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Friday, February 16, 2018
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:51 PM :: 3919 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...Marijuana Edibles Passes First Committee in the Senate....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Trump Nominates Kenji Price US Attorney for Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 3344 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...Mr. Price is currently the interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
UH Prof: Sustainability Means Cutting off Mortgage Credit so the Little People Can't Buy Homes
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 3974 Views :: Environment, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...By signaling the importance of financial flows we have highlighted a potential leverage point for implementing sustainable policies….”

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Friday, February 16, 2018
City Agrees to Stop Illegally Towing Cars Belonging to Deployed Military Personnel
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 4293 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Military

...The Department’s investigation revealed that between 2011 and 2016, Honolulu auctioned 1,440 cars registered to individuals who had identified themselves as servicemembers on City forms during the motor vehicle registration process.....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Will Caldwell Bumbling Wipe out North Shore Surf Contests?
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 3188 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...the Mayor acknowledged the need to overhaul the permit rules, to support competitive opportunities....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii GE Tax hits many products multiple times
By Tax Foundation @ 8:16 PM :: 3054 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 105.08 percent of the state’s personal income....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii Legislators Grasping at Straws
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:36 PM :: 3403 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

...A bill proposed in the Hawaii Legislature would ban the use of plastic straws. But the problem runs much deeper than the straw bill....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
ERS Fires Investment Officer After Losses on VIX Puts
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 4907 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Chattergy told WSJ Hawaii will continue to sell these put contracts, convinced the income will offset market turbulence....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Brian Schatz Fear of An Anglo America
By Selected News Articles @ 10:44 AM :: 4012 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...“Do you know anyone who says ‘Anglo-American heritage’ in a sentence?” asked Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz. “What could possibly be the purpose of saying that other than to pit Americans against each other?"....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Hawaii AG: Census Citizenship Question Might Depress Count of Non-Citizens Needed to Apportion Legislative Seats
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1953 Views

...Non-citizens are counted in the Census for the purposes of federal funds, apportioning of congressional seats and Electoral College votes, and the drawing of state and local districts....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
​Hawaii bail system victimizes taxpayers, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:38 PM :: 3341 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...government inefficiency is resulting in excessively high costs to Hawaii taxpayers....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
DHHL Funding: A morass in which the courts should not get entangled
By Robert Thomas @ 9:08 PM :: 2900 Views :: DHHL

...This is Chapter 2 of the story....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Bills: Skip ICA, Direct Appeals to Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 8:55 PM :: 2439 Views :: Judiciary

...The bills, HB 2191 and HB 2194, would return the state court appeals system to the way it was prior to the 2006 amendments....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
I Shill for No One!
By Joni Kamiya @ 7:52 PM :: 3085 Views :: GMOs

...Rep Ing and Sen Green bash farmer online....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Matson Previews full year 2017 results
By Michael Hansen @ 7:38 PM :: 2556 Views :: Jones Act

...ahead of releasing of their 2017 annual results and earnings conference call scheduled for February 20....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Honolulu Rail Creates One Tenth of Jobs Promised
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:33 PM :: 3554 Views :: Labor, Rail

...HART rail is being built one segment at a time by a single builder, instead of having, say 4 builders building 5 miles each, simultaneously....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
SB1279: Tax-Credit Scholarships for Special Needs Students
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 PM :: 3432 Views :: Education K-12, Tax Credits

...Allows Qualifying Families To Pay For Tuition At Private And Parochial Schools....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Hypocrisy: Hawaii AG Demands Congress End Secret Sex Harassment Settlements--but says nothing about State Legislators
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 2368 Views :: Ethics

...urging Congress to end secret, forced arbitration in cases of workplace sexual harassment--while Hawaii State Legislators do exactly the same thing....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
How Ethnically Diverse are Towns in Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 AM :: 1836 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...comparing more than 500 of the largest U.S. cities across three key indicators of cultural diversity....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
$1.1B for New Airport Concourse
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 3307 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Construction is scheduled to begin in five years....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
OHA Audit Released: "Alternate funding process directs money to individuals"
By News Release @ 9:14 PM :: 4714 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Some were approved by the OHA Administration without Board of Trustee vote or even knowledge....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Gallup-Sharecare: Hawaii Ranks 3rd in Well-Being
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3297 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...this report examines well-being across the nation, including how well-being varies by state and which states lead and lag across the five elements of well-being....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Title IX Lawsuit? DoE discriminates against female athletes
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 2972 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...ACLU sent a letter to the Hawaiʻi Department of Education demanding it take immediate action to cease sex discrimination against female athletes in DOE schools....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
VIDEO: Brian Evans on why he’s running for Congress
By Video @ 1:10 PM :: 3769 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

"... I’m an unconventional Republican ...."

