April 2009, Volume 18, Number 2

Texas Chapter Report Chronicles Eminent Domain Abuse

By Matt Miller IJ has a proud history of being positive and action-oriented. That tradition is demonstrated by a report from the Texas Chapter that strategically targets state legislators who are—once again—debating eminent domain reform in the 2009 session. Eminent domain abuse is unfortunately alive and well in Texas. Soon after we opened the IJ…

The Taxing Truth of Campaign Finance Laws

By Paul Sherman As April 15th gets closer, millions of Americans will struggle with the forms, rules and anxiety that go along with filing their taxes. But imagine dealing with all that red tape every time you wanted to talk about politics. Absurd as it sounds, this is the reality of so-called campaign finance “reform,”…

Second Round for Boxing Gym vs. Eminent Domain

A boxer can be down and not out. So it is with a boxing gym. And so it is with their lawyers here at the Institute for Justice. As public interest lawyers litigating cutting-edge constitutional cases, we expect hard fights and we expect to lose sometimes. But we really, really hate to lose on technicalities.…

The Truth About Times Square

Boosters of eminent domain abuse often point to New York City’s Times Square as the best example of the glitzy success that can be achieved through eminent domain for private gain. But the government official who headed up that project and who directed the use of eminent domain there has just published a report with…

The Challenge Grant that Will Help IJ Make History

Americans need cause for hope. Every day brings word of some new government scheme or another financial blow. Opening the morning paper to face this news becomes a small act of courage. Given the government onslaught and the attacks on the free market at every level, it would be easy to give in to discouragement…

How to help IJ make the most of this historic opportunity

Robert Wilson’s challenge grant is a $5 million matching grant over three years (July 2008 through June 2011), with $3 million aimed at building and enhancing IJ’s overall capacity and $2 million to help us restore constitutional protection for the right to earn an honest living. Through this challenge grant, Robert Wilson will provide one…

Mellor Talks to Independence Institute

IJ President Chip Mellor (left) joins Independence Institute President Jon Caldara, who hosted a standing-room-only speech on The Dirty Dozen:  How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom, a book co-authored by Chip and IJ Board Member Bob Levy.  Publisher’s Weekly wrote about The Dirty Dozen, “The authors deftly navigate the complicated…

IJ Earns Telly Award

The Institute for Justice earned a Telly Award for our video that tells the tale of how Pinal County, Ariz., harassed San Tan Flat, a popular steakhouse owned by IJ clients Dale and Spencer Bell.  The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest…

Former IJ Clerk’s Story Sold as New NBC Pilot

Hollywood Reporter recently announced that NBC has picked up for development Barely Legal, a half-hour comedy based on the true story of former IJ law clerk Kathleen Holtz, “who in November 2007 passed the notoriously difficult California bar at age 18 to become the state’s youngest lawyer.” Kathleen was a 16-year-old first-year law student at…

IJ Trains California Property Owners to Fight for What is Rightfully Theirs

In February, more than 30 threatened property owners and activists joined IJ staff members in Long Beach, Calif., for a Castle Coalition activist workshop. IJ’s Director of Community Organization Christina Walsh equipped attendees with effective and practical grassroots and media strategies that residents from Long Beach immediately applied by forming a new coalition, Long Beach…

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