Sunday, August 20, 2006


A Year Under Kelo

It has been one year since the U.S. Supreme Court opened up eminent domain as a governmental weapon against its citizens with its decision in Kelo v. New London.

Jonathan Last in The Weekly Standard has an interesting look on how some states have reacted for the good, some for the bad, and most with nothing at all.

Here in Tennessee, we were one of the states that saw its state government do nothing in the way of meaningful reform to keep power-hungry governments from seizing the property of ordinary citizens. In our particular case, it was the Democratic leadership in the House (read: Jimmy Naifeh) that refused to stand for private property rights.

This is just another example of how the people of Tennessee could benefit if Jimmy Naifeh was no longer in charge of our House.

MORE: Rep. Stacey Campfield, who has been one of the leaders on the need for eminent domain protection in the Tennessee General Assembly, has a post on a session at this past week's NCSL in Nashville that is certainly worth a read.

EVEN MORE: Mark Rogers posted his ideas for a Kelo compromise about a month ago. I'm not too high on the product, but, then again, I'm not much of a fan of compromising.

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