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  • 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...
  • Easter Sunday Chat: Kelo v. City of New London

    03/27/2016 10:44:30 AM PDT · by StAnDeliver · 9 replies
    March 27, 2016 | self
    Kelo v. City of New London
  • Scalia Lumps Kelo Decision with Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade

    02/14/2016 3:32:07 PM PST · by ojeffers · 27 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 10/19/2011 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    Scalia ranked Kelo among the top cases in which the court made a mistake of political judgment, according to the Sun-Times account. The others were the Dred Scott v. Sanford decision in favor of a slave owner and the Roe v. Wade decision finding a constitutional right to abortion. “My court has, by my lights, made many mistakes of law during its distinguished two centuries of existence,” Scalia said. “But it has made very few mistakes of political judgment, of estimating how far … it could stretch beyond the text of the Constitution without provoking overwhelming public criticism and resistance....
  • Donald J. Trump Statement on Justice Scalia

    02/13/2016 3:16:52 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 137 replies
    Donald J. Trump ^ | February 13, 2016 | Donald J. Trump
    I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Scalia family after the passing of Justice Scalia. Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice, one of the best of all time. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans' most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country. My thoughts and...
  • Video Ted Cruz is For Eminent Domain Use

    02/09/2016 8:11:27 PM PST · by bigtoona · 210 replies
    Conservative treehouse ^ | 2/8/16 | sundance
    Senate Candidate Ted Cruz was for it, before he was against it…
  • 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...
  • It Doesn't Matter How LIBERAL Trump Is As Long As He's Right On Immigration - Ann Coulter (VIDEO)

    01/12/2016 11:08:34 AM PST · by conservativejoy · 87 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | 1/1/2/2016 | soopermexican
    In a really good debate between Republican activist Liz Mair and right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter, they go at each other about whether Trump is actually a conservative and whether he's good for the country. Watch below: Ann Coulter basically lays out all her cards very early on when she says that nothing else matters as long as Trump is far right on immigration. She doesn't care that he's liberal on a lot of other issues, including the power of the federal government, executive orders, eminent domain, and crony capitalism, as long as he's tough on immigration. Liz Mair hits her...
  • 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...
  • Constitutional Amendment to Overrule Kelo v. City of New London & Protect Property Rights

    10/17/2015 4:38:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 16 | Ilya Somin
    The Volokh ConspiracyOpinion A constitutional amendment to overrule Kelo v. City of New London and protect property rights against abusive takingsNational Review columnist and prominent political commentator Charles C.W. Cooke argues that a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Courts widely despised 2005 ruling in Kelo v. City of New London might attract broad bipartisan support. Unlike most amendments proposed in recent years, its appeal would not be limited to just one side of the political spectrum. Susette Kelos famous little pink house, whose condemnation was upheld by the Supreme Court. Kelo ruled that the Constitution allowed the government to...
  • 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...
  • Connecticut Homeowners Fight to Prevent City From Taking Their Homes for Redevelopment

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

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

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

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

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

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

    05/21/2014 5:42:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/20/2014 | Editorial Board
    Charlie Birnbaums parents were Holocaust survivors whose patch of the American Dream was a modest Atlantic City home near the ocean. Their son has held on to it through hurricanes, economic slumps and even his mothers murder. Today, it may be taken away when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority asks a state court to give it Charlies property. The CRDA basically argues it has the right to take whatever properties it wants and do with them whatever it wants to reshape Atlantic City whatever way it wants. Traditionally, to seize someones property through eminent domain, you had to show...
  • Well-Kept Secret: New London, Conn. Mayor Has Apologized for Kelo Property Seizures

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

    02/24/2014 10:06:57 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 8 2014 | ILYA SOMIN
    In a recent speech in Hawaii, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made some interesting predictions about two of the Supreme Courts most notorious decisions: Kelo v. City of New London, which ruled that government can condemn private property and give it to other private owners to promote economic development, and Korematsu v. United States, which upheld the internment of over 100,000 Japanese-Americans in concentration camps during World War II. On Kelo, Scalia reiterated his 2011 prediction that the decision will eventually be overruled, stating that it will not survive. Kelo was a closely divided 5-4 decision (Scalia voted with the...
  • Nine Years after Kelo, the Seized Land Is Empty

