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Sunday, April 26, 2015
April 26, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Study: Hawaii Health Connector Loses 63% of 2014 Enrollees--Worst in US
  2. Feds Block Deal to Transfer Heald Students, College Shuts Down Monday
  3. The Magical Appearing Tax
  4. Pay to Play: Extent of Rail's influence a mystery
  5. Anti-Telescope Protesters Bring Invasive Ant Species to Mountain, Weiku Bug Threatened
  6. Enough of the Islands of “No”
  7. Ige to Meet With Feds About Health Connector
  8. HMSA Profit Drive Requires MDs to Talk up Costs
  9. DoE on Common Core: Greater Failure Means Greater Success
  10. 'Residential A' Tax Hike Would Mean Higher Rents
  11. NextEra Plan: Keep Rates High for Next Four Years
  12. Electronic cigarette bill SB1030 may not have been passed constitutionally
  13. Fire chief's excellent rating surprises union president
  14. Off Duty Cop Arrests Knife-Wielding Lesbian
  15. 100 at Hawaii County Democratic Convention

Saturday, April 25, 2015
April 25, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Sacred? Protest Leaders Demand $50M Yearly Rent for Telescope Site
  2. Land and Power atop Mauna Kea
  3. 7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
  4. UH: $14M Plan to Save Cancer Center Accreditation
  5. Common Cause: Audit the Clinton Foundation
  6. Neighborhood Board elections now open for voting
  7. Anti-Telescope Leader Calls for killing telescope supporters -- HS Girl Targeted
  8. Hospital measure still waiting for action from Ige
  9. State Budget Negotiators ‘Still Have a Lot of Issues’
  10. $38B in capital spending (Rate Hikes) needed to reach Hawaii's original renewable energy goals
  11. Age 21 for E-Cigs?  With Tobacco Taxes Declining, Legislators Clamp Down on their Competition
  12. IHS: Homeless panhandlers 'Very Comfortable Living this Lifestyle'
  13. Hawaii Tourism Taxes 'Shambolic and Annoying'
  14. State to waste $2.9 million on water feature at Maui airport
  15. Judge rules Deedy must stand trial a third time

Friday, April 24, 2015
April 24, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. 75 Republicans Running for Honolulu Neighborhood Board—Voting Begins Today
  2. HART GE Tax Receipts $9M Above Expectations
  3. Crabbe: OHA Wants 'percentage of gross receipts' from Telescope
  4. OHA, University to Di$cuss Telescope
  5. To Taxi or Ride-share?  Limiting Government’s Role
  6. One Simple State Tax Code Tweak to Favor Marijuana Taxpayers over Tax Evaders
  7. Auditor: No Special Fund Raids After AG Tightens Enforcement
  8. Suffering Loss of Tobacco Tax Revenues, Health Department Applauds Act 19 Restrictions on E-Cigs
  9. Contract Re-opener a $58M Giveaway to HSTA
  10. Instructional Time: Ige Signs Bill Allowing Schools to Fake it
  11. Kaiser Suddenly Interested in Maui Memorial Partnership
  12. Will Poison Pill be Slipped into Maui Memorial Partnership Bill?
  13. Telescope Case: Dangerous Expansion of Religious Rights?
  14. UH Considers Destroying Perfectly Good Telescopes to Satisfy Protesters
  15. Work on Rail Tax Hike Moves Behind Closed Doors
  16. Contractors 7 Months Behind on Rail Construction
  17. Unaccountable State spends nearly $14 million on failed DOT Accounting system
  18. House, Senate Lawmakers Debate Education Bills
  19. HGEA cancels contract ratification voting for white-collar units
  20. P-Card Holder 'may be held legally and personally responsible for Fraud'
  21. Attorney General asked to investigate lawmakers
  22. HPD investigating whether supervisor bullied detective before Suicide
  23. Hawaii Needs a ‘Marsy’s Law’ to Ensure Victims Rights
  24. SB1030 Minimum Age 21 for Cigs, E-Cigs
  25. Comcast plans to drop $45B Time Warner Cable bid, reports say
  26. Hawaii Gas chief backs bill Pretending to curb use of LNG
  27. Hawaii's top solar companies accounted for 800 jobs, $151M in revenues in 2014
  28. Battle Over Geothermal Contract Plays Out in Court and at PUC

Thursday, April 23, 2015
April 23, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Congressional Delegation Dead Last in Clout
  2. HSTA Contract Reopener Showers Teachers in Cash
  3. Audit: DoE Bungles Federal Grants, Gives Teachers Excess Sick Leave, Vacation Time
  4. UPDATE: Governor, Legislators Come to 'Understanding' on Maui Hospital Partnership Bill
  5. Feds OK Pasha Acquisition of Horizon's Hawaii Business
  6. Sen Murkowski: An Effort to Look at Jones Act, Energy Exports
  7. London Times: Jones Act 'Key Bargaining Chip' in Trans-Atlantic Trade Negotiations
  8. Chinese Communist 'Confucius Institute' a Threat to Academic Freedom at UH Manoa
  9. Tiny Honolulu Rail Stations Limit Capacity of $300M per Mile System
  10. Your Electric Bill is Higher than you Think
  11. Ohana Policy Group Pushes Back Against Kindergarten Gay Sex Education
  12. Anger at Kenoi: "What the hell else is this guy Cheating?"
  13. Resign Already: Hawaii County Residents Overcome Fear of Retaliation, Speak out Against Kenoi
  14. Ashamed and Disappointed: "Mayor has intimidated you into being followers"
  15. When Will Kenoi Grow Up?
  16. Senate Galuteria Hearing Follows Model Used on Convicted Felon, Racketeer
  17. Star-Adv: Follow through on privatizing Maui hospitals
  18. Lawmakers consider $5 million infusion for Hawaii Health Connector
  19. HGEA Contracts offer 4 percent raises even as Existing Contracts Drain General Fund
  20. Protesters occupy OHA ahead of Board of Trustees meeting
  21. Thirty Meter Telescope May be Affected by Haleakala Case Before Supreme Court
  22. Adrenalin-addicted activists to the latest cause celebre
  23. Anti-GMO Wooley to be Unemployed June 30?
  24. Children's Nonprofit Terrified by Invasion of Homeless Heroin Addicts
  25. Kitesurfer Harassed by Police, Prosecutors working for Krilua NIMBYs
  26. Enviros Upset because H-Power Recycling Stifles Brainwashing Opportunity
  27. HCDA rule could cancel developer's plan for affordable rentals
  28. Rail, Eminent Domain, And Who's Going To Pay
  29. Only Two Politicians Poll Above 50%

