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  • September 11, 2014    |   Private Property

    When police and prosecutors can seize and keep cash and property without ever charging anyone with a crime, there are bound to be abuses (just see here, here or here for a small sample). But if recent allegations are true, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland may have taken this “policing for profit”…

  • August 26, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    When most people think of California’s Napa County, they imagine the sight of beautiful hillside vineyards and the smell of grapes. For many engaged couples looking for wedding venues, those hillsides seem like just the sort of idyllic backdrop they want behind them as they say their “I do’s.” Maybe that’s why in 2013 over…

  • August 22, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    NOT THE BEES!!!!—At least that’s what some local governments are saying in response to the growing urban beekeeping phenomenon. Just last month, Wisconsin’s Racine County informed Debi Fuller that she could no longer maintain beehives on her property, even though the county’s zoning board initially OK’d Fuller’s request to construct the hives. Their reason for…

  • August 21, 2014    |   Private Property

    You might want to avoid driving through Estelline, Texas. This tiny town (population: 141) on U.S. Route 287 pulled in a staggering 89 percent of its gross revenues in fiscal year 2012 from asset forfeiture and traffic fines. Under civil forfeiture, someone does not have to be convicted of a crime, or even charged with…

  • August 12, 2014    |   Private Property

    In the suburban Long Island town of Brookhaven, N.Y., there has developed a Bermuda Triangle of property rights defined by the three corners: warrantless rental inspections, eminent domain abuse, and civil asset forfeiture. “There used to be a system in place where you could work with the city to get things fixed. But now, I…

  • August 11, 2014    |   Private Property

    If you have ever rented out a room in your home for the weekend to earn a little extra cash and make a new friend, you may be a criminal. If you have taken the effort to fix up an investment home and believe you can make a higher profit renting it to people on…

  • August 7, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    Opportunities for mobile food entrepreneurs seem to be on the decline in Rhode Island. Although the Ocean State has minimal licensing requirements for food trucks and carts, a number of cities are trying to muscle vendors out. The city of Cranston recently added a slew of new regulations to what was already one of the…

  • August 6, 2014    |   Private Property

    The congregation of Faith Deliverance Temple has just scored a property rights win that gives opponents of eminent domain abuse reason to sound a victory chorus. The group stood to be unceremoniously ejected from the Orlando church where faithful have worshiped for more than 30 years. City officials demanded that the church hand over its…

  • July 30, 2014    |   Private Property

    This past week has been a major one for advocates of civil forfeiture reform. Within a few days of each other, two bills were introduced in the U.S. House and Senate which would help limit “policing for profit.” Sen. Rand Paul’s FAIR Act and Rep. Tim Walberg’s Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act represent major steps…

  • July 25, 2014    |   Economic Liberty

    You’ll pry food trucks from our cold dead hands. That’s one of the takeaways from a new Reason-Rupe poll that surveyed 2,000 young adults for their thoughts on politics and government regulations. Among millennials, 81 percent want to legalize food trucks, making them the most popular of the 13 activities and products Reason-Rupe asked about…

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