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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
NAEP Shows Multi-Year Decline in DoE Math Scores
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 1951 Views

"...Math scores are often correlated to college and career readiness...."

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
DoE Touts Increased Enrollment in AP Classes
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 3652 Views :: Education K-12

...College and Career Readiness Indicators Report released by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Is Obamacare Unconstitutional Without Individual Mandate Tax? Hawaii AG Attempts to Intervene
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 PM :: 3496 Views :: Health Care

...Congress’ gutting of the individual mandate tax penalty last year leaves the law unconstitutional....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Hawaii Millennials 2nd Lowest Home Ownership Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 2917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...2018’s Best & Worst States for Millennials....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections to be Cancelled?
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 4170 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

'''Extends the terms of board members from two (2) years to four (4) years...."

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
HB2010 Would be 'Devastating' to Tourism Industry--HTA
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 5164 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

"...Misinformation is being circulated that attempts to downplay the devastating effects that HB2010 SD2 will have on HTA’s tourism marketing...."

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Monday, April 9, 2018
EA Debunks Hysteria: Aquarium Fishery has 'No Significant Impact'
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 4490 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...maybe now attention can be focused on more important issues such as the recent spate of deaths caused by snorkel rentals....

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Monday, April 9, 2018
HSTA Bosses Reelected without Opposition
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 4489 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HSTA State Leadership Team to Serve through 2021....

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Monday, April 9, 2018
Amicus Brief on Behalf of Evan McMullin et al in Hawaii v. Trump: Congress Intended to 'Eliminate All Vestiges of Discrimination'
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 5648 Views :: National News, Republican Party

...The Republican Party platform of 1960 had endorsed an “immigration policy…based upon judgment of the individual merit of each applicant for admission.”....

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Monday, April 9, 2018
Tax Burden: Hawaii Ranks #2
By Selected News Articles @ 12:17 PM :: 3537 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...only New York State is higher....

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Monday, April 9, 2018
Trump To Replace 'Liberal Lion' Of The Ninth Circuit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 3754 Views :: Judiciary

...a conservative jurist will replace Judge Stephen Reinhardt....

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Monday, April 9, 2018
Hanabusa: Political Insiders are My Strength
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 3514 Views :: Politicians

"...legislators are...in the best position to judge...."

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
OHA Trustees to Order Shutdown of LLCs?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:45 PM :: 4839 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...On Wednesday April 11, Trustees appear set to take the next step—ordering the LLCs to cease operations and transfer their remaining assets back to OHA....

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Sunday, April 8, 2018
Can Government Avoid Its Responsibilities with LLCs?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4188 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Can you say 'ankle shackles?' ....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 7101 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...Bills that would have (1) established a task force to reduce suicides in Hawaii by 25% (HB2278 HD1), (2) designate September as Suicide Prevention Month (HB1703) and (3) create an application for smartphones designed to provide resources to Hawaii's youth (HB1704) all perished....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
1 Hour Notice--Hawaii House Committee Passes Trigger Modification Ban
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 4266 Views :: Ethics, Second Amendment

... April 4th, the Hawaii House Committee on Judiciary passed Senate Bill 2046 with amendments.  The Committee added SB 2046 to their agenda less than an hour before the scheduled hearing.  SB 2046 will now head to the House floor ....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Chief Justice Appoints Kirstin M. Hamman as Maui District Court Judge
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 4581 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...Recktenwald has today appointed Kirstin M. Hamman to the District Court of the Second Circuit (Island of Maui) to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Keith E. Tanaka....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Mandatory paid sick leave wrong medicine for Hawaii economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:16 PM :: 4928 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...There are currently three different bills still alive that would require local companies to give all employees paid sick leaves: HB 1727, HB 2598 and SB 2990 ....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Hawaii: Need $153K Salary to Buy Average Home
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 5403 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Place Where You Need the Highest Salary to Afford the Average Home  --  Hawaii: $153,520 for a house worth $610,000 ....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Hawaii’s ill-chosen legalization of assisted suicide
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 4595 Views :: Health Care, Life

...We can learn a lot about the folly of this path if we look to other places here and abroad where assisted suicide already is legal. A quick survey turns up countless instances of the failures of these laws to safeguard the most vulnerable....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
DOI moves to rescind 'illegal' threatened species rule
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 3359 Views :: Environment

...the change could affect up to 20 species in Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Grassroot: Low unemployment masks Hawaii’s unhealthy economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:37 PM :: 5523 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

