In Minnesota, if you are accused of a drug-related crime but not convicted, you can lose any property that the police and prosecutors say was used for the crime.
Seems prone to abuse to you?
It does to a lot of people. There’s a bill to try to fix that in the Legislature – to require convictions before forfeiting property.
It’s getting flak from “Law Enforcement” and “Prosecutors”.
Guess why (emphasis added)?
Who were the winners and losers at CPAC? You’ll see a lot of that kind of commentary in the media after the end of the conference, but to a large extent it misses the point — especially when it’s based on the straw poll that takes place during CPAC. James Hohmann makes that mistake at Politico in an otherwise interesting analysis, but he’s hardly alone:
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Good luck applying for a 0-percent “forgivable loan” from a bank — unless your lender happens to be Twin Cities taxpayers.
They recently advanced nearly $4 million free and clear to businesses riding out the economic havoc from building a new light rail line nearing completion. But even that amount might not be enough to offset the losses those businesses experienced during construction.
“Nobody knew how this program was going to work and so there was always the possibility that someone would take a loan and show up the next day in Puerto Rico with $20,000, close down the business and leave,” said Nancy Homans, policy director for St. Paul.
The last taboo subject in public policy is demographics. When the talk turns to birth rates, polite company quietly exits the room. As a result, all too often the thing we think were arguing about is not really the thing we are arguing about.
Unfortunately, and to a large extent, demography is destiny. The world belongs to those who show up. Ignoring that fact does not change the outcome, regardless of how uncomfortable we become when discussing the subject.