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Monday, March 21, 2016
DoH Announces Political Insiders Chosen to Review Marijuana Dispensary Licenses
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 3032 Views :: Drugs

...If an applicant, representative of an applying entity, member of the media, legislator or other government official, member of the public, or any other person contacts a selection panel member to discuss an applicant or the selection process, or tries to influence their decisions in any way, the panel member is required to immediately report the contact to DOH....

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Monday, March 21, 2016
The hidden hand of the state is reaching for your car keys
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:39 PM :: 3250 Views :: Environment, Rail

...by 2028, every car sold in the state would have to be electric or hydrogen cell powered....

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 21, 2016
By Congress.org @ 1:54 PM :: 2606 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: King Nomination – Confirmation
Senate: Genetically Modified Organism Food Labeling – Cloture
House: Air Pollution – Passage
House: Small Business Broadband Deployment – Passage
House: Authorize House Amicus Brief for Supreme Court Immigration Case
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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Report: Rep Fukumoto Will Quit Republican Party
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 PM :: 6239 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

"...Rep Beth Fukumoto is going to leave the party most likely after her reelection...."

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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Hawaii: Assault on your Second Amendment Rights Continues
By News Release @ 6:14 AM :: 3415 Views :: Second Amendment

On Tuesday, March 22, House Bill 1813, the Terrorist Watchlist Bill, is scheduled for a hearing....

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Sunday, March 20, 2016
Could You Please Pick Up That Pencil?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2325 Views :: Taxes

...the Department of Taxation and its customer service, or lack thereof....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Hawaii State Judiciary “Connect-A-Vet” resource fair
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 3171 Views :: Judiciary, Military

The Veterans Treatment Court of the First Circuit teamed up with community service providers....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Triple Referral Lateral
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:00 PM :: 2937 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills referred to three or more committees had to be passed through their first committee....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Applicants Sought for Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 10:29 AM :: 2693 Views :: Ethics

Deadline EXTENDED to March 31, 2016  ....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Pulling Papers as of March 18, 2016
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2478 Views :: Office of Elections

Candidates must complete and file a nomination paper to appear on the ballot....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
MDs: Gender Ideology Harms Children
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 4190 Views :: Family, Health Care

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Lava Tube: DLNR’s Case ‘setting up roadblocks to the media on matters large and small’
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 2750 Views :: First Amendment

In particular, Case is cited for trying to issue special restrictions to the media — but not the public– on access to Mauna Kea....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Police Raid Offices of Honolulu Rail Car Supplier
By Selected News Articles @ 1:28 PM :: 3880 Views :: Rail

...Prosecutors are looking into alleged collusion between Hitachi and Finmeccanica over the price paid Finmeccanica for its 40 percent stake in Ansaldo STS....

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Friday, March 18, 2016
Beer Taxes: Hawaii Ranks #5 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:11 PM :: 3232 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii beer tax is $0.93 per gallon ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Interior Department Funds American Samoa ‘Self-Determination’
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 2468 Views :: Akaka Bill

“This year’s funding reflects the priorities and needs of the people of American Samoa including self-determination,.... "

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
HB2156: Allow Legislators to Pass Around the Campaign Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 1827 Views :: Ethics

... powerful liberal Democrats use large campaign donations to buy the loyalty of vulnerable one- and two-term representatives that have small campaign war chests ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Panos Prevedouros: Rail, Traffic and Energy
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 3048 Views :: Energy, Rail

A conversation with Dr. Keli'i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute, about traffic congestion, Honolulu rail and Hawaii's renewable energy plans....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Update March 17, 2016
By Video @ 7:02 PM :: 5465 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

From Hawaii Family Advocates ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Organic Farmers Thwart Tropical Disease Eradication Efforts
By Selected News Articles @ 6:44 PM :: 4066 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, GMOs

"It's not a question of if, it's a question of when Zika comes here to this island, and we have a very unique opportunity right now to squash it."

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Honolulu Drivers Waste 49 Hours in Traffic
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 3511 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

... Honolulu ranks 10th in US traffic time wasted ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Na’i Aupuni Cancels Ratification Vote
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 3315 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...why does Na'i Aupuni appear so determined to avoid submitting it to a public vote?....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
2016 County Health Rankings Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 2723 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Oahu ranks best followed by Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Counties....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Oahu Windfarm Proposed for Live Explosives Dumping Area
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 3557 Views :: Energy, Military

"...the southeast section of the Site Area is coterminous with (has the same boundaries as) a designated explosive dumping area...."

