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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
HB2739: Hawaii Democrats Blind Suicide Leap
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 10:13 PM :: 3400 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Life, Politicians, Republican Party

...All members of the committees voted “yes” on the bill, except Rep. Andria Tupola and Rep. Bob McDermott .... We were asked to vote without our members having seen a written draft of the revised bill....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Hawaii: Debtor State
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 1149 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii’s total consumer debt per capita of $64,642 averaged more than $20,000 above the nation....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Best States? Hawaii Ranks 17th
By Selected News Articles @ 12:59 PM :: 1077 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii shines in one area of 'best states' ranking....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Suicide: Committee members identified loopholes in the bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:57 AM :: 1744 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Life

...Committee members asked some very telling questions that identified loopholes that still remain in the bill.  The Attorney General's representative couldn't definitively state that all their concerns from the 2017 version were resolved in this current version that is supposed to have more robust protections.... 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Starving Mentally Ill Patients to Death
By Selected News Articles @ 5:20 AM :: 1706 Views :: Health Care, Life

...House Bill 4135 passed the Oregon Senate 17-12. While the stated intent of the bill’s authors was to update the advance directive, it also paves the way for healthcare representatives to remove access to food and water for vulnerable Oregonians with dementia and Alzheimer’s....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
UH Board of Regents: Hawaii County Finalists Named
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 2012 Views :: Higher Education
  1. Peter S. Hoffmann
  2. Duane Kanuha
  3. Albert Nahale-a
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2018 Property Taxes Ranked by State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 1607 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Annual Taxes on Home Priced at State Median Value -- $1,459 (33rd–highest)....

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Honolulu Citizen Survey: Homelessness Top Priority
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 1545 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...The results from this year’s NCS ....

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Hawaii Trigger Modification Ban & Firearm Surrender Bill to be Considered on Tuesday
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 1420 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Tuesday, February 27th, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Judiciary will hold a decision making hearing on Senate Bill 2046 and Senate Bill 2436.  The committee is only accepting written testimony for this hearing....

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Supreme Court Justices Excoriate Union Lawyers Defending Forced Dues
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 2093 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...The immense political influence of public sector unions appeared imperiled Monday, as several justices of the U.S. Supreme Court grilled labor lawyers over the constitutionality of mandatory union dues....

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
NRA Statement on Corporate Partnerships
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 1122 Views :: Second Amendment

...NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement....

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
OHA: Does Draft Audit Blow Blackmail Scheme?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:18 PM :: 2800 Views :: Ethics, OHA

With this information out in the open, what is left for Crabbe to blackmail Trustees with?

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Teachers Union Grabs for Billion Dollar Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1934 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...Do the problems in our classrooms have anything to do with special funds at all?....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Trump v Hawaii: More Challengers Seek to Join Case
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 1966 Views :: National News, First Amendment

...Supreme Court to hear Trump v Hawaii April 25, 2018....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Honolulu GOP: Assisted Suicide Corrupts Practice of Medicine
By Brett Kulbis @ 2:28 PM :: 1937 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Life

... Insurance companies denied treatment to patients, offered to pay for assisted suicide ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Report: State of Computer Science Education in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 1781 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...just 14 traditional public schools offer AP Computer Science....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Hearing Set for Assisted Suicide Bill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:45 AM :: 3054 Views :: Family, Life

...House Health & Human Services and House Judiciary Committee have scheduled a joint hearing on HB2739--assisted suicide--Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. in Hawaii State Capitol auditorium.... 

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
VIDEO: Heritage hosts Jones Act panel
By Michael Hansen @ 3:28 AM :: 1710 Views :: Jones Act

...The Heritage Foundation hosted on Friday, February 23, 2018, a panel discussion, “Time to Reform the Jones Act?”....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Vacation Rental Home Is "Public Accommodation" -- Lesbians are Mandatory
By Robert Thomas @ 3:15 AM :: 2643 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

...the court held they could be held liable, even though it is their home, first concluding that renting out a room in your home qualifies as offering a public accommodation, even though it is your residence....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Republican Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 4:44 PM :: 1540 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...All House bills are in their final committees, they have until March 8th to pass out of their last committee and pass third reading to cross over to the Senate....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
State should speed up responses to information requests
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:30 PM :: 1494 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii takes the longest in the nation to make decisions about transparency disputes....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Pandering to Dem Base with Fake Issue: Hawaii Sues FCC over Net Neutrality
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 2007 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...politicians striking a fashionable pose against corporations and business, fearmongering by special interest groups with an agenda....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Ban the Bike! How Cities Made a Huge Mistake in Promoting Cycling
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:15 AM :: 1988 Views :: Honolulu County

...Cycling lanes consume more space than they free up, add to pollution and drain the public purse....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Hawaii Bill Banning Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 AM :: 3606 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the oft-cited, debate-driving statistic that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day is the product of a 9-year-old's guesstimations....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Auditor: HTA Gives Millions to Contractors Without Documentation
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:19 AM :: 1820 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...HTA’s autonomy, which includes permanent funding and an exemption from the State Procurement Code, has facilitated lax oversight, deficient internal controls, and, ultimately, less accountability....

