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  • Reconsidering McDonald v. Chicago: How the 14th Amendment Obliges States to Protect the Fundamental Right to Bear Arms

    Posted on February 02, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    For decades, debate has raged over whether the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right to keep and bear arms. In its landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. Many assumed that lower courts would take the next logical step of “incorporation”—recognizing that the right to keep and bear arms, like the right to free speech, is among the fundamental liberties the Fourteenth Amendment protects against contrary state and local laws. But so far, two of the three federal courts of appeals considering Second Amendment cases have refused to apply it to the states. The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits claim that their hands are tied by century-old Supreme Court decisions—specifically, United States v. Cruikshank (1876), Presser v. Illinois (1886), and Miller v. Texas (1894)—that did not expressly apply the Second Amendment to the states.

  • Health Care Freedom Act Q and A

    Posted on February 02, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Clint Bolick

    The Health Care Freedom Act will appear as a proposed constitutional amendment on Arizona’s 2010 election ballot, and similar measures are under consideration in more than 30 other states. With the possibility that Congress will enact some sort of national health insurance legislation, questions are being raised about the scope of the Health Care Freedom Act and its effect should a federal bill become law. Clint Bolick, who helped to author the Health Care Freedom Act, answers frequently asked questions.

  • Nonprofits in Health Care: Are They More Efficient and Effective?

    Posted on January 26, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Too often “profit” is equated with “greed.” The word implies to many an unrelenting seeking of gain, even at the expense and suffering of others. This reasoning implies that one man’s profit is derived from another man’s loss.

  • Living Debt Free: Restoring Arizona's Commitment to its Constitutional Debt Limit

    Posted on January 05, 2010 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Benjamin Barr

    The State of Arizona is facing an unprecedented amount of debt—some $37 billion. That works out to roughly $6,000 of debt for every man, woman, and child in the state. The heap of debt is leading to calls for reform to keep Arizona solvent. Although various reforms, limits, and oversight may have merit, there is a simpler alternative: follow the state constitution’s debt limit.

  • 100 Ideas for 100 Days 2010

    Posted on December 03, 2009 | Type: Policy Report

    Arizona’s legislative session is supposed to last only 100 days, but since it has a tendency to run a little longer than that, this year we are offering 152 ideas that will help close the state’s unprecedented budget deficit, get the government back to basics, and allow entrepreneurs to create new jobs to help pull us out of recession.

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