Grassroot Discusses Campaign Spending on HNN

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Better Government, Featured |

Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina recently appeared on Hawaii News Now to discuss the investigation into Rep. Romy Cachola’s campaign spending irregularities. The inquiry by the state Campaign Spending Commission is looking into a number of questionable expenses by Rep. Cachola over the course of his political career, including the purchase of a Nissan Pathfinder, and various expenditures on food, gas, and car...

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Talking Turkey about Hawaii’s Spending

Posted by on Nov 23, 2013 in Better Government |

By Malia Hill No one is going to faint from shock when I mention that Hawaii state spending for fiscal year 2012 outstripped income yet again, making us one of Truth in Accounting’s “turkey states”—that’s the thirteen states that overspent their income in 2012 despite the recovering economy. There’s some comfort to be found in the fact that we’re not the biggest turkey in the bunch. That dubious distinction goes to New Jersey,...

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Government Contract Scandal: Grassroot Institute President Interviewed by Hawaii News Now

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Better Government |

Grassroot Institute president Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. was recently interviewed by Hawaii News Now concerning allegations that a civilian Naval procurement officer had steered millions of dollars in contract funds to a firm he and his wife own.  According to Dr. Akina, “Someone who has the ability to use taxpayer dollars and then steer them to himself, is clearly in a position of conflict of interest.”  Grassroot Institute’s...

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Robert Thomas Talks To Grassroot: Life, Liberty and Property!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Better Government, Featured |

Attorney Robert Thomas of Pacific Legal Foundation and Grassroot president Dr. Keli’i Akina discuss the nature of individual rights and the role of property.  Thomas holds the classical view that property rights are at the heart of all rights.  In a conversation ranging from the great ideas of America’s founders to current eminent domain conflicts, Thomas asserts that rights are “inalienable” and exist prior to the laws...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Better Government |

By Tom Giovanetti Remember how the Obama administration tried to spread panic about the backstop that was built into the 2011 debt ceiling agreement, the dreaded “sequester”? How they warned of tainted meat, delayed flights, reduced border patrols, cuts to Head Start, fewer teachers, police and firefighters, criminals released, and loss of flu vaccinations and cancer screenings? Remember how, as it drew near in early 2013, pundits almost...

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