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Monday, December 22, 2014
December 22, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Motions Fly in Lawsuit Seeking Removal of Schatz from Office
  2. U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says
  3. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How they Voted December 22, 2014
  4. Honolulu Police Commission under fire
  5. February Showdown for HECO-Nextera Deal
  6. DHHL reform good first step
  7. Ritte Takes Molokai Down Slippery Slope (Again)
  8. Bad Data Tells Us Hawaii Is Very Healthy
  9. Espero: Constituents Not Clamoring for Legal Marijuana, Dispensaries more Likely
  10. HPD to start enforcing sit-lie law in Chinatown
  11. Sovereignty Activists Push to Recruit More Prisoners   
  12. Hawaii Atheist Doesn't Fool Michigan

Sunday, December 21, 2014
December 21, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Task Force: Legislature Must Act This Session to Get Obamacare Waiver for Hawaii
  2. ILWU Port Slowdowns Behind Japanese Potato Crisis?
  3. 133 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
  4. London Mayor’s Unpaid Tax Bill
  5. Scary Sticker Shock: Prospects Slim for Alarming $700M Rail Cost Overrun
  6. Shapiro: Rail is $5.26B Lemon
  7. Ige's Budget Due Monday: Santa Claus is coming, but he'll probably skip UH
  8. Mufi: No HEI sale to NextEra unless it serves Hawaii cronies
  9. Homosexual Rape Traumatizes Hawaii 6 Year Old
  10. Activists Push for Right to Give Marijuana to 5-year old, 8-year old
  11. REITS Targeted for $60M Tax Hike--to be Passed on to Tenants
  12. Honolulu Affordable Housing Rules Not Like Maui's?
  13. Ethics Commission staff recommend closing lobbyist disclosure loopholes
  14. Lava Six to seven days away from Pahoa
  15. Plastic Bags OK if they are Thicker and Say 'Reusable'?
  16. Obama Hanging our with Hooker-Lovin Buddy (again)
  17. Hawaii? Hacker posts more S. Korean reactor info on Internet

Saturday, December 20, 2014
December 20, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Federalist Society: Is Obama Bringing the Akaka Bill Back?
  2. Flying to Hawaii: Comparing the Cost and Frequency Across States
  3. The Economic Impact of Astronomy in Hawaii
  4. Reforming No Child Left Behind
  5. Lying About 'Temporary' Tax Hikes is Old Tactic
  6. Lawmakers question the rush to extend rail surcharge
  7. Attention Honolulu: Maui County Forced to Relax Affordable Housing Requirements
  8. Angling for Money, UH Claims to be Unable to Afford Cancer Center Debt
  9. Desperate: Hawaii Health Connector enrollment deadline extended
  10. Pressler: HHSC, State Hospital top list of DoH Priorities
  11. Caldwell Won’t Discuss the Problems of Honolulu’s Police Chief
  12. Kauai PD first in state to use body cams on patrol
  13. Morita Ordered to Tear Down Vacation Rentals--fine cut in half
  14. Financial Disclosure Debate Moving to Hawaii Supreme Court
  15. Aloha United Way flexes political muscle to rebuff ethics recommendation
  16. Drug Dealer Marries Two-Time Killer in Hawaii's First Prison Gay Marriage
  17. Gabbard to Push Hemp Again this Session
  18. Maui Council Gives Mayor Authority to Raise Water Rates by Declaring 'Shortage'
  19. TAT?  Study Group Says Hire Consultant
  20. Walter Ritte, Anti-GMO Activists Hail Thugs Who Attacked Fishermen
  21. NextEra to Drill for Natural Gas
  22. Russian Nuclear Bombers Again Buzz Guam--Unchallenged

Friday, December 19, 2014
December 19, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. HART: ‘Begin the discussion now of extending the existing half-percent GET surcharge’
  2. University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes
  3. Hawaii Supreme Court: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately
  4. Hawaii's Demise Through the Eyes of The Economist
  5. Policy Talk: New Governor and His Agenda
  6. An American Hero: Capt. Jerry Coffee
  7. Obamas depart D.C. for annual Hawaiian vacation
  8. Recktenwald: No Right to Question Gay Marriage 
  9. Caldwell: HART GE Tax Revenues Being Manipulated to Fake Crisis
  10. Ige: We Will Do Better Job of Counting Honolulu GE Tax Revenue
  11. Slater: Convert Rail into Elevated Highway
  12. Star-Adv: Police Chief may be Compromised, Commission Must Act Now
  13. HECO Spins Revolving Door at PUC
  14. While Honolulu pushes to force more development of affordable homes, Maui Discovers Policy is a Failure
  15. Definition of Insanity?  Neil Milner Renews Push For Pension Tax
  16. Failure Justifies More Spending #1: Should State Hospital get Another $200M?
  17. Failure Justifies More Spending #2: UH to Legislature--Give Us Money or We'll Raise Tuition
  18. Its Budget Time So State environmental response programs Claim to be running out of money
  19. Hu Honua Bio-Mass project moving forward after settlement
  20. Hawaii Co Council: E-Cigs Same Regs as Tobacco
  21. Kauai Co Auditor's Retaliation Suit Back in State Court
  22. Hawaii 4th Longest Work Hours in USA

