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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
How Economically Independent is Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 AM :: 3242 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...2017’s Most & Least Independent States....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
After Pushing Bogus Coral Sunscreen Bills, Hawaii Surfrider Collects Payoff from Manufacturer
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 5879 Views :: Environment, Greenmail

...According to Nature and Scientific American, claims of coral damage from sunscreen are a bunch of hype....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Pasha to Buy Four Mystery Ships?
By Michael Hansen @ 12:18 AM :: 4515 Views :: Jones Act

Pasha faces the more immediate need to renew its fleet, which still has four steamships over 30 years old....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10 Buildings With the Highest Honolulu Property Taxes in 2016
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 5317 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Honolulu raked in over $50 million in property taxes last year, from the top 10 taxpaying properties alone....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Rail Tax Hike: Legislators Promise Special Session, but Cannot Agree on Date or Funding Mechanism
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 4264 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...no specific dates have been set for the special session and no rail funding mechanism has been agreed upon....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Cool Schools? DoE Working to Avoid Installing Air Conditioners
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 5041 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

"The department has made every effort to find solutions to cooling our classrooms in ways that are not only cost-efficient but also energy efficient..."

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Global Warming: UH Professors Say Everybody in Hawaii Will Burn to Death. Soon. Real soon.
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 5485 Views :: Environment, Higher Education

“Our study shows...it takes very little warming for conditions to turn deadly in the tropics.”

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Panos: Statewide Surface Transportation Challenges and Opportunities
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 4741 Views :: Maui County, Rail

Stuck in traffic? Panos Prevedouros will share traffic solutions that will free up our state's gridlock and get traffic flowing again....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 19, 2017
By Congress.org @ 3:53 PM :: 3629 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Rapuano Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Saudi Arms Sale Disapproval – Motion to Discharge
  • Senate: Iranian and Russian Sanctions
  • House: Health Insurance Tax Credit Verification
  • House: Veterans Affairs Department Accountability
  • House: Health Care Tax Credit Expansion
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Monday, June 19, 2017
Democrats Vote to Allow Fukumoto In
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 6449 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Republican Party

Decisive Endorsement? Gay Thief Approves Fukumoto for Democratic Party membership....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Medicaid Expansion Crowds Emergency Rooms
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 3553 Views :: Health Care

States that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA) saw 2.5 emergency department visits more per 1,000 people after 2014....

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Closing an Estate Tax Loophole?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:05 AM :: 3814 Views :: Taxes
...this bill seems like a knee-jerk reaction....
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Auditor: 2017 Legislature Batting .000 -- 65 Bogus Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:21 AM :: 4027 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...None of the 65 Special Funds proposed in the 2017 Legislative session met criteria....

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Friday, June 16, 2017
State Recycling Program: A Decade of Fraud (Part 6)
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:18 AM :: 5839 Views :: Environment, Ethics

The Department of Health, which administers the Program, has been aware of this flawed payment system since 2006 but has done little to address it....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Audit Catches Maui County Finance Directory Abusing P-Card–Exposes Hostess Bar Loophole
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 5737 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

...The County Finance Director’s travel was presumed to be to attend an Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in Nashville, TN, relating to “bribery and corruption”....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Audit: Informal Procedures by HPD, Prosecutor Hinder Domestic Violence Cases
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 5365 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

...the HPD and PAT (Office of Prosecuting Attorney) lifecycle for domestic violence incidents can result in reclassifications and decisions that affect the case....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
The Economic Security of Older Women and Men in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 5244 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

...economic security of women and men aged 65 and older in Hawaii, including their marital status, poverty, and various sources and amounts of income....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wine Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 12th
By Tax Foundation @ 2:04 AM :: 4931 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
State Labor Negotiators partly to blame for counties’ tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 4865 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...negotiations with the public employee unions take place mostly at the state level, but the counties nevertheless are on the hook....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
No Jones Act Tankers to Carry LNG
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 5200 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Currently no Jones Act-eligible tankers are capable of carrying LNG....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Takings: Bridge Aina Lea Suit Dismissed
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 5901 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

Hawaii federal judge Susan Oki Mollway yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by a private landowner against the State of Hawaii after the State Land Use Commission in 2011 reverted more than 1,000 acres of land in South Kohala on Hawaii island from urban to agricultural use....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Honolulu 2nd-Lowest Average Internet Speed
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 AM :: 4366 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Honolulu average Internet download speed ranks 99th of 100 US cities....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
A third marine carrier in Hawaii?
By Video @ 1:43 AM :: 4417 Views :: Jones Act

VIDEO: Mike Hansen discusses what this means, whether it's likely to happen, and how it fits in the Hawaii marine seascape....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
UH: Housing First Keeps 89% of Homeless Housed
By News Release @ 1:41 AM :: 5608 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

Clients were 64% less likely to visit the emergency room and 74% less likely to be admitted to a hospital....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Kids Count: Hawaii Ranks 17th in Child Well-being
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 6694 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...families continue to offer a strong foundation for Hawaiʻi’s children, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Oahu GOP: No Rail Tax Hike Special Session
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:36 AM :: 5359 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Island taxpayers are already struggling from paycheck to paycheck....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Hawaii GOP: Ige Paris Accord Grandstanding will Cost Hawaii Consumers
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 1:31 AM :: 5991 Views :: Environment, Republican Party

...Democrats—who so piously declare themselves champions of the middle class and working families—will have accomplished nothing but to further increase the already exorbitant cost of living in Hawaii....

