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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Who Are OHA's Real Misspenders?
By Video @ 11:39 PM :: 2744 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Wants You To Watch The Left Hand So You Wonʻt See What The Right Hand Has Been Doing....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Rail: Bill 42 Breaks a Promise
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 3407 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...Bill 42 break the promise made by the full City Council in 2006 that city funds or bonds would not be used to fund the rail....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Honolulu Development Plan Forum Set for Weds Nov 7
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 2724 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

...the day after Election Day, maybe nobody will notice....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
UH: After Pittsburgh Attack We Must Focus on Trannies
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2985 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...we are perfectly positioned to develop and model the behaviors we hope to see in our society-at-large....those who feel threatened should reach out for help from an appropriate campus office....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Voting Power: Hawaii Ranks 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:01 AM :: 2521 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

...2018’s States with the Most and Least Powerful Voters for the Midterms....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Tourist Count up 3.5% --Big Island Drops 14%
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 2342 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...visitor spending and arrivals are up sharply everywhere except the Big Island....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Hawaii Electricity Prices to Jump 20% Thanks to New Ship Fuel Requirements
By Selected News Articles @ 7:14 PM :: 2895 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...The state depends on mostly low-sulfur fuel oil for about 70 percent of its power. In 2020, though, demand for that fuel is expected to surge, pushing up prices....

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Monday, October 29, 2018
The Cost of Utilities: Hawaii Pays the Most in USA
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 3481 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Aloha State utilities cost $730.86 -- $202.90 more than #2 Alaska....

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Monday, October 29, 2018
GOP: Vote 'No' on Bill 42 Rail Ripoff
By Brett Kulbis @ 6:16 PM :: 3221 Views :: Rail, Republican Party

...a “blank check” for adding fees and increasing Oahu property taxes for rail construction and operations....

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Monday, October 29, 2018
Feds to Caldwell, Council: We have been very patient with you
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 2721 Views :: Rail

...FTA has exercised considerable patience in waiting for the City to identify and implement the method it would use to provide the $44 million, yet the process is still incomplete....

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Monday, October 29, 2018
UH: Bitcoin Causes Global Warming
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 2708 Views :: Environment, Higher Education

...it alone could produce enough emissions to raise global temperatures by 2°C as soon as 2033....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Crooks and Cronies: Who's Cashing in on the 2017-18 OHA Check Register
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 4678 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Hawai’i Free Press has obtained a copy of the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Office of Hawaiian Affairs check register in response to an open records request....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Honolulu VA Medical Center Among Worst 30% -- again
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 4968 Views :: Health Care, Military

...their overall statistics are in the bottom 10th percentile of the rating scale for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, employee satisfaction, primary care new patient wait time, and mental health continuity of care....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Take-Aways from the “Con-Am” Argument
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1989 Views :: Taxes

...a prior Hawaii Supreme Court case, Cieri v. Leticia Query Realty, 80 Haw. 54 (1995), said, “[R]eal estate is, particularly in Hawai`i, both scarce and expensive. As a result, the purchase of real estate or a residence likely is the largest ‘investment’ a person in Hawai`i may make in a lifetime.”....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Full Text: HART RFP for Rail P3 Partners
By Andrew Walden @ 1:48 AM :: 3377 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Proposals responding to RFP Part 1 will be accepted up to 2:00 p.m., Hawai‘i Standard Time (HST) on December 21, 2018....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Property Tax Impact on Hawaii Business Environment
By Tax Foundation @ 9:57 PM :: 2550 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Ranking Property Taxes on the 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Danger: City Council to Hold ‘Special Rail Funding’ Meeting Tuesday
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:24 PM :: 3013 Views :: Rail, Republican Party

...Contact your City Council member and strongly urge them to vote NO on all these gimmicks....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
​Ruggles’ Supposed Sovereignty “Expert” Has A Troubling Past
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 7286 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Hawaii History, OHA

...Hero of Holocaust Deniers, Alfred De Zayas....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
​‘P3′ for rail a budgetary ruse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 PM :: 3883 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...to duck budgetary limits in the short run and spread their higher costs over the long run....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Civil Beat vs Star-Advertiser on the Con-Con Referendum
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 3:16 PM :: 2618 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Star-Advertiser, which earns most of its revenue from ads, ran six convention related ads—all in opposition—beginning on October 14, 2018....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Highest in USA--Hawaii Electric Rates a Burden for Low Income
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 3356 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...How Affordable is Your Electricity? Comparing Electric Rates, Bills, and Burden....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
The State of Obesity in Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 2609 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii's adult obesity rate is currently 23.8%, up from 15.7% in 2000 and from 8.9% in 1990....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
A victory to savor, but core issue remains
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 2525 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...It’s time to open a real dialogue in our state and work together to find real and lasting solutions for education....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
DoE Touts AP Exam Results
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 2396 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...More HIDOE students are both taking and passing Advanced Placement Exams....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
Chemophobia epidemic—Fanning fears about trace chemicals obscures real risks and ‘damages public health’
By Selected News Articles @ 2:10 AM :: 4566 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

...Chemophobia may lead to real risks....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
Auditor: Agriculture Department Hides $2.4M from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:49 AM :: 2922 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

...not reported to the 2018 Legislature as required by Sections 37-47 and 37-52.5, HRS....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
Bat Killing Windfarm Buys Enviro Support for $2.75M
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 3094 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

...Bat Killing Windfarm partially bankrolls purchase of 2,882 acres of Central Oʻahu forest and fallow lands from Dole Food Company....

