Property Rights

A Big Victory for Property Rights in Virginia

By on 7.21.14 | 3:44PM

Property rights took a significant step forward in Virginia earlier this month when the “Boneta Bill,” which protects farmers and other residents from heavy-handed zoning policies, officially became law. The bill grew out of a dispute between Martha Boneta, who owns and operates the sixty-four-acre “Liberty Farm” in Paris, Virginia, and local government officials. Liberty Farm is about an hour car ride from Washington, D.C.

The case, which has attracted national attention, reached a critical turning point in August 2012 when the Fauquier County Zoning Board of Appeals voted to uphold a series of $15,000 per day fines against Boneta based on amendments made to the county’s zoning ordinance. The fines, which have never been enforced, were issued against Boneta for hosting a birthday party for eight ten-year-old girls and for advertising pumpkin carvings, according to a press release from the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

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The Protest Most of Us Didn’t See

By on 8.20.09 | 4:56PM

Tea parties. Health care town halls. "Energy Citizen" rallies. The rest of the country has seen these (or will) to one degree or another, but nearly two weeks ago some Utahns who are fed up with federal government control of their lands (67 percent) staged a protest in Salt Lake City.
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Constitutional Opinions

Vote No on Sonia Sotomayor

By 7.30.09

She will not protect the Constitution -- or even live up to Sen. Durbin's standard.
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