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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Will Courts Defend Free Speech -- Or Forced Speech To Promote A Political Agenda?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 2703 Views :: First Amendment, Life

Hawaii has enacted such a law and it is under challenge in federal district court. ...

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Sen McCain Introduces Bill to Exempt Puerto Rico from Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 7:54 PM :: 2143 Views :: Jones Act

... legislation that would permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, or the Jones Act, to aid recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria and encourage long-term economic growth ....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Judiciary: Collaborative Effort to Reduce Truancy Launched
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 2623 Views :: Education K-12, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...A similar program at an Oahu intermediate school produced a 91 percent daily school attendance rate in 2016-17, up about 40 percent from 2015-16....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
DBEDT Community Forums on Electric Utility Ownership Models
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 1970 Views :: Energy

...The Hawaii legislature has directed the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) to undertake a study on the future of utility ownership models on each island in Hawaii....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
UHERO: Economy Slowing, Despite Arrivals Boom
By UHERO @ 3:49 PM :: 1614 Views :: Economy

...the consequence of a flattening construction path and the natural effects of tightening labor markets....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Why is Hawaii so Healthy? Gallup vs Bloomberg
By Selected News Articles @ 1:32 PM :: 2529 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...Gallup says it's exercise, Bloomberg says it's labor unions....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending Grows 6.1 Percent in August 2017
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 1669 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total visitor arrivals rose 4.8 percent to 818,581....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
White House waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico -- For Just 10 Days
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:16 AM :: 2959 Views :: Jones Act

...Puerto Rico needs more than temporary Jones Act waiver...the Jones Act had been significantly hindering essential relief efforts to the millions of hurricane victims on the island....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Feds Sue Guam Over 'Chamorro Land Trust'
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 2529 Views :: DHHL, National News

...Chamorro Land Trust (CLT) is modeled on DHHL--but CLT is vulnerable to this litigation because, unlike DHHL, CLT not an act of the US Congress written into the Admission Act of a State....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
US Senate Investigating Hawaii's Soaring Medicaid Costs
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 2310 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...CMS data show that total costs for new Medicaid beneficiaries in Hawaii rose from $249.1 million in 2014 to $437.4 million in 2015-a 76 percent single-year increase. Costs per-enrollee jumped 73 percent in that same period, going from $7,462 in 2014 to $12,910 in 2015....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Financial Literacy--Hawaii Ranks 42nd
By Selected News Articles @ 11:06 PM :: 1302 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...2017’s Most & Least Financially Savvy States....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Housing ASAP: 714 Homeless Families Placed in Permanent Housing
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 1995 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...Working towards achieving a shared goal of functional zero by December 2018, which means that every family in Hawai‘i that becomes homeless can be placed into housing within 30 days....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
FBI: Violent Crime up 24% in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:28 PM :: 2525 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...but Atty Gen Chin's news release was titled "CRIME IN HAWAI`I AT RECORD LOW LEVEL IN 2016".... 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Strive HI: How did your School do?
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 1829 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...The accountability system includes multiple measures of school performance including proficiency in Science, Math and Language Arts/Literacy; chronic absenteeism; school climate; graduation rates; and achievement gaps....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
Hawaii Excise Taxes: $885 per Capita--3rd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:15 PM :: 1804 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Excise taxes are particular taxes levied on specific goods or activities....

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Thursday, September 28, 2017
BLNR Approves Telescope 5-2
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2748 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...the Board adopted today the recommendation of retired judge Riki May Amano to approve the application for a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to build the Thirty-Meter Telescope....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Audit: Honolulu Homeless Programs Subject to Corrupt, Incompetent Department of Community Services
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 2690 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Homelessness

...Audit of Housing First, Community Assistance Program, and Hale Mauliola Homeless Programs....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Girl Scouts Rank Hawaii 23rd for girls' well-being
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 1762 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...The State of Girls 2017: Emerging Truths and Troubling Trends....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Hanabusa Blocks Missile Defense for Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 5915 Views :: National News

...Hanabusa said operationalizing Aegis Ashore on Kauai would interfere with PMRF's missile testing and compromise the military's relationship with the local community....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
TOTE to Challenge Pasha for Hawaii trade?
By Michael Hansen @ 1:37 PM :: 2007 Views :: Jones Act

...TOTE has every intent to challenge Pasha Hawaii not only for assignment of KCT, but also Pasha Hawaii’s current operations prior to completion of KCT....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Trump says NO to Puerto Rico Jones Act waiver
By Michael Hansen @ 1:27 PM :: 1621 Views :: Jones Act

Crowley taking action to defend their interests and forestall the administration from declaring a Jones Act waiver to cover Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
DoE Touts AP Test Results
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1669 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...double-digit increases in the number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of 3 or higher....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Does the Jones Act Endanger American Seamen?
By Michael Hansen @ 12:16 AM :: 1745 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...the Jones Act has contributed to a smaller and older domestic shipping industry with more dangerous conditions for American seamen....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Problems ahead for Pasha Hawaii and TOTE despite Gov Ige’s terminal announcement
By Michael Hansen @ 12:11 AM :: 2195 Views :: Jones Act

...the Diamond Head Terminal at Piers 1 & 2 – where TOTE would operate -- won’t be available until the 2024/2025 time frame....

