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Sunday, October 13, 2013
Reasons to be Concerned About Obamacare - Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 5169 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

The shut down of the federal government pivots on which side will blink first....

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Civil Rights: What’s Worse than Being ‘Forced’ to Conduct Gay Marriages?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:41 PM :: 7338 Views :: Family, First Amendment
"The list would include churches that charge commercially for, say, a community group's use of its facility...."
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Saturday, October 12, 2013
American Legion: Phony POW/MIA Ceremonies Mislead and Insult
By News Release @ 6:08 AM :: 4402 Views :: Military

The American Legion is demanding immediate reform with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)....

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Tsutsui Orders Hiring Freeze
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 3846 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui has announced the State of Hawaii is under a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions within the Executive Branch....

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Rep. Fukumoto Calls for Civility in Political Debates
By Video @ 12:48 AM :: 5469 Views :: Family, First Amendment

Rep. Beth Fukumoto calls for civility and kindness in ongoing debates over government shutdown, debt ceiling crisis and same-sex marriage....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Pine: "Eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy"
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:47 PM :: 5150 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

On Wednesday, I introduced a Charter Amendment to eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Caldwell Announces Town Hall Meeting Schedule
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 3377 Views :: Honolulu County

Caldwell announced today that he will be taking his Cabinet around the island for a new round of town hall meetings....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Legislative Committee Briefings Slated on Early Education, Solar Installations
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 4274 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

Solar October 14 -- Early Education October 16 ....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Federal grand jury subpoenas Matson in Honolulu Harbor molasses spill
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:14 PM :: 5254 Views :: Environment, Jones Act

The subpoena was revealed Thursday in a report obtained by Watchdog.org from the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Audit: City Lets Elite Avoid $1.8M in Property Taxes on 'Historic' Homes
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 5419 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

The audit objective was to evaluate the RPAD processes related to the classification, reclassification, valuation, and assessment of real property for taxation purposes....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
How Much Is Your Health Insurance Going Up?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:31 PM :: 2980 Views :: Health Care

Have you gotten a letter from your insurance company about your premiums going up? 

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Friday, October 11, 2013
VIDEO: Charles Djou Talks to Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:43 AM :: 4766 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party
Hawaii is a combination of Louisiana and Japanese politics, hosting one of the last remaining examples of machine politics in the U.S....
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Friday, October 11, 2013
Groundbreaking Discovery by the Babes Against Biotech!
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 AM :: 4419 Views :: GMOs
If they actually did a bit more detective work before posting this, they would realize that there is no such thing as a GMO melon ....
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Thursday, October 10, 2013
HI lawmakers question Obamacare exchange delays
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:43 PM :: 3810 Views :: Health Care

The web site went live Oct. 1, but those seeking health care coverage haven’t been able to review pricing or coverage information....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Hawaii churches ask court to dismiss atheists’ baseless lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 6059 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion

“These churches have not only faithfully paid all of their rent, they’ve sacrificially given much more in service and funding to the schools and communities they love,” added co-counsel James Hochberg....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Rep. McDermott asks Speaker Souki for state-wide hearings on marriage bill
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 4054 Views :: Family

McDermott formally asked Speaker of the House Joe Souki to conduct a series of House Judiciary Committee hearings on the subject of same-sex marriage....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Gay Marriage Debate Cancelled After Attempt to Stack Meeting Fails
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 9519 Views :: Family

...organizers only wanted panelists to talk about the proposed religious exemption, not things he believes are missing from the draft....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Hickam: Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command held 'phony' ceremonies for MIAs, using planes that can't fly
By Selected News Articles @ 2:39 PM :: 4279 Views :: Military

...the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that no honored dead were in fact arriving, and that the planes used in the ceremonies often couldn't even fly....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Liver Let Die
By Video @ 2:19 PM :: 4719 Views :: Health Care

...this shady industry is trying to recover from a pretty good licking it received today from the FDA....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Obamacare: Hawaii Only State Which Still Has Not Launched
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 PM :: 3621 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii, President Barack Obama’s birthplace, has the only online health insurance marketplace that has not yet launched....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector Built by Same Contractor Responsible for Federal ACA Failure
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 6725 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector’s failed website was built under a $53M contract with the same CGI which has made a mess of the federal ACA signup website....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
A Letter to President Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:25 PM :: 3093 Views :: Health Care

As the temporary slowdown in government operations enters its second week, I write to explain why conservatives have insisted on making the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act the prime source of contention....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Rail: Let Them Eat Cake
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:28 AM :: 5301 Views :: Rail

Honolulu's public is starved for traffic congestion relief. The power elite has responded with let them have rail....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Report: Hawaii Ranks 30th in Business Tax Climate
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 4773 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
The Tax Foundation’s 2014 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index  enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare....
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Grading character in school
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:36 PM :: 3865 Views :: Education K-12

Today, Hawaii public elementary schools have a three-part report card that evaluates attendance, six general learner outcomes (GLOs), and academic proficiency, with a section for teacher comments. Only one of the GLOs is based on character....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Still Not Open, Hawaii Health Connector Apologizes for Being so Sorry
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 3180 Views :: Health Care

We won’t stop working until the doors to HawaiiHealthConnector.com are wide open.....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Hurry, Hurry, Sign Up for Obamacare!
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 3462 Views :: Health Care

...sign up for Obamacare before this hot introductory offer expires....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The UHERO Dashboard Project Jobs Explorer: Occupations in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 12:31 AM :: 5099 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The Hawaii Jobs Explorer, the first interactive tool to be released as a part of the ongoing UHERO Dashboard Project, is now available for public use....

