property rights

INSTITUTE INDEX: Forced fracking for North Carolina?

September 5, 2013 - An official state study group is recommending that North Carolina be given the power to compel non-consenting landowners into fracking leases. The N.C. Mining and Energy Commission is set to review those recommendations this week before they're passed along to the legislature.

NC governor inundated with pleas to veto fracking bill

June 22, 2012 - Following the General Assembly's passage of legislation legalizing fracking, North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue's office reports receiving thousands of calls and emails asking for a veto. She also got a letter from the former mayor of a Texas community where fracking is big business warning about the bill's threats to property rights.

What's next on the estate tax?

June 12, 2006 - I've been in New Orleans and Mississippi over the last few days, visiting areas of the Gulf hard-hit by the hurricanes (like the devastated ghost town of Pass Christian, Miss.), as well as talking to community leaders about their plans for the one-year anniversary of Katrina.

Property Rites

June 30, 2005 - Many pundits -- especially on the political right -- are incensed about the Supreme Court's recent verdict in Kelo v. City of New London, which backed the Connecticut town's use of eminent domain to take (with compensation) a woman's house for economic development.

Playing Army

May 3, 2005 - Definitely check out this piece by Jon Elliston in the Asheville Mountain XPress. The U.S. Army, it seems, has been using civilian areas of cities for secret urban warfare training at night, one recent example being a stealthy assault on Buncombe County Jail in Asheville, N.C.