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Monday, September 23, 2013
6 Reasons Why the National Debt Keeps Rising
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:53 AM :: 3257 Views :: National News

... rather than risk Warren Buffett’s taxpayer-funded benefits decreasing, politicians pretend America’s national budget can handle all the extensive promises they’ve made ....

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Sunday, September 22, 2013
First Amendment: 14 Gay Marriage Laws vs Abercrombie
By Andrew Walden @ 9:46 PM :: 6919 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion
... the religious freedom clauses of Abercrombie’s proposed gay marriage bill are substantially weaker than the language used by other states....
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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Quoted Study, Missing Important Caveat, is Misleading
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3648 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...unlike other states that have a retail sales tax structure, Hawaii’s general excise tax focuses on the gross income received by a business....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Sex, drugs and Obamacare: Questions get personal, with no privacy guarantee
By Selected News Articles @ 9:50 PM :: 3893 Views :: Health Care

patients will be asked to disclose more personal information to their doctors — including how often they have sex and how with how many sexual partners....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
State RFP for "Integrated Financial and Human Resources Management System"
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 3390 Views :: Hawaii State Government

RFP submission deadline 2pm, Dec 3, 2013....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
Life, Liberty and Property: Robert Thomas Talks To Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:03 PM :: 4042 Views :: Environment, Land Use

Attorney Robert Thomas of Pacific Legal Foundation and Grassroot President Dr. Keli’i Akina discuss the nature of individual rights and the role of property....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
UHERO: Hawaii's Energy Future
By UHERO @ 11:01 PM :: 3950 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

UHERO's ongoing research is looking at ways to cost-effectively achieve GHG reduction and meet the state's clean energy goals....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Gentry Pacific Deal: Akana Sues, Alleges OHA Abuse of Executive Sessions
By Andrew Walden @ 10:34 PM :: 4165 Views :: OHA

After months of criticism of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs purchase of the Gentry Pacific Design Center, Trustee Rowena Akana has filed suit....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Obamacare Plans: Four Things the Health Connector Isn’t Telling You
By Andrew Walden @ 10:07 PM :: 5165 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living
  1. Deductibles
  2. Family rates
  3. Smokers' rates
  4. What's not covered
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Full Text: State DoT Warned of Molasses Leak in 2012
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 5906 Views :: Environment, Jones Act
"We received a letter from the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT), dated July 31, 2012...."
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Taxpayers on hook for Honolulu Harbor molasses clean up
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 4715 Views :: Environment, Jones Act
Photo by Elizabeth Miles.
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Hawaii Scores 'C' for Jail Diversion of Mentally Ill
By News Release @ 2:29 PM :: 6748 Views :: Health Care, Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

Fewer than half the U.S. population lives in communities where the most basic methods of diverting people with severe mental illness from the criminal justice system are being used....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
The Obamacare Scams Are Already Starting
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:50 PM :: 2749 Views :: Health Care

there are already numerous reports of scam artists posing as Navigators and Assisters to take advantage of people’s confusion about ObamaCare....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Navy Yard Shooting: Failure of Mental Health Care System
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 6350 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness, Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment

Approximately half of mass shootings are caused by individuals with untreated severe mental illness....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 4501 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Close Dem Primary? State Claims Hawaii Already has 'Vibrant Multi-Party System'
By Robert Thomas @ 2:01 AM :: 4418 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections
These are among the gems to be gleaned from the State's counter-motion to the Democratic Party's motion for summary judgment, filed earlier this week in the federal lawsuit challenging the open primary process."
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
NCQA: Kaiser Hawaii Ranks 25th in Nation
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 3881 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...the number one health plan in the state and among the top 25 health plans in the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Slom: Rally for Traditional Marriage Planned for Special Session
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:30 PM :: 4411 Views :: Family, First Amendment

For Jan. to May 2013 — 8,790 marriages; 186 civil unions....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
US House: Bipartisan Marriage and Religious Freedom Act Introduced—60 Cosponsors
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 4678 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

...the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act would prohibit discrimination through the federal tax code against individuals or institutions that exercise religious conscience regarding marriage as the union of one man and one woman....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
HI makes progress on ACA, but one lawmaker isn’t celebrating
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:27 PM :: 3028 Views :: Health Care

“As now confirmed by proponents, the ultimate goal is government, single payer health coverage...."

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Education: GEAR-UP Hawaii to be Focus of Briefing
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 3944 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:30AM Waipahu High School Library
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: School Furloughs = Less Crime
By UHERO @ 12:33 PM :: 4551 Views :: Education K-12
...time off from school is associated with significantly fewer juvenile assault and drug-related arrests....
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Obamacare Anti-Conscience Mandate Loses in Another Court
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:04 PM :: 3297 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care

This week, yet another district court halted the Obama Administration from forcing its anti-conscience mandate to provide coverage for abortifacients....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii Mormon Church Letter focuses on Religious Exemption
By News Release @ 11:28 AM :: 5338 Views :: Family, Religion

Protect religious organizations and officials from being required to support or perform same-sex marriages or from having to host same-sex marriages or celebrations in their facilities and protect individuals and small businesses from being required to assist in promoting or celebrating same-sex marriages ....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
What You Need to Know About the Debt Limit
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:43 AM :: 4611 Views :: National News, Economy, Taxes

