State Powers

The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.

<p>The states are powerful enough to stand up to the federal government when it violates citizens’ rights. Learn how we can better leverage the power of states.</p>

The day after the Senate voted to start debate on Senator Harry Reid's health care bill, the Goldwater Institute's Tom Patterson went on Channel 3 to talk about the vote.

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In 2006, long before there was an Obama administration determined to impose a command-and-control federal health-care system, a young orthopedic surgeon walked into the Goldwater Institute here with an idea. The institute, America's most potent advocate of limited government, embraced Eric Novack's idea for protecting Arizonans from health-care coercion. In 2008, Arizonans voted on Novack's proposed amendment to the state's Constitution:

By possibly taking the public option off the table, Democrats who favor nationalized health care have acknowledged that their opponents are winning the public relations debate. Massive grassroots demonstrations against ObamaCare seem to be turning the tide. This should remain true--so long as opponents maintain their credibility with the public. But credibility may be endangered by overzealous advocates who are willing to trade facts for rhetorical flourishes.

Goldwater Institute board chairman Tom Patterson appeared on KAET's Horizon for a discussion with state representative Kyrsten Sinema on health care reform.

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Even those who oppose decriminalization of marijuana, even for limited purposes, have reason to applaud the U.S. Department of Justice’s new policy on marijuana prosecutions for its consistency with principles of federalism.

The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades made another appearance on Channel 12's Sunday Square Off to discuss, among other topics, CityNorth and the state budget.

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Phoenix--Today is Constitution Day and to celebrate the Goldwater Institute released a first-of-its-kind report that ranks each state constitution based on its current commitment to the Founders' vision of limited government.

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Governor Napolitano promised a bright future for Arizona, but can the state spend our way to greater prosperity when we are $1 billion in deficit already? Listen to Darcy Olsen as she discusses Governor Napolitano’s State of the State address on KFNX with Charles Goyette.

Washington, D.C., has a new health-care buzz phrase. "Comparative-effectiveness research" is the latest government-led effort to bring health-care costs under control.

Others, like reducing tobacco use, tackling obesity and connecting hospitals to the Internet, have yet to succeed in bringing down costs, but that doesn't keep Washington from trying.

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