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Monday, August 26, 2013
Grants in Aid Advisory Commission to Meet Aug 27
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 3643 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Mission Memorial Auditorium....

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Monday, August 26, 2013
Hawaii DoE Gets $1.7M ‘Turnaround’ Grant
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 2781 Views :: Education K-12

...to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest achieving schools....

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Monday, August 26, 2013
GOP: Abercrombie Hijacking Government for Political Agenda
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 3759 Views :: Family, Republican Party

Forcing this heated issue through an abbreviated session will only stifle public input which should be the most important part of the legislative process....

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Monday, August 26, 2013
UH Seeks Nominees for Five Board of Regents Seats
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 2794 Views :: Higher Education

Recruitment Announcement From UH Regents Candidate Advisory Council....

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Monday, August 26, 2013
When sharks bite, Hawaii tourism worries
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:09 PM :: 3286 Views :: Tourism
AP file photo.
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Monday, August 26, 2013
Should We Delay or Defund Obamacare?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:34 PM :: 2353 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare is devastating policy for America....

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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Would you play ethics limbo with Senator Ruderman?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 PM :: 4607 Views :: Ethics, GMOs
...why is Senator Russell Ruderman submitting personal business testimony and signing it as a Senator?....
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
29.4 million in Tax Revenue by Seed Companies in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 3971 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs
During the hearing on Bill 2491 on Kauai a council member “Gary Hoosier” said the seed companies paid zero Hawaii taxes....We dug, it took a whole 60 seconds to figure out his statement was a myth ....
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Sunday, August 25, 2013
Placing Check-off Designations on Tax Form Paid for by All Taxpayers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 2924 Views :: Taxes

...enthusiastic supporters of some very specific causes pushed lawmakers to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their state tax refund for their specific cause....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Call for nominations for UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 2964 Views :: Higher Education
The application deadline for this seat is September 16, 2013....
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Friday, August 23, 2013
Hawaii to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of "I Have a Dream" Speech
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 3226 Views :: National News

A half-century to the minute after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Bishop Silva: "To Discriminate Regarding Marriage is NOT Unjust"
By News Release @ 4:27 PM :: 6382 Views :: Family

...would parents be considered bigoted if they raised their daughters to be attracted to boys and their sons to be attracted to girls? Or must parents now be completely neutral....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Hawaii Catholic Archdiocese Backs Health Care Conscience Rights Act
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 2863 Views :: First Amendment

Members of Congress should be urged to co-sponsor the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940, S. 1204)....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Alex Teece and Lynn Finnegan: “Positive Choices in Education”
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:09 PM :: 3535 Views :: Education K-12

...a special edition of “Hawaii Tomorrow” to discuss education in our islands....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 3743 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Once they establish principles for reform, legislators can choose from a menu of options. Tinkering with existing plans is the most obvious, and sometimes the easiest....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Four Problems with Federal College Scorecards
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:19 PM :: 2468 Views :: Higher Education

Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Audio: Kelii Akina on Work vs Welfare in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:41 AM :: 2832 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

An average Hawaii welfare recipient would need to earn $60,590 in pre-tax wages in order to earn the equivalent of his or her welfare benefits....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
11th Annual Hawaii Charter School Conference set for October
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 3135 Views :: Education K-12
...Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network (HPCSN) is partnering with Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (HAIS), Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) and Hawaii Society for Technology in Education (HSTE)....
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator Resigns
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 3092 Views :: Hawaii State Government

After serving as the Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator and Deputy Insurance Commissioner for 3 ½ years, George Sumner has resigned his position, effective August 29....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
House Leadership: Only Congress can Create Akaka Tribe
By Selected News Articles @ 9:33 PM :: 4305 Views :: Akaka Bill

"Congress is deemed by the Supreme Court to have exclusive and plenary power to deal with Indian affairs"

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hawaii’s election chief won’t be getting a pay hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:13 PM :: 3485 Views :: Office of Elections

The man at the center of 2012′s general election disaster will not get a $36,000 pay hike....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
When You Can’t Actually Keep Your Health Care Plan
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:27 PM :: 3200 Views :: Health Care

UPS yesterday announced it is dropping coverage for spouses of employees....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency's Ethanol Band-Aid
By NCPA @ 3:14 PM :: 2305 Views :: Energy

the EPA on August 6 finally revealed the amount of ethanol that is expected to be blended into gasoline in 2013....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Study: Obesity Soaring in State, but Hawaii Ranks 47th
By News Release @ 1:41 AM :: 3670 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...adult obesity in Hawaii has increased nearly three times from that it was a little over 20 years ago. In the past year alone, obesity has risen more than seven percent....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
ACT Scores Fall: Only 30% of Hawaii Students Meet Benchmark
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 3847 Views :: Education K-12

The 5,345 Hawaii students, most of whom took the ACT as juniors in 2012 and graduated this past spring, represent about 40 percent of the Class of 2013....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Materials From Today's Eminent Domain In Hawaii Conference
By Robert Thomas @ 12:54 AM :: 3501 Views :: Land Use
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Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Next 100 MW Power Plant for Oahu
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:45 AM :: 3515 Views :: Energy

