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Friday, April 13, 2018
Hawaii County seeks applicants for Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 958 Views :: Hawaii County

...The following vacancies need to be filled....

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Friday, April 13, 2018
UH System--Legislative Session Update
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 556 Views :: Higher Education

...the university will be watching conference meetings to see how they fare as agreements are made....

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Friday, April 13, 2018
Honolulu World's Best City Sanitation?
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 1002 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

...Honolulu tops the City Sanitation ranking, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa in joint second, whereas Dhaka (230) and Port au Prince (231) fill the bottom places....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Nomination of Mark Bennett Shows Limits Of Outside Group Influence On Judges
By Selected News Articles @ 8:25 PM :: 1198 Views :: Judiciary

...one of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shows that conventional wisdom isn’t quite right....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Senate Panel Endorses Jill Otake for Bench in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 819 Views :: Judiciary

...The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved President Donald Trump’s nominee for a position on a federal court in Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
PEW: Hawaii, Alaska More Middle Class Than Most
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 669 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Alaska and Hawaii are the two states with the lowest concentration of wealth in the top 1 percent....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Does Your State Tax Manufacturing Machinery?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:38 PM :: 886 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...the sales tax bases in Hawaii, New Mexico, and South Dakota are incredibly broad, so it’s not surprising that they would tax these types of transactions....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
End of Session: House Republican Bills Still Alive
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 4:11 PM :: 816 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Drugs

...We are three weeks away from the end of the 2018 Legislative Session....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Caldwell Ordered to Repay Military Personnel After Illegally Seizing Their Cars
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 1422 Views :: Ethics, Military

...and the establishment of a $150,000 settlement fund for other affected servicemembers, who may be eligible to receive compensation....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Kauai County Sues Opioid Manufacturers
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 990 Views :: Kauai County, Health Care, Drugs

...litigation against manufacturers, marketers, and distributors of opioid pain medications who have irresponsibly spread this terrible epidemic....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
OHA Needs a 12-Step Program
By Video @ 6:46 PM :: 849 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Is It Past Time For An OHA “Intervention?”....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
SB2609 Unconstitutional? Would Hide Financial Disclosures from Public
By Video @ 6:34 PM :: 726 Views :: Ethics

“Article 14 of our Constitution requires all boards and commission members who wield significant discretionary or fiscal powers to file financial disclosure statements...."

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
AMA: Hawaii Has Longest Life Expectancy
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 895 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...In 2016, Hawaii had the highest life expectancy at birth (81.3 years) and Mississippi had the lowest (74.7 years), a 6.6-year difference....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Tax Freedom Day Hawaii -- April 20
By Tax Foundation @ 3:39 PM :: 760 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...last year Hawaii Tax Freedom Day was April 19....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hawaii occupational licensing laws 'headed in wrong direction'
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 PM :: 1033 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Grassroot Institute president urges removal of barriers to economic mobility....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
House Approves 61 Bills for Final Crossover
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 553 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...With two days left before the Second Crossover deadline more than 220 bills have crossed over from the House to the Senate....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
DBEDT: US average labor earnings higher than Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 893 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...and these figures are not adjusted for cost of living....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
HTDC Report: After Billions in Tax Credits, Hawaii Tech Sector Still Minuscule
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 954 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...After all the billions we gave them, HTDC's pet 'High Tech' tax credit recipents claim a paltry $61.27M in revenues for 2017....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
NAEP Shows Multi-Year Decline in DoE Math Scores
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 609 Views

"...Math scores are often correlated to college and career readiness...."

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
DoE Touts Increased Enrollment in AP Classes
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 953 Views :: Education K-12

...College and Career Readiness Indicators Report released by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Is Obamacare Unconstitutional Without Individual Mandate Tax? Hawaii AG Attempts to Intervene
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 PM :: 895 Views :: Health Care

...Congress’ gutting of the individual mandate tax penalty last year leaves the law unconstitutional....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Hawaii Millennials 2nd Lowest Home Ownership Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 786 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...2018’s Best & Worst States for Millennials....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections to be Cancelled?
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 1256 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

'''Extends the terms of board members from two (2) years to four (4) years...."

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
HB2010 Would be 'Devastating' to Tourism Industry--HTA
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 1571 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

"...Misinformation is being circulated that attempts to downplay the devastating effects that HB2010 SD2 will have on HTA’s tourism marketing...."

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Monday, April 09, 2018
EA Debunks Hysteria: Aquarium Fishery has 'No Significant Impact'
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 1100 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...maybe now attention can be focused on more important issues such as the recent spate of deaths caused by snorkel rentals....

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Monday, April 09, 2018
HSTA Bosses Reelected without Opposition
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 811 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HSTA State Leadership Team to Serve through 2021....

