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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Trump to Stay at Waikiki Hotel Friday
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 3:37 PM :: 3378 Views :: Republican Party

"...I was advised that his visit would be non-political in nature, and therefore, not the appropriate time for a rally or organized reception...."

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Gabbard Attacks Democrat Chair Perez
By Video @ 3:28 PM :: 5469 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...Perez and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) "cast out those who want to strengthen and reform the party, while continuing to allow lobbyists and consultants a prominent seat at the table."....

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Poll: Ige 47% Approval
By Selected News Articles @ 1:14 PM :: 3234 Views :: Politicians
  • Approve -- 47%
  • Disapprove -- 39%
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Monday, October 30, 2017
Getting Tired? Only Six States Join Chin Suit vs Trump Travel Ban 3.0
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 3630 Views :: National News

...California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington today filed a motion to intervene....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Congress to Investigate Lack of VA Care in Pacific Island Territories
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 4205 Views :: Health Care, Military

...veterans in American Samoa must travel over 2,500 miles to receive care in Hawaii....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
HR3990: Congress Moves to Limit Presidential Monument Authority
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 5563 Views :: Environment, Economy, Obama

...“Congress never intended to give one individual the power to unilaterally seize enormous swathes of our nation’s public lands…."

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Best Small Cities: Waipahu Worse Than Gary, Indiana?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 3763 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...one of the best perks of living in a city with a relatively smaller population? Affordability (but not in Hawaii)....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Ige vs Tent Cities: Bum Control to be 'Highest Priority'
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 4021 Views :: Homelessness

...Ige acknowledged that people must choose to accept services and shelter....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
AG Chin: Constitution Dictates Mandatory Gay Cakes
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 4294 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...The brief was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Hawaii One of Only Four States to Ban Tasers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:13 PM :: 5842 Views :: Second Amendment

...Washington, D.C., lifted its ban on these devices in May of this year. New Jersey’s stun gun ban lapsed less than a week prior to this writing....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Hurricane? FEMA has a Plan for Hawaii and You Can See it Here
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 AM :: 4476 Views :: Energy, Military

...The Hawaii plan includes granular details down to, for example, how many specially outfitted medical aircraft the federal government would send to Hawaii after a Category 4 hurricane. It also describes an 85-step process to restore electricity....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
State’s Hyperbaric Treatment Center to remain closed through November
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 4825 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

... “next nearest chambers on Guam and the mainland”....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Brian Schatz wants to put you on Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 4448 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

“We want to make sure that people understand that we have a vision for the future.” -- Sen Brian Schatz

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Karma: Supreme Court Aquarium Ruling may apply to Dive Tour Operators
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 6073 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The Supreme Court Ruling will have far reaching impacts on all ocean permits issued by DLNR....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Should Surfrider be Licensed to Pass Out Property Tax Exemptions?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6332 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business, Tax Credits

...Recently, the Honolulu City Council approved on first reading Bill 80 (2017), which would award a real property tax exemption to “ocean-friendly restaurants.”...

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Tax Conference 2017: Hawaii’s Taxes, from the Outside Looking In
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 4472 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii’s tax and public pension systems will be put under the microscope at a series of three free panel discussions hosted by Hawaii Rep. Andria Tupola, on Thursday, Nov. 2....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Audit: City Loses $36.5M by Not Recycling Paper and Plastic into Electricity
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 5994 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment

... cost-benefit comparison of recycling selected materials versus incinerating them at H-POWER ....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Fitch Upgrades Airports Division Based on Island Air Growth Expectations
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 3295 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...meanwhile Island Air planes are being repossessed....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Audit: New Clause in Union Contract Boosts Overtime 50%
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 4704 Views :: Maui County, Labor

...a correspondence received on October 20, 2017 from the Fire Chief, essentially claiming the Office of the County Auditor has no right to audit the MFD....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Judge Invalidates Aquarium Collectors Permits
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 5986 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...DLNR continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Gun Mounted Video? HPD Already Saying 'No'
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 PM :: 3527 Views :: Police

...don’t expect to see this high-tech solution in Hawaii any time soon....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Right tools can dig us out of pension debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:48 PM :: 3116 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii’s public pension system has an unfunded liability of $12 billion....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Corporate Taxes -- Hawaii Ranks 14th
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 4917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii dropped from 11th for 2017 to 14th for 2018....

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
VIDEO: Mike Huckabee Headlines Hawaii Republican Rally
By Video @ 6:00 PM :: 5595 Views

....Hundreds of Hawaii Republicans heard Huckabee speak at Fundraising Dinner.... 

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
IRS Admits Harassment of Maui TEA Party Group, Apologizes
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 5582 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, TEA Party

...In Proposed Settlement, IRS Admits Wrongdoing, Apologizes for Targeting Tea Party and Conservative Groups....

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Over $685K Stolen from Two Marshall Islands Trust Funds
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 6058 Views :: National News, Ethics

"...State Street is in the process of reimbursing all funds fraudulently transferred out of a separate account which is managed and administered solely by the RMI Government...."

