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Monday, July 31, 2017
Crosswalk Cellphone Ban: Just because something is a good idea doesn’t mean it’s a good law.
By Selected News Articles @ 7:03 PM :: 1508 Views :: Honolulu County

...What is the function of government?....

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Monday, July 31, 2017
Hawaii not College-Ready -- Second lowest median scores on ACT
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 2149 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...Hawaii among states with lowest median scores on college admissions test, study finds....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
Hint to Hawaii: Court halts Illinois mandate to promote abortion
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 2123 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...Injunction suspends enforcement of law which ‘targets free speech rights’....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
Slate: The Absurdity of Honolulu's New Law Banning Pedestrians From Looking at Their Cellphones
By Selected News Articles @ 8:05 PM :: 1833 Views :: Honolulu County

...If the fusty sigh of “Kids these days!” were a law, it would look something like the new Honolulu ordinance making it illegal to cross the street while looking at a cellphone....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
Rail: Rod Tam Floats Magnetic Levitation
By News Release @ 10:59 AM :: 1635 Views :: Rail

...WELCOME to the PEOPLE’S PUBLIC HEARING ON RAIL....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
No Hanahana -- Kaukau Anyway
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2474 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if you don’t work, you don’t eat....

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
North Korea Fires Off Another ICBM--Could Hit Chicago
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 1380 Views :: Military

...North Korean ICBM Could Strike Deep Into US Territory, Leading Experts Say....

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Demanding best practices in rail accounting
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:51 PM :: 1575 Views :: Ethics, Rail

What does it say about the state of governance in Hawaii that endorsing basic standards of fiscal responsibility is a revolutionary act?

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Telescope: Judge Recommends Permit Be Issued, Land Board Hearing Set for Sept 20
By Andrew Walden @ 4:40 AM :: 2622 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...BLNR Chair Suzanne Case set Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 to hear oral arguments in the Contested Case Hearing for the Thirty Meter Telescope....

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Nine Homeless Accept Shelter After Latest Sweeps
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1470 Views :: Homelessness

...Nine people, including three couples and three single adults left their encampments along the H-1 corridor and Nimitz Highway and were placed into shelter at Next Step and to permanent housing....

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Full Text: PIG Proposes Updated EIS Rules
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 1368 Views :: Environment

...Preliminary Draft of Proposed Revisions to Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Title 11 Department of Health Chapter 200 Environmental Impact Statement Rules....

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Hawaii a case study in how government can make basic healthcare a nightmare
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 2367 Views :: Health Care

...the state-run Maui Memorial Hospital faced every problem a medical facility could. Dogged by consistently low professional accreditation ratings, it lacked specialists and had constant funding shortfalls. Patients regularly had to be airlifted to Honolulu, even for trauma care....

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
UH: Homelessness plays a large role in unnecessary hospitalizations
By Selected News Articles @ 10:06 PM :: 1684 Views :: Homelessness

...“I Need my Own Place to get Better”: Patient Perspectives on the Role of Housing in Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations....

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Matson purchases second-hand ship for new Marshall Islands service
By Michael Hansen @ 9:56 PM :: 2026 Views :: Jones Act

“Matson announces new U.S. flag Marshall Islands service”

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Audit: Caldwell's Section 8 Program Hides Homeless Data
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 2268 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Homelessness

...Section 8 does not have a formal fraud program although, as of FY 2016, the program's delinquent accounts receivables totaled approximately $1.5 million....

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
HiDoT Puts State Highway Project Database on line
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 1285 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Available data includes the schedule, scope, and estimated cost for all current State Highways projects as well as all projects planned to begin construction in the next two years....

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
DLNR Removes 11 Tons of Homeless Drug Addicts’ Garbage from Kalalau
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 1874 Views :: Homelessness

...Illustrates Trashing of Wilderness Park by Illegal Campers & Squatters....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Estimating Ride Hailing’s Bite out of Transit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 AM :: 1440 Views :: Rail

...Transit’s Precipitous Decline....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Maui Event Features Peggy Grande, confidant to President Ronald Reagan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:06 AM :: 1488 Views :: Republican Party

...Peggy will share her behind-the-scenes stories and insights about Ronald Reagan’s final years....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Suspending Hawaii’s Grants in Aid 
By Rachelle Chang @ 2:57 AM :: 1581 Views :: Ethics

...government may not be able to fund nonprofits that are not closely aligned to current government responsibilities....

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
$1.6B Available to Pay for Rail -- Without Raising Taxes
By Andrew Walden @ 4:54 AM :: 4508 Views :: Rail, Taxes

... we found $1.595B being siphoned off of Rail for non-rail purposes ....

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Monday, July 24, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 24, 2017
By Congress.org @ 11:04 PM :: 1587 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Shanahan Nomination - Confirmation
  • Senate: Bush Nomination - Confirmation
  • House: Ozone Standards Implementation
  • House: Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure
  • House: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Agency Coordinating Authority
  • House: King Cove Land Exchange
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Monday, July 24, 2017
North Korean Media Identifies Hawaii And Alaska As Possible Targets
By Selected News Articles @ 3:32 PM :: 1670 Views :: Military

“Hawaii, where the U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) is stationed, and Alaska,” where part of the U.S. missile shield is based, are in range of North Korea’s missiles, the Rodong Sinmun wrote Sunday....

