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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Lockout: Management Shuts West Coast Ports Four More Days
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 4273 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...ILWU: "There could be a delay on arrivals of vessels and that's the concern that we should have here in Hawaii"....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wind Turbine Buffer Zones: HB1384 Gets a Hearing
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 2940 Views :: Energy

Should the bill pass out of CPC committee it will be heard in Finance Committee next....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
'Hewa Hui' Plan: Create Fake Indian Tribe, Keep 95% of Hawaiians Out
By Video @ 8:08 PM :: 5320 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

...And They're Working Overtime To Make This A Reality....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Warning Label Bills Unfairly Single Out One Product
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 5373 Views :: Small Business

...S.B. 1270 and H.B. 1438 would place warning labels on hundreds of sugar-sweetened beverages....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Schatz' Boycott of Israeli Leader 'Shortsighted and small minded'
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 4779 Views :: World News, Politicians

...His loyalty to President Obama apparently supersedes his duties as a representative of his constituents....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
HB1476: Rep Ing Introduces Bill to Hide Identity of all Campaign Donors
By Selected News Articles @ 3:18 PM :: 3449 Views :: Ethics

...they would like the public to believe that they can offer more transparency to government by decreasing transparency....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Geothermal: New Zealand Company Abandons Partnership with OHA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 4514 Views :: Energy, OHA

...Expenses, including the $1.25M loan to IDG, would not be recovered....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sexual assault and harassment policy updated by UH
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 3474 Views :: Higher Education

...This policy specifically addresses sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
PMA: Unwavering ILWU Demand Threatens to Sink Contract Talks; “Slowdowns as a Way of Life”
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 4030 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

“The ILWU is essentially seeking the right to fire judges who rule against them.”

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
At End of Life, State Human Resources Management System moves to 'Private Cloud'
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 2969 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...we faced the risk of a complete system failure that would have jeopardized essential functions..."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Kanaiolowalu: 'Elections This Year'
By News Release @ 2:32 PM :: 4978 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

"Efforts are moving forward with the intent that elections and the ‘Aha be held this year."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
SB783: 'Worst Gun Bill of the Decade'
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 2923 Views :: Second Amendment

Law enforcement officers are exempted from all provisions....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Muslims Beat Up ‘Coexist’ Artist
By Selected News Articles @ 1:42 PM :: 4201 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, February 10, 2015
Hawaiian Independence Movement Attracts Chinese Interest
By Selected News Articles @ 7:45 AM :: 5908 Views :: Akaka Bill, Military, OHA

...Chinese threats to back several groups of Hawaiian independence activists....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Massive GE Tax Hike On the Move in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 4:16 AM :: 5641 Views :: Taxes

UPDATE: HB1253 has been deferred. SB727 passed with amendments....

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015
"Widespread Bribery and Corruption" Hawaii ERS Sues Petrobras
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 3709 Views :: Hawaii State Government
It sure is a good thing we have the Attorney General of Ohio around to tell us what's going on in the Hawaii ERS....
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Monday, February 9, 2015
Rail to Make a Mess of Bus Service in Pearl City 'Until Further Notice'
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 3041 Views :: Rail

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, and until further notice, Routes A, 40, 42, 53, and 62 buses traveling westbound on Kamehameha Highway from Kaahumanu Road to Waiawa Road will be detoured between 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday....

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Monday, February 9, 2015
$185M GE Tax Hike: HB1240 on a Fast Track
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 4233 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

House Bill 1240 will bypass the House Committee on Education and is referred solely to the House Committee on Finance....

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Monday, February 9, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 9, 2015
By Congress.org @ 4:13 PM :: 3543 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2015 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations – Cloture 
House: Healthcare Overhaul Repeal – Passage 
House: Small Business Regulatory Revisions – Passage
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Monday, February 9, 2015
Solar Contractor Admits Defrauding Hawaii Consumers
By News Release @ 12:02 PM :: 4289 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Customers heard pitches that turned out to be false, deceptive, and misleading....

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Monday, February 9, 2015
Documents Show Comcast Ghostwrote Abercrombie's Pro-TWC Merger Letters
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 4167 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

On August 22, Neil Abercrombie sent a letter to Washington, D.C., urging the Federal Communications Commission to approve Comcast’s controversial proposal to merge with Time Warner....

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
Forbes: Five Ways the US Government Keeps Native Americans in Poverty
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 6002 Views :: Akaka Bill

...Native American reservations are among the poorest communities in the United States. Here’s how the government keeps Native Americans in poverty....

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
SEC Filing: Defective Turbines and Batteries, Secret Golden Parachutes at Hawaii Windfarms
By Andrew Walden @ 9:40 PM :: 5993 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...their projects “are not obligated to physically deliver electricity.”...

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
Top ‘Scientists’ Caught Adjusting Temperature Readings
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 PM :: 5408 Views :: Environment, World News

...‘In the business and trading world, people go to jail for such manipulations of data’….

