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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Honolulu, Maui Among Least Affordable Rental Markets
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 115 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...percent of average wages to rent--Santa Cruz County, California (81.7 percent); Honolulu County, Hawaii (74.4 percent); Spotsylvania County, Virginia (73.0 percent); Maui County, Hawaii (69.5 percent)....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Math Goes PC: First-in-the-world UH ethnomathematics program approved by Hawaiʻi Teacher Standards Board
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 169 Views :: Higher Education

...Ethnomathematics participants gather algae around Coconut Island....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Ige Sends McCartney to DBEDT, Fuchigami now Chief of Staff
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 268 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...A press release announcing McCartney’s appointment Wednesday morning made no mention of the dual roles for Fuchigami....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Opening Day: Be an Effective Citizen-Activist
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:33 PM :: 158 Views :: Republican Party

...This is my continuing effort to keep you informed of our progress and to provide information as we change the political landscape on Oahu....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Opening Day Speech: What is a Loyal Opposition?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:00 PM :: 170 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...We will be faithful and committed to the needs of the people of Hawai‘i, and to the agenda that you set out as the Majority – but we ask that your agenda conform to the generally accepted principals of free markets, free people void of government shackles, and greater prosperity for all the people of Hawai‘i....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Ed Case: "I'm an Asian Trapped in a White Body"
By Andrew Walden @ 2:45 AM :: 733 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... faceplant ....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Racial Progress? Hawaii 2nd-Worst Health Disparities
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 170 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...WalletHub measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 22 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
DoH Reports 23,479 Medicated Dopers Statewide
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 150 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...As of Nov. 30, 2018 there were approximately 6,659 registered patients and 383 caregivers on Hawai‘i Island of the total 23,479 patients and 1,734 caregivers registered statewide. The primary reported condition for adult registered patients is ‘severe pain’. The primary reported condition for children under 18 years of age is ‘seizures’....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Harassed by Drugged-out Shelter–Refusers, Iolani Palace to close early--Children's Center may Shut Down
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 293 Views :: Homelessness, Drugs

...there have been increasing issues with vandalism including damage to a palace window and graffiti on historic structures. This is a result of night time vagrancy and items such as hypodermic needles being left on the grass....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Ige Announces More Second Tier Appointments
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 397 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...HDoT, DAGS, DLIR, B&F.....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Audit: HART Board Hands Control to Contractor with Little Oversight
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:21 PM :: 180 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...In Report 2, we examined the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s current management structure, the relationship between HART and its Board of Directors, and HART’s use of third-party consultants to manage the Honolulu Rail Transit Project....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Caldwell Coverup: Mayor Hid Target Letter from Public--Feds Raid Fasi Building
By Selected News Articles @ 2:21 AM :: 473 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Honolulu’s corporation counsel Donna Leong received a federal “target letter” eleven days ago--Caldwell said nothing until the story broke in the media....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Hawaii Student Loan Debt Doubles in Decade
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 AM :: 172 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...Hawaii residents now owe $4.1B in student loans, up from $2B in 2008....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Ige Appoints Three to Board of Regents
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 166 Views :: Higher Education

...Robert Frank Westerman (Kauaʻi County), Alapaki Nahale-a (Hawaiʻi County) and Kelli K.K. Acopan (Student Regent)....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Irwin to be UH Hilo Chancellor?
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 159 Views :: Higher Education

...Irwin is currently the California State University (CSU) Monterey Bay provost and vice president for academic affairs....

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Monday, January 14, 2019
DCCA: Shop and Compare Insurance Options
By News Release @ 7:39 PM :: 248 Views :: Cost of Living

...The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Insurance Division has released its annual sample premium comparison guides for motor vehicle, homeowners, condominium, and renters insurance....

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Monday, January 14, 2019
FCC Slaps Down Sandwich Isles Again--Orders Company to Continue Serving Customers
By Andrew Walden @ 6:08 PM :: 246 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

...SIC may not discontinue service without our express authorization....

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Monday, January 14, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 14, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 200 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... weekly update from GovTrack.us ....

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Monday, January 14, 2019
Birth Control: Judge Blocks Religious Freedom in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 AM :: 295 Views :: First Amendment, Judiciary, Religion, Small Business

...The decision comes after a divided Ninth Circuit last month rebuked Gilliam for “abuse of discretion” by blocking interim versions of the rules in December 2017 in all 50 states....

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Sunday, January 13, 2019
Zero-Based Budgeting
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 479 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Today, we examine “zero-based budgeting,” an idea that has been around for a while but was recently championed by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke....  

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Who's Running in My District? 2019 Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 2100 Views :: Honolulu County

...Candidate registration open through Friday, February 15, 2019....

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
40-70 planned suicides in 2019?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:41 PM :: 294 Views :: Family, Life

...Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review....

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Budget: Hawaii Scores 'D-' for Legacy Costs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 284 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...The Volker Alliance gave states grades of A to D-minus, the lowest possible mark, for their practices in five areas that are the building blocks of budgeting nationwide....