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
April 22, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Governor, Legislators Come to 'Understanding' on Maui Hospital Partnership Bill
  2. 25% Tax Would Make State Senior Partner in Marijuana Business
  3. Conference Committee Begins Negotiations on State Budget
  4. Ira Einhorn, Earth Day's Dirty Secret
  5. Crichton: Environmentalism is a religion
  6. Poll: Oahu Voters Against Rail Tax Hike 55%-35%
  7. Oahu Burial Council Chair on Payroll of Kakaako Developer
  8. BOE weighs anal sex policy
  9. Money at Center of Anti-Telescope Lawsuit
  10. Regents to Discuss Telescope Deal in Hilo Sunday
  11. Hawaii County Officials Squelch First Attempt at Kenoi Recall Petition
  12. Worthless Hawaii County Council Supports Kenoi in pCard flap 
  13. Kenoi Attempts to Emerge from Hiding With Help from Cronies on Hawaii Co Council
  14. HB1286: Legislators Pass Anti-LNG Bill 
  15. Bill in Congress Will Grant Flexibility to School Boards, Principals
  16. Hawaii Legislature negotiates state’s $26B budget
  17. Hawaii Hospitals 2nd Slowest to Adopt EHR
  18. Are schools equipped to handle population boom in Kakaako?
  19. Students Raise Money for Campbell HS AC
  20. Impact on shareholders if the Hawaiian Electric merger fails to go through?
  21. Attention Protesters: Egg Farm Planned for Oahu Ag Land
  22. Lawmakers consider expanding sit-lie law to Kapalama Canal
  23. Homeless from Indiana, California need to be Forced into Shelters 
  24. Star-Adv: Bills to Provide Emergency Housing Now

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
April 21, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. The day when America moved toward becoming a global power
  2. Honolulu: 40% of Homeless Refusing to Accept Shelter
  3. New Laws Regulate Aquarium Fishermen
  4. Governor Ige to Sign Bill Designating the Hawaiian Hoary Bat As State Land Mammal
  5. Last Chance to Vote on School Calendar
  6. House Agrees to Senate Version of Hospital Privatization Bill
  7. Star-Adv: Ige Shows Lack of Leadership on Telescope Protests
  8. Ige has gone from decider to messenger on TMT issue
  9. Money Committees to Begin Final Review of State Budget
  10. Honolulu Council Considers Massive Property Tax Hikes
  11. Special Committee Hearing to Investigate Galuteria
  12. HR158: NextEra Not Acting in Good Faith
  13. 'Lots of Employees' Depend on Failure of Hawaii Gov Tech
  14. Feds: Hawaii Fails to meet 70% of Nursing home Inspection Standards
  15. More Federal Funds to End Homelessness Among Vets
  16. Occupy Honolulu Pays off for Bumbling Lawyers
  17. Convicted Mortgage Scammer Keanu Sai Helps Foreigner Evade State Taxes
  18. Walter Ritte Associates Fail in Attempt to use Sovereignty Defense Against Charges Related to Molokai Fishing Boat Attack
  19. Christopher Deedy returns to court as judge weighs dropping remaining charges against him
  20. Hawaii lawmakers push for audit of alleged sick time abuse by prison officers
  21. DPS Waited One Month to Report work furlough escapee
  22. Family of victim shocked that suspected hit-and-run driver was released
  23. Attempts to Crack Down on ECigs Still Alive in Legislature
  24. Hawaii marijuana dispensaries could become reality this year
  25. Poll: Republicans Least Likely to be Fooled by Anti-GMO Hype
  26. Groups question state's rules for ocean permits

Monday, April 20, 2015
April 20, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Noted for 'Anti-Innovation Policy Choices'
  2. Mark Takai: 100 Days of Nothingness
  3. Some States Pay Doctors More to Treat Medicaid Patients
  4. Mayor's Election Payback
  5. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 20, 2015
  6. NOAA: Successful conservation efforts recognized in revised ESA Humpback Whale listing
  7. Ige DLIR Nominee Involved in Post-Iniki Insurance Fraud? 
  8. Tax hike that victimizes Small Business, Professionals to expire
  9. High costs keeping isle homes crammed
  10. HMSA rule tightens control over MDs
  11. Mauna Kea Telescopes: The Business of Astronomy Is Not an Easy One
  12. Anti-Pesticide Activists Silent About 100 acres of Herbicide at Princeville 
  13. Lawsuit alleges PGV owner Ormat Industries defrauded federal government
  14. Poll: Strong Support for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
  15. Honolulu PR Maven Needs Kenoi
  16. Land Use Shenanigans on the Windward Side
  17. Panel OKs Mizumoto, Cox and Minn for seats on state Board of Education

Monday, April 20, 2015
Letters to the Editor, April, 2015
Letters to the Editor
  • Mayor's Election Payback
  • HPD Accreditation Requirements?  $80 to Find Out
  • Kenoi Must Resign