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Coco Palms: Registered Sex Offender threatens to 'arrest' Judge Soong
By Andrew Walden @ 3:44 AM :: 5675 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail

... It turns out that “Moses Enoka Heanu, ‘Chief Justice, Court of the Sovereign’” was sentenced in 1998 to five years in the state penitentiary ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Seven Republican Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 12:43 AM :: 2987 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Here are some bills introduced by members of our Republican Caucus that are moving through the legislature....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Sea Level: Land area of low-lying Tuvalu has increased
By Michael Hansen @ 12:32 AM :: 2674 Views :: Environment

...Tuvalu has been held-up globally as case study of a place where sea level rise due to man-made global warming will destroy the ability of people to inhabit it....

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Mandatory Funding? DHHL Statement on Supreme Court Nelson Ruling
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 2759 Views :: DHHL

"...The Department is very disappointed in the courts decision on the Nelson case and will confer with counsel on this matter....”

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Report: Delays at OIP Are Staggering
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 3745 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...in recent years, OIP’s average time for review quadrupled, it is deciding fewer matters per year on average, and its backlog is trending upward despite a downward trend in new filings....

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Monday, February 12, 2018
SB2323: Senators Caught Lying About Peter Boy Case
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:41 PM :: 6866 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Law Enforcement

...In little Peter's case, he was not of compulsory age, and therefore not homeschooled.  The other case referred to in the bill, the girl who died in 2017 on the Big Island, was already under CPS before her mother took her out to be homeschooled.... 

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Pacific Territories: Trump Admin Proposes Office of Insular Affairs Budget
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 3261 Views :: National News

...President Proposes $608 Million FY 2019 Budget for the U.S. Territories and the Freely Associated States--$111 Million for Palau Compact Agreement is also requested....

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Honolulu 8th Healthiest City in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 PM :: 2341 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...data set ranges from cost of doctor visit to fruit and vegetable consumption to fitness clubs per capita....

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Former AG Mark Bennett Appointed Federal Judge
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 3843 Views :: Judiciary

...If confirmed, Mark J. Bennett of Hawaiʻi will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.....

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Monday, February 12, 2018
TS Gita: American Samoa Emergency Declaration
By News Release @ 11:29 AM :: 3039 Views :: National News

...Trump declared that an emergency exists in the territory of American Samoa and ordered Federal assistance to supplement response efforts in the territory due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Gita....

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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Former Armed Robber Running for Maui Mayor
By Andrew Walden @ 7:05 PM :: 13780 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Elle Cochran attempted to wrestle the gun away from the security guard before she could be subdued....

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Sunday, February 11, 2018
Former Cocaine Dealer’s Wife Running for Honolulu Council
By Andrew Walden @ 4:03 AM :: 16324 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians, Drugs

...Should ex-coke dealers get more political representation?....

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Sunday, February 11, 2018
​The Value of a Refundable Credit
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2821 Views :: Tax Credits

...In the 2017 legislative session, our legislature passed an earned income tax credit (EITC)....

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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Hawaii: Trigger Modification Bill Scheduled for Hearing
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 2457 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Tuesday, February 13, the House Committee on Judiciary has scheduled to hear House Bill 1908....

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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Community Meetings Set to Discuss 12.5% Hawaii County GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 4665 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

...nine meetings set for Feb 12-19th, 2018....

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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Fast and Furious: Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:06 PM :: 3259 Views :: Family, Life

...Many bills are moving through the legislative process....

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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Hawaiian Electric Companies Claims 27% Renewable for 2017
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 2985 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...Meanwhile: While Most States Clean Up, Hawaii CO2 Emissions Rise Since '08....

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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Hawaiian Electric: $36M Rate Hike
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 3072 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...The bill impact of the interim rate is expected to be reduced by the application of anticipated corporate tax savings that are the result of the new federal tax law that took effect on Jan. 1, 2018....

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Saturday, February 10, 2018
Oahu Study: Child Molesters Exploit Drug-Addicted Homeless Youth
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 5247 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...44% of homeless youth are from the Mainland...48% first became homeless with their homeless parents....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
Will Indonesia's new shipping law impact Hawaii coal imports?
By Michael Hansen @ 8:06 PM :: 3658 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...new regulations in October 2016 requiring coal and raw palm oil exporters to ship on Indonesian flag ships....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
2018 Employment Bills Introduced
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 2767 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Want to know what labor and employment bills will be considered during this year’s legislative session?....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
Minimum Wage: Good intentions don’t always equal good policy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:38 PM :: 2842 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...SB2291 would raise the minimum wage in Hawaii to $15 an hour by 2020....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane
By Joe Kent @ 2:19 AM :: 3849 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers ....

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Thursday, February 08, 2018
Jones Act leads to surreptitious imports of Russian LNG
By Michael Hansen @ 11:01 PM :: 4324 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...a cargo of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) was surreptitiously imported into the United States on January 28, 2018 at Boston, Massachusetts, in apparent violation of sanctions....

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Thursday, February 08, 2018
Hawaii Highways Rank 47th in Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 2618 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Ranking each state's highway system in 11 categories, including highway spending, pavement and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, and fatality rates....

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Thursday, February 08, 2018
Truth in Accounting: Defense Department
By Selected News Articles @ 6:51 PM :: 2273 Views :: Military

...the DoD Office of Inspector General has issued a disclaimer on the DoD’s own financial statements....

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