....Grassroot president says high taxes, regulations discourage higher-paying jobs....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Death Tax: Hawaii One of Only a Few States
By Tax Foundation @ 4:28 PM :: 4148 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Recently, states have moved away from these taxes or raised the exemption levels....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Hunt for Few Remaining Rats on Lehua Island
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 4323 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...the Project Partners have recruited rat-detection dogs to join the team....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Ethics Ruling: How DTL Pays Senator Delacruz -- Legally
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 7153 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... A Hawaii State Senator goes for somewhere between $50K and $100K per year--and its all legal ....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Ethics: City Supervisor Caught Working Second Job on City Time
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 5492 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor

...reimbursed the city in the amount of $1,891.20 approximately 62 hours of city time....

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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Honolulu Among U.S. Solar Leading Cities in New Report
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 3755 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Each year, the survey ranks nearly 70 of the nation’s major cities by megawatts of solar energy....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Is OHA a Broken Trust?
By Video @ 6:53 PM :: 4304 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Why Do OHAʻs CEO & The “Old Guard” Trustees Keep Going Down The Same Road?....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Financial Literacy--Hawaii Ranks 41st
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 5615 Views :: Family, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...The housing-market collapse and following financial crisis reminded Americans of our obsession with debt and the dangers of quick access to finances for under-informed consumers....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
UPDATE: Republican Bills in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:44 PM :: 4143 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Second Crossover is one week away....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Lawsuit: Hawaii Taser Ban is Unconstitutional
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 AM :: 6628 Views :: Second Amendment

...A lawsuit filed April 2, 2018 in Hawaii’s Federal District Court challenges the state ban on civilian ownership of stun guns....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Pohakuloa: Court Orders Review of State Lease
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 5719 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Military

...The judge’s order asks for a plan to be submitted to the court by Dec. 28, 2018 which requires a written stewardship plan, regular monitoring and inspections, inspection reports with recommendations, procedures for addressing violations and debris removal plans....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Honolulu Socialists Foolishly Allow Rep Kaniela Ing to Join Up
By Andrew Walden @ 9:11 PM :: 7304 Views :: Politicians

...Just as people were beginning to forget that Gulag thingy--more self-inflicted damage to the Socialist cause....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Just Shut Up: The Price of Pandering to Anti-Vaxxers
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:04 PM :: 5898 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

...the other night at 1AM, my 7 year old woke up moaning about not feeling well. She was running a 104 degree fever....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Ige Appoints Three to BoE
By News Release @ 1:24 PM :: 3727 Views :: Education K-12

...Ige has appointed former teacher and principal Catherine Payne and University of Hawai‘i administrator Dwight Takeno to the Board of Education. Current board member Margaret Cox will be reappointed....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
HB1481: DelaCruz Gut & Replace to Bypass Opposition to HCDA Control of East Kapolei
By Andrew Walden @ 3:28 AM :: 5865 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

...the same text in SB2525 ran into opposition from several Kapolei-area Representatives.... 

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
VIDEO: Trump Tax Impact on Hawaii
By Video @ 2:53 AM :: 2120 Views

...What is the Impact. Does the average taxpayer pay more or less under the new Trump tax laws? Do businesses and the wealthy fare better than regular citizens?....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Community-based report on Maunakea released
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 6880 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...EnVision Maunakea, a report reflecting the beliefs, views and opinions of about 100 Hawaiʻi Island residents about the future of Maunakea, is now available to the public....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Honolulu 8th-Worst for Middle Class Homebuyers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 AM :: 3977 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Politicians' hyperbolic campaign promises don't seem to be making life much better....

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Revolving Door: Caldwell Hires Another Reporter to Spin News
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 5076 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

...Mayor names communications director and welcomes new public information officer....

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Lahaina Injection Wells: Is WOTUS Just too Complicated to Enforce?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:20 PM :: 4850 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...If the goal is to guide human action, environmental markets work better than indecipherable regulations....

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Monday, April 2, 2018
$30K Per Resident: Hawaii Worst OPEB Liability in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:16 PM :: 4696 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 surveys the more than 100 state-administered post-employment benefit plans, such as health insurance, Medicare advantage, life insurance, and other non-pension benefits....

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Monday, April 2, 2018
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer ROI in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 4111 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...where do taxpayers get the least bang for their buck?....

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Sunday, April 1, 2018
Financial Planning for a $200M Per Year Deficit?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3131 Views :: Taxes

...why do we have a current state financial plan that spends more than $200 million every year over available revenues?....

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