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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Honolulu Ethics Commission to Discuss Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 724 Views :: Ethics

...Exposure Draft — November 15, 2017 Ethics Commission meeting....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
State Ethics Commission 2018 Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 851 Views :: Ethics

...Proposed Legislation for 2018 Legislative Session....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
$1.8B Special Fund Audit: DHRD Refuses to Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:42 AM :: 988 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

..."We disagree with DHRD. The statutory requirements that DHRD report to the Legislature are unambiguous and do not exempt these trust funds." -- Auditor....

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Ninth Circuit Partly Lifts Trump Travel Ban Blockade
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 PM :: 976 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

... The Ninth Circuit on Monday partly granted an emergency motion by the Trump administration and lifted a preliminary stay on most aspects of President Donald Trump’s ban on entry into the United States ....

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Republican Tax Cut Plan Would Give $3174 to Average Hawaii Household
By Tax Foundation @ 2:33 PM :: 1141 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...The increase in family incomes is the result of both the income tax cuts and the broader rise in productivity and wages due to economic growth....

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 13, 2017
By Congress.org @ 1:19 PM :: 696 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Gibson Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Engel Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Wehrum Nomination – Confirmation
  • House: Joint Employer Definition
  • House: Hydropower Regulation
  • House: Securities Regulations Exemptions
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Monday, November 13, 2017
What These 3 Doctors Think Should Be Done for Children Who Think They Are Transgender
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:00 AM :: 1230 Views :: Family, Life

Three doctors, specializing in pediatrics, biology, and psychiatry, are criticizing what they say is the reliance on feelings over facts ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Immigration: Only 300 Dreamers in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 766 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Approximately 300 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients live in Hawaii....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
UH: Global Warming Will Make Your Intestines Leak
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 977 Views :: Environment, Higher Education

...Kidney failure, blood clots, cardiac arrest, inflammation of the pancreas, leaking intestines....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Department of Taxation Customer Service – Don’t’ Be a Victim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 894 Views :: Taxes

“I object to the use of the word ‘customer.’ It certainly doesn’t feel like that type of relationship to me. Maybe ‘hostage’?”

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 2357 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Hawaii Professionals -- more licensing, fewer requirements
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 989 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The Institute for Justice finds Hawaii to be ‘most burdensome’ in USA due to the large number of professions requiring licensure.   In contrast, the Wisconsin study finds Hawaii to be the 'least burdensome' based on an analysis of 10 specific professions and the requirements to attain license in each....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
November is National Adoption Month
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:21 PM :: 619 Views :: Family

Americans adopt approximately 140,000 children per year....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Counties stuck with bailing out pension debt
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:11 PM :: 898 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...the state Legislature has discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Queen Sues: Feds Took Our Crown Lands
By Robert Thomas @ 11:38 PM :: 2133 Views :: Hawaii History

...after she was deposed, and after Hawaii became a U.S. territory, the former queen sued the United States in what was then the U.S. Claims Court....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
A Veterans Day Salute
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 2:39 PM :: 744 Views :: Military, Republican Party

...take a moment to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans past and present....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Civil Beat: Banks and Developers ‘help to fund a lot of stories’
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 1570 Views :: Ethics, Development, First Amendment

...“We got a few hundred subscribers, but nothing really earth shattering,” Epler says...Civil Beat has an annual budget of roughly $3 million and a staff of about 22 to 24 people....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
HART Wastes Rail Money on Kam Hwy Repave that Could be Funded by HDOT
By News Release @ 11:10 AM :: 803 Views :: Rail

“Because Farrington Highway and Kamehameha Highway are on the National Highway System, the reconstruction projects are eligible for Federal aid funds, subject to selection by OahuMPO and HIDOT.”  -- FHWA Acting Director Nadeau, October 7, 2015

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Friday, November 10, 2017
More Traffic Jams Coming--Creation of Oahu’s First Pedestrian Plan underway
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 954 Views :: Honolulu County

...The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is excited to announce the creation of the first O‘ahu Pedestrian Plan and an update of the 2012 Bicycle Master Plan....

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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Legacy Pension Costs--Hawaii Scores D-
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 AM :: 910 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Legacy Costs evaluates whether states provided adequate funding, as defined by retirement system actuaries, for pensions and other promised retirement benefits for public workers.....

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Thursday, November 09, 2017
The Curse of Abundance
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:44 AM :: 773 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...We live in a world of plenty which is both good and bad....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Arakawa Quits Lt Gov Race
By Andrew Walden @ 9:16 PM :: 1383 Views :: Maui County, Politicians

The following message was sent out to Arakawa campaign supporters Tuesday Nov 7, 2017....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 1076 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...the median wait time for treatment in the Queen’s Medical Center ER is about six hours and 20 minutes....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Animal Quarantine Station is Preferred Site for New Jail
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 937 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Ige today announced that his administration has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Lawsuit: OHA Grabs for Control of Mauna Kea
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 1459 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...OHA’s complaint requests the court to order the state to terminate UH’s general lease for the mountain.... 

