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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Hawaii Five Anti-Gun Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 1052 Views :: Second Amendment

...The House passed HB 1902, HB 2736, and HB 2744. The bills will now move to the Senate for further consideration. On the Senate side, the Judiciary Committee passed SB 2519 and SB 2635, both with amendments....

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:07 AM :: 1360 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...some of the bills we have been tracking are dead....

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
The Perverse Panic over Plastic
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 AM :: 1114 Views :: Environment

...The campaign against disposable bags and other products is harming the planet and the public....

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
New Maritime Report Marked by Factual Errors and Dubious Claims
By Cato Foundation @ 3:48 AM :: 1165 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...77% of the Jones Act fleet consists of unpowered barges....

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Hawaii Wind and Solar -- Dirty Secret Boosts Warming
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 1782 Views :: Energy, Environment

...It's the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, and emissions have risen rapidly in recent years....

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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Hawaii 5th Lowest Drunk Driving Fatalities
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 AM :: 1018 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...Hawaii 2.11 drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 people--down 26.83% from 2017....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Where's the cushion?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:06 PM :: 1227 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Emergency preparedness in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Feds: Kauai Councilman is Meth Kingpin for Samoan Prison Gang
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 4258 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

...Sitting Kauai County Councilmember and Eleven Others Charged with Participation in a Drug Trafficking Organization....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
11 Hawaii Elementary School Robotics Teams Qualify for Championships
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 1286 Views :: Education K-12

...Qualified robotics teams advance to 2020 VEX Worlds....

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Keli‘i Akina Announces Re-Election Campaign for Office of Hawaiian Affairs
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 1277 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA Needs a Watchdog to Fight for Hawaiians and Hawai‘i ....

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
​Maui County Council Vote For Climate Litigation Is Misguided
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 1281 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... the climate litigation campaign has proven unsuccessful and is counterproductive .... 

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Supplements to $4.9B CIP Budget Pass House Finance
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 1167 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Projects total $4.9 billion for fiscal years 2020 and 2021....

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Hawaii: Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Anti-Gun Bills
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 985 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Thursday, February 27th, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a decision-making hearing on SB 2519 and SB 2635....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
HB2543: Pre-K Bill Set for House Vote
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 1528 Views :: Education K-12, Family

... establishes the goal of providing all children who are 3 to 4 years old ... with enrollment in a preschool program by the year 2030 ....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
OHA Suing the State - Enough is Enough!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:02 AM :: 1638 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...a perception that the organization and its management "are ineffective, poorly managed, or corrupt" and "do not help or represent the Hawaiian people effectively."....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Quality of Life? Residents Say Honolulu Ranks 391st
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 1919 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... 1 in 4 Honolulu residents say they plan to be gone by 2025 ....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
What’s Really Driving the Homelessness Crisis?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 1566 Views :: Homelessness

...There has been remarkably little clarity on this key question....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Ninth Circuit Court Rules Trump Admin Stripping Funding From Abortion Clinics Is Constitutional
By Selected News Articles @ 9:03 PM :: 1199 Views :: Life

...The court upheld the Trump administration’s June 2019 declaration that taxpayer-funded clinics must stop referring women for abortions or be stripped of their Title X funding....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hawaii House to Vote on Anti-Gun Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 6:50 PM :: 992 Views :: Second Amendment

...This Thursday, February 27th, three anti-gun bills: HB 1902, HB 2322, and HB 2736 will be eligible for floor votes in the House....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hawaii Median Homeowner Pays $1,607 Property Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 1048 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has the lowest property tax rate, but high valuations make for high property tax bills....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hawaii Grabs $1,471 Income Tax Per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 6:15 PM :: 1083 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Income Tax Take is 10th Highest in USA....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Coast Guard Interdicts Foreign Fishing Boats off Hawaii, Guam
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 1532 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military

..."While we've seen incursions into the EEZs of partners and illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing on the high seas, these are the first interdictions we've had in the US EEZ since 2012"....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
'Coronavirus recession' could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 1495 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Hawai‘i Vacation Rental Performance Report--Oahu Down, Sister Isles Up
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 1041 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In January 2020, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 797,300 unit nights....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
​Thousands of O‘ahu drivers qualify to get duplicate license online
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 1237 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

