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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Feds to Survey Housing Needs of DHHL Waitlisters
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 1869 Views :: DHHL

The Department is conducting this study under contract with The Urban Institute and its subcontractors, NORC, Econometrica and SSI....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
DoE Suspends Homosexual Sex Ed Program
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 2245 Views :: Education K-12, Family

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will be placing Pono Choices implementation on hold as it conducts another review of the pilot curriculum....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: The Confusing World of PV
By UHERO @ 4:09 PM :: 2290 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

This UHERO 101 intends to clarify some of the rate and policy aspects of PV in Hawai‘i, and explores the two opposite driving forces of PV adoption....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: Water Trading to Control Hawaii Aquifers?
By UHERO @ 4:03 PM :: 2015 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

While an untrammeled water market would fail to provide the optimal solution, regulators can facilitate efficient water trading by setting appropriate exchange rates....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
Black Friday Spending Spree (in Washington)
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:28 AM :: 1912 Views :: National News, Taxes

...members of the budget conference committee are considering several options that could increase spending by up to an additional $100 billion....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hawaii a Testing Ground for Mainland Hysteria
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:13 PM :: 2365 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Hawaii has long had an unfortunate tendency to attract the most extreme Mainland activists....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Abercrombie’s Pre-K Initiative Driven by National Agenda
By News Release @ 11:55 AM :: 1549 Views :: Education K-12
Education Commission of the States is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Turkey, Pumpkin Pie, and Religious Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:40 AM :: 1657 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care

From 1621, when the Pilgrims arrived in the New World, to 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared it a federal holiday, thanking God and practicing religion were of paramount importance....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
HECO Offers Deal to Solar Customers Caught in Limbo
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 1886 Views :: Energy

Hawaiian Electric is helping customers whose rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations were underway in September when the utility revised its interconnection procedures....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hawaii among 13 ‘turkeys’ for fiscal management
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 1784 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
A new report from Truth in Accounting’s State Data Lab names Hawaii one of 13 “Turkey States” because the state spent more money than it received and racked up more debt for future taxpayers.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Culture of Self-Dealing by Hawaii’s Officials
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 2427 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

In this week’s Think Tech broadcast, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and Policy Director Malia Hill join host Jay Fidell ....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Pig War: DLNR, Rusty Boar Battle Over 'American Jungle' TV Show
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 4051 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment

DLNR is a bully taking away rights, threatening cultural livelihood and even trying to censor what can be shown on television. To this I say, long live “American Jungle”....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Resignations Abound
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 6:06 PM :: 2250 Views :: Hawaii State Government
...union officials and politicians wanted the talented and experienced Eva Laird Smith out of that job....
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Rep McDermott Asks for Reconsideration of Gay Marriage Ruling
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 5:33 PM :: 2403 Views :: Family, First Amendment
State Rep. Bob McDermott has filed a new motion in court to ask the Judge to reconsider ....
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
EPA Regs Bring Natural Gas Flaring to Kona
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 2122 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

“It may take a little time for West Hawaii residents to get used to the sight of the flare burning 24 hours a day, seven days a week, especially at night, but the continuous flare means the system is doing what it’s designed to do.”

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
SJR12: Hawaiian Homes Commission Act Amendments Draws Opposition after Filibuster Vote
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:26 PM :: 2595 Views :: DHHL

Senators Brian Schatz (D–HI) and Mazie Hirono (D–HI) recently voted to eliminate the filibuster on Obama nominees, do the math....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Legislative Working Group to Discuss Foster Family Homes
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 2174 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, December 02, 2013
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329 State Capitol
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
United States to Become World's Largest Oil Producer
By NCPA @ 12:49 PM :: 1455 Views :: Energy

The United States will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil producer by 2015, and be close to energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades, amid booming output from shale formations....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Obamacare Undermines American Values
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:48 PM :: 1427 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare goes against prioritizing help for the disabled over assistance for able-bodied adults....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Delusional: Schatz Claims Obamacare Has Saved Hawaii Seniors $35M
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 1670 Views :: Health Care

...Meanwhile HMSA Announces ANOTHER 4.4% Rate Hike Thanks to Obamacare....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Navy League, Mayor to Recognize Outstanding Military Spouses
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 1725 Views :: Military
Award Ceremony at City Hall on 27 NOV at 1:30 PM
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Rail: CH2M Hill Snags $46M General Engineering Contract
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 2030 Views :: Rail

The $46.1 million five-year contract awarded to CH2M Hill, Inc. covers oversight support for design review, scheduling and cost estimating, environmental and planning and interface management....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Catch Shares and Implications for Hawaii Fishing Industry
By UHERO @ 8:43 PM :: 1814 Views :: Environment

A controversial new method to manage fisheries is to assign “catch shares”....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Lessons learned from the Hawaii ‘gay marriage’ fight
By Selected News Articles @ 8:13 PM :: 2747 Views :: Family, First Amendment

It was particularly refreshing to see how fearless the Hawaii people were when testifying before the Legislature. They ignored "political correctness" and simply told the truth from their hearts. In other words, they weren't afraid....


