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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Jones Act Shipbuilders Fail Again: Navy’s latest aircraft carrier cannot be deployed
By Michael Hansen @ 10:02 AM :: 4895 Views :: Jones Act, Military

the USS GERALD R FORD (CVN-78) is far behind schedule, not ready for deployment, and may need to be redesigned....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Darby: Hawaii and Maui County Shelters Open
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 5177 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County

... Shelters are open now ....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Hawaii Reapportionment Case: Only Mark Takai Put his Name on the Line
By Robert Thomas @ 11:11 PM :: 5900 Views :: Military, Politicians

...one of the rare people in public life who actually showed political courage to do the right thing when literally not one of his colleagues had the guts to join him....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Even With Economy Booming, HART Claims GE Taxes Running Short of Projections
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 4227 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...roughly $44 million less than projected....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
The Hawaii Legislature's Exercise in Short-Term Thinking
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 4725 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

In essence, the legislature just handed the Hawaii taxpayers a bill, and even they don't know how high it's going to be....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Tax Hike Coming: Rail ‘Recovery’ Plan to Remain Hidden Until After Election
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:53 PM :: 5772 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Now that the rail project is facing a short fall of at least $1.5 billion, using Caldwell's own math, it means the mayor needs to increase real property tax rates by at least 50% to 65% ....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Golden Parachutes are Expensive -- Massive tuition increases approved by UH regents
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 3159 Views :: Higher Education

UH leadership claimed that the money raised through the increase will only be used for projects that modernize student spaces, classrooms and laboratories....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Honolulu ADU Incentives Now Law
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 3652 Views :: Honolulu County

...saving up to $9,000 to $10,000 in application fees for homeowners wishing to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Ige Announces $12M Homelessness Plan
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 3518 Views :: Homelessness

...funding will be focused on the most visible and chronically homeless people in Hawai‘i....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
DoH Socks Hawaii’s Last Cane Plantation with $600K Fine
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 5761 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Suddenly biomass is not clean energy?

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Friday, July 22, 2016
TS Darby heading to Hawaii, tropical storm watch issued for Big Island, Maui Co
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 5497 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County

Darby will pass very close to, or over, Hawaii Island on Saturday....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
VIDEO: HART Vice-Chair Endorses Charles Djou
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 7108 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Politicians, Rail

...after having seen Caldwell in ‘action’ as mayor, Damien and the IBEW have thrown their support firmly behind Charles....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Hawaii 3rd Highest Excise Taxes in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 4124 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of the most common excise taxes include gas taxes, cigarette taxes, and taxes on the purchase of beer, wine, and liquor....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Papahanaumokuakea: Hawaii Fishermen get no response from Obama, Schatz
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 5591 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“As you yourself note, the Hawaii longline fishery uses ‘responsible and sustainable practices and has resulted in Honolulu’s recognition as one of the nation’s ten most productive fishing ports....’”

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
DHHL Begins Work on 2017 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 4242 Views :: DHHL

...The deadline for proposals is August 10, 2016....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
IUOE ‘Hawaiian Stabilization Fund’ All But Clear of Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 5360 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Rail

...leaders of the International Union of Operating Engineers who were accused of squandering pension funds....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ige: The concerns expressed in my veto message have not changed
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 5238 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The bill jeopardizes the Employees Retirement System’s tax exempt status...."

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 6185 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
It Begins: Caldwell Launches First Negative Campaign Ad
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 5017 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

...We always knew the mayor would reach for negative campaigning because, as the media reported, that's "the way he rolls."....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Rep Mark Takai Dies--Special Election in November
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 5561 Views :: Politicians

...Rep. Mark Takai, 49, dies after battle with pancreatic cancer....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Zika Spreads—1300 Cases in Continental US and Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 3455 Views :: Health Care

The caregiver of an elderly Zika patient in Utah has been diagnosed with the virus, raising questions among health officials about how the virus was transmitted....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Voters win ballot shortage case against the Hawaii Office of Elections
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 3838 Views :: Office of Elections

The outcome of this case may affect other situations where a state agency relies on an “internal management” argument and ignores that their procedures affect private or public rights....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Supreme Court: Mixed Decision on Office Of Election Ballot Practices
By Robert Thomas @ 7:35 AM :: 3725 Views :: Office of Elections

...the agency should have adopted rules and because it had not, the specific practices were invalid....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 19, 2016
By Congress.org @ 8:10 PM :: 4614 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Thirteen votes cast before both chambers go into recess until September 6....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hawaiian Electric withdraws request for approval of LNG contract and generation upgrades
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 5124 Views :: Energy

