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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Jones Act, LNG at Center of Puerto Rico Recovery Plan
By Michael Hansen @ 12:53 PM :: 5649 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

Cong Perluisi stated there “. . . . are eight constructive steps the federal government could take,” including the need to “update the Existing Jones Act LNG and LPG Exemption in Puerto Rico” ....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Republican Response to State of the Union
By News Release @ 10:12 AM :: 4525 Views :: National News, Republican Party

"...a vision of a brighter American future...."

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Full Text: State of the Union Address
By News Release @ 10:09 AM :: 5771 Views :: National News, Obama

"...expectations for what we will achieve this year are low...."

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Bed Bugs—Honolulu Slips to 49th Place
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 4135 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics

Last year we were 42nd ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HB1524: Obama Opens Door to Home Energy Project Loans
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 8:45 PM :: 3471 Views :: Energy

...the loan would be repaid through revenues generated by a special assessment on the borrowers' real-property tax bills....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Hawaii: Only 11,949 Sign up for Obamacare
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 4084 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

To have their coverage effectuated, consumers generally need to pay their first month’s health plan premium. This release does not include totals for effectuated enrollments.....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
HB1170: Geothermal Fast-track, part two
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 4425 Views :: Energy, Land Use

The legislative session has yet to even begin, and House leaders are already poised to fast-track a set of blanket exemptions for power producers....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
OHA Elections: Throw These Bums Out
By Video @ 5:04 PM :: 4550 Views :: OHA

State-backed Loans: $89M to Companies Tied to OHA Chair Robert Lindsey....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
DoI Adds 2,000 Pro Fed-Wreck Testimonies
By Selected News Articles @ 10:15 AM :: 10709 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

... DoI Adds 2,000 Pro Fed-Wreck Testimonies -- Many Dated After 12/30 Deadline ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
DBEDT: Family of Four Requires $75K to live on Oahu
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 5255 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Statewide, about 18.5% of two-adult couples with no children and 45.5% of two-adult couples with two children had incomes below the self-sufficiency standard....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
DHHL ‘Disappointed’ by State’s Appeal of Court Ordered Funding
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 4230 Views :: DHHL

DHHL pushes funding parity, urges no further delay in funds to beneficiaries....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
VIDEO: Thirty Meter Telescope, Putting The "Puaa" Back In Ahupuaa, And Oprah Elections
By Robert Thomas @ 6:23 PM :: 4852 Views :: Akaka Bill, Higher Education, OHA
"Are the Courts Crazy?"
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Gold Coast Seawall Hot Potato Case: Supreme Court Hears Arguments
By Robert Thomas @ 6:20 PM :: 3649 Views :: Land Use

A case that we've been following with some mild amusement has reached the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Reviewing Hawaii’s FY 2017 supplemental budget
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:16 PM :: 3981 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a net increase of $297.6 million in FY 2017, an increase of 4.4%....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Pro Life? Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By News Release @ 5:37 PM :: 4020 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Life

AUL’s 2016 Life List Ranks the 50 States Based on How Well Women are Protected from Abortion Industry Abuses....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Hawaii DoE: $48M Annual Electric Bill is STEM Learning Opportunity
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 4089 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

"...students will learn core principles of science and will see the relevance of community initiatives, such as moving to solar energy, limiting waste, encouraging recycling and reducing water usage with low-flow toilets...."

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Expert Slams Hawaii Legislature for Lumping E-Cigs in with Tobacco
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 4287 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the new law incorrectly lumps e-cigarettes and lower-risk smokeless tobacco products in with the much more harmful nicotine cigarettes....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Up to 72% of Council Campaign Contributions from Hoopili and Rail
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 5764 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

...another vote on Bill 23 (2015), CD1 - Relating to the Transportation Surcharge, will be required of Committee members at the Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Calling all Cronies: Marijuana Dispensary License Application Now Available Online
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 3541 Views :: Drugs

Many of Hawaii's political and business leaders are wanna-be dope dealers....soon we will find out which....

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Monday, January 11, 2016
Legalize Marijuana-Criminalize Fireworks
By Selected News Articles @ 9:46 PM :: 2652 Views
It is an election year after all…
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Monday, January 11, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 11, 2016
By Congress.org @ 6:22 PM :: 3791 Views :: Congressional Delegation
House: Review Federal Regulations for Repeal-- Passage
House: Class-Action Litigation -- Passage
House: Health Care Repeal Reconciliation -- Adoption
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Monday, January 11, 2016
Kasich for America Files to Appear on Hawaii Ballot–Djou to Lead Campaign
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 4744 Views :: Republican Party

On Friday, Governor John Kasich's presidential campaign filed the necessary paperwork to appear on the Hawaii Republican primary ballot....

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Monday, January 11, 2016
From Inside the Supreme Court, the Key Exchanges on a Case Pitting Unions vs. First Amendment
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:45 PM :: 5023 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

This morning, the Supreme Court heard a challenge to the requirement in California that government employees, such as public school teachers, pay fees to the local union even if they choose not to join the union....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Update on Honolulu Charter Commission – Meeting Friday
By Natalie Iwasa @ 8:57 PM :: 3524 Views :: Honolulu County

The commission has been meeting since March 2015 and received over 150 proposals for changes to the charter. Fifteen of those proposals have been deferred....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
March for Life--State Capitol January 22
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:45 PM :: 5297 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

We are only days away from the opening of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Obama Administration Promoting Race-based Hawaiian Election
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 PM :: 4101 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

This all began in Hawaii in 2011 when Act 195 was passed....

