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Friday, July 25, 2014
Quarter of Hawaii’s population now on Medicaid
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:12 AM :: 3460 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

State figures show net enrollment increased 12 percent between Oct. 1 and June 30....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Malfunctioning websites still delaying Hawaii Obamacare signups
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:27 PM :: 2566 Views :: Health Care

A $100 million web portal operated by the state Department of Human Services and designed by KPMG to connect Hawaii residents with Medicaid services has also been problematic, House lawmakers said Tuesday....

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Monday, July 21, 2014
Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:27 AM :: 3686 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Former Hawaii state Sen. Fred Hemmings says politicians allowing monopoly control of Hawaii's energy market are largely responsible for high costs....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Homeless in Hawaii? Lawmaker wants to give you a free flight home
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:54 PM :: 2785 Views :: Homelessness

...Cabanilla wants Abercrombie to implement “Return to Home,” a pilot program signed into law in June 2013....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
$204 million Obamacare grant reduces Hawaii’s uninsured population just 2.75 percent
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:30 AM :: 2928 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Many people in Hawaii already had health insurance because of a 1976 Hawaii Prepaid Healthcare law....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
State Department documents rise in human trafficking
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:36 PM :: 4221 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Law Enforcement

The International Labor Organization says agricultural workers are among the most vulnerable....

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Thursday, July 10, 2014
U.S. Senate Democrats introduce bill to counter Hobby Lobby decision
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:47 AM :: 4512 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, Small Business

Schatz is among several Senate Democrats trying to counter the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case....

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers ‘drowning in debt,’ fiscal watchdog says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:39 PM :: 4771 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...the administration “performing a $4 billion magic trick”....

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Stay seated: Hawaii will pay $81K for fall-prevention coordinator
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:31 PM :: 2792 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii seems compelled to pay someone — rather handsomely — to offer such ubiquitous and common-sense advice....

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Kauai property crime rates spur community to action
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:30 PM :: 7582 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement

...since 2000, Matsumoto has been charged with 98 felonies, 51 misdemeanors and four petty misdemeanors. He’s been convicted of 10 felonies and one petty misdemeanor violation; 38 felonies and 46 misdemeanors were dismissed. Matsumoto awaits trial on 50 felonies....

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Experts fear Hawaii’s new voter registration law heightens fraud risk
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:44 PM :: 2655 Views :: Office of Elections

The law makes it legal for voters to register to vote – and to vote – on Election Day beginning in 2018....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Union apologizes for attacks on former Hawaii governor in lawsuit settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:08 PM :: 4937 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Labor, Politicians

Cayetano sued to clear his name after PRP Hawaii spent $2 million on a media campaign against him....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Obama plan to tribalize native Hawaiians runs into trouble
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:07 PM :: 5328 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Native Hawaiian activists demanded the federal government leave Hawaiians alone....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
How Badly Will Your School Do? Hawaii principals predict substantial drop in reading and math scores
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:55 PM :: 3385 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...principals’ predictions are dismal partially because tests for the newly implemented Common Core curriculum will be more rigorous....

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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Controversial school superintendent gets $50,000 pay hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:31 PM :: 2736 Views :: Education K-12

Eighty-eight percent of Hawaii’s public school principals reported in a recent survey they are “extremely dissatisfied” with Matayoshi’s leadership....

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Missing IRS emails outrage targeted Hawaii tea party leaders
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:00 PM :: 4263 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

Hawaii TEA party leaders are outraged over the news the IRS has lost emails of its former director, Lois Lerner, during a critical time when the agency admitted to targeting conservative groups....

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Veterans Affairs audit exposes Hawaii’s ‘infuriating’ wait list
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:20 AM :: 3453 Views :: Health Care, Military

...some 64,000 veterans enrolled in the system for at least 10 years have yet to see a doctor....

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Monday, June 09, 2014
Stevie Wonder ‘blunder’ case takes Hawaii law enforcement to Spain
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:31 PM :: 3528 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement

Two of Hawaii’s top law officers are headed to Palma Mallorca, Spain, this week for the so-called “Stevie Wonder Blunder” case....

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Thai workers get multimillion-dollar EEOC settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:28 PM :: 3770 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

Mac Nut Farms of Hawaii LLC will pay the most, $1.6 million; Kauai Coffee Co. Inc. will pay $425,000; Kelena Farms Inc. will pay $275,000; and Captain Cook Coffee Co. Ltd. will pay $100,000....

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Military families file lawsuit; say housing project made them sick
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:25 PM :: 3219 Views :: Military

Ohana Military Communities and Forrest City Residential Management are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed April 3....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Representative seeks access to private medical care for vets
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:36 PM :: 3259 Views :: Health Care, Military

"...immediately allow our veterans to use their VA identification card to obtain medical care through the private health care system, with the VA paying the bill...."

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Hawaii public school principals demand leadership change
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:27 PM :: 3825 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Some school principals are asking the State Board of Education to remove Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and her deputy, Ronn Nozoe....

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Controversial candidates fill ballot for Ewa Beach House Seat
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:18 PM :: 4390 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

Among the candidates to represent District 41 in the state House are a convicted criminal who found God and two outspoken contenders who bring their own brand of controversy....

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Melodie Aduja: Former State Senator with troubled past wants another chance
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:15 PM :: 5702 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Drugs

The investigation showed Aduja’s campaign issued $30,000 worth of checks to her former husband, Lee Williams.... Williams subsequently was arrested during a Chinatown drug bust....

