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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Joe Souki teams up with Republicans, Will be New House Speaker
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 5788 Views :: Energy, Environment

Souki and Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson "have pledged to begin work immediately."

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Election Commission to Evaluate Performance of Scott Nago
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 4522 Views :: Energy, Environment

Consider and evaluate the role/performance of the Office of Elections and Chief ­ Elections Officer in preparing for, and conducting, the 2012 General Election and take action, if appropriate....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
For Hawaii, Fiscal Cliff Means Automatic State Tax Hikes, Massive Defense Layoffs
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 AM :: 6481 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...because Hawaii link its system to the federal revenue code by adopting various federal definitions of income or various federal deductions and credits....

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Should We Pay Government Employees More?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:25 AM :: 3164 Views :: National News, Ethics

Government unions know that Congress is looking for ways to nip and tuck the federal budget, and they’re counting on being left out of the deal.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Lingle: Not Done Fighting
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 7:04 PM :: 5442 Views :: Energy, Environment

We may not have been successful at the ballot box, but I’m not done fighting for common sense, bipartisan solutions. There’s too much at stake for Hawaii and America as a whole!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Hawaii Charter Schools Seek Board Nominees
By News Release @ 11:15 AM :: 5188 Views :: Energy, Environment

The state’s 32 charter campuses, which recently passed the 10,000 enrollment mark, all have independent governing boards....

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Can Hostess Save the Twinkies from the Union?
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:40 AM :: 3438 Views :: National News, Ethics

If unions are trying to be more popular with the American people, they’re doing it wrong.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Hawaii Construction on the Rise?
By News Release @ 10:36 AM :: 4843 Views :: Energy, Environment

The UHERO report shows continued growth with private building permits in the state increasing for the third consecutive quarter—the last time this occurred was in 2006.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
DoE Receives School Bus Report, Keeps it Secret
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 4288 Views :: Energy, Environment

"It provides recommendations for the procurement, data and performance processes...."

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Bankers Pleased by Abercrombie's Tax Hikes, Buy $866M Bonds
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 4251 Views :: Energy, Environment

State of Hawaii successfully sold $866,990,000 of General Obligation Bonds on Nov.15, 2012....

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Kawailoa Windfarm Begins Operation
By News Release @ 12:05 AM :: 7112 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Kawailoa Wind project has been completed and commercial operations have begun. Located on Kamehameha Schools’ Kawailoa Plantation lands on Oahu’s North Shore....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Hawaii County Police earn accreditation from national agency
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 5129 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

Chief Harry Kubojiri announced that the Hawaiʻi Police Department has been awarded accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Lawyer: New DoTax Solar Tax Credit Rules are Retroactive
By Selected News Articles @ 11:20 PM :: 4725 Views :: Energy, Environment

Consumers, Contractors, And Tax Practitioners Should Be Familiar With Ramifications of Announcement 2012-14 On 2012-"Installed" Systems....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Feds Notify Congress of Intent to Sign Full Funding Agreement for Honolulu Rail
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 7913 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HART will sign a full funding grant agreement with the FTA to provide $1,550,000,000 for the Oahu rail project, according to a Congressional notification sent to the Senate Committee on Appropriations....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Fitch: Corruption, Inability to Sell Ansaldo Produce Negative Outlook for Rail Contractor's Parent Company
By News Release @ 5:27 PM :: 8798 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

The Negative Outlook reflects Fitch's concerns about the timeliness of the closing of the sales of the non-core assets....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Kim Committee Demands Management, Financial Audit of UH System
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 PM :: 5281 Views :: Energy, Environment

FULL TEXT -- Senate Committee Documents Released Today

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Lahaina: Is Halloween a Land Use Issue?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:24 PM :: 4527 Views :: Energy, Environment

...County of Maui approved a coastal zone permit allowing a Halloween party to go forward in Lahaina, and someone was against it....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Joni’s Jones Act Plea
By Michael Hansen @ 3:40 PM :: 5467 Views :: Jones Act

Perhaps the most important upcoming development in respect of Jones Act reform will occur early in the first quarter of 2013. That is when the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) is expected to release a Jones Act study requested by the resident commissioner of Puerto Rico, Representative Pedro Pierliusi (D).

