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Sunday, March 23, 2014
If You Want a Tax Appeal, Beware the Weekend
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2751 Views :: Taxes

Once in a while people fight with taxing agencies about their taxes....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Ansaldo Breda Forced to Buy Back Defective Trainsets
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 PM :: 4100 Views :: Rail

Under an agreement announced on March 17, AnsaldoBreda will take back all 16 V250s ordered by NS and return €125m to the operator....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Mainland Homosexuals Laugh at Hawaii Single-Issue Candidates
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 PM :: 5486 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians, Republican Party

If you're not ready to serve your constituents on a broad range of issues, you will lose.  Your defeat will advance the gay agenda....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Catch the Wave of HOPE with Nick Vujicic at Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 7723 Views :: Life, Religion

Speaker brings anti-bullying message to isles: Nick Vujicic, born without arms or legs, will stop on Oahu, Maui and Kauai to begin a national tour....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
VIDEO: Rand Paul Gets Rousing Welcome at UC Berkeley
By Video @ 2:43 AM :: 5695 Views :: National News, First Amendment, Politicians, Republican Party

Sen. Paul spoke about his class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration and the National Security Agency....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Video: Freedom and Film
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:52 AM :: 4260 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment

interview with Chuck Boller, Director Emeritus of the Hawaii International Film Festival....

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Saturday, March 22, 2014
March 21, 2014: Election Commission Releases Updated Candidate List
By News Release @ 12:21 AM :: 3083 Views :: Office of Elections

The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending March 21, 2014....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector: Only 23 Employers Applied March 1-15
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 3128 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Only 5,394 enrollments in the individual marketplace....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Auditor: Eight Transportation Special Funds Do Not Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:44 PM :: 2690 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We also found instances where multiple funds were combined as a single fund in reports and did not include specific details of individual funds or accounts....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
HART Lawyer Gives Last Word on Rail Case
By Robert Thomas @ 6:15 PM :: 3069 Views :: Rail

Mr. Thornton notes that the decision is one "of national importance for transit and highway projects" because....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii lawmaker calls for federal investigation into Obamacare spending
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 2812 Views :: Health Care
“The lack of transparency regarding the grant expenditure requirements prompts this request for information and documentation”
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Senator Russell Ruderman Defends the Haters of Technology
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 PM :: 3288 Views :: GMOs
If you saw all of this on the social media, as a farmer, what would you think?
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Hawaii lawmaker challenges Alabama group’s ‘Teaching Tolerance’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:17 AM :: 3121 Views :: Education K-12

...Rep. Bob McDermott has asked the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission to investigate the Southern Poverty Law Center’s top administrators....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Have You Saved $2,500 Lately?
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:39 AM :: 2467 Views :: Health Care

President Obama recently admitted that Obamacare will cause some Americans to lose their doctors....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii restrictions on gun carrying held unconstitutional
By Selected News Articles @ 1:02 AM :: 5366 Views :: Second Amendment

The case is Baker v. Kealoha (9th Cir. Mar. 20, 2014) ....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Own Ivory? 89% Chance You Won't Be Able to Sell it Legally if Clayton Hee Gets His Way
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 4803 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

Hawaii is the third largest retailer of ivory and ivory products in the nation....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sen Slom asks GAO to Investigate Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:35 PM :: 3106 Views :: Health Care

To date Hawaii has failed or refused to release information pertaining to the grants citing “”a potential threat”....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
New Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 2918 Views :: Education K-12

Students in grades 3-8 and 11 at 91 schools statewide will participate in the field test of the new Smarter Balanced assessments....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Brookings: Great Recession Pushes Hawaii Long Term Unemployed to Margin of Labor Market
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 3854 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The long-term unemployed have problems finding work wherever they are, even in states with the lowest unemployment – Hawaii....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
HECO 'Renewable Watch' Shows Erratic 'Clean' Energy Flow in Real Time
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 3376 Views :: Energy

“Renewable Watch” for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, online displays that show the daily contribution of solar and wind generation on each island and how energy from these resources changes throughout the day....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Army on budget, on schedule with hypersonic missile program
By News Release @ 1:09 PM :: 2976 Views :: Military

...an AHW was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii, and arrived 30 minutes later at the Reagan Test Site, U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands -- a distance of about 2,500 miles....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Obamacare Again Goes Before Supreme Court Next Week
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:47 PM :: 2553 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare has caused seemingly endless problems, and one of the big—and very personal—ones will be on display at the Supreme Court next week....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Rep Pat Saiki Elected GOP Chair
By Andrew Walden @ 2:32 AM :: 4096 Views :: Republican Party

the Hawaii Republican State Committee voted 37-8 with one abstention to elect former US Rep Pat Saiki Party Chair....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Reps. Johanson and Fukumoto Mid-Session Report
By Video @ 1:19 AM :: 4482 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

