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Sunday, March 24, 2019
Ethics: Board Member May Not Negotiate Spouse's Union Contract
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 1 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...The board member has a strong background in collective bargaining and believes that one of the reasons he was appointed to the board was to assist it in collective bargaining matters....

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Saturday, March 23, 2019
Hawaii GOP Speaker Cleared of Hatch Act Violation
By Selected News Articles @ 4:08 PM :: 180 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

"...Because you provided the Party with advance notice that the restrictions on the use of your official title and during the speech you asserted that you were speaking in your personal capacity, we believe that the Party acted without your permission...."

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Friday, March 22, 2019
High medical costs another threat to Hawaii taxpayers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 203 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...higher medical costs increase our state’s debt — and Hawaii taxpayers might be the ones who end up paying for it....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
WSJ: How a Train Through Paradise Turned Into a $9 Billion Debacle
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 349 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...The project has tallied one of America’s biggest transit cost overruns; a grand jury is investigating....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
HB942: Legislators Approve $60K Settlement After Failing to Force Churches to Promote Abortion
By Video @ 4:47 AM :: 234 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...Hawaii district court strikes down law targeting pro-life pregnancy centers....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
Hawaii Sues Trump (again) Over Abortion (again)
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 236 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care, Life

...Since its creation in 2009, the TPP Program has provided nearly $1 billion....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
How high is too high? What’s known and unknown about minimum wage increases
By UHERO @ 4:02 AM :: 181 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...the subsequent increase to $13 led to large reductions in hours for low wage workers of 6-7% that completely offset a 3% rise in the average hourly wages....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
​Hawaii PUC approves special rates for Al Gore's electric buses
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 200 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... it is expected at least 130 electric buses will be added to fleets during the course of the pilot, including tour buses, school buses and public transit systems like TheBus on Oahu....

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Trump Ties Federal Funds for Colleges to Free-Speech Pledge
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 PM :: 175 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

"...There are 12 federal agencies that award education research grants, and the executive order will leave it to them to decide what schools must do to be in compliance...."  

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Rail Surcharge Lawsuit
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:11 PM :: 256 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

"...Despite the rejection of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, our efforts were key in the legislature’s decision to drop the skim from 10% to 1% during the 2017 Special Session—this was a win for all taxpayers in this State...."

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Report: Hawaii Congressional Delegation Extremely Partisan, Except Gabbard
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 187 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...but none of them can keep up with American Samoa delegate....

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
How to Solve the Hawaiian Homelands Problem
By Video @ 12:43 AM :: 247 Views :: DHHL, OHA

...There's Enough Land in Hawai'i for all Hawaiians....

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Disabled Inmates: Feds Reach Agreement with Hawaii DPS
By News Release @ 12:34 AM :: 183 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Hawaii Department of Public Safety to Ensure Equal Access to Its Programs for Inmates With Disabilities....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Falls of Clyde to be Restored at Closed British Shipyard?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 223 Views :: Hawaii History

...Restoration of Scottish sailing boat offered as ‘lifeline’ to now-closed Appledore Shipyard....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
House Resolution Seeks Return of Hawaiian Airlines Call Center
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 11:37 AM :: 226 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tourism

...the House Labor Committee unanimously approved a draft resolution calling on Hawaiian Airlines to return the 200 plus call center jobs it has outsourced to the Philippines....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Buying a House? Need Money? Honolulu can help
By News Release @ 5:36 AM :: 254 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...Interest-free home down payment loans now available....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Grant Supports Drive to make UH, Chaminade, Kauai CC 100% Tobacco Free
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 199 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...support efforts to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free policies, including limiting the use of e-cigarettes....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
OHA Kakaako Makai Plans Begin With Sewage Plant
By Selected News Articles @ 9:04 PM :: 258 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

"...I was quite idealistic in thinking that with the $2.9M Master plan Rob Iopa’s WCIT created, we were going to be issuing RFPs to implement them...."

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
HART Plan to Control Expenses-Pay Robbins Crony $85K per Month
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 304 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Paul Giannelia left his last rail transit job after only seven months because of "difficulties acclimating to the municipal workplace"....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Liberty and Economics -- Hawaii Together with Keli'i Akina
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:54 PM :: 191 Views :: Economy

...Economist Ken Schoolland and host Keli'i Akina discuss how economics and liberty interact as they explore a variety of public policy issues that impact our lives....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Hawaii State Government -- 2nd-Lowest Federal Dependency Ranking
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 202 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

..."Federal Funding as a Share of State Revenue"....

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Senate Committee to Hear Anti-Gun Bills
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 481 Views :: Second Amendment

...the Hawaii state House Committee on Public Safety, Veteran and Military Affairs is hearing anti-gun bills SB 600, SB 621, and SB 1466....

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Monday, March 18, 2019
The last time Congress created a new state
By Selected News Articles @ 5:20 PM :: 1989 Views :: Hawaii History

...On March 19, 1959, Congress approved Hawaii for admission to the union as the 50th state....

