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The U.S. Constitution and state constitutions guarantee certain rights. Too often, government violates those rights instead of protecting them. The Goldwater Institute is committed to constitutional rule of law and focuses on property rights, campaign finance, legislative terms, balance of power among levels of government, processes of judicial appointment, and state sovereignty, among others.

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  • Mandate or Tax, the Federal Health Insurance Law is Still Unconstitutional

    Posted on October 10, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    Those frustrated with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the federal government can tax Americans who do not purchase government-approved health insurance may find some consolation going forward, because NFIB v. Sebelius will not be the last word on the federal law. Over the next few years, courts across the country will hear a number of legal challenges that share a common theme: even read as a tax, the federal health insurance law is unconstitutional.

  • Clint Bolick and the Goldwater Institute Quietly Transforming the Country

    Posted on October 03, 2012 | Type: In the News

    While national political campaigns and politicians are regularly featured in the news for their accomplishments on the right, one small state-based think tank is quietly grinding away victory after victory. The Goldwater Institute was already a leading state-based think tank when libertarian lawyer Clint Bolick came on board five years ago to launch a litigation division. Since then, Bolick has greatly expanded the reach of the right-leaning think tank, filing lawsuits against all levels of government to protect taxpayers and businesses from government overreach. Bolick's favorite line, which he says with a grin, is, “I get paid to sue government bureaucrats.”

  • 2012 Goldwater Dinner

    Posted on October 01, 2012 | Type: Blog

    Please join us as we hear from Governor Nikki Haley and Governor Mary Fallin and celebrate freedom at the annual Goldwater Dinner.

  • Audio: Litigating for Liberty

    Posted on September 28, 2012 | Type: In the News

    Our Vice President of Litigation Clint Bolick recently appeared on KKNT's newest radio program Arizona Politics & Culture with Seth Leibsohn and Tom Brown.

  • Welcome to the Real World

    Posted on September 27, 2012 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Christian Palmer

    For decades, the ASA's traditional role has been to serve as an advocacy group for Arizona's public university students. But in 2012, the student funded 501(c)(4) applied its money and manpower to assist a constituency that even universities are prohibited from helping: A political committee formed to launch a statewide ballot initiative.

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