Thursday, December 18, 2014
December 18, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. OHA Chair Demands Censorship of Kakaako Coverage
  2. VIDEO: Oz Stender Said What About OHA?
  3. Corruption: Al Hee Indicted on 13 Counts--Could Get 39 Years in Federal Prison
  4. Gay Marriage Advocate Starts Pushing Polygamy for Hawaii
  5. Hawaii Supreme Court hears gay marriage arguments
  6. Part of a Broader Plan: Homosexual Teacher Helps School Kids Come Out as Gay
  7. Hawaii churches continue to struggle for their religious freedom
  8. Hawaii Reports 1 Child Abuse Death from fiscal year 2008 through 2013
  9. $500M Short? HART Cites Its Own Incompetence as Reason for Massive GE Tax Hike
  10. Star-Adv: OHA's challenge to open-meetings ruling lacks merit
  11. PRP Gets $3,100 Fine For Campaign Violations
  12. P20: Public schools need flexibility, but be clear about what kind
  13. 2nd Director Put on Leave at Nepotistic Charter School
  14. As NextEra Closes in, Blue Planet Demands 100% 'Clean Energy' Cars
  15. Mayor veto of GMO Ag Tax stands
  16. GMO appeal squeaks through council (Mainland Anti-GMO Groups Make Same Worthless 'Free Representation' Offer)
  17. SHOPO, Former Chief Speak up for Embattled Kealoha as Commission Refuses to Act
  18. Judge Hawaii County Aerial Animal Eradication is Illegal
  19. UH Management Chaos? All they need is $9.7B and Everything Would be OK
  20. No Hawaii Assisted Living Center Meets More Than 75% of Goals
  21. Bikers refusing to use new King Street bike lane
  22. City crews Pick up 6 Tons of Homeless' Trash: Continue daily enforcement of "stored property ordinance."
  23. Hawaii is Home to Last Baby Boomer--He Can't Afford to Leave

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
December 17, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Only 3,500 Sign Up for Obamacare in Hawaii
  2. 114 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
  3. Hawaii Family Forum: "Never, never, never give up."
  4. Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go
  5. Feds Pay Hawaii to 'Test health care payment and service delivery models'
  6. A&B CEO Elected Chair of Hawaii Nature Conservancy
  7. Feds Pay Hawaii to 'Test health care payment and service delivery models'
  8. Nanakuli: City to Update Homeless Project
  9. Police Commission Chair Already Convinced that Chief is Innocent
  10. With NextEra Coming, Media Suddenly Admits That New Solar Projects Increase Oahu Electricity Bills
  11. NextEra/HECO transaction application to be filed with Hawaii regulators in six weeks
  12. New DHHL permit process approved
  13. Mentally Ill Criminal Released, Stabs Kailua Woman
  14. The Economist Looks at Hawaii Homelessness, Gets it Wrong
  15. Star-Adv on Bike Lane:  Danger of 'Appalling Fatalities' is Greatest Now
  16. University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes
  17. New calls for regulation as vacation rental popularity grows
  18. Schatz Booted off Energy Committee
  19. Mainland Anti-GMO Activists Admit they are Using Rural Hawaii Residents as pawns
  20. Fishermen Get Meddling Outside Enviros Out of their Hair, Solve Fisheries Issues
  21. Remark about ethnicity wins convict resentencing hearing

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
December 16, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. OHA Chair: Exposure of My Kakaako-Pelatron Connection is 'less than helpful to elected officials'
  2. Health Exchange Signups Less Than 10% of Number Needed
  3. OHA Sues OIP Over Decision on Sunshine Law Violation
  4. Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted December 15, 2014
  5. Unemployment Insurance Rates Drop 22%
  6. Ige’s Interim AG Follows in Predecessor’s Footsteps by Fighting Disclosure Ruling
  7. FBI to Investigate HPD after Kealoha's stolen mailbox case dismissed
  8. Abercrombie Pardons Dirty Cop, Crooked Professor
  9. Lawyers Launch Stockholder Suit against HECO Merger
  10. Delacruz Back with Kapolei Land Swap Bill
  11. Hawaii Co Council to Decide on GMO Ruling Appeal
  12. Maui GMO case Reassigned to Judge Oki Mollway
  13. Council eyes Sunshine change
  14. Liver Failure: Natural Supplements Maker Faces Federal Mail Fraud Investigation
  15. Last lei stand in Waikiki struggling to stay in business
  16. Will the Rohrabacher Amendment Actually Block Federal Prosecution of Medical Marijuana Patients and Their Suppliers?
  17. Arraignment held for HPD officer accused of sex assault
  18. Malama Market Pahoa to close, evacuate as lava advances
  19. Mentally Ill Person Lived on Streets 20 Years
  20. Kauai Council Votes to Block Photographers
  21. Legacy Of A Honolulu Vietnam War Protest Justifies Wetting Down Muslim Terrorists

