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Monday, December 03, 2018
UH: Record-setting Native Hawaiian, Filipino and overall 4-year UH Mānoa graduation rates
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 367 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...From 2010 to 2018, the four-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen increased from 10.3% to 32.3% for Native Hawaiian students, and from 13.8% to 37.7% for Filipino students....

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Monday, December 03, 2018
WOTUS: Supreme Court Asks US Solicitor General to Weigh in on Maui Injection Wells
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 580 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...In its petition for certiorari, Maui calls the 9th Circuit Court ruling a “radical expansion of point source permitting,” poised to carry massive liability for Maui and its taxpayers....

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Monday, December 03, 2018
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 2, 2018
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 AM :: 480 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Weekly Update from GovTrack.us December 2, 2018....

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Monday, December 03, 2018
JSC Seeks Nominees for First Circuit Court--Two Vacancies
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 468 Views :: Judiciary

...The Commission invites anyone who meets the constitutional requirements and is interested in the position to apply....

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Sunday, December 02, 2018
Senate Announces Committee Assignments
By Selected News Articles @ 11:38 AM :: 1139 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The following senators will take on the leadership roles for the Thirtieth Legislative Biennium 2019 through 2020....

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Sunday, December 02, 2018
Fraud, Collusion, Embezzlement: Hawaii OPEB Debt
By Andrew Walden @ 9:48 AM :: 1755 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Labor

...The majority’s interpretation embraces the view that the legislature has authorized payment for fraud, collusion, embezzlement, and bad faith dealings....

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Sunday, December 02, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 561 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million.... 

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Saturday, December 01, 2018
Honolulu Ethics: Legal to Campaign on County Time?
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 442 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...a concern was filed with the Ethics Commission alleging that the Department Head’s intranet video message was a misuse of city resources for political purposes....

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Saturday, December 01, 2018
Ige Extends Lava Emergency for 5th Time
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 360 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

...This proclamation also provides additional time for Puna Geothermal Venture to re-establish, or begin to re-establish, the regulatory framework under which it is required to operate....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Potential Criminal Prosecution: Hu Honua Violates Water Pollution Laws
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 646 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...potential civil penalties of up to $25,000 per day per violation and potential criminal prosecution....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Stream Flow Ruling Cuts off Lahaina Water Supply
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 422 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Development

...the County intends to develop a new groundwater source within five years, or sooner, which will eventually provide for the full instream flow standard....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Forbes Best States for Business: Hawaii Ranks 46th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 565 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has one of the most onerous business tax situations. Another drawback: the highest cost of living in the U.S. Hawaii’s median home price of $708,000 is $115,000 more than any other state....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Report: Since recession, 10 states, including Hawaii, operate at structural deficits
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 PM :: 572 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Pew found “symptoms of structural deficits” in Hawaii (96.9 percent)....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Not all public-private partnerships are good
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 PM :: 347 Views :: Rail

...to distinguish good public-private partnerships from bad ones, we use the same principles employed whenever we evaluate government action: cost, accountability and risk....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Wanna Buy a House on Maui? County has $30K to Give You
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 553 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

...Public Encouraged to Apply for the County's First-Time Buyer's Program....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
What’s an airconditioned Neal Katyal worth?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:04 PM :: 650 Views :: Second Amendment

...$185,000, according to a UIPA’d documents obtained from the Hawaii Attorney General’s office....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
House and Senate Republicans Meet to Plan 2019 Agenda
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 439 Views :: Republican Party

..."It's high-time that Republicans set a bold agenda for the public to judge," said Representative Ward....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
How a U.S. law intended to reduce dependence on fossil fuels has unleashed an environmental disaster in Indonesia
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 AM :: 798 Views :: Energy, Environment

...Dewanto’s team found the rigid body of an orangutan, half buried under a fallen log next to a scar of freshly cut forest in a peat bog being razed for a new palm plantation....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Hawaii Ranks 15th for Financial Transparency
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 380 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Report: One-third of states have passable fiscal transparency, the rest need improvement....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
​OHA offering $7 million for community grants
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 420 Views :: OHA

...the opening of the application period for its Community Grants Program, which will make available $7 million....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Honolulu--6th Oldest Homeowners in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 9:25 PM :: 414 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

...Provo, Ogden, and Salt Lake City have the youngest homeowners....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Visitor Arrivals Jump 4.4% for October--Spending Drops
By News Release @ 2:42 PM :: 373 Views :: Tourism

...The average daily census (i.e. number of visitors on any given day) in October was 210,960, up 1.8 percent compared to a year ago....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
$3.56M Tourism Industry Payoffs to Community Groups Statewide
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 404 Views :: Tourism

...$3.56 Million to Support 130 Hawaiian Culture, Natural Resources and Community Programs....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Details of the Horrible Carbon Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 8:11 AM :: 718 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Establishes a creepy DC-based "Carbon Dividend Trust Fund" that seeks a backdoor two-child limit on families....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
To ‘Change Society’ -- Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 894 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Any carbon-pricing mechanism should be “adequate to change behavior.”  The commission had considered asking that it be “practical” as well, but Sen. Karl Rhoads convinced the members that was a bad idea….

