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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Alii Place: Where Will the $90M Come From?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:49 AM :: 4608 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senator Slom says, "We should have learned something from the Kamamalu Building."

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
OHA seeks TMT moratorium to "address unresolved legal matters"
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 5447 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

OHA leaders have emphasized the need for all parties to address the unresolved legal matter$ while the TMT construction moratorium remains in place....

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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Marijuana, Gender-Opinion Birth Certificates, and Unsafe Places Head for Final Votes
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:14 PM :: 5618 Views :: Family, Drugs

Today is 2nd Decking, which means that all bills must be in their FINAL FORM so that the chamber they are in can vote on them....

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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Suzanne Case Pays for Aerial Shooting and Eradication: Can Hunters Trust Her?
By Dr Maxwell Cooper @ 1:54 PM :: 5848 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment

The Nature Conservancy uses aerial shooting of ungulates, fencing and eradication, and supports eliminating non-native animal populations....

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Saturday, April 11, 2015
Telescope: For OHA, it’s all About the Rent Money
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 17542 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...this type of rent-seeking activity is at the root of Hawaii’s high cost of living and lack of economic diversity....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Telescope Protests: Hawaii is not the A'ole State
By Joni Kamiya @ 4:06 PM :: 7146 Views :: Higher Education, OHA, GMOs

The prior two years we had protests of A’ole GMO and now it’s moved onto the TMT....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Small Business Group Challenges Employment Law Proposals
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 4425 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...bills relating to leave policy, workers’ compensation, and workplace complaints/protections....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Senate Committee Amends, Approves Interisland Ferry Resolution
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:45 PM :: 5064 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

Formerly, the resolution only considered the Washington State ferry as a model, but now it has been expanded to other possible jurisdictions as well....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Study: At Home Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 3312 Views :: Health Care

...in Hawaii, the cost to receive long term care services at home with a home health aide has increased over the past five years....

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Local 5 Pushing Self-Funded Insurance Scheme
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 4177 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"UNITE HERE Local 5 is attending municipal public meetings and speaking directly with elected policymakers."

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Friday, April 10, 2015
HPD to Face on-site Accreditation Commission
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 5501 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

As part of the on-site assessment, the public is invited to phone in comments....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Rep Luke Gives One Hour Notice for Hearing on Open Government Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 4109 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke provided only one hour notice for a 14-bill hearing she was holding this afternoon....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
HB500: Hawaii Legislators Vote on Secret Budget
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:23 PM :: 4841 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"It is another example of our state failing to be transparent."

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Grassroot: Public-private partnerships for Hawaii Hospitals
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:39 AM :: 3427 Views :: Health Care

...an important step toward solving health cost issues as well as the state's physician shortage....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
DLNR Seeks Comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 4979 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...5-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:58 AM :: 4696 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The only way to contain costs is to force HART to live within its current means....

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Thursday, April 9, 2015
City launches Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) website
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 5562 Views :: Honolulu County, Agriculture

...MapOahuAgLand.com, provides information on the legal basis for IAL, the city’s process to map IAL, upcoming community meetings and announcements, and resource maps that show various characteristics of potential IAL....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Ige Names Appointees to Head DLIR, OIMT
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 3901 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today announced his nominations to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Labor and Industrial Relations and the Office of Information Management and Technology....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Kanaiolowalu: How to Make Your Girlfriend Rich
By Video @ 9:56 PM :: 7755 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

How a Roll Commissioner funneled over $600K to a company headed by his girlfriend....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska Join Call for Jones Act Reform
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 5338 Views :: Jones Act
“Multi-Jurisdictional Jones Act Reform Forum”
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
DBEDT: International Students Contribute Over $205M to Economy
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 5647 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education
DBEDT today released an economic report analyzing, “The Economic Impact of International Students in Hawaii.”
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
SB1280: Cab Companies Offer to Retrain Uber Drivers
By News Release @ 2:46 PM :: 4433 Views :: Small Business

Yesterday, Hawaii legislators voted to take bill Senate Bill 1280 into conference....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Hawaii GE Tax: Broadest Sales Tax in US
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 4528 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The Hawaii GET taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state's personal income....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Guess What: Hawaii Housing Is Expensive!
By Robert Thomas @ 5:25 AM :: 6933 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"Affordable Housing Maui Style" - from NewGeography.com....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Hawaii Has No Hate Crimes (Officially)
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 AM :: 4652 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...Unlike all other states in the union Hawaii has a go-it-alone policy and lets the attorney general’s office keep a running tally....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Full Text: Drunk Prosecutor Resigns from Kaneshiro's Office
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 5778 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

"I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney."

