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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Bill: Fund Rail by Sale of Development Rights
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:13 PM :: 2104 Views :: Rail

"The State of Hawaii owns about 50% of the land along the rail corridor between Kapolei and downtown Honolulu and can raise millions of dollars through the sale of development rights...."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Ige Speech “Unfocused, Disappointing, Lacking in Details”
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 10:10 AM :: 2277 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Okay, the same guys who brought us 42 air conditioners are going to solve the housing crisis....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 2451 Views :: Agriculture

A bill introduced in the Hawaii House would legalize raw milk sales in the state, taking an important step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme....

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Government Mandates on Local Farmers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:47 PM :: 2520 Views :: Agriculture

...Baylen Linnekin is the author of Biting the Hand that Feeds Us....

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1961 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...we march, not out of fear and anger, but out of confidence in the direction we must take...."

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Affordable Retirement? Not in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 2734 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

If retirement is still a big question mark for you because of finances, consider relocating to a state that lets you keep more money in your pocket....

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Circuit Court Criminal and Family Court Criminal Cases Now Available Online
By News Release @ 2:48 PM :: 2202 Views :: Judiciary

The Hawaii State Judiciary now has more court documents available for online viewing....

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Hawaii Celebrates School Choice Week at 79 Events Statewide
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 1971 Views :: Education K-12

There are 79 events planned in the Aloha State to raise awareness about K-12 school choice....

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
My Conversation with OHA Sex Harassment Victim
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 5333 Views :: Ethics, OHA

In early 2016 I received a call from a friend who asked me to meet someone who needed help....

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
OHA’s Hidden LLCs: Why Plead Guilty to Stealing $14M?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:10 PM :: 6486 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... LLCs hide some of the fattest salaries in OHA--and much, much more ....

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Liberal TEA Party: Thousands March Against Trump in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 3361 Views :: Democratic Party
Trumped Enough Already? 
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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Funding Nonexistent People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3526 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...our state government paid half a million dollars in pension payments to people who were already dead. Well, then, what do you think of budgeting many times that amount for people who don’t even exist?....

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
UH System-Wide Survey to Amp up “Gender Violence” Hysteria
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 2728 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement

Rape is a felony.  If you have been raped, call the police—not a University administrator....

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
State Environmental Council Releases ‘Sustainability’ Report
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 2193 Views :: Environment

The report identifies environmental priorities for the State and makes important recommendations on measuring sustainability.....

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Obama’s Final Gift to Hawaii—Three Gun-Toting Meth Dealers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 4510 Views :: Drugs, Obama

2008 conviction of possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime....

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:28 AM :: 3580 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Life

Here are some resources for you....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Auditor: HART Audit Not Started
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 3457 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Projects Not Started or Suspended....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Lost Jobs: Obamacare Impact on Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 3341 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business

How many lost jobs, shuttered businesses and lost earnings in Hawaii? ....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Full Text: Police Commission Reasons for Removal of Chief Kealoha
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 4450 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...we will issue a subpoena under Section 6-1606( e), Revised Charter of the City and County of Honolulu, requiring production of complete un-redacted copies of the following....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
How Does Hawaii Score on Healthcare Access?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:11 PM :: 2506 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Mercatus Center Healthcare Openness and Access Project – Hawaii Ranks 29th....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Ward to Introduce ‘Tough Love Act’ for Homelessness
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:34 PM :: 3420 Views :: Homelessness, Drugs

...will give homeless who commit perpetual misdemeanor crimes the option to go before a judge to choose either jail or rehabilitation/taking of their meds/getting off drugs, or getting job training....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Competition Matters … In Sports and Government
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:14 PM :: 4081 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

And what was the most memorable part of his remarks? The introductions of Rep. Kouchi's campaign manager and of the highest paid lobbyist....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Full Text: President Donald Trump Inaugural Speech
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 2359 Views :: National News

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Republicans Urged to Run for Neighborhood Board
By News Release @ 9:56 AM :: 2732 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

This is an excellent opportunity to gain a higher profile in your districts, meet voters, and learn about the most pressing issues of concern to voters in your districts....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
188 Candidates File for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2423 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to apply as a candidate is February 17, 2017....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Asset Forfeiture Transparency & Accountability—Hawaii Grade D+
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 2843 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

Every year, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies across the United States seize and keep billions of dollars in cash, cars, homes and other property using a legal tool called forfeiture....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
EPA Fines Matson $725K for Molasses Spill
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 2435 Views :: Environment, Jones Act

