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Monday, March 25, 2013
Taxes, Marriage, PLDC Top Agenda for Hawaii Republican Assembly
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 5867 Views :: Family, Republican Party, Taxes
As an affiliated chapter of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, HIRA strives to be the conservative standard-bearer of the Republican Party in Hawaii ....
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Monday, March 25, 2013
HSTA, DoE Announce $333M Tentative Agreement--Contract Vote April 17
By News Release @ 4:52 AM :: 5911 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
The four-year tentative agreement that the HSTA will now take to its members for ratification, includes annual pay increases and performance evaluations for teachers....
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Company With Ties to Abercrombie, DelaCruz Seeks $200M from Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 8:26 PM :: 8490 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government
According to his Senate website, Sen DelaCruz is “Director of Communications at WCIT.”
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Knee-Jerk Reaction Leads to Just More Money
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 4117 Views :: Taxes

...how much is too much when it comes to spending on government programs....

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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Sequestration: Pacific Fleet Cancels Deployments
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 AM :: 3687 Views :: Military
U.S. Pacific Fleet formally notified several Navy commands today that the secretary of defense approved cancellations of their upcoming deployments....
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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Governor Releases $26.2 Million for Education Facilities Statewide
By News Release @ 1:08 PM :: 3327 Views :: Education K-12
...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $26.2 for capital improvement projects....
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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hirono, Schatz Cast Decisive Votes as Senate Passes Trillion Dollar Tax Hike
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 5917 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Taxes
...a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases, trim spending gingerly and leave the government still deeply in the debt a decade from now....
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Saturday, March 23, 2013
The Brighter Side: Honoring Human Achievement
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:19 AM :: 3656 Views :: Environment
March 23, some people here in Hawaii (and around the world) will be shutting off their lights and sitting in darkness in order to honor “Earth Hour”....
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Thanks to Obamacare…
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:57 PM :: 3144 Views :: Health Care

...Please share these impacts to mark three years of this bureaucratic nightmare.... 

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Friday, March 22, 2013
SR123/SCR166: Activists Push Gay Marriage Task Force
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 3872 Views :: Family

...Monday at 10:30 a.m. in conference room 016, the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will hear testimony on SR 123 and SCR 166....

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Friday, March 22, 2013
Biofuel: Hawaiian Electric Agrees to Drop Rate Hike
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 4557 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...As part of the settlement, Hawaiian Electric Company agreed to write off $40 million in costs for two major projects: the 110-megawatt biofuel generating station at Campbell Industrial Park and the companies’ new customer information system.... 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Guam Mayor Seizes Neighbor's Land for Driveway
By Robert Thomas @ 11:34 PM :: 3862 Views :: Land Use
...an Agana, Guam property owner is alleging that a taking of his residential property so that his neighbor (the former mayor of Agana) could have a driveway....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Preemptive Strike: UHPA Endorses Schatz
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5838 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Labor
... the early endorsement was the result of unprecedented changes in Congress with the retirement of Sen. Daniel Akaka and the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye, and the need for a fresh perspective ....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
VIDEO: Homosexual Child Molester Describes 40 Years of Abuse
By Video @ 9:23 PM :: 4173 Views

Funcheon brought by two additional sexual abuse victims at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu. Funcheon, who worked at Damien Memorial School in the early 1980’s, has been accused of sexual abuse by three Hawaii men and more than two dozen men on the mainland.... 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Atheists Push to Exclude Church Preschools from Early Learning
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:10 PM :: 4875 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

...A wonderful opportunity to build private-public partnerships is quickly becoming a veiled blow to religious freedom in Hawaii.  Very shortly, it seems, some of our preschools and kindergartens may have to choose between funding and the practice of faith.... 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Compassionate Care Versus Religious Freedom
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:04 PM :: 4705 Views :: Health Care, Life

HB 411 HD2 and SB 1109 SD2.  HFF, HCC and HFA all testified in opposition to the bills because no conscience provisions are included.... 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Hawaii Firearm Permits Set New Record in 2012
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 4035 Views :: Second Amendment

...the Attorney General released its annual report detailing statewide and county firearm registration statistics for calendar year 2012 ....

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Obama Doctrine on Display in the Middle East
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:03 PM :: 3485 Views :: World News

...Obama's car came to a halt in Israel yesterday, reportedly because it had been filled with the wrong kind of gas.... 

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
House Ethics Investigating Alaska Rep Don Young
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 8427 Views :: Akaka Bill, National News, Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Republican Party

... he received improper gifts and didn’t report them, misused campaign or official resources and that he “made false statements to federal officials” ....

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
AARP: Health Connector Transparency Legislation Did Not Pass
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 4020 Views :: Health Care

"AARP opposes the appropriation of State funds for the operation of the Connector in 2015"

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Schatz Bill Would Expand National Parks in Hawaii, Pacific
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 5959 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Land Use

...the Pacific Islands Parks Act of 2013, would direct the National Park Service to complete studies of three designated sites in the state of Hawai‘i....