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Am Samoa: Coverup on Rep Faleomavaega Health Questions?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 3209 Views :: Democratic Party, National News, Politicians

It has been almost a month now since Delegate Faleomavaega was stricken with some unrevealed ailment after arriving on an evening flight from Honolulu to Pago Pago....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Shipping fees: Union-backed federal law increases transport costs tenfold
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:33 PM :: 2460 Views :: Jones Act

...to ship a 40-foot container from Los Angeles to Shanghai is $790. Matson, Hawaii’s largest carrier, charges $8,700 to ship that same container from Los Angeles to Honolulu....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Obamacare Gives Insurance Commissioner Powerful Incentive to Raise Rates
By NCPA @ 12:22 PM :: 1509 Views :: Health Care

...a commissioner who insists on lower premiums will reduce the amount of care available to subsidized voters without saving them a dime...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Matson Admits Rate Hikes are to Pay for Overpriced Jones Act Ships
By News Release @ 11:30 AM :: 2223 Views :: Jones Act
For a 20-pound bag of rice, Matson said the additional shipping cost will amount to 10 cents. For a six-pack of canned beverages, the added cost will be 3 cents....
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
What EVERYONE Will Be Talking About at Thanksgiving Dinner
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:31 AM :: 1410 Views :: Health Care

Organizing for America (OFA), President Obama’s campaign group, has a big push called “Health Care for the Holidays” that urges people to “have the talk” with their loved ones about getting health insurance....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
HART Audit Reveals $83M Transfer of Federal Funds Kept off Books
By Andrew Walden @ 8:11 PM :: 1778 Views :: Rail

...one must ask whether the 'mistake' is intended to cover up some violation of Federal requirements attached to the $83M....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Political Ads & Local TV News The Honolulu Case
By Selected News Articles @ 7:30 PM :: 1986 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

...political ads, by definition, raise questions about public issues that the candidates think will resonate with voters. Given these circumstances, an obvious question is to what extent are those public issues covered....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Panos: Senator Schatz is Wrong about Wind Energy
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:10 PM :: 1831 Views :: Energy

...thanks to Senator Schatz’s flawed advocacy, our electricity costs will increase....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Non-Profits: Grants in Aid Deadline December 19
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 1676 Views :: Honolulu County

Applicants must attend one of the following information sessions....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector director steps down after health exchange’s failure
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:12 PM :: 1695 Views :: Health Care

As of Nov. 15, just 257 individuals have secured health care through the exchange....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
The Extraordinary Pierre Omidyar
By Selected News Articles @ 2:59 PM :: 6546 Views :: Ethics, World News

In other words: look out Government, you’re about to be pummeled by a crusading, righteous billionaire! And corporate America? Ah, don’t worry. Your dirty secrets—freshly transferred from the nasty non-profit hands of the Guardian to the aggressively for-profit hands of Pierre Omidyar—are safe with us....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Hawaii gets good grades for its state health system for low income populations
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 1845 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii ranks best in the nation according to The Commonwealth Fund....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted November 25, 2013
By Congress.org @ 1:54 PM :: 1384 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Executive and Judicial Nominations – Cloture
  • House: Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting – Passage
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Monday, November 25, 2013
Solving the Global Sugar Trade Problem
By NCPA @ 1:15 PM :: 2174 Views :: World News, Agriculture

Agriculture subsidies and trade manipulation have long been among the most intractable of policy problems....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
How Obamacare Discourages Work and Marriage
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:04 PM :: 1776 Views :: Family, Health Care

...the law perpetuates some of the country’s worst trends that trap people in poverty....


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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Wind Farms: If you thought your bill was going to drop, you're Disappointed
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 PM :: 2110 Views :: Energy

“If you heard the message as, ‘Your bill is going to drop,’ those people feel a sense of disappointment,” said Doug McLeod, Maui County’s energy commissioner....

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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Obama Lifts Sanctions on Iran as Nuke Program Nears Finish
By News Release @ 12:05 PM :: 2419 Views :: World News, Military

By not agreeing to dismantle a single centrifuge, Iran has not rolled back its nuclear infrastructure.  Iran retains the ability to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear weapon in as little as 2 months....

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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Some Employer Requirements of Obamacare
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 2449 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

...how is the new health care initiative going to affect businesses?

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ethics complaint: HCDA Falsifies Kakaako Workforce Housing Affordability Formulas
By Ariel Salinas @ 6:40 PM :: 5156 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

For a 1br-1ba unit, HCDA's falsified estimate sets the "affordable" price at $655K.  Using realistic assumptions the actual affordability price would be $371K--a difference of $284K....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Talking Turkey about Hawaii’s Spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:19 AM :: 2307 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Hawaii state spending for fiscal year 2012 outstripped income yet again....
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Jeffrey Portnoy appointed to UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2112 Views :: Higher Education

He assumes one of the board’s Honolulu seats, an interim position until confirmed by the state Senate....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
UH task force on veterans affairs formed
By News Release @ 12:40 AM :: 2128 Views :: Higher Education, Military

A UH systemwide task force to work on improving services for student veterans has been formed and held its organizational meeting on Friday, November 22....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
DHHL Updates Legislature on Audit, Loan Delinquencies
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1606 Views :: DHHL

Loan delinquency, financial security top issues of concern....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
HHC Approves Pilot Program for Delinquent Leaseholders
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 1689 Views :: DHHL

HHC approved a pilot program that has the potential to prevent lease cancellations for severely delinquent Hawaiian homesteaders on East Hawaii....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Informational Briefing to Consider UH Budget
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 1441 Views :: Higher Education
  • DATE: Friday, December 20, 2013
  • TIME: 9:00 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 309 State Capitol
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Obamacare Fail: Hawaii Health Connector Exec Quits
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 2512 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i Health Connector today announced the appointment of Tom Matsuda, current Affordable Care Act implementation manager with the Governor’s office, as interim executive director....

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