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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...
  • 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 Constitution’s takings clause — “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation” — when it condemns property that will...
  • Two officers injured, trespasser taken into custody at Groton Naval Submarine Base

    11/14/2014 6:43:27 AM PST · by BronzePencil · 20 replies
    Fox News CT ^ | November 14, 2014 | Samantha Schoenfeld
    GROTON– Two Navy Civilian Police Officers were hurt after an unauthorized person tried to enter the Naval Submarine Base New London.
  • Police say roommate with hand gun stopped attack(home invasion, New London CT)

    07/24/2014 2:10:43 PM PDT · by matt04 · 2 replies
    Police say a resident of a New London home, armed with a handgun, stopped an early-morning attack on his roommate. A 15-year-old, whose name has not been released, was charged with breaking into the home on Crystal Avenue just before 3 a.m. on Wednesday. Police say the teen, who was armed with a knife and gun, assaulted a resident in a first-floor bedroom. They say that attack awakened the upstairs roommate, who came downstairs armed with a handgun and confronted the teen. Police say the attacker complied with an order to remain still until officers arrived. He faces charges including...
  • 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."...
  • New London Mayor Wants $10.10 Minimum Wage for City Workers [Connecticut Town w/SCOTUS Case]

    02/05/2014 2:17:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    During the State of the Union Address on Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced an executive order for federal contractors to pay employees at least $10.10 an hour. He also urged mayors, governors and state legislators to raise wages as well. On Friday, New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced that he has proposed a minimum wage ordinance. He wants to raise the city’s minimum wage for municipal employees and contractors to $10.10.   “I believe New London should answer President Obama’s call to action,” Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio said in a statement. 
  • After awful crash with teen trapped, ‘angel’ priest suddenly appears on MO. Hwy

    08/08/2013 10:38:56 AM PDT · by topher · 27 replies ^ | Posted on: 11:53 am, August 7, 2013 | by Michelle Pekarsky
    ... The New London Fire Chief said Lentz was pinned in between the steering wheel and the seat. As rescuers tried to cut her out, a medical team monitored her vitals and after 45 minutes, determined she was ‘failing and fast.’ After about an hour, Lentz asked rescue workers to pray out loud. That’s when they say a priest suddenly appeared. “He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,” Chief Raymond Reed told KHQA-TV. “It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as...
  • Race violence alarms, before Zimmerman verdict

    07/11/2013 10:10:44 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    WND ^ | July 11, 2013 | Colin Flaherty
    Questions raised about attacks that already are happening Al [Sharpton] and Jesse [Jackson] may worry that the acquittal of George Zimmerman will usher in a new era of white-on-black violence in America. After all, the local CBS affiliate is reporting that police officers already are training for violence. “There has been some talk among the officers that we believe that this training has to do with the fact that there might be some type of civil unrest, but we are hoping that that doesn’t happen,” said Javier Ortiz with the Fraternal Order of Police. The affiliate also said in Broward...
  • CT:First Gun Buyback Weekend Starts Saturday

    03/01/2013 2:36:14 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 1 March, 2013 | Dirk Langeveld
    New London's gun buyback program will begin on Saturday and run for two weekends. Mayor Daryl Finizio announced the program, which will be overseen by the New London Police Department, in January. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday as well as March 9 and 10, according to The Day. The program will take place at the Truman Street substation. The program offers $75 for rifles or shotguns, $100 for handguns, and $150 for assault weapons. Finizio previously said residents taking part in the program will not be charged for minor offenses, such as...
  • New London Connecticut Gun Turn In and Buy opportunity for March 2013

    01/29/2013 6:17:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    New London Connecticut will be giving Visa gift cards for firearms in March. $100 cards will be given for handguns, $75 for rifles and shotguns, and $150 for "assault-style" firearms. The program will be conducted on the weekends of March 2nd and 3rd and 9th and 10th. The guns are to be turned in at the New London Truman Street police station. No hours have been given. These programs are widely advertised with the propaganda term "buy back". The term is a lie, because the guns were never owned by the people who are now buying the guns in order...
  • NAACP: Cop Planted Evidence (VIDEO)

