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Saturday, July 23, 2016
July 23, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Reapportionment Case: Only Mark Takai Put his Name on the Line
  2. Tax Hike Coming: Rail ‘Recovery’ Plan to Remain Hidden Until After Election
  3. Even With Economy Booming, HART Claims GE Taxes Running Short of Projections
  4. The Hawaii Legislature's Exercise in Short-Term Thinking
  5. Jones Act Shipbuilders Fail Again: Navy’s latest aircraft carrier cannot be deployed
  6. Darby: Hawaii and Maui County Shelters Open
  7. Feds Nail $2M Tribal Scam–Thousands Got Free Hawaiian Homelands Cellphones
  8. Tulsi Gabbard Votes Against Zika Funding
  9. HART: Will Seek GE Tax Hike After Election, Feds Order Caldwell not to Build $280M Pearl Highlands Station
  10. Will Darby Duplicate Iselle Impacts? -- Activists Eager for Damage to Geothermal Plant
  11. Ward Heeler Predicts Kim-Lau Runoff
  12. Candidate profiles
  13. GOP Convention Coverage


Friday, July 22, 2016
July 22, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. VIDEO: HART Vice-Chair Endorses Charles Djou
  2. Hawaii 3rd Highest Excise Taxes in USA
  3. Golden Parachutes are Expensive -- Massive tuition increases approved by UH regents
  4. Honolulu ADU Incentives Now Law
  5. Ige Announces $12M Homelessness Plan
  6. DoH Socks Hawaii’s Last Cane Plantation with $600K Fine
  7. TS Darby heading to Hawaii, tropical storm watch issued for Big Island, Maui Co
  8. Big Mess: Legislators’ Trash Heap imperils pension fund
  9. Suddenly Caldwell Claims City Finances are All Better Now, Just Ignore that Rail Thingy 
  10. Hawaii GOP’s Only Senate Seat May Be In Jeopardy
  11. NextEra to pull out of Hawaii wind farm, undersea cable and power supply improvement projects
  12. Your Tuition Hike At Work: Vice Chancellor Quits, Scores Big Fat Salary to Teach English
  13. Kealohas file motion to dismiss federal prosecutor from grand jury investigation
  14. Chinatown Gambling: Price of HPD Protection $7,000?
  15. Hawaii health agency faces challenge in Hepatitis A outbreak
  16. Valley Fever Could be Excuse to Release Hundreds of Criminals
  17. Cab companies see profits plummet as ride-sharing expands

Thursday, July 21, 2016
July 21, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. It Begins: Caldwell Launches First Negative Campaign Ad
  2. Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
  3. Ige: The concerns expressed in my veto message have not changed
  4. IUOE ‘Hawaiian Stabilization Fund’ All But Clear of Lawsuit
  5. Papahanaumokuakea: Hawaii Fishermen get no response from Obama, Schatz
  6. DHHL Begins Work on 2017 Legislative Package
  7. Souki: Rather Difficult to Implement HGEA-UPW Payoff Bill Without Funding
  8. HART considers federal loan to help patch rail shortfall
  9. After All the Hype Oahu Electricity Still 71% Oil
  10. Star-Adv: UH Tuition Hike is ‘Reasonable’
  11. Fitch warns utilities: Retail net metering could damage your creditworthiness
  12. Hawaii’s longline fisheries hit bigeye tuna limit early
  13. School Cleared In Ethics Case
  14. Prison Guard Facing Six Counts of Lesbian Rape

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
July 20, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Rep Mark Takai Dies--Special Election in November
  2. Hawaiian Electric withdraws request for approval of LNG contract and generation upgrades
  3. Supreme Court: Mixed Decision on Office Of Election Ballot Practices
  4. Voters win ballot shortage case against the Hawaii Office of Elections
  5. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 19, 2016
  6. Zika Spreads—1300 Cases in Continental US and Hawaii
  7. Hospital Privatization: Legislators Override Veto, Give HGEA, UPW Millions
  8. After All Caldwell’s Tax Hike Hype, HART Middle Street Contract Somehow Magically Comes in on Budget
  9. Facebook Being used to Impose Political Correctness: HPD Officer Reassigned After Writing Incorrect Things
  10. School misconduct investigations Sideline Employees for Year
  11. Teachers say Hawaii public schools plagued with faulty furniture, equipment
  12. County Recreation Department has One Employee for Every 2.8 Acres of parks
  13. ‘Village’ offers hope to homeless
  14. State Pays for Homeless Programs Slashed by Obama Administration
  15. Hawaii groups push co-op utility after failed merger
  16. Mainland Anti-GMO Loons, Civil Beat Team up to Attack Kauai County Water Board Nominee
  17. Poll workers sought for primary election
Kauai PD Lt Stole $75K intended for Drug Buys

