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Monday, August 31, 2015
Plaintiffs Ask Court to Shut Down Nai Aupuni Immediately
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 PM :: 5353 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The plaintiffs in the suit against the State of Hawaii and its agencies to stop the racially exclusive election and constitutional convention to establish a native Hawaiians-only nation (Keli’i Akina, et al v. The State of Hawaii, et al) have filed a motion for a preliminary injunction....

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Monday, August 31, 2015
Court: Removal of Protest Signs OK After City Finally Figures out how to Seize Property
By Robert Thomas @ 12:03 PM :: 4392 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment

You remember that case about property on the rural north shore of Oahu, in which the City and County of Honolulu is condemning a vacant parcel in order to build a new fire station....

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Monday, August 31, 2015
Honolulu: Mayor Caldwell Gives up $575,000 to aid Gun Manufacturers
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 AM :: 4733 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

The Caldwell administration is deeply dysfunctional....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Manufacturing a (Tax) Problem
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:55 PM :: 5805 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's tax structure is 2nd-worst in the US for labor-intensive manufacturing....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Hawaii is Worst State to Start Post-College Life
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 5402 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

...the combination of one of the country's most expensive housing markets and relatively low employment opportunities....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Taxing Digital Goods
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3477 Views :: Taxes

...taxing authorities have had to undergo serious mental gymnastics to characterize digital products such as streaming video in a way that can be dealt with by their tax regime....

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
What are Homeless Hawaiians Worth to OHA?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:14 PM :: 6077 Views :: Homelessness, OHA

...A homeless family of four would be worth $30,400 per year--just for OHA's "fair market" land lease....

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Feds Secretly Threaten to Revoke UH Manoa Biolab Permits
By Selected News Articles @ 2:10 PM :: 4524 Views :: Health Care, Higher Education

...“widespread regulatory non-compliance” and "a serious disregard" for regulations for security, biosafety, incident response and training....

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Ignacio to hit Big Island Monday, Jimena Following
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 3568 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Ignacio and Jimena are both Category 4 as of Saturday midday....

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
UH Manoa Army ROTC named one of the best in the nation
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 4323 Views :: Higher Education, Military

UH Mānoa’s Army ROTC was named best battalion within the Eighth Brigade....

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Moody's Downgrade: Is Ige's LNG Edict a Poison Pill Defense?
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 4185 Views :: Energy

...Ige's LNG Edict was delivered August 24--three days after this ratings outlook from Moody's....

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Excise Taxes: Hawaii Ranks #5
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 4151 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and this doesn't include the General Excise Tax....

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Friday, August 28, 2015
Federal Judge Blocks Federal Grab for Control of Waterways
By Robert Thomas @ 3:29 AM :: 4046 Views :: Environment

The Rule asserts jurisdiction over waters that are remote and intermittent waters....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Marcia Tagavilla Appointed Executive Director of Hawaii GOP
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 3692 Views :: Republican Party

"She has the skills to help our candidates develop much-needed policy proposals and messaging.”

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Same Sex Marriage: Another “Fundamental Right” Inapplicable in U.S. Territories?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:45 PM :: 3570 Views :: Family

...the Governor of American Samoa candidly questions whether the ruling applies in that U.S. territory....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
9th Cir. Rips Guam for Keeping Tax Refunds
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 3157 Views :: Taxes

...Guam refused to issue tax overpayment refunds "often for several years at a time," instead using the money to fund the government....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Forbes: Fracking Is Our Clean Power Plan
By NCPA @ 4:17 PM :: 5582 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

The U.S. already leads the world in carbon emissions reduction thanks to the increased use of natural gas obtained through fracking....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
After Lying, Caldwell Admin Finally Admits Waikiki Flooding is Purely Due to City's own Incompetence
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 AM :: 7286 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

... Caldwell 'Running from Controversy', 'Wasn't Around' During Crisis, 'Not the First Time' ....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Ethics: Conflict of Interest Between Charter Schools, Profitable Nonprofits
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 4597 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...members of charter school governing boards, as well as charter school employees, may also be paid employees of these supporting non-profit organizations....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Ban on School Travel Offers--HSTA vs Ethics Comm
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 5407 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...prohibits teachers from accepting free travel and other benefits from tour companies for serving as chaperones on student educational trips....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
ACT: Hawaii Scores Lowest in USA, Again
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 7809 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...ACT score in Hawaii are still the lowest in the USA....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Full Text: Ige Speech Renouncing LNG
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 3755 Views :: Energy

...if oil prices rise dramatically in the coming years, some will say why didn’t we invest in LNG....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
HTA: July Tourist Arrivals Up 5.6%, Spending Up 4%
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 3747 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Higher daily spending contributed to increased visitor expenditures on Maui (+7.2% to $2.6 billion) and Kaua‘i (+16.3% to $981 million). Visitor expenditures on O‘ahu ($4.2 billion) and Hawai‘i Island ($1.1 billion) were comparable to a year ago....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Gridlock: Honolulu Commuters Waste 50 Hours/year in Traffic
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 4652 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...Honolulu came in 18th, with 50 hours of delay per commuter, costing $1,125....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Nai Aupuni: Whose Hidden Hand at Work?
By Video @ 6:33 PM :: 4110 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... CNHA Takes Reins of DBEDT 'Community Development Accelerator '....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hawaii: Tech Still Receiving Massive Business Tax Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 6216 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Excepting heavily incentivized research and development (R&D) operations, mature firms generally experience above-average tax costs in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Buyer Wants “Another 50 Livers/Week”
By Video @ 1:40 PM :: 3677 Views :: Life

