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Saturday, April 30, 2016
FBI, TSA, HPD: Counterterrorism in Hawaii
By Video @ 9:21 PM :: 3665 Views :: Law Enforcement

Learn what Federal, State, and local agencies are doing to keep the Aloha State safe....

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
‘ESSA Team’ Begins Writing ‘Blueprint for Public Education in Hawaii’
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 2577 Views :: Education K-12

...the 19 members discussed innovation and empowerment as the team starts work to create the blueprint for public education in Hawai‘i....

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
House Democrats: Ballot Photos, Gun Restrictions and Sex Change Operations
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 4469 Views :: Family, Health Care, Cost of Living

House Democrats are here to cut off your ....

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Pulling Papers as of April 29, 2016
By Andrew Walden @ 5:20 AM :: 3369 Views :: Office of Elections

The Candidate Report is available weekly....

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
Caught 'Borrowing' Museum Funds, Bishop Museum CEO Quits
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 8517 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History

The Bishop Museum Board of Directors today announced that Blair Collis has resigned as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the museum....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Audit: DHHL Hides Loan Delinquencies from Commissioners
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:00 PM :: 4095 Views :: DHHL

...the department continues to provide monthly reports to the commission that do not fully reflect the severity of loan delinquencies....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
DoH Announces Eight Marijuana Dispensary Licenses
By News Release @ 6:43 PM :: 6278 Views :: Drugs

Which cronies get to sell marijuana? -- Click here to find out ....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Hiding the Failure: DoE Gets Another Testing Waiver for Hawaiian Language Immersion Schools
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3626 Views :: Education K-12

For the second consecutive year, the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (HIDOE) will issue a specialized assessment to Hawaiian immersion students....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Status of Bills in Conference
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:02 PM :: 3251 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tuesday (5/3) will be the second to last floor session where many of the bills will be heard for final passage. The 2016 Legislative session officially ends Thursday (5/5)....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
How a Bill Becomes a Law Part 3
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:55 PM :: 3581 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...three different scenarios a bill can go through after passing Second Crossover....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Update April 28, 2016
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 4:47 PM :: 4441 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...From Hawai'i Family Advocates....

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Parents charged in 1997 death of ‘Peter Boy’
By Selected News Articles @ 11:28 PM :: 5160 Views :: Hawaii County , Family, Law Enforcement
The most notorious missing child-turned-murder case in Hawaii history will finally make its way to a courtroom....
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Hawaii 3rd Most Expensive Home Health Care in U.S.
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 5174 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

When it comes to hiring a home health aide, where you live matters....

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Hawaii: Two Anti-Gun Bills Enrolled to Governor
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 3102 Views :: Second Amendment

This week, two anti-gun bills, House Bill 625 and Senate Bill 2954 were enrolled to the Governor for his consideration.  Additionally, final action may soon be taken on two other anti-gun bills, House Bill 2632 and Senate Bill 2647....

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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Big Island 30 Days Without Dengue
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 4101 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

"As Zika continues to spread rapidly overseas, we must take precautionary measures to prevent any locally acquired cases from taking hold in our state.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Report: Hawaii Among Best in College Affordability
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 3662 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

College Affordability Diagnosis shows that higher education has gone from expensive to unaffordable for most American families....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Federal Recognition: How ‘Super 8A’ Companies Make $800M by Doing Practically Nothing
By Video @ 6:01 PM :: 5449 Views :: Akaka Bill, Military, OHA
How Would You Like To Easily Land Multi-Million Dollar US Federal Government Contracts?
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hawaii: “The only state in which both legislative and executive branches are perceived to be very corrupt”
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 6883 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii's aggregate scores are in the highest quartiles of both illegal and legal corruption....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Hawaii Lowest Property Taxes in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 3713 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Illinois has the nation’s highest median property tax rate at 2.67 percent, according to new data from CoreLogic, while Hawaii has the lowest median property tax rate at 0.31 percent....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
HB2084: Your Insurance Rates Will Be Going up to Pay for Trannies
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 4:43 AM :: 4066 Views :: Family, Health Care

... people who promote sexual reassignment surgery “are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder” ....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Problem Gambling? Hawaii 2nd-Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 8181 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii Statistics

...second in problem gambling treatment....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
New Schools? Zero Guidance from DoE
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 5:39 PM :: 3721 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...legislators are allowed to simply carve up the Capitol Improvement Budget by political favoritism....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hawaii Taxpayers Still Not Getting Truthful Financial Reports
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 3161 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

A new accounting standard is requiring Hawaii to come clean about its pension debt, but the state is still hiding billions of pension and health care debt from its financial reports....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hawaii ICA Bungles Hanalei River Eminent Domain Case?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:09 AM :: 4077 Views :: Kauai County, Land Use

...we have an old eminent domain code and don't have a whole lot of current decisional law applying it....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hawaii Supreme Court Dismisses ‘Birther’ Challenge To Ted Cruz Eligibility
By Robert Thomas @ 3:55 AM :: 3725 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

... when it makes allegations like this, there's not going to be much doubt about the outcome, is there? ....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Ige Signs Bill Requesting Obamacare Waiver for Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 2890 Views :: Health Care

...requesting a waiver of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act that compromise the state’s existing Prepaid Health Care Act...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
DBEDT: Housing Gobbles Up Hawaii Consumers Income
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 3227 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Compared with 2004‐2005, Honolulu consumers spent more on housing in 2013‐2014, with the share of housing increasing from 31.7% to 43.2%....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Ewa Beach House Campaign: Stolen Signs, Bolt Cutters, and Confrontations with Police
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 5955 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

"...he has quite the history of confrontations with HPD...."

