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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
March 31, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. University of Hawaii Recruits 14-Year-Olds for Late-Term Abortion Experiments
  2. Hawaii-Alaska Senate Resolutions Urge Jones Act Exemption
  3. Hawaii Tax Freedom Day--April 19, 2015
  4. Feds Approve NextEra-HEI Merger
  5. 88 hours stuck in Traffic: Honolulu 3rd Most Congested in US
  6. Best States for Doctors? Hawaii Ranks 38th
  7. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 30, 2015
  8. City to hold Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) meetings
  9. “Making Honolulu Age-Friendly – An Action Plan” finalized and available for public comment
  10. History of Native Hawaiian Missionaries to Pacific Islands
  11. VA inspector general: Hawaii supervisor manipulated vets' benefit data
  12. Andria Tupola Interviews Am Samoa Congressional Rep Amata
  13. Hawaii Consumers 'Least Sustainable Spending Habits' in USA
  14. VIDEO: Citizens Nail Rail Liars, Come out Swinging --'Don't want tax extension.'
  15. Kenoi's political star dims after hostess-bar incident
  16. HHSC Maui Memorial 'Imagining the Worst'
  17. Kahuku could see 10 new wind turbines this year
  18. Judge rules against State on disputed Waimanalo ag land
  19. Corrupt Charter School Revoked, Has One Appeal Left
  20. HB1180 Frankenbill
  21. Tackling the ‘everyday struggle’ of homeless in Hawaii
  22. Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy say 'no' to sale deadline extension
  23. Thirty Meter Telescope protesters continue to block construction on Mauna Kea
  24. Video testimony can bring justice
  25. Hawaii Co Fire captain investigated for talking to the media
  26. Video raises new concerns over animal care at quarantine station
  27. Takai Jumps on Board Pelosi's TPP Junket
  28. Kapolei school loses $1,400 after The Groove Hawaii’s shutdown
  29. Cost of a DUI in Hawaii After Insurance Increases: $2,961 and up

Monday, March 30, 2015
March 30, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Na'i Aupuni: Will OHA Trustees Waste Another $2.3M on Fake Indian Tribe?
  2. Political Fight Over Teachers' Mailboxes
  3. Ige Uneasy over Proposed GE Tax Hike, Machida Cannot Verify HART Data
  4. Embedded HECO Lobbyist in Governor Ige’s Office
  5. SB284 Frankenstein Bill
  6. Constitution defied by Caldwell in Appointments?
  7. Agriculture Wins Against Anti-GMO Pesticide Hypesters
  8. Bill to Help Cops Develop Body-Worn Camera Programs
  9. Make Live Videoconference Testimony a Reality For Neighbor Islands
  10. OHA Makes Little Progress Bringing Land Trusts Together
  11. Can Hawaii Public Officials Use Private Email Accounts for Work?
  12. HSTA and DOE agree on TRO blocking latest ethics ruling
  13. 547 sex offenders not registered with State
  14. Kauai population increases cited for uptick in the number of gun permits
  15. Maui Property Tax System Needs Overhaul
  16. Does Iran Have Secret Nukes in North Korea?

Sunday, March 29, 2015
March 29, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. No Junior, You Can't Borrow the Car… I Sold It Last Century
  2. Billy Kenoi Caught Partying at Hostess Bar 'Brothel' on Taxpayers' Dime
  3. HCR181: Audit Rail Instead of Raising Taxes
  4. Special Purpose Revenue Bonds: Big Island Junk Windfarm Developer Comes Back for More
  5. NextEra, HECO, Solar Contractors Battle to Brainwash Public
  6. Finding a capable leader is tough -- just ask voters
  7. Councilman urges HART to televise rail transit meetings
  8. Hawaii could be last state to enact sex trafficking law
  9. Funding Cut for Helicopter Raids on Marijuana Grow-ops
  10. Hawaii Democrats -- 20 years of Pretending to do Something for Filipino Veterans
  11. Hanalei: "Nobody Wanted to Live There"
  12. Hilo Ward Heeler George Yokoyama Writes Biography

Saturday, March 28, 2015
March 28, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
  2. PEW: Filipinos Nearly Half of Hawaii Unauthorized Immigrants
  3. Amendments Made to Sex Education and Marijuana Dispensary Bills
  4. April Fools: Council Last Ditch Effort to Sucker Legislators into Raising GE Tax
  5. Maui state hospitals to cut $28M in jobs, services starting in July
  6. After Ignoring 2009 Report, Sudden Call for HHSC Audit is Union's Latest Trick to Block Hospital Partnership
  7. Star-Adv: State IT Plan Bogs Down in State Employment Structure
  8. Generations of Alleged Thieves Stole from Waianae Homeless Shelter
  9. Four Types of Benefits from NextEra Merger
  10. Hawaii Gas reviewing proposals for $300M LNG project
  11. HECO ‘reviewing’ solar applications on Molokai, approvals in question
  12. Kauai Cracks Down on 319 Illegal B&B Operations -- $10K/Day Fines
  13. After State Dep't of Agriculture Lets Ag Land go Fallow 7 Years, Family Tries to Farm
  14. Realities of Bt Cotton in India

