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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Full Text: Supreme Court Grants Temporary Injunction Blocking Telescope Construction
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 PM :: 5040 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use, OHA

True to Form: Enviros win 90% in Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Will the Jones Act cause Hawaii’s last sugar plantation to close?
By Michael Hansen @ 8:33 PM :: 5749 Views :: Agriculture, Jones Act

The cause of HC&S’s operating losses were poor growing conditions with too much rain and expenses relating to their elderly sugar-carrying vessel....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hawaii Republicans Oppose Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Hawaii
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:15 PM :: 6371 Views :: Military, Religion

Senator Sam Slom wrote a letter to Governor Ige, urging him to reconsider his position....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hawaii Loses Ground in Business Tax Climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 4176 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

State falls to #31 in national ranking....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
So Far: Syrian Refugees in U.S. Include 2,098 Muslims, 53 Christians
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 5835 Views :: Military, Religion

'Screening': Syria is 10% Christian, 'Refugees' are 2% Christian....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
A-1 A-Lectrician Case: Secret Email Group Connects Hawaii AG to Soros-Funded Lawyers
By Selected News Articles @ 5:47 AM :: 6634 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

Deirdre Marie-Iha, a lawyer from the Hawaii Attorney General's Office, asks for help defending against a free speech case....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
DLNR Slaps Down Anti-Aquarium Nuts (again)
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 4679 Views :: Environment, Small Business

"Commercial aquarium fish collecting, in fact, does not occur to any great extent off most of the Hawaiian Islands...."

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Engineers: DAGS Hands Off CIP
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:20 AM :: 3194 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Of 19 departments and agencies surveyed, 14 said capital improvement projects (CIPs) should not be handled centrally by the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS)....

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Ige: Hawaii Will Welcome ‘Screened’ Syrian Refugees
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 4777 Views :: Military, Religion

According to the NYT, so far no Syrian refugees have been resettled in Hawaii....

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Monday, November 16, 2015
How High are Cell Phone Taxes in Your State?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 4771 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii Ranks 44th with a 6.3% Tax Rate....

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Federal Intervention in Schools Looks to Remain in Force Through Possible No Child Left Behind Deal
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:06 PM :: 3519 Views :: Education K-12

House and Senate proposals to rewrite No Child Left Behind are set to head into conference early next week....

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 16, 2015
By Congress.org @ 3:54 PM :: 3292 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Revised Defense Authorization 
Senate: Military-Construction-VA Appropriations
Senate: Surface Transportation Reauthorization

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Monday, November 16, 2015
Offshore? Let Wind and Solar Energy Subsides Expire
By NCPA @ 12:55 PM :: 3975 Views :: Energy

Offshore wind is 2.6 times more expensive as onshore wind power and is 3.4 times more expensive than power produced by a natural gas combined cycle plant....

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Why the Paris Massacre Will Have Limited Impact
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 4214 Views :: Military

...it will likely move public sentiments substantially in one direction and Establishment policies in quite the opposite....

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Rail Funds Frozen? Feds Explain ‘Officially’ and ‘Unofficially’ What they Told Caldwell
By Andrew Walden @ 3:54 PM :: 6019 Views :: Rail

...we at Hawai’i Free Press tried a novel approach—actually contacting FTA spokespeople in Washington to see what they had to say about it....

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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Working on the Fringe
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4092 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
“Revisiting the Taxation of Fringe Benefits”
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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Hawaii Is Holding an Election That Only Allows People of Certain Racial Background to Vote
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:49 PM :: 5310 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

It’s bad enough having a state hold an election that is racially discriminatory. Now we have a judge willing to allow it to move forward....

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Full Text: State, Feds Defend Nai Aupuni Election Before 9th Circuit Court
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 5709 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Four responses have been filed before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in opposition to last week’s “Urgent Motion for Injunction”....

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
How energy prices are elevated by the Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 4:21 PM :: 4869 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

Hawaii-West Coast products deliveries have to be done by costly Jones Act tankers....

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
Feds Freeze Rail Funds? HART Knows Nothing About Caldwell’s Latest Pressure Tactic
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 5762 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Rail, Taxes

...the FTA has not reached out to HART and officials were not aware the money was in jeopardy....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
‘Time of Use’ Rates to top out at $0.479 per kwh
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 4503 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential time-of-use rates would be most beneficial for customers who are able to use more electricity during the middle of the day until 4 p.m....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
First Hawaii Women Veterans Conference Set for Saturday
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 4582 Views :: Health Care, Military

In Hawaii there are more than 14,000 women veterans; only 4,300 access their benefits and health care through the VA....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
Nai Aupuni claims ‘Outcome not Rigged’
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 4529 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

...how can the outcome be “rigged”....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
Organics: Another Fine Government Mess
By NCPA @ 1:32 PM :: 4926 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

The current Chipotle E-Coli outbreak offers an opportunity for shoppers to understand the true nature of the USDA’s organic certification program....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
Na’i Aupuni Candidates in Conflict
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 6292 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Ethics, OHA

"...you are the executive director for the organization that received well over a half a million dollars for this Na'i Aupuni process...."

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Friday, November 13, 2015
How Do You Design an Electric Train without Considering the Electricity?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:02 AM :: 4949 Views :: Energy, Rail

...what will the train’s power bill be for decades to come?....

