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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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  • Oro Valley Scores another Dubious First

    Posted on January 24, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    The town of Oro Valley, whose local government does not mirror its idyllic surroundings, was Arizona's retail development subsidy capitol until its town council declared a moratorium on the practice last year. Now it is distinguishing itself in another way: as the states leading suppressor of political expression.

  • Oro Valley picks a losing battle in blogosphere

    Posted on January 18, 2008 | Type: In the News

    Oro Valley's government overreacted when it tried to get a blogger critical of some of its elected officials to register as a political committee. The situation made the town look like a bully and could have been avoided if workers had done more homework.

  • Town tells blogger he needs to register

    Posted on January 16, 2008 | Type: In the News | Author: Lourdes Medrano

    You could say local politics is the bread and butter of Art Segal's blog. The Oro Valley resident has been highly critical of his town's elected leaders since starting his blog www.letorovalleyexcel.blogspot.com early last year.

  • Happy Birthday Barry Goldwater

    Posted on January 02, 2008 | Type: Audio

    Darcy Olsen speaks with Mark Carbonaro about the life and legacy of the late Senator Barry Goldwater on his 99th birthday.

  • Words that risk death

    Posted on December 11, 2007 | Type: In the News

    The hazards of expressing a controversial view in The Arizona Republic opinion sections run to outraged phone calls, indignant e-mails and caustic Internet comments. For protection, all a writer needs is a thick skin.

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