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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 4667 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

...impacts to gross state product are negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Open Letter: 80% of Hawaii Ag Reject Anti-GMO Bill 113
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 5799 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

...the undersigned farmers, ranchers and floral & nursery growers collectively produce more than 80% of the food and agricultural products grown in Hawaii....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Fukumoto: 'Our Democracy needs Your Voice'
By Video @ 12:28 PM :: 3929 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...concerns raised about inadequate religious exemptions and unanswered questions now left up to the courts to decide will undoubtedly require continual fixes to the law in the future....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Sometimes Aspects of Property Tax Can Be Confusing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 3081 Views :: Taxes

One of the idiosyncrasies of the real property tax is an action taken by a county or City council called compromises....

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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Obamacare Hawaii: 170,000 Policies Cancelled, 257 people sign up
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 4953 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Between 25,000 and 30,000 Hawaii residents with individual plans and 140,000 people covered by small business policies had been notified their medical plans will be canceled or altered on Jan. 1....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Who Can Afford Kakaako Workforce Housing?
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 5332 Views :: Development, Rail

Another hearing on the 801 South Street project will be held on Tuesday November 19 at 5:30 pm and a final hearing and decision making follows on Tuesday December 4....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Forbes: Kaua’i goes rogue, anti-GMO bill passes, legal fight looms
By Selected News Articles @ 10:55 PM :: 6019 Views :: Kauai County, GMOs
...a person hand selected by the fierce opponents of crop biotechnology cast the deciding vote....
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Friday, November 15, 2013
Hawaii Christian Coalition: Give Thanks to the 23
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 3988 Views :: Family, First Amendment

'Tis  the season to give thanks to the Lord for those 23 good legislators who voted "no" on SB1 and "yes" for marriage....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Hawaii GOP: Obamacare Failure Driving Party Recruitment
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 3538 Views :: Health Care, Republican Party

25,000-30,000 Hawaii residents’ medical plans are set to be canceled January 1st....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
HI lawmakers critical of developer that created health-care, tax websites
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:03 PM :: 4271 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

The state Department of Taxation paid CGI Group more than $87 million over 12 years....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Kona Comedy Festival to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 3167 Views :: Military

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii: Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse & The Frisky Seal announced plans to host a 2-night, 2-show comedy festival featuring 5 stand-up comics from around the islands....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
For USA, Honolulu, LA, SF, Seattle Among World's 20 Worst Traffic Cities
By Selected News Articles @ 3:37 PM :: 4114 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

Los Angeles continues to be the most congested urban area in the United States, with an excess travel time of 35 percent. San Francisco (32 percent), Seattle, and much smaller Honolulu (tied at 28 percent)....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Hawaii Family Advocates: This is not Over
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 3909 Views :: Family, First Amendment

thoughts on the decision and what we need to do moving forward....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Judge Rejects Dems Closed Primary Suit: Door Remains Open to 'As Applied' Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 2:11 PM :: 4005 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

Although it dismissed the lawsuit -- the Party raised only a facial claim -- the court left open the possibility of an as-applied challenge....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
HMSA: We Won't Cancel Policies Until After the Election
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 5147 Views :: Health Care

"...members who don't choose a new ACA plan by Dec. 15 will be re-enrolled in their current plan in December for another year to ensure they don't lose...." -- Yadao

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Do You Believe Obama This Time? How About Now? …Now?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:28 PM :: 2418 Views :: Health Care

Once upon a time, Obamacare was “settled” law that was “here to stay”....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Tsunami Center Evictions: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
By News Release @ 12:14 PM :: 2519 Views :: Labor

The National Weather Service is facing allegations of "waste, fraud and abuse" over the eviction of Pacific Tsunami Warning Center employees from their government housing....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Government Programs Hurt the Environment
By NCPA @ 3:22 AM :: 2503 Views :: Environment

Now, on a single day, I have been given the gift of multiple news reports each detailing new ways the government is hurting the environment while purporting to save it....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
VIDEO: Can Puerto Rico Change the Jones Act?
By Video @ 3:19 AM :: 3131 Views :: Jones Act

Can Puerto Rico Change the Jones Act? - Mike Hansen intervewed ....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
Hawaii GOP: What's Next
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 2981 Views :: Republican Party

Next Tuesday and Thursday, join us at the HRP headquarters from 10am to 4pm for an open house drop-in....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
FULL TEXT: Judge Upholds Hawaii Open Primary, Rules Against Democrats
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 3848 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

The court upholds Hawaii’s open primary election against this facial constitutional challenge....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
CAC Presents Nominees for Board of Regents
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 3094 Views :: Higher Education
  • Peter S. Adler
  • Jeffrey S. Portnoy
  • Stanford B. C. Yuen
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Smart Meters: KIUC Members to Vote on Proposal to Tax Conspiracy Theorists
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 2894 Views :: Energy

About 10 percent of KIUC’s 30,000 customers have opted out of the smart meter program....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Hawaii Government IT Transformation: What to Expect from 2014 Legislature
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 2736 Views :: Hawaii State Government
OIMT may be presenting policy/administrative legislation to better organize the structure within which the transformation is occurring....
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Making TOD Happen: City Launches 'I Wish' Photo Campaign
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 4042 Views :: Development, Rail

