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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ige Signs Bill: OHA Brainwashing Mandatory for Boards, Commissions
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 1621 Views :: OHA

Act 169: "Requires certain state councils, boards and commissions to attend a legal training course administered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on native Hawaiian customs and rights."

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Full Text: Federal Court Slaps Down Maui Anti-GMO Ordinance
By Robert Thomas @ 10:50 PM :: 1931 Views :: GMOs

...Judge says Maui County prohibition is pre-empted by federal and state law....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Congress Appropriates $250M for Rail -- Delegation, Mayor Keep Silent Until Ige Agrees not to Veto Rail Tax Hike
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 2013 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Rail

The U.S. House passed its FY 2016 transportation appropriations bill earlier this month, and the Senate bill was reported from the Senate Committee on Appropriations on June 25....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Critics Question Ige's Sex Trafficking Veto
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 1996 Views :: Law Enforcement

...Yesterday, Hawaii Governor Ige held a press conference to announce his intent to veto SB 265 which could enact Hawaii’s first sex trafficking law....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
"Zero Emission Vehicles" Are Not Emission Free
By NCPA @ 2:25 PM :: 2141 Views :: Energy, Environment

...electric vehicles generate a negative environmental benefit of about -0.5 cents per mile relative to comparable gasoline vehicles....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Hawaiian Electric Proposes Higher Solar Price Structure
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2008 Views :: Energy

...At the end of 2014, customers were annually shifting an estimated $53 million, an increase of $15 million over the 2013 estimated total of $38 million....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Hawaii Reapportionment Commission Breathes A Sigh Of Relief
By Robert Thomas @ 1:49 AM :: 1729 Views :: Office of Elections

...today's 5-4 decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm'n....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
$4M Lawsuit Claims Bumpy Kanahele Defrauds Am. Samoa of Tsunami Recovery Funds
By Andrew Walden @ 12:59 AM :: 4492 Views :: Ethics, OHA

While Kanahele got a role playing himself in the movie 'Aloha,' his business partner in two enterprises--Quin Ngoc Rudin--is in a federal penitentiary in California....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Ige Releases ‘Intent to Veto’ List
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2279 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Ige has informed the Hawai‘i State Legislature of his intent to veto the following bills....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Hawaii State Judiciary Launches New Environmental Court
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 2268 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

Hawaii’s new Environmental Court will have broad jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases affecting the environment....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Report: Jones Act Reform Could Help Save Bankrupt Puerto Rico
By Michael Hansen @ 5:10 PM :: 1735 Views :: Jones Act

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the Commonwealth will not be able to pay its $72 billion outstanding debt....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Grassroot Institute Publishes HART Check Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 PM :: 2605 Views :: Rail

The HART check register can be viewed here ....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Patriotism: Hawaii Ranks 24th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 1763 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military
Hawaii Ranks 24th: 5th for ‘Military Engagement’ and 49th for ‘Civic Engagement’....
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Monday, June 29, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 29, 2015
By Congress.org @ 1:07 PM :: 1376 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Public Safety Employee Withdrawals – Trade Promotion Authority – Cloture
House: IPAB Repeal – Passage
House: EPA Carbon Emission Rules -- Passage
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Bribed by Bumpy? Former American Samoa Government Official Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 3255 Views :: Ethics, OHA

In February 2012, a company known as the Native Hawaiian Holding Company Inc. (owned by Bumpy Kanahele) entered into a service contract with the ASG....

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Project Imua: Hawaii Student payload tested at NASA Flight Facility
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 1648 Views :: Higher Education

Comprised of four UH Community College campuses, Project Imua involves a joint faculty-student enterprise for designing, fabricating and testing payloads....

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Health Dep't Taking Action to Reduce New HIV Cases in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 2619 Views :: Family, Health Care, Drugs

Approximately 85 percent of HIV cases in Hawaii occur in men....

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
You Can’t Get on a Canoe Without a Real Plan
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:18 PM :: 2509 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Hawaii is a hot bed for anti-everything activism....

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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Independence Means Freedom from Special Funds
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1719 Views :: Taxes

Special funds are pots of money....

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Danner: Hawaiian Homes Commissioners "Have Rings in Their Noses"
By Andrew Walden @ 9:58 PM :: 3996 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL

According to Kauhane, 104 comments have been submitted to the DoI and 76 are in opposition to the proposed rules--a nearly 3-1 margin....

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage may pave way for expanded gun rights in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 PM :: 2073 Views :: Second Amendment

"...concealed carry licenses held by more than 11 million citizens across the country should now be valid in every state without question...."

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Hawaii Family Advocates Responds to Gay Marriage Ruling
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:25 AM :: 2270 Views :: Family, First Amendment
Could non-profit organizations face revocation of their tax-exempt status if they say that marriage is between one man and one woman?
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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Hawaiian Homes Commission: Proposed Federal Rules Inappropriate
By News Release @ 1:12 AM :: 2558 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL

...HHC passed a resolution urging the Interior Department extend its July 13, 2015, deadline for public comment....

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Mauna Kea: Ige Claims he will do Whatever Necessary to Keep Road Open
By News Release @ 12:11 AM :: 2542 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"The roads belong to all the people of Hawai‘i and they will remain open. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure lawful access."

