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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
House Approves Budget--Without $65M for Mauna Kea Protests
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 468 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, OHA

...House cuts funding for TMT enforcement from state budget—Ige Wanted $65M to Not Enforce Law on Mauna Kea....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
HB1902: Gun Magazine Ban Heads to Floor Vote
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 488 Views :: Second Amendment

...House Bill 1902 to ban most standard capacity magazines is now eligible for a floor vote in the House at any time....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Vaping and Tobacco Harm Reduction in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:22 PM :: 513 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Analysis of the vaping industry in Hawaii, including economic data, state health department findings on vaping-related lung illnesses, youth e-cigarette use, tobacco retail compliance checks, and state funding dedicated to tobacco control programs....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Vehicle Mileage Taxes are not Ready for Primetime
By Selected News Articles @ 9:06 PM :: 515 Views :: Taxes

...The biggest issue is concern over privacy. VMTs could allow the government to track drivers....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Hawaii one of the top 10 population losers
By Selected News Articles @ 8:48 PM :: 497 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii Population lost: -7,047 -- Population decrease: -0.50%....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Who’s to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think.
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 717 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Public debate falls into two schools of thought as to why housing costs are so high....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
5 Ways to Fix Hawaii Gun Laws
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 505 Views :: Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

...Whenever we as gun owners object to yet another second amendment infringing law, we hear the same old line, "well, we have to do something," but year after year, law after law is passed, and it changes nothing....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Nanakuli: From Hardship to Hope
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:45 PM :: 436 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, OHA

...Diamond Garcia's own journey from hardship to hope is reflective of the challenges many face in his hometown of Nanakuli....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Tailspin! How to defuse Hawaii's $88 billion debt bomb
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:23 PM :: 1035 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state is staring at a looming major debt crisis, projected at the moment to total $88 billion over the next 30 years....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Prosecutor Candidates Forum Set for Leeward Comm College
By News Release @ 7:05 PM :: 331 Views :: Law Enforcement

...Thursday, February 27, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in room 125, on the Waiʻanae Moku campus of LCC....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Emergency Preparedness? Hawaii Drops to Lowest Tier
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 489 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...As Threats Increase, Annual Assessment Finds Hawaii's Level of Readiness for Health Emergencies dropping....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
School Choice Could be an Anti-Bullying Program
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 AM :: 358 Views :: Education K-12

...The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) permits students to transfer to another public school but only if their current public school meets the state definition of a “persistently dangerous” school....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
HB2069: Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 AM :: 397 Views :: Law Enforcement

...the current system preys on innocent property owners....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Hawaii Billionaire Organizes Anti-Trump Network
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 AM :: 1071 Views :: National News

...without mentioning Omidyar, the New York Times reports ‘Protect Democracy’ is the nonprofit behind a recent letter signed by over 1,100 former US DoJ officials calling upon US Attorney General William Barr to resign....

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Monday, February 17, 2020
​New Legislation Highlights Lack of Jones Act Competition
By Cato Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 477 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

...the bill would grant Jones Act exemptions to any state or territory not served by at least three Jones Act ocean carriers....

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Monday, February 17, 2020
JSC to Nominate State Supreme Court Justice
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 549 Views :: Judiciary

...The new member would replace Associate Justice Richard Pollack, who will be required to step down when he reaches age 70 in July 2020....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 569 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 15, 2020
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 422 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Votes in Congress and Bills introduced from GovTrack.us....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging
By Selected News Articles @ 10:09 PM :: 2016 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...the equivalent of a 16% property tax hike on the residential rate....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ethics-Related Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 349 Views :: Ethics

...What's alive after first lateral?....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Office of Mauna Kea Management Cleans Mountain (again)
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 538 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

...Volunteers helped pull invasive plants around the Visitors Information Station, while also learning to identify seedlings of native species sprouting near the parking lot....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
More 'Sacred' Trash at Mauna Campsite
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 1491 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA

...Kia’i protestors Wong and Perez were quoted as saying in the Tribune-Herald that, “dirty tactics” were being used. Well now that’s rich coming from the protestors....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ige to Select Nominee for 3rd Circuit Court Hilo
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 389 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

...The position has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Greg K. Nakamura in November 2019....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:18 PM :: 287 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Assisted Suicide: 3 modified safeguards now only 2....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
After Refusing to Supply Records, OHA Sues State Auditor
By News Release @ 4:48 AM :: 894 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...“If OHA has nothing to hide, it should be willing to open its records to the state auditor”. -- Trustee Keli'i Akina ....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hawaii Carbon Tax Would Be a Big Burden for Families and Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 791 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Cost of Living

...the tax on gasoline would begin at $8.22 per barrel in 2021 and top out at $23.16 per barrel in 2030....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Meatless Mondays in Hawaii Schools? -- Politicized Veganism Threatens Human Health
By Selected News Articles @ 2:27 AM :: 553 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Health Care

...In 2019, Hawaii’s legislature nearly enacted a resolution establishing Meatless Mondays in Hawaii’s public schools....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
SB3104: OHA to be Given Free 'Affordable' Housing Units?
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 675 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Cost of Living

...HHFDC to decide how many units go to OHA and/or DHHL.... 

