December 2003, Volume 12, Number 6

7 Days & 60 Minutes

December 2003 Institute Earns Property Rights Triumphs In Rapid Succession By John E. Kramer Who could have guessed a week that began so dismally for private property would be so quickly followed by three major victories advancing this fundamental right? Before the next week would end, IJ would win in court on behalf of clients…

A Dozen Years Later Investment in IJ Pays Off

December 2003 A Dozen Years Later Investment in IJ Pays Off By Chip Mellor When we started more than 12 years ago, IJ was a very different organization. Meetings of the entire staff could comfortably take place in my small office. We had one case and one donor. We had no publications, no website and…

Institute Challenges More Bogus Blight in Ohio

December 2003 Institute Challenges More Bogus Blight in Ohio By Scott Bullock Carl and Joy Gamble worked hard their entire lives. Their oasis for more than 34 years has been their well-kept home, with a huge backyard, on Atlantic Avenue in Norwood, Ohio (a city surrounded by Cincinnati). They raised two kids there. When they…

Making Wine Flow in the Desert

Representing a family-owned Virginia winery and an Arizona consumer who can’t purchase its wines, the Institute for Justice filed its second constitutional challenge against protectionist direct wine shipping laws when it sued Arizona liquor licensing officials on October 7. IJ represents Willowcroft Farm Vineyards and Arizona resident John Norton, who served as Deputy Secretary of…

Ever Wish Your Funds for Freedom Could Double or Triple?

December 2003 Ever Wish Your Funds for Freedom Could Double or Triple? There’s actually a way this can happen.  Thousands of companies offer employees and retirees—and sometimes even their spouses—the option of increasing their personal, tax-deductible donations through matching gift programs.  Many companies match dollar-for-dollar and some even do a two-for-one match.  And even if…

Scottsdale Waterfront Redevelopment Area Repealed

The battle was long, but the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter’s (IJ-AZ) war against eminent domain abuse in downtown Scottsdale is finally over. A year ago IJ-AZ, with the help of Scottsdale graduates of the Castle Coalition’s first training conference, submitted to the Scottsdale City Council a citizens’ petition, signed by more than 100 property…

Breaking Down the Walls of Economic Protectionism

December 2003 Breaking Down the Walls of Economic Protectionism By Clark Neily The so-called “dormant” Commerce Clause forbids states from disrupting interstate commerce either by discriminating against citizens of other states or by enforcing regulations that unduly impede the free flow of commerce. In the Institute for Justice’s New York wine case, we argue that…

IJ Arizona Chapter Helps Small Business Cut Through Red Tape

9December 2003 IJ Arizona Chapter Helps Small Business Cut Through Red Tape By Tim Keller The Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter (IJ-AZ) recently scored a gratifying victory for property rights and economic liberty in Chandler, Ariz. The controversy began when Teresa Bagdol applied for a use permit to provide in-home childcare, something that is required…

Goodbye & Thank You, Mrs. Cristofaro

December 2003 Goodbye & Thank You, Mrs. Cristofaro By Scott Bullock Margherita Cristofaro came from Italy to America with her husband Pasquale in 1962. They settled in New London, Conn., and, like most immigrants, they bought a home and pursued the American Dream. In the early 1970s, the City told the Cristofaros that it needed…

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