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

    02/04/2014 10:45:46 AM PST · by mgist · 35 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | FEB 10, 2014, | CHARLOTTE ALLEN
    Kelo Revisited Properties were seized and a neighborhood razed in the name of economic development that never came "See that pole with the transformer hanging from it? Michael Cristofaro asked me. That was where my familys home was. MICHAEL CRISTOFARO STANDING IN WHAT ONCE WAS HIS YARD IN NEW LONDON, CONN. TIM COOK / THE DAY I looked up at a line of high telephone poles marching diagonally against a blanched winter sky across a vast, empty field; that was entirely uninhabited and looked as though it had always been that way. New London, population 27,000, a rundown onetime whaling...
  • Blue Dog Democrat Congressman Altmire Town Meeting (Farrell, PA Wed Aug 26 4:00 PM)

    08/24/2009 5:06:35 PM PDT · by dickmc · 8 replies · 1,278+ views
    Altmire web site ^ | Aug 18???
    Just got a robocall from his office this evening (Aug 24)...... Altmire Invites Constituents to Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Reform on August 26 August 18, 2009(???) (PITTSBURGH, PA) -- Today, U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) announced that he will hold a town hall meeting on health care reform in Farrell on Wednesday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Farrell Area High School, located at 1600 Roemer Boulevard in Farrell, PA. Doors will open at 4 pm. If anyone knows applicable town meeting sites could you please post this there. BTW,...
  • House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domain (Mad Maxine is for it)

    02/29/2012 5:36:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domainBy Pete Kasperowicz - 02/28/12 05:19 PM ET The House on Tuesday afternoon approved legislation that overturns a 2005 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the ability of states to take control of private property under the doctrine of eminent domain and hand it to another private developer. That decision, Kelo v. City of New London, led to sharp complaints in particular from Republicans, who argued that the Court ignored the normal "public use" standard. Under that standard, eminent domain was seen as permissible only when the land or property taken would...
  • The EPA's Property Wrongs in America

    02/23/2012 7:24:17 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    New American ^ | 2-23-12 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Imagine you paid thousands of dollars for a vacant lot where you wanted to build your dream house. The lot is 500 feet from a rural lake, with only a couple of houses between the lot and the lake, with a partial view of the lake. You obtained all the appropriate permits from the county and state, and then just days after you laid some gravel the federal government came in and told you that you couldn't build on the land. They then told you that you were subject to a fine of $32,500 per day until you...
  • Still a Ron Paul Fan?

    12/29/2011 9:55:58 AM PST · by mnehring · 27 replies
    I wrote briefly about the Congressional amicus curiae brief [pdf] in support of the petitioners in McDonald v. Chicago when it was submitted. We saw a great deal of support from both sides of the political spectrum, but one signature was notable for its glaring omission: Ron Paul. I'd been wondering about that, and Howard Nemerov was able to get a statement from Dr. Paul's office: Congressman Pauls DC office said he didnt sign the brief because he believes that it interferes with states rights, whose policies shouldnt be dictated by the federal government. Let's get a few things straight...
  • On Tyranny and Liberty: Would the Founders approve of the nation weve made?

    10/27/2011 3:18:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2011 | Myron Magnet
    A U.S. Supreme Court justice recounted over cocktails a while ago his travails with his hometown zoning board. He wanted to build an addition onto his house, containing what the plans described as a home office, but he met truculent and lengthy resistance. This is a residential area, a zoning official blustered—no businesses allowed. The judge mildly explained that he would not be running a business from the new room; he would be using it as a study. Well, challenged the suspicious official, what business are you in? I work for the government, the justice replied. Okay, the official finally...
  • Scalia criticizes Kelo ruling on private property

    10/21/2011 5:23:13 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 53 replies
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin ^ | October 19, 2011 | Jerry Crimmins
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin G. Scalia said Tuesday he does not believe the high court's "infamous" Kelo decision of 2005, which held that cities can take land from some residents with compensation and give it to others for economic development, will be lasting law. "I do not think the Kelo decision is long for this world," Scalia said in a speech to Chicago-Kent College of Law. He compared the court's decision in Kelo v. New London, Conn., No. 04-108, to the Dred Scott case, which held that slaves were outside the protection of the U.S. Constitution, and to the...
  • An Epilogue to the Kelo Case

