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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
VIDEO: OHA Crying Over Mauna Kea Rent Money
By Video @ 6:24 PM :: 2296 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

Trustee Tears Were Shed & New Beginnings Promised....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Hilo: Testimony Runs 10-1 Against NextEra
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 1723 Views :: Energy

There were at least 250 people there....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Nai Aupuni Candidate List Released
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 3655 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

209 Candidates running for 40 positions as delegates to the Tribal Convention designed to approve Federal Recognition.... 

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Panos: Why Rail Projects Don't Get Stopped
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:20 PM :: 2567 Views :: Rail

Last week one of my students asked why rail projects don't get stopped....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Hawaii AG on Reapportionment: We Want to Count Everybody--But only in Texas
By Robert Thomas @ 4:05 PM :: 1594 Views :: Office of Elections

Hawaii AG joins amici brief supporting Texas in Evenwel v. Abbott....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Online Travel Companies Pay $53.1M Hawaii Tax Judgment
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1823 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

including Travelocity.Com, LLP, Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Priceline.Com, LLP....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Video: House Investigates Hawaii Obamacare Exchange
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:55 PM :: 1748 Views :: Health Care

Witnesses from six states - California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Oregon – attended the hearing....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Full Text: OHA, DHHL, Politicians Comment on Proposed Federal Indian Tribe Rule
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 2657 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

"The DHHL is carefully reviewing the details of the Interior Department’s proposal and will be submitting comments on the issues outlined therein."

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
No Public Hearings Set for Federal Hawaiian Indian Tribe Rules
By Andrew Walden @ 10:14 PM :: 2296 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Instead of 'transparent' public discussion, Interior has set up four call-in teleconferences in which the Feds can tamp down opposition and create the illusion of support....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
GAO: Jones Act Ships Drive up Cost of US Food Aid
By Michael Hansen @ 7:28 PM :: 2341 Views :: Agriculture, Jones Act

...the USAID and USDA’s cost of shipping U.S. flag was 23% greater than would have been by foreign flag....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Indian Tribe for Hawaii? Grassroot Challenges Interior's End Run Around Congress
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:29 PM :: 2048 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

On multiple occasions, Congress considered--and decided not to pass--the Akaka Bill....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Economic Growth? Honolulu Ranks 428th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 2408 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

WalletHub compared 515 U.S. cities across 10 key metrics, ranging from population growth rate to unemployment rate decrease....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Interior Department Announces 'Procedure' to Turn Hawaiians into Fake Indian Tribe Without Congressional Approval
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 1916 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The NPRM comes on the heels of a robust and transparent public comment period as part of a...process that began last year and included public meetings. ...they overwhelmingly favored creating a pathway for reestablishing a formal government-to-government relationship.... (LOL!)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Kaneohe Base commander told 'God bless' sign can stay
By Selected News Articles @ 2:09 PM :: 3347 Views :: First Amendment, Military, Religion

...The sign at Marine Corps Base Hawaii reads: "God bless the military, their families, and the civilians who work with them." It has stood there for 14 years....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Feds Demand their Money Back from Dysfunctional Hawaii Medicaid Fraud Unit
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 2600 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...reimbursing OIG for Federal financial participation claimed for costs related to investigations of ineligible cases, to misplaced equipment, and to unallowable costs for equipment....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Protections for 49 Species in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 1693 Views :: Environment

The Service will not be designating Critical Habitat areas for these species at this time due to insufficient information....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Hawaii DoE Pledges to 'Reset Career Education'
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1929 Views :: Education K-12

...adding rigor and value to programs preparing high school graduates for high-skilled, high-demand jobs....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Hawaii 6th Worst Sinkhole State--Out-dated accounting policies blamed
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 1905 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

States are not held to the same accounting standards as most businesses and publicly traded companies. Therefore, states do not use the proper tools to balance their budgets....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Analysis: Hawaii First State to Seek Obamacare Waiver
By Selected News Articles @ 10:20 PM :: 3227 Views :: Health Care

...On September 9 Hawaii became the first state to post a draft waiver proposal for public comment....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
10 things Hawaii Can Do So That Everyone Gets Richer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:11 PM :: 2328 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

There are two approaches to meeting the needs of the least advantaged in society....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Video: Democrats Breaking the Mold (with Rep. Sharon Har)
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 2414 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

Keli'i Akina speaks with Hawaii District 42 Representative Sharon Har about a different approach to Democratic Party politics in Hawaii....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Electric Rates: Hawaii 90% Higher Than #2 State
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 2851 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...customers in deregulated states and areas can shop around for electric plans....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Set New Record in August
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 1643 Views :: Tourism