...Company Gets “A Lot” of Intact Fetuses, Calls Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Supply a “Volume Institution”....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Ige Leadership Big Announcement: 28 Shelter Spaces Open Up
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 3619 Views :: Homelessness

The Governor’s Leadership Team has also identified five state-owned portable buildings that can be used to provide temporary shelter for families. Locations for these buildings are currently being considered....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Rep McDermott and Darryl Vincent Discuss Veteran Homelessness in Hawaii
By Video @ 9:15 PM :: 4379 Views :: Homelessness, Military

Darryl J. Vincent has been with U.S. VETS, for 11 years....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Telescope Case Goes Before Supreme Court Aug 27
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 4138 Views :: Higher Education, OHA

The oral argument will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. at the Hawaii State Supreme Court courtroom....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Hope Street: New Teacher Leadership Growth in Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 4540 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Last year, in a state-wide data collection in collaboration with the HIDOE and HSTA, fellows sought teacher input around the implementation of the Hawai'i Common Core Standards....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Smoke-Belching 'Biomass' Project Tops Hawaii 'Clean' Energy Leaderboard
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 5869 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hu Honua is #1 ....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Mainland Homosexual Pleads No Contest to Murdering Boyfriend in Waikiki, Chopping up Body
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 3956 Views :: Law Enforcement

...Alex Gonzales' dismembered body was discovered along Mililani Memorial Park Rd in September 2013. Gonzales had been stabbed 55 times....

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Affordable Retirement? Honolulu Ranks 145th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 4107 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The adjusted cost of living for retired persons in Honolulu is twice as high as it is in Laredo, Texas....

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Federal Prosecutors Fight Back After Judge Orders Return of $167K Seized from Maui Resident
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:59 PM :: 5153 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

...a federal judge ordered the government return $167,000 law enforcement seized from a motorist driving through Nevada....

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Sunday, August 23, 2015
Tulsi Gabbard Running for Vice President
By Selected News Articles @ 8:56 PM :: 6468 Views :: Politicians

...Visualize Chris Butler, a heartbeat away from the Presidency....

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Sunday, August 23, 2015
IRS, Could You Please Answer the Phone?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3680 Views :: Taxes

...the Hawaii Department of Taxation was able to answer less than half of the phone calls it received....

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Saturday, August 22, 2015
Federal Judge Orders EIS for Windfarms
By NCPA @ 4:19 PM :: 4820 Views :: Energy, Environment

The judge determined that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued 30 year permits to wind-energy companies without first conducting an environmental-impact assessment....

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Saturday, August 22, 2015
VIDEO: Abortion Dealers Laugh About Shipping Whole Baby Cadaver
By Video @ 6:48 AM :: 3812 Views :: Life

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell ruled on Friday afternoon the Center for Medical Progress has First Amendment rights to release videos it covertly took....

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Saturday, August 22, 2015
Jones Act Reform to be Part of Puerto Rico Relief Package?
By Michael Hansen @ 12:55 AM :: 3622 Views :: Jones Act

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations, is seeking solutions to the Puerto Rico financial crisis....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
Hawaii & The USA: A Union Worth Celebrating!
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:13 PM :: 3837 Views :: Hawaii History

In 1959, Governor William Quinn presided over the greatest celebration Hawaii’s people had ever seen....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
TS Kilo Emergency Declared
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 3563 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The storm’s strength and track is highly uncertain at this time....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
It was 56 years ago today we added the 50th state
By Selected News Articles @ 6:49 PM :: 3913 Views :: Hawaii History

There were southern politicians who were concerned about adding the territory’s multiethnic population to the Union....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority Celebrates 56 Years of Statehood
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:54 AM :: 3849 Views :: Hawaii History

Hawaii celebrates 56 years of statehood with Admission Day this Friday, August 21, 2015....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
Light Wind, Worthless Windfarms Leave Oahu at Risk for Blackouts
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 4732 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

...light winds have limited production from the two wind farms on the North Shore....

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Thursday, August 20, 2015
DBEDT: Hawaii Growth Up but Still Short of 5% Dream
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 4610 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

"...we haven’t seen the 5.0 to 6.0 percent economic growth rates experienced during the previous business cycle...."

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Thursday, August 20, 2015
Jeff Stone Wants to be Your Cannabis Connection
By Andrew Walden @ 1:00 AM :: 14221 Views :: Development, Drugs

Legalization is supposed to take marijuana out of the hands of organized crime....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Hale Mauliola construction contract awarded: Caldwell Vetoes One Sit-Lie Bill, Signs Another
By News Release @ 9:34 PM :: 4250 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...transitional housing for up to 83 persons in 25 containers by the end of the year....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Enviro Wars Episode IV: A New Court
By Robert Thomas @ 3:06 PM :: 4917 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

..."mission creep" could well set in....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Rep Tupola Hosts Mauna Kea Info Session at Kealakehe HS
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 4260 Views :: Higher Education, OHA
630pm, Thursday, August 20, 2015
Kealakehe H.S. Cafeteria – North Kona
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