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Friday, June 26, 2015
AG: Two-Thirds of Hawaii Gay Marriages from Out of State
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 1636 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

...96.8% of Hawaii Gays stay outside 'Marriage'....

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Friday, June 26, 2015
You Can Never Know What Plantation Days Meant From Google
By Joni Kamiya @ 8:34 PM :: 2666 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii History, GMOs

When you have everything you need and never really had to earn it, it’s hard to fully appreciate it....

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court: County Initiative Preempted by State Law
By Robert Thomas @ 5:08 PM :: 3158 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs, GMOs

...Hawaii Supreme Court refined the test for determining when a municipal ordinance or charter provision is preempted by state law....

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Even Where Gay Marriage is Legal, It’s not Equal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 2157 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...it is instructive to note the ways in which marriage and “same-sex marriage” remain distinctly unequal in those states that already have extended recognition to same-sex couples....

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Judicial Activism From Supreme Court on Marriage
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:27 PM :: 1880 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...we must work to protect the freedom of speech, association and religion of those who continue to abide by the truth of marriage as union of man and woman....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Jump 9.3%
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 1651 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total Visitor Expenditures Increased 10.4 Percent to $1.2 Billion....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Maui: Protesters Stop Haleakala Telescope Construction Convoy
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 4889 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...Organizers and the Site Supervisor had a brief discussion after which time he stated the drivers were going to be  sent home and the delivery would be cancelled....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
NYT: Ige’s diffidence risks making things on Mauna Kea worse
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 2078 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

This is a conflict between OHA and the University of Hawaii over control of public land revenues....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
NYT: Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges
By Selected News Articles @ 5:01 PM :: 1609 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii exchange is collapsing....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Ige 'On National Stage' Faking It -- Touts 7 solar farms blocked by HECO, PUC
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 1872 Views :: Energy
“All [of these projects] will generate energy below what we pay to generate energy using oil,” he said.  (Except for one problem--they aren't going to be built.)
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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Ige Fails to Clear Mauna Kea Protesters, Relies on 'Mutual Respect and Aloha'
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2152 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA

"It is our belief that there will be mutual respect and aloha on Wednesday and in the days ahead as TMT restarts construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope...."

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
CNHA to Administer 'US Tribal Justice' on Mauna Kea?
By Video @ 6:47 PM :: 2910 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Higher Education, OHA
Who Would Be In Charge Of Laying Down The Law?
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Kaiser: King v. Burwell will not Affect Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 PM :: 1839 Views :: Health Care

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling by the end of June in King v. Burwell....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
CNBC: Hawaii Worst State for Business
By Selected News Articles @ 6:04 PM :: 2153 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...by the numbers on just about everything else, Hawaii doesn't measure up, and not only for reasons beyond its control....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sexual Paranoia: Why Professors Are Becoming Scared of Their Students
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:54 PM :: 1919 Views :: Higher Education
“new codes [of sexual conduct] sweeping American campuses....”
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
HS Sports: Hawaii 2nd Lowest Gender Gap
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 1874 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

In Hawaii only 4.7% of high schools have a 10%+ gender equity gap in sports....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Wine Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 12th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 1915 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Video: Adventures of a Monsanto Agronomist
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:34 PM :: 2298 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Keli'i Akina speaks with Monsanto agronomist Dan Clegg about the latest....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Proposed Federal Rules for Hawaiian Homelands Parallel Obama Admin Rewrite of Indian Law
By Andrew Walden @ 4:23 AM :: 3309 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA
"The Department will create a tribe, not recognize an historic tribe."
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Full Text: Court Orders Release of Kanaiolowalu Roll
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:56 AM :: 2292 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...official order from the Honorable Jeannette Castagnetti ordering the NHRC to disclose the list....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Internal Report: Gay Human Rights Campaign a Judgmental White Men’s Club
By Selected News Articles @ 4:39 PM :: 2631 Views :: National News, Family

Staff at the Human Rights Campaign last fall described the working environment at the nation’s largest LGBT rights group as “judgmental,” “exclusionary,” “sexist,” and “homogenous” ...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Feds Extend Hawaii NCLB Waiver
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 1688 Views :: Education K-12

"The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) has aligned its reform efforts and internal systems and processes to leverage progress toward outcomes...."

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
University of Hawaii: The empty ‘marketplace of ideas’
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 1945 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

On college campuses fear of offending people now trumps the fear of losing free speech....

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Caldwell refuses to sign Council Budget Bills
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 1997 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...The City Council deleted funding for the Office of Strategic Development (OSD) positions needed to address homelessness and the affordable housing crisis....

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Monday, June 22, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 22, 2015
By Congress.org @ 11:40 PM :: 1639 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2016 Defense Authorization - Passage
Senate: Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture
House: U.S. Citizens in Iran - Passage
House: Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization – Passage
House: Iraq Troop Withdraw – Passage
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Monday, June 22, 2015
Ige in DC to Teach Feds How to use Green Energy Hype to Jack Up Rates, Taxes
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 1628 Views :: Energy

...Ige will join other elected officials and business leaders for the Washington Post’s “Powering Cities” forum on Tuesday, June 23...

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