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>

It's time to raise a glass of wine. The Supreme Court this week declared unconstitutional state regulatory schemes that allow in-state wineries to ship directly to consumers, but ban out-of-state wineries from doing the same. The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus curiae brief in the case, arguing these anti-competitive laws violate the Commerce Clause and cannot be saved by the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition.

To some extent, it's understandable that when policymakers see a problem, they ambitiously aim to solve it. Arizona has long been known as home to a significant supply of methamphetamine production, and it turns out some cold medicines can be used in that production. Voila! Lawmakers set out to restrict how and how much non-prescription cold medicine customers can buy, and mistakenly think they have helped to curb the problem.

As millions mourn the death of Pope John Paul II, Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute remarks on the Pope's legacy as someone who championed human freedom and was one of the most eloquent critics of communism.

Cathleen Falsani writes in the Chicago Sun Times:

Today it's hard to imagine that America was once a blue nation.

With Republicans now in control of all three branches of the federal government, and a majority of state houses and governorships, few Americans remember a time when conservatives were in the minority, let alone marginalized.

But in 1950, the political observer could look out upon the American landscape and see nothing but liberalism.

The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to revise procedures for class-action lawsuits. As the Washington Post reports, the legislation is an attempt to prevent "forum shopping," instead funneling class-action lawsuits from state courts into federal courts. While the legislation may be constitutional and useful, it shouldn't be heralded as a panacea for tort reform.

A year after the Citizens United ruling opened the tap to allow corporate money to pour into elections, the Supreme Court appears poised to weigh in on whether public financing is a constitutional way to combat the influence of money in electoral politics.

Gov. Jan Brewer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of SB 1070. The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick spoke to Channel 3 about the liklihood of the Supreme Court taking the case.

 

PHOENIX –The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit today against Cave Creek Unified School District to stop district officials from using bond money in ways voters have not approved.

In a November 2000 special election, Cave Creek voters approved a $41 million bond program primarily to build new schools. The district had $13 million remaining after funding the construction for two elementary schools. Instead of using the leftover money on voter-approved projects, the district wants to spend the money on other ventures.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on KAET's Horizon to talk about nullification and if it the process is legally sound.

Watch it here

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