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Monday, December 8, 2014
Education Reform: Kelii Akina Interviews Darrel Galera, Roberta Mayor
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 5107 Views :: Education K-12

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina speaks with Darrel Galera (President) and Roberta Mayor (Board Member) of the Hawaii Center for Instructional Leadership about their work to reform education in Hawaii....

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Monday, December 8, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 8, 2014
By Congress.org @ 2:57 PM :: 3489 Views :: Congressional Delegation
House: Executive Action on Immigration - Passage
House: Fiscal 2015 Defense Authorization - Motion to Concur
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Monday, December 8, 2014
Honolulu 31st Lowest Concentration of Disadvantaged
By News Release @ 12:21 PM :: 4594 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...2014’s Cities with the Highest and Lowest Population in Need....

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
End Run Around Nexus
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3935 Views :: Taxes

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases....

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
Ethics Commission Fines Non-Profit for Illegal Lobbying
By News Release @ 3:28 AM :: 3900 Views :: Ethics

...a nonprofit organization was lobbying at the State legislature, but had not filed lobbying expenditures and contributions reports with the Commission....

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
Pearl Harbor, Civil Rights, and Hawaii Statehood
By Selected News Articles @ 12:30 AM :: 18783 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

Today, after two decades of "political correctness", nursing grievances has become a primary theme of the popular culture.  But in the 1940s, the opposite choice was made by thousands of young Japanese Americans in Hawaii.  They stood up, volunteered to join in the war effort and proved the doubters wrong.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014
HECO Sends Six New Solar Projects for PUC Approval
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 4720 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The average price of the seven new solar projects is 14 cents per kilowatt-hour....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
Report: 63% of Hawaii Charter Schools Fall Below Academic Performance Standards
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 3771 Views :: Education K-12

Notably, five of the eleven highest performing public high schools in the state and two of the four highest-performing middle schools, as measured by Strive HI, are charter schools....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
Audit: AG, DBEDT Did Not Report Millions in Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:40 PM :: 3451 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Nineteen funds and accounts did not meet criteria....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
Hawaiians Lost Land, Homes in Scam: Sovereignty Activist Ordered to Pay Reparations
By News Release @ 4:30 PM :: 3161 Views

Hawaiiloa Foundation collected approximately $468,000 from approximately 200 individuals who went through the debt elimination process. Many of the individuals tried to use the bonds but ultimately lost their homes through foreclosure....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
National Right to Life President to Speak in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 4501 Views :: Life

Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Pearl Country Club....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opportunities for International Trade and Internal Growth
By NCPA @ 10:05 AM :: 6186 Views :: World News, Economy

Completing the agreement will create the largest free trade area, in terms of both goods and services, in which the United States participates....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
Ige's Commitment: 'No Hidden Agendas, Avoid Raising Taxes'
By News Release @ 5:22 AM :: 5938 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

"We will spend public funds thoughtfully and without waste to avoid raising taxes...."

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Friday, December 5, 2014
DoE Leaders Embrace Education Reform Proposals
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 4894 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
“Race to the Top was very prescriptive. It was tremendously important change, but now we have to ask ourselves, ‘How can we change more collaboratively?’”
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Friday, December 5, 2014
182 Days: BOE Adopts Teacher-Proposed School Calendar for School Year 2015-2016
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 4816 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The BOE was set to approve a calendar submitted by the DOE until teachers presented their proposals....

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
The Jones Act’s Costly Impact
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:59 PM :: 3946 Views :: Jones Act

U.S. law allows shippers to transport goods domestically on cars, trucks, aircraft, or rail cars built in other countries. Just not ships....

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Hawaii-based unit final materiel recovery brigade in Afghanistan
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 3579 Views :: Military

More than 100 troops from the 45th Sustainment Brigade’s headquarters met an emotional explosion of cheers as they marched into the Wheeler Gulch hangar....

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Wall Street: Hawaii 12th Best-Run State in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:28 PM :: 3571 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... California, Colorado, Florida, and Hawaii all moved up by at least 10 positions on our ranking ....

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
VIDEO: You'll Never Hear OHA Say This
By Video @ 3:27 AM :: 3237 Views :: OHA

What's The One Thing You'll Never Hear The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees Say? ....

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
NextEra Buy May be Good for Rates, Bad for Distributed Generation
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 AM :: 4385 Views :: Energy

“Florida is not known for rooftop solar. It’s known for utility scale projects,” said Leslie Cole-Brooks, executive director, Hawaii Solar Energy Association....

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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Despite first lady’s vow to end veteran homelessness, VA fails miserably
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 AM :: 3188 Views :: Military
...27 percent were unable to reach a counselor and had to leave messages, 16 percent could not be referred to VA medical facilities because their messages were inaudible or lacked contact information, and 4 percent were not referred to VA facilities at all….
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
30 years of Honolulu City Lights
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 6794 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Religion

Honolulu City Lights will celebrate three decades of tree lightings and holiday fun on Saturday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m. at Honolulu Hale....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Ige Appoints Six More Cabinet Members
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 4889 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today announced the appointments of six additional members of his Cabinet and two deputy directors....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Caldwell Creates 'Office of Strategic Development'
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 5883 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

The OSD was established to immediately address the lack of overall planning and management of the city’s real estate portfolio, which has existed since the Department of Housing was eliminated in 1996....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Day Before Announcing Sale of Company, HECO Inks Biofuel Deal with Cronies
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 6198 Views :: Energy, Ethics

“With this new contract, Hawaiian Electric will be purchasing approximately half our production volume...."

