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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Saturday, June 25, 2005


More On New London

Here's a Saturday morning update on some things people around the blogosphere have sent me.

First, let me thank Jeff Goldstein at Protein Wisdom for his support and the link to yesterday's post (and also a thank you goes out to Bill at INDC Journal for the link). If anyone out there is interested in keeping your own property when a wealthy developer wants it, please spread the word and help us help these victims of governmental hyperpower in New London, CT.

Mary Katharine Ham of Townhall.com was kind enough to point me to a story done by The Insider Online that gives the background and brief bios of the homeowners involved. She also pointed to Institute for Justice, which is the organization who took this case to the Surpeme Court.

Multiple people have suggested joining the Castle Coalition whose stated goal is to fight unfair eminent domain claims by the government. Check out come of their success stories and become a member.

Raven pointed me to a bit of potential good news, although I don't know whether or not it will help Susette Kelo et al.:

State House Minority Leader Robert Ward, R-North Branford, said he plans to resurrect a bill that died last session that would prevent the taking of property in Connecticut for economic development.

"Now that we know the Supreme Court will not give private homeowners this level of protection, the legislature should," Ward said.
No, Mr. Ward. The legislature should have insisted that the governments around the state simply respect the words in the Bill of Rights before the Court got involved. Well, better late than never, I suppose.

This from Gov. Rell sort of chaps my butt, however:

Rell said she has mixed emotions about the court ruling.

"I can certainly understand the economic development concerns, but I'm certainly also sympathetic with the people," she said. "I think if we can strike a good balance and if there's legislation that would address that, then I'm more than willing to look at it."
Oh, what a politician. Gov. Rell, there is no balance to be struck between "the people" (really, the right of an individual person to own property) and "economic development". If a hamlet, village, town, city, county, state or country is strapped for cash, that still does not them the power to steal a person's land for private development. Ever.

Finally, there is one more thing you can do right now in the comfort of your blogging pajamas: Write to the politicians/officials involved in all of this. Let them know what you think and that you, personally, are not going to take this lying down.

Here is some contact information:

New London City Council
Connecticut Governor Rell
Representative Robert M. Ward R-North Branford (House Minority Leader)
Sen. Tony Guglielmo R-Stafford (Urging immediate action!)
Sen. Andrea Stillman D-Waterford (Sees both sides)
James Amann D-Milford (House Speaker)
Connecticut General Assembly


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