...over federal Clean Water Act violations relating to a September 2013 molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Auditor: How Will Hawaii Regulate Midwives?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:15 PM :: 2184 Views :: Health Care

...the State’s proposed regulation of Certified Professional Midwives, who comprise just a small segment of the midwifery profession, is insufficient and inconsistent with the State’s regulatory policies....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Full Text: UH Sued over Biofuel Lab Explosion
By Selected News Articles @ 10:42 PM :: 3061 Views :: Energy, Higher Education

Ekins-Coward worked for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
On Life Support? HECO Wants to Give You $20
By News Release @ 10:35 PM :: 3301 Views :: Energy, Health Care, Cost of Living

Up to 2,000 customers dependent on life support equipment or increased heating and cooling needs due to a medical condition verified by a physician....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Financial Services: OHA Spire Contract Balloons 760% in Two Years
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:35 PM :: 4045 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...a contract for financial consulting services that ballooned from an initial $95,000 commitment to $723,000 from 2014 to 2016....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
OHA pays $50K: Sex harassment claim against Peter Apo
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 4079 Views :: Ethics, OHA
Coverage draws a classic non-denial from Apo ….
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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Caldwell: Payoff for Police Chief is Best Use of Taxpayer Money
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 2343 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...could have cost the taxpayers even more money....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 2915 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Full Text: House Speaker Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 2104 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...this July, we look forward to completing the privatization of Maui’s public hospitals and initiating a new era of health care delivery on the Valley Isle....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Scottish Nationalists Demand Ige Return Falls of Clyde
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 3494 Views :: Hawaii History

SNP MP Alison Thewliss has written to the US Governor, David Ige, pleading that authorities in Honolulu don’t sink or destroy the Falls of Clyde ship....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Best State to Raise a Family? Hawaii Ranks 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 3273 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Hawaii Dead Last for Pass-Thru Businesses
By Tax Foundation @ 8:36 PM :: 2711 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

In 49 out of 50 states, pass-through businesses employ over 50 percent of the private workforce. The one exception is Hawaii....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 18, 2017
By Congress.org @ 5:01 PM :: 2444 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Fiscal 2017 Budget Resolution 
Gen. James Mattis Secretary of Defense Waiver 
Private Market Investors 
Regulatory Accountability 
SEC Cost-Benefit Analyses 
CFTC Reauthorization 


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
48-Hour Fed Wreck Countdown
By Video @ 4:37 PM :: 3668 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA, Obama

... 12:00 EST / 7:00 AM HST Friday, January 20--No More Fake Indian Tribe ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Senate Democrats 2017 Legislative Program
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 3164 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

The 2017 Legislative Program for the Hawai‘i State Senate is as follows....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Opening Day Remarks: House Minority Leader Beth Fukumoto
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 2:01 PM :: 2988 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

In my past opening day speeches, I didn’t talk much about policy....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Hawaii State Legislators join nationwide initiative to address opioid abuse
By Video @ 3:37 AM :: 3141 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

Limit opioid painkiller prescriptions to one week at a time....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Prepares for Legislative Session
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:45 PM :: 4555 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life, Religion

...how you can raise your voice for life, family and religious freedom in Hawai'i....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hawaii Gun Owners ‘Rap Back’ Fact Sheet
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 2986 Views :: Second Amendment

The Rap Back services began retaining fingerprints for all new firearms on December 4, 2016....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hawaii Among Most Expensive States for Smokers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:55 PM :: 3057 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...Total Cost Per Smoker: $2,048,587....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
City purchases undeveloped Kahuku Golf Course oceanfront lands
By News Release @ 1:02 PM :: 3458 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

A nearly one-mile stretch of pristine coastline is adjacent to the Kahuku Golf Course....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Help Wanted: Deputy Solicitor General State of Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 10:48 AM :: 3040 Views :: Judiciary

The State of Hawaii Attorney General is looking for a Deputy Solicitor General....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Legislative Changes to Ensure Brokerage Compliance?
By News Release @ 10:42 AM :: 2087 Views :: Small Business

In August 2016, Oahu brokerage and property management firm Re/Max Kai Lani abruptly shut their doors, disconnected their phones, and took down their website....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Wind Turbines Are Killing Way More Bats Than Any Expected
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 4060 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

In the last five years, America’s wind turbines killed more than three times as many birds as the BP oil spill did....

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