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Saturday, March 19, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:19 PM :: 2412 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

... SB2634--Medicaid Funding for Women Who Give Birth ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
OHA Completes only 28% of Audit Recommendations
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:00 PM :: 1711 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... OHA has implemented 11 and partially implemented 13 of the 39 recommendations made in our report. An additional nine recommendations were not implemented and we determined six to be not applicable ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
Ethics: State Employees Can't Self-License, but they can Self-Deal
By News Release @ 9:20 PM :: 1315 Views :: Ethics

... The Employees asked whether a private business they co-own may procure the services of an Agency research facility ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:54 PM :: 1745 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
HB1837 HD1 a good vehicle for identifying Hawaii housing barriers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:44 PM :: 1788 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... first step toward identifying the regulatory barriers that restrain homebuilding in Hawaii and has led to the state’s notoriously high cost of housing ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
ALOHA homes proposal 'fundamentally flawed'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:49 AM :: 1575 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in this bill would result in an expensive, nonsustainable government project that would fail to effectively assist those it is intended to help ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
HB124: Committee amends bill for Hawaii election guide
By Selected News Articles @ 12:31 AM :: 1515 Views :: Office of Elections

... The guide would consist of 150-word statements from candidates running for statewide or federal offices ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
Chief Justice Appoints Two New Oahu Judges
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 1698 Views :: Judiciary

... Shellie K. Park-Hoapili has been appointed to the District Court ... Natasha R. Shaw has been appointed to a newly-established position in the District Family Court ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
DoH Declares Navy Water Safe in All Residential Areas
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 5908 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The health advisory for all 19 zones and Manana Housing has been amended and water in these zones is safe to drink ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Your house probably made more than you did last year
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1939 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Expensive coastal markets in California and Hawaii saw home value growth wallop local median incomes by the largest amounts ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
House Committees Refuse to Hear SB2422 -- Bill Would Have Ended Foster Care Abuse Coverups
By Andrew Walden @ 7:47 AM :: 5868 Views :: Family, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement

... In the House, Speaker Saiki gave SB2422 SD2 a triple referral to kill it off ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Election 2022: Big Drama in CD2 Dem Primary?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 AM :: 2893 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Office of Elections

... If it’s an open seat, multiple Democrats are likely to jump at the opportunity ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Ten Senators Share in Lava Tube Dishonor
By News Release @ 6:14 AM :: 2679 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Kanuha Awarded Meritorious Torch of Light Award; San Buenaventura and Others Earn Lava Tube Dishonor ....

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Friday, March 18, 2022
Feds Sentence Ohio Scamsters for Ripping off Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 6:01 AM :: 2053 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... Leader of Pandemic Unemployment Insurance Benefits Scheme Sentenced to Prison and Ordered to Pay More Than $350k in Restitution ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Hawaii highest household net worth in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:20 PM :: 2480 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii took home the top spot for state with the highest median household net worth in 2019 ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Hawaii 4th-Fewest One-Person Households
By Selected News Articles @ 12:10 PM :: 2044 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In California and Hawaii, the reason for their relatively few single-person residences could be economics. Both have some of the most expensive housing costs in the nation ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Hawaii 6th-Worst Drivers in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 PM :: 1483 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii is one of the worst states for speeding-related fatal car accidents ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Fat City Survey: Honolulu Ranks 95th in Obesity
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2051 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... slim pickings ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Individual Income Taxes -- Hawaii 5th Worst
By Tax Foundation @ 4:16 AM :: 1719 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Ranking Individual Income Taxes on the 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Cocaine News: Councilwoman Heidi Tsuneyoshi Obtains Divorce -- After Trying to Keep Case Records Secret
By Andrew Walden @ 11:52 PM :: 17655 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, First Amendment, Judiciary, Drugs

... the only declared Hawaii Republican gubernatorial candidate to previously hold elected office has divorced her cocaine-dealer husband ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
McDermott: DoD Red Hill Closure Memo 'a vague non-binding promise'
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 11:15 PM :: 2508 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... Austin was forced to give Schatz something and Schatz secured a vague promise out into the future that is non-binding with no funds for closure.  Conversely, the Omnibus spending Bill is quite detailed in what it funds, and funds for Decommissioning are missing ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Putin's Potted Tulsi -- Gabbard says US ‘not so different’ from Russia on free speech
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 4109 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, First Amendment, Tulsi Gabbard

... In 2018 Tulsi Gabbard hired a Russian agent to silence critics in Hawai'i media ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Hawaii National Guard Completes Two-Year COVID Mission
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 1814 Views :: Military, COVID-19

... The HING JTF has been on orders assisting the state since April 6, 2020 ....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
State of the City: Blangiardi Announces Latest Scheme to Get Rail Money Withheld by Feds
By Video @ 7:23 PM :: 3978 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Rail, COVID-19

"...We submitted a Recovery Plan to the FTA, proposing to amend the Full Funding Grant Agreement to the following scope: 18.75 miles/19 stations through Downtown, to the Civic Center Station, which is 1.25 miles and 2 stations short of Ala Moana Center...."

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Public feedback needed for update to Maunakea management plan
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 2826 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... The draft CMP Supplement does not propose projects or land uses. It must be approved by the UH Board of Regents (BOR) and then approved by the BLNR at public meetings to take effect ....