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Monday, June 12, 2017
Message to OHA: ‘Clean up your Act’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:29 AM :: 5037 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Beneficiaries are calling for higher levels of transparency and accountability....

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Monday, June 12, 2017
The saga of fishing vessel ‘America’s Finest’ continues
By Michael Hansen @ 1:27 AM :: 4286 Views :: Jones Act

...New Anacortes-built trawler could be grounded by old law, endangering two Washington State firms....

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Monday, June 12, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 12, 2017
By Congress.org @ 1:24 AM :: 4505 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Senate: Elwood Nomination - Confirmation
Senate: Iran Sanctions - Cloture
House: Customs and Border Protection Polygraph Waiver
House: Financial Regulation Restructuring

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
Reaching Back into the Past
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 3118 Views :: Taxes

...retroactive tax legislation....

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Hilo: DLNR Land Lease Ends with Demolition of Hotel
By News Release @ 12:53 AM :: 6054 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Tourism

...prepare for a new phase of de-vitalization of Banyan Drive....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
Rep Thielen: Bring Rail Down to Earth
By Video @ 12:50 AM :: 3178 Views :: Rail

...Representative Cynthia Thielen (H District 50 Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) assistant Minority Floor Leader, discusses the Honolulu rail project with Randall W. Roth, JD,LLM....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
TVRs: No Taxation Without Legalization!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:48 AM :: 4733 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...state lawmakers are eager to capture $26 million dollars in tax money every year from short-term vacation rentals....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
CyberStates: Hawaii Lags
By Selected News Articles @ 12:46 AM :: 2371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

The laggards are Alaska, Hawaii, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
Global Warmers: Waikiki Sea Level Rise Will Drown Trump Hotel
By Andrew Walden @ 12:43 AM :: 3452 Views :: Environment

...oddly enough, global warmers are still not lining up to accept my very generous offer of 10% of assessed value for their Hawaii oceanfront real estate....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
Ships Under Construction for New Cargo Liner Service for the Hawaii Trade?
By News Release @ 12:41 AM :: 3351 Views :: Jones Act

...Philly Shipyard is in advanced talks with a leading Jones Act operator to establish a new shipping service in the Hawaii containership trade with up to four new, state-of-the-art, cost-effective and environment-friendly vessels....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
Hawaii: To Afford 2BR Must Earn $73K
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 3099 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Beer Taxes: Hawaii 5th-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:35 AM :: 5074 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

All fifty states and the District of Columbia impose some tax on beer above and beyond the general sales tax....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
GE Tax Hike Cornerstone of McDermott Plan to Rescue Rail
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 12:32 AM :: 5346 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...McDermott calls for Special Session....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
KOS: Poll Shows Tulsi Gabbard Vulnerable to Primary Challenge
By Selected News Articles @ 12:29 AM :: 8477 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Gabbard earns positive marks from just 49 percent of Democrats....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Mindless Bureaucracy Detains Machine at Honolulu Airport for Lack on Non-Existent Form
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 5984 Views :: Small Business, Drugs

...DEA Form 452 doesn’t exist....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Potholes Cost Hawaii Drivers $708 per Year
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 3811 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...ASCE Hawaii Infrastructure Report....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
BoE Puts 'ESSA Team' Principal in Charge, Temporarily
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 4045 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...DoE Priorities Reflect Teachers Union, HGEA Goals....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Who Just Got Caught at OHA?
By Video @ 12:16 AM :: 7563 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, OHA

...The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Independent Audit Hasn't Even Started Yet & Already Someone Has Been Caught....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
From colonial navigation acts to the Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 12:13 AM :: 6160 Views :: Jones Act
“The Navigation Acts Are Still Alive: A Century of the Jones Act.”
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Maui Mayor Signs Polystyrene Ban
By News Release @ 12:11 AM :: 7182 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

The law is set to go into effect on Dec. 31, 2018....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
City seeks proposals for its third Housing First program
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 6452 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

Housing First Increment III will provide permanent supportive housing to 100 households experiencing chronic homelessness at a cost of $2.2 million....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Socrates Visits a Homeless Camp in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 AM :: 4845 Views :: Homelessness

...The irony that the biggest discrepancy of rich and poor I've ever seen - existing side by side before my own eyes - is located in a Democratic Party fiefdom did not escape my notice....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Hawaii: Most Expensive State to Put Your Kid Through College
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 4191 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

At $10,670, the average in-state tuition and fees are by no means the highest in the nation. However, the cost of necessities is higher here than in any other state....

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