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Monday, October 31, 2016
HPD Shares Payoff from $670M Gambling Bust
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 1934 Views :: Gambling, Police

...between 2005 and 2012, the illegal operation, established by Allen Yamada and led by Felix Tom, placed gross wagers totaling over approximately $670 million through internet websites....

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Monday, October 31, 2016
Announcement: When Thirty Meter Telescope Gives up on Hawaii, it will go to Canary Islands
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 2623 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

The TMT International Observatory Board of Governors met last week to discuss the progress of TMT in Hawaii and to consider potential alternate sites....

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Monday, October 31, 2016
Worst Zombie States Deteriorate Faster, Further (Hawaii #6)
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 2154 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Is Hawaii Too Big to Fail?

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Hawaii Family Forum General Election Voter Guide
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 2882 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

Candidate Answers to the HFF Questionnaire ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
55% Hike in Harbor Fees: Transportation Department Grabs for More of Your Money
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 1934 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The first public hearing on the proposal will be Nov. 7 at noon at the Pier 11 terminal at Honolulu Harbor....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Do Some Benefits For State Retirees Still Make Sense?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:14 AM :: 1670 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

In 2016, Hawaii ranked 40th among the states with an OPEB funding ratio of 29.2 percent....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Judge Posner: Cab Companies Were Chumps To Rely On Govt Monopoly to Protect Them From Competition
By Robert Thomas @ 3:37 AM :: 1502 Views :: Small Business

...holdovers from the legacy economy -- the owners of city-issued taxi medallions and permits -- did not have their property taken when the city allowed ridesharing services to operate....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Obamacare 2017 Premium Hikes 25 Percent. What's Next?
By NCPA @ 3:16 AM :: 1484 Views :: Health Care

Back in June, it looked like the hike would be 16 percent....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Does Hawaii Need a "Property Ownership Fairness Act"
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 AM :: 1861 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

In Hawaii, this can be seen most starkly with the advent of the "shared" economy....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Lower Oil Prices Benefit Hawaii Most of All
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 2024 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Expenditures on gasoline and other energy goods declined 27.4 percent in Hawaii....

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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Clean Energy Fraud: Puna Geothermal Operator Settles with Feds
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 1664 Views :: Energy

...submitting false applications for federal clean energy grants to which they were not entitled....

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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Visitor Spending Increased 10.4% to Record $1.2 Billion for September
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 1480 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...IUCN, Other Conventions Contributed to Strong Showing in September....

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Saturday, October 29, 2016
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1137 Views :: Health Care

...job search, job referrals, vocational training, and work-based learning opportunities to individuals with disabilities....

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Caldwell Duped?
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 2456 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

Mr. Francis states he never consented to appear in any paid Caldwell political ad - an action that would be a clear breach of basic journalistic ethics....

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Countering Chinese Inroads into Micronesia
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:45 PM :: 2391 Views :: National News, Homelessness, Military

...Washington could find itself strategically outflanked....

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Friday, October 28, 2016
City acquires 24-unit apartment building to house homeless
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 1738 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... at a cost of $287,500 per unit ....

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Hanabusa Flees HART, is Replaced by Caldwell Campaign Contributor
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2256 Views :: Rail

Glen Nohara gave $12K to Caldwell and a total of $102K mostly to the usual list of Democrat incumbent candidates...

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Two Finalists named for UH Manoa chancellor
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 1455 Views :: Higher Education

The finalists will be participating in a final round of interviews on the Mānoa campus, November 14 and 15 and November 21 and 22, respectively....

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Friday, October 28, 2016
OHA is State’s 170th-Largest ‘Business’
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 1360 Views :: OHA

OHA is losing $20M a year on revenue of $31.4M... How much longer will they stay in 'business'? ....

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Friday, October 28, 2016
Hawaii Health Insurance Premiums Growing Faster than Most States
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 1429 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...premiums have continued to grow by 5 percent per year or more in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Utah....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Kelii Akina for OHA Launches new Radio Ad
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 9:29 PM :: 1289 Views :: OHA
It's time for a watchdog to stop OHA from wasting your money on a race-based nation the majority of Hawaiians just don't want!
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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1473 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
The People v. The Powerful - Summarized in a Caldwell Ad
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 2149 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

Caldwell actually paid for an ad that highlighted how he is owned by the establishment and totally controlled the old-boy network....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Ewa Homeless up 98% since 2015
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 1417 Views :: Homelessness

...propose installing a city-wide surveillance system....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Homeless migrating to East Oahu
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:05 PM :: 1766 Views :: Homelessness

...so E Oahu residents are against sweeps....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
BoE Moves to Dump Matayoshi
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 2492 Views :: Education K-12

...The HSTA put Ige in office.  In return he is going to get rid of Matayoshi and the tests....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Hawaii fourth and eighth graders show improvement in science
By News Release @ 1:23 AM :: 1106 Views :: Education K-12

