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Issues

Statement on the Call for Fiscal Notes by the House Minority Caucus

by Frances Nuar  “Honolulu, Hawaii—The Grassroot Institute applauds the House Minority Caucus for including fiscal note legislation in its 2011 legislative package. “House minority leader Gene Ward said the Republicans would ‘be the watchdogs for fiscal discipline and controlling government spending’ and ‘insist on a more open and accountable government, especially when

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Akaka Bill Poll Findings Released

HAWAII VOTERS OPPOSED TO THE AKAKA BILL Zogby International poll confirms majority opposition to race-based government December 15, 2009–A new poll of registered Hawaii voters, conducted by Zogby International, has found that a majority of those surveyed oppose the Akaka Bill, while 76 percent oppose higher taxes to pay for

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Sheriff Mack, the 17th Amendment, and Liberty

by James Wagoner On December 30, 2010 the Maui Tea Party and Maui Calabash group joined together and hosted an event featuring Sheriff Richard Mack of Graham County, Arizona. His presentation was about the eroding powers of individual states and local governments. It was the individual states that formed the federal

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Expanding Online Education in Hawaii

by Melissa Short  Schools nationwide are taking advantage of virtual learning to improve education and expand course offerings. The most successful programs provide students unrestricted access to online programs, allowing them to enroll in high quality courses regardless of geographic location. Yet, online education programs in Hawaii lag behind some

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The Dangers of Mail-In Ballots

by Cliff Slater In the November General Election, 124,000 Hawaii voters chose to mail in their ballots. That was a third of all ballots cast and more than double the percentage of those mail-in votes cast in the 2008 election. More importantly, mail-in votes were far greater than the typical difference

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Hawaii Spending Transparency Site Make Its Debut

Honolulu, Hawaii – Today the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) announced the launch of HawaiiSunshine.org, a new web site that promises to revolutionize government accountability in Hawaii by revealing waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars at the state and local level.  The site exposes details for more than $12

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Introducing HawaiiSunshine.org

This is the welcome and orientation video for HawaiiSunshine.org, a new project of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. HawaiiSunshine.org allows you to take a close look into how Hawaii’s state government is spending your tax dollars. Hosted by Jamie Story, president of the Grassroot Institute.

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What are the ‘Returned Lands’ of Hawaii?

by Jere Krischel  In an article titled “What are the ‘Ceded Lands’ of Hawaii?” written for Honolulu Civil Beat on 11/08/2010, Professor Van Dyke makes some critical errors in his assessment of both the history and the law. While acknowledging the Supreme Court’s rejection of the “Apology Resolution,” he still

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E Pluribus— What?

by Jere Krischel  E pluribus unum. Present on the Great Seal of the United States since 1782, its meaning is both simple and profound – “Out of many, one.” Originally it may have been but a literal acknowledgment of the Union of the thirteen colonies, but as the years have

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Akaka bill: Three questions

by Richard Rowland  It is noticed that virtually every political talker who says they support the Akaka bill likes to say, in response to the “why” question, something like: “I am in favor of the Akaka bill because it will be good for all of the people of Hawaii” Duke

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Statement on the Call for Fiscal Notes by the House Minority Caucus

by Frances Nuar  “Honolulu, Hawaii—The Grassroot Institute applauds the House Minority Caucus for including fiscal note legislation in its 2011 legislative package. “House minority leader Gene Ward said the Republicans would ‘be the watchdogs for fiscal discipline and controlling government spending’ and ‘insist on a more open and accountable government, especially when

Read More →

Akaka Bill Poll Findings Released

HAWAII VOTERS OPPOSED TO THE AKAKA BILL Zogby International poll confirms majority opposition to race-based government December 15, 2009–A new poll of registered Hawaii voters, conducted by Zogby International, has found that a majority of those surveyed oppose the Akaka Bill, while 76 percent oppose higher taxes to pay for

Read More →

Sheriff Mack, the 17th Amendment, and Liberty

by James Wagoner On December 30, 2010 the Maui Tea Party and Maui Calabash group joined together and hosted an event featuring Sheriff Richard Mack of Graham County, Arizona. His presentation was about the eroding powers of individual states and local governments. It was the individual states that formed the federal

Read More →

Expanding Online Education in Hawaii

by Melissa Short  Schools nationwide are taking advantage of virtual learning to improve education and expand course offerings. The most successful programs provide students unrestricted access to online programs, allowing them to enroll in high quality courses regardless of geographic location. Yet, online education programs in Hawaii lag behind some

Read More →

The Dangers of Mail-In Ballots

by Cliff Slater In the November General Election, 124,000 Hawaii voters chose to mail in their ballots. That was a third of all ballots cast and more than double the percentage of those mail-in votes cast in the 2008 election. More importantly, mail-in votes were far greater than the typical difference

Read More →

Hawaii Spending Transparency Site Make Its Debut

Honolulu, Hawaii – Today the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) announced the launch of HawaiiSunshine.org, a new web site that promises to revolutionize government accountability in Hawaii by revealing waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars at the state and local level.  The site exposes details for more than $12

Read More →

Introducing HawaiiSunshine.org

This is the welcome and orientation video for HawaiiSunshine.org, a new project of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. HawaiiSunshine.org allows you to take a close look into how Hawaii’s state government is spending your tax dollars. Hosted by Jamie Story, president of the Grassroot Institute.

Read More →

What are the ‘Returned Lands’ of Hawaii?

by Jere Krischel  In an article titled “What are the ‘Ceded Lands’ of Hawaii?” written for Honolulu Civil Beat on 11/08/2010, Professor Van Dyke makes some critical errors in his assessment of both the history and the law. While acknowledging the Supreme Court’s rejection of the “Apology Resolution,” he still

Read More →

E Pluribus— What?

by Jere Krischel  E pluribus unum. Present on the Great Seal of the United States since 1782, its meaning is both simple and profound – “Out of many, one.” Originally it may have been but a literal acknowledgment of the Union of the thirteen colonies, but as the years have

Read More →

Akaka bill: Three questions

by Richard Rowland  It is noticed that virtually every political talker who says they support the Akaka bill likes to say, in response to the “why” question, something like: “I am in favor of the Akaka bill because it will be good for all of the people of Hawaii” Duke

Read More →