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  • 2009 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Forty-ninth Legislature, First Regular Session

    Posted on November 09, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Andrea Woodmansee

    The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card considers how well Arizona legislators are fulfilling their constitutional obligation to uphold liberty. The report scores legislators on 305 votes across four categories: education, constitutional government, regulation, and tax and budget. The primary criterion is whether a vote for or against each bill expands or restricts liberty.

  • 50 Bright Stars: An Assessment of Each State's Constitutional Commitment to Limited Government

    Posted on September 17, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    In an era of burgeoning federal government power, state constitutions are full of untapped potential; many provide stronger protection of individual freedoms than does the federal constitution. But realizing that potential requires recognizing its existence and assessing which state constitutions offer the best opportunities for securing the principles of limited government. To that end, this report ranks each state in the United States according to its constitutional commitment to the principles of limited government from a classical liberal perspective.

  • Tough Crowd: Arizona High School Students Evaluate Their Schools

    Posted on September 09, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Matthew Ladner

    Questions have been raised about results of a polling survey cited in the material that had been posted on this web page.

  • Opening the Grid: How to Recharge Arizona's Electricity System for the 21st Century

    Posted on July 21, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Stanley S. Reynolds

    Arizona’s heavily regulated, monopolistic electricity industry is ill-equipped to meet the state’s growing demand for energy. Nor is it well-suited to contain the higher costs that are likely to result from renewable energy mandates. Only by moving Arizona’s electricity industry closer to the ideal of an open and competitive market can the ingenuity of entrepreneurs be engaged to meet the increasing demand for electricity—the lifeblood of Arizona’s economy.

  • Justice Denied: The Improper Clearance of Unsolved Crimes by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

    Posted on May 21, 2009 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick

    One of the most effective ways to measure a law-enforcement agency’s performance is by the percentage of crimes it solves, known in legal circles as its “clearance rate.” Criminal investigations can be cleared in one of two ways: by arrest or by “exception.” Clearances by exception must meet rigid criteria that the FBI has used for 80 years. Essentially, the perpetrator must be known to the police but cannot be apprehended due to special circumstances such as the suspect’s death. Although the criteria governing exceptional clearance are clear and objective, some law-enforcement agencies skirt the rules of exception to clear cases that do not meet the criteria, essentially declaring unsolved crimes solved to inflate the agency’s clearance rate. Clearing cases that have not been solved deprives crime victims of justice and may compromise public safety.

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