Sunday, April 19, 2015
April 19, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Tobacco Tax Frankenbill: Smoking It Out
  2. Hawaiians and the Law: Kelii Akina and Michael Lilly
  3. SB 555 - Increasing the Food/Excise Tax Credit
  4. Report: Illegals Pay $31M in Hawaii State Taxes
  5. OHA Trustee: Telescope Protests About 'Finances, Growth Models'
  6. Protesters: Science a European Idea which has Inundated our Society
  7. Telescope: Enrich our legacy by moving forward
  8. Rail: No Plan for Cost Controls and No Plan for Operating Expenses
  9. Legislature nears finish with big issues unresolved
  10. Star-Adv: Time for Hawaii Public Hospitals to Privitize
  11. Star Adv: Get Rid of Ethanol Mandate
  12. Bean counting, corrections and nominees await Legislature
  13. State computer system initiative: Too huge, too costly
  14. Guests at vacation rentals, B&Bs spend less on their island getaways
  15. Maui Politicians Squabble over EUTF's Lost $21M
  16. Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes
  17. NextEra sues U.S. Government for $97.5 million
  18. More Positive than Negative from Police Body Cams
  19. Group appeals Kulani court ruling--Complain Prison Not Enough Like a Resort

Saturday, April 18, 2015
April 18, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Ige: Telescope Legally Entitled to Proceed With Construction
  2. Auditor: City Unable to Track Federal Transportation Funds
  3. Desperate to Pass Rail Tax, HART Finally Agrees to Televise One Meeting
  4. BoE to Debate Sex Education Policy
  5. DoH: Tobacco Use Down 20%, E-Cigs Up
  6. OHA Refuses to Reveal Geothermal Investments, Losses -- Like Bishop Estate
  7. Abigail Kawananakoa Funds Anti-Telescope Protests
  8. Student’s pro-TMT stance gains traction
  9. Cronies Develop Garbage Projects, Want to Risk Taxpayer Money
  10. Senate committee unanimously approves DLNR nominee Suzanne Case
  11. Senate Panel Recommends Balfour to Water Commission
  12. A case of legislative immunity in the ongoing Say saga
  13. Hawaii County Releases More P-Card Statements
  14. Hawaii County Water Board Used P-Card to Evade Sunshine Law?
  15. Kauai mayor releases pCard statements
  16. Not Fooled by Battery Scammers: KIUC, Paniolo go for Pumped Hydro
  17. SB1316: Condo Associations to be Forced to Accept Electric Car Chargers
  18. SB1050 Community-Based Solar
  19. U.S. Antitrust Lawyers Said Leaning Against Comcast Deal
  20. Patients Rank only One Hawaii Hospital '5-Star'
  21. Veterans treatment court graduates first class
  22. Soft on Crime: 10 Priors, out on Street now Faces Murder Charge
  23. 10 Maui officers wearing body cameras for department study

Friday, April 17, 2015
April 17, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. DBEDT: Solo Commuters up 74%
  2. DoE: Students Meet 79% of 'Wellness Guidelines'
  3. Coverup: HART Hiding Damaged Rail Spans Since Last June
  4. Rail Contractor tries to Block TV Crew From Filming Giant Cracks in Rail Spans
  5. With Tax Hike, City Will Face no Consequences if Rail not Finished
  6. Maui hospital privatization could pave way for Big Island
  7. HGEA Contract Drives HHSC Hospitals Further into Red
  8. Cowardly Kenoi 'On Vacation', Withdraws Nominee, May Skip Budget presentation
  9. Aghast at Health Connector
  10. HB496: Employers Must Provide 3 Months Paid Vacation
  11. House Tries to Wiggle Out from Under Unfunded Liability Mandate
  12. Supporters of Bill Requiring Autism Coverage Say This is the Year
  13. Mauna Kea telescope in line with Hawaiian values
  14. Testimony candid and caustic at HPD accreditation forum
  15. Murder?  Kidnapping?  Soft on Crime Supreme Court Overturns Conviction on Technicality
  16. Prosecutor Became Defense Attorney After Being Fired by Kaneshiro
  17. Attorney general files DUI-related charges against Karamatsu
  18. Family Claims Ownership of State Hemp Farm