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Anti-Gun Bills Deferred
By News Release @ 7:41 PM :: 2310 Views :: Second Amendment

...Decision on all three BAD gun bills heard by the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs was deferred until next Tuesday, March 22....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Plan to renovate or rebuild Aloha Stadium could become a taxpayer boondoggle
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:24 PM :: 2591 Views :: Tourism

...HB 1847 establishing a Sports & Entertainment Authority and HB 2229 creating a task force to keep the Pro Bowl in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Na’i Aupuni Ratification Trick
By Video @ 5:58 PM :: 2831 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...They Only Need A Handful Of Votes To Achieve Ratification....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Small Business Day at the Capitol, March 30
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 2645 Views :: Small Business

...Don't Freeze Small Business Out! is the theme of this year's Small Business Day....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Feathering Their Own Nests, UH Administrators to Peddle Latest Round of Tuition Hikes at Public Meetings
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 2477 Views :: Higher Education

...open public meetings statewide from March 28 to May 5....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
State Hands IT Systems to New UH Tech Center
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 3325 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Lassner noted that “The state has had IT facilities challenges for years...."

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Rail, TheBus and HandiVan Operations – Under HART or the Mayor?
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:29 PM :: 2996 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...“cannibalized” by rail....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Hawaii County PD Seeks Community Input
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 3455 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

The survey includes both multiple-choice questions and an opportunity to make individual comments....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
HB2085: Ban Sale of Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:55 AM :: 4320 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the state's plan to eliminate all ground transportation that uses fossil fuels....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
House committee to hear ferry bill Wednesday morning
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 2671 Views :: Jones Act

...Requires the department of transportation to conduct a feasibility study of establishing an interisland ferry system....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Anti-Gun Bills up for Senate Vote
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 5028 Views :: Second Amendment

...Deadline to submit testimony, 1:45pm Wednesday March 16....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016
HB2555: Hemp Inc Behind Industrial Hemp Bill
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 3250 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...over 4,500 people in Maui, Hawaii have signed a petition supporting industrial hemp in Maui....

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Complete List: Bills that Passed First Crossover
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 11:14 PM :: 2928 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House and Senate debated nearly 200 third reading bills each on Tuesday....

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Monday, March 14, 2016
HR21: Development Land Swap for Great Lawn in Hawaii Kai
By Video @ 11:03 PM :: 3626 Views :: Development

House Resolution 21 proposes to use the Great Lawn in Hawaii Kai as a potential land swap for the intent of development.....

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Interior Department Funds Guam ‘Self-Determination’ Outreach
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 3051 Views :: Akaka Bill

...in preparation for a planned 2018 plebiscite....

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on 3rd District Court Nominees
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 1919 Views

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Monday, March 28, 2016....

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 14, 2016
By Congress.org @ 5:43 PM :: 2927 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Opioid Abuse – Cloture
Senate: Opioid Abuse – Passage
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Sunday, March 13, 2016
AP: Only Senator Sam Slom Responded Fully to Our Open Records Request
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 3154 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Of the lawmakers, only the state’s lone Republican Senator, Sam Slom, divulged the requested information....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Morita Comes up Short in KIUC Bid
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 3469 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The newly-elected board members will be inaugurated on March 22....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
SB 2840–Kill Zombie Pensions
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 PM :: 2580 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state of Hawaii paid $538,519.25 of public pension money to people who were deceased....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Regressivity
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2608 Views :: Taxes

...the lowest 20% of our population pays 13.4% of its income in state and local taxes, while the top 1% pays 7.0%....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Handi-Van Not ADA-Compliant
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 3138 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

OTS Handi-Van on-time performance has declined 5% over the past three years; customers experience excessive trip times....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Incompetence Prevents Management of State IT Resources
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:37 AM :: 2879 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of Enterprise Technology Services agreed....

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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Pulling Papers as of March 11, 2016
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 2725 Views :: Office of Elections

The candidate filing process allows qualified individuals to have their names appear on the ballot.....

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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Hawaii Cesspools: Tax Credit, Ban
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 2792 Views :: Environment

Ige has signed new Wastewater System rules that would ban new cesspools statewide....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Guam Votes Tonight In The Republican Primary
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 2834 Views :: Republican Party

Typically overlooked in presidential election, the three U.S. territories in the Pacific are front and center in the campaign for this year’s Republican Party nomination....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Final Results: Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 3441 Views :: Republican Party

...a total of 15,672 voters participated in Tuesday's Hawaii Republican Presidential Caucus. This is a 53% increase from the 10,228 participating in the 2012 Caucus....

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