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Sunday, November 19, 2017
DoTax: No End to Litigation, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 11 Views :: Judiciary, Taxes

...The Department apparently regards the taxpayers here as lower life forms and wants to give them no respect.... 

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Understanding the Congressional tax bill
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 192 Views :: Taxes

There’s a lot of news out there about the tax bills before the Congress, and nearly all of it is confusing....

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Friday, November 17, 2017
UHERO: 25 Years Later we still don't know what Sustainable Tourism is
By UHERO @ 3:18 AM :: 237 Views :: Tourism

...the report concludes that Hawaii is not yet at the stage of overtourism....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
UH English Department Backs out of ANTIFA Endorsement
By Selected News Articles @ 6:17 PM :: 316 Views :: Higher Education

...When asked whether department members “are aware of the endorsement, and if so, whether you approve of it,” only one professor replied, telling Campus Reform that “we are, and I am.”....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pension pinches profligacy
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 8:00 AM :: 216 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hawaii State Hospital Employees Game Overtime System
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 AM :: 2824 Views :: Health Care, Labor

A federal court order is being ignored so union members at the Hawai’i State Hospital can manipulate work rules....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hospital Crisis: How to Use Union Work Rules for Fun and Profit
By Andrew Walden @ 2:00 AM :: 3855 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Hawaii public hospital workers earn less but cost more than their private sector counterparts.  How is that possible?

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Hospital Reform? Randy Perreira Says "F*** You"
By Andrew Walden @ 1:50 AM :: 10419 Views :: Health Care

..."Andrew Walden of the Hawai'i Free Press, actually called HHSC the 'HGEA job trust'"....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
HGEA Hospital Debacle: DOH Places Seven On Leave
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 258 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...after decades ignoring the festering problems at the HGEA job trust State Hospital, AG and DoH pretend to suddenly be oh-so-very-concerned....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
2017 Survey: Home Health Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 274 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...the annual median cost of long term care services in Hawaii increased an average of 5.51 percent from 2016 to 2017....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Another Day in the Nei: Three Inmates Charged with Escape
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 236 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...Escape in the Second Degree is a class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Welfare Fraud Charges: Years Before Anybody Noticed
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 289 Views

...between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2014, she applied for and received public assistance benefits to which she was not entitled. This resulted in DHS making more than $20,000.00 in overpayments....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tupola: FTA review of HART recovery plan finished 'early 2018'
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 699 Views :: Rail

...FTA also stated that they are watching to see what HART’s new strategy to build the City Center portion of the guideway will look like....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
OHA Will Get Millions from Mauna Kea Lawsuit Settlement
By Video @ 4:01 PM :: 316 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education, OHA

...find out what the lawsuit settlement terms will be....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
‘Psychopathic’ escapee from Hawaii arrested in Stockton
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 271 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Law Enforcement

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputies said they arrested Randall Saito, the Hawaii State Hospital escapee, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
HECO Biofuel Contract—$7.69 per gallon
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 440 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Last year biodiesel represented 2 percent of HECO’s oil and diesel consumption. (Translation: Its an expensive fig leaf for diesel plants.)....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
State Capitol Signs up for Non-Existent Seawater Air Conditioning Scheme
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 475 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...a seawater jet powered by Hawaii tax credits is used to shoot pies up into the sky--electricity is generated by harnessing the energy of the pies as they fall back to Earth....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Senate Holding Special Session to Confirm Judicial Appointments
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 268 Views :: Judiciary

...scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017 and Wednesday, November 15, 2017 to confirm four judicial appointments, three for the Circuit Court of the First Circuit and one for the District Family Court of the First Circuit – O‘ahu....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Auditor: DoTax Funds ‘Do not meet Criteria’
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:15 PM :: 246 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...Review of Special Funds, Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the Department of Taxation....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
US Supreme Court agrees to weigh in on law that forces pro-life centers to promote abortion
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 227 Views :: First Amendment, Life

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to weigh in on a California law that forces pro-life pregnancy care centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Jones Act? What's That? Democratic Congressmen Rip Trump Admin Official on Puerto Rico Recovery
By Video @ 3:05 AM :: 320 Views :: Jones Act

...Despite her crucial role in Puerto Rico recovery, Jaresko was apparently unaware of the Jones Act or its effects on the Commonwealth....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Honolulu Ethics Commission to Discuss Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 227 Views :: Ethics

...Exposure Draft — November 15, 2017 Ethics Commission meeting....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
State Ethics Commission 2018 Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 308 Views :: Ethics

...Proposed Legislation for 2018 Legislative Session....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
$1.8B Special Fund Audit: DHRD Refuses to Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:42 AM :: 324 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

..."We disagree with DHRD. The statutory requirements that DHRD report to the Legislature are unambiguous and do not exempt these trust funds." -- Auditor....

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Ninth Circuit Partly Lifts Trump Travel Ban Blockade
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 PM :: 381 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

... The Ninth Circuit on Monday partly granted an emergency motion by the Trump administration and lifted a preliminary stay on most aspects of President Donald Trump’s ban on entry into the United States ....