Thursday, April 16, 2015
April 16, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. HS Senior Launches pro-Telescope Petition
  2. Stewardship by UH to protect Maunakea for future generations
  3. Final Act 221: Hoku Plant Cut Up, Pieces Auctioned off
  4. Small Business Tax Index -- Hawaii 47th
  5. HPD Accreditation Requirements?  $80 to Find Out
  6. Kauai Council Calls for ‘Home Rule’ on Marijuana Dispensaries
  7. Forbes Worst States for Taxes: Hawaii 31st
  8. Public input sought on school calendar
  9. Hawaii State Auditor Presents 2014 Annual Report
  10. HAWSCT Clarifies Joinder Of Indispensable Parties, Timely Appeals
  11. Chief Justice Appoints Dyan M. Medeiros as Oahu District Family Court Judge
  12. Anti-Telescope Protesters Opportunistic, Self-Righteous
  13. Kenoi Silent After Being Caught Double Dipping
  14. Expenses for Mayor Billy Kenoi did not come with receipts
  15. Kenoi a Dead Politician Walking
  16. Maui News: Kenoi's Sense of Entitlement 'Cannot be Tolerated in Public Official'
  17. Before Rail and GMOs, There Was the Jones Act
  18. Senators Grill Water Board Nominee, Delay Decision
  19. Legislation on the Move
  20. House Resolution Backs Electric Co-op
  21. NextEra Will Take Hawaii Where it has Taken Florida
  22. Oahu electric rates continue to decline as Oil Prices Fall
  23. DoE Solar Plan Still Lagging
  24. Enrollment drops at town public schools, prompting rumors one school will close
  25. HART says rail guideways are safe despite concrete looming above
  26. Maui PD Claims NM Officers Arrested Over Burglary
  27. Report Claims Illegals Pay $31M in Hawaii Taxes
  28. After Months of Waiting, Disabled License Applications Slowly being processed Again
  29. Study: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
April 15, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Criminal Charges? Attorney General to Investigate Kenoi
  2. Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
  3. House Passes Nearly 150 Senate Bills on Second Crossover
  4. Senate Passes Nearly 200 Measures on Crossover
  5. Auditor: Fraud-riddled HI5 Program Ripped off by Whole Foods Market for 6 Years
  6. Feds Cite Honolulu Taco Bell Placement in $30M Fine Against Heald College
  7. Lawsuit Challenges HC&S East Maui Water Diversions
  8. Inspector General, Special Purpose Revenue Bonds, and Monolithic Monopoly: House Republicans Speak Out
  9. Hawaii Has Most Tax Brackets of Any State
  10. Carlisle: Only 2,100 Signatures needed to Impeach 'Repulsive' Kenoi
  11. I'm done talking about pCard, says arrogant mayor
  12. Senate advances bill to Raise GE Tax for rail
  13. DoT Won't Open H-1 Shoulder Lane until Legislature Done with Rail Tax Hike
  14. Second Crossover Legislation
  15. Hawaii Senate approves Maui state hospital private partnership
  16. HGEA nurses ratify new contract with 4 percent raises (still waaaay behind private sector nurses)
  17. House Passes Two Senate Bills to Save Health Connector
  18. Homeless can't stay on sidewalks
  19. As Mauna Kea Protests Grow, Some Hawaii Island Residents Worry About Jobs
  20. Hawaii County Council Rejects Ethics (Again)
  21. Oahu bag ban Kills Trees, Brings Thicker Plastic Bags
  22. Internet Billionaire Behind Solar City 
  23. Solar Contractors: We Have Installed Hundreds More Fraudulent Solar Systems
  24. Kauai Soft on Crime Judge Lets Two Attempted Murderers off probation early
  25. Vacation Rentals: Come Back in 30 Years and We'll Talk
  26. Maui OPEB Audit Disputed
  27. State tax refunds delayed 10-14 Weeks by new fraud prevention procedures

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
April 14, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Stop the Rail GET Surcharge Extension Bills
  2. Let Your Voice Be Heard for Maui Hospital!
  3. Momentum for Jones Act Reform Reaches Faraway Shores
  4. Incense and Candles Can Pollute
  5. Rise Up People: Redefining What It Means
  6. HSTA Contract Reopener Comes down to wire: Study Terms Teachers' Pay 'Robust, Very Competitive'
  7. OHA Trustee: Pay Us Rent and Telescope will become 'Extension of Spirituality'
  8. Who Needs Telescopes? Hawaii Can Always Rely on Tourism
  9. Mauna Kea Is a Special Place in Humanity’s Quest for Knowledge
  10. TMT tries to counter misinformation
  11. Senate to vote on Maui state hospital private partnership Tuesday
  12. Hawaii Health Connector's future is in the governor’s hands
  13. State Hospital had most patients ever last month
  14. Water Commission: Enviros Hammer Nominee for Refusing to Support Federal Water Grab
  15. DLNR Rules Linger in Governor’s Office
  16. Not Red Hot: Hawaii carpenters union advocacy group reports fewer workers
  17. HB496 Sick Leave Bill to be voted by Senate
  18. NextEra: An Evening With the Illusionist
  19. NextEra spreads around money
  20. HCDA to Pave Endangered Species, Install Solar Farm
  21. Homeless Camp Generates 37 Tons of Trash
  22. Career criminals bail out of jail, even after allegedly assaulting cops
  23. Former New Mexico police chief sues Maui Police
  24. Star-Adv: Drunk Cops Shouldn't be Armed
  25. Nobody Wants Gary Hooser so he is running for Council Again

Monday, April 13, 2015
April 13, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Insider Deals: OHA, Kanaiolowalu Procurement Code Violations
  2. Fences and Eradication: Petition Calls for Rejection of Suzanne Case
  3. My Father Was Gay: Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
  4. Inside look at Monsanto’s Hawaii farm nursery
  5. Secret Subcontractors: What Honolulu Rail Officials Aren’t Telling You
  6. OHA Illegally Refuses to Reveal Geothermal Investments, Losses 
  7. Energy cooperative ready to take root on Hawaii island
  8. Anti-Telescope Hysteria Still Spreading
  9. NextEra: People won't want rooftop solar
  10. Suzanne Case: Ige's Wily Ways
  11. Unlike Mayor, Hawaii County Council controls pCard use
  12. Arakawa: Hawaii County Also Withheld OPEB
  13. SB64 preschool opportunities for at-risk children
  14. Waikiki Homeless: 18 Contempt Warrants, Passing Around Vodka and Fighting
  15. Tighten rules that let prisoners on work furlough
  16. Advocates want Hawaii to ban sex trafficking
  17. Top firefighters sue Hawaii county claiming alleges wage inequities

Sunday, April 12, 2015
April 12, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. OHA seeks TMT moratorium to "address unresolved legal matters"
  2. Alii Place: Where Will the $90M Come From?
  3. PBS Video: Gridlocked by the power grid: Hawaii's Solar Industry
  4. Rail Tax: If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
  5. HB459: The Science and Politics of Casual Sex
  6. Star-Adv: It's time for Mayor Kenoi to resign
  7. Spending scandal threatens to end Kenoi's career
  8. Sen Josh Green takes heat from psychologists, retirees on potential conflicts of interest
  9. Thirty Meter Telescope construction delayed to April 20
  10. Shapiro: Ige Turns it Around with Case Nomination
  11. Kidnap--Inmates Given 'Work Furlough' to Look for a Job
  12. Union Planning to Represent Marijuana Workers Criticizes Dispensary Legislation
  13. Marijuana Bills Will be Rewritten in Conference
  14. Waimanalo family claims UH hemp study land belongs to them
  15. Airport sees dramatic decline in number of homeless people
  16. Creating a Hawaii electric co-op
  17. Schatz: I have no 'Head Space' for Reflecting, but I Talk Story with Biden
  18. Kona Church Marks 195 Years

