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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Will Legislators Co-Sign $660M Loan for Evicted Racetrack Owner?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:24 PM :: 4647 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...If approved, non-profits directed by Grace, the Paradise Lua porta-potty magnate who beat the rap for the 1999 Aloha Stadium porta-potty fire bombings, would be eligible for millions of dollars to fund proposals such as the "Paradise Ohana Heart and Vascular Center, Inc."....

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Saturday, February 28, 2015
611 Candidates on Ballot for Neighborhood Board Elections
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 AM :: 1549 Views :: Honolulu County

The 2015 Neighborhood Board elections will be held in April and May of this year. At stake are 437 seats on Oahu’s 33 Neighborhood Boards, whose volunteer members hold monthly meetings and serve as advisors on community concerns....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
A Republican Vision for Hawaii: Kelii Akina Interviews Pat Saiki
By Video @ 10:02 PM :: 1707 Views :: Republican Party

...the role, vision and challenges of the GOP in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Jones Act Documentary Film Premier Sets the Stage for a Bigger Conversation
By Video @ 9:15 PM :: 2243 Views :: Jones Act

The event was attended by approximately 80-100 members of public, some legislators, legislature staff and members of the shipping industry....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Why I voted to affirm Rep. Calvin Say as a qualified member of the House of Representatives
By Selected News Articles @ 8:17 PM :: 1861 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

As the Minority member on the House Special Committee to investigate the residency challenge to Rep. Calvin Say, I know many people expected me to put forward a dissenting opinion....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Hawaii Rejects Sugary Beverage Labeling, Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 5:28 PM :: 1931 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the proposed laws could actually increase obesity by increasing poverty....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
UHERO: Economy in 2015 will look a lot like 2014
By UHERO @ 2:34 PM :: 1537 Views :: Economy

...not all damage from the past recession has been repaired....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Tourism: Visitors, Expenditures Drop
By News Release @ 5:46 AM :: 1542 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Japanese arrivals decreased 4.9 percent to 110,969 visitors....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Ige Returns from Washington, Holds News Conference
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 1426 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige held a news conference to provide information about his participation in the National Governors Association Winter Meeting....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Police seek man on video at the scene of a suspicious Kona Church Fire
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 2252 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment, Religion

At 6:10 a.m. Thursday (February 26), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a fire at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Captain Cook....

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Garden Island Embraces Jones Act Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:44 PM :: 1426 Views :: Jones Act

The old arguments in favor of the Act are no longer persuasive in light of the overwhelming evidence that it raises the cost of living....

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
HB321 Marijuana Dispensaries: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
By Selected News Articles @ 10:07 AM :: 2063 Views :: Drugs

...The question now is not whether the dispensary bills will pass, but more what these bills will look like....

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
HB1482: “Hawaii Invests Local Act” Supports Crowdfunding
By News Release @ 9:33 AM :: 1229 Views :: Small Business

...House Bill 1482 aims to establish a crowd-funding exemption for limited intrastate investments between Hawaii residents and Hawaii businesses....

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
HECO Denies Solar Contractors' Blockade Claim
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 1721 Views :: Energy

Contrary to some reports, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are continuing to accept solar photovoltaic (PV) applications....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
List Fraud Makes Kanaiolowalu Roll 'Too Hot to Handle'
By Video @ 5:54 PM :: 2539 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

They Had Everything Planned So Carefully....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
HART Directors' Secret Discussion: State May Grab 25% Cut to Ease Passage of GE Tax Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 2:30 PM :: 2590 Views :: Rail, Taxes
HART Chairman Don Horner suggests the State's surcharge will be raised to 25% even though such a move would "result in a deficit in anticipated GET revenues."
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tulsi Gabbard Hires Cult Associate as Chief of Staff
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 AM :: 6514 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians, Religion

