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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hawaii GOP Announces Delegation to Republican National Convention
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 2339 Views :: Republican Party

...the Republican National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena from July 18-21....

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hawaii Homelessness Grows 4%—Mostly on Big Island, Kauai
By News Release @ 5:32 AM :: 2880 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...Homeless growth on Maui and Oahu less than 1%....

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hawaii Hi Tech Darling Mbloom Collapses After Feds Arrest ‘Porn King’ in $60M Indian Tribe Ripoff
By Andrew Walden @ 2:25 AM :: 9063 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Tax Credits

And the 'fortunate sons' of John F Kerry and Joe Biden are involved, too....

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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Ige Appoints New PUC Commissioner, Secures 2-1 Majority Against NextEra
By Andrew Walden @ 1:35 AM :: 1997 Views :: Energy

...Iwase said he is hopeful a decision could come by next week--but not in the next two days....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Hawaii Campaign Spending: Judge Reverses Medieval Punishment for 15th Century Campaign Contribution
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 1773 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

...the violation itself was caused by a glitch in CSC software....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Study: Home Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 2007 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the costs can add up to as much as $57,772 per year in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
HB2231: New law makes it easier to finance energy co-ops
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2360 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

...this act allows for the use of state special purpose revenue bonds to be used to finance publicly owned energy cooperatives....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Esther Kiaaina Cuts Micronesia Funding, Forcing Migrants to Come to USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2899 Views :: National News

...OIA has simply withheld the money, or routed funds to projects outside the FAS. Predictably, this has fueled the exodus....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Single Payer Activists to Target Hawaii for Socialist Medicine?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 AM :: 1548 Views :: Health Care

...single-payer advocates are focusing on individual states....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Sand Island Homeless Center Moves 61 Homeless into Permanent Housing
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 1707 Views :: Homelessness

...The facility has since served 173 individuals, 61 of which have successfully transitioned into stable housing situations....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:58 PM :: 2965 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii - Neil Mellen...

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Irresponsible: Caldwell Moves for 10 Month Delay on Rail Recovery Plan
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 1530 Views :: Rail
Will Feds Withhold a Third Year of Financing Before HART Gets Around to Writing Financial Plan?
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Transgender Insurance Mandate Among 12 Bills Ige Signing Today
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1753 Views :: Hawaii State Government

State Capitol, 5th floor, Governor’s Ceremonial Room....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
DBEDT: Housing Over 40% of Consumer Spending for Kauai, Hawaii Co
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 3227 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...An average household in Hawaii County spent an average of $51,700 in 2014....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Feds Demand Arrest of Tugboat after Giant Golf Ball Mishap
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 PM :: 3384 Views :: Jones Act, Military

... Justice Department has demanded the arrest, condemnation and sale of the tugboat Maulani, which snagged an undersea cable in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor and shut down the Electronic Harbor Security System ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 28, 2016
By Congress.org @ 4:33 PM :: 1717 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations 
House: Veto Override on Fiduciary Rule 
House: Fiscal 2016 Transportation-HUD Appropriations Conference Report 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Ige Signs HB2501: A&B Keeps E Maui Water
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 2709 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

...HB2501 provides time to transition to a process that ensures water is distributed fairly in accordance with the public trust doctrine....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Study: Hawaii is Number One in Teacher Absenteeism
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 2666 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Hawaii has…80 schools where 90% of teachers are absent ten days or more."

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Honolulu Charter Commission Sets Community Meetings
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1565 Views :: Honolulu County

...meetings are set between now and July 7....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Hawaii Federalist Society: Supreme Court Term in Review
By Robert Thomas @ 12:58 AM :: 1765 Views :: Judiciary

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Matson launches new foreign flag service
By Michael Hansen @ 12:43 AM :: 1609 Views :: Jones Act

With this new service, Matson will be competing with several shipping companies offering direct services from the USWC to South Pacific Island destinations....

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Major Unions Endorse Djou for Mayor
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 2613 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail

...The unions endorsing Djou were the first unions to support Kirk Caldwell for mayor in 2010 and backed Caldwell again in 2012....

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Ige: Intent to Veto 9 Bills
By News Release @ 7:59 PM :: 1957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

On July 12, any measure that has not been signed or vetoed by Gov. Ige will become law with or without his signature....

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Ige: Captive Insurance Shunts $1.26B to Local Bankers
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 2728 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

Since enabling legislation was enacted into law on May 29, 1986....

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
The Surprisingly Sudden Demise of the Anti-GMO Movement
By Selected News Articles @ 7:19 PM :: 3858 Views :: GMOs
How did this happen so quickly?
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Condominium and Community Associations: File or Else!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2282 Views :: Taxes

Someone needs to take remedial action before the thermonuclear bomb hits....