Friday, March 27, 2015
March 27, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. PKF Report: "OHA Will Run Out of Funds"
  2. Hawaii Civil Air Patrol Volunteers Instructed not to talk to Media
  3. Total Visitor Expenditures Decrease 4.3%
  4. Hawaii Electric Car Charging Costs More Than Gasoline for 33 MPG Car
  5. $11M Spent: Ige Dumps Abercrombie's IT Pipedream
  6. Feds Grab for Control of 1,601 square miles of Hawaii Waters
  7. Undersea cable project sparked NextEra Energy's interest in buying Hawaiian Electric Co.
  8. Money: HEI-NextEra to 'Engage' With Energy Ex$elerator in Exchange for Support of Alt-Energy Schemers
  9. Caldwell Giving $18M to Solar Contractors
  10. Maui Soda Company Pays $32K Monthly for Electricity
  11. More Criminals Will Walk: Measure on videoconference testimony fails
  12. State DOE structure is dysfunctional
  13. Lump-sum budgeting: No More Slush Funds for UH Administrators
  14. Gov. Ige’s Fifth-floor Woes Commence
  15. Housing Authority Pushing Micronesians into Streets
  16. Law Prof: Religious Freedom Restoration Act Already Law in Hawaii
  17. Omidyar Continues to Use Civil Beat to Pander to National Democrats
  18. Rail Won't Work, So Lets Ban Cars and Houses
  19. Honolulu Seeks IAL Designation for 56,000 Acres
  20. Wrongful schools termination cases costing $418K
  21. Retaliation at Hawaii County Fire Department
  22. Hawaii residents' opinion on tourism industry

Thursday, March 26, 2015
March 26, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
  2. Lawsuit: Puna Geothermal Plant at Center of $122M Federal Grant Fraud
  3. OHA COO Resigns Amid Management Shakeup
  4. OHA's Secret Funding Plan
  5. Opt Out of Common Core Test?
  6. Video: Cynthia Thielen, Robert Harris Discuss NextEra Merger
  7. $150M State Loans to Finance Solar Contractor Sales to Nonprofits
  8. Video: The Jones Act -- A Better Day
  9. Eminent Domain And The Honolulu Rail
  10. Honolulu Auditor Releases Citizen Centric Report
  11. Court Creates Loophole Allowing Child Molesters to Walk Free
  12. Panel pulls $28 million debt plan from health exchange bill
  13. House committee approves audit of rail project
  14. Senate Considers 5 HART Audit Resolutions
  15. Council report shows rail technology, length cannot be Changed
  16. Cowardly Council to Vote on Ordinance Accepting GE Tax Hike (if given), but Refuse to go on Record with Resolution
  17. Omidyar Uses Civil Beat to Pander to National Democrats, Congressional Delegation
  18. Protesters Demanding Payoffs, Target Mauna Kea Telescope
  19. 63% Know '100% Renewable' is Pipedream 
  20. Star-Adv: Boost Economy by Making More People Dependent on Foodstamps
  21. Government data from Grassroot
  22. Ready or Not, Hawaii Should Prepare for Concealed Carry
  23. House adds a bill, subtracts a bill -- HGEA's Sick Leave Gambit Dropped
  24. Lawmakers Take Another Step to Restore Preschool Money
  25. Hawaii Could Have Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Next Year
  26. Homeless Overrun Capitol, Chase legislators, Staff Out
  27. More flew here than grew here in the past four years
  28. Employees Retirement System claims $14 million in investment losses
  29. Feds: Whale Watchers Must Stay out of Whales Path
  30. Kuhio was ‘Citizen Prince’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
March, 2015 Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
  • Opt Out of Common Core Test?
  • Takai: TRICARE is Gay
  • Agony and Ivory
  • Rail Timeout Honolulu!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
March 25, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Resolutions Urge Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel
  2. SB979: GOP Reps Speak out on 'Safe Places for Youth'
  3. Wonder Blunder Defendant Indicted on Investment Fraud
  4. Chief Justice Appoints William M. Domingo as Oahu District Court Judge
  5. Hawaii Counties' Health Rankings Compared
  6. Legislators Consider $800M Loan for Hawaiian Electric
  7. PUC members under fire for extensive travel
  8. State Subsidizes Solar Industry With Another $103M
  9. HCR181 Calls for Rail Audit
  10. Nearly $500K Spent on Rail Travel to Date
  11. Rail Causes 2-Hour Traffic Delays Thru Pearl City
  12. Legislators Plan to Eliminate Polling Places on Sister Isles
  13. Ethics Commission Ruling Draws Teachers’ Union Lawsuit
  14. Maui Mayor’s budget: Tax, Fee Hikes pay for 16% increase
  15. Public hearings slated for proposed 24% Hawaii County water rate hikes 
  16. Geothermal-based Electricity may expand beyond Puna rift zone
  17. Growing concerns about Oahu's "Tent Cities"
  18. Star-Adv: City Must build Tent City on Sand Island
  19. Another ex-shelter official charged in theft
  20. More than 250 Hawaii nonprofits compete for 5% Chance at state grants
  21. State office building vacant for 12 years finally getting fixed
  22. Teaching assistant gets 10 years for sexually assaulting deaf student

