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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Profiting from Telescope Protests and Kakaako Development, OHA Trustee Fined $25K
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 3897 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education, OHA

...Apo violated the State Ethics Code by using OHA resources, and his position with OHA, to advance his private business interests....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Obamacare Could Bankrupt ERS
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:18 PM :: 2075 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a 1% increase in health care costs equals a $2 billion increase in unfunded liabilities....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Rail: FTA is open to shortening the route
By Honolulu Traffic @ 6:57 PM :: 2274 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...FTA is complicit.  That’s why it is likely to approve a Plan B that stops at Middle Street....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Visitor Spending Increases 9.8% in July 2017
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 1582 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitor spending statewide increased through the first seven months of 2017 (+8.9% to $9.95 billion)....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Sex Shame? 9th Circuit Revives Attempt to Shut Down Kauai Drug Rehab Program
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 3614 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...to give Gregg an opportunity to show her awareness of her injuries had been delayed....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ige Appointments: 5 HCDA, 1 UH Regent, 1 HLRB, 2 Judges
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 4274 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Land Use

...While all eyes are on rail....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Cool Schools Buys Batteries, Solar and Shiny Stainless Steel Boxes
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 2033 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

...There's a sucker born every minute....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Successful Missile Defense Test off Kauai
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1314 Views :: Military

...John Paul Jones detected and tracked a target missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Inouye congressional papers available to the public
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 2330 Views :: Hawaii History, Higher Education, Politicians

...The library recently finished cataloging and digitizing 1,400 boxes of materials it received in 2014. ...

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
HEI to Burn $205M Helping Tax Credit Scammers Make More Money on Alt Energy
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 2133 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Elon Musk made lots of campaign contributions.  He expects to be repaid....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
McDermott withdraws--Rep Andria Tupola to Run for Governor?
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 4:14 PM :: 2886 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...McDermott said that, after talking to my family, friends, and members of the Ewa Beach community, the general consensus was that my voice was still needed to represent the residents of West Oahu....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Grassroot Institute Testifies on Jones Act in Washington, DC
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 AM :: 2510 Views :: Jones Act

...President Keli'i Akina Discusses Act’s Economic Impact, Reform at SBA Hearing....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
Hawaii: Fewest Nurses Per Capita in USA
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 1872 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Burned Out: Is Your State Full of Overworked Doctors and Nurses?....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
After Decade of Litigation, Supreme Court Refuses to Order State to Repair Gold Coast Seawalls
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 2074 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...The Court ruled the State holds an easement over the seawalls and is not liable for attorneys’ fees....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
Hawaii v Trump Argued Before 9th Circuit Court
By Selected News Articles @ 8:42 PM :: 2092 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

...Whatever the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, it will have a limited shelf life as the Supreme Court will take up the travel ban’s constitutionality on Oct. 10....

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Monday, August 28, 2017
Trump has the authority to modify existing monument boundaries
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 2208 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Presidents Bush and Obama mocked the Antiquities Act’s limitation that monuments can only be designated on federal ‘land’ by designating huge ocean monuments....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
UPDATE: Billion Dollar Bailout Added to Rail Tax Hike Bill
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 2434 Views :: Rail

...SB1 has been deleted from the WAM Hearing notice and replaced by SB4.... WAM Hearing Monday 3pm, Capitol Auditorium....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu Republicans Protest Rail Bailout Bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:52 PM :: 2440 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

Senate Committee on Ways and Means to hold hearing Monday, August 28th beginning at 3pm...

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu: For 1000s Property Tax Rate Will Quadruple Sept 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3558 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...People who aren’t aware of what happened may find themselves with property tax bills many times what they are now....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Full Text: Feds Letter Demanding Rail Plan by Sept 15
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 2120 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...The Recovery Plan does not include a financial plan with funding sufficient to cover HART's current estimated total Project cost....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
UHPA: Fund our Contract During Special Session
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 1829 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

..."Chapter 89, might not allow an appropriation be made during a Special Legislative Session"....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Hawaii Millionaire Will Go Broke Faster Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 3373 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...If you retire with $1 million in Hawaii, you have just shy of a dozen years to ride out your savings....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saltchuk puts Matson’s terminal expansion at risk?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:54 PM :: 1978 Views :: Jones Act

“Matson signs contracts for a total of six new and upgraded cranes for Honolulu terminal” 

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Rail: How to Gut an Audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:31 PM :: 1814 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Hawaii lawmakers are finally embracing the call for a “deep dive” audit of the Honolulu rail project, but how they follow through on that embrace could make it all for naught....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Full Text: Caldwell Rips Legislators' Rail Tax Hike Plan
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 2064 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we were told that this was not a negotiation but a take it or leave it situation....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Lawsuit Filed Over Kauai Bird Deaths--HDOT Claims to be in Compliance
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 1836 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...HDOT recently expended hundreds of millions of dollars to install energy efficient lighting improvements at the State airports and commercial harbors....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
West Oahu Schools Underfunded? AG Responds to McDermott Suit
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1424 Views :: Education K-12

