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Friday, December 19, 2014
Reforming No Child Left Behind
By NCPA @ 4:51 PM :: 3961 Views :: Education K-12

...reauthorization of the program must be accompanied by major reforms....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
HART: ‘Begin the discussion now of extending the existing half-percent GET surcharge’
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 4258 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced several steps to explore new revenue sources in an effort to worsen your financial challenges....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
University of Hawaii athletics must tackle fiscal woes
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:06 AM :: 5368 Views :: Higher Education

University of Hawaii college football has been on a losing streak, impacting athletic department revenue....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Agencies Have No Duty To Keep Their Records Accurately
By Robert Thomas @ 4:00 AM :: 6696 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary, Land Use

Last month, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion which declined to impose a duty of reasonable care on the Hawaii County Planning Department....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Hawaii's Demise Through the Eyes of the Economist
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:51 AM :: 4360 Views :: Homelessness
...Homeless? Buy a One-Way Ticket to Hawaii -- Hawaii "is attracting homeless people from the mainland US by offering food, a bed, and health care for just $3 a day."....
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Friday, December 19, 2014
An American Hero: Capt. Jerry Coffee
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 4634 Views :: Military

...Host Keli'i Akina speaks with former POW, decorated serviceman and author Capt. Jerry Coffee....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Policy Talk: New Governor and His Agenda
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 AM :: 5618 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii discusses the proposed 11-point action plan of the new governor of Hawaii, David Ige....

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Corruption: Al Hee Indicted on 13 Counts--Could Get 39 Years in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 12171 Views :: DHHL, Politicians, Tax Credits

This is happening now because Dan Inouye is dead.  There will be more....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
OHA Chair Demands Censorship of Kakaako Coverage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:40 PM :: 11087 Views :: Development, First Amendment, OHA

"Lindsey’s request for censorship is denied."

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
VIDEO: Oz Stender Said What About OHA?
By Video @ 5:41 PM :: 4711 Views :: OHA

Since Stepping Down, Former Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Oswald Stender Hasn't Minced Words....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 3778 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...currently, the state pension plan is only about 61% funded....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
114 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 3461 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidates may apply online at www.honolulu.gov/nco ....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Hawaii Family Forum: "Never, never, never give up."
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:47 AM :: 5833 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

Hawaii remains at the bottom of the list for voter registration and turnout....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Nanakuli: City to Update Homeless Project
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 3935 Views :: Homelessness

Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 p.m. during the Church with No Walls service at Nanaikapono Protestant Church....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Only 3,500 Sign Up for Obamacare in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:26 AM :: 6571 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

3,500 is far short of the 130,000 cited by Kissel in a Nov 28 Star-Adv interview as a break-even figure for the Connector....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Feds Pay Hawaii to 'Test health care payment and service delivery models'
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 3147 Views :: Health Care

...to design and test health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
A&B President Elected Chair of Hawaii Nature Conservancy
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 8424 Views :: Environment, Development, Greenmail

Benjamin has served on the Hawaiʻi Board since 2007 and has worked closely with Conservancy staff....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Republicans Encourage Neighborhood Board Candidates
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 5889 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

...Any Oahu resident who will be at least 18 years of age by February 20, 2015 can be a candidate....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tax Hike: City Chooses to Boost Property Assessments 7.1%
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4190 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

The city has prepared the real property assessment notices for 2015, and the total assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu has increased from $200.74 billion to $214.90 billion....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
National Academy of Sciences: Electric Cars Make Air Dirtier
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 PM :: 4837 Views :: Energy, Environment

...The study examines environmental costs for cars' entire life cycle, including where power comes from and the environmental effects of building batteries....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Unemployment Insurance Rates Drop 22%
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 5421 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...resulting in employers paying $50 million less in taxes, or $100 less per employee on average for 2015....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
OHA Sues OIP Over Decision on Sunshine Law Violation
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 4837 Views :: OHA

...it's jarring that the first order of business under new leadership is to challenge OIP's solid ruling that seeks to keep OHA's business transparent....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted December 15, 2014
By Congress.org @ 2:54 PM :: 3486 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations - Motion to Concur
  • House: Fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations - Passage
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Monday, December 15, 2014
Hawaii Teens #1 in E-Cigarette Use
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 5599 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Study sheds new light on e-cigarette behaviors in teens as regulators consider curbing sales to minors....

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
NextEra: The Green Corruption Files
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 12550 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

NextEra paid just $88 million in taxes on earnings of nearly $7 billion. That’s a tax rate of just 1.25 percent when the statutory rate is 35 percent....

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3758 Views :: Taxes

...when a Hawaii taxpayer reaches $200,000 in federal adjusted gross income, a number of bad things happen that, in total, can result in a marginal tax rate of 367,100% on that last dollar....

