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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Honolulu Pavement Condition: Is Your Street Serious?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 3769 Views :: Honolulu County

Does your street show up on the alphabetical list of  “failed” or “serious” streets? Find out here ....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunlight: Hawaii Scores 'C' for Transparency
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 5138 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...six criteria on which each state could be evaluated, based on six of the Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information....

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Organic Profiteers: 15% Sales Boost from Anti-GMO Hype
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 5939 Views :: GMOs

"Some of our manufacturers say they’ve seen a 15 percent increase in sales of products they have labeled."

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Hawaii: Gun Registration Bill Passes the Senate
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 4302 Views :: Second Amendment

The bill has been referred to the House Public Safety, Judiciary, and Finance committees....

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Monday, March 11, 2013
RFP: Hawaii Health Connector Seeks Seamless Customer Experience
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 3599 Views :: Health Care

The nonprofit State-based Exchange is seeking a customer service partner that knows how to service Hawai‘i’s residents, and that can bring strong capabilities that will enable a seamless customer experience....

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Monday, March 11, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted March 11, 2013
By Congress.org @ 7:15 PM :: 3747 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Committee Funding Resolution – Amendment Vote
  • Senate: CIA Director Nomination – Confirmation
  • House: Disaster Response and Preparedness – Suspension
  • House: FY 2013 Continuing Appropriations
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Monday, March 11, 2013
Naming Names: Big Pharma Pays $3.2M to Hawaii MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 5426 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors and other health professionals for promoting their drugs....

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Monday, March 11, 2013
Fracking Could Reduce Budget Deficit
By NCPA @ 4:34 PM :: 3338 Views :: Energy, Economy

America is set to become a net natural gas exporter by 2020 and virtually self-sufficient in energy by 2035....

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Monday, March 11, 2013
SEC Charges Illinois for Misleading Pension Disclosures
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 4412 Views :: National News

Question: Is Hawaii providing this information to investors?

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Monday, March 11, 2013
China Debates Whether to ‘Keep or Dump’ North Korea
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 5664 Views :: World News, Military

Delegates to the conference talked about whether to “keep or dump” North Korea and debated whether China, as a major power, should “fight or talk” with the North....

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Monday, March 11, 2013
6 Things the Next U.S. Budget Should Do
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:37 PM :: 2785 Views :: National News

It’s been four years since the U.S. had a real budget. While the House of Representatives has passed budgets, the Senate has stopped each one....

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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Knock Off the Theatrics and Get Down To Business
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:11 AM :: 4041 Views :: Taxes

For the last two months, taxpayers heard time and time again that the “sky is falling, the sky is falling”....

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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:41 PM :: 6538 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment, Small Business

...10 issues, large and small, in which government is intruding more into our lives and our businesses....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
Governor Releases $46.39 Million for Capital Improvement Projects Statewide
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 3523 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Many of these priority projects require matching state funds to access federal dollars, secured before sequestration...."

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Friday, March 8, 2013
The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative: Watt, Me Worry?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:36 PM :: 5138 Views :: Energy

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) fails to satisfy all three pillars of sustainability....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
Airlines Bet Big On Hawaii With 275,000 Additional Seats
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 5098 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...direct flights to Hawaii will exceed 2.6 M for the three month period between February and April 2013. This is an increase of more than 11%....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
Honolulu Ranked 8th-Worst City for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 5125 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

We analyzed the data to bring you a list of the ten absolute worst U.S. cities to drive a car according to the following three questions....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
ObamaCare Insurance Plans Will Be Bare Bones – And Expensive
By NCPA @ 2:26 PM :: 2653 Views :: Health Care

In the 1990s, insurance schemes pushed managed care and restricted networks. Some evidence suggests that insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act will be equally restrictive and paltry....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
Sequestration: Army Tuition Assistance Ends Today
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 4727 Views :: Higher Education, Military

Students using Army Tuition Assistance (TA) must register in GoArmyEd before NOON Hawaii Standard Time (HST) Friday, March 8 at which time it will be suspended....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
Welfare Reform Is Back
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:05 PM :: 3563 Views :: National News

Last summer, the Obama Administration gutted the successful 1996 welfare reform law by offering to waive its work requirements. Now the debate is back, as several Members of Congress are trying to restore the reforms that helped so many out of poverty....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
GAO Jones Act Report to be Released Next Week
By Michael Hansen @ 5:40 PM :: 3954 Views :: Jones Act

GAO is now indicating that they will issue their long awaiting report on the economic impact of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico, on Thursday, March 14, 2013....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Enviro Lawyers Off Target With Criticism Of Callies, Says Callies
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 5903 Views :: Environment, Judiciary, Land Use

...the environmental lawyers upped the ante by calling Callies a liar and a sell-out....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 PM :: 3774 Views :: National News

"...however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be....” 

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Kalaeloa: Hawaiian Burial Caves to Be Bulldozed for Solar Farms?
By John Bond @ 3:32 PM :: 9384 Views :: Energy, Environment, OHA

A federal consultant says this area likely contains hundreds if not thousands of Hawaiian burials ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Spy Network? Former Hawaii Planned Parenthood Director Installed 500 Security Cameras on Maryland County Offices, Buildings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 4687 Views :: Ethics, Life

Leopold served in the Hawaii State legislature 1970-78.  He was also the State Director for Planned Parenthood while in Hawaii.  He then relocated to MD....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
60 Minutes Video: China's 'Ghost Cities' -- Biggest Bubble Ever?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:33 PM :: 6803 Views :: World News, Economy, Tourism

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Akaka Tribe Could Receive Legal Jurisdiction Over Non-Tribal Members
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 4441 Views :: Akaka Bill

“In a tribal court, Constitutional protections and the Bill of Rights do not apply. Under the bill, a non-Indian citizen tried in a tribal court has no right to appeal to a federal court, lacks the guarantee of due process, has no right to an impartial trial by jury of one’s peers, and more."

