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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 4986 Views :: Judiciary

...judicial nominees for three vacancies in the District Court of the First Circuit (Island of Oahu) as a result of the retirement of Judges Gerald H. Kibe, David W. Lo, and Barbara P. Richardson....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
No Joke: UH Pres Lassner to assist search for DoE superintendent
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 5674 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

...What color is your golden parachute?....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
How to give teachers a pay raise … without raising taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:08 PM :: 6183 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

 ...$9,450 a year more without spending a penny....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Three Days Left: 371 Candidates Register for 437 Neighborhood Board Seats
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 4180 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to submit completed candidate and voter registration forms for upcoming Neighborhood Board elections is this Friday, February 17, 2017....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Maunakea Observatories award Nānākuli and Kapolei students with research time
By Video @ 2:37 PM :: 7221 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education, OHA

Maunakea Scholars is an innovative program designed to bring Hawaiʻi’s young, aspiring astronomers into the observatory community by competitively allocating observing time on Maunakea’s world-class telescopes....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Transform the Bureaucracy and Achieve Justice for John Sosa
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 7154 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...Randall Roth comments on two stories on the DoE investigation into education reform advocate John Sosa which ran on KHON Feb 6 and Feb 7....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
HPD Acting Chief Supports Naming of Suspended Officers
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 6562 Views :: Ethics, Labor, Police

...the department has chosen to support Senate Bill No. 424 and House Bill No. 456....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
HSTA Rallies for $500M Tax Hike on Renters—House Approves on 2nd Read
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 8028 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 13, 2017
By Congress.org @ 5:11 PM :: 4665 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Prohibit Sen. Elizabeth Warren to Speak on Senate Floor 
Senate: Confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General
Senate: Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services
House: Disapprove BLM Land Use Planning Rule
House: Disapprove State Education Accountability Rule
House: Disapprove Teacher Education Program Rule
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Monday, February 13, 2017
Anti-Fishing Lies Exposed: Attorney General Releases Point by Point Debunk of Kaniela Ing
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 7629 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

...Must read: AG responds to 9 questions from Ing.  Short version of responses: “No, No, No, No, No, No, No, No, and No.”....

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
UHERO Slams the Skim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5715 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the State is making a ton of money off the skim....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Most 2016 GEMS Loans Went to One Insider
By Andrew Walden @ 9:12 PM :: 7990 Views :: Energy, Ethics

In its 2016 Annual Report to the Legislature (pg4), HGIA explains it could write more loans if only its Board had more insiders....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Hawaii needs self-managed pension plan for public-worker retirees
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 5483 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii is missing $23 billion ....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
HIDOT Mileage Fee: Meet Big Brother the Taxman
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:45 PM :: 5269 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the system knows the driver's exact route, his speed compliance and provides ratings for his braking and cornering performance. Too much info in the hands of the government....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Study: 72 Convicted Terrorists Came From Countries Covered by Trump Vetting Order
By News Release @ 2:27 PM :: 6525 Views :: National News, Military

...72 individuals from the seven countries covered in President Trump's vetting executive order have been convicted in terror cases since the 9/11 attacks....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
SB1129: Senate CPH Committee Schedules Assisted Suicide Bill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:23 PM :: 5558 Views :: Health Care, Life

The committee on CPH has scheduled a public hearing on 02-15-17 8:30AM in conference room 229....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Neighborhood Board Elections: 327 Candidates Register for 437 Seats With One Week to Go
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 4519 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline for candidate applications is Friday, February 17, 2017....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Justice Ginsburg at UH Law School: “We have a Dysfunctional Congress”
By Video @ 12:32 AM :: 4679 Views :: Judiciary

...Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shared her perspective on the law, the courts and congress in February at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Home Ownership: Hawaii Most ‘Equity Rich’ Properties
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 4380 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...equity rich — where the combined loan amount secured by the property was 50 percent or less of the property’s estimated market value....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Jones Act and Maritime Security Program
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:10 PM :: 5540 Views :: Jones Act, Military

If it is possible to address the national security concerns of the Jones Act through other, more efficient and effective legislation, then we might clear the path to modernizing the Act....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Demanding a Tax Hike, HSTA to Rally at Capitol
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 6908 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

to lobby for a constitutional amendment that will drastically increase property taxes....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
HTDC Gives Away $9.8M of Your Tax Dollars to Six Tech Companies
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 5336 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... $1.6M state tax dollars and $8.2M federal tax dollars given away, not loaned ....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Ige Appoints Campaign Manager Circuit Court Judge
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 5668 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

...Keith K. Hiraoka (Former Ige Campaign Chair), Catherine H. Remigio, and Todd W. Eddins appointed to First Circuit Court (Oahu)....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Crabbe Contract: Abigail Kawananakoa Sues OHA
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 5534 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, just like every governmental agency, must follow its own rules and state law."

