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Monday, May 6, 2019
Hawaii Republican Party Convention Set for May 11
By News Release @ 12:34 PM :: 2178 Views :: Republican Party

...the following is a list of the candidates running for Party office....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Conflict of Interest? Judge Hiraoka’s Adventures in Dubinland
By Andrew Walden @ 8:22 PM :: 5388 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Judiciary

...For three and a half years, Gilpin alleges, Hiraoka was simultaneously fighting to save Gary Dubin’s law license in one court while opposing Dubin in another, creating a conflict of interest....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Hawaii: Six Second Amendment Lawsuits
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 4177 Views :: Second Amendment

...For those that are not counting we currently have 4 lawsuits open that HIFICO (and/or its directors) are involved in directly and 2 more that we’re indirectly involved in....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Waimea DHHL Association Seeks Federal Recognition as Indian Tribe
By Video @ 4:24 PM :: 4696 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, DHHL

...Waimea Hawaiian Homes Association is attempting to become a federally recognized government called Waimea Nui under DOI....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Carbon Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3577 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Department of Land and Natural Resources is doing a reforestation project in East Maui. It’s hired a vendor to certify the project for “carbon credits.” Why are they doing that if we don’t even have a carbon tax ....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Corrections Officer charged with felony drug offense
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 3716 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, Drugs

...the police officer observed drug paraphernalia in plain view and subsequently arrested Espejo....

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
HART Moves to Part Two of P3
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 2531 Views :: Rail

...a short list of not more than 3 preferred offerors is now being asked to put together proposals that include pricing and technical details of how they plan to complete the rail project to Ala Moana Center, construct the Pearl Highlands parking garage and transit center, and operate and maintain the rail system for a period of 30 years....

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:02 AM :: 3540 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...On Thursday, May 3, 2019, the 30th legislative session closed.... 

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Saturday, May 4, 2019
DoH: CBD Products are Illegal, 'Adulterated'
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 3106 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

...warning letters have been sent to companies that have targeted vulnerable populations with false advertising....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Audit: HART Gives HECO Anything it Wants for Overhead--No Questions Asked
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:18 PM :: 3954 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Rail

"...HART does not require Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., (HECO) to provide overhead cost supporting documentation. HART reimburses Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. 100% of their costs incurred...."

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Friday, May 3, 2019
House Republican Caucus: Session Mostly Notable for Marijuana Legislation
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 3147 Views :: Republican Party, Drugs

...2019 Legislative Session – Notable Bills....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Republicans: Hirono an Embarrassment
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:31 PM :: 3731 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Republican Party

...“Senator Hirono predictably demonstrates a clear pattern of malicious and abhorrent behavior towards anyone and everyone associated with President Trump,” stated Kulbis....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Two Anti-Gun Bills on Governor's Desk
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 2325 Views :: Second Amendment

...NRA-ILA will be back at the Capitol for the 2020 session....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
UHERO: Recent data confirm weaker growth
By UHERO @ 4:24 PM :: 2279 Views :: Economy

...The number of visitor days remains below last year’s peak, with more worrying signs from falling visitor spending. Job growth has largely stalled and income gains have receded....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
‘Sticks’ won’t resolve vacation rental debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:14 PM :: 2792 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii’s contradictory approach to short-term vacation rentals hasn’t been doing much to make anybody happy, and could, in fact, just be making things worse....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
Mayor signs Bill 96 relating to fire safety into law
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 2583 Views :: Honolulu County

...amended sprinkler requirements....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
DLNR Audit: Four Material Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:15 AM :: 2095 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"Improve recordkeeping to prepare accrual basis financial statements"

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Friday, May 3, 2019
House Passes 298 Bills
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 3334 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...There is more to be done, and we will use this interim to develop priorities for next year...."

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
OHA: Where is the promised audit for fraud, waste and abuse?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 3221 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...It's been over two years since the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees unanimously approved an independent audit of OHA and its limited liability companies for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
​To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:31 PM :: 2628 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Alabama and Hawaii raise the smallest portion of their state and local tax revenue through property taxes: 17.1 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively....

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
Schofield Manager Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 3696 Views :: Ethics, Military

...Raby provided the contractor with sensitive, internal U.S. Department of Defense procurement information, and otherwise used his position to benefit the contractor in securing U.S. Army contracts....

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
How Clean Is Your Electric Vehicle?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:27 AM :: 3300 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

...Natural Gas rich Reno, NV is waaaay cleaner than Honolulu....

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
BEA: Hawaii Economic Growth Slows to 1%
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2591 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Gross Domestic Product by State: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2018....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
US Shipbuilders oppose Trump’s proposed LNG carrier waiver
By Michael Hansen @ 6:12 AM :: 2458 Views :: Jones Act

...“America first.” This is the phrase we hear repeated by President Trump more than any other—the simple yet powerful promise that our government will “buy American and hire American.”....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Hawaii Gun Rights Group Sues FBI over 'Rap Back'
By News Release @ 5:57 AM :: 4269 Views :: Second Amendment

...Hawaii Firearms Coalition Today Filed Suit in the D.C District Court Seeking Information Regarding Hawaii's use of the FBI Rap Back Service for gun owners....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Kailua Crash Kills 3: Case, Thielen ask FAA to Ground Helicopters
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:39 AM :: 2972 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Tourism

...three helicopter crashes since October....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
USD Finds 'Hawaiian Day' Legal
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 AM :: 2430 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...The University of South Dakota determined that a student group naming its party “Hawaiian Day” did not violate the school’s policy....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Ethics Commission Resolves Charge Against Rowena Akana
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2593 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This case – COMPL-C-17-00112 – is separate from the Commission’s Decision in COMPL-C-15-00236, issued on February 5, 2019, which imposed an administrative penalty of $23,106.53; Ms. Akana has appealed that Decision....

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Hanalei Finds Excuse: 20 More Days Without Tourists
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 2990 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

... prompted by community concerns brought to HDOT by Senate President Ronald Kouchi, Representative Nadine Nakamura, and Mayor Kawakami ....

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