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Sometimes, a good idea is enough – and other times, you need a good idea and a lawyer. On topics as diverse as federal health care, protecting freedom of speech and protecting taxpayers and business owners, the Goldwater Institute ensures that government at all levels adheres to the constitution by standing up for taxpayers’ rights in court.

  • Wickberg v. Owens

    Posted on September 20, 2010 | Type: Case

    In March 2011, Coconino County decided to settle the case. Specifically, Coconino County's new rules define electioneering to provide that only conduct that advocates for or against a candidate, a political party, or an issue on the ballot may be banned at the polling site. The County has also agreed to provide additional training to poll workers for objective enforcement of election laws and to protect against discrimination in the polling place.

  • McLaughlin v. Bennett (defending the secret ballot)

    Posted on June 14, 2010 | Type: Case

    After the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the appeal, the Arizona legislature held a special session to make the ballot language comply with the single subject rule. The measure will be on the November ballot as Proposition 113.

  • Coleman v. Mesa

    Posted on March 26, 2010 | Type: Case

    Does the government have the right to deny business permits because neighbors complain? The Arizona Supreme Court said no in its ruling on the Goldwater Institute’s case, Coleman v. Mesa.

  • Congress School District v. Warren (defense of parents seeking public records)

    Posted on March 09, 2010 | Type: Case

    The Congress Elementary School District has a history of violating Arizona public records law and other state and federal laws that guarantee parents the right to see school records about their children. These violations have been documented by the state attorney general and the state ombudsman. The violations were brought to attention of state officials over the past decade because of actions by parents and taxpayers such as Jean Warren, Barbara Rejon, Cyndi Regis and Renee Behl-Hoge. At different times, these taxpayers have requested to see various documents widely considered to be basic public records, including agendas and minutes of school board meetings. Rejon, Regis and Behl-Hoge also have asked to see records about their children when they attended school in the district. However, Behl-Hoge’s family no longer lives in Congress and she hasn’t requested to see any school district records in more than six years.

  • Goldwater Institute v. City of Phoenix (public records in Wyndham Hotel case)

    Posted on February 05, 2010 | Type: Case

    After a court hearing, the City of Phoenix decided to make all the records available to the Goldwater Institute on a continuing basis.

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