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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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  • Tombstone’s Posse Has Arrived

    Posted on April 09, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    For over a year and a half, the historic town of Tombstone, Ariz., has been in a stand-off with the U.S. Forest Service over the restoration of its municipal water system in the Huachuca Mountains.

  • When the Gravy Train Stops

    Posted on March 26, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Kurt Altman

    Until February of this year, the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) had never had to compete for funds in the marketplace of ideas. ASA is a private organization formed in 1974 as a student group claiming to represent the approximately 150,000 students attending Arizona’s three public universities. Until 1998 ASA was directly subsidized by taxpayers through the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), an arm of Arizona state government. In 1998 ABOR began collecting money for ASA directly from students through their tuition bills.

  • Arizona Students Association v. Arizona Board of Regents

    Posted on March 21, 2013 | Type: Case

    The Goldwater Institute is representing five public university students whose First Amendment rights were violated when the Arizona Students Association used mandatory tuition surcharges to support a 2012 ballot initiative that the students opposed.

  • Fishing for Freedom

    Posted on January 15, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen

    Dipping your feet in a pool of “Spa Fish” is a trendy new way to create baby-bottom-smooth feet. Cindy Vong began offering this service a few years ago in Gilbert, Ariz., a growing city outside Phoenix. This treatment, popular with customers, turned out not to be popular with Arizona’s Board of Cosmetology. Despite the fact that Vong followed all the rules, providing a safe, sanitary environment, the board shut down Vong’s fishspa, and three employees lost their jobs.

  • Is Professional Licensing the Enemy of the Good?

    Posted on January 09, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Barry Goodfield is a world-renowned psychologist who lives in the Phoenix metro area. His recognized expertise in non-verbal cues puts him in such demand that he regularly consults with international diplomats. He holds two patents in psychotherapeutic methods. But, if you’d like to give the Goodfield Institute a call for an appointment, as they say in New York, “Fuhgeddaboudit.”

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