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Friday, May 20, 2016
Floating Windfarm Electricity Costs More Than Double
By Selected News Articles @ 5:25 PM :: 3842 Views :: Energy

Floating turbine foundations cost about eight times more than seafloor-based supports for their conventional counterparts....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Auditor: Ag Department Still Not Checking Weights, Measures
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:22 PM :: 5514 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...despite having secured state funding since 2012, the chairperson of the Board of Agriculture has neither re-established nor filled the branch’s program manager and inspector positions....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Full Text: Eric Gill Sued by Local 5 Dissidents
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 5132 Views :: Labor

...While serving in his capacity as President of Local 5 Plaintiff was suspended from his office in retaliation for criticism of Gill....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
DoH: Marijuana Licensees Scored
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 4498 Views :: Drugs

Licensees were selected based on the scoring of 13 merit criteria....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Bankruptcy for Code Rebel: Yet Another Hawaii High Tech Tax Credit Implosion
By Andrew Walden @ 2:22 AM :: 10212 Views :: Tax Credits

... How many high-tech tax credit scams must we suffer before legislators and the governor shut off the flow of taxpayer dollars? ....

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Rep Takai Will Not Seek Reelection
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 5998 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...I had truly hoped to aggressively fight this cancer while seeking re-election, but I recently learned that my cancer has spread....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaiian Electric: Natural Gas Can Save Ratepayers $3.7B
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 3924 Views :: Energy
Over 8M barrels less oil imported annually
4M tons less greenhouse gas emissions 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
BoE Strips Student Performance out of Teacher Evaluations
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 5122 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"Discarding standardized testing in teacher evaluations"

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Full Text: Robin Danner Evicts Jade Danner from Hawaiian Homelands
By Video @ 5:08 PM :: 12326 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL

...Who Would Robin Evict If She Was Head Of A US Federally Recognized Hawaiian Tribe?....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
With HC&S Closing Anyway, A&B Settles Cane Burning Lawsuit
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 5719 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

...the lawsuit was meritless and the plaintiffs' post-settlement claims are inaccurate....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Court Advances Suit by Dead Informant's Mom
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 AM :: 7754 Views :: Law Enforcement, Police, Drugs

Keawe Ryder, a 37-year old Kona musician, was found dead in a South Kohala lava field in 2013. He had been shot and hit with a hammer....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Temporary Injunction Blocks Maui Hospital Privatization
By News Release @ 1:55 AM :: 6660 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

Today’s order lasts only until September 30, 2016, unless sooner terminated by the Court. The Court also ordered the parties to the lawsuit to file a joint status report on or before June 30, 2016....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Hawaii Painters Business Agent Pleads Guilty in $1.5M Theft
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 AM :: 6670 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Small Business

...he diverted client money to his own personal use over a 17-year period....

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Jalousie Work: After 10 Years Union Lawsuit Ends
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 6228 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Small Business

The dispute began when the painters and glazers’ union complained to the State Contractors License Board that the contractors hired to renovate Lanakila Elementary School in 2005 were installing jalousie windows....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Full Text: FTA Statement on Rail—$8 Billion Dollars and 8 More Years
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 5236 Views :: Rail

...Until FTA receives and approves a revised project cost estimate, schedule, and financial plan which includes a commitment of all of the local funds needed to cover that cost estimate, FTA cannot award the FY2015 or FY2016 increments....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Auditor: HTA Lacks Cohesive Marketing Plan
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:59 AM :: 4977 Views :: Tourism

...Follow-Up on Recommendations Made in Report No. 13-09, Audit of Major Contracts and Agreements of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Audit: DoE Claims to be ‘Financially Responsible’
By News Release @ 5:42 AM :: 4272 Views :: Education K-12

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) has released its Annual Financial Audit for the 2015 fiscal year....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Rep Gene Ward Seeks Reelection to State House—Slom to File for Senate
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 5640 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...He has been in touch with Sam on almost a daily basis, and said, “Sam is doing just fine and will file his papers tomorrow; his “P & V” numbers (“p…..and vinegar”) are escalating daily and he’s up for his Senate race.”....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
If
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:48 AM :: 5037 Views :: GMOs

If we don’t speak up now and take action, Hawaii’s future will be in jeopardy....

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Report: Hawaii State-Funded Pre-K Serves only 365 Students
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 4575 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

In Hawaii, this is the first year the Executive Office on Early Learning’s pre-K program was included in the report....

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 16, 2016
By Congress.org @ 2:28 PM :: 4366 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2017 Energy-Water Appropriations 
House: Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force
House: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction
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Monday, May 16, 2016
Hawaii Veterans Treatment Court Celebrates 15 Successful Graduates
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 5367 Views :: Judiciary, Military

Fifteen veterans have now successfully completed the First Circuit program since it was initiated by Judge Edward Kubo in 2013....

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Full Text: Interior Department Issues Rule on Procedures to Amend Hawaiian Homes Commission Act
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 5179 Views :: DHHL

The Department of Interior published the following rule in the Federal Register....

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Study: Feds Grip on Hawaii Tightens 41%
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:58 PM :: 3301 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...a spate of new regulatory restrictions that have affected Hawaii....

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
$10 Billion Is the Ultimate Price Tag for Honolulu's Rail Boondoggle
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:22 PM :: 5341 Views :: Rail

...and we haven't seen the half of it yet....

