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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...