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>

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.

Listen to it here.

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.

Listen to it here.


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

Exhibit A in Sen. Barack Obama's case that he is the women's candidate, despite Sen. John McCain's choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, is that "she's opposed, like John McCain is, to equal pay for equal work."

Did I miss something? Did Sarah Palin, suffused with subliminal notions of female inferiority, rebate back a portion of her paycheck as governor because the incumbent she ousted was a man? I don't think so.

Goldwater Institute President and CEO Darcy Olsen joined Michael Dixon on KTAR's Arizona's Morning News Saturday to talk about the mission of the Goldwater Institute.

Phoenix--The Goldwater Institute applauded today's U.S. Supreme Court decision on the right of gun ownership. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled in the District of Columbia v. Heller case that individuals have a right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. This ruling recognizes for the first time the fundamental right to gun ownership, squarely rejecting the idea that the U.S.

Phoenix -- The newspaper Legal Times has named Clint Bolick, director of the Goldwater Institute Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation, a "champion" who should be honored for upholding the legal profession's core values and "fighting to expand liberties and protect civil rights." The list of Champions was compiled for the edition "The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years" marking Legal Times' 30th anniversary.

The victors in the CityNorth subsidy lawsuit are seeking reimbursement for their legal costs.

The Thomas J. Klutznick Co., developer of the CityNorth project, and the city of Phoenix each filed claims Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court. The claims ask Judge Robert Miles, who decided the case earlier this month in their favor, to require the Goldwater Institute to pay $381,000 to the Klutznick Co. and $304,000 to the city.