One of the advantages of owning the place is that I get to put my comments on the front page ;).
As most of you know, Cecil Staton is a good friend of mine and I managed his campaign in 2004. What the Democrats are trying to do to Eric Johnson, Cecil Staton, etc. on this property rights legislation is a mischaracterization of a very complicated issue. And, we should remember that nationally more Democrats supported the Kelo decision than Republicans. In fact, both here in Georgia and in other states, see e.g. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), the Kelo decision from which this fear arises was seen as a force for good among a number of Demcrats (and yes, even some Republicans).
The fact of the matter is that while some people are trying to scare the little guy over this piece of legislation, it is a good thing. Georgia is at a competitive disadvantage compared to its neighbors over community development districts and other development issues. But, the legislation to make Georgia competitive is rather complex. I know. As a lawyer, I was approached about the issue and began researching it before leaving private practice. I can accept that a provision that would give private developers some sort of eminent domain power was a drafting error. It happens.
But, the committee process appears to be working and the drafting errors are being weeded out. Overall the legislation is good and helpful to the state of Georgia.