...If the required documents previously submitted are on file with the city, these motorists can simply get a duplicate license online and add on the star marking to indicate REAL ID compliance....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Is Allowing the Anti-Telescope Blockade Ethical?
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 2336 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...The Hawaii County Ethics Board is planning an investigation into non-enforcement of the law at the Mauna Kea Access Road....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Ethics: Professional Association Tries to Take Over State Board
By News Release @ 8:35 PM :: 1413 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Small Business

...to keep those lucrative 'continuing education' courses under the Association's control....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Ethics: DOCARE Officer Paid to Work Both Sides of Table
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 1437 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...fined $10,000 by Hawaii State Ethics Commission....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Hawaii Budget A Rated--Except for Pension Debt
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 819 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii -- State Budget Practice Report Cards and Budget Resource Guide....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Hawaii 8th-Safest Workplaces
By Selected News Articles @ 7:40 PM :: 962 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...The Most Dangerous States to Work In....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Honolulu 18th -- Hardest Working Cities in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:30 PM :: 1072 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Multiple jobs. Doubling up. Hawaii adults say they’re doing it all and still struggling....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Hawaii ILWU Official Sentenced for Tax Evasion, Identity Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 1991 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...If government benefits were available, Nathan Lum made sure that he was going to receive some of them....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
UHERO: Corona Virus May Damage State Economy
By UHERO @ 5:02 PM :: 1187 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism

...While visitor arrivals racked up another record year in 2019, real visitor spending fell last year as international spending languished. And now the coronavirus rears its ugly head....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
UH seeks to train more doctors, expand medical school to Maui
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 814 Views :: Health Care

...State’s physician shortage remains between 519 and 820 doctors....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Raise Minimum Wage? What Hawaii Can Learn from Seattle
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 1970 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...An expert on Seattle's experience will address 2 Hawaii events....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Before the Crash: Dillingham Aviator's Last Letter to Airports Division
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 4105 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...Experienced aviators Rick Rogers and Bill Enoka have been identified as the two killed at Dillingham Airfield Saturday, February 22, 2020, when their Cessna crashed on takeoff.  Captain Rogers forwarded this letter to media outlets Wednesday, February 19, 2020.... 

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2905 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...if this bill passes, guess what is going to happen to your electric bill....

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:50 AM :: 1376 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...1st Decking: One Week Away--Good and Bad Bills on the Move....

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Dillingham Crash is Fourth Fatal Incident in Less Than a Year
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 1941 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Airplane in deadly Mokuleia crash involved in another incident 7 years ago....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Katherine Kealoha’s Boyfriend’s Attorney’s Cell Phone found at Massage Parlor?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:27 PM :: 6615 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

...A female answering the phone did not seem to understand a reporter requesting to speak to Chris Woo.  She kept asking, “You want masagee?”....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Illegal Aquarium Fishers Busted Near Billionaires Row
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1873 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...illegally stealing fish which exist for the viewing pleasure of billionaires....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 1628 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
$13 Minimum Wage Passes Another Committee
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 1384 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...HB 2541 HD1 would make the state earned income tax credit refundable and permanent, and increase the refundable food/excise tax credit. In addition, the bill would increase the minimum wage....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Poor economy is medical threat, too
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:20 PM :: 961 Views :: Economy, Health Care

...In times of crisis, we are likely to be held back by the same problems that affect us now — the doctor shortage, the shipping restrictions caused by the Jones Act....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Applicants Wanted for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 993 Views :: Ethics

...The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill one upcoming vacancy on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission. The term will run from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Political Engagement Among African Americans? -- Hawaii Ranks 42nd
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 AM :: 1196 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

...Hawaii Black Voter Turnout in 2018 Midterm – 46th (4th worst)....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Public Invited to Testify on 233% Bus Fare Hike
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 1798 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Cost of Living

...Railroaded: City proposes Mind-Blowing 233% increase in bus fares....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Gap Between Buying & Renting Narrows on Big Island
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 1695 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii County's median listing price decreased by 10%....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Decommissioning of 2 Maunakea Telescopes Pushed Back to 2023
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1927 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Submillimeter Observatory and the UH Hilo Hōkū Ke‘a teaching telescope were previously set to be demolished by 2021....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Felony Pension Forfeiture Moves to 3rd Reading in House (again)
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 1407 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... will Sen Taniguchi block this bill as he did last session? ....

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