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Monday, December 31, 2012
HawaiianTel Completes Acquisition of Wavecom Solutions
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 1937 Views :: Economy

Wavecom Solutions provides voice, data and converged services to small and medium-sized business and carrier customers through a six-island subsea and terrestrial fiber network.
 

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Come Support the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 2190 Views :: Military

Monday, January 7 at their introductory luncheon at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Governor Appoints Annelle Amaral to Hawaii Paroling Authority
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 3444 Views :: Judiciary, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

The interim appointment fills a new seat in compliance with Act 139 of the 2012 Legislature, which increased Hawaii Paroling Authority members from three to five.

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Monday, December 31, 2012
House Finance Committee to Hear from Governor, Lt Governor, DAGS
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 1820 Views :: Hawaii State Government

No public testimony will be accepted....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Senate Ways and Means Announces Budget Briefing Schedule
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 1737 Views :: Hawaii State Government

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING SCHEDULE January 3-18, 2013

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Are We Helping Poor Americans?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:02 PM :: 1768 Views :: National News

A half-century into the War on Poverty, liberals can hardly declare victory. But they can claim the dominant anti-poverty narrative: Fight poverty by spending more....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Report: State Office of Planning to Become Super-PLDC
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 3930 Views :: Land Use, Rail

With protesters unleashing their fury on Abercrombie’s Public Lands Development Corporation, political insiders have been scheming.  And on December 28, they quietly announced their plan....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
$1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 4:27 PM :: 2889 Views :: National News, Taxes

On January 1, regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, Americans will be hit with a $1 trillion Obamacare tax hike....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Prosecutor: Illinois Ruling May Affect Concealed-Carry Laws in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 2615 Views :: Second Amendment

...a right to keep and bear arms for personal self-defense in the eighteenth century could not rationally have been limited to the home....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Molokai Alt-Energy Festival
By Video @ 2:57 PM :: 2237 Views :: Energy

On January 11 & 12, 2013, I Aloha Molokai is hosting our second annual Alternative Energy Festival....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Tom Berg: Farewell to Honolulu Hale
By Tom Berg @ 2:47 PM :: 3775 Views :: Honolulu County

I will be filing additional resolutions today before my term officially ends on January 2nd, at noon....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Honolulu Rail Remedy - Phasers On Minimal
By Robert Thomas @ 2:40 PM :: 2230 Views :: Rail

Next step the Ninth Circuit?

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Helping Hawaii to Help Itself
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:24 AM :: 2175 Views :: Economy

As a result of being the beneficiary of such generous bounty from the federal government, Hawaii really has not had to face head on the fact that it is a poor place to do business....

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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Mayor-elect Caldwell Announces Key Appointments
By News Release @ 6:54 PM :: 2345 Views :: Honolulu County

Jesse Broder Van Dyke – Director of Communications....

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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kealakekua Kayak Rentals: DLNR Bans Small Businesses From Water
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 2849 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

"The proliferation and use of unpermitted kayak rentals being conducted at Napoopoo have resulted in concerns .... " 

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Lanai to Congress: End Wind Production Tax Credit
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2260 Views :: Energy

Hawai`i residents join nearly 6,500 others nationwide in saying no to the wind PTC ....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Former Kauai Prosecutor Makes List of "America's Worst Bosses"
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 3459 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Law Enforcement

The managers who made this year’s list of America’s Worst Bosses were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees ....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Governor Appoints Judge Dean Ochiai to First Circuit Court
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 2212 Views :: Judiciary

Judge Ochiai, 57, will fill a vacancy left by Judge Richard Pollack, who became Associate Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Hawaii DOE 2012 Year in Review
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 3081 Views :: Education K-12

The U.S. Department of Education releases first-year progress reports for the 12 winners of the Race to the Top grant....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Text: "Leveraging State Agency Involvement in Transit-Oriented Development"
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 2455 Views :: Land Use, Rail

The report’s recommendations come after a series of meetings between state government officials, private sector leaders and non-profit representatives....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
"Impeach Abercrombie"
By Selected News Articles @ 4:24 PM :: 4913 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

Angry comments were plastered on Abercrombie's Facebook page following the announcement of his decision Wednesday, with some predicting he would be a one-term governor....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Senator Donna Mercado Kim Selected as Senate President
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 2531 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) has been selected as the President of the Senate ....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
The 10 Worst Regulations of 2012
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:31 PM :: 1753 Views :: National News

In the past year, regulators drafted rules that addressed everything from caloric intake to dishwasher efficiency....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Rail: Tashima's final ruling — now the case is eligible for appeal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 2359 Views :: Rail

Judge Tashima issued his final ruling yesterday and that allows us to at last appeal both this ruling and the others that he has made over the 19 months that this case has taken....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Shan Tsutsui Accepts Lt Governor Position, Not Moving to Oahu
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 3537 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Plans are underway to establish an additional Office of the Lt. Governor on Maui....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Full Text: HART Wins Favorable Rail Ruling
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 3275 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Rail

...this matter is remanded to the Federal Transit Administration....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
FULL TEXT: Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force Report
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 3091 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, OHA

The nine-member Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force today presented its findings and recommendations to the Hawaiʻi Legislature....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Souza Appointed Oahu District Family Court Judge
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 2401 Views :: Judiciary

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald today appointed Kevin A. Souza to the District Family Court of the First Circuit (Oahu). 

