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Thursday, March 1, 2018
Auditor: Hawaii PUC Another Tech Disaster in the Making
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:17 AM :: 5934 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...the PUC’s $2.8 million Document Management System (DMS) is almost universally considered by management and staff to be difficult to use, unreliable, slow, and obsolete, with staff developing elaborate workarounds to accommodate for the system’s shortcomings. Yet the PUC has no firm plans to fix or replace this problematic system....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Suicide: Committee members identified loopholes in the bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:57 AM :: 6386 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Life

...Committee members asked some very telling questions that identified loopholes that still remain in the bill.  The Attorney General's representative couldn't definitively state that all their concerns from the 2017 version were resolved in this current version that is supposed to have more robust protections.... 

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Republican Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 4:44 PM :: 4992 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...All House bills are in their final committees, they have until March 8th to pass out of their last committee and pass third reading to cross over to the Senate....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
State should speed up responses to information requests
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:30 PM :: 4748 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii takes the longest in the nation to make decisions about transparency disputes....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Hawaii Bill Banning Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 AM :: 8579 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the oft-cited, debate-driving statistic that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day is the product of a 9-year-old's guesstimations....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
First Lateral: 2,834 Bills Still Alive in Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 2:13 PM :: 3860 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...complete list of bills remaining alive after First Lateral deadline....

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Sunday, February 18, 2018
Trump Tax In Hawaii?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 5589 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...how to adapt the new federal tax law changes to Hawaii....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
HDoT Tech Disaster Leads to $11M Settlement
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 3748 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the Office of the Attorney General are pleased....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii Legislators Grasping at Straws
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:36 PM :: 5770 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

...A bill proposed in the Hawaii Legislature would ban the use of plastic straws. But the problem runs much deeper than the straw bill....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
ERS Fires Investment Officer After Losses on VIX Puts
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 7342 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Chattergy told WSJ Hawaii will continue to sell these put contracts, convinced the income will offset market turbulence....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
$1.1B for New Airport Concourse
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 5181 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Construction is scheduled to begin in five years....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Seven Republican Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 12:43 AM :: 4986 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Here are some bills introduced by members of our Republican Caucus that are moving through the legislature....

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Monday, February 12, 2018
Report: Delays at OIP Are Staggering
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 6094 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...in recent years, OIP’s average time for review quadrupled, it is deciding fewer matters per year on average, and its backlog is trending upward despite a downward trend in new filings....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane
By Joe Kent @ 2:19 AM :: 6732 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Hawaii Highways Rank 47th in Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 4400 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Ranking each state's highway system in 11 categories, including highway spending, pavement and bridge conditions, traffic congestion, and fatality rates....

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Ige Appoints Leonard Hoshijo to Head DLIR
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 4443 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hoshijo served as education and political director with the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters. He also worked for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union for 26 years....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Ige Asks Legislators to 'Governmentize' Services
By Joe Kent @ 4:11 AM :: 5938 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...HB 2368 and SB 2795 would begin replacing private contractors with civil service employees....

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Monday, February 5, 2018
Pandering to Dem Base: Ige Signs Net Neutrality Executive Order
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 5051 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...Local ISPs: Net Neutrality is a Fake Issue....

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Sunday, February 4, 2018
How Much Does a Crosswalk Cost?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3734 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Senate Bill 2004, tells the story of just one signalized crosswalk yet to be built....

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Saturday, February 3, 2018
SB2136: Ige Administration Opposes OHA's $119M Cash Grab
By Andrew Walden @ 2:11 AM :: 9248 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Higher Education, OHA

...Ige Admin testimony shows that OHA rent-seeking is driving up hospital bills, public housing rents, and University of Hawaii tuition for everybody—including native Hawaiians.... 

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Friday, February 2, 2018
Chin to Take Lt Gov Sinecure While Running for Congress
By Selected News Articles @ 10:45 AM :: 11185 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...First Deputy Attorney General Russell Suzuki has been appointed to serve as acting attorney general....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
FCC: Hawaii false missile alert sent by worker believing attack was real
By News Release @ 11:28 AM :: 6573 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Military

...Federal Communications Commission conducts open meeting to hear investigator's report on false missile alert....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Olelo TV Moving to Siberia?
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 5702 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...Spectrum is channel slamming ‘Ōlelo – displacing channels 49, 53, 54, and 55, including Video On Demand channels 50 and 52....

