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Friday, June 30, 2017
As Predicted, Matson Strike Avoided
By Michael Hansen @ 10:42 PM :: 4888 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...reporting on the expiration of two maritime union contracts with Matson....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Hawaii’s nonsensical resistance to borders shows as insanity
By Selected News Articles @ 10:22 PM :: 4680 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

...despising Trump, conservatives and America so much they’re willing to risk the country for a political win....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Micronesia: US Officials Lift Suspension on Compact Public Infrastructure Grant Funding
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 2853 Views :: National News

...Pave Way to Release $150 Million for Infrastructure Projects across Micronesia....  

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Institute for Astronomy celebrates 50 years of discovery
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 2648 Views :: Higher Education

...Since its founding on July 1, 1967, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy (IfA) has played a role in almost every significant astronomical discovery....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
OHA Announces $6M in Grants
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 3063 Views :: OHA

Click BREG to see who's getting what....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
SB410: Public union power grab goes too far
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:54 PM :: 3374 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

All employers need a few basic freedoms to be productive, among them the freedom to manage their employees....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Travel Ban: AG Chin Asks Obama Judge to Redefine Supreme Court Ruling, Let More Muslims In
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 3932 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

...Hawaii’s motion asks the court to clarify that the federal government may not enforce the controversial bans against fiancés, grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people currently living in the United States....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Video: Roth vs Anderson on GE Tax Hike
By Video @ 2:53 AM :: 3811 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Either Anderson did not understand how the GE Tax works, or he pretended not to....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending up 8.7% in May 2017
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 3067 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In addition, total visitor arrivals rose 4.5 percent to 751,191....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
UH Law School Looks at Sharing Economy
By Robert Thomas @ 2:00 AM :: 2551 Views :: Small Business

..."Property" And Investment-Backed Expectations In Ridesharing Regulatory Takings Claims....

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
APL to inaugurate new foreign flag Asia / Hawaii container service in August
By Michael Hansen @ 11:42 PM :: 4677 Views :: Jones Act

...APL Ltd. will inaugurate a direct Asia / Hawaii with the first vessel arrival to Honolulu scheduled on Sunday, August  13, 2017....

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
DMV Computer Fixed After Phone Call to Bulgaria
By News Release @ 5:14 AM :: 6451 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Police

...Pereira said Department of Information Technology fixed the problem following a five-hour conference call, involving technicians from as far as Bulgaria and Paris....

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Honolulu rail clearly a fiasco
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 AM :: 3230 Views :: Rail

...things could have turned out differently....

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Can Hokulea Crew Save Telescope?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 4146 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...Nainoa Thompson: University of Hawai‘i is the most important navigator....

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Akina: Change OHA’s Current Spending Policy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:03 AM :: 3343 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“Crucial Recommendations for Achieving Fiscal Sustainability”

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
OHA: Hot Air vs Fresh Air
By Video @ 6:21 PM :: 3504 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...One Labels Calls For Truth & Transparency A Witch Hunt. -- The Other Trustee Asks Beneficiaries To Participate & Speak Out Even More....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Trump Appoints Doug Domenech Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 3030 Views :: National News

Domenech’s nomination has been endorsed by all four Governors of the U.S. territories....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Grassroot: Feds Should Audit Rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:24 AM :: 3348 Views :: Ethics, Rail

We hope that the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General will be moved to mount a comprehensive fiscal and engineering audit of Honolulu rail ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Food Evolution
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:12 AM :: 3651 Views :: GMOs

...The first 15 minutes left me feeling infuriated beyond belief because the Hawaii anti-GMO movement was replayed....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Not Satisfied With Merely Taking Land For Rail, Now The City Wants Blood
By Robert Thomas @ 4:36 AM :: 3592 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...Blood bank sues over city push to take land for rail.... 

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Universal Basic Income Is A Lazy Solution To The Oncoming Labor Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 4153 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii recently became the first state to make a major push towards a universal basic income....

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Monday, June 26, 2017
What a Wounded Veteran Thinks of Trump’s VA Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:55 PM :: 3853 Views :: Health Care, Military

"What happened was a national disgrace, and yet some of the employees involved in these scandals remained on the payrolls." -- President Donald J Trump

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Peruta Concealed Carry: Supreme Court Allows 9th Circuit Decision to Stand
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 3439 Views :: Second Amendment

...Peruta v San Diego: 9th Circuit Finds No Right to Carry Concealed Firearms in Hawaii, California....

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Supreme Court Allows Travel Ban To Take Effect
By Selected News Articles @ 12:24 PM :: 3594 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

...“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” the president said.... 