Saturday, April 11, 2015
April 11, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Telescope: For OHA, it’s all About the Rent Money
  2. Suzanne Case Pays for Aerial Shooting and Eradication: Can Hunters Trust Her?
  3. Marijuana, Gender-Opinion Birth Certificates, and Unsafe Places Head for Final Votes
  4. Kenoi Paid for Promotional TV Shows with County Funds, County Hiding His Emails
  5. Kenoi fails to file gift disclosures, State Cancels his P-Card
  6. Caldwell: Honolulu Rail Tax Is Not ‘Chump Change’
  7. Ige Negotiates with Feds to Shunt Failed Health Connector into DCCA
  8. Feds Won't Confirm Health Connector Takeover Claims
  9. Star-Adv: Telescope Protests Show that Buying Off OHA is a Waste of Money
  10. OHA Trustee Thanks Telescope Protesters for Helping with Rent Hike
  11. Pathetic Anti-GMO Activists Reduced to Whining About 'Red Dust'
  12. Bill 6: Council Pushes Harder on Homeless Who Continue to Refuse Shelter
  13. Pothead Distressed at Changes to Marijuana Dispensing Bill
  14. Drunk Prosecutor Loses License for Two Years
  15. DOE: Crackdown on chronic absenteeism Part of Strive HI Campaign
  16. HSTA Files Grievance at Honokaa HS
  17. Matlin's salary set at $1.45M+Bonuses, Inevitable Termination Pays $150K
  18. After Wasting $11M, State Launches 2.0 Version
  19. PBS Interviews Hawaii Man Scammed by Solar Contractors
  20. State parks Use Illegal Hiking in Budget Pitch
  21. Former drug court clerk allegedly stole gift cards meant for participants
  22. Woman's rental search meets Section 8 stigma
  23. Family blames quarantine station for dog's death

Friday, April 10, 2015
April 10, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Telescope Protests: Hawaii is not the A'ole State
  2. HB500: Hawaii Legislators Vote on Secret Budget
  3. Rep Luke Gives One Hour Notice for Hearing on Open Government Bill
  4. HPD to Face on-site Accreditation Commission
  5. Local 5 Pushing Self-Funded Insurance Scheme
  6. Senate Committee Amends, Approves Interisland Ferry Resolution
  7. Study: At Home Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
  8. Small Business Group Challenges Employment Law Proposals
  9. Scrounging for More Money, Health Exchange Falsely Claims to Hold Prepaid Health Care Act Hostage
  10. Kenoi failed to report $1000s of 'gifts'
  11. Honolulu Releases 100s of P-Card Records
  12. Star-Adv: Audit the P-Cards
  13. Growing larger is the thing state government does best
  14. PKF Pacific Standing by Indicted Partner
  15. Tow Truck Could have Closed Zipper Lane
  16. Under Suzanne Case, Nature Conservancy in "Acquisition Mode"
  17. Senators want state to explore interisland ferry system
  18. Proxy materials detail Next Era takeover of Hawaiian Electric
  19. Oil — not renewables — touted as isles' linchpin
  20. Anti-GMO Neocolonialism in Agriculture
  21. Senate Passes Resolutions Calling for Removal of US Flag from State Buildings Jan 17 each year
  22. Telescope protesters appeal to Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  23. Protesters: OHA Should Demand 'Back Rent'
  24. Ige Spends Hours with Protesters on Mauna Kea
  25. Science, Not Superstition, Brought Polynesians to Hawaii
  26. Resurrected media access bill heads to Senate floor
  27. Hawaii campaign contribution case still awaiting 9th Circuit ruling after 18 months
  28. Criminals with 88 priors and 60 priors Out on Streets of Waikiki Thanks to Hawaii's Soft on Crime Judiciary
  29. Homeless Who Refuse to Accept Shelter Whine About Raids
  30. Panhandling Laws: ACLU Working Hard to Keep the Homeless Homeless
  31. Legislators Secretly Scheming to Gut n Replace Uber/Lyft Bill
  32. Obama's Bank of Hawaii Pick for the Fed May Be in Danger
  33. Not as Robust as Projected: Gay Tourist Weddings up by 2% After Legalization
  34. Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Obesity, Diabetes

Thursday, April 09, 2015
April 9, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
  2. Kanaiolowalu: How to Make Your Girlfriend Rich
  3. Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Alaska Join Call for Jones Act Reform
  4. DBEDT: International Students Contribute Over $205M to Economy
  5. Ige Names Appointees to Head DLIR, OIMT
  6. City launches Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) website
  7. Grassroot: Public-private partnerships for Hawaii Hospitals
  8. DLNR Seeks Comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
  9. Caldwell Admits GE Tax Hike is to Extend Rail to Manoa, Kapolei
  10. Telescope Protesters Will Stay until OHA Gets Pay
  11. Civil Beat: Kenoi Should Resign--Mayor just a Common Thief
  12. Intent to Defraud: Kenoi ethics to be Examined by Maui Counsel
  13. HGEA Still Looking for Excuses to Oppose Maui Memorial joining Hawaii Pacific Health
  14. Hawaii veterans wait longer for care on outer islands
  15. Senate Committee Sets Hearing for Ige’s New Choice to Head DLNR
  16. 14 Burials Found in Rail Path
  17. Mainland Homosexuals Winning Easily in Legislature
  18. UH Women's Studies Prof: 'Yes means Yes' is all about Money
  19. Ige: 'Absurd' Road Construction Delays Put Hawaii on Federal 'Watch List'
  20. Hawaii health officials hope to bring back bill to release millions in federal funding for Medicaid
  21. Kauai Anti-GMO Trial Begins, Judge Rules There are no Health Concerns
  22. Anti-GMO ex-Councilman Wants to Open Marijuana 'Dispensary'
  23. Tobacco-Free Coalition cleared on lobbying charges
  24. NextEra’s Bid Could Lead to Dissolution of HEI
  25. Oil Refiner Says LNG is a Bad Idea
  26. Youth Quit Gov't Jobs Fast After Getting Taste of Red Tape
  27. Hawaii Export Sector Growing Fast, But Still Smallest in US
  28. State Senator says prisons should review work furlough policies
  29. Patrick Oki stepping aside from managing PKF Pacific Hawaii
  30. OHA provides funding to support Na Pua No`eau
  31. Honokaa High principal under fire from HSTA
  32. Ige vs Feds: Keauhou aquifer is county’s responsibility

