Stories by Goldwater Institute
GUN BUSINESS OWNER GETS DAY IN COURT AFTER TRANSIT ADVERTISEMENTS CENSORED BY BUREAUCRATS
Phoenix, AZ—An appeals court will take up the case Tuesday of a gun business owner whose First Amendment rights were violated when local bureaucrats arbitrarily tore down his business’ advertisements, claiming they violated preset city guidelines.
City officials say that the ads of gun business owner Alan Korwin, which aimed to direct viewers to his for-profit websiteTrainMeAZ.com for gun safety resources, failed to “propose a commercial transaction.”
Trial begins Monday to stop the illegal practice in its tracks
Next week, taxpayers represented by the Goldwater Institute will take on a Phoenix, Ariz. police union (PLEA) in court over the practice of “release time,” a contract provision in collectively bargained contracts between local officials and government unions.
With release time, government employees such as police officers can be released from their full-time jobs as public workers protecting the safety of our families to do full-time work for the union, while still collecting …
IN APPLE DEAL, GOVERNMENT REPS DON’T GET TO SIGN AWAY “PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW”
Goldwater Institute will pursue records requests over Apple deal to the fullest extent
Media reports this week indicate that public officials and staff from the Arizona Commerce Authority, the City of Mesa, and Maricopa County have signed confidentiality agreements to hide the content of their meetings with Apple Corporation as they worked to attract the tech giant to open operations in the area. According to the …
LOUISIANA FAMILIES TO FEDERAL COURT: END TO VOUCHER PROGRAM WOULD TURN BACK CLOCK ON EDUCATION PROGRESS
Desegregation orders were meant as a mechanism to expand educational options for minority children, not as a tool to keep them out, Louisiana families represented by the Goldwater Institute told a federal court in a brief filed yesterday.
The Institute is representing four Louisiana families, as well as the Louisiana Black Alliance for Education Options, a network of thousands of families across the state. The …
WRONG OUTCOME IN BOND V. US COULD RENDER EVERY NEAT FREAK A DOMESTIC TERRORIST
In anticipation of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bond v. United States beginning Tuesday, Goldwater Institute Director of Policy Development Nick Dranias, an attorney who has won at the U.S. Supreme Court, warned about the dark shadow a loss for Ms. Bond could cast over the constitution and the rights many believe to be guaranteed.
“There is a growing danger that international treaties, which are not …
STATE LEGISLATORS WORKING TO CREATE IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTIONS AGAINST OBAMACARE NAVIGATORS
Meanwhile, Federal Navigator Grants Potentially Fund Community Organizing
Phoenix–As exchanges open, millions of federal dollars in navigator grants are being awarded to controversial groups, like Planned Parenthood and labor unions, which will have access to private information yet not require a single background check for their staff. Additionally, the program leaves taxpayers potentially stuck subsidizing these groups as they conduct community organizing in their neighborhoods.
With over 120 grants issued …
DURBIN’S TUESDAY HEARING IS MCCARTHYISM, THE REMIX
Noted public interest attorney and Goldwater Institute Vice President of Litigation Clint Bolick had this to say about the Senate Judiciary hearing scheduled to take place this Tuesday spearheaded by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill) on the subject of the American Legislative Exchange Council and “Stand Your Ground” laws:
“The spectacle of a Senate committee calling American citizens forth to probe their associations is a grotesque parody of one of America’s darkest moments. Dick Durbin …
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IN ATTEMPTING TO BLOCK LOUISIANA FAMILIES’ ACCESS TO VOUCHERS, DOJ TELLS COURT IT IS “REPRESENTING FAMILIES’ INTERESTS”
Goldwater Institute Vice President for Litigation and well-known civil rights attorney Clint Bolick fired back today, rejecting a claim from the Department of Justice that it has the best interests of Louisiana families in mind in its ongoing challenge to the state’s innovative school voucher program.
Earlier this year, the Justice Department asked a court to block the continued implementation of a …
Case has implications for more than 200 districts across U.S.
Event: News conference featuring families and attorneys at the time of filing motion to intervene in Brumfield v. Dodd, case
Location: Hale Boggs Federal Courthouse, 500 Poydras St, New Orleans LA
Participants: Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute Vice President for Litigation; Eric Lewis, Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options; Ann Duplessis, Louisiana Federation for Children President; Louisiana families opposing DOJ action
Time: 10:30am, Tuesday, September 24
New Orleans, LA— Represented by the Goldwater Institute, four Louisiana …
GOLDWATER INSTITUTE PREVAILS IN DEFENSE OF NEW CAMPAIGN FINANCE LEGISLATION
In a victory for First Amendment rights in the electoral process, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Mark Brain found in favor of the state and three Goldwater Institute clients Thursday, dismissing a motion for an injunction against recent legislation making several changes to Arizona’s campaign finance laws. Passed by lawmakers this spring, HB2593 revised individual contribution limits and barriers to politcal action committee-giving that legislators understood violated constitutional rights. Legislative history …