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Friday, May 19, 2017
Matayoshi’s DoE Receives national innovation award
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 2788 Views :: Education K-12

...then the HSTA's Governor's minions fired her....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
Lawsuit against Hawaii Churches Hurts the Surrounding Community
By Selected News Articles @ 7:17 PM :: 4644 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

...atheists Mitchell Kahle and Holly Huber sued the churches under Hawaii’s False Claims Act....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
HB209: Sneaky Legislators Limit Usefulness of Earned Income Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 6:49 PM :: 3705 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...but they didn't limit the oppressiveness of the income tax hike that went with it....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
State, Counties Pass Tax Hikes off to Each Other
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 PM :: 2419 Views :: Taxes

...Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai counties are all considering raising the property tax....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Which Places Pay the Most in Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:12 PM :: 3056 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Property taxes are assessed as a percentage of home values, so it follows that higher property taxes are paid where housing prices are higher than average....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
FCC Takes Step Towards Freeing the Internet
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:08 PM :: 3478 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...preventing “1930s-era regulations on internet providers.”....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
OHA community meetings to update on Corrupt Kakaʻako Makai planning process
By News Release @ 5:07 PM :: 4760 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

Thursday at 6 p.m. at Windward Community College in Kāneʻohe....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Controversial New VA Director to Host Kauai Town Hall Meeting
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 3702 Views :: Health Care, Military

...5pm Friday at Kauai Veterans Center, Lihue....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
UH Manoa Prof Demands Colleges ‘Stop Hiring White Men’--Unless They're Trannies
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 AM :: 4856 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...“The terrible people are coming out of the woodwork to tell me how awful (‘racist’ and ‘sexist’) I am for writing this post,” she laments....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
HB451: DHHL Answers Questions on Blood Quantum Reduction
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3740 Views :: DHHL

...HB451 will be submitted to the Department of Interior (DOI) for review. In addition, HB451 requires the consent of the United States Congress....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Retaliation: Supreme Court Upholds Hanalei Land Seizure
By Robert Thomas @ 1:57 AM :: 4106 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use

The case involves three parcels on Kauai -- one of which is owned by a fellow who has been a thorn in the County's side....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
‘US Built’ Matson Ships Return from Chinese Shipyard
By Michael Hansen @ 10:15 PM :: 3140 Views :: Jones Act

...Matson tried to hide it, but....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Hirono Cancer is 'Stage 4'
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 7043 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Cancer Society: Stage 4 Kidney Cancer Survival Rate is 8%....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
OHA’s Secret Contract
By Video @ 5:10 PM :: 3602 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Hawaiiʻs Attorney General Had No Choice But To Start A Criminal Probe....

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
ACLU: Ten Questions for Honolulu’s Next Chief of Police
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 4283 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...we ask that the Commission pose the following ten questions to all candidates for the position....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Ikaika Anderson Land Use Facepalm
By Robert Thomas @ 2:24 PM :: 3987 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use
“The lawyers start rubbing their hands a little bit because the comments are giving them ammunition.”
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Drug Use Per Capita: Hawaii Ranks 38th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 AM :: 4714 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

...comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Peter Apo: ‘People can just make up stuff, and pronounce cultural claims with little or no validation’
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 AM :: 5017 Views :: Greenmail, OHA

...I observe a seriously diminished vigilance in contemporary Hawaiian society on maintaining the cultural dignity of our traditions in the absence of a collective will to check our facts....

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Monday, May 15, 2017
USNWR: Put the Jones Act Out to Sea
By Michael Hansen @ 11:59 PM :: 2863 Views :: Jones Act

...One compromise could exempt Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico from the American-built ship requirement....

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Monday, May 15, 2017
More Government Isn’t Puerto Rico’s Answer
By Michael Hansen @ 7:14 PM :: 2774 Views :: Jones Act

...advocating for additional changes in federal and local regulations to improve Puerto Rico’s economy....

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Atheist Lawsuit Against Hawaii Churches to be Heard by State Supreme Court Friday
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:02 PM :: 4677 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

...The court will be hearing the Appeal THIS FRIDAY, and you are invited to sit in....

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Hawaii Democrats Push for Closed Primary Fails--SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Case
By Selected News Articles @ 4:05 PM :: 6474 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

... the Supreme Court refusal leaves lower court rulings intact ....

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Star-Adv Flacks for DHS Insiders--Trashes Peter Boy Book
By Andrew Walden @ 3:46 PM :: 5123 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...entrenched interests within the DHS culture of secrecy are afraid of this book and its contents....

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Monday, May 15, 2017
After Death of Kauai Girl, DLNR Clears Homeless Drug Addicts out of Kalalau
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 5871 Views :: Kauai County, Homelessness, Drugs

“If there’s any silver lining to what law breakers are posting on social media, is that it’s caused significant public outrage."

