Conn. Justice 'Apologizes' to Susette Kelo for Eminent-Domain Decision

September 19th, 2011 11:14 PM
It appears that it's not news anywhere but at the Hartford Courant, where "Little Pink House" author Jeff Benedict reported the development on Saturday, and at Reason.com (HT to commenter dscott), which linked to the Courant story earlier today. I suspect it won't get much coverage at other establishment press outlets. The development is that one of the four Connecticut…

Kelo Update: Tax Abatements, a Rubbish Heap, and Continued Establishme

September 3rd, 2011 11:11 PM
In June 2005, in its Kelo vs. New London decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the City of New London, Connecticut could condemn and take over private property, including that on which Susette Kelo's pink house sat, for a "public purpose" (a redevelopment plan worked up by the city's New London Development Corporation), instead of limiting the Constitution's Fifth…

NY Times: NJ GOP Gov. Christie 'Blustery and Bellicose', CT Dem Gov. W

February 16th, 2011 3:33 PM
David Halbfinger’s Wednesday New York Times profile of Connecticut’s newly elected Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy favorably compared him to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is winning fans for his insistence on budget discipline and his outspoken challenges to unions: “In Tackling Connecticut’s Finances, New Governor Criticizes Peer’s Approach.” Reporter…

Oh My Dodd! Dem Senate Candidate Misrepresented Himself as Vietnam Com

May 18th, 2010 8:11 AM
Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd looked at his polls and decided to retire, so Democrats were buoyed by the hope of replacing him with the state's Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal. Credit should go to The New York Times and Raymond Hernandez for digging up something embarrassing. Blumenthal's not a Vietnam combat veteran, as he has implied: “We have learned something important since the days…

First Proposed Project in Kelo Area in Connecticut: Rental Townhouses

February 23rd, 2010 10:52 AM
Last Friday, New London, Connecticut's newspaper The Day carried the first bit of news in years that might be construed as positive about the city's Fort Trumbull area, part of which became the subject of the infamous Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision in June 2005. Twenty-four hours later, further detail also carried at the Day showed that the "good news" is really a cruel joke…

Sen. Chris Dodd Heckled During Interview

December 28th, 2009 2:58 PM
In the midst of a left-slanting report on Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-CT) triumphant return to his home state, there was a brief moment of sanity provided by (presumably) a Dodd constituent.This can’t be a good omen for Senator Countrywide (hat-tip to FireAndreaMitchell.com):REPORTER: A tired, but triumphant Senator Chris Dodd meets the media just hours after passing health care reform in the Senate,…

NY Times Calls Joe Lieberman 'Capitol Hill's Master Infuriator' for Ob

December 15th, 2009 5:07 PM
The New York Times cherishes moderate Republicans who make trouble for their party, like John McCain pre-campaign 2008. But the paper takes quite a different tone with Democrats (or ex-Democrats who caucus with the Democrats) who thwart liberal wishes. The Times was clearly peeved with Sen. Joe Lieberman in Tuesday's front-page story about the tense health-care debate in the Senate, “Lieberman…

Pfizer Leaving New London, CT; Just Don't Mention 'Kelo' While Reporti

November 10th, 2009 12:09 PM
It's a development that I wouldn't wish on anybody, but one that the City of New London, Connecticut largely brought upon itself by pursuing and winning the Kelo v. New London case at the Supreme Court in June 2005. Some "win." In what Ed Morrissey at Hot Air calls "a fitting coda to a chapter of governmental abuse," pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer is leaving the global…

Four Years After Kelo Ruling, Now-Barren Area Still Needs 'Springboard

July 30th, 2009 12:32 AM
Four years ago, on June 23, 2005, a 6-3 Supreme Court majority ruled in Kelo v. New London that the New London, Connecticut government could condemn houses in that city's Fort Trumbull area in the name of redevelopment. A bit over a year later, the city settled with the area's final two holdouts, the Cristofaro family and Susette Kelo.Since then the city has without success tried to engage a…

CNN: GOP Battle Between 'More Tolerant' Moderates & 'Staunch Conservat

May 12th, 2009 7:07 PM
During a segment on Tuesday’s Situation Room program, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer characterized the ongoing post-election identity struggle in the Republican Party as being between moderates who are “more tolerant on fiscal and social issues” and “staunch” conservatives “who don’t want the party to become more moderate.” Later in the same segment, Gloria Borger, one of the network’s senior political…

Governments and Journalist Waste Time and Resources on Mythical Sea Le

April 13th, 2009 11:22 PM
To keep up with what has happened in the aftermath of the odious Kelo v. New London Supreme Court eminent domain ruling nearly four years ago (quick answer: nothing that has to do with actually building anything), your truly gets alerts relating what is going happening in that Connecticut town. As a result, I occasionally get alerts concerning things about the affected Fort Trumbull area that…

No 'Tea Party' in NY Times, But Room for Leftist 'Bus Tour' of AIG Hom

March 23rd, 2009 5:15 PM
A left-wing "bus tour" protest prowled the affluent neighborhoods of Fairfield, Conn. on Saturday afternoon, looking for AIG execs to harass. The protest, run by a group sponsored by unlabeled leftists ACORN, were railing against the bonuses paid out to employees of the struggling insurance giant. The New York Times found the stunt worthy of a full story in the national section of…

More Than 3-1/2 Years After Kelo, New London Paper Contrives Reason fo

February 15th, 2009 10:46 AM
The battle between New London, Connecticut and the residents of its Fort Trumbull neighborhood began in 1998 when the City decided that it would redevelop the area for ultimate ownership by others and, if necessary, take the residents' properties for that "public purpose" -- not for "public use" (i.e., roads, bridges, schools, etc.), as the Fifth Amendment clearly intended.…

Nearly 10 Years Later, Monument to Favoritism in Kelo Ruling Still Sta

January 7th, 2009 4:30 PM
A link to a story in the New London (CT) Day (story will be available for only a few days) arrived in my e-mail yesterday thanks to a Google alert:Deed Gives NL Building A New AddressItalian Dramatic Club outlived street it used to be on in fort areaThe story stands as a bitter reminder of the blatant favoritism that took place during the sad saga of Susette Kelo and her neighbors in the Ft.…