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Friday, March 02, 2018
Another $1.4M of your Tax Dollars Handed over to Phony Tech Entrepreneurs
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 1273 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... HTDC awarded 15 Hawaii-based companies $1,417,050 ....

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Friday, March 02, 2018
Aiea Tops Hawaii Towns Ranked by Money Management Skill
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 PM :: 985 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Nine towns in Hawaii rank in lowest quintile....

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Friday, March 02, 2018
If Game Makers Don’t Address Loot Crates, Lawmakers Will
By Selected News Articles @ 2:42 PM :: 720 Views :: Gambling, Hawaii State Government

...The ESRB’s decision to label video games with paid add-ons essentially does nothing to address the complaint that loot boxes are akin to gambling....

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Friday, March 02, 2018
Russia Behind Protests Against Dakota Access Pipeline
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:04 PM :: 998 Views :: Energy, GMOs

...tag-team efforts of Russian trolls and ‘keep it in the ground’ activists....

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Friday, March 02, 2018
VIDEO: Hawaii Democrat Suicide Takes 13 Minutes
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:58 PM :: 908 Views :: Democratic Party, Life, Republican Party

...After 4 Hours of Testimony, Democrats take 13 minutes to PASS HB-2739 HD1 out of committee....

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Friday, March 02, 2018
Criminal Al Hee's Scam Company Sandwich Isles Communications Closing--All Workers Laid Off
By Andrew Walden @ 12:27 AM :: 2873 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...With its founder locked in a Federal Penitentiary on felony tax evasion charges, Sandwich Isles Communications is closing and laying off all 40 of its remaining employees this Friday March 2, 2018....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Battle Not Over: Protect Hawaii's Elderly from Assisted Suicide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:17 PM :: 913 Views :: Health Care, Life

...We will have more opportunities to voice our concerns in the remaining half of this session....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
VIDEO: Why economic freedom matters to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:59 PM :: 1389 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...José Torra, an economist and research director for Caminos de la Libertad in Mexico City....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Auditor: Hawaii PUC Another Tech Disaster in the Making
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:17 AM :: 991 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...the PUC’s $2.8 million Document Management System (DMS) is almost universally considered by management and staff to be difficult to use, unreliable, slow, and obsolete, with staff developing elaborate workarounds to accommodate for the system’s shortcomings. Yet the PUC has no firm plans to fix or replace this problematic system....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Visitor Spending $1.69B in January 2018--Highest Monthly Total in Hawaii History
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 742 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Air Service to Hawai‘i Increased 9.7 percent in January....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Time to Throw out OHA Old Guard Trustees
By Video @ 1:19 AM :: 962 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA’s Old Guard Trustees Giving Cash To Their Friends....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Research Shows Russians Firmly Behind anti-GMO Activism
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 AM :: 982 Views :: GMOs

...Russian news organizations RT and Sputnik used the term GMO in more articles than HuffPost, Fox News, CNN, Breitbart and NBC combined....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
HB2739: Hawaii Democrats Blind Suicide Leap
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 10:13 PM :: 1509 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Life, Politicians, Republican Party

...All members of the committees voted “yes” on the bill, except Rep. Andria Tupola and Rep. Bob McDermott .... We were asked to vote without our members having seen a written draft of the revised bill....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Hawaii: Debtor State
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 729 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii’s total consumer debt per capita of $64,642 averaged more than $20,000 above the nation....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Best States? Hawaii Ranks 17th
By Selected News Articles @ 12:59 PM :: 731 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii shines in one area of 'best states' ranking....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Suicide: Committee members identified loopholes in the bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:57 AM :: 877 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Life

...Committee members asked some very telling questions that identified loopholes that still remain in the bill.  The Attorney General's representative couldn't definitively state that all their concerns from the 2017 version were resolved in this current version that is supposed to have more robust protections.... 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Oregon Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Starving Mentally Ill Patients to Death
By Selected News Articles @ 5:20 AM :: 992 Views :: Health Care, Life

...House Bill 4135 passed the Oregon Senate 17-12. While the stated intent of the bill’s authors was to update the advance directive, it also paves the way for healthcare representatives to remove access to food and water for vulnerable Oregonians with dementia and Alzheimer’s....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
UH Board of Regents: Hawaii County Finalists Named
By News Release @ 5:11 AM :: 1411 Views :: Higher Education
  1. Peter S. Hoffmann
  2. Duane Kanuha
  3. Albert Nahale-a
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018
2018 Property Taxes Ranked by State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 929 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Annual Taxes on Home Priced at State Median Value -- $1,459 (33rd–highest)....

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Honolulu Citizen Survey: Homelessness Top Priority
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 805 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...The results from this year’s NCS ....

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Hawaii Trigger Modification Ban & Firearm Surrender Bill to be Considered on Tuesday
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 809 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Tuesday, February 27th, the Hawaii state Senate Committee on Judiciary will hold a decision making hearing on Senate Bill 2046 and Senate Bill 2436.  The committee is only accepting written testimony for this hearing....

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Monday, February 26, 2018
Supreme Court Justices Excoriate Union Lawyers Defending Forced Dues
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 1173 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...The immense political influence of public sector unions appeared imperiled Monday, as several justices of the U.S. Supreme Court grilled labor lawyers over the constitutionality of mandatory union dues....