Monday, December 15, 2014
December 15, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Teens #1 in E-Cigarette Use
  2. OHA Sues Office of Information Practices for Daring to Nail Sunshine Law Violation 
  3. Friends of Lanai Takes on NextEra
  4. Monday is Deadline for Obamacare Sign Up--And Nobody Wants it
  5. More Delays in Police Chief Civil Case
  6. Anti-GMO Ag Tax on Kauai Council Agenda Again
  7. Sovereignty Activists Complain UH Hilo Not Teaching Sovereignty
  8. Hawaii Co Council to Vote on E-Cigarette Law
  9. Four Years: Kauai County Fights Release of Toxicology Reports
  10. Soft on Islam Policy Leads to Sydney Terror Attack

Sunday, December 14, 2014
December 14, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. How Christmas Came to Hawaii
  2. NextEra: The Green Corruption Files
  3. A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too
  4. Save HECO pt 1: Demand that NextEra Block LNG to keep Rates High
  5. Save HECO pt 2: Jobs Lost as NextEra Cuts Electric Bills by Building Natural Gas Plants, Installing Smart Meters
  6. Utility merger brings attention to undersea power cable proposal
  7. Life of the Land, HECO & the Future
  8. Star-Adv Cheers Obama Library 3' Above Allegedly Rising Sea Levels 
  9. Star-Adv Continues to Cover up Litigious Atheists' Move to Michigan
  10. Suggested Amendments to Sunshine Law
  11. Cyclists Will Die, but I've Got Counter Research

Saturday, December 13, 2014
December 13, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. 90 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
  2. FBI Names Paul D. Delacourt Special Agent in Charge of Honolulu Division
  3. UH Hilo Highlighted in New Report: Most U.S. Colleges Violate Students’ Free Speech Rights
  4. The Inside Scoop on HECO’s Four Year Death Cycle
  5. Hawaii Pacific Health exec Virginia Pressler named state health director
  6. State Supreme Court Rules Counties Do Not Have Duty to Maintain Public Records
  7. FBI Director Visits Honolulu, Focus on Cybercrime
  8. Suspension lifted for HPD officer involved in police brutality case
  9. House Bill 83 keeps compact funds intact
  10. Energy Security?  Repeal Jones Act
  11. WaPo Laughs at Hawaii Obama Library proposal
  12. Senate Dems Suffer So Many Losses that they now rely on Hirono for Intelligence, Schatz for Ethics
  13. Damage at Kailua Waste Water Treatment Plant Will Cost taxpayers

Friday, December 12, 2014
December 12, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Republicans Should Follow Lingle's Path to Victory
  2. Is the HECO-NextEra Merger a Done Deal?
  3. Hawaii 4th-Worst State for Small Business
  4. Smart Growth v. Suburbanization Score is 0-1
  5. National Report: Hawaii Ranks 5th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
  6. Hawaii Tech Chief: Bhagowalia's Pie in the Sky Promise Not Likely to Materialize Anytime Soon Thanks to HGEA
  7. Cost of HGEA Behind Collapse of HHSC Hospitals
  8. Hawaii DoT Claims Administrative Costs 'Only' $16,512 per Mile
  9. Hawaii takes small steps on $20B retiree liability
  10. PBN: UH Chronically Dysfunctional
  11. Kauai Audit report finds 'Discrepancies' in 80% of Vacation, Sick Leave Records
  12. Hawaii’s new first lady will focus on education
  13. NextEra Personnel Already Placed in HECO Offices
  14. Kewalos: OHA Lied About Kakaako Commitments
  15. Making it Up as they Go Along: Gay New Figures $19.3 for Hawaii
  16. Anti-GMO Activists Sinking in Moral Quicksand
  17. One Third of Hawaii Toddlers Not Immunized -- State Ranks 40th
  18. Council Gives Drunken Thief $250K
  19. Hawaii Loses 6100 Jobs to China
  20. Lawsuit Filed Against Pohakuloa
  21. Department of Health, U.S. Navy at odds over recommendation for Red Hill tanks
  22. Abercrombie's Last Act:  Pardons Man convicted of violent Manoa home invasion
  23. US Coast Guard, Police, Prepare for First Family's Holiday Arrival