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
March 24, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Hawaii Medicare Advantage to Pay $120 Less Per Member Per Month?
  2. Kapolei NB: HB1329 Racetrack Bill -- Insensitive, Unethical, Possibly Illegal
  3. Common Cause to Host Hawaii Open Budget Initiative Demonstration
  4. NextEra, HEI to Host Informational Meetings Statewide
  5. Hawaii Ranks 49th in Federal Funding as a percentage of State Revenue
  6. Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 23, 2015
  7. Ethanol: Boaters Need to Speak Up Now
  8. Buyer's Remorse: Anti-PLDC coalition revived by Ige's selection of Ching
  9. Ige Reneges on Turtle Bay Deal?
  10. Abercrombie: "I don't miss the Phony Drama"
  11. HGEA Pushes Mandatory Private Sector Sick Pay in Bid to Kill Hospital Privatization
  12. DOE audit bill to be heard
  13. Sunshine Law bills still moving in the legislature
  14. TAT to be Set Aside for Beach Erosion?
  15. 80% Tax: Bill would broaden tobacco tax to include Nicotine Vapor Liquids
  16. HB508: Hemp Slipped into Unrelated Feedlot Bill
  17. Legislators take aim at HEI-NextEra merger
  18. Hawaii regulators deny Parker Ranch request to consolidate major energy cases
  19. State Capitol reflecting pool repairs could cost $10M
  20. Housing Program for Homeless Veterans Hits a Snag in Hawaii
  21. Kakaako’s plan for homeless includes enforcement, rental project
  22. Attorney General to appeal decision allowing Lifesaving Hilo Doctor to bill Medicaid 
  23. After 6 years Bungled Investigation-- DOE getting $325K to settle a wrongful termination case
  24. Tranny-Friendly Bathrooms: "We are Eliminating All the Hiding Places"

Monday, March 23, 2015
March 23, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Full Text: Hawaiian Roll Commission Releases Financial Records
  2. Feds Will Decide on Hawaii Offshore Wind Projects
  3. Study: Hawaii Is the 2nd Worst State to Be Poor from a Tax Perspective
  4. Before the Common Core Debacle: HSA Test Scores up 11% Math, 5% Reading
  5. Hawaii Insurers' Profit Drive: Propaganda Video Talks Patients into a Cheap Death 'In Every Hospital'
  6. Online Travel Stocks Soar After Big Win Before Hawaii Supreme Court
  7. Raceway Bill: Evicted Deadbeat Racks up $715K in Fines, Debts so Legislators Consider $100M Loan
  8. HB124 Vote by Mail With Romy Cachola
  9. $28M More to be Wasted on Health Connector?
  10. Hawaii solar boom excuse for new type of Rate Hike--'Time of Use Pricing'
  11. Clean Sweep of HCDA Board
  12. Anti-GMO Activists Look for Pesticide Hit List
  13. Turtle Bay Conservation Easement At Risk After Brower Defers Financing Bill
  14. Hiking website bloggers claim free speech to write about illegal trail
  15. Coppa Lobbies for Payday Lenders: Hawaii’s ‘Outrageous’ Rates Prompt Reform Efforts
  16. NFL considers foreign sites for Pro Bowl
  17. Star-Adv: Spend Millions for Smaller Stadium
  18. Mainland Homosexuals Thrilled as Legislature Eases Process to Feminize Hawaii Boys

Sunday, March 22, 2015
March 22, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. HB1471: Barreling the Poor
  2. GE Tax: Significant negative effect to state economy
  3. Ethanol Requirement Costs Consumers, Provides no Environmental Benefit
  4. TAT: Tourist Dollars not an Infinite Resource
  5. Makakilo NB Opposes "48 Minute" Bill 1329
  6. Ige's DLNR fiasco echoes dark days of Abercrombie
  7. Ihara: Ige 'Quite Hurt' by My Flip-Flop on Ching
  8. Funding scheme expands UH autonomy, like it or not
  9. Will Senators Waste Another $28M on Health Connector?
  10. State's website lacks information on big subsidy programs
  11. Laws aimed at limiting pesticide use could rebound on responsible farmers
  12. DoT Rejects PM H1 Zipper, Opts for Additional Lane
  13. Housing First Ends Homelessness for 46 People--1,000 others moved to Stable Housing
  14. Thefts Spike as Downtown Hilo Overrun by Homeless
  15. After 14 Years, E. Maui Water Gets Contested Case Hearing
  16. Bikini Islanders to Move En Masse to Big Island?

Saturday, March 21, 2015
March 21, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Honolulu Auditor: Only 26% of Recommendations Satisfactorily Addressed
  2. Auditor Releases National Citizen Survey of Honolulu Residents
  3. Judge: EEOC Human Trafficking Case "Frivolous"
  4. Caldwell Touts Community Participation in Ala Moana Park Planning
  5. HB145 Tobacco Industry Tax Credit Gut and Replace
  6. VIDEO: Update on the Jones Act Reform Efforts
  7. Puerto Rico Seeks Exemptions from Jones Act After Horizon Quits Trade
  8. Senate Faction Membership Lists 
  9. Judicial Selection Commission Removing 50% of Lingle Appointees
  10. Star-Adv: PUC, Legislature Should Slow-Walk NextEra
  11. Josh Green: We are Passing Medical Marijuana So Children Can Get It
  12. UH loses $850K in library vendor bankruptcy
  13. Who Wants a Government Handout? Tons of Hawaii Nonprofits
  14. New DHS Director: Top Priority is IT
  15. Study the Need to Pay Hawaii Teachers More, Resolution States
  16. Insane Plan to Put Windfarm Off Diamond Head
  17. Rail: Robert Thomas on Hawaii's Tough eminent domain laws
  18. Legislators Keep Retailers on Defense
  19. HB1347: Door-to-Door Sign up for Foodstamps