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
10 Facts on the Fiscal Cliff, Debt, and Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:02 PM :: 2235 Views :: National News, Taxes

...just days left for President Obama and lawmakers in Congress to avert a major tax hike, sequestration, and other major policy changes....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Hubris Online: Abercrombie’s Head Scratcher Not Logical, Must be Personal
By Selected News Articles @ 12:38 PM :: 4104 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

“This does not make any logical/political sense, so therefore it must be personal.” --Washington Post

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Obama Skips Inouye in Memoirs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 PM :: 3000 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians

Obama spent most of the speech describing his own impressions of Inouye....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Matson Buying Reef Shipping
By News Release @ 11:09 AM :: 2366 Views :: Jones Act

Matson will continue to provide service to Reef's historical core trade lanes from Auckland, New Zealand and Fiji to the island nations of Nauru, the Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu, Tarawa and Majuro ....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
DoE Launching College, Career Readiness Assessments
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 2377 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

...it will administer college and career readiness assessments to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 beginning next spring....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Inouye Staff Offer Dead Fish, Tell Schatz ‘Good Luck’
By Selected News Articles @ 8:39 PM :: 8986 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

Inouye's chief of staff, Jennifer Sabas, says despite the disappointment, Inouye's office wishes Schatz "the best of luck."

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Schatz, Mazie to be Junior Senator
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 4825 Views :: Akaka Bill, Environment, National News, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

"For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real, and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation," Schatz said.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Seniority? Hawaii is better off without it
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 PM :: 3537 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians

"The lesson for everybody is you don't want your town to turn into this."

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Obama's Cap-and-Trade Scheme for Cars
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:16 PM :: 2035 Views :: Energy, National News

...will increase the average cost of a new car by $3,000 by 2025....

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Maui, Honolulu: Freedomworks Tour Cancelled
By Selected News Articles @ 5:55 PM :: 4449 Views :: TEA Party

Matt Kibbe, President and CEO of FreedomWorks is speaking January 6-9 at events throughout Hawaii.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A Christmas Message from Jim DeMint
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:35 PM :: 1771 Views :: Religion

Heritage will be entering a new chapter with the new year. Not only will we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we will have new leadership as Senator Jim DeMint succeeds Edwin J. Feulner as president in April....

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
In Hoc Anno Domini: So the light came into the world
By Selected News Articles @ 12:07 AM :: 6784 Views :: Religion

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar....

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Monday, December 24, 2012
’Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 2004 Views :: National News, Taxes

With time running out for President Obama and Congress to reach an agreement, this Christmas Eve we bring to you 2012 twist on Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Case Applies for Senate Vacancy
By Ed Case @ 9:44 PM :: 2243 Views :: Politicians

"Our Hawai'i has never faced such a precarious position on Capitol Hill"

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Ed Case: Disagreeing With Inouye 'Cost me dearly'
By Ed Case @ 9:34 PM :: 2963 Views :: Politicians

Of course, we disagreed later over how to ensure Hawaii's representation in the Senate in a post-Inouye world, and that cost me dearly....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Is Abercrombie Vitousek?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:29 PM :: 5229 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Politicians

The fight between Hanabusa and Hirono over Inouye’s seat is the latest flare-up of the battle between old-boys and progressives within the Democratic Party....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Two Hawaii Supreme Court Cases to Watch
By Robert Thomas @ 3:35 PM :: 3323 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary, Land Use
  • Blake v. County of Kauai Planning Comm'n,
  • Kanahele v. Maui County Council
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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hawaiian Culture: "All politics was religious and all religions were political"
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 3252 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

The notion that religion belongs in the realm of governance has its origins in the host culture, said Lilikala Kame‘eleihiwa, professor at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Why Not Hunting?
By Tom Lodge @ 12:42 PM :: 3262 Views :: Environment, Land Use

In Hawaii, hunting has had a long tradition that for political reasons is being eradicated....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Helping to Drain the State Treasury With Tax Credits
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:39 AM :: 2152 Views :: Tax Credits

...this year the tax scramble is not so much for shifting income and deductions from one tax year to the next as much as it is about getting one’s solar energy device installed....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hawaii DCCA Wins Case Against Payday Lenders
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 2199 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...first joint enforcement action against a nationwide debt-relief services company that illegally charged advance fees for its services....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Rail: Honolulu Pays $5.5B, Orlando Gets Train for Free
By Tom Berg @ 2:38 PM :: 3403 Views :: Rail

No taxpayer money will be used for construction, operation or maintenance....

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