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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Voluntary Additional Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4032 Views :: Taxes

...This will give Warren Buffett et al a chance to “walk the walk” and pay millions more....

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Saturday, December 9, 2017
Hula Halau to be banned from Yale?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:22 PM :: 6436 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...Native American student group accuses Polynesian dance group of ‘appropriating Hawaiian and Tahitian culture’....

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Saturday, December 9, 2017
ACS Hawaii 5-Year Report: Growth Data for Your Community
By News Release @ 11:55 AM :: 3484 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...The U.S. Census Bureau released its 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates on December 7, 2017....

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 5163 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Officials Announce First DoD-Wide Audit
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3776 Views :: Military

The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history....

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Friday, December 8, 2017
After Losing Judge, KSBE Tries Apologizing for Letting Child Molester Run Rampant
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 8108 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...two days after they lost their bought n paid for judge....

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Top Four HS Teams to Face Off in Hawaii LifeSmarts Competition
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 3672 Views :: Education K-12

...Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Campus Center Ballroom from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m....

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Friday, December 8, 2017
HUD: Hawaii #1 State for Homelessness
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 7145 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness, Cost of Living

...Hawaii still leads nation in homeless count per capita....

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Moody's: UH Bonds Stable as Long as Legislature Continues to Pony Up
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 3833 Views :: Higher Education

...The rating is tempered by significant expense pressures across the 10-campus system, declining enrollments, and extensive capital needs with a large backlog of deferred maintenance....

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Ige Appoints DLIR Director to Head DoTax
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 5968 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Takayama has served as the director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) since April 2015. She will assume her new position on Monday, Dec. 11....

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Elder Abuse: Hawaii Ranks 22nd
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 AM :: 6677 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...2017’s States with the Best Elder-Abuse Protections....

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Thursday, December 7, 2017
​Ninth Circuit Wrestles With Unblocking Trump’s Travel Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 1:12 AM :: 4388 Views :: National News

...A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit heard arguments Wednesday....

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
HPD Coverup: AG Drops Case of Assault on Toddler Peyton Valiente
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 5349 Views :: Law Enforcement, Police

...It was difficult to have to break the news to the parents that our findings did not result in charges against a perpetrator....

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
OHA Audit: Three Questions
By Video @ 9:11 PM :: 4619 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The Hawai'i Auditorʻs Performance Audit Of OHA Is About To Be Publicly Released....

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Continuing to Doubt the North Koreans Could be Dangerous to Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 8:58 PM :: 4491 Views :: Military

“This is like thinking a man pointing a gun at you wouldn’t figure out how to pull the trigger and kill you,”  Ward said.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Kamehameha School Child Molester Case – Hidden Payoff to Judge Exposed
By Andrew Walden @ 6:19 AM :: 15691 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Judge Crandall's husband, David Schulmeister, and his law firm, Cades Schutte, represented the Kamehameha Schools, billing as much as $1 million a year....

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Pasha Hawaii charged in labor dispute
By Michael Hansen @ 11:46 PM :: 5971 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...It may also lead to speculation that Pasha and the shipbuilder Keppel have not yet completed their ship design....

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 5, 2017
By Congress.org @ 12:35 PM :: 4074 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Proceed
  • Senate: Tax Overhaul - Education Savings Accounts
  • Senate: Tax Overhaul - Passage
  • House: National Forest Mining
  • House: Federal Workforce Probationary Period Extension
  • House: EPA Brownfields Program Reauthorization
  • House: Manufactured Housing Lending Regulation
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Nominees Sought for Two Judicial Vacancies on Oahu
By News Release @ 12:11 PM :: 3691 Views :: Judiciary

The Judicial Selection Commission is accepting applications and nominations to fill the following anticipated judicial vacancies in the First Circuit (Oahu)....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Trump: Major Changes in Management of Federal Monuments
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 5928 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

...Interior will make sure local voices are not drowned out by “large, well-funded NGOs and special interests”....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
7-2 Supreme Court Allows Latest Travel Ban To Take Full And Immediate Effect
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 4161 Views :: National News