Friday, March 20, 2015
March 20, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Prejudices of rich denying poor benefits of biotechnology
  2. Am Samoa: Amata Blasts Administration’s “Environmental Colonialism”
  3. Top Issues? Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Rail Tax, and Marijuana
  4. Hawaii #2 in USA: 43% of Households Spend at Least 30% on Housing
  5. With Reservations
  6. AG Charges Fired Homeless Shelter Director with Embezzling $500K
  7. Ethics Commission: Mayor can use city resources for 'Keep Hawaii's Heroes'
  8. Senators Gut House GE Tax Bill, Insert Their Own Version
  9. Rail will 'most likely exceed' its budget, monitor says
  10. Ching Debacle: Ige Doesn't Yet go the way of Abercrombie
  11. Price Resistance: Hotel occupancy fell in isles during January
  12. No Prison-for-Pineapples After Land Swap Bill Stalls in House
  13. Federal judge extends injunction blocking Maui County Anti-GMO Ordinance
  14. Small Business Will Lose $1000 on Plastic Bag Ban
  15. Lack of Smoking Killing Cancer Center
  16. Consultant Pushing New Stadium Hypes Aloha Stadium Repair Costs
  17. Caldwell's Selective Love for Parks
  18. Hawaii County fire chief suspends 2 chiefs who called for his removal
  19. Health Department Can't Exterminate Rats Without Capital Improvement
  20. Four Years Later Hawaii County Discovers Million Dollar AV System Never Actually Worked

Thursday, March 19, 2015
March 19, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Kanaiolowalu: Did They Steal Your Name?
  2. Full Text: 2015 Hawaii Public School Principals' Survey
  3. Secretive Subsidies, Tax Credits Make Hawaii 7th-Least Transparent in USA
  4. Former Employees Sue Ormat: Geothermal Firm Lied to Get Stimulus Cash
  5. Hawaii: The Place for "Really Crazy" Energy Ideas
  6. Marijuana: Big Tobacco's Playbook
  7. Coming to a Ladies Room Near You: Transsexual Birth Certificate Passes Senate Health Committee 4-2
  8. Online Travel Companies Win Big Before Hawaii Supreme Court
  9. Bond refinancing saves Honolulu taxpayers nearly $44 million
  10. Auditor Hammers Legislators' Special Funds: 43 of 44 Do Not Meet Criteria
  11. Vote Against Ching Was 13-12
  12. Unanimous House Approves $25.7B Budget
  13. Billionaires, Anti-GMO Activists Re-Shape Kauai
  14. Kolea: Another $144M Spent on Malfunctioning Health Insurance Software, IT System
  15. Board Member Financial Disclosures May Be Released Sooner Than Expected
  16. Hawaii Legislature in Session? Time to Raise Campaign Money!
  17. Bill would restore budget cut to Hawaii preschool subsidies
  18. After Burning Trust Fund, Kahoolawe commercial activity ban finally reconsidered
  19. Honolulu Prosecutor, HPD Fail to Pursue Case Against $700K Embezzler
  20. Outside counsel sought for officer involved in fatal crash
  21. Waste-to-energy idea laudable, but Anaergia’s plan not sustainable
  22. Creagan: Get Pharmacists Off My Island
  23. Bikelane Scary, Tricky, Harder
  24. FTC Requires Antitrust Fixes On $107M Par Petroleum Deal
  25. Sex, Drugs and Inequality

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
March 18, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. $1.9 Billion: NextEra is the #2 Recipient of US Corporate Welfare
  2. Do Drugs? Hawaii County is Hiring!
  3. Deferred, not Defeated: Marsy's Law Supporters Organize for Next Session
  4. Lawsuit: OE Local 3 Hawaiian Stabilization - multimillion-dollar slush fund for union bosses
  5. Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Oahu Family Court Nominees
  6. Concealed Carry: Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act Hearing Friday
  7. Supreme Court Orders Online Travel Companies to Pay Millions in TAT, GE Tax
  8. Occupy Honolulu Suit -- Losing Still Pays off for Lawyers
  9. DoE Panics: Test Scores Will Go Down 30%, State may Lose Control of Federal Funding
  10. Ching appointment goes to full Senate
  11. Tax Revenue up 7.9% over Last Year
  12. House Resolution Asks PUC to Obstruct NextEra Merger
  13. Ige: "I am committed to 100% Renewable Generation"
  14. Oil Price Drops Cut Electric Bills 4%
  15. Lump Sum Budget Would Give UH Autonomy
  16. Chancellor Favors AD Candidate Search Committee Refused to Interview
  17. Officers omitted game room attacks in reports, FBI says
  18. Police could wear body cameras under state proposal
  19. Breaking the cycle: 50-70% of Children of Prisoners Become Criminals
  20. BOE committee approves school meal price increase
  21. Anti-GMO Activists Oppose Enterprise Zones for Ranchers
  22. Thefts threaten Memorial Day services at West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery
  23. New $2M State Capitol fire alarm system suffers false alarms, like the old one
  24. Sale of ‘Magnum P.I.’ home may be tied to President Obama
  25. Billionaire Dreams that Information Technology is Convincing new Generation of Peasants to Want Less for Themselves