    01/21/2012 7:01:55 AM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    The NAACP is calling for a federal investigation into allegations a New London police officer planted drugs outside a suspect's house just before his arrest. The questionable conduct happened in October 2010 and was captured on tape by a camera inside a police cruiser. Lance Goode was arrested that night. He says the video shows Officer Roger Newton dropping drugs on the ground, looking around, and then kicking them underneath his car. "Someone we're supposed to trust, a police officer. His career was that important that my life, my family's life didn't mean nothing?" said Goode. Goode just filed a...
  • NAACP questions New London arrest, FD firing (VIDEO)

    01/20/2012 4:02:23 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The Connecticut and New London branches of the NAACP are calling for a federal Justice Department investigation of a city police officer and questioning the firing of a black firefighter recruit. The state chapter announced the moves Friday. City resident Lance Goode filed a complaint with the state NAACP last week claiming Officer Roger Newton violated his rights by planting drugs on him just before his arrest. Goode gave the NAACP a video that he says shows Newton planting the drugs. Newton is on leave pending an internal investigation. The NAACP also questioned the firing of black firefighter recruit Al...
  • NL's whale fountain shut off for sanitary reasons

    06/08/2011 11:25:05 AM PDT · by Immerito · 11 replies ^ | June 6, 2011 | Kathleen Edgecomb
    New London — The city turned off the water at the new whale tail fountain over the weekend after someone reportedly defecated in the water. "People are using the tail as a latrine,'' Evelyn Louziotis said. "It's an $11 million bathroom."
  • 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.
  • Official Calls For Mandatory STD Testing Of Teens Starting In 8th Grade

    03/09/2010 12:10:28 PM PST · by Fixit · 80 replies · 1,047+ views
    NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Sexually transmitted diseases is a topic that many people don't like to talk about, especially with teenagers. But, the director of the regional health department in New London is calling for the mandatory testing of teenagers from eighth-grade through 12th-grade students in New London and Groton. The hope is that other shoreline communities will follow suit and begin testing their teenagers as well. Vanessa Reed works for the school-based health clinic that operates inside New London High School. She said there's an epidemic of STDs infecting Connecticut teenagers, particularly teenage girls, and it's no surprise that...
  • 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...
  • 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's Kelo Mistake

    07/15/2009 1:51:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 818+ views
    Reason ^ | July 14, 2009 | Damon W. Root
    George Mason University law professor (and Reason contributor) Ilya Somin catches Sonia Sotomayor misstating a central fact about the Supreme Court's eminent domain decision in Kelo v. City of New London during her confirmation hearings today: In response to questioning by Democratic Senator Herb Kohl, Sotomayor refused to reveal her view of Kelo, a standard tactic used by previous Supreme Court nominees, but also incorrectly claimed that Kelo upheld a taking in an "economically blighted area"... In reality, both sides in the Kelo litigation agreed that the area in question was not blighted. As Justice John Paul Stevens noted in...
  • CA: Proponents of Prop. 98 Respond to Election Outcome (re: Eminent Domain Abuse)

    06/04/2008 6:33:05 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 13 replies · 386+ views
    Proponents of Prop. 98 Respond to Election Outcome Vow to Work on Legislative Solution to End Eminent Domain Abuse Sacramento, CA - Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, issued the following statement on the outcome of the Election. "Since the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo v. New London decision in 2005 more than 40 states have passed reforms that would prohibit government from profiting by seizing private property and giving it to politically connected developers. Prop. 98 was the only measure on the ballot that addressed the Kelo decision by providing comprehensive protections to all private property and...
  • After Action Report: Coast Guard Academy rally for the families

    05/21/2008 2:46:33 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 41 replies · 557+ views
    self | 5/21/2008 | RaceBannon
    After Action Report Coast Guard Academy Graduation support rally, May 21, 2008 Hi folks, it was good to be back in the saddle again. Today, the following Eagles took part in what is most likely our annual Coast Guard Academy Graduation support rally: Jim Bancroft Larry Baily Carolyn VanZorge Fernando Martinez Bill Wilkins Eva Bauman Kathy Upton Pamela Hall Dave Russo Dan Maloney "NEW" Eagle Ted Bakacs Paul Leblanc The New York/New Jersey Eagles showed up earlier than most due to dedication on their part and computer failure on my part which would have had me only 10 minutes late...