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Monday, November 19, 2012
DataHouse Announces New President
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 5614 Views :: Energy, Environment

Kim will be replacing former president Clyde Shiigi at DataHouse, a sister company to local healthcare information technology company TeamPraxis....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
U.S. Redraws World Oil Map
By NCPA @ 3:08 PM :: 5771 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The shale-oil boom can help the United States surpass Saudi Arabia as the largest oil supplier by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
The Emerging Market for Medical Care
By NCPA @ 2:58 PM :: 3765 Views :: National News, Ethics

Two relatively new services are facilitating a market for medical services — with price and quality competition, as well as transparency....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
The Escalating Conflict Between Hamas and Israel
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:49 PM :: 3773 Views :: World News, Family

...militants in Gaza have fired more than 840 rockets at Israel. Hamas rockets have reached the outskirts of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for the first time, thanks to the smuggling of Iranian rockets into Gaza....

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Monday, November 19, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted November 19
By @ 2:40 PM :: 5506 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Cybersecurity – Cloture
  • Senate: Sportsmen’s Access to Federal Land – Cloture
  • House: Russia Trade Relations, Human Rights Oversight – Passage
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Pierre Omidyar: The Secret Empire of a Resort Developer
By Andrew Walden @ 9:06 PM :: 31257 Views :: Kauai County, Development

“You may have noticed, I do like to fly under the radar.” -- Pierre Omidyar, 2009

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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Greenwood Threatened to Expose Abercrombie, Say, Tsutusi: ‘Serious Violation of Multiple Laws’
By Andrew Walden @ 7:23 PM :: 6207 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The reasons why the House, the Senate, and the Governor have been so assiduous in protecting the position of this individual will be the subject of intensive discovery should this case not be resolved....

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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Gaza Video: BBC Catches Hamas Faking Casualties
By IPT News @ 5:43 PM :: 7436 Views

Palestinians were caught faking funerals with corpses who weren't dead

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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Growing Focus on Taxing Pension Income
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:15 AM :: 5128 Views :: Energy, Environment

Ever since the administration put forth the idea of taxing pension income a couple of years ago, the issue has drawn increased discussion especially as other taxes have been increased to make up for the shortfall in the state budget

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Hawaii Guard soldiers ready to assist, advise Afghan forces
By Selected News Articles @ 2:10 PM :: 5207 Views :: Energy, Environment

...190 soldiers from the Hawaii Army Guard’s 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Study: Hawaii Avoids Overprescription of Antibiotics
By News Release @ 1:49 PM :: 5952 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In 2010, the five states with the lowest antibiotic use in the nation were Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Full Text: UH Wonder Blunder Report
By News Release @ 9:46 AM :: 4529 Views :: Energy, Environment

...what happened during the preparations for the concert that lead to the loss of the university's $200,000 and what policies and procedures needed to be changed....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Greenwood Launches Listening Tour
By News Release @ 9:37 AM :: 4199 Views :: Energy, Environment

Greenwood and representatives from the UH System administration and UH Board of Regents will visit the 10 University of Hawai‘i campuses for a series of public meetings scheduled for November through January 2013.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Hawaii Open Data Portal Launched
By News Release @ 9:18 AM :: 2981 Views

... State of Hawaii has now begun providing residents, analysts, and civic developers with unparalleled access to State data ....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Video: South Park Ridicules Kauai Malihini
By Video @ 5:34 AM :: 7982 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism, GMOs

One of the subplots of the South Park episode is about residents of Kaua'i claiming to be natives of Hawaii when they're just longtime residents who got there before the more recent tourists, whom they despise....