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
State, Kauai County Select Mediator to Begin GMO Fact-finding Mission
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 3674 Views :: GMOs

...the group will be composed of not fewer than nine knowledgeable individuals from Kauai....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Hawaiian Electric Bought out by 'Nation's Largest Clean Energy Company' for $4.3B
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 6217 Views :: Energy

NextEra Energy, Inc. and Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. today announced a definitive agreement under which the companies have agreed to combine....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Hawaii Gun Rights at Stake as California AG Appeals Denial of Standing
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 4562 Views :: Second Amendment

This definitely has U.S. Supreme Court written all over it....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Univ. of Hawaii Student Loans Up 100%
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 4417 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

In Hawaii and Utah total borrowing by students at public institutions spiked by more than 100 percent since the start of the Great Recession....

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Auditor: Proposed Marijuana Dispensary Bill 'Flawed'
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 3593 Views :: Drugs
The proposed regulatory vehicle, HB No. 1587 (2014), has several flaws...
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
We the Powerful! -- Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 3252 Views :: Hawaii State Government

These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that you can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave your home island....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hawaii 30th Most Charitable State
By Selected News Articles @ 8:47 PM :: 3656 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Most & Least Charitable States....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
HECO Finally Admits GEMS is a Rate Hike
By Andrew Walden @ 8:11 PM :: 7893 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

For over a year, Hawaiian Electric has been claiming that the "green infrastructure fee" now beginning to appear on electric bills statewide is not a rate hike....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
UH Hilo Settles Lawsuit Over Handing Out Constitutions
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 6084 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

In a victory for free speech, the University of Hawaii (UH) agreed today to settle a First Amendment lawsuit filed by two students at UH’s Hilo....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Rep Ward: Is Governor Ige supporting Republican Issues?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 6:39 PM :: 5479 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

"We listened, and we heard an open invitation to work with Governor Ige on legislative issues...."

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
2015 Neighborhood Board Candidate filing period opens
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 3569 Views :: Honolulu County

Beginning today, O‘ahu residents can file to run for a seat on their Neighborhood Board....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
‘Green’ lobby pushes to extend lucrative tax breaks
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 PM :: 4896 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits
“Granting temporary privileges or punishment allows Congress to fund-raise on them over and over again.”
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hawaii ranks 40th in economic freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 PM :: 4726 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

"Hawaii's poor ranking--tied for 40th out of all states and in the bottom 3rd quartile overall--demonstrates the need for statewide economic reform," stated Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Full Text: Lt Gov. Tsutsui Inaugural Speech
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 4702 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

May God Bless all of you. May God continue to bless our great state, and may God continue to bless the United States of America....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Averting West Coast Port Shutdowns
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 AM :: 4978 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

West Coast ports are suffering a series of slowdowns....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
HECO Seeks 'Demand Response' Contractors
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 4013 Views :: Energy

...Managing their own demand in response to utility requests is another way for customers to save on their electric bills while supporting more clean energy....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Rep Gene Ward Interviews Gov Waihee
By Video @ 10:34 PM :: 5313 Views :: Akaka Bill, Politicians

Representative Gene Ward speaks with John David Waiheʻe III  who served as the fourth Governor of Hawaii from 1986 to 1994....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Grassroot Institute Encourages Ige to Consider Budgetary Reforms
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 2729 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Commends Ige for Determination to Put People and Prosperity Above Special Interests....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Auditor Slams State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 4917 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...Agencies failed to remit funds resulting in a potential loss of $147,213 in public arts revenues, and in one instance, the special fund received $100,000, when it should have received just $100....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Auditor: Hearing Aid Insurance Mandate Not Needed
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 3224 Views :: Health Care

...HMSA, UHA, and HMAA now provide coverage for hearing aids, and Kaiser plans to begin covering hearing aids in January 2015.....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Audit: 67% of 'Exempt' State Positions Vacant
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 5888 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

DHRD’s jurisdiction consisted of 21,783 positions, of which 15,069 were civil service and 6,714 exempt....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
The True Cost of Speeding in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 PM :: 5105 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

...residents will see a 6% average increase in their annual insurance costs for three years after the infraction....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Ige Releases 11-Point 'Action Agenda'
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 4024 Views :: Hawaii State Government

State government needs to be agile and efficient, innovative in developing solutions, adaptable to a rapidly changing environment, and above all, accountable to our “customers,” the people of Hawaiʻi....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Honolulu Ethics Commission: City Officer Under Investigation
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 4869 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...the city officer is currently the subject of an investigation being conducted by the subordinate....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Full Text: Ige’s Inaugural Address
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 3384 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...looking at new ways to empower schools....

...taking our pioneering experience in pre-paid health care to the next level and not letting bureaucracy get in the way....

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