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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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  • 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.”

  • Tucker Carlson

    Posted on November 06, 2012 | Type: Press Release

    Goldwater Dinner 2012 speaker Tucker Carlson is a veteran journalist and political commentator, currently working for the Fox News Channel. Carlson is also the editor-in-chief of TheDailyCaller.com, one of the largest and fastest growing news sites in the country. Carlson joined Fox from MSNBC, where he hosted several nightly programs. Previously he was the co-host of Crossfire on CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in the history of that network. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS.

  • A Battle Amnesty International Must Win

    Posted on October 31, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    This past Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of secret warrantless dragnet surveillance of international electronic communications. Amnesty International, which often communicates with Americans who are residents of foreign countries, has challenged the secret surveillance law, known as “FISA,” by arguing that the Fourth Amendment was meant to bar such warrantless surveillance. Although the challenge involves national security issues, its ultimate outcome could have a direct impact on all types of laws that authorize the government to access the private information of its citizens.

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