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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Hawaii Attorney General Urges Ban on Firefighting Foam
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 2739 Views :: Environment, National News, Law Enforcement

"...contamination is most often associated with military bases, firefighting training centers, civilian airports, and industrial facilities...."

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Hawaii 5th-Highest Gasoline Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 11:19 PM :: 1774 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...State Gasoline Tax Rates as of July 2019....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
"F" Again -- Hawaii Manufacturing and Logistics Scorecard
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 2494 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The Manufacturing Scorecard shows how each state ranks among its peers in several categories that are of particular interest to site selection experts for the manufacturing and logistics industries....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
OHA Needs a Culture of Transparency
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:15 PM :: 2047 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Is there something to hide?....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Pro-Telescope Rally Set for Thursday
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 1658 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

... IMUA TMT RALLY -- This Thursday August 1 @ 5pm, STATE CAPITOL ....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
National Parents Day Honors Bob and Utu McDermott
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2160 Views :: Family, Politicians

... the McDermotts were named Parents of the Year 2019 in the Civic Leadership category in a ceremony at The Washington Times newspaper in Washington, DC ....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Big Island District Court: JSC Nominates Six
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 1811 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

...The Chief Justice has 30 days from his receipt of the list today to make his appointment....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Lassner: My Biggest Concern--'The Fabric of the University'
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 2130 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...TMT now represents a huge source of friction in our work to become a model indigenous-serving university and Hawaiian Place of Learning....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Climate Commission Outlines Plan to Seize Shoreline Real Estate if Hurricane Hits
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 2330 Views :: Environment, Land Use

"...Disasters provide critical windows of opportunity and funding for improving resilience to future disasters and changing conditions with climate change and sea level rise...."

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
DLNR Extends Telescope Permit--Ige Cancels 'Emergency'
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 2502 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Higher Education, OHA

...This morning, at the request of TMT, the University of Hawaiʻi asked for a two-year extension of the Conservation District Use permit deadline for the initiation of construction. The Department of Land and Natural Resources granted this extension until Sept. 26, 2021....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ige Appoints Clayton Hee to Hawaii Paroling Authority
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 2743 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Really Obvious Question: How will Clayton Hee exploit his leverage over Hawaii criminals?....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Tourist Arrivals Up--Spending Down
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 1663 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for the First Half of 2019....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
​Judges Seated by Trump Begin to Transform ‘9th Circus’
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:16 PM :: 1902 Views :: Judiciary

...The confirmation of Trump nominee Daniel Bress in July gave the president his seventh judge on the court. It also brought the once lopsided appeals court to 16 Democrat appointees and 12 Republican appointees, with one remaining vacancy.... 

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ige Considers Judicial Nominees for Six Positions
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 1886 Views :: Judiciary

...Ige has until Aug. 28 to make his appointments, which are subject to Senate confirmation....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ige names Rona Suzuki interim director of DOTAX
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1601 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Current director Linda Chu Takayama to take chief of staff position in Ige Administration August 1....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
$350M Stadium Bill: "Abusive Gut and Replace" Scheme being Challenged in Court
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3011 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

"...the Legislature should have fully and seriously considered HB 1586 and allowed the public to weigh in on the measure, given the major financial effects on the State, instead of using the ‘gut and replace’ practice currently being challenged in court....”

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Monday, July 29, 2019
OHA Anti-Telescope Activism Begins With Rejection of Cayetano-Era 'Settlement'
By Andrew Walden @ 9:20 PM :: 4237 Views :: Greenmail, OHA

...In 1999, the state offered OHA $250 million and ownership of revenue-producing lands to settle the claims, but bickering trustees turned it down....

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Monday, July 29, 2019
Native Claims: How Alaska Found a Settlement
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 2945 Views :: Greenmail, Hawaii History, OHA

...Here is the story of what Alaskans did, (and Hawaii did not) as told by former Alaska Governor and US Interior Secretary Walter J. Hickel....

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Monday, July 29, 2019
Feds Force UH to Shutter Chinese Communist Spy Center ‘Confucius Institute’
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 2750 Views :: Higher Education, Military

“...It’s a sad reflection on the University of Hawaii that it took 13 years to boot the institute off the UH campus — and only then because of the threat of funding cutoffs by the Department of Defense....”

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Sunday, July 28, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 28, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 8:45 PM :: 1612 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Weekly Update from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, July 28, 2019
A Veil of Secrecy Around Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1819 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Mental healthcare in Hawaii: Young minds at risk
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2638 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

...The state of mental healthcare for Hawai‘i’s medicaid-eligible youth....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Pacific Islands Caucus Formed to Counter Chinese Influence
By Ed Case @ 7:00 PM :: 2713 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Military

...The bipartisan group will focus on issues critical to the Indo-Pacific region Alliances and relationships, defense, trade and environmental challenges top the agenda....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Hawaii Consumers Deepest in Debt--Not Counting Mortgages
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 2256 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is No. 1 in the country when it comes to residents whose consumer debt, not including mortgages, outweighs their yearly salary....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
GAO Looks at Honolulu Rail Project
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1742 Views :: Rail

...Federal Transit Administration Could Improve Information on Estimating Project Costs....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Maunakea Rules: UH Regents Move Meeting to Aug 30
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 3267 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The administrative rules were previously scheduled to be heard at a BOR meeting on July 18 and was rescheduled to August 22. The August 22 meeting was rescheduled in an effort to accommodate increased public interest on the proposed rules ....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Honolulu CWAs a recipe for disaster
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:21 PM :: 2141 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

...Bill Would Block 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding on City Contracts.... 

