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Sometimes, a good idea is enough – and other times, you need a good idea and a lawyer. On topics as diverse as federal health care, protecting freedom of speech and protecting taxpayers and business owners, the Goldwater Institute ensures that government at all levels adheres to the constitution by standing up for taxpayers’ rights in court.

  • Tea Party T-shirt Election Lawsuits

    Posted on September 20, 2010 | Type: Case

    The Goldwater Institute has filed federal lawsuits on behalf of voters in Maricopa and Coconino counties to defend their right to vote while wearing clothing that refers to one or more “tea party” groups. The lawsuits aim to make sure county election officials use uniform and objective standards to enforce Arizona's electioneering laws without violating the constitutional rights of these and other voters in the future.

  • McLaughlin v. Bennett (defending the secret ballot)

    Posted on June 14, 2010 | Type: Case

    After the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the appeal, the Arizona legislature held a special session to make the ballot language comply with the single subject rule. The measure will be on the November ballot as Proposition 113.

  • Coleman v. Mesa

    Posted on March 26, 2010 | Type: Case

    Does the government have the right to deny business permits because neighbors complain? The Arizona Supreme Court said no in its ruling on the Goldwater Institute’s case, Coleman v. Mesa.

  • Congress School District v. Warren (defense of parents seeking public records)

    Posted on March 09, 2010 | Type: Case

    The Congress Elementary School District has a history of violating Arizona public records law and other state and federal laws that guarantee parents the right to see school records about their children. These violations have been documented by the state attorney general and the state ombudsman. The violations were brought to attention of state officials over the past decade because of actions by parents and taxpayers such as Jean Warren, Barbara Rejon, Cyndi Regis and Renee Behl-Hoge. At different times, these taxpayers have requested to see various documents widely considered to be basic public records, including agendas and minutes of school board meetings. Rejon, Regis and Behl-Hoge also have asked to see records about their children when they attended school in the district. However, Behl-Hoge’s family no longer lives in Congress and she hasn’t requested to see any school district records in more than six years.

  • Goldwater Institute v. City of Phoenix (public records in Wyndham Hotel case)

    Posted on February 05, 2010 | Type: Case

    After a court hearing, the City of Phoenix decided to make all the records available to the Goldwater Institute on a continuing basis.

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