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>

National Review Senior Editor Jay Nordlinger was in town to speak at the Goldwater Institute. While he was here he went on KFYI's Barry Young Show to talk about a variety of topics, including government-run healthcare, card check, and the nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went on KFNX's "Main Street Out Loud" show to talk about the City of Tempe asking for a do-over in the tattoo case.


Listen to Darcy Olsen on Inside Track discuss the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation's first lawsuit.

World renowned author and columnist Mark Steyn spoke at the Goldwater Institute's Rose Law Group Speaker Series breakfast in Phoenix on September 6, 2007.

Mr. Steyn challenged the audience to consider the demographic shift that is happening in Europe and the implications that will have on the U.S. and our foreign policy.

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Tom and Elizabeth Preston wanted to open a tattoo studio in Tempe. The City gave them the go-ahead and the Prestons invested $30,000 in their studio. But Tempe revoked the permit after a neighborhood group complained that it didn't want a tattoo shop in the area. That's when the Goldwater Institute got involved, representing Tom and Elizabeth in their fight against Tempe. Shortly after oral arguments in the case, Tom Preston spoke to Fox 10 News.

Goldwater Institute attorney Carrie Ann Sitren spent an hour on KFNX's "Main Street Out Loud" show with Rudi K. where she discussed Preston v. Hallman (the Tempe tattoo case), just hours after a judge heard oral arguments.

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President Barack Obama had two viable courses open to him in making his first Supreme Court nomination. He could choose a radical who would reinvent the Constitution. Or he could choose a mainstream liberal like the justice he was replacing. In selecting Judge Sonia Sotomayor, it appears he chose the latter course--and despite whatever bluster they may deem appropriate, conservatives should consider themselves lucky.

Case background:

In July 2007 the City of Phoenix signed a contract with the Klutznick Company to provide a $97.4 million subsidy for their CityNorth project through sales taxes, despite a constitutional prohibition on corporate welfare within Arizona. The CityNorth project is a $1.8 billion high-end retail development on prime real-estate in an affluent part of north Phoenix.  On August 8, 2007 the Goldwater Institute filed suit against Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon over the City North subsidy.

The Goldwater Institute's Nick Dranias appeared on the Jon Justice Show to talk about the stimulus package, the state budget, and a House resolution designed to exercise Arizona's rights under the 10th amendment.

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Darcy Olsen appeared on 12 News the day after the election to discuss how Conservatism is alive and well in Arizona.