    05/08/2008 8:49:37 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies · 402+ views
    Self | 05/08/2008 | RaceBannon
    The Gathering of Eagles, a patriotic organization dedicated to honoring our men and women in uniform and those who are honorable veterans, announces our latest event in honoring the graduates of the Coast Guard Academy by welcoming their families and supporters to their graduation ceremony on May 21, 2008. We will be in front of the entrance on Mohegan Ave, at the intersection of Williams and Mohegan from 7 AM to 1 PM that day, waving flags, carrying patriotic signs and singing patriotic songs in an effort to welcome the families to what is a most honored event; the graduation...
  • Kelo Update: Media Ignores Latest New London Development Setback

    11/30/2007 8:32:48 PM PST · by grundle · 9 replies · 99+ views ^ | November 30, 2007 | Tom Blumer
    As an exemplar of a government-run enterprise stuck in the mud, it's hard to come with a better example than what is happening in the area that was the subject of the infamous Kelo v. New London ruling in 2005. Nearly 2-1/2 years after the US Supreme Court ruled that the city could evict Susette Kelo and other holdouts and take their homes, and 17 months after the final settlement between the city and the final two holdouts, very little has been done in the affected area. The latest setback to substantive progress in the area is significant, and is...

    04/19/2007 3:56:27 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 47 replies · 2,674+ views
    self | 04/19/2007 | RaceBannon
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Gathering of Eagles, an honorable group of Veterans and concerned Patriotic Americans has requested a permit for a rally to be held at the Coast Guard Academy on May 23, 2007, during their graduation ceremony. This rally is being held to counter the left wing A.N.S.W.E.R. Rally being held on the same day. The Graduation of some of America's finest citizens from one of our most prestigious academies should not be marred by the vocal outrage of what is a minority in our country. The GATHERING OF EAGLES requests that all concerned parties make an effort...
  • Protect Property Rights: Call Senators to support S. 3873

    11/17/2006 5:55:24 AM PST · by ddstro · 3 replies · 416+ views
    American Policy Center ^ | Nov 16, 2006 | Tom DeWeese
    Protect Property Rights: Call Senators to support S. 3873 All, Call your U.S. Senator. Tell them to support S.3873 "The Property Rights Protection Act" . Yours, Douglas *************SLEDGEHAMMER ACTION ALERT **************** From the American Policy Center Tom DeWeese, President 70 Main Street, Suite 23 Warrenton, VA 20186 PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTIONS MAY DIE IN SENATE ACTION NEEDED NOW IN LAME DUCK SESSION URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT EMINENT DOMAIN PROTECTIONS WILL DIE WITHOUT IMMEDIATE ACTION We have only one week to pass Eminent Domain reform to counter the Supreme Court’s disastrous Kelo VS New London decision that said local communities...
  • Elderly Driver Plows Into Pedestrians, Injuring 27 (Connecticut)

    07/08/2006 9:33:11 PM PDT · by nutmeg · 86 replies · 1,756+ views (WVIT) ^ | UPDATED: 12:09 am EDT July 9, 2006 | WVIT Channel 30
    Driver: Gas Pedal Got Stuck NEW LONDON, Conn. -- More than two dozen people were injured -- two of them seriously -- when a station wagon plowed through a crowd of people in New London during the annual Sailfest Saturday afternoon. Twenty-seven people were injured and were taken to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, officials said. The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. near the Amtrak station. Officials said the driver -- identified as Robert Laine, 89, of Wallingford -- was heading across the train tracks toward to the Fishers Island ferry when the car struck a pedestrian and lurched forward into...
  • Coast Guard Cadet Sentenced to 6 Months(Cadet Webster M. Smith)

