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Friday, June 23, 2017
Ige to Veto 15 Bills
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 68 Views :: Hawaii State Government

SB410 Labor Union Givesway, SB1240 Aquarium Fishing, SB562 AG to Defend Counties, HB2 'Tiny Homes' on Big Island Ag Land, HB627 Public-Private Partnerships....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
HART Cancels Audit: "It's not my intent to figure out what we did wrong”
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 191 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... this week, the rail board cancelled a special audit designed to show taxpayers why the costs have ballooned so high ....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Trump nominates retired Admiral Buzby to be MARAD Administrator
By Michael Hansen @ 3:10 PM :: 111 Views :: Jones Act

...there is nothing in the public record that would indicate Admiral Buzby’s views on national maritime policy....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Meet the Jones Act: A 97-year-old regulatory law that's costing you money
By Michael Hansen @ 2:05 PM :: 92 Views :: Jones Act

...the need for the Jones Act is sensibly being questioned and challenged as never before....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Transforming Military Impact Aid into Education Savings Accounts
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:01 PM :: 105 Views :: Education K-12, Military

...Hawaii is one of only four states where over 30 percent of high school graduates who hope to join the Army cannot achieve an adequate score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test.... 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Military Industrial Complex Compromising Hawaii Missile Defense for Profit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:09 PM :: 186 Views :: Military

... some in Washington want to ignore years of readily available and cost-effective missile defense technology in favor of developing new technology known as the Homeland Discrimination Radar-Hawaii (HDR-HI), a costly system that is years away from being fielded ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Navy’s partnership with Polynesian Voyaging Society
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 160 Views :: Military

...prior to Hōkūleʻa departing, crewmembers met with the Commander of Navy Region Hawaii and other key leaders, who discussed risk mitigation and provided guidance on adjusting waypoints during their voyage to remain out of dangerous waters....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Honolulu rail project most expensive in the world
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:25 PM :: 416 Views :: Rail

...there has never been a full independent audit investigating the rail for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Hawaii Homes Lowest Average CO2 Production in USA
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 136 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii also stood out as having one of the lowest average home size of all states.... 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
How High Are Spirits Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 128 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes the spirit at $5.98 per gallon....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
NFIB Hawaii Small Business End-of-Session Report
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 PM :: 210 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

Defeat – for now – of onerous paid leave and minimum wage proposals highlight accomplishments for small business. Big court victory an added bonus....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Greatest Journey Didn’t Start with a Protest
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:54 PM :: 210 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

If it were not for the brave souls who decided to collect information from the wind, stars, weather, and ocean currents, what we know as Native Hawaiians may have not arrived here in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
OCCC Jail Siting Study Released
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 147 Views :: Law Enforcement

... to replace the current Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) with a modern facility ....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
HDOT: 2002 Airport Agreement with Sheriff is Out of Date
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 160 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Private security companies have worked to keep Hawaii’s airport facilities safe since 1976....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
‘Food Evolution’ movie could mark turning point in public GMO discussion
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 185 Views :: GMOs

...how a cadre of non-experts is willing to bastardize science, and sacrifice progress and people for ideology and profit....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Mother Jones: World Health Organization called RoundUp a “probable carcinogen,” but it didn’t have all the facts.
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 221 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

...A Scientist Didn’t Disclose Important Data—and Let Everyone Believe a Popular Weedkiller Causes Cancer....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Hawaii to Supreme Court: No need to review travel ban
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 257 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

The justices ordered the latest round of briefing after the 9th Circuit ruled for Hawaii June 12....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
How Economically Independent is Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 AM :: 213 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...2017’s Most & Least Independent States....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
After Pushing Bogus Coral Sunscreen Bills, Hawaii Surfrider Collects Payoff from Manufacturer
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 294 Views :: Environment, Greenmail

...According to Nature and Scientific American, claims of coral damage from sunscreen are a bunch of hype....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Pasha to Buy Four Mystery Ships?
By Michael Hansen @ 12:18 AM :: 327 Views :: Jones Act

Pasha faces the more immediate need to renew its fleet, which still has four steamships over 30 years old....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10 Buildings With the Highest Honolulu Property Taxes in 2016
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 261 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Honolulu raked in over $50 million in property taxes last year, from the top 10 taxpaying properties alone....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Rail Tax Hike: Legislators Promise Special Session, but Cannot Agree on Date or Funding Mechanism
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 254 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...no specific dates have been set for the special session and no rail funding mechanism has been agreed upon....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Cool Schools? DoE Working to Avoid Installing Air Conditioners
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 283 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

"The department has made every effort to find solutions to cooling our classrooms in ways that are not only cost-efficient but also energy efficient..."

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Global Warming: UH Professors Say Everybody in Hawaii Will Burn to Death. Soon. Real soon.
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 393 Views :: Environment, Higher Education

“Our study shows...it takes very little warming for conditions to turn deadly in the tropics.”

