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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Mayors Are Still After GE Tax Surcharge Authority
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2835 Views :: Taxes

This bill is still alive and it represents probably the largest TAX INCREASE still moving.....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
UHERO: Impact of Federal PURPA Subsidies on Hawaii Alternative Energy market
By UHERO @ 6:38 AM :: 4231 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

In this policy brief, we identify the existing PURPA-based contracts in Hawai'i ....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Election Year CIP: Abercrombie Spoons out Another $36.6M
By News Release @ 6:29 AM :: 2932 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$27,695,000 – Kamamalu Building Renovation, Oahu....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
March 14, 2014: Election Commission Releases Updated Candidate List
By News Release @ 4:20 AM :: 3138 Views :: Office of Elections

The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending March 14, 2014....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
ACLU Sues Maui County over Employee’s Website
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 5492 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Law Enforcement

...based on the County’s efforts to restrict what Neldon Mamuad may say on his prominent “MAUIWatch” Facebook feed....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
PUC chair, green activist under investigation, accused of violating HI conservation law
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:47 PM :: 5453 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

IRONY: PUC Commissioner Hermina Morita, adored by environmentalists, is facing fines for violating Hawaii conservation and zoning laws....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
UH College of Education Ranks 74th in Nation
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 3643 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

For more than a decade, the college has made it into the top 50 to 100 teacher preparation schools....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
UH law student named state’s Mother of the Year
By News Release @ 4:30 PM :: 3346 Views :: Family

Along with a full-time load of law school courses, she’s a full-time realtor, and also spends one day a week on an externship with Senator Sam Slom’s Minority Research Office....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
Apo: Trustees Begin Process of Dissolving OHA
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 6035 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
Why would a Board vote to dissolve its own organization? How will this happen? Can OHA be trusted to implement this historic decision?
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Friday, March 14, 2014
New DoE Training Course: Teach Transsexualism to 2nd Graders
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 3:22 PM :: 5634 Views :: Education K-12

... McDermott says the payment of "stipends" to Hawaii teachers, for delivering SPLC's version of "Tolerance Training" breaks the law ....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
After Mysterious Disappearance, Patricia McManaman Returns as director of the Department of Human Services
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 4023 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Flashback February 9, 2014: Did McManaman Quit Abercrombie Administration or Not?
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Friday, March 14, 2014
What Ukraine Needs from the U.S. Now
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:20 AM :: 3557 Views :: World News

Ukraine is an independent country. Its people voted overwhelmingly (90 percent in favor) to declare independence from Russia in 1991....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
Obamacare in Hawaii: Fixing What Wasn’t Broken
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 AM :: 3782 Views :: Health Care

In Hawaii, Obamacare has disrupted a health-coverage system that had seen 98 percent of the population insured before the recession....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Guam team up on Jones Act
By News Release @ 5:02 AM :: 8435 Views :: Jones Act

...Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico lawmakers say the U.S. ship build requirement of the Jones Act is a major contributor to the high cost of living in their locations....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
U.S. District Court's Honolulu Rail Compliance Order – A Slam Dunk
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 4202 Views :: Judiciary, Rail

...Judge A. Wallace Teshima’s truly final order in the case: the Order on Objection to Notice of Compliance, which coincidentally (or perhaps not) was issued on the same day (February 18, 2014) as the Ninth Circuit opinion....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Feds Give Hawaii DoE $1.7M for 'Persistently Low Achieving Schools'
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 2808 Views :: Education K-12

...to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Bill Proposes Sunshine Law Exemptions for City Council Members
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 2677 Views :: Ethics
...allow a quorum or all members of a county council to attend and participate in discussions at free in-state meetings and presentations held by private interests....
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Waitlist Patients Burden Hawaii Hospitals
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 3536 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
Hawaii's waitlisted patients—that is, those remaining in a hospital after the need for acute care ceases—account for an annual loss of $62.7 million....
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Delaying Obamacare's Individual Mandate Due to 'Hardship' -- Caused by Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:53 PM :: 2348 Views :: Health Care

It’s getting difficult to take any part of Obamacare seriously....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
UH Law School Drops Sharply in National Rankings
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 4053 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

The Richardson Law School was ranked in 100th place among 146 law schools... Richardson was tied for 80th last year ....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Carl Icahn, Sam Zell vs Portnoy Family in 'Vicious' fight over Hawaii Lawyers' Land Management Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 4:09 AM :: 4801 Views :: Energy, Land Use

Mr Zell controls 33 per cent of Par Petroleum, an oil and gas company operating in Hawaii....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
$500M Swept Away by Council on Revenues
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:43 AM :: 2955 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...both the Governor and the House budget drafts are not in balance....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii Bar Association New Testimony on Wilson Nomination
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 3304 Views :: Judiciary

...work ethic concerns, lack of professionalism in the workplace, questions concerning the propriety of conduct toward women in professional contexts, and the ability to serve at the level of a Supreme Court Justice....

