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Sunday, June 16, 2019
After Lying to Legislature OHA Shoots Messenger--and Misses
By Andrew Walden @ 10:28 PM :: 6512 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... what was it that Keli'i Akina said? ....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 16, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 PM :: 2180 Views

... weekly update from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019
HI-5 – Have We Stopped the Leakage Yet?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4902 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business

...“Look. We’ve issued four audit reports on the program...."

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
OECD Jones Act Study generates very large impact numbers
By Michael Hansen @ 9:43 PM :: 3482 Views :: Jones Act

...The Organization of Economic Development Cooperation (OECD) recently released a new study of local content requirements for maritime services in the U.S. under the Jones Act....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 4314 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...nineteen Senators and two Representatives – all Democrats – earned membership in the ‘Coalition of the Radical Left’ by scoring 10% or less.... 

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Conservatives Rank Hawaii CongDel: Schatz Hits 14%
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 3213 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...The guide ranks members of Congress based upon their commitment to conservative principles as demonstrated by their voting records in the 2018 session of Congress....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Feds: Hawaii #2 for White Collar Crime
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 6075 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...in Hawaii, 29% of federal criminal convictions are for white collar crime, second only to New Jersey....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Debunked: Caldwell’s ‘Vancouver Tax’ Does Nothing to Ease Rental Crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 4:07 AM :: 6686 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

...1,100 homes were removed from the rental market in the first year of the city’s empty-homes tax....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Hawaii Mortgage Debt--2nd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 AM :: 3439 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...and Hawaii has the 4th-lowest home ownership rate in USA....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Let’s be reasonable about STRs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:43 PM :: 5278 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...there is a bill before Gov. David Ige, SB 1292, which he has until June 24 to veto or sign....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
How High Are Wine Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:23 PM :: 3558 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes wine at $1.38/gallon, 14th highest in USA....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Hey, shipbuilders, Jones Act reform is your friend
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:07 AM :: 3355 Views :: Jones Act

...the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts growth for the U.S. shipbuilding industry in the long term, should the U.S-build requirement of the law be abolished or relaxed....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Hawaii needs a handy ‘adjust policy’ tab
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:37 AM :: 3147 Views :: Economy

...I just gave Hawaii the best economic outlook in the country, and all it took was a few mouse clicks....

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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Home Sharing Under Attack
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:54 PM :: 4123 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...lawmakers' plans to crack down on the vacation rental industry may hurt Hawaii's struggling economy....

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Thursday, June 13, 2019
15 Seconds of Terror--Near Repeat of Sacred Falls Tragedy
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 4222 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism

...“15-seconds of terror,” is how a trespassing Honolulu hiker describes his near miss with a rock-fall incident at the closed Sacred Falls State Park on King Kamehameha Day....

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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Bill 31 Dead: No Sanctuary City
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:00 PM :: 8374 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Republican Party

...“There really is no support. You’d think that Hawaii would kind of be the center for immigration issues.  But I guess if it’s deemed a ‘sanctuary city,’ that’s not well-received.”....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Ige Signs 64 Bills Into Law
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 3612 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Gov. David Ige signed the following bills on June 7, 2019. Legislative leadership has been notified....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Hawaii #2 for Suicide: Drug, Alcohol Deaths up
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 4884 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Suicide deaths rose to the second-highest rate in the country at 15.2 per 100,000 in 2017, the latest data available, from 8.2 per 100,000 in 2005, while alcohol deaths climbed to 5.8 from 3.5 and drug poisonings increased to 13.8 from 9.4....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard Had a Very Strange Childhood
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 PM :: 8289 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History, Religion

...Mike announced that his wife and boys would not be able to eat most of what his mother had cooked, as they were now vegetarian. Also, everyone needed to stop calling the children by their birth names. Their new names were Bhakti, Jai, and Naryana....

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Monday, June 10, 2019
Sunscreen, Straws and Subtlety: The Dangers of Oversimplifying a Complex Environmental Problem
By Selected News Articles @ 5:17 PM :: 3057 Views :: Environment

...Overwhelming activist and media focus on a small part of the problem leads to confused and misinformed citizens....

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
​25 Republicans Elected to Honolulu Neighborhood Boards
By Brett Kulbis @ 8:28 PM :: 4924 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

...down from 44 elected in 2017....

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
HB1383: Will Ige Veto Marijuana Decriminalization?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:04 PM :: 6215 Views :: Family, Life, Drugs

...the Governor has indicated his discomfort with the bill....

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
DOE, Fork Over That General Ledger!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4260 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...the Education Institute of Hawaii that wants to see the general ledger for the whole Department of Education....

