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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Full Text: President Donald J Trump Speech to Joint Session of Congress
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1538 Views :: National News

Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation's path toward civil rights and the work that still remains....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Best States? Government Drags Hawaii Down to 27th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:56 PM :: 1491 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Note low scores in all government functions: Education, Crime, Infrastructure and ‘Government’ – High scores in non-government functions: Health Care, Opportunity, Economy....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Hawaii 2nd-Toughest State for First Time Homebuyers
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 1989 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Only 20.2 percent of younger households own their homes, the lowest among the states....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Gabbard Co-Sponsors Bi-Partisan Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Nationwide
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 1745 Views :: Drugs

...this bill would take marijuana off the federal controlled substances list - joining other industries such as alcohol and tobacco....

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Monday, February 27, 2017
Corporate Income Tax—50-State Comparison
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 2000 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii Corporate Income over $100K is taxed at 6.4% ....

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Monday, February 27, 2017
DCCA Chases Bitcoin Provider out of Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 2268 Views :: Small Business

Bitcoin Shutdown related to Hawaii Marijuana Dispensaries Tax Evasion System?....

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Study: Wind Turbines Could Make This Endangered Bat Go Extinct
By Selected News Articles @ 9:42 PM :: 2327 Views :: Energy, Environment

The new study found the endangered hoary bat populations could decline by 90 percent in the next 50 years as more wind turbines are built....

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Hawaii Legislature Obamacare Heavy
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2037 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the amount of the penalty could be as much as $695 x 2 adults plus $695 x ½ x 3 kids = $2,432.50....

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Sunday, February 26, 2017
Lassner: In Spite of Trump’s Reversal, UH Remains Committed to Putting a Tranny in Every Bathroom
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 1961 Views :: Higher Education

With so many bathrooms -- will UH administrators be dispatched to comb the streets of Chinatown for recruits? 

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
HB1297: State-Recognized Indian Tribe for Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 7:00 PM :: 3145 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

In spite of zero media attention, HB1297 drew 747 pages of opposition testimony from angry Hawaiians ....

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
62% Hike in Minimum Wage Hike Will Hit Consumers, Small Business Hard
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 2470 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

SB107 would raise the minimum wage 62% from $9.25 / hour ....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
It Doesn’t Always Pay to Make More
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 1746 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

In just this legislative session, we've seen attempts to make the surcharge a permanent part of life.... We've seen proposed income tax increases. There's even an attempt to write a tax...into the state Constitution....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Legislators Order Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion: Assisted Suicide Next
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:00 PM :: 2623 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...Suicide Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:30 a.m....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
SB1137: Return Control of HMSA to its Members
By Selected News Articles @ 1:26 PM :: 2137 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

It will be heard on Monday, February 27, at 9:30 in room 229 before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Honolulu Most Unaffordable State Capital
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 AM :: 1843 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...42 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
SB898: Anti-Gun Legislation Passes Committee
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 1944 Views :: Second Amendment

During the hearing, no oral testimony was permitted; however, many provided written testimony in opposition, pointing out the many flaws and constitutional concerns....

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
532 Candidates for Honolulu Neighborhood Board
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 2749 Views :: Honolulu County

The voting period for neighborhood board elections will begin on April 28, 2017, and end on May 19, 2017....

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
HART Ridership Projections - Fantasies, Fairytales and Alternative Facts
By Video @ 1:17 PM :: 1684 Views :: Rail

...HART’s wildly inflated rail ridership projections, the surging cost of the project, and pleas from the mayor's office to obtain more tax dollars....

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 23, 2017
By Congress.org @ 1:11 PM :: 1562 Views :: Congressional Delegation

The House and Senate are not doing legislative business in their respective chambers this week....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
DLNR Introduces Birth Control for Mosquitoes
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 1420 Views :: Environment

...method used across the U.S. mainland....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Why OHA Fears a Forensic Audit
By Video @ 6:58 PM :: 2032 Views :: Ethics, OHA
...Why Would The Trustees Vote For One & Then Take Steps To Compromise It?....
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
UPDATE: OHA Insiders Plan to Neuter Audit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 3838 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...information and developments that are about to be announced by Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chair Colette Machado....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Caldwell: My Latest Appointee Helped Deliver Lots of Muslims to Europe
By Andrew Walden @ 3:12 PM :: 2450 Views :: Honolulu County

"...NGOs are smuggling immigrants into Europe on an industrial scale...."

