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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Wanna Buy a House?  No Problem Just Save $946 a month for 12 years
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 PM :: 1424 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Here's How Much Generation Zers Will Need To Save For A Honolulu Home in 2031....

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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Creativity Abounds at our Legislature, Pt. 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 814 Views :: Taxes

...creative tax-related bills at our legislature....

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Saturday, February 09, 2019
Lyon Bribe: DHHL Releases Suspect Contract Docs
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 PM :: 3494 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics

...Full Text: 211 pages of documentation related to the now-infamous 2010 DHHL contract with Lyon Associates....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
PRP App Reveals Web of Political Connections
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1251 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...After taking over the publishing of the Hawai‘i Directory of Public Officials in 2018, PRP saw an opportunity....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
Hawaii Lawmakers Propose Public-funded Anti-gun Firearm Factoid Factory
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 1026 Views :: Second Amendment

...Following California’s lead, Hawaii lawmakers are seeking to use money gleaned from Aloha State taxpayers to fund their anti-gun propaganda efforts....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
UHERO: New Benchmarking Will Reveal Higher Unemployment
By UHERO @ 3:09 PM :: 1191 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...We expect downward revisions in the healthcare industry and in accommodation and food services, where job gains remained lackluster throughout 2018....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
USA Today: Makaha 4th Worst City in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 2887 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Goods and services are 61.4 percent more expensive...Housing is particularly unaffordable...an average of 9.7 percent of the city's labor force has been out of work over the last five years....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
Gas Tax? HDOT Doesn't Spend the Money it Already Has
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:09 PM :: 972 Views :: Taxes

...Hawaii residents paid an average of 65.32 cents per gallon in combined gas taxes in 2018....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
HB1184: Legislators Vote Down Infant Born Alive Protection Bill
By Mary Smart @ 5:21 AM :: 2180 Views :: Health Care, Life

... it is the first time in many years that a PRO-LIFE bill was actually heard in a committee ....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
VIDEO: Abigail Kawananakoa Releases Edited Interview
By Video @ 3:33 AM :: 1553 Views :: Ethics, Family, OHA

...Campbell Estate heiress Abigail Kawananakoa released a video interview on Feb. 7, 2019 that was filmed on Jan. 15, 2019 at her home in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 08, 2019
BoE Announces Transsexual Bullying Policy--How Many HSTA Members Will be Fired?
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 1592 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Labor

...Thousands of HSTA Members Could be Targeted by New Anti-Bullying Policy....

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Green New Deal: Kamala Harris Endorses Socialist Plan to Ban Air Travel and Cows
By Selected News Articles @ 10:14 PM :: 3314 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Agriculture, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

“That would be pretty hard for Hawaii” -- Sen Mazie Hirono

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
VA Town Hall Set for Honolulu
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 1106 Views :: Health Care, Military

...To share information, resources, hear feedback from customers and to answer questions on VA health care, benefits, and memorial affairs....

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Do 'affordable housing' requirements work?
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1373 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Thursday, Feb. 21, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the state Capitol, Room, 312 ....

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Thursday, February 07, 2019
Hawaii: Highest Sales Taxes Per Capita in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 2:06 PM :: 1411 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...In fiscal year 2017, the highest state sales tax collections per capita were found in Hawaii -- $2,269....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Aquarium Fishing and Hawaiian Culture
By Selected News Articles @ 11:49 PM :: 1178 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... the ancient Hawaiians were practical people that utilized their natural resources ....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Ethics: Rowena Akana Fined $23K--Trouble Began with OHA-Funded Scheme to Dig Up Kawaiahao Church Graveyard
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 2194 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Princess Kawananakoa believes that Kawaiaha’o church officials and construction workers dug up and disturbed the burial plot of her ancestor Queen Kapi’olani ....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearings This Thursday
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 869 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Thursday, February 7th, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs is scheduled to hear Senate Bills 556, 600, 621, and 1466....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
SOTU: "America will never be a socialist country"
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 895 Views :: National News

...President Trump’s State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and released by the White House....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
There’s insufficient evidence your sunscreen harms coral reefs
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 AM :: 1468 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Tourism

...the few studies that have addressed the environmental impacts of sunscreens experimentally “are not representative of real world conditions”....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
JEFS Fail: Judiciary Electronic System Leaves Lawyers in the Dark
By Robert Thomas @ 1:38 AM :: 974 Views :: Judiciary

"...the JEFS system has failed to notify us of events in the cases in which we are counsel...."

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
ICA Throws out Case Against Vacation Rental
By Robert Thomas @ 1:24 AM :: 1558 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Tourism

...Hitting someone with a notice of violation and then telling them to disprove it (all the while laboring under ever-increasing daily fines) just won't cut it....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Up 30%--Hawaii Second-Highest Per Capita Expenses for Higher Education
By Selected News Articles @ 1:14 AM :: 1462 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...Over the past five years, Hawaii's cumulative increase in higher education funding is more than 30%....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
County of Kaua‘i celebrates one year of Electronic Plan Review services
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 1007 Views :: Kauai County, Development

...“I commend the Building Division and its staff for implementing this system, which creates added efficiency of the plan review process and reduces costs and waste associated with building permits and development approvals,” said Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami....

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The Simon Abundance Index: Population growth equals greater resources
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:43 AM :: 1096 Views :: Environment, Economy

...instead of making resources scarcer, population growth has gone hand in hand with greater resource abundance....