...2015 Science assessment by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
How Much Does OHA Spend on Chair’s Friends?
By Video @ 7:00 PM :: 1939 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Robert Lindsey’s Been Keeping A Secret From You For Years....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
U.S. Attorney Appoints Election Officer for Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 1613 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Brewbaker: The Future of Agriculture on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:35 PM :: 1783 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture
Thursday, October 27th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Maui Country Club, Paia
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
DoE to Tax New Housing from Kalihi to Ala Moana?
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 2775 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...Public Hearings November 2 and 3, 2016....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Fewer DoE Students Require Remedial Instruction in College
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 1961 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

...remediation rates (retaking high-school-level coursework) among students attending the University of Hawaii System are down 8 points in math and 6 points in English in three years....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Homelessness—Family Matters
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:08 PM :: 1954 Views :: Family, Homelessness

In the film, a woman was pregnant, homeless, and already caring for other children. However, I can’t remember any mention of a father....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Hale Mauliola Moves 105 Homeless into Permanent Housing
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 1415 Views :: Homelessness

...the project will expand by adding 6 modified shipping containers to accommodate up to 21 additional clients....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Hawaii Obamacare Premiums Going Up 32% for 2017—Unless You Get a Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 PM :: 1702 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits

Health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces (also called exchanges) are expected to increase faster in 2017 than in previous years....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Not Jammed Enough: Caldwell Publishes New Lane-Elimination Manual
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 1362 Views :: Honolulu County

The concept of Complete Streets is to ensure that our streets and public spaces serve everyone’s transportation needs (unless) they are traveling by car....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Ethics: UH Dean Fined for “Improper Use of State Resources for Campaign Purposes” in American Samoa Congressional Race
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 1495 Views :: Ethics

On September 15, the Commission contacted Respondent Young to inquire about the events described in the Hawai’i Free Press article....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Pay for Performance: Budget Busting "Incentives" in Medicare Reform
By NCPA @ 5:59 PM :: 1103 Views :: Health Care

...MACRA imported all the worst elements of Obamacare into Medicare....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Home-Sharing
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:35 PM :: 2148 Views :: Land Use, Tourism

Mrs. Sandefur will be speaking on Oahu and Maui on October 24th and 31st respectively....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Guide to 20 Honolulu Charter Amendment questions
By Natalie Iwasa @ 3:53 AM :: 3753 Views :: Honolulu County

One ballot will contain 20 Honolulu Charter Amendment questions....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
“Your Voice!” – Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process!
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1496 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...free workshop, offered at numerous locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island this fall....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Survey: 47% of Oahu MDs Refusing New Medicare Patients
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 1734 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

463 of the 479 active primary care practices in Oahu were contacted between 2/11/16 and 8/26/16 and questioned about current acceptance of new patients....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Meet Hawaii’s OTHER Self-Dealing Bank Director/Politician
By Selected News Articles @ 7:55 PM :: 2417 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Trustee Haunanai Apoliona is a Director of Bank of Hawaii and BoH does substantial business with OHA....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Wind a Bigger Boondoggle than Ethanol
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 1504 Views :: Energy

...Four large power plants could produce as much electricity as offshore wind turbines placed side by side along the entire Atlantic seaboard from Maine to Florida....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
What Californians Found Out about Hollywood Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1435 Views :: Tax Credits

...the tax credit program boosted California’s economy only minimally, if at all....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Caldwell a No-Show for Olelo -- Djou Debates Empty Chair
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 2210 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians
... Viewers’ most popular question was, “Mayor Caldwell, can I have your second job?” ....
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Saturday, October 22, 2016
TRO, Drunk Driving, and Criminal History Divide HD41 Candidates
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 1998 Views :: Politicians

...HNN asked about my three decades old criminal history but didn’t bother to ask Representative LoPresti about his far more recent arrest for drunk driving....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
HECO Touts Wholesale Solar Rates Higher than Mainland Retail Rates
By News Release @ 4:34 AM :: 1619 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Only 8 states have RETAIL rates higher than the 0.145 per kwh WHOLESALE rate HECO is touting here as if it were a good price for erratic electricity....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Ethics Complaint: Caldwell Hides Millions in Stock Options
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 2386 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...if a portion of Caldwell’s “beneficial ownership” in the Bank may have been in the form of stock options, such options are a “thing of value” and should be disclosed under both Federal tax and City ethics rules....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
After 10 Years and Recusal of Entire Supreme Court, State Finally Wins Flexibility on Retiree Health benefits
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 2050 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Judge Katherine G. Leonard of the Intermediate Court of Appeals served as Acting Chief Justice for the Hawaii Supreme Court in this case. All five of the regular justices of the Hawaii Supreme Court had recused themselves....

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