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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Hawaii Featured in 2016 Congressional Pig Book
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 5799 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Higher Education

The East-West Center in Hawaii received a $5.9 million earmark....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Video: The Christian Heritage of the Hawaiian Kingdom
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:44 AM :: 5825 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

...Leon Siu discusses with host Keli`i Akina the historic relationship between Christianity and Hawaiian history....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Bag Ban: Going Green Mindlessly
By Joni Kamiya @ 8:15 PM :: 4703 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...not only are thicker bags around, I’ve got a stock pile of paper bags now....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Hawaii 2nd Highest Overall Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:50 PM :: 3579 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and the highest total sales and gross receipts tax as percentage of personal income....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Full Text: Resigning Horner vs Martin–HECO vs HART
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 4302 Views :: Rail

...your letter singled out my performance as a HART Board member and used the term "mismanagement."....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Don’t Let the Opt-Out of Common Core Testing Movement Fool You
By NCPA @ 3:19 PM :: 5058 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...teacher unions are flat out against this because they do not want their members held accountable....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Slom hits Bad Bills—Reckless, Wasteful Legislation
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:15 PM :: 3825 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures to raise taxes, mandate insurance coverage, increase funding for collective bargaining, establish a special fund, infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms, or further enlarge state government....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Rep Takai Again Calls for Military in Hawaii Reapportionment
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 4902 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

...SCOTUS ruling confirms “one person one vote” standard for states....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
ACLU: Legal Tools to Keep the Homeless, Homeless in Honolulu
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 3656 Views :: Homelessness

The Stored Property Ordinance (“SPO”) and Sidewalk Nuisance Ordinance (“SNO”) only apply to City & County of Honolulu....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
National Report Sees Hawaii Drop to 42nd in Economic Competitiveness
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:27 AM :: 5054 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute says state tax burden continues to stifle economic growth in Hawaii....

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted April 11, 2016
By Congress.org @ 6:34 PM :: 4074 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Trade Secret Theft – Passage
Senate: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Cloture on Motion to Proceed
Senate: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Passenger Seat Sizes
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Monday, April 11, 2016
Senator Sam Slom to Undergo Heart Surgery
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:59 AM :: 7746 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

The Senator has elected to have surgery performed later this week....

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Rail Chaos in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 AM :: 4232 Views :: Rail

...“the nation’s largest infrastructure fiasco by far” on a per capita basis....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Hawaii: Five Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Floor Votes This Week
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 4821 Views :: Second Amendment

...four anti-gun bills, House Bill 625, House Bill 2632, House Bill 2629 and Senate Bill 2647 were given notice to be placed on the Senate and House floor calendars for next Tuesday, April 12....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Legislative Deadlines: Second Decking, Third Reading
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 8:56 PM :: 3825 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...April 8 makes the Second Decking deadline for the 2016 Legislative Session....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Hawaii Fuel Tax: Schizophrenia in Motion
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3241 Views :: Taxes

December 31, 2015 not only marked the end of the top Hawaii individual income tax rates, but also of some fuel tax provisions....

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
City Council Chose Near-Impossible Dillingham Blvd Rail Route
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 5320 Views :: Rail
Should the cost of shoehorning an overhead guideway into this morass have been figured into the budget early on?
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Saturday, April 9, 2016
DoH: Marijuana Dispensary Selection May be Delayed
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 4026 Views :: Drugs

...one of the panel members was unable to fully participate in the selection, and his scoring will not be included....

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Saturday, April 9, 2016
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:51 PM :: 5709 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...Planned Parenthood Receives Overwhelming Support by Hawaii's Senators....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Pulling Papers as of April 8, 2016
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 2992 Views :: Office of Elections

Candidate filing for the 2016 Elections runs from February 1, 2016 through June 7, 2016....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
NEM Lawsuits: Rooftop Solar companies will play only if the game is stacked in their favor
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 5118 Views :: Energy

The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is run by the lead lobbyists for the two big companies — both have obvious Democratic Party connections....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
9th Circuit Says Hawaii Cannabis Church Bogarted Evidence
By Robert Thomas @ 7:42 PM :: 7444 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Office of Elections, Drugs

Here's what we are reading today....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Caldwell, Omidyar Pressure North Carolina, Mississippi to Allow Trannies into Womens’ Bathrooms
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 4615 Views :: Honolulu County, Family

... We at Hawai'i Free Press are still looking for women who really, really, want trannies in the ladies room with them .... still looking ....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Ige Announces Nominees for Board of Education, Land Use Commission
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 6398 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

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

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Friday, April 8, 2016
9th Circuit Judges Consider Blocking Maui Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 6311 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A federal judge refused the unions' request for an emergency stay in February, leading to Wednesday showdown in the Ninth Circuit....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Supreme Court on Koa Ridge: No Moratorium While IAL Process Underway
By Robert Thomas @ 2:59 AM :: 4307 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...the "agricultural lands" section of the Hawaii Constitution isn't self-executing....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
No Specific Reason
By Selected News Articles @ 7:16 PM :: 4289 Views :: Agriculture

