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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Newly-Elected OHA Trustee Calls for Repeal of Act 195
By Selected News Articles @ 10:24 PM :: 3070 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Our former Governor and the Legislature should not have created a law that mandated an issue that was OHA’s kuleana....

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Can You Say 'Train Wreck'?
By Video @ 9:40 PM :: 2034 Views :: Rail
Would You Buy A Car From A Company That's About To Derail?
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
HTA: Visitor Arrivals, Expenditures Up for November
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1781 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to the Hawaiian Islands in November 2014 increased 3.4 percent to $1.1 billion, compared to last November....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Auditor: Regulation of Veterinary Technicians, Herbal Therapists not Warranted
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1602 Views :: Small Business

Hawaii State Auditor rejects proposals for unnecessary regulation of professionals....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Auditor: Unclear What Glass Recycling Program is Supposed to Accomplish
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:51 PM :: 2760 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Tax Credits, Taxes

Where the 'Recycled' Glass Goes? -- Busted: Hee Family Tied to Massive Waste Dumping Scheme....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Senator Calls on Feds to Block Electric 'Fixed Fees'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 2063 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, its power company is trying to get a $55 fixed monthly charge, which is double its current fee....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Auditor: 26% of UH Special Funds out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:38 PM :: 1753 Views :: Higher Education

Seventeen funds and accounts did not meet criteria....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Congressmen Put Heat on ‘Deceptive’ Rooftop Solar Leases
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:32 PM :: 2468 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...leasing solar panels from a third party may be a harmful investment for homeowners....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
162 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1429 Views :: Honolulu County

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

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
DBEDT: Social, Business and Economic Trends in Hawaii 1990-2013
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 1713 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

This report presents annual statistics on social, business and economic trends for the State and each of its four counties, from 1990 to 2013....

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Monday, December 29, 2014
VIDEO: Republican Rep Aaron Johanson Switches to Democrat
By Andrew Walden @ 6:27 PM :: 4045 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Republican Party

UPDATE Dec 31: Rep Beth Fukumoto Chang has been elected Minority Leader and Rep Andria Tupola has been elected Floor Leader....

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Anti-GMO Activism Caused by Illegal TVRs?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:54 PM :: 2964 Views :: Tourism, GMOs

The balancing of million-dollar mortgages on inverse absolutes--paradise and illegality--produces a hyper-sensitive fear-and-hate-inspired psychology....

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Hawaii GET: Another Perspective
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1594 Views :: Taxes

...“policy measures and costs impacting small business and entrepreneurship.”....

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Hawaii Ranks 17th: 10.3% Smoke Marijuana
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 AM :: 2090 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

As marijuana legalization took hold in Colorado, the estimated percentage of regular cannabis users in the state jumped to the second-highest level in the country....

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Obamacare: Hawaii State Funds to Cover 46% Cut in Physician Pay
By Andrew Walden @ 12:22 AM :: 1666 Views

...Dr. George J. Petruncio described the cuts as a “bait and switch” move....

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
152 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1584 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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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Rowena Akana: Now That I'm in Charge, Everything is Fine at OHA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 2780 Views :: Development, OHA

...I was finally forced to file a lawsuit against OHA in September 2013 to make it more transparent.  Now that a new leadership team is in place, this lawsuit may no longer be necessary....

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Eight Tax Hikes Proposed for Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 5:25 PM :: 4247 Views :: Taxes
"Sometimes things happen" -- Gov David Ige on tax increases, December 22, 2014
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Saturday, December 27, 2014
"The Interview": Not Quite Ready For The John Peter Zenger Honorary Oscar
By Robert Thomas @ 1:13 AM :: 1658 Views :: First Amendment
Interviewposter
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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Hawaii prime target of foreign governments seeking US intelligence
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:01 AM :: 2138 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military

Comey said he is concerned that in the wake of Snowden’s “so called revelations,” Americans “healthy skepticism” of government powers will turn to cynicism....

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Ige Appoints DCCA, DoA, DHHL Directors, Deputies
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 3099 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

Jobie Masagatani will be retained at DHHL, William Aila will be her Deputy....

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Friday, December 26, 2014
Open Letter to Gov. Ige on Transparency
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 2316 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

Given the intrinsic benefits of open government, we ask that you begin your Administration by facilitating public access to government records....

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Friday, December 26, 2014
Honolulu to Convert all Streetlights to LED
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 2318 Views :: Honolulu County

City streetlights consume approximately $6 million in electricity annually and the switch to LED is projected to save roughly $3 million in energy costs each year....

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Friday, December 26, 2014
College Town? Honolulu Ranks 185th
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1901 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best & Worst College Cities & Towns in America....

