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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Cost of Public Employment
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:52 PM :: 574 Views :: Labor
“Plunder! How public employee unions are raiding treasuries, controlling our lives and bankrupting the nation”
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Need for Tax Vigilance in 2017
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 444 Views :: Taxes

The sheer number of bills related to tax or public finance is staggering. It's much more frenetic this year than in any other year I've been in this position....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:44 AM :: 260 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

All legislative bills referred to more than one committee (i.e., those with multiple referrals) must have moved to their final committee in the originating chamber....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
OHA Insiders Plan to Neuter Audit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 PM :: 667 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...information and developments that are about to be announced by Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chair Colette Machado....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hawaii Military Commissaries Offer 32.6% Savings—Highest in USA
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 433 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military, Cost of Living

Because the savings rate is calculated from local price comparisons, it will vary by region due to differences in the cost of living, even when commissary prices remain uniform and constant....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
SB898: Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing Next Week
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 422 Views :: Second Amendment

SB 898 is a misguided gun control bill that would permanently strip an individual of their Second Amendment rights, not based on a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on a quasi-criminal proceeding....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hawaii Ranks Fourth for Millionaires
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 519 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

7.35% of Hawaii households have $1M or more of investable assets....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hawaii pro-life centers fight abortion referral mandate
By Selected News Articles @ 12:39 AM :: 398 Views :: First Amendment, Life

Hawaii state lawmakers hope to make their state the next to force pregnancy care centers to promote abortion....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
516 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 3187 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidate Registration is now closed....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections 430 Candidates Register with One Day to Go
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 415 Views :: Honolulu County

Friday, February 17, 2017 is the last day to register as a candidate for the Neighborhood Board elections....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
Hawaii Motor Vehicle Deaths Jump 27%
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 363 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

An NSC survey released Feb. 15 provides a glimpse at the risky things drivers are doing....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
DOH: Dairy Farm EIS Decision Coming Feb 24
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 281 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture

The extension adds eight calendar days to the 30 calendar days allowed by statute for the approving agency to decide if the FEIS is acceptable....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
State Procurement Office Launches Investigation into OHA Professional Services Contracts
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 629 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Professional Services Contract awards for the past 36 months....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wind Farms Kill 5 Million Bats Per Year
By Jack Dini @ 5:36 PM :: 375 Views :: Energy, Environment

...researchers have determined that an average of 15.5 bats are killed at each individual wind turbine site every year....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
HB1595: Involuntary Commitment for Mentally Ill
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:32 PM :: 219 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

"Currently, there are no laws on the books that allow for the involuntarily commitment of individuals who are mentally ill or drug addicted or alcoholic...."

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
How They Voted: Assisted Suicide Bill Passes First Committee
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:28 PM :: 324 Views :: Health Care, Life

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health passed the assisted suicide (SB1129) out of committee on February 15, 2017....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Economic Impact of Immigration by State—Hawaii 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 AM :: 317 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Highest Percentage of Jobs Generated by Immigrant-Owned Businesses Rank -- 3rd....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court Oral Arguments: When Is Election Law Admin Appeal "Brought?"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:42 PM :: 247 Views :: Office of Elections

...when it is mailed by the appellant, or when received by the Board of Registration Appeals....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hawaii 64 Structurally Deficient Bridges Identified
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 382 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in "poor" or worse condition....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
OHA: The Mystery of the Disappearing Money
By Video @ 5:25 PM :: 501 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Auditor: OHA Fails to File Oversight Reports as it Drains Public Land Trust Fund ....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
UH Abandons Search for New Manoa Chancellor after Chosen Candidate Refuses Job
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 433 Views :: Higher Education

Rather than reopen the search, University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner is recommending that he continue to serve as interim UH Mānoa chancellor for two more years....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 261 Views :: Judiciary

...judicial nominees for three vacancies in the District Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu) as a result of the retirement of Judges Gerald H. Kibe, David W. Lo, and Barbara P. Richardson....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
No Joke: UH Pres Lassner to assist search for DoE superintendent
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 417 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

...What color is your golden parachute?....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
How to give teachers a pay raise … without raising taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:08 PM :: 634 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

 ...$9,450 a year more without spending a penny....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Three Days Left: 371 Candidates Register for 437 Neighborhood Board Seats
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 329 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to submit completed candidate and voter registration forms for upcoming Neighborhood Board elections is this Friday, February 17, 2017....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Maunakea Observatories award Nānākuli and Kapolei students with research time
By Video @ 2:37 PM :: 260 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education, OHA