Wednesday, April 08, 2015
April 8, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Full Text: Drunk Prosecutor Resigns from Kaneshiro's Office
  2. Hawaii Has No Hate Crimes (Officially)
  3. Guess What: Hawaii Housing Is Expensive!
  4. Hawaii GE Tax: Broadest Sales Tax in US
  5. SB1280: Cab Companies Offer to Retrain Uber Drivers
  6. Senate Committee Approves 5-Year GE Tax Hike
  7. No Resignation Yet: Kenoi Hires Three Criminal Defense Lawyers, Attorney General Takes Over Felony Theft Investigation
  8. Unlike Others, Kenoi Still hasn't Been Fired for P-Card Theft
  9. ML&P, Grove Farm Owners Really Thrilled with Suzanne Case for DLNR
  10. Legislature May Do Little to Address Hawaii’s Housing Shortage
  11. Don't rush into buying Alii Place
  12. Telescope Stand down While Ige, UH negotiate Payoffs for OHA
  13. Maui Memorial: "We cannot wait for one more session or one more study"
  14. Arakawa: Maui County to explore buying MECO, forming co-op (good) or Public utility (bad)
  15. How charter school system in Hawaii is a success
  16. House bill Authorizes Marijuana Stores on Ag Land and in Residential Areas
  17. Tax break for cesspool conversions advances
  18. Lobbyist Spending Is Concentrated at the Top
  19. DoT Orders Commuters off Shoulder Lanes While Senate Votes on Rail Tax Hike
  20. Former Gov. Linda Lingle talks Hawaii politics
  21. BOE approves school meal price increase
  22. Five of HPD's breathalyzers broken at the same time
  23. Some rethinking the Justice Reinvestment Act
  24. Work furlough inmates arrested in robbery, kidnapping investigation
  25. Hawaii Homosexual Child Molester Charged: 57 Counts, 12 boys Victimized
  26. City Worker Arrested as Peeping Tom


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Feds Block Deal to Transfer Heald Students, College Shuts Down Monday
by News Release Sunday, April 26, 2015

...these efforts were unsuccessful largely as a result of federal and state regulators seeking to impose financial penalties and conditions on buyers and teach-out partners....


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The Magical Appearing Tax
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, April 26, 2015
34.228%! Imagine any customer seeing that kind of tax on the bill!
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Study: Hawaii Health Connector Loses 63% of 2014 Enrollees--Worst in US
by News Release Sunday, April 26, 2015

...Exchanges run by the federal government both retained a higher percentage of 2014 enrollees and enrolled a higher percentage of new enrollees in 2015 than states that run their own exchanges....


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7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
by News Article Saturday, April 25, 2015
“The state increased the rate from 4 percent to 7 percent.”
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Land and Power atop Mauna Kea
by Grassroot Institute Saturday, April 25, 2015

...OHA has a financial interest in the outcome of the dispute....


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Neighborhood Board elections now open for voting
by News Release Saturday, April 25, 2015

Voters may use the passcodes to cast ballots online via their computers or mobile devices from today, April 24, until May 15....


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UH: $14M Plan to Save Cancer Center Accreditation
by News Release Saturday, April 25, 2015

...The UH Cancer Center is being administratively incorporated into JABSOM to improve efficiency....


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Common Cause: Audit the Clinton Foundation
by News Release Saturday, April 25, 2015

...Hirono, Schatz, Takai already endorse Hillary....


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Sacred? Protest Leaders Demand $50M Yearly Rent for Telescope Site
by News Release Friday, April 24, 2015

"...Ten years of rent and revenue sharing lost = $500,000,000 .... "


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Suffering Loss of Tobacco Tax Revenues, Health Department Applauds Act 19 Restrictions on E-Cigs
by News Release Friday, April 24, 2015

"While tobacco use among Hawaii’s public middle and high school students has declined over the past decade, e-cigarette use has been increasing rapidly."


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Crabbe: OHA Wants 'percentage of gross receipts' from Telescope
by News Release Friday, April 24, 2015

OHA recommends the following or similar guidelines for the valuation of future subleases for telescopes on Mauna Kea, including the TMT....


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Auditor: No Special Fund Raids After AG Tightens Enforcement
by Hawaii State Auditor Friday, April 24, 2015

On February 27, 2013, the department conducted department-wide training for deputies whose clients administer non-general fund....


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One Simple State Tax Code Tweak to Favor Marijuana Taxpayers over Tax Evaders
by News Article Friday, April 24, 2015

Perhaps the largest expenses these operators are forbidden from deducting under § 280E are the excise taxes and license fees they pay to the state....


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75 Republicans Running for Honolulu Neighborhood Board—Voting Begins Today
by News Release Friday, April 24, 2015

All voting is done online or by phone. Registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail including a passcode they will need to use in order to access their digital ballot. This passcode was mailed out on April 23, 2015....


