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Report Card: Arizona Legislators Score Poorly in 2003 Spring SessionPosted on September 29, 2003 | Type: Press Release
Phoenix-Arizona legislators scored poorly on the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card, with averages for both the Senate and House of Representatives under 50 percent in an analysis of 191 votes in the areas of education, constitutional government, regulation, and fiscal policy. Votes were graded according to whether they promoted the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and individual responsibility.
Hitting Above AveragePosted on September 28, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Satya Thallam
The East Valley's legislators scored well on the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card, which grades legislators according to their commitment to free markets, limited government, rule of law, individual liberty, and individual responsibility.
Best and Worst of LegislaturePosted on September 28, 2003 | Type: Article | Author: Satya Thallam
"If you give a mouse a cookie," a popular children's book says, "he'll want a glass of milk." Simply put, this is standard behavior for legislators: Afforded an inch of responsibility by voters, they soon seize a foot of authority.
Big Spenders on NoticePosted on September 28, 2003 | Type: Article | Author: Darcy Olsen
Who can keep track? With state legislators introducing nearly 1,000 bills each session, it's almost impossible to keep an eye on what our representatives are up to.
15 Years of Defending LibertyPosted on April 08, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Jeff Flake
When I arrived at the Goldwater Institute more than 10 years ago as 29-year-old political neophyte, I was dispatched by the board of directors to meet with then-Speaker of the House Jane Hull. I was surprised at how happy she was to meet someone she didn't know.