    06/28/2006 9:36:42 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 9 replies · 4,526+ views ^ | 6 28 06 | MATT APUZZO
    1 hour ago NEW LONDON, Conn. - A military jury sentenced a Coast Guard cadet to six months in prison and kicked him out of the service Wednesday for extorting sexual favors from a classmate. Cadet Webster M. Smith, the first student court-martialed in the academy's 130-year history, was acquitted of rape but had faced up to five years and seven months for extortion, sodomy, indecent assault and other charges. Defense attorneys for Smith, 23, of Houston, asked the jury to spare him jail time, saying the stigma of his conviction will follow him forever. He will not graduate from...
  • Kelo on Kelo: I'll keep my illusions (Op-Ed by Susette Kelo)

    06/27/2006 12:14:08 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 25 replies · 1,227+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | June 27, 2006 | Susette Kelo
    NEW LONDONA YEAR AGO last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that my home can be taken by the government and handed over to another private party for its private use. The only requirements are that the city must have some plan in place that says another owner can create more jobs and pay more taxes than I do.There went my property rights -- and yours, too.Hardly a day goes by as I work in my garden or have a cup of coffee in my kitchen, both of which overlook the Thames River and Long Island Sound, that I don't...
  • The Kelo Decision and President Bush

    06/27/2006 8:36:28 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 170+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 6/27/06 | Purple Mountains
    Although the American people are overwhelming outraged by the recent eminent domain decision of the Supreme Court (Kelo vs. New London), and while many government entities have passed legislation and regulations to minimize its impact, the rapacious takeovers by private developers in New London and Riviera Beach are proceeding at full speed. It appears that nothing can be done to save the citizens of these communities from the legal theft of their property, and probably only a revisiting of this decision by the Supreme Court can save the rest of us from this trashing of a basic American right to...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (6/23/06): photos

    06/23/2006 5:06:07 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 293 replies · 4,073+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President and Mrs. Bush hosted Opening Day of the White House Tee Ball season. General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was today's Tee Ball Commissioner. Following is a transcript of the President's Remarks to open the season: THE PRESIDENT: Seth, thank you very much. Good job. Welcome to the South Lawn. Laura and I are thrilled you're here for opening day. It is an honor for me, and the Commissioner, General Pete Pace, to welcome you all here for what is going to be an exciting ball game between the Yankees...
  • Eminent Domain & Hoboken, New Jersey

    04/17/2006 9:47:26 AM PDT · by MisterX · 3 replies · 813+ views
    Mondo QT ^ | April 14, 2006 | Carola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff
    Happy communities are all alike-- but every community threatened by eminent domain abuse (EDA) is different. Are political corruption and EDA joined at the hip in Jersey? Let's just say public use in Pay-2-Play Land is one mighty strange bird. Part 3 of a 4 part series focusing on eminent domain abuse in different locales .... Locations covered to date: Albany, New York, New London, Connecticut, Hoboken, New Jersey, Next up: the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York. A mammoth land grab launched by developer Forest City Ratner and the Empire State Development Corporation-- one of the most powerful...
  • New London Explosion (Vanity)

    02/23/2006 7:39:21 PM PST · by Ptarmigan · 6 replies · 881+ views
    In recent memories, there have been many schoolyard tragedies ranging from Beslan massacre to Columbine shooting. This one is the worst schoolyard tragedy. New London, Texas, located in Rusk County, is the richest rural county in the nation because of oilfields throughout East Texas. This is in midst of the Great Depression grappling America. A new school is built which holds 500 students and 40 teachers. The school wanted to save money for natural gas bills, which cost $300, they tapped into natural gas straight from the field. It was odorless as a result. This peaceful and thriving town's world...
  • Evicting David Souter

