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PHOENIX-At a press conference for the release of a new Goldwater Institute report on burdensome licensing requirements and regulations, Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter staff attorney Tim Keller announced the filing of a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Cosmetology. The Institute has filed its lawsuit on behalf of Essence Farmer, whose efforts to set up an African hairbraiding salon have been thwarted by the Board of Cosmetology's licensing rules.
The Arizona Supreme Court is being asked to void a requirement imposed on utilities to generate at least 15 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2025.
Legal papers filed by the Goldwater Institute contend that the Arizona Corporation Commission, which enacted the mandate, exceeded its constitutional authority. The lawsuit asks the high court to void not only the commission rules but also the surcharge already being paid by utility customers.
The Goldwater Institute is asking the state Supreme Court to strike down rules that require Arizona Public Service Co. to get a certain percent of electricity from renewable sources such as solar.
Arizona Corporation Commission rules requiring electric utilities it regulates to get a set percentage of their power from renewable sources face a court challenge.
A special-action lawsuit filed by the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute alleges the commission exceeded its authority under the Arizona Constitution, intruded on the Legislature's policymaking role in state government and interfered with the utilities' relationships with their customers.
Tattoo parlor owner Tom Preston and those who support him, including the conservative Goldwater Institute, believe that he is the victim of discrimination by the Tempe City Council.
All that they ask is for Preston to be judged by the content of his character and not by the colors of his skin.
"These people are going after me because of a perception that isn't true," Preston told me. "That's not how we're supposed to do things."
Last month, the council voted 7-0 to deny Preston the opportunity to open a tattoo parlor on Scottsdale Road.
The Goldwater Institute is helping the owners of a tattoo parlor sue Tempe because the city is refusing to let them open a tattoo studio.
Though cities have discretion to stop some kinds of businesses, the Phoenix think-tank claims Tempe has gone too far by blocking it solely on the stigma associated with the body-art industry.
The City Council voted unanimously to block a use permit a month ago after hearing from a neighborhood group that opposed the business on Scottsdale Road in north Tempe.
The Goldwater Institute has always fought for conservative causes through a standard think-tank venue, the court of public opinion.
But the organization is getting bolder, moving some of those battles into courtrooms.
The Phoenix-based group is expanding its influence to limit government power and spending by creating a new litigation center that sues to block what it sees as abuse.
The center has embarked upon four lawsuits since its founding in June. It already settled one that blocks some regulation of charter schools.
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon tussled with the Goldwater Institute Tuesday over its lawsuit challenging the city's subsidy for a mixed-use development near Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard.
Gordon faulted Goldwater for releasing information that showed the city spent $100,000 on outside counsel to defend the lawsuit challenging a tax rebate for Chicago-based Thomas J. Klutznick Co., developer of the 5.5 million-square-foot CityNorth project.
The Tempe City Council on Thursday blocked a tattoo studio from opening, unanimously backing a neighborhood group's efforts to change the look and reputation of a stretch of Scottsdale Road.
It's a fight that's increasingly common, pitting old-school impressions of seedy tattoo parlors catering to a low-class clientele against the current, widespread acceptance of permanent body art by young people and others, regardless of class.