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Hawaii Preschool Costs More Than College
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 4852 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Child care for a 4-year-old costs an average of $776 each month....

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 25, 2016
By Congress.org @ 6:36 PM :: 3708 Views
  • Senate: Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization – Passage
  • Senate: Energy Policy – Passage
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Eliminate Funding for Various Commissions
  • Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations – Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program
  • House: IRS Hiring – Passage
  • House: IRS Oversight and User Fees - Passage
  • House: Bar IRS from Rehiring Certain Employees – Passage
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Monday, April 25, 2016
Sec 280E: How the IRS Becomes Senior Partner in Marijuana Dispensaries
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 3657 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

... marijuana providers with high startup costs are not allowed to deduct any of them or any routine business expenses ....

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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Organically Growing Tax Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4654 Views :: Agriculture, Tax Credits, GMOs

Renewable fuel proponents took another shot this year at enacting a renewable fuels credit....

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Saturday, April 23, 2016
DoE Seeks Public Input on Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 2967 Views :: Education K-12

...The Strategic Plan, which was last updated in 2012, is a combined effort to further develop comprehensive strategies focused on three foundational goals of quality education: Student Success, Staff Success and Successful Systems of Support....

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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Ige Extends Homelessness Emergency
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 2605 Views :: Homelessness

...Ige's fourth supplemental proclamation on homelessness will remain in effect until late June....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Pulling Papers as of April 22, 2016
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 3053 Views :: Office of Elections

Candidate filing for the 2016 Elections runs from February 1, 2016 through June 7, 2016....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
The Ideology War: UH Law School Debates GMOs
By Joni Kamiya @ 6:35 PM :: 3172 Views :: GMOs

...Gary and Hector kept repeating the words corporations and chemicals over and over....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Privatization May Drive Down Costs on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:24 PM :: 2795 Views :: Health Care

...Until recently, hospital labor on Maui was given exclusively to a public labor union. As a result, 70% of the budget was spent on employees....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 4794 Views :: Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

“The main reason is a very cumbersome permitting process, in a way that prevents people from building housing quickly and at a low cost…."

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Hawaii Anti-Gun Bills Moving Through Conference Committee Process
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 3279 Views :: Second Amendment

...the conference committee on Senate Bill 2954 recommended that the Senate concur with the House amendments that were made to SB 2954.  This bill will now go back to the Senate for final concurrence.  Additionally, House Bill 2632 has been scheduled for a conference committee hearing....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Ilagan: Petition Against Hawaii County GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3939 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

... Sign this petition opposing Bill 165 so that I may share it with the Council members when we discuss the tax increase in the Finance Committee on May 3 ....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Tulsi Gabbard Turns 35--Running for Vice President?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 PM :: 3781 Views :: Politicians

...Sanders’ camp has been quiet as far as whether Gabbard would join the Vermont senator as his running mate....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
UH Budget Request Rejected by House, Senate Drafts
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 2610 Views :: Higher Education

...much of the university’s request is not accommodated in either the House or Senate version of the budget....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
Zika: Pregnant Women Should Avoid Travel to American Samoa
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 PM :: 4758 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Health Care

...When Zika makes it to Hawaii and destroys the tourism industry, remember the environmentalists and organic pseudo-farmers who refused to allow spraying....

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Hanabusa Named Chair of HART
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 4278 Views :: Rail

“We look like potted plants.” -- Formby

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
SB2301: Legislators Vote $10M for Drunk Driver to Promote Rave Parties
By Andrew Walden @ 7:58 PM :: 5536 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...“Keahole Management Group LLC” is managed by former House Vice-Speaker Jon Riki Karimtsu ....

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Air Quality: Honolulu Makes ‘Cleanest Cities’ List
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 4004 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics

"...only four cities—Burlington-South Burlington, Vt.; Elmira-Corning, N.Y.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Salinas, Calif.—qualified for the 'cleanest cities' list in the "State of the Air' report...."

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
HB2501: A&B To Restore Eight Streams in East Maui
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 3892 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

... HB2501 Conference Committee meets today at 2pm, do the math ....

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
SunEdison Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 3071 Views :: Energy

...debtor in possession....

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
McDermott, Fevella: Building a New School for Ewa Beach
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 12:10 PM :: 3097 Views :: Education K-12

Representative Bob McDermott discusses the building of a new school for Ewa Beach with Kurt Fevella President at The Ewa Beach Lions Club....

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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Supply Chain Optimization – Shipping Systems in Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 10:15 AM :: 2782 Views :: Jones Act
“reducing supply chain barriers could increase world GDP over six times more than removing all tariffs.”
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