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+00:00May 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+00:00March 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+00:00February 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+00:00January 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+00:00November 19th, 2013|Op-Ed Articles|Comments Off on The fracking fight escalates

Are city planners out-SMART-ing themselves?

By Charles Battig, M.D.The editors of the American Planning Association published a paper refuting many of the unfounded claims for “smart growth.” The APA has its own trademarked version: “Growing Smart.” It is to the credit of the APA that it published a paper that refutes a number of the un-proved tenets of this building block of governmental planning at all levels. In the official abstract of this paper, “Growing Cities Sustainably,” in the May edition of the Journal of the American Planning Association, the authors note: “It is commonly asserted that so-called compact development is the urban form most able [...]

By |2012-09-16T22:32:13+00:00July 31st, 2012|CFACT Insights|Comments Off on Are city planners out-SMART-ing themselves?
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