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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Gabbard: Obama, Kenoi show Leadership on Dengue—Where’s Ige?
By Video @ 5:25 PM :: 4385 Views :: Health Care

Tulsi Gabbard challenges Ige from floor of US House ....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Hawaii Consumers Will Save $20M/Year Thanks to Internet Tax Abolition
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 5:16 PM :: 7083 Views :: Taxes

...this prohibition has already passed the U.S. House....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:58 PM :: 3514 Views :: Taxes

SB 2478--0.5% surcharge to pay for a long-term care benefits program and SB 2599--raise the GET from 4% to 5% to pay for a series of education initiatives....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
HB1829 Makes it Easier to Divert Dispensary Weed to Black Market
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 AM :: 3940 Views :: Drugs

Section 6 removes the penalties for the unauthorized diversion (theft) from a dispensary or production center....

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Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Last Farmer Standing
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:52 AM :: 6062 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

In a few hours, there will be lots of people gathering at the legislature in downtown Honolulu to talk about farmers.  They are miles away from any farm but many have an opinion about it....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Nai Aupuni Brainwashing
By Video @ 4:59 PM :: 5995 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Is It Already So Hewa, Such A Mess, That It's Beyond Redemption?

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Coop Proposes Alternative Power Generation Plan for Big Island
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 6338 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

"By building on the successes achieved by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to integrate high levels of cost-effective solar PV into the grid...."

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Irony: GMO Marijuana Growers Threatened by Pollen Drift from Organic Hemp Farms
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 5042 Views :: Drugs

Now you know why Hawaii’s dispensaries are required to grow indoors....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Hawaii ANG Unit Deploys to Fight ISIS
By Video @ 2:09 PM :: 3892 Views :: Military

Three KC-135 Stratotankers belonging to the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, along with flight and maintenance crews and other support personnel....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Hawaii: Two Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearing Feb 10
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 3876 Views :: Second Amendment

February 10, two anti-gun bills are scheduled to be heard in the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Kenoi Declares Dengue Emergency, Ige Refuses
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 6439 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Health Care

...meanwhile Obama is seeking $1.8B in Zika funding....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
HB1886: Oshiro v Friedrichs to Save HGEA from Open Shop?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 5875 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...require the state to disburse funds to an exclusive bargaining representative pursuant to a contract between a union and the state's department of budget and finance....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Bridge Aina Lea: Hawaii ‘Takings’ Case in Federal Court
By Robert Thomas @ 1:32 PM :: 7180 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

The State removed the civil rights lawsuit to U.S. District Court in Honolulu....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
State Looking For A TMT Hearing Officer–Deadline 430pm Today
By Robert Thomas @ 1:21 PM :: 6252 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use, OHA
Are you a lawyer and need something to do for the next 6-12 months?
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Fee Simple Conversion Bills Killed after KSBE Protests
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 4232 Views :: Land Use

Representative Yamane indicated that this effectively kills both bills for this session....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
HB868 Gut n Replace: DoE Sneak Attack on Special Ed Students
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 AM :: 5736 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

This is just the latest example of the Department of Education attempting to shortchange Hawaii’s special needs students....

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Monday, February 8, 2016
State Individual Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2016
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 4870 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Temporary tax increases expired in Hawaii. The three top rate brackets were eliminated, and the top marginal rate fell from 11 percent to 8.25 percent....

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Monday, February 8, 2016
HB1675: Gay Control of Religion
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 7538 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

This “licensed therapist” loophole is something that liberals would use to dictate what religions can and cannot believe in....

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Monday, February 8, 2016
Are Electric Cars Really Green?
By Video @ 2:09 PM :: 5935 Views :: Energy, Environment
Are electric cars greener than conventional gasoline cars?
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Monday, February 8, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 8, 2016
By Congress.org @ 2:04 PM :: 4000 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Energy Policy – Cloture
  • House: Affordable Housing – Passage
  • House: Health Care Repeal Reconciliation – Presidential Veto Override
  • House: Iran Sanctions – Passage
  • House: Reduce SEC Regulation of Small Companies – Passage
  • House: Financial Institution Customer Protection – Passage
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Sunday, February 7, 2016
Pirate Video from Aha: Bumpy Kanahele Shouted Down, Walter Ritte Thrown Out
By Video @ 6:17 PM :: 8896 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... Videos leaking out of closed Aha meeting ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
DLNR Sweeps Na Pali Coast--One Arrested, 70 Cited, Tons of Trash Airlifted Out
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 5677 Views :: Environment, Homelessness

...tons of junk flown from the camps by expensive helicopters will be stored for 30 days and unless rightful owners reclaim their items, they will be discarded....

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
HB1902 Sex Trafficking Reform Passes Judiciary
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 5:54 PM :: 4575 Views :: Law Enforcement

HB 1902 adopts a victim-and-survivor centered approach to prosecution of sex trafficking crimes....

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
HART Errors – Lack of Acknowledgement is Troublesome
By Natalie Iwasa @ 5:36 PM :: 4026 Views :: Rail

...HART did not address the issue of the error....

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
GEMS to Cool Classrooms?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6765 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

Apparently GEMS is an attractive target for raiding because a 2014 bond issue raised $150 million for the program and little, if any, capital has been deployed to date....

