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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Full Text: NCAA Allegations vs UH men’s basketball program
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 1786 Views :: Higher Education

The report is being made available in accordance with Hawaiʻi’s public records law....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Wes Lo's Smoking Gun: Improvement of Medical Services on Maui Started With Fight for Second Hospital
By Andrew Walden @ 7:34 PM :: 3404 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

If the Legislature fails to grant MMMC permission to negotiate a partnership agreement with HPH and MMMC goes bankrupt, this interview will be the smoking gun....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
'Right to Try' Legislation Can Save Lives
By Rep Gene Ward @ 6:32 PM :: 1910 Views :: Health Care, Life

“The bottom line of this bill is to start saving lives."

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Compulsory Voting for Hawaii?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 6:19 PM :: 1964 Views :: Office of Elections

Voting has been compulsory in Australia since 1912 and appears to have reached about 94% voter turn-out in most elections....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Akina: Government can help lower the cost of living by getting out of the way
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:29 PM :: 2088 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...a new state-by-state comparison puts Hawaii as #1 in terms of the gap between the income residents earn and the cost of housing....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:17 PM :: 1496 Views :: Energy

...Nebraskans pay one of the lowest rates for electricity in the nation and revenues are reinvested in infrastructure to ensure reliable and cheap service for years to come....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
340 Candidates file for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 6:07 AM :: 1607 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to apply is February 20, 2015....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Forbes: Hawaii Deal Allows NextEra to Build Big Cable Without Federal Regulation
By Selected News Articles @ 10:18 PM :: 2321 Views :: Energy

...In nearly any other state, the inter-island cable project being considered in Hawaii would be subject to various federal rules and regulations designed to ensure consumers receive the benefits of robust competition....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Hawaiian Electric Launches Online Tracker for Solar, Wind Approvals
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1718 Views :: Energy

...see the status and progress of planned renewable generation projects, including customer-sited rooftop solar as well as mid-sized and utility-scale wind and solar projects....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Former charity director indicted for theft
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 2415 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

The defendant is the former executive director of the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Slom to Feds: Investigate Criminal Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:57 PM :: 2356 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...dishonesty and financial carelessness by the managers of the Hawaii Health Connector have been so rampant as to be criminal in nature....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Okino, Djou: End the State Skim on Rail Funds
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 2727 Views :: Rail

Okino was the principal advocate for rail when the City Council originally authorized the project. Djou lead the opposition to rail on the council....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
OHA sets community meetings on Kaka‘ako Makai Master Plan
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 1903 Views :: OHA

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will host community meetings throughout Hawai‘i, February 17 – March 3....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
2014: Record Visitors, Record Expenditures
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 1997 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 8,282,680 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in 2014, exceeding the 2013 record of 8,174,461 visitors by 1.3 percent ....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Clayton Hee's Wife Quits Cush Job at UH, Leaves State
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 5229 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Politicians

...Totally unrelated story -- Dec 17, 2014: Corruption: Al Hee Indicted on 13 Counts--Could Get 39 Years in Federal Prison (Indictment announced on 2nd anniversary of Dan Inouye's death)....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
NextEra, HECO Formally Request PUC Approval of Merger
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 1803 Views :: Energy

Highlights of the application include a commitment to not file a request with the PUC for a general base rate increase for at least four years post-transaction close and approximately $60 million in quantified customer savings...

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Repealing the Jones Act: Good for Energy, Great for America
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:24 PM :: 1724 Views :: Jones Act

...the cost of a U.S.-manufactured ship is about four times that of foreign competition....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Report: Hawaii Last Place for American Dream
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 2068 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawai‘i has the largest gap in the nation between residents’ income and housing costs, ranking dead last....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Procurement Violations: Feds May Demand Hawaii Health Connector Repay Grant
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:47 PM :: 1719 Views :: Health Care

...We noted numerous questionable travel and entertainment costs as well as unsupported severance pay. These questionable costs may be disallowed by the funding agency....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 50th in Payroll from Sole Proprietors, S-Corps, LLCs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 PM :: 2140 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

Pass-through businesses pay a significant role in the US economy. They account for 95 percent of all businesses, more than 60 percent of all business income, and more than 50 percent of all employment....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
House GOP: "Keep Hawaii's Heroes"
By Video @ 10:29 PM :: 1987 Views :: Military, Republican Party

For more information, go to .... 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Chief Justice Delivers State of the Judiciary Address
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 2206 Views :: Judiciary

Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald delivered the State of the Judiciary address today at a joint session of the State Senate and House....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Jones Act Risks Lives (again)
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:57 PM :: 1889 Views :: Jones Act

