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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
HGEA Announces Primary Election Endorsements
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 3389 Views :: Labor, Politicians

...the state’s largest labor union, announced its endorsed candidates for the 2016 Primary Election today....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ige Extends Homeless Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 1947 Views :: Homelessness

Ige today signed a fifth supplemental proclamation on homelessness, which will remain in effect until August....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 AM :: 2996 Views :: Education K-12, Tax Credits

Taxpayers in Hawaii spend about $1.8 billion on education every year....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Study: Hawaii Ex-Con Recidivism 48.9%
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 3432 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Justice Reinvestment

This study is comprised of 2,464 offenders from the Fiscal Year 2012 cohort....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Rail Recovery Plan? Feds Explain How Rail Systems Blow Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 1:00 PM :: 2676 Views :: Rail

HART began talking publicly about a “Recovery Plan” only this month even though FTA rules apparently required a Recovery Plan since late 2014....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Rep Thielen to DEA: Legalize Hemp
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 2:35 AM :: 2789 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...filing an official rulemaking petition demanding that the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)  remove industrial hemp from the federal drug schedules....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Trustee: OHA Wasted $33M on Akaka Bill
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:13 AM :: 3711 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Leina’ala Ahu Isa has issued a statement on her Facebook page that OHA spent $33 million on the Akaka Bill....

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Star-Adv Hits Caldwell ‘Abject Failure of Leadership’
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:22 AM :: 3820 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

The newspaper characterized Caldwell's decision-making as "political expediency" driven by his re-election campaign....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Meet the Environmental Protest Industry
By Joni Kamiya @ 7:40 PM :: 3923 Views :: Greenmail

They have spread misinformation on everything from GMOs, the Superferry, TMT, and now the ocean monument....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Big Oil, OHA, and Brian Schatz team up to Give Hawaii Fishermen the Shaft
By Joni Kamiya @ 7:36 PM :: 4055 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, OHA

... big oil is funding these ocean closures worldwide ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
CD1: U.S. Air Force colonel Shirlene Ostrov is “a candidate who can win.”
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 3554 Views :: Military, Politicians, Republican Party

She is a new face to Hawaii politics, but she is no stranger to the arena in Washington, DC, where she served as a Congressional liaison for the U.S. Transportation Command....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Video: How Free is Hawaii Economically?
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:13 PM :: 2794 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii Ranked in Bottom Five States for Economic Freedom....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Maui: Half of Overtime Goes to 376 Police Officers
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 4168 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Police

“We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015"

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Fatherhood, Poverty, and the “Post-Marriage Society”
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:50 PM :: 2596 Views :: Family

A wedding ring on Dad's finger is more than a symbol of his commitment to Mom. It also proves to be the ultimate anti-poverty weapon for their children....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Charter School Corruption Mirrors State Government
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2315 Views :: Education K-12

Many agencies relish the ability to spend public money with little or no accountability....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Pine: Before we rush to decide on a rail route, shouldn't we get numbers first?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 3:55 AM :: 2683 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

leaders are making serious decisions on changing the rail route without publicly analyzing facts or figures on how the change will affect the ridership numbers....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Mayor Becomes Incoherent
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:53 AM :: 3895 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Rail

Over the past 48-hours the mayor's policy on rail swung wildly in a display of uneven and poorly constructed leadership....

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Sunday, June 19, 2016
Rail: Easy Ways to Save Millions without Cutting Line Short
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 AM :: 5268 Views :: Rail

This is the third artificial rail crisis Caldwell has ginned up to push a tax hike....

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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Flip-Flop Opens Door to Lawsuits by Property Owners Targeted by HART
By Robert Thomas @ 6:55 PM :: 3359 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...if a taking is abandoned or dismissed prior to final judgment, the condemnor is on the hook for "damages."....

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Saturday, June 18, 2016
Fake Indian Tribe: OHA Legal Shell Game Copied from Southern Segregationists
By Robert Thomas @ 6:45 PM :: 3294 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...his argument allowed careful listeners to see the analogy to Jim Crow southern governments....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Ninth Circuit Digs In on Hawaii GMO Rules
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 2624 Views :: GMOs

The implications of the court's ruling or rulings in this case will be vast....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Court Lifts Stay—Allows Maui Hospital Privatization to Proceed
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 3232 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

...negotiations continue and the order still prevents the parties from actually closing the transaction....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Caldwell’s Sad Little Zoo—More at Stake than Money
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 PM :: 2245 Views :: Honolulu County

"the elephants were recently found playing with a car battery that got in there somehow"

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Hawaii #1 in Percentage of Transportation Costs Funded by Fuel Taxes, Registration Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 2510 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The share of infrastructure expenditures funded by tolls, user fees, and user taxes ranges from 14.3 percent in Alaska to 79.8 percent in Hawaii....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
VIDEO: 9th Circuit Hears Akina Suit vs Fake Tribe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 PM :: 2884 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...Grassroot Institute warns that we are closer to a Native Hawaiian tribe than ever before....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Full Text: Caldwell statement on rail project
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 2909 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

"...and secure additional funding to complete the last five miles of the project to Ala Moana...."

