Kelo bill in the Senate

December 4, 2006 at 3:12 pm

Word on the Hill is that Majority Leader Bill Frist will attempt to “hotline” Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s eminent domain bill this week. Inhofe’s bill is in response to the Supreme Court Kelo vs. New London decision.

Late last month the Washington Times editorial page called for the Senate to pass Inhofe’s bill which they described as doing the following:

This bill withholds federal economic-development money for two years from states and municipalities which seize unblighted private property, as occurred in the Kelo vs. New London case, for developers to build condos, shopping malls or other projects outside traditional eminent-domain bounds (highways and rails, for instance). This sends the right message: If you take grandma’s house to build a tonier neighborhood in service of boosting city coffers — as New London did — the American taxpayer does not approve. We will not finance your actions.

Supporters of Inhofe’s legislation expect Democrats to object to the bill’s passage.

Judicial activism

December 4, 2006 at 8:24 am

This AP report reminds conservatives what is at stake when it comes to judicial nominations and confirmations:

Justice Stephen G. Breyer says the Supreme Court must promote the political rights of minorities and look beyond the Constitution’s text when necessary to ensure that “no one gets too powerful.”

Breyer, a Clinton appointee who has brokered many of the high court’s 5-4 rulings, spoke in a televised interview that aired one day before justices hear a key case on race in schools. He said judges must consider the practical impact of a decision to ensure democratic participation.

“We’re the boundary patrol,” Breyer said, reiterating themes in his 2005 book that argue in favor of race preferences in university admissions because they would lead to diverse workplaces and leadership.

Flag amendment fails

June 27, 2006 at 6:48 pm

As expected, the constitutional amendment to ban descration of the American flag failed today by one vote. The roll call tally is yet to be posted…should be up here soon.

UPDATE: Three Republicans voted against: Mitch McConnell, Lincoln Chafee and Bob Bennett. Multiple Democrats crossed the aisle to joing Republicans in voting for the amendment.