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
OHA Old Guard Retakes Power: Machado Selected as Chair
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 4382 Views :: OHA

Trustee Dan Ahuna was named board vice chair....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Hawaii State Ethics Commission 2016 Annual Report
By News Release @ 1:49 PM :: 3733 Views :: Ethics

...the Commission has jurisdiction over more than 50,000 state officials and employees....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Streetlights: Kauai First to Complete LED Conversion
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 5783 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The change is expected to save the county approximately $400,000 annually....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
Buffer Zone Bozos Descend on Capitol (again)
By Joni Kamiya @ 9:48 AM :: 6923 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

If you look closely at the activists there, none of any have t-shirt tans or even the slightest hint of field dirt under their nails or on their shoes....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
KIUC Board Sets Renewable Energy Goal of 70 percent by 2030
By News Release @ 9:12 AM :: 5539 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

KIUC expects to reach 50% in 2018....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
2017 Honolulu Rail: Advice to the Legislature
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 5276 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Legislature should not approve any extensions of the GET and it should pass a bill directing the city to handle current and future deficits with its own resources. This offers hope for some accountability and cost containment....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
UH Law Review Sharing Economy Symposium
By Robert Thomas @ 3:34 AM :: 5018 Views :: Small Business

...the University of Hawaii Law Review is devoting one of its issues to a symposium on issues related to the sharing economy....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
OHA Audit Passes Committee Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:45 PM :: 5460 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Akina Appointed to Ad Hoc Audit Committee....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Economy: DBEDT Drops 2017 Growth Projection to 1.8%
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 6431 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism
“The downward adjustment in Hawaii’s economic growth for 2017 was mainly due to the new projection on visitor expenditures for 2017”
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
HB1589: Pro-Hunter Bill to be Heard
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 4599 Views :: Second Amendment

...House Bill 1589 would allow the use of sound suppressors while hunting in the state of Hawaii....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 8, 2017
By Congress.org @ 5:23 PM :: 4480 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Confirm Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation
Confirm Rex Tillerson Secretary of State
Confirm Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education
Disapprove Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Rule
Disapprove Stream Buffer Rule
Disapprove Labor Law Rule
Disapprove Instant Criminal Bkgnd Check Rule
Disapprove BLM Methane Rule
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Caldwell announces more Cabinet Appointments
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 5349 Views :: Honolulu County

Department director appointments require the approval of the Honolulu City Council....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
What is Kaniela Ing’s Hidden Agenda?
By Video @ 4:50 PM :: 7634 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

... Kaniela Ing has spent years trying to force Hawaiians into a fake Indian tribe ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Assisted suicide: Hawaii bills push envelope
By Selected News Articles @ 4:29 PM :: 4330 Views :: Life

Hawaii’s S.B. 357 would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs the same day a patient is diagnosed as terminally ill without a second opinion ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
An informed opinion on GMOs
By Selected News Articles @ 4:05 PM :: 4474 Views :: GMOs

Hawaii chef slices through anti-GMO propaganda....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Lawyer-Enrichment Bills on the Move—Require Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 10:03 AM :: 7047 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...passage will open doors for lawsuits as it has done in California....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections 308 Candidates for 435 Seats
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 4692 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidate recruitment has begun and will end on February 17, 2017....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Cost of Living: Only Manhattan is More Expensive than Honolulu
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 5185 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...six components: housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Trump Confusing Both Liberals and Conservatives
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 4228 Views :: National News

Keli'i Akina and Andy Blom share Grassroot insights from Hawaii and DC....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
US Supreme Court to Consider Hearing Hawaii Democrats Closed Primary Suit
By Selected News Articles @ 8:21 PM :: 8169 Views :: Democratic Party, First Amendment, Office of Elections

On February 17, the court will decide whether to reconsider the findings of lower courts in the cases of Ravalli County Republican Party v McCulloch and Democratic Party of Hawaii v Nago....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
White House Calls Travel Ban ‘a Lawful Exercise’ of Authority
By Selected News Articles @ 8:06 PM :: 4050 Views :: National News

The state of Hawaii, which filed a lawsuit over the travel ban with similar claims on Friday, had asked to intervene in the Washington state case. The Ninth Circuit declined, instead allowing the Aloha State to file a friend-of-the-court brief....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Congress Considers Bill to Break up 9th Circuit Court
By Selected News Articles @ 7:56 PM :: 5040 Views :: Judiciary

The newly created 12th Circuit would include Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Washington state....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Shell Game: Short Form Bills on the Move
By Andrew Walden @ 7:34 PM :: 4928 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...100 “Short Form” bills have been introduced to the Hawaii legislature....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 7447 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
County Employees in Hawaii make double what private sector workers make
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 PM :: 6634 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Honolulu County workers make more than neighbor island workers....

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Monday, February 6, 2017
Hawaii government growing faster than private sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 PM :: 5238 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...New data show government outpacing private sector, pointing to an unhealthy economy....

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