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Eminent Domain

'Green News Report' - February 9, 2016

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.09.2016 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hillary Clinton pushes Congress to act on the Flint Water Crisis; Donal...

On Eminent Domain, Trump Is Right

Alan Farago | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Alan Farago

As the GOP campaign focus turns to Florida, Trump should emphasize the policy role of eminent domain, ignored by Bush and Rubio not for ideological reasons but because they would never bite the sugary hands that feed them.

Understanding Eminent Domain Law in the Context of the GOP Presidential Contest: What Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush Aren't Telling You.

Peter Smirniotopoulos | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Peter Smirniotopoulos

The current status of eminent domain law in the United States, however, doesn't square with Cruz's, and now Bush's, fear-mongering over the issue. In essence, Cruz and Bush are trying to make Trump the boogeyman here. And while there may indeed be plenty of grounds for pinning that moniker on Trump, eminent domain does not appear to be one of them.

Donald Trump Was On Fire At Saturday’s Debate

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.07.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump is a racist, sexist, fear-mongering serial liar. But when he’s right, he’s right. And on Saturday night, he was on. A...

Donald Trump Booed After Telling Jeb Bush To Pipe Down

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.06.2016 | Politics

Real estate mogul Donald Trump drew boos from the audience at the ABC News Republican presidential debate when he told Jeb Bush to quiet down ...

North Dakota Landowner Continues Fight Against Big Oil

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.22.2016 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Big oil lost a skirmish in late December when North Dakota Grand Forks District Judge Debbie Kleven ordered Canada's Enbridge Energy Partners to pay farmland owner James Botsford $45 thousand of $60 thousand in attorney fees.

This Land Is Their Land: Progressive Professor Defends Eminent Domain for Corporate Gain

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

You can't have progressive government without leaving skin on the sidewalk. That's the essence of Professor Jedediah Purdy's jeremiad against Professor Ilya Somin's recent book, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain.

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogA federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion ...

Higher Dread: A Chicago Public University Is Poised to Seize Private Property

Hilary Gowins | Posted 11.19.2015 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

Bill has been fighting for months to stop a state university from seizing the property his family has owned since just after World War II -- and he's about to lose.

Club for Growth Anti-Trump Ads Miss

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Arnold Steinberg

The repeated conservative attacks on Donald Trump have failed, because they are off the mark. Candidates like Rick Perry, Rand Paul, and Bobby Jindal did not have the positive image and standing to attack, and they came across as desperate and petulant bottom-feeders.

An Open Letter to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Anne Dilenschneider

Dear Editor, Now that you have interviewed Mr. Corey Goulet, TransCanada's president for Keystone Projects, and the South Dakota Public Utilities hea...

As Kelo Turns 10, Meet the New Victims of Eminent Domain

Hilary Gowins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

If the government can take land from Bill Tong, Garrick Beil and the homeowners in New London, Connecticut, the same thing can and will continue to happen to other property owners across the county.

Keeping Government Bureaucrats Off the Backs of the Citizenry: The Supreme Court Responds

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In one swoop, on June 22, 2015, a divided U.S. Supreme Court handed down three consecutive rulings affirming the right of raisin farmers, hotel owners and prison inmates.

We Hold These Truths to Be Inconvenient

Dave Helfert | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Dave Helfert

The Congressional Republicans' willingness to turn their backs on the "sanctity" of private property rights demonstrates a lack of genuine belief in anything beyond "feed the kitty." You'd think Democrats would be on this like a chicken on a June bug.

This Is How Republicans Would Oppose the Keystone Pipeline

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Republicans do not rank their policy talking points from the most important to the least. Instead, they find those that resonate at the most basic level, and that can be easily drummed into peoples' psyches.

Yes, in Your Country: Judge Says City of Philadelphia Can Take Artist's Studio, Turn It Into Grocery Store

Evan Bernick | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

James Dupree is a world-renowned artist and native son of Philadelphia, who is about to see his art studio turned into a grocery store, thanks to the rubber-stamp review that passes for judging when his city exercises the power of eminent domain.

Returning to Eminent Domain for Underwater Mortgages: Speak Quietly and Swing a Big Stick

Ray Brescia | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Ray Brescia

Perhaps the mere threat that local and state governments might get serious about using eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages might be enough to get banks to do something they have been loathe to do from the beginning: write down principal and right-size mortgages to align them with current property values.

The Looming Foreclosure Crisis: As the Fed Runs Out of Bullets, Local Governments Step In

Ellen Brown | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Ellen Brown

Mortgage debt overhang from the housing bust has meant lack of middle-class spending power and consumer demand, preventing the economy from growing.

Kate Sheppard

From Bundy To The Keystone XL: Where's The Property Rights Outrage Here?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has become something of a folk hero among the anti-government, pro-property rights crowd, thanks to his re...

XL Pipeline: Sen. Whitehouse and Rep. Waxman Question Koch Bros

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.06.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

As a writer on environmental issues, as well as a person concerned about the future of the planet, I am anxiously awaiting the decision on the XL pipe...

A Philadelphia Artist Fights An Epic Eminent Domain Battle

Gene Marks | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Gene Marks

Would someone please help James Dupree already? For weeks I've been following this story. Hopefully you know it by now. In case you don't, he's the a...

Cities Tackle Inequality

David Morris | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
David Morris

A growing number of cities are moving into the power vacuum left by a dysfunctional Washington and too-cautious state governments to tackle inequality.

Heart Attacks, Depression and Suicide: The Toxic Fallout From the Foreclosure Epidemic and a Prevention Strategy That Just Might Work

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

I worked for 30 years as a cardiologist in Richmond, and I have always seen the city's problems through the health lens. What can a focus on health teach us about Richmond's foreclosure crisis? What is the impact on the health of families and neighborhoods?

Demolition Without Due Process

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Roberta Brandes Gratz

Multiple issues and the transferring of properties between the city, state, LSU and the VA all combine to make this a complex case. However, the lawyers argue, the procedures followed and the reasons for them are in total contradiction of the law.

Our Most Powerful Weapon Against Wall Street? The Reverse Eminent Domain Movement

Les Leopold | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Les Leopold

All of us have spent a great deal of time complaining about Wall Street and how hard it is to take them on given all their money and political power. But here we have several cities with more in the wings actually doing something about it. Wouldn't it be something if progressives all over the country spread this campaign to their own town councils?