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Friday, April 19, 2013
Budget Negotiations: Support Puuanahulu Shooting Range
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 3511 Views :: Second Amendment
The proposed world class Puuanahulu Shooting Range in Kailua-Kona  is still in the state budget....
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Friday, April 19, 2013
Sequester: DoD Civilian Furloughs Still Under Review
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 3115 Views :: Military

Department employees were initially told to expect to be furloughed for up to 22 days, but that was reduced to 14 days....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Palila, Let’s Keep the Story Straight
By Tom Lodge @ 10:03 PM :: 3763 Views :: Environment

On April 8, 2013, EarthJustice secured a court order to resume aerial eradication on Mauna Kea....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Caldwell to Sign Sidewalk Nuisance Bill
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 3143 Views :: Homelessness

Each enforcement action costs the city about 15 thousand dollars.  Bill 7 will cut that expense in half ....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Democratic Party Will File Legal Challenge Over Hawaii's Primary Election Laws
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 4334 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

The Democratic Party of Hawaii will file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to seek an injunction against the state of Hawaii over its primary election laws....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
30 Years of Junk Science, from SDI to Fracking
By Selected News Articles @ 11:04 AM :: 3641 Views :: Energy, Environment
“there are a few wealthy families with strong political connections who are looking to keep the state impoverished without any development, for selfish reasons.” 
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Roofers Union: Repeal Obamacare
By News Release @ 10:44 AM :: 1652 Views

...an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
'Grand Bargain' Cuts Hospital Support $18B
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:34 AM :: 2333 Views :: Health Care

...They are now trying to convince governors and state legislators that a series of state-level “grand bargains” could produce “savings“ in exchange for expanding Medicaid....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Senate's Flawed Immigration Plan
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:27 AM :: 2621 Views :: National News

A comprehensive amnesty bill was tried before and it failed....

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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Property Seized by Mayor: Supreme Court Declines to Hear Guam Case
By Robert Thomas @ 1:15 AM :: 3766 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the case seemed like a good vehicle for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit the pretext-in-eminent-domain issue it teased us with in Kelo....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
HSTA Membership Ratifies Contract
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 4538 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
...After more than two years working without a contract, 95% of teachers statewide voted in favor of the tentative agreement....
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
DoE Announces 2013 Graduation Dates
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 3741 Views :: Education K-12
...2013 graduation dates at more than 50 schools, including public high schools, charter schools and some community schools for adults....
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Obamacare Tax Credits Target 70,000 Hawaii Households
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 3391 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Meanwhile ... Hawaii Health Insurance Rates to Rise 12% to 21% Next Year....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Audit Slams DHHL 'Lax Loan Management'
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 3697 Views :: DHHL

As of June 30, 2011, there were 9,922 homestead leases statewide and 26,170 applicants waiting for homestead leases. In FY2011, the department issued 177 new homestead leases....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
SB 1171 – Phased Archeological Inventory Surveys
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 5465 Views :: Development, Land Use, OHA
SB1171 was submitted in response to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision.  The City had argued that the Rail Project could conduct the Archeological Inventory Survey (AIS) in phases....
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Senate Gun Control Bill Erodes Your Rights and Privacy
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:32 PM :: 2559 Views :: Second Amendment
Heritage experts urged lawmakers to consider the host of complex factors that contribute to violent outbreaks and to steer away from untested ideas that would restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens....
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Hawaii 2nd-Worst Tax System for Small Business
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 4729 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
“Business Tax Index 2013: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business.”
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
HSTA Convention Urges Ratification: Contract Vote Today
By News Release @ 1:04 PM :: 3470 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
... poll sites will be open from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.....
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Campaign 2014: Youthful Hawaii GOP Takes Aim at Legislature, Congress
By Andrew Walden @ 6:12 AM :: 3641 Views :: Republican Party
“seven of 51, one of 25, and zero of four is not good enough”
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hawaii Utilities Rank in Top 10 for Solar
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 3777 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics
... the Top 10 American electric utilities that have added the most new solar power ....
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
UH Claims Economic Impact over $3.6B
By UHERO @ 7:49 PM :: 2474 Views :: Higher Education
...we define economic impact to be the direct, indirect, and induced economic activities generated by the university....
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Background Checks: Senate Rejects House Amendments; SB 69 Goes to Committee Conference
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 2869 Views :: Second Amendment
...a mandatory background check bill on already acquired firearms....
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
‘House of Horrors’ Doctor Considered ‘Pioneer in Abortion Field’
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 2977 Views :: Life

Gosnell, who was considered a pioneer in the abortion industry, began performing abortions in New York City in the late 1960s....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Judge rules against Christian innkeeper who refused to rent bedroom to lesbian couple
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 PM :: 3654 Views :: Family
...an increasing number of religious objectors to homosexuality have faced lawsuits for refusing to participate....
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Flags Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Boston Victims
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 3145 Views :: National News

...State of Hawaii flags at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard are to be flown at half-staff....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Standing with Boston
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:36 PM :: 3246 Views :: National News
America is at its best when it faces adversity with courage, confidence, and determination.... 
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Young Adults on Parents' Health Plans Cost More
By NCPA @ 3:34 PM :: 2177 Views :: Health Care