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
July 19, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Keli’i Akina and Mililani Trask Team-up to Reform OHA
  2. EPA Imposes $425M in Costs on Tesoro, Parr Refineries
  3. VIDEO: Linda Lingle Addresses GOP Convention
  4. 2016 Candidate Info Available on League of Women Voters Website
  5. Hawaiian Electric Will Move Forward as an Independent Company
  6. Papahānaumokuākea Expansion Public Meetings
  7. Maui Hospital Bill: Legislators ‘Look Foolish Negotiating for Unions’
  8. The transfer of the hospitals would be the largest privatization project in state history
  9. Caldwell: I Want Another $1.5B of Your Money
  10. Poll: Native Hawaiians Support Telescope
  11. GEMS a drain on ratepayers as well as taxpayers
  12. Hawaii Poll: Nearly Half of Voters Want HPD Chief to Resign
  13. HPA Gives Lifelong Criminal Early Release due to Overcrowding
  14. Hawaii's educators fed up with slow progress to cool classrooms
  15. First in History: Hawaii DoE Adopts a Curriculum
  16. NextEra Rejection Places LNG Project in Limbo
  17. Ige Claims Others Wait to Buy Hawaiian Electric
  18. Kauai Enviros Really Thrilled About Letting Enemy Subs Sneak up on Navy Ships
  19. UH recommends raising its tuition 2%
  20. Hawaii County Council Considers $39M Tax Hike on Agricultural Properties
  21. HMSA Insurance Rate Hikes Average 11.1%
  22. GOP Convention Coverage

Monday, July 18, 2016
July 18, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. NextEra Quits Hawaii Short $95M
  2. Mina Morita Lawsuit Challenges Gorak Appointment
  3. CPA Mobility—Accountants Denounce Dale Kobayashi
  4. Team Djou Challenge—Rail, Trust, Homelessness, Ethics
  5. Take rail all way to Ala Moana, voters urge
  6. Poll: People Happier About Homeless after they beat up Brower
  7. Porno Choices: Sex ed found to alter minds
  8. High cost of rents partially result of GE Tax
  9. Maui is being ruined by environmentalists
  10. Charter School Chief Job Offer Rejected
  11. SB2196 Creates Independent Police Review Board
  12. Civil Beat: We Need $400K for Hemp
  13. UH president’s pay in mid-range among college leaders, study finds
  14. Islanders hit Ohio for GOP convention

Monday, July 18, 2016
Letters to the Editor July, 2016
Letters to the Editor
  • CPA Mobility—Accountants Denounce Dale Kobayashi
  • HB1850: Governor’s Vacation Rental Veto Perplexing

Sunday, July 17, 2016
July 17, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Poll: Djou Ahead 39-30
  2. See it Here: Your August 13 Primary Ballot
  3. DLNR Seeks Nominations for Game Management Commission
  4. Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Direct Primary Care
  5. Feds: Honolulu Highest Consumer Prices in USA
  6. No Tax Hike? Then Wait 20 Years for Your Roads!
  7. OHA Chair Lindsey Still Missing in Action
  8. Sue and Settle Scheme Aims for Federal Control of Waters off Main Hawaiian Isles
  9. Honolulu Charter Commission Prepares 27 Amendments for Ballot 
  10. HGEA Loses—Ige Veto will Stand:  Perreira -- ‘Incompetent Fools’
  11. Clinton Winning Hawaii 49-25
  12. Caldwell’s mayoral chances dissipating, blowing in wind
  13. 2012 Election Pattern Repeats itself?
  14. Easing Council term limits will deny voters fresh faces, ideas
  15. LAWSUIT filed: Hermina Morita vs. Thomas Gorak
  16. NextEra Has Until July 29 to Appeal
  17. Ruderman: I can be Blackmailed into Raising Your Taxes
  18. Walter Ritte Tries  to Shake Down Queens Hospital
  19. Gabbard Sitting on $1.88M
  20. COFA: Guam Governor Deports Inmate back to Chuuk

Saturday, July 16, 2016
July 16, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal
  2. Rep Pat Saiki Endorses Keli’i Akina for OHA
  3. Rally Protests Federal Takeover of NW Hawaiian Isles
  4. Mina Morita Lawsuit Challenges Gorak Appointment
  5. Auditor to review Maui county employee travel expenses
  6. Slim turnout for public hearings on Young Brothers’ proposed rate hike
  7. Hawaii Governor Signs Bio-Fuel Production Tax Credit