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Candidates Already Lining up to Run for Gabbard's Congressional Seat
By Andrew Walden @ 12:15 AM :: 1289 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Office of Elections, Politicians, Republican Party

...Within hours of Rep Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign announcement, the first hat is thrown into the ring for Hawaii CD2....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 1074 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Rail, Cost of Living

Among conditions for the buyers of these “ALOHA homes”....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii Ranks 49th for Federal Aid
By Tax Foundation @ 7:31 PM :: 333 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Which States Rely the Most on Federal Aid?....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
CNN: Tulsi Gabbard says she will run for president in 2020
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 PM :: 381 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...I have decided to run and will be making a formal announcement within the next week," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's Van Jones during an interview slated to air at 7 p.m. Saturday....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Third Chief in Three Years for DOCARE
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 342 Views :: Law Enforcement

...DLNR Chair Suzanne Case remarked, “Jason has stepped in and stepped up on multiple occasions to fill leadership voids when previous chiefs have retired or resigned...."

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii's coming recession--Are legislators Listening?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 PM :: 357 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The economic boom of the last few years allowed them to continue spending at high levels, and many of them would like to keep it that way....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Gabbard Standing up Against Anti-Catholic Bigotry Within Democratic Party
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:12 PM :: 411 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Religion

...Hirono asked, “If confirmed, do you intend to end your membership with this organization to avoid any appearance of bias?”....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Ed Case Appointed to Appropriations Committee
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 386 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...meanwhile Senator Brian Schatz serves on the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. Senate....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
BoE Will Re-Do Sup’t Vote—May Have Acted Illegally on Other Executive Hires
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 520 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

"...The chairwoman also said the BOE needs to review other past executive-session actions to ascertain whether or not they also should be invalidated...."

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii Sex Trafficking Study--Part 2 Released
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 387 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Drugs

"...Eighty percent of those forcibly initiated into prostitution via sex trafficking also prostituted without a trafficker at a later point...."

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
New Hi-Tech Payroll System Reveals 4,589 State Employees Paid for 'Multiple Positions'
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 614 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...On the first pay date of the year on Jan. 4, 2019, the PeopleSoft Payroll system issued 70,771 payments to 66,182 employees, as there are individuals issued pay for multiple positions....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Caldwell, Green Bless Iwilei Homeless Magnet
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 266 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...designed to make refusing shelter easier....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Auditor: Internal Docs Show HART Lied to Public About Rail Costs
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:24 PM :: 1016 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that, as the Honolulu Rail Transit Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the Federal Transit Administration....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
'The untouchables: Out-of-control prosecutors and the system that protects them'
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 845 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

...featuring nationally famous criminal justice journalist Radley Balko....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
State Supreme Court Declares Fevella the Winner--LoPresti Leaves us with One More Weird Story
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:42 PM :: 715 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

...The Hawaii Supreme Court declared a Republican victory for Senator Kurt Fevella in the 2018 General Election for State Senate District 19....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
Hawaii Smokers Lose $48K Per Year
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 330 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...The Real Cost of Smoking by State....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
What Should OHA Really be Doing?
By Video @ 8:08 PM :: 362 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Beneficiaries Need More Than Unity Amongst Trustees....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Disabled: Hawaii Ranks 6th for Service, 49th for Opportunity
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 393 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...The Case for Inclusion 2019 Ranks States on Policies and Programs that Encourage Employment and Community Living....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
RIMPAC: Navy Quietly Fires 20 Hyper Velocity Projectiles Through Destroyer’s Deckgun
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 PM :: 477 Views :: Military

...to prove the Navy could turn the more than 40-year-old deck gun design into an effective and low-cost weapon against cruise missiles and larger unmanned aerial vehicles....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Viral 2019: Ten Second Fireworks Video
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:54 PM :: 383 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

...24 hours later, at 9 AM on January 2, the video had 278,000 views and about 1,300 Likes....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
The Misinformed, Ineffective War on Styrofoam
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:43 PM :: 399 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...a recent report on Oahu suggests that a Styrofoam ban is unlikely to reduce litter and increase recycling....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
DoH cites Maui Land & Pineapple for wastewater violations
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 288 Views :: Maui County, Environment

...The company has been ordered to pay a penalty of $230,000 and construct a new wastewater treatment plant....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Fact-Checking 5 of Trump’s Claims in Border Speech
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:20 PM :: 473 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

...Trump made the case Tuesday night for the $5.7 billion he wants Congress to approve for a wall expanding the physical barrier along the southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs. The Daily Signal examines five of the president’s claims....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Gabbard Rips Religious Bigotry After Hirono Demands Judicial Nominee Quit Knights of Columbus
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 626 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Judiciary, Religion

"...I stand strongly against those who are fomenting religious bigotry, citing as disqualifiers Buescher’s Catholicism and his affiliation with the Knights of Columbus...." -- Rep Tulsi Gabbard

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Pedestrian Death at Site of Improperly Removed Crosswalk
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:47 AM :: 433 Views :: Honolulu County

...Rep Gene Ward sent a letter today, urging Mayor Caldwell and his administration to immediately reinstate a crosswalk that was mistakenly removed by the City & County last year....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Tech Modernization Plans in the 2019-21 Budget
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 261 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...tens of millions of dollars for modernization within nearly every department....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Christian Brothers Oust Damien School President--Dispute Over Child Molestation Settlements
By News Release @ 2:00 AM :: 1362 Views :: Education K-12, Religion

...they resisted a request from the Christian Brothers to set aside over a million dollars in potential costs for sex assault lawsuits from the past....

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