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Monday, December 19, 2016
75 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 3372 Views :: Honolulu County

Updated December 14, 2016 ....

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Monday, December 19, 2016
Meet the Fiscal Hawk Trump Chose as Budget Director
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:48 AM :: 3080 Views :: National News

Mulvaney, a South Carolina Republican, is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative group in Congress....

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Hawaiian Civic Club Money Secretly Funneled into Fake Indian Tribe
By Selected News Articles @ 12:27 PM :: 6002 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

...no one in the Hawaiian Civic Club membership was consulted ahead of time....

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Hawaii Retroactive Tax Hikes Every Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4202 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

People get viscerally upset when you tell them they need to follow a rule they didn't know and couldn't have known....

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
EPA Finds No Widespread Water Pollution From Fracking
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:55 AM :: 4322 Views :: Energy, Environment

...a landmark report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, released earlier this month....

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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Maui Says Aloha to Island’s Last Sugar Cane Producer
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 4365 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

...the end of 145 years of harvesting and processing sugar cane on Maui....

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Saturday, December 17, 2016
Adult Financial Literacy: Hawaii Ranks 4th
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 2468 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

This means the electorate cannot be blamed for the government....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Impact of the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii--What the Feds Claim
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 3922 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...no mention of the massive rate hikes....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
HECO Demands 7% Rate Hike–Blames Green Energy Schemers
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 4120 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Company cites spending $900M in grid upgrades for reliability, renewable energy....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Anti-Hawaiian? Akina Debunks Critics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:10 PM :: 5365 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

On Thursday, the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs held its second meeting since its reorganization....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Ride-Sharing bill becomes Law Without Caldwell Signature
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 3843 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business
He also stated his belief that “private transportation companies should be able to operate with less government regulation going forward.”
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Friday, December 16, 2016
UHERO Panic Attack: Trump More Dangerous than China
By UHERO @ 2:47 PM :: 3455 Views :: Economy

...China (is not) as large a risk as the possibility of policy errors by the incoming Trump administration....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections—Hawaii Ranks 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:16 PM :: 4193 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...based on 10 key indicators of elder-abuse protection....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
WESPAC to Obama: Tuna Monuments Destroy Jobs
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 4735 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Papahanuamokueakea MNM may account for a potential loss of about 2.5 million pounds per year of tuna and other pelagic species and affect more than 100 jobs....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Interest in building ohana units rising on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:32 AM :: 5441 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Cost of Living

Instead of spending money on enforcement, it would be better to use resources to expedite the permitting process....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
They Want $200B: Caldwell Signs Mayors Letter to Trump
By News Release @ 12:21 AM :: 3051 Views :: Honolulu County

“Disasters are a fact of life,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
State Policy Options to Sustain Military Installations
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 3341 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military

Hawaii had the second largest military spending as a percent of its GDP at 9.8 percent....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Hawaii again nation’s healthiest state—Mainland Health in Decline After 8 Years of Obama
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 3633 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Years of Positive Health Gains in the United States Threatened by Rise in Cardiovascular and Drug Deaths....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
EPA files complaint against Syngenta for farmworker safety violations on Kauai
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 5940 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

EPA is seeking civil penalties of over $4.8 million....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Full Text: Police Chief Sued for Racketeering
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 5098 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

Stealing money, forging documents, conducting improper surveillance and lying to investigators....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
One More Time: State Tries to Reason with Anti-GMO Lunatics
By News Release @ 1:23 AM :: 6239 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

Conversion therapy....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Caldwell Raises Property Taxes 5.9% By Jacking up Assessments
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 3935 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Tomorrow, the city will send approximately 300,000 notices....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Report Compares Hawaii Head Start Programs to National Averages
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 3306 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii Head Start enrolled 3,167 children during the 2014-2015 program year----about 10 percent of the state’s low-income children under age 5....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Why They Fired Bob Lindsey
By Video @ 5:35 PM :: 3414 Views :: OHA
See What OHAʻs Newest Trustee Wants & Why Everyoneʻs A Winner If It Happens
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Census Bureau Releases Hawaii ACS Report
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Over 9% of Hawaii’s population were surveyed....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Only 3% of Hawaii Tobacco Taxes Used for Anti-Tobacco Programs
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 3916 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...The State is the senior partner in the tobacco industry....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Hu Honua: Green Power Plant Hits HELCO With $450M Antitrust Suit
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 PM :: 4256 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