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Warmers: $23B Homes to be Destroyed in Urban Honolulu
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 5576 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

... meanwhile the State and City keep building Rail in the alleged inundation zone .... 

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 8, 2019
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 2806 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Weekly Update from GovTrack.us ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
ACLU: Proposed Mauna Kea Rules Unconstitutional
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 4900 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, OHA

...proposed rules as they may infringe upon the constitutional rights of individuals seeking to access Mauna Kea....

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
ACLU: DoE Would Rather Litigate Than Build Locker Rooms for Female Students
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 4473 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Documents filed yesterday in federal court by the ACLU of Hawai‘i reveal that DOE has simply been waiting for two female high school athletes to graduate, hoping the mere fact of their graduation will prevent the girls from being able to proceed with their gender discrimination lawsuit....

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Saturday, June 8, 2019
Democrat Senator Reveals His Ties to the Knights of Columbus
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:31 PM :: 6206 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Religion

...Some Democrats have stood up to Hirono's anti-Catholic rhetoric....

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Friday, June 7, 2019
Hawaii 3rd Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 7:10 PM :: 5030 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii imposes $0.93 tax per gallon of beer ....

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Friday, June 7, 2019
Honolulu needs a spending cap, pronto!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 PM :: 5254 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... This week, the Honolulu City Council approved an operating budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 8.8% over last year’s budget and almost $1 million more than the amount proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell ....

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
OHA Trustees target one of their own for ‘investigation’--then chicken out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 7083 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... was this Crabbe's final attempt at revenge? ....

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
Crabbe Out as OHA CEO
By Selected News Articles @ 9:44 PM :: 5693 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The Crabbe-created LLCs must be dissolved, the irregularities in contract awarding must end, and the FBI must be raid the offices now before all the evidences of corruption are destroyed while Crabbe hangs on till the end of the month.... 

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
Final Report: Utility Ownership and Regulatory Models for Hawaii
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 4372 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Study concludes that ratepayers are being gouged to the greatest possible degree and no other system could gouge us more effectively without us noticing....

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
Feds Debunk Surfrider's Fake Bacteria Counts
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 8184 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Greenmail

...Scientists use a powerful microbial detection device to show that suggestions of sewage in Kauai’s watershed were mostly false positives....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Death Gets 373 Homeless off Streets
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 5134 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...373 people who were considered homeless at the time of their deaths have died on O‘ahu from 2014 through 2018....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
‘Housing First’ Gets 450 Homeless off Streets
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 5300 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...91 percent of Honolulu’s Housing First clients came into the program as chronically homeless, and over 60 percent came directly from living on the streets....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Honolulu ranked America’s best small city for second year in a row
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 3529 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

...based on several criteria, including crime rates, air quality, housing affordability, entertainment offerings, cultural diversity, and economic vitality....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Low Participation Breakfast: DoE is Serving it All Summer
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 4428 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...Hawaii 39.7% of free-lunch eligible students participate in free breakfast program – 2nd lowest in USA....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Panos: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:02 AM :: 5019 Views :: Economy, Cost of Living

...For decades now, the young ones have heard this message loud and clear....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
OHA Distributes $6M Grant Money
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 3996 Views :: OHA

...OHA Board of Trustees approves $6 million for community grants....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Feds Identify Hawaii's Six Worst Nursing Homes
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 4790 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... identified as having a “persistent record of poor care” ....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Hawaii joins states suing OxyContin maker
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 4301 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

...In Hawaii, opioid deaths, hospitalizations, and treatment services have risen significantly over the last several years....

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Monday, June 3, 2019
Hawaii Economy is Booming--And It's the 4th Worst
By Selected News Articles @ 6:50 PM :: 4399 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...low tech, low patents, low innovation....

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Sunday, June 2, 2019
Earth Is Nearly 520 Percent More Abundant Now Than in 1980
By Selected News Articles @ 8:30 PM :: 5973 Views :: Energy, Environment, Economy

...Thanks to the ultimate resource: the human mind....

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Sunday, June 2, 2019
Shining Light on Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4165 Views :: Economy, Taxes

...DOTAX justified the shroud of darkness surrounding its revenue projections with a theory, derived from federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law, called “deliberative process privilege.”....

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Saturday, June 1, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 1, 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 3242 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Congress was not in session last week but two resolutions were introduced by members of the Hawaii congressional delegation....

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Saturday, June 1, 2019
Help the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board develop ethics training
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 5195 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

...work with Dr. Troy Hutchings to make the Model Code of Ethics for Educators 'appropriate for Hawaii'....

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