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Monday, December 31, 2018
Auditor: Styrofoam Ban Doesn't Reduce Litter
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 2970 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...H-Power allows recycling without requiring participation in the rituals of the eco-religion....

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Monday, December 31, 2018
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 30, 2018
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 PM :: 2123 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Weekly Update From GovTrack.us, December 30, 2018 ....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
OHA CFO: We Keep Trustees in the Dark About LLCs
By Andrew Walden @ 9:06 PM :: 6207 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...Managers have explicitly limited OHA's access to information, and reserved their right to continue to do so...."

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
House Finance Committee Sets Budget Hearings
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1843 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a series of Informational Briefings in January to hear testimony and review requests for the state budget from governmental agencies....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
No, Killing a Special Fund Doesn’t Kill People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2545 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...DLNR needs to understand that the money in these funds isn’t “their” money. It’s taxpayer money....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
OHA’s $500K Cookie Crumbles
By Andrew Walden @ 2:38 AM :: 4449 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... “Hawaii Gourmet Cookies has ceased operations.”   That’s the word from Oahu Auctions and Liquidations ....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Commissioners Sought for Legacy Land Conservation Commission
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 3064 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Submit an online application to the Office of the Governor, Boards and Commissions, and learn more about how you can make an impact serving on the Commission....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Maui Woke? Hindus urge Hawaii firm to withdraw Lord Ganesha shoes
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 3365 Views :: Maui County, Religion

...Lord Ganesha was highly revered in Hinduism and was meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to adorn one’s feet for mercantile greed....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Nancy Pelosi Vacations at Fairmont Orchid During Government Shutdown
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 3949 Views :: National News, Tourism

...Pelosi was spotted on Thursday vacationing at a four-diamond resort in Hawaii despite an ongoing battle in Washington, D.C., that led to a government shutdown....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Dirty Little Hands
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:06 PM :: 2906 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...It is trendy right now to be telling tales about farmers....

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Friday, December 28, 2018
Obamacare Waiver: Hawaii Only State to Skip Reinsurance
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 PM :: 3607 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...Reinsurance programs help insulate insurers from heavy losses if they end up enrolling a higher-risk population with higher claims. Insurers can thus lower their premiums, instead of raising rates....

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Friday, December 28, 2018
DoTax Report Reveals Tax Credits Claimed by Hawaii Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 2968 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...In tax year 2016, a total of $289.1 million was claimed in tax credits...the largest tax credit was the renewable energy technologies tax credit ....

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Friday, December 28, 2018
Why are residents leaving Hawaii?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:00 PM :: 3460 Views :: Cost of Living

...It’s too expensive.....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
Mazie Hirono mum on charity invitation from Catholic group she criticized as 'extreme'
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 4664 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Judiciary, Religion

... Greetings from your local, Capitol Hill-area Knights of Columbus Council, Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Council 11302 ....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
November: Visitor Arrivals Up, Spending Flat
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 2200 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total visitor arrivals rose to 781,990 (+4.3%) in November compared to a year ago....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
Navy Approves EIS for Hawaii-So Cal Training
By News Release @ 11:59 AM :: 2611 Views :: Environment, Military

...lots of whining from the usual suspects....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
The Latest Bad Joke for Hawaiians
By Video @ 10:36 AM :: 2965 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...US Federal Recognition Is Dead, Right?....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
Ed Case Congressional Staff Includes Ethically Challenged Rail-Monger Nestor Garcia
By Ed Case @ 3:10 AM :: 4000 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Chief of Staff Tim Nelson ... District Director Jacqueline (Jackie) Conant ... Communications Director Nestor Garcia.... 

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
State Robotics Championship Set for January
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 1840 Views :: Education K-12

...Hawaii's top middle and high school robotics teams to compete for five spots at the 2019 VEX Worlds....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
LifeSmarts: Four High Schools Head to Finals
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 1977 Views :: Education K-12

...Teams from Iolani, Maryknoll, Punahou and Waipahu high schools have earned their spot to compete at the in-person State Competition, which will be held on Saturday, February 9....

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Thursday, December 27, 2018
Hirono Demands Judicial Nominee Quit Knights of Columbus
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 3689 Views :: First Amendment, Judiciary

...Hirono is pushing for the nominee, Brian Buescher, to drop his membership in the organization and recuse himself from cases in which it has taken a position....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Schatz: My Bills Designed to Trick Public into Accepting Socialized Medicine
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 2729 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

...Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said in an interview. “This is about moving the so-called Overton window.”....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
CAFR: State Pension Debt Grows faster Than Tax Revenues
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 2611 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the state still spent about $2 billion more than it generated in fiscal year 2018, and its overall net position dropped by $718.4 million dollars over the course of the fiscal year, in spite of a $326 million increase in revenue generated mostly by airport and harbor fees....

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Al Hee Sues Water Board Because Rail Project Not Rerouted to Protect His Tax Scam
By Andrew Walden @ 1:10 AM :: 4232 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...At the top of his list of complaints: Things just aren't like they were back in the Inouye days....

