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Friday, July 31, 2015
Travel Taxes: The Hidden Trifecta
By NCPA @ 11:50 PM :: 1788 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Hotel occupancy taxes also appear to eat into the budget tourists set for their vacation trips. Such an effect was empirically observed in Hawaii in 2013....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Over 80% of Hawaiians Excluded -- Tribal 'Notice of Election' to be Mailed Monday
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 2196 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...a “Notice of Election” to eligible voters on the Native Hawaiian Roll on Monday, Aug. 3....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Telescope Crackdown: Arrests on Mauna Kea, Haleakala
By Selected News Articles @ 6:18 PM :: 2326 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...Meanwhile -- 3,500 astronomers converging on Waikiki....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
9th Circuit Rejects Hawaii Jones Act Suit
By Selected News Articles @ 5:29 PM :: 1902 Views :: Jones Act was possible that plaintiffs could establish standing if they amended their complaint, any amendment would be futile because plaintiffs’ Commerce Clause challenge to the Jones Act would fail on the merits....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Study Suggest ‘Regressive’ Gas Tax Hike for Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 1588 Views :: Energy economic study for commissioned by the state recommends Hawaii raise taxes on gasoline by $.85 per gallon....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Hawaii Dodges $500M Bullet as Billionaire Movie Mogul Declares Bankruptcy
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 PM :: 5110 Views :: Tax Credits

The primary mover behind Relativity's failed "Accelerator Package"--Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Senators Try to Separate Jones Act, Oil Export Ban
By Michael Hansen @ 11:31 PM :: 1860 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
"Century-old law looms as hurdle for exports push"
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Hawaii Family Forum: Let's Unite to Defund Planned Parenthood
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 1822 Views :: Life

On Monday, the U.S. Senate will be voting to prohibit the nation's largest abortion provider from receiving taxpayer funds....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
HTA: Visitor Arrivals, Spending Up in First Half of 2015
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 1502 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands rose 4% and visitor spending increased 3.5%....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Auditor: Lack of Procurement Controls Exposes Health Department to Waste and Abuse
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:21 PM :: 2013 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Department provides little support for and minimal oversight of staff involved in procurements....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
First Day Back at School--Parents Greeted by Letter from Matayoshi
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 1394 Views :: Education K-12

Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii Hiding 71 Percent of Retirement Debt
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 1864 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Because the state government uses outdated accounting methods, a vast majority of liabilities are excluded from its financial reporting....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Pine: Homeless Solutions for Leeward Oahu
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:45 PM :: 2468 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...almost a quarter of Oahu's unsheltered homeless are the Leeward district....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Democrats for Education Reform: 'Power to the Local School'
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:38 PM :: 2022 Views :: Democratic Party, Education K-12

...working to reform the public education system....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Washington Legislators Ask Attorney General to Investigate Planned Parenthood Unit Overseeing Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 1665 Views :: Life

...34 legislators have sent a letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson requesting him to investigate whether Planned Parenthood in Washington has been selling organs from aborted babies for financial gain....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
VIDEO: Planned Parenthood VP Discusses Contract Details, Aborted Body Parts Pricing, and How to Not “Get Caught”
By Video @ 12:59 PM :: 1702 Views :: Life

...negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Will Hawaii Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Programs Boost Baby Parts Business?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 AM :: 2222 Views :: Education K-12, Life

...Conflict of interest....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Molasses Spill Produces $15M Windfall for State
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 1688 Views :: Environment, Jones Act

"This is one of the largest settlements for an environmental violation in Hawaii’s history,” said Chin....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
HART: Caldwell Appoints 'Expert' tied to Rail Projects Even More Messed up than Ours
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 1654 Views :: Rail

Mr Burns' extensive rail project experience includes the Third Street Light Rail and Central Subway Project in San Francisco....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Did They Sneak Your Name onto the Native Hawaiian Roll?
By Video @ 7:17 PM :: 2162 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

You Can Now See If Your Name Was Added Fraudulently To The Native Hawaiian Roll....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015
School Safety: Hawaii Ranks 5th in USA
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 2747 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... 2015's States with the Best & Worst School Systems ....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
McDermott: Investigate Hawaii Planned Parenthood Operations
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 6:42 PM :: 1851 Views :: Life

...involvement by Planned Parenthood of Hawaii in the illegal sale or transfer of infant organs....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Kanaiolowalu Strips 27,470 ‘Unverifiable’ Names, Publishes ‘Certified’ Roll
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 2069 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... Certified Native Hawaiian roll posted online with only 95,690 names ....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Ward: NOAA should not be given cart blanche over Hawaii Waters
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:30 PM :: 1782 Views :: Environment

...I believe the SSMA is written in a rather one-sided manner....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Planned Parenthood Dead Baby Sales--“We Can See How Much We Can Get Out of It”
By Video @ 3:52 PM :: 1703 Views :: Life

...Planned Parenthood’s Black Market in Baby Parts....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Honolulu 4th Most Expensive City for Singles
By Selected News Articles @ 10:06 AM :: 1721 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

For singles in Honolulu, the highest lifestyle-related costs are clothing and housing....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Ige Appoints Committee to Talk About Homelessness, Calls it Leadership
By News Release @ 4:20 AM :: 1713 Views :: Homelessness

...“The underlying issues that lead to homelessness ... cannot be resolved quickly,” said Gov. Ige....