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 783 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Video: Why we need an airport corporation, in 61 Seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 478 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
No GE Tax on Medical Bills -- help lift MD shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:32 PM :: 464 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Hawaii is currently “short” by approximately 820 physicians ....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Gun Control Activists Rate Hawaii Laws 5th-Toughest
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 382 Views :: Second Amendment

...Giffords Center recommends legislators, "...direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies...."

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Hawaii Towns Ranked by Ethnic Diversity
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 AM :: 564 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Waipahu is the least Spanish-speaking place in the USA....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Which Hawaiʻi neighborhoods have the highest well-being?
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 800 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...measures of quality of life and community well-being for 42 communities throughout the state....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
HECO Reaches 28.4% Nameplate Capacity of Green Energy Schemes
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 549 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...CLUE: 28.4% RPS does not equal 28.4% of electricity coming from so-called renewables.  It means that the nameplate capacity of renewable producers is equal to 28.4% of electricity production.  They hope you don’t know this but now you do....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Senators Vote to Give Maui County One More Chance to Raise GE Tax
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 445 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...SB2140 relating to taxation, extending the period in which a county may adopt a surcharge on state GE Tax ... to June 30, 2021....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
No State Gets Less Federal Aid Than Hawaii
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 616 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Federal aid is allocated to states for a variety of purposes, primarily to supplement state funding for programs or projects deemed to be of national interest, such as Medicaid payments, education funding assistance, infrastructure assistance, and more....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Hawaii Income Tax 2nd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:58 AM :: 860 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii individual income tax tops out at 11%....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Ethics Comm Hearing on New Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 358 Views :: Ethics

...provide greater clarity to various provisions of the State Ethics Code, HRS chapter 84 (including but not limited to the gifts law, gifts reporting law, fair treatment law, and conflicts of interests law); and various provisions of the Lobbyists law, HRS chapter 97 (including but not limited to reporting and registration requirements for lobbyists)....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HB1153: Remote Testimony for Legislature?
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 367 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...establishing a remote legislative access program that would allow individuals to present oral testimony at legislative committee hearings....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Ranked Choice Voting: Who Gets Disenfranchised?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 658 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

...Senator Brian Schatz February 4, 2020, tweeted, “Is there any solid reason to be against ranked choice voting? I’m honestly asking.”  OK.  We’re honestly answering....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HDoT Sends Eviction Notices to Dillingham Airfield Tenants
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 604 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Small Business

...Dillingham Airfield Can be Better off Without Airports Division....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Trump Resister to Oversee Fraud Investigations in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 1193 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Hui Chen is a member of the Complex Litigation, Fraud, and Compliance Unit, and will be tasked with investigating, reviewing, and consulting on compliance issues within state government....

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Monday, February 10, 2020
Senate Confirms DHHL Nominees, Sends 9 Bills to House
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 518 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

...The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed William J. Aila to be Chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Department of Hawaiian Homelands and Tyler I. Gomes to be Deputy....

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Monday, February 10, 2020
UPDATE: Hawaii Legislature Considers 18 Gun Bills
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 484 Views :: Second Amendment

...While some bills were deferred, a number of bills unfortunately passed out of committee and will continue on. Additionally, some of the deferred measures on the House side were amended into other measures that were passed....

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Monday, February 10, 2020
Legislative Session Week Three in Review
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:24 PM :: 389 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...from the Honolulu Republican Party....

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Monday, February 10, 2020
DoE's 30-Year Old Computers Crash--Finally Decides to Upgrade
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 745 Views :: Education K-12

...the DOE began taking action after the current system — which has been in place since 1991 — experienced an outage in October 2018 that lasted several weeks, impacting operations and payments to vendors....

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Sunday, February 09, 2020
The ConAm Returns
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 833 Views :: Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

...to impose a surcharge on real property tax....

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Saturday, February 08, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:05 PM :: 452 Views :: Family, Life

...Assisted Suicide Expansion Bills - Safeguards: Going, Going, Gone....

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Saturday, February 08, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 8, 2020
By Selected News Articles @ 7:53 PM :: 523 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...votes cast and bills introduced for week ending Feb 8, 2020....

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