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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Kelii Akina: One Year at OHA a Report Card
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:58 PM :: 1146 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...I committed myself to doing three things for the sake of the Hawaiian people:  First, ensure a full and independent audit of OHA.  Secondly, guide OHA towards financial sustainability as well as growth.  Third, watch to make sure OHA funds are not misspent but rather used to meet the real needs of Hawaiian people....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
9th Circuit Gives Enviros New Way to Shut Down Hawaii Fishing Fleet
By Selected News Articles @ 1:31 AM :: 1540 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...It's turtles this time....

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Jones Act lobby attacks Bloomberg editorials
By Michael Hansen @ 9:23 PM :: 676 Views :: Jones Act

...American Maritime Partnership responds to Bloomberg....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Ige Appoints Two New Cabinet Members
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 1122 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige is making appointments to his cabinet to fill the positions left vacant because of two planned retirements. He has also re-appointed the State Procurement Administrator....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
2018 Legislative Session Calendar Posted
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 947 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The Calendar for the 2018 Legislative session is now posted....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Pasha shipbuilder hit with $422 million fine in bribery case
By Michael Hansen @ 6:18 PM :: 1565 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...over $50 million in bribes....

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Monday, December 25, 2017
Four Months Later no Rats on Lehua Island
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 1298 Views :: Environment

...People monitoring the ecosystem recovery on tiny Lehua Island report that - four months after the conclusion of a rat eradication project - there are still no signs of the invasive Pacific Rats....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
How Christmas Came to Hawaii
By Hoku Paoa Stevenson @ 3:00 PM :: 18461 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

As presented by Hoku Paoa Stevenson at the Summer Palace....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
DoE: Feds Require 'Minor Adjustments' to our ESSA Plan to Hide Failure
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 1016 Views :: Education K-12

"Hawaii is well on its way for approval once we make minor adjustments to our consolidated plan,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
2018 Ballot: Constitutional Convention?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 888 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The biggest exception to this gatekeeper rule is the constitutional convention, where the people elect delegates directly....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Worst Drivers: Hawaii Ranks 6th for Drunk Driving
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 AM :: 870 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...and 5th for speeding....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Viking River Cruses blocked by Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 11:30 PM :: 990 Views :: Jones Act

...“Varley noted that it likely would cost the company nearly twice as much to build its ships in an American shipyard and noted it already has a contract with a European shipbuilder. In addition, the current political climate in the U.S. makes it unlikely a variance to the Jones Act allowing Viking to use European-built vessels, would be approved.”....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Young Puerto Rican calls for Jones Act repeal
By Michael Hansen @ 5:28 PM :: 785 Views :: Jones Act

...The debate over the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Jones Act) has been revived as devastating hurricanes stormed through the Caribbean and public figures like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have introduced legislation for its partial or total repeal....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Bloomberg considers Jones Act reform options
By Michael Hansen @ 5:09 PM :: 714 Views :: Jones Act

...First, grant at least a five-year waiver of the act to Puerto Rico. This would speed the island’s recovery. It would also test how best to regulate foreign-flag carriers, and provide data to show exactly what the act is costing....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 22, 2017
By @ 4:27 PM :: 764 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Recede and Concur
  • Senate: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Motion to Concur
  • House: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Concur
  • House: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations
  • House: Supplemental Disaster Appropriations
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
150M Muslims Barred: Ninth Circuit Finds Trump’s 3rd Travel Ban Illegal
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 1054 Views :: National News

...the president’s efforts to bar over 150 million nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Important Tax Law Changes for 2018
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 1790 Views :: Taxes

...State tax law changes impacting businesses and individuals....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Ige Appoints Lei Learmont to Replace Rep Oshiro in HD46 Wahiawa
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 1110 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...Learmont fills the vacancy created when former Rep. Marcus Oshiro joined the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board in October....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
SCOTUS Keeps Rebuking Lower Courts That Rule Against Trump
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 1336 Views :: National News, Judiciary

...the justices have issued several fairly extraordinary orders in cases involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the latest iteration of the travel ban, which deals rather harshly with trial courts in California, Hawaii and Maryland....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Hawaii 2018 Summer Journalism Internships
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 1001 Views :: First Amendment

...Full-time internships (10 weeks at 40 hours/week) with a $4,040 pay....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Should the government be your Santa?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:24 PM :: 972 Views :: First Amendment

...Santa is an enthusiastic devotee of the surveillance state....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
The Jones Act Revisited
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 1083 Views :: Jones Act

...The benefits of the act are concentrated among special interest groups, but the costs are broadly dispersed....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
UH Presents 2018 Budget Request
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 785 Views :: Higher Education

...UH is currently scheduled to present its budget request to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means in the afternoon of January 9, 2018....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Hawaii Unemployment Sets Record Low as Labor Force Shrinks
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1109 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Labor force drops 1% -- from 690,800 to 684,350 year over year....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Census: Hawaii One of only Eight States to Lose Population
By Selected News Articles @ 6:21 PM :: 1244 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii lost 1,145 residents between 2016 and 2017....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Finalists Named for UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1007 Views :: Higher Education