    09/22/2011 10:03:37 AM PDT · by 92nina · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Property Rights Alliance ^ | 2011-09-20 | J. Michael Wahlen
    Reason Magazine featured a great article that chronicles a new twist in the famous Kelo vs. New London case. This landmark case radically increased the size of government under the eminent domain clause by forcing Susette Kelo to leave her house so that the City of New London could use the land for economic development in 2005. The new twist comes from a story recounted by a journalist and author Jeff Benedict. Benedict recounts a recent book reading of The Little Pink House (written on the Kelo case) in which Justice Richard N. Palmer, one of the 4 judges who...
  • Apology Adds An Epilogue To Kelo Case [eminent domain]

    09/19/2011 7:39:57 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 33 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | September 18, 2011 | JEFF BENEDICT
    If a state Supreme Court judge approaches a journalist at a private dinner and says something newsworthy about an important decision, is the journalist free to publish the statement? I faced that situation at a dinner honoring the Connecticut Supreme Court at the New Haven Lawn Club on May 11, 2010. That night I had delivered the keynote address on the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous 5-4 decision in Kelo v. New London. Susette Kelo was in the audience and I used the occasion to tell her personal story, as documented in my book "Little Pink House."
  • PICKET: '05 Kelo decision a failure; CT site remains a dump

    09/03/2011 10:48:40 PM PDT · by paltz · 9 replies
    Washington Times Water Cooler ^ | Sept.3, 2011 | Kerry Picket
    Should it be any surprise that six years after the horrible landmark Supreme Court's 2005 case Kelo v. City of New London, which brought about the decision that governments could seize private property for the sole reason of "economic development," the Fort Trumbull site in question is today a total dump, where "economic development" by the local government has ceased to ever happen? The Eminent Domain blog, Gideon's Trumpet, points out that the site has sat there for years following the court's decision and has become overgrown with weeds and other vegetation. It is a far cry from the well...
  • Kelo Home Seized Through Controversial Eminent Domain Taking Now Being Used As A Dumping Ground

    09/02/2011 4:59:09 AM PDT · by icanhasbailout · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Say Anything ^ | September 1, 2011 | Rob Port
    The Kelo vs. New London case saw the Supreme Court expanding the governments eminent domain powers to include taking property and giving it to other private citizens for the purposes of economic development and enhancing tax revenues. It was a terrible blow to property rights in America. And now, in perhaps a fitting end to the sad chapter in American jurisprudence, the City of New London is now using the property the fought to seize all the way to the Supreme Court as a dumping ground. Video below, and a letter to the editor noting the irony of the city...
  • Interests in Mississippi Try to Block Eminent Domain Reform

    07/27/2011 1:36:28 PM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2011-07-26 | Grant Morgan
    ...The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation and the National Federation of Independent Business appeared as friends of the court, arguing that placing the amendment to the state constitution on the ballot is permissible under the US Constitution because they claim that it does not change the definition of public use or grant new rights to property owners, but rather codifies existing definitions in order to protect property-owners from abuse and provide certainty. Karen Harned, a spokesperson for the NFIB legal center, stated that "It's one thing for government to take private property for long-standing and well-agreed public uses, but it's just...
  • Top UT officials under fire (Gov Rick Perry tackling Big Education)

    07/01/2011 2:53:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2011 | MELISSA LUDWIG
    Rick O'Donnell, a former special adviser to the University of Texas System who received a $70,000 settlement, this week skewered top UT officials for trying to block the release of faculty productivity data, accusing them of orchestrating a scare campaign to pit donors and alumni against regents pushing for changes at the system. He also took shots at state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who chairs the higher education committee, saying she went to bat for university brass due to overly cozy relations between lawmakers and public universities. Faculty and administrators "basically want to be left alone," O'Donnell said. "They push...
  • Texas governor addresses Boy Scouts in California

    06/30/2011 2:38:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    ABC ^ | June 30, 2011 | AP
    SAN DIEGO, CA -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a Boy Scouts ceremony on Wednesday that the federal government is rudderless, kicking off a trip to California that has stoked speculation that he will enter the Republican contest for president. Perry fondly recalled his boyhood as a Scout in Texas, including his first visit to Washington, and applauded the group for promoting values such as fellowship, self-reliance, dedication and perseverance. "I really wish we saw more of that sort of courage throughout our society, yep, including in Washington, D.C.," he said. Perry didn't mention President Barack Obama or any politician...
  • Sideline player could emerge as GOP 'superhero'