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Monday, January 29, 2018
Rep Cynthia Thielen for House Speaker
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 7:29 PM :: 6224 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...To stop the factional fighting and stalemate-causing dysfunction in the Hawaii House of Representatives, Representative Cynthia Thielen has placed her name for consideration as Speaker....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
What is the state of our state? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:26 PM :: 4355 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the 2017 Economic Freedom of North America report, ranks Hawaii a low 46th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, due to its high taxation, high regulation and high cost of living....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
TOTE Places Hawaii Plans on Hold, Cancels Ship Purchases
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 5311 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

...Updates required at Hawai’i Terminals would prevent TOTE from entering Hawai’i trade in 2020/2021....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
HB2253: Driverless Cars for Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:38 AM :: 5100 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...jump-start the testing and operation of "driverless" cars in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
10 Bills: House Republicans Introduce Caucus Package
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 3:27 PM :: 5314 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Our bill package strives to make our government and our state more accountable, affordable, and accessible....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Ige Couldn't Remember Twitter Password as False Missile Alert Wreaked Havoc on State
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 5912 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Politicians

...Ige said Monday that one of the reasons it took so long to inform the public that a ballistic missile alert in the state was in fact a false alarm was because he couldn’t remember his Twitter password....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Hanabusa Response to State of the State address—Ige has no specifics and neither do I
By News Release @ 7:44 AM :: 4386 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"...Hanabusa looks forward to sharing a clear vision for our state’s future in the months ahead....” (or whenever)

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Monday, January 22, 2018
Republicans: 5 Issues Ige Left out of State of the State
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 4941 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...The Minority Caucus identifies 5 issues that Ige fails to discuss....

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Monday, January 22, 2018
Full Text: State of the State Address 2018
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 3677 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...We often need to be reminded of what makes us so special. ..."

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Why is HS Student More Efficient Than State Government?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:39 PM :: 5014 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Within five minutes of the erroneous missile alert, Iolani School student William Heyler had tweeted to the world that it was a mistake....

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
False Alarm: 'Hearing' Leaves More Unanswered Questions
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:08 AM :: 5562 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

"...the only thing accomplished today was more unanswered questions and the announcement that we must wait and see what the Governor's study-report by General Hara turns up...."

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Stacks of rules for renters
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 4819 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...award-winning cartoonist and illustrator David Swann....

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Interior Announces $12.8 Million for Hawaii in 2018 Compact Impact Funding
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 4773 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...The funding will be provided to the Department of Human Services ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Which States Rely the Most on Federal Aid? -- Hawaii 48th
By Tax Foundation @ 11:29 PM :: 4787 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii Federal Aid equals 22.8 percent of State revenues....

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Thursday, January 18, 2018
Full Text: House Republican Opening Day Remarks
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 1:17 PM :: 5200 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Rep Andria Tupola address Opening Day....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Opening Day: Kouchi Claims Senators will work for Public Good
By News Release @ 9:17 PM :: 5712 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...Kouchi also assured the Governor that all 25 State Senators are committed to working on legislation that provide the best results for the people of Hawai‘i....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Bizarre News: Honolulu selected to join national What Works Cities initiative
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 5685 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Joins 99 cities that are committed to making city government more effective using data and evidence....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Maui Recycling Center Shut Down Due to State Non-Payment
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 6382 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...This closure is due to a delay in payments from the Department of Health. Once the back payments have been received, operations will resume as normal....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Full Text: Speaker Saiki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 4228 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Supporting Hanabusa, Speaker Saiki said "Unfortunately, one need only look to the past weekend to see a glaring instance of the inability of government at various levels to manage major issues facing out state."....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
State doubles fee for marine licenses
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 5469 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... whether they’re full-time fishers or “weekend warriors” ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Video: Live at the Legislature with Rep Andria Tupola
By Video @ 3:39 AM :: 5313 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Catch us ‘Live at the Legislature’ every Monday at 8:30 AM on ‘Olelo Channel 49....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Ward: Step- by-step walkthrough of the software, hardware, and personnel that led to false alarm
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:01 PM :: 7246 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...if you expect Friday’s hearing at the Legislature to lead to closure of this matter....

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Monday, January 15, 2018
In Hawaii, No Heads Roll over False Missile Alarm
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 5647 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“Once a Japanese manager or his underlings are caught in a scandalous situation, they have no other choice but to resign so that the many others who are dependent on them do not take the blame or suffer any of the consequences.”....

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Monday, January 15, 2018
FEMA: Ige, Miyagi Wrong About 38 Minute Delay
By Andrew Walden @ 3:14 PM :: 13016 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...Governor Ige and HIEMA administrator Vern Miyagi say they had to obtain permission from FEMA ... FEMA says that’s not true....

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
FCC: Hawaii did not have Reasonable Safeguards to Prevent False Alarm
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 4542 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...We also must ensure that corrections are issued immediately....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
38 Minute Delay--State EMA Got Permission from FEMA Before Retracting False Alarm
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 7963 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Hawaii Emergency Management Agency statement on missile launch false alarm....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
False Alarm: Hawaii Missile Alert Retracted by Civil Defense
By Andrew Walden @ 12:31 PM :: 8471 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

"...NO missile threat to Hawaii...."

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