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>

PHOENIX –The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit today against Cave Creek Unified School District to stop district officials from using bond money in ways voters have not approved.

In a November 2000 special election, Cave Creek voters approved a $41 million bond program primarily to build new schools. The district had $13 million remaining after funding the construction for two elementary schools. Instead of using the leftover money on voter-approved projects, the district wants to spend the money on other ventures.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on KAET's Horizon to talk about nullification and if it the process is legally sound.

Watch it here

This is the third in a series of reports by Goldwater Institute senior fellow Robert G. Natelson on the power of state legislatures to initiate the process for amending the U.S. Constitution under Article V. The previous two reports explain that the purpose of the Article V amendments convention is to provide a parallel process whereby the states effect constitutional amendments.

The Goldwater Institute

Usually, there is one person within an organization who stands out as the most influential. The Goldwater Institute, however, deserves an exception.

Earning friends and foes, the libertarian think-tank expanded into a law firm and a news resource, and its combined power was in full force in 2010.

PHOENIX – Retiring U.S. Representative John Shadegg of Arizona has joined the Goldwater Institute as a Senior Fellow, where he will help fulfill its mission of economic freedom and limited government.

PHOENIX – As members of Arizona’s 50th Legislature prepare for their first session in January 2011, the Goldwater Institute offers an abundance of recommendations to save money, improve education and advance freedom in our state with 100 Ideas for 100 Days.

“The answer to the riddle of Arizona’s budget deficit is getting government to focus on core functions,” said Darcy Olsen, president and CEO of the Goldwater Institute.

Long before Clint Bolick earned a living terrorizing bureaucrats and politicians in court, he was a teenager trying to figure out why he didn’t fit in with his high school Republican club.

Bolick, the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Law, didn’t grow up in a political family. But he learned as he grew, taking his lessons from the inner-city schools where he taught, the political machine that ran his New Jersey hometown, and even the bullies who picked on him as a gradeschooler.

Americans are increasingly questioning - and resisting - the endless growth of the federal government. Part of this resistance finds voice in efforts to enforce state sovereignty through litigation and legislation such as the Health Care Freedom Act and the Firearms Freedom Act. Measures such as these protect existing, fundamental rights from erosion at the federal level. But the growing discontent has also reignited interest in an even more direct route for the people and the states to regain control over the federal government - the Article V constitutional amendment process.


The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in four categories for whether it expands or contracts liberty.

Education bills that give parents more choice, make public schools more accountable, expand the teaching pool through relaxed certification requirements, and encourage local control are scored a +1.

PHOENIX — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today the right to bear arms, which is guaranteed by the Second Amendment, also applies to states and local governments and not just federal jurisdictions such as Washington D.C. and national parks.