Some of the photos will be on display at the “Making TOD Happen” symposium set for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Neal Blaisdell Center....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Obama concedes, announces changes to health care law
By Selected News Articles @ 7:41 PM :: 2166 Views :: Health Care

President Obama said Thursday he will let Americans renew for one year any health plans that do not meet Obamacare's coverage standards....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Health Dept: 60% of Hawaii Teens' Drinking is Less Sugary
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 3213 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...Education works: Who needs a Beverage Tax?....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Feds Propose Plan to Kill Hawaii Owls, Egrets
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 3504 Views :: Environment

Electronic comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on February 3, 2014....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Diamond Sangha's Secret: From Zen Buddhism to Preying on Vulnerable Women
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 PM :: 5015 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

Aitken never went public with what he knew about Shimano, not in 1964, and not for the next half century until his death....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Gay Marriage Signing Ceremony: "Imagine There's No Religion"
By Selected News Articles @ 11:27 AM :: 4186 Views :: Family, First Amendment
"...SB1, is the epitome of the 1st Amendment in action." - Abercrombie at Signing of SB1 HD1
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Fracking Reverses Decline in U.S. Energy Production
By NCPA @ 11:13 AM :: 2385 Views :: Energy

A few short years ago, many analysts argued that oil was nearly tapped out and America needed to plan for a post-petroleum future.  What's changed? In a word: fracking....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Obama Becoming a Punchline, but Obamacare Is No Joke
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:08 AM :: 2651 Views :: Health Care

“The Tonight Show” is a cultural bellwether, so when its studio audience roars its approval at Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) quip that Obamacare is “the biggest job killer in this country,” you know something’s happening across our land....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Hawaii legalizes gay marriage, but opponents promise challenge to law
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:58 AM :: 4569 Views :: Family, First Amendment
“Churches remain at risk of being required to recognize these marriages and treat them as valid, even for internal church purposes. Those cases will now have to be litigated under the state and federal constitutions instead of being clearly answered in the bill,” Laylock said.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Bill Creating New Type of Family Unit
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 4062 Views :: Family, First Amendment

In 2011, the first bill he signed into law as Governor legalized civil unions....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Pesticides: State Launches 'Agricultural Good Neighbor Program' for Kauai
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3964 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

One day before Kauai County Council set to consider override of Mayor's Veto .... 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Health Connector Still Refuses to Say How Many Bought Insurance
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 1969 Views

To date, 94 small business employers have completed....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
State Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Geothermal Rights Case
By Robert Thomas @ 9:37 PM :: 3759 Views :: Energy, Land Use
declined to review the Intermediate Court of Appeals' decision in In re Campbell, the case involving Land Court registration (Torrens title) and mineral and metallic mining rights....
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Medicaid Buy-In Task Force to Meet
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 4159 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • TIME: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229 State Capitol 
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Informational Briefings to Review Audits Critical of DHHL, OHA
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 3640 Views :: DHHL, OHA
  • DATE: Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • TIME: 9:30am to 11:30am
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329 State Capitol
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Hanabusa Camp Hits Schatz 'Divisive appeal to Single Ideological Group'
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 3684 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...our race is virtually tied, 38-36, with a little more than eight months to go before the start of early voting....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Informational Hearing to Consider Foster Care, Adult Residential Care
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 2523 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Monday, November 25, 2013
  • TIME: 1:30 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329, State Capitol
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Broken Trust Gang finally Imposes Gay Unions on Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 1:50 PM :: 13838 Views :: Ethics, Family, First Amendment, Hawaii History

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Honolulu Muslim Eye-Gouge Attacker Tied to Staten Island Jihadi
By Selected News Articles @ 1:44 PM :: 6425 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military, Religion

...he was subpoenaed to testify in New York in a terrorism case against a friend he met in a Hono­lulu mosque....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tattering the Safety Net
By NCPA @ 11:52 AM :: 3647 Views :: Health Care

One of the ways that the health reform is being funded is through cuts in disproportionate share funding for hospitals....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Congress Should Do These 3 Things in the Next 31 Days
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:49 AM :: 2720 Views :: National News

In the next 31 days—starting today—the budget conference committee will try to accomplish something Congress has failed to do for the past four years....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Lim on Health Connector: Wrong Managers Hired Wrong Vendor
By Video @ 2:14 AM :: 3232 Views :: Health Care

The interview contains a valuable introduction to what the Affordable Care Act is and clearly explains the “Hawaii Healthcare Connector,” which Lim initiated as its start-up executive director....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Free Tickets: Ethics Commission Rebukes UH Regents
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 3424 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...anonymous 'Informal Advisory Opinions' which clearly refer to questions raised over the practice of giving UH Regents free athletic tickets....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
FULL TEXT: Homeless Service Utilization Report Hawai‘i 2013
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 3828 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

The total number of homeless clients served by the Shelter and Outreach Programs has dropped for the third consecutive year....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
How They Voted: Senate Passes Gay Marriage 19-4
By Andrew Walden @ 7:30 PM :: 4672 Views :: Family, First Amendment

Abercrombie has scheduled a signing ceremony Wednesday November 13 at 10AM at the Hawaii Convention Center....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
TIME: Universal Pre-K: No Substitute for a Healthy, Stable Childhood
By NCPA @ 12:04 PM :: 3321 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...parents, not formal education, that make the difference for young children's readiness for school and success once they get there....

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