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
HTA: Visitor Spending and Arrivals up Again
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 3155 Views :: Tourism

...Visitor Spending Rose 7.1 Percent to $12.56 Billion in First Three Quarters of 2017--Arrivals Increased 4.9 Percent to 7 Million Visitors....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Unanimous Police Commission Names Maj. Susan Ballard HPD Chief
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 PM :: 6263 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...“I was not involved in (Kealoha's) administration whatsoever. I was very marginalized, because I was very vocal,” she said....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
What Can You Learn from CNHA Failure?
By Video @ 6:58 PM :: 6281 Views :: Akaka Bill, Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

...What Are The Lessons From The Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement's Failure To Get Charter School Money From OHA?....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
House Speaker and Senate President Name Appointees to HART Board
By News Release @ 5:06 PM :: 3613 Views :: Rail

...Speaker Saiki named Tobias “Toby” Martyn and Kamani Kuala‘au ... Senate President Kouchi named Kalbert K. Young and Wesley Machida as his appointees to the board....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
F is for Fail: 2017 Honolulu Small Business Friendliness
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 4019 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Honolulu Rates F but the State overall rates C-....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Supreme Court Dismisses Hawaii Lawsuit Against Trump Travel Ban 2.0
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 PM :: 3764 Views :: National News

...meanwhile Trump Set to Appeal Hawaii Court Rejection of Travel Ban 3.0....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
North Korea Disaster Preparedness Community Meeting
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:00 PM :: 3353 Views :: Military

...Hawaii Kai Thursday, November 9th -- Kailua Tuesday, November 14th....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Rail Plan B: FTA Contradicts Caldwell
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:09 AM :: 4645 Views :: Rail

...At no point did the FTA reject a “Plan B” option....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
The Coming Transit Apocalypse
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 AM :: 4051 Views :: Rail

...the four horsemen of the transit apocalypse include....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
UH: Permafrost Discovered in Hawaii--Proves Global Warming is Real
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 4177 Views :: Environment

...A much bigger body of ice was identified in a neighboring cinder cone crater, Pu'uhaukea....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
Willes Lee Re-elected President of National Federation of Republican Assemblies
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 4554 Views :: Republican Party

Held this year in Mesa, Arizona, the annual convention of the NFRA drew hundreds of conservative political activists....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
Study: Timeshares Add $5.3B to Hawaii Economy
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 5078 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Impact Also Includes 31,727 Jobs and $263 Million in State & Local Taxes....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
CNN’s Zakaria calls for Jones Act repeal as part of Puerto Rico aid package
By Michael Hansen @ 12:54 PM :: 3473 Views :: Jones Act

...“proposed by economist Anne Krueger.”....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Hirono: I Was Sexually Harassed by Colleagues--"Usually it's the males"
By Video @ 2:11 PM :: 6190 Views :: Politicians

...Will Mazie Hirono name names?....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Video: Hysteria Subsides, Lehua Island Rat Eradication Successful
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 4960 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...Flashback: Rumors and Rage: When Good Conservation Sounds Bad....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
DoTax Leaves Fewer Callers in the Dust
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4323 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Did DOTAX Turn the Corner on Customer Service?....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Feds: Kealoha Stole $167K from Orphans
By Andrew Walden @ 11:07 PM :: 6194 Views :: Ethics, Police

...In or about 2004, while employed as a private attorney, K. KEALOHA was appointed by the Hawaii state court as trustee and guardian for two minor children....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Caldwell Flees State as Ex-Chief is Arrested
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 5951 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Caldwell left O‘ahu the evening of Oct 18 for a 'personal vacation', and is scheduled to return on Tuesday, October 31...

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Friday, October 20, 2017
UPDATE: OHA Trustees Reject CNHA Grab for Charter School Funds
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:59 AM :: 6672 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

...the Resource Management Committee opted to instead give the grant funds directly to the charter schools, instead of to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Government is making a mess of Honolulu's Kakaako Waterfront Park
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:40 AM :: 4339 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...There likely are plenty of groups around Hawaii that would be willing to manage Kakaako Waterfront Park instead of the state. Why not give them a try?....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Hawaii AG Joins Call for Large Capacity Ammo Ban
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 3427 Views :: Second Amendment

...urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a California ban on the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines for guns....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Hawaii #1 for Road Rage
By Selected News Articles @ 1:12 AM :: 5158 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Nowhere are drivers angrier than in Hawaii, analysis suggests....

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Letter to House Speaker: Legislator Assaults Oahu Democrat Official After Complaint over Misappropriation of Funds
By Andrew Walden @ 4:53 PM :: 7411 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics

"...The four men who restrained Rep. Quinlan are Rep. Daniel Holt. Rep. Tom Brower, Ali Sek and Benjamin Gates...."

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Moody's: Hawaii has Already Collected the Taxes for Next Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 9:47 AM :: 4369 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has enough in cash reserves to weather next recession, report says....

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