There were 1,074,914 total air seats to Hawai‘i in August 2015, up 5.4 percent from the same month last year....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Study: Hawaii Is the 6th Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:41 PM :: 2283 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 13 key metrics, ranging from average starting salary to unemployment rate to the projected number of teachers per student by 2022....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 28, 2015
By Congress.org @ 3:25 PM :: 1744 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Twenty-Week Abortion Ban- Cloture
Senate: Fiscal 2016 Defense Appropriations – Cloture
Senate: Fiscal 2016 Continuing Appropriations “Shell”-- Cloture
House: Environmental Reviews -- Passage
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Monday, September 28, 2015
Feds to Cut off Funds: Hawaii DoH Fails to Spend $33M Federal Water Grants, Illegally Pools Money with DoT
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 2729 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Hawaii had not met targets on some key items in the Notice of Non-Compliance corrective action plan....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Tulsi Gabbard to be Republican Cabinet Appointee?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 AM :: 3281 Views :: Politicians
“Secretary of Defense?” “Maybe.”
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Monday, September 28, 2015
Blue Planet, Skai Ventures Grab for Marijuana Licenses
By Andrew Walden @ 1:15 AM :: 3982 Views :: Drugs
Which political insiders are angling for lucrative Oahu-based medicated marijuana licenses?
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
UH Scientists: Pacific Sea Levels DROP, Causing Massive Coral Die off
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 3063 Views :: Environment
How can they spin a sea level DROP after hyping sea level RISE for so long?  Read this and see for yourself....
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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Alaska Rep Young Files Bill to Prevent Presidential Marine Monument Designations
By News Release @ 12:37 PM :: 2213 Views :: Environment, Small Business

President Obama may follow the example of his predecessor George W. Bush and unilaterally designate large swaths of coastal America as “national monuments.”....

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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Hawaii AG Launches Charity Solicitor Database
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 1886 Views :: Ethics

Hawaii laws require Fundraisers that solicit contributions on behalf of a charity in Hawaii to register with the Attorney General....

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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Captive Insurance: The Clean Version
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2204 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the IRS has added a new item to its “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams....

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Saturday, September 26, 2015
Honolulu Police, Parents Discuss 'Drug Proofing Your Kids'
By Selected News Articles @ 2:50 PM :: 2559 Views :: Family, Drugs

...there is a tipping point, when a community moves away from being a family friendly environment and begins a steep decline towards drug use, crime and gang membership....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Kaka‘ako enforcement continues next week
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 1969 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

On Tuesday, September 29, beginning at approximately 11 a.m., Phase V enforcement of the sidewalk nuisance and stored property ordinances will take place....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Tropical Storm Niala Forms off Big Island
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 1720 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The center of the system is located about 455 miles southeast of Hilo and continues to move slowly in a northwest direction....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Attacks on ‘God bless the military’ sign at Hawaii Marine Corps base unfounded
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3074 Views :: First Amendment, Military, Religion

“Only someone with a great misunderstanding of the First Amendment or an axe to grind against religion would claim that such a slogan poses a threat or is in any way unconstitutional."

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Friday, September 25, 2015
We Hawaiians need to quit feeling sorry for ourselves
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 3922 Views :: Hawaii History

...slanted perception created by the misinformation, wishful thinking, naiveté and downright ignorance of some of our present day “Hawaiian leaders"....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
UHERO: Tourism, Construction Lead Economy
By UHERO @ 4:41 PM :: 2614 Views :: Economy, Rail, Tourism

Tourism is pushing toward new records, and the construction upswing is building in strength....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Hawaii GOP: Proud to be an American
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 2044 Views :: Republican Party

The Hawaii Republican Party Honors War Hero, Captain Jerry Coffee, U.S. Navy (RET.), at the Proud To Be An American Dinner on October 27, 2015....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Study: Hawaii #1 for Minority-Owned Firms
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 3133 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii: 21% of middle market firms are minority-owned ....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Hawaii Apportionment Plaintiffs to Supreme Court: ‘Count Everyone’
By Robert Thomas @ 12:56 PM :: 1663 Views :: Office of Elections

Today we filed this amici brief in Evenwel v. Abbott....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Caldwell, Hanabusa: HART Will Need More from Legislature
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 3328 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"...come January, when the Legislature convenes, we’re going to have to address it...."

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Mazie Hirono, Bernie Sanders Denounce Obamacare Cadillac Tax
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2202 Views :: Health Care

“The Cadillac tax is a harmful provision that would affect one in four employers,” Hirono said....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Smart Growth Policies Worsened Hawaii Housing Crash
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 AM :: 2515 Views :: Economy, Land Use

...areas with restrictive land use regulations, often referred to as “smart growth,” were hit the hardest when housing crisis hit....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Study: Hawaii Hispanics 7th Most Assimilated
By Selected News Articles @ 10:03 PM :: 1559 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s States Where Hispanics Are Most Assimilated....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Al Hee’s Campaign Contributions—Money Stolen from Native Hawaiians
By Selected News Articles @ 9:07 PM :: 5037 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Politicians

Each of the elected officials on the list directly benefited from the injustices that were done to Native Hawaiians.  They also benefited from Hee’s theft and tax evasion....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
VIDEO: Free Market Solutions to Homelessness and Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:51 PM :: 2002 Views :: Homelessness

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Think Tech Hawaii host Free Market Solutions to Homelessness and Affordable Housing, with Dr. Keli'i Akina....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Public Comment Period Opens for 1st & 3rd Circuit Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 3374 Views :: Judiciary

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Friday, October 9, 2015....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Tsutsui: Ige Should Consider Halting Maui Hospital Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 2498 Views :: Health Care, Labor

"...I believe that we should not rush to complete a deal...."

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Russia Wants to Make Convicted Felon King of Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 1861 Views

...Lanny Sinkin, representing the “Independent and Sovereign Nation State of Hawaii,” lobbied for the return of the erstwhile Hawaiian monarchy....

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