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.
Goldwater Institute v. City of Glendale (public records in Coyotes negotiations case)Posted on June 26, 2009 | Type: Case
Several media reports have indicated that the City of Glendale intends to offer some form of taxpayer subsidy to a new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes as an incentive to keep the hockey team in Glendale. This is a potential violation of the Arizona Constitution's Gift Clause. The Goldwater Institute filed a public records request asking the City of Glendale to provide all documents--current and future--related to negotiations with any potential new owner of the Coyotes. Glendale refused, saying the negotiations are confidential and that it would be burdensome to send future records. The case law Glendale cited did not provide a legal basis to withhold the documents. Because of this clear violation of Arizona's public records law, the Goldwater Institute has filed suit against the City of Glendale.
McComish v. Bennett (Clean Elections)Posted on August 21, 2008 | Type: Case
On June 27, 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of the Goldwater Institute and reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down the matching funds provision of the Clean Elections law.
Miller v. Arizona Corporation Commission (setting energy policy case)Posted on June 27, 2008 | Type: Case
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) is established under the Arizona Constitution with limited power to regulate utility rates, but over the years it has expanded its powers beyond its constitutional jurisdiction. The ACC recently adopted sweeping new rules requiring utilities to derive a specified share of their power from alternative sources. The rules have resulted in rate surcharges to residential and business customers that will total millions of dollars.
Goodman v. City of Tucson (Prop 207 case)Posted on March 11, 2008 | Type: Case
The Goldwater Institute represented Goodman in Pima County Superior Court. We asked for a declaration that the demolition amendments violate Goodman's due process rights, an injunction prohibiting the enforcement of the demolition amendments, and compensation for the diminution of Goodman's property values. A judge ruled in favor of Goodman. The next step in the case is to determine how much the City of Tucson must pay Goodman in damages. The Goldwater Institute is not part of this portion of the case and private attorneys in Tucson are now handling the damages issue.
Preston v. Hallman (Defending small business owners)Posted on November 05, 2007 | Type: Case
After winning the lawsuit but not being awarded damages, the Goldwater Institute appealed to recover damages on behalf of the Prestons. The City of Tempe also appealed the judge's decision. On June 17, 2010, the Prestons and the City of Tempe both agreed to drop their appeals.