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Defending Marriage: HIRA Action Super PAC Launches Statewide Radio Ads
By Tito Montes @ 10:23 PM :: 4413 Views :: Family

“HIRA Action” is sponsoring a campaign of radio advertising on multiple stations during October 2013 to educate and mobilize Hawaii citizens....

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Photos: Organizers Estimate 1000 at Kickoff Rally Against Gay ‘Marriage’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:33 PM :: 2569 Views
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
"Oxyelite Pro" Dietary Supplement Linked to Death, Liver Failure
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 5008 Views :: Health Care
Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is alerting local retailers and requesting the voluntary removal from sale of the product OxyElite Pro pending an ongoing investigation of cases of liver failure and acute hepatitis....
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Consumer LifeSmarts: DCCA Launches 10th Annual Statewide Student Competition
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 4498 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living

...a FREE consumer education competition open to teens in grades 6-12....

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Comparing Economies: Hawaii and Greece -- The Writing on the Wall
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:13 PM :: 7729 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living
Recently UHERO presented a detailed inforgraphic of jobs in Hawaii. The inforgraphic answers questions like: What type of jobs, how many and how much do they make?
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
AG Louie the Grinch: Subs Won’t get Back Pay for Christmas
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 4454 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

In September, Plaintiffs’ counsel was informed that the State anticipates that the earliest date on which payments can be made will be the March 5, 2014 pay date....

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Why Is Obama Needlessly Scaring Seniors?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:21 PM :: 4446 Views :: National News, Health Care

President Obama is needlessly scaring seniors by suggesting that their Social Security benefit checks may not arrive....

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Hawaii Drug Overdose Deaths Soaring -- Now Kill More than Auto Accidents
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 6739 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, and drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths....

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Monday, October 7, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How they Voted October 7, 2013
By Congress.org @ 4:26 PM :: 3164 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Continuing Appropriations Conference Request – Motion to Table
  • House: Veterans Program Funds- Continuing Resolution
  • House: Women’s and Children’s Nutrition Funds – Continuing Resolution
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Monday, October 7, 2013
HI House leader steps down amid campaign spending investigation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:13 PM :: 5864 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

State Rep. Karen Awana is out as Democrat House majority leader....

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Monday, October 7, 2013
United States Becomes Largest Oil-and-Gas Producer
By NCPA @ 1:15 PM :: 3079 Views :: Energy

The United States is overtaking Russia as the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas, a startling shift that is reshaping markets and eroding the clout of traditional energy-rich nations, says the Wall Street Journal....

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Monday, October 7, 2013
Family Doctor: I Want to Take Care of My Patients
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:10 PM :: 3181 Views :: Health Care

The biggest problem with Obamacare is that there are going to be layers and layers of government bureaucracy that will try to tell me how to treat patients I’ve helped for over 25 years....

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Sunday, October 6, 2013
Raising Debt Ceiling, Cutting Spending is Crux of Issue
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3631 Views :: Taxes

Last week’s partial shutdown of the federal government broke records on the airwaves of twitter and other social media with much of the criticism....

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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Secret Chart Reveals HMSA Individual, Family Rates-- $873 Per Person for Non-Smokers
By Andrew Walden @ 10:48 PM :: 11020 Views :: Health Care
HMSA, Kaiser, and the Hawaii Health Connector continue to refuse to make these rates public, but we've got them here....
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Saturday, October 5, 2013
US Commission on Civil Rights Seeks Nominees for Hawaii Advisory Committee
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 6143 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, First Amendment

The Commission is an independent, bipartisan agency established by Congress....

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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Grassroot: Poll Favors Limited, Accountable Government
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 4136 Views :: National News

Grassroot Institute has been spreading the word about the results of the Reason Foundation’s poll....

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Saturday, October 5, 2013
VIDEO: Aegis Ballistic Missile Intercept off Kauai
By Video @ 6:05 PM :: 4402 Views :: Military

A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B guided missile is launched from the USS Lake Erie, and successfully intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target off the coast of Kauai....

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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Rail Burns Thru $256M in 12 months with no Construction
By Honolulu Traffic @ 1:39 AM :: 3905 Views :: Rail

Of that amount $166 million was for professional services and that was likely all for Parsons Brinckerhoff....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
"Rich States" Also Have Debts -- Hawaii Ranks #5
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 4371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
The Taxpayer Burden for Hawaii, the 5th “richest state,” is $ 39,900 compared to its median household income of $66,259.
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Friday, October 4, 2013
Feel rich? Average Hawaii Resident needs to pony up $40K to pay off state debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 5060 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Do you feel rich? The Wall Street Journal claims you are, as a fiscal watchdog group says the opposite, citing crushing amounts of government debt....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
UHERO: Furlough Fridays = Less Juvenile Crime
By UHERO @ 3:12 PM :: 5344 Views :: Education K-12, Law Enforcement

The authors attribute the reduction in crime to two factors. The first is a lack of "concentration" allowing for less opportunity to engage in criminal activity, and the second is possibly increased monitoring by parents....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
E-RAT-icate: Cost-effectiveness of Eradication vs. Control
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 4334 Views :: Environment

Ecological non-use benefits and the costs of eradication and control programs are often difficult to quantify....

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