Republicans wrong on eminent domain 

In my Beltway Confidential blogpost on the New Hampshire Republican debate last night, I wrote:

“I thought he [Mitt Romney] misfired on one not very important issue, saying that eminent domain should not be used for private companies, when the question raised the issue whether it should be used for public utilities, which traditionally have had eminent domain-like powers to build electric transmission lines; . . . .

I thought I was the only commentator to take note of this issue, but on the Weekly Standard Blog Washington lawyer Adam J. White explains more fully why Romney was wrong. This should not be a controversial issue. You need to give utility companies eminent domain powers if you want electric transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. Otherwise they would never get built.

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