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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Grassroot: Low unemployment masks Hawaii’s unhealthy economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:37 PM :: 1274 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

....Grassroot president says high taxes, regulations discourage higher-paying jobs....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Death Tax: Hawaii One of Only a Few States
By Tax Foundation @ 4:28 PM :: 1165 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Recently, states have moved away from these taxes or raised the exemption levels....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Hunt for Few Remaining Rats on Lehua Island
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 896 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...the Project Partners have recruited rat-detection dogs to join the team....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Ethics Ruling: How DTL Pays Senator Delacruz -- Legally
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2226 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... A Hawaii State Senator goes for somewhere between $50K and $100K per year--and its all legal ....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Ethics: City Supervisor Caught Working Second Job on City Time
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 1851 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor

...reimbursed the city in the amount of $1,891.20 approximately 62 hours of city time....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Honolulu Among U.S. Solar Leading Cities in New Report
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 1005 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Each year, the survey ranks nearly 70 of the nation’s major cities by megawatts of solar energy....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Is OHA a Broken Trust?
By Video @ 6:53 PM :: 1148 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Why Do OHAʻs CEO & The “Old Guard” Trustees Keep Going Down The Same Road?....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Financial Literacy--Hawaii Ranks 41st
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 1053 Views :: Family, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...The housing-market collapse and following financial crisis reminded Americans of our obsession with debt and the dangers of quick access to finances for under-informed consumers....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
UPDATE: Republican Bills in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:44 PM :: 824 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Second Crossover is one week away....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Lawsuit: Hawaii Taser Ban is Unconstitutional
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 AM :: 1796 Views :: Second Amendment

...A lawsuit filed April 2, 2018 in Hawaii’s Federal District Court challenges the state ban on civilian ownership of stun guns....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Pohakuloa: Court Orders Review of State Lease
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 1359 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Military

...The judge’s order asks for a plan to be submitted to the court by Dec. 28, 2018 which requires a written stewardship plan, regular monitoring and inspections, inspection reports with recommendations, procedures for addressing violations and debris removal plans....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Honolulu Socialists Foolishly Allow Rep Kaniela Ing to Join Up
By Andrew Walden @ 9:11 PM :: 3269 Views :: Politicians

...Just as people were beginning to forget that Gulag thingy--more self-inflicted damage to the Socialist cause....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Just Shut Up; The Price of Pandering to Anti-Vaxxers
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:04 PM :: 1262 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

...the other night at 1AM, my 7 year old woke up moaning about not feeling well. She was running a 104 degree fever....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Ige Appoints Three to BoE
By News Release @ 1:24 PM :: 1151 Views :: Education K-12

...Ige has appointed former teacher and principal Catherine Payne and University of Hawai‘i administrator Dwight Takeno to the Board of Education. Current board member Margaret Cox will be reappointed....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
HB1481: DelaCruz Gut & Replace to Bypass Opposition to HCDA Control of East Kapolei
By Andrew Walden @ 3:28 AM :: 1499 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

...the same text in SB2525 ran into opposition from several Kapolei-area Representatives.... 

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
VIDEO: Trump Tax Impact on Hawaii
By Video @ 2:53 AM :: 762 Views

...What is the Impact. Does the average taxpayer pay more or less under the new Trump tax laws? Do businesses and the wealthy fare better than regular citizens?....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Community-based report on Maunakea released
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 1841 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...EnVision Maunakea, a report reflecting the beliefs, views and opinions of about 100 Hawaiʻi Island residents about the future of Maunakea, is now available to the public....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Honolulu 8th-Worst for Middle Class Homebuyers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 AM :: 981 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Politicians' hyperbolic campaign promises don't seem to be making life much better....

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Monday, April 02, 2018
Revolving Door: Caldwell Hires Another Reporter to Spin News
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 1811 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

...Mayor names communications director and welcomes new public information officer....

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Monday, April 02, 2018
Lahaina Injection Wells: Is WOTUS Just too Complicated to Enforce?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:20 PM :: 1131 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...If the goal is to guide human action, environmental markets work better than indecipherable regulations....

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Monday, April 02, 2018
$30K Per Resident: Hawaii Worst OPEB Liability in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:16 PM :: 1322 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Other Post-Employment Benefit Liabilities, 2017 surveys the more than 100 state-administered post-employment benefit plans, such as health insurance, Medicare advantage, life insurance, and other non-pension benefits....

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Monday, April 02, 2018
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer ROI in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 1302 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...where do taxpayers get the least bang for their buck?....

