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Friday, July 3, 2015
Hawaii Family Forum: Pandora's box has been opened
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:18 PM :: 4282 Views :: Family, First Amendment

No more than 48 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court redefined marriage for all 50 states, calls to revoke the tax-exempt status for churches began....

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Friday, July 3, 2015
The Ethics Commission Needs Ethics!
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:02 AM :: 3415 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

The Honolulu City Ethics Commission has just adopted a new policy that minimizes government transparency....

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Hawaii Family Advocates Responds to Gay Marriage Ruling
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:25 AM :: 4245 Views :: Family, First Amendment
Could non-profit organizations face revocation of their tax-exempt status if they say that marriage is between one man and one woman?
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Friday, June 26, 2015
Even Where Gay Marriage is Legal, It’s not Equal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 3945 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...it is instructive to note the ways in which marriage and “same-sex marriage” remain distinctly unequal in those states that already have extended recognition to same-sex couples....

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Judicial Activism From Supreme Court on Marriage
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:27 PM :: 3923 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...we must work to protect the freedom of speech, association and religion of those who continue to abide by the truth of marriage as union of man and woman....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
University of Hawaii: The empty ‘marketplace of ideas’
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 3816 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

On college campuses fear of offending people now trumps the fear of losing free speech....

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Hawaiian 'Aloha' movie foes are 'perpetually aggrieved' 'delicate flowers'
By Selected News Articles @ 4:26 PM :: 4581 Views :: First Amendment, Greenmail

Bumpy Kanahele got paid.  Walter Ritte did not.  Note to Next movie maker: Pay Ritte and avoid these problems... or don't pay any of them and reap the free publicity....  decisions, decisions.... 

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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Video: Grassroot Forum on Government Transparency
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:17 PM :: 3469 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...Grassroot Institute held an expert panel on the issue of transparency and government secrecy in Hawaii....

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Monday, May 25, 2015
Final Chapter In Judicial Selection Commission List Public Records Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:23 PM :: 3602 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

Ige signed the bill authorizing that final payment this week....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A-1 A-Lectrician Case: 9th Upholds Hawaii Election-Finance Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 3866 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

Several of Hawaii's campaign-finance laws challenged by a construction firm are not unconstitutional, the 9th Circuit ruled....

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Behind Closed Doors: Shining the Light on Government Secrecy in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:22 PM :: 3746 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...a system designed to protect secrets and keep the public uninformed....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Chinese Communist 'Confucius Institute' a Threat to Academic Freedom at UH Manoa
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 4815 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

Students for a Free Tibet has launched a global “Say No to China’s Confucius Institutes” campaign....

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Monday, April 13, 2015
My Father Was Gay: Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:48 PM :: 5203 Views :: Family, First Amendment

In 1991, my father died of AIDS. None of my father’s partners/ex-partners are still alive....

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
I Oppose Gay Marriage. Should I Still Be Able to Get a Job?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 3888 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...Memories Pizza isn’t an isolated incident.... Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was forced to step down... In January, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran was fired ....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
OpenHawaii.org -- Holding Government Accountable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 4918 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county and state salary and overtime records, as well as retirement, health insurance, budgetary, and other data....

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Monday, March 9, 2015
Shield Law: Karl Rhoads Picks up where Clayton Hee Left Off
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 3236 Views :: First Amendment

...What Rhoads is proposing, together with the Attorney General’s Office, is a setback for hard won court cases by the news media over the past 30 years....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Police seek man on video at the scene of a suspicious Kona Church Fire
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 4697 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Religion

At 6:10 a.m. Thursday (February 26), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a fire at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Captain Cook....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Another Journalist Quits Omidyar: 'Blocked at Every Turn by Incompetence, Bad Faith'
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 AM :: 4093 Views :: First Amendment

The problems were partly due to mismanagement but even more, as I have suggested, to the dishonesty of the leadership and its willingness — even eagerness — to shamelessly lie to its own employees....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
332 Pages of Secret Regs: ‘Net Neutrality’ and Censorship Go Hand in Hand
By Selected News Articles @ 8:57 PM :: 3613 Views :: First Amendment

...While the FCC is inserting government bureaucracy into all aspects of Internet access, the FEC is debating whether to regulate Internet content, specifically political speech posted for free online....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Muslims Beat Up ‘Coexist’ Artist
By Selected News Articles @ 1:42 PM :: 4064 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...“coexist,” written on a wall using a Muslim crescent as the letter “C,” a Star of David as the letter “X,” and a Christian cross as a “T.”....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Duke Aiona Appointed Executive Director of Hawaii Family Advocates
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 4733 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians

...the appointment of James “Duke” Aiona as interim executive director will strengthen the organization’s ability to speak for families across the state....

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Charlie Hebdo: Liberal Societies Are Not Doing a Very Good Job Defending Their Liberal Values
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:14 PM :: 3656 Views :: First Amendment

“Islamophobic is a word created by fascists, and used by cowards, to manipulate morons....”