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
March 17, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Elections Officer Scott Nago selected for Lava Tube Dishonor
  2. Legislative Hearings: Sex, Drugs, Tranny Birth Certificates, and a Place to Hide from Mom
  3. Who Needs Tax Hike? DLNR: Waikiki Erosion Caused by Weather Anomaly
  4. Hawaii's Future: How 'Schedule Q' Makes Solar System Owners Pay for Electricity Again
  5. Application Deadline to Serve on State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions Extended to March 31
  6. Civil Beat chips away at the Hawaii home I grew up in
  7. Proposed racetrack would obliterate WWII battlefield
  8. Senate Split 12-12-1 on Ching DLNR Nomination
  9. Company Tied to OHA Chair Entertains Kauai Mayor, Councilmember in London England 
  10. 100% renewable energy is not quite all that it's cracked up to be
  11. SB287: Legislators Voting for All-Mail Elections
  12. Schatz, Hirono Control Selection of Hawaii's Next Federal Judge
  13. Hawaii House panel passes bill for more affordable housing
  14. Conflict-of-Interest Bill Faces Uphill Battle in House
  15. Legislators Poised to ban Latex over Objection of Queens Hospital Surgeons, DoH
  16. How Kauai Pays for Union Contracts
  17. Do Drugs?  Hawaii County is Hiring!
  18. HB348: Prohibition of Powdered Alcohol
  19. Unnecessarily Ridding Honolulu Hale of Asbestos Would Waste $50 million
  20. Bombshell Coming? Caldwell Hires $1.2M Ala Moana Park Design Consultant
  21. Honolulu the 14th-most termite-infested city
  22. The states where poor kids are most likely to graduate from high school
  23. Hawaii Boys and Girls Club worker records kids supporting Convicted Killer Jodi Arias

Monday, March 16, 2015
March 16, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Leaked Docs: Wong, Dwyer, and Harry Mattson Got 26% of Kanaiolowalu Contacting Budget
  2. Takai: TRICARE is Gay
  3. Agenda Driven: After Two Years of Silence, Media Suddenly Remembers Gabbard's Hare Krishna Cult
  4. Dealmaking for Ching in the Senate
  5. $25.8B State budget to take stage this week in Legislature
  6. Price Hikes, Tax Hikes Cause Visitor Dissatisfaction
  7. Hawaii Voter Turnout Drops 9%
  8. UH Manoa Sex assault awareness training may become mandatory
  9. Atrazine Hype Not Justified by Science
  10. Surfrider Foundation elects slate of officers
  11. Hawaii Civil Air Patrol Loses Members, Morale

Sunday, March 15, 2015
March 15, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Illegal Debate--Secret Report: OHA Trustees to Cut Funding for Hawaiian Charter Schools?
  2. Video: Kelii Akina Discusses DHHL on Island Insights
  3. American Samoa: Faleomavaega Trying for Comeback?
  4. I Can’t Believe He Said That!
  5. Video: House Republicans Speak Out on HB134 Rail Tax
  6. Video: House Republicans Debate Marijuana Dispensaries
  7. PDF: How Major Bills Fared at the Capitol
  8. Ernie Martin to Legislature: Council Will Not Go on Record Favoring Rail Tax Hike
  9. Sierra Club: Ching Votes Will Haunt Politicians
  10. Political Insiders Score Kewalo Harborfront Lease and $2.3M to Build on it--OHA Stuck with $1/year Income for Next 65 Years
  11. In Legislature, bills for open government prevailing
  12. 100% Renewable Requirement: Insanity or Effort to Scare Away NextEra?
  13. Disagreeing with Gabbard earns branding as a bigot
  14. Racist Liberal Colleges Discriminate Against Asians
  15. Kauai County Reduces Positions, Raises Taxes to Pay for Abercrombie's Union Contracts
  16. Affordable — relatively speaking
  17. Developer Harasses Community Association over Lawsuit
  18. Mainland Homosexuals Eager to Penetrate Guam, Samoa, Marianas

Saturday, March 14, 2015
March 14, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Update: Low Income Legislative Agenda
  2. Making the World Better Doesn’t Come Just By What You Eat
  3. Star-Adv: Waste no time in voting down DLNR nominee
  4. HB1075: House moves partnership bill in right direction
  5. In good economic sign, GET tax receipts up 5.2%
  6. Panel votes not to renew judge that Dismissed Giant Gambling Case
  7. UHPA $32M Contract Kicks in July 1
  8. Honolulu Second Lowest Buying Power of Average Hourly Wage in USA
  9. Christians Help 22 Escape Drugs, Homelessness
  10. Kaniela Ing Pricetag $1000
  11. After Defeat at Polls, Early Learning Crowd Attempts to Regroup
  12. HPD Leery of Police Body Cams
  13. Anti-GMO Litigants Afraid they will Lose Opportunity to Cause 'Irreparable Harm' to Agriculture in Maui County
  14. Monk Seal Obsessives Fight, Argue at Kaena Point
  15. UH Manoa Rape Trial   