Friday, July 15, 2016
July 15, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. PUC Rejects NextEra Deal 2-0: Gorak Abstains
  2. DLNR Officer: ‘Sucker Punched’ by Firing of Friel
  3. HB1850: Governor’s Vacation Rental Veto Perplexing
  4. Djou Raises $259K in First Month
  5. Three Candidates For Mayor, Three Positions On Honolulu Rail
  6. Full Text: AG Opinion Backs Ige’s PUC Appointment
  7. Full Text: Attorney General Sues Bounty Hunter Duane Dog Chapman
  8. HGEA Sues to Block Airport Security Privatization
  9. GEMS: State Asks Cronies for $150M in Schemes
  10. HART board tight-lipped about Next Scapegoat
  11. HART Board Member: Rail is Runaway Train
  12. Caldwell Spends $814K to Buy Election But Nobody Likes Him Anyway
  13. Modular houses near H-1 will go to the homeless
  14. State Of Poverty: Recovery Has Left Too Many In Hawaii Behind
  15. Star-Adv: ESSA should encourage local control
  16. Dark Days for Anti-GMO Activists
  17. Prison Guard Arrested for Rape
  18. Borreca: All Hawaii Republicans are Just Like Trump

Thursday, July 14, 2016
July 14, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. VIDEO: Djou Launches First TV Commercial
  2. 2016 Democrat Platform: Hawaiians Among “Indigenous Tribal Nations”
  3. DoI Final Ruling: Slippery Slope to Fed Wreck?
  4. A Practical Approach to Occupational Licensing Reform
  5. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 14, 2016
  6. Register to Vote Online Here -- Before Today's Deadline
  7. Djou: Middle Street is Disastrous Idea
  8. Just in Time for Primary Election: Grabauskas to be Next Sacrificial Lamb
  9. Honolulu Charter Commission advances proposal to extend officeholders’ terms
  10. DoT: We Worked hard to Shake Down Legislators
  11. HGEA files lawsuit to stop privatization of airport security
  12. Criminal inquiry focuses on IBEW ex-leader
  13. General fund tax deposits up 8 percent
  14. Land Board Writes Greenmail into new water lease approach
  15. Fisheries: Local Food Production Up, Enviros Seek New Ways to Shut it Down
  16. Peter Apo: Marine Monument Proposal Isn’t ‘Hawaiian’
  17. Why Honolulu Can’t Be Sure How Many Homeless Veterans It Has
  18. Questions raised about mayor’s PV land lease

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
July 13, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. CNBC: Top States for Business—Hawaii Ranks 49th
  2. Ex-Rep Richard Fale Pleads No Contest, Fined $1000
  3. Ige Vetoes Workplace Social-Media Privacy Bill
  4. Star-Adv: Hospital payout veto should stand
  5. Ige: HGEA Hospital Payoff Jeopardizes Tax-Exempt Status of ERS
  6. Legislators Give Ige Six Days to Negotiate Union Hospital Shakedown
  7. Djou: Police chief should step aside
  8. A Peek Inside The Corruption Probe Of Honolulu’s Police Chief
  9. NextEra Rejection Decision could come this week
  10. Ige Vetoes Far Fewer Bills Than His Predecessors
  11. Suit challenges Vacation rentals enforcement
  12. SB2559: New law could slash number of homeless beds in Hawaii
  13. 269 candidates vying for public office—5 Get Public Funding
  14. Next? Kauai Nearing Solar Caps
  15. Kenoi ethics saga drags on: Crony Board further delays complaints against mayor
  16. Dru Kanuha Ethics Violation Slow Walked by Laughable Hawaii County ‘Ethics’ Commission