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Monday, April 09, 2018
Amicus Brief on Behalf of Evan McMullin et al in Hawaii v. Trump: Congress Intended to 'Eliminate All Vestiges of Discrimination'
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 1393 Views :: National News, Republican Party

...The Republican Party platform of 1960 had endorsed an “immigration policy…based upon judgment of the individual merit of each applicant for admission.”....

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Monday, April 09, 2018
Tax Burden: Hawaii Ranks #2
By Selected News Articles @ 12:17 PM :: 859 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...only New York State is higher....

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Monday, April 09, 2018
Trump To Replace 'Liberal Lion' Of The Ninth Circuit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 1152 Views :: Judiciary

...a conservative jurist will replace Judge Stephen Reinhardt....

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Monday, April 09, 2018
Hanabusa: Political Insiders are My Strength
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 1180 Views :: Politicians

"...legislators are...in the best position to judge...."

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Sunday, April 08, 2018
OHA Trustees to Order Shutdown of LLCs?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:45 PM :: 1547 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...On Wednesday April 11, Trustees appear set to take the next step—ordering the LLCs to cease operations and transfer their remaining assets back to OHA....

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Sunday, April 08, 2018
Can Government Avoid Its Responsibilities with LLCs?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1084 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Can you say 'ankle shackles?' ....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 1021 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...Bills that would have (1) established a task force to reduce suicides in Hawaii by 25% (HB2278 HD1), (2) designate September as Suicide Prevention Month (HB1703) and (3) create an application for smartphones designed to provide resources to Hawaii's youth (HB1704) all perished....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
1 Hour Notice--Hawaii House Committee Passes Trigger Modification Ban
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 1007 Views :: Ethics, Second Amendment

... April 4th, the Hawaii House Committee on Judiciary passed Senate Bill 2046 with amendments.  The Committee added SB 2046 to their agenda less than an hour before the scheduled hearing.  SB 2046 will now head to the House floor ....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
Chief Justice Appoints Kirstin M. Hamman as Maui District Court Judge
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 919 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...Recktenwald has today appointed Kirstin M. Hamman to the District Court of the Second Circuit (Island of Maui) to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Keith E. Tanaka....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
Mandatory paid sick leave wrong medicine for Hawaii economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:16 PM :: 1266 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...There are currently three different bills still alive that would require local companies to give all employees paid sick leaves: HB 1727, HB 2598 and SB 2990 ....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
Hawaii: Need $153K Salary to Buy Average Home
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 1868 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Place Where You Need the Highest Salary to Afford the Average Home  --  Hawaii: $153,520 for a house worth $610,000 ....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Hawaii’s ill-chosen legalization of assisted suicide
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 926 Views :: Health Care, Life

...We can learn a lot about the folly of this path if we look to other places here and abroad where assisted suicide already is legal. A quick survey turns up countless instances of the failures of these laws to safeguard the most vulnerable....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
DOI moves to rescind 'illegal' threatened species rule
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 899 Views :: Environment

...the change could affect up to 20 species in Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Grassroot: Low unemployment masks Hawaii’s unhealthy economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:37 PM :: 1109 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

....Grassroot president says high taxes, regulations discourage higher-paying jobs....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Death Tax: Hawaii One of Only a Few States
By Tax Foundation @ 4:28 PM :: 1073 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Recently, states have moved away from these taxes or raised the exemption levels....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Hunt for Few Remaining Rats on Lehua Island
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 781 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...the Project Partners have recruited rat-detection dogs to join the team....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Ethics Ruling: How DTL Pays Senator Delacruz -- Legally
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2107 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... A Hawaii State Senator goes for somewhere between $50K and $100K per year--and its all legal ....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Ethics: City Supervisor Caught Working Second Job on City Time
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 1720 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor

...reimbursed the city in the amount of $1,891.20 approximately 62 hours of city time....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Honolulu Among U.S. Solar Leading Cities in New Report
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 919 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Each year, the survey ranks nearly 70 of the nation’s major cities by megawatts of solar energy....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Is OHA a Broken Trust?
By Video @ 6:53 PM :: 1030 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Why Do OHAʻs CEO & The “Old Guard” Trustees Keep Going Down The Same Road?....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Financial Literacy--Hawaii Ranks 41st
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 921 Views :: Family, Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...The housing-market collapse and following financial crisis reminded Americans of our obsession with debt and the dangers of quick access to finances for under-informed consumers....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
UPDATE: Republican Bills in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:44 PM :: 735 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Second Crossover is one week away....

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Lawsuit: Hawaii Taser Ban is Unconstitutional
By Andrew Walden @ 3:37 AM :: 1691 Views :: Second Amendment

...A lawsuit filed April 2, 2018 in Hawaii’s Federal District Court challenges the state ban on civilian ownership of stun guns....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Pohakuloa: Court Orders Review of State Lease
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 1173 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Military

...The judge’s order asks for a plan to be submitted to the court by Dec. 28, 2018 which requires a written stewardship plan, regular monitoring and inspections, inspection reports with recommendations, procedures for addressing violations and debris removal plans....

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