With the onset of another snowstorm hitting the Northeast, New Jerseyans are shaking their snow shovels at a federal law that causes them almost yearly fits.... 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Legislative Agenda: Rep Fukumoto Chang on Mike Buck Show
By Audio @ 6:36 PM :: 1889 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Representative Fukumoto Chang on Mike Buck Jan 20, 2015 – Audio Only....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7 issues to analyze in the 2015 Hawaii legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:32 PM :: 2009 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Legislative Ambulance Chasers Dig In To Taxpayers' Deep Pockets
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 2564 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...With ambulance chasers in positions of power, both the House and Senate are poised to advance HB189 and SB137 in separate hearings on Friday....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
DLNR Report Shows Major Increase in Aquarium Fish Populations
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 2236 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Overall Yellow Tang abundance has increased 58% (over 1.3 million fish) from 1999/2000 to 2012-2013 to a current population of 3.6 million fish....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Developer to Head DLNR? Ige's Dumb Move
By Video @ 4:10 PM :: 1984 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government
A Developer In Charge Of Hawai`iʻs Lands, Water & Resources?
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Tax Foundation: Hawaii Failing Small Businesses on Depreciation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:49 PM :: 2098 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Correcting this problem and allowing businesses to deduct the full cost in the first year is known as “full expensing”....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
United States Ranks Twelfth for Economic Freedom
By NCPA @ 12:37 PM :: 1707 Views :: Economy

...America's public debt "exceeds the value of the economy's annual production."....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Children in Single-Parent Families Perform Worse on Achievement Tests than Their Two-Parent Peers
By NCPA @ 12:20 PM :: 1486 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Among 15-year-old students in the United States, 20.7 percent live in single-parent families....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Inequality State: Top 1% Grab 71% of Income Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 AM :: 1705 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...the share of all income held by the top 1% is on a three-decade upswing....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Thanks to Obamacare, ILWU Contract Maybe Short-Lived
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 2272 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...if the new contract extends longer than three years, that will be a surprise to many....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
300 Candidates file for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 1725 Views :: Honolulu County

“Serving on your Neighborhood Board presents the opportunity to create real change in your community, build a legacy, and network with other leaders.”

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
LNG for Hawaii? Russian Oil Money Funds Sierra Club anti-Fracking Campaign
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 PM :: 1930 Views

...millions went to some of the nation’s most prominent and politically active environmentalist groups. The Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, Food and Water Watch, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
City to hold second Airport Area TOD community meeting
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 2227 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...Monday, Feb. 2, at the Aliamanu Middle School Cafeteria, 3271 Salt Lake Blvd., from 5:30-7:30 p.m....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Hawaii 'Deep Ecology' Activist Joins White Supremacists
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 3528 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History

...he eventually became the Sea Shepherd regional director in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rail Fail: Hawaii Ranks 49th--Lost 4.5% of Construction Jobs in Last 12 mos
By Andrew Walden @ 3:06 PM :: 2481 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

Making excuses for price-gouging rail contractors, HART Director Daniel Grabauskas points to the “red-hot construction market” as the cause for HART cost overruns....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
State of the State Fails To Endorse Robust Economic Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:46 PM :: 1858 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...the measures proposed stop short of what is needed for long-term reform and robust development of the Hawaii economy....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Duke Aiona's 808 State Update
By News Release @ 8:19 PM :: 2499 Views :: Politicians

...moving to a new time slot of 4-6 p.m....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Pat Saiki Reports on Republican National Committee Meeting
By Pat Saiki @ 8:01 PM :: 2778 Views :: Energy, Military, Republican Party

Senator Jeffrey Flake from Arizona, who attended BYU will keynote our evening. He knows our state, our people and our customs.  He sits on important committees in the U.S. Senate which affect our state.....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
$100M Penalty? Federal Court Again Finds Maui County in Violation of Clean Water Act
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 2292 Views :: Maui County, Environment

Maximum penalties in this case already exceed $100 million, and the meter is ticking at a rate of over $100,000 per day....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Over 20 Groups Oppose Ige's DNLR Nominee
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 2733 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government
Over twenty environmental groups are asking the Governor to withdraw his nomination of Castle & Cooke lobbyist Carleton Ching to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources and to drop any plans to weaken or eliminate the Land Use Commission....
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Electric Co-op for Big Island?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 2647 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy
“Both Ha and Ishibashi were reluctant to disclose who sits on the co-op steering committee.”
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Monday, January 26, 2015
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 4:30 PM :: 1590 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Governor David Ige today delivered his first State of the State address....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 26, 2015
By @ 3:08 PM :: 1432 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline - Climate Change
  • Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline - Energy Efficiency Standards
  • House: Gas Pipeline Permit Deadlines – Passage
  • House: Federal Abortion Funding Ban – Passage
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Monday, January 26, 2015
HB92: Terminal Patients 'Right to Try' Legislation Introduced in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 PM :: 1851 Views :: Health Care, Life

...more than 20 states have introduced so-called "Right to Try" bills in the hopes of allowing terminally ill patients to access experimental—and potentially life-saving—treatments more easily....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Is $5 a Gallon Gas on Its Way? This Expert Thinks So
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:35 AM :: 2104 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“The next round of high prices is likely to start later this year, as crude rebounds to the $80s and $90s, perhaps pushing to the $100 level by late in the year or early next.”

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
Chamber of Commerce Hawaii: State of the Economy Presentation
By UHERO @ 4:25 PM :: 1487 Views :: Economy

Carl Bonham presented this 2014 economic recap and 2015 forecast on January 20, 2015 at an event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii....

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Sunday, January 25, 2015
How Progressive Is Our System?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2051 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has released a report. ranking the states in terms of how progressive their tax systems are....

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