    02/04/2006 12:28:13 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 2,976+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 13, 2006 | Matt Labash
    If the justice is so fond of eminent domain, say protesters, let's seize his ancestral property and develop a charming bed and breakfast on it.Weare, New HampshireLOGAN DARROW CLEMENTS doesn't seem like the sort of fellow who'd go around stealing the houses of Supreme Court justices. He's mild mannered and laughs easily, often at his own jokes. Physically he resembles a less creepy Ralph Reed: He looks like a 36-year-old altar boy whose mom made him scrub up and dress for dinner. An Ayn Rand devotee, he heads an objectivist discussion group back home in Los Angeles. A zippy evening...
  • Forget Abortion; They’re Coming After You Next

    12/09/2005 3:04:21 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 6 replies · 563+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 12/09/05 | Purple Mountains
    The taking of people’s property by eminent domain in order to sell it to private developers is getting totally out of hand, and crying for justice. After the infamous Kelo vs. New London case was decided in favor of developers by the liberal majority on the Supreme Court, there was a spate of stories about how the US Congress and various states were enacting laws to counter this abysmal (and plainly unconstitutional) decision. It is becoming clear, however, that people’s rights (especially poor people) are being trampled on all over the country, and the only way to right this wrong...
  • Update: Kelo Decision

    11/13/2005 6:02:07 PM PST · by georgiadevildog · 1 replies · 433+ views
    Sarge's Spot ^ | November 10, 2005 | Daniel
    If you read "New London, Washington DC" from October 8th, you know that I was more than a little upset with the 5-4 Kelo v. New London decision handed down by the US Supreme Court. In that post, I challenged you, my readers, to contact your congressmen (for all you liberal bedwetter politically correct fruitcakes out there, "congressmen" is a generic reference to both men and women who serve in the US Congress) and demand action. I started my own personal campaign by writing my Senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. Well, I received my response. Both of my senators...

    11/02/2005 4:08:58 PM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 616+ views
    AHRC ^ | 11-2-05 | AHRC News Services
    Brookfield, Wisconsin Congressman James Sennsbrenner of Wisconsin explains why he introduced H.R, 4128 PROTECTING YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY Suppose Uncle Sam comes knocking at your door, bulldozer in tow, to inform you that your house must be surrendered in order for a strip mall to be built. He explains the new development will generate higher property tax revenue, which is for the good of the community. What would you do? Most people would slam the door. After all, Uncle Sam can't force Americans off their land merely for profit and increased tax revenue, right? Half-right. This summer, the U.S. Supreme Court...
  • New London, Washington DC

    10/08/2005 5:57:00 PM PDT · by georgiadevildog · 4 replies · 1,061+ views
    Sarge's Spot ^ | 10-8-05 | Daniel
    The story has been on the back burner of the news agencies for several months now, but it's finally coming to a head. Let me give you the rundown: The owners of the Washington Nationals want a new baseball stadium in Washington DC. They chose a spot where they wanted to put it, and they made offers to purchase the land from the people who currently own the 21 acres they want. Ten of these landowners never responded to the offers, and of the remaining 13 landowners, many rejected the offers. In a free-market, "ownership society", as George W. Bush...
  • Eminent Domain Up Close and Personal

    09/20/2005 4:23:11 PM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 271+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/20/05 | Purple Mountains
    As of this writing, 30 states have taken up measures to limit the unconscionable land-grab power that the Kelo vs. New London Supreme Court decision gave to public agencies to take private property and transfer its ownership to other private parties. In Texas and Mississippi, effective legislation has been passed and approved, but in California, Democratic legislators have been successful in thwarting, so far, a measure that would protect both private individuals and businesses. The following article by Suzette Kelo, on her own experience that led to the Kelo vs. New London decision, appeared on September 20, 2005 in the...
  • Justice Stevens Adds Fuel to the Fire Over the New London Eminent Domain Case

    08/29/2005 2:18:31 AM PDT · by alessandrofiaschi · 50 replies · 3,179+ views
    FindLaw ^ | Monday, Aug. 29, 2005 | Professor MICHAEL C. DORF
    Speaking to a bar association meeting in Las Vegas last week, United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens confessed that he thought one of his own recent opinions, though correct as a matter of law, was wrong as a matter of policy. Stevens authored the majority opinion in Kelo v. City of New London, which upheld the forced sale of private homes to a commercial real estate developer. Yet he commented at the meeting that his constitutional judgment in that case was "entirely divorced from my judgment concerning the wisdom of the program."It seems that no one has...
  • Lost Liberty Hotel -- Update