Thursday, December 11, 2014
December 11, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Top Chicago Labor Law Firm Takes Aim at Illegal Appointment of Brian Schatz
  2. House Briefing to Look at UH Budget Request
  3. Senate Briefing on ERS Financial Status
  4. Active Lifestyle? Honolulu Ranks 24th
  5. Obamacare Increasing Coverage, but Not Access to Health Care
  6. Pension Fund Deficit: Still 26 Years From Solvency
  7. Ige to OHA: 'Focus on areas of common goals and common understanding'
  8. OHA Trustees: Servant Leaders with High Standards?
  9. Strategies for Clean Elections?
  10. Not going to Rise? Hawaii Obama Presidential Community Organizing Center Proposed at Sea Level 
  11. Aloha United Way fundraising with state described as unfair
  12. Hawaii Public Utilities Commission needs to expand
  13. Ige One of 10 Governors Elected Without Majority
  14. Juror: 'Somebody Hired to Steal Chief's Mailbox'
  15. Kauai Council to Vote on Anti-GMO Agriculture Tax Hike
  16. Anti-GMO Ex-mayoral candidate who defied laws guilty
  17. HPD officer indicted in sexual assault
  18. Hotel Sneaks into Mayor Wright Redevelopment Plan
  19. Water Commission Balks at Federal Water Grab

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
December 10, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. OHA Trustees Elect Robert Lindsey Chair
  2. Video: Do Right-Wingers Support a Free Hawaii?
  3. Oahu churches seek dismissal of atheist lawsuit
  4. Made in China Solar Panels Costly for Planet
  5. Hawaii Supreme Court In Aina Lea: The Rationales Behind The Opinion
  6. Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health
  7. Hawaii DoH: Significant Increase in E-Cigarette Use among Public School Teens
  8. Is it wasteful or watchful government spending?
  9. Os Stender: 'OHA Leadership Not up to the Task'
  10. The Greatest Energy Event in Hawaiian History
  11. Will Honolulu Police Commission Hold Chief Kealoha Accountable?
  12. Hawaii Health Connector Still Paying Controversial Tech Company to Fix its own Mistakes
  13. Sit-lie ban expansion on hold for now
  14. Several States Could Regulate and Tax Short-Term Rentals in 2015
  15. Jay’s resignation won’t cost UH, questions surround search for replacement
  16. Anti-GMO Activists Tee Off on Kauai Charter Commission
  17. Ritte Defends Thugs Accused of Attacking Fishermen
  18. The Problem With Lobbyists — and Their Regulators
  19. Honolulu 7th Least Affordable for Millennials
  20. New Plastic Bag Laws Benefit Lahaina Company
  21. China's New Submarine Can Nuke Hawaii

Tuesday, December 09, 2014
December 9, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. 73 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
  2. Education Reform: Kelii Akina Interviews Darrel Galera, Roberta May
  3. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 8, 2014
  4. Legislation Lets States Cut Ties Between Common Core and Federal Grants
  5. Man gets 33 months in prison after threatening to decapitate congresswoman
  6. Big Wind is Back--HECO's Inter-island Transmission Cable re-surfaces
  7. NextEra Enticed by Ultra-High Wholesale Electricity Prices
  8. Bill 81, Bill 82 Tens of Thousands of Dollars per Lot in New Taxes
  9. ERS Funding Creeps Upward
  10. Ben Jay to step down as Athletic Director at UH Manoa
  11. State Hospital, Public Defender Block Commitment of Mentally Ill Homeless Person
  12. Anti-Agriculture Activists Show True Colors
  13. Kalapama Canal: Homeless Camp takes over Rail TOD Site
  14. Plan to reduce Hawaii's use of oil in transportation to be revealed next summer
  15. Airports, Highways Divisions Appointments Announced
  16. Hawaii Journalists Do Not Respond to Survey on Political Corruption
  17. Hawaii Allows Special Prosecutor to Handle Police Cases
  18. Ordinary Criminal Dies Alone in Prison While Pflueger Walks
  19. Obama Contributes to Illegal TVR Problem

Monday, December 08, 2014
December 8, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Honolulu 31st Lowest Concentration of Disadvantaged
  2. Police Commission Must Step in, Discipline Kealoha
  3. Is the HECO-NextEra Merger a Done Deal?
  4. Thanks to Wind, Solar NextEra Pays the Least in Taxes
  5. State, Feds Give Away $21.2M in High Tech Corporate Welfare
  6. Homeless Dude Refuses Shelter for 13 Years
  7. Britain to Copy Hope Probation Program
  8. Mental Illness Costs $7M and Cure Still out of Reach
  9. Carlisle Confused About 2002

Sunday, December 07, 2014
December 7, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Pearl Harbor, Civil Rights, and Hawaii Statehood
  2. Hawai’i State Hospital Employees Game Overtime System
  3. HECO Sends Six New Solar Projects for PUC Approval
  4. Ethics Commission Fines Non-Profit for Illegal Lobbying
  5. End Run Around Nexus
  6. Pearl Harbor Day:
  7. Ige Not Laying Down Policy Specifics
  8. PUC Appointment Puts HECO Merger in Ige's Lap
  9. NextEra Energy in Hawai`i: LNG, interisland cables and smart grids
  10. Obamacare Rate Hikes?  You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
  11. Maui Council Chair: Legislature Needs to Provide 'Legal Flexibility' to Maui Memorial
  12. Bungling Hawaii VA Behind Denial of Benefits to Navy Cross Recipient 
  13. Goebbels' Mistress Spied for Japan in Honolulu
  14. 'Hope nobody gets Hurt': 'Spooky' King St Project, 'Inspired by Portlandia'
  15. Review of Hawaii Co tax equity issues needed
  16. Agribusiness Development for former Wahiawa Dole Lands

