Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Asa Warns Not To Be Passive On Property Rights

By Mark Moore (click "comments" below for article).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

The Asa Hutchinson campaign is emphasizing the need to protect property rights. Here is the text of a press release they just sent Arkansas Watch.

Asa Warns Against 'Passive' Approach On Property Rights: Asa responds to Attorney General Mike Beebe's opinion with a call for the Legislature to move decisively to clearly define terms for use of eminent domain, to ensure that private property owners in Arkansas are protected against unfair seizures. "I don't think we can afford to take a wait-and-see approach and let the courts decide for us," Asa said.

Recent Property Rights News

In an Aug. 25 interview with the Texarkana Gazette, Asa ties strong property rights to economic development.

The Arkansas News Bureau reports on an Aug. 24 legislative hearing on property rights in which experts offered competing perspectives on what should be done. One Democratic legislator expressed concern: "It's a barn door that anybody can drive through."

Speaking in Springdale Aug. 1, Asa urges the legislature to strengthen property rights and protect homeowners, business owners and other property holders in the state, the Morning News reports.

In a July 9 article, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette rounds up reaction to the Supreme Court decision in Kelo vs. New London, with Asa calling for stronger property rights protections and Attorney General Beebe suggesting that the current protections are strong enough.

Leaders in other states are taking bipartisan action already, including Governor Bob Riley of Alabama, who signed legislation to strengthen property rights on Aug. 3; legislators in New Hampshire who formed a task force to study ways to strengthen property rights protections; and Democratic Sen. Christine Kehoe, who has proposed a two-year moratorium on seizing owner-occupied housing under eminent domain.


It is often said that campaings should have at most three or four main issues. Cleary, Asa ranks this as one of his top three or four. If you could advise him, what other issues would you suggest to be in that top 3 or 4?

8:53 PM, August 31, 2005  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Here is an excerpt from one of the links in the original story...

"The Attorney General’s opinion was issued in response to a request from State Senator Denny Altes asking, “In light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. New London … can a city in Arkansas use its power of eminent domain to take private property for private enterprise?”

The Attorney General concluded that “the answer to your question is generally ‘no’ under existing Arkansas case law and the Arkansas Constitution.”

Hutchinson, a former U.S. Attorney and Arkansas congressman, stated that the Kelo ruling altered the traditional interpretation of “public use” to include the taking of private property for private re-development, if a state so defined it. Previously, “public use” was typically limited to uses such as the building of roads and schools, not purely private economic development projects.

Hutchinson noted, however, that the Supreme Court left the definition of “public use” to the individual states to decide, and he urged the Arkansas Legislature to act accordingly.

“I’m surprised the state’s top legal officer would suggest we don’t need to do anything to protect people’s property,” Hutchinson said. “The Kelo decision puts too much power in the hands of powerful interests at the expense of the average citizen, and we need to act to avoid any potential abuses here in Arkansas.” "

9:18 PM, August 31, 2005  
Anonymous Harvey Edwards for State Rep. said...

You ask. If you could advise him, what other issues would you suggest to be in that top 3 or 4?

It is clear to me That the same no nonsense approach needs to go to our Border Protection and to call illegal what it is illegal as in Alien. Repeal any give aways to illegals. And back to an issue more dear to us in Southeast Arkansas I would like to see him override the hand full of people who are not allowing for economic development which would start with Blanche Lincoln.

7:20 AM, September 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should have been at the meeting!

The real story here is that Zimmerman admitted to Lamoureux that "sometimes Grandma just has to lose her house". He went on to admit to Hutchinson that current law does allow taking land for economic development if a development is big enough.

Of course, the MSM writes nothing about this fairly shocking revelation. Why you ask? because it would mean that Beebe was wrong when he said that current law protects us from private developers taking our land. Beebe is getting off easy on this one.

7:21 AM, September 01, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ethics has to be an issue - Beebe is one of the most unethical Senators ever to serve in that body, and that is hard to do.

7:37 AM, September 01, 2005  
Blogger celtie said...

If you could advise him, what other issues would you suggest to be in that top 3 or 4?

Immigration, and how he's going to handle the influx of illegals flooding into Arkansas from Texas? I welcome anyone who desires to come to this country legally, but the minute they step foot across that border without authorization, they have violated one of our laws, and they MUST be returned to their country of origin. I want Asa to answer that, with no political double-speak. I know, it'll never happen, but, hey: you asked!

12:55 AM, September 12, 2005  
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