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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Ethics: Rowena Akana Fined $23K--Trouble Began with OHA-Funded Scheme to Dig Up Kawaiahao Church Graveyard
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 4614 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Princess Kawananakoa believes that Kawaiaha’o church officials and construction workers dug up and disturbed the burial plot of her ancestor Queen Kapi’olani ....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearings This Thursday
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2995 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Thursday, February 7th, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs is scheduled to hear Senate Bills 556, 600, 621, and 1466....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
SOTU: "America will never be a socialist country"
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 3001 Views :: National News

...President Trump’s State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and released by the White House....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
There’s insufficient evidence your sunscreen harms coral reefs
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 AM :: 5502 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Tourism

...the few studies that have addressed the environmental impacts of sunscreens experimentally “are not representative of real world conditions”....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
JEFS Fail: Judiciary Electronic System Leaves Lawyers in the Dark
By Robert Thomas @ 1:38 AM :: 3267 Views :: Judiciary

"...the JEFS system has failed to notify us of events in the cases in which we are counsel...."

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
ICA Throws out Case Against Vacation Rental
By Robert Thomas @ 1:24 AM :: 5346 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Tourism

...Hitting someone with a notice of violation and then telling them to disprove it (all the while laboring under ever-increasing daily fines) just won't cut it....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Up 30%--Hawaii Second-Highest Per Capita Expenses for Higher Education
By Selected News Articles @ 1:14 AM :: 4189 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...Over the past five years, Hawaii's cumulative increase in higher education funding is more than 30%....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
County of Kaua‘i celebrates one year of Electronic Plan Review services
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 3892 Views :: Kauai County, Development

...“I commend the Building Division and its staff for implementing this system, which creates added efficiency of the plan review process and reduces costs and waste associated with building permits and development approvals,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Simon Abundance Index: Population growth equals greater resources
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:43 AM :: 3978 Views :: Environment, Economy

...instead of making resources scarcer, population growth has gone hand in hand with greater resource abundance....

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tulsi Wins David Duke KKK Endorsement (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 9:59 PM :: 6075 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Former KKK leader David Duke appears to have switched his allegiance from President Trump to Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard....

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Hawaii's dangerous idea: Allowing people to smoke is equivalent to killing them
By Selected News Articles @ 3:16 PM :: 4861 Views :: Health Care, Life, Taxes

...This way of thinking could justify government intervention in nearly all aspects of a person's life....

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Restaurant Closures Correlate to Minimum Wage Hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 4724 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...For every dollar that the San Francisco minimum wage went up, there was a 4 to 10 percent increase in the likelihood of restaurant closings....

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Hirokazu Toiya named Director of Emergency Management
By News Release @ 10:33 AM :: 4228 Views :: Honolulu County

...Toiya has been the acting director of the Department of Emergency Management since October of 2018, and previous served as deputy director since July 2017....

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Monday, February 4, 2019
​Volcano Homeowners Face New Threat—From Government
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 5124 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Tourism

...Beginning April 1, homeowners won’t be allowed to offer their homes as short-term rentals unless their properties fall within designated “resort zones”—and they can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines for violating that law....

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Monday, February 4, 2019
Legislative Preview: This Week's Bills on the Move
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:19 AM :: 3985 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Legislative Hearings Week 3....

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Monday, February 4, 2019
Honolulu 4th Deepest 'Sinkhole City'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 AM :: 3881 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...Report: 63 out of America’s largest 75 cities can’t pay their bills, acquired $330 billion in unfunded debt....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Lyon Bribery: $240K to Buy DHHL Contract?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:37 PM :: 6410 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...Under the plea agreement, “(Lyon) is required to submit…an accurate and complete list of all business he is currently affiliated/involved with that involve federal contacts.”....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Honolulu Ranks 72nd for Fiscal Health
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 5606 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Honolulu has a Taxpayer Burden of $23,000, earning it an "F" grade....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 3, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 PM :: 2903 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Weekly Update from GovTrack.us....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Applicants Wanted for State Campaign Spending Commission
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 4808 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...The terms will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:25 PM :: 2916 Views :: Drugs

... Monday, February 4, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee will be hearing HB 1383 Relating to Marijuana in room 325 at 2:05 ....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Tax Hike Creativity Abounds at our Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2616 Views :: Taxes

...This year, our legislature once again is poised to consider revenue raising – namely, taxes in new and creative ways....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
VIDEO: Crowd of 'Dozens' at Tulsi Presidential Campaign Launch
By Video @ 9:53 PM :: 5159 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Thin Crowd at Hilton Hawaiian Village as Tulsi Gabbard launches presidential campaign with Waikiki event....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
NBC News: Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard
By Selected News Articles @ 9:24 PM :: 4386 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
HB1191: Minimum Wage Hike Written to Exclude Public Employees
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 4619 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Under HB1191 HD1, the minimum wage for employees not receiving employer-sponsored health insurance will gradually increase until it reaches $15.00 in 2024, and $12.50 in 2024 for employees who are receiving employer-sponsored health insurance  (Editor's Note: This formula avoids re-writing State and County union contracts)....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
Sex Harassment: New House Rules "add another layer of silence"
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 6049 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Notably, the draft policy excludes the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, which rendered the Souki decision last year....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
States with the Best Dental Health -- Hawaii Ranks 15th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:41 PM :: 3185 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...data set ranges from share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year to dental treatment costs to share of adults with low life satisfaction due to oral condition....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
Auditor: Should Insurers be Required to Cover Mainland Air Ambulance?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:54 PM :: 2606 Views :: Health Care

...The two largest health insurance providers in the State reported a total of 28 members that were recommended for medical transportation to the continental United States for treatment in 2016 and 2017. Insurance coverage was not provided in 11 cases, all of which involved members from a single insurance provider....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
Legislators Pressure OHA on Audit, LLCs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 3731 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...on January 9, after hearing OHA's biennium budget request, members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee raised questions about the progress of the independent audit of OHA and its LLCs. A similar question was raised the next day at the House Finance Committee....

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Friday, February 1, 2019
Abortion Rich: Hawaii Planned Parenthood Buys up Mills in Indiana, Kentucky
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 2983 Views :: Life

...Millions in out of state funds will attempt to influence Indiana abortion policies....

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Friday, February 1, 2019
The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns from the Left
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:36 PM :: 7348 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Higher Education

...The proposed Equality Act would add “gender identity” to the Civil Rights Act of 1964....

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Friday, February 1, 2019
Gabbard Cult Hires Scientology Lawyer to Intimidate Hawaii Media
By Andrew Walden @ 6:57 PM :: 9471 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Religion

...Birds of a feather flock together....

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Friday, February 1, 2019
Looking for housing in all the wrong places
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:19 PM :: 4101 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

...House Bill 1315 proposes an amendment to the Hawaii Constitution that would enshrine a “right” to housing....

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Friday, February 1, 2019
Birth Tourism Bust: Hawaii Easier to Clear Customs
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 4246 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

"...The clients were also told to enter the country by flying into Hawaii instead of Los Angeles where clearing U.S. Customs was perceived to be more difficult...."

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