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Month: August 2006

August 31, 2006

Property Rights Measure Stays on Arizona Ballot

Arizona voters will get to say yay or nay to Proposition 207, which "would prohibit use of eminent domain for economic development and require government compensation for owners of property if its value is reduced by land-use laws." ...

August 31, 2006

One for the good guys

Short article, nice outcome re: just compensation, an issue that's sometimes overshadowed by whether property should be taken in the first place. ...

August 30, 2006

Venezuela Takes Golf Courses For Housing

In America governments take property by claiming it's "blighted."  In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez takes property if it's not blighted enough. ...

August 30, 2006

Trickle-Down Jurisprudence

by Steven Geoffrey Gieseler Now eminent domain is the topic for high school debates in Florida.  Unthinkable, as far as I know, pre-Kelo.  I myself was a high school debater in Florida less than a decade ago, and eminent domain didn't exactly dominate discussion.  (I once spent a session arguing that Sam Cooke was "better ...

August 30, 2006

New Jersey Property Owners Get Help

Our friends at the Institute for Justice have filed an appeal on behalf of Long Branch property owners in danger of having their houses seized for "beachfront redevelopment." ...

August 30, 2006

New Hampshire Joins The Club

The Granite State becomes the latest to have its voters decide in November, to some extent, the eminent domain issue. ...

August 30, 2006

Sen. Allen Reacts to Criticism of Land Use Bill

By Steven Geoffrey Gieseler Earlier this month we wrote of a regrettable proposal, sponsored by Virginia senator George Allen, that would significantly limit property rights in a corridor stretching from Pennsylvania to Virginia. Sen. Allen has responded to widespread criticism of this measure, and the National Center for Public Policy Research say ...

August 29, 2006

Riviera Beach Retaliation Update

by Steven Geoffrey Gieseler Here's an update on Fane Lozman, the Riviera Beach (Fla.) man threatened with eviction by pathetic city officials for challenging the city's illegal redevelopment plan. Money quote:  "I'm not going anywhere." Good for him. ...

August 29, 2006

Spitzer Contoversy Involves Eminent Domain

New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer–almost certain to be the state's next governor, and rumored to have barely disguised higher aspirations–is involved in a campaign donation controversy centering on an eminent domain proposal.  In short, he accepted $50,000 from a company seeking state approval for a plan that would take ...

August 29, 2006

"Eminent Domain Ends Badly For Those Involved"

That's the Norwich (CT) Bulletin's conclusion regarding eminent domain in New London.  ...