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Sunday, July 16, 2017
How Rail Bonds Can Help Put Local Politicians in Jail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5074 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...City officials were accused of certifying financial statements in 2002 and 2003 that were false because they failed to disclose that the city was purposely underfunding....

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
State Releases Follow Up Audit of the Management of Mauna Kea
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:40 PM :: 5817 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

...We found that UH and DLNR have partially implemented four of the recommendations. Three recommendations remain open, and one is inapplicable at this time....

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Supreme Court gives Hawaii until Tuesday to answer Trump travel ban motion
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 4548 Views :: National News

... Hawaii must explain itself to the Supreme Court before 6AM Tuesday ....

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
How to Lower the Cost of Health Care and Bring Doctors Back to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 5488 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

...Presentation featuring Dr. Kyle Varner, former Hawaii physician....

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Can American Samoa Break Hawaiian Airlines Monopoly?
By Michael Hansen @ 4:29 PM :: 6075 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

...American Samoa seeks federal avaition cabotage waiver....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Giving Rail Credit Where it Isn't Due
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:59 PM :: 4723 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...rail is like the cousin who is always hitting you up for money....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Private Scholarships Offer Micronesians Access to Opportunity
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 5145 Views :: Education K-12, National News

...A dozen Micronesian students are headed to prestigious private schools this fall, thanks to Habele K-12 tuition scholarships....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
US Soldier, ISIS Supporter Believed Hitler Was Right And Moon Landings Were Fake
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 3970 Views :: Military

...Kang, who belongs to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii and worked as an air traffic control operator, pledged allegiance to ISIS and attempted to send classified and unclassified military documents to members of the terror group....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Honolulu Auditor Announces Plans for 2017-18
By News Release @ 10:13 AM :: 5424 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...plan of proposed audits for FY2017-18....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Hawaii: 22% of Medicare Patients got Opioids in 2016
By Selected News Articles @ 12:48 AM :: 4964 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...and Hawaii is among the lowest in the USA....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Constitutional Limits on States’ Efforts to “Uphold” the Paris Agreement
By News Release @ 12:41 AM :: 3729 Views :: Environment

...On June 6, the Governor of Hawaii signed two bills that his office described as supporting the Paris Agreement....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Hawaii Obama-Appointed Judge Orders More Muslims into Country
By Selected News Articles @ 12:18 AM :: 3892 Views :: National News

... “The Supreme Court has had to correct this lower court once, and we will now reluctantly return directly to the Supreme Court to again vindicate the rule of law and the executive branch’s duty to protect the nation,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
UH Prof Lists Surviving ‘Internalized Misogyny’ On Resume
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 4290 Views :: Higher Education

"...by keeping your job and your other unearned privileges, you are running a continued debt to marginalized people and you should always be seeking ways to pay us back....” -- UH Manoa Prof Piper Harron

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Invasive Species Inspectors Communicate 'Caveman Style' After (another) State IT Project Failure
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:03 PM :: 4880 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...After more than a decade of development and close to $4.2 million in new and amended contracts, Department of Agriculture has failed in its attempt to implement a central integrated database....  (try MS Excel next time)

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Road Funding: Nobody Pays More Than Hawaii Drivers
By Tax Foundation @ 1:33 PM :: 4263 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the share of state and local road spending that is covered by tolls, user fees, and taxes varies drastically. It ranges from only 12 percent in Alaska to 76.3 percent in Hawaii....

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Mandatory Abortion: As Predicted SB501 Leads to Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 5:25 AM :: 5676 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...Faith-based pregnancy centers file suit against Hawaii law, say it forces abortion promotion....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Ige Launches 'Multi-Department Opioid Abuse Initiative'
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 4175 Views :: Drugs

...drug overdose leading cause of injury-related deaths....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hawaii Energy Costs--Low Usage vs High Rates
By Selected News Articles @ 9:23 PM :: 5569 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks 37th in monthly energy cost....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Honolulu 6th-Worst City to Drive in
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 4169 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...average gas prices to average annual hours of traffic delays to auto-repair shops per capita....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
US: Only Supreme Court can relax immigration limits
By Selected News Articles @ 7:03 PM :: 4654 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

... Judge Derrick K. Watson “lacks authority…to grant additional relief beyond what the Supreme Court permitted” ....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hawaii Will Force Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Advertise Free Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 6:57 PM :: 4914 Views :: First Amendment, Life

All five of Hawaii’s pro-life pregnancy centers will be forced to choose between advertising free abortions and defying the state’s demands starting Wednesday July 12, 2017....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
US Missile Defense System Achieves Successful Intercept Amid Rising Tensions With North Korea
By Selected News Articles @ 6:34 PM :: 3720 Views :: Military

...Video Shows What It Might Look Like If The US Knocked Out One Of Kim Jong Un’s Missiles....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
CNBC: Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Business
By Selected News Articles @ 9:57 AM :: 4293 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Hawaii's disadvantages, like the regulatory regime and the roads, are not beyond its control ....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
National conservative advocates for Jones Act on national security basis
By Michael Hansen @ 11:33 PM :: 4706 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...National conservative advocates for Jones Act on national security basis....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Ige Vetoes 13 Bills--Two Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 4885 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige announced that he has vetoed 13 of 15 bills on his Intent to Veto list....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Political Correctness Kept Radical Muslim in Army for Years
By IPT News @ 8:15 PM :: 3990 Views :: Military

The Kang case demonstrates the longstanding military practice of genuflection before the altar of political correctness remains. ...

