Property owners stand up to National Park Service bullying

Tom and Kathy Stocklen fought the National Park Service for over 40 years and retired with their property intact, despite repeated efforts, even threats, by NPS bureaucrats to take their land in Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes Natioanl Lakeshore. Curiously, the NPS has recently ended four decades of dredging the Platte River, where the Stocklens placed their canoes, for safe navigation. Clearly, Washington thinks that landowners are public nuisances.

By |2015-08-20T08:07:17-04:00August 19th, 2015|Guest Insights|Comments Off on Property owners stand up to National Park Service bullying

“Farming in Fear” Watch the trailer

"Farming in Fear" pieces together Martha's story from interviews and documentation, tracking the nearly 10-year ordeal she's gone through just to earn a living in spite of corrupt local ordinances, abusive management of her conservation easement, and personal attacks through the introduction of an amendment to Virginia's Right to Farm Act called the 'Boneta Bill', designed to protect small farmers so that what happened to Martha never happens again.

By |2015-07-15T11:08:58-04:00July 15th, 2015|Videos|5 Comments

House property rights caucus to target abuse of landowners

The new Private Property Rights Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives will target legislation and regulations that interfere with the free and lawful use of private property. Created by Rep. Tom Reed (R, NY), the caucus hopes to build a broad-based coalition that will restore Constitutional rights and enable property owners to provide for themselves and their families.

By |2015-05-22T19:34:32-04:00May 22nd, 2015|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on House property rights caucus to target abuse of landowners

New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials

Thanks to a grassroots outcry against injustice, Virginia lawmakers passed a new law, signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, that protects family farmers from encroachment by local governments. Martha Boneta had been barred by her county government from selling produce, fined for hosting a birthday party, and threatened with the loss of her entire farm. Environmental groups and county governments provided the major opposition to the bill.

By |2014-03-27T21:47:15-04:00March 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Virginia law protects farmers from meddling local officials

Landowner fights Virginia county over right to host overnight hunting guest

Isle of Wight County (Virginia) officials decided to play rough with a local farmer whose "crime" was kindness to a disabled friend who wanted to go hunting. County goons swarmed in and declared the presence of his friend's RV made his farm an unauthorized "campground.' Landowner Joseph Ferguson then called the Rutherford Institute for help. The case is pending.

By |2014-02-15T17:11:25-04:00February 15th, 2014|CFACT Insights|8 Comments

Landowner fights Virginia county over right to host overnight hunting guest

In yet another example of a busy-body local government harassing a law-abiding citizen, officials in Isle of Wight County, Virginia are trying to prohibit a farmer from allowing a disabled friend to stay overnight on his property in an RV.

By |2014-02-14T11:23:23-04:00January 22nd, 2014|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Landowner fights Virginia county over right to host overnight hunting guest

The fracking fight escalates

So a few cities in Colorado and far-left Oberlin, Ohio, have passed fracking bans -- but do they dare pass bans on the sale and use of gasoline made from fracked oil, or of natural gas recovered via this controversial process? Thank goodness existing law protects citizens of single towns from being hoodwinked by activists into at least some very bad policy decisions. Yeah, we once got people to sign a petition banning dihydrogen monoxide as a dangerous substance!

By |2013-11-19T10:11:16-04:00November 19th, 2013|Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on The fracking fight escalates