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Sunday, November 30, 2014
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Save Our Kakaako Interview
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:23 PM :: 4508 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

Keli'i Akina interviews Ron Iwami and Tom Iwai....

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Nobody Commits to Buy Ansaldo: Deadline Extended Again for Parent Company of Honolulu Rail Contractor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 5093 Views :: Rail

Delays to asset sales have prompted credit ratings agencies to downgrade the company to junk....

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
The Tax Credit That Should Not Die
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3747 Views :: Tax Credits
Note to lawmakers: No touch!
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Saturday, November 29, 2014
Caldwell appoints Roy Amemiya to be Managing Director, effective January
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 4857 Views :: Honolulu County

Ember Shinn will stay with Caldwell Administration through March to assist with budget proposal, strategic development office....

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Saturday, November 29, 2014
Early Release: "Pflueger’s old-boy manipulation of the justice system stinks like corruption and smells like big money.”
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 5178 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement

...James Pflueger has been released from jail by State Prison Head Ted Sakai after serving 1.5 months of an already meager 7 month sentence he was given for 7 felony counts of manslaughter....

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Friday, November 28, 2014
Dawn Ige Addresses Education Conference
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 6017 Views :: Education K-12

Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Moanalua High School....

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Thursday, November 27, 2014
Bridge Aina Lea: Supreme Court Smacks Down LUC
By Robert Thomas @ 1:03 PM :: 5431 Views :: Development, Land Use

...the State Land Use Commission wrongfully amended the land use boundaries from "urban" back to to "agriculture" after $20M of construction was complete....

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Thursday, November 27, 2014
October Visitors Up 3%, Expenditures up 3.3%
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 3269 Views :: Tourism

Arrivals by air from U.S. West were up 9.1%, US East up 7.7% ....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Judge Kurren Strikes Down Hawaii County Anti-GMO Ordinance
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 3563 Views

Judge Kurren found that the County’s Ordinance “is preempted by Hawaii state law” ....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Fact: Bartender Wins Most Votes in OHA Election
By Video @ 3:53 PM :: 3936 Views :: OHA

Think That's Crazy? Wait Until You Hear How The Others Got Elected....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Jealousy? Envy? -- Carbone Statement Fact Checked by I Mua Manoa
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 7153 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...In addition, there were some people who did not like the changes we needed to implement in order to create a culture of productivity, accountability and meritocracy....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Pat Saiki: Hawaii Republicans must have dialogue – not debate – with voters
By Pat Saiki @ 12:54 PM :: 3746 Views :: Republican Party

...Over the past few weeks, I have been in touch with our many stakeholders, including concerned Party members, donors and candidates....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Another Homosexual Leader Busted for Homosexual Child Molestation
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 AM :: 7567 Views :: National News, Family, Law Enforcement

A prominent gay rights activist charged last week with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy ... has visited the White House more than a half-dozen times in the past two years....

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Colette Machado Resigns as OHA Chair
By News Release @ 3:11 AM :: 4200 Views :: OHA

"I look forward to the process to select a new chair."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hawaii Taxes on Poverty-Level Income 2nd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 9:25 PM :: 4130 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii income taxes cost a single parent of two children $272 at poverty level....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
HCDA Issues RFP for Kakaako Micro Units
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 4565 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

...generally are around 300 square feet and occupied by no more than two persons....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Kauai Dairy Farm Receives Approval
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 6157 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Land Use

...The original proposal of 2,000 cows on site was modified in July 2014 to 650-699 cows....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Feds Pay SolarCity to Analyze HECO Distributed Generation
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 4312 Views :: Energy

...to address operational issues associated with high degrees of distributed solar penetration on electrical grids....

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Matson Hikes Rates 5.4%
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 4176 Views :: Jones Act

"In the past decade, Matson has invested nearly $1 billion in four new containerships...."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
University of Hawaii won’t talk about sex education program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:45 PM :: 6423 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education

"...researchers are asking 11-year-olds whether they’ve had sex, how many partners they’ve had and if they’ve had anal sex...."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hawaii, Alaska Only States to add No Ultra-Rich for 2013
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 4668 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

In Hawaii 215 people have assets in excess of $30M....

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Monday, November 24, 2014
Tommy Waters Sues for Recount in East Oahu Council Race
By Selected News Articles @ 8:47 PM :: 5119 Views :: Honolulu County, Office of Elections

...Waters argues that the voting results suggest 128 ballots may have been miscounted out of the 37,178 cast....

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Monday, November 24, 2014
Hawaii Is the State with the 8th Most Frugal Consumers
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 4181 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

But Hawaii is #1 for “highest percentage of the population spending more than they make”....

