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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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  • Supreme Court agrees to hear federal health care lawsuit

    Posted on November 14, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case brought by more than two dozen states challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law. The core issue is whether the individual mandate to purchase government-prescribed health care is constitutional. The Court of Appeals ruled that it was unconstitutional.

  • In defense of anonymous speech

    Posted on November 08, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    As often happens during election season, the media has been up in arms about “secret funds” being spent by independent groups on messages meant to support or oppose candidates. They should get a grip

  • Ten Reasons Why Arizona Must Reject Health Insurance Exchanges

    Posted on November 04, 2011 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Diane Cohen

    States will not be able to maintain any meaningful control or "flexibility" by establishing a health insurance exchange. Likewise, any state that establishes an exchange will be enforcing the individual mandate.

  • Appeals court sides with tattoo shop in fight with Mesa

    Posted 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 sense

    Posted 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.

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