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Feds: Race to the Top Empowers Hawaii to Transform Education
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 4064 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Fundamental Change: Innovation in America's Schools under Race to the Top....

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
UK citizen with green card sues Honolulu police over denial of firearm permit
By Selected News Articles @ 10:07 PM :: 4077 Views :: Second Amendment

...Hawaii only granted permits to U.S. citizens until a federal judge in Honolulu last year ruled that's unconstitutional.  The department is trying to get around that ruling....

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Jones Act Business Forum set for UH Manoa
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 3893 Views :: Jones Act

Nov. 12 at UH Campus Center Ballroom 5:30pm to 7:30pm....

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Protest Na’i Aupuni at State Capitol
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 5319 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA
When: Friday, November 13th, 3- 5:30PM
Where: In front of the State Capitol, Beretania Street


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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hawaii earns a D- for Civil Forfeiture Laws
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 6391 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Drugs

Hawaii’s civil forfeiture laws are among the nation’s worst....

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Thursday, November 12, 2015
Full Text: Veterans Sue for Voting Rights in US Territories
By Selected News Articles @ 12:52 AM :: 4193 Views :: First Amendment, Military

...the Illinois veterans are allowed to continue voting in Illinois by absentee ballot ... if they reside in the Northern Mariana Islands (“NMI”),  American Samoa, or in a foreign country, but not if they reside in Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Let's Create a Higher Standard for Ethical Government
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:44 PM :: 3824 Views :: Ethics, Rail

If we want to see more responsible and accountable government, then it's up to the public to set the standard for what ethical government looks like....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Video: Fixing What's Wrong with Welfare
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:25 PM :: 3670 Views :: Family

...the War on Poverty has launched a massive bureaucracy and a plethora of government programs that have negatively impacted the American family....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Mauna Kea: DLNR Schedules Aerial Eradication ‘Simultaneous’ to Telescope Work
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 5257 Views :: Higher Education, OHA, Second Amendment

"As local workers prepare to begin work at the TMT site, we want to remind people of other simultaneous activities that may be occurring on the mountain.”

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
HECO: 'Time of Use' Rate Hike Coming
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 4656 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

A rate that is higher -- above the existing energy charge rate -- from 4 p.m. to midnight (on-peak hours)....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Voting Begins for Maunalua Bay Advisory Committee
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 3217 Views :: Environment

July, 2015: East Oahu: 400 Testify Against Federal Takeover of Maunalua Bay....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Hawaii Now Only State in Nation Without Sex Trafficking Law
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3748 Views :: Law Enforcement

Hawaii and Virginia were the last two states in the nation without a law specifically criminalizing sex trafficking; however, 2015 legislative gains in Virginia left Hawaii behind....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Congress asks Hawaii Health Exchange where the money went
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 3753 Views :: Health Care
“The hearing… did not answer all the committee’s questions nor fully assuaged its concerns that tax dollars have been, and are being, spent inappropriately.”
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Lying, Cheating, Stealing, Bribery—Na’i Aupuni Makes it all Legal
By Video @ 4:16 PM :: 6639 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Ethics, OHA

Corporations Buying Influence? Native Hawaiian Election Throws Out All the Rules....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Political Correctness Jumps Shark? -- “Hey Hey Ho Ho Reporters Have Got to Go!”
By Video @ 1:50 PM :: 4356 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

Be sure to watch the U Missouri Mass Communications Professor looking for “some muscle over here”....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Hawaii Most Expensive State to Raise a Family
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 4900 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Raising a family in the Aloha State comes at a high price....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
HART Math – When 1 + 1 Doesn’t Equal 2
By Natalie Iwasa @ 1:28 PM :: 3546 Views :: Rail

...project expenditures are $1,637M, $1,581M or $1,512M, depending on which report one looks at....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Obamacare Covers 2.6% of Hawaii Insured
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 3608 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The uninsured rate pre-Obamacare was 7.89 percent and has fallen to a current rate of 5.27 percent, with 31,653 persons gaining health insurance....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Poll: 62% Support Telescope Construction--TMT to Re-Start Site Work
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 4820 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

88% of Hawaii residents agree there should be a way for science and Hawaiian culture to co-exist on Maunakea....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Nai Aupuni: Two Candidates Misplaced, and Another Quits the Race
By Andrew Walden @ 4:07 AM :: 4200 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...her name does not appear on a copy of the print version of the Oahu ballot....

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Monday, November 9, 2015
New Data Shows Veterans Treatment Court Surge
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 4254 Views :: Judiciary, Military

Nationally, Veterans Treatment Courts are serving an estimated 13,200 veterans who would otherwise be incarcerated....

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Monday, November 9, 2015
Best Cities for Veterans—Honolulu Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 3650 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military

"The ratio of homeless veterans to the veteran population is 28 times higher in San Francisco than in Virginia Beach, Va"

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Monday, November 9, 2015
Hawaii Ends Expensive Net Metering Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 PM :: 3588 Views :: Energy

instead of getting credited for the full retail rate for the energy they produce, customers will be credited for a fixed rate between 15 cents and 28 cents per kilowatt-hour, depending on the island....

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Monday, November 9, 2015
Hawaii Receives D+ Grade on Corruption
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 4462 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

Lobbyists thrive in land of sunshine....

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