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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Jones Act closed loophole that could have helped Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:20 PM :: 1971 Views :: Agriculture, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... The Jones Act prohibits that, too ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
2021 Hawaii Firearms Bills
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 2565 Views :: Second Amendment

... Welcome to the 2021 Legislative Tracker for Firearms Bills ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2052 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
HB852: Prohibit Discrimination by Employers Based on Political Affiliation
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:38 AM :: 1305 Views :: First Amendment

... For example, the District of Columbia "prohibits discrimination based on political affiliation by public and private employers, housing, educational institutions, public accommodations, and when applying for government services, facilities, and benefits." ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 30, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 4:25 AM :: 1100 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes in Congress and bills introduced ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Kawailoa Windfarm: Island Insurance Pays $250K to Kill Bats
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 2038 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Greenmail

... due to the unexpectedly higher take of `ōpe`ape`a (bat) at the project and discovery of two `ua`u (petrel) fatalities ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Flirting with Disaster
By Joni Kamiya @ 8:35 PM :: 1710 Views :: GMOs, COVID-19

... activists were determined to get their way ignoring all of the evidence while creating lots of fake “evidence” ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Hawaii: Billionaire Claims $21.8B Spent on Cars for the Little People
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 1728 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“… costs are only slated to increase ...."

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Gays: Hawaii “Working Toward Innovative Equality”
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 1301 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

...Nineteen states and the District of Columbia are in the highest-rated category, “Working Toward Innovative Equality”....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Lung Assn: Hawaii Legislators Score 'F' on Tobacco Control
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 1287 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“...Because of COVID-19, we are all thinking more about lung health. Now is the time for lawmakers to act and take this opportunity to achieve lasting reductions in tobacco-related death and disease....”

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Managing emergencies and protecting liberties
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 1203 Views :: COVID-19

... “Lockdowns Versus Liberty,” -- civil liberties in the time of an emergency ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
ICA Decision: Telescope Wins Again
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 1923 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Law Enforcement

... ICA affirmed a lower court decision finding that the chief of the Hawaii County Police Department had the authority to request aid from Maui County Police Department and the Honolulu Police Department ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
DLNR Hires Helicopters to Exterminate Sheep on Mauna Kea
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1929 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

... Control work is scheduled for February 17 and 18. Public access to affected areas and the Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
​Higher revenues without higher taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 1236 Views :: Taxes

... new tax bills, sometimes dressed up as “surcharges,” “fees” or “closing loopholes” ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Hawaii Leads Nation in Unspent CARES Act Higher Education Funds
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 1724 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Institutions in Hawaii have only spent 40 percent of total allocated funds ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
2021 Neighborhood Board Elections UPDATE
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 2878 Views :: Honolulu County

... Honolulu Neighborhood Board registration will be open thru February 19 ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:03 AM :: 1346 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... JAN 27–LAST DAY TO INTRODUCE BILLS ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Bizarre News: Hawaii Public Employee Loses Pension Due to Criminal Conviction
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 3445 Views :: Law Enforcement

... the feds once again doing the job the State just won't do ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Completing the Work of Restoring OHA's Credibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:04 AM :: 1363 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... A survey commissioned by the agency in 2015 found that the public regarded OHA as the least favorable of the major Hawaiian-serving organizations ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
COVID Tourism: 2020 visitor arrivals total 2.7 million
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1307 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... For all of 2020, total visitor arrivals declined 73.8 percent from the previous year .... 

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Biden formalizes Jones Act support in 'Buy America' Executive Order
By Michael Hansen @ 10:29 PM :: 1815 Views :: Jones Act

... Biden’s Buy America EO and accompanying briefing statement included explicit declarations of his administration’s support for the Jones Act and its inclusion in the policy ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Survey: Half of State Wants COVID Vax
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 1296 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Research shows that half of Hawaii’s population wants the vaccine and another quarter are still deciding ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Hawaii 9th-Most Reliant on Sales Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 11:00 AM :: 1324 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 36.7% of State revenue comes from GE Tax ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Ex-CFO: I was fired to keep Legislators from Seeing OHA's True Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 7:41 AM :: 3819 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... According to Laeha’s suit he was suspended by OHA’s then-CEO Kamanao Crabbe one day before he was set to reveal OHA’s real budget and "corrupt and unlawful practices" to Legislators ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2257 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Hawai'i Rental Assistance Program Distributed Most Per Capita in 2020
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 1340 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... "Recent analysis by the Hawai'i Budget & Policy Center finds that this statewide program got out more housing assistance to help renters per capita than any other state effort across the country" ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Legislators introduce dozens of tax hike bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 2179 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii's economy is on the ropes right now, but that hasn't stopped some legislators from going all in with new tax-increase proposals ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Vaccinated!
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:00 AM :: 2442 Views :: COVID-19

