Property rights

VF Corporation Bars Well-Known Investor Activist from Annual Shareholder Meeting

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Despite Proper Credentials, Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof Forcibly Blocked from Investor Meeting National Center for Public Policy Research Calls for an Immediate U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Investigation Greensboro, NC/Washington, DC – At today’s annual meeting of VF Corporation investors in Greensboro, North Carolina, the National Center for ...
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Trump National Monument Reform Applauded by Free-Market Environmentalists

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“First Step on the Road to Undoing an Egregious Abuse of Power” Repeal Antiquities Act to Protect Property Rights, Promote Economic Prosperity Washington, DC – Environmental experts with the National Center for Public Policy Research applaud President Donald Trump’s order to scale back two Utah national monuments as a good ...
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Trump Asked to Rescind Monument Designations Harmful to Economy, Private Property

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Letter from Free-Market Coalition Urges Comprehensive Overhaul of Antiquities Act "Dramatic Break" Sought to Combat "Abuses That Have Plagued the Program for Decades" Washington, D.C. - Over three dozen free-market organizations, trade associations, businesses, former federal officials and current lawmakers have signed a letter to President Donald Trump from the ...
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Free-Market Environmentalists Applaud Trump Relief on Water Regulation

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Elimination of "Epic Federal Power Grab" Will Help the Economy While Protecting the Environment Washington, D.C. - Environmental experts with the National Center for Public Policy Research are applauding the Trump Administration's move to rescind the Obama-era Clean Water Rule and consider a redefinition of "waters of the United States" ...
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Repeal the Antiquities Act of 1906

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R.J. Smith As people in Utah and Nevada (and other places!) can tell you, it's too bad Congress is so bad at taking advice. With President Obama's new designations of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, millions more acres of land ...
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Bears Ears and Gold Butte National Monument Designations: Statement by Bonner Cohen

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The following is a statement by Bonner Cohen, Ph. D., senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, on the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada by President Obama: President Obama has yet again shown his disdain ...
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No President Should Be Able to Create a 5,000-Square-Mile National Monument Without Consulting Congress and Affected States

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Reform Needed, Group Says: No President Should Be Able to Create a 5,000-Square-Mile National Monument Without Consulting Congress and Affected States National Center for Public Policy Research Calls on Congress to Repeal 1906 Law that Allows Presidents of Both Parties to Bypass States and Localities When Creating National Monuments Says ...
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Time to Repeal the Antiquities Act of 1906, by R.J. Smith

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With a stroke of his infamous pen, President Barack Obama celebrated the Centennial of the National Park Service (NPS) by using an antiquated federal law to designate 87,563 acres (137 square miles) of north central Maine forestland as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. This designation turns formerly private ...
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Obama’s Unilateral Maine Action Proves: Time to Repeal Antiquities Act of 1906

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Antiquities Act Allows President to Designate Federal Lands Without Congressional or Local Approval Move Comes After White House Designates Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine Against Maine's Wishes Move Had Political Impacts, and Was Supported by Environmental Left Washington, D.C. - Two land rights experts with the National ...
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Liberal Activists, Mainstream Media, Law Enforcement Bear Partial Blame for Showdown in Oregon that Led to Death of LaVoy Finicum

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Left-Wing Civil Disobedience Often Goes Unpenalized, With Media Complicity Is It Any Wonder Some Conclude Civil Disobedience is a Safe and Consequence-Free Activity? Washington, D.C. - Left-wing activists and news outlets that only partially cover their activities are in part to blame for the confrontation in Oregon that led to ...
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Oregon Standoff is Just a Symptom of a Much Larger Problem Congress Can Help Fix

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National Center for Public Policy Research Calls for Three-Step Plan to Help Relieve the Rural West Washington, D.C. - As the country continues to focus on the ongoing standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the National Center for Public Policy Research reminds federal elected officials in Washington ...
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Senators Cruz and Coburn Vow to Stop Scheme to Include Massive Pork in Defense Authorization Bill

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Should controversial legislation that has not been debated and which is completely irrelevant to our national defense be included in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA? The office of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) says no, and Senator Cruz and Senator Tom Coburn (R-TX) have vowed to stop it ...
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Skip a Stone at Your Peril: EPA Ponders Pond and Puddle Regulations

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Through a low-profile attempt to rewrite existing regulation, the Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to become the “lord and master over land throughout the United States” by making a tiny but powerful change to the Clean Water Act that could effectively create federal zoning authority. On the 10/10/14 edition of ...
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Six False Claims the Environmental Protection Agency is Making to Hide Its Attempt to Control America’s Water

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Obama Administration's Proposed Water Regulation Also Would Make the Environmental Protection Agency the "Lord and Master of Private Land," New Analysis Says Washington, D.C. - Landowners, homeowners, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers, fruit growers, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activities in ...
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Think Progress is Wrong to Claim Protecting Lands for Future Generations is a “Uniquely American” Idea

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I've been writing about Think Progress' announcement Friday of a new series dedicated to convincing Americans that anyone who believes our federal government should own less than 28 percent of our national land area is a wild-eyed right-wing fringe radical. Friday I noted how unfair it is that western states ...
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Think Progress is Wrong to Equate Federal Ownership of Land with Public Access to Those Lands

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I wrote yesterday of the left-wing special interest group Think Progress' rather silly belief that in owning 28 percent of the nation's land area, the federal government owns exactly the right amount of land (or possibly not enough?) and that if the feds owned any less, dangerous harm to America's ...
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Think Progress is Wrong to Claim the Federal Government Should Own 28% or More of America’s Lands

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Ever fearful that someone other than our Washington overlords might have some power and influence, the ever-creative Think Progress announced today a new series intended to demonize anyone who believes it makes sense for the federal government to own less land than 28 percent of America's land area. A premise ...
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Growing the Federal Government Further is Not a Conservative Idea

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Writing in the American Spectator, Senior Fellow R.J. Smith has written an excellent rebuttal to a rather odd press release by the R Street Institute calling for the federal government to further expand federal land conservation programs. The R Street press release contends that the federal government should acquire more ...
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Reagan Was Not a Land-Grabber: Ridenour Weighs In on Smith vs. Lehrer Debate

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The R Street Institute's Eli Lehrer just wrote a rebuttal of Robert J. Smith's article in the American Spectator critical of R Street's advocacy of national monument designations. Here's why Smith is right and Lehrer is wrong. The R Street Institute's original press release trumpeting the Mount St. Helen Volcanic ...
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From Kelo to Koontz

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Two weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy represented what many of the left have called the evolving national opinion on gay “rights” when he wrote the majority opinion striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. While the DOMA decision, the Proposition 8 case and the Shelby County voting rights case ...
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