The Congressional Budget Office just dropped a budget update on Washington, and it’s not good. The U.S. government is spending recklessly—and Obamacare is adding fuel to the fire....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 4792 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Barking Sands: Most Sophisticated Test Yet Knocks Missile out of Space
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 3753 Views :: Military
The first guided missile successfully destroyed the target using the sheer kinetic force of a massive collision in space....
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Thursday, September 19, 2013
NOAA Marine Sanctuary Business Advisory Council Forming
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:06 AM :: 4044 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Business leaders will be invited to join the council, which will consist of 15 volunteers representing industries such as travel and tourism, recreation, fishing, transportation, energy, and marketing. Members will be appointed by the national marine sanctuaries director and serve two- to three-year terms....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Smart Business Hawaii Banquet Friday
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:33 PM :: 3146 Views :: Small Business

Friday, September 20, SBH Business All Stars Awards Banquet at the Waialae Country Club from 5:00 to 8 p.m....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Reports Raise Question of Waianae Sludge Permit Violation
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:42 PM :: 3537 Views :: Environment

The Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association, the permittee of a dredging project, may face questions from the Army and Department of Land and Natural Resources....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
'Green' Financiers: Hawaii has most 'diverse' tax credit, subsidy opportunities
By News Release @ 12:54 PM :: 3365 Views :: Energy

REFF-West is the largest renewable energy finance conference focused on West Coast energy issues. It is hosted by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Euromoney Energy Events....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
It’s Time to Defund Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:21 PM :: 2878 Views :: Health Care

Let’s face it: Obamacare was a mistake. It’s time for Washington to acknowledge the problem and defund Obamacare....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Decline in Pacific Currencies: Crisis or More Adjustment to Come?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 AM :: 3260 Views :: Tourism

The last few months have seen 10-20 percent declines in the exchange rates of many Pacific countries against the US Dollar….

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
UH leads initiative to build state’s multilingual workforce
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 3059 Views :: Higher Education

The ultimate goal is identifying Hawaiʻi’s language needs and creating a robust, multilingual workforce to handle those needs....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
H-Power Recognized for Excellence in Waste to Energy
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 3490 Views :: Energy

Silver Excellence Award in the Waste-to-Energy (WTE) category for H-POWER by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Accused Child Molester Ran Mortgage Scam from Restaurant Row Office
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 7467 Views :: Judiciary

Hawaii's attorney general wants to enjoin four people he says are practicing law illegally and operating a fraudulent mortgage-relief scheme in the state....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
US Civil Rights Commissioners: Akaka Tribe Executive Order would be Unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 4317 Views :: Akaka Bill

In the letter, the four Commissioners stand specifically against the use of Presidential executive action as a means to enact the provisions of the Akaka Bill....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
NY Bank Collects Royalties on Hawaii Windfarms
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3311 Views :: Energy

$100 million to acquire a portfolio of land leases and lease royalties from solar projects from Hawaii to New York....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
HPU is Named Hawaii's "Military Friendly" University
By News Release @ 3:31 PM :: 4142 Views :: Higher Education, Military

Hawai‘i Pacific University is once again the state’s only university to appear on the Military Friendly Schools list...

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector: State-Contracted Telemarketers Now Selling Subsidized HMSA, Kaiser Policies
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 3407 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector Customer Support Center is now open....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hawaii.gov Ranked Among Top 10 State Government Websites
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 2927 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii's newly redesigned web portal and department websites recognized in the Center for Digital Government's Best of the Web awards....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
GOP: Make Your Voice Heard in Special Session
By David S Chang @ 2:34 PM :: 4952 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

This debate should be in public and suggestions and changes to the legislation should be transparent....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Public Comment Open on Maui District Court Nominees
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 2920 Views :: Judiciary

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Monday, September 30, 2013....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Matson Claims Customer Rates Will not be Affected by Molasses Spill
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 3807 Views :: Environment, Jones Act

He also stated that customer rates would not be affected by the incident....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
5 Ways Obama Has Trampled the Constitution
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:57 PM :: 4254 Views :: National News, Ethics

Today, the Constitution turns 226 years old. Let’s not forget it states that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
HIRA: Illinois Defeated Gay Marriage, We Can Too
By Tito Montes @ 5:29 PM :: 3682 Views :: Family

...if Obama's 2nd home state of Illinois just stopped homosexual 'marriage', then so can the people who live in Obama's 1st home state of Hawaii....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Full Text: Kapolei-Makakilo Neighborhood Board Passes Resolutions Against Ho'opili, Ewa Development Plan
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 4559 Views :: Development

Adopted by the Makakilo-Kapolei-Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board #34 at its August 28, 2013, meeting by a vote of 6 to 3....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 16, 2013
By Congress.org @ 3:27 PM :: 3429 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

Health Care Subsidy

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Will Unions Want to Repeal Obamacare?
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:23 PM :: 3474 Views :: Health Care, Labor

In a typical Friday afternoon “news dump,” the Treasury Department announced it could not grant unions’ request for another special Obamacare break....

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Monday, September 16, 2013
Hilo: Akina, Hansen to Discuss Jones Act With Portuguese Chamber, ConFor
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 4448 Views :: Hawaii County , Jones Act

Friday October 4, 6:00pm, at the Naniloa Hotel Crown Room in Hilo....

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