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 Goldwater Institute announces the addition of two new Senior Fellows to its team of policy and research experts. Jay P. Greene and Patrick Chovanec will share their experience on education and economics issues, respectively.

From Roman coliseums to Chinese communes, history shows repeatedly the devastating loss of freedom and humanity that can be wrought by unchecked government power. As survivors of religious and political oppression, America’s Founders were determined to provide their families and fellowmen with a system of governance that would avoid the tyranny of the past and protect life, liberty and property in the future.

The Goldwater Institute in Phoenix is on a mission to change the world one court case at a time.

It has defended a tattoo artist, and it has opposed public subsidies to a mall in Phoenix and an aquarium in Tempe.
 
It even challenged Tom Horne, a prominent Republican and Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, when he tried to tell charter schools what they should teach.

PHOENIX – In its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that individual gun ownership is a basic right guaranteed to Americans by the U.S. Constitution.

For decades, debate has raged over whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. In its landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. Many assumed that lower courts would take the next logical step of “incorporation”—recognizing that the right to keep and bear arms, like the right to free speech, is among the fundamental liberties the Fourteenth Amendment protects against contrary state and local laws. But so far, two of the three federal courts of appeals considering Second Amendment cases have refused to apply it to the states. The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits claim that their hands are tied by century-old Supreme Court decisions—specifically, United States v. Cruikshank (1876), Presser v. Illinois (1886), and Miller v. Texas (1894)—that did not expressly apply the Second Amendment to the states.

Phoenix—Today the Goldwater Institute commended the Tempe City Council for steps it took last night to make significant changes to its deal financially supporting the Sea Life Aquarium but said questions remain about the new contract.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on KTVK Channel 3 to discuss whether the census really keeps your information private.

Before sitting down for a panel discussion on current events at the Goldwater Institute annual dinner, columnist Mark Steyn, and National Review's Jonah Goldberg and Jay Nordlinger sat down with KKNT's James Allen for a roundtable interview.

Executive Summary

The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card considers how well Arizona legislators are fulfilling their constitutional obligation to uphold liberty. The report scores legislators on 305 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. The primary criterion is whether a vote for or against each bill expands or restricts liberty.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias went on KFYI shortly after Constitution Day to talk about what powers a sitting president has and does not have under our Constitution.

Listen to the first hour here

Listen to the second hour here

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