Saturday, December 06, 2014
December 6, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Pearl Harbor, Civil Rights, and Hawaii Statehood
  2. Mitsunaga, Rail Contractors Poured Money into Ige Campaign
  3. Ige Spent $11.25 per Vote
  4. Thousands join Gov. Ige in inauguration celebration dinner
  5. Soft Cop: Insurance Div Approves 8.4% HMSA Rate Hike
  6. Kauai Council to Vote on GMO Tax Veto Override
  7. Resolve cases of misconduct at DOE faster
  8. City Removes 14 Tons of Trash from Homeless Camps
  9. Kona residents mull land use process

Friday, December 05, 2014
December 5, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaiians Lost Land, Homes in Scam: Sovereignty Activist Ordered to Pay Reparations
  2. Ige's Commitment: 'No Hidden Agendas, Avoid Raising Taxes'
  3. DoE Leaders Embrace Education Reform Proposals
  4. 182 Days: BOE Adopts Teacher-Proposed School Calendar for School Year 2015-2016
  5. Report: 63% of Hawaii Charter Schools Fall Below Academic Performance Standards
  6. Audit: AG, DBEDT Did Not Report Millions in Funds
  7. National Right to Life President to Speak in Hawaii
  8. The Jones Act’s Costly Impact
  9. The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opportunities for International Trade and Internal Growth
  10. Lawyer: HPD Chief Purposefully Causes Mistrial
  11. Leahi Hospital at Risk of Closing, 260 Patients may be Thrown into Street
  12. Charter Schools:  "Student Centered School" is an old idea whose time has come
  13. Star-Adv: Legalize below-radar housing
  14. Tulsi Gabbard Co-Sponsors Bill to Help Casino Magnate
  15. Ten Days to Hawaii Health Connector Deadline
  16. Will Ige Select AG Who Champions Transparency?
  17. Transparency: Will Ige Withdraw State's Appeal of Act 230?
  18. Hawaii's state government prioritizes 'cloud first' for new IT projects
  19. 45 Year Old Computer Systems Running State Departments
  20. Ige Inauguration Sold Out
  21. Maui News: Give Abercrombie Credit for Making Hawaii Run Better
  22. Honolulu among U.S. counties with least affordable homes, RealtyTrac says
  23. Usual Suspects Push State Tax Credit for EV Buyers
  24. Hawaii Among Six States Where Politicians are 100% Behind Gay Agenda
  25. Three Years Later McKinley Softball Stadium Not Completely Ready
  26. Cop Body Cams: A No-Brainer for Hawaii
  27. Hawaii FBI Received 3 Mine Resistant Vehicles Worth $1.2M
  28. Bike Lane: Rules vs Reality
  29. Former Certified Hawaii CEO Charged with 14 Felony Counts of Theft
  30. Mismanagement allegations at Pearl Harbor memorial

Thursday, December 04, 2014
December 4, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Day Before Announcing Sale of Company, HECO Inks Biofuel Deal with Cronies
  2. NextEra Buy May be Good for Rates, Bad for Distributed Generation
  3. Ige Appoints Six More Cabinet Members
  4. Caldwell Creates 'Office of Strategic Development'
  5. State, Kauai County Select Mediator to Begin GMO Fact-finding Mission
  6. 30 years of Honolulu City Lights
  7. Wall Street: Hawaii 12th Best-Run State in USA
  8. VIDEO: You'll Never Hear OHA Say This
  9. Hawaii-based unit final materiel recovery brigade in Afghanistan
  10. Next Era Buys Land for Big Cable Project, Solar Farms
  11. Next Era Rakes in $683M from Wind Tax Credits: Still Clings to Big Cable, Big Wind
  12. Common Core Oversold
  13. UH 15 to Finish Program Copied Nationally
  14. Kauai Mayor Vetoes Anti-GMO Tax Hike on Ag Land
  15. Kauai Study Group: Facts Aren't a Core Issue for Mainland Anti-GMO Activist
  16. Josh Green: Marijuana Dispensaries coming to Hawaii Next Session
  17. Hawaii One of Seven Worst States for Gun Owners
  18. Car Sharing Could Reduce Number of Cars on Streets 
  19. 220 square foot micro-units for Hawaii?
  20. City panel recommends approval of Hoopili rezoning plan
  21. Hawaii Real Estate Higher Than Bubble Years
  22. Hawaii Has 4th Largest Foreclosure Inventory in USA
  23. No ID disqualifies hundreds of homeless from Housing First
  24. Thousands of Military men Raped by Homosexuals this Year
  25. Escapee beats Murder Rap