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022
VIDEO: Why Hawaii Needs a Jones Act Waiver
By Video @ 1:44 AM :: 1917 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports and why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver to ensure its energy security ....

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Monday, March 14, 2022
Let’s Not Die on Red Hill
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:13 PM :: 2049 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... the government has reacted in a typical knee-jerk fashion ....

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Monday, March 14, 2022
Romney Slams Gabbard for 'Parroting Russian Propaganda,' 'Treasonous Lies'
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 AM :: 2985 Views :: World News, Politicians, Tulsi Gabbard

“...Gabbard’s Hare Krishna cult leader Chris Butler wants recognition from the real Hindus in India.  To that end, he has directed his loyal servant Tulsi Gabbard to kiss up to the Hindu nationalist government of India.  India’s foreign policy is aligned with Russia and is anti-Islamist which then leads Gabbard to align with Putin….”

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Can we please try some housing policies that work, like the ‘Tokyo model’?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:18 PM :: 2541 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii had robust housing construction up until about 1972 or 1973, but then it collapsed and it has never recovered ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 5:47 PM :: 2648 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Life

... HB1697 Sex Ed Bill Update and Rally ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Non-Ad Valorem Property Tax Financing
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1608 Views :: Taxes

... HB 2088, creates a program where you could go to a lender, borrow money to make home improvements, and then repay the loan with payments that are added to your property tax bill ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 11, 2022
By GovTrack .us @ 3:23 AM :: 1480 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes cast in Congress ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Hawaii Workforce Shrinks--Unemployment 4.4% for January
By News Release @ 10:56 AM :: 2931 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...  the size of the labor force, which remains down by 12,000 workers compared with January 2019 in part because some people have moved out of the state, while others have given up looking ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Applicants Sought to Fill Vacancies on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 10:43 AM :: 1839 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... The Nominating Committee of the Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking to fill four attorney and two non-attorney positions on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Jones Act waiver request for fuel imports goes national
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:04 AM :: 2138 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

... Keli'i Akina writes about it in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser while U.S. Rep. Ed Case of Hawaii sends a waiver request of his own ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Celebrates 20 Years
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:16 AM :: 3116 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Republican Party, Small Business, Taxes

... several hundred attendees were treated to good food, inspirational speakers, terrific entertainment and great camaraderie ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Halftime at the Legislature--What's Hot, and Not, in Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:56 AM :: 1440 Views :: Taxes

... Some that are likely to get resurrected or with their content inserted into another vehicle ....

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Friday, March 11, 2022
Blangiardi meets with FTA to discuss Honolulu Rail Project
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2672 Views :: Rail

... Mayor Blangiardi said, “Even though this was a very quick turn-around trip for me, the time I spent with the Administrator was well worth the trip" ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2022
Honolulu ‘Ethics’ Commission: Kealoha Investigations Closed, Lets go After Tupola
By Andrew Walden @ 2:10 PM :: 3687 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, COVID-19

... Honolulu ‘ethics’ function--covering up for the big sharks while spearfishing manini to make it look like they are doing something ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2022
​UH Mānoa receives full 10-year accreditation
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 1509 Views :: Higher Education

... The work toward accreditation began in 2017 and involved the new WASC process—Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation.... UH Mānoa’s themes were Native Hawaiian Place of Learning, Transformational Student Success, and Academic Innovation and Engaged Learning.....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Ige appoints Luella Costales to House District 39 Seat
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 2075 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Costales fills the vacancy left by former Rep. Ty Cullen, who resigned on Feb. 8, 2022 ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Hawaii Moves to Weekly COVID Reporting
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 2114 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Case counts and vaccination updates will be published on the DOH COVID-19 dashboard every Wednesday beginning March 16 ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Schatz: Earmarks Are Back
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 1611 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... After Decade-Long Ban, Earmarks Return With Schatz Securing More Than $240 Million In New Funding for 'organizations'....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Senate Approves More Millions for Red Hill
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 2161 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... $150 Million In New Federal Funding To Defuel, Permanently Close Red Hill, Clean Up Water  ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
'Tokyo Model' Can Create More Housing for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:00 PM :: 2406 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... how Tokyo’s deregulation of its housing market resulted in more housing availability and affordable housing prices ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Ignoring the Science for Ideologies
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:00 PM :: 1977 Views :: GMOs, COVID-19

... Russian bots spread anti-vaccination messages across the social media ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
​Maui’s Automated Planning and Permitting System to launch April 18
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 1823 Views :: Maui County, Development

... a new, web-based software designed to support planning and permit processing ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
State Releases Agricultural Land Use Baseline Study
By News Release @ 9:00 AM :: 1695 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics

... the 2020 baseline report for the state has 886,211 total agricultural acres, a decrease of 27,050 acres, or minus 3 percent from 2015. Total acres in planted crops in 2020 was 120,632, a decrease of 31,199 acres or minus 21 percent. The loss in planted acres was attributed to the closure of the Hawai`i Commercial & Sugar Company on Maui in 2016 which removed 38,810 acres in crop acreage ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Case Asks Biden to Waive Jones Act to Ship US Oil to Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 12:02 AM :: 2990 Views :: Energy, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... Case also introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives today to mandate such a waiver. ...

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Feds Indict Russian Agent -- Organized Kauai Council Junket to Russia
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 4920 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, GMOs

... FBI agents interviewed Kauai Councilmember Felicia Cowden in September, 2020 ....

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