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When Arizona resident Mark Reed planned to vote while wearing a “Tea Party” t-shirt, government officials wanted to keep him out of the polls. The Goldwater Institute argued that Tea Party shirts were constitutionally protected free speech, no different than shirts promoting unions or other advocacy groups. The courts agreed, requiring election officials to use uniform, objective standards without violating the constitution.

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  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    Posted on January 18, 2006 | Type: Blog

    Can a new campaign finance challenge in the Supreme Court restore free speech?

  • First Amendment on Spring Break at NAU

    Posted on November 17, 2005 | Type: Blog

    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) recognized Northern Arizona University (NAU) as the October 2005 "winner" of its Speech Code of the Month award. Please hold your applause, though - the award is given to colleges whose speech codes run afoul of the First Amendment.

  • Handy Pizza Coupon or Public Nuisance?

    Posted on September 22, 2005 | Type: Blog

    Concerned by complaints from homeowners, Gilbert councilman Don Skousen is exploring a ban on door-hanger advertisements. Such a ban would stop all sorts of everyday advertisements, from pizza coupons to invitations to church.

  • Lawsuit Would Restore Free Speech

    Posted on August 24, 2005 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    Remember college? During political campaigns, it was common practice to put up signs-even paper entire walls-with ads supporting your candidate. But what if you had known that putting up those signs would actually help the opposing candidate? Would you bother posting signs or getting involved at all?

  • A Choice, Not an Echo

    Posted on August 02, 2005 | Type: Blog

    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."

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