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Sunday, May 26, 2019
NPS: Eruption Cut Volcanoes National Park Traffic 45%
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 1273 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...“It’s not surprising to see a decrease in visitor spending during 2018 since most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was closed for 134 days due to unsafe and unpredictable volcanic activity”....

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
The “Rail Skim” Suit: We Lost the Battle, Taxpayers Won the War
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1711 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...A long time ago the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the State....

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
Judicial Vacancy 3rd Circuit
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 903 Views :: Judiciary

...The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancy ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2019
​When Revival Swept Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:02 PM :: 1215 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

...A decade after the first missionaries arrived, the gospel tore across the islands in the 1830s....

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Saturday, May 25, 2019
Senate Confirms Ninth Circuit Judge for Second Time in a Week
By Selected News Articles @ 4:50 PM :: 1216 Views :: Judiciary

...The Senate confirmed a Los Angeles attorney Tuesday to a seat on the Ninth Circuit after he faced criticisms from Democrats over his record of representing fossil fuel companies in court, making him the second Trump nominee added to the San Francisco-based appeals court in a week....

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Saturday, May 25, 2019
​Report: Hawaii Gives the Most 'Green' to Elon Musk and Al Gore
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 1161 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaii earned a top of-the-class A+ for spending as much as the settlement allowed on electric vehicle charging infrastructure (Elon Musk) and electrified mass transit buses (Al Gore) ....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Census: Oahu Population Declines Again
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 1163 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...Oahu population is down 12,612 from its 2016 peak....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
'Wildly irresponsible betrayal' Kishimoto Freaks Out Over UIPA Request
By News Release @ 1:25 PM :: 2817 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

"...On behalf of EIH, we are prepared to litigate this matter to the full extent necessary...."

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Let’s get smart about government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:29 AM :: 1570 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes

...Kauai is looking at a budget increase of 10.7%; Honolulu, 8.6%; Maui 8.1%; and Hawaii County 12.7%....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
How the Jones Act has cost Puerto Rico dearly, and Hawaii, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:20 AM :: 1133 Views :: Jones Act

...John Dunham, president of the highly regarded New York-based economic consulting firm John Dunham & Associates, will appear at two Grassroot Institute of Hawaii luncheons....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Judiciary Seeks Applicants to Discipline Wayward Lawyers
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1112 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Applicants Sought for Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Debunk: Sierra Club Fluff Piece on Hawaii Carbon Credit Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 5:44 PM :: 1641 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Land Use

...Apparently nobody at the Sierra Club Magazine knows what a penny stock tout is....

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Ige Administration Announces Job Openings
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 1310 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals who are interested in working for state government....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Does Legalizing Uber and Lyft 'Take' The Property Of Taxi Companies?
By Robert Thomas @ 6:34 PM :: 940 Views :: Small Business

...taxi companies in several cities have brought lawsuits claiming that legalizing ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft violates the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:21 PM :: 953 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... the GE Tax accounts for 37.2% of State revenue, Hawaii ranks 9th most dependent....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
VIDEO: Hirono, Megaphone, Abortion, 8th Graders
By Video @ 5:32 PM :: 1528 Views :: Education K-12, Congressional Delegation, Life

...“And then, the boys who were there among the sixty, I told them, you know, it’s kind of hard for a woman to get pregnant without you guys,” she said....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
DBEDT Predicts Anemic Economy for Years to Come
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 949 Views :: Economy

...DBEDT expects that Hawaii’s economy will continue the slower growth for the next few years between 1.2 and 1.4 percent....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Mandatory Abortion and Sex Change: Hawaii AG Sues Trump
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 1336 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...a Final Rule issued by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services, which seeks to expand the ability of businesses and individuals to refuse to provide necessary health care on the basis of businesses’ or employees’ “religious beliefs or moral convictions....”

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Joint Statement from the President of the United States and the Presidents of the Freely Associated States
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 1278 Views :: National News, Military

...Today, many citizens of the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia serve in the United States military....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Lyon Corruption: Will Peter Christian Run or Turn Himself In?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:59 AM :: 12705 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Four years ago, Panuelo’s predecessor as FSM President, Peter Christian, didn’t go to the White House.  Instead he began his administration by meeting in Pohnpei at his Cliff Rainbow Hotel with corrupt Hawaii businessman Jim Lyon....

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Monday, May 20, 2019
Best States for Military Retirees? Hawaii 41st
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 PM :: 1115 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military

...the average officer is only 45 years old — 42 for non-disability enlisted personnel — upon retirement from service....

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard Campaign Funded by Putin Apologists
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 1745 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...But the list of controversial donors to Gabbard, as detailed by her filings with the Federal Election Committee, doesn’t end there....

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Gut-n-Replace 2019
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1606 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...the law’s discrimination against nonresidents was prohibited by a part of the U.S. Constitution that the deputy attorney general didn’t consider.  “Oops,” the deputy said....

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
HGEA / UPW / HSTA: Opt Out Today
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 1183 Views :: Labor

...Today, state and local public employees can choose whether they want to join a union....

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
HGEA: Contract Negotiations go to Arbitration
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 930 Views :: Labor

...Unit 9 has completed their arbitration hearing. We anticipate a decision will be rendered early this summer....

