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Monday, February 6, 2017
Hawaii Bills Would Legalize Industrial Hemp; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 6502 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

Farmers in SE Colorado started harvesting the plant in 2013, and farmers in Vermont began harvesting in 2014....

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Monday, February 6, 2017
Fluoridated Water Reduces Gender Pay Gap by 4%
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 AM :: 5046 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
...“women who resided in communities with fluoridated water during childhood earn approximately 4% more than women who did not,” adding that they found “no effect of fluoridation for men.”....
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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Vacation Rentals: Tax Hike Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 6:47 PM :: 6602 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

There are 20 bills currently on the table dealing with vacation rentals....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Condo Justice - The Ball's Now In Your Court
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 6517 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

HB381 is scheduled on Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 a. m. at the capitol's room 429....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Don’t mug taxpayers to pay for Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 AM :: 4097 Views :: Taxes

...give everybody a pay raise--by cutting taxes....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
276 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board
By News Release @ 4:48 AM :: 4469 Views :: Honolulu County

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

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Unfunded Pensions – Tip of the Iceberg?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6310 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Is a 7% return on investment sustainable into the future? Another organization that studied the issue said that a more realistic rate of return would be the “risk-free” rate, which they calculated at 2.344%....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 4937 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
SB1056: Seawater Air Conditioning to Become New High Tech Tax Credit Scam?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:33 PM :: 8276 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the sea water air conditioning business can use the funds to pay management highly inflated salaries, purchase other business opportunities, build sea water air conditioning plants outside of the State, or for any other purpose....

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hawaii Union Membership #2 in USA–21.7%
By News Release @ 12:33 PM :: 4351 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

New York continued to have the highest union membership rate (23.6 percent), Hawaii and Alaska are tied for second at 21.7 percent each....

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hawaii: Trannies Drive Push to Legalize Prostitution
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 AM :: 6193 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

Trannies used by the left as a driver of far-reaching social re-ordering....

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:01 AM :: 6745 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

Hawaii is trying to copy California, but look how that turned out!  ... tons of lawsuits ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest
By UHERO @ 12:22 AM :: 7439 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...an owner of an investment property in Honolulu worth less than half a million dollars can expect to see his (her) combined City and State property tax bill double....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Audit: Rep Kaniela Ing Does His Part to Hide OHA Corruption
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 6906 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“Within days of my call for an independent audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Rep. Kaniela Ing has announced plans to use the legislature to target me...."

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Hawaii public employee benefits rise 5 times faster than private sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 6123 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Salaries and benefits of Hawaii government workers have increased by 26 percent in the past decade....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
HB1595: Urine Free Zones
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:14 PM :: 5940 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

"A person can be lying in their feces in a public stairwell and have an absolute constitutional right to do so, but the citizens walking over or through this public health hazard have no rights.”

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Choke or Head Fake? Ige Doesn’t Appoint Campaign Chair to ICA
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 5813 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Gov. David Ige today announced the appointment of First Circuit chief judge Derrick H.M. Chan to the Intermediate Court of Appeals....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Hawaii GE Tax Bites into 99.21% of personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:52 PM :: 4749 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state’s personal income....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Basing decisions on evidence, not politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:42 PM :: 3623 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Considering how often we are promised "effective" policy or political plans that "work", there's surprisingly little effort spent measuring that effectiveness....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Deadline to Apply for State Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions Extended
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 3459 Views :: Ethics

The new application deadline is March 4, 2017....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana, Nullify Federal Prohibition in Practice
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 4812 Views :: Drugs

Senate Bill 548....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 4914 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Mixture of Pro and Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in the Hawaii Legislature
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 4415 Views :: Second Amendment

Wednesday, January 25, marked the cutoff date for bill introduction in the Hawaii legislature....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hawaii Did Not Issue Any Gun-Carry Permits to Private Citizens in 2016
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 PM :: 5169 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment

Documents submitted by county police to the state's Department of the Attorney General show that every application by a private citizen for a concealed-carry permit was denied in 2016....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
OHA: Akana Ousted, New Chair to be Elected at Next Board Meeting
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 4838 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Trustee Ahu Isa was named acting OHA chair....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
OHA Board Sets Audit Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 5793 Views :: Ethics, OHA

The Board has scheduled voting on Akina's proposed audit for the February 8th meeting of the Resource Management Committee, a committee of the entire Board....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Full Text: OHA Chair Sues to Force Crabbe Out
By Selected News Articles @ 12:30 PM :: 5604 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"The Nov. 1 employment agreement is void and of no legal effect because it was not duly authorized and approved by the Board of Trustees."

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Future Oahu Community Correctional Center Down to Four Sites
By News Release @ 11:15 AM :: 4045 Views :: Law Enforcement
Department of Agriculture, Animal Quarantine Facility
Oahu Community Correctional Center
Halawa Correctional Facility
Mililani Technology Park, Lot 17
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Recycling Company Cited for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 6889 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

The company had also placed discarded materials and equipment in a drainage ditch that is recognized as a state water body and protected by state and federal regulations....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills Scheduled for Hearing
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 5406 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

Both bills could deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights simply based on allegations, without a conviction....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
One Party Justice: Republican Faces Criminal Charges Because he did not put Name on Two Mailers
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 5463 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

The maximum penalty for each count is a $2,000.00 fine and up to one year in jail....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hawaii: The State of Tobacco Control
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 4738 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Grade F -- Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Funding....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Hawaii Tops Gallup Well-Being Index for 6th Year Straight
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 4659 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii, Alaska and South Dakota, states with track records of high well-being, were the top states in the 2016 rankings....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Zuckerberg Steps In It In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 AM :: 4581 Views :: Land Use

It's always fun to watch one segment of socially conscious progressivism light into another....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
OHA LLCs—A License to Self-Deal
By Andrew Walden @ 9:02 PM :: 8431 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“…the Managers shall have the power and authority on behalf of the Company to acquire or lease any real or personal property from any Person, whether or not such Person is directly or indirectly affiliated or connected with the Managers or any Member….“

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Support OHA Forensic Audit
By Video @ 6:46 PM :: 4858 Views :: Ethics, OHA

OHA BoT meets Thurs Feb 2 at 9AM ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Report: A Decade of Human Trafficking in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 6577 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...2016 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, Polaris's BeFree Textline, and communications....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
DOH fights lawsuit on their non-posting of inspection reports even as two bills in the Legislature again fund the posting
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 7362 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Office of Elections

This is how the state spends your taxpayer money....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
After Speaking at Anti-Trump Rally, Rep Beth Fukumoto Prepares to Quit GOP
By Andrew Walden @ 3:45 PM :: 12849 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Republican Party
Which Democrat will be elbowed aside to make way for their latest addition?
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
HB663 and SB501: Force Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 4:14 AM :: 7664 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...not only will the government tell faith-based pregnancy centers what they CANNOT say, they will now also tell them what they HAVE to say....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
HECO Solar Deal: Wholesale Rate Finally Equals Average Mainland Retail Rate
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 6259 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
For the first time ever, green energy schemers in Hawaii are getting a wholesale rate equal to the average mainland retail rate—10.42 cents per kWh....
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Parents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public school
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 4216 Views :: Education K-12

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
How Many Tourists is Too Many?
By UHERO @ 2:15 AM :: 4628 Views :: Tourism

Tourists used to stay in designated tourism zones like Waikiki, but now they are everywhere....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
DLNR Seeks Applicants: Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 6764 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...for a new term that will begin July 1, 2017 and run for four (4) years....

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