Wednesday, December 03, 2014
December 3, 2014 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaiian Electric Bought out by 'Nation's Largest Clean Energy Company' for $4.3B
  2. 2015 Neighborhood Board Candidate filing period opens
  3. HECO Finally Admits GEMS is a Rate Hike
  4. UH Hilo Settles Lawsuit Over Handing Out Constitutions
  5. Univ. of Hawaii Student Loans Up 100%
  6. Hawaii Gun Rights at Stake as California AG Appeals Denial of Standing
  7. Rep Ward: Is Governor Ige supporting Republican Issues?
  8. Auditor: Proposed Marijuana Dispensary Bill 'Flawed'
  9. Hawaiian Electric and Pacific Biodiesel agree on new contract for locally produced biofuel
  10. Hawaii 30th Most Charitable State
  11. We the Powerful! -- Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
  12. Pearl Harbor Remembrance
  13. Star-Adv: OHA Lacks Integrity, Must Put House in Order
  14. State Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Gay Marriage Dec 18
  15. Slow-Moving DoE 'Investigations' Keep Staffers on Paid Leave for Over Year
  16. Linda Schatz hired by homebuilder Forest City
  17. Bill 62 Will Extend Sit-Lie to Pedestrian Malls
  18. Ka Leo: Bring the Superferry back to Hawai‘i
  19. How A 96-Year-Old Law Has Jeopardized America's Ports
  20. Hawaii One of Only Four States Still Above $3/Gallon
  21. 50MW LNG-Biofuel Peaker Plant Awaits PUC Approval
  22. Few show up to discuss land use
  23. Hawaii Land Use Commission Disputes Developer’s Assurance on Hoopili
  24. Haseko Calls Disclosure of PR Plan ‘Embarrassing’
  25. Santa Monica Shows Why Rent Control Doesn't Work
  26. Medicated marijuana users urged to renew certification
  27. New Kauai Council Last in State to Limit Testimony to 3 Min Each
  28. Sidney R. Thomas becomes chief judge of Ninth US Circuit Court


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Hope or Despair for Hawaii's 'Ohana?
by Hawaii Family Forum Monday, December 22, 2014

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Commuter-Adjusted Daytime Population on Oahu
by News Release Monday, December 22, 2014

...how many workers commute in and out of the area on a typical workday? ....


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Briefing: Doctors Discuss Challenge of Working With Medicaid
by News Release Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:00 AM, Conference Room 329, State Capitol....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How they Voted December 22, 2014
by Congress .org Monday, December 22, 2014

Senate: Confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be Surgeon General....


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U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says
by Malia Zimmerman Monday, December 22, 2014

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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Motions Fly in Lawsuit Seeking Removal of Schatz from Office
by Andrew Walden Sunday, December 21, 2014

"...Defendants, pursuant to Hawaii law, selected this appointee through a process that ignores the Seventeenth Amendment...."


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London Mayor’s Unpaid Tax Bill
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, December 21, 2014

Recently he made news by publicly saying he absolutely won’t pay his U.S. taxes....


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ILWU Port Slowdowns Behind Japanese Potato Crisis?
by News Article Sunday, December 21, 2014

The problem has also affected other restaurant chains, as a dockworker dispute on the West Coast of the United States has reverberated across the Pacific Ocean....


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133 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
by News Release Saturday, December 20, 2014

“Serving on your Neighborhood Board presents the opportunity to create real change in your community, build a legacy, and network with other leaders.” 


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Task Force: Legislature Must Act This Session to Get Obamacare Waiver for Hawaii
by News Release Saturday, December 20, 2014

This report does not make any substantive recommendations to the Legislature related to innovations that should be included in a waiver proposal....


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Federalist Society: Is Obama Bringing the Akaka Bill Back?
by Audio Audio Saturday, December 20, 2014
Will the Akaka Bill, or some version of it, resurface? 

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Flying to Hawaii: Comparing the Cost and Frequency Across States
by UH ERO Saturday, December 20, 2014

...The latest installment in the UHERO dashboard project is packed with information on the cost of travel to Hawaii from the US mainland....


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The Economic Impact of Astronomy in Hawaii
by UH ERO Saturday, December 20, 2014

Including indirect and induced benefits and adjusting for inter-county feedback and spillover effects, the astronomy sector had a total impact of $167.86 million statewide....


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Reforming No Child Left Behind
by NCPA NCPA Friday, December 19, 2014

...reauthorization of the program must be accompanied by major reforms....


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HART: ‘Begin the discussion now of extending the existing half-percent GET surcharge’
by News Release Friday, December 19, 2014

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced several steps to explore new revenue sources in an effort to worsen your financial challenges....


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University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes
by Malia Zimmerman Friday, December 19, 2014

University of Hawaii college football has been on a losing streak, impacting athletic department revenue....


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Hawaii Supreme Court: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately
by Robert Thomas Friday, December 19, 2014

Last month, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion which declined to impose a duty of reasonable care on the Hawaii County Planning Department....


