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When Arizona resident Mark Reed planned to vote while wearing a “Tea Party” t-shirt, government officials wanted to keep him out of the polls. The Goldwater Institute argued that Tea Party shirts were constitutionally protected free speech, no different than shirts promoting unions or other advocacy groups. The courts agreed, requiring election officials to use uniform, objective standards without violating the constitution.

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  • Buckleys team up to fire at politics

    Posted on December 10, 2004 | Type: In the News

    Conservative patriarch William F. Buckley Jr. and satirical son-of-a-patriarch Christopher Buckley aggregated their respective talents Thursday to bestow upon a Phoenix audience a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of erudition, perspicacity and not least, mirth.

  • Novak was Hot Ticket in Valley

    Posted on October 02, 2003 | Type: In the News

    Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak is white-hot news this week for his alleged role in "leaking" the name of a CIA analyst's identity. The "Prince of Darkness" was in a far more jovial mood when he spoke at the Phoenix Ritz Carlton as the guest of the Goldwater Institute on Sept. 11.

  • Fundraising Arizona

    Posted on December 02, 2002 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick

    What are all the subsidies paying for? They certainly haven't removed special-interest influences from politics. A study by the Goldwater Institute, a free-market think tank in Arizona, shows that the voting behavior of state legislators who received Clean Elections subsidies was no different from that of legislators who ran entirely with private contributions. And special interests played a major role in collecting five-dollar contributions to qualify candidates for Clean Elections subsidies, as well as making independent expenditures. Special interests continue to influence politics, they just do it in different ways--and they will continue to do so as long as government remains so powerful.

  • Author of "Showdown," Talk Radio Sensation Coming to Phoenix

    Posted on October 01, 2002 | Type: Press Release

    Larry Elder to Speak at Goldwater Institute Luncheon December 4

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