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Saturday, May 18, 2019
Hawaii: How Safe is Your Hospital?
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Patients at “C” hospitals on average face an 88% greater risk of avoidable death....

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Putting a spike into pension spiking
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 1669 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The first step is admitting you have a problem....

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Friday, May 17, 2019
UHERO: Counties see synchronized slowing
By UHERO @ 7:23 PM :: 1076 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...each has seen a falloff in tourism activity and a slowing of employment growth in a number of sectors....

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Ige Appoints Aila DHHL Director
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 932 Views :: DHHL

...Aila’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
UH Regents Vote to Freeze Tuition
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 1276 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...the proposed schedule also includes decreases in resident and non-resident graduate school tuition rates that will increase the university’s competitiveness in attracting graduate students....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Micronesian Presidents to meet Trump at White House
By News Release @ 7:35 PM :: 1361 Views :: National News, Military

...This will be the first time all three Freely Associated States (FAS) leaders are hosted together at the White House by a United States president....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
HAWSCT: PUC Must Consider Whether Renewable Biofuel Energy Plant Might Impact Property Right To Clean And Healthful Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 6:53 PM :: 1277 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...the court's conclusion that the property right to a clean and healthful environment not only requires the PUC to conduct an administrative trial, but that as part of the trial, the agency must expressly consider "the reduction of [greenhouse gas] emissions"....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Trump Administration Copies Hawaii Pay-for-Outcomes Medical System
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 1011 Views :: Health Care

...incentivize providers to reduce hospital utilization and total cost of care by potentially significantly rewarding them through performance-based payment adjustments based on their performance....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
America's Senior Health Rankings: Hawaii #1
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 1000 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Low prevalence of obesity....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Honolulu: Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 1643 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu and Pearl City tie with Juneau, AK as the cities with the lowest average starting salaries when adjusted for cost of living.... 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Hawaii: 2nd Highest Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 1359 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii combined pass-through business income tax rate 43.7%, second only to California....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Give OHA a Piece of Your Mind
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 1232 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA will host eight community meetings across the state to inform the public about the planning process and to hear from our beneficiaries....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
JP Morgan Report Highlights Hawaii Pension Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 1566 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii was third behind Illinois and New Jersey for how much of its total revenue would be required to pay off its unfunded retirement liabilities over the next 30 years....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Lawyers for Hawaii Gun Carry Lawsuit File Supreme Court Brief in New York Case
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 1043 Views :: Second Amendment

...Those unfamiliar with the Hawaii case may wonder what it has to do with the New York action, and the answer to that is that the notoriously anti-gun Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals tied the two together....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Gabbard Defends Fringe Leaders’ Rights After Facebook Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1096 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

...Democratic Hawaii Rep. and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard criticized Facebook for banning fringe leaders during her appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast Monday....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Hawaii to Sue over Global Warming? UH Law School Debunked
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1920 Views :: Energy, Environment, Higher Education

...the idea of suing America’s energy industry for climate change-related conduct and harms has been rejected many times, including by the highest court in the land....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Petition: Support DOE Budget Transparency to Improve Public Education in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 1247 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...It remains unclear exactly how the DOE’s nearly $1.9 billion operating budget is being spent due to the complex, non-transparent nature of its budget. This is not to mention the roughly $1 billion in other expenses that make up the almost $3 billion DOE budget....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Hawaii Drivers Have High GPA and Low Test Scores
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 1209 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... their reported average GPA ranks them amongst the top five smartest states in the country ... (BUT) ... Hawaii has the lowest mean ACT score on this list and the fifth lowest in the United States .... 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA: Stop Ranking our Failing Schools
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 1258 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Ranking schools based largely on test results perpetuates the failed "test and punish" culture of the past -- HSTA ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA Evaluates Legislative Session
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 851 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HB1070: Tenured and probationary teachers will no longer have to pay their own licensure fees....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Source: Esther Kia’aina and Andy Winer Warned Jim Lyon About Investigation
By Andrew Walden @ 7:31 PM :: 7085 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, World News, Congressional Delegation, OHA

... Winer’s resignation as Sen Brian Schatz’ Chief of Staff was announced in the media, May 4, 2019.  Kia'aina is reportedly under consideration for top jobs at DHHL and OHA ....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Grassroot: 2019 Hawaii Legislature Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:27 PM :: 910 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...good news and bad news for Hawaii's taxpayers during this past legislative session....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
"Equality" Act Hits Rewind on the Rights of Women
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:42 PM :: 1537 Views :: Education K-12, National News, Family, Higher Education, Military

... This week Congress will vote on H.R. 5, the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of sex throughout federal law .... 

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Hawaii Republican Convention Reelects Ostrov Chair
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:56 PM :: 881 Views :: Republican Party

...With an overwhelming majority of the votes State Chair Shirlene Ostrov was re-elected for another two years. With the same overwhelming majority of votes or by acclimation her hand picked slate of candidates were also elected....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Drug Use by State: Hawaii 2nd-Lowest
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 864 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

...Hawaii has the 2nd-most treatment centers per drug user....

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