...Tulsi Gabbard has quietly hired an identified associate of the Chris Butler Cult as her new Chief of Staff....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Another Journalist Quits Omidyar: 'Blocked at Every Turn by Incompetence, Bad Faith'
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 AM :: 2396 Views :: First Amendment

The problems were partly due to mismanagement but even more, as I have suggested, to the dishonesty of the leadership and its willingness — even eagerness — to shamelessly lie to its own employees....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
HELCO selects Ormat to provide an additional 25MW of geothermal energy
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 1841 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

The next step in the process is to begin contract negotiations with Ormat, with an agreement to be submitted to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for approval....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Marijuana: Six Bills on the Move Thursday
By Selected News Articles @ 9:14 PM :: 2924 Views :: Drugs

Marijuana advocates are hard at work trying to game the system....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Rep. McDermott sues UH Over 'Pono Choices' Secrecy
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 2839 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education
The real question: what is the University of Hawaii afraid of?
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hitachi Buying Honolulu Rail Contractor Ansaldo
By Selected News Articles @ 5:13 PM :: 1601 Views :: Rail

Italy’s largest union, Cgil, called for “a meeting with the government to discuss the possibility of blocking the sale to protect jobs and one of the country’s strategic industries.”

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
California Plastic Bag Ban Suspended as 800,000 Sign Repeal Ballot Petition
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 2404 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes
“SB 270 was never a bill about the environment. It was a backroom deal between the California Grocers Association and their union friends to scam consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees – all under the guise of environmentalism.”
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hawaii lawmakers file resolutions seeking Jones Act exemption
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 1654 Views :: Jones Act

...a short documentary film to educate the public about the Jones Act, which will be shown this Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12pm in the Capitol Auditorium....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Surprise: Poorest Obamacare Enrollees Face $530 IRS Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:27 PM :: 2171 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

Also in the H&R Block report is the news that the individual mandate penalty is averaging $172. This is likely to rise in future years....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
332 Pages of Secret Regs: ‘Net Neutrality’ and Censorship Go Hand in Hand
By Selected News Articles @ 8:57 PM :: 1933 Views :: First Amendment

...While the FCC is inserting government bureaucracy into all aspects of Internet access, the FEC is debating whether to regulate Internet content, specifically political speech posted for free online....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
HB459 Amended: Parent's consent still needed for sex ed
By Video @ 7:50 PM :: 2174 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

"We want to encourage parents to always be the ones that are responsible for what their kids are learning in the public school system," Hawaii Family Forum's Eva Andrade said....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
608 Candidates Register for Neighborhood Board Elections
By Selected News Articles @ 7:35 PM :: 2644 Views :: Honolulu County

Neighborhood Board elections will be held in April and May of this year. At stake are 437 seats on Oahu’s 33 Neighborhood Boards....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Hawaii Republicans Unveil New Logo at Lincoln Day Dinner
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 1990 Views :: Republican Party

...a surprise announcement to over 450 guests at the annual Lincoln Dinner....

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Gabbard 'Mind-Boggled' at Obama's Two-Month Advance Notice of Plan of Attack on ISIS
By Video @ 12:34 PM :: 1890 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military

"That you're not only outlining the timeline — which is troubling, but you're also talking about specifically how many troops, how many brigades, where they're coming from, and what they're going to be doing...."

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Monday, February 23, 2015
Rep Karl Rhoads Feeding Info to Calvin Say's Attorney while Chairing 'Special Committee'?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 2768 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The state House investigation of a challenge to former speaker Calvin Say’s right to hold his seat in Hawaii’s House of Representatives has taken a new twist....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Seminar: Your Rights When HART Comes to Take Your Property
By Robert Thomas @ 9:25 PM :: 2140 Views :: Rail, Small Business

...Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at the Farrington High School Cafeteria....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
SB358: Green Energy Scammers Push Legislators to Tax Natural Gas
By Andrew Walden @ 9:04 PM :: 1950 Views :: Energy, Taxes

Under SB358, gas will be taxed more heavily than oil....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
State-backed Loans: $89M to Companies Tied to OHA Chair Robert Lindsey
By Andrew Walden @ 8:08 PM :: 3949 Views :: Energy, Agriculture, OHA

If approved, Hawaii taxpayers could find themselves providing $44M in loan guarantees to an Indian company's jet fuel deal in England....