    08/26/2005 8:53:28 PM PDT · by Colorado Doug · 11 replies · 1,085+ views ^ | 8/26/2005 | Newsletter
    "My trip to Weare, New Hampshire was a success on four fronts. First, I met Weare residents who formed a group to support the Lost Liberty Hotel project. Second, I met a local attorney who will help us with the legal issues involved. Third, I met a developer who is considering taking over this project so Freestar can start four similar developments. Fourth, I gave a speech outlining why the Lost Liberty Hotel Project is both an ethical and effective strategy to help stop eminent domain abuse. This project is helping keep eminent domain abuse in the news. Already, one...
  • Base-closing panel spares two New England facilities (Huge: 1ID & IAD Return US from Europe)

    08/25/2005 8:00:36 PM PDT · by xzins · 24 replies · 977+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 25 Aug 05 | Liz Sidoti
    By Liz Sidoti, The Associated PressEuropean edition, Thursday, August 25, 2005 J. Scott Applewhite / AP With fate of the Navy submarine base at New London, Conn., at stake, Anthony J. Principi, center, chairman of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, leads the vote to keep the Atlantic Coast sub facility, rejecting the Department of Defense recommendation for closure, during the BRAC hearing in Arlington, Va., Wednesday. The verdict ... Stars and StripesThe nine-member Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted Wednesday to shutter major Army bases in Georgia and Michigan, and to close nearly 400 Army Reserve and National Guard...
  • Kingston: Carter's letter on submarine base could hurt Kings Bay

    08/23/2005 6:55:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies · 800+ views
    AP ^ | 8/23/5 | JEFFREY McMURRAY
    WASHINGTON -- A Georgia congressman on Tuesday accused former President Jimmy Carter of going against his home state at a critical time for a Georgia naval base trying to land several submarines from Connecticut. Rep. Jack Kingston, a Republican who represents southeast Georgia, complained that the letter Carter sent last week to the chairman of the Base Closure and Realignment Commission could be devastating to Kings Bay because of his clout. In the letter, Carter warns of an "adverse economic impact" should the Groton, Conn., base be closed, as the Pentagon is recommending. On Wednesday, the independent Base Closure and...
  • Supreme Court won't reconsider New London case (CT)

    08/22/2005 11:35:29 AM PDT · by nutmeg · 23 replies · 1,033+ views ^ | August 22, 2005 | WTNH
    (Washington-AP, Aug. 22, 2005 12:05 PM) _ The Supreme Court, given a chance to revisit a heavily criticized ruling, refused Monday to reconsider its decision giving local governments more power to seize people's homes for economic development. So contentious was the court's narrow 5-4 ruling in the so-called eminent domain case earlier this year that some critics launched a campaign to seize Justice David Souter's farmhouse in New Hampshire to build a luxury hotel. Others singled out Justice Stephen Breyer's vacation home in the same state for use as a park. Both Souter and Breyer voted on the prevailing side....
  • Transforming New London From National Disgrace To National Hero

    07/20/2005 8:48:51 AM PDT · by FortRumbull · 1 replies · 214+ views
    New London Day ^ | July 20, 2005 | Scott Bullock
    Transforming New London From National Disgrace To National Hero The city and NLDC can have development in Fort Trumbull while letting homeowners, who have shown what it means to be American freedom fighters, stay. There is more land in Fort Trumbull for development than New York has to rebuild the World Trade Center. By SCOTT BULLOCK Published on 7/20/2005 It is ironic that an editorial calling for less heated and “inflammatory” rhetoric about the Fort Trumbull eminent domain controversy accuses the Institute for Justice of waging a “jihad” about eminent-domain abuse. (“Needed: Light, not Heat,” July 17.) That epithet should...
  • Homeowners Ask Court To Reconsider Its Decision On Eminent Domain