... I was fortunate to get an appointment the very next day I called at my local Kaiser Clinic ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Best Areas for STEM Professionals--Honolulu 81st
By News Release @ 12:53 AM :: 1368 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Honolulu ranks 92nd in STEM-friendliness, 97th in Professional Opportunities, and dead last in STEM wages ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Full Text: State of the Judiciary Speech
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 1361 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

... domestic violence and sexual exploitation – have likely intensified ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Bridge Aina Lea: 9th Circuit Allows Case to go Forward
By Robert Thomas @ 4:42 AM :: 2125 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

... The district court's judgment is reversed, case remanded for the merits ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
'Climate Denialism' -- Hirono Pressures Inspector General to Investigate Trump Officials
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1611 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

"... Commerce IG to Review Hirono-led Request to Investigate Climate Denialism Propaganda Pushed by Trump Appointees at NOAA ...."

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Ethics: Legislator Wants to Hire 'Intern', Pay Under the Table
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 2010 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"... Soliciting, selling, or otherwise engaging in a substantial financial transaction with a subordinate or a person or business whom the legislator or employee inspects or supervises in the legislator's or employee's official capacity ...."

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Rooftop solar installations up 55% despite pandemic
By News Release @ 3:46 AM :: 1368 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... Nearly 6,000 new systems installed, most with energy storage ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Stimulus: DHHL Gets $30M for Broadband
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 1105 Views :: DHHL

... Nearly $35 Million in Federal Funds Allocated to DHHL ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
OHA Echoes Burial Council Criticism of SHPD
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 1173 Views :: OHA

... OHA CEO statement expresses concern on State protection of iwi kupuna ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Sinkhole Cities: Honolulu 3rd Deepest Financial Pit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 AM :: 3178 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Honolulu’s financial problems stem mostly from unfunded retirement obligations that have accumulated over the years ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
COVID Tourism: TVR Occupancy 40.5%
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 1561 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... monthly demand was 251,300 unit nights (-59.9%), resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 40.5% (-34.9%) ...

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii GOP attacks Biden by promoting Holocaust denier
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 PM :: 3168 Views :: Republican Party

... "@Styx666Official has an edgy name and frequently uses profanity - his commentary and analysis is generally high quality," the Hawaii GOP tweeted ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Legislature Stages Vaccination Party for 500 Cronies and Insiders
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 3223 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... all Legislative employees working in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol will be able to be vaccinated as members of its prioritized vaccination system's Phase 1b (i.e., individuals essential for government operations), on January 28, 2021 ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
DoH Announces 60 previously unreported COVID deaths
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1358 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The deaths occurred in August through December, 2020 with 51 deaths reported on O‘ahu, six on Hawai‘i, and three on Maui ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii Opens Door to More Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2116 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
State of State: Ige Punts Tax Hike to Legislature
By Video @ 6:16 PM :: 2069 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... House speaker calls Ige’s State of the State address ‘risk averse’ ....

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Legislature Begins Session with Drugs and Suicide
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:59 PM :: 1663 Views :: Health Care, Life, Drugs

... Bill Tracking at the Legislature Begins ....

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 23, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 8:54 PM :: 1066 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes in Congress and bills introduced ....

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Hawaii Republican Party Deletes Tweets Defending QAnon Believers After Backlash
By Selected News Articles @ 6:04 PM :: 1863 Views :: Republican Party

... “What is the truth?” the Hawaii GOP said, and asserted that followers of QAnon “don’t deserve mockery” and that they “were largely motivated by a sincere and deep love for America.” ....

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
Tulsi Gabbard: Domestic-Terrorism Bill Is ‘a Targeting of Almost Half of the Country’
By Video @ 5:16 PM :: 1754 Views :: First Amendment

... a proposed measure to combat domestic terrorism could be used to undermine civil liberties .... 

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
More Taxes on the Rich – But Guess What, You’re Rich
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:16 AM :: 2547 Views :: Taxes

... Ige’s Chief of Staff and former Director of Taxation Linda Chu Takayama told the House Finance Committee a little more about the revenue enhancement measures (tax hikes) that the Administration is going to propose ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Biden’s Transportation Sec’y Nominee Affirms Jones Act Support
By Michael Hansen @ 4:26 PM :: 1401 Views :: Jones Act

... Pete Buttigieg: ‘I support the Jones Act’ ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
"25 Years of PASH"
By Robert Thomas @ 11:00 AM :: 1690 Views :: Greenmail, Land Use

... in the PASH case the Hawaii Supreme Court concluded that subject to certain qualifications, the Hawaii Constitution allows native Hawaiians to exercise traditional practices, even on private property ....

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