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PHOENIX - The Goldwater Institute today filed an amicus brief in Granholm v. Heald, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that wine distribution laws in states such as Arizona and Michigan violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
PHOENIX -- The Goldwater Institute mourns the passing of Robert L. Bartley, editor emeritus of the Wall Street Journal and winner of the Institute's 2003 John Kolbe Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Phoenix-Arizona legislators scored poorly on the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card, with averages for both the Senate and House of Representatives under 50 percent in an analysis of 191 votes in the areas of education, constitutional government, regulation, and fiscal policy. Votes were graded according to whether they promoted the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and individual responsibility.
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The Arizona Legislature --including leaders from both parties -- received poor marks for controlling government spending.
The Libertarian Goldwater Institute graded state lawmakers on how they voted on a slew of spending, regulatory, education and tax bills during the 2007 session.
Both the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives received D grades. Only one Democrat in the state assembly received a grade above F grade from Goldwater, which is critical of increased state government spending and rules. State Sen. Ken Cheuvront, D-Phoenix, received a D.
How many congressmen does it take to change a light bulb? 400.
That's how many members of Congress recently voted for a bill which will force American consumers to change the 50-cent incandescent light bulbs they're currently using and replace them with expensive new, $3 "energy-efficient" light bulbs. As Shane Cory of the Libertarian Party sarcastically put it, "If you outlaw light bulbs, then only outlaws will have light bulbs."
Should citizens foot the bill for lobbyists? One think tank says no.
The publics will and right to petition the government is being trampled by the growing number of taxpayer-funded government lobbyists, according to a new report issued by the Goldwater Institute.
A proposed hair-braiding business is being used as an example of how government regulation can impede business start-ups in Arizona.
The Institute for Justice Arizona filed a lawsuit this week against the Arizona Board of Cosmetology on behalf of Essence Farmer, a 23-year-old who wants to start a braiding salon but can't because she needs to obtain an occupational cosmetology license.
Are they a bunch of losers or what? Voters are sure to wonder after taking a look at the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card. (See on opposite page.)
None of the 15 members of the Tucson delegation scored higher than a C+ and 11 got F's. Although the Legislature scored poorly as a whole-with both the House and Senate scoring under 50 percent-Tucson lawmakers had some of the lowest grades in the state.
Don't jump to the conclusion, however, that Tucson could use a good legislative housecleaning.