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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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  • The seismic non-issue in the presidential campaign

    Posted on August 06, 2012 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Clint Bolick

    Should control over Supreme Court nominations figure prominently in the forthcoming presidential election? Yes, big-time. Will it? Not likely.

  • Clint Bolick: The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012

    Posted on July 09, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick

    Many conservatives are angry with Chief Justice John Roberts, whose decisive vote in late June not only sustained a disastrous health-care law. It also interpreted the Constitution to permit Congress to penalize behavior through its taxing power that it cannot control through its power to regulate commerce. Magnifying the harm is a CBS News report—and informed suspicions from a number of sources—that Chief Justice Roberts initially voted to strike down the law but switched in the face of veiled threats from President Barack Obama and concerns about the court's reputation and his own.

  • Tombstone Ain't Dead Yet

    Posted on May 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    Last week, the U.S. Forest Service got the drop on Tombstone when the City’s request for an emergency injunction was denied by Senior Judge Frank Zapata of the United States District Court. But Tombstone’s legal posse has a more than a few rounds left in the chamber.

  • The Taxpayers Win One

    Posted on May 17, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    Two years ago, Gov. Jan Brewer abolished the Arizona Department of Commerce. It wasn’t an act of getting rid of government waste or excess, but rather making way for a new entity: the “quasi-public” Arizona Commerce Authority.

  • Is Tombstone the next Katrina?

    Posted on May 15, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    More than the lives and properties of Tombstone, Ariz. residents and tourists are at stake in the historic town’s ongoing legal battle with the U.S. Forest Service to restore its water infrastructure. Arizona’s wildfire season is now underway with numerous dangerous wildfires being reported across the state. Tombstone is under contract with the Arizona State Forester to deliver water for suppressing wildfires; but that contract cannot be reliably fulfilled so long as the Forest Service blocks emergency repairs to Tombstone’s Huachuca Mountain water supply.

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