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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Breaking Down The Tesoro Refinery Closure
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 2765 Views :: Energy, Economy

Tesoro announced they were shutting down their refinery .... The question on everyone’s mind—what does this mean for Hawai‘i?

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Feds Release RTTT Report: "We will continue to work closely with Hawaii"
By News Release @ 11:40 PM :: 2101 Views :: Education K-12

Among the major challenges identified by the USDOE was the delayed principal evaluation implementation.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Honolulu at the Bottom of Top 300 Cities
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:45 PM :: 2518 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Global Metro Monitor update of the Brookings Institution. Yet another non-flattering economic statistic....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Rep. McDermott: after nine years of development, new principal evaluation process still flunks
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 2080 Views :: Education K-12

Last week the State Department of Education finally released the criteria for principal evaluations....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tax Cut or Minimum Wage Hike? Hawaii 4th-Highest Taxes for Low Income Residents
By Andrew Walden @ 4:14 AM :: 3453 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Instead of cutting taxes on the poor, Abercrombie proposes to extract more taxes from them by hiking the minimum wage.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
A Blow to Obama's Imperial Presidency
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:56 AM :: 2350 Views :: National News, Obama

“Our unilateral president must take his unilateral medicine.” 

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Hawaii: Attempt to Repeal Protections for NRA Instructors Fails
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 2355 Views :: Second Amendment

NRA-ILA is pleased to report that an attempt to repeal newly-enacted protections for National Rifle Association instructors has failed....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Would a Jones Act exemption lower the cost of electricity in Hawaii?
By Michael Hansen @ 10:02 PM :: 2992 Views :: Jones Act

The type of ship needed to transport LNG is a highly-specialized kind of tanker ship known as an LNG Carrier, none of which have been built in the U.S. since the mid-1970’s....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
FrackNation TV Debut: Debunks Anti-Natural Gas Hysteria
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 PM :: 3540 Views :: Energy

  • Saturday, February 2 at 9:30 a.m. Hawaii Time
  • Wednesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. Hawaii Time

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Reforming America's Immigration System
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:45 PM :: 1766 Views :: National News

The Heritage Foundation has released the following statement....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Left’s War on, well, Everything! Science, the economy and humans
By NCPA @ 2:56 AM :: 2651 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Economy

...liberals are increasingly shedding their humanist pretentions and showing (their true) misanthropic nature....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Hawaii Gun Buyback Bill Scheduled to be Heard This Week
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 2166 Views :: Second Amendment

The average person who voluntarily surrenders a firearm to police is not a criminal and the firearms surrendered are not those misused by criminals....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Must Read: Leading Activist Apologizes For Starting Anti-GMO Movement
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 PM :: 5524 Views :: GMOs

"I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment."

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
HHSC Exec: Hospitals "Being Pushed to Brink of Collapse"
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 3521 Views :: Health Care

"Hilo Medical Center, the other thirteen HHSC facilities, and hospitals nationwide are being pushed to the brink of collapse, given the new health reform law changes."

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
HECO Lifts Limits on Solar Installations
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 3164 Views :: Energy

In October 2012, HECO again raised the limit to 75 percent of minimum load (which roughly translates to 23 percent of peak....HECO's proactive approach, fundamentally, aims to move beyond arbitrary limits....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
John Kerry, President Obama's Ideological Twin
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:56 PM :: 1232 Views

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is likely to be confirmed today as the next Secretary of State after sailing through a Senate hearing last week. What does this mean for America and its foreign policy?

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
HECO to Pay H-Power 21 Cents Per KWH
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 4709 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Comparison: Highest RETAIL electric rate on Mainland -- Connecticut at 19.5 cents per kwh

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Empire Strikes Back: Reaction To UH Lawprof's Study Of Success Rates In Hawaii Supreme Court Cases
By Robert Thomas @ 12:56 AM :: 3869 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary

...the good professor labeled the record of the 1993-2010 Hawaii Supreme Court on property issues "appalling," so it should come as no surprise that two of the beneficiaries of those rulings have now rallied to that court's defense....

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Monday, January 28, 2013
$59.8M Vanishes as State, HECO Reach Agreement
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2795 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

As part of the settlement, HELCO will withdraw its request for a 4.2 percent or $19.8 million rate increase in 2013. HECO and its subsidiaries will also reduce by $40 million the amount being sought for improvements to two major projects....

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Monday, January 28, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted January 28, 2013
By Congress.org @ 6:19 PM :: 2172 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Temporary Rules Changes
  • Senate: Permanent Rules Changes
  • House: Short-Term Suspension of Debt Limit – Final Passage
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Monday, January 28, 2013
Survey: Honolulu 3rd Least Affordable Housing on Earth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 PM :: 3270 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

Even in Honolulu, housing affordability has deteriorated markedly, with the Median Multiple rising 0.6 points in just the last year. Honolulu was less affordable than all but Hong Kong and Vancouver...

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Monday, January 28, 2013
Gallup: Obama Job Approval Jumps 8.1% in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:49 PM :: 3075 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Obama

Residents of Hawaii, along with those living in the District of Columbia, were most likely to approve of President Barack Obama in 2012, according to an analysis of Gallup Daily tracking for the year....