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Monday, November 24, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 24, 2014
By Congress.org @ 1:36 PM :: 3330 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline - Passage
Senate: Surveillance Authorities - Cloture
House: EPA Research Standards – Passage

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Monday, November 24, 2014
Report: Hawaii Scores ‘D’ on Sex Trafficking Laws
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 4304 Views :: Law Enforcement

...every state receives a Report Card that grades the state on 41 key legislative components that must be addressed in a state’s laws....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Could Congress finally end the GMO labeling war?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 PM :: 3886 Views :: GMOs

...a confusing patchwork of different laws around the country, driving up the cost of food as much as $500 to every American family....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Progressivism Becomes Convenient Vehicle for Tycoons
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 PM :: 3902 Views :: Democratic Party

...the extremely wealthy establish various special interest groups dedicated to crafting draconian regulations in the name of the public good, tackling hot-button social issues, and riling the hopes of easily led ideologues....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Hawaii Landmark Land Use Litigation for 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 4687 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...new and important cases were decided by the Hawaii courts this year....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Supreme Court Blocks Friends of Makakilo Appeal vs DR Horton
By Robert Thomas @ 3:29 PM :: 5176 Views :: Development, Land Use

...The Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a unanimous opinion in Friends of Makakilo v. D.R. Horton-Schuler Homes, LLC....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Who’s the Boss, Anyway?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3381 Views :: Taxes

Under the TBOR, tax increases and significant government borrowing had to be presented to the voters before they could take effect....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Alfalfa Farmers Sue to Overturn GMO Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 4293 Views :: GMOs

Destruction of their crops would be an unconstitutional taking without just compensation, the farmers say....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Caldwell Makes the Disabled Pay Starting Jan 1
By News Release @ 3:27 PM :: 3580 Views :: Honolulu County

... effective January 1, 2015, persons with disability parking permits will be charged the standard parking rate at city parking lots ....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Leaving Trail of Destruction, Carbone Suddenly Quits UH Cancer Center
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 4868 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

In a hastily called faculty and staff meeting at the Cancer Center at about 2:30 p.m. Friday....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Hawaii political action committee under fire for non-disclosure
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:33 AM :: 4389 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

Hawaii’s state campaign spending commissioners want the Honolulu city prosecutor to investigate a case brought by former Gov. Ben Cayetano against Pacific Resource Partnership’s political action committee....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
Omidyar 'Assumes Ownership' of Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 3532 Views :: Energy

The team estimates the new system will reduce electricity usage by more than all of the utility scale photovoltaic systems currently operating in Hawaii....

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Saturday, November 22, 2014
UH Report: 14,282 Homeless in Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 4225 Views :: Homelessness

5,454 individuals (38%) were continuing clients from FY 2013....

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Friday, November 21, 2014
UH: Pono Choices Secretly Part of "Human Subject Research"
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 7265 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care, Higher Education

"...the Pono Choices survey instruments ... are part of an ongoing research project...."

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Friday, November 21, 2014
Unexpected Common Ground: Grassroot Institute and the Sovereignty Movement
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 4307 Views :: Akaka Bill

"We actually share some important common goals with the Sovereignty activists."

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Friday, November 21, 2014
Feds Cut Maui Co Hospital Funding, Reclassify Kula, Lanai and Molokai as 'Urban'
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 3848 Views :: Health Care

...will lose their rural designation that allows acute care facilities within their boundaries to receive extra payments as critical access hospitals....

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Friday, November 21, 2014
Should Hawaii Create Statewide police training and standards board?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:29 AM :: 5612 Views :: Law Enforcement, Police

Senator Slom discusses  Police Reform with Prof Aaron Hunger....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
CATO: Abercrombie Boosted Spending $900M
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 4706 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxpayers can now breathe easier because he was defeated in the Democratic primary....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
UH Protest: Grad Students Win Jobs Back, Push for Budget Transparency
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 3685 Views :: Higher Education

...fight for an allocation model that allows tuition money to follow the students....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
U.S. not prepared for a major volcanic eruption, panel says
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 5818 Views :: Hawaii County , National News, Congressional Delegation
The U.S. is falling short in its ability to track and respond to a major volcanic eruption at this time, a panel of experts told a congressional hearing Wednesday.…
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Report: Hawaii’s $30B unfunded retirement liabilities part of national trend
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:19 PM :: 3265 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii’s $30-billion unfunded liability per resident is $21,852, the seventh highest in the nation....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Under secretary of the Army visits Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:00 PM :: 3510 Views :: Military

...to conduct a tour of the Army installations here to get a first-hand view of capabilities of the units....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Hawaii: Buy Obamacare, Pay for Abortion
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 PM :: 4467 Views :: Health Care, Life
Five years ago President Obama told lawmakers and the American public in a specially called joint session of Congress on healthcare reform that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion."…
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Lack of Vegans Makes Hawaii Best State for Thanksgiving
By Selected News Articles @ 12:32 PM :: 4959 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

We crunched the numbers using the six criteria below to determine if the state you live in is prime habitat for a downer of a Thanksgiving....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Inequality: Hawaii the only Blue State Among America's Most Equal
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 3602 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Families are changing, with fewer married couples and more single-parent families and cohabiting unions....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
HONOLULU Ranks 12th for Successful Aging
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 3372 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...life amid the palm trees can cost, especially at quality nursing facilities and hospitals. Special needs transport is adequate, but work commutes are time-consuming....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
Report: Hawaii DoE 'Ahead of the Curve' on Data Governance
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 4351 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...the number of states sharing teacher performance information with educator preparation programs has more than tripled....

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