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OHA, University to Di$cuss Telescope
by News Release Thursday, April 23, 2015

...a meeting tomorrow (April 24) for representatives from the Governor’s office, the University of Hawaiʻi, the Office of Mauna Kea Management, the Mauna Kea Hui, the Mauna Kea ʻOhana, and OHA to di$cuss the thirty ­meter telescope....


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To Taxi or Ride-share?: Limiting Government’s Role
by Grassroot Institute Thursday, April 23, 2015

...regulations should then be applied equitably to taxi and ride-sharing companies and drivers....


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HART GE Tax Receipts $9M Above Expectations
by News Release Thursday, April 23, 2015
“We now have collected nearly $1.47 billion in local revenue funding for rail”
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Ohana Policy Group Pushes Back Against Kindergarten Gay Sex Education
by News Release Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hawaii's Ohana Policy Group is developing strategies and tactics to combat in-school lifestyle indoctrination....


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Your Electric Bill is Higher than you Think
by NCPA NCPA Thursday, April 23, 2015

...Consumers pay for electricity twice: once through monthly electricity bills and a second time through taxes that finance subsidies for inefficient wind and other energy producers....


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Tiny Honolulu Rail Stations Limit Capacity of $300M per Mile System
by News Article Thursday, April 23, 2015

Heavy-rail lines have much higher capacities because train lengths are limited only by platform lengths, which in most cases is 8 to 11 cars. But Honolulu is building a heavy-rail line whose platforms are only long enough to allow four 60-foot cars....


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HSTA Contract Reopener Showers Teachers in Cash
by News Release Thursday, April 23, 2015

One-time lump sum payment of $2000 for all active, full-time licensed teachers....


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Feds OK Pasha Acquisition of Horizon's Hawaii Business
by News Release Thursday, April 23, 2015

The clearance paves the way for an anticipated final closing before the end of the second quarter....


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London Times: Jones Act 'Key Bargaining Chip' in Trans-Atlantic Trade Negotiations
by News Article Thursday, April 23, 2015

...that 95-year-old law has become a key bargaining chip in one of the world’s largest trade accords....


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Sen Murkowski: An Effort to Look at Jones Act, Energy Exports
by Michael Hansen Thursday, April 23, 2015

"I don't think we should get all agitated and upset when there's an effort to look at the Jones Act," Murkowski said....


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Chinese Communist 'Confucius Institute' a Threat to Academic Freedom at UH Manoa
by News Release Thursday, April 23, 2015

Students for a Free Tibet has launched a global “Say No to China’s Confucius Institutes” campaign....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation Dead Last in Clout
by News Article Thursday, April 23, 2015

Since 1990, Roll Call has been tracking the potential influence each state has on national affairs....


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Audit: DoE Bungles Federal Grants, Gives Teachers Excess Sick Leave, Vacation Time
by News Release Wednesday, April 22, 2015
"Material weaknesses identified"
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25% Tax Would Make State Senior Partner in Marijuana Business
by Andrew Walden Wednesday, April 22, 2015

...HB321, SD2 proposes a 15% gross proceeds tax and a 10% special sales tax on so-called 'medical' marijuana sold in Hawaii....


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Ira Einhorn, Earth Day's Dirty Secret
by News Article Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ira Einhorn, Master of Ceremonies, Earth Day Rally on Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park, Phila, PA, Apr. 22, 1970.


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Crichton: Environmentalism is a religion
by News Article Wednesday, April 22, 2015
There's an initial Eden, a paradise, a state of grace and unity with nature, there's a fall from grace into a state of pollution as a result of eating from the tree of knowledge....
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NOAA Uses Hawaii Reefs to 'Showcase Climate Resilience'
by News Release Wednesday, April 22, 2015

...projects will take place in West Hawai‘i, West Maui, and He’eia (O’ahu)....


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Governor, Legislators Come to 'Understanding' on Maui Hospital Partnership Bill
by News Release Tuesday, April 21, 2015

“We are committed to moving a bill forward that provides us with the best opportunity for a public/private partnership and healthcare reform on Maui,” said Governor Ige....


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Conference Committee Begins Negotiations on State Budget
by News Release Tuesday, April 21, 2015

House and Senate conferees met today to begin negotiations on a final version of HB500, the state budget bill....


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Telescope: OHA Seeks 'Collective Re$olution', 'Po$itive Outcome'
by News Release Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has continued to urge Governor Ige and University of Hawaiʻi President Lassner to address the outstanding legal i$$ue$ involved in the planned Mauna Kea thirty-meter telescope before the moratorium on construction is lifted....


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The day when America moved toward becoming a global power
by News Article Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On April 21, 1898, Spain broke off diplomatic relations with the United States in a long-simmering dispute over Cuba....


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Honolulu: 40% of Homeless Refusing to Accept Shelter
by News Release Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The number of homeless individuals on Oahu is 4,903, a 4% (191) increase over 2014. The percentage of those who are unsheltered is 40% (1,939), the highest percentage since these data were collected in 2009....


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Governor Ige to Sign Bill Designating the Hawaiian Hoary Bat As State Land Mammal
by Sam Slom Tuesday, April 21, 2015

...the ōpe‘ape‘a, or Hawaiian hoary bat, flew through the Senate, glided through the House of Representatives, and will land on Governor Ige's desk in the attic of the Capitol Building....


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New Laws Regulate Aquarium Fishermen
by News Article Monday, April 20, 2015

The aquarium fishermen even at loss of income have willingly agreed to the new laws and plan to have continuing dialogue with DAR....


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NOAA: Hawaii Humpbacks 'Not at Risk'
by News Release Monday, April 20, 2015

The humpback whale is currently listed as endangered throughout its range. The proposed rule finds that ten of those 14 populations do not warrant ESA listing....