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Gallup: Honolulu 2nd Healthiest Community in US
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 4012 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“State of American Well-Being: 2014 Community Well-Being Rankings” examines the comparative well-being of the largest 100 communities in the United States....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Ige Nominates Suzanne Case to DLNR, Names Three to School Board
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 6150 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Suzanne Case is a 28-year veteran of The Nature Conservancy and has served as its executive director since 2001....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Worst in Nation Hawaii Health Connector Looking for Another $28M
By Andrew Walden @ 4:49 PM :: 4189 Views :: Health Care

...details for the House Finance Committee to work out in a hearing now set for Wednesday April 8 at 2pm in room 308....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
House Speaker mum so far on complaint against Karl Rhoads
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 PM :: 4868 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...attorney Lance Collins lodged a complaint on behalf of two of his clients regarding the actions of Rep. Karl Rhoads while he was chair of a special investigating committee looking into former Speaker Calvin Say....

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Hawaii Republican Convention Set for May 2
By Pat Saiki @ 5:58 AM :: 5086 Views :: Republican Party

"The people of Hawaii need us more than ever before."

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Prosecutor: HART & OHA Auditing Firm Victim of 3-year, $500K Embezzlement Scheme
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 12983 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Rail

... from January 27, 2011, through and including January 27, 2014, Oki perpetrated four separate and distinct fraudulent reimbursement schemes against PKF Pacific Hawaii ....

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 6813 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Sea-Based Radar a $2.2B Flop, Mothballed at Pearl Harbor
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 3861 Views :: Military

...its field of vision is so narrow that it would be of little use against what experts consider the likeliest attack: a stream of missiles interspersed with decoys....

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Monday, April 6, 2015
US Census Looks at Small Businesses in Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:49 AM :: 4378 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...statistics on the number of establishments, receipts or revenue, payroll, number of employees and other items by industry....

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Monday, April 6, 2015
Kelii Akina interviews Michael Hamnett -- UH and Hawaii's Future
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:48 AM :: 2958 Views

Dr. Michael P. Hamnett shares insights as Research Corporation of UH Director and also discusses current happenings at the University of Hawaii....

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Sunday, April 5, 2015
The Turtle Bay Bill, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 7579 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...They were under the impression that the bond sale process needed to begin by June 30 of this year. “No,” said the Department of Attorney General, “the law says that the bond sale needs to be DONE by June 30.”...

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
Trustee: OHA Drains $20M from Trust Since December
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 4722 Views :: OHA

"...Obviously, OHA can no longer afford to keep spending generously with no accountability...."

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative Secretly Killed
By Selected News Articles @ 6:15 PM :: 4213 Views :: Energy

Unknown to perhaps everyone at the time, the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) Energy Agreement died in September of last year....

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
Legislative Week in Review: Sex, Drugs, Birth Certificates, and a Place to Hide the Kids from Mom
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 5:05 PM :: 5501 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...one week before 2nd legislative decking....

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
"Through a Glass Clearly: Predicting the Future in Land Use Takings Law"
By Robert Thomas @ 12:56 AM :: 3626 Views :: Land Use

It's not often that we say a law review article is a "must-read."...

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Saturday, April 4, 2015
DBEDT: 65,000 New Housing Units Needed in Next 10 Years
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 5361 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

...this study projects housing demand for the period of 2015 to 2025 using the variables of projected population growth, visitor growth, and vacancy rates....

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Friday, April 3, 2015
Where Do Our Tuition Dollars Go?
By NCPA @ 5:52 PM :: 2892 Views

The reason for these new costs? "Administrative bloat," which is also known as a decline in the teaching faculty to administrative staff ratio....

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Friday, April 3, 2015
'Conservative Hawks' See Tulsi Gabbard Senate bid as 'Natural'
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 PM :: 5483 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military

“You guys’ profiling her is going to be like the kiss of death.”

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Friday, April 3, 2015
Success of independently funded GMO papaya confounds anti-tech ideologues
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 5367 Views :: Hawaii County , GMOs

...This 12-part series by entomologist Anthony Shelton is the first comprehensive article about a genetically engineered crop, in this case, GE papaya in Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ige Nominates Six UH Regents
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 3568 Views :: Higher Education

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the senate....

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Mauna Kea Protesters Arrested for Blocking Road to the Top
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 8190 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Mauna Kea: OHA Demands $50M Payoff for Mountain....

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Hawaii AG Joins call for Congressional Investigation of ‘Natural’ Supplements Industry
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 4396 Views :: Ethics, GMOs

...the use of the terms ‘natural,’ ‘herbal,’ and ‘extract,’ mislead consumers about the contents of herbal and dietary supplements....

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
SCR181: Interisland Ferry System Study
By Michael Hansen @ 10:16 PM :: 6123 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

There are several State regulatory issues that need to be resolved prior to attempting to establish a Hawaii interisland ferry and are at least as important as the technical modeling, facilities and feasibility considerations....

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
PUC: Decoupling Boosts Electric Rates--'Adjust Revenue' up by 229% 'Without Review'
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 6599 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Since decoupling, total 'baseline expenditures' increased 229%--from $161M to $368M....

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