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Thursday, October 25, 2018
Finalists named for UH Hilo chancellor
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 2003 Views :: Higher Education

...The UH Hilo campus and the Hawaiʻi Island community is invited to meet the finalists on the following dates....

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
OHA Candidate Evicts Kauai Anti-Drug Program
By Video @ 8:52 PM :: 6458 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics, OHA, Politicians, Drugs

…Why You Should Not Vote Bill Aila for OHA….

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Bishop Street Lawyer Foolishly Leaves Hawaii, Gets Busted
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 3486 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...On October 16, 2018, a federal grand jury in Portland charged retired attorney Bruce L. Lamon, of Hillsboro, Oregon, with evading $744,000 in personal income taxes....

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Laughed out of Court: Criminal Al Hee's Scam Company Loses Again
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 5280 Views :: DHHL, National News, Ethics

...Sandwich Isles Communications is not before a Hawaii court.  You can be sure it is not by choice....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
How Much Does Over-Regulation Increase Hawaii Housing Costs?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:32 PM :: 5330 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Government and the Cost of Living: Income-Based vs. Cost-Based Approaches to Alleviating Poverty....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Kawailoa Windfarm: New Plan is to Kill 265 Bats, 24 Petrels
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 2799 Views :: Energy, Environment

... The public may send comments to the Approving Agency -- DLNR ....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
ACT Scores Released: Hawaii 4th Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 4:48 AM :: 2582 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...Only Nevada, Mississippi, and South Carolina are lower....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Did Anti-GMO Activist Rip You Off?  Maui County Can Help
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 3963 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, GMOs

...Maui County Office of Economic Development is accepting invoices from vendors who provided goods and services under the recently terminated $100,000 grant awarded to an executive assistant of County Council Member (and anti-GMO activist) Alika Atay....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Affordable Hawaii Coalition: We Will Continue After Victory
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 2627 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The executive committee voted unanimously to continue its commitment to address issues of concern to the people of Hawaii, starting with public education....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Graham: "I wouldn't want to be a Republican charged with a crime in Hawaii"
By Selected News Articles @ 1:53 AM :: 5767 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Judiciary, Republican Party

...He thanked Democrats for unifying the Republican Party.... 

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Monday, October 22, 2018
DoE Antique Mainframe Crashes--Vendors Still Waiting 3 weeks Later
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2806 Views :: Education K-12, Small Business

...The DOE’s Financial Management System, which dates to the 1990s and is used to process purchase orders and payments, went out of service during an Oct. 6 upgrade....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
Test Case for Hawaii? Internet Providers Take On Vermont Net Neutrality
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 3804 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...internet service providers sued Vermont on Thursday in an effort to overturn its recently enacted net neutrality rules....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
How to Control the Costs of Public-Private Partnerships
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 2238 Views :: Rail

...IMF provides a handy list of things HART is not doing....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
Auditor Looks at HDoT Energy Savings Contracts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:22 AM :: 2444 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...all four annual savings reports filed by Johnson Controls through 2017 indicated that actual savings exceeded energy contract guaranteed savings for each period....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Con-Con Opponents’ Nostalgia for Hawaii’s Golden Age of Democratic Reform
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 8:49 PM :: 2830 Views :: Hawaii History

...if the last convention was so great, why won’t the next one also be great?....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Walk-in Early Voting Sites Open Tuesday Oct 23
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 2392 Views :: Office of Elections

...October 23 through November 3, registered voters may visit any early walk in voting location within their county to cast their ballot....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Would You Pay $10 for Maui Beachfront Land?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 3411 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...Welcome to newspeak, takings edition.... 

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
​Poor Farmer
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:40 PM :: 3238 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...If you do not farm, why should you dictate how farming should be done?....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Shore water event application deadline extended for non-North Shore surf events
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 2334 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Short term extension valid for events scheduled between October 22, 2018 and February 28, 2019....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
​‘Kalikimaka Kritters’ picked as theme for 33rd Annual Holiday Wreath Contest
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 3990 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

...The public is invited to prepare submissions for the contest, which is held as part of the traditional Honolulu City Lights celebration....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Do We Really Have a Spending Ceiling?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2634 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

...another provision that was passed by the 1978 Constitutional Convention to assure our fiscal health—and what our lawmakers have done to marginalize it....

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Tulsi Gabbard weighing 2020 presidential bid
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 3904 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Palestinians and white nationalists are behind Gabbard's effort to take the mantle of the Sanders campaign.... 

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
HSTA Property Tax: Two Wolves Fight Over Dinner
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 AM :: 3942 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor, Taxes

...the lambs (the voters and taxpayers) didn't have much of a say as usual, and portions of the arguments revealed what these folks think about the intelligence of the average Hawaii voter....

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