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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Constitutional Amendment: Support for Public Education or Misguided Public Policy?
By Video @ 3:02 AM :: 1394 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...Stanley Lau who is the chair of the Affordable Coalition PAC which was formed to oppose the passage in the upcoming General Election of a constitutional amendment authorizing the State to tax investment property....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Hawaii County Hires Katyal to Fight Against Second Amendment Ruling
By Video @ 2:45 AM :: 2000 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

...Resolution 666-18 would allow the County to enter into an agreement with the State of Hawai‘i to retain the legal services of Mr. Neal Katyal as special counsel, with the State to pay all fees and costs....

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Monday, September 10, 2018
Hawaii Happiest--and Most Sleepless State in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 992 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii ranks as happiest state despite least sleep, study finds....

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Sunday, September 09, 2018
Taking Exemptions Without Really Knowing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 732 Views :: Taxes

...These days, our General Excise Tax (GET) contains exemptions and reduced rates that are supposed to reflect commercial reality but often contain leaps of faith....

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Sunday, September 09, 2018
If Everyone Farmed
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:31 AM :: 888 Views :: Agriculture

...This weekend was spent planting the new fields....

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Saturday, September 08, 2018
Impacts of 'Janus' on public sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:02 PM :: 936 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Now that the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCME ruling has had time to settle, what’s next?....

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Saturday, September 08, 2018
Congressman Hunter, the Jones Act and corruption
By Michael Hansen @ 2:40 PM :: 938 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...the connection between charges for campaign finance violations brought against Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA-50), and his support for and campaign contributions from the Jones Act industry....

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Saturday, September 08, 2018
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:45 AM :: 976 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii ranks 41st collecting $76 per capita....

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Friday, September 07, 2018
‘Education tax’ a Pandora's box
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:26 PM :: 1080 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...The best laid plans, we are told, often go awry ... “Especially when it comes to politicians counting on revenue from tax hikes.”....

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Friday, September 07, 2018
States with the Biggest Bullying Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 1:10 PM :: 1046 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii ranks 27th ....

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Friday, September 07, 2018
Nov 6 Ballot: PAR Publishes Con Con Backgrounder
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 868 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...This year, on the November 6th ballot, you will have two questions asked of you....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Hawaii: Lowest Level of Food Insecurity in USA
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 1083 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Estimated prevalence rates of food insecurity during this 3-year period ranged from 7.4 percent in Hawaii to 17.9 percent in New Mexico; estimated prevalence rates of very low food security ranged from 2.9 percent in Hawaii to 7.1 percent in Alabama and Louisiana....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
OHA Hires Auditor to Look at 'Fraud, Waste, and Abuse'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:15 PM :: 2217 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...After months of delay, OHA and its LLCs will be audited for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Hirono: Kavanaugh 'Critical' 8th Vote in Rice v Cayetano
By Andrew Walden @ 3:01 PM :: 1921 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, OHA

...Will Justice Brett Kavanaugh become the ‘critical’ 8th vote against racially discriminatory OHA elections?  Could Kavanaugh become the ‘decisive’ 10th vote against the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Ceded Lands Decision.  Or maybe Hirono is afraid Kavanaugh will be the fifth vote against Nai Aupuni....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Laws Written by 'Gut n Replace' Method
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 1237 Views :: Ethics

...Watchdog Groups Use Sharp Knife of Litigation to Curb “Gut and Replace” Tactics, Restore Public Voice in Democracy....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
HSTA Rental Tax: Expedited Hearing for Counties Lawsuit
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 1328 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Office of Elections, Taxes

...After amended complaints were filed, the state Office of Elections said the ballot will not have a title....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Climate Commission Grabs for Control of Waikiki
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 928 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Support legislation for disclosure for private property and public offerings located in areas with potential exposure to sea level rise....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Pension spiking cost Hawaii taxpayers $20.5M in FY 2017
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 2314 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...A Grassroot Institute FOIA request reveals that 320 employees spiked their salaries ahead of retiring....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Pearl City: Lowest Percentage of Families with Small Children in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 1842 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics

...Pearl City also has the 2nd lowest divorce rate and the 3rd-lowest percentage of families in poverty....  

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Hawaii homeowners caught in limbo when insurers meet Kilauea
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 AM :: 986 Views :: Hawaii County

...“I cannot count how many homeowners told me that their insurance agents told them to not worry about their lava exclusion, because everyone knows that fires burn houses during an eruption”....

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Tuesday, September 04, 2018
All UH campuses make top 10 most diverse lists
By News Release @ 3:48 AM :: 731 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2018 Almanac diversity rankings....

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Monday, September 03, 2018
Oxfam: The Best and Worst States to Work in America
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 747 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii ranks #19 overall, #27 for wage policies, #16 for worker protection policies; and #1 for right to organize....

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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Akina: Don't Give up on OHA Elections
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:30 PM :: 670 Views :: OHA

...on August 11, of 286,041 ballots submitted, 41.3% were left blank in the race for the OHA Trustee Oahu seats, and 49.6% were left blank in the race for the OHA Trustee At-large seat....

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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted September 1, 2018
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 PM :: 1021 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...GovTrack Update for Sep. 1....

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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Kauai Cash Grab: Long wait for Homeowners Property Tax Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1302 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Taxes

...How long do you think it takes between buying a home on Kauai and having the “home exemption” effective for real property tax there?....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
November Ballot: Understanding the constitutional amendment questions
By Video @ 5:22 PM :: 2200 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Understanding the constitutional amendment questions on the ballot....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
P3? HART Hosts Forum with International Experts
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 772 Views :: Rail

...public and private stakeholders involved in developing the Honolulu Rail Transit Project attended the event, as did a number of directors from the HART Board....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
Arizona ruling shows Hawaii ballot question vulnerable
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 1054 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

...An "education tax" proposal similar to Hawaii's was held back from voters for being vague....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
State tax first of many?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:13 AM :: 1272 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...In Hawaii, we are now looking at one of the most popular of all tax solutions: passing the costs to a nebulous “other.”....