Now you know what the NextEra fight was all about....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Keli’i Akina and Mililani Trask Team-up to Reform OHA
By Video @ 2:02 PM :: 6472 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Trask: Current spending will bankrupt the OHA Trust fund in 9 years....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Hawaiian Electric Will Move Forward as an Independent Company
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 3638 Views :: Energy

No mention of LNG in this news release....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016
2016 Candidate Info Available on League of Women Voters Website
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 5309 Views :: Office of Elections, Politicians

Candidate information is available for all counties in Hawaii. Nearly three hundred candidates....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
VIDEO: Linda Lingle Addresses GOP Convention
By Video @ 6:56 PM :: 5399 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Linda Lingle took the stage at the Republican National Convention to call for new leadership on issues important to Jewish Americans....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
EPA Imposes $425M in Costs on Tesoro, Parr Refineries
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 4772 Views :: Energy, Environment

Under the settlement, the two companies will spend about $403 million to install and operate pollution control equipment....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
Team Djou Challenge—Rail, Trust, Homelessness, Ethics
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 4810 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

Four reasons to vote Djou....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
NextEra Quits Hawaii Short $95M
By News Release @ 11:30 AM :: 3539 Views :: Energy

NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Industries announce termination of Merger Agreement....

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Monday, July 18, 2016
Mina Morita Lawsuit Challenges Gorak Appointment
By News Release @ 12:30 AM :: 4321 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Morita is petitioning the court to order Gorak to state the authority under which Gorak claims to be a PUC commissioner....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Sue and Settle Scheme Aims for Federal Control of Waters off Main Hawaiian Isles
By Selected News Articles @ 7:10 PM :: 4064 Views :: Environment

New York Eco-Lawyers sue their comrades in the NOAA.  The two sides will next collude in a 'settlement' to gain control of waters off Hawaii....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
OHA Chair Lindsey Still Missing in Action
By Selected News Articles @ 6:54 PM :: 4830 Views :: OHA, Politicians

Robert Lindseyʻs disappearance at OHA started long before his stroke....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Poll: Djou Ahead 39-30
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:47 PM :: 5187 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

Ballots will be mailed in 5 days.  This election can be won with 50% + 1 vote....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Honolulu Charter Commission Prepares 27 Amendments for Ballot
By Natalie Iwasa @ 6:25 PM :: 3858 Views :: Honolulu County

#35 – deletes the requirement that no more than a majority of the reapportionment commission members shall be from the same political party....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
No Tax Hike? Then Wait 20 Years for Your Roads!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3729 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the Code doesn’t require an earmarked tax before an agency can commit....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Feds: Honolulu Highest Consumer Prices in USA
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 4009 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Prices in urban Honolulu are 23.5% higher than average....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Direct Primary Care
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 4294 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii's First Direct Primary Care Practice Opens in Kailua-Kona ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
See it Here: Your August 13 Primary Ballot
By Andrew Walden @ 6:03 PM :: 2909 Views

Two Steps: Find Your Polling Place & Precinct then Enter Precinct Number to View Your Ballot....
 

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
DLNR Seeks Nominations for Game Management Commission
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 4714 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment

House Bill 1041, establishing a statewide Game Management Advisory Commission was signed into law as Act 210, on July 5, 2016....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Rep Pat Saiki Endorses Keli`i Akina for OHA
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 5059 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Akina is the leading voice for preserving the Aloha Spirit, as he has boldly stood to prevent the separating of Hawai'i into race-based nations.  Akina stands for UNITING Hawai'i, rather than dividing....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:13 AM :: 3907 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Legislators will convene on Monday, July 18th for a special session to determine whether $25 million in severance pay will be paid to union employees transitioning to new employment in a private hospital system....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
PUC Rejects NextEra Deal 2-0: Gorak Abstains
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 4112 Views :: Energy

In a 2-0 decision, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission today dismissed without prejudice....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
GEMS: State Asks Cronies for $150M in Schemes
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 4086 Views :: Energy

Eligible proposers include financiers, developers, equipment manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and other clean energy industry participants....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
HGEA Sues to Block Airport Security Privatization
By Selected News Articles @ 8:38 PM :: 4031 Views :: Labor

"The Hawaii State Constitution provides: 'The employment of persons in the civil service shall be governed by the merit principle....'"

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Full Text: Attorney General Sues Bounty Hunter Duane Dog Chapman
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 5239 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

Other bail bond companies are also being reviewed....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Full Text: AG Opinion Backs Ige’s PUC Appointment
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 3580 Views :: Energy

...OKs Ige to appoint (anti-NextEra) Tom Gorak on an interim basis to the Public Utilities Commission after (pro NextEra) Commissioner Mike Champley’s term expired....

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Friday, July 15, 2016
Djou Raises $259K in First Month of Campaign
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 5040 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

The Djou for Mayor campaign will file its first campaign finance report today....

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