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Thursday, January 8, 2015
Students behind the UH Hilo free speech case speak out for the first time
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 3760 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

Merritt and Anthony are prepared to speak about their case publicly, which will be the first time they are able to do this in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Malia Zimmerman to work for Fox News Los Angeles
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 PM :: 5546 Views :: First Amendment

"As of Jan. 19, I will be working with Fox News Channel as an investigative reporter from its Los Angeles bureau"

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Charlie Hebdo: Martyrs for the Truth
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 PM :: 3119 Views :: First Amendment
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Saturday, December 27, 2014
"The Interview": Not Quite Ready For The John Peter Zenger Honorary Oscar
By Robert Thomas @ 1:13 AM :: 3264 Views :: First Amendment
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Friday, December 26, 2014
Open Letter to Gov. Ige on Transparency
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 4214 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

Given the intrinsic benefits of open government, we ask that you begin your Administration by facilitating public access to government records....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:13 PM :: 3318 Views :: First Amendment

The attack on Sony Pictures and threats to the movie industry cannot be tolerated, one of the nation’s leading security experts says....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
OHA Chair Demands Censorship of Kakaako Coverage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:40 PM :: 8914 Views :: Development, First Amendment, OHA

"Lindsey’s request for censorship is denied."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Hawaii Family Forum: "Never, never, never give up."
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:47 AM :: 4514 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

Hawaii remains at the bottom of the list for voter registration and turnout....

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Saturday, December 13, 2014
UH Hilo Highlighted in New Report: Most U.S. Colleges Violate Students’ Free Speech Rights
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 4135 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...ordered by the college administration to stop handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Oahu churches seek dismissal of atheist lawsuit
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 4623 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

“The only thing these churches have done is serve the schools and bring great benefit to their surrounding communities. They don’t deserve to be dragged through court any longer by two people who are seeking financial gain by attacking these congregations.”

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
30 years of Honolulu City Lights
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 5149 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

Honolulu City Lights will celebrate three decades of tree lightings and holiday fun on Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m. at Honolulu Hale....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
UH Hilo Settles Lawsuit Over Handing Out Constitutions
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 4699 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

In a victory for free speech, the University of Hawaii (UH) agreed today to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed by two students at UH’s Hilo....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Eminent Domain Angle In "Net Neutrality"
By Robert Thomas @ 12:57 PM :: 3897 Views :: First Amendment

...Virtual Takings: The Coming Fifth Amendment Challenge to Net Neutrality Regulation....

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Sunday, November 9, 2014
“If you’re answering to Omidyar you’re really not independent.”
By Selected News Articles @ 6:02 PM :: 9288 Views :: National News, Ethics, First Amendment
“But they all kissed the ring because they wanted his money.”
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Source: Maui News Shutting Down Weekly
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 AM :: 4058 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment

Maui Weekly competed with Maui Time which continues to publish an independent bi-weekly print newspaper on Maui....

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Monday, October 20, 2014
Government to Ordained Ministers: Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:08 PM :: 5353 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

Ministers face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding....

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Sunday, October 12, 2014
Hawaii Churches Join Pulpit Freedom Sunday
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 3979 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...a statement agreeing that the IRS should not control the content of a pastor’s sermon....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Hawaii Atheists Move to Michigan, Begin Suing
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 5307 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...Kahle and Huber moved from Hawaii to Norton Shores (MI) last year....

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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Judge Grants TRO as ACLU Pushes Claim That Panhandling is First Amendment Right
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 4707 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Homelessness

The TRO prohibits Hawaii County from interfering with Plaintiff Justin Guy’s right to hold a sign (saying “Homeless Please Help”) by the side of the road....

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Thursday, September 18, 2014
ACLU: Lawsuit Settlement Means New Rules for Protests at Capitol
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 3189 Views :: First Amendment

...Plaintiffs call settlement “A win for freedom of speech”....

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
County of Hawai‘i Faces First Amendment Lawsuit Challenging Panhandling Laws
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 5211 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Homelessness

Case to be heard by Judge Mollway on Friday, 9/19/14, 9 a.m....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Eminent Domain: City Seizure of Protest Signs Illegal?
By Robert Thomas @ 7:33 PM :: 4341 Views :: First Amendment, Land Use

...the City and County of Honolulu condemned an undeveloped lot in rural Oahu for a fire station, but has been met with staunch resistance....

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Honolulu City Lights non-profit display application deadline is August 29
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 4683 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

Applications must be received by this Friday, August 29 before 4:30 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Building next to Honolulu Hale, 550 South King St....

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Monday, August 11, 2014
Video: Free Press for a Free Society
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:20 PM :: 2913 Views :: First Amendment

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina sits down with Andrew Walden, Founder and Editor of Hawai'i Free Press....

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Saturday, July 26, 2014
Hawaii Family Forum Publishes Updated Primary Voter Guide
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 9554 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians

We strongly encourage you to make direct contact with your candidates and find out if they represent your values....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Grassroot Institute & Hawaii Family Advocates: Defending Religious Freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:09 PM :: 3013 Views :: First Amendment

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina sits down with attorney Jim Hochberg, President of Hawai’i Family Advocates to  explore the meaning of  religious freedom....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Hobby Lobby: Overwrought Divisions?
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:01 PM :: 4083 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

The pitch of public controversy surrounding cultural issues...can give the impression that we live in an intractably divided society with incompatible differences.  But the Hobby Lobby decision suggests that such a tone is overwrought....

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S. Senate Democrats introduce bill to counter Hobby Lobby decision
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:47 AM :: 4728 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, Small Business

Schatz is among several Senate Democrats trying to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case....

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