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Irony for breakfast

Post by David Seago on Nov. 13, 2009 at 6:26 am with 3 Comments »
December 2, 2009 5:38 pm

The story most dripping with irony in today’s news comes out of New London, Conn., the setting for the famous — or infamous — Kelo v. New London property-rights ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kelo, you may recall, said cities could use the power of eminent domain to seize property for economic redevelopment — even if the properties are not blighted.   The case became a cause celebre in conservative circles, and state lawmakers across the country rushed to enact laws barring such actions.

Well,  The New York  Times reports today that the New London economic development scheme that spurred the legal case has gone bust.  The big drug company the scheme helped lure to New London is leaving town, taking 1,400 jobs with it. The company will move its big research office just as the special tax breaks the city gave it begin to expire.

And the adjacent area that was cleared of homes to attract new development remains empty.  Susette Kelo, who lost her home in all the legal machinations,  is understandably bitter.

Republican legislators in Washington made a run at restricting eminent domain powers here.  But as I recall, Democrats resisted,  contending the GOP proposals went too far.

Can anyone update us on how the battle over eminent domain legislation in Olympia ultimately turned out?

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. johnesherman says:

    I would think the 2009 Regular Session of the Washington Legislature bills related to eminent domain appear to remain stalled; for example, see HB -1392 Changing provisions pertaining to eminent domain and SB-5664 Limiting the power of eminent domain available at (last visited 13 Nov 2009).

    But I would think that, SB-5664 and HB-1392 eminent domain legislative bills status would be best explained by these bill sponsor legislative people using their own words what comes next legislative session with eminent domain bill and what is intended to be done to whom?

  2. ldozy1234 says:

    While not destroyed by eminent domain, another question is how is the building going on the site of the old Country Aire Estates?

  3. jimkingjr says:

    Shame the News Tribune is without a reporter in Olympia to update us on this- or should that be “ironic” that the News Tribune is without…

    Where’s Joe when you need him? Oh, relaxing in retirement…

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