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Monday, January 28, 2013
It's School Choice Week
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 PM :: 2646 Views :: Education K-12, National News

...school choice advocates—including parents, teachers, schoolchildren and administrators, and many others—will come together to promote educational choice, with more than 3,600 events taking place nationwide....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Over 1000 March for Life in Honolulu
By Andrew Walden @ 6:47 PM :: 3389 Views :: Life

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Kulani Prison to be Sovereignty Movement Training and Recruitment Center
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 4420 Views :: Akaka Bill, Law Enforcement, OHA

...see the list of 1,000 well-known prison reform activists, elected Democrats, Hawaii County Prosecutor, sovereignty activists, religious leftists, green mailers, and current inmates who have signed on to this effort....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Meet the Profiteer Behind Hawaii Medical Marijuana Cards
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 AM :: 6634 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

"This guy's been operating (as a commercial enterprise) for two or three decades." .... In other words, he's a drug dealer.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Impact of High Taxes Cripples Economic Growth
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:00 AM :: 2288 Views :: Taxes

...elected officials desperate to make-up the budget shortfall selectively raised taxes, resorting to increases that weren’t visible to the general public in order to avoid mass resentment ....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
'Complete Streets': Will Kakaako Become Another Waikiki?
By Mary Smart @ 2:53 AM :: 3638 Views :: Development, Rail

Auto commutes will be made more cumbersome to promote public transportation....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
After 20 Years of Minimal Change, Minimal Growth What Should Hawaii Plan For?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:11 AM :: 2968 Views :: Environment, Development, Rail

Census data strongly suggests that Hawaii, and Oahu in particular, are stable communities with very mild growth....

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals Clarifies Zoning Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 1:03 AM :: 2363 Views :: Land Use

...a "zoning verification" by the Director of the City and County's Department of Planning and Permitting is not a "decision of the Director"....

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
199 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 3298 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidate filing is open through February 15, 2013 (date corrected) for Honolulu Neighborhood Board elections. Candidates may register online at the NB election webpage.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
HFF: Mainland Money Behind Push for Gay Marriage
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:24 PM :: 4149 Views :: Family, Gambling, Health Care, Religion

...continued attempts to legalize same-sex marriage, gambling and physician-assisted suicide....

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
CDC: Hawaii 3rd Lowest Tobacco Use
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 3041 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

State ranks third lowest in the country for adult smoking and second lowest for youth tobacco use....

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Jindal to GOP: "Stop Being the Stupid Party"
By Selected News Articles @ 10:09 PM :: 2914 Views :: National News, Republican Party

Let me warn you in advance that I plan to talk big picture here tonight, and I plan to say some things that may challenge your assumptions....

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Friday, January 25, 2013
RFP: HELCO Seeks Proposals for 50MW Geothermal
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 2467 Views :: Energy

Request for Proposals (RFP) for 50 MW of Dispatchable Renewable Geothermal Firm Capacity Generation on the Island of Hawaii....

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Friday, January 25, 2013
NRA: 2013 Legislative Session Begins with a Battle for Our Second Amendment Rights in the Aloha State
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 3569 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

The NRA will be actively fighting proposed anti-gun measures while keeping you updated on scheduled hearings and any action taken. While each bill has been assigned to a committee, most have not yet been scheduled for hearings.

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Friday, January 25, 2013
State Rejects HSTA's Billion Dollar Contract Proposal, Feb 1 'Impasse' Looms
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 2954 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

In its proposal, HSTA seeks to:

  • Increase teachers’ base pay by 48.1 percent over the next four years,
  • Delay implementation of the new Educator Effectiveness System,
  • Gain veto power over development of each step of the system.
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Friday, January 25, 2013
Secrecy in Public Union Collective Bargaining
By NCPA @ 12:44 PM :: 2791 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

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Friday, January 25, 2013
Marching for Life
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:30 PM :: 3163 Views :: National News, Life

Later today, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life.

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Friday, January 25, 2013
DoE Scores 'D' for Teacher Preparation
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 2786 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...there is much more that can be done to help ensure that new teachers are “classroom ready.” ...

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Friday, January 25, 2013
HSTA: 'Prepare for Negotiations to Continue at Length'
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 2571 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Given the nature of negotiations, the proposal HSTA took to the table is a starting point and is subject to change....

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Friday, January 25, 2013
A Fracking Good Story
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 4984 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
HTA: 2012 Arrivals, Spending Set New Records
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 2915 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals in every month of the year elevated annual 2012 total visitor expenditures to a record $14.3 billion....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
HGEA, DOE Agree on Evaluation and Support System for Principals
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 3371 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

All Hawaii public school principals will receive enhanced supports and evaluations beginning in the 2013-14 school year under an agreement between the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) and the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Hawaii's 40 Top 'Green' Energy Projects
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 2744 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii Renewable Energy Projects Directory....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sen Sam Slom Releases Agenda for 2013
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:43 PM :: 2968 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

“So that there is no mistake, or confusion, and our position is clear and apart from both the Executive and Majority Legislative branches...."

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Health Insuance: Hawaii Has One of Lowest Rejection Rates in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 2323 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hundreds of thousands of consumers have their health insurance applications declined each year according to a 2010 congressional study....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Survey: 195 Patients in Hospitals Waiting for Long Term Care Beds
By Andrew Walden @ 4:57 PM :: 2605 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
  • Queens: 54 patients waiting
  • Maui Memorial: 41 patients waiting
  • Kuakini Hospital: 20 patients waiting
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Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Urgent Danger in the Senate
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 1740 Views :: National News

Think your state has equal representation in the Senate? Well, that could be eliminated soon.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Eco-Friendly? Reusable Shopping Bags Poisoning Our Oceans
By Mary Smart @ 2:20 AM :: 3821 Views :: Environment, Taxes

Abercrombie was right about one thing in his 2013 State of the State speech, there are too many answers in the form of solutions being proposed before sufficient questions are asked and researched....

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