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Friday, November 16, 2012
Voters issue a powerful mandate for hunting, fishing and gathering on Hawaii island
By Selected News Articles @ 10:37 PM :: 5800 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

The ballot item on the formation of a hunting, fishing and gathering advisory commission in the November 6 election passed by almost 2 to 1 margin....

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Friday, November 16, 2012
HFA: Gay Marriage, Assisted Suicide on 2013 Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 4657 Views :: Energy, Environment

Based on the 2012 legislative session activity, Hawaii Family Advocates expects the following matters to be brought up again in 2013 ....

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Friday, November 16, 2012
Maui Case Tests Conflicts Between Zoning and Planning
By Robert Thomas @ 10:04 PM :: 7393 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The owners want to build homes, which is consistent with the zoning but which cannot be built on a 1/2 acre parcel designated "Park."

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Friday, November 16, 2012
HSTA Protest Video: "Abercrombie Proposal Offers Little Hope"
By Video @ 9:41 PM :: 5814 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

If no one is watching, what’s going to happen next will affect the future of public education in Hawaii.... 

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Friday, November 16, 2012
Governor Selects New Policy Director, Communications Deputy Director
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 4163 Views :: Energy, Environment

Kendra Oishi joins the Governor’s office as Director of Policy, and Christine Hirasa joins as Deputy Director of Communications, effective immediately.

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Friday, November 16, 2012
The Fiscal Cliff and Beyond
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:33 PM :: 3784 Views :: National News, Ethics

Today, five public policy organizations including The Heritage Foundation are presenting their plans to first slam on the brakes before driving off the cliff, and then to reverse course and tackle our massive spending challenges ....

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Friday, November 16, 2012
Lawsuit Alleges “Corruption and Negligence” at Department of Energy
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:39 PM :: 3177 Views :: National News, Ethics

“Investigations have shown that DOE officials intentionally stalled numerous applicants’ reviews in order to force them out of business and protect favored players”

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Friday, November 16, 2012
As Legislative Session Looms, Greenwood Wins Backing of BoR
By News Release @ 1:03 PM :: 3990 Views :: Energy, Environment

"She understands how university systems work."

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Friday, November 16, 2012
The Growing Budget Cost of Insurance Subsidies in the Affordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 12:09 PM :: 4823 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The subsidies for insurance through the newly established state-based exchanges also increased....

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Workshops: Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 4802 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party

Kauai - Between November 15 and November 21, the Public Access Room (the “PAR”) will conduct a series of free neighborhood workshops entitled, “We the Powerful!”

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
DBEDT Releases Quarterly Economic Forecast
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 4592 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii's economy is expected to continue positive growth for the rest of 2012 and into 2013....

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Hawai‘i Health Connector Submits Blueprint Application
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 4258 Views :: Energy, Environment

HHS is required to complete their approval or conditional approval of state-based exchanges no later than January 1, 2013, for operation in 2014....

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Dr. Panos Prevedouros Honored by Honolulu City Council
By Tom Berg @ 9:16 PM :: 5049 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Every improvement to the H-1 freeway done between 2000 and 2012 has been analyzed and justified by Dr. Prevedouros, including the upcoming PM Zipper lane and the lane addition at the Middle Street merge....

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wounded Warrior and Kaimuki Grad to Speak at Navy League Luncheon
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 4046 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Friday, November, 16, 2012 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Census Bureau: Hawaii 7th Highest Poverty Rate in US
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 8338 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... adjusted to reflect geographic differences in housing costs ....

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Fiscal Cliff: $3453 Tax Increase for Average Hawaii Family
By Selected News Articles @ 5:17 PM :: 6679 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Large changes to both taxes and spending are scheduled to take place at the end of the year unless Congress acts....

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
Donovan to Interview for AD Position at Cal State Fullerton
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 8594 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

James Donovan on CSUF campus November 28, 2012....

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