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Hawaii Noted for 'Anti-Innovation Policy Choices'
by News Release Monday, April 20, 2015

Modest Innovators need improvements in several policy and other foundational criteria to better create an environment for innovative companies to thrive....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 20, 2015
by Congress .org Monday, April 20, 2015
Senate: Medicare Payments to Physicians - Passage
House: Manufactured Housing High-Cost Mortgages - Passage
House: State and Local Sales Tax Deductions - Passage
House: Estate Tax Repeal – Passage

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Some States Pay Doctors More to Treat Medicaid Patients
by News Article Monday, April 20, 2015

Fifteen states are betting they can convince more doctors to accept the growing number of patients covered by Medicaid with a simple incentive: more money....


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Mark Takai: 100 Days of Nothingness
by Andrew Walden Sunday, April 19, 2015

This looks more like Mark's excellent adventure....


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Hawaiians and the Law: Kelii Akina and Michael Lilly
by Grassroot Institute Sunday, April 19, 2015

Whether it's activists on Mauna Kea, the Akaka Bill or the Native Hawaiian roll, questions of law abound....


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SB 555 - Increasing the Food/Excise Tax Credit
by News Release Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hawaii levies the second highest tax burden in the country on its low-income families. A major reason for this is the General Excise tax....


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Report: Illegals Pay $31M in Hawaii State Taxes
by News Release Sunday, April 19, 2015

A new 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy....


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Smoking It Out
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, April 19, 2015

HB145 has quite a history. It started as a bill to limit the tobacco tax on large cigars to 50 cents per cigar....


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Auditor: City Unable to Track Federal Transportation Funds
by News Release Saturday, April 18, 2015

...grants and appropriations had lapsed or were subject to de-obligation because project managers lacked accurate, complete and reliable information....


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Desperate to Pass Rail Tax, HART Finally Agrees to Televise One Meeting
by News Release Saturday, April 18, 2015

‘Ōlelo to provide live television coverage of next week’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s (HART) Board of Directors meeting....


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DoH: Tobacco Use Down 20%, E-Cigs Up
by News Release Saturday, April 18, 2015

The prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults in Hawaii decreased by more than 20% from 2011 to 2013....However, use of e-cigarettes continues to grow at an alarming rate....


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Ige: Telescope Legally Entitled to Proceed With Construction
by News Release Saturday, April 18, 2015
Any further announcements about the construction schedule will come from TMT....
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BoE to Debate Sex Education Policy
by Hawaii Family Advocates Saturday, April 18, 2015
April 21, 2015 (Tuesday) at 1:30 p.m.
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DoE: Students Meet 79% of 'Wellness Guidelines'
by News Release Friday, April 17, 2015

Wellness Guidelines look at nutritional guidelines, health and nutrition education, physical education and activity....


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DBEDT: Solo Commuters up 74%
by News Release Friday, April 17, 2015

The number of commuters driving alone increased 74.2 percent from 253,680 in 1980 to 441,988 in the 2009-2013 period....


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Small Business Tax Index -- Hawaii 47th
by News Release Thursday, April 16, 2015

This year’s edition of the Index pulls together 23 different tax measures....


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Final Act 221: Hoku Plant Cut Up, Pieces Auctioned off
by News Article Thursday, April 16, 2015

Built with your tax dollars, via crony capitalist Act 221 High Tech Tax Credits, Hawaii....


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HS Senior Launches pro-Telescope Petition
by News Article Thursday, April 16, 2015

King Kalākaua was an early and ardent supporter of astronomical observation in Hawaii....


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Hawaii State Auditor Presents 2014 Annual Report
by Hawaii State Auditor Thursday, April 16, 2015

...we had a busy 2014—releasing 18 audits, analyses, and studies on everything from alternate uses of recycled glass to the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries....


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HAWSCT Clarifies Joinder Of Indispensable Parties, Timely Appeals
by Robert Thomas Thursday, April 16, 2015

Here's the latest from the Hawaii Supreme Court....


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Chief Justice Appoints Dyan M. Medeiros as Oahu District Family Court Judge
by News Release Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The appointment of Medeiros fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Christine E. Kuriyama to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit....


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Stewardship by UH to protect Maunakea for future generations
by News Article Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Since 2000, Maunakea has been under stewardship of the Office of Maunakea Management....


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Public input sought on school calendar
by News Release Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Feedback collected by the online survey through April 22 will be used to help guide calendar development for the 2016-17 school year and beyond....


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Kauai Council Calls for ‘Home Rule’ on Marijuana Dispensaries
by News Article Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kauai is the only county in Hawaii that has taken a stand against this onrush of legislation....


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Forbes Worst States for Taxes: Hawaii 31st
by News Article Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Many states have a graduated system — the most complicated one is Hawaii....


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Hawaii Has Most Tax Brackets of Any State
by News Article Wednesday, April 15, 2015

...three states have ten or more tax brackets, led by Hawaii with twelve....


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Lawsuit Challenges HC&S East Maui Water Diversions
by News Article Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A&B has been diverting water from East Maui streams for more than 100 years via "complex system of ditches, tunnels and flumes" to irrigate the HC&S sugar plantation in Central Maui....


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Inspector General, Special Purpose Revenue Bonds, and Monolithic Monopoly: House Republicans Speak Out
by Video Video Wednesday, April 15, 2015

House Republican floor speeches ....


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Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
by Sam Slom Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Senators Russell Ruderman, Glenn Wakai, Lee Ihara, Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Keith-Agaran voted in the affirmative but with reservations.  A no vote at this stage serves to exclude the person voting no from participating in the Conference Committee....


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Feds Cite Honolulu Taco Bell Placement in $30M Fine Against Heald College
by News Release Wednesday, April 15, 2015

...one campus (Honolulu) classified a 2011 graduate of an Accounting program as employed in the field based upon a food service job she started at Taco Bell in June 2006....


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Senate Passes Nearly 200 Measures on Crossover
by News Release Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A majority of the bills will go into conference committees where the House and Senate conferees will convene to settle differences....


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