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Jones Act: An out of date anchor on the American Economy
By Michael Hansen @ 12:01 AM :: 2664 Views :: Jones Act

...While the act harms all Americans, some consumers are more acutely affected — such as non-contiguous states like Alaska and Hawaii and American territories like Puerto Rico....

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
What has the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Done for you Lately?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 3385 Views :: Ethics, OHA

OHA tries to co-opt any aloha `āina, Mauna Kea and Independence events every time....

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
TrumpTax: Losing the State Tax Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2700 Views :: Taxes

On April 26, the Trump Administration released a document that contained a roadmap of sorts for an overhaul of the federal tax code....

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Hawaii Republicans Elect Ostrov Chair
By Andrew Walden @ 12:34 AM :: 3792 Views :: Republican Party

Report from the 2017 Hawaii Republican Party convention....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Grassroot Institute video goes viral
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:29 AM :: 3596 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii reached almost half a million people in just six days with a video about how locals are fleeing Hawaii’s high taxes and cost of living....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Hawaii taxpayers about to get railroaded?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:24 AM :: 3419 Views :: Rail, Taxes

But signs in the media, the Legislature and the governor’s office all point to a special session this summer where the tax hikes are likely to materialize....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Caldwell appointments Ember Shinn to HART Board of Directors
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 3270 Views :: Rail

“During the time that Ember served as managing director, she oversaw the city’s capital budget and program – billions of dollars of construction projects...."

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Wind Power Is ‘Neither Clean Nor Green’
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 4819 Views :: Energy, Environment

“There is a limit to how much energy you can extract from a moving fluid, the Betz limit, and wind turbines are already close to it ….

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Largest US Solar Panel Maker Files for Bankruptcy After Receiving $206 Million in Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 3354 Views :: Energy

...Not everyone in the solar industry agrees increased tariffs would be a good thing....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Hawaii Politicians Steering a Course for Economic Decline like Bankrupt Puerto Rico
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 3271 Views :: Economy

...Hawaii's elected officials have been pursuing the same economic policies which led Puerto Rico, Detroit and Greece to become economic basket cases....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Eco-Cash: Dropout Raises $21M to Deploy Miles-Long Booms in Non-Existent ‘Garbage Patch’
By Video @ 5:01 PM :: 3119 Views :: Environment

...sometimes you just have to stop and laugh....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Abortion Safety? Hawaii is 10th Worst Abuser
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 3561 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Life

“When the Supreme Court rejected Texas’ abortion safety standards, abortion advocates celebrated, but they ignored the fine print....”

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Hawaii Expats: There's No Place Like Home
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 PM :: 5868 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

We're the Hawaii expats....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
10 Hawaii Towns Ranked for Socioeconomic Diversity
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 AM :: 2666 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...other kinds of diversity, ranked....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Trump administration chooses growth over Jones Act protectionism
By Michael Hansen @ 12:01 AM :: 6255 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
... Trump is not so protectionist after all ....
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Cost of Living? $75,698 in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 4320 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...a breakdown of the most and least expensive states to call home....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Attorneys General to Feds: Let us Investigate Home Care Fraud
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 PM :: 4154 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

Hawaii's AG joins other states asking the federal government for a policy change that would allow the states greater flexibility to investigate Medicaid fraud....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Right to Couch Surf: Home-sharing in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 PM :: 3318 Views :: Tourism

It's easier than ever before to rent space in your house, but a movement to crack down on home-sharing may threaten this new and evolving industry....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Federal organic fraud in America
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 PM :: 3983 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...40% of the organic food sold in America tested positive for prohibited pesticide residue....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Political Correctness: Conformity or Electrocution on the Waterfront
By Michael Hansen @ 1:47 PM :: 3813 Views :: First Amendment, Jones Act

...those in the U.S. maritime industry (or, the “Jones Act industry”) demand conformity from their fellows in support of the protectionist policies, and how difficult it’s to speak-out against them....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Oahu Neighborhood Board Elections: 15,500 votes cast so far
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 2968 Views :: Honolulu County

Voters may use their unique passcodes to cast ballots online via their computers or mobile devices through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 19....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Oahu Homeless Count Up—Sister Isles Down
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 3615 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

Hawai‘i County saw the largest decrease at 32 percent, Maui County saw a 22 percent decline and Kaua‘i County a seven percent drop compared to 2016. O‘ahu saw a half percent increase in homeless ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Will Criminal Activity at OHA Ever Stop?
By Video @ 7:58 PM :: 3533 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Someone Wants To Stack The Deck Against You ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Governing in the Shadows: OHA Scores ‘F’ on Transparency
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 3915 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Gets An F Grade For Not Telling You How It Spends Your Money....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
How High Are Cigarette Taxes in Your State?–Hawaii Ranks 5th
By Tax Foundation @ 12:50 PM :: 3827 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

For this week’s map, we look at state cigarette tax rates across the country....

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
UH 2017 legislative recap
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 2738 Views :: Higher Education

Kalbert Young, UH vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer, shares his analysis of the 2017 legislative session....

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