Undoubtedly, there have been abuses of eminent domain, but that doesn't mean commonsense reforms should be a vehicle for right-wing ideologues to eviscerate local citizens' power to rein in sprawl and encourage community revitalization. Sadly, that's exactly what's going on - the debate over Kelo has been hijacked by rightwing campaigns, backed almost entirely by one wealthy right-wing billionaire, that are designed to benefit fat cat developers at the expense of local citizens' right to govern their own communities.
But the rightwing campaign doesn't stop with restricting eminent domain, but includes a Trojan horse, additional anti-environmental provisions smuggled into ballot initiatives  under the guise of "Kelo reform." Modeled on Oregon's disastrous Measure 37 (and model legislation  from ALEC), these proposals play directly into the hands of large developers, while claiming to be populist proposals to fight the "special interests" ”“ special interests that are cynically funding these exact ballot measures.
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