Constitutional Rights

Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected.

<p>Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected. </p>

Sen. Barry Goldwater best articulated his legislative mission when he said, "if I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty"

All too often, liberty and its attendant prosperity are jeopardized as government takes wealth and opportunities from individuals to privilege special interests and favored groups. As the segment of government explicitly charged with lawmaking authority, the legislature is frequently the greatest offender.

Executive Summary

Arizona's Forty-Sixth Legislature, First Regular Session

Senator Barry Goldwater best articulated his legislative mission when he said, "If I should be attacked for neglecting my constituents 'interests,' I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty."

Phoenix--The Goldwater Institute is pleased to announce it has been chosen among 170 policy organizations in 58 countries to receive the 2008 Templeton Freedom Award for Excellence in Promoting Liberty in the category of Initiative in Public Relations.

Phoenix -- The Goldwater Institute announced today that Arizona businessmen R. Evan Scharf and John R. Norton III have arranged for a $1 million challenge grant to establish and fund the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Phoenix -- Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen received the State Policy Network (SPN) 2006 Roe Award. Ms. Olsen was awarded the prestigious award during the 14th Annual Roe Award Banquet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last Friday.

PHOENIX - The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not protect property owners from government seizures for redevelopment purposes.

The ruling in Kelo v. City of New London is a defeat for Connecticut residents whose homes will now be razed to make room for an office complex. In speaking for the 5-4 majority, Justice Stevens held that "the city's proposed disposition of petitioners' property qualifies as a 'public use' within the meanings of the takings clause."

PHOENIX-The Goldwater Institute today released its third annual Legislative Report Card, the state's most comprehensive analysis of the voting records of all Arizona legislators. The report card uses an objective scoring system to determine how well each legislator has respected and advanced the enumerated rights of the people consistent with the Arizona Constitution.

PHOENIX - The Goldwater Institute today filed an amicus brief in Granholm v. Heald, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that wine distribution laws in states such as Arizona and Michigan violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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