Waste-to-energy and Geothermal power plants are among the best choices....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Martin Luther King Jr Recommends Gay Conversion Therapy
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 9418 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...this is the only recorded comment by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr on homosexuality....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Discriminatory GMO Hearing: Kauai Farmers Expose Hooser, Media
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3445 Views :: GMOs

...the orchestration of the hearing and the invitations sent by the chair to selected mainland-based organizations were designed to provide the committee exclusively with the opinions of only those experts on one side....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
LendingTree: Hawaii Borrowers 3rd Best Credit Profile
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 5848 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Hawaii, Massachusetts and California lead the nation with the healthiest prospective borrowers, all with scores above 90....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
It pays not to work: Hawaii highest welfare benefits in US
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:36 PM :: 4393 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...benefits in Hawaii average $49,175 — tops in the nation....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Shark Attacks: DLNR Launches Two-Year Study
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 3334 Views :: Environment, Tourism

In 2013, there have been eight incidents, including four within the last month. Four of this year’s incidents occurred on Maui....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Publicly Funded Ads Promote Purchase of HMSA, Kaiser Policies
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 2944 Views :: Health Care

Open enrollment for Hawai‘i residents is October of this year....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
An Awesome Superhero Video About… Obamacare?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:50 PM :: 2738 Views :: Health Care
Would “an awesome superhero or action-movie style video” change your mind about Obamacare?
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
UHERO: Are All Tax Credits Created Equal?
By UHERO @ 6:06 AM :: 2761 Views :: Tax Credits
Recently, the Rhode Island legislature adopted a law requiring that state tax credits undergo a process of regular and rigorous evaluations....
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Kauai: Hawaiians Voice Suspicion of Akaka Tribal Roll
By News Release @ 5:55 AM :: 3989 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
...suspicion about enrolling with Kanaʻiolowalu, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission's effort ....
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Feds Push Expensive Offshore Windfarms for Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 3667 Views :: Energy

BOEM’s Pacific Region is responsible for managing the development of ... renewable energy resources (wind, wave, ocean current) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
15 Pictures of Ridiculous Government Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:35 PM :: 3472 Views :: National News

In 2013, federal spending approached $3.5 trillion. Now that’s hard to wrap your brain around. It’s about $27,700 for every American household....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
U.S. Oil Reserves Reach Highest Level in 28 Years
By NCPA @ 1:30 PM :: 2390 Views :: Energy

U.S. proven reserves of crude oil and lease condensate totaled 29.5 billion barrels in 2011, a 15 percent increase....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
DoE New System 'Report Card' Makes it Looks Good
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3849 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Recipe for Success: If the test numbers are bad, change the test....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Hawaii Leads Nation in Making Welfare More Attractive than Work
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 AM :: 6497 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Grassroot Institute President Akina calls for strengthening system to improve employment incentive....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
DBEDT Boosts Economic Growth Projection
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 3116 Views :: Economy

...due mainly to the lower inflation rate, the strong growth in the construction industry, and continued growth in tourism....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Two New Members Appointed to Hawaiian Homes Commission
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 3401 Views :: DHHL

Hanalei businesswoman Patricia Sheehan and Hilo labor leader Wallace Ishibashi, Jr. were appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie last week to represent Kauaʻi and East Hawaiʻi Island respectively....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Ex-University of Hawaii president spends big ‘for kids’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:02 PM :: 3187 Views :: Higher Education

Dobelle spent “$8,000 for a four-night stay at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok; $883 from the upscale clothing store Louis Boston; $10,000 for tickets to shows at Tanglewood; more than $4,000 for limousine rides” and a total of $200,000....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
HFF: Same-sex "marriage" is not a done deal
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 9:25 PM :: 3545 Views :: Family

...churches standing together number in the hundreds....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Property Tax Exemptions on Honolulu Council Committee Agenda
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 4077 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Wednesday August 21, 2013 9AM....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Preschool Vouchers: Backers Claim Only 52% Support Constitutional Amendment
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 2923 Views :: Education K-12

52 percent answered, “Yes,” to amending the Constitution, 43 percent said, “No, ” and 5 percent did not know or refused to answer....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Biomass: The Alternative Energy Hoax
By NCPA @ 12:14 PM :: 2708 Views :: Energy
In 1990, wind produced 0.0038 percent of the world's energy; it is now producing 0.29 percent. Solar-electric power has gone from essentially zero to 0.04 percent....
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Monday, August 19, 2013
Top 2 Myths About Defunding Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:07 PM :: 2457 Views :: Health Care

Congress defunds mandatory spending on appropriations bills every year....

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Monday, August 19, 2013
Investors Submit Plan to Reorganize Hokulia Project
By News Release @ 11:47 AM :: 5644 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Greenmail

A hearing on the plan’s disclosure statement has been scheduled for Sept. 16, 2013....

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