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Republican Tax Cut Plan Would Give $3174 to Average Hawaii Household
By Tax Foundation @ 2:33 PM :: 372 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...The increase in family incomes is the result of both the income tax cuts and the broader rise in productivity and wages due to economic growth....

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Monday, November 13, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 13, 2017
By Congress.org @ 1:19 PM :: 283 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Gibson Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Engel Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Wehrum Nomination – Confirmation
  • House: Joint Employer Definition
  • House: Hydropower Regulation
  • House: Securities Regulations Exemptions
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Monday, November 13, 2017
What These 3 Doctors Think Should Be Done for Children Who Think They Are Transgender
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:00 AM :: 293 Views :: Family, Life

Three doctors, specializing in pediatrics, biology, and psychiatry, are criticizing what they say is the reliance on feelings over facts ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Immigration: Only 300 Dreamers in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 412 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Approximately 300 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients live in Hawaii....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
UH: Global Warming Will Make Your Intestines Leak
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 600 Views :: Environment, Higher Education

...Kidney failure, blood clots, cardiac arrest, inflammation of the pancreas, leaking intestines....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Department of Taxation Customer Service – Don’t’ Be a Victim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 490 Views :: Taxes

“I object to the use of the word ‘customer.’ It certainly doesn’t feel like that type of relationship to me. Maybe ‘hostage’?”

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 1577 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Hawaii Professionals -- more licensing, fewer requirements
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 494 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The Institute for Justice finds Hawaii to be ‘most burdensome’ in USA due to the large number of professions requiring licensure.   In contrast, the Wisconsin study finds Hawaii to be the 'least burdensome' based on an analysis of 10 specific professions and the requirements to attain license in each....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
November is National Adoption Month
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:21 PM :: 274 Views :: Family

Americans adopt approximately 140,000 children per year....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Counties stuck with bailing out pension debt
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:11 PM :: 476 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...the state Legislature has discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Queen Sues: Feds Took Our Crown Lands
By Robert Thomas @ 11:38 PM :: 1582 Views :: Hawaii History

...after she was deposed, and after Hawaii became a U.S. territory, the former queen sued the United States in what was then the U.S. Claims Court....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
A Veterans Day Salute
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 2:39 PM :: 317 Views :: Military, Republican Party

...take a moment to celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans past and present....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Civil Beat: Banks and Developers ‘help to fund a lot of stories’
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 1021 Views :: Ethics, Development, First Amendment

...“We got a few hundred subscribers, but nothing really earth shattering,” Epler says...Civil Beat has an annual budget of roughly $3 million and a staff of about 22 to 24 people....

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Friday, November 10, 2017
HART Wastes Rail Money on Kam Hwy Repave that Could be Funded by HDOT
By News Release @ 11:10 AM :: 464 Views :: Rail

“Because Farrington Highway and Kamehameha Highway are on the National Highway System, the reconstruction projects are eligible for Federal aid funds, subject to selection by OahuMPO and HIDOT.”  -- FHWA Acting Director Nadeau, October 7, 2015

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Friday, November 10, 2017
More Traffic Jams Coming--Creation of Oahu’s First Pedestrian Plan underway
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 530 Views :: Honolulu County

...The City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services (DTS) is excited to announce the creation of the first O‘ahu Pedestrian Plan and an update of the 2012 Bicycle Master Plan....

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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Legacy Pension Costs--Hawaii Scores D-
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 AM :: 493 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Legacy Costs evaluates whether states provided adequate funding, as defined by retirement system actuaries, for pensions and other promised retirement benefits for public workers.....

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Thursday, November 09, 2017
The Curse of Abundance
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:44 AM :: 437 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...We live in a world of plenty which is both good and bad....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Arakawa Quits Lt Gov Race
By Andrew Walden @ 9:16 PM :: 942 Views :: Maui County, Politicians

The following message was sent out to Arakawa campaign supporters Tuesday Nov 7, 2017....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 661 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...the median wait time for treatment in the Queen’s Medical Center ER is about six hours and 20 minutes....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Animal Quarantine Station is Preferred Site for New Jail
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 488 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Ige today announced that his administration has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Lawsuit: OHA Grabs for Control of Mauna Kea
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 879 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...OHA’s complaint requests the court to order the state to terminate UH’s general lease for the mountain.... 

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
100 Years of Communism: Death and Deprivation
By Selected News Articles @ 7:00 AM :: 591 Views :: World News

...On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. It did so by accident....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Sen Donna Mercado Kim Announces Congressional Campaign
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 530 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...I have decided to run for Congress to represent Hawai‘i's 1st Congressional District....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 7, 2017
By Congress.org @ 2:05 AM :: 372 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Recent House and Senate votes....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
DoE Puts 'Performance Indicators' Online
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 376 Views :: Education K-12

In an effort to make performance data easily available to the public, HIDOE today announced the launch of its Strategic Plan Dynamic Report....

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