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A government that operates behind closed doors cannot be the government of a free people. The Goldwater Institute has prompted several reforms shining light into the inner workings of government, including the nation’s most comprehensive online database of line-by-line government spending and restrictions on politicians using tax money for self-promotion. Our regular watchdog reports are helping citizens hold their elected officials accountable.

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  • 15 Years of Defending Liberty

    Posted 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.

  • A Recipe for Corruption

    Posted on March 22, 2003 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Satya Thallam

    Corporation Commissioner Jim Irvin is in the hot seat with the threat of impeachment in the air, but lawmakers are missing the opportunity to address the root of the problem - the commission itself.

  • Lobbyists Work on the Government -- And for It

    Posted on January 28, 2003 | Type: In the News | Author: Laura Knaperek

    In the hearings conducted at the Legislature, almost all that attend and testify are individuals who represent agencies and departments of government. This appears to be a violation of the separation-ofpowers doctrine that is supposed to be for the preservation of liberty of citizens. What impact do such activities have on legislation? And are we, the citizens, paying for government lobbyists to work for the interests of these same agencies and departments?

  • Business Lobby Lacks Consensus on Key Legislative Issues

    Posted on January 03, 2003 | Type: In the News

    Divided government will be the name of the game when Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano and the Republican-controlled State Legislature start the 2003 session Jan. 13.

  • Deer Valley Must Give Devil the Benefit of the Law

    Posted on December 04, 2002 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Satya Thallam

    In the Robert Bolt play, A Man for All Seasons, St. Thomas More is chided for allowing an unsavory character to go unpunished because there is no law against the act in question. In response, More declares that he would give the devil the benefit of law, for his own safety's sake.

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