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Our Best Export – Our Taxes!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1572 Views :: Taxes

...we are exporting around 15%-20% of our general excise tax....

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
SB473: Concealed Carry Gut and Replace
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 2424 Views :: Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

SB 473, SD1, proposing carry permit issue rules under the Federal retired Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), has a hearing, Tuesday, 02-24 at 9:15AM....

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
Legislative Agenda: Pot, Parents and Privacy
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:25 PM :: 1797 Views :: Family, Life

The Hawaii State Legislature opened on January 21, 2015 and today, February 20, 2015, is DECKING.  What that means is that all bills that have been assigned to multiple committees, must have moved to their final committees....

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
GMOs: How the Precautionary Principle Refutes Itself
By Selected News Articles @ 8:08 PM :: 2123 Views :: GMOs

Incorporating the precautionary principle into public policy is itself “an activity [that] raises threats of harm to human health or the environment.”....

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
How Housing First Reduced Homelessness 72% in Utah
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 1711 Views :: Homelessness

In the past nine years, Utah has decreased the number of homeless by 72 percent—largely by finding and building apartments where they can live, permanently, with no strings attached....

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Saturday, February 21, 2015
575 Candidates file for Neighborhood Board Elections
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 AM :: 1625 Views :: Honolulu County

The 2015 Neighborhood Board elections will be held in April and May of this year. At stake are 437 seats on Oahu’s 33 Neighborhood Boards....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB330: Increase GE Tax by 1%
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:35 PM :: 1894 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

... According to ITEP, payment of sales and excise taxes takes up an average of 11% of family income for the poorest 20% of earners ....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Hawaii #2 in USA: 51.2% Tax on S-Corporation Income
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 2359 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The fasted growing type of pass-through business is the S corporation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Warning labels and beverage tax fail in Legislature
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 1455 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

We have good news to share about our fights against unfair taxes and regulation....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Tears and Gnashing of Teeth as Cosmic Vortex Sweeps Pesticides up Mountain Causing Multiple Illnesses and Dirty Window Blinds
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:49 PM :: 2026 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

The best part of the hearing was hearing Dustin Barca go on about toxins and the horrible corporations. He even talked about how the cigarette companies and their evils. It’s weird because I just saw him smoking some corporate grown tobacco and inhaling toxins....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB 825 Provides Little Incentive for Illegal Vacation Rentals to Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 PM :: 3844 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...the effect of this bill is to burden the compliant small businesses and owner/operator establishments by creating a system that favors larger rental companies and hotels....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
More waivers convey a “Public be damned” attitude toward legislative hearings
By Selected News Articles @ 10:08 AM :: 1701 Views :: Ethics

The Hawaii state legislature committed three more waivers of notice....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
House Bills for 2015: Sex, Drugs and a Place for the Kids to Hide Out
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:53 AM :: 2559 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Drugs

...bills that might have negative impacts on families or communities....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
Takai vs Takai on Homeland Security Funding
By Andrew Walden @ 2:34 AM :: 1821 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military
Did any reporter ask Takai whether he regretted last month's vote against funding DHS?
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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Neighborhood Boards: 516 Candidates Enter Race With One Day to Go
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 1947 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to submit completed candidate and voter registration forms for Neighborhood Board elections is this Friday, February 20, 2015....

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
25%: Hawaii Ranks 43rd in Weekly Church Attendance
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 2173 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Religion

Church attendance provides ties that bind members to their communities, and research shows that at the individual level, those who are most religious have higher well-being than those who are less religious....

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