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Thursday, August 8, 2013
HNN Blackout: DISH Network Asks Congress to Intervene
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 8443 Views :: National News
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Hawaii senator Brian Schatz involved in simulated sheep rape rituals
By Selected News Articles @ 8:55 PM :: 8027 Views :: Politicians

“The Humane Society is currently examining the sheep to see if it has been sexually molested.”

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Complaint Alleges Wrongdoing by Hanabusa Campaign
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:15 PM :: 5413 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

Hanabusa is the target of a Federal Elections Commission complaint filed Tuesday by Daniel Hempey....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Report: Hawaii third highest in per capita interest costs
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:13 PM :: 3980 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Last year, Hawaii spent more than $175 per person — $244 million in all — just to fund its interest payments, the third highest rate per person in the country....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Ninth Circuit Rail Appeal Preview
By Robert Thomas @ 5:13 PM :: 3534 Views :: Rail

Here's the latest on the federal court action....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
UHERO: Coastal Zone Management in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 5:01 PM :: 4191 Views :: Environment, Development

Hawaii has 750 linear miles of coastline....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
UHERO: School's Out, Unemployment Up?
By UHERO @ 4:51 PM :: 4090 Views :: Economy, Labor
Last week's Star Advertiser reported that Honolulu’s unemployment rate increased from May’s 4.0% to 4.7% in June....
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Thursday, August 8, 2013
What Everybody Ought to Know About Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:00 AM :: 2753 Views :: Health Care

Congress is well on its way to solving its Obamacare problem—for Members of Congress and their staffs, that is....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
PUC Chief Counsel Quits
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 4264 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Awakuni has served as chief counsel for the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) since 2011....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
"Hawaii's Fittest CEO" at Center of Alleged Ponzi Scheme
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 4099 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

DCCA issued a Preliminary Order to Cease and Desist and Notice of Right to Hearing against a Hawaii businessman, David T. Low, and his company, Hawaii Capital Management, LLC...

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Obamacare Menu Labeling Law: The Food Police Are Coming
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:05 PM :: 4289 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

The FDA estimates that first-year compliance costs could be as high as $537 million for all regulated businesses covered under the rule....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Hawaiian Homelands Commissioner Resigns After Mortgage Fraud Conviction Exposed
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:05 PM :: 6085 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor

Artates is also executive director of the Hawaii Operating Engineers Stabilization Fund...Sentencing hearings are scheduled Sept. 23....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Audit: DoE Construction Process Outdated, Inefficient, Inconsistent
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 3729 Views :: Education K-12
particularly on neighbor islands, FDB cannot consistently and proactively address maintenance issues, which can develop into costlier repairs....
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Farrington HS: First Facility Redesign for Small Learning Communities
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 2891 Views :: Education K-12
Farrington High started the new school year with a newly renovated wing ....
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
OR&L, Doors Star in New Anti-Rail Video
By Tom Berg @ 3:18 PM :: 3139 Views :: Rail

the day rail is operative your sewers, water, bus, roads, and parks get bled dry ....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Climate Plan Would Kill Hundreds of Millions of Birds and Bats
By NCPA @ 2:52 PM :: 3396 Views :: Energy, Environment

U.S. wind turbines kill 1.4 million birds and bats every year, while producing just 3 percent of U.S. electricity....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
5 Immigration Questions for Your Congressman
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:30 PM :: 2973 Views :: National News

During the August congressional recess, a pro-amnesty coalition of business and union interests is putting the squeeze on members of the House....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Obama library bid gets lobbyist donors
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 AM :: 5703 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education, Obama

Hawaii's bid for it got a $5,000 donation from the global law and lobbying firm Skadden Arps....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Hawaii Is at the Forefront of Genetically Modified Crops
By NCPA @ 3:12 AM :: 3940 Views :: GMOs

...Hawaii is at the forefront of modern, high-output agriculture: biotech farming....

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
HIRA: Reject Call for Same-Sex Marriage Special Session
By Tito Montes @ 11:12 PM :: 4694 Views :: Family
"All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to stand by and do nothing."
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair for Veterans and Military Spouses in Honolulu
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 4230 Views :: Military

Friday, August 16, 2013 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. HST...

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Senator Schatz Announces Polar Apocalypse
By AtomicMonkey @ 10:12 PM :: 4515 Views :: Environment, Politicians
According to Al Gore all of Greenlands ice is indeed gone, and all the polar bears are dead..
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Act 268 Hawaii Unfunded Liabilities Plan: Pot of Gold for Corrupt Union Leaders
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 7808 Views :: Ethics, Labor

OPEB-related corruption has been in the news for years.  For instance....

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Schatz Denounced by NASA Scientist, Another Embarrassment for Global Warming Activists
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 6422 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa stood by his comment....

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Where NOT to Travel This Month
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:13 PM :: 4611 Views :: World News, Military

The State Department closed 21 U.S. embassies over the weekend....