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
100 Years of Communism: Death and Deprivation
By Selected News Articles @ 7:00 AM :: 850 Views :: World News

...On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. It did so by accident....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Sen Donna Mercado Kim Announces Congressional Campaign
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 957 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...I have decided to run for Congress to represent Hawai‘i's 1st Congressional District....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 7, 2017
By Congress.org @ 2:05 AM :: 762 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Recent House and Senate votes....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
DoE Puts 'Performance Indicators' Online
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 697 Views :: Education K-12

In an effort to make performance data easily available to the public, HIDOE today announced the launch of its Strategic Plan Dynamic Report....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
$150M Rate Hike Plan--BWS Accepting Comments
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 912 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...The last rate hike was two years ago--the next increase could happen in 2019....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Fattest States? Hawaii Ranks 48th
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1021 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...“Fat” is becoming the new normal in America....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Honolulu--4th Highest Veteran Homelessness in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 9:03 PM :: 985 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness, Military, Cost of Living

...veterans in many cities continue to suffer from long delays in mental-health treatment despite a $10 billion effort to expand veterans’ access to such care....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Professional License--DCCA Launches Online Application Status Search
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 811 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...to enable new applicants or existing licensees to search for their application status....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Schatz Responds to Texas Church Shooting by Suggesting Law That Already Exists
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 1318 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military, Politicians, Second Amendment

...federal law already prohibits domestic abusers from purchasing or owning guns....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Hawaii--The Worst State for Middle-Class Income Earners
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 1114 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Because of the high real estate prices, Hawaii also had the second-lowest percentage of homeowners....

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Monday, November 06, 2017
City to hold final public workshop on $500M Blaisdell Center Master Plan
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 704 Views :: Honolulu County

...While Rail Hangs in Balance, Caldwell Plans to Splurge $500M on Blaisdell....

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Monday, November 06, 2017
Bottleneckers in Hawaii: How licensing laws make it harder to get a job
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:09 PM :: 822 Views

...A national Institute for Justice (IJ) study says they are the most burdensome in the nation, covering more than 40 occupations in which residents must acquire the state’s permission before being allowed to work....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
New Yorker Expose--Tulsi Gabbard's Krishna Cult
By Selected News Articles @ 8:20 PM :: 4405 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...“She’s got a servant attitude, a servant’s heart,” Butler says....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Trump Admin Names Hawaii Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 924 Views :: Agriculture, Republican Party

...Al Frenzel and Gigi Jones....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Ward to Ige: Speed Up Nuclear Drills for DOE
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:25 PM :: 719 Views :: Education K-12, Military

...Rep. Ward (R-Hawaii Kai) wrote a letter to Gov. Ige asking the governor to prepare his departments, particularly the DOE to prepare for the unthinkable....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Photos: Supporters Greet President Trump in Hawaii
By Brett Kulbis @ 2:13 PM :: 978 Views :: Republican Party

Video President Trump & Melania Visit Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Fake Data Behind Coral Bleaching Report
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 3230 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...in the early 1900s Ahi, Aku, Marlin and other pelagic fish, were reported in the commercial reef fish data. Then they separated the pelagic and reef fish. This alone accounted most of the 90% decline....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Petition: Protect Short Term Rentals on Hawaii Island
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 1118 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

Vacation house rules in works: Regulating ‘unhosted’ rentals seen as way to preserve housing for residents....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
A DOTax Nightmare: No End to Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 967 Views :: Taxes

Halloween may be over, but we still have lots of scary stories!

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Akina--Let's Work Together for Hawaiian Charter Schools
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1008 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

Clearly, OHA owes our beneficiaries a sincere apology and a commitment to change our practices internally....

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Saturday, November 04, 2017
DoH Website Reports Beach Water Quality
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 944 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Upgrades provide easier navigation and more information....

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Friday, November 03, 2017
The Importance of Accurate Testimony
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 887 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“The FTA will allow nothing less.” -- Kirk Caldwell

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Friday, November 03, 2017
Maui Rep Kaniela Ing Forms Urban Honolulu Congressional Campaign Committee
By Andrew Walden @ 10:35 PM :: 2191 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

...Unsurprisingly, it appears Ing is already violating the law.... 

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Friday, November 03, 2017
GOP Tax Plan Will End Federal Subsidy for Unaffordable Housing and High Tax Localities
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 4:10 AM :: 1202 Views :: National News, Republican Party, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...repeals the state and local tax deduction for income and sales taxes and caps the SALT deduction for property taxes at $10,000. The home mortgage interest is grandfathered in and preserved for new homes up to $500,000....

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Friday, November 03, 2017
Donna Brazile: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 1136 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

... Tulsi Gabbard 'not surprised' by Donna Brazile's DNC bombshell, but 'surprised' it went public ....

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