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Thursday, February 20, 2020
HB1676: Red Light Scameras on 3rd Reading
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 3363 Views :: Law Enforcement

...Cameras can catch cars that run red lights, but that doesn’t make streets safer....

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
VIDEO: Thirty Meter Telescope Supporters Hold Panel Discussion
By Video @ 3:44 AM :: 4682 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA
...Supporters of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea held a panel discussion on Sunday, February 16, at the Crown Room of the Grand Naniloa Hotel in Hilo....
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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Takes Developer's Last Dollar
By Robert Thomas @ 2:44 AM :: 5220 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the District Court had awarded nominal compensation ($1), after the jury concluded that the State of Hawaii took Aina Lea's property....

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Hawaii 5th Highest Per Capita Tax Collections
By Tax Foundation @ 2:20 AM :: 3052 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii annual per capita tax collections are $6,640....

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Thursday, February 20, 2020
Third Circuit (Hawaii island) Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 3947 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...The Circuit Court of the Third Circuit (Hawaii island) is seeking applications for independent grand jury counsel for Hilo and Kona....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Animal Activists Pressure Young Brothers to Strangle Cattle Industry
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 4410 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

...said state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D-Kapolei-Makakilo), who introduced the measure, “This is the right thing to do!”....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
House Approves Budget--Without $65M for Mauna Kea Protests
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 5127 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, OHA

...House cuts funding for TMT enforcement from state budget—Ige Wanted $65M to Not Enforce Law on Mauna Kea....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
HB1902: Gun Magazine Ban Heads to Floor Vote
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 2700 Views :: Second Amendment

...House Bill 1902 to ban most standard capacity magazines is now eligible for a floor vote in the House at any time....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Vaping and Tobacco Harm Reduction in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:22 PM :: 3798 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Analysis of the vaping industry in Hawaii, including economic data, state health department findings on vaping-related lung illnesses, youth e-cigarette use, tobacco retail compliance checks, and state funding dedicated to tobacco control programs....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Vehicle Mileage Taxes are not Ready for Primetime
By Selected News Articles @ 9:06 PM :: 2561 Views :: Taxes

...The biggest issue is concern over privacy. VMTs could allow the government to track drivers....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Hawaii one of the top 10 population losers
By Selected News Articles @ 8:48 PM :: 3295 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii Population lost: -7,047 -- Population decrease: -0.50%....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Who’s to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think.
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 4848 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Public debate falls into two schools of thought as to why housing costs are so high....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
5 Ways to Fix Hawaii Gun Laws
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 3561 Views :: Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

...Whenever we as gun owners object to yet another second amendment infringing law, we hear the same old line, "well, we have to do something," but year after year, law after law is passed, and it changes nothing....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Nanakuli: From Hardship to Hope
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:45 PM :: 3917 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, OHA

...Diamond Garcia's own journey from hardship to hope is reflective of the challenges many face in his hometown of Nanakuli....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Tailspin! How to defuse Hawaii's $88 billion debt bomb
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:23 PM :: 3025 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state is staring at a looming major debt crisis, projected at the moment to total $88 billion over the next 30 years....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Prosecutor Candidates Forum Set for Leeward Comm College
By News Release @ 7:05 PM :: 2385 Views :: Law Enforcement

...Thursday, February 27, 6:30–8:30 p.m. in room 125, on the Waiʻanae Moku campus of LCC....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Emergency Preparedness? Hawaii Drops to Lowest Tier
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 3136 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...As Threats Increase, Annual Assessment Finds Hawaii's Level of Readiness for Health Emergencies dropping....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
School Choice Could be an Anti-Bullying Program
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 AM :: 2986 Views :: Education K-12

...The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) permits students to transfer to another public school but only if their current public school meets the state definition of a “persistently dangerous” school....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
HB2069: Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 AM :: 2331 Views :: Law Enforcement

...the current system preys on innocent property owners....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Hawaii Billionaire Organizes Anti-Trump Network
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 AM :: 3853 Views :: Pierre Omidyar

...without mentioning Omidyar, the New York Times reports ‘Protect Democracy’ is the nonprofit behind a recent letter signed by over 1,100 former US DoJ officials calling upon US Attorney General William Barr to resign....

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Monday, February 17, 2020
​New Legislation Highlights Lack of Jones Act Competition
By Cato Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 3351 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

...the bill would grant Jones Act exemptions to any state or territory not served by at least three Jones Act ocean carriers....