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
HB1307: Fair Taxation?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4136 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...HB1307, introduced by Rep Kaniela Ing, raises income taxes on middle class families by 12%....

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
Digitized Archive of 19th Century Hawaii Missionaries Goes Online
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 3834 Views :: Hawaii History

The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives announced today that the latest addition of Maui and Kauai missionary materials to its Digital Collection....

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Sunday, February 8, 2015
Maui Democrats Release Names of 13 Applicants for HD13 Vacancy
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 5056 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Hawaii State Government

The final three names as identified by the nominating committee will then be forwarded to the Governor....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Three Hunting-Related Bills to be Heard Monday
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 3716 Views :: Second Amendment

...hearing in the Hawaii House Water & Land Committee, Monday Feb 9, 2015....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Kauai Panel Seeks to Ground GMO Debate in Facts
By Selected News Articles @ 12:48 PM :: 2986 Views :: GMOs

Longtime Hawaii mediator and facilitator Peter Adler will coordinate the effort....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Hawaii Polarized by Steamroller Activism
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 PM :: 4529 Views :: GMOs

...While advocacy organizations may feel this strategy is useful, their fight has taken a heavy toll on those of us living in the war zones they orchestrated....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Creating "Paradise of the Pacific": How Tourism Began in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:59 AM :: 4458 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act, Tourism

...the early years of one of the most successful tourist destinations in the world, Hawaii, from about 1870 to 1940....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
369 Candidates file for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 3716 Views :: Honolulu County

February 20 is the deadline to file....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Mementos Reveal Civil Rights Icon's Exposure to Armed Self-Defense
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 AM :: 3039 Views :: Second Amendment

...a short autobiographical piece highlighting some of Parks’ early experiences with armed self-defense....

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
HB536 Imposes Massive New Payroll Reporting Requirements on Businesses
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:11 AM :: 2943 Views :: Small Business

...Establishes a wage reporting requirement. Provides penalties for violation. Prohibits retaliation against employees....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Management: West Coast Port Lockout Begins Saturday
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 4238 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) announced today that weekend vessel loading and unloading operations will be temporarily suspended this weekend....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Ige Announces HCDA Nominations
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 4828 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...Ige today announced his nominees to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA)....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Hawaii Family Advocates' Dream Team to Tackle Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 4622 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2015 at the Kamiano Center on Fort Street Mall, at 6:30 P.M....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Gallup: Hawaii Liberals Outnumber Conservatives by Only 1.9%
By Andrew Walden @ 5:09 PM :: 4212 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

What is missing on the conservative side is leadership....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Hawaiian Airlines: 'Deepest Decrease of any US Airline'
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 PM :: 4129 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...the strengthening US dollar is driving down Hawaiian’s projected unit revenues by 3.5% to 6.5%....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Ige Appoints Carpenters Union Political Director to DLIR
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 4053 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Ige is nominating Leonard Hoshijo to be the Deputy Director in the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations....

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Friday, February 6, 2015
Obama Budget would Increase Top Marginal Capital Gains Tax Rate in Hawaii to 35.8%--#2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 3424 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The President’s budget has a proposed increase in the federal capital gains tax rate....

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Farmer: HB1514 is 'The Last Shovel of Dirt on Our Graves'
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:48 PM :: 4600 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...we are already highly regulated and another level of regulation will be the last shovel of dirt on our graves....

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Obama's Budget: One Trillion Dollars of New Taxes
By NCPA @ 3:43 PM :: 3829 Views :: National News, Taxes

Here are five Obama tax proposals that make no sense....

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court Could Sock Expedia for $626M in Hotel Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 3595 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...In coming weeks, Hawaii’s Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision....

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hawaii Personal Income Taxes: "Highest Dollar Amount of Any State"
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 3789 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...A single filer earning Hawaii's median income of $61,408 can expect to pay $4,043.88 in state income taxes, the highest dollar amount of any state, or 6.59% of his income....

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Tax Rate 50.4% on Small Business Income, Hawaii #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 4241 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sole proprietorships, S corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs)....

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Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 3rd in Certificate-of-Need Laws--Which Mean Fewer Services for Patients
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 4278 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii has 49 different CON laws, 3rd highest in USA....

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
PMA: We'll Pay ILWU's Obamacare Tax--Take it or be Locked Out
By Michael Hansen @ 11:32 PM :: 5199 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

"...No one can predict when that will happen — five days, seven days, two weeks — but the ports will soon grind to a halt...."

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
SB946: Repeal GE Tax on intermediary business transactions.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:51 PM :: 3442 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...the state is frequently singled out as having one of the most burdensome tax systems in the nation....

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
SB958: Repeal Corporate Income Tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 3991 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...it is necessary to take bold action and embrace policies that improve the state’s business climate....

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