June 2006, Volume 15, Number 3

Sweet Nectar of Victory

June 2006 By Lee McGrath Salud! Prost! Cheers! In any language we raise our glasses to the clients who joined with the Institute for Justice Minnesota Chapter (IJ-MN) to challenge a State law that prohibited wineries from advertising their direct shipping services and accepting wine orders over the Internet. Charlie Quast, of Fieldstone Vineyards, Kim…

Join the Castle Coalition Today

The Castle Coalition—IJ’s nationwide grassroots organization made up of homeowners and activists seeking to end eminent domain abuse—is in the midst of its unprecedented membership drive. By increasing its membership, the Coalition will be able to activate, motivate and train greater numbers nationwide to take legislative and grassroots action against eminent domain abuse. A broader…

Seeing Double in Washington State With Two Free Speech Cases

June 2006   By William R. Maurer The week of June 5, 2006, is a crucial week for the health of free speech in Washington state and the entire nation. That week, two teams of Institute for Justice attorneys will be in appellate courts in Washington state—one in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse in Long Branch, NJ

June 2006 Fighting Eminent Domain Abuse in Long Branch, NJ On March 24, 2006, the Institute for Justice held a rally at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, N.J., to protest the abuse of eminent domain in nearby Long Branch. The City of Long Branch is trying to use eminent domain to turn a beautiful…

Thinkers of Freedom and IJ

Whether they have adopted her philosophy wholeheartedly or found her writings of more transitory interest, countless individuals working to secure liberty have found inspiration in the works of Ayn Rand. With her unique ability to depict the heroism, idealism and romance behind the creativity of the individual, Rand inspired readers to come to the defense…

IJ’s Bullock Addresses National Constitution Center

June 2006 IJ’s Bullock Addresses National Constitution Center On April 10, 2006, IJ Senior Attorney Scott Bullock had the honor of presenting the fourth annual John M. Templeton, Jr. Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. Bullock spoke on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo…

IJ-MN’s McGrath Named One of Minnesota’s Top New Lawyers

IJ-MN’s McGrath Named One of Minnesota’s Top New Lawyers For those at the Institute for Justice, Executive Director Lee McGrath’s outstanding legal and leadership skills have long been apparent. And with his ubiquitous appearances in the media, in the courthouse and in the state legislature as the spokesman for economic liberty and eminent domain reform,…

One Year After Kelo, Reform Continues

One Year After Kelo, Reform Continues By Jenifer Zeigler The Castle Coalition has participated in a historic year of eminent domain reform. Indeed, eminent domain bills were filed in every state legislature that is in session this year. While many of these sessions are winding down, the dust has not yet settled. The terrible Kelo…

IJ’s School Choice Team Marches Forward

June 2006 Missouri parents came by the busload to the state house to let their representatives know they want school choice. By Lisa Knepper On April 14, a remarkable thing happened at the Missouri Capitol. Lawmakers considering school choice legislation heard—loud and clear—from the most important voices in the school choice debate: parents the bill…

Quotable Quotes

Executive Director of IJ’s Arizona Chapter Tim Keller: “Both development and redevelopment occur every day in Arizona and across the nation without the use of eminent domain . . . . Unfortunately the developers and cities and towns no longer know how to negotiate. They go in and they declare, ‘We need every single parcel…

Pennsylvania’s River of Red Tape: IJ Challenges a Rafting Cartel

For some bureaucrats, it is never too late to restrict liberty. For more than three decades, Summer’s Best Two Weeks, a non-profit summer camp located about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, rafted in Ohiopyle State Park just like any other private group—without needing any special permission from Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. But…

Free Speech: Seeing Double in Washington State With Two Free Speech Cases

On June 6, IJ Senior Attorney Steve Simpson will be joined by Institute for Justice Washington Chapter (IJ-WA) staff attorney Jeanette Petersen in the 9th Circuit to argue that the court should affirm the U.S. District Court’s decision in Ballen v. City of Redmond. In June 2004, the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman of the U.S.…

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