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Thursday, December 25, 2014
142 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1849 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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Thursday, December 25, 2014
Is OHA a Criminal Enterprise?
By Video @ 2:07 AM :: 2048 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

It's all about the big money projects that OHA has no business getting into in the first place....

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Confirms Election Contests Are Tough
By Robert Thomas @ 11:57 PM :: 1655 Views :: Office of Elections

The statutory standards for an original jurisdiction action in the Hawaii Supreme Court challenging the outcome of an election are pretty rigorous.... 

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Duke Aiona: What's Next?
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 11:29 PM :: 2732 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party
A day does not go by without people from all walks of life approaching me to congratulate us for running a principled race and encouraging me to do it again!!!
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
HTA Study: Vacation Rental Units are 25% of Total Lodging
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 2191 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...these units would account for up to 25 percent of Hawai‘i’s total lodging inventory. In comparison, hotels units make up approximately 50 percent of visitor accommodations....

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
New report ranks Hawaii among worst places for business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:08 AM :: 2020 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

The study did note three positives: a low corporate capital gains tax; low property taxes and low wireless taxes....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Lawsuit: State Gave Foster Boys to Bisexual Child Molester
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 3352 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

Despite being unemployed and residing in a homeless shelter, Mr. Rios applied to be a foster parent, and was deemed fit to serve as one by DHS....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Single Payer Collapses in Vermont--Is David Ige Listening?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 2424 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

Then-Senator David Ige was a key supporter of the universal coverage plan in 2009, but whether he’ll pick up the cause as Governor is unclear....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Troubled Obamacare vendor awarded new Hawaii contract
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:14 PM :: 1564 Views :: Health Care

Montreal-based CGI Group Inc. will be awarded another year-long state maintenance contract despite the ongoing problems with the site....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Video: Meet Hawaii's New Republican House Members
By Video @ 11:38 PM :: 2546 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

Host Representative Gene Ward discusses the legislature with Representatives Andria Tupola and Feki Pouha....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Full Text: Ige Sends Budget to Legislature
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 1956 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"We will spend public funds wisely to avoid raising taxes."

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Monday, December 22, 2014
PMA Requests Federal Mediation in West Coast Longshore Negotiations
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 1879 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

ILWU slowdown tactics have reduced productivity at Pacific Northwest ports for more than a month and a half....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
HART advertises first package of rail station contracts
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 1704 Views :: Rail

West Loch, Waipahu Transit Center and Leeward Community College stations....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Hope or Despair for Hawaii's 'Ohana?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:52 PM :: 1983 Views :: Family

Are strong families essential for a free society?

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Commuter-Adjusted Daytime Population on Oahu
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 1990 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...how many workers commute in and out of the area on a typical workday? ....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Briefing: Doctors Discuss Challenge of Working With Medicaid
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 1823 Views :: Health Care

Monday, December 29, 2014, 9:00 AM, Conference Room 329, State Capitol....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How they Voted December 22, 2014
By Congress.org @ 12:35 PM :: 1414 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Senate: Confirmation of Vivek Hallegere Murthy to be Surgeon General....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
U.S. should respond aggressively to cyber attack, expert says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:13 PM :: 1724 Views :: First Amendment

The attack on Sony Pictures and threats to the movie industry cannot be tolerated, one of the nation’s leading security experts says....

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
Motions Fly in Lawsuit Seeking Removal of Schatz from Office
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 3117 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Office of Elections

"...Defendants, pursuant to Hawaii law, selected this appointee through a process that ignores the Seventeenth Amendment...."

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
London Mayor’s Unpaid Tax Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1868 Views :: Taxes

Recently he made news by publicly saying he absolutely won’t pay his U.S. taxes....

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
ILWU Port Slowdowns Behind Japanese Potato Crisis?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:37 AM :: 2223 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

The problem has also affected other restaurant chains, as a dockworker dispute on the West Coast of the United States has reverberated across the Pacific Ocean....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
133 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 1684 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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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Task Force: Legislature Must Act This Session to Get Obamacare Waiver for Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 1684 Views :: Health Care

This report does not make any substantive recommendations to the Legislature related to innovations that should be included in a waiver proposal....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Federalist Society: Is Obama Bringing the Akaka Bill Back?
By Audio @ 4:20 AM :: 2030 Views :: Akaka Bill
Will the Akaka Bill, or some version of it, resurface? 
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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Flying to Hawaii: Comparing the Cost and Frequency Across States
By UHERO @ 12:56 AM :: 2132 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...The latest installment in the UHERO dashboard project is packed with information on the cost of travel to Hawaii from the US mainland....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Economic Impact of Astronomy in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:50 AM :: 1836 Views :: Economy, Higher Education

Including indirect and induced benefits and adjusting for inter-county feedback and spillover effects, the astronomy sector had a total impact of $167.86 million statewide....

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