Bipartisan Effort To Curb Kelo Abuse
One thing that usually makes my hair stand on end is hearing of politicians "working together in a bipartisan manner..." on some issue. You can be pretty sure you'll be getting a double whammy when they get through with whatever they're working on when you hear that. In this case, it seems like a good thing:
Looks like the Democrats have officially jumped into the Eminent Domain abuse fray that came to a head when the Supreme Court ruled for the City of New London in the infamous Kelo Decision. Indeed, folks from all sides of the aisle were outraged that local governments were given the green light to seize land from a private person only to turn it over to another private person for their own private gain.
In California the Republicans took the lead on the issue with State Senator Tom McClintock introducing legislation curbing the abuse shortly after the Kelo Decision was made. According to the Sacramento Bee's Dan Weintraub, the Democrats have decided to help. This is a good thing.
The only unfortunate thing about this issue is there's at least four different ballot initiatives geared toward curbing eminent domain abuse getting ready for circulation so they can be placed on the ballot later this year. It's going to be a real headache to make heads or tails out of which one to support. All the confusion might end up with the good one(s) losing. And that's just four intitiatives out of something like 70 initiatives I understand might end up on the ballot altogether this year. What a pain.