...The State has asked the Intermediate Court of Appeals to affirm Judge Nacino’s decision to dismiss the case....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Pasha signs contract to build two containerships; what now?
By Michael Hansen @ 1:50 AM :: 1787 Views :: Jones Act

...Pasha Hawaii’s announcement is in direct response to Saltchuk Resources Inc.’s press release....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Postpone tax talk until after rail audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 1331 Views :: Taxes

...there is, in fact, another feasible option: no tax increases at all....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Which Counties Benefit Most From the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:16 PM :: 1673 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...how much U.S. taxpayers deduct in home mortgage interest by county....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Some Women are More Equal than Others
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 1165 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...According to the Center for American Progress....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Schatz: Put Everybody on Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 4:08 PM :: 2220 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

...The senator also purports to somehow raise the payment rates that Medicaid doles out to hospital systems and physicians, but how he would do so remains unclear....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Keep Traffic Jammed: Rail FEIS Shows Plans for Lane-Elimination
By Honolulu Traffic @ 3:23 PM :: 1648 Views :: Rail

...buried in one of the technical reports that are referenced and made part of the FEIS so you would not be able to say they didn’t tell you....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Interior Dep't Sends Trump Recommendations on National Monuments
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 1926 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

...findings and recommendations on national monuments that were under review as a result of the April 26, 2017 executive order....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
State GOP Calls for Forensic Audit of Rail
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 8:51 PM :: 2191 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

...A call for Republicans to push for a forensic audit of HART and their failed rail project!....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Mauna Kea: UH to Trade 10,000 Acres for Telescope Approval, Lease Extension?
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 3432 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

...expedite the return of the 10,000 acres to the State of Hawaiʻi and pursue a new lease or land tenure for the reduced acreage that will support the continued viability of astronomical research....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Using Freedom of Information Act to target biotech scientists boomerangs against anti-GMO activists
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 PM :: 2170 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, GMOs

...UH Manoa anti-GMO prof Hector Valenzuela curiously worked hard to hide part of his emails....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
College Rankings: BYUH, HPU, Chaminade Trounce UH Campuses
By News Release @ 1:45 PM :: 2475 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...College Choice Releases 2017 Rankings of the Best Colleges in Four Western States....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Ige Unveils Plan to Bulldoze Kalihi, Build Condos
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3417 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...to transform the community....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Kona DLNR Harassment: Judge Throws Case out on Technicality
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2307 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

...Judge Fujino dismissed the case because plaintiffs cannot file suit directly in the circuit court challenging the application of a rule....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Feds Search for Criminals Buying Honolulu Real Estate Thru Shell Companies
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 1719 Views :: Law Enforcement

...about 30 percent of reported transactions involve a beneficial owner or purchaser representative that was also the subject of a previous suspicious activity report....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Hawaii Rankings: How Good is Your Community College?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:16 AM :: 1738 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

....2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Oahu, Maui Events: New Directions in Education
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:49 AM :: 1924 Views :: Education K-12

...Students in Hawaii have few options when it comes to school choice....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
A strange mix of piracy and racketeering
By Michael Hansen @ 12:33 AM :: 1279 Views :: Jones Act

...How Congress abets seaway robbery....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
UPDATE: No More Bailouts for Rail!
By Brett Kulbis @ 12:22 AM :: 1695 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...In a week, lawmakers will be opening a special legislative session to determine how they are going to raise our taxes....

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Monday, August 21, 2017
Pearl City: 43 Homeless Forced to Accept Shelter
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1582 Views :: Homelessness

...US Vets provided transportation to its Waianae Civic Center shelter....

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Monday, August 21, 2017
What Does it Take to be Expelled from Manoa Mosque?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:55 PM :: 2938 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

...it has not been easy going for Saleem Ahmed....

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Monday, August 21, 2017
UH Selected to Host ‘Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center’
By Selected News Articles @ 9:46 PM :: 1905 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...the center's "planning committee will work to develop practice spaces focused on creating new narratives and new relationships while naming and honoring the ongoing pain and trauma wrought by belief in racial hierarchy, structural racism, and white privilege."....

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Monday, August 21, 2017
OPEN LETTER: Tulsi Gabbard's GMO labeling push is an embarrassment to pro-science progressives
By Selected News Articles @ 5:28 PM :: 2218 Views :: GMOs

It’s disheartening to see intelligent individuals on the political left like yourself continue to focus your efforts on this issue despite an overwhelming scientific consensus that indicates you are simply tilting at windmills....

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Monday, August 21, 2017
VIDEO: Panos on Mauna Kea Telescope
By Video @ 5:19 PM :: 1736 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

...Panos Prevedouros joins Jay Fidell on Community Matters to discuss developments in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) plans on Mauna Kea....

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