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Telescope to Avoid "Death By A Thousand Days?"
By Robert Thomas @ 3:42 PM :: 7887 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

"Why not just send it straight to the justices, if they are going to decide it eventually?”

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Hawaii Republicans–Political Kingmakers?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:05 PM :: 5039 Views :: Republican Party

Over 30,000 Hawaii registered voters are now card-carrying members of the Hawaii Republican Party....

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Organically Grown Tax Credits on Way to Governor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5048 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

If this credit does indeed become law, expect to see a lot of begging and pleading....

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Sunday, May 15, 2016
Video: The Jones Act, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 4010 Views :: Jones Act

Puerto Rico’s recent bankruptcy, the Jones Act, and how this could affect us here in Hawaii....

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Who’s Running: Candidates Pulling Papers as of May 13, 2016
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 4245 Views :: Office of Elections

... Tuesday, June 7 is the last day to file ....

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
When Classrooms Get Too Hot, Laie Parents Take Matters into Their Own Hands
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 5584 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

Jennifer Kajiyama and Carol Feinga are part of Keep Laie Cool, an initiative working to solve the crisis of Hawaii’s hot classrooms....

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
How much do federal regulations cost Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:28 PM :: 3022 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... 41% growth in regulatory impact between 1997 and 2013 ....

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Obama Admin Orders Hawaii Schools to Let Trannies Hang out in Bathrooms
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:11 PM :: 7213 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Roosevelt said: "A chicken in every pot."  Obama says: "A tranny in every bathroom."

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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Kaiser Names New Leadership for Privatized Maui Hospitals
By News Release @ 10:27 AM :: 5006 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

...Maui Health System will manage operations at each of the hospitals effective July 1, 2016....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
State of Hawaii Files First Lawsuit Relating to Faulty Takata Airbags
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3404 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawai’i is the first state to file a lawsuit against these companies for their roles in causing millions of cars to be sold with airbags that could explode, posing grave, sometimes fatal, dangers to the cars’ occupants....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
UHERO: How State Shares Transient Accommodation Tax With Counties
By UHERO @ 9:49 PM :: 4296 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

This paper examines Hawaii’s recent effort at developing a model to allocate the state’s transient accommodation tax....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Dollar Worth only $0.86 in Hawaii, the most expensive state
By Selected News Articles @ 7:03 PM :: 5047 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...compared to the national average cost of goods and services....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Rusting Wind Junk off Waikiki? Feds Coming to Honolulu for Public Hearing
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 5225 Views :: Energy

...Monday May 16, 2016 starting at 9am....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
E-Scrips: New York First to Adopt Common Sense Solution to Opioid Abuse
By NCPA @ 3:38 PM :: 5691 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

... will Hawaii be next? ....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Elections: Supreme Court to hear Green Party Suit Against Scott Nago
By Robert Thomas @ 4:08 AM :: 4289 Views :: Office of Elections

The Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 8:45 a.m....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Full Text: IBEW International Details Charges Against Ahakuelo
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 5966 Views :: Ethics, Labor

The Business Manager and other members of the staff, including several family members of the Business Manager, submitted and/or were reimbursed for numerous expenses that were not authorized by Local 1260 and/or were for personal expenses for which no legitimate union business was conducted....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
McDermott calls for special session to address Campbell HS construction funds
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:33 AM :: 4163 Views :: Education K-12

...Otherwise we shall be stuck with chaos and an embarrassment in two years....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Mediator Peter Adler appointed to serve on Caldwell’s Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 4698 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council....

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Act 48: Enviro Disputes Go Directly to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 6922 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, Judiciary, OHA

...contested case hearings before the commissions on Water Resource Management, Land Use, Public Utilities, the Hawai‘i Community Development Authority and cases involving conservation districts, to be directly appealed to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court....

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Marijuana Legalization and State Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 3:29 PM :: 5697 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Drugs

...two studies that serve as guides for legislators, the media, and the public as to the state of marijuana taxation today and the implications of taxing marijuana in the future....

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
After 50 Years of Empty Promises, Democrats Finally Let a Few Filipino WW2 Vets Bring Family into USA
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 4400 Views :: National News

...an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Open letter to Greenpeace: Jones Act Behind Lower Environmental Standards in US
By Michael Hansen @ 11:55 PM :: 3924 Views :: Jones Act

SEA Europe is seeking through the TTIP negotiations a treaty exemption in U.S. Jones Act....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Lockheed under Navy scrutiny for troubled Littoral Combat Ship program
By Michael Hansen @ 11:32 PM :: 5175 Views :: Jones Act, Military

The LCS program is indicative of the problems with U.S. shipbuilding both military and commercial with high costs, poor quality and an inability to deliver on schedule....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Energy: Banking on Wind and Solar Keeps Hawaii Dependent on Oil
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 4770 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

...After all the hype, 94% of Hawaii baseload electricity comes from non-renewable sources....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Wikileaks: Japan refused Obama Hiroshima Apology
By Selected News Articles @ 6:43 PM :: 90964 Views :: National News, World News, Military, Obama

The Japanese government in 2009 recognized that accepting such an apology would undermine the foundations of the US-Japan alliance. Just look at how the 1993 Apology Resolution has undermined the foundations of the State of Hawaii.

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