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Thursday, February 19, 2015
HECO, Taxes, Pesticides, and Teacher Tenure: House Republicans Speak Out
By Video @ 8:48 PM :: 3923 Views :: Republican Party

House Republicans speak out on the floor of the legislature....

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
500 Expected at GOP Lincoln Dinner Tonight
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 2842 Views :: Republican Party

“With Hawaii’s all-Democrat Congressional delegation taking a back seat in the Republican controlled congress, we’re honored to give the people of Hawaii a chance to hear from a sitting United States Senator in the majority Party."

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Honolulu Ranks 42nd for Economic Diversity
By Selected News Articles @ 7:41 PM :: 2550 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Honolulu Ranks 42nd Overall (tied with Irving, TX): 77th for 'Income Diversity' and 101st for 'Educational Diversity'....

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
House and Senate Republicans Join Forces on Legislation
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 3104 Views :: Republican Party

Senator Slom said, "I am very pleased to see that Rep. Fukumoto Chang has taken a more proactive, pragmatic approach as House Minority leader than her predecessor...."

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Hawaii: Anti-Gun Legislation Deferred, Pro-Gun Bills Progressing
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3096 Views :: Second Amendment

...anti-gun Senate Bills 783 and 462 were deferred indefinitely....

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Ige Rejects Activists, Appoints DeCoite to HD 13 Vacancy
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 4917 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, GMOs

Babes Against Biotech opposed DeCoite....

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Gallup: Alaska, Hawaii Lead the United States in Well-Being
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 2864 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii and Colorado are the only states to finish in the top 10 every year since 2008....

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Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Hawaii Democratic Party Wants Farmers Out of Business
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:18 PM :: 5263 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Agriculture

Read their testimony below....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Senate Schedules Confirmation Hearing for Controversial DLNR Appointee
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 4590 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Wednesday March 11th at 10 AM in room 229....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Scorecard: House Omnibus Marijuana Package
By Selected News Articles @ 10:47 PM :: 2895 Views :: Drugs
Here is a list of the bills that were heard by the House Committee on Health – how did your representative vote?
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
HCR33: Will Legislators Ask OHA to Help State Create Fake Indian Tribe?
By Video @ 10:19 PM :: 2044 Views
"WHO SAID YOU COULD DO THAT?"
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
AEI: Retire the Jones Act
By Selected News Articles @ 9:59 PM :: 3069 Views :: Jones Act

Refineries would have access to cheaper domestically-produced crude oil, which would lower the cost of gasoline, diesel and fuel oil. And there would be less need for imported oil....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Lawsuit Challenges Secrecy of Kanaiolowalu Roll Commission
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:32 PM :: 4386 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...Judicial Watch and former Hawaii Attorney General Michael Lilly are filing suit to compel the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to release the list to the public....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Big Island Group Proposes Electric Co-Op
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 4256 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

Local, democratic control over the island’s energy infrastructure....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
449 Candidates File for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 2690 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to submit completed candidate and voter registration forms for Neighborhood Board elections is this Friday, February 20, 2015....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Another House waiver of public notice—on an important energy bill
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 3684 Views :: Energy, Ethics

Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016....

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Schatz 3rd Most Absentee Senator
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 3356 Views :: Congressional Delegation
...on Vocativ’s Senate list Hawaii Democrat Brian Schatz missing the third-most votes....
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Hirono: ObamaCare Needs MORE Snow Days
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 PM :: 3486 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Health Care

...Healthcare.gov failed customers on the last hours of open enrollment this past weekend and now anyone who had problems signing up is getting an extension....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2015 Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:55 PM :: 3101 Views :: Taxes

1,515 bills were introduced in the House of Representatives and 1,379 bills were introduced in the Senate – over 400 more bills than were introduced in 2014....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
House Violates Public Notice Rules for Transsexual Birth Certificate Hearing
By Selected News Articles @ 3:13 PM :: 3897 Views :: Family, Health Care

...HB631 will be granted a hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, February 18th....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 17, 2015
By Congress.org @ 2:42 PM :: 2738 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Child Pornography Victims Restitution - Passage
  • House: Keystone XL Pipeline – Passage
  • House: Small Business Tax Extenders – Passage
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In Hawaii, The State of Liabilities, The Cost of Rail is Just the Beginning
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 4653 Views :: Labor, Rail, Taxes

Liabilities everywhere: The rail project, the failing state hospital system, overdue maintenance on state buildings and campuses, underfunded public worker pensions and health insurance, and so much more....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
SB992: Creates Tribal Judiciary, Places 12,000 Hawaiian Children at Risk
By Andrew Walden @ 4:30 AM :: 5952 Views :: Akaka Bill, Family, OHA
"Allowing a program like this to stand alone will lead to improper use and potentially corruption of a system whose sole purpose should be the safety and protection of the children."
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Full Text: Rail Cost Engineer on 'Billion Dollar Mile'
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:12 AM :: 3952 Views :: Rail

...a brood of unethical government contractors and incapable government enforcers....

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Monday, February 16, 2015
I Mua Manoa Proposes UH Budget Sustainability Plan
By News Release @ 5:59 PM :: 2899 Views :: Higher Education

I Mua Manoa proposes the following seven (7) steps to address the issue of transparency and to make the budget sustainable....

