Property rights

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    Property Is More Than Just “Things”

    It’s a sentiment that has been shared time and time again: “People are more important than property.” Gov. Roy Cooper even shared these words on Twitter in late May following several riots that raged across the state. While it’s true that many would have their house burn down than…
    Brenee Goforth, June 24, 2020
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    Why it’s dangerous not to protect people’s property

    Roy Cordato's piece today on Roy Cooper’s self-serving distinction between people and property is a strong read.
    Jon Sanders, June 22, 2020
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    Supreme Court Affirms Compensation for Victims of MAP Act

    The MAP Act has been a thorn in the side of North Carolina’s property rights laws since it was enacted in the late ‘80s. A recent article in the Fayetteville Observer quotes the writings of JLF’s Director of Legal Studies, Jon Guze, to describe the impact of the law:…
    Brenee Goforth, May 7, 2020
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    Unanimous state Supreme Court rules mostly against N.C. DOT in latest Map Act case

    The N.C. Supreme Court unanimously agrees that the N.C. Department of Transportation must pay a Fayetteville couple for taking their property. That taking took place in 1992 when DOT included the property in a corridor map tied to the controversial state Map Act. But the high court ruling does…
    Mitch Kokai, May 1, 2020
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    Out-of-State Property Owners Challenge Dare County’s Entry Restrictions

    InsideNoVa reports: Six Outer Banks property owners have filed a federal lawsuit against Dare County, North Carolina, claiming their constitutional rights have been violated by an emergency order preventing access to their homes. Like some other resort areas, Outer Banks’ emergency management officials have restricted…
    Jon Guze, April 9, 2020
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    Revaluing home ownership

    Has government policy, in promoting home ownership, actually made it more difficult to own a home? It’s almost a ridiculous question: who ever heard of a government policy having unintended effects that are opposite of intended outcome? It’s like suggesting that there was gambling at Rick’s Cafe.
    Joseph Coletti, January 16, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    N.C. legislators head back to Raleigh this month. Becki Gray explains what’s likely to be on their agenda during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze shares his concerns about recent developments involving civil asset forfeiture and federal equitable sharing in North Carolina. Longtime Raleigh…
    Mitch Kokai, January 3, 2020
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    A special year-end edition of Carolina Journal Radio highlights some of the most interesting topics of 2019. Terry Stoops dissects efforts to fix North Carolina’s broken school funding system. Jon Guze highlights North Carolina’s strong state protections against civil asset forfeiture abuse, along with proposals to ensure that local…
    Mitch Kokai, December 27, 2019