...Hawaii legislators received the largest compensation for any part-time or hybrid legislature in the nation....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
GAO: Hawaii’s COFA migrant cost math inaccurate
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 5475 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...the Department of the Interior provided approximately $409 million to affected jurisdictions .... In contrast, affected jurisdictions estimated costs of $2.1 billion....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day April 19
By Tax Foundation @ 4:52 PM :: 4156 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Americans will collectively spend more on taxes in 2016 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Does Legalizing Marijuana Mean You Can Drive Stoned?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 4202 Views :: Drugs

Hawaii has decided it’s time to figure out....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
Guam Can't Duck Suit Over Native Land Grab
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 PM :: 5040 Views :: Land Use, Military

Ancestral landowners in Guam who claim they were never fully compensated for property confiscated during World War II will have their day in court....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Judges Lobby to Pause Hospital Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 4450 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit lobbied hard Wednesday for Hawaii to pause its plan to privatize money-pit hospitals on Maui and Lanai....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Power Struggle: OHA Chair Robert Lindsey Hospitalized After Stroke
By Video @ 10:11 PM :: 5745 Views :: OHA

...An Attempt Is Being Made To Oust Vice Chair Trustee Dan Ahuna Who Is Now In Charge....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Full Text: State Supreme Court Decides to allow Koa Ridge to be Built
By Andrew Walden @ 7:16 PM :: 5432 Views :: Environment, Development

The Hawaii State Supreme Court, in a 4-1 ruling this morning, has decided to allow Castle and Cooke to go ahead with its planned Koa Ridge development in Mililani....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
What Does Evenwel v. Abbott Mean For "One Person, One Vote?"
By Robert Thomas @ 7:16 PM :: 3235 Views :: Office of Elections

Evenwel has transformed the "one-person, one-vote'" rule in reapportionment cases into more of a "one-person, one-representative" principle....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
UH Professors Banned from Sex with Students
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 3339 Views :: Higher Education

...favoritism and abuse of trust and power could lead to sexual harassment....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Rule Changes: DHHL Releases Beneficiary Consultation Report
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 4117 Views :: DHHL

...on proposed changes to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ administrative rules....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
The Future of Farming on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 4758 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

...Mayor Alan Arakawa, Councilmember Ellie Cochran, Grassroot Institute President Kelii Akina....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
SB2954: Hawaii to Join FBI Biometric Database?
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 3819 Views :: Second Amendment

Senate Bill 2954 could be scheduled for third and final read at any time....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
USDA on Dengue Mosquito Eradication -- Organic Farms Will NOT Lose Certification
By Andrew Walden @ 6:44 PM :: 7115 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

...dozens of Hawaii County organic farmers are refusing access to State and County mosquito-eradication workers....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Taxpayer Return on Investment: Hawaii Ranks 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 PM :: 4151 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...contrasting state and local tax rates with the quality of the services provided....

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Health Department Report Debunks Anti-Dairy Rhetoric
By News Release @ 2:42 PM :: 4598 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture
It is also interesting to note the survey states that “DOH is concerned that the large number of injection wells and cesspools in the adjacent Poipu/Koloa watershed may adversely impact the waters of the Waiopili Ditch.”
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Monday, April 4, 2016
College Readiness: How did your school Do?
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 4654 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

School by school reports...

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Full Text: Honolulu Issues 2016 Citizen-Centric Report
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 3570 Views :: Honolulu County

FULL TEXT: 2015 Service Efforts and Accomplishments Report and The National Citizen Survey for the City and County of Honolulu....

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Evenwel Ruling: States May, not Must, Count Everyone In Reapportionment
By Robert Thomas @ 10:37 PM :: 3712 Views :: Office of Elections

...Evenwel is the sleeper case of the Term, and opened the possibility that the we might finally get an answer to a question the Supreme Court has dodged for over fifty years....

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Ige Boosts DHHL Funding to $23.5M–Still Short of Court Order
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 4231 Views :: DHHL

"...the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands will capitalize on this momentum as we continue to work with the Legislature to close the gap before the end of this legislative session....”

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed in 2016 Legislature out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:16 PM :: 3729 Views :: Hawaii State Government

None of the 47 new special and revolving funds proposed during the 2016 legislative session met amended statutory criteria....

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Sunday, April 3, 2016
Low Real Property Tax Is a Bad Thing?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3434 Views :: Taxes

One of the more interesting bills still alive and being considered this session, is one that would commission a study on the effects of Hawaii’s low real property taxes....

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Sunday, April 3, 2016
State Saves $32M by refinancing general obligation bonds
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 3327 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...State’s improved financial outlook leads to lower interest rates on refunding general obligation bonds....

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Hawaii Urged to Prepare for Zika at CDC Summit
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 4087 Views :: Environment, Health Care

"...if we wait until the public is panicking because they're seeing babies born with birth defects, we will have waited too long...."

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