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Monday, February 16, 2015
HB459 Forces 'Pono Choices' Gay Sex Program on Schools Statewide
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 6130 Views :: Education K-12, Family

...to be heard by the Committees this week....

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Monday, February 16, 2015
SB1071: Second Amendment Rights for Legal Immigrants
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 2750 Views :: Second Amendment

The language in the bill about non-resident aliens is just "housekeeping" to clarify terminology in statute passed years ago....

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Monday, February 16, 2015
HCR33: Will House Pass Resolution Supporting Fake Indian Tribe?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 AM :: 3744 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...If HCR33 gets a hearing, it will first be in the House of Representatives Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs committee chaired by Rep. Kaniela Ing....

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Monday, February 16, 2015
Will OHA Trustees Waste Another $5M on Push for Fake Indian Tribe?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 AM :: 4047 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement will soon be requesting funding from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Maui Democrats Nominate Two Protesters and a Farmer for HD13 Vacancy
By News Release @ 5:10 AM :: 3626 Views :: Democratic Party

The House District 13 Council Nominating Committee has completed its selection process and has forwarded three names to the governor....

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Hotels as Renters
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4108 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Sales taxes in most states leave rent alone, but our General Excise Tax (GET) taxes it....

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Jones Act Case to Be Heard by 9th Circuit at UH Manoa
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 3312 Views :: Jones Act

Patrick Novak v. USA, in which plaintiffs appeal the Hawaii district court’s dismissal for lack of standing of their action brought against the United States, seeking a declaration that the Jones Act was invalid as it applied to interstate commerce involving the State of Hawaii....

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Pro-Life? Hawaii One of Only Four States With no Abortion-Free Insurance Policies on Health Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 3149 Views :: Life

Consumers should be especially aware of the difficulty that continues to exist in trying to get straight information....

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Ige Nominates DoTax, DoH Deputy Directors
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 2668 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Joseph Kim has been nominated to be the Deputy Director at the Department of Taxation where he will redeploy his extensive experience in training and commanding U.S. Air Force....

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Horizon Settles Lawsuit, Clears Way for Sale to Pasha, Matson
By News Release @ 3:13 AM :: 3067 Views :: Jones Act

Horizon and its board of directors believe that the claims in the actions are entirely without merit but are entering into this settlement because it will eliminate the risks, costs, and other burdens of litigation....

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Saturday, February 14, 2015
Right to Try Bills would Protect Terminally-Ill Patients from FDA Restrictions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 AM :: 3547 Views :: Health Care, Life

...to make experimental drugs available to terminally ill patients who meet certain qualifications....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
SB727: Hike GE Tax Another 0.5% Statewide
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 2703 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to the citizen tax burden....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Grassroot Institute: Promoting our Principles in the Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:22 PM :: 2658 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute has been busy tracking legislation that threatens or promotes free market principles and individual liberty....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
HR235: Eliminate Hawaii Internet Access Taxes
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 2787 Views :: Taxes

Currently, seven states—Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin—are permitted to tax Internet access....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Feb 20: Last Chance to file for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 3226 Views :: Honolulu County

The deadline to submit completed candidate and voter registration forms for Neighborhood Board elections is next Friday, February 20, 2015....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
HB558: Curbing Overtime Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:26 PM :: 3795 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The state paid nearly $60 million in overtime pay last year....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
The Worst Gun Bill of the Decade Died Yesterday
By News Release @ 1:32 PM :: 3565 Views :: Second Amendment

...SB 783, died yesterday.  The Senate Public Safety Committee, Chaired by Sen. Will Espero voted to "defer indefinitely."....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Rail: Engineer Exposes The Hows and Whys of Cost Overruns
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:07 PM :: 3923 Views :: Rail

...managers had set up a special module in the cost reporting software that allowed them to change prices....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
406 Candidates file for Neighborhood Board Elections
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 2936 Views :: Honolulu County

... February 20 is the last day to file ....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Caldwell signs law prohibiting sitting or lying on pedestrian malls
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 3310 Views :: Homelessness

...a 50% increase in people experiencing homelessness from out-of-state compared to last winter season....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Cancer Center to Merge With UH Medical School
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2809 Views :: Higher Education

...to convert the UH Cancer Center to an organized research unit within JABSOM....

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
DCCA Nails Solar Contractor: Unlicensed Work on DoE Schools
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 5473 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...35 schools on Oahu and 15 schools on Kauai....

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Angling for Money from Legislature, UH Report Threatens to Drop Three Sports
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 3548 Views :: Higher Education

"The department’s mission and future goals ... includes funding...."

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Milner: Legislature Secretive Because Republicans Fail to Rat Out Democrat Wrongdoing
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 PM :: 4643 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Opposition parties are rightfully tattletales. They are critics and watchdogs. Without this tattling, many things go on that the public does not know about....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Small Business Caucus Backs HB266 Regulatory Review Board
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 4154 Views :: Rail, Small Business, Taxes

...Small Business Caucus of the Hawaii State Legislature today announced its priority list of bills....

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