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Monday, March 10, 2014
Brian Schatz Dances to California Billionaire's Tune
By News Release @ 4:41 AM :: 5525 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Politicians
...leading Democratic senators attended a fundraiser at billionaire Tom Steyer's San Francisco home. The event, for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, also featured former Vice President Al Gore....
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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Solomon Pushes for Approval of Mililani Trask's Overpriced Geothermal Contract
By Andrew Walden @ 8:16 PM :: 9946 Views :: Energy, OHA, Cost of Living

...IDG officers and associates gave over $10,000 to Malama Solomon for her tightly contested 2012 primary race against Lorraine Inouye....

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
HB1503: Prohibit Landlords from Evicting Marijuana Smokers
By Andrew Walden @ 7:27 PM :: 5640 Views :: Homelessness, Drugs

Topping off the irony, Rep Rhoads also introduced HB2577  which would ban indoor tobacco smoking in public housing....

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Whither the Independent Appeals Officer?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2896 Views :: Taxes

Appeals officers help over 100,000 taxpayers each year resolve their tax disputes with the IRS....

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Sunday, March 9, 2014
Hawaii National Guard builds global partnerships, proven on battlefield
By Selected News Articles @ 12:49 AM :: 3159 Views :: Military

USPACOM's partnerships: Alaska and Mongolia; Guam, Hawaii and the Philippines;Hawaii and Indonesia....

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Saturday, March 8, 2014
March 7, 2014: Election Commission Releases Updated Candidate List
By Andrew Walden @ 1:57 AM :: 3159 Views :: Office of Elections

The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending March 7, 2014....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Video: Japan and the Free Market
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:18 PM :: 3259 Views :: Economy

Dr. Akina interviews Professor Ken Schoolland and Sean Matsumoto of Japan’s Happy Science Academy....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
UHERO: Is Monopoly a Barrier to Hawai’i’s Ascent?
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 4018 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

In 2012 Joseph Stiglitz, a Nobel Prize winning economist and Columbia University Business School Professor visited Hawaii....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Lawmaker says advocacy group pays Hawaii teachers to attend ‘tolerance’ training
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:43 PM :: 4028 Views :: Education K-12

...Southern Poverty Law Center will pay teachers $250 to attend the training....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Two Quotes That Show the Absurdity of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:39 PM :: 2288 Views :: Health Care

You just don’t understand how much better Obamacare is going to make your life; you’re afraid of change. It’s okay, he wants you to know; he understands....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Informational Briefing on Grants-in-Aid
By News Release @ 11:21 AM :: 3931 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance will conduct a joint informational briefing on Chapter 42F, HRS grant applications....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Hawaii’s schools aren’t the best, so what’s with pay raises, shorter class schedules?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:34 AM :: 3082 Views :: Education K-12

Apparently, many state lawmakers aren’t interested in the numbers. They say teachers and students should spend even less time in the classroom, and the superintendent should make more money....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
OHA Reopens Akaka Tribal Roll, Announces Plan for ‘Governing Documents’
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 4795 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...As Predicted in 2006: A State-Recognized Indian Tribe for Hawaii....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
UH Manoa to host veterans conference
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 4142 Views :: Higher Education, Military

March 19 and 20 in the UH Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Full Text: Souki Reprimands Hanohano—conduct “intimidating, disruptive”
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 3438 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"If it is confirmed by me that a future incident of this nature has occurred, whether at the Capitol or elsewhere, I will immediately remove you from all committee assignments...."

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Ige Slams Abercrombie over Pension Tax Hypocrisy, Morita Appointment
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 4923 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

The governor may not be following the legislative process closely....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Pine: 50,000 Solar Panels for Kahe Point?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:00 AM :: 4679 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

The construction of a 50,000 panel solar farm at the entrance of the Wai‘anae Coast at Kahe Point is being proposed....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Rep Wooley Director of Office of Environmental Quality Control
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 5773 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This is the same worthless job Abercrombie gave to shut Gary Hooser up back in 2011....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Zoning Board: Abercrombie's Supreme Court Pick Operating Illegal Enterprise for Over a Decade
By Andrew Walden @ 4:08 PM :: 6164 Views :: Judiciary
Did Wilson see fit to advise the Judicial Selection Commission or the Abercrombie Administration of his long-running and on-going illegality? 
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Income Share Agreements for Student Loans
By NCPA @ 1:51 PM :: 2688 Views :: Higher Education

Income Share Agreements are better tools for student financing than traditional student loans....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
How Many Jobs Are Threatened by the EPA in YOUR District?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:37 PM :: 4343 Views :: Environment, Labor, Small Business

Average of more than 770 jobs losses per congressional district....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hawaii Obamacare Medicaid Applications–Even Less Than The Few
By Andrew Walden @ 2:43 AM :: 2763 Views :: Health Care

The post-Obamacare increase averages out to an additional 1,174 persons applying for Medicaid each month since October 1.... 

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Senate Passes More Than 300 Bills
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 2211 Views :: Hawaii State Government

In preparation for the first crossover deadline Thursday, the Senate today held a long floor session to move bills out of its chamber so that it may crossover to the House of Representatives....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
House Votes to Move Another 183 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 2315 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House now stands in recess and will reconvene to take action on final measures for third reading on Thursday, March 6 at 12 p.m....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
AG Decides to Claim Deficiencies, but no Criminal Activity in UH Project Management
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 3083 Views :: Higher Education

"...and we are very pleased to have Brian Minaai return to his full duties...."