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Supreme Court Justices Cancel Travel Ban Hearing
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 2051 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

...The likely practical effect, it appears, would be that the planned review simply will not occur, and that the new action would be met with new lawsuits, starting all over in the lower federal courts. ...

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Hawaii Lowest Teacher Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 2281 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...adjusted for cost of living....

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Go to Court Over Law Requiring They Promote Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 2291 Views :: First Amendment, Life

“This is an important case because Hawaii goes even further than California did, and they are clearly singling out pregnancy centers....” 

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Monday, September 25, 2017
Congresswoman calls for yearlong Puerto Rico Jones Act waiver
By Michael Hansen @ 3:36 AM :: 1631 Views :: Jones Act

Cong Velázquez is one of five representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives of Puerto Rican descent....

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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Harbors Division Soaking the Taxpayer – Again and Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2311 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business

...the Harbors Division isn’t satisfied with three years of triple-digit increases....

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Sunday, September 24, 2017
​GOP Obamacare Repeal Deal Would Boost Hawaii Medicare and Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 AM :: 1849 Views :: Health Care

...Provides for an increased federal Medicaid matching rate (FMAP) for both Alaska and Hawaii....

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
DLNR wants to triple fees for commercial marine licenses
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 1916 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

The hearings will be held at the following times and locations....

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Oahu Construction Boom Ending: What Excuse Will HART Use Next?
By UHERO @ 4:04 PM :: 2867 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Rail

...number of significant condo and retail projects have wrapped up on Oahu, while fewer new buildings have broken ground, resulting in an overall reduction in construction activity and employment....

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Hurricanes Blow Jones Act Out of the Way
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:35 PM :: 1631 Views :: Jones Act

"...we waived regulations, we waived rules, we waived the Jones Act restrictions to free up additional capacity."

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Friday, September 22, 2017
How High Are Property Tax Collections Where You Live?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:19 PM :: 1721 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii counties collect an average of $980 in property tax per capita....

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Ige Assigns Dock Space to Pasha, TOTE
By Michael Hansen @ 3:12 PM :: 2190 Views :: Jones Act

...PASHA gets the new Kapalama Container Terminal (KCT)....

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Ask Court to Stop Law Forcing Them to Promote Abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 5:55 PM :: 2173 Views :: First Amendment, Life

“No one should be forced to provide free advertising for the abortion industry"

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Record setting applications for UH Manoa--But Enrollment Still Drops
By News Release @ 2:32 PM :: 2904 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...the most received in a quarter century--But Fall 2017 enrollment at UHM still dropped 2.5% from Fall 2016.....

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Surprise: CNHA Charter School Scheme Twice as Large as Previously Reported
By Andrew Walden @ 10:40 AM :: 4852 Views :: OHA

...CNHA's cut will be $450K....

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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Al Hee Minion Robin Danner Grabs for Control of Crooked Sandwich Isles Scam Company
By Video @ 1:49 AM :: 3280 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...Sheʻs Planning To Control Your Phone & Computer....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Hawaii is #1 in Teacher Absenteeism at 79% 
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 PM :: 3001 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

In Hawaii about 79 percent of traditional public school teachers are chronically absent. In Hawaii charter schools it’s 23 percent…..

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Greenmail: OHA, UH Team up to Hire More Lawyers
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 2670 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Enviros win 90% in Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Got Anxiety? DoH begins adding new excuses for Medicated Marijuana
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 1780 Views :: Drugs

...At 10am on Wednesday, September 20, the Department of Health (DOH) is having the first public hearing for its new petition process to add new conditions for the use of medical cannabis....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
'Pono Policy Academy' to Begin Candidate Training Classes
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 2865 Views :: Politicians

...two full-day trainings on “How to Run a Campaign” and “What to Expect After a Successful Campaign” run by lobbyist and former State Democratic Party Chair Alex Santiago....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii 6th Most Indebted State
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 2564 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...$27,100 = Each taxpayer's share of Hawaii's debt....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii: 10,464 Student Loan Debtors Over Age 60
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2028 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...up 25% since 2012....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Survey: Texas More Diverse Than Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 PM :: 1509 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...2017’s Most & Least Diverse States in America....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Residents of U.S. Territories Ask Court to Expand Voting Rights
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 1708 Views :: Office of Elections

...The Seventh Circuit heard oral arguments Friday in a case centered on whether residents of Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands should be allowed to vote absentee in their former state of residence....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Data vs Hype: Honolulu NOAA Chart Shows Sea Level Rise is a False Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 1:20 PM :: 2949 Views :: Environment

...Honolulu has seen an average sea-level rise of only 5.6 inches since 1900....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
​Ige Sends out Secret Memo on Information Practices
By Andrew Walden @ 10:42 PM :: 2622 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...Ironically, the Memo itself was not posted on the Governor’s news feed nor is it linked by any Hawaii.gov website....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Caldwell: Now That Legislature Has Done the Hard Work of Raising Taxes, I Urge HART to Not Do Nothing
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 3196 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"...Doing nothing is unacceptable...." -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Sept 18, 2017

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