December 2006, Volume 15, Number 6

Ending 2006 Strong

December 2006 Ending 2006 Strong And Looking Forward to Our Next 15 Years This newsletter marks the end of our 15th year, and in it you will find an unprecedented level of activity that underscores IJ’s potential for the next 15 years. You will read about an exciting array of cases filed or appealed in…

Join IJ’s New Four Pillars Society

December 2006 Join IJ’s New Four Pillars Society By Melanie Tacoma A variety of gifts qualify you for membership in the Four Pillars Society. If you are interested in leaving a legacy of liberty through your support of IJ, speak with your attorney or financial planner about making a gift in any of the following…

Bagel Entrepreneur Blazes to Victory

December 2006 Bagel Entrepreneur Blazes to Victory Washington Chapter Earns Unanimous Victory in 9th Circuit By  William R. Maurer The Institute for Justice scored an important free speech victory on September 15 when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a ban by the City of Redmond, Wash., on certain portable signs.  The…

IJ Takes on Another Speech-Squelching Campaign Finance Law

Yet that is exactly what happened after Karen and a group of five like-minded neighbors spoke out against annexation.  They had moved to Parker North largely because it was not part of the town of Parker and was free of many of the costs and petty annoyances of small town governance.  So when she and…

IJ Aggressively Defends School Choice in Arizona

IJ Aggressively Defends School Choice in Arizona By Tim Keller Last month, Arizona’s freedom cavalry once again rode in to defend school choice from legal attack in the Grand Canyon State.  This latest legal challenge, filed by the ACLU of Arizona, the Arizona School Boards Association, and the Arizona Center for Law in the Public…

Please Support IJ With a Year-End Donation

Please Support IJ With a Year-End Donation Last year, 84 percent of IJ’s funding came from individuals just like you, while another 15 percent came from professional grant-making foundations and less than one percent was received from corporations.  By virtue of their support, each of these individuals and organizations helped secure real-world results while advancing…

Minnesota: Land of 9,998 Regulations

By Nick Dranias Yes, indeed. In a land known more for its liberalism than libertarianism, it took IJ’s Minnesota Chapter only a few months to liberate sign hangers from needless bureaucracy and taxi drivers from an artificial cap on the number of taxi licenses in Minneapolis. The first victory came on September 11, 2006, with…

Making “Damn Sure” Property Rights Are Protected

December 2006 Making “Damn Sure” Property Rights Are Protected By Michael Bindas May the government take your home or business for the sole purpose of making “damn sure” it is eliminated, even if the government doesn’t need the land on which it sits?  Represented by IJ’s Washington Chapter, seven sisters in Burien, Wash., are asking…

Designing Cartels

The latest front in the Institute for Justice’s battle for economic liberty is New Mexico, where bureaucrats at the Interior Design Board are enforcing a blatantly anti-competitive advertising ban against hard-working entrepreneurs like IJ clients Sherry Franzoy and Caryn Armijo.  New Mexico law allows anyone to work as an interior designer, but it is a…

Homes of 5,000 Florida Residents Declared “Blighted”

December 2006 IJ property rights client Princess Wells in front of her home. By Bert Gall In the wake of the Kelo decision, Justice O’Connor’s words proved to be prophetic, as tax-hungry cities and land-hungry developers went on an eminent domain abuse rampage, often in lower-income and minority communities.  Indeed, in the year after Kelo…

“For Sale” Is Free Speech

By Jeff Rowes In 2003, Chris Pagan, who lives in Glendale, Ohio, took out a classified ad to sell his car.  He only got a few calls, so he did what people have done since the advent of the automobile:  he put a small “for sale” sign in his car window.  This was a great…

Recognizing Excellence

IJ Chief Financial Officer Brian Montgomery, was recently recognized for his leadership and commitment to financial stewardship. The Washington D.C. accounting firm Tate & Tryon awarded Brian the 1st Annual Best Practices and Exemplary Achievements in Not-for-Profit Financial Management after evaluating financial executives from the Greater Washington area nonprofit community. IJ President Chip Mellor and…

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