    06/26/2011 7:13:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 26, 2011 | Salena Zito
    Whether Gov. Rick Perry of Texas takes the stage wearing a suit or jeans, he walks with a confident swagger in cowboy boots. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie owns any stage because of his blunt talk and seemingly unpopular remedies. Outspoken former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin breaks political stereotypes with her unpredictability. These three share something: They are popular Republicans who are not seeking the party's 2012 presidential nomination yet. Republican voters and political strategists lately are speculating whether one of the three might be a better choice than any of eight declared GOP contenders. People are thinking about...
  • Why It Will Be President Perry in 2013

    06/25/2011 10:00:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 111 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6-26-2011 | Kevin McCullough
    June 26, 2011 Why It Will Be President Perry in 2013 By Kevin McCullough 6/26/2011 Current Texas Governor Rick Perry will, in all likelihood, be President of the United States in January of 2013. Having already said that on Fox News and the nationally syndicated Mancow Radio Experience, I guess it's time for me to now put into print what I see forming in front of me. So I did. I did this in December 2006 too. I was the first pundit to predict that Barack Obama would be President, and I said that would...
  • Rick Perry: Drawing the Lines Clearly

    06/25/2011 2:28:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 84 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2011 | Peter Heck
    Rick Perry may just be the guy. The country's longest tenured governor, from its second-largest state, is generating a lot of buzz in conservative circles as he contemplates entering the wide open Republican presidential primary. There are plenty of reasons that Perry is an attractive option: he is a no-nonsense decision-maker with solid conservative credentials. A man who not only speaks about family values, but lives them, Perry's power to persuade voters to see things his way is proven -- battle-tested in a state known for independent-minded citizens. But what serious political analysts on both sides of the aisle will...
  • Is Rick Running? (GOP source says yes)

    06/23/2011 2:25:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    wsj.com ^ | June 23, 2011 | James Freeman
    A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President, though the official word from Team Perry is still a definite maybe. Our normally reliable Republican source reports that Mr. Perry has surveyed the field and decided to get in the race later this summer, perhaps around the time of the national prayer meeting that Mr. Perry is hosting on August 6 at a Houston football stadium. Our source also reports that Mr. Perry is aiming to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, even though it occurs just a week later, on August...
  • Great Middle American revolt gives rise to Bachmann, Perry

    06/22/2011 1:36:20 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 6-22-2011 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner - Commentary
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Great Middle American revolt gives rise to Bachmann, Perry Jeffrey T. Kuhner The winds of change are blowing. A political rebellion is brewing. The 2012 Republican presidential nomination is taking place within historic times: The decline and fall of big-government liberalism. President Obamas attempt to transform America is finally creating a powerful backlash. The Obama presidency lies in rubble; failure has been its defining characteristic. The country is facing an economic crisis. Unemployment is high. Growth is anemic. Gas prices are sky-high. America is choking on its debt. We are bogged down in three failed wars....
  • Rick Perry.. the next President?

    06/21/2011 9:56:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 88 replies
    Maybe some of our fellow Freepers down in Texas can tell us about this guy? I believe he's going to run. And if he runs.. what kind of chance does he have? He seems even slicker and more polished than Romney. And what's up with Perry attending the Bilderberg meeting????????????
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry Wows GOP Crowd, Sets Stage For 2012 (Video)

    06/19/2011 11:01:57 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    RightPundits ^ | 6-19-2011 | Andrew Zarowny
    Texas Governor Rick Perry Wows GOP Crowd, Sets Stage For 2012 by Andrew Zarowny June 19, 2011 On Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered the keynote address in New Orleans at the Republican Leadership Conference. Some 2,000 party activists from 38 states attended, hearing from several 2012 GOP presidential candidates on Friday as they argued why they want to replace Barack Obama in the White House. But no speech came close to getting the positive response as Perry did on Saturday. When finished, Rick Perry was met with chants of “Run, Rick, Run!” and “Perry 2012!” The highlights of Rick...
  • Perry Road-Tests A Stump Speech

    06/18/2011 4:46:29 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 76 replies
    National Journal ^ | 18 Jun 2011 | Reid Wilson
    NEW ORLEANS, La.--Republican activists have waited all week to see a front-running presidential candidate. When Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the stage Saturday, they may have finally gotten their glimpse. In a 20-minute address to about 2,000 activists at the Republican Leadership Conference, Perry decried the Obama administration and even Republicans he blamed for "apologizing" while touting his own record with remarks that sounded conspicuously like a stump speech. "This administration in Washington that's in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it's the most qualified to make the most central decisions...
  • Rick Perry Is Not Running for President. Mitch Daniels Is Running for President.