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Saturday, December 13, 2014
UH Hilo Highlighted in New Report: Most U.S. Colleges Violate Students’ Free Speech Rights
By News Release @ 1:36 PM :: 5417 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...ordered by the college administration to stop handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day....

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Saturday, December 13, 2014
90 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 4661 Views :: Honolulu County
2015 Candidates List As of December 11, 2014....
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Friday, December 12, 2014
FBI Names Paul D. Delacourt Special Agent in Charge of Honolulu Division
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 4252 Views :: Law Enforcement

From 2009 to 2011, he served as the FBI liaison officer to a counter-narcotics task force at U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii. In 2012, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Honolulu Division....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 5th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 4009 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Hawaii Republicans Should Follow Lingle's Path to Victory
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 4008 Views :: Republican Party

It was done in 2002 and 2006 and it can be done again....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Smart Growth v. Suburbanization Score is 0-1
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:37 AM :: 5819 Views :: Development, Rail

...urban trends are driven more by the masses and less by the political, academic and "environmental" elites that love to dictate how the hoi polloi should live....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Hawaii 4th-Worst State for Small Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 4780 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Is the HECO-NextEra Merger a Done Deal?
By Video @ 12:24 AM :: 5068 Views :: Energy

Deal after deal has fallen through...The Entergy Merger Failure....The Constellation Energy Merger Failure....

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Obamacare Increasing Coverage, but Not Access to Health Care
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:10 PM :: 3275 Views :: Health Care

...there’s a big difference between insurance coverage and access to health care services....

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Active Lifestyle? Honolulu Ranks 24th
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 3365 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated U.S. cities to find the ones that offer the most cost-effective and accessible fitness and sports facilities....

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
House Briefing to Look at UH Budget Request
By News Release @ 3:43 AM :: 3965 Views :: Higher Education
DATE: Thursday, December 18, 2014
TIME: 8:30 a.m. until completion
PLACE: Conference Room 309 State Capitol
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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Senate Briefing on ERS Financial Status
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3869 Views :: Hawaii State Government
DATE: Thursday, December 11, 2014
TIME: 9:00am
PLACE: Conference Room 211, State Capitol
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Top Chicago Labor Law Firm Takes Aim at Illegal Appointment of Brian Schatz
By Selected News Articles @ 10:09 PM :: 5951 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Office of Elections

The Geoghegan firm successfully represented plaintiffs in Judge v. Quinn involving related Seventeenth Amendment issues resulting from the temporary appointment to the US Senate of Roland Burris....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Video: Do Right-Wingers Support a Free Hawaii?
By Video @ 5:46 PM :: 5092 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

FreeHawaii looks at Kelii Akina's interview with Leon Siu....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii DoH: Significant Increase in E-Cigarette Use among Public School Teens
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 4266 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“Evidence suggests that e-cigarettes are being used by students who are not cigarette smokers....”

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Is it wasteful or watchful government spending?
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:03 PM :: 5725 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics

...the “2014 Congressional Pigbook,” published by the Citizens Against Government Waste identifies federal government “pork” spending in the millions of dollars in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 4102 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii’s strengths include low prevalence of obesity and low rate of preventable hospitalizations; state’s challenges include high prevalence of binge drinking and high incidence of infectious disease....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court In Aina Lea: The Rationales Behind The Opinion
By Robert Thomas @ 4:23 AM :: 5291 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

...the LUC violated petitioners’ constitutional rights....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Oahu churches seek dismissal of atheist lawsuit
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 5933 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

“The only thing these churches have done is serve the schools and bring great benefit to their surrounding communities. They don’t deserve to be dragged through court any longer by two people who are seeking financial gain by attacking these congregations.”

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Made in China Solar Panels Costly for Planet
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:02 PM :: 5607 Views :: Energy, Environment

“It takes a lot of energy to extract and process solar-grade silicon,” says co-author Seth Darling. “And in China, that energy tends to come from dirtier and less efficient energy sources...."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
OHA Trustees Elect Robert Lindsey Chair
By News Release @ 9:30 PM :: 6562 Views :: OHA

...Robert K. Lindsey Jr. is the Trustee who put Sen Brickwood Galuteria on the payroll of Peletron Inc while Galuteria was pushing against his own community for OHA's Kakaako Makai schemes....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Man gets 33 months in prison after threatening to decapitate congresswoman
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:35 PM :: 4307 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...On Aug. 3,  2013, Sherbow sent an email to the FBI and the media with the headline “Cutting Off Tulsi Gabbard’s Head.”....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Legislation Lets States Cut Ties Between Common Core and Federal Grants
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:55 PM :: 3802 Views :: Education K-12

...legislation to prohibit the federal government from “mandating, incentivizing or coercing” states to adopt the national education standards known as Common Core....

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
73 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 3396 Views :: Honolulu County

List of candidates who have filed as of Dec 7, 2014....

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