority ^ | 11/10/09 | EricTheRed_VocalMinority
    Stories like this just make me weep for my country. In September local Connecticut news station WTNH reported: Weeds, glass, bricks, pieces of pipe and shingle splinters have replaced the knot of aging homes at the site of the nation’s most notorious eminent domain project.There are a few signs of life: Feral cats glare at visitors from a miniature jungle of Queen Anne’s lace, thistle and goldenrod. Gulls swoop between the lot’s towering trees and the adjacent sewage treatment plant.But what of the promised building boom that was supposed to come wrapped and ribboned with up to 3,169 new jobs...
  • Pfizer abandons site of infamous Kelo eminent domain taking

    11/09/2009 11:10:07 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 162 replies · 7,575+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11-09-09 | Timothy P. Carney
    The private homes New London, Conn., took through eminent domain from Suzette Kelo and others, are torn down now, but Pfizer has just announced that it closing up shop at the research facility that led to the condemnation. Leading drugmakers Pfizer and Wyeth have merged, and as a result, are trimming some jobs. That includes axing the 1,400 jobs at their sparkling new research & development facility in New London, and moving some across the river to Groton. To lure those jobs to New London a decade ago, the local government promised to demolish the older residential neighborhood adjacent to...
  • Man Arrested for Making Coffee in Own Home While Naked

    10/22/2009 2:39:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies · 2,383+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 22 Oct 2009
    An American man who made coffee in his own home while nude is facing charges of indecent exposure. Eric Williamson, from Springfield, Virginia, was brewing coffee in his kitchen when a woman and a seven-year-old boy walked past the window and saw him. The woman complained to police who arrested Williamson shortly after the incident on Monday morning. Williamson, 29, insisted he did nothing wrong and that any exposure of his private parts were accidental. "Yes I wasn't wearing any clothes but I was alone, in my own home and just got out of bed. It was dark and I...
  • Conn. land taken from homeowners still undeveloped [Kelo v New London update]

    09/29/2009 1:38:40 PM PDT · by grundle · 43 replies · 2,033+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2009 | Katie Nelson
    Weeds, glass, bricks, pieces of pipe and shingle splinters have replaced the knot of aging homes at the site of the nation's most notorious eminent domain project. But what of the promised building boom that was supposed to come wrapped and ribboned with up to 3,169 new jobs and $1.2 million a year in tax revenues? They are noticeably missing.
  • Kelo development? Weeds and feral cats

    09/28/2009 11:04:17 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 16 replies · 1,300+ views ^ | 9/25/09 | Don Surber
    The majority upheld that the city of New London, Conn., could declare as urban blight the Kelo house and the well-kept neighborhood it was in so that the city could sell it to a developer who promised 3,169 new jobs and $1.2 million a year in tax revenues. Four years later? Nothing. The land the city stole [not legally stealing because Ruth Bader Ginsberg told them they could do it] truly is urban blight today, Katie Nelson of the Associated Press reported.
  • Agenda 21, Secular Humanism, and the Animalization of Americans

    09/18/2009 9:22:24 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 701 replies · 7,918+ views
    Conservative Underground ^ | 15-Sep-2009 | Linda Kimball
    The murderous secular humanist religions of Communism and Nazism were spawned by the anti-God/utopian tradition of Revolutionary France. The Black Book of Communism, an 800- page compendium of the crimes of Communist regimes worldwide, graphically details the terror, torture, man-made famine, mass deportations, starvation, and massacres undertaken on behalf of revolutionary utopian ideals. The reality of Communism, which claimed to be an emissary of the Enlightenment, of universal brotherhood, and of happiness for all as envisioned by Gracchus Babeuf, turned out to be not only a sadistic engine for unimaginable evil but also the creator of hells on earth. The...
  • Lake Travis area residents say city trying to take their land

    08/08/2009 7:47:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 48 replies · 1,895+ views ^ | 8/7/09 | Ryan Loyd
    Jonestown resident Marlon Coplin lives on the north side of Lake Travis and enjoys his lakefront property. But he is being taken to court by the city of Cedar Park because the city wants eminent domain rights of his property. By September, an intake barge in planned on being built in order to supply water to Cedar Park... "Just the land itself is worth $800,000," said Coplin. "They're offering me $42,000." As it stands now, Coplin feels he's being cheated. "Some day I'd like to sell my property, and now I'm going to have to sell it 50 cents on...
  • Four Years After New London, Conn. Stole Land via Eminent Domain, the Land Lies Barren and Useless