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Tulsi Wins David Duke KKK Endorsement (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 9:59 PM :: 1491 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Former KKK leader David Duke appears to have switched his allegiance from President Trump to Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard....

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Hawaii's dangerous idea: Allowing people to smoke is equivalent to killing them
By Selected News Articles @ 3:16 PM :: 1458 Views :: Health Care, Life, Taxes

...This way of thinking could justify government intervention in nearly all aspects of a person's life....

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Restaurant Closures Correlate to Minimum Wage Hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 1514 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...For every dollar that the San Francisco minimum wage went up, there was a 4 to 10 percent increase in the likelihood of restaurant closings....

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Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Hirokazu Toiya named Director of Emergency Management
By News Release @ 10:33 AM :: 985 Views :: Honolulu County

...Toiya has been the acting director of the Department of Emergency Management since October of 2018, and previous served as deputy director since July 2017....

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Monday, February 04, 2019
​Volcano Homeowners Face New Threat—From Government
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 1648 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Tourism

...Beginning April 1, homeowners won’t be allowed to offer their homes as short-term rentals unless their properties fall within designated “resort zones”—and they can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines for violating that law....

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Monday, February 04, 2019
Legislative Preview: This Week's Bills on the Move
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:19 AM :: 979 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Legislative Hearings Week 3....

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Monday, February 04, 2019
Honolulu 4th Deepest 'Sinkhole City'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 AM :: 1584 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...Report: 63 out of America’s largest 75 cities can’t pay their bills, acquired $330 billion in unfunded debt....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Lyon Bribery: $240K to Buy DHHL Contract?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:37 PM :: 2648 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...Under the plea agreement, “(Lyon) is required to submit…an accurate and complete list of all business he is currently affiliated/involved with that involve federal contacts.”....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Honolulu Ranks 72nd for Fiscal Health
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1950 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Honolulu has a Taxpayer Burden of $23,000, earning it an "F" grade....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 3, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 PM :: 1143 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Weekly Update from GovTrack.us....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Applicants Wanted for State Campaign Spending Commission
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1241 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...The terms will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:25 PM :: 809 Views :: Drugs

... Monday, February 4, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee will be hearing HB 1383 Relating to Marijuana in room 325 at 2:05 ....

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Sunday, February 03, 2019
Tax Hike Creativity Abounds at our Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 894 Views :: Taxes

...This year, our legislature once again is poised to consider revenue raising – namely, taxes in new and creative ways....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
VIDEO: Crowd of 'Dozens' at Tulsi Presidential Campaign Launch
By Video @ 9:53 PM :: 2180 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Thin Crowd at Hilton Hawaiian Village as Tulsi Gabbard launches presidential campaign with Waikiki event....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
NBC News: Russia's propaganda machine discovers 2020 Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard
By Selected News Articles @ 9:24 PM :: 1526 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...The Russian propaganda machine that tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election is now promoting the presidential aspirations of a controversial Hawaii Democrat....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
HB1191: Minimum Wage Hike Written to Exclude Public Employees
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 1604 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Under HB1191 HD1, the minimum wage for employees not receiving employer-sponsored health insurance will gradually increase until it reaches $15.00 in 2024, and $12.50 in 2024 for employees who are receiving employer-sponsored health insurance  (Editor's Note: This formula avoids re-writing State and County union contracts)....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Sex Harassment: New House Rules "add another layer of silence"
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 2546 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Notably, the draft policy excludes the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, which rendered the Souki decision last year....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
States with the Best Dental Health -- Hawaii Ranks 15th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:41 PM :: 891 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...data set ranges from share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year to dental treatment costs to share of adults with low life satisfaction due to oral condition....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Auditor: Should Insurers be Required to Cover Mainland Air Ambulance?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:54 PM :: 819 Views :: Health Care

...The two largest health insurance providers in the State reported a total of 28 members that were recommended for medical transportation to the continental United States for treatment in 2016 and 2017. Insurance coverage was not provided in 11 cases, all of which involved members from a single insurance provider....

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Saturday, February 02, 2019
Legislators Pressure OHA on Audit, LLCs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 1279 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...on January 9, after hearing OHA's biennium budget request, members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee raised questions about the progress of the independent audit of OHA and its LLCs. A similar question was raised the next day at the House Finance Committee....

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Friday, February 01, 2019
Abortion Rich: Hawaii Planned Parenthood Buys up Mills in Indiana, Kentucky
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 984 Views :: Life

...Millions in out of state funds will attempt to influence Indiana abortion policies....

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Friday, February 01, 2019
The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns from the Left
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:36 PM :: 1827 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Higher Education

...The proposed Equality Act would add “gender identity” to the Civil Rights Act of 1964....

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Friday, February 01, 2019
Gabbard Cult Hires Scientology Lawyer to Intimidate Hawaii Media
By Andrew Walden @ 6:57 PM :: 3383 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Religion

...Birds of a feather flock together....

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Friday, February 01, 2019
Looking for housing in all the wrong places
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:19 PM :: 1174 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

...House Bill 1315 proposes an amendment to the Hawaii Constitution that would enshrine a “right” to housing....

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Friday, February 01, 2019
Birth Tourism Bust: Hawaii Easier to Clear Customs
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 1104 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

"...The clients were also told to enter the country by flying into Hawaii instead of Los Angeles where clearing U.S. Customs was perceived to be more difficult...."

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