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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Tulsi Gabbard, Bill Maher Agree: 'Liberals Need to go back to School on Issue of Islam'
By Video @ 4:28 PM :: 2875 Views :: Military, Religion

...Obama has been refusing to label terrorist group ISIS as “Islamic extremists,” instead opting for “violent extremists,” a choice Maher called “crazy” on his HBO talk show. “Words do matter,” he said....

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Saturday, October 31, 2015
DoE: Hawaii is ahead of President’s call to reduce testing in schools
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 1792 Views :: Education K-12

"We made significant changes to reduce the amount of testing in our schools this year," stated Superintendent Matayoshi....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Charter Amendment: HART to Take Over TheBus, Handi-Van, Milk them to Cover Rail Operating Expenses
By Andrew Walden @ 7:40 PM :: 2022 Views :: Rail

The Group met on October 13, 2015 and discussed possible Charter amendment topics, which included the consolidation of the TheBus, TheHandi-Van, and rail into one entity....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Bill 72: Property Tax Break for Honolulu Home Businesses
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:52 AM :: 2140 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

...homeowners of flex units face the challenge of having their entire property classified as 'Commercial', which equates to approximately 254% more in taxes....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
S. Korea Bail out for Shipbuilder which Bails out US Shipbuilder
By Michael Hansen @ 3:30 AM :: 1655 Views

...without government subsidies, the major S. Korean shipbuilders would have to raise their prices by around 20%. That of course pales in comparison with the 500% premiums to build a oceangoing self-propelled ship in a major U.S. shipbuilding yard....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Aha Moku Advisory Committee Hosts Public Meetings to Draft Rules
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 2052 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...as it develops and adopts rules for its operation and administration....

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Friday, October 30, 2015
2015 Hawaii’s Outstanding Military Spouse Awards Program
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 1422 Views :: Military

Sponsored by the Hawaii Navy League....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
GOP: All Democrats Should Return Criminal Hee Contributions
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 2569 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Republican Party

...one-party rule in this state can easily lead to a corrupt 'old boy network'....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
NYT: The Reign of Recycling
By NCPA @ 2:13 PM :: 1764 Views :: Environment

Despite decades of exhortations and mandates, it's still typically more expensive for municipalities to recycle household waste than to send it to a landfill....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Grassroot Institute Launches Maui Radio Program
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:09 AM :: 1637 Views :: Maui County

Grassroot Institute President Keli'i Akina launches a one-hour program on Maui's 1110AM KAOI....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Investment Advice: Repeal the Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 3:23 AM :: 1720 Views :: Jones Act

Lutts mentions the Jones Act in the context of the Puerto Rico financial crisis, the loss of the EL FARO, and the distortions it causes in the economy....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Half a Million Dollars of Public Pension Money Paid to Dead People in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 AM :: 2314 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...at least 134 deceased persons received over-payments from the Employee Retirement System, with some over-payments in excess of $50,000....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
AARP and WHO accept Honolulu’s Age-Friendly City plan
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 1646 Views :: Honolulu County

The WHO Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities is an international effort launched in 2006 to help cities prepare for rapid population aging and the parallel trend of urbanization....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Honolulu Average Weekly Wages Below US Average
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 1909 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Honolulu County had average weekly wages of $918 ranked near the middle (172nd) of the national ranking among the 342 largest counties. Nationally, the average weekly wage was $1,048 in the first quarter of 2015....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Reach Record High in September
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 1581 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...an increase of 4.7 percent to 652,616 visitors....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Behind the Scenes a Maneuver to become Chief of Hawaiian 'Tribe'
By Video @ 5:30 PM :: 2603 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA
Wonder Why Robin Danner's Been Out Of The News Lately?
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Study: Mixed Results from Pre-K Program
By NCPA @ 4:14 PM :: 1654 Views :: Education K-12

...by the end of first grade, the achievement scores for both groups were again equal and by third grade the scores of children who participated in the pre-K program were lower than those who had not....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tips From An Election Lawyer For Setting Up Private Racially-Exclusive Elections, er ... "Opinion Polls"
By Robert Thomas @ 4:04 AM :: 2032 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...don't be too surprised if the Ninth Circuit sees it a different way....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Hawaii NAEP: Student Proficiency Drops Sharply
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 1587 Views :: Education K-12

“Compared with NAEP, Smarter Balanced more directly measures what we expect our students to know and be able to do...."

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
DLIR Raids Ala Moana Building Contractors
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 1645 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Undercover video shows Ala Moana construction workers paid in cash....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Abortion Doc: Harvesting Intact Fetal Heads “Will Give Me Something to Strive For”
By Video @ 3:36 PM :: 1541 Views :: Life

...a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term fetuses which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
DoTax Mood Swings Put Extra $8M in Rail Coffers
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1692 Views :: Rail, Taxes

State Department of Taxation officials have pointed to a lag in processing tax returns as a key reason for the swings....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
DCCA: Banking and Marijuana
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 1800 Views :: Drugs

Commissioner of Financial Institutions, Iris Ikeda, presented considerations for banks and other financial institutions when dealing with marijuana related businesses at the Hawaii State Bar Association....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Homelessness: Ige Signs Supplemental Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 1606 Views :: Homelessness

...despite multiple efforts, many individuals decline help....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Plaintiffs File Appeal in Lawsuit Against Unconstitutional Na’i Aupuni Election
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:22 PM :: 2318 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

...Today, the Plaintiffs in Akina v. State of Hawai’i filed an appeal from the Order of Judge Michael Seabright denying their motion to halt a race-based election to establish a Hawaiian tribe in violation of the Constitution....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
DHHL to Consult Beneficiaries on Proposed Rule Changes
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 1821 Views :: DHHL

...Genetic Testing--Lease Transfer--Subsistence Farming...

