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Friday, July 15, 2016
Three Candidates For Mayor, Three Positions On Honolulu Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 4:49 AM :: 5431 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail
Continue past Middle Street to Ala Moana only if the total cost does not exceed $7,000,000,000.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
DLNR Officer: ‘Sucker Punched’ by Firing of Friel
By News Release @ 9:16 PM :: 6064 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

"I am now convinced DOCARE is cursed and doomed to remain a pathetic substandard agency...."

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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Register to Vote Online Here -- Before Today's Deadline
By Andrew Walden @ 4:13 PM :: 7904 Views :: Office of Elections
Twenty-Four elections statewide will be decided on Primary Day--Saturday August 13.  Are you registered to vote?
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 14, 2016
By Congress.org @ 2:02 PM :: 3847 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: "Sanctuary Cities" 
Senate: Increase Prison Sentences for Undocumented Criminals 
Senate: Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods 
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations 
House: Health Savings Accounts 
House: Fiscal 2017 Financial Services Appropriations 
House: Opioid Programs 
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Thursday, July 14, 2016
Ninth Circuit Appears Poised To Preempt Hawaii 'GMO' Ordinances
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 3333 Views :: GMOs

On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in three related bids to invalidate separate Hawaiian county ordinances....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
2016 Democrat Platform: Hawaiians Among “Indigenous Tribal Nations”
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 7198 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA
Waihee praised the addition, saying the “symbolism is important.”
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
A Practical Approach to Occupational Licensing Reform
By NCPA @ 11:28 PM :: 3841 Views :: Small Business

On average, a cosmetologist needed 372 days in training while an EMT needed just 33....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
VIDEO: Djou Launches First TV Commercial
By Video @ 11:00 PM :: 4841 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians
This mayor's race can be won in the Primary with 51% of the vote!
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
DoI Final Ruling: Slippery Slope to Fed Wreck?
By Video @ 8:50 PM :: 4233 Views :: DHHL

...Who The Winners Are & Whoʻs Left Out Once Again....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
CNBC: Top States for Business—Hawaii Ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 5468 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...costs are the highest in the nation....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ex-Rep Richard Fale Pleads No Contest, Fined $1000
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 5291 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party

...Sum Total of Results: Rep Gil Riviere Switches to Democratic Party....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ige Vetoes Workplace Social-Media Privacy Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 3384 Views :: Small Business

Touted by advocates as a model for laws in other states, HB 1739 nonetheless raised enforcement questions....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 3599 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Complete list and links here ....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Full Text: Contractor Offered Cool Schools at $5990 per Classroom—Was Ignored by DoE
By Andrew Walden @ 4:50 PM :: 10616 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

Andrew Santos, President of Admor HVAC, presented the State Department of Education an April 20 offer to Cool Schools at $5990 per classroom....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Djou Challenges Caldwell to Respond to On-Going EMS Staffing Problems
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:31 PM :: 4817 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

...Yesterday, when asked to respond on EMS staffing shortages, the mayor again refused to respond....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Maui HGEA Payoff: Still $25M too Much
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:04 PM :: 5720 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The legislature must avoid establishing a costly disincentive that would hinder the saving of other neighbor islands' hospital systems through healthy public-private partnerships...."

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Report: $10K ‘Affordability Gap’ for Hawaii College Students
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 4808 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

Between low wages and high net prices, no state can claim that the average four-year college is affordable for low-income students....

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Power Has Been out at Oahu Jail Since Friday
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 3321 Views :: Law Enforcement

...The Department of Public Safety said the air conditioning will remain on the generator until a faulty transformer can be replaced. The part has been ordered....

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Neighbor island ESSA town halls start Monday
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 4265 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Each event is offered free of charge and will run from 5 to 7 p.m....

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Papahānaumokuākea: Schatz Absurdly Wrong
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 6383 Views :: Environment

Our fishermen are among the major fresh food producers for Hawai‘i, with about 80% of the catch consumed in our local communities....

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Monday, July 11, 2016
AG Seeks Deputy Solicitors General
By Robert Thomas @ 7:43 PM :: 4290 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary
Come on, live the dream!
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Monday, July 11, 2016
Healthcare: Legislators Muddle Definition of ‘Direct Primary Care’
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 3379 Views :: Health Care

“There’s plenty of resistance from insurance companies at the state level against direct primary care."

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA: Ige Preparing Reduced Hospital Severance Package
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 5856 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...In a Special Session, Legislators may amend the bill and take a vote - bill passes with a simple majority....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
HGEA Maui Endorsements Leaked
By Andrew Walden @ 9:07 PM :: 6074 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Politicians

...these endorsements are approved by Maui HGEA leaders but have not been officially ‘blessed’ by State HGEA HQ....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Hawaii Legislature: 52% ‘Big Fail’
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:18 PM :: 5584 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

...2016 VoterVoice Survey Results....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
$42 Million Bid May Stall Hospital Transition and Jeopardize Union Jobs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 5092 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...The new hospital public-private partnership is estimated to save the state $260 million in costs over the next decade....these savings could disappear if the costs for the transition is too great....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Organic Food Tax Credit wins ‘Rusty Scalpel’ Award
By News Release @ 11:09 AM :: 6073 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Tax Credits

"...The content of the CD1 stunned us; it was passed without a single public hearing.  There clearly was no justification....”

