Constitutional Rights

Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected.

<p>Government can be freedom’s best friend when it protects citizens’ constitutional rights. Here’s how the Goldwater Institute is ensuring your rights are protected. </p>

To say that an era has ended is a huge understatement.

The passing of "the Chief," as William Rehnquist affectionately was known by everyone in the U.S. Supreme Court's circle, coupled with the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, leaves the court without sure leadership for the first time in a generation.

Oddly, depending on President Bush's choice to replace him, the court could be poised for a lurch to the left, rather than the right turn predicted by left-leaning special-interest groups.

Last week, Chandler issued a directive that would have criminalized nursing in public. Following public outcry, the city set aside the directive and formed a task force to "study" the issue.

I'm all for studying issues, but a little common sense may be all that's needed here. Infants need nourishment every few hours. Unless we want to confine nursing mothers to their homes, infants will occasionally have to eat in public.

Courts need judges, law books, and maybe a few gavels. But slick public relations campaigns?

Arizona Supreme Court chief justice Ruth McGregor contends that "If the judicial branch is not well or fully understood, and it is not by many, then we need to ask ourselves what we need to do to change the way that we communicate about the courts."

It's time to raise a glass of wine. The Supreme Court this week declared unconstitutional state regulatory schemes that allow in-state wineries to ship directly to consumers, but ban out-of-state wineries from doing the same. The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus curiae brief in the case, arguing these anti-competitive laws violate the Commerce Clause and cannot be saved by the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition.

To some extent, it's understandable that when policymakers see a problem, they ambitiously aim to solve it. Arizona has long been known as home to a significant supply of methamphetamine production, and it turns out some cold medicines can be used in that production. Voila! Lawmakers set out to restrict how and how much non-prescription cold medicine customers can buy, and mistakenly think they have helped to curb the problem.

As millions mourn the death of Pope John Paul II, Father Robert Sirico of the Acton Institute remarks on the Pope's legacy as someone who championed human freedom and was one of the most eloquent critics of communism.

Cathleen Falsani writes in the Chicago Sun Times:

Today it's hard to imagine that America was once a blue nation.

With Republicans now in control of all three branches of the federal government, and a majority of state houses and governorships, few Americans remember a time when conservatives were in the minority, let alone marginalized.

But in 1950, the political observer could look out upon the American landscape and see nothing but liberalism.

The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to revise procedures for class-action lawsuits. As the Washington Post reports, the legislation is an attempt to prevent "forum shopping," instead funneling class-action lawsuits from state courts into federal courts. While the legislation may be constitutional and useful, it shouldn't be heralded as a panacea for tort reform.

A year after the Citizens United ruling opened the tap to allow corporate money to pour into elections, the Supreme Court appears poised to weigh in on whether public financing is a constitutional way to combat the influence of money in electoral politics.