Free Speech

Sure, talk is cheap. But the right to talk is priceless. Here’s what Goldwater is doing to defend that right.

<p>Sure, talk is cheap. But the right to talk is priceless. Here’s what Goldwater is doing to defend that right.</p>

From the steps of the Yavapai County Courthouse where Barry Goldwater announced his presidential bid some 40 years ago, Don Goldwater, nephew of the late senator, today announced his candidacy for governor, advancing a platform committed to "the fundamental principles of limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty."

While the Goldwater Institute does not endorse candidates for political office, we would be remiss in not recognizing the entry of a candidate who shares the family name and promises to uphold the principles Senator Goldwater advanced.

National Public Radio reported last week that Houston schools have been implicated in a cheating scandal after scores on the state's "high-stakes" graduation test in some Texas school districts made suspicious leaps.

The way NPR reported the story is worrisome enough. But perhaps as troublesome is the way the story was characterized by the Dallas Morning News reporter, who stated:

When I was seventeen years old I started to participate in anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. The next morning I would check for coverage in the New York Times. Sometimes the protests were ignored. Sometimes the coverage was downright distorted. I wondered if the reporter had even been to the demonstration or if the paper was just lying to the public. The New York Times now has a "Public Editor" who is supposed to work "outside of the reporting and editing structure of the newspaper" and provide some check on the paper's accuracy and biases.

ABC 15 profiled the Goldwater Institute's lawsuit against the City of Phoenix and its transit director for arbitrarily taking down one business's bus shelter ads.

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PHOENIX – Today, the Goldwater Institute filed a legal challenge to the removal of a business advertisement from 50 Phoenix bus shelters in October 2010, claiming the city’s rules are so vague that they allow city officials to violate business owners’ right to free speech.

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Coconino County has accepted a settlement in a federal lawsuit filed by the Goldwater Institute on behalf of Flagstaff voter Diane Wickberg. The suit was filed after Mrs. Wickberg was told by County poll workers at her voting precinct to cover up her T-shirt with the words “We the People” and “Flagstaff Tea Party – Reclaiming our Constitution Now” during two different elections in 2010.

A member of the Flagstaff Tea Party will be able to wear her Tea Party T-shirt to the polls on November 2. Goldwater Institute attorney Diane Cohen talked about the federal judge's decision, and a new controversy brewing in Maricopa County, on 3 TV.

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KPNX Channel 12 on the Goldwater Institute going to court to defend the right of a woman to wear her Flagstaff Tea party t-shirt at the voting booth.

Goldwater Institute lawsuit restores First Amendment rights at polling places.

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