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The “mail box conspiracy” and what it says about corruption in Hawaii.

Views expressed in this Hawaii State News summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 17 October 2022, 0540 UTC.

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Weekly News Read
October 16, 2022
… Hawaii doesn’t have any more or less corruption than any other part of the country, but it does lack whistleblowers and introspection, which makes combating corruption so difficult ….
… The corruption that underlies our state’s troubles is barely mentioned as top candidates join the national shouting over abortion and guns. ….
… Green and Aiona have offered a short, tepid list of reform proposals that can mostly be summarized in a sentence: Aiona advocates for the election of more Republicans to clean up Hawaii government, and both Green and Aiona support term limits ….
… Dela Cruz, Wakai and Keith-Agaran were among 11 senators who voted against confirming McCartney as DBEDT director ….
… Federal authorities also allege that Ahakuelo, with the help of IBEW staffers like ex-sports broadcaster Russell Yamanoha, rigged a union vote in 2015 to raise membership dues ….
… Federal investigators said the abuse began when Bula Mahoe moved back to his parents home in Aiea in 2016. There were two foster kids in the home — one was 8 years old at the time and the other just 6 ….
… Perreira negotiated those wage and benefit packages, so why does he still have a job? ….
… Miske bought hundreds of cars at a wholesale dealers-only auction over a period of several years, allegedly using threats and intimidation to discourage rival bidders and buy cars at rock-bottom prices ….
… In just two days, 48 seconds of PA James Winkler talking about the lack of doctors on Kauai has logged almost 610,000 views ….
… nearly half of my cousins had already left ….
… four of the top five states Hawaii residents moved to—Washington, Texas, Nevada, and Florida—forgo individual income taxes on wage income ….
… Wasn’t it just yesterday that people were complaining about too many tourists? ….
… come March, with the 2023 Legislature in full swing, the spotlight will be even hotter on what this disputed HVCB-CNHA contract bought, what it yielded for Hawaii and if it gives lawmakers confidence for HTA’s overall funding ….
… there will be multiple construction sites operating at once, which will include both daytime and nighttime work. HART anticipates periods of 24/7 construction ….
… The bottom 37% of students are chronically absent, let’s see how much their absence improves test scores ….
… Airbnbs and similar rentals on Oahu can continue operations as usual for now ….
“…Are out-of-state buyers, especially foreigners, really driving Hawaii’s high home prices?….”
… General Election ballots hitting mailboxes statewide ….
… The positions are temporary (4-6 month) jobs with start dates in December 2022 or January 2023 ….
… decided to extend the matter regarding Representative Kaiali’i Kahele, which was transmitted to the Committee by the Office of Congressional Ethics on August 30, 2022 ….
… preparing to be part of a Trump 2024 campaign and/or administration ….
… Justice Michael D Wilson is turning 70 and therefore constitutionally required to retire ….
… Kamehameha Schools says the term for Trustee Lance K. Wilhelm will expire by the end of next June ….
… Kress is challenging the incumbent Ed Case (D, HI-1) who has been a longtime supporter of Jones Act reform ….
… the Jones Act recently hindered Puerto Rico’s ability to receive supplies quickly after being hit by yet another hurricane; and the 102-year-old shipping law also threatens to skyrocket energy costs ….
… Video of October 4th HPD hearing to set rules on our right to bear arms ….
“…Effective immediately, departments and agencies under my authority shall not provide any information, including medical records, data, or billing, to another state seeking to impose penalties upon a person or entity related to reproductive health services in Hawaiʻi….”
… DOFAW obtained funding from the Land Conservation Fund for its own projects outside of the Legacy Land Conservation Program ….
… We found that OLA has done little of consequence ….
… the United States was less free in 2020 than it was in 2019 ….
… $37,000 of shortfall per taxpayer ….
… the state’s sound financial position and strong governance, offset by economic concentration in tourism, elevated leverage (combined debt, pension, OPEB and other liabilities) and associated fixed costs ….
… The report examines the tax and spending choices made by the governors and discusses recent policy trends ….
… Hawaii’s 277 hotel businesses average over $25M annual revenue ….
… Hawaii foreclosures average 2,121 days (almost 6 yrs) — slowest in USA ….

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Russ Roberts (https://hawaiinewsdigest.net).