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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 27, 2019
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1463 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Weekly update from GovTrack.us....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Tourist Arrivals up 5.9% for 2018
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 1389 Views :: Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent $17.82 billion in 2018, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to 2017....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Kauai Dairy Quits: "No Regulatory Path Forward"
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 3313 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture

"...we were unable to find a clear regulatory path forward for this innovative and sustainable model of dairy farming...."

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
City steps up approach to control feral cat population
By News Release @ 8:06 PM :: 1939 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

...The Hawaiian Humane Society’s new community cat program coordinator will work with colony caregivers and volunteers to trap, neuter and then return sterilized cats to the colonies they came from....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Medicaid Fraud: DHS Still Not Doing the Real Work
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:32 AM :: 2583 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The recommendations not implemented are the ones where DHS actually has to go out and catch fraudsters, instead of just talking about it....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Hawaii GE Tax Hits 105.08% of Personal Income
By Tax Foundation @ 3:18 AM :: 2218 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii's GE Tax base is more than triple the average sales tax base for US states....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Ige Launches 5-Year Plan for Early Childhood Education
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2381 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...Pre-K: Who Will Control Cash Flow, Positions?....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Applicants Wanted for State Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 1:28 AM :: 1166 Views :: Ethics

...The Judicial Council is seeking applicants to fill one upcoming vacancy on the Hawaii State Ethics Commission. The term will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Lyon Bribes: Caldwell Appoints Crook to Zoning Board After Receiving $16.5K
By Andrew Walden @ 9:26 PM :: 6000 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

...After receiving the campaign contributions, Caldwell appointed the criminal Lyon to the juicy position July 30, 2014 for a term ending June 30, 2019....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Republicans Call for Testimony on Bills
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:25 PM :: 2971 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...It is up to us to voice concerns and to make our voice heard.... 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Third Circuit Seeking Applicants for Independent Grand Jury Counsel
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2180 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

...independent grand jury counsel for Hilo and Kona....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Rep Thielen: Power, Drugs and Imminent Danger Top Concerns
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 5:07 PM :: 3808 Views :: Military, Republican Party, Drugs

...Rep. Cynthia Thielen's bills this Legislative session....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard campaign in disarray
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 AM :: 3283 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Campaign manager Rania Batrice and Gabbard’s consulting firm Revolution Messaging are set to depart after this weekend’s official kickoff in Hawaii.... Gabbard is leaning on her sister, Vrindavan, to fill the void....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Honolulu Council Dist IV: Ige Signs Proclamation Calling for Special Election
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1962 Views :: Honolulu County, Office of Elections

...April 13 End of All-Mail Voting for Special Election....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Hawaii receives mixed grades on tobacco prevention and cessation
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2149 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...American Lung Association ‘State of Tobacco Control’ Report Finds Hawaii Must Do More to Prevent, Reduce Tobacco Use....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
House Republicans Call on DHS to Reverse Philippine H-2 Visa Ban
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 2580 Views :: National News, Republican Party

..."As we speak, a special meeting is taking place at the White House asking for Hawaii to be exempted from this ban," said Rep. Gene Ward....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Auditor Slams DoT--$112M Illegally Hidden from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:16 PM :: 2545 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...three revolving funds, and one trust fund with remaining balances which total approximately $120 million as of June 30, 2018, had no financial activity during our (5 year) review period....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Economic Impact of Immigration by State
By Selected News Articles @ 12:32 PM :: 2150 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Small Business

...Hawaii Ranks 15th....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Bullying, Safe Places: 2019 Keiki Caucus Package
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2643 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

...Bills include tobacco restrictions, bullying prevention, safe places for youth....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Shark Bites: Hawaii Still #2 in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:48 AM :: 2209 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In addition to the 66 unprovoked attacks worldwide, there were also 34 provoked attacks. Those include instances where divers are bitten after harassing or trying to touch sharks, as well as attacks on spearfishers or people trying to feed sharks....

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Monday, January 28, 2019
Who Should Regulate Drones in Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 3010 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...Local rules that conflict with national ones threaten the growth of the entire U.S. drone industry....

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Monday, January 28, 2019
Conflict of Interest? Judiciary Debunks Ozawa
By News Release @ 9:35 AM :: 2756 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Judiciary

...Mr. Ozawa was able to but did not object to any justice’s participation in this case before the final decision. Mr. Ozawa also did not raise any objection to Justice Pollack’s and Justice Wilson’s participation in the 2014 election challenge....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Naming Names: Hawaii Politicians Profit from Sub-Minimum Wage Sweatshops for the Disabled
By Selected News Articles @ 8:36 PM :: 4893 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor

...secrets of the system in our state through which public funds are funneled into private pockets while workers with disabilities toil away in sweatshops....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Judicial Vacancy: Family Judge, First Circuit, Oahu
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 1788 Views :: Judiciary

