Entries Tagged as 'Real Estate'

You Read it First at FrumForum

October 17th, 2011 at 12:33 pm 8 Comments

At the New York Post, Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein explain that the Ground Zero Mosque now faces eviction if it can’t pay the rent on its real estate:

Pay up or get out.

Con Ed has given the Ground Zero mosque an ultimatum: Pay the $1.7 million you owe in back rent, or we’ll terminate your lease and take back our property.

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Forget the Name, How Did Perry’s Family Afford Their Property?

David Frum October 3rd, 2011 at 12:00 am 95 Comments

Rick Perry’s family leased a hunting property that once went by the name of Niggerhead. That doesn’t seem very much of a story. The Perry family did not apply the name. They went to some effort to change it after signing the lease in the early 1980s. Yesterday’s Washington Post story questions whether the effort was sufficient.

Yet after reading the story through a couple of times, the question I’m left with is less one about race – and much more about that most fascinating of Perry subjects: money.

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Rick Perry’s Land Deals: Why They Matter

David Frum August 31st, 2011 at 12:45 am 32 Comments

Jim Geraghty replies to our blogposts on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s uncannily successful land dealings:

Last year the Democrat gubernatorial candidate in Texas, Bill White, tried to make an issue of it, and Texans largely yawned. Some of these deals go back to Perry’s time as Texas Agriculture Commissioner in the early 1990s. Fascinatingly, through six statewide general election races in addition to some brutal primary fights (even by Texas standards), none of Perry’s rivals have managed to get the accusations to stick or persuaded voters that anything corrupt occurred. Throughout the 1990s, the Texas Attorney General was Dan Morales, a Democrat, who would seemingly have no partisan reluctance about investigating a bribery accusation of a Republican state officeholder.

Perhaps it is voter cynicism. Perhaps the cacophony of negative attacks in Texas politics makes voters tune out or discount all charges.  Or perhaps, as Perry claims, he “did everything open and honest, at arm’s length” and there’s not enough there to justify charges, or even implicit suggestions, of corruption.

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Perry’s Land Deals: He Discloses, You Decide

August 30th, 2011 at 7:37 pm 17 Comments

What does the law say about Gov. Perry’s land transactions? Simple: they are clearly legal.

As long as the profits from the sales were not contingent on Perry doing a specific favor for whomever he sold the land to, Perry has nothing to fear from the law.

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How Rick Perry Got Rich

David Frum August 30th, 2011 at 9:34 am 65 Comments

Jim Geraghty asks a piercing question today: If Rick Perry is as dumb as his detractors say, how’d he get rich?

Wait a minute, you may say: I thought Perry spent his career in politics? Discharged from the Air Force in 1977 aged 27, he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives seven years later, in 1984. At that time, the Perry family reported income of $45,000, largely from Mrs. Perry’s work as a nurse.

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