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Senators Bring Stirring Filibuster Against Obama CIA Nominee
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:08 PM :: 3065 Views :: National News

Brennan is being savaged for being the originator of and prime mover behind the overuse of drones and for ignoring the ideological basis (radical Islam) of the terrorists the U.S. is now facing....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hawaii State Senate Passes 348 Bills Over to the House
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 3649 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Ahead of the First Crossover deadline, the Hawaii State Senate passed 348 bills during Tuesday’s session.  The bills now head over to the House for consideration....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Honolulu’s Poor Economic Growth and What to Do about It
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 4200 Views :: Economy

Where does Honolulu rank among 300 cities? It ranks 284th for the 1993 to 2007 period, and 217th for the 2007 to 2011 period....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Federal Reserve to Hold Public Meeting on Samoa
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 4857 Views :: National News, Economy

The meeting is being held in response to public comments we have received regarding Bank of Hawaii's planned closure of its branch offices in American Samoa....

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
HSTA, DoE, HLRB Agree to Mediation
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 4205 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The parties are negotiating a 2013-15 contract....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Chicken Manure Penny Stock Looks to Abercrombie for ‘Strategic Relationship’
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 PM :: 8089 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

We have presented our technology to and proposed a strategic relationship with various state agencies in the State of Hawaii, which closely aligns itself with Governor Neil Abercrombie’s “New Day in Hawaii” initiative....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Tuition Increases: UH #2 in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:19 PM :: 3983 Views :: Higher Education

UH boosted its annual bite on students 108%....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Forced Participation in Abortion: Nine Legislators Take a Stand for Religious Freedom
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 9:01 PM :: 5436 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Health Care

Both bills state in the preamble that the emergency contraceptive "is not an abortion pill" and "is not an abortifacient." That seemingly simple, and untrue statement, nullifies any protection that a federal conscience exemption might have provided....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Occupy Honolulu Points Finger at City over Deaths, Threatens ‘300 Instant Criminals’
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 5812 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Drugs

"HUD evictees will be made into instant criminals...."

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Senate Ways and Means Rejects Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 5159 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...we are one step closer to ensuring that the beverage tax is defeated for the third year in a row....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
SB894 Held as Turtle Bay Opens New Negotiations with State
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 6188 Views :: Environment, Development, Tourism

SB 894 would authorize the state to expend funds, swap land and explore other solutions to help preserve Turtle Bay lands.  This bill can be brought back next year, if negotiations fail, or to implement terms of an agreement....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
As Solar Backout Spreads HECO Unveils More Detailed Grid Map
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 5362 Views :: Energy

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Former Rep Roland Sagum Charged With Stealing Stones from Heiau Site
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 4979 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

Numerous truckloads of rocks with an estimated value of around $6,000 were allegedly removed from the property between June 27 and July 4, 2011, and were reportedly to be used to build a rock wall on Sagum’s property....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
House Moves Hundreds of Bills Over to Senate
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 3562 Views :: Hawaii State Government

See the full list of bills crossed over to the Senate ....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Why the Death of Hugo Chavez Matters
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:20 PM :: 3586 Views :: World News

Chavez’s death has far-reaching—and potentially dangerous—implications for the U.S. and the world....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Lawsuit: Mainland Homosexual Adopts Boys, Molests Them in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 5897 Views :: Family

...Ram, who was involved in agricultural research with the University of Hawaii, used threats, coercion, physical force and psychological abuse to carry out his acts of sexual abuse and to keep John Doe No. 8, and his adopted brothers, from reporting the abuse....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:29 PM :: 3864 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids?

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
State Sells Holdings in Student Loan Auction Rate Securities
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 3817 Views :: Hawaii State Government

When the state purchased the Securities, they were rated “AAA,” which is the highest investment rating. While the state held the Securities, the state received all of the principal and interest payments due on the Securities....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Senate Crossover: 200 Bills on the Agenda
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:34 AM :: 3619 Views :: Hawaii State Government

More than 200 bills will be up for vote next Tuesday and Thursday as the Hawaii State Legislature heads for the First Crossover deadline on March 7....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 4, 2013
By Congress.org @ 12:11 AM :: 3878 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Hagel Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Lew Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Republican Sequester Alternative –
  • Senate: Democratic Sequester Alternative
  • House: Gender-based Violence Prevention –
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Monday, March 4, 2013
NRA: Burdensome Anti-Gun Bill Must be Stopped
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 3807 Views :: Second Amendment

SB 69 will require fingerprinting and NICS checks in addition to the already existing registration requirement on ALL firearms brought into the state....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
HB411 Forces Hospitals, Doctors to Hand Out Abortion Pill
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:30 PM :: 4161 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care

The hearing was full of people who are against religious freedom.  One individual even stated that if Christians have a problem with it, they shouldn’t work in an emergency room....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
House moves 69 bills over to Senate
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 3650 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures approved by the House several focused on sustainability, the environment, the economy, healthy living....

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