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
In Face of Lawsuit, DOE Pushes Ahead with Overpriced Chevron Solar Deal
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 4492 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

This morning, the DOE announced it has selected Chevron Energy Solutions to help lead implementation of the five-year sustainable energy program, to be called Ka Hei....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Full Text: Big Island Papaya Farmer Sues to Invalidate anti-GMO Ordinance
By Robert Thomas @ 9:12 PM :: 5766 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

Science. It's the darndest thing....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Real Stories Behind "The Descendants"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:08 PM :: 6519 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use
"Deconstructing The Descendants: How George Clooney Ennobled Old Hawaiian Trust and Made the Rule Against Perpetuities Sexy"
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Jones Act Strikes Oil
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:01 PM :: 3081 Views :: Jones Act

When a law has as broad a reach as the Jones Act does, you’re likely to run into it in some unlikely places....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Happy 225th Birthday, U.S. Constitution!
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:54 PM :: 2626 Views :: National News

It was 225 years ago that the Constitution officially came into effect, when members of Congress were sworn in for the first time in New York City....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Rep. Beth Fukumoto named to National Future Majority Caucus Advisory Board
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 3546 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Fukumoto will join the FMC in its mission to proactively diversify and grow the Republican family....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hawaii urges residents to ‘tell a friend’ about Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:37 PM :: 2535 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector, the local Obamacare exchange, has a new campaign to boost enrollment — “Tell a friend.”....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tulsi Gabbard Office Manager tied to Chris Butler Cult
By Andrew Walden @ 1:35 PM :: 18164 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians, Religion

Cults are known for their ability to draw in devotees and make them worship the leader.  In a recent poll, Tulsi Gabbard’s popularity was tops among Hawaii politicians at 76%....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A Quick Guide to Obama's 2015 Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:06 PM :: 2880 Views :: National News

...Heritage experts dive into President Obama’s new budget proposal....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Caldwell Brings in Outside Planners to Redevelop Blaisdell Center
By News Release @ 11:58 AM :: 3730 Views :: Honolulu County

The week will culminate with a public presentation of the panel’s findings and recommendations on March 7, 2014 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Mission Memorial Auditorium....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Mainland Enviros Cheer Hawaii's On-Bill Financing Solar Scheme
By News Release @ 11:56 AM :: 2939 Views :: Energy

EDF has been advocating for states to establish On-Bill Repayment (OBR) programs that allow property owners and tenants to finance clean energy....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
'Sovereign Council' Scores $675K to Sell Obamacare
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 3821 Views :: DHHL, Health Care

The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) signed a $675,000 agreement today with the Hawaiʻi Health Connector to serve as a marketplace assister organization....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Forks Out $164.7M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 2789 Views :: Hawaii State Government

News Releases from Office of the Governor ....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Dead on Arrival: Obama’s FY 2015 Budget includes $250 million for rail
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 3050 Views :: Rail
POLITICO: "Yes, we all know President Barack Obama’s budget is dead on arrival."
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Hawaii Democrats Statewide Caucuses March 5
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 3413 Views :: Democratic Party

On March 5th, The Democratic Party of Hawaii's Biennial Precinct Meeting is coming to a district near you ....

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
UHERO: Climate Change Behind Push for Water Conservation
By UHERO @ 11:20 PM :: 5079 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Agriculture

Drawdown of existing groundwater stocks is likely still decades away....

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Survey: Honolulu Traffic Gets 18% Worse
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 4137 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail
As GDP goes up, MPH goes down....
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Survey: Hawaii Ranks 5th for Economic Health
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 2661 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...this data is updated monthly and is calculated from multiple economic and demographic factors related to three primary data categories—employment, income and housing....

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
National Park Tourism in Hawaii Creates $314 Million in Economic Benefit
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 2974 Views :: Tourism

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5.1 million visitors to national parks in Hawai`i spent more than $314 million and supported 3,723 jobs in the state in 2012....

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Only One of These Makes the Country Work
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:32 AM :: 2803 Views :: National News

“America’s greatness is found in its individuals, not in the collective....”

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Monday, March 3, 2014
Who Needs Health Connector? Feds Already Had Website offering Hawaii Insurance Policies
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 4002 Views :: Health Care
"In general, consumers had substantially more policies to choose from on private websites such as eHealthinsurance.com and Finder.healthcare.gov than they presently have on the exchanges."
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Monday, March 3, 2014
New Obamacare Tax Will add $300 to Insurance Premiums
By NCPA @ 2:09 PM :: 2391 Views :: Health Care

Starting this year, ObamaCare's "annual fee" tax will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums....

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Monday, March 3, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 3, 2014
By Congress.org @ 1:57 PM :: 3061 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Veterans Benefits -- Cloture
  • Senate: Veterans Benefits – Motion to Wave
  • House: Cellular Phone Unlocking – Passage
  • House: Eminent Domain Authority – Passage
  • House: Federal Rule-Making Process – Passage
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Monday, March 3, 2014
Gov. Bobby Jindal: America, We Can Do Better
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:11 AM :: 2752 Views :: National News

In Washington, facts can sometimes be stubborn things. I guess that’s why some media pundits thought my comments at a governors’ association meeting last Monday—which highlighted the slow growth and failed economic policies of our President—impolitic or impolite.....

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Sunday, March 2, 2014
Well Then, How Do We Stimulate Business?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3090 Views :: Tax Credits

A few weeks ago this column spoke out against tax credits....

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