Category: Property Rights

  • The General Assembly needs a to-do list, and here it is

    The General Assembly reconvenes Friday for another special session, primarily designated for redistricting business. There will be proposed legislative maps, public hearings, lots of debate and, I predict, an almost straight party-line vote on newly drawn —  per court order — legislative districts. These maps and the expected discussion will take up most…

  • A never-ending fight for freedom 

    The 2017 legislative long session is over. Kind of.  In the wee hours of June 30, on the eve of the new fiscal year, the General Assembly adjourned, only to schedule encore sessions in August and September.    The session started with what seemed like the unending distraction…

  • Short-term rentals get a new ally in Share Raleigh

    Brent Woodcox, former co-chair of the short term rental task force, has launched a political action committee, called Share Raleigh, to educate people about the debate over short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs. While short-term rentals are technically illegal in Raleigh, city…

  • U.S. steps up use of civil asset forfeiture, which is illegal in N.C.

    It soon will be easier for the feds to take your property, even if you’re not convicted of a crime. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that federal law officials will expand civil asset forfeiture, meaning they can more easily take your property without pressing criminal charges or following state laws. Civil asset forfeiture laws are the…

  • Civil asset forfeiture can threaten property rights

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 738: Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies to take property from people suspected of illegal activity, even if they never face criminal charges. The process is open to abuse. Darpana Sheth, senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, explains why civil asset…

  • Did solar company obtain land for Terra Ceia farm legally? 

    Gertrude Respess claims Wilkinson Solar, and its parent company Invenergy Solar Development, took advantage of her dying husband Rhonda to obtain farmland last year for a large solar installation in Beaufort County. Gertrude’s attorney Mario Perez also says a notarized statement filed with the Beaufort County Register of Deeds…

  • Terra Ceia community fights huge solar farm

    Jeanne Van Staalduinen teaches at Terra Ceia Christian School in Beaufort County. Four generations of her family have been involved with the modest school, tucked neatly in an austere wedge of this historic slice of North Carolina, about 18 miles east of Washington. It’s a place not far from where…