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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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  • When the Gravy Train Stops

    Posted on March 26, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Kurt Altman

    Until February of this year, the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) had never had to compete for funds in the marketplace of ideas. ASA is a private organization formed in 1974 as a student group claiming to represent the approximately 150,000 students attending Arizona’s three public universities. Until 1998 ASA was directly subsidized by taxpayers through the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR), an arm of Arizona state government. In 1998 ABOR began collecting money for ASA directly from students through their tuition bills.

  • Arizona Students Association v. Arizona Board of Regents

    Posted on March 21, 2013 | Type: Case

    The Goldwater Institute is representing five public university students whose First Amendment rights were violated when the Arizona Students Association used mandatory tuition surcharges to support a 2012 ballot initiative that the students opposed.

  • Mesa loses - again

    Posted on September 11, 2012 | Type: In the News

    For at least 43 years, personal adornment has been deemed constitutionally protected free speech. It goes back to when the U.S. Supreme Court concluded you could wear a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War and the principal couldn't stop you.

  • Arizona Supreme Court in Mesa case: 1st Amendment protects tattoos

    Posted on September 07, 2012 | Type: In the News

    The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that tattooing is a form of free speech with full protection under the U.S. and state constitutions -- the first such decision by any state high court in the country.

  • Arizona Supreme Court chooses freedom for two entrepreneurs

    Posted on September 07, 2012 | Type: Blog

    Does the government have the right to deny business permits because neighbors complain? Today the Arizona Supreme Court said no.

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