April 2005, Volume 14, Number 2

No Room at the Inn For Big Government

April 2005 IJ clients Blayne and Julie McAferty stand in front of their home, which they’ve converted into a bed and breakfast. The City of Seattle is trying to shut them down. No Room at the Inn For Big Government By William Maurer When Blayne McAferty was laid off from his job in the aerospace…

When the Movers Arrive

IJ clients Carl and Joy Gamble have lived in their home in Norwood, Ohio, for 35 years. It is the first and only home they’ve ever owned—the place where they raised their family and hope to spend the rest of their lives. It is their piece of the American Dream. But in February, in one…

Florida Rallies Behind School Choice

April 2005 Florida Rallies Behind School Choice By Clark Neily Bishop Harold Ray addresses school choice supporters on the steps of the Florida Supreme Court on the day seven friend-of-the-court briefs are filed in the Opportunity Scholarship case. Fifty years of Florida practice and precedent support school choice. On January 24, 2005, the steps of…

The Courage of IJ Clients

Joining IJ in the Fight The Gambles bravely fight eminent domain abuse not only to try to save their home, but so others won’t have to relive the nightmare they are going through. Joining with IJ in national public interest litigation is not for the faint of heart. Imagine the trepidation of Scott and Lou…

Kelo v. City of New London Behind the Scenes at IJ

April 2005 Kelo v. City of New London Behind the Scenes at IJ By Dana Berliner IJ client Susette Kelo and Senior Attorney Scott Bullock, who argued the case for IJ, meet the media immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court argument. It was the morning of September 28, 2004, the second day after the U.S.…

Castle Coalition Activists Hold Over 30 Rallies Battling Eminent Domain Abuse

By Steven Anderson Make noise. That’s one of the main strategies advocated by the Castle Coalition to stop the abuse of eminent domain through activism. In keeping with that approach and in conjunction with our historic argument before the U.S. Supreme Court on February 22 in Kelo v. City of New London, we did just…

Through Careful Research Amy-elizabeth Provost Diversifies IJ’s Donor Base

April 2005 Through Careful Research Amy-elizabeth Provost Diversifies IJ’s Donor Base By Chip Mellor It’s clear from the way she runs the office football pool that Amy-elizabeth Provost has a knack for raising money. That’s especially true when she backs her favorite team, the New England Patriots. So it’s IJ’s good fortune that Amy-e, as…

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