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Sunday, February 7, 2016
As Farms Close, Reps Ing and Lee Jump on Anti-GMO Bandwagon
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:55 AM :: 5881 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Whether it be the fire ants or dengue fever, that is or no concern to them.  They continue to manipulate people’s fears around pesticides and GM technology.....

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Legislative Update: Death, Taxes, and Extracurricular Activities
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:43 PM :: 3571 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Legislative Update....

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Campaign 2016: Dozens of Politicians Pull Papers in First Week
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 4812 Views :: Office of Elections

A complete list of all candidates for public office who have pulled papers as of Friday Feb 5, 2016....

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
DLNR Issues, Revises Kailua Bay Boating Incident News Release, Then Withdraws It
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 4904 Views :: Law Enforcement

"DLNR is withdrawing this news release which concerns an ongoing investigation"

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
DoH Releases Full List of Marijuana Dispensary Applicants
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 7561 Views :: Drugs

A total of 66 applications were received....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Hawaii Superferry Eyed for Maine-Nova Scotia Route
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 7185 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the USNS Puerto Rico is the ship being considered by Bay Ferries....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
VIDEO: Planned Parenthood Uses Accounting Gimmicks to Hide Baby Parts Sales
By Video @ 8:01 PM :: 4195 Views :: Life

...Abortion Group “Worded” Fetal Specimen Line Item as “Patient Consent” to Skirt Law....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Anti-Family Bills Before Hawaii Legislature
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 6:51 PM :: 6141 Views :: Family, First Amendment

... How much more can government do to intrude upon one's beliefs, parental duties, responsibilities, and rights? ....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
SB2179: Decriminalize Methamphetamines, Heroin, Cocaine
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 4538 Views :: Drugs

The bill is unabashedly simple and seeks to reduce both possession of drugs and the distribution of drugs from felonies to civil violations....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Army announces decision on ‘biofuel-capable’ diesel electric plant
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 5242 Views :: Energy, Military

"Implementation of the selected action will not result in significant impacts."

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Ige Admin Denies Proposing Superferry Revival
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 4389 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... just when you thought you were seeing a glimmer of leadership ....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Business in Hawaii: Regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 5879 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state’s economy will continue to suffer until the regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates for businesses are removed....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Nai Aupuni Aha Illegally Blocks Protesters from Walking on Stolen Hawaiian Kingdom Road
By Andrew Walden @ 5:26 AM :: 9340 Views :: Akaka Bill, First Amendment, Land Use, OHA
“RHGC was required to provide and indicate on the approved grading plan, a pedestrian trail for public use over the project site leading from the Maunawili Estates Subdivision to Maunawili Falls.”
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Friday, February 5, 2016
Cult Busted: Gabbard Financier Charged with Killing, Injuring Divers with Speedboat
By Andrew Walden @ 4:49 AM :: 49561 Views :: Law Enforcement, Politicians, Religion

...Sai Hansen was a big contributor to Tulsi Gabbard ($5,000)....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Western States try again at Freeing Themselves from 9th Circuit Court
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 4325 Views :: Judiciary

...Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (R) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R) introduced legislation that would split up the 9th Circuit and add a new 12th Circuit....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Gallup: Hawaii Conservatives Outnumber Liberals—State Ranks #3 in Moderates
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 5514 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

According to Gallup, Hawaii is the 2nd most Democrat state but conservatives outnumber liberals by 1.3% and Hawaii is 3rd in self-described moderates....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Hawaii Union Membership Slips to 20.4%
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 5082 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

22.1 -- 21.8 -- 20.4% ...

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Inspector General: Honolulu VA Hospital Fails on Suicide Prevention
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 6174 Views :: Health Care, Military

...in Honolulu, health records indicated that more than a third of outpatients were not evaluated at least four times in the 30 days after being flagged as high risk for suicide, as required by facility policy....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
KSBE: We Will Fight Leasehold Conversion Bills
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 8552 Views :: Education K-12, Land Use, Small Business

A message from the Kam Schools CEO....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Oahu: 596 Homeless Veterans Permanently Housed
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 5547 Views :: Homelessness, Military

...as a result of a collaboration between and the Department of Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System, Partners in Care, and the Homeless Veterans Task Force....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Final Report: Only 14,564 Apply for Obamacare in Hawaii—Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 4179 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Applications Submitted: This includes a consumer who is on a completed and submitted application ....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
On Peak Solar Days, Kauai Momentarily Hits 90% Renewable Energy
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 6087 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

In January, renewable resources met an average of 77 percent of Kaua‘i’s energy demand during the peak solar hours, spiking to 90 percent on four separate days....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Latest Solar Scam: Kauai Coop Warns Consumers
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 4743 Views :: Energy

Solar leases and no-money-down contracts can lock homeowners into making payments for years, sometimes for more than the average monthly electric bill without solar....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Hawaii ERS vs Petrobras: $98 Billion Bribery Case
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 5521 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

A lawsuit against Petrobras for hiding a bribery scheme for years while selling $98 billion in securities....

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
State Corporate Income Tax—Hawaii Competitive?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 AM :: 5199 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

Though often thought of as a major tax type, corporate income taxes account for just 5.3 percent of state tax collections nationally ....

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