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Floating rail bonds could sink city credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 3559 Views :: Rail

...rail leaders want to put $350 million on the city’s “credit card” to fund the project....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Hawaii's Ruling Party Announces 'Summer of Resistance and Renewal'
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 4040 Views :: Democratic Party

...DPH leadership engaged grassroots “resistance” groups to apprise them of the project and invite them to participate in the program....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Competition: Too Many Ships Ply Asia-Hawaii Routes?
By Michael Hansen @ 4:40 AM :: 3659 Views :: Jones Act

“...this high level of service should provide better access and lower logistics costs for Asian goods....”

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
City to hold second public workshop on Blaisdell Master Plan
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 3356 Views :: Honolulu County

...Thursday, July 13 beginning at 6pm....

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Monday, July 10, 2017
FBI Arrests Kaiser HS Grad at Schofield -- Tied to Islamic State
By Selected News Articles @ 6:44 PM :: 3801 Views :: Military

According to the FBI, Kang pledged allegiance to ISIS and attempted to provide military documents to ISIS contacts....

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Sunday, July 9, 2017
Mucking Around in the Past?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4419 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...HART stunned critics by cancelling a special audit that would have examined past cost overruns....

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Saturday, July 8, 2017
GE Tax Equivalent to 13% Sales Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 PM :: 5384 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii GET taxes many products multiple times and ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state’s personal income compared to the national median sales tax which applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Saturday, July 8, 2017
Economic freedom needed to increase affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 PM :: 6123 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Cost of Living

Dr. Keli’i Akina gave the following speech on June 30th, 2017, at the 2017 Maui County Affordable Housing Summit, hosted by the Maui Chamber of Commerce and Maui County Department of Housing & Human Concerns....

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Saturday, July 8, 2017
IT Project Stripped out of DOTax after decade of influence buying, psychosis, and bankruptcy
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 5984 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The shift out of DOTax is just a scam to justify vetoing HB1414 which mandated an audit of the State's decade-long series of IT debacles....

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Saturday, July 8, 2017
Ige Reappoints Three to LUC
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 3850 Views :: Land Use

...Nancy Cabral (Hawai‘i County), Linda Estes (Kaua‘i County) and Gary Okuda (At-Large)....

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Friday, July 7, 2017
Ige's Second Suit Against Trump: 9th Circuit Says Chin is Faking it
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 9314 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

“This court will not upset the Supreme Court’s careful balancing and ‘equitable judgment’ brought to bear when ‘tailor(ing) a stay’ in this matter....”

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Friday, July 7, 2017
HART board chokes on forensic audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:36 AM :: 5322 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“It’s not my intent to muck around in the past.”

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Friday, July 7, 2017
Competition heating up on Asia-Hawaii trade
By Michael Hansen @ 4:17 AM :: 3576 Views :: Jones Act

...the dedicated Asia–Hawaii Express will be upgraded from a fortnightly service to a weekly sailing starting in July 2017....

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Thursday, July 6, 2017
Hawaii, Alaska contemplate coming into North Korean missile range
By Selected News Articles @ 7:40 PM :: 4005 Views :: Military

...Ward believes it is time to refurbish the tunnels as civilian shelters in case of a North Korean attack....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
DLNR: Napali Coast a Better Place with Squatters Out
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 6981 Views :: Environment, Homelessness, Drugs

...A three day operation last week resulted in additional arrests and the dismantling of large, illegal camps in Kalalau Valley....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Some reasons why the HART Board does not want to do a forensic audit
By Honolulu Traffic @ 10:25 PM :: 4874 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...a number of allegedly flagrant violations of the law including the following....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Secy Perry calls the Jones Act an impediment to energy independence
By Michael Hansen @ 10:16 PM :: 5368 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

“Regarding our ability to retrieve energy, we don’t need anybody. Transportation may be our biggest impediment.”

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Tiki bar owner bows to ‘cultural appropriation’ outcry: ‘I am so very sorry’
By Selected News Articles @ 9:41 PM :: 6115 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

“Pretty soon we will be requiring ‘cultural appropriation’ training before anyone is allowed to open a business in this town.”

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Best States to Start a Business? Hawaii Ranks 46th
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 4727 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...access to cash, human capital and affordable office space....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Beyond Middle Street: Public Forum Discusses Options for Rail
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 5047 Views :: Rail
  • July 14-- Capitol Auditorium
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 5, 2017
By Congress.org @ 2:27 PM :: 3621 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Svinicki Nomination - Confirmation
  • House: Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Limitation
  • House: Immigration Law Enforcement Compliance
  • House: Criminal Undocumented Immigrants Sentencing Guidelines
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Kaiser Takes Control of Maui County HHSC Hospitals
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 5553 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

"It has been a long journey to bring us to this historic transition"

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Office Of Maunakea Management honored with culture and heritage award
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 4822 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

...for its implementation of a Long-Term Historic Property Monitoring Plan for the University of HawaiʻiManagement Areas on Maunakea....

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017
A Passion for Papaya is Not Propaganda
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:55 PM :: 4752 Views :: GMOs

Dr. Marion Nestle referred to the film Food Evolution as “propaganda” and the other activists like Zen Honeycutt and the Food Babe are jumping on board....

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