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Sunday, April 01, 2018
Financial Planning for a $200M Per Year Deficit?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 906 Views :: Taxes

...why do we have a current state financial plan that spends more than $200 million every year over available revenues?....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Is OHA the New Broken Trust?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:26 PM :: 1537 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Findings made by the State Auditor regarding financial impropriety at OHA echo findings made in the investigation of Bishop Estate....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Waiting Over a Year: Where is OHA' s Internal Audit?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:55 PM :: 1268 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This obvious stall is an indication of mismanagement....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
HB1489: Males to take over women’s sports in Hawaii?
By Mary Smart @ 7:50 PM :: 1779 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Higher Education

...Hawaii Legislators are moving HB 1489 to give males pretending to be female the right to use schools' non-existent female athletic facilities....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
The Biggest Fruit Ever Grown in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 AM :: 10242 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

Henry Opukahai'a was an orphan raised by his uncle to be a pagan priest....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Senate Vote 23-2--Assisted Suicide Heads for Ige's Desk
By Selected News Articles @ 7:52 PM :: 1403 Views :: Health Care, Life

...“Assisted suicide is dangerous public policy with potentially deadly consequences for everyone, but especially people with disabilities, the sick, the poor, and the elderly"....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
HECO Plans to Transfer More of Your Money to Elon Musk
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 1137 Views :: Energy

...Broad economic, environmental benefits described in electrification of transportation 'roadmap'....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Kailua, Kaneohe Blasted by Three-Hour Siren Test
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:36 PM :: 1480 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...HI-EMA and News Media Fail to Inform Public of Oahu Emergency Siren Test....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Nene Recovery: USFWS Proposes Downlist from Endangered to Threatened
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 1142 Views :: Environment

...Nene proposed for downlisting from endangered to threatened thanks to strong local partnerships....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
How much privacy for public employees?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 982 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

......HB1768 would disclose salary information about government workers in the form of ranges, as opposed to exact compensation....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
Hawaii's Good Friday Holiday - What's Up With That?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:01 AM :: 13258 Views :: Labor, Religion

If you ask how "a religious holiday observed primarily by Christians commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary" squares with the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, let us explain ....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Senate WAM Passes Budget With Amendments
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 1412 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...highlights include funding for...Ohana Zones....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Senate Confirms Russell Suzuki Attorney General
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 1230 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Suzuki has been serving as the acting chief legal and law enforcement officer for the state since February 2 when Attorney General Doug Chin resigned to become Lieutenant Governor....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
February Visitor Spending Up 12.7%
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 797 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawai‘i Visitor Spending Generated $1.52 Billion in February 2018....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Kailua, Kaneohe, Pearl City--Caldwell Pushing Plan to Jam Up Traffic Even More
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 1274 Views :: Honolulu County

“Complete Streets recognizes that roadways are ... not just for the movement of cars,” said Mayor Kirk Caldwell....

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
Fake War Hero Gets Real Prison Time
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 1163 Views :: Health Care, Military

...United States District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright sentenced Cody Joslin, age 32, to 18 months in prison today for theft of funds from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Senate Rushing to Commit Suicide--Vote Set With One Day Notice
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:22 PM :: 980 Views :: Health Care, Life

The Senate Chambers will have HB2739 HD1 on the agenda (we have no idea where it will be on the agenda) when session opens tomorrow, March 29, 2018, at 11:30 a.m....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Bridge Aina Lea: Jury Rejects LUC Taking After 15 Mins Deliberation
By Robert Thomas @ 7:26 PM :: 1866 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...We're guessing both the State and the property owner will likely be taking this case up the chain to the Ninth Circuit.... 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff: 34 Years Later
By Robert Thomas @ 7:14 PM :: 1261 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use

...the 34th anniversary of the SCOTUS oral arguments in Hawaii Housing Authority v. Midkiff....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
FBI Investigation of OHA: How You Can Help
By Video @ 6:52 PM :: 1424 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Watch This To See What To Do & How To Report Wrongdoing By OHA....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Republican Tax Cuts Help Hawaii's Middle Class
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 1016 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...projected to increase overall after-tax income in every quintile of taxpayers....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
UH-Manoa updates its policies to earn better free speech rating
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 1147 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...UH Manoa catches up to UH Hilo....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Demographic, Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics of Racial Groups in Hawaii
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 1369 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...different life styles among the 14 top race groups in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Obama Marine Monuments Legal? Court to Decide
By Selected News Articles @ 6:50 PM :: 1160 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Obama

...They argue the sea is not “land owned or controlled by the Federal government and thus not within the president’s proclaiming authority.”....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Web of Caldwell Admin Lies Unraveled by Latest DMV Computer Crash
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 1688 Views :: Honolulu County

...folks waited in long lines at the driver’s licensing office, only to be told that their files couldn’t be retrieved, that they’d have to submit new fingerprints, take a new photograph, bring back their birth certificate....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hawaii Among Worst States for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 PM :: 1667 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business, Cost of Living

...but has the 5th-least punative Medical Board....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hawaii Senate Committee to Hear Anti-Reciprocity Resolutions
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 984 Views :: Second Amendment

...Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 and Senate Resolution 7 requesting the Congressional Delegation of Hawaii to vote against any national reciprocity legislation....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
USNWR: Kauai Healthiest County in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 AM :: 1259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Below are the 2018 rankings of the top 500 Healthiest Communities nationwide, and how they scored across each of the 10 categories....

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