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Monday, July 24, 2017
US Prepares Another Missile Defense Test as North Korea Ramps Up Threat
By Selected News Articles @ 1:16 PM :: 1165 Views :: Military

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a warning to mariners earlier this week to steer clear of the waterways between Kodiak Island in Alaska and Hawaii this coming weekend....

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Sunday, July 23, 2017
EITC: Devil in the Details
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1445 Views :: Taxes

On July 10, 2017, Governor Ige proudly signed House Bill 209, a bill that establishes a Hawaii earned income tax credit.... 

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
JSC Announces Four Vacancies--Seeks Chief Judge for ICA
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 1883 Views :: Judiciary

...And ICA Judge Katherine Leonard is seeking retention....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Millennials are public pension losers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:56 PM :: 1896 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii may be giving millennials the short end of the stick when it comes to the state’s unfunded public pension liabilities....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Rail: 75% of Contracts Already Signed
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:51 AM :: 1373 Views :: Rail

.... CITYLAB --formerly Atlantic Cities-- covers the Honolulu rail boondoggle ....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Grassroot: Special Session Should Order Rail Audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 AM :: 1614 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...VIDEO: Grassroot Institute writer discusses audit of rail fiasco....

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Friday, July 21, 2017
AG Chin Calls on Trump Admin to Keep Rape Hysteria Active on Campuses Nationwide
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 1259 Views

...90 percent of campus sexual assault allegations “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”....

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Friday, July 21, 2017
Hawaii Braces For Possible NK Missile Attack
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 PM :: 1843 Views :: Military

Hawaii is introducing an emergency response plan for residents to prepare them for a possible North Korean missile strike....

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Friday, July 21, 2017
AG Chin Politicizing Office and ignoring his real job
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:04 AM :: 2181 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...a hyper-partisan, publicity-seeking, grandstander....

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
How High Are Individual Income Tax Collections in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:42 PM :: 1801 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Before the latest increase, Hawaii ranked 11th ....

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
"Make Hawaii the Line in the Sand for North Korean Missiles”
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:27 PM :: 1604 Views :: Military

Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai) today sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging more protections for Hawaii.... 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
DBEDT: International Students Spend $255M in Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1503 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... report analyzes the impact of international students on Hawaii’s economy ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Supreme Court Rejects Parts of Hawaii Judgment, 24,000 Muslims Blocked from Country
By Selected News Articles @ 6:55 PM :: 2179 Views :: National News

...And Hawaii Attorney General Chin is preparing his appeal to the 9th Circuit to admit the 24,000 Muslims....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Auditor: Anti-Superferry Activists Wasted $71M of Taxpayer Money
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:49 PM :: 3136 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Greenmail

...Underwater: State’s Costs of Hawai‘i Superferry....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Homeless Youth: Hawaii Ranks 5th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 1802 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...2017’s States with the Most At-Risk Youth....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Full Text: Mandatory Sprinkler Bill
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 1408 Views :: Honolulu County

...Caldwell today introduced a bill requiring retrofitted sprinkler systems be installed in all high-rise residential buildings over 75 feet tall built before sprinkler systems were required in 1975....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Oahu Military to Get 20% for Cost of Living
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 2242 Views :: Military, Cost of Living

...U.S. Pacific Command announced changes to the 2017 Hawaii Cost of Living Allowance effective Sept. 1, 2017....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Input Sought for DHHL 2018 Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 12:41 AM :: 1468 Views :: DHHL

...The deadline for proposals is Thursday, August 10, 2017....

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
OHA seeks community input for its Wahiawā lands master plan
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 1892 Views :: Land Use, OHA

...Explore the development of compatible agricultural uses and other programmatic initiatives....

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Prostitution: HPD Officer Pleads Guilty--Offered to 'Fix' Case
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 1962 Views :: Ethics, Police

...LaBarre will be sentenced on October 23, 2017....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
HART Boardmember: Our Credibility has Disappeared, Nobody Knows Who is Responsible
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 3897 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...Full Text: Letter to HART Boardmembers, Mayor and County Councilmembers from John Henry Felix....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
Hirono: I get most of my Intel from Watching TV
By Video @ 11:05 PM :: 2975 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care, Politicians

..."Well, mainly I get my news from watching you guys on TV" Hirono said....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
Hawaii Death Tax: State Gets You in the End
By Tax Foundation @ 10:48 PM :: 1900 Views :: Taxes

...State inheritance and estate taxes, together with the federal estate tax, reduce investment, discourage business expansion, and can sometimes drive wealthy taxpayers out of state....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
U.S. Senator McCain strikes again at the Jones Act
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 1615 Views :: Jones Act

“Senator John McCain introduces legislation to repeal the Jones Act & promote free trade”

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Monday, July 17, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 17, 2017
By Congress.org @ 8:36 PM :: 1651 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Rao Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Hagerty Nomination – Confirmation
  • House: California Drought Prevention
  • House: Fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization
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Monday, July 17, 2017
2017’s Best & Worst Places for First-Time Home Buyers--Honolulu Ranks 268th
By Selected News Articles @ 8:28 PM :: 1844 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...23 key indicators of market attractiveness, affordability and quality of life....

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
HART's Latest Excuse: Blame Paulette Kaleikini
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 2144 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... HART's current cost overrun is 93.4%, of which 1% is due to the two lawsuits ....

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