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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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  • Net neutrality regulation violates First Amendment

    Posted on August 20, 2009 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    The Federal Communications Commission wants to force network service providers—the companies that own and operate the wires, routers and computers that keep the Internet humming—to transmit streaming audio, video and anything else on terms the FCC deems “neutral” regardless of how much bandwidth the data consumes. Network providers say the regulation will eliminate their ability to manage network traffic and effectively clog up the Internet. They argue that such “net neutrality” will deter and destroy private sector investment in the Internet.

  • Judge grants preliminary injunction citing "Law 101"

    Posted on August 12, 2009 | Type: In the News

    CAREFREE – After obtaining emergency relief in the form of a temporary restraining order in July, Ryan Ducharme returned to Maricopa County Superior Court on Monday for a hearing on his motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent Ray Klemp, who owns the building which houses town hall and the post office in Carefree, from interfering with Ducharme’s collection of recall petition signatures outside the building.

  • Obama And The Fairness Doctrine

    Posted on November 22, 2008 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Clint Bolick

    Our president-elect speaks with a moderate and reassuring tone on many of his policy views. But on some issues, the overwhelmingly Democratic Congress may have different ideas and likely will hand Barack Obama bills that are further left than his pronouncements.

  • Americans' right to organize and speak about politics needs renewed protection

    Posted on October 22, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Bradley Smith

    Most Americans probably assume they can gather with friends and neighbors to say whatever they want about politics to whoever is willing to listen. They presume that the First Amendment protects their right to get together and buy yard signs, publish newsletters, or pay for radio or TV ads urging people to vote for or against a candidate -- and to do so free of government interference.

  • Special privileges or free speech for all?

    Posted on October 16, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    In a unanimous decision last week, the Arizona Supreme Court determined that the state Constitution's guarantee of free speech furnishes even greater protection from government regulation than the First Amendment. The Court ruled in State v. Stummer that laws regulating the hours of speech-oriented businesses, like bookstores, cannot be implemented unless the government demonstrates that they are needed to prevent significant negative "secondary effects," such as crime. No prior decision articulates this principle as clearly.

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