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Political Cartoons That Make You Think
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:18 PM :: 1740 Views :: First Amendment

...Communicating public policy is challenging when you want to raise awareness on an idea without having people read a 20-page study.... 

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Hawaii: Geothermal potential could offer reliability on clean energy
By Selected News Articles @ 6:08 PM :: 1768 Views :: Energy

...Geothermal is both cheap and reliable, that is why it is constantly being blocked in Hawaii....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
GAO: Micronesia Trust Funds Unlikely to Replace US Aid
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 1533 Views :: National News

... To date, the U.S. Interior Department has not implemented the 6 recommendations we previously made to address the risks to the funds' ability to provide income after 2023 ....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Trustee Keli'i Akina Urges OHA to Recognize its Duty to Native Hawaiians Who Support TMT
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:32 PM :: 2520 Views :: First Amendment, OHA

"...Officially, OHA takes no position on the site or construction of the TMT.  Accordingly, OHA should affirm the rights of all Hawaiians to express themselves, both those who oppose the TMT and those who support it...." 

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Friday, July 26, 2019
OHA Trustees Call on Ige to Rescind Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 2628 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Regardless of your position on the Thirty Meter Telescope....

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Imua TMT: Video from Pro-Telescope Rally
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 3592 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

...TMT supporters must be patient, but start taking action....

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Military Consumers Target for Scams and Unethical Business Practices
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2552 Views :: Ethics, Military, Small Business

...BBB release Military Report on Marketplace Challenges....

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard sues Google, alleging 'election interference' after Dem debate
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 2963 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Politicians

...On June 28th, 2019 in the immediate hours following the first Democratic Presidential debate, millions of Americans were searching online for information about Tulsi Gabbard.  In fact, according to multiple news reports, Tulsi was the most searched candidate on Google.  Then, without any explanation, Google suspended Tulsi’s Google Ads account....

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
HDOT Working with Police to "Address Illegal Actions by Protesters"
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 2261 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA

...HDOT will continue to work with law enforcement to address illegal actions by protestors on neighboring islands to impact the daily lives of commuters on other state roads such as the H-1 Freeway....

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Thursday, July 25, 2019
Foreclosure Next? Court Finds Criminal Al Hee's Scam Company in Default
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 3110 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...The Rural Utilities Service loaned millions to Sandwich Isles Communications to finance the installation of a telecommunications network in the state....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
City holding workshops to update Primary Urban Center plan
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2541 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

...The PUC spans from Wai‘alae-Kāhala to Pearl City....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Mauna Kea Observatories: "Uncertainty About what Lies Ahead"
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 2420 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Conflicts and protests on the mountain in 2014 and 2015 frame our expectations of 2019, and perhaps beyond....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
UH Board of Regents elects new leadership
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1602 Views :: Higher Education

...Board of Regents to consider proposed Maunakea administrative rules at August meeting....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Judges Refuse: No Halt to Telescope Construction--No End to Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 3910 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA, Religion

...Court’s suspension of governor’s emergency proclamation applies only to one Person....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Fighting for Details on How Hawaii DoE Spends $2 Billion
By Selected News Articles @ 7:05 PM :: 2242 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"...The problem is the data we provide is based on an accounting system that is more than two decades out of use...."

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Former Laborers Union leader charged, accused of stealing thousands
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 2598 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...The union since has been placed under trusteeship by LIUNA headquarters after running into difficulties not unrelated to the thefts....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Doomed Telescope: Ige Hands off 'Leadership' to ... uh... Harry Kim
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 4998 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...“I honestly don’t know how this is going to end,” says Doug Simons, an astronomer and executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope....

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Monday, July 22, 2019
Ethics: Wanna Buy Some State Land? -- Hire a Legislator, Its Legal!
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 1807 Views :: Ethics

...Chapter 84 permits the legislator to represent a private client in submitting an offer to purchase state property from a state agency....

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Monday, July 22, 2019
U.S. Insular Areas Aid Supports More than 26,000 Jobs
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 1995 Views :: National News, Economy

...the impact on government employment ranged from three to 17 percent in the territories and close to 45 percent in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Notice of Judicial Position – District Family Judge, First Circuit
By News Release @ 10:11 AM :: 1763 Views :: Judiciary

...The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill a new judicial position in the State of Hawaii....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
The Special Land and Development Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1905 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Stop shooting the messenger and concentrate on cleaning house!....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Canada to ship containerized LNG to China instead of Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 4:16 AM :: 3263 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...The HECO LNG plans were abandoned after their proposed merger with NextEra Energy, Inc. was disapproved by the Hawaii State Public Utilities Commission....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
VIDEO: Crying DOCARE Chief Begs Protesters to Open Road
By Video @ 3:55 AM :: 5294 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA, Police

...“I don't wanna be here,” said Kamakau who is the DOCARE Hawai‘i Island Branch Chief....

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