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Monday, October 26, 2015
HR3764: Legislation Strips Interior Dep't Authority over Tribal Recognition
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 2187 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Under the legislation, the DOI’s controversial recognition rules, also known as Part 83, would have no force and effect....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Solar Industry Fights Weakening of Hawaii Law
By Selected News Articles @ 12:44 PM :: 1913 Views :: Energy

PUC Chairman Randy Iwase seems confident that the ruling will stand....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Hawaii Health Department Vulnerable to Waste and Abuse
By NCPA @ 12:30 PM :: 1876 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

An investigation by Hawaii's state auditor into the state's Department of Health....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted October 26, 2015
By Congress.org @ 12:25 PM :: 1532 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: "Sanctuary Cities" 
Senate: Cybersecurity Info Sharing 
House: Debt Prevention 
House: DC Opportunity Scholarship Pgrm 
House: Natl Strategic and Critical Minerals 
House: Health Care Reconciliation 
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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Feds 'Reestablishing government-to-government relationship' with OHA as a Tribe
By Andrew Walden @ 10:30 PM :: 2433 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

..."reestablishing a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community" does not refer to reestablishing a relationship with the Hawaiian Kingdom....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Jones Act Ship: Only the Price is American
By Michael Hansen @ 2:35 PM :: 1692 Views :: Jones Act
Will pigs fly before the Jones Act changes?
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Sunday, October 25, 2015
5 Years: Another Jones Act Shipping Exec Heading to Prison
By Michael Hansen @ 2:17 PM :: 1507 Views :: Jones Act

...for participating in a price-fixing conspiracy....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Does PV Add Home Value?
By UHERO @ 1:15 PM :: 1787 Views :: Energy

...PV already installed on a home is worth about $4,000 more than the median value of a PV permit....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Pesticide Case by Hawaii Banana Workers Revived
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 AM :: 2398 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Labor

The Dole fruit and Dow chemical companies must face a lawsuit from migrant farm workers who claim they were harmed by a pesticide, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Ten Million Words and Counting
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1489 Views :: Taxes

...today, the federal tax code is roughly six times as long as it was in 1955, while federal tax regulations are about 2.5 times as long....

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
Applications Sought for DLNR Hawaii Island Advisory Council
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2337 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

Completed applications must be received by December 22, 2015....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Abortion Survivor to Speak at Events on Maui, Big Island
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:27 PM :: 1807 Views :: Life

With a Master's Degree in Social Work, abortion survivor Melissa Ohden has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Hawaii Veterans Treatment Court Graduates Five
By News Release @ 7:31 PM :: 2101 Views :: Judiciary, Military

The Hawaii State Supreme Court courtroom was filled with supporters of the five U.S. veterans who completed the intensive two-year program.....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Chief Justice Appoints James C. McWhinnie Oahu District Court Judge
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 1718 Views :: Judiciary

If confirmed by the State Senate, McWhinnie will serve a term of six years....

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Taxpayers Sue Hawaii for Rail Money Grab
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 AM :: 1959 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii has grabbed tens of millions of dollars from Honolulu County taxpayers and diverted it to the general fund, rather than using it for a mass transit rail project as intended....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
Hawaii GOP: Democrats Should Return Al Hee Campaign Contributions
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 3079 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party
“Al Hee and Sandwich Isles played an integral part in perpetuating Hawaii’s one-party political machine and used their political connections to line their own pockets,” stated Hawaii GOP Chair Fritz Rohlfing....
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Friday, October 23, 2015
State, Kaiser Begin Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 2263 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The state will negotiate in good faith to secure the best possible outcome for our citizens and for employees of the facilities involved,” said Gov. David Ige....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
Grassroot: Plaintiffs Intend to Continue Fight Against Unconstitutional Election
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:46 PM :: 2370 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

....the effort to stop the state's unconstitutional Native Hawaiian election is far from over....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
"Shame on this court"-- Shouting Erupts as Seabright Upholds Nai Aupuni Election
By Andrew Walden @ 5:29 PM :: 3423 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

"This is about $500 million dollars of OHA money in exchange for surrendering Native Hawaiian rights."

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Friday, October 23, 2015
Call the US Department of Interior and tell them ‘No!’
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 1877 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The Department of the Interior will conduct four meetings by teleconference....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:42 PM :: 1839 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii ranks 44th at $58 per person ....

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Friday, October 23, 2015
Jeb Bush is First on the Ballot for Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1702 Views :: Republican Party

The Hawaii GOP Caucuses will be held Tuesday March 8, 2016 from 6PM to 8PM at dozens of voting locations statewide....

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Taking sides against equality and unity
By Selected News Articles @ 8:57 PM :: 1834 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...This is a question for Congress to decide, not a small band of lawyer-activists inside the Obama administration....

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Rail Surcharge: Necessary and Proper?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:23 PM :: 1736 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Sylvia Luke wants it as a slush fund to purchase Ali’i Place. Ernie Martin wants it to build affordable housing....

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