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
July 12, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
  2. Full Text: Contractor Offered Cool Schools at $5990 per Classroom—Was Ignored by DoE
  3. Djou Challenges Caldwell to Respond to On-Going EMS Staffing Problems
  4. Maui HGEA Payoff: Still $25M too Much
  5. Papahānaumokuākea: Schatz Absurdly Wrong
  6. AG Seeks Deputy Solicitors General
  7. Neighbor island ESSA town halls start Monday
  8. Power Has Been out at Oahu Jail Since Friday
  9. Report: $10K ‘Affordability Gap’ for Hawaii College Students
  10. As Predicted: Ige Vetoes HGEA Hospital Payoff, Calls for Legislature to Amend in Special Session
  11. Special Session Called to Amend Maui HGEA Payoff Bill
  12. NextEra Hardball--Iwase Panics, Gorak Law License Threatened
  13. 2016 Democrat Platform: Hawaiians Among “Indigenous Tribal Nations”
  14. Star-Adv: Push for Fake Indian Tribe ‘Almost Certainly will Stall Out’
  15. Solar Contractors Scamming Consumers Again as ‘Grid Supply’ Maxes Out
  16. EMS plans changes, may reevaluate 12-hour shifts as UPW-induced staffing shortages continue
  17. Even PR Firms Don’t Want to Spin Rail
  18. Young Bros. seeks 4.36% rate hike
  19. GMOs Safe, Dennis Gonsalves A Big Island Hero
  20. Dark Money Behind Anti-GMO Candidates
  21. Ige Signs HB2707 – Giving Tax Credits to Marijuana Dispensaries
  22. State Marijuana Regulations so Complicated that Nobody Can Open on Time
  23. Honolulu Charter: Enviros Keep Tight Grip on Land Use Laws 
  24. Iwilei Sweep Teaches Skills to Homeless
  25. Ing Makes Fool of Himself, Forced to Apologize

Monday, July 11, 2016
July 11, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. HGEA Maui Endorsements Leaked
  2. HGEA: Ige Preparing Reduced Hospital Severance Package
  3. Healthcare: Legislators Muddle Definition of ‘Direct Primary Care’
  4. VICTORY!  Nai Aupuni Won’t be Ready with Fake Indian Tribe Before Obama Leaves Office
  5. Problems In Interior’s Rule On Hawaiian Home Land
  6. Feds to OK New Kahuku Wind Farm
  7. Sister Islands: Registered Dope Fiends Exceed 2% of Population
  8. Disbarred Ex-Con Hired at UH Richardson Law School
  9. Four Killed by Police in Hawaii So Far This Year

Sunday, July 10, 2016
July 10, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Legislature: 52% ‘Big Fail’
  2. Full Text: Lawsuit Accuses Movie Mogul of Pressuring Maui Mayor to Fire Film Commissioner
  3. Shady Deals? Honolulu Grants in Aid
  4. Organic Food Tax Credit wins ‘Rusty Scalpel’ Award
  5. $42 Million Bid May Stall Hospital Transition and Jeopardize Union Jobs
  6. Absentee ballots go out, triggering Election Month
  7. Solar loan program wastes millions
  8. Natatorium: 20 Years of White Collar Make Work
  9. Even With Extra Funding UPW Ambulance Drivers Play Overtime Games Leave Squads Unstaffed
  10. HSTA Vision for Future of Hawaii's public schools focus of day-long summit
  11. Childcare study finds low pay, few parent resources
  12. HCDA: Make Affordable Housing Cheaper
  13. Enviros Pump up Hype Campaign Against Remaining Plastic Bags
  14. The final chapter in the story of sugar on Maui
  15. Legal Marijuana may add $4.5M to Kauai Crony Dispensary

Saturday, July 09, 2016
July 9, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Cool Schools: How Government Contracting Makes a $2,500 job cost $138,000
  2. Hawaii Rap Back Law Coordinated with Obama Administration?
  3. Rifle Association: Six Lawyers Working on Hawaii ‘Rap Back’ Lawsuit
  4. Register to Vote Online Here -- Before July 14 Deadline
  5. UH study finds Housing First program improves quality of life for homeless
  6. Pro-NextEra PUC majority reached last month, but Iwase, Gorak stalled its release Just Long Enough to get rid of Champley
  7. Lawmakers May Call Special Session To Override Ige Veto of $40M HGEA/UPW Payoff
  8. HCDA: We Were Supposed to Call Insane Asylum to Report Sewage Spill
  9. ‘Untrustworthy’ People Attend Caldwell Fundraisers: City Council Shakeup
  10. Kauai Hearings for Floating Windfarm Boondoggle?