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Monday, December 24, 2018
Lawsuit: Lloyd's of London Kickback Scheme Steered Lava Victims to Worthless Coverage
By Andrew Walden @ 12:21 PM :: 3269 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics

...The Broker Defendants received kickbacks from Lloyd’s for steering Plaintiffs and the Class to the Lloyd’s surplus lines policies....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Ige Approves Rule Changes for Small Boat Harbors
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 2720 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...drunks, bums, and feral animals....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Hawaii Becomes the Second State to Shut Out Wild-Animal Circuses
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 3394 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...Gov. David Ige approved the new regulation Dec 21, 2018....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Environmental Council Completes Rewrite of Environmental Review Rules
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 3259 Views :: Environment, Development, Small Business

... The proposed rules now go before the Small Business Regulatory Review Board, which issues a recommendation to the Governor ....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Carbon Tax: Will You Fiddle While Paris Burns?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3657 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...If enacted, the carbon tax would be the fifth special tax imposed on fuel....

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
Grassroot: Our Santa wish list for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 PM :: 2152 Views :: Economy

...Well, it’s Christmas season again, so here is what I drafted recently for Santa to consider....

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
Charitable Deductions--Hawaii Ranks 48th
By Tax Foundation @ 1:27 PM :: 1839 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Four states had average charitable deductions greater than $10,000...Hawaii averaged $4,111.80....

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
Hawaii Democratic Party Announces Priorities for 2019 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 2934 Views :: Democratic Party

...top priorities...Legalizing Recreational Cannabis....

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
State Now Accepting Grant-in-Aid Applications
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2162 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The deadline to submit grant applications is 4:30 p.m. January 18, 2019....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Senate Updates Committee Assignments
By Selected News Articles @ 11:38 PM :: 4952 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The following senators will take on the leadership roles for the Thirtieth Legislative Biennium 2019 through 2020....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
HC&S Land Sold to Real Farmer
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 4017 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Land Use

...All of A&B's existing agricultural personnel will be offered positions with Mahi Pono....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Supreme Court Releases Opinion Striking Down HSTA Property Tax ConAm
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 3054 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...the question posed to voters must be clear and neither misleading nor deceptive....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Trump Signs Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 2:22 AM :: 4933 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

...Representative Cynthia Thielen (R–Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) celebrates the legalization of industrial hemp through the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), better known as the 2018 Farm Bill....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Report Renews Push to Turn Hawaiians into Fake Indian Tribe
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 2883 Views :: Akaka Bill

...This report should not be viewed as any sort of legal or policy analysis. It is more in the nature of a command political performance....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Surfboards count as 'vessels' under the Jones Act, and it's creating big problems for workers' comp
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 3123 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business

...this would technically require the business to have both state and federal workers’ compensation insurance, which means paying two separate premiums....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
UH Budget request breakdown for 2019 Legislature
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 1951 Views :: Higher Education

...Regents approved a biennium operating budget request which was submitted to the governor and the Legislature....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
UH Study: Tweekers 15.1% of Emergency Room Traffic at Hawaii Hospital
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 3246 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

...Amphetamine-positive patients spent more time per visit on average in the emergency department and were more likely to require medication and physical restraints....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Internal audit of UH managed Maunakea lands finds no irregularities
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 3406 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Higher Education, OHA

...UH Office of Internal Audit evaluates university funds, lease payments and external funds received in support of stewardship, management, education and other activities related to Maunakea....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
DoH Fines Hu Honua Biofuel Plant for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 3283 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...Between 3,500 and 32,500 gallons of treated industrial wastewater composed of freshwater, acidic metal cleaning solution and residue from the descaling of the boiler was discharged....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Trump, Schatz Team up to Release Thousands of Criminals
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2516 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...Schatz doesn't want poor innocent criminals to die in prison....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
DLNR, Animal Liberation Nuts Imagine Aquarium Poachers--Post Reward
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2432 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...they're upset because nobody has been accused of violating the law....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
What's Not Adding up at OHA?
By Video @ 7:43 PM :: 2302 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...They Say One Thing In Public But In Private Do Another....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Ethics: DLNR Manager Steals Equipment, Funnels Money to Contractor
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 5099 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Aaron Hoff also pops up in the recent eviction of a gym from DHHL land in Anahola....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Auditor: DAGS Funds 'Do not meet Criteria'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:06 PM :: 2054 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...2 special funds, 2 trust funds, and 4 trust accounts did not meet criteria. We also noted that DAGS did not file statutorily required reports....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
HAWSCT's Latest Water Case Isn't About Water
By Robert Thomas @ 7:59 PM :: 3434 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

...Search as you might, there's nothing there that helps or hurts in the water law department....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Cato: Ige 3rd-Worst Governor in USA
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 4247 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Taxes

...The Cato Institute has released its 14th biennial fiscal report card on the governors....

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