Arizona voters will get to say yay or nay to Proposition 207, which "would prohibit use of eminent domain for economic development and require government compensation for owners of property if its value is reduced by land-use laws."
Now eminent domain is the topic for high school debates in Florida. Unthinkable, as far as I know, pre-Kelo.
I myself was a high school debater in Florida less than a decade ago, and eminent domain didn't exactly dominate discussion. (I once spent a session arguing that Sam Cooke was "better" than The Beatles. He was.) So the event recounted in the linked article is a step in the right direction, to be sure.
Earlier this month we wrote of a regrettable proposal, sponsored by Virginia senator George Allen, that would significantly limit property rights in a corridor stretching from Pennsylvania to Virginia.
Sen. Allen has responded to widespread criticism of this measure, and the National Center for Public Policy Research says the response leaves much to be desired. Coming from a guy who is planning to run for president as a "Jeffersonian Conservative," this is disappointing.
New York attorney general Eliot Spitzer--almost certain to be the state's next governor, and rumored to have barely disguised higher aspirations--is involved in a campaign donation controversy centering on an eminent domain proposal. In short, he accepted $50,000 from a company seeking state approval for a plan that would take private property for use as an electicity transmission line corridor.