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Monday, July 27, 2015
Bottle Tax to be Cut by Half Cent
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 2113 Views :: Environment, Taxes

...the state’s redemption rate decreased from 72.6 percent in fiscal year 2014 to 68.4 percent in the last fiscal year, which ended in June 2015....

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Monday, July 27, 2015
Honolulu Women Betrayed Demand Investigation of Planned Parenthood
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 2078 Views :: Life

...Tuesday, July 28th at 11AM....

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Monday, July 27, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 27, 2015
By @ 2:20 PM :: 1614 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Surface Transportation Reauthorization 'Shell' – Cloture 
House: Coal Combustion Residuals – Passage 
House: Genetically Engineered Food – Passage 
House: Sanctuary Cities – Passage
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Sunday, July 26, 2015
DoE Fined $1.1M for Illegal Dumping
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 2269 Views :: Education K-12, Environment

...the transported soil was contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, lead, and mercury....

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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Food Babe vs Hawaii Papaya Farmers
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:36 PM :: 2775 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

She posted an article telling her dimwitted, gullible followers to avoid Hawaiian papayas....

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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Who’s the Boss, Anyway? (Part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1538 Views :: Taxes
...voters had limited the power of its legislature to enact taxing and spending bills, and some legislators sued....
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Friday, July 24, 2015
Clean Energy Fail: While Most States Clean Up, Hawaii CO2 Emissions Rise Since '08
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 2875 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...What matters is whether the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative is delivering the CO2 reductions which for many justify the increased expense.  The answer is no.....

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Thousands of Hawaiians Fraudulently Added to Kanaiolowalu Roll, 23,000 to be Stripped out by Roll Commission
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 2288 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The certified list is shorter because it omits the names of people whose Hawaiian ancestry has not yet been verified....

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Hawaii Gas Taxes 3rd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 2091 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii 45.1 cents per gallon, plus federal 18.4 excise tax, plus GE Tax....

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Friday, July 24, 2015
Report: 51% of Honolulu Roads in Poor Condition
By News Release @ 5:37 AM :: 2010 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

10th worst in USA ....

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Hawaii Councilman Proposes Reforms After P-Card Audit
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 2189 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics

Hawai‘i County Code should be amended to bring it in line with state law...

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Greece, Puerto Rico and the Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 9:28 PM :: 1738 Views :: Jones Act

The only real answer is a coordinated, unified, and well-reasoned effort to persuade Congress to repeal or modernize this relic from a bygone century....

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Honolulu sewer bonds sell at interest rate higher than bankrupt Detroit
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 1789 Views :: Honolulu County

Honolulu pays 3.89% -- Detroit pays 3.24% while in bankruptcy....

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
No More Bee-Pocalypse
By NCPA @ 3:50 PM :: 2457 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

...the cover of Time magazine foretold of a "world without bees"....

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
UH research funding up after years of decline
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 1248 Views :: Higher Education

...the first increase in extramural award funding after three straight years of decline....

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Mother of Murdered Baby Challenges Hawaii Child Abuse Registry
By Selected News Articles @ 12:35 PM :: 2280 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

Hawaii is among the states with the lowest rates in the country of foster children who were re-abused within six months of being reunited with their families....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Full Text: Kanaiolowalu Roll Published
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:13 PM :: 3290 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Because this is a large document, it will take some time to load completely....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Strange News: DoE Builds School on Time, Under Budget
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 1786 Views :: Education K-12 has a single point of responsibility....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Income qualifications for free/reduced lunch updated for SY 2015-16
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 2181 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Children from households with income at or below the following levels are eligible for free or reduced-price meals....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Nai Aupuni Bylaws Confirm it is Running a State Election
By Andrew Walden @ 3:36 PM :: 2738 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

OHA authorized the funds and OHA invited the participants to form Nai Aupuni....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Cities Americans are Leaving: Honolulu Ranks 4th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 PM :: 2722 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...and Detroit ranks 14th....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Video: Planned Parenthood Senior Executive Haggles Over Baby Parts Prices
By Video @ 12:32 AM :: 1846 Views :: Life

President of PPFA Medical Directors’ Council Mary Gatter Doesn’t Want to “Lowball” Price, Suggests “Less Crunchy” Technique, Says She Wants a Lamborghini....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
FULL TEXT: Ige Administration Testimony Against NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 2118 Views :: Energy
“The state respectfully opposes the merger in its current form because it fails to align with the state’s renewable energy goals.”
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