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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Online Travel Companies Ordered to Pay $70M, Appeal Planned
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 6831 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Tax Appeal Court Judge Gary W.B. Chang yesterday granted the State of Hawaii’s motion for summary judgment....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
House Oversight Hearing on Recognition of New Tribes -- Akaka Tribe Brushback
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 5244 Views :: Akaka Bill

This hearing is a brushback to Sen Schatz' pipe dream of creating the Akaka Tribe via the US Department of the Interior without a vote of Congress....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Out of Reach: Hawaii Most Expensive Housing in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 8:36 PM :: 4586 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,671.... 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
5,000 Petition Abercrombie to Keep Tesoro Open
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 4328 Views :: Energy, Labor

 ...The USW expects a response from the governor....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Rep. Ward urges Jones Act reform
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 5756 Views :: Jones Act

Rep. Gene Ward introduced a resolution calling on Congress to enact Jones Act reform legislation....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
GAO Releases Jones Act Puerto Rico report
By Michael Hansen @ 7:11 PM :: 4651 Views :: Jones Act

"Resident Commissioner intends to introduce legislation in light of report’s findings"

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
NFL: Pro Bowl in Hawaii One More Year
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 3954 Views :: Tourism

The Pro Bowl is back for 2014, and it's back in Hawaii. After that, we'll just have to see....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Honolulu City Auditor Survey: Environment Great, Living Tough
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 4328 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

Characteristics receiving the lowest excellent or good ratings were the availability of affordable quality housing (9%) .... 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Legislative Maneuver Sends PLDC to Secret Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 5:14 PM :: 5008 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

All we have to do is pass the bill unamended, and we can move the PLDC repeal along to the final step. And then Senator Solomon announces she want to amend the bill....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
ObamaCare: Drastic Payment Cuts or Ballooning Deficit
By NCPA @ 2:26 PM :: 2501 Views :: Health Care

If Congress alters the health care law's payment cuts to doctors and hospitals, costs could skyrocket....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tell Congress: No Internet Sales Tax
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 4177 Views :: Taxes

The internet sales tax mandate would force businesses to become sales tax collectors for all states....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A Stark Choice for America's Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:18 PM :: 1748 Views

For the first time in four years, the U.S. Congress is engaged in a full-throated budget debate....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kelii Akina Named President of Grassroot Institute
By News Release @ 1:34 PM :: 4936 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii State Government

“Pa`ina in the Country” celebration of Dr. Akina’s appointment as Grassroot Institute’s new president on April 6, 2013 from 12 PM to 2 PM at 45-114 Waikapoki Rd -- Kane`ohe Congregational Church

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
DoE Launches Leadership Institute for Principals
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 3383 Views :: Education K-12

"...we face the potential retirement of a number of veteran principals,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
VIDEO: HCDA Bulldozes Ancient Hawaiian Trails for Solar Farm
By John Bond @ 10:53 PM :: 8695 Views :: Energy, Hawaii History, OHA

...huge wide roads were bulldozed through these Hawaiian sites causing massive, irreparable damage to the ancient Kualaka'i trail that is many hundreds if not one thousand years old....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Wind Power Down, Natural Gas Way Up
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:28 PM :: 4018 Views :: Energy

Even though total wind power capacity grew by 30 percent last year, with 13,000 megawatts in new wind turbines, the actual portion of our electricity coming from wind energy did not increase proportionally....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Abercrombie Names Three to UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 3599 Views :: Higher Education

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the nominations of Eugene Bal III, Barry T. Mizuno, and Randolph A. Moore to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. The nominations are subject to state Senate confirmation....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Tsutsui to Meet Arne Duncan in DC
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 3277 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“The meeting is an opportunity to work with international leaders to open doors of trade and commerce while working with federal leaders on issues that may impact the way Hawaii serves its people and families,” said Lt. Governor Tsutsui....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Rush Limbaugh on Akaka Bill: These are the people that asked to join this country and now they're trying to distance themselves
By Selected News Articles @ 7:28 PM :: 4616 Views :: Akaka Bill

... they did ask to become a part of the country ....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hawaii Scores ‘F’ on Health Care Price Transparency Laws
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 4295 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii Does Not Have A Single Health Care Price Transparency Law....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Defense Contractor Charged in Hawaii with Communicating Classified Information
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 4498 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military

...a former U.S. Army officer who works as a civilian employee of a defense contractor at U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM) in Hawaii, has been arrested....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
What Reagan Knew About Missile Defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:03 PM :: 2648 Views :: Military

It would take only 33 minutes for a missile to reach the U.S. from anywhere in the world....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Rep Patrick Kennedy: Marijuana is 21st Century Tobacco Industry
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 4085 Views :: Drugs

“Hawaii’s rates of marijuana use are significantly higher than in the rest of the country.”

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hawaii GOP Chair Tours S. Korea With President Bush
By Selected News Articles @ 2:50 AM :: 3857 Views :: Republican Party

David Chang, 33, state chairman of the Hawaiian Republican Party, is a second-generation Korean-American....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
New Governor Seeks Jones Act exemption to grow Puerto Rican Economy
By Michael Hansen @ 1:54 AM :: 5600 Views :: Jones Act

...15 initiatives, many of which depend upon more efficient seaborne transportation....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Notable bills to be heard this week
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 4294 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

From Hawaii House Republican Legislative Update ....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sunburned by Corporate Welfare
By John-David Nako @ 1:20 AM :: 5689 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

The phrase “corporate welfare” usually leads people to clench their pocketbooks a little bit tighter....

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Abercrombie: Hotel Industry TAT Concerns are "Propaganda"
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 5330 Views :: Economy, Taxes, Tourism

...the governor interrupted by saying he has been hearing “the same propaganda.”

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Monday, March 18, 2013
SB69: Gun Registration Bill to be Heard Tomorrow
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 3926 Views :: Second Amendment

House Judiciary Committee TOMORROW, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. in House Conference Room 325 at the state Capitol....

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