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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Why you should oppose the DOI Proposed Rule—And How
By News Release @ 2:21 PM :: 7443 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

"...the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) proposed rule would unethically terminate Native Hawaiian rights to millions of acres of Hawaiian 'Aina...."

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
An Early Christmas Present from IRS to Heald Students
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4657 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

Students often owed $40,000 or more in college loans – holding a degree they claimed was inadequate at best....

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Jonesing for a Fix? Delving into the Merchant Marine Act of 1920
By Michael Hansen @ 9:23 PM :: 5045 Views :: Jones Act
“When cows fly, it means there’s some serious market distortion.”
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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Charter Commission Agenda: Defer all ‘Proposals to Dismantle HART’
By Natalie Iwasa @ 9:09 PM :: 5909 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday December 17 at 3:30 p.m....

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Saturday, December 12, 2015
Wanna Be A Drug Dealer? Hawaii has an Opportunity for You
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 4796 Views :: Drugs

...the open application period for medical marijuana dispensary licenses shall begin...on January, 12, 2016, and close on January 29, 2016....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
‘Hawaii’s George Soros': The Hidden Funding Behind Efforts to Disrupt Hillary Clinton’s Opponents
By Selected News Articles @ 7:22 PM :: 10397 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Republican Party

In July, 2015, chaos erupts at the progressive NetRoots Nation conference in Phoenix, Arizona....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
UHERO Hawaii Forecast: Expansion Will Continue, Despite Global Challenges
By UHERO @ 2:36 PM :: 4522 Views :: Economy

Next year will see some easing of visitor growth....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
Education: U.S. House Passes ObamaCORE!
By NCPA @ 1:07 PM :: 4909 Views :: Education K-12

Common Core is being redefined as social-emotional learning, which must come first in the learning hierarchy — with academics taking a backseat....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
After Recent Failures, Ige Admin Revamps IT Project Approval Process
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 4543 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Under the IT governance process, projects must pass several review “gates” during four key phases....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
Medicare Penalizes Maui Memorial, Pali Momi, Wahiawa General over Safety Incidents
By Selected News Articles @ 12:20 AM :: 5084 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Medicare will lower all its payments to the penalized hospitals by 1 percent over the course of the federal fiscal year, which runs through September 2016....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii: 64% of your income for infant child care
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 5722 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, single parents with two children pay about 64% of their income for infant child care, nearly the same as married couple families at the poverty line with two children....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Christmas Comes Early for Teachers’ Unions With No Child Left Behind Rewrite
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:51 PM :: 5949 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The Every Student Succeeds Act passed the Senate by a margin of 85 – 12 and in the U.S. House by a vote of 359-64 in late November (this included every Democrat who voted in both the House and Senate)....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Sugar Subsidies to be Cut in Budget Bill?
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:42 PM :: 6635 Views :: Agriculture, Tax Credits

Rep. Pitts is building momentum within Congress to reform this archaic depression-era corporate welfare package....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gambling with our health in 2016
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:04 PM :: 5827 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...our monthly premium is going up over $200 – an increase of 34%. To be able to afford health insurance, we are downgrading our health care plan....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Report: Hawaii Ranks #1 in Overall Health
By Andrew Walden @ 11:35 AM :: 5053 Views

...according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative would deliver transformation better, faster and cheaper
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 7044 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

Big Island customers could save as much as $113 million on the existing HELCO rate base and up to $234 million including investments to modernize the grid over a four-year period....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
HSTA Launches Push for 25% GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 5495 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

The bill will be introduced during the upcoming 2016 legislative session....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Why You Should Mahalo the Grassroot Institute
By Video @ 7:17 PM :: 5962 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Why They Now Deserve Everyone’s Thanks....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 6th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 1:16 PM :: 4451 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
Tobacco Companies Spend $4 to Market Products for Every $1 Hawaii Spends on Prevention....
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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Ige Seeking Applicants for 170 Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 10:58 AM :: 4073 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of the Governor is looking for individuals who are dedicated to continuing the State of Hawaii’s momentum toward a strong and sustainable future....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Retired Hawaii police officers frustrated by barriers to concealed carry
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 AM :: 5885 Views :: Law Enforcement, Second Amendment
...Tom Fratinardo, a retired police officer, is trying to obtain concealed carry authorization under the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act.…
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
2015 Most Charitable States--Hawaii Ranks 21st
By Selected News Articles @ 10:52 PM :: 3622 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...nearly a third of all annual giving taking place in December....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
No Joke: Hanabusa named Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Visiting Scholar at UH Manoa
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 4679 Views :: Higher Education

...teaching Cronyism 101....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Robotics championship to qualify Hawaii teams for World event
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 4326 Views :: Education K-12

...held Dec. 12, 2015 at the Pearl City High School cafeteria, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Teacher Quality? Hawaii Scores D+
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 5202 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

This year’s report measures state progress against a set of 32 policy goals....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Hawaii Might Finally Be Forced To Include Military Among ‘We The People’
By Robert Thomas @ 9:13 PM :: 5672 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

The U.S. Supreme Court is now considering that question in a Texas case in which Hawaii’s decades-long exclusion of active-duty military and families from the body politic is front and center....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Debating Inouye on Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 1:03 AM :: 4542 Views :: Jones Act

The PBN did not disclose the source of the newly “reported” Inouye letter....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Gauging Home Affordability: The Challenge
By UHERO @ 12:02 AM :: 4412 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