...The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations ....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Public pension crisis? We're on it!
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:14 PM :: 2557 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Ask Not for Whom the H-1 Tolls…
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1985 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...Recently, we have heard the term “congestion pricing” bandied about as a way of improving traffic congestion here, and of raising more money....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Full Text: Supreme Court Invalidates Ozawa Win--Orders New Election
By Selected News Articles @ 10:41 PM :: 3180 Views :: Honolulu County, Office of Elections

...Ozawa-Waters Case Could Affect Vote by Mail Statewide....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Video: Origins of the Opioid Crisis
By Video @ 10:10 PM :: 2210 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...Dr. Jeffrey Singer exposes the facts and myths about the opioid overdose problem in the United States....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Auction: Omidyar Dairy Liquidating?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:46 PM :: 3294 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism

...In addition to spawning anti-dairy activism, Omidyar’s Kauai dairy proposal created a political and perhaps legal precedent requiring previously exempt farmers to obtain an environmental impact statement before commencing operations....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Plaintiffs to Appeal 'Gut-n-Replace' Ruling
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 1691 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

..."It legitimizes a practice born in smoke-filled rooms, out of the public's eye and is an insult to the openness we brag about in the Hawaii State Legislature."....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Hawaii: Five Anti-Gun Bills Introduced
By Selected News Articles @ 7:09 PM :: 2255 Views :: Second Amendment

...the most egregious of these being a ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms, discriminating against young adults under the age of 21 and prohibiting them from bringing firearms into the state, and lastly, further victimizing gun owners who have experienced a loss or theft....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Felony Tax Violations: Honolulu DUI Attorney Pleads Guilty
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 2321 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...Noah Fiddler's sentencing is scheduled for May 2, 2019....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
HDOT: Uber/Lyft Eligible to Begin Sister Isle Airport Pickups
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 1597 Views :: Small Business

...ride share pick up locations at Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA), Hilo International Airport (ITO) and Kapalua Airport (JHM) have been established by HDOT....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Video: Gabbard Officially Launches Presidential Campaign
By Video @ 3:46 AM :: 3121 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...The Hawaii congresswoman reiterates her opposition to “interventionist, regime-change wars....”

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
​Full Text: State of the Judiciary Speech -- 2019
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 2943 Views :: First Amendment, Judiciary

...Under our constitution, the Judiciary is sometimes called upon to protect the rights of those whose views may be unpopular....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Why are Climate Alliance governors in states with bad financial conditions?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 2287 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the average per-Taxpayer Burden for these 15 states runs almost $24,000—more than four times the average for the other 35 states....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
OHA: Authorities Should Take Atooi Threats Seriously
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 3982 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Law Enforcement, OHA

"...OHA continues to work with various law enforcement entities...."

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Hawaii 6th Highest Tax Collections Per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 2:00 AM :: 1828 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii: State and Local Taxes rake in $6,467 per capita....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
HB939: State Ag Bill Restricts Hemp Growers More Than Feds Do
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 12:40 AM :: 2717 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...The Hawaii DOA lists the following erroneous justification for HB939: "Given the nature of hemp as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance . . .."   However, as of Dec. 20, 2018, hemp was removed from that list....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Finance Committee Passes Base Budget
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 1562 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The ultimate goal of performance-based budgeting is to have every state agency justify discretionary funds they receive for each two-year budget cycle. Eventually, zero-based budgeting will analyze the entire budget of programs....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Who's Getting Really Scared at OHA?
By Video @ 7:30 PM :: 2382 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... They Refuse To Hand Over Key Documents, Hoping To Kill The Audit ....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Small Business Poll: 88% Say 'No' to Minimum Wage Hike
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 2195 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii employers have the added expense of complying with the state’s Prepaid Healthcare Act, which should be considered when examining the minimum wage....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Bum Patrol: City Extends Park Security Contract
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 2531 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

...Four-month extension lasting until mid-May....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Bipartisan Women's Legislative Caucus Elects Leadership for 2019
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 1495 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...co-conveners for 2019 Senators Rosalyn H. Baker and Laura H. Thielen and Representatives Lauren Matsumoto and Linda Ichiyama....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Full Text: Ige's State of the State Address
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 1596 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...The state of the State of Hawaii is sound...."

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
High Costs Make Hawaii Worst State for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:38 PM :: 2031 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii already does more than any other state to discourage car ownership....

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Monday, January 21, 2019
Hawaii Most Unionized State
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2364 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii and New York had the highest union membership rates--23.1 percent and 22.3 percent, respectively....

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Monday, January 21, 2019
School Choice Week--Activities in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 1527 Views :: Education K-12

...78 events and activities across the Aloha State, including open house events at schools, school fairs, homeschool information sessions, and other celebrations....

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Monday, January 21, 2019
Gabbard: No regrets about meeting Syria's Assad
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 AM :: 2504 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military

...She added that the "only alternative" to meeting with dictators like Assad is "more war."....

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Sunday, January 20, 2019
Lesson for UH and DoE--How P3 Can Eliminate Deferred Maintenance
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 2687 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Public agencies tend to delay or not perform preventive and predictive maintenance. Lack of preventive maintenance of assets of any type leads to deterioration that only accelerates as the maintenance is put off....

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