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Fire Mayor, Not the Ethics Director
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:08 AM :: 3041 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

Totto's troubles only started when he started investigating Caldwell's political fundraising practices....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
VIDEO: Ninth Circuit Oral Arguments In Hawaii Anti-GMO Cases
By Robert Thomas @ 9:47 PM :: 2138 Views :: GMOs

Official full-length Ninth Circuit video recording of the hearings....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Flip Flop: Caldwell Suddenly Decides Rail Must End at Middle Street
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:14 PM :: 2294 Views :: Rail

Earlier today, Kirk Caldwell had a massive change of position on rail by admitting that the route might need to be shortened to end at Middle Street....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Pay for Performance: AMA Softening Stand Against Assisted Suicide?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:09 PM :: 2532 Views :: Health Care, Life

...Meet the Insurance Executive Behind Assisted Suicide in Hawaii....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Rogue Systems: Top Solar Contractor Busted for Lying to Hawaii Consumers
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 3260 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...after allegedly misrepresenting information related to requirements for interconnecting solar energy systems....

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
UH launches whistleblower hotline
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 2642 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...to confidentially report violations of laws, rules, regulations and UH policies....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Frustrated with Caldwell: Ethics Director Resigns after 16 Years
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 2904 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

Totto’s relationship with the city administration was contentious from the beginning with questions about funding by lobbyists for the mayor’s inaugural luau....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Cayetano, Kobayashi Endorse Djou for Mayor--Heen to Head Campaign
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 4241 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

"The backing of these trusted community leaders is a reflection of how much we need new leadership at Honolulu Hale."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Na’i Aupuni Constitution Ratification End Run
By Video @ 6:07 PM :: 4055 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA
With Opposition So High In Hawai`i, Where Will Na`i Aupuni Participants Find Those Votes?
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
FULL TEXT: State GOP Files Challenge to Sen Laura Thielen Nomination Papers
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 4358 Views :: Office of Elections, Politicians, Republican Party

...under Hawaii's statute governing challenges to nomination papers (HRS Section 12-8)....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Djou: HART Grab for City Loan Highlights Caldwell’s Untrustworthiness
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:18 PM :: 2759 Views :: Rail

Yesterday, KHON's Gina Mangieri covered a story detailing HART's request to borrow a minimum of $20 million more for rail, this time on the city's credit....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Jones Act: Protecting Special Interests, Not America
By Michael Hansen @ 2:54 AM :: 2361 Views :: Jones Act

...Center for the National Interest is associated with the realist school of foreign policy thought....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ige to Sign Six Bills
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 2076 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...at ceremonies on Oahu and Maui....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
BoE: Ige Appoints Uemura, Reappoints DeLima
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 2090 Views :: Education K-12

...Kenneth Uemura will fill the City and County of Honolulu seat currently held by Amy Asselbaye....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Value of Neighborhood Boards
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:48 AM :: 2103 Views :: Honolulu County

...more people than ever want to be on the board – in 2015, 610 people volunteered to run for 437 seats....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Orlando Shooter: Why a Gay Muslim Becomes Jihadi
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 PM :: 3601 Views :: Military, Religion
“Qur'an guarantees forgiveness for every sin if one is slain in the way of Allah….”
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Ninth Circuit not Fooled by Hilo Marijuana Minister
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2502 Views :: Drugs
"the government has a compelling interest in preventing drugs set aside for sacramental use from being diverted to non-religious, recreational users."
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Maui: 60% Bogus Signatures on Ballot Petition to Seize Farms from Owners
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 6907 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, GMOs

...It's unclear how much was spent paying people to collect signatures, or where the money came from, because those loudly demanding transparency don't practice it themselves....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
S2943: Hirono, Schatz Vote–Military Draft for All Females 18-26
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:22 PM :: 3007 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military

...the bill forces young women between the ages of 18 and 26 to sign up for the Selective Service, making them eligible for conscription if Congress reinstates the draft....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 14, 2016
By Congress.org @ 4:10 PM :: 2572 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Defense Authorization
House: Ozone Standards
House: Puerto Rico Aid
House: Fiscal 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Djou: We should be strengthening our ethics commission, not dismantling it
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:10 PM :: 2851 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...as a councilmember, I fought to give the Ethics Commission the power to issue civil fines for violations of the ethics code and championed stronger ethics rules that have reduced conflicts of interest in Honolulu....

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Monday, June 13, 2016
Activists: GMOs and Pesticides Cause Homosexuality
By Joni Kamiya @ 7:46 PM :: 3026 Views :: GMOs

...this hobby activism of spreading misinformation has helped to fuel hatred and bigotry globally....

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Hawaii Economy 10th-Worst in USA
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 3243 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...2016’s States with the Best & Worst Economies....

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Tulsi Gabbard Petition: Eliminate Superdelegates
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 2989 Views :: Democratic Party

"...unelected party officials and lobbyists should not have a say in who the presidential nominee of our party is...."

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