At a time of dwindling inventory and rising prices, housing affordability has once again become a hot topic in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Does Your State Adjust Its Income Tax Brackets For Inflation?
By NCPA @ 12:01 AM :: 5002 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
...17 states (including Hawaii) do not index at all.  When tax brackets aren’t indexed for inflation, it results in what economists call “bracket creep.”....
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 7, 2015
By Congress.org @ 7:02 PM :: 3909 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Budget Reconciliation 
  • Senate: Surface Transportation Reauth
  • House: Fiscal 2016 Intelligence Authorization
  • House: EPA Existing Power Plant Rule Disapproval  
  • House: EPA New and Retrofitted Power Plant Rule Disapproval
  • House: K-12 Education Reauthorization 
  • House: Energy Security and Infrastructure Overhaul
  • House: Surface Transportation Reauthorization
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Evenwel: Will Supreme Court Overturn 50 Years of Hawaii Apportionment Law?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:45 PM :: 5120 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in two election law cases, Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, and Harris v. Arizona Ind. Redistricting Comm'n, No. 14-232....

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Monday, December 7, 2015
Nai Aupuni: The View from Outside the Hawaii Bubble
By Robert Thomas @ 3:41 PM :: 5207 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
The universal query they have for us about the Nai Aupuni vote is "what the heck are you doing out there?"
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Monday, December 7, 2015
A-1 A-Lectricitian--Feds Overreach on Election Regulation
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 PM :: 6128 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

The FEC claims authority over regulating press coverage of elections....

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
KIUC Nominating Committee Selects 5 Candidates for Board Election
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 4054 Views :: Energy

Former Hawaii PUC chair Morita vies for Kauai utility board seat....

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
US Soccer Champs Cancel -- Aloha Stadium Unsafe Field
By News Release @ 11:16 AM :: 4259 Views :: Tourism

U.S. Soccer has cancelled the U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour match scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, at Aloha Stadium....

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
Please! Spend More!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3975 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Uncle Sam is giving us money. But we are not spending that money so the federal agencies are saying, “Looks like you don’t need this, so why should we give you any more?”....

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Saturday, December 5, 2015
NASA: Antarctic ice growth causing Sea Levels to DROP
By Jack Dini @ 4:55 PM :: 5413 Views :: Environment

NASA has published a study in the Journal of Glaciology showing that overall Antarctic ice increased by 112 billion tons per year....

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Saturday, December 5, 2015
Full Text: Court Orders State to Fund Hawaiian Homelands
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 5276 Views :: DHHL

Court finds state illegally denied DHHL adequate funding for over two decades....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Fitch: We Anticipate Successful NextEra Merger
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 4125 Views :: Energy

Fitch has maintained Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI, IDR 'BBB') on Rating Watch Positive. Fitch expects to resolve the Rating Watch on the conclusion of the merger transaction with NextEra Energy, Inc....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
The Hawaii Supreme Court's Fractured Rationale For Invalidating The TMT Permit
By Robert Thomas @ 9:04 PM :: 6585 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use, OHA
Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the telescope Thirty Meter. It's five year continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out a Conservation District Use Permit from the Board of Land and Natural Resources, and navigate the treacherous waters of Hawaii administrative law. To boldly go where twelve other telescopes have gone before!
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Friday, December 4, 2015
Census Bureau Releases New ACS Data for Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 3245 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates on December 3, 2015....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Hawaii Biotech Receives Contract To Develop Dengue Vaccine–Anti-GMO Activist Gabbard Supports
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 5050 Views :: Health Care, GMOs

Leading anti-GMO, anti-Vaxxers, and anti-pesticide activists and politicians are supporting the GMO, vaccine, and pesticide application being used to fight dengue.  They are hypocrites and need to be called on it....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Feds Scoop up $10M from Hawaii Criminal, Civil Actions
By News Release @ 1:06 AM :: 4489 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... $7.7 million was collected in criminal actions....$2.3 million from civil actions ....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Akana: OHA Employees ‘Suspiciously’ Placed at Top of Na’i Aupuni Ballot
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 AM :: 5021 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

To make matters worse, both of the OHA Employees have also run for a seat in past OHA Board of Trustees elections....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Does Transit-Oriented Development Need the Transit?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:03 AM :: 5956 Views :: Development, Rail

...rail proximity was not an independently significant predictor of auto ownership....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
Am Samoa: New Embarrassments for Faleomavaega sister
By Selected News Articles @ 12:02 AM :: 5577 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

Memo to candidates for Congress next year:  If you are seeking signatures for your nominating petition, you might start in the DOE director's office....

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Friday, December 4, 2015
VIDEO: Things you need to know about medical marijuana dispensaries
By Video @ 12:01 AM :: 4623 Views :: Drugs

Representatives Bob McDermott and Marcus Oshiro discuss things you need to know about medical Marijuana dispensaries....

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
CATO: US Constitution Still Applies to Nai Aupuni
By Selected News Articles @ 7:59 PM :: 4760 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...the vote on this emergency injunction application was 5-4, with Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan dissenting....

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
“Green McCarthyism”--A leading solar advocacy group is drawing criticism from its own industry
By Selected News Articles @ 7:45 PM :: 5606 Views :: Energy, Ethics

TASC’s efforts in defense of NEM in Hawaii have incurred a similar response....

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State Legislature
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 3757 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State House and Senate are accepting applications for the 2016 legislative session....

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