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Hawaii's Demise Through the Eyes of the Economist
by Panos Prevedouros PhD Friday, December 19, 2014
...Homeless? Buy a One-Way Ticket to Hawaii -- Hawaii "is attracting homeless people from the mainland US by offering food, a bed, and health care for just $3 a day."....
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An American Hero: Capt. Jerry Coffee
by Grassroot Institute Friday, December 19, 2014

...Host Keli'i Akina speaks with former POW, decorated serviceman and author Capt. Jerry Coffee....


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Policy Talk: New Governor and His Agenda
by Grassroot Institute Friday, December 19, 2014

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii discusses the proposed 11-point action plan of the new governor of Hawaii, David Ige....


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Corruption: Al Hee Indicted on 13 Counts--Could Get 39 Years in Federal Prison
by News Release Thursday, December 18, 2014

This is happening now because Dan Inouye is dead.  There will be more....


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OHA Chair Demands Censorship of Kakaako Coverage
by Andrew Walden Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"Lindsey’s request for censorship is denied."


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VIDEO: Oz Stender Said What About OHA?
by Video Video Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Since Stepping Down, Former Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Oswald Stender Hasn't Minced Words....


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Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go
by Grassroot Institute Wednesday, December 17, 2014

...currently, the state pension plan is only about 61% funded....


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114 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
by News Release Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Candidates may apply online at www.honolulu.gov/nco ....


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Hawaii Family Forum: "Never, never, never give up."
by Hawaii Family Forum Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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


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Nanakuli: City to Update Homeless Project
by News Release Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m. during the Church with No Walls service at Nanaikapono Protestant Church....


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Only 3,500 Sign Up for Obamacare in Hawaii
by News Article Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3,500 is far short of the 130,000 cited by Kissel in a Nov 28 Star-Adv interview as a break-even figure for the Connector....


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Feds Pay Hawaii to 'Test health care payment and service delivery models'
by News Release Tuesday, December 16, 2014

...to design and test health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs....


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A&B President Elected Chair of Hawaii Nature Conservancy
by News Release Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Benjamin has served on the Hawaiʻi Board since 2007 and has worked closely with Conservancy staff....


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Republicans Encourage Neighborhood Board Candidates
by News Release Tuesday, December 16, 2014

...Any Oahu resident who will be at least 18 years of age by February 20, 2015 can be a candidate....


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Tax Hike: City Chooses to Boost Property Assessments 7.1%
by News Release Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The city has prepared the real property assessment notices for 2015, and the total assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu has increased from $200.74 billion to $214.90 billion....


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National Academy of Sciences: Electric Cars Make Air Dirtier
by News Article Tuesday, December 16, 2014

...The study examines environmental costs for cars' entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries....


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Unemployment Insurance Rates Drop 22%
by News Release Monday, December 15, 2014

...resulting in employers paying $50 million less in taxes, or $100 less per employee on average for 2015....


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OHA Sues OIP Over Decision on Sunshine Law Violation
by News Release Monday, December 15, 2014

...it's jarring that the first order of business under new leadership is to challenge OIP's solid ruling that seeks to keep OHA's business transparent....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted December 15, 2014
by Congress .org Monday, December 15, 2014
  • Senate: Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations - Motion to Concur
  • House: Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations - Passage

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Hawaii Teens #1 in E-Cigarette Use
by News Release Monday, December 15, 2014

Study sheds new light on e-cigarette behaviors in teens as regulators consider curbing sales to minors....


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NextEra: The Green Corruption Files
by News Article Sunday, December 14, 2014

NextEra paid just $88 million in taxes on earnings of nearly $7 billion. That’s a tax rate of just 1.25 percent when the statutory rate is 35 percent....


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How Christmas Came to Hawaii
by Hoku Paoa Stevenson  Sunday, December 14, 2014

As presented by Hoku Paoa Stevenson at the Summer Palace....


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A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, December 14, 2014

...when a Hawaii taxpayer reaches $200,000 in federal adjusted gross income, a number of bad things happen that, in total, can result in a marginal tax rate of 367,100% on that last dollar....


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UH Hilo Highlighted in New Report: Most U.S. Colleges Violate Students’ Free Speech Rights
by News Release Saturday, December 13, 2014

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


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90 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
by News Release Saturday, December 13, 2014
2015 Candidates List As of December 11, 2014....

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FBI Names Paul D. Delacourt Special Agent in Charge of Honolulu Division
by News Release Friday, December 12, 2014

From 2009 to 2011, he served as the FBI liaison officer to a counter-narcotics task force at U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii. In 2012, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Honolulu Division....


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National Report: Hawaii Ranks 5th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
by News Release Friday, December 12, 2014

according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations....


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Hawaii Republicans Should Follow Lingle's Path to Victory
by News Release Friday, December 12, 2014

It was done in 2002 and 2006 and it can be done again....


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Smart Growth v. Suburbanization Score is 0-1
by Panos Prevedouros PhD Friday, December 12, 2014

...urban trends are driven more by the masses and less by the political, academic and "environmental" elites that love to dictate how the hoi polloi should live....