Maunakea Scholars is an innovative program designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s young, aspiring astronomers into the observatory community by competitively allocating observing time on Maunakea’s world-class telescopes....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Transform the Bureaucracy and Achieve Justice for John Sosa
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 344 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...Randall Roth comments on two stories on the DoE investigation into education reform advocate John Sosa which ran on KHON Feb 6 and Feb 7....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
HPD Acting Chief Supports Naming of Suspended Officers
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 395 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Police

...the department has chosen to support Senate Bill No. 424 and House Bill No. 456....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
HSTA Rallies for $500M Tax Hike on Renters—House Approves on 2nd Read
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 769 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 13, 2017
By Congress.org @ 5:11 PM :: 320 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Prohibit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak on Senate Floor 
Senate: Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General
Senate: Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
House: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
House: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
House: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
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Monday, February 13, 2017
Anti-Fishing Lies Exposed: Attorney General Releases Point by Point Debunk of Kaniela Ing
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 864 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

...Must read: AG responds to 9 questions from Ing.  Short version of responses: “No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, and No.”....

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
UHERO Slams the Skim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 514 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the State is making a ton of money off the skim....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Most 2016 GEMS Loans Went to One Insider
By Andrew Walden @ 9:12 PM :: 706 Views :: Energy, Ethics

In its 2016 Annual Report to the Legislature (pg4), HGIA explains it could write more loans if only its Board had more insiders....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Hawaii needs self-managed pension plan for public-worker retirees
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 602 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii is missing $23 billion ....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
HIDOT Mileage Fee: Meet Big Brother the Taxman
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:45 PM :: 488 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the system knows the driver's exact route, his speed compliance and provides ratings for his braking and cornering performance. Too much info in the hands of the government....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Study: 72 Convicted Terrorists Came From Countries Covered by Trump Vetting Order
By News Release @ 2:27 PM :: 493 Views :: National News, Military

...72 individuals from the seven countries covered in President Trump's vetting executive order have been convicted in terror cases since the 9/11 attacks....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
SB1129: Senate CPH Committee Schedules Assisted Suicide Bill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:23 PM :: 385 Views :: Health Care, Life

The committee on CPH has scheduled a public hearing on 02-15-17 8:30AM in conference room 229....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Neighborhood Board Elections: 327 Candidates Register for 437 Seats With One Week to Go
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 725 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline for candidate applications is Friday, February 17, 2017....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Justice Ginsburg at UH Law School: “We have a Dysfunctional Congress”
By Video @ 12:32 AM :: 485 Views :: Judiciary

...Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her perspective on the law, the courts and congress in February at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Home Ownership: Hawaii Most ‘Equity Rich’ Properties
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 599 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...equity rich — where the combined loan amount secured by the property was 50 percent or less of the property’s estimated market value....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Jones Act and Maritime Security Program
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 11:10 PM :: 481 Views :: Jones Act, Military

If it is possible to address the national security concerns of the Jones Act through other, more efficient and effective legislation, then we might clear the path to modernizing the Act....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Demanding a Tax Hike, HSTA to Rally at Capitol
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 660 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

to lobby for a constitutional amendment that will drastically increase property taxes....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
HTDC Gives Away $9.8M of Your Tax Dollars to Six Tech Companies
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 438 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... $1.6M state tax dollars and $8.2M federal tax dollars given away, not loaned ....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Ige Appoints Campaign Manager Circuit Court Judge
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 406 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Keith K. Hiraoka (Former Ige Campaign Chair), Catherine H. Remigio, and Todd W. Eddins appointed to First Circuit Court (Oahu)....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Crabbe Contract: Abigail Kawananakoa Sues OHA
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 632 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, just like every governmental agency, must follow its own rules and state law."

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
OHA Old Guard Retakes Power: Machado Selected as Chair
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 542 Views :: OHA

Trustee Dan Ahuna was named board vice chair....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Hawaii State Ethics Commission 2016 Annual Report
By News Release @ 1:49 PM :: 362 Views :: Ethics

...the Commission has jurisdiction over more than 50,000 state officials and employees....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Streetlights: Kauai First to Complete LED Conversion
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 385 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The change is expected to save the county approximately $400,000 annually....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Buffer Zone Bozos Descend on Capitol (again)
By Joni Kamiya @ 9:48 AM :: 584 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

If you look closely at the activists there, none of any have t-shirt tans or even the slightest hint of field dirt under their nails or on their shoes....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
KIUC Board Sets Renewable Energy Goal of 70 percent by 2030
By News Release @ 9:12 AM :: 331 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

KIUC expects to reach 50% in 2018....

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