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 26, 2017
By Congress.org @ 10:58 AM :: 3248 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Long Nomination - Confirmation
  • Senate: Mandelker Nomination - Confirmation
  • Senate: Billingslea Nomination - Confirmation
  • House: Federal Lands Vegetation Management Protocol
  • House: Surface Water Storage Permitting
  • House: State Coordinated Temporary Employment Subsidies
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Monday, June 26, 2017
SB1240: Science Beats Anti-Aquarium Hysteria
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 3693 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“The Hawaii aquarium fishing community has offered alternative legislation and a willingness to work with DLNR to improve the permit system and ensure that it is based in sound science” 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Cost-disbenefit analysis of rail
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 2629 Views :: Rail

... understated costs, overstated ridership, why it would be an environmental disaster, why it will use far more energy than cars, let alone buses ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Anatomy of Epic Fail on Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3368 Views :: Rail, Taxes

To what or whom should we be looking for leadership to get us out of this mess?

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Hawaii named 'worst state to make a living' (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 6799 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

It really comes down to workers not getting much out of their paychecks because of a high cost of living and high taxes....

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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Offshore Wind Turbines Blamed For Killing Whales
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 PM :: 5052 Views :: Energy, Environment

The noise generated by wind turbines affected the sonar that whales use to navigate, causing them to beach themselves....

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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Washington Holds Guam Back, Despite Not Knowing Where It Is
By Selected News Articles @ 8:02 PM :: 4495 Views :: National News, Jones Act, Military

...“Benign neglect,” were the words Lieutenant Gov. Ray Tenorio used to describe Washington’s relationship with his island. “The feds view Guam only as a military asset. Nothing more.”....

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Saturday, June 24, 2017
BoE Approves ESSA Plan Submission to Feds
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 2529 Views :: Education K-12

The plan will be submitted following a 30-day opportunity for Governor David Ige to sign it.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017
DoE to Open Military Transition Centers
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 3227 Views :: Education K-12, Military

HIDOE will commit $250,000 annually for four years using federal Impact Aid funds towards school Transition Center facility improvements, technology, furnishings and special events....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Ige to Veto 15 Bills
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 3444 Views :: Hawaii State Government

SB410 Labor Union Givesway, SB1240 Aquarium Fishing, SB562 AG to Defend Counties, HB2 'Tiny Homes' on Big Island Ag Land, HB627 Public-Private Partnerships....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
HART Cancels Audit: "It's not my intent to figure out what we did wrong”
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 4162 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... this week, the rail board cancelled a special audit designed to show taxpayers why the costs have ballooned so high ....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Trump nominates retired Admiral Buzby to be MARAD Administrator
By Michael Hansen @ 3:10 PM :: 2797 Views :: Jones Act

...there is nothing in the public record that would indicate Admiral Buzby’s views on national maritime policy....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Meet the Jones Act: A 97-year-old regulatory law that's costing you money
By Michael Hansen @ 2:05 PM :: 2699 Views :: Jones Act

...the need for the Jones Act is sensibly being questioned and challenged as never before....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Transforming Military Impact Aid into Education Savings Accounts
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:01 PM :: 3315 Views :: Education K-12, Military

...Hawaii is one of only four states where over 30 percent of high school graduates who hope to join the Army cannot achieve an adequate score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test.... 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Military Industrial Complex Compromising Hawaii Missile Defense for Profit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:09 PM :: 2850 Views :: Military

... some in Washington want to ignore years of readily available and cost-effective missile defense technology in favor of developing new technology known as the Homeland Discrimination Radar-Hawaii (HDR-HI), a costly system that is years away from being fielded ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Navy’s partnership with Polynesian Voyaging Society
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 2739 Views :: Military

...prior to Hōkūleʻa departing, crewmembers met with the Commander of Navy Region Hawaii and other key leaders, who discussed risk mitigation and provided guidance on adjusting waypoints during their voyage to remain out of dangerous waters....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Honolulu rail project most expensive in the world
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:25 PM :: 4834 Views :: Rail

...there has never been a full independent audit investigating the rail for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Hawaii Homes Lowest Average CO2 Production in USA
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 3325 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii also stood out as having one of the lowest average home size of all states.... 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
How High Are Spirits Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 3094 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes the spirit at $5.98 per gallon....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
NFIB Hawaii Small Business End-of-Session Report
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 PM :: 3241 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

Defeat – for now – of onerous paid leave and minimum wage proposals highlight accomplishments for small business. Big court victory an added bonus....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Greatest Journey Didn’t Start with a Protest
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:54 PM :: 4598 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

If it were not for the brave souls who decided to collect information from the wind, stars, weather, and ocean currents, what we know as Native Hawaiians may have not arrived here in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
OCCC Jail Siting Study Released
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 2478 Views :: Law Enforcement

... to replace the current Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) with a modern facility ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
HDOT: 2002 Airport Agreement with Sheriff is Out of Date
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 3577 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Private security companies have worked to keep Hawaii’s airport facilities safe since 1976....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
‘Food Evolution’ movie could mark turning point in public GMO discussion
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 3831 Views :: GMOs

...how a cadre of non-experts is willing to bastardize science, and sacrifice progress and people for ideology and profit....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mother Jones: World Health Organization called RoundUp a “probable carcinogen,” but it didn’t have all the facts.
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 5467 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

...A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Hawaii to Supreme Court: No need to review travel ban
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 3541 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

The justices ordered the latest round of briefing after the 9th Circuit ruled for Hawaii June 12....

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