Under the Affordable Care Act, children up to the age of 26 years can stay on their parents' health insurance plan....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted April 16, 2013
By Congress.org @ 2:40 PM :: 2899 Views :: Congressional Delegation

 

  • Senate: Interior Secretary Confirmation
  • Senate: Gun Control – Cloture Vote
  • House: Limit on NLRB Activity
  • House: Hydropower Facility Development – Suspension Vote
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Investigating the Potential for Seawater Air Conditioning in Waikiki
By UHERO @ 3:59 AM :: 3550 Views :: Energy
....SWAC may be more costly than other efficiency/conservation options....
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
DoE: ACT Testing for 50,000 Students to 'Improve Effectiveness of Intervention'
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2284 Views :: Education K-12
“One of the Department’s strategies is to provide better data on students’ academic progress. This ACT test will help tremendously in that area.”
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Hawaii Suspends TB Test Requirement for Food Handlers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 3164 Views :: Health Care

In a typical year, Hawaii conducts about 50,000 tuberculosis skin tests and treats 120 people found to be carrying the bacteria. The state anticipates suspensions of TB clearances to last for 120 days....

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Monday, April 15, 2013
Caldwell: City is Moving Rapidly on Road Repairs
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 1938 Views

Mayor Kirk Caldwell today announced that City contractors have repaved 77 lane-miles of deteriorated roads since he took office....

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Monday, April 15, 2013
Jihadist Magazines Recruit Young Terrorists
By IPT News @ 6:58 PM :: 3743 Views :: National News

"A Step to (sic) Step Guide on How to Become a Successful Lone Mujahid"....

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Monday, April 15, 2013
Muslim Questioned After Bombs Explode at Boston Marathon, JFK Library
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 3931 Views
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Emergency Services Briefing: Lack of Emergency Rooms in West Oahu
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 3220 Views :: Health Care
...two City Councilmembers will host a briefing with hospital officials and emergency responders, who will report the availability of emergency rooms in the Ewa region....
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Monday, April 15, 2013
The Obama Budget's Economic Message
By NCPA @ 2:23 PM :: 1560 Views
The latest budget does not balance and was released far too late for it to matter....
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Cost of Health Insurance Exchanges Shoots Up
By NCPA @ 2:22 PM :: 2037 Views :: Health Care
As installation of the exchanges becomes more complicated, the cost of the exchanges has risen rapidly over the last year....
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Monday, April 15, 2013
Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:00 PM :: 2488 Views :: Taxes
Americans are waking up today to the worst "case of the Mondays" they'll have all year: It's Tax Day....
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
MSNBC host: Children belong to ‘whole communities’, not their parents
By Video @ 6:20 PM :: 4480 Views :: Education K-12, Family
“We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families...."
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
DoTax Cooking Books to Influence Legislature? HART Calls for Audit
By Andrew Walden @ 6:02 PM :: 4311 Views :: Rail, Taxes
...the illusion of greater revenues would be helpful in Abercrombie’s effort to create a state-funded ‘Early Education’ voucher system....
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Kerry: Give Up Missile Defense for more North Korean Promises
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 3214 Views :: Military
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Sunday, April 14, 2013
Let Conformity Simplify Tax Filings
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 2985 Views :: Taxes
...the madness of completing state tax returns is just around the corner....
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
SB858: Gender Equity on Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 2536 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"...give priority to achieving the goal of gender equity when appointing members to vacancies, at-large positions, and as alternates...."
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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Lemonade From Cuts to State Prison Spending
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 4143 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
Seventeen states managed to reduce recidivism and improve public safety while cutting correction costs, a report from a federal and state partnership revealed Friday....
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Friday, April 12, 2013
OHA Launches Website to Coordinate Shakedown Operations
By News Release @ 1:41 PM :: 4529 Views :: OHA
"We will be able to rally people like we never have before."
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Leilehua, Baldwin, Kalani High Schools Finish FIRST in State Robotics Competition
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 3387 Views :: Education K-12
...earn a spot at the FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Mo., April 25-27....
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Friday, April 12, 2013
House Republican Budget Update
By News Release @ 1:16 PM :: 3552 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Among the many bills passed on Tuesday, the House voted to....

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Friday, April 12, 2013
“Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Comes to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 4748 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

"Can it be that the idiots who evidently run the Hawaii Business magazine have never heard about the principle that statutes have to be constitutional?"

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Friday, April 12, 2013
After Deadly Train Wreck, DC Metro Dumps Honolulu Rail Contractor Ansaldo
By Andrew Walden @ 12:59 PM :: 8157 Views :: Rail
“In its final report on the June 22, 2009, accident, the National Transportation Safety Board said a malfunction of the automatic train control system was the direct cause of the crash.”
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Friday, April 12, 2013
Fuel Supplier Lobbies Congress Against Jones Act
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 4031 Views :: Jones Act

“The Jones Act chokes off Savannah’s ability to take advantage of the cheapest gasoline in the world, which is produced domestically right here in our own Gulf Coast.”

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