    05/19/2011 6:36:56 AM PDT · by SumProVita · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Red State ^ | Erick Erickson
    "Conservatives would have to mount a massive, rapid, and high volume effort to get him in. I think such an outpouring of support and requests would draw Perry in. But, to do so, itd have to be after Daniels and with continued displeasure with the field by conservatives. One of the sticking points has always been whether the country was ready for another guy from Texas so soon after Bush. With Texass economy flourishing and the national economy still imploding, I think the country could get ready for another guy from Texas really quick. Daniels is running. How conservatives react...
  • Rick Perry for President?

    05/18/2011 10:24:16 AM PDT · by pkajj · 55 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2011 | Chronicle Blog
    Perry for POTUS? Almost a year after rumors flew around Austin about Perrys possible presidential ambitions after a pollster made calls to Iowa testing how a generic, conservative, southern governor would play in that state. Yesterday, the rumors got new life after Real Clear Politics reported that they had three separate sources saying that Perry was nosing around the race for POTUS. A Texas pol who is close to Perry has been telling a few key strategists that the nations longest-serving governor sees a vacuum and is waiting to be summoned into the race. This source believes that could happen...
  • New 2012 buzz: Rick Perry thinking of jumping in? (Ready for another Texas Governor as POTUS?)

    05/17/2011 8:13:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/17/2011 | Allahpundit
    After months of gassy media speculation about Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie, we’re all near the point of dismissing deus-ex-machina rumors about candidates out of hand.But this one … doesn’t seem so far-fetched. A Texas pol who is close to Perry has been telling a few key strategists that the nation’s longest-serving governor sees a vacuum and is waiting to be summoned into the race. This source believes that could happen by late summer. Without fellow Southerners Haley Barbour or Mike Huckabee in the race — and with Newt Gingrich’s early troubles raising further doubts about the current...
  • Perry performance fuels talk of 2012 draft

    05/17/2011 7:16:51 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 17, 2011 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    HOUSTON | Hes not on the ballot for 2012, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry strongly impressed a gathering of top Republican officials here Tuesday, with many high-ranking GOP officials saying the governor would be their top choice if he entered the presidential race. I would love to see a movement to draft Rick for the nomination if thats the only way we can get him to run, said Republican National Committee general counsel Bill Crocker after Mr. Perry delivered a luncheon address that had several hundred party officials attentive throughout. The comments I got after his speech made it clear...
  • Trumps Eminent-Domain Empire

    04/23/2011 7:05:23 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 165 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/22/2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Dont be fooled by the Donald. Take it from one who knows: Im a South Jersey gal who was raised on the outskirts of Atlantic City in the looming shadow of Trumps 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, its time you wised up to Donald Trumps property-redistribution racket, too. Trump has been wooing conservative activists for months and flirting with a GOP presidential run first at the Conservative Political...
  • Awesome.Trump Supports Taking Private Property Of Citizens

    04/19/2011 7:01:45 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 57 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-19-11 | Curt
    Why oh why are Conservatives getting hoodwinked by this fraud? CAVUTO: You know, the one thing that sticks in the craw of a lot of people with this court, Donald and I dont know where you come down on it, but this eminent domain issue that essentially allowed someones home to be bulldozed, as was the case in New London, Connecticut, if it gets in the way of developers. Now, youre a pretty successful developer in your own right. What did you think of that decision? Was the court overdoing it with that decision? TRUMP: Well, its sort of...
  • Boxing Gym Fighting Eminent Domain Gets Day in Court

    03/15/2011 6:25:31 PM PDT · by Palter · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Justice ^ | 11 Mar 2011 | Institute for Justice
    National City, Calif.A San Diego-area boxing gym that serves at-risk kids is showing what it takes to fight for what is right and to win. A trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 14, 2011, to decide whether National City, Calif., may declare nearly 700 propertiesincluding the gymblighted, thus freeing the city to bulldoze these properties and make way for luxury condos among other private developments. The trial will be held before the Honorable Steven R. Denton, Superior Court of California, Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway in San Diego, Calif. The Community Youth Athletic Center (CYAC) has had...