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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Pat Saiki to be Hawaii GOP Chair
By News Release @ 12:45 AM :: 4092 Views :: Republican Party

David Chang, the chairman of the Hawaii Republican Party, will step down to concentrate on military and business commitments....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Hawaii Ranks #2 for Dividend Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 4601 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Californians face the highest top marginal personal dividend tax rate in the United States of 33 percent, followed by taxpayers in New York (31.5 percent), and Hawaii (31.6 percent)....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Tosses Out Another $64.7M CIP
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 2943 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$64.7 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) that will help stimulate....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Principal: “Pono Choices will not return to Molokai Middle School”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:23 PM :: 5706 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

More than 120 Makua (parents), kapuna (grandparents) and aunties and uncles on the rural island of Molokai joined together at the Kalanianaole Hall to hear the truth about Pono Choices....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Approves $211M Judiciary Budget
By News Release @ 9:08 PM :: 2906 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House of Representatives today approved HB1638 HD2, appropriating $161,137,650 for operating expenses and $50,590,000 for capital improvement costs of the Hawaii State Judiciary....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Finance Committee Cuts $180M from Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 3204 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...At this point last year, the House had reduced the Governor’s budget by almost $600 million....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
HECO Begins Installing Smart Meters on Oahu
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 3580 Views :: Energy

This is the first phase of a plan which would develop smart grids across Oahu, in Maui County and on Hawaii Island by 2018....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The Obama Administration's About-Face on Medicare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:52 PM :: 2153 Views :: Health Care

The administration had proposed new rules for seniors’ prescription drug plans in Medicare Part D....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Council on Revenues Knocks $478M Hole in Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 4472 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The council projected zero percent growth for the fiscal year that ends in June, down from 3.3 percent....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Writes Check to Kupuna Care as Medicaid Applicants Get Cut Off
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 3196 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Meanwhile: Get Medicaid? Lose Kupuna Care....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
UH medical school moves up in Best U.S. Medical Schools rankings
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 2998 Views :: Higher Education
JABSOM’s primary care program is ranked 57, jumping up nine places from 2013 rankings. Research earns the 78 spot, up four places....
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Most Wanted: FBI Searching Big Island for Anti-Biotech Terror Bomber
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 6125 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement, GMOs

On Aug 28, 2003, two bombs exploded approximately one hour apart on the campus of a biotechnology corporation in Emeryville, CA. Then, on Sept 26, 2003, one bomb strapped with nails exploded ....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Concrete Brutality: HART Rail Stations Revealed
By Video @ 11:36 PM :: 3553 Views :: Rail

HART video shows design for rail stations from Aloha Stadium to Kapolei.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Hawaii: Update on Second Amendment Legislation
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 3846 Views :: Land Use, Second Amendment

HB 1902, introduced by state Representative Cindy Evans (D-7), would integrate a no net loss policy for public hunting lands in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
For Sale Cheap: One More Bankrupt Alt-Energy Scheme
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 4784 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Located in Kawaihae on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, 35 miles north of Kailua-Kona, the assets are being marketed in a sealed bid offering that closes at 5:00 p.m. (PT)on April 4....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Anti-science dominates Senate climate marathon
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 3116 Views :: Environment
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
With Asset Test Gone, Thousands Pile into Hawaii Medicaid
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 3813 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Since October 1, 69,041 people have been found eligible for Medicaid in Hawaii.  3,249 are eligible for CHIP.  Another 24,583 were deemed ineligible....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
HI lawmakers want private providers to subsidize Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:28 PM :: 2878 Views :: Health Care
Lawmakers scrambling to keep the Hawaii Health Connector solvent are proposing a fee for private insurers who decline to take part in the local Obamacare exchange....
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Tell Us Your Common Core Stories
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:21 PM :: 2554 Views :: Education K-12

The Obama Administration has incentivized states to accept national education standards—called Common Core—with billions in federal grants and waivers from the onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Back from Afghanistan: Soldiers Return to Schofield
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 3071 Views :: Military

More than 60 Soldiers from the 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sustainment Brigade, reunited with their families here....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
House Speaker Joe Souki Endorses Jones Act Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:19 AM :: 3526 Views :: Jones Act

Souki (D) was among the group who introduced HR 113 and HCR 153, which note that the Act, "disproportionately imposes an economic burden on and adversely affects Hawaii."....

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Monday, March 10, 2014
DLIR: Employment will Expand 4% on Construction Boom
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 3449 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...the construction industry will lead the economic recovery with the fastest growth rate (16.7 percent), as well as by creating the most jobs (4,960)....

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Monday, March 10, 2014
Maui: Hawai'i Free Press Editor to Speak
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 3331 Views :: TEA Party

...Thursday, March 13th, starting 6:30 PM....

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Monday, March 10, 2014
KIUC Elections: Anti-Smart Meter Paranoiacs Lose Again
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 4252 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

David Iha, Teofilo "Phil" Tacbian and Peter Yukimura have been reelected to the board of directors of Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative.....

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Monday, March 10, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 10, 2014
By Congress.org @ 6:20 PM :: 2617 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Adegbile Nomination – Cloture
  • Senate: Military Prosecutions – Cloture
  • House: Environmental Reviews – Passage
  • House: Ukrainian Loan Guarantees – Passage
  • House: Flood Insurance Premiums – Passage
  • House: Individual Health Insurance Mandate – Passage
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Monday, March 10, 2014
Price Fixing: Horizon, Sea Star to Pay $3.4M Fine
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 3335 Views :: Jones Act

...Sea Star Line is a subsidiary of TOTE Inc., the ocean shipping group of Saltchuk Resources Inc., which also owns and operates Young Bros....

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Monday, March 10, 2014
Who's Watching You Online?
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:36 AM :: 3086 Views :: National News
“Exploiting social networks for military and intelligence purposes is a global game”
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