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  • Cheatham v. DiCiccio

    Posted on April 24, 2013 | Type: Case

    In September, Goldwater Institute investigative reporter Mark Flatten released an investigative report showing that Phoenix and other Arizona cities spend millions of dollars every year to pay employees to perform union work on city time. It's called "release time." The Goldwater Institute is taking on the city's contract with the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). By executing this deal with PLEA, the members of the Phoenix City Council have violated the Arizona Constitution and their duty of loyalty to the taxpayers.

  • Arizona Students Association v. Arizona Board of Regents

    Posted on March 21, 2013 | Type: Case

    The Goldwater Institute is representing five public university students whose First Amendment rights were violated when the Arizona Students Association used mandatory tuition surcharges to support a 2012 ballot initiative that the students opposed.

  • Tombstone v. United States

    Posted on February 17, 2012 | Type: Case

    The City of Tombstone is squaring off against the U.S. Forest Service over water rights in a fight to rescue “The Town Too Tough to Die.” Citing the Wilderness Act, the Forest Service is refusing to allow the city to repair its waterlines to mountain springs it has owned for nearly seventy years – and which date back to the 1880s. This refusal is threatening residents, private property and public safety with the risk of a total loss of fire protection and safe drinking water.

  • Boice v. Aune

    Posted on December 13, 2011 | Type: Case

    With her background in cosmetology and nursing, cancer-survivor Lauren Boice saw a need for cosmetology services for home-bound patients and those in assisted-living facilities. She launched Angels on Earth Home Beauty, which connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill with licensed cosmetologists who can perform haircuts, manicures, or massages right in the clients’ homes and assisted-living facilities.

  • Niehaus v. Huppenthal

    Posted on November 21, 2011 | Type: Case

    In the 2011 legislative session, the Arizona legislature passed the Empowerment Scholarship Account program that allows parents of special needs children to withdraw their children from public schools and use a portion of the money that would have gone to the local district to design their own educational plan. Only a few months later, various groups challenged the constitutionality of the program. The Goldwater Institute has joined the State in opposing the lawsuit in order to protect the right of parents to direct the education of their children.

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