Friday, July 08, 2016
July 8, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Leaving Hawaii: Decision on New Site for Thirty Meter Telescope set for ‘Early 2017’
  2. Hospital Reform? Randy Perreira Says "F*** You"
  3. One Month Since Launch of Djou Campaign
  4. Djou Agrees to Eight Debates
  5. Will Obama Give Honolulu a Pardon from Rail Jail?
  6. Ige Signs Four More Bills Into Law
  7. Significant Increases in Labor Law Penalties
  8. Hemp: Hawaii’s ‘High’ Tech Future?
  9. Judge Finds No Evidence to Support So-Called ‘Whistleblower’ Lawsuit Against Maui County
  10. Does the Film Industry Need Taxpayer Subsidies?
  11. Doubled: More contractors qualify for Slice of ‘Cool Schools’ bonanza
  12. DoT Road Priority Blackmail not Blacktop
  13. Maui Hospital:  HGEA, UPW Members Play Games with Sick Leave
  14. State Education task group takes cues from HSTA Secretary-Treasurer
  15. Expert: Maybe Homeless Won’t be Political Football After Election
  16. Waimanalo Gulch Developer’s Trashy ‘Liveability’ Award used to Boost Caldwell
  17. Rail Contractor Kiewit defies environmental laws, suit says
  18. Hawaii: Coal and Oil Become Clean Energy When Political Insiders Profit 
  19. Offshore Wind: Another Expensive, Untested Pie in the Sky Scheme for Hawaii
  20. Zoning: Anderson out, Ozawa In
  21. Kauai: Developers, Tourism Interest Pay for Anti-Diary Farm Ads
  22. Smug Insiders Against Local Food: NW Hawaiian Isles Expansion

Thursday, July 07, 2016
July 7, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Keli’i Akina: Fed-up with Government? -- “Let`s Change It!”
  2. NextEra: Kouchi Asks for Formal Opinion from Attorney General (Full Text)
  3. Hawaii Timeshares: Highest fees in USA
  4. Ige Signs Three More Bills into Law
  5. Hawaii #1 for Distracted Driving
  6. Hawaii became a U.S. Territory July 7, 1898
  7. Senate to Hold Revocable Permit Hearing
  8. Report on UH lab explosion reveals deep, systemic safety failures
  9. HB2772: UH Rape Policy Now Written into State Law
  10. Maui hospital workers’ payout bill a ‘sweetheart’ deal
  11. After 20 Years of Torture, Lahaina Hospital Breaks Ground for Construction
  12. Corrupt ex-Liquor Commissioner and ex-HPD Charged with Child Molestation (No. 1)
  13. Retired police officer charged with assault in bar shooting (No. 2)
  14. Ex-HPD officer sentenced to 3 months in jail for Stolen Car Racket (No. 3)
  15. HPD Officer Charged with Assault in Road Rage Incident (No. 4)
  16. Emotions and Irrational Behaviors: Honolulu City Council Aborts Leadership Shake-Up
  17. Housing First reports a 97% success rate
  18. Sweet Vacation Memories: Homeless Leave Needles Behind After Using Waikiki Lifeguard Towers to Shoot Up
  19. Dopers decide: Marijuana or Oxy?  Decisions, Decisions
  20. Council Entices Homeowners To Build Accessory Dwelling Units

Wednesday, July 06, 2016
July 6, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Caldwell Planning Smear Tactics?
  2. OHA Trustees Banned from Talking to OHA Employees
  3. Ige Signs 13 Bills into Law
  4. Honolulu Republicans Endorse Djou for Mayor
  5. Russian Spy Ship Now Off Hawaii
  6. Former AG: Hawaii’s Short-Term Rental Regulation Preempted By Federal Law
  7. State and Local Sales Taxes: How Does Hawaii Compare?
  8. NYT: How Anti-Growth Sentiment Thwarts Equality
  9. Caldwell, Wife Paid Over $1M a Year by Local Banks
  10. HART Board Member: We Need to Reassess Rail Lies
  11. Pro-NextEra Senators Meet to Plan Lawsuit Against Ige
  12. Hawaii Ethics Board Member Caught Conspiring to Let Kenoi Off Hook
  13. Ominous Court Rulings For The State Ethics Commission
  14. HGEA: Our Hospital Job Trust is More Important Than Your Lives
  15. How Cool Schools Turned into a Gold Plated Christmas Tree
  16. Police Union Wants Final Say On Body Cams
  17. Honolulu ranked among the 10 most expensive U.S. cities for apartment rentals
  18. Workforce drug tests show highest marijuana use in Hawaii since 2013—1% of Hawaii Residents Now Have Marijuana Card
  19. Hawaii becomes last state to ban sex trafficking
  20. Retired Honolulu officer pleads no contest to negligent homicide charge

Tuesday, July 05, 2016
July 5, 2016 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. SWAT Raids Honolulu Homeless Tent City after Night of ‘Wilding’
  2. Maui County Homeless Numbers Drop
  3. $40M Payoff? Maui Hospital negotiations May Extend into Special Session
  4. Rubber-stamping revocable permits must come to end
  5. Hawaii Extends Negotiation On New Private-Prison Contract
  6. Hawaii And Honolulu Agencies Really Try To Hide Public Records
  7. Hawaii: The Lowest-Paying State


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UH Law Grads Average $55K Debt
by News Release Saturday, July 23, 2016

Average debt for 2015 UH Law School graduates who took out loans to pay for their legal education was $54,988....


