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Saturday, December 31, 2016
CNMI Government Takes House Lot from Owner, Refuses to Pay
By Robert Thomas @ 7:32 PM :: 2271 Views :: Land Use

...the court also issued a writ of execution, ordering the local branches of the banks in which the CNMI government kept its cash to deliver "all monies and proceeds" to the property owner's lawyer....

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Saturday, December 31, 2016
State spends $72K to monitor your social media accounts
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 2904 Views :: First Amendment, Law Enforcement

“Social media monitoring allows police to constantly target, track, and archive information posted on social media...."

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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Can you name the state trying to place racial restrictions on voting?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 2162 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
The CNMI law restricts voting in certain elections to those of "Northern Marianas descent."
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Saturday, December 31, 2016
Another Court Blasts Unconstitutional, Race-Based Voting
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 2186 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The courts just handed unconstitutional, race-based voting—backed by the Obama administration—another defeat....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
10 New Year's Resolutions for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:55 PM :: 2357 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Taxes

Stop the unconstitutional use of public funds to turn native Hawaiians into a race-based tribe. Instead, focus on what would really help them -- like better schools, more housing, and economic development....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Hawaii Gets Small Business Waiver–First in the Nation to Escape Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 2211 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

“This action acknowledges the success of the state’s Prepaid Health Care Act in providing insurance to a majority of Hawaiʻi’s residents...."

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Obamacare Repeal Has Begun For Small Firms
By NCPA @ 10:59 PM :: 1447 Views :: Health Care

Democrat politicians’ first real step towards conceding Obamacare needs to be repealed and replaced....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Ward Seeks Attorney General's Opinion On Hawaii Kai Homeless Map
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:43 PM :: 2421 Views :: First Amendment, Homelessness

Civil Disobedience Idea: Make a map of homeless camps in YOUR community....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Minimum Wage $9.25 Effective January 1, 2017
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 2231 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The next scheduled raise is Jan. 1, 2018 when it will increase to $10.10....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
DLNR Dis-Informational Meeting on Non-Existent Sea Level Rise in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 2916 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

Because it is on an extinct volcano, Oahu is rising out of the sea faster than the wildest projections of sea level rise from the Global Cooling Deniers.....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
More Turmoil at OHA -- CFO Resigns
By Andrew Walden @ 9:17 PM :: 3226 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Hawley Iona, Chief Financial Officer of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs resigned this week....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
DHHL: 2017 Legislative Talk-Story Sessions
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 1851 Views :: DHHL

For more information about DHHL’s sufficient sums budget request and the Executive Biennium budget, DHHL’s legislative proposals, and other issues of interest for the upcoming legislative session....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Who spent Hawaii’s $1 billion surplus?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 1878 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii state budget figures show a record high surplus of over $1 billion in 2016....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
$500K: OHA's Giant Cookie Loan
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 2417 Views :: OHA, Small Business

Earlier this year, OHA issued a $236,000 business loan to Mahealani Strong to support the growth of her insurance brokerage company, I A Maui Associates....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
UH Promises to Protect Illegals from Trump
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 2039 Views :: Higher Education

RELATED: University of Hawaii: Report Trump Voters to Campus Police....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
New Obama Travel Costs Bring Eight-Year Total over $96 Million
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 1892 Views :: Obama

‘Earth Day’ Travel Bill Over $1 Million....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
America’s Crummy Airports: How to Fix Them?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:41 PM :: 1715 Views :: Tourism

Not a single U.S. airport was ranked in the top 25 airports in the world, and our largest and most important airports scrape the very bottom in terms of customer satisfaction....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Visitor Spending Rose for Sixth Straight Month in November
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 1658 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.2 billion in November 2016, a gain of 5.6 percent versus last November....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
OHA’s Secret Mauna Kea Meetings
By Video @ 1:19 AM :: 3046 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, OHA

Wait Until You Hear What This Ad Hoc Committee Can Do In Secret....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Downtown Café Serves Crooked Politicians -- but not Trump Voters
By Andrew Walden @ 1:32 AM :: 3639 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Politicians, Small Business

... they let Nestor Garcia eat there ....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Hawaii Zika virus-infected mothers delivered babies with microcephaly as early as 2009
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 1500 Views :: Health Care

...severe birth defects related to infection with the Zika virus occurred in Hawaii much earlier than in 2016....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
9th Circuit Court Rejects Race-Based Voting in Northern Marianas Islands
By Robert Thomas @ 11:23 PM :: 2171 Views :: Akaka Bill

...limiting voting on certain constitutional amendments to a "person who is a citizen or national of the United States and who is of at least one-quarter Northern Marianas Chamorro or Northern Marianas Carolinian blood...."