Friday, March 13, 2015
March 13, 2015 News Read
Andrew Walden
  1. Council on Revenues Increases Growth Forecast by 1% for Fiscal Year 2015
  2. Undercover Video: Oahu and Maui Planned Parenthood agree to abort girls based on gender
  3. IRS Seeks Hawaii Volunteers for Tax Panel
  4. Fitch: Debt, Retiree Benefits Key to Honolulu Bond Ratings
  5. WAM Chair Sen Tokuda Paid Off by Rail Lobbyist and Inouye Institute
  6. Legislators grumble on rail costs but roll over too easily
  7. Senate committee votes 5-2 against Carleton Ching, Nomination Heads for Full Senate
  8. Senate confirms attorney general, public safety director
  9. Panel trims $72M from UH budget, Tells Administration to Decide How to Use it
  10. SB1219: DLIR Hands off Independent Contractors
  11. Maui News: Legislators Get Shield Law Wrong Again
  12. Lawmakers call for audit of Animal Quarantine Station
  13. Soft on Crime: ICA Grants 'Lethal Time Bomb' Chance at Parole 
  14. Kauai dairy controversy heading to courts
  15. Paradise vs Utopia
  16. Crash in King Street bike lane--and Many Close Calls
  17. Sheriffs to Clear Homeless out of Airport
  18. State Study: Possible Sand Island Homeless Camp Site is Safe
  19. OIP looking into interruption of testifier during Maui prosecutor hearing
  20. Hawaii Restaurant Adds 3% Obamacare Charge to Bills


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Applicants Sought for District Court Per Diem Judges
by News Release Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The District Court of the First Circuit is accepting applications from attorneys interested in serving as Per Diem District Judges....


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88 hours stuck in Traffic: Honolulu 3rd Most Congested in US
by News Release Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...Delay per year with a 30 min commute -- 88 hours...


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Hawaii Tax Freedom Day--April 19, 2015
by News Release Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hawaii will be the 25th state to reach Tax Freedom Day, 5 days earlier than national average....


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Andria Tupola Interviews Am Samoa Congressional Rep Amata
by Video Video Tuesday, March 31, 2015

AMATA COLEMAN RADEWAGEN (AUMUA AMATA), Republican, was elected as American Samoa’s Member of Congress on November 4, 2014....


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Hawaii Consumers 'Least Sustainable Spending Habits' in USA
by News Article Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The percentage of people overspending their income is twice as high in Hawaii and Nevada than in Maryland....


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University of Hawaii Recruits 14-Year-Olds for Late-Term Abortion Experiments
by News Article Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...to determine how much they bleed during the procedure....


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History of Native Hawaiian Missionaries to Pacific Islands
by News Article Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...The Marquesas Islands...The Hawaiians Send a Mission to Them....


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VA inspector general: Hawaii supervisor manipulated vets' benefit data
by News Release Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We reviewed 139 cases and determined the supervisor inappropriately removed system controls for 100 benefits claims....


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Hawaii-Alaska Senate Resolutions Urge Jones Act Exemption
by News Release Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Alaska SJR17 is the product of a continual, cooperative effort with officials in Hawaii....


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City to hold Important Agricultural Lands (IAL) meetings
by News Release Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...The Department of Planning and Permitting will hold a series of meetings in April to seek public input in identifying and mapping Oahu’s Important Agricultural Lands....


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“Making Honolulu Age-Friendly – An Action Plan” finalized and available for public comment
by News Release Tuesday, March 31, 2015

...Making Honolulu Age-Friendly – An Action Plan has been finalized and is being released today for public comment for 30 days....


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Feds Approve NextEra-HEI Merger
by News Release Monday, March 30, 2015

The transaction remains subject to approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission....


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Best States for Doctors? Hawaii Ranks 38th
by News Article Monday, March 30, 2015

...The report uses 12 key metrics – ranging from average annual wages and salary disparities to patient population size and state medical board punitiveness to rank each of the 50 states....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 30, 2015
by Congress .org Monday, March 30, 2015
Senate: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution - Adoption
House: Ukraine Military Assistance – Passage
House: Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning – Passage

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Political Fight Over Teachers' Mailboxes
by News Article Monday, March 30, 2015

...The warning came after elementary schoolteacher Justin Hughey, a candidate for HSTA vice president, tried to distribute a 1-page flyer in Maui High School on March 3.....


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Na'i Aupuni: Will OHA Trustees Waste Another $2.3M on Fake Indian Tribe?
by Andrew Walden Sunday, March 29, 2015

Na'i Aupuni won't be told what to do by OHA.  And the contractors won't be told what to do by Na'i Aupuni....


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No Junior, You Can't Borrow the Car… I Sold It Last Century
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, March 29, 2015

...the State used to administer the property tax back in the dark ages until the 1978 Constitutional Convention....


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Amendments Made to Sex Education and Marijuana Dispensary Bills
by Hawaii Family Advocates Saturday, March 28, 2015

Below are bills that were heard between Friday, March 20, 2015 and Thursday, March 26, 2015....


