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>

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.

PHOENIX-The Goldwater Institute today released its second annual Legislative Report Card, a comprehensive analysis of the voting records of all Arizona legislators. The report card assigns a letter grade to each legislator based on how well their votes advanced economic freedom, personal responsibility, and constitutional government.

PHOENIX- Authors Brad Lips and Dan Lips will host a book signing and cocktail hour at the Goldwater Institute tonight at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the release of their new book, The Reagan Vision: How You Can Revive the Reagan Revolution. The volume reviews Reagan's policy initiatives, contains an appendix of his speeches, and offers ten ideas for advancing freedom in our age.

Press Contact: Tom Jenney, (602) 462-5000

Phoenix-In a new report released today, 42 Ideas for a Free and Prosperous Arizona, the Goldwater Institute offers Arizona's citizens and policymakers 42 ideas that can be implemented this year to encourage economic growth and enhance freedom. The report suggests budget-friendly solutions to a range of policy problems, including:

A debate over racial and gender-based preference programs in Arizona has grown increasingly volatile as backers of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative cry foul over opposition efforts led by a group from Michigan.

The Goldwater Institute released a statement June 23 decrying the practices of a group referring to itself as By Any Means Necessary. The Goldwater Institute charges that the Michigan groups members have provided misleading information to voters stating that the initiative is supported by the Ku Klux Klan.

In Republican social circles, it's an unavoidable, if slightly weird, fact: Invite Joe Arpaio just about anywhere, and Joe Arpaio shows up. Whether it's a roast in Sun City, the opening of a raunchy Scottsdale taqueria, even the Arizona Republic Christmas party the elderly sheriff has nothing better to do than attend.

No, I was worried about bigger things. Namely, I fretted, "He's not going to arrest the guest of honor, is he?"

On this night, the Goldwater Institute was honoring Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Dutch politician, provocateur targeting Islam, intellectual.

Ward Connerly, founder and chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), has been riding the wave of his successful 2006 Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, which banned racial preferences in public universities and government hiring and contracting in that state. He will be looking to give voters in five more states the opportunity on Election Day 2008 to ban racial preferences. After the decisive 58-42% win in Michigan, Connerly and his supporters have every reason to believe that public opinion is strongly on their side.

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