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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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  • Look Who's Talking Now

    Posted on March 24, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr

    State-sponsored messages on license plates raise constitutional questions

  • Town releases legal opinion sought in L.O.V.E. case

    Posted on February 06, 2008 | Type: In the News

    Following a cycle of bad press that even began to draw national attention, the Oro Valley Town Council decided at a special session last Wednesday to make public a legal opinion the town sought from an outside law firm.

  • Oro Valley Scores another Dubious First

    Posted on January 24, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    The town of Oro Valley, whose local government does not mirror its idyllic surroundings, was Arizona's retail development subsidy capitol until its town council declared a moratorium on the practice last year. Now it is distinguishing itself in another way: as the states leading suppressor of political expression.

  • Oro Valley picks a losing battle in blogosphere

    Posted on January 18, 2008 | Type: In the News

    Oro Valley's government overreacted when it tried to get a blogger critical of some of its elected officials to register as a political committee. The situation made the town look like a bully and could have been avoided if workers had done more homework.

  • Town tells blogger he needs to register

    Posted on January 16, 2008 | Type: In the News | Author: Lourdes Medrano

    You could say local politics is the bread and butter of Art Segal's blog. The Oro Valley resident has been highly critical of his town's elected leaders since starting his blog www.letorovalleyexcel.blogspot.com early last year.

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