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
NRA Statement on Corporate Partnerships
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 569 Views :: Second Amendment

...NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement....

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
OHA: Does Draft Audit Blow Blackmail Scheme?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:18 PM :: 1835 Views :: Ethics, OHA

With this information out in the open, what is left for Crabbe to blackmail Trustees with?

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Sunday, February 25, 2018
Teachers Union Grabs for Billion Dollar Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1166 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...Do the problems in our classrooms have anything to do with special funds at all?....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Trump v Hawaii: More Challengers Seek to Join Case
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 955 Views :: National News, First Amendment

...Supreme Court to hear Trump v Hawaii April 25, 2018....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Honolulu GOP: Assisted Suicide Corrupts Practice of Medicine
By Brett Kulbis @ 2:28 PM :: 1073 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Life

... Insurance companies denied treatment to patients, offered to pay for assisted suicide ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Report: State of Computer Science Education in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 989 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...just 14 traditional public schools offer AP Computer Science....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Hearing Set for Assisted Suicide Bill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:45 AM :: 2067 Views :: Family, Life

...House Health & Human Services and House Judiciary Committee have scheduled a joint hearing on HB2739--assisted suicide--Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 10:30 a.m. in Hawaii State Capitol auditorium.... 

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
VIDEO: Heritage hosts Jones Act panel
By Michael Hansen @ 3:28 AM :: 961 Views :: Jones Act

...The Heritage Foundation hosted on Friday, February 23, 2018, a panel discussion, “Time to Reform the Jones Act?”....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Vacation Rental Home Is "Public Accommodation" -- Lesbians are Mandatory
By Robert Thomas @ 3:15 AM :: 1426 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

...the court held they could be held liable, even though it is their home, first concluding that renting out a room in your home qualifies as offering a public accommodation, even though it is your residence....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Republican Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 4:44 PM :: 815 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...All House bills are in their final committees, they have until March 8th to pass out of their last committee and pass third reading to cross over to the Senate....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
State should speed up responses to information requests
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:30 PM :: 961 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii takes the longest in the nation to make decisions about transparency disputes....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Pandering to Dem Base with Fake Issue: Hawaii Sues FCC over Net Neutrality
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 1004 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...politicians striking a fashionable pose against corporations and business, fearmongering by special interest groups with an agenda....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Ban the Bike! How Cities Made a Huge Mistake in Promoting Cycling
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:15 AM :: 1373 Views :: Honolulu County

...Cycling lanes consume more space than they free up, add to pollution and drain the public purse....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Hawaii Bill Banning Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 AM :: 2332 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the oft-cited, debate-driving statistic that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day is the product of a 9-year-old's guesstimations....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Auditor: HTA Gives Millions to Contractors Without Documentation
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:19 AM :: 1069 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...HTA’s autonomy, which includes permanent funding and an exemption from the State Procurement Code, has facilitated lax oversight, deficient internal controls, and, ultimately, less accountability....

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Kaneohe: 8.75M Gallons of Sewage Spill from City Plants
By News Release @ 10:19 AM :: 1370 Views :: Honolulu County

...Sewage poured out of Caldwell's plants for ten hours starting 2pm Sunday Feb 18....

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Thursday, February 22, 2018
Best Cities for Public Transit: Honolulu Makes Top Ten
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 961 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...More than 69 million passengers in Honolulu ride TheBus annually....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
OHA Reform? Lots Of Promises No Real Action
By Video @ 5:04 PM :: 884 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This Time She's Promising To Clean Up OHA After The State Audit Results....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Hawaii Among Least Affordable States for Your Aging Parents
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 1247 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks as 4th most expensive state for aging parents, study finds....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Study: Hawaii Residents Deepest in Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 669 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Residents of Hawaii spend, on average, 36.2% of their monthly paychecks on credit card, student loan, and housing payments—the highest percentage in the nation....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Most Sinful States? Hawaii Ranks 35th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 594 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Some states are more well-behaved than others....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
False Missile Alert: Report Calls for Major changes at HI-EMA
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 854 Views :: Military

...Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara today released the All Hazards Preparedness Improvement Action Plan and Report....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Keli‘i Akina Urges OHA Board to Remove CEO
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:54 PM :: 1399 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...As fiduciaries, Trustees must act immediately...."

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Hawaii GE Tax Takes $8,360 from Family of Four
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 1373 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii General sales tax collections per capita: $2,090 (the highest in USA)....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
NATO Loophole: Attack On Hawaii Not Covered By Treaty
By Selected News Articles @ 8:59 AM :: 1162 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

...Hawaii is in the North Pacific, not the North Atlantic....

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Monday, February 19, 2018
SB270: Chin Pushing Gay Conversion Ban
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1288 Views :: Family, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...once a child molester turns your son gay, it will be illegal to obtain counseling which might lead to the molester/s being identified....

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Monday, February 19, 2018
Experts: Universities Need to be Transparent About Money Received from Confucius Institutes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 PM :: 1093 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...Mounting concerns Confucius Institutes limit discussion on issues sensitive to Chinese government....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Emails: How PACOM grappled with false missile alert
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 PM :: 1327 Views :: Military

...The emails were sent in succession after thousands of people received a text-message warning Jan. 13 that prompted hysteria in parts of Hawaii....

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