    07/30/2009 6:27:19 AM PDT · by myrage · 12 replies · 954+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | July 29 | Tom Blumer
    Four years ago, on June 23, 2005, a 6-3 Supreme Court majority ruled in Kelo v. New London that the New London, Connecticut government could condemn houses in that city's Fort Trumbull area in the name of redevelopment. A bit over a year later, the city settled with the area's final two holdouts, the Cristofaro family and Susette Kelo. Since then the city has without success tried to engage a developer to build a hotel on part of the now-leveled area, and to put apartments or condos on the rest. Yes, you read that right; they're building residences where residences...
  • Sotomayor Favors Legalized Theft Through Eminent Domain

    07/24/2009 2:37:41 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 12 replies · 644+ views
    Israpundit ^ | 7/24/09 | Bill Levinson
    It is already known that Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has used racist language to describe herself as more qualified than "white males." According to "Vote No on Sotomayor" (Wall Street Journal, July 24 2009, page A13), Sonia Sotomayor also, as a jurist on the Second Circuit, voted to sanction the moral and ethical equivalent of retail theft by price tag switching. This is strong language, but we invite our readers to tell us why it does not accurately describe the quoted material: Judge Sotomayor also revealed a troubling approach to property rights in Didden v. Village of...
  • Strange Bedfellows on Property Rights

    06/27/2009 12:10:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 500+ views
    Oregonian ^ | Thursday June 25, 2009 | James Huffman
    Every now and then, even in Oregon, environmental activists and property rights advocates find themselves on the same side of the political fence. One of those politics-makes-strange-bedfellows issues has been brewing in the Oregon Legislature and may still find its way to the governor's desk if Senate strategists can get it to the floor for a vote. House Bill 3058, which passed the House a couple of weeks ago, would allow private companies seeking to construct "linear utility or transportation" facilities to apply for removal and fill permits for wetlands on other people's property. These companies already have the considerable...
  • "As Naked an Abuse of Government Power as Could be Imagined" - How the Sotomayor nomination...

    06/25/2009 11:25:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 622+ views
    Reason ^ | June 25, 2009 | Damon W. Root
    How the Sotomayor nomination revived the debate over eminent domain abuse Property rights were probably the last thing on President Barack Obama's mind when he selected Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. But that hasn't stopped Sotomayor's nomination from reigniting the long-simmering national debate over the use and abuse of eminent domain. The controversy centers on Sotomayor's vote in a 2006 eminent domain case, Didden v. Village of Port Chester. New York entrepreneur Bart Didden says Port Chester condemned his land after he refused to pay $800,000 (or grant a 50 percent stake in his...
  • City set to take family's land

    06/10/2009 4:53:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies · 1,689+ views
    Employing a rarely used provision of city code, Milwaukee officials are poised to take two commercial lots from one owner and then sell them to another developer who has made campaign contributions to a key alderman. If the land acquisition goes through, it will dash the dreams of Rafael Cetina, whose family bought the land in 2002 with visions of building a restaurant and club that would serve spicy Mayan flavors paying tribute to his heritage on the Yucatan Peninsula. The process of eminent domain is almost never used by the city to acquire commercial real estate. The last time...
  • City of less than 3,000 people condemns 235 Acres of Farmland for city use -Eminent Domain or Theft?

    06/08/2009 10:37:00 PM PDT · by · 16 replies · 2,186+ views
    times news ^ | 6/8/09 | stand our ground
  • U.S. Gov't Backs Off Seizure Plan, Says Flight 93 Landowners 'Will Be Treated Fairly'

    06/05/2009 11:33:22 AM PDT · by AbeKrieger · 71 replies · 5,683+ views ^ | 6/5/2009 | General
    SOMERSET, Pa. -- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the U.S. government will not use eminent domain to seize people's land for a permanent Flight 93 memorial and instead will renew negotiations with landowners near the terrorist crash site in Somerset County. U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., and Salazar met with families of victims and landowners on Friday in Shanksville to discuss issues surrounding the planned national memorial for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, fatal hijacking. Specter's office said Friday's meeting also focused on what still needs to be done for the memorial to be complete in time for the...
  • KILL HB 300: Trans Texas Corridor to proceed despite repeal of corridor

    05/30/2009 9:29:10 PM PDT · by SecAmndmt · 4 replies · 1,456+ views
    Grassroots call for lawmakers to KILL loaded TxDOT sunset bill Trans Texas Corridor to proceed despite repeal of corridor (Austin, TX – May 28, 2009) The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) sunset bill, HB 300, now over 1,500 pages long, has too much baggage for taxpayers to swallow. HB 300 ends the private toll moratorium (which hands our PUBLIC highways to PRIVATE, foreign toll operators), keeps the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC) alive, opens a new loophole to toll existing freeways, allows counties a 10 cent gas tax hike, raids public employee pension funds to invest in risky private toll roads...
  • State Senator Refuses to Pay Mortgage