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PEW: Filipinos Nearly Half of Hawaii Unauthorized Immigrants
by News Article Friday, March 27, 2015

...In Alaska and Hawaii, unauthorized immigrants from the Philippines are the largest group....


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UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
by UH ERO Friday, March 27, 2015

...Assuming affirmative resolution of ongoing entitlement battles for Hoopili and Koa Ridge, single-family building will begin to pick up over the next two years....


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Feds Grab for Control of 1,601 square miles of Hawaii Waters
by News Release Friday, March 27, 2015

...expanding from a sanctuary that manages only humpback whales to one that manages all natural and cultural resources within its boundaries....


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$11M Spent: Ige Dumps Abercrombie's IT Pipedream
by News Release Friday, March 27, 2015
"Why be part of the solution when there's so much money to be made in being part of the problem?"
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Hawaii Electric Car Charging Costs More Than Gasoline for 33 MPG Car
by News Release Friday, March 27, 2015

The new savings estimators are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support for electrification of transportation....


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Total Visitor Expenditures Decrease 4.3%
by News Release Friday, March 27, 2015

...Average daily visitor spending (-6.4% to $194 per person) was lower compared to last February....


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PKF Report: "OHA Will Run Out of Funds"
by Andrew Walden Friday, March 27, 2015

Trustees have been drawing down the OHA Trust fund by amounts ranging from $5M to $30M per year every year since 2005....


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Hawaii Civil Air Patrol Volunteers Instructed not to talk to Media
by Andrew Walden Thursday, March 26, 2015

"...Failure to comply with this regulation will result in disciplinary action...."


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Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
by Andrew Walden Thursday, March 26, 2015

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....


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Honolulu Auditor Releases Citizen Centric Report
by News Release Thursday, March 26, 2015

Characteristics receiving the lowest percentage of excellent or good ratings were the availability of affordable quality housing, cost of living, and traffic flow on major streets....


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Eminent Domain And The Honolulu Rail
by Robert Thomas Thursday, March 26, 2015

...eminent domain, property rights, and the Honolulu rail project....


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Lawsuit: Puna Geothermal Plant at Center of $122M Federal Grant Fraud
by News Article Thursday, March 26, 2015

...A geothermal energy developer cannot duck claims that it defrauded the United States of $122 million by reporting false information about two projects to get government grants, a federal judge ruled Tuesday....


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Video: Cynthia Thielen, Robert Harris Discuss NextEra Merger
by Cynthia Thielen Thursday, March 26, 2015

Representative Cynthia Thielen discusses NextEra Energy with Robert Harris, who has joined the Hawaii office of Sunrun....


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$150M State Loans to Finance Solar Contractor Sales to Nonprofits
by News Release Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nonprofits will be able to use GEMS financing to prepay a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a PV system that will fix their electricity costs for 20 years....


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Video: The Jones Act -- A Better Day
by Sam Slom Thursday, March 26, 2015

“Thanks to the work of the Hawaii Shippers Council and others, I feel after 20 years of activity, the public has a better understanding of the cost impact of the Jones Act and our options...."


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OHA COO Resigns Amid Management Shakeup
by Andrew Walden Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kawika Burgess, who has been OHA’s chief operating officer since October 2013, is stepping down effective April 30th....


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OHA's Secret Funding Plan
by Video Video Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spending Records For The Native Hawaiian Roll Were Just Released & A Select Group Of Insiders Made A Whole Lot Of Money....


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UPDATE: AG Charges Two Homeless Shelter Directors with Embezzment
by News Release Wednesday, March 25, 2015

...Former WCO Executive Director Sophina Placencia (who has now also been charged) said the organization's board of directors fired Pitolo in May 2010 after she discovered Pitolo had stolen money....


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Hawaii Counties' Health Rankings Compared
by News Release Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy....


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Wonder Blunder Defendant Indicted on Investment Fraud
by News Release Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Marc Hubbard, 46, of Cornelius, NC...charged by indictment, unsealed today, in a conspiracy to defraud victims who thought they were investing in concert promotions....


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Resolutions Urge Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel
by Grassroot Institute Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"...From agencies like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to organizations like HART that are entrusted with significant state funds, there is a need for greater accountability...."


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Chief Justice Appoints William M. Domingo as Oahu District Court Judge
by News Release Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If confirmed by the State Senate, Domingo will serve a term of six years....


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SB979: GOP Reps Speak out on 'Safe Places for Youth'
by Video Video Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Report Title:  Office of Youth Services; Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program; Appropriation ($)
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Hawaii Medicare Advantage to Pay $120 Less Per Member Per Month?
by News Release Tuesday, March 24, 2015

...If recent cuts are finalized, beneficiaries would face cumulative premium increases, benefit reductions of more than $120 per month....


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Hawaii Ranks 49th in Federal Funding as a percentage of State Revenue
by News Article Tuesday, March 24, 2015

...the least wealthy states tend to be those receiving the most federal support....


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NextEra, HEI to Host Informational Meetings Statewide
by News Release Monday, March 23, 2015

...April 7 through April 16 on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai....


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Common Cause to Host Hawaii Open Budget Initiative Demonstration
by News Release Monday, March 23, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6-7pm....


