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Taking back our right to choose medicines

Taking back our right to choose medicines

Health policy expert Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona was the guest on the Jan. 20 edition of “Hawaii Together,” the bi-weekly program on ThinkTech Hawaii hosted by Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. In an episode titled “Making Prescriptions…

Ige’s philosophy: Spend, spend, spend

Ige’s philosophy: Spend, spend, spend

Imagine you have a friend who keeps accumulating debt.  Not only that, but whenever you talk with him about finances, he’s full of big plans to spend even more — home improvements, new vehicles, more programs for his kids …. No wonder his liabilities are piling up! As…

State spending cap routinely ignored

State spending cap routinely ignored

When you’ve dug an $88 billion hole, you need to stop digging. That is the amount of unfunded liabilities that our state and county governments are projected to accrue in the next 30 years, as discussed in the January edition of Hawaii Business magazine, which…

Why Judy Fujimoto left Hawaii

Why Judy Fujimoto left Hawaii

I lived in Hawaii for 53 years. I arrived in March 1966 on the SS Lurline, and left in September 2018. I was with a girlfriend. We came from California. I was 20 years old, and I was the queen of the Lurline for that voyage. We were prepared to stay for three months….

Stop the exodus from Hawaii!

Stop the exodus from Hawaii!

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week were true to expectations: During fiscal year 2019, Hawaii bade farewell to more residents than ever — a record 13,817, compared to the previous record in fiscal 2017 of 13,537. Overall, more than 60,000 residents…

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‘Hawaii Supreme Court Overturns 30 Years of Government Secrecy’

Minneapolis offers Hawaii a model for sweeping housing deregulation

‘Jones Act Is The Largest Impediment To Economic Growth In Hawaii’

Is California (Hawaii) going the way of Germany when it comes to energy?

Police Commission wants accountability about why gun carry permits are being denied

‘We should be angry about rail’s broken promises’

Star-Advertiser urges HART to cough up more rail info for State Auditor

Time is running out to resolve rail audit

Big Island Video News quotes Akina on voided ballot measure

The Garden Island covers pension presentation to Kauai City Council

Orange County Register quotes Akina on building in lava zones

Tuesday ‘Janus’ event covered by The Maui News

Monday ‘Janus’ event covered by Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Civil Beat, Pacific Business News

Star-Advertiser editorializes against ‘gut and replace’

Common Cause, League of Women Voters sue to stop ‘gut and replace’ 

Jones Act could hamper Hawaii’s recovery from Hurricane Lane

Jones Act waiver sought for Hawaii by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Hurricane Lane price caps will worsen shortages

The Jones Act makes little sense in a globalized world

Federal government puts local zoning in its sights

Hawaii ranks 49th in Cato Institute’s ‘Freedom in the 50 States’ report 

‘The time is past due to end the outdated, protectionist relic known as the Jones Act’

10-minute podcast explains how Jones Act harms Puerto Rico

Hellenic Shipping News (in Greece) takes note of ABA resolution on Jones Act

ABA Law Journal reports on resolution to exempt PR from Jones Act

Grassroot Institute cited in ABA’s Jones Act resolution (pages 2 and 5)

NYC and NY State Bar Associations prevail on ABA to urge Congress to exempt PR from Jones Act