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Friday, August 31, 2018
Profitable Non-Profit: For Years, State Employee Paid Twice to Supervise Himself
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 2020 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The Employee has been privately employed by the (profitable) Non-Profit for a number of years.... 

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Friday, August 31, 2018
Ethics: Lawyer Pays Off State Employees to Testify Against Their Own Investigation
By News Release @ 7:50 PM :: 1316 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Employee A admitted that the testimony given was not based on a fair and thorough examination of the facts. Employee A’s testimony was offered to counter the recommendations given by Employee A’s own agency and bolster the client’s arguments in the underlying court proceeding....

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Friday, August 31, 2018
Former Maui Police Department Officer Sentenced For Stealing Money And Conspiring To Bribe Witness
By News Release @ 2:33 PM :: 1407 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Police

...Former Maui police officer Anthony Maldonado stole $1,800 from a motorist because he thought the motorist was a drug dealer, had stolen drugs and money from drug dealers before, gave some of the drugs to his mistress and sold steroids to at least one other officer....

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Friday, August 31, 2018
State Visitor Count Up 5.2% for July--Big Island Down 12.7%
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 789 Views :: Tourism

...The island of Hawaii recorded decreases in visitor spending (-7.2% to $201.1 million) and arrivals (-12.7% to 153,906) compared to last year....

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Friday, August 31, 2018
DoE: 87% of Student Enrollment Growth Comes at Charter Schools
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 947 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...This year, Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) schools enrolled 168,152 students (up 57 from last year) and charter schools enrolled 11,546 students (up 386 from last year)....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 1668 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...opening up more land for housing should also be on the table, if policy makers want to ease pressure on the housing market....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
“It’s not me, it’s us.” Tupola finds receptive audience on Maui
By Selected News Articles @ 2:27 PM :: 2097 Views :: Maui County, Republican Party

...“I’m here to change your mind,” said Andria Tupola, Republican nominee for Hawaii governor....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Hanalei: New Flooding Sets back Kuhio Hwy Repairs
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 5227 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...Flooding August 27 and 28 inundated Kuhio Highway at Hanalei Bridge and between the Waikoko and Wainiha checkpoints....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Muslim Soldier Wanted to go "To Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki strip and start shooting"
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 3829 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military, Religion

...On July 8, 2017, Kang swore an oath of loyalty, known as “bayat,” to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in a ceremony conducted by the purported ISIS sheikh....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Tactical Urbanism: Caldwell Schemes to Eliminate Lanes, Jam Up Traffic Before Public Can Find Out
By News Release @ 10:22 PM :: 1210 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a free public lecture on Tactical Urbanism on Wednesday, September 5 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at SALT Kaka‘ako (the Barn, 691 Auahi Street)....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Monopoly: Par Pacific to Buy Second Hawaii Refinery
By News Release @ 9:16 PM :: 1166 Views :: Energy

...Par intends to utilize the acquired assets for continued refining operations to supply fuel to IES, which will allow IES to fulfill certain utility fuel supply contracts in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Is Hawaii Ready to Tax Internet Sellers?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:40 PM :: 839 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State should proceed only after making legislative changes....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Hawaii AG 'Guidance' an Attempt to Silence Churches During Elections
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 AM :: 1388 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...Suzuki's guidance was "clearly an intimidation tactic leveled at Hawaii's houses of worship to frighten them into silence on the upcoming elections for political office."....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
UH Manoa Pushing to Double Parking Rates--Uses Biki as Excuse
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1663 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...The administration plans to take the rate increase to the UH Board of Regents (BOR) as soon as it can be scheduled....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Animal Quarantine Station Picked as Site for New Prison
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 849 Views :: Law Enforcement

...“The existing jail at Dillingham and Puʻuhale is severely overcrowded and in disrepair. Building a new correctional facility is one of my top priorities."....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
DoE to Impose Multi-Million Dollar Housing Tax Kalihi to Ala Moana Starting October 1
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2322 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...To date, HIDOE has collected a combined $4.7 million in school impact fees in Leeward Oahu, West Maui and Central Maui....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Register Now for Hawaii LifeSmarts Competition
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 702 Views :: Education K-12

...LifeSmarts is a free, national educational program that teaches students critical life skills in five key areas: Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Health & Safety, the Environment, and Technology through online quizzes and in-person competitions....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Manhunt: Gabbard Cult Associate Arrested for Stealing Police Car, Leading Wild Chase Across Island
By Andrew Walden @ 5:13 PM :: 3766 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Law Enforcement, Religion

...after allegedly stealing a police vehicle in Kaimuki, smashing into a bread truck, leading officers on a cross-island chase, getting shot in the shoulder, and running into the jungle near Waiahole, Jaya Keahonui Titcomb has been arrested by Honolulu police.... 

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Guam Rep Bordallo Loses Primary After 16 Years in Congress
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 1167 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Republican former Public Auditor Doris Flores Brooks will now compete with Democrat Sen. Michael San Nicolas for Guam's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives....

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Monday, August 27, 2018
Hawaii--6th Best Economy in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 10:24 PM :: 968 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii has the most expensive real estate in the country. However, it also has one of the most affluent populations in the country....

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Monday, August 27, 2018
Hawaii--Highest Employment Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:39 PM :: 990 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...2018’s Hardest-Working States....

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