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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Hawaii Hires Al Qaeda’s Best Lawyer to Lead Suit Against Trump
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 AM :: 7320 Views :: National News, Ethics

He represents Bin Laden’s bodyguard for free, but charges the State of Hawaii $600/hr....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
The Radical Ties of Hawaii Imam Behind Trump Immigration Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 8:19 PM :: 11727 Views :: National News, Military

The plaintiff listed in Hawaii’s lawsuit against President Trump’s executive order on immigration is a member of an organization that has several current and former leaders tied to terrorist activity....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Hawaii Has No Case Against Revised Travel Executive Order
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:40 PM :: 4826 Views :: National News

Hawaii’s lawsuit consists almost entirely of policy arguments as opposed to legal claims, and the legal claims that are made are far-fetched....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
"It is certainly cheaper and easier to end a life than to care for it in the midst of suffering"
By Selected News Articles @ 7:33 PM :: 3511 Views :: Life

...5,000 Hawaii voters sign petition against assisted suicide....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Is Hawaii's Hotel Room Tax Law Obsolete?
By UHERO @ 6:59 PM :: 4841 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

With tax collections falling behind expectations, State lawmakers are pressuring the tax department to increase effort to collect uncollected taxes from internet sales....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
DBEDT Report Designed to Help HSTA Write Slush Fund into Constitution?
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 5823 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

DBEDT is measuring dollars not taxpayers. One out-of-state owner of a shopping mall, golf course, or hotel equals 1000s of individual local homeowners....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Petition: Remove Hawaii AG Doug Chin
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 6429 Views :: National News

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin, is endangering the people of the Hawaiian Islands....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
HCR103: State lawmakers want cost comparison of street level versus elevated rail system
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:28 PM :: 4705 Views :: Rail

This Resolution directs the State Auditor to conduct a cost comparison between completing the rail system from Middle Street to Downtown Honolulu with street level versus an elevated rail system....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
SB1183: A Victory for the People (for now)
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 4901 Views :: Rail, Taxes

It's true that the session is far from over. And this bill could certainly end up morphing yet again....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Judge rules in city’s favor on gambling device seizures
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 6693 Views :: Honolulu County, Gambling, Law Enforcement

The Ninth Circuit rejected the appeal by the arcade owners and affirmed United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi’s April 30, 2014 ruling....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Hawaii v Trump V2—a $150K Photo–Op
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 4409 Views :: National News

...why are we paying an east coast law firm for a legal cut- and-paste job which will accomplish nothing?....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Hawaii V. Trump: A Legal Nothing-Burger
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 AM :: 5320 Views :: National News

It’s a litany of reasons why Hawaii and the Imam think the order is a big scary monster that’s embarrassing and keeps the Imam’s Syrian mother-in-law from visiting even though she hasn’t come to visit since 2005....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Integrity: Castle Foundation Refusing to Pay for ‘Unfair’ DoE Superintendent Search
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 5043 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

“Recent developments led the Foundation to have deep concerns that one candidate may have an unfair advantage over other applicants."

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Full Text: Maui County State of the County Address
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 5955 Views :: Maui County

One side doesn’t have to lose in order for the other side to win....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hawaii v Trump: The Documents
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 4197 Views :: National News

Nothing of substance has changed....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
“Second home” tax may put affordable homes out of reach
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 5144 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...this policy likely would backfire and make all housing in the islands more expensive....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
SB898: Anti-Gun Bill Passes in the Senate
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 3592 Views :: Second Amendment

Senate Bill 898, sponsored by state Senator Ronald Kouchi (D-8), would permanently strip an individual of their Second Amendment rights, not based on a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on a quasi-criminal proceeding....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hawaii Abortion Mandate Copies California Law -- Headed for Supreme Court Hearing
By Selected News Articles @ 10:07 PM :: 6108 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...a Hawaii bill that would force the state’s five pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise taxpayer-funded abortions was sent along to the house Tuesday....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
HB790: Sue Farmers to Death
By Joni Kamiya @ 9:57 PM :: 7688 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

They tout it as a “common sense” measure but never disclose that there’s a penalty included in the bill that opens agricultural entities up to lawsuits....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Civil Rights Violation? EPA Investigating Anti-GMO Pesticide Hype
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 8229 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Greenmail

...only pesticides from agriculture harm only native Hawaiians who are apparently immune to pesticides used on luxury resorts and golf courses.... 

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hawaii House Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Drone Surveillance
By Selected News Articles @ 2:38 AM :: 3996 Views :: Law Enforcement

The House passed HB314 by a 50-0 margin....

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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Hawaiian Electric Renewable Electricity Lags on Oahu—Reaches 26% Statewide
By News Release @ 12:16 AM :: 5010 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

The Hawaiian Electric Companies reached a nearly 26 percent Renewable Portfolio Standard in 2016, up from 23 percent the year before....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
5 Facts You Need to Know About Hawaii v Trump (v.2)
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 PM :: 4748 Views :: National News

Literally the first allegations against President Trump have to do with the things he said on the campaign trail, rather than the executive order itself....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Hawaii Challenges Trump’s Refugee Order, Takes No Refugees
By Selected News Articles @ 9:12 PM :: 5245 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics

...during fiscal year 2015, the state accepted all of seven refugees, according to data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Only one jurisdiction, the District of Columbia, accepted fewer....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
$50K Cover-up: OHA, Garbage and Sex Harassment
By Video @ 8:18 PM :: 5112 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...When It Comes To OHA Misspending Funds, That's Just The Tip Of The Iceberg....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
North Korea Could Soon Launch Attack on Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 4782 Views :: Military

...Experts call for immediate upgrade in state's missile defenses....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Crossover--Complete List: Senate Sends 384 Bills to House
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 3942 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...State Senators today approved 318 bills on third reading. Sixty-six bills were approved earlier on third reading for a total of 384....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Crossover--Complete List: House Sends 365 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 3630 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House voted to pass on to the Senate today another 157 bills, bringing the total to 365...

