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Can the government play favorites when it comes to freedom of speech? The Goldwater Institute didn’t think so, and challenged Arizona's system of public campaign financing all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The resulting victory struck down similar provisions in states across the U.S., preventing governments from gaming the political system in favor of government-funded candidates, and keeping elections free and open.

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  • Why Is Arizona in the Jim Crow Penalty Box?

    Posted on September 17, 2011 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Clint Bolick

    Phoenix -- Last week Arizona became the first state to challenge a particularly egregious overreach of federal power: Washington's current interpretation of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Enacted in 1965, the Voting Rights Act ensures equal access to the ballot regardless of race.

  • CNN GOP Debate featuring the Goldwater Institute

    Posted on September 13, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Dan Guerin

    The Goldwater Institute was one of three locations around the country that got to take part in the CNN Republican debate and ask questions of the candidates.

  • Clean Elections Commission taps taxpayer dollars to save itself

    Posted on September 08, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Carrie Ann Sitren

    Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Commission is dirtying up politics. Afraid of a proposal on next year’s ballot that would end the commission’s funding, the commission is using taxpayer money to run ads against the ballot measure.

  • Nick Dranias Talks About the Latest on the Health Care Lawsuits

    Posted on August 14, 2011 | Type: Audio

    The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias went on Liberty Watch with Charles Heller where he discussed the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning the individual mandate in the health care law, as well as the latest on the Goldwater Institute's lawsuit of the federal health care law.

  • Nick Dranias squares off with Todd Lang on Politics Unplugged

    Posted on July 03, 2011 | Type: Video

    Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias squared off with Clean Elections executive director Todd Lang on KTVK's Politics Unplugged over the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that the matching funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections law is unconstitutional.

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