    07/19/2005 6:58:12 AM PDT · by camle · 9 replies · 856+ views
    New London (CT) Day ^ | 19-jul-05 | Kate Moran _NL Day
    By KATE MORAN Day Staff Writer, New London Published on 7/19/2005 New London — However improbable their chance for success, attorneys at the Institute for Justice asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reconsider the decision in the Kelo v. New London case that allows the city to take private property in the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to make way for a huge new development. In the three weeks since the court handed down its decision, the Institute for Justice has pressed local and state leaders to conserve the dozen houses and single apartment building the city has planned to...
  • WSJ: Connecticut Tea Party -- The Kelo Effect: A moratorium on takings of private property

    07/19/2005 5:52:38 AM PDT · by OESY · 19 replies · 1,278+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    Homeowners in New London, Connecticut got a temporary reprieve last week when state legislators declared a moratorium on takings of private property while they consider how to revise the law on eminent domain. The state assembly could meet in special session as early as this month. Call it the Kelo effect. A few weeks after the Supreme Court's ruling in Kelo v. New London that local governments have more or less unlimited power to seize private property, Connecticuters aren't the only citizens who want to make sure they can't be evicted from homes and businesses in order to make way...
  • Eminent Domain and the Battle for the Spirit of the Constitution

    07/08/2005 9:41:30 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 3 replies · 304+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2005 | Alexander Rubin
    In the true spirit of America’s Independence Day, the 4th of July saw battle joined as homeowners, concerned citizens and upholders of the American constitution from all sides of the political spectrum joined forces to defend the now threatened 5th amendment and to protect hard-earned property from municipal governments recently accorded sweeping new powers of eminent domain. ... Hathcock summed up the feelings of many Americans made painfully aware of eminent domain when he said "I just cannot imagine how we can give such a broad brush of power to local, municipal government." Meanwhile, conservative activists at the Free Republic...
  • Eminent Domain and the Battle for the Spirit of the Constitution

    07/07/2005 8:44:57 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 3 replies · 342+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2005 | Alexander Rubin
    In the true spirit of America’s Independence Day, the 4th of July saw battle joined as homeowners, concerned citizens and upholders of the American constitution from all sides of the political spectrum joined forces to defend the now threatened 5th amendment and to protect hard-earned property from municipal governments recently accorded sweeping new powers of eminent domain. ... For many Americans, the damage done and threatened by the decision is as much symbolic as anything else. The decision violates the spirit of the constitution, designed to protects the rights and freedoms (including the right to property) of Americans, effectively nullifying...
  • Second Throughts on Kelo

    07/06/2005 10:13:33 AM PDT · by Torie · 88 replies · 1,534+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 5, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    Second Thoughts on Kelo A proper understanding of property rights suggests that the Kelo decision wasn't so bad after all. by John Hinderaker 07/05/2005 12:00:00 AM THE SUPREME COURT'S DECISION in Kelo v. City of New London has sparked a great deal of comment, most of it critical. Conservatives, in particular, have denounced Kelo's holding that economic development projects are a "public use" that municipalities and other government units can use eminent domain to carry out. George Will's analysis was representative: The question answered yesterday was: Can government profit by seizing the property of people of modest means and giving...
  • Policy Center Warns: Beware of "Kelo II"

    07/06/2005 9:15:58 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 23 replies · 804+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | Peyton Knight
    Washington, D.C.--Unfortunately, the dreadful Kelo v. City of New London ruling isn’t the only nightmare facing property owners this summer, the American Policy Center (APC) reported today. According to draft language obtained by the Center, the "Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act of 2005" (TESRA 2005) is a major sellout to property rights advocates nationwide. Appropriately, the Center has dubbed the bill "Kelo II." "I can’t believe what I’m looking at," said APC president Tom DeWeese referring to the draft language. "Just as the Supreme Court’s decision on Kelo has strengthened local governments’ ability to run roughshod over the Fifth...