The lawsuit by Hu Honua Bioenergy accuses Hawaii Electric Light of refusing to agree to extensions....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Trump Picks Montana Rep Zinke for Interior Secretary
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 7881 Views :: Akaka Bill, Energy, National News, Land Use

...Rep Ryan Zinke (R-MT) is a member of the House Natural Resources Committee....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Ethics: Three Prison Guards Conspire to Take $10,000 from Inmate
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 4173 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...appointing ACO A as Inmate’s attorney for the purpose of making a one-time withdrawal of $10,000 from Inmate’s bank account with the intent that the money be divided and distributed between the three ACOs....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Ethics Fine: WCC Professor turns Clay into Gold
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 2860 Views :: Ethics

...and HHSC CFO helps wife get a job...and a DOA engineer gets fined $1000....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Ige Names Deputy Directors for Budget, Human Resources
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 4383 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Laurel Johnston to serve as deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance--Ryker Wada to be the deputy director of the Department of Human Resources Development....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Best States for Drivers? Hawaii Ranks 41st
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 2597 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

The best and worst states for drivers: See how each state measures up....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Report: Hawaii charter school academic performance ‘mixed’
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 3337 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Charter-wide averages in achievement and growth in English Language Arts, math and science continue to be slightly below the statewide average. However, in college readiness measures charter schools outperform the state....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Hawaii Ranks 46th in Survey of Economic Freedom in North America
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:12 PM :: 3531 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii's ranking was dragged down by especially low scores in income tax (49th), sales tax (50th), and union density (48th)....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How they Voted December 13, 2016
By Congress.org @ 4:00 PM :: 3111 Views :: Congressional Delegation

The 114th Congress has come to a close for anticipated legislative business. The 115th Congress will convene on Tuesday, January 3, 2017....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
OHA Fishing for Money from Fishermen?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 5458 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes

OHA may be able to pick boaters’ pockets, but it turns out shore-bound fishermen are protected....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
Caldwell in San Francisco to See How they Keep the Homeless Homeless
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 2932 Views :: Homelessness

Caldwell will be meeting with a Whos-Who of ultra-liberal West-Coast Mayors who get homelessness wrong every time....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
DAGS Update on Payroll Modernization Program
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 2947 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The scope of the HawaiiPay project includes the modernization of the payroll process followed by time and attendance....

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Sunday, December 11, 2016
All-time high for UH Manoa four-year graduation rate
By News Release @ 11:18 AM :: 2891 Views :: Higher Education

...an 84 percent increase from 2010 to 2016....

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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Taxes Reaching Back into the Past?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2912 Views :: Taxes

If Dot Foods loses, none of us is safe....

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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Legislation to Stop Obama from Arming al-Qaeda
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 6360 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military, Obama

The legislation is supported by the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and the U.S. Peace Council....

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
Top HS Teams Face Off in Hawaii LifeSmarts State Competition
By News Release @ 10:33 AM :: 2681 Views :: Education K-12

The top four teams are from Maryknoll, Pearl City, Roosevelt and Waiakea high schools....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
Pentagon: North Korea Can Launch Nukes, But Might Miss Target
By Selected News Articles @ 11:44 PM :: 2951 Views :: Military

“It is the threat that keeps me awake at night,” the senior military official said....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
Call for Council to Investigate Caldwell’s Zoo Coverup
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 3712 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...convene a hearing into Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Managing Director Roy Amemiya withholding information from the public....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
How States Can Shape Obamacare’s Replacement
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:36 PM :: 2935 Views :: Health Care

As Republicans prepare to hammer out the details of a replacement for Obamacare, governors and state insurance commissioners are asking for a seat at the table....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
‘Sharing’ the American Dream
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 PM :: 2853 Views :: Small Business

The term "shared economy" tends to bring to mind app-based services like Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb. But that's only one facet....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
We are Voyagers
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:57 PM :: 6044 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii History, GMOs

...Getting astray on hobby activism that really doesn’t solve an issue won’t guide a people forward....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
VIDEO: Tulsi Gabbard Defends Trump Cabinet Picks, Denounces Democrats as ‘Offensive’
By Video @ 1:25 PM :: 5546 Views :: Military, Politicians

"...I found it pretty offensive...."

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Akina OHA: “Crucial Recommendations for Achieving Fiscal Sustainability”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:49 PM :: 5010 Views :: OHA

...analysis of the financial statements of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
KIUC Electric Rates Down 18%
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 4175 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The average price per kilowatt hour for KIUC members is down 18 percent in 2016 when compared to 2008....

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