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
House candidate with criminal rap sheet withdraws from 2014 race
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:30 AM :: 3655 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

No Republican is now challenging corruption-tainted Rep Rida Cabanilla ....

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Cachola lawyers up as investigators probe use of campaign funds
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:48 AM :: 4358 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

State House Majority Whip Romy Cachola, D-Kalihi, has hired Honolulu criminal defense attorney Michael Green to represent him....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange most costly in nation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:36 PM :: 3051 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, D-Hawaii, noted Hawaii’s enrollment cost is 26 times the national average, 2 1/2 times the cost for the second most expensive state....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hawaii welfare cheat gets 57 months in federal prison
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:28 PM :: 3948 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Vaughn G. Sherwood sentenced to 57 months for stealing $200,000 in government benefits....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Hawaii’s Schatz among U.S. senators hogging federal earmarks, report says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:59 AM :: 5414 Views :: National News, Higher Education, Politicians

Since fiscal year 1997, the East-West Center has received 11 earmarks totaling $109.7 million....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
Task force: Unshackle Hawaii from archaic shipping regulation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:05 PM :: 2771 Views :: Jones Act

Horizon and Matson control Hawaii’s shipping market because of Jones Act requirements, but a task force said the energy market is better served with foreign competition....

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Friday, May 02, 2014
Charity controlled by Hawaii House leader gets $100,000 to maintain cemetery
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 3882 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

House Majority floor leader Rida Cabanilla, D-Ewa, controls a nonprofit that got a $100,000 grant from the Legislature, even though it was out of compliance with the Internal Revenue Service....

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Friday, May 02, 2014
Legislative debate, prostitution arrests put Honolulu police in spotlight
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:24 PM :: 4035 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

Under Hawaii law, police don’t need to have physical contact with prostitutes to make an arrest, though they must prove someone is willing to exchange sex for money....

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
Waste Management of Hawaii, others indicted for 2011 ocean contamination
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:42 PM :: 3866 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... 7.5 million gallons of contaminated water, toxic soil, trash, fecal matter and human medical waste poured into west Oahu’s ocean waters on Jan. 13, 2011 ....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
GAO to investigate Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:35 PM :: 3098 Views :: Health Care

The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it will investigate Hawaii Health Connector’s spending of its $204 million federal grant....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:30 PM :: 4378 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Law would give Hawaii gov’t unprecedented emergency powers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:46 AM :: 3824 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the governor and the mayors of Kauai; Maui; Hawaii; and the city and county of Honolulu, encompassing Oahu, are authorized to use all services, materials and facilities owned by partnerships, corporations and small businesses, including media outlets....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:06 AM :: 2849 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The government watchdog group called this a “huge improvement” for Hawaii, because in the past the state received an “F” grade....

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Djou Running and Winning in Hawaii
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:39 PM :: 3677 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Djou, a judge advocate officer in the Army Reserve who also served on the Honolulu City Council and in the state House of Representatives, was elected in May 2010 ....

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Friday, April 04, 2014
‘Diverse’ population cited as factor in Hawaii’s failing health exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:53 AM :: 2366 Views :: Health Care

Matsuda said Hawaii’s diverse population and geography are impacting enrollment due to language barriers and cultural outreach issues....

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Obama takes sides in Hawaii’s contentious Senate Democratic primary
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:30 PM :: 4696 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Obama

...Obama has inserted himself into local politics a number of times, most recently in December by endorsing Abercrombie in his race for a second gubernatorial term....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Hawaii’s troubled health-care exchange draws congressional attention
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:08 PM :: 2616 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii Health Connector sign ups still come in at less than 1 percent of the state’s population....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Judge rules Thai workers were exploited, physically abused on Hawaii farms
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 4144 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal civil case against Global Horizons has dragged on for years....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii lawmaker calls for federal investigation into Obamacare spending
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 2617 Views :: Health Care
“The lack of transparency regarding the grant expenditure requirements prompts this request for information and documentation”
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii lawmaker challenges Alabama group’s ‘Teaching Tolerance’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:17 AM :: 2886 Views :: Education K-12

...Rep. Bob McDermott has asked the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission to investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center’s top administrators....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Hawaii laments defense cuts in Asia-Pacific theater
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:07 AM :: 2779 Views :: Military

It’s a lot of bad news, says one Hawaii Democrat....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
PUC chair, green activist under investigation, accused of violating HI conservation law
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:47 PM :: 5147 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

IRONY: PUC Commissioner Hermina Morita, adored by environmentalists, is facing fines for violating Hawaii conservation and zoning laws....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
HI lawmakers want private providers to subsidize Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:28 PM :: 2706 Views :: Health Care
Lawmakers scrambling to keep the Hawaii Health Connector solvent are proposing a fee for private insurers who decline to take part in the local Obamacare exchange....
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Friday, March 07, 2014
Lawmaker says advocacy group pays Hawaii teachers to attend ‘tolerance’ training
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:43 PM :: 3759 Views :: Education K-12

...Southern Poverty Law Center will pay teachers $250 to attend the training....

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Friday, March 07, 2014
Hawaii’s schools aren’t the best, so what’s with pay raises, shorter class schedules?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:34 AM :: 2842 Views :: Education K-12

Apparently, many state lawmakers aren’t interested in the numbers. They say teachers and students should spend even less time in the classroom, and the superintendent should make more money....

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Hawaii urges residents to ‘tell a friend’ about Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:37 PM :: 2330 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector, the local Obamacare exchange, has a new campaign to boost enrollment — “Tell a friend.”....

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