John Locke Foundation – The Castle Coalition is a national membership organization made up of homeowners and small business owners that want to protect their property from eminent domain abuse. To help its members understand their rights under existing state laws, the organization publishes a 50 State Report Card. The report card describes the protections provided under each state’s eminent domain law and assigns a grade based on “how hard [it is] for the government to take a person’s home or business and give it to someone else for private gain.”
North Carolina earned a C-, which isn’t a satisfactory grade. Only 18 states do worse.
As explained in the John Locke Foundation’s Freedom in North Carolina report, North Carolina’s failure to adequately protect private property from eminent domain abuse is one of the primary reasons why we languish in the bottom half of states, both nationally and regionally in the “regulatory freedom” category.
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Mark Meadows (R-NC), a strong conservative and ally of President Donald
Trump’s in Congress, was re-elected by his fellow House Freedom Caucus
members as Chairman of that organization on Monday.
is the group’s second chairman since its founding in 2015, has taken the
Caucus to new levels that its also powerful first chairman Rep. Jim
Jordan (R-OH) did not yet reach in the first two years.
has leveraged the Freedom Caucus’s 40-something votes to punish the
establishment in Washington during big picture negotiations, fighting to
ensure that Democrats and establishment Republican cannot effectively
sideline Trump’s and other conservative views when Congress makes
The affable Meadows first rose to national
prominence in 2015, when he introduced what is known as a “motion to
vacate the chair,” a resolution that if voted upon and passed would have
removed then-Speaker John Boehner from office. Meadows introduced the
resolution after Boehner retaliated against him and other conservatives
for voting against leadership on major legislation during the Barack
Obama presidency, sparking a grassroots revolution that eventually ended
in Boehner resigning from the job before being forcibly removed by the
cavalry of conservatives Meadows amassed.
During that fight,
Breitbart News profiled Meadows in his district in western North
Carolina, traveling with him during a day of constituent meetings and an
evening town hall. In the interview in his district, Meadows told
Breitbart News his mission is to make Congress more accountable to the
“I think everybody starts out doing that, because they’re
real sensitive to the fact that they just got into office and say,
‘Golly, I want to be a voice for the people,’” Meadows said. “The longer
they’re there, the less likely you are to listen. For me, I’ve had to
redouble my effort and not say, okay, pay attention to what are the
priorities in Washington, D.C., but really try to listen to what are the
Meadows’ efforts to remove Boehner proved
successful. Boehner resigned in the fall of 2015, as Trump–a fellow
outsider, like Meadows–was similarly on the rise on the presidential
campaign trail. While Boehner’s ouster cleared the way for his
establishment ally, now former Speaker Paul Ryan assumed command in the
House. With Ryan’s efforts to push establishment priorities–frequently
at odds with the campaign vision laid out by President Trump–it was
Meadows who often kept the Speaker in check.
In early 2017, as
President Trump began an effort to repeal and replace Obamacare–one that
would ultimately fail in the Senate thanks to obstruction by the late
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in one of his last acts–Ryan’s initial plan was
near collapse in the House.
Ryan had been losing GOP members for
weeks leading up to the first votes on the healthcare bill, and he
struggled to pull enough together to pass it. Initial votes on it were
canceled, and it seemed the effort to repeal Obamacare had died in the
House before Meadows emerged with a solution.
He negotiated with
the moderate GOP Tuesday Group’s then-co-chairman then Rep. Tom
MacArthur (R-NJ) to develop some big-picture changes to the leadership
bill, and then it achieved final passage. Meadows’ role in getting this
done was not lost on Trump, as the president held a Rose Garden ceremony
at the White House with all the House GOP leadership to celebrate the
House passage of the bill–at which Meadows was, along with MacArthur,
afforded a speaking slot.
It was not just healthcare where
Meadows has had Trump’s back at key moments in the House in the first
couple years of his administration. Meadows was a key champion of the
Trump tax cuts and has also been one of Trump’s main wing men on
fighting corruption at the center of the scandal now known as “Spygate”–
wherin Department of Justice and FBI officials, hellbent on taking
Trump down first during the presidential campaign in 2016 then after he
won– seemingly abused their positions of power to surveil the president
and peddle inaccurate dirt on him in what would eventually lead to the
formation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian
interference in the 2016 election.
Meadows has also advised the
president on key matters of spending bill fights, including Trump’s
fight for a border wall, steadfastly remaining front and center pushing
for the interests of Trump’s agenda even when other Republicans threw in
the towel or refused to fight at all.
Now that Democrats have
retaken the House, and Nancy Pelosi has reclaimed the Speaker’s gavel,
Meadows remaining in the Freedom Caucus chair position is perhaps more
vital than ever for the president. Pelosi got a pound of flesh from
Trump in her first battle with him, securing a three-week spending bill
deal that ended the longest government shutdown in U.S. history–a deal
that contains zero dollars for the president’s planned wall along the
U.S. border with Mexico. Trump insists he is still fighting, and he may
win in the end, but having allies like Meadows in key positions
throughout the minority in the House may prove crucial at key moments
yet to unfold in the fight.