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Caldwell Allows 60-Day Permitting Bill to Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 676 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

...However, Bill 64 requires certain mandates that residents and contractors should be aware of....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Pine: Gill Family Windfarm Proceeding Against Community Opposition
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:08 PM :: 904 Views :: Energy, Environment

...After a fierce Neighborhood Board meeting in April where the Board and many in the community opposed the project for its perceived insensitivity to the area, many including myself were under the belief that this project would not proceed until those concerns were addressed....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
DBEDT: International Students Contribute $498M to Economy
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 512 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...direct spending by foreign students in Hawaii was $241.5 million for the calendar year 2017.  This estimate includes the total living expenses and institutional tuition and fees....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Charitable? Hawaii Ranks 46th
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 384 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...WalletHub determined the most charitable of the 50 states by comparing them across 18 key indicators of charitable behavior....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Ige-Green Administration is Hiring
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 708 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...In addition, the state is searching for individuals to serve on a variety of boards and commissions....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Connected: Rail, Pensions, and Vacation Rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 PM :: 624 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Keli'i Akina and Joe Kent discuss the latest research by the Grassroot Institute on rail, vacation rentals and the unfunded liabilty of Hawaii's public pension system....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Sen 19 Loser Lopresti Claims Golojuch Altered Ballots--Demands Recount
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 877 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

"...Michele Golojuch and her entire immediate family...leading a public misinformation campaign to conduct a character assassination against me for months...filing a bizarre and recklessly fabricated slanderous complaint against me trying to remove me from the Democratic Party...." -- Matt LoPresti

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Professor Thinks Banning These Words Would Fix Free Speech on College Campuses
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:58 PM :: 794 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...“Remind students that one of the central missions of the university, which justifies its existence, is to get at the truth.”....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
4 Problems With the New Climate Change Report
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:45 PM :: 672 Views :: Environment

...mass deaths, global food shortages, economic destruction, and national security risks....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Plastic Straw Ban Crusades Are About Progressive Virtue Signaling, Not Practical Solutions
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:42 PM :: 628 Views :: Environment

...why such a seemingly trivial matter has become such a big deal....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Inspector General Releases False Missile Alert Report
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 561 Views :: Military

...From Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Council Resolution: Ban Cars, Buses from Waikiki by 2030
By News Release @ 2:11 PM :: 1021 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism

... The Public Works, Infrastructure & Sustainability Committee will publicly discuss its Draft 1 of Resolution 18-221 [1] in the City Council Committee Meeting Room, on the 2nd floor of Honolulu Hale, at 1:00 pm Weds ....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:03 PM :: 613 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
Schatz deletes tweet suggesting ‘chemical weapons’ used at US-Mexico border
By Selected News Articles @ 5:44 AM :: 853 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

...U.S. agents shot several rounds of the gas after migrants tried to penetrate several points along the border at the San Ysidro border crossing....

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Saturday, November 24, 2018
Lloyd’s of London Throws in the Towel on Lava Exclusion
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 1568 Views :: Hawaii County

...Volcano Lawsuits Force Abrupt Change; Payouts in the Tens of Millions to Victims....

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Friday, November 23, 2018
The Jones Act: Charting a New Course after a Century of Failure
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 822 Views :: Jones Act

....Cato Institute Conference featuring Keli'i Akina and Michael Hansen from Hawaii....

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Thursday, November 22, 2018
Honolulu Tax Evader a Big Deal in Guam, Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 1014 Views :: National News, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Taxes

...Businessman convicted of tax fraud has Guam, Micronesia deals....

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Thursday, November 22, 2018
State economic growth downgraded
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 482 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...DBEDT revised its projection on Hawaii’s economic growth downward to 1 percent for 2018 from 1.5 percent....

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Thursday, November 22, 2018
UH: Convicted Felon Paid to Get Other Convicts Released
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1248 Views :: Higher Education, Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...Why would any court trust 'exculpatory' evidence submitted by a convicted felon?....

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Thursday, November 22, 2018
The hidden story of the third Thanksgiving: 1623--giving thanks for freedom
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 18422 Views :: National News

Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford called this system "communism", two hundred ninety six years before the Russian revolution....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
​Medicaid waivers allowed for inpatient psychiatric treatment
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 567 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

...a milestone for our efforts to reduce the preventable tragedies caused by the lack of inpatient treatment....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
If Hawaiians Were Indians, Hawaii Would be #3 for Reservations
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 942 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Hawaii Statistics, OHA

... Largest reservation: Nanakuli Hawaiian Home Land ....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Hawaii AG Demands More Focus on Trannies
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 458 Views :: National News

...Attorney General Russell A. Suzuki joined a coalition of 20 state attorneys general urging the Trump Administration to abandon efforts to adopt a definition of “sex” that would exclude transgender and gender nonconforming individuals....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
DoE Announces New Scheme to Extract CIP Money from Legislature
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 571 Views :: Education K-12

...HIDOE is redesigning its facilities maintenance program to align the Department’s strategic focus....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Wind Farm: Hearing to Consider Plan to Kill More Bats, Petrels
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 726 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) hearing will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday November 29, 2018 at Kaʻala Elementary School, 130 California Avenue in Wahiawa....

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