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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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  • Is Tombstone the next Katrina?

    Posted on May 15, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    More than the lives and properties of Tombstone, Ariz. residents and tourists are at stake in the historic town’s ongoing legal battle with the U.S. Forest Service to restore its water infrastructure. Arizona’s wildfire season is now underway with numerous dangerous wildfires being reported across the state. Tombstone is under contract with the Arizona State Forester to deliver water for suppressing wildfires; but that contract cannot be reliably fulfilled so long as the Forest Service blocks emergency repairs to Tombstone’s Huachuca Mountain water supply.

  • The Supreme Court Could End Government-Sponsored Cartels

    Posted on May 09, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    Among the New Deal relics that persist today are federal dairy laws that restrict competition over milk prices. The Hettinga family, which owns two Arizona dairies, managed to lower prices through an exemption in the law, which ultimately led to the repeal of the exemption, and forced the Hettingas into the government-created dairy cartel.

  • AUDIO: Reviving Economic Liberties - A Conversation with Clint Bolick

    Posted on May 07, 2012 | Type: Audio

    On the Liberty Law Talk podcast, host Richard Reinsch talks with Clint Bolick, Vice President of Litigation at the Goldwater Institute, about his book Death Grip: Loosening the Law’s Stranglehold over Economic Liberty. Bolick, of course, is no stranger to litigating constitutional claims for economic liberties and property rights, among other achievements.

  • 'Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court' by Clint Bolick

    Posted on April 30, 2012 | Type: In the News

    Hoover Institution Press released "Two-Fer: Electing a President and a Supreme Court" by constitutional law expert Clint Bolick. In Two-Fer, Bolick importantly points out that, during a presidential campaign and election, judicial selection is usually considered a minor issue and given too little attention by the American public and the media. The recent argument over Obamacare, however, has brought into sharp focus the importance—and pointed internal division—of the US Supreme Court. In this book, Bolick argues that appointing (a) Supreme Court justice(s) is a president’s most important and enduring legacy because lifetime tenure for federal court judges far outlasts the president who appointed them. Bolick explains how the appointment of justices—and the combination of those appointed justices—can change and shape the course of history and the future. Bolick also makes the case that, although judges operate in relative obscurity, every day they make decisions that affect issues such as health care, religion, speech, property, business, education, and civil rights.

  • Judiciary up for grabs in presidential election

    Posted on April 23, 2012 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Clint Bolick

    President Barack Obama has thrown down the gauntlet: if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down his precious health care law, he’ll make the courts an issue in the presidential campaign.

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