Representatives Aaron Ling Johanson, Minority Leader and Beth Fukumoto Minority Floor Leader present a mid-session legislative report for 2014....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Hawaii laments defense cuts in Asia-Pacific theater
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:07 AM :: 3042 Views :: Military

It’s a lot of bad news, says one Hawaii Democrat....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
NPR: Me and Mr. Jones
By Audio @ 8:34 PM :: 3694 Views :: Jones Act
If you want to send a bunch of oranges by truck from Florida to Baltimore, no one cares who made the truck....
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Feds: 34,000 Hawaii APIs Eligible for Health Care Savings
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 3192 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...34,000 uninsured Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in Hawai‘i are likely eligible for no cost health care coverage (such as Medicaid or CHIP)....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Facts & Figures 2014: How Does Your State Compare?
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 3025 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...rates and rankings of all 50 states on 39 different measures of tax and fiscal policy....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Economic Freedom Helps Poverty More Than Government Aid
By NCPA @ 8:06 PM :: 3367 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Is it a loss of wealth by the rich or an increase in wealth to the poor? The latter, according to research....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Grassroot: Minimum Wage Hike Will Not Lift Working Families out of Poverty
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:07 PM :: 3828 Views :: Labor, Small Business

SB 2609 would provide for a gradual increase in the minimum wage with a provision for an unspecified tip credit....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Lobbying? Average citizen should not have to consult lawyer to testify before Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:46 PM :: 3452 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

...the bill, as written, will have a chilling effect on citizen participation in government....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
How to Avoid Another Housing Crisis
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:43 AM :: 3463 Views :: National News, Cost of Living
What’s one thing Congress could do to help the economy and American homeowners?
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Potheads May Have Harder Time Getting Medicated
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 3300 Views :: Drugs

Two messages from the Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i indicate that its going to be a lot harder to get medicated courtesy of just any old doctor....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Duke Aiona: Our Road to Success
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:32 AM :: 4861 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

In the past month we have put together our campaign team and developed our campaign strategy....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Race to the Top: Feds say Hawaii has Made Huge Progress
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2912 Views :: Education K-12

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Challenge Highlights Flaws in Hawaii's Anti-GMO Law
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 3258 Views :: GMOs

A judge on Hawaii's Big Island last week halted enforcement of part of Hawaii's flawed anti-GMO law....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Cornell Prof dismantles claims that GMO crops are “pesticide centered technology”
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 PM :: 3310 Views :: GMOs
“I got into biotech because I wanted to reduce the use of pesticides”
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
SB2435HD1: Will GMO Labeling come back to Life in Frankenbill?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:01 PM :: 3174 Views :: GMOs

The hearing—with decision making to follow--is set for March 20, 2014 at 9:35am in the State Capitol Auditorium....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Does the Obamacare Deadline Apply to Me?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:58 PM :: 2177 Views :: Health Care

For 2014, the penalty for not purchasing insurance will be either $95 or 1 percent of your annual income (whichever is greater)....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last Year’s $844 Million Surplus is Borrowed from the Future
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 3903 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The downward forecast means that the state has now fewer projected revenues that could be used to fund some of the proposed spending initiatives....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Abercrombie Administration Orchestrates Pre-K Rally
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 4970 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...Executive Office on Early Learning Director GG Weisenfeld was joined by state legislators, preschoolers, community groups and business representatives....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:20 AM :: 3348 Views :: Taxes

Here are the tax highlights from the 2014 Legislative Session....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Portnoy Lashes out at Zell, Claims Parr Petroleum Hawaii Refinery is at Risk
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 4805 Views :: Energy, Land Use

...leases which may be essential for Par Petroleum’s refinery operations....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Go! to Quit Hawaii, Hand Customers over to Hawaiian Airlines
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 3298 Views :: Tourism

The decision to cease operations in Hawaii follows significant growth in the Company’s flight operations on the mainland and was a strategic decision....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
March 25: Small Business Day at the Capitol
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 2606 Views :: Small Business

Every major poll shows small-business owners the most highly regarded group in America, and every elected official claims to be your friend....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector Partners with Planned Parenthood
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 3511 Views :: Family, Health Care

The Hawai‘i Health Connector and Planned Parenthood of Hawai‘i today announced a joint effort....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 17, 2014
By Congress.org @ 3:33 PM :: 2915 Views :: Congressional Delegation

The House and Senate will be in recess until March 24....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
How to Hide Billions in Taxpayer Money and Get Away With It
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:10 PM :: 2610 Views :: National News

...the housing entities’ “profits paid to the Treasury in 2013 alone have resulted in federal spending and deficits being underreported by more than $100 billion....

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Monday, March 17, 2014
March 17, 1959: Eisenhower Signs Hawaii Statehood Bill
By Video @ 4:10 AM :: 3377 Views :: Hawaii History

Video March 17, 1959: Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill....

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Sunday, March 16, 2014
HD5 Democrats’ Insidious Secrecy, Rigged Election Earns Lava Tube Award
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 4854 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

Because of the lack of transparency, it’s not totally clear who actually selected the three candidates from a field of nine....

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