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Hawaii 4th-Worst State for Small Business
by Grassroot Institute Friday, December 12, 2014

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform....


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Is the HECO-NextEra Merger a Done Deal?
by Video Video Friday, December 12, 2014

Deal after deal has fallen through...The Entergy Merger Failure....The Constellation Energy Merger Failure....


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Obamacare Increasing Coverage, but Not Access to Health Care
by Heritage Foundation Thursday, December 11, 2014

...there’s a big difference between insurance coverage and access to health care services....


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Active Lifestyle? Honolulu Ranks 24th
by News Release Thursday, December 11, 2014

WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated U.S. cities to find the ones that offer the most cost-effective and accessible fitness and sports facilities....


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House Briefing to Look at UH Budget Request
by News Release Thursday, December 11, 2014
DATE: Thursday, December 18, 2014
TIME: 8:30 a.m. until completion
PLACE: Conference Room 309 State Capitol

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Senate Briefing on ERS Financial Status
by News Release Thursday, December 11, 2014
DATE: Thursday, December 11, 2014
TIME: 9:00am
PLACE: Conference Room 211, State Capitol

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Top Chicago Labor Law Firm Takes Aim at Illegal Appointment of Brian Schatz
by News Article Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Geoghegan firm successfully represented plaintiffs in Judge v. Quinn involving related Seventeenth Amendment issues resulting from the temporary appointment to the US Senate of Roland Burris....


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Video: Do Right-Wingers Support a Free Hawaii?
by Video Video Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FreeHawaii looks at Kelii Akina's interview with Leon Siu....


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Hawaii DoH: Significant Increase in E-Cigarette Use among Public School Teens
by News Release Wednesday, December 10, 2014

“Evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are being used by students who are not cigarette smokers....”


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Is it wasteful or watchful government spending?
by Rachelle Chang  Wednesday, December 10, 2014

...the “2014 Congressional Pigbook,” published by the Citizens Against Government Waste identifies federal government “pork” spending in the millions of dollars in Hawaii....


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Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health
by News Release Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hawaii’s strengths include low prevalence of obesity and low rate of preventable hospitalizations; state’s challenges include high prevalence of binge drinking and high incidence of infectious disease....


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Hawaii Supreme Court In Aina Lea: The Rationales Behind The Opinion
by Robert Thomas Wednesday, December 10, 2014

...the LUC violated petitioners’ constitutional rights....


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Oahu churches seek dismissal of atheist lawsuit
by News Release Tuesday, December 09, 2014

“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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Made in China Solar Panels Costly for Planet
by Panos Prevedouros PhD Tuesday, December 09, 2014

“It takes a lot of energy to extract and process solar-grade silicon,” says co-author Seth Darling. “And in China, that energy tends to come from dirtier and less efficient energy sources...."


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OHA Trustees Elect Robert Lindsey Chair
by News Release Tuesday, December 09, 2014

...Robert K. Lindsey Jr. is the Trustee who put Sen Brickwood Galuteria on the payroll of Peletron Inc while Galuteria was pushing against his own community for OHA's Kakaako Makai schemes....


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Man gets 33 months in prison after threatening to decapitate congresswoman
by Malia Zimmerman Tuesday, December 09, 2014

...On Aug. 3,  2013, Sherbow sent an email to the FBI and the media with the headline “Cutting Off Tulsi Gabbard’s Head.”....


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Legislation Lets States Cut Ties Between Common Core and Federal Grants
by Heritage Foundation Tuesday, December 09, 2014

...legislation to prohibit the federal government from “mandating, incentivizing or coercing” states to adopt the national education standards known as Common Core....


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73 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
by News Release Tuesday, December 09, 2014

List of candidates who have filed as of Dec 7, 2014....


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Education Reform: Kelii Akina Interviews Darrel Galera, Roberta Mayor
by Grassroot Institute Monday, December 08, 2014

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina speaks with Darrel Galera (President) and Roberta Mayor (Board Member) of the Hawaii Center for Instructional Leadership about their work to reform education in Hawaii....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 8, 2014
by Congress .org Monday, December 08, 2014
House: Executive Action on Immigration - Passage
House: Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization - Motion to Concur

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Honolulu 31st Lowest Concentration of Disadvantaged
by News Release Monday, December 08, 2014

...2014’s Cities with the Highest and Lowest Population in Need....


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End Run Around Nexus
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, December 07, 2014

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases....


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Ethics Commission Fines Non-Profit for Illegal Lobbying
by News Release Sunday, December 07, 2014

...a nonprofit organization was lobbying at the State legislature, but had not filed lobbying expenditures and contributions reports with the Commission....


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Pearl Harbor, Civil Rights, and Hawaii Statehood
by News Article Sunday, December 07, 2014

Today, after two decades of "political correctness", nursing grievances has become a primary theme of the popular culture.  But in the 1940s, the opposite choice was made by thousands of young Japanese Americans in Hawaii.  They stood up, volunteered to join in the war effort and proved the doubters wrong.


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