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City seeks non-profit organization for Kapolei City Lights parade and vendors
by News Release Saturday, July 23, 2016

The deadline to submit proposals is 4 p.m. on August 19, 2016....


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Video: Winds of Change in Education
by Grassroot Institute Saturday, July 23, 2016

...why it's so expensive to cool Hawaii schools....


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Tulsi Gabbard Votes Against Zika Funding
by Joni Kamiya Saturday, July 23, 2016

When politics start to affect public health and well being, there’s a major problem....


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Feds Nail $2M Tribal Scam–Thousands Got Free Hawaiian Homelands Cellphones
by News Release Saturday, July 23, 2016

...the company improperly enrolled several thousand Hawaii customers as eligible for enhanced Tribal support reimbursements....


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Jones Act Shipbuilders Fail Again: Navy’s latest aircraft carrier cannot be deployed
by Michael Hansen Saturday, July 23, 2016

the USS GERALD R FORD (CVN-78) is far behind schedule, not ready for deployment, and may need to be redesigned....


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Darby: Hawaii and Maui County Shelters Open
by News Release Friday, July 22, 2016

... Shelters are open now ....


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Hawaii Reapportionment Case: Only Mark Takai Put his Name on the Line
by Robert Thomas Friday, July 22, 2016

...one of the rare people in public life who actually showed political courage to do the right thing when literally not one of his colleagues had the guts to join him....


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Even With Economy Booming, HART Claims GE Taxes Running Short of Projections
by News Release Friday, July 22, 2016

...roughly $44 million less than projected....


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The Hawaii Legislature's Exercise in Short-Term Thinking
by Grassroot Institute Friday, July 22, 2016

In essence, the legislature just handed the Hawaii taxpayers a bill, and even they don't know how high it's going to be....


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Tax Hike Coming: Rail ‘Recovery’ Plan to Remain Hidden Until After Election
by Charles Djou Friday, July 22, 2016

Now that the rail project is facing a short fall of at least $1.5 billion, using Caldwell's own math, it means the mayor needs to increase real property tax rates by at least 50% to 65% ....


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Golden Parachutes are Expensive -- Massive tuition increases approved by UH regents
by News Release Friday, July 22, 2016

UH leadership claimed that the money raised through the increase will only be used for projects that modernize student spaces, classrooms and laboratories....


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Honolulu ADU Incentives Now Law
by News Release Friday, July 22, 2016

...saving up to $9,000 to $10,000 in application fees for homeowners wishing to build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)....


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Ige Announces $12M Homelessness Plan
by News Release Friday, July 22, 2016

...funding will be focused on the most visible and chronically homeless people in Hawai‘i....


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DoH Socks Hawaii’s Last Cane Plantation with $600K Fine
by News Release Friday, July 22, 2016

Suddenly biomass is not clean energy?


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TS Darby heading to Hawaii, tropical storm watch issued for Big Island, Maui Co
by News Release Friday, July 22, 2016

Darby will pass very close to, or over, Hawaii Island on Saturday....


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VIDEO: HART Vice-Chair Endorses Charles Djou
by News Release Thursday, July 21, 2016

...after having seen Caldwell in ‘action’ as mayor, Damien and the IBEW have thrown their support firmly behind Charles....


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Hawaii 3rd Highest Excise Taxes in USA
by News Article Thursday, July 21, 2016

Some of the most common excise taxes include gas taxes, cigarette taxes, and taxes on the purchase of beer, wine, and liquor....


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Papahanaumokuakea: Hawaii Fishermen get no response from Obama, Schatz
by News Release Thursday, July 21, 2016

“As you yourself note, the Hawaii longline fishery uses ‘responsible and sustainable practices and has resulted in Honolulu’s recognition as one of the nation’s ten most productive fishing ports....’”


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DHHL Begins Work on 2017 Legislative Package
by News Release Thursday, July 21, 2016

...The deadline for proposals is August 10, 2016....


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IUOE ‘Hawaiian Stabilization Fund’ All But Clear of Lawsuit
by News Article Thursday, July 21, 2016

...leaders of the International Union of Operating Engineers who were accused of squandering pension funds....


