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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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  • 'Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court' by Clint Bolick

    Posted on April 30, 2012 | Type: In the News

    Hoover Institution Press released "Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court" by constitutional law expert Clint Bolick. In Two-Fer, Bolick importantly points out that, during a presidential campaign and election, judicial selection is usually considered a minor issue and given too little attention by the American public and the media. The recent argument over Obamacare, however, has brought into sharp focus the importance—and pointed internal division—of the US Supreme Court. In this book, Bolick argues that appointing (a) Supreme Court justice(s) is a president’s most important and enduring legacy because lifetime tenure for federal court judges far outlasts the president who appointed them. Bolick explains how the appointment of justices—and the combination of those appointed justices—can change and shape the course of history and the future. Bolick also makes the case that, although judges operate in relative obscurity, every day they make decisions that affect issues such as health care, religion, speech, property, business, education, and civil rights.

  • Judiciary up for grabs in presidential election

    Posted on April 23, 2012 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Clint Bolick

    President Barack Obama has thrown down the gauntlet: if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down his precious health care law, he’ll make the courts an issue in the presidential campaign.

  • Truth Is Graver than Fiction

    Posted on February 02, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    Part one of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged ends in despair, as the oil fields of entrepreneur Ellis Wyatt burst into flames. Wyatt Oil, once a successful business that created jobs and launched an economic Renaissance in the western United States, had fallen victim to stifling taxes and government regulation. No longer willing to surrender to bureaucrats, Wyatt abandons his once-thriving business.

  • Nancy Reagan on Newt Gingrich, in context

    Posted on January 31, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jon Gabriel

    In 1995, the Goldwater Institute honored President Ronald Reagan. Speakers included his wife Nancy Reagan, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Senator Barry Goldwater.

  • What Is a Goldwater conservative?

    Posted on January 27, 2012 | Type: Audio

    As we approach Arizona’s Centennial, KJZZ-FM's Here and Now pays tribute to local legends who have helped shape the state’s identity. State Senate president Steve Pierce, Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb, and Nick Dranias of the Goldwater institute help us remember Barry Goldwater.

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