Video: An Interview with Les Chang

Video: An Interview with Les Chang

This has been an interesting election season, for a number of reasons–and one of those has been the rise of new parties to challenge the existing structure. In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Les Chang, candidate for Lt. Governor on the Independent Party ticket. Chang, who is Mufi Hanneman’s running mate, talks about his political philosophy and his vision for Hawaii while also explaining the goals of the Independent Party of Hawaii as a different voice for the people of Hawaii. Watch the video below or click here to view on You...
Video: Steering Hawaii Through Rough Waters

Video: Steering Hawaii Through Rough Waters

In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Cam Cavasso, who is currently running to represent Hawaii in the U.S. Senate. A small businessman with a history in Hawaii politics that stretches all the way back to his days as a high school student, Cam has never shied away from fighting conventional wisdom. In this discussion, he shares his views on a number of pressing issues, from the Jones Act to education and how to boost Hawaii’s economy. Watch the video below or click here to view on You...
Grassroot Institute Releases Communication with Ige Campaign

Grassroot Institute Releases Communication with Ige Campaign

In response to the Ige campaign’s release of their communication stating specific concerns over the upcoming Grassroot Gubernatorial forum, we are releasing our response to the Ige campaign. Although concerns of the Ige campaign were raised only after Mr. Ige’s withdrawal and well after plans had been made and agreed to by Ige staff, Grassroot Institute was willing to make any necessary accommodations. Justin Martin, Communications Director for Grassroot Institute, states, “The Institute had made clear what the terms of the forum were, including the intended audio broadcasting and video recording, and these were agreed to by the Ige campaign.  The last minute withdrawal was a surprise.  It is disappointing that the Ige campaign made a unilateral decision to withdraw without even stating its concerns or giving us the opportunity to accommodate them, which we would have.” The letter from the Grassroot Institute to the Ige campaign can be read in its entirety at new.grassrootinstitute.org/2014/08/ige-pulls-out-of-2014-gubernatorial-forum/ The forum will be held tomorrow, August 22,  at 12 pm. A live audio stream of the event can be heard at www.thinktechhawaii.com/live-on-spreakercom.html The event has been sold-out and no walk-ins will be permitted. Representatives of the news media are welcome to attend. For details, please contact Justin Martin at 1(808)753-0455. Date: Friday, August 22, 2014 Time: 12:00 PM Place: Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu, HI 96813     Ige to Grassroot: Download (PDF, 444KB)   Grassroot to Ige: Download (PDF, 96KB)     Letter from...
Gubernatorial Forum Proceeds without David Ige

Gubernatorial Forum Proceeds without David Ige

Although David Ige has communicated today that he plans to withdraw from participating in the Grassroot Institute Gubernatorial Forum on Friday, August 22, the event will continue with the full participation of the other major candidates for governor: James “Duke” Aiona, Mufi Hannemann and Jeff Davis. The candidate forum,  which will be the first of its kind in this election cycle,  will touch on a wide variety of issues of importance to Hawaii,  from education to the economy. Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., states, “We are disappointed for the voting public that David Ige has withdrawn his commitment to participate in this well-planned gubernatorial forum.   We are, however, grateful that candidates Aiona, Hannemann and Davis have each personally reaffirmed their commitments to participate in the forum.  Every effort has been made to ensure fairness and to accommodate any needs indicated by each participant.  We look forward to an engaging event and the opportunity for the public to be informed about the positions of these candidates for Governor of Hawaii.” The event has been sold-out and no walk-ins will be permitted. Representatives of the news media are welcome to attend. For details, please contact Justin Martin at 1(808)753-0455. Date: Friday, August 22, 2014 Time: 12:00 PM Place: Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu, HI...

Grassroot Perspective: The One You Love, Solar Tax Credits and Ron Paul says America is off the cliff

A weekly liberty briefing and news guide to keep you informed and prepared on what’s UP to more freedom or DOWN to bigger, more intrusive government. Quote of the Week: “A free market grants no authority or privileges to labor unions or business. All contracts between workers and businesses must be mutually agreeable and without government mandates. No one is forced to work, no one is prevented from quitting, and the wages are to be set by mutual agreement. All workers are free to organize and collectively negotiate with employees. Employees have a right to participate or not. Government workers have no power to force obscene wages on the taxpayers and should not be given a contractual right to strike and hold the taxpayers hostage.” – Rep. Ron Paul Local News Election 2012 Is Over, What’s Next? Once again, another election is finally over here in Hawaii and across America. So much time, emotion and money often hangs on these races, and more often than not our future leaders are determined by capricious voting and sometimes sheer luck. But just as the 1980s Glenn Frey song goes, “someone’s gonna cry when they know they’ve lost you, someone’s gonna thank the stars above.” Some are overjoyed, others are angry at the results from this week’s election, but what does it mean for you and me? ANALYSIS: Personality politics aside, both Hawaii and the United States at large are in deep fiscal trouble. The Federal government is pushing close to $17 trillion dollars in debt and in spite of talk of “cutting spending” new mandates both in Washington and here in Hawaii will...