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Shady Deals? Honolulu Grants in Aid
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5604 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...it looks bad for individual council members to secure money for such organizations....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Full Text: Lawsuit Accuses Movie Mogul of Pressuring Maui Mayor to Fire Film Commissioner
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 AM :: 5277 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits

"...the specs of the stages aren’t enough to shoot a porn...."

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Saturday, July 9, 2016
UH study finds Housing First program improves quality of life for homeless
By Selected News Articles @ 8:01 PM :: 3369 Views :: Homelessness

...25% decrease in mentally unhealthy days....

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Saturday, July 9, 2016
Cool Schools: How Government Contracting Makes a $2,500 job cost $138,000
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 6436 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...the high bids will be used to make lower—but still exorbitant--second round bids look good by comparison....

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Saturday, July 9, 2016
Rifle Association: Six Lawyers Working on Hawaii ‘Rap Back’ Lawsuit
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 5400 Views :: Second Amendment
“The 1986 Firearm Owners’ Protection Act is very explicit,” he told me. “This [measure] is not legal.”
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Friday, July 8, 2016
Hawaii Rap Back Law Coordinated with Obama Administration?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 4205 Views :: Second Amendment

...documents may point to efforts by the administration to advocate for the controversial new linking of Hawaii’s gun database with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Rap Back” program....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Doubled: More contractors qualify for Slice of ‘Cool Schools’ bonanza
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 3770 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

Since March, the number of prequalified contractors has increased from 18 to 36 as HIDOE prepares to put projects back out to bid....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Leaving Hawaii: Decision on New Site for Thirty Meter Telescope set for ‘Early 2017’
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 7369 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

New locations that are being considered include Baja California in Mexico, the Canary Islands and Chile, as well as locations in India and China....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Will Obama Give Honolulu a Pardon from Rail Jail?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 4435 Views :: Rail

...Grassroot Institute analyst Matthew Reade speaks with Thomas Rubin, a mass transit consultant who advised Hawaii officials in the early stages of the project....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Does the Film Industry Need Taxpayer Subsidies?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:36 PM :: 4361 Views :: Tax Credits
“A lot of the time, they’re simply checks.”
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Friday, July 8, 2016
One Month Since Launch of Djou Campaign
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 4751 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

You can feel the momentum building....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Judge Finds No Evidence to Support So-Called ‘Whistleblower’ Lawsuit Against Maui County
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 5684 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

An investigation showed that he had physically threatened his fellow employees, been insubordinate, attempted to use his position as a Liquor Control Officer to obtain special treatment from a licensed liquor establishment....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Hemp: Hawaii’s ‘High’ Tech Future?
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:18 AM :: 5019 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...hemp-based electrodes for supercapacitors....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Significant Increases in Labor Law Penalties
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 4307 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Penalties for Workers’ Compensation, Temporary Disability Insurance and Prevailing Wages Violations Increase....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Ige Signs Four More Bills Into Law
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3142 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hemp, Agriculture, Public Safety and TeleHealth....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Djou Agrees to Eight Debates
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 4391 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

Djou will participate in the following eight debates and forums in the next five weeks -- at least one of which Caldwell has refused to attend....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Keli’i Akina: Fed-up with Government? -- “Let`s Change It!”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 3254 Views :: OHA

With your help, I can become Trustee-at-Large of OHA, a role in which we can unite Hawaii's people rather than divide them....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Senate to Hold Revocable Permit Hearing
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 3721 Views :: Land Use

...Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., in Conference Room 224....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Report on UH lab explosion reveals deep, systemic safety failures
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 3447 Views :: Higher Education
“Serious deficiencies in the institution’s approach to laboratory safety, [especially the] lack of a culture of safety.”
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Thursday, July 7, 2016
HB2772: UH Rape Policy Now Written into State Law
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 4332 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement

In April, UH expanded is sexual harassment policies with a new Executive Policy on Consensual Relationships....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Hawaii #1 for Distracted Driving
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 4218 Views

...at any given moment during daylight in the U.S., 660,000 people are using handheld cell phones while they drive....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Ige Signs Three More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 3082 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • HB 2169 Act 212  Relating to Social Workers
  • SB 2811 Act 213  Relating to Parental Rights
  • HB 1726 Act 214  Relating to Murder

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
NextEra: Kouchi Asks for Formal Opinion from Attorney General (Full Text)
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 4239 Views :: Energy
In light of your informal opinions via letters dated June 27, 2016 and June 30, 2016, are Attorney General Opinions 73-7 and 80-4 null, void and overturned?
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