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
State Procurement Office Announces eProcurement System Update
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 4029 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Over the next few months state agencies will be transitioning from the current eProcurement system, HePS, to the new Hawaii State eProcurement application, HIePRO....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Governor Releases $12.9 Million for National Guard, Civil Defense and Health Facilities
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 2912 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$12.9 million for capital improvement projects....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
VA Mortgages Denied for Catchment Homes, State DoH Refuses to Act
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 3289 Views

...Representative Bob McDermott, he has determined that the holdup of VA loans for homes with catchment systems is the direct result of arbitrary actions by the State Department of Health...

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Hawaii Highest Closing Costs in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 4156 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

Your final charges probably will be higher than shown here because the most highly variable costs are not included: title insurance, title search, taxes, other government fees and escrow fees....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted August 5, 2013
By Congress.org @ 3:18 PM :: 3084 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Congress will be in recess until September 9, 2013....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
HMSA, Kaiser Front Group Pays off 'Community Partners'
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 3211 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i Health Connector today announced that it is partnering with 34 community organizations throughout the state....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Does the Doctor Need a Boss?
By NCPA @ 12:57 PM :: 2397 Views :: Health Care

...this IOM report has been pretty thoroughly debunked....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Hawaii DINOs Meet Idaho RINOs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:27 PM :: 4289 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

Just as the GOP activists in Idaho want bad-intentioned Democrats and free-thinking independents out of “their” nominating process, so do Democratic Party leaders in Hawaii....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Federal Government in Worse Shape than Detroit
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:04 PM :: 4509 Views :: National News, Labor, Taxes

Detroit’s demise was the result of big-government, liberal policies promoted by self-interested politicians and coercive public employee unions....

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Sunday, August 4, 2013
Passing on the General Excise Tax is Not Possible For Some
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3708 Views :: Taxes

A number of questions about Hawaii’s general excise tax seem to resurface....

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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Ashford Nomination Challenged on Ethics
By Andrew Walden @ 6:20 PM :: 6489 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

The ethical response is to try again, not to proceed in violation of Hawaii law and court rules....

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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Congress in the Obamacare Trap: No Easy Escape
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:32 AM :: 3015 Views :: Health Care

High anxiety is gripping Capitol Hill. The reason: On January 1, 2014, Members of Congress and their staff will lose their current employment-based health insurance and will instead be offered coverage in the health insurance exchanges established under the new health care law....

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Friday, August 2, 2013
Hey UH, lawmakers say watch those hefty salaries
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:53 PM :: 3436 Views :: Higher Education
The UH system pays out more than $50 million in annual administrative salaries....
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Friday, August 2, 2013
More drones over Hawaii? It’s a good idea for some
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:49 PM :: 3743 Views :: Law Enforcement
Hawaii officials have a unique take on aerial drones — bring ‘em on....
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Friday, August 2, 2013
Honolulu Grants in Aid List Released
By News Release @ 12:20 PM :: 5080 Views :: Honolulu County

The Grants in Aid Advisory Commission has released its recommendations for grant proposals to the Honolulu City Council....

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Friday, August 2, 2013
Is Congress Too Good for Obamacare?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:17 PM :: 2673 Views :: Health Care

President Obama assured lawmakers that they and their staffs wouldn't be foisted onto the same health exchange as millions of Americans....

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Friday, August 2, 2013
More Disincentives to Work under ObamaCare
By NCPA @ 12:05 PM :: 2240 Views :: Health Care

...a couple would be eligible for subsidies worth $3,452 to purchase a so-called silver insurance plan if they made up to $62,040 per year. But if they made just $1 more than that, they would lose the subsidy....

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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Limbaugh: 'Liberal State of Hawaii Wants to Deport Their Homeless'
By Audio @ 9:36 PM :: 3919 Views :: Homelessness

Hawaii is full-fledged Democrat and leftist, Democrat and worse.  And they're tired of 'em....

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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Rail: Will Honolulu be the Next Detroit?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:32 PM :: 4232 Views :: Rail

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered an expedited hearing for the federal rail lawsuit on August 15th....

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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Video: Monsters, Miracles, and the Politics of Genetic Engineering
By Video @ 5:11 PM :: 3385 Views :: GMOs
...how the genetic engineering of crops has become a proxy for much larger ideological and political debates....
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Hawaii Supreme Court Smacks Rail EIS - An Update
By Robert Thomas @ 5:06 PM :: 3543 Views :: Rail
...there have been two attempts by the parties in the state court rail litigation to have the Hawaii Supreme Court reconsider its opinion....
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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Federal Study: Hydraulic Fracturing Doesn't Contaminate Water Supplies
By NCPA @ 10:55 AM :: 2326 Views :: Energy

The study, done by the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, marked the first time that a drilling company let government scientists inject special tracers into the fracking fluid and then continue regular monitoring....

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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Defund Obamacare: Make Your Voice Heard This August
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:58 AM :: 2331 Views :: Health Care

Members of Congress head home tomorrow for a month-long recess....

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Thursday, August 1, 2013
More than 1,000 Kauai Farmers Speak Out Against Bill 2491
By News Release @ 4:41 AM :: 3465 Views :: GMOs
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