...The Department of Justice asked the justices to lift lower court orders barring enforcement of the proclamation while legal challenges are adjudicated....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Ethics Fine: Guard Must Return Cash after $10K Inmate Payoff
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 7358 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Labor, Law Enforcement

...In or around November 2009, Respondent Kanazawa-Yee and two other ACOs, ACO A and ACO B, planned to obtain money from Inmate....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Kauai: PCBs Found in Westside Kauai Water Tank
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 5294 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

...where are all the protesters?....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Lalamilo: Big Island Wind Farm Wants Permit to Kill Bats, Petrels
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 5906 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received an application from the Lalamilo Wind Company LLC for an incidental take permit of the endangered Hawaiian hoary bat and the endangered Hawaiian petrel....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Who is Gabbard's Guru?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:09 PM :: 11008 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians, Religion

"Gabbard’s life would be unrecognizable without Butler’s influence.”

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
Hawaii 2nd Best State for Healthy Retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 1:37 PM :: 4725 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Seniors in Hawaii are sick less often than those in any other state....

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
The Tax Administration Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4527 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the Tax Administration Special Fund is becoming an all-purpose slush fund for which corrective action is needed....

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Sunday, December 3, 2017
The Truth About OHA Audits
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 5795 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...this audit will, according to the SOQ, "provide recommendations on organizational, structural and procedural improvement[s] to strengthen the BOT's fiduciary oversight of the OHA and its LLCs."...

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
'Certificate of need’ laws are certifiably unnecessary
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:23 PM :: 5527 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... no politician would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of  hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas.  And yet, that’s exactly what Hawaii's legislature has done ....

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
Tupola: Equal Funding for Charter Schools
By Video @ 4:23 PM :: 5039 Views :: Education K-12, Republican Party

...Did you know that not all of our keiki get equal funding for school?....

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
Child Molester: Petition Demands Kamehameha Schools Take Responsibility
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 4893 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...justice, reparation and healing for those individuals who were violated decades ago....

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
Zoning, Land-Use Planning, and Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 12:35 AM :: 7214 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...regulations have also tended to reduce the supply of housing, including multifamily and low-income housing....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Kauai Again: This Time it's Stranded Whales--Idiot Legislators Cook up Bizarre Conspiracy Theories
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 5559 Views :: Environment, Military

...“When marine mammals strand themselves it’s usually a signal that something in our environment is out of sync,” said Ing (wrongly)....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Congress May Seek to Limit Courts’ Nationwide Injunctions
By Selected News Articles @ 11:17 PM :: 3928 Views :: Judiciary

...nationwide injunctions foster forum-shopping for sympathetic judges....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Serving the law can circumvent justice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 5441 Views :: Second Amendment, Drugs

...legal marijuana users in the state have been receiving letters from the Honolulu Police Department ordering them to turn in their legally owned firearms....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
DoH Unveils Hawaii Opioid Action Plan
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 4203 Views :: Drugs

...a standing order to allow pharmacists to dispense Naloxone....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Ige, Caldwell in Arizona for Rail Meetings
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 3812 Views :: Rail

...Gov. Ige will participate in discussions with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Energy: Reduced Budget Produces Increased Efficiency
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 4090 Views :: Energy

...These two factors combined mean Hawai‘i Energy operated at its most efficient, lowest cost of acquired savings ever....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Visitor Spending up Another 4.4% -- $1.3 Billion in October
By News Release @ 1:19 PM :: 2307 Views

...Through the first ten months of 2017 visitor spending exceeded results from the same period last year (+6.8% to $13.86 billion)....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Hawaii Child Care Most Expensive in USA
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 6876 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Cost of Living

...care for only one child in Hawai‘i consumes approximately 13 percent of the typical Hawai‘i family’s income....

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Friday, December 1, 2017
Gun Surrender: AG report lists cannabis patients under "Mental incompetence/impairment"
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 6359 Views :: Second Amendment, Drugs

...These gun surrender letters were first sent in September 2016....

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