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Beachfront Property: Hawaii Supreme Court Considers Wipeout Regulatory Taking
By Robert Thomas @ 11:19 PM :: 2300 Views :: Land Use

...a case to watch being argued next week in the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
107 Candidates Register for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 1827 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to apply as a candidate is February 17, 2017....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
AARP Plans Hawaii Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 1524 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...explore ways to help about 216,000 private sector employees in the state who do not have a retirement savings plan at work. And to help family caregivers, AARP will fight for respite care and improved access to long-term care resources....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Tax Credits: Cronies and Phonies Rake in Millions
By Andrew Walden @ 3:52 PM :: 2421 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

The Act 221 High-Tech Tax Credit Scam, abolished in 2010, still cost Hawaii $38.4M four years later....

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Monday, December 26, 2016
Hawaii Sue and Settle vs. Ashley Madison
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 1897 Views :: Ethics

...33,362 consumers signed up for AshleyMadison in Hawaii....

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Monday, December 26, 2016
Indigestible: DoTAX 2016 Tax Digest--87 Pages
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 1466 Views :: Taxes

This digest summarizes the Hawaii tax laws enacted during the 2016 Regular Session and the federal tax laws enacted during calendar year 2015....

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Sunday, December 25, 2016
Can the Unions Dodge the Law?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2465 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

Earlier this year, our lawmakers passed Act 25. It bans smoking on the premises of our state-owned hospitals....

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Saturday, December 24, 2016
89 Candidates Register for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 2145 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to apply as a candidate is February 17, 2017....

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Saturday, December 24, 2016
Former Rep Mark Moses Dead at 68
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 2068 Views :: Republican Party

A graveside service open to the public for Rep. Moses is scheduled for Tuesday, December 27 at 1:00 PM at the Veterans' Cemetery in Kaneohe.....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
2017 Grant-In-Aid Applications now available
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 1856 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The deadline to submit grant applications is 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2017....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
Rail Guideway Reaches Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1577 Views :: Rail

Post-tensioning, final set and finishing work on the guideway will follow the initial set, and will continue through January....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
Land of Make-Believe: Hawaiian Electric Claims it Can Reach 48% Renewable by 2020
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 2570 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Renewable? 100% Does not Really Mean 100%....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
State Land Use Commission has not approved housing in the past 3 years
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 2754 Views :: Development, Land Use

...the last project to be approved was in 2013....

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Thursday, December 22, 2016
10,000 Residents Flee Hawaii in Year—Population Growth Slumps
By Selected News Articles @ 7:02 PM :: 1900 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

With the high mainland out-migration tallies, Hawaii's population grew by an anemic 0.2 percent from 2015 to 2016....

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Thursday, December 22, 2016
HCF Announces 2016 FLEX Grant Awardees
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 1913 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

$4.8 million of unrestricted funds to 216 Hawai‘i-based nonprofit organizations that can be used at their discretion....

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Thursday, December 22, 2016
House Republicans Announce Caucus Leadership, Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 1887 Views :: Republican Party

Minority Caucus Committee and Leadership Assignments....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Ige Completes Appointments to State Environmental Council
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 2144 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

...But-but-but What about the separation of church and state?....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
HUD Examines Honolulu Section 8 Rent Subsidies
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 2190 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...$50 million in federal funds to provide housing for 3,700 families....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
OHA: Crabbe Contract Secretly Extended 3 Years
By Video @ 7:14 PM :: 3122 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

...all the Fed Wreckers show up to testify against audit....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Rehabilitation: Jury Rules in Favor of Kauai Warden
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 2602 Views :: Kauai County, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Attorney General Doug Chin said, “The jury verdict exonerates Warden Wagatsuma...."

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
VIDEO: Hawaii Board of Education Meeting Dec 20, 2016
By Video @ 9:44 AM :: 1640 Views :: Education K-12

Board approves timeline for Investigative Committee into the search for a new superintendent....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
KIUC Nominating Committee Selects 6 Candidates for Board Election
By News Release @ 9:29 AM :: 2448 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

Members can also run for the cooperative’s board by submitting a petition with the names of at least 35 members by the close of business on Tuesday, January 3, 2017....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Budget: Who Will Gut the Taxpayers? —Unions, Rail, HIDOT?
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 2548 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige Budget Leaves Tax Hikes to Legislature--includes no funding for raises....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Most Caring Cities in America—Honolulu Ranks 5th
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 1319 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...data set ranges from “percentage of sheltered homeless persons” to “number of volunteering hours per capita” to “percentage of income donated to charity”....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
FULL TEXT: After Lying for Weeks, City Finalizes Ko Olina Sewage Spill Report
By Andrew Walden @ 4:52 PM :: 1310 Views

...201,600 gallons of untreated sewage....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Stars Align for the Congressional Review Act
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:33 PM :: 1601 Views :: Akaka Bill

...rules adopted as far back as June 3, 2016, are still within this review period....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
American Samoa Rep Joins Trump Transition Team
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 1961 Views :: National News

"This decision advances a commitment President-elect Trump made last spring to not forget the territories once elected.”

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Auditor: OHA Fails to File Oversight Reports as it Drains Public Land Trust Fund
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:57 AM :: 1823 Views :: OHA

...OHA did not file statutorily required reports for non-general funds and for administratively created funds....

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