Back-room deals and closed doors are not the stuff of free governments. Our work is making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens.
Who can keep track? With state legislators introducing nearly 1,000 bills each session, it's almost impossible to keep an eye on what our representatives are up to.
That just changed. On Monday, we release the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card, analyzing legislative votes on 191 bills. We rank legislators from A to F according to their commitment to school choice, responsible fiscal and regulatory policy, and respect for the Constitution.
Editor's note: At the Goldwater Institute's annual dinner Saturday night, Arizona Republic columnist Robert Robb introduced Wall Street Journal editor emeritus Robert Bartley as the recipient of the Kolbe Excellence in Journalism Award. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
A few years ago, George Will introduced that year's Goldwater Award winner, Bill Buckley, as the most consequential journalist of our age.
In the hearings conducted at the Legislature, almost all that attend and testify are individuals who represent agencies and departments of government. This appears to be a violation of the separation-ofpowers doctrine that is supposed to be for the preservation of liberty of citizens. What impact do such activities have on legislation? And are we, the citizens, paying for government lobbyists to work for the interests of these same agencies and departments?
- Ken from Mesa