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
Unfriendly Skies?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3335 Views :: Taxes

Serious students of history may wonder what is going on. There is, after all, a federal law that prevents Hawaii taxes from touching an airline’s gross income....

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Saturday, January 9, 2016
Sorry OHA, Free Trade Zones are not free of the Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 5:15 PM :: 5661 Views :: Akaka Bill, Jones Act, OHA

Hawaii Business Magazine published in its January 2016 issue an article entitled “Change Agents” profiling four Hawaiian activists and describing their visions for Hawaii....

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Saturday, January 9, 2016
$6.8 million in grants promote STEM jobs for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 4667 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

Implementing K–12 programs in computer, engineering or biomedical science....

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Saturday, January 9, 2016
Plantation Era: They Came With Hope
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:55 PM :: 5911 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii History, Labor

I don’t know whether or not I want to cry or scream today....

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Saturday, January 9, 2016
Judicial Watch Opposes Obama Executive Action to Create Hawaiian Tribe
By Selected News Articles @ 10:28 AM :: 4294 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...the Obama Interior Department’s proposed regulation would be contrary to laws against racial discrimination and would be an unconstitutional end-run around Congress, which has repeatedly rejected legislation granting tribal status to Native Hawaiians....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
DLNR Officer Arrested--Charged with sexual assault of Minor
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5734 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement

...DLNR Officer “was fired (from Honolulu PD) in 2013 after he falsified records and lied to investigators about transporting a female runaway, who was underage.”....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Lawsuits Have Consequences: Aloha To Hawaii Sugar
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 6481 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Land Use

Since about the 1970's, sugar plantations have been legal pariahs....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
DLNR to Loosen Death Grip on Hilo Businesses?
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 6267 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Small Business

One of the leases at Banyan Drive has expired and has been placed on a month-to-month revocable permit. Other leases at Banyan Drive and in the Kanoelehua Industrial Area will expire in the next several years....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Glass Houses of Marijuana: Pots, Kettles and the Color Black
By Selected News Articles @ 1:23 PM :: 4440 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

...Department of Health (DoH) officials faced scathing rebukes for doing their job well....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Ige Budget: $104M omissions, mystery spending cuts
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:04 PM :: 4227 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

$104 million in omissions combine with mystery spending cuts to create unrealistic budget scenario....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
Federal Aid? Hawaii Ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:38 AM :: 3965 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... states with low levels of support tend to have higher per capita tax collections and populations with lesser reliance on federal assistance ....

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Friday, January 8, 2016
What the Constitution Really Says About Race and Slavery
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 5127 Views :: National News

One hundred and fifty years ago the 13th Amendment officially was ratified, and with it, slavery finally was abolished....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Nai Aupuni in Contempt of Supreme Court? Latest Filings
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 4020 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...Grassroot Institute Calls Na'i Aupuni Process an Embarrassment to the Hawaiian People....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Public Meeting on Honolulu Bikeways January 13
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 2956 Views :: Honolulu County

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suite....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
UH Reports Hawaii Hemp is Top Shelf
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:56 PM :: 4882 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

Hawaii's Industrial Hemp Research Project exceeded expectations in not only the quantity, but the quality....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
OHA Trustee, Ex-Legislator Come up with Excuses, Get Added to Aha Participant Roster
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 5053 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...Added were Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Rowena Akana, Rosalie Lenchanko, Kalaniakea Wilson and former legislator Karen Awana....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Hawaii House Republicans Urge NRA to Reject Willes Lee Nomination
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 3648 Views :: Second Amendment

House Minority Caucus urges NRA’s Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre to scrap nomination of Wiles Lee to their Board of Directors....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Oregon Standoff: Cooperative Management vs Federal Control
By Video @ 4:26 AM :: 5282 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Second Amendment

Full Transcript of Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) Floor Speech January 5, 2016....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Support Hawaii Pro-Gun Legislators
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 3141 Views :: Second Amendment

Two of our most supportive Legislators are holding fundraisers....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Study: E-Cig Vapers and Public Health Community Should be United Against Big Tobacco
By Ed Case @ 3:59 AM :: 3548 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A recently published study proposes a pact between the public health community and the vaping community to combat a shared enemy, Big Tobacco....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
VIDEO: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Jones Act with Michael Hansen
By Michael Hansen @ 3:25 AM :: 4136 Views :: Jones Act

Kelii Akina and Mike Hansen discuss the Jones Act and its implications for the economy of Hawaii....

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Thursday, January 7, 2016
Quality Counts: Hawaii K-12 Achievement Ranks 32nd in USA
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 3677 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

The 20th annual edition of Education Week’s Quality Counts....

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Confucius on Hawaii’s New Smoking Age
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:14 PM :: 3947 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement
“If you lead the people with administrative injunctions and keep the them orderly with penal law, they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of personal ethics....”
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016
VIDEO: Hawaii Water Law In A Nutshell
By Robert Thomas @ 9:38 PM :: 4969 Views :: Environment, Land Use

If you want a crash course in Hawaii's unique (some would say weird) water law, you can't do better than this video....

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