Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Beebe on Friday said he is working on legislation that would clarify the state's protections against private property being taken for private interests in Arkansas.
WHOA! Wait a minute! Mike Beebe has been saying since the Kelo decision (June 2005) that Arkansans were protected and no further legislation was needed.
Democrat-Gazette article dated August 31st 2005, "Attorney General Mike Beebe said Tuesday that Arkansas property owners are adequately protected - much better than residents of most states - against the government taking their land for use by private developers.
Beebe, who is also a Democratic candidate for governor, said in a legal opinion that the Arkansas Constitution and numerous Supreme Court decisions make it clear that condemnation is only an option when property will be taken for public use. State courts historically have narrowly defined that type of use, he said.” (tip ArkFAm)
Why is he now saying that he's working on property rights legislation? One wonders if he is seeing some polling which puts him at a disadvantage. However, once you start changing your positions, people are going to regard you as untrustworthy. This is the 2nd time he's flip-flopped an issue. What'll be next, immigration?