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Best states for driving: Hawaii Ranks 15th
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...CarInsurance.com ranked states on eight metrics to identify which ones are more favorable for motorists....

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Hawaii Gun Owners May Be Monitored More Closely Than Criminals
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 2843 Views :: Second Amendment

...the bill took effect immediately upon Ige's approval....

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Hawaii Access to Justice Conference 2016
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1692 Views :: Judiciary

...held on June 24, 2016, at the William S. Richardson School of Law....

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Marijuana License Scores: DoH Reveals Which Cronies Just Don’t Make the Grade
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 2448 Views :: Drugs

...DOH today released the scores and ranking of the applicants for Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licenses....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Rail: Building To The Nowhere Of Middle?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:29 PM :: 1907 Views :: Rail

...omit the most densely populated, and therefore the most useful, portion of the route....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
In the Beginning, Rail Cost Only $3B
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:22 PM :: 1789 Views :: Rail

Early in the effort to determine a mass transit alternative for Oahu, city officials announced that the rail project would likely cost a little more than $3 billion....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Privatization: 20 Years of UPW Garbage in Hawaii’s Courts
By Selected News Articles @ 10:02 PM :: 3144 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Judiciary, Labor

20 years ago, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that an agreement between the County of Hawaii and a private contractor for the operation of a county landfill violated civil service laws....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Hawaii Passes First of Its Kind Gun Legislation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:52 PM :: 2069 Views :: Second Amendment

"The lawful acquisition, possession, carrying, or use of a firearm does not justify subjecting citizens to ongoing monitoring," the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Conviction Tossed: How They Get Away in Soft on Crime Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:47 PM :: 2126 Views :: Law Enforcement

"If people didn't upset me, I wouldn't have to punch them...."

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Oppression of Education
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:54 AM :: 3434 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, GMOs

...it’s clear who the real oppressors are....

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Friday, June 24, 2016
Djou: Rail Mess is a Pure Failure of Leadership
By Rep Charles Djou @ 12:01 AM :: 2167 Views :: Rail

...the Honolulu rail system cost could now reach as high as almost $11 bil. from the original projected cost of $5.2 bil....

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Molasses Spill Very Profitable for Aha Moku Council
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 1931 Views :: Greenmail

...spill settlement funding to support Aha Moku for the next fiscal year....

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Ige Signs Rap Back: Hawaii Gun Owners to be Placed in FBI Database
By News Release @ 8:06 PM :: 3297 Views :: Second Amendment

Rifle Association: “High Likelihood of Legal Action”....

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Energy monitoring and management coming to 250 public schools
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1995 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

All public elementary, middle, and high schools in the Hawaiian Electric Companies' service territory are receiving new, intelligent, energy-monitoring devices and software....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Rusting Wind Junk off Waikiki: Feds Declare Open Season
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 2741 Views :: Energy

...a call for information and nominations to gauge the wind industry’s interest in commercial wind leases in two areas offshore Oahu....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Caldwell Buys Iwilei Building: Hub for Homeless to Rival LA Skid Row
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 2746 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...Council members Carol Fukunaga, Ann Kobayashi and Ron Menor on a follow-up trip to review Seattle’s homeless projects, including hygiene centers and government-sanctioned tent cities....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Child Well-Being: Hawaii Ranks 23rd
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 2685 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Fed Wreck Plan B
By Video @ 5:48 PM :: 3401 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Danner pushing for the US DoI Office of Native Hawaiian Relations to be located in Honolulu, not DC....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hanabusa Uses Teachers to Open Door to More Lobbyist 'Gifts' to Legislators
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 4285 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...Hanabusa pointed out that the same issues underlying the disagreement over teacher travel and education trips are also involved in applying the gift provisions of the ethics code to legislators....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
DOCARE Chief Forced Out—Retaliation for Investigating DLNR Corruption, Theft of Guns
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 6897 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...in a June 16 letter, Case said she was not extending Friel's employment past his six-month probation period....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 21, 2016
By Congress.org @ 2:35 AM :: 1788 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization 
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations 
House: IRS and Free Speech 
House: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Feral Cats Kill More Seabirds -- No Eradication Planned
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 2240 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...Last week, researchers discovered the bodies of six endangered Hawaiian Petrels at a remote breeding colony in Hono o Na Pali Natural Area Reserve, Kauai....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
DLNR Closing Mauna Kea, Bringing in Helicopters for Sheep Eradication
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 3108 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

...aerial shooting from helicopters of feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Judiciary Expands ‘Steps to Avoid Eviction’ Program
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 2143 Views :: Homelessness, Judiciary

Tenants and landlords are being pointed to resources designed to prevent disputes from escalating to eviction....

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