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kauai Dairy Farm Withdraws Final EIS
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 2657 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture

... an EIS which they are not required to submit ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Full circle about single-payer health insurance
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:23 PM :: 1763 Views :: Health Care

I never understood why there is so much support for a national, single-payer healthcare system – until I started working in a small medical office....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Local business owners speak out about the minimum wage
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:17 PM :: 2049 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...if the minimum wage was increased, many grocery stores today would simply replace workers with automated tablets....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Governor Ige’s ‘cuts’ still result in big spending increases
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:01 PM :: 1576 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige announced that he would cut $220 million from his current spending plan. However, the ‘cuts’ are only reductions in proposed spending increases....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Earn $50K? Hawaii Takes More From Your Paycheck Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 PM :: 2028 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and if you earn $100K, Hawaii is 3rd-highest....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Underreported: How Gun Silencers Became a Health Issue
By Video @ 4:08 PM :: 1813 Views :: Second Amendment

...why firearm suppressors are so heavily regulated....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Forbes: Taxes Make Hawaii One of 10 Worst States for High Earners
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 1995 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and Legislators are pushing HB209 to make those rates even higher....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Cost of Public Employment
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:52 PM :: 2312 Views :: Labor
“Plunder! How public employee unions are raiding treasuries, controlling our lives and bankrupting the nation”
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Need for Tax Vigilance in 2017
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1677 Views :: Taxes

The sheer number of bills related to tax or public finance is staggering. It's much more frenetic this year than in any other year I've been in this position....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:44 AM :: 3022 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

All legislative bills referred to more than one committee (i.e., those with multiple referrals) must have moved to their final committee in the originating chamber....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hawaii Military Commissaries Offer 32.6% Savings—Highest in USA
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 3047 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military, Cost of Living

Because the savings rate is calculated from local price comparisons, it will vary by region due to differences in the cost of living, even when commissary prices remain uniform and constant....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
SB898: Anti-Gun Bill Scheduled for Committee Hearing Next Week
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2116 Views :: Second Amendment

SB 898 is a misguided gun control bill that would permanently strip an individual of their Second Amendment rights, not based on a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on a quasi-criminal proceeding....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hawaii Ranks Fourth for Millionaires
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 1857 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

7.35% of Hawaii households have $1M or more of investable assets....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hawaii pro-life centers fight abortion referral mandate
By Selected News Articles @ 12:39 AM :: 2333 Views :: First Amendment, Life

Hawaii state lawmakers hope to make their state the next to force pregnancy care centers to promote abortion....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
516 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 4801 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidate Registration is now closed....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections 430 Candidates Register with One Day to Go
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 2243 Views :: Honolulu County

Friday, February 17, 2017 is the last day to register as a candidate for the Neighborhood Board elections....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
Hawaii Motor Vehicle Deaths Jump 27%
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 1620 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

An NSC survey released Feb. 15 provides a glimpse at the risky things drivers are doing....

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Friday, February 17, 2017
DOH: Dairy Farm EIS Decision Coming Feb 24
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 2563 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture

The extension adds eight calendar days to the 30 calendar days allowed by statute for the approving agency to decide if the FEIS is acceptable....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
State Procurement Office Launches Investigation into OHA Professional Services Contracts
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 2798 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Professional Services Contract awards for the past 36 months....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wind Farms Kill 5 Million Bats Per Year
By Jack Dini @ 5:36 PM :: 2332 Views :: Energy, Environment

...researchers have determined that an average of 15.5 bats are killed at each individual wind turbine site every year....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
HB1595: Involuntary Commitment for Mentally Ill
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:32 PM :: 2184 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

"Currently, there are no laws on the books that allow for the involuntarily commitment of individuals who are mentally ill or drug addicted or alcoholic...."

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
How They Voted: Assisted Suicide Bill Passes First Committee
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:28 PM :: 2021 Views :: Health Care, Life

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health passed the assisted suicide (SB1129) out of committee on February 15, 2017....

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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Economic Impact of Immigration by State—Hawaii 10th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 AM :: 1802 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Highest Percentage of Jobs Generated by Immigrant-Owned Businesses Rank -- 3rd....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court Oral Arguments: When Is Election Law Admin Appeal "Brought?"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:42 PM :: 1708 Views :: Office of Elections

...when it is mailed by the appellant, or when received by the Board of Registration Appeals....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Hawaii 64 Structurally Deficient Bridges Identified
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 1603 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

This means one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in "poor" or worse condition....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
OHA: The Mystery of the Disappearing Money
By Video @ 5:25 PM :: 2097 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Auditor: OHA Fails to File Oversight Reports as it Drains Public Land Trust Fund ....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
UH Abandons Search for New Manoa Chancellor after Chosen Candidate Refuses Job
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 2382 Views :: Higher Education

Rather than reopen the search, University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner is recommending that he continue to serve as interim UH Mānoa chancellor for two more years....

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