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Appeals court to hear arguments on whether Sen. Brickwood Galuteria lived in his district prior to his election
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 5557 Views :: Office of Elections
Did Brickwood Galuteria live in his district prior to his election to the Senate?
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Senate Approves Assisted Suicide and Mandatory Abortion Promotion—How They Voted
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:57 AM :: 7264 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

Both bills will now crossover to the House where the process will begin again....

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Well Being: Honolulu Scores #4 in USA
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 3663 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

This report, part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, examines well-being across the nation, with 189 communities ranked....

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Thousands Petition for End to Hawaii Vehicle Safety Inspections
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 3904 Views :: Hawaii State Government

There are currently 4,581 signatures....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
DLNR Finally Gets Around to Firing Rapist Cop Son of HGEA President
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 17103 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

"...Hawaii Government Employees Association President Jackie Ferguson-Miyamoto, had nothing to do with his hiring as a Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officer...."

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Monday, March 6, 2017
Three Political Parties to be Removed from Hawaii Ballot
By Andrew Walden @ 9:27 PM :: 5065 Views :: Office of Elections

Mufi Hannemann’s Hawaii Independent Party, the Constitution Party, and The American Shopping Party are to be disqualified from the Hawaii ballot for 2018....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
Congress Repeals Obama’s Blacklist of Federal Contractors
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 5122 Views :: Labor, Small Business

This measure, the so-called Fair Pay and Safety Workplaces rule, would have allowed government officials to debar, or blacklist, construction companies from bidding on federal projects based on the mere allegation of labor law violations without any due process....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
Darrel Galera Resigns BoE so Ige Can Appoint Him Superintendent
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 4774 Views :: Education K-12

...Ige appointed Galera to the BOE in October 2016. Galera has also served as the chairperson for the Governor’s ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Team since its inception in April 2016....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
Deadline to Apply for State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions Extended (again)
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 3311 Views :: Ethics

The new application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
Hawaii Lawmakers Censor Pro-Lifers Defending Free Speech
By Selected News Articles @ 5:49 PM :: 7026 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Life

...testimonies she and several other pregnancy center supporters submitted had been completely omitted from the process, in spite of the fact they had receipts from their online submission forms....

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Monday, March 6, 2017
NOAA: How are Coral Reef Fish Doing in Hawaii?
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 5903 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...this assessment generates management options for a range of overfishing risk levels....

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Sunday, March 5, 2017
HCDA Solar Project: Fraud, bribery and 23 Hawaiian sites
By Andrew Walden @ 7:06 PM :: 4181 Views

"...Everything seemed fine until Sabharwal tried to give an $18,000 bribe to a federal Environmental Protection Agency official...."

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Sunday, March 5, 2017
One Integrated Approach to Tax Fairness?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3684 Views :: Taxes

House Bill 1586 is a multi-faceted bill that seeks to change some of the characteristics of our tax system....

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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Flooded With Fear
By Joni Kamiya @ 7:53 PM :: 6487 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Hawaii is being used in the fear mongering against farmers -- our story has had a global impact....

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Saturday, March 4, 2017
State Supreme Court says election board erred in not hearing challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 7:51 PM :: 4583 Views :: Office of Elections
In Hyland v. Gonzales, No. SCWC-15-0000053 (Mar. 2, 2017), the unanimous court held that the appellant timely "brought" his appeal to the Hawaii County Board of Registration....
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Saturday, March 4, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:49 PM :: 5797 Views :: Family, Life

Senate Judiciary and Labor Votes Yes to Assisted Suicide....

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Saturday, March 4, 2017
HB314: Limit Warrantless Drone Surveillance
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 AM :: 4769 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state....

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Former Omidyar ‘Journalist’ Charged with Threats Against Jewish Centers
By Andrew Walden @ 11:34 PM :: 9674 Views :: First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Religion, Pierre Omidyar

Another black eye for Ebay and Paypal owner, Hawaii luxury resort developer, and Civil Beat publisher Pierre Omidyar....

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Hawaii Legislature: A Guide to the Deadlines
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 4469 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...MAY 4   ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE....

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Anti-Gun Legislation Eligible for Senate Floor Vote Next Week
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 4510 Views :: Second Amendment

This bill sets to ignore the normal rules of criminal procedure in order to promote the anti-gun agenda of the political elites....

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Hawaii's Unsustainable Cost of Public Employment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 5371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

County workers throughout the state make higher wages than nearly all of their mainland counterparts adjusted for the cost of living....

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Friday, March 3, 2017
UHERO Fears Trumpmonster: “Many things could go wrong in Washington”
By UHERO @ 3:51 PM :: 4347 Views :: Economy

"...Trump and the Republican Congress could disrupt health care, government employment, and public services...."

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