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Monday, February 17, 2020
JSC to Nominate State Supreme Court Justice
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2586 Views :: Judiciary

...The new member would replace Associate Justice Richard Pollack, who will be required to step down when he reaches age 70 in July 2020....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4064 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 15, 2020
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2405 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Votes in Congress and Bills introduced from GovTrack.us....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging
By Selected News Articles @ 10:09 PM :: 6484 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...the equivalent of a 16% property tax hike on the residential rate....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ethics-Related Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 2352 Views :: Ethics

...What's alive after first lateral?....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Office of Mauna Kea Management Cleans Mountain (again)
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 3338 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

...Volunteers helped pull invasive plants around the Visitors Information Station, while also learning to identify seedlings of native species sprouting near the parking lot....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
More 'Sacred' Trash at Mauna Campsite
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 7248 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, OHA

...Kia’i protestors Wong and Perez were quoted as saying in the Tribune-Herald that, “dirty tactics” were being used. Well now that’s rich coming from the protestors....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ige to Select Nominee for 3rd Circuit Court Hilo
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 3318 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

...The position has been vacant since the retirement of Circuit Judge Greg K. Nakamura in November 2019....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:18 PM :: 3590 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Assisted Suicide: 3 modified safeguards now only 2....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
After Refusing to Supply Records, OHA Sues State Auditor
By News Release @ 4:48 AM :: 4328 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...“If OHA has nothing to hide, it should be willing to open its records to the state auditor”. -- Trustee Keli'i Akina ....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hawaii Carbon Tax Would Be a Big Burden for Families and Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 4544 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Cost of Living

...the tax on gasoline would begin at $8.22 per barrel in 2021 and top out at $23.16 per barrel in 2030....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Meatless Mondays in Hawaii Schools? -- Politicized Veganism Threatens Human Health
By Selected News Articles @ 2:27 AM :: 3964 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Health Care

...In 2019, Hawaii’s legislature nearly enacted a resolution establishing Meatless Mondays in Hawaii’s public schools....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
SB3104: OHA to be Given Free 'Affordable' Housing Units?
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 4196 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Cost of Living

...HHFDC to decide how many units go to OHA and/or DHHL.... 

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 4209 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Video: Why we need an airport corporation, in 61 Seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 3146 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
No GE Tax on Medical Bills -- help lift MD shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:32 PM :: 3587 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Hawaii is currently “short” by approximately 820 physicians ....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Gun Control Activists Rate Hawaii Laws 5th-Toughest
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 2484 Views :: Second Amendment

...Giffords Center recommends legislators, "...direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies...."

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Hawaii Towns Ranked by Ethnic Diversity
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 AM :: 2599 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Waipahu is the least Spanish-speaking place in the USA....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Which Hawaiʻi neighborhoods have the highest well-being?
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 2635 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...measures of quality of life and community well-being for 42 communities throughout the state....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
HECO Reaches 28.4% Nameplate Capacity of Green Energy Schemes
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 3487 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...CLUE: 28.4% RPS does not equal 28.4% of electricity coming from so-called renewables.  It means that the nameplate capacity of renewable producers is equal to 28.4% of electricity production.  They hope you don’t know this but now you do....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Senators Vote to Give Maui County One More Chance to Raise GE Tax
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 3046 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...SB2140 relating to taxation, extending the period in which a county may adopt a surcharge on state GE Tax ... to June 30, 2021....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
No State Gets Less Federal Aid Than Hawaii
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 3424 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Federal aid is allocated to states for a variety of purposes, primarily to supplement state funding for programs or projects deemed to be of national interest, such as Medicaid payments, education funding assistance, infrastructure assistance, and more....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Hawaii Income Tax 2nd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:58 AM :: 3606 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii individual income tax tops out at 11%....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Ethics Comm Hearing on New Administrative Rules
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 2348 Views :: Ethics

...provide greater clarity to various provisions of the State Ethics Code, HRS chapter 84 (including but not limited to the gifts law, gifts reporting law, fair treatment law, and conflicts of interests law); and various provisions of the Lobbyists law, HRS chapter 97 (including but not limited to reporting and registration requirements for lobbyists)....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HB1153: Remote Testimony for Legislature?
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 2950 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...establishing a remote legislative access program that would allow individuals to present oral testimony at legislative committee hearings....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Ranked Choice Voting: Who Gets Disenfranchised?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 4029 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

...Senator Brian Schatz February 4, 2020, tweeted, “Is there any solid reason to be against ranked choice voting? I’m honestly asking.”  OK.  We’re honestly answering....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HDoT Sends Eviction Notices to Dillingham Airfield Tenants
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 4055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Small Business

...Dillingham Airfield Can be Better off Without Airports Division....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Trump Resister to Oversee Fraud Investigations in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 3734 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

...Hui Chen is a member of the Complex Litigation, Fraud, and Compliance Unit, and will be tasked with investigating, reviewing, and consulting on compliance issues within state government....

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Monday, February 10, 2020
Senate Confirms DHHL Nominees, Sends 9 Bills to House
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 3209 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

...The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed William J. Aila to be Chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Department of Hawaiian Homelands and Tyler I. Gomes to be Deputy....

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