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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Gov. Scott Walker at the 2011 Goldwater DinnerPosted on November 30, 2011 | Type: Blog
On November 10, 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the Goldwater Institute Annual Dinner. Watch his speech with an introduction by former Arizona Representative and Goldwater Institute Senior Fellow John Shadegg.
SPN News: Goldwater Institute update (Sep/Oct 2011)Posted on October 12, 2011 | Type: In the News
Goldwater Institute senior attorney Diane Cohen recently testified before Congress about the federal health care law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is the subject of Goldwater's court challenge to Obamacare. Cohen called IPAB "independent in the worst sense of the word: it is independent of Congress, independent of the president, independent of the judiciary, and independent of the will of the American people." You can watch some of her testimony at /dianecohenipabtestimony. In August, the Institute released its ninth annual Legislative Report Card, which examines 375 legislative votes from this year's legislative session and ranks every Arizona lawmaker on their commitment to liberty. The report card is the most comprehensive state report of its kind. For information on the methodology used and how you can apply it to your state, contact Nick Dranias at email@example.com.
States must "Just Say No" to federal health insurance exchangesPosted on October 04, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Diane Cohen
The federal health care law gives states an option: Either establish insurance exchanges by January 1, 2014, or the Secretary of Health and Human Services will establish one for them. Amazingly, some states that otherwise oppose Obamacare are choosing to implement these exchanges.
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.