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Kaneohe: 8.75M Gallons of Sewage Spill from City Plants
By News Release @ 10:19 AM :: 2103 Views :: Honolulu County

...Sewage poured out of Caldwell's plants for ten hours starting 2pm Sunday Feb 18....

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Best Cities for Public Transit: Honolulu Makes Top Ten
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 1715 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...More than 69 million passengers in Honolulu ride TheBus annually....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
OHA Reform? Lots Of Promises No Real Action
By Video @ 5:04 PM :: 1433 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This Time She's Promising To Clean Up OHA After The State Audit Results....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Hawaii Among Least Affordable States for Your Aging Parents
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 2109 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks as 4th most expensive state for aging parents, study finds....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Study: Hawaii Residents Deepest in Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 1270 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Residents of Hawaii spend, on average, 36.2% of their monthly paychecks on credit card, student loan, and housing payments—the highest percentage in the nation....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Most Sinful States? Hawaii Ranks 35th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 933 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Some states are more well-behaved than others....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
False Missile Alert: Report Calls for Major changes at HI-EMA
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 1503 Views :: Military

...Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara today released the All Hazards Preparedness Improvement Action Plan and Report....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Keli‘i Akina Urges OHA Board to Remove CEO
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:54 PM :: 2207 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...As fiduciaries, Trustees must act immediately...."

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Hawaii GE Tax Takes $8,360 from Family of Four
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 2047 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii General sales tax collections per capita: $2,090 (the highest in USA)....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
NATO Loophole: Attack On Hawaii Not Covered By Treaty
By Selected News Articles @ 8:59 AM :: 2203 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

...Hawaii is in the North Pacific, not the North Atlantic....

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Monday, February 19, 2018
SB270: Chin Pushing Gay Conversion Ban
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 2575 Views :: Family, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...once a child molester turns your son gay, it will be illegal to obtain counseling which might lead to the molester/s being identified....

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Monday, February 19, 2018
Experts: Universities Need to be Transparent About Money Received from Confucius Institutes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 PM :: 2057 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...Mounting concerns Confucius Institutes limit discussion on issues sensitive to Chinese government....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Emails: How PACOM grappled with false missile alert
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 PM :: 1943 Views :: Military

...The emails were sent in succession after thousands of people received a text-message warning Jan. 13 that prompted hysteria in parts of Hawaii....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
HB1908: Trigger Modification Ban To Be Heard Wednesday
By News Release @ 3:27 PM :: 1305 Views :: Second Amendment

...The broad language of this bill could encompass many common modifications done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.... 

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
First Lateral: 2,834 Bills Still Alive in Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 2:13 PM :: 1175 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...complete list of bills remaining alive after First Lateral deadline....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
HART Hosts Public-Private Partnership Conference
By News Release @ 12:15 PM :: 1727 Views :: Development, Rail

...Andrew Robbins has been a staunch advocate of using P-3 partnerships - the joining of forces from the public and private sectors - to mitigate costs and risk and to expedite construction timelines....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Trump Tax In Hawaii?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1806 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...how to adapt the new federal tax law changes to Hawaii....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
UH Maui Activists Tear Down US, Hawaii Flags
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 AM :: 2492 Views :: Maui County, Higher Education, OHA

“...Our identity has been erased, beaten, battered and thrown to the side....”

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Hawaii: Highest Electric Rates, Lowest Consumption
By News Release @ 12:35 PM :: 2174 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Electricity prices are highest in Hawaii but due to low consumption, expenditures are 'only' 4th highest in the USA....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Manufacturer Questions Report of Kauai Drone-Helicopter Collision
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 2381 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...In other cases, incidents first reported as drone collisions turned out to involve a bat, an internal malfunction and a plastic bag....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Philly Shipyard: Will major U.S. commercial shipbuilding survive?
By Michael Hansen @ 10:21 AM :: 1548 Views :: Jones Act

...PSI is one of seven active major U.S. shipbuilding yards constructing large self-propelled seagoing ships....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
HDoT Tech Disaster Leads to $11M Settlement
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 1305 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the Office of the Attorney General are pleased....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Homosexual Child Molestation: KSBE Outlines Terms of $80M Settlement
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 3354 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Family, Hawaii History, Health Care

...A tentative settlement between Kamehameha Schools and the survivors of Dr. Browne’s abuse has been reached....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Just Be Quiet
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:07 AM :: 1778 Views :: First Amendment, GMOs

...When the anti-GMO activists started up on the social media back in 2013, something in me drove me into action....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Russian LNG episode exposes feeble Jones Act argument
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 1351 Views :: Jones Act

...why did LNG that arrived in Boston at the end of January come from Russia — and in violation of Obama-era sanctions against Russia?....

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