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Kapolei NB: HB1329 Racetrack Bill -- Insensitive, Unethical, Possibly Illegal
by News Release Monday, March 23, 2015

...ONLY those who stood by to directly benefit financially from the bill were provided an opportunity to testify on it....


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Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 23, 2015
by Congress .org Monday, March 23, 2015
Senate: Human Trafficking Restitution Fund - Cloture
House: Volunteer Firefighters’ Healthcare – Passage
House: EPA Rule-Making Guidelines – Passage
House: NLRB Case Representation Procedures – Passage

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Before the Common Core Debacle: HSA Test Scores up 11% Math, 5% Reading
by News Release Monday, March 23, 2015

​The College and Career Indicators Report​ (CCRI) released today by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education....


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Ethanol: Boaters Need to Speak Up Now
by News Release Monday, March 23, 2015

...Since 2005, however, gasoline usage has actually declined steadily, which today forces more ethanol into less gasoline....


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Study: Hawaii Is the 2nd Worst State to Be Poor from a Tax Perspective
by News Article Monday, March 23, 2015
50th – Low Income (12.30% of Income)
48th – Middle Income (10.86% of Income)


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HGEA Perreira Threatens Sen Roz Baker After Hospital Reform Hearing
by Andrew Walden Monday, March 23, 2015

"... you may currently enjoy the privilege of occupying a seat, you do not own it - it does not belong to you.  Show some respect to the people who put you there ...."


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Feds Will Decide on Hawaii Offshore Wind Projects
by News Release Monday, March 23, 2015
"The Energy Policy Act of 2005 granted BOEM authority to issue leases for renewable energy projects on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which begins 3 nautical miles offshore the islands of Hawaii."
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Full Text: Hawaiian Roll Commission Releases Financial Records
by Andrew Walden Sunday, March 22, 2015

...Kanaiolowalu's spending of OHA's rapidly depleting Trust is in excess of $4M.  But now, thanks to Grassroot Institute's open records request, we can discover where the money went....


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Makakilo NB Opposes "48 Minute" Bill 1329
by News Article Sunday, March 22, 2015

The bill is now in the Senate, and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology....


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HB1471: Barreling the Poor
by Tom Yamachika Sunday, March 22, 2015

...if HB1471 passes we are looking at a total tax of $53.2 million, which is an increase of about 25%....


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VIDEO: Update on the Jones Act Reform Efforts
by Video Video Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hawaii Shippers Council President Mike Hansen interviewed on Think Tech Hawaii March 20, 2015....


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Puerto Rico Seeks Exemptions from Jones Act After Horizon Quits Trade
by News Release Saturday, March 21, 2015

...the legal procedure by which an individual or organization in Puerto Rico can request an administrative waiver from the Jones Act....


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HB145 Tobacco Industry Tax Credit Gut and Replace
by News Article Saturday, March 21, 2015
Did you know that Hawaii has a tobacco industry?
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TAT: Tourist Dollars not an Infinite Resource
by Grassroot Institute Saturday, March 21, 2015

HB 169 would gradually raise the transient accommodations tax for resort time share vacation units to 9.25%....


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Ethanol Requirement Costs Consumers, Provides no Environmental Benefit
by Grassroot Institute Saturday, March 21, 2015

...SB 717 will repeal the requirement that gasoline sold in the state for use in motor vehicles be composed of 10% ethanol....


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GE Tax: Significant negative effect to state economy
by Grassroot Institute Saturday, March 21, 2015

...The current trend of increasing state and county revenues via various state tax increases and surcharges represents the sort of short-term planning that inevitably leads to economic troubles....


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Auditor Releases National Citizen Survey of Honolulu Residents
by News Release Friday, March 20, 2015

This is the sixth National Citizen Survey of Honolulu residents conducted for the City....


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Honolulu Auditor: Only 26% of Recommendations Satisfactorily Addressed
by News Release Friday, March 20, 2015

Our review covered 150 outstanding audit recommendations from 2004 to 2013....


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Caldwell Touts Community Participation in Ala Moana Park Planning
by News Release Friday, March 20, 2015

More than 350 people participated in a planning workshop at McCoy Pavilion....


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Judge: EEOC Human Trafficking Case "Frivolous"
by News Article Friday, March 20, 2015

... “baseless, unreasonable and frivolous” ....


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Hawaii #2 in USA: 43% of Households Spend at Least 30% on Housing
by News Article Friday, March 20, 2015

Only California (44%) has more households spending at least 30% of their income on housing....


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Top Issues? Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Rail Tax, and Marijuana
by News Article Friday, March 20, 2015

A report on the top state issues of 2015....


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With Reservations
by News Article Friday, March 20, 2015

Fukumoto Chang is right in that the interests of families may be better served at this point of the game with a vote of “with reservations” to keep a seat at the discussion table....


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Am Samoa: Amata Blasts Administration’s “Environmental Colonialism”
by News Release Friday, March 20, 2015

...Aumua Amata, who serves as the Vice-Chairman of the subcommittee, addressed Esther P. Kia’aina....


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Prejudices of rich denying poor benefits of biotechnology
by News Article Friday, March 20, 2015

"...the poorest people, the people who most need the technology, may be denied access because of the fears and prejudices of those who have enough to eat....”


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