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Panos: Statewide Surface Transportation Challenges and Opportunities
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 269 Views :: Maui County, Rail

Stuck in traffic? Panos Prevedouros will share traffic solutions that will free up our state's gridlock and get traffic flowing again....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 19, 2017
By Congress.org @ 3:53 PM :: 196 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Rapuano Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Saudi Arms Sale Disapproval – Motion to Discharge
  • Senate: Iranian and Russian Sanctions
  • House: Health Insurance Tax Credit Verification
  • House: Veterans Affairs Department Accountability
  • House: Health Care Tax Credit Expansion
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Democrats Vote to Allow Fukumoto In
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 240 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Republican Party

Decisive Endorsement? Gay Thief Approves Fukumoto for Democratic Party membership....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Medicaid Expansion Crowds Emergency Rooms
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 210 Views :: Health Care

States that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA) saw 2.5 emergency department visits more per 1,000 people after 2014....

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Closing an Estate Tax Loophole?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:05 AM :: 671 Views :: Taxes
...this bill seems like a knee-jerk reaction....
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Auditor: 2017 Legislature Batting .000 -- 65 Bogus Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:21 AM :: 307 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...None of the 65 Special Funds proposed in the 2017 Legislative session met criteria....

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Friday, June 16, 2017
State Recycling Program: A Decade of Fraud (Part 6)
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:18 AM :: 578 Views :: Environment, Ethics

The Department of Health, which administers the Program, has been aware of this flawed payment system since 2006 but has done little to address it....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Audit Catches Maui County Finance Directory Abusing P-Card–Exposes Hostess Bar Loophole
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 1282 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

...The County Finance Director’s travel was presumed to be to attend an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in Nashville, TN, relating to “bribery and corruption”....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Audit: Informal Procedures by HPD, Prosecutor Hinder Domestic Violence Cases
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 333 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

...the HPD and PAT (Office of Prosecuting Attorney) lifecycle for domestic violence incidents can result in reclassifications and decisions that affect the case....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Economic Security of Older Women and Men in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 569 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

...economic security of women and men aged 65 and older in Hawaii, including their marital status, poverty, and various sources and amounts of income....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wine Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 12th
By Tax Foundation @ 2:04 AM :: 360 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
State Labor Negotiators partly to blame for counties’ tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 318 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...negotiations with the public employee unions take place mostly at the state level, but the counties nevertheless are on the hook....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
No Jones Act Tankers to Carry LNG
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 458 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Currently no Jones Act-eligible tankers are capable of carrying LNG....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Takings: Bridge Aina Lea Suit Dismissed
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 481 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

Hawaii federal judge Susan Oki Mollway yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a private landowner against the State of Hawaii after the State Land Use Commission in 2011 reverted more than 1,000 acres of land in South Kohala on Hawaii island from urban to agricultural use....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
June 14, 1900: The Abolition of Slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 11:20 PM :: 15982 Views :: Hawaii History, Labor

Hawaii was the last place in the US to abolish indentured servitude....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Honolulu 2nd-Lowest Average Internet Speed
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 AM :: 508 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Honolulu average Internet download speed ranks 99th of 100 US cities....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
A third marine carrier in Hawaii?
By Video @ 1:43 AM :: 402 Views :: Jones Act

VIDEO: Mike Hansen discusses what this means, whether it's likely to happen, and how it fits in the Hawaii marine seascape....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
UH: Housing First Keeps 89% of Homeless Housed
By News Release @ 1:41 AM :: 337 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

Clients were 64% less likely to visit the emergency room and 74% less likely to be admitted to a hospital....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Kids Count: Hawaii Ranks 17th in Child Well-being
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 323 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...families continue to offer a strong foundation for Hawaiʻi’s children, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Oahu GOP: No Rail Tax Hike Special Session
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:36 AM :: 454 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Island taxpayers are already struggling from paycheck to paycheck....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Hawaii GOP: Ige Paris Accord Grandstanding will Cost Hawaii Consumers
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 1:31 AM :: 636 Views :: Environment, Republican Party

...Democrats—who so piously declare themselves champions of the middle class and working families—will have accomplished nothing but to further increase the already exorbitant cost of living in Hawaii....

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Monday, June 12, 2017
Message to OHA: ‘Clean up your Act’
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:29 AM :: 489 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Beneficiaries are calling for higher levels of transparency and accountability....

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Monday, June 12, 2017
The saga of fishing vessel ‘America’s Finest’ continues
By Michael Hansen @ 1:27 AM :: 309 Views :: Jones Act

...New Anacortes-built trawler could be grounded by old law, endangering two Washington State firms....

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Monday, June 12, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 12, 2017
By Congress.org @ 1:24 AM :: 224 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Senate: Elwood Nomination - Confirmation
Senate: Iran Sanctions - Cloture
House: Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver
House: Financial Regulation Restructuring

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
Kamehameha: The Founding of the Hawaiian Kingdom
By Selected News Articles @ 12:39 AM :: 6653 Views :: Hawaii History

Today is Kamehameha Day in Hawaii....

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
Reaching Back into the Past
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 202 Views :: Taxes

...retroactive tax legislation....

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