Sunday, January 29, 2006

Kelo'ing at the Mayor's Conference

Here's an interesting tidbit on the Republican mayoral attitude regarding Kelo via Robert Novak:

The nation's Republican mayors, in a closed-door White House meeting last week, nearly unanimously supported the U.S. Supreme Court's Kelo decision permitting local governments to force property owners to sell or give way to private developers.

The GOP mayors, in Washington for the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting, heard a report on the Kelo decision by Dearborn, Mich., Mayor Michael A. Guido. Chairman of the conference's advisory board, Guido opposed undermining the Supreme Court's ruling.

Anaheim, Calif., Mayor Curt Pringle, a former speaker of the California Assembly, objected with arguments that reflected widespread Republican abhorrence of Kelo. Guido insisted the mayors support local government's authority, and not a single additional mayor rose in support of Pringle.
Discussion of Kelo figured into the agenda of the Conference also with a presentation scheduled according to their full agenda ( warning: direct link to pdf):

Eminent Domain after the Kelo Decision
JOHN D. ECHEVERRIA
Executive Director
Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute
It would be interesting to know the details of this presentation. I wouldn't be surprised if the atmosphere was so festive they talked about that in all the subsequent climate change related presentations.


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