    05/13/2009 11:39:10 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 12 replies · 1,126+ views
    New York state senator Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) has not made payments on his $488,000 mortgage in over a year. The Senator declared it was not a matter of financial difficulty, but a matter of principle. “I am a duly elected representative of the people,” Parker pointed out. “The people’s representatives need accommodations appropriate to their status as members of the governing class. The bank’s interest in profiting from the loan must be subservient to this greater purpose.” Parker cited both “eminent domain” and “sovereign immunity” as the legal justification for his refusal to make payments. “Under eminent domain, the government...
  • SOLD DOWN THE RIVER. How Haley Barbour sabotaged eminent domain reform

    05/11/2009 1:22:48 PM PDT · by mick · 61 replies · 2,030+ views
    Reason Magizine ^ | May 11, 2009 | Damon W. Root
    Since the Supreme Court's notorious 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London, which allowed that municipality to seize private property on behalf of the Pfizer Corporation, 43 states have passed laws protecting property rights against Kelo-style eminent domain abuse. Mississippi is not one of those states. But that nearly changed in March 2009 when the Mississippi legislature voted overwhelmingly in support of a proposed law which would have guaranteed that "the right of eminent domain shall not be exercised for the purpose of taking or damaging privately owned real property for private development or for a private purpose;...
  • Ruling may impact the use of border sensors

    05/10/2009 11:59:50 AM PDT · by HiJinx · 30 replies · 1,136+ views
    The Sierra Vista Herald ^ | May 10, 2009 | Jonathan Shacat
    BISBEE — A recent court decision that held the Border Patrol liable for occupying private property in California might be applied to lands in other places near the U.S.-Mexico border, including Cochise County. Otay Mesa Property LP, Rancho Vista Del Mar and Otay International LLC filed a lawsuit in March 2006 seeking compensation for the use of 750 acres of valuable development land in San Diego County. Without permission from landowners, the Border Patrol buried numerous sensors, and then entered the property when the sensors indicated movement of potential illegal immigrants. On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims held...
  • Government to condemn land for Flight 93 memorial

    05/07/2009 5:50:03 AM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 77 replies · 2,796+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday May 7, 2009 | DAN NEPHIN
    PITTSBURGH – The government will begin taking land from seven property owners so that the Flight 93 memorial can be built in time for the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks, the National Park Service said. In a a statement obtained by The Associated Press, the park service said it had teamed up with a group representing the victims' families to work with landowners since before 2005 to acquire the land. "But with few exceptions, these negotiations have been unsuccessful," said the statement, which was to be released later Thursday. The seven property owners own about 500 acres still...
  • Senate OKs Eminent Domain Bill Aiding Owners

    05/04/2009 3:29:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 723+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 4, 2009 | JIM VERTUNO
    The Texas Senate voted Monday to expand the rights of property owners who face having their land taken by the government. The bill by Sen. Craig Estes, a Wichita Falls Republican, would limit eminent domain land takings to projects for public use only and would require governments to make a “bona fide” offer for the property before condemnation. A property owner would be entitled to be paid for any loss of market value if the taking impairs their access to the land they still have. Any land taking would also have to be done by a record vote in a...
  • Let’s Stop Eminent Domain Abuse

    05/01/2009 3:52:35 AM PDT · by nateriver · 3 replies · 1,011+ views
    Economic development can and has occurred regularly without the forced taking of a private citizen’s home or business. The “Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2009” H.R. 1885, assures investors that their property will not be auctioned off to the highest bidder in the name of the public good.
  • Fight Property Rights Abuse (Eminent Domain, Blacks, and Montgomery)

    04/26/2009 6:31:01 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 30 replies · 1,259+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | April 26, 2009 | David T. Beito
    What is happening in the cradle of the modern civil rights movement? Jimmy McCall would like to know. 'It was more my dream house,' he laments, 'and the city tore it down ... It reminds me of how they used to mistreat black people in the Old South.' In 1955, Rosa Parks took on the whole system of Jim Crow by refusing to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery bus. Today, McCall is waging a lonely battle against the same city government for another civil right: the freedom to build a home on his own land. Though McCall's...
  • [Maryland] Senate panel OKs eminent domain bill for Preakness

    04/11/2009 5:12:57 AM PDT · by JustSurrounded · 24 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2009 | Michael Drost
    A Maryland Senate budget panel approved a bill Thursday that will give Gov. Martin O'Malley the authority to assert eminent domain in an effort to keep horse racing's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted 11-4 in favor of the legislation, which will allow the state to either purchase or exercise eminent domain over the rights to the Preakness and the race track on which it is run, the Pimlico Race Course. The bill would also extend the state's eminent domain authority over Laurel Park and the Bowie Race Course Training Center. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat,...