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Goldwater Institute an Aggressive Conservative Watchdog
New York Times ^ | Dec. 25, 2011 | Marc Lacey

Posted on 12/26/2011 9:41:02 AM PST by inkling

Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.

Mr. Bolick has fought for the right of Arizonans to have their toes nibbled. After successfully defending a tattoo artist, he celebrated by having himself inked. From his perch here at the Goldwater Institute, a high-powered libertarian think tank, Mr. Bolick has even picked a fight with an entire professional hockey team.

From a conservative point of view, there is no end to the government interference in individual liberties going on around the country. Some emanates from Washington, but much of it, in the opinion of Mr. Bolick, bubbles up from the bottom, whether from a small-town school board or the Arizona Board of Cosmetology, which Mr. Bolick has sued twice.

The Goldwater Institute, which plays an outsize role in setting the agenda in this state and has helped set up similar litigation outfits in other parts of the country, sees itself as a watchdog for conservative ideals, one that happens to have at its disposal a frenetic staff of lawyers hungry for courtroom battle.

“There are lots of cozy deals in Arizona, just like everywhere else,” Mr. Bolick said. “The last thing you want is for us to find out. It’s like a skunk coming to a picnic. We ruin everything.”

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservative; economics; libertarian; policy
Conservatives profiled -- in the New York Times of all places!
1 posted on 12/26/2011 9:41:10 AM PST by inkling
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More libertarian with right of center/conservative views on business and economics. I wouldn't be surprised if they thought strip clubs and XXX shops should be allowed to be wherever a normal business might be. I think they mentioned they went after Sheriff Joe and they still may be. Oh well, they still do mostly good IMO. Trying to limit the nanny state as well as preventing it from trying to pick winners and losers.
2 posted on 12/26/2011 10:10:38 AM PST by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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