What if the solution to Washington… wasn’t in Washington? The 50 states could be America’s secret weapon against an ever-expanding federal government. States can amend the constitution to demand fiscal responsibility in Washington, can request that federal regulation comply with local ordinances, and can form interstate compacts to better protect constitutional rights. The Goldwater Institute is providing a roadmap for states to reassert their power under the Tenth Amendment.
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SPN News: Goldwater Institute update (Jul/Aug 2011)Posted on August 30, 2011 | Type: In the News
On the last day of its term, in the last opinion issued, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the Goldwater Institute its first victory at the high court and took government's thumb off the scale in campaign funding in Arizona and six other states. In a 5-4 decision, the Court struck down the matching-funds provisions of Arizona's so-called "Clean Elections" system. Like others throughout the country, Arizona's system turned fairness on its head, punishing citizen-funded candidates by handing each opponent a near dollar-for-dollar match whenever the citizen-funded candidate spent money to advertise his campaign. The Supreme Court's ruling rebuffed the idea that the government can give preferential treatment to some political speech over others. The Court not only vindicated free speech, but also protected the last line of defense against overreaching government power: the ballot box.
Obamacare Is Going DownPosted on August 17, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Peter Ferrara
As we saw, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals became the first federal appellate court to find the Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional last Friday. I filed briefs in that case on behalf of the American Civil Rights Union urging that result. More important than the ruling is what the trend is showing. For all that matters in the end is what five Justices on the Supreme Court say.
Doctors Say Health Care Mandate EssentialPosted on August 10, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Catherine Yang
While state lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue, physicians are presenting their side of the argument. According to an article published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the individual mandate that all must have health insurance is the only way to expand health care access and keep costs from ballooning.
The National Debt Relief Amendment Could Cure our Debt Problem for GoodPosted on August 02, 2011 | Type: Video
The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared on CBS 5 News to talk about how the National Debt Relief Amendment is just what the country needs to get on the road to fiscal responsibility.
Scalia vs. IPAB?Posted on July 15, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Peter Suderman
Against IPAB before it existed. As I reported earlier this week, the central question in the Goldwater Institute’s constitutional challenge to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by last year's health care law is whether or not the board, which is intended to restrain the growth of Medicare spending, passes the “intelligible principle” test.