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Ige: The concerns expressed in my veto message have not changed
by News Release Thursday, July 21, 2016

"The bill jeopardizes the Employees Retirement System’s tax exempt status...."


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Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
by Grassroot Institute Thursday, July 21, 2016

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....


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It Begins: Caldwell Launches First Negative Campaign Ad
by News Release Thursday, July 21, 2016

...We always knew the mayor would reach for negative campaigning because, as the media reported, that's "the way he rolls."....


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Rep Mark Takai Dies--Special Election in November
by News Release Wednesday, July 20, 2016

...Rep. Mark Takai, 49, dies after battle with pancreatic cancer....


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Zika Spreads—1300 Cases in Continental US and Hawaii
by News Article Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The caregiver of an elderly Zika patient in Utah has been diagnosed with the virus, raising questions among health officials about how the virus was transmitted....


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Voters win ballot shortage case against the Hawaii Office of Elections
by News Article Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The outcome of this case may affect other situations where a state agency relies on an “internal management” argument and ignores that their procedures affect private or public rights....


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Supreme Court: Mixed Decision on Office Of Election Ballot Practices
by Robert Thomas Wednesday, July 20, 2016

...the agency should have adopted rules and because it had not, the specific practices were invalid....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 19, 2016
by Congress .org Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Thirteen votes cast before both chambers go into recess until September 6....


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Hawaiian Electric withdraws request for approval of LNG contract and generation upgrades
by News Release Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Now you know what the NextEra fight was all about....


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Papahānaumokuākea Expansion Public Meetings
by News Release Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Meetings set for Oahu and Kauai ....


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Keli’i Akina and Mililani Trask Team-up to Reform OHA
by Video Video Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Trask: Current spending will bankrupt the OHA Trust fund in 9 years....


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Hawaiian Electric Will Move Forward as an Independent Company
by News Release Tuesday, July 19, 2016

No mention of LNG in this news release....


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2016 Candidate Info Available on League of Women Voters Website
by News Release Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Candidate information is available for all counties in Hawaii. Nearly three hundred candidates....


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VIDEO: Linda Lingle Addresses GOP Convention
by Video Video Monday, July 18, 2016

Linda Lingle took the stage at the Republican National Convention to call for new leadership on issues important to Jewish Americans....


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EPA Imposes $425M in Costs on Tesoro, Parr Refineries
by News Release Monday, July 18, 2016

Under the settlement, the two companies will spend about $403 million to install and operate pollution control equipment....


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Team Djou Challenge—Rail, Trust, Homelessness, Ethics
by News Release Monday, July 18, 2016

Four reasons to vote Djou....


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NextEra Quits Hawaii Short $95M
by News Release Monday, July 18, 2016

NextEra Energy and Hawaiian Electric Industries announce termination of Merger Agreement....


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Mina Morita Lawsuit Challenges Gorak Appointment
by News Release Monday, July 18, 2016

Morita is petitioning the court to order Gorak to state the authority under which Gorak claims to be a PUC commissioner....


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Sue and Settle Scheme Aims for Federal Control of Waters off Main Hawaiian Isles
by News Article Sunday, July 17, 2016

New York Eco-Lawyers sue their comrades in the NOAA.  The two sides will next collude in a 'settlement' to gain control of waters off Hawaii....


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OHA Chair Lindsey Still Missing in Action
by News Article Sunday, July 17, 2016

Robert Lindseyʻs disappearance at OHA started long before his stroke....


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Poll: Djou Ahead 39-30
by Charles Djou Sunday, July 17, 2016

Ballots will be mailed in 5 days.  This election can be won with 50% + 1 vote....


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Honolulu Charter Commission Prepares 27 Amendments for Ballot
by Natalie Iwasa  Sunday, July 17, 2016

#35 – deletes the requirement that no more than a majority of the reapportionment commission members shall be from the same political party....


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No Tax Hike? Then Wait 20 Years for Your Roads!
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, July 17, 2016

...the Code doesn’t require an earmarked tax before an agency can commit....


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Feds: Honolulu Highest Consumer Prices in USA
by News Release Saturday, July 16, 2016

Prices in urban Honolulu are 23.5% higher than average....


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Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Direct Primary Care
by News Release Saturday, July 16, 2016

Hawaii's First Direct Primary Care Practice Opens in Kailua-Kona ....


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See it Here: Your August 13 Primary Ballot
by Andrew Walden Saturday, July 16, 2016

Two Steps: Find Your Polling Place & Precinct then Enter Precinct Number to View Your Ballot....
 