...a list of candidates to Gov. David Ige to fill one At-Large seat and one Maui County seat for 5-year appointments, beginning July 1, 2018, subject to confirmation by the Hawaiʻi State Senate....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
​UH Hilo chancellor search begins
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 696 Views :: Higher Education

...UH President David Lassner will receive input from the committee and stakeholders and will then present a recommendation for appointment to the Board of Regents....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Tupola: Hawaii Families Will Benefit from Tax Cut
By News Release @ 11:59 AM :: 1352 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

...the new tax plan will impact Hawai‘i by adding 1,518 new jobs and predicts a $793 after-tax income increase for middle-income families....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Caldwell: Affordable Housing is a Monster Which Must be Killed
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 1403 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...Caldwell is calling upon the Honolulu City Council to pass legislation that places a moratorium on their construction....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bloomberg: Jones Act political contributions and lobbying
By Michael Hansen @ 6:36 PM :: 1097 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act, Labor

...Still playing with U.S. ports....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Hawaii 70% Ready: Health Emergency Preparedness
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 815 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii's Flu Vaccination Rate is 49.2 Percent, 18th Highest....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
State pension woes raise specter of county bankruptcies
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:15 PM :: 2465 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Taxes

...Hokama also asked Thom Williams, executive director of the ERS, if the debt would still be owed if the county went bankrupt....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 PM :: 1225 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Who Gets a Tax Cut Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:48 AM :: 1467 Views :: Taxes

...To help provide a sense of how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would impact real taxpayers, we’ve run the taxes of eight example households....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bloomberg: The Jones Act serves no purpose
By Michael Hansen @ 2:25 AM :: 719 Views :: Jones Act

...the second in a planned series of four editorials focusing on the impacts of Jones Act cabotage on the U.S. economy....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
DoH: $1.75B Needed to Replace Cesspools Statewide
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 1036 Views :: Environment, Health Care

...DOH has filed a report with the Legislature identifying 14 priority areas of the state where 43,000 cesspool upgrades are critically needed to protect public health and the environment....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
After Years, State finally goes public on Rat Lungworm
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 1523 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Tourism

...Tourists are attracted to places with well-known Rat Lungworm infestations.  it is a selling point.  Really....

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Scientists: Latest Round of Kauai Hysterics Wrong
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 983 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...Tests by USDA Lab Show No Evidence of Diphacinone in Whale Livers....

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Survey: 62% of Hawaii Youth Not Qualified for Military Service
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 1699 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Military, Drugs

...Crime and Inability to Join Military or Workforce Present National Crisis....

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Ige Announces Supplemental Budget
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 728 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...FY 19 amendments total $85.5 million – an increase of .6 percent over FY 19...FY 19 amendments total $1.497 billion, an increase of 215 percent over FY 19 CIP....

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Monday, December 18, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 18, 2017
By @ 7:06 PM :: 749 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Grasz Nomination - Confirmation
  • Senate: Willett Nomination - Confirmation
  • Senate: Ho Nomination - Confirmation
  • House: Mortgage Lender Escrow Requirement Exemption
  • House: Iranian Asset Report Requirement
  • House: Privacy Notice Requirement Exemption
  • House: Iranian Aircraft Purchase Transactions
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Monday, December 18, 2017
Homeless Court clears hundreds of cases--16 Accept Housing
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 1769 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Judiciary

...How Tickets Forced 16 Homeless to accept Housing....

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Monday, December 18, 2017
Most Caring Cities? Honolulu Ranks 34th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 660 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...share of sheltered homeless persons to number of volunteering hours per capita to share of income donated to charity....

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Defense Department to Investigate Chinese Aid to Micronesia
By Selected News Articles @ 2:09 PM :: 3776 Views :: National News, Ethics, Military

...islanders to trade in “U.S. government handouts, which are scheduled to end in 2023, for the wide-open promise of Chinese-style capitalism....”

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
Gamers of the World Unite: You have nothing to lose but your micro-transactions
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:17 PM :: 803 Views :: Gambling

...looking to introduce legislation to combat predatory practices by game publishers. He called Star Wars: Battlefront II, an “online casino...."

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
State Highways Program Update
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 810 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...high visibility current and upcoming highways projects statewide....

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Saturday, December 16, 2017
AG Chin: Every time your oceanfront property erodes, the State seizes more of your land
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 1189 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin issued a formal advisory opinion today stating that when the shoreline migrates landward (or mauka) due to erosion or sea level rise, the dividing line between public and private ownership also migrates mauka....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Study: Third of Honolulu renters spend half their income on rent
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 961 Views :: Cost of Living

...More than half of renters in Honolulu are spending more than a third of their income on rent each month, and 29 percent are spending more than 50 percent of their monthly income....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii Legislators—2017 Session
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 1455 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...The ACUF has reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
UHERO: Hawaii’s Long Expansion Gets Global Economic Lift
By UHERO @ 3:38 PM :: 946 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...Improving global conditions provide a favorable environment for continued expansion in the Islands....

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