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Lesbian Home Invasion: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Hawaii Case
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 PM :: 1507 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...A state-level decision against the property owner shows the limits of the Supreme Court's wedding cake ruling....

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Innovation? Hawaii Ranks 45th
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 215 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Small Business

...Innovation is a principal driver of U.S. economic growth....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Honolulu Council Special Election Ballots to be Mailed March 21
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 566 Views :: Honolulu County, Office of Elections

...Election Day Voting at Honolulu Hale only -- Saturday, April 13, 2019....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Legislative Preview: Week 9
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 263 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...This is our last opportunity to provide public testimony to the committees hearing the bills....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 17, 2019
By News Release @ 8:35 PM :: 381 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Weekly Update from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
GE Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 868 Views :: Taxes

...Senate Bill 1474 would increase your GE Tax by 0.5%....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Blank the Amount, Defect the Date
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 423 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Higher Education, Taxes

"SB 1474 Senate Draft 2 that proposes an increase in the GET now specifies '__ per cent or $ _____'"

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:21 PM :: 279 Views :: Family, Life

... SB415 -- Abortion Expansion Bill Changes Focus ....

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Restore flexibility for delivery of public services
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:38 PM :: 440 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...You just violated Hawaii law. Get ready to be sued....

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Lava Tube Dishonor goes to Hawaii County Civil Defense
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 637 Views :: Hawaii County , First Amendment

...that contributed to much of the inaccurate information reported worldwide about the lava flow....

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Infested: Honolulu Ranks #2 for Termites
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Terminix Announces Its List of the Top 50 Most Termite-Infested Cities....

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Friday, March 15, 2019
American Samoa Governor Undergoes Heart Surgery in Seattle
By Selected News Articles @ 7:43 PM :: 386 Views :: National News, Politicians

...Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga underwent surgery last Wednesday (March 6)....

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Friday, March 15, 2019
Judge Allows OHA, UH to Scrap for Mauna Kea Money
By News Release @ 7:12 PM :: 448 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

...OHA is pleased....

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Friday, March 15, 2019
Seeking Applications for Independent Grand Jury Counsel – Second Circuit
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 285 Views :: Maui County, Judiciary

...The Circuit Court of the Second Circuit (Maui, Molokai, and Lanai) is seeking applications for independent grand jury counsel for 2019 to 2020....

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Friday, March 15, 2019
Comments Suggesting Legislators Smoked Weed Stricken from House Journal
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:19 AM :: 547 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

...“What's most ironic is my comments were censored by Majority Leader Belatti, who happens to be a strong advocate to legalize marijuana." -- Rep Gene Ward....

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 376 Views :: Environment, National News, Small Business, Obama

...The American Samoan Government and its people were barely consulted before these monuments were established or expanded. As a result, our local fishermen were barred from accessing the waters that Samoans have been visiting for over a millennium....

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
State’s use of contractors just a hint of what could be
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:47 PM :: 511 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...state agencies have saved thousands of dollars a year by privatizing some of their janitorial positions....

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
UH Legislative Update
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 290 Views :: Higher Education

...Kalbert Young, University of Hawaiʻi vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer, shares his analysis of the 2019 legislative session to date....

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Massive Pay Hike for Hawaii Legislators?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:17 AM :: 1269 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...Hawaii taxpayers are already burdened by the nation’s most highly paid part time legislators and its about to get worse....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
HB118: Republicans Explain Vote to Kill Rail Audit
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 6:08 PM :: 488 Views :: Rail, Republican Party

..."Repeals the requirement that the Auditor conduct an annual review of certain rapid transportation authorities in the State." -- HB118 ....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
After Konno: How Hawaii Can revive contracting as policy option
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:57 PM :: 487 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...A small tweak to an old law might be all that is needed to help the state partner with the private sector....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019
The Difference Between Real and Fake Energy Policy
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 597 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...after a decade of hype, Hawaii is still 75% coal and oil....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed by Legislators Fails to Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:03 PM :: 427 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...We reviewed 98 House and Senate bills proposing 80 special and revolving funds during the 2019 legislative session of which none met criteria....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Road Usage Charge: HDoT Community Meetings on Latest Tax Hike Scheme
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 534 Views :: Taxes

...The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will hold 14 community meetings across the state to get public feedback on the concept of a road usage charge....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
I Was America’s First ‘Nonbinary’ Person. It Was All a Sham.
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:34 PM :: 756 Views :: Ethics, Family, Health Care

... Four years ago, I wrote about my decision to live as a woman in The New York Times ....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
557 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 512 Views :: Honolulu County

...balloting takes place online from Friday, April 26 through Friday, May 17....

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Monday, March 11, 2019
Legislative Preview: Week 8
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:28 PM :: 303 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Last week was cross over, 524 Senate Bills and 498 House Bill passed third reading in their respective chambers....

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