The U.S. Constitution and state constitutions guarantee certain rights. Too often, government violates those rights instead of protecting them. The Goldwater Institute is committed to constitutional rule of law and focuses on property rights, campaign finance, legislative terms, balance of power among levels of government, processes of judicial appointment, and state sovereignty, among others.
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Appeals court sides with tattoo shop in fight with MesaPosted on November 04, 2011 | Type: In the News
The Mesa City Council denied two tattoo artists the constitutional protections of free speech by rejecting their efforts to open a business two years ago, the Arizona Court of Appeals said Thursday.
Justice in every sensePosted on November 01, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
This month marks Justice Clarence Thomas’ 20th anniversary on the U.S. Supreme Court. Emerging from one of the most tumultuous confirmation battles in history, Justice Thomas has become one of the greatest Supreme Court justices in the Court's history.
Imagine a world without secret votingPosted on October 25, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Taylor Earl
Last year, Arizonans overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment that told workers “if your company is deciding whether or not to unionize, you have a constitutional right to cast your vote in secret.” But now, the NLRB is trying to strike down the amendment through a federal lawsuit. If they succeed, a union sympathizer would be permitted to accost a fellow employee and watch as the employee votes on whether or not to unionize.
The Bill of Rights comes to ArizonaPosted on October 13, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
If a silver lining exists to the explosive growth of national power over the past several years, it is that Americans are turning to their federal and state constitutions, reading them, understanding them, and invoking them to protect their rights. So the time is especially appropriate to bring a part of the Constitution to the people.
States must "Just Say No" to federal health insurance exchangesPosted on October 04, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Diane Cohen
The federal health care law gives states an option: Either establish insurance exchanges by January 1, 2014, or the Secretary of Health and Human Services will establish one for them. Amazingly, some states that otherwise oppose Obamacare are choosing to implement these exchanges.