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DLNR Seeks Nominations for Game Management Commission
by News Release Saturday, July 16, 2016

House Bill 1041, establishing a statewide Game Management Advisory Commission was signed into law as Act 210, on July 5, 2016....


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Rep Pat Saiki Endorses Keli`i Akina for OHA
by News Release Saturday, July 16, 2016

Akina is the leading voice for preserving the Aloha Spirit, as he has boldly stood to prevent the separating of Hawai'i into race-based nations.  Akina stands for UNITING Hawai'i, rather than dividing....


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State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal
by Grassroot Institute Saturday, July 16, 2016

Legislators will convene on Monday, July 18th for a special session to determine whether $25 million in severance pay will be paid to union employees transitioning to new employment in a private hospital system....


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PUC Rejects NextEra Deal 2-0: Gorak Abstains
by News Release Friday, July 15, 2016

In a 2-0 decision, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission today dismissed without prejudice....


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GEMS: State Asks Cronies for $150M in Schemes
by News Release Friday, July 15, 2016

Eligible proposers include financiers, developers, equipment manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and other clean energy industry participants....


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HGEA Sues to Block Airport Security Privatization
by News Article Friday, July 15, 2016

"The Hawaii State Constitution provides: 'The employment of persons in the civil service shall be governed by the merit principle....'"


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Full Text: Attorney General Sues Bounty Hunter Duane Dog Chapman
by News Release Friday, July 15, 2016

Other bail bond companies are also being reviewed....


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Full Text: AG Opinion Backs Ige’s PUC Appointment
by News Release Friday, July 15, 2016

...OKs Ige to appoint (anti-NextEra) Tom Gorak on an interim basis to the Public Utilities Commission after (pro NextEra) Commissioner Mike Champley’s term expired....


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Djou Raises $259K in First Month of Campaign
by News Release Friday, July 15, 2016

The Djou for Mayor campaign will file its first campaign finance report today....


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Three Candidates For Mayor, Three Positions On Honolulu Rail
by Robert Thomas Friday, July 15, 2016
Continue past Middle Street to Ala Moana only if the total cost does not exceed $7,000,000,000.
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DLNR Officer: ‘Sucker Punched’ by Firing of Friel
by News Release Thursday, July 14, 2016

"I am now convinced DOCARE is cursed and doomed to remain a pathetic substandard agency...."


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Register to Vote Online Here -- Before Today's Deadline
by Andrew Walden Thursday, July 14, 2016
Twenty-Four elections statewide will be decided on Primary Day--Saturday August 13.  Are you registered to vote?
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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 14, 2016
by Congress .org Thursday, July 14, 2016
Senate: "Sanctuary Cities" 
Senate: Increase Prison Sentences for Undocumented Criminals 
Senate: Labeling Requirements for Genetically Modified Organisms in Foods 
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Appropriations 
House: Health Savings Accounts 
House: Fiscal 2017 Financial Services Appropriations 
House: Opioid Programs 

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Ninth Circuit Appears Poised To Preempt Hawaii 'GMO' Ordinances
by News Article Thursday, July 14, 2016

On June 15, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in three related bids to invalidate separate Hawaiian county ordinances....


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2016 Democrat Platform: Hawaiians Among “Indigenous Tribal Nations”
by News Release Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Waihee praised the addition, saying the “symbolism is important.”
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A Practical Approach to Occupational Licensing Reform
by NCPA NCPA Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On average, a cosmetologist needed 372 days in training while an EMT needed just 33....


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VIDEO: Djou Launches First TV Commercial
by Video Video Wednesday, July 13, 2016
This mayor's race can be won in the Primary with 51% of the vote!
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DoI Final Ruling: Slippery Slope to Fed Wreck?
by Video Video Wednesday, July 13, 2016

...Who The Winners Are & Whoʻs Left Out Once Again....


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CNBC: Top States for Business—Hawaii Ranks 49th
by News Article Wednesday, July 13, 2016

...costs are the highest in the nation....


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Ex-Rep Richard Fale Pleads No Contest, Fined $1000
by News Release Wednesday, July 13, 2016

...Sum Total of Results: Rep Gil Riviere Switches to Democratic Party....


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Ige Vetoes Workplace Social-Media Privacy Bill
by News Article Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Touted by advocates as a model for laws in other states, HB 1739 nonetheless raised enforcement questions....


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Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
by News Release Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Complete list and links here ....


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Full Text: Contractor Offered Cool Schools at $5990 per Classroom—Was Ignored by DoE
by Andrew Walden Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Andrew Santos, President of Admor HVAC, presented the State Department of Education an April 20 offer to Cool Schools at $5990 per classroom....


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