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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Federal Wind PTC Tax Credit Expires
By Selected News Articles @ 9:35 PM :: 2420 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

When the PTC was last extended, in January 2013, Congress changed the criteria. A project only had to be in construction before the expiration date to be eligible for the tax credit....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Hanabusa Hits Schatz for Ties to Bloomberg, KOS Hits Hanabusa for Ties to Inouye
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 3503 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

"Last week Hanabusa accused Schatz of being supported by Democratic "kingmakers".  Ironic since she is claiming the senatorial mantle based on being anointed by the ultimate Democratic Kingmaker - Sen Daniel Inouye."

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Michael Medved to Talk Up Republican Unity at HIRA Dinner
By Tito Montes @ 5:19 PM :: 2961 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

The lesson of 'Republican Unity' is just as important here in the islands as it is on the mainland....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Hawaii: Twelfth Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 PM :: 2098 Views :: Taxes

This tax structure is not surprising given Hawaii’s reliance on tourism as its primary economic driver....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Informational Briefing on Violence at State Hospital
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 2013 Views :: Health Care, Labor
  • DATE: Tuesday, January 07, 2014
  • TIME: 10 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Abercrombie Gets Secret List of Three Candidates to replace Rep Coffman
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 2577 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

The names of the three nominees will be released by the Governor or the Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. ...  (or not)

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s 9-day Hawaiian vacation overlaps the president’s
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:55 PM :: 1976 Views :: Politicians

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had her own Hawaiian vacation this month....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Schofield Combat Engineers Train Afghan Soldiers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:54 PM :: 1736 Views :: Military

Dec. 7 marked the start of the Afghan National Engineer Brigade (NEB) training mission....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
These 13 Tax Increases Hit in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:02 PM :: 2104 Views :: Taxes

... and two tax hikes for 2014 ....

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Monday, December 30, 2013
Report: Obamacare Gives Hawaii More Cash, Less Benefit
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2457 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...who stands to benefit most and least as a result of its implementation....

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Monday, December 30, 2013
Auditor Looks at Workers Comp Medical Fee Review Process
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 2096 Views :: Health Care, Labor

While expenses have been slowly increasing for health care providers, legislated payment updates have remained flat since 2011....

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Monday, December 30, 2013
Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:28 PM :: 1627 Views :: National News

The cupboard is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, and more....

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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Taxing Tourists Politically Popular
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 2155 Views :: Taxes

The report for November pegs growth in TAT revenues at a positive 9.0% while the collections of the general excise tax are down by 3.4%....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
HGEA BU 10, 13 Contracts Detail ‘Huge Payout to Union’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:25 PM :: 5845 Views :: Labor

...BU13 salary schedules reveal a base salary scale which will top out at $148,704....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
Samoa News Continues to Deceive Public on Faleomavaega; credibility sinking
By Selected News Articles @ 6:01 PM :: 3833 Views :: Democratic Party, National News, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

We had hoped our common sense prescriptions on how to handle questionable statements emanating from the office of Delegate Faleomavaega would have proved persuasive to Samoa News but apparently not....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
$14.3M CIP for Harbors, Highways Statewide
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 1756 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$3,055,000 (in addition to $10,200,000 in federal funds) – Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements at Nanakuli Avenue and Haleakala Ave....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
House, Senate Schedule Committee Hearings on Budget
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 1853 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Monday, January 06 - 14, 2014
  • PLACE: Auditorium, State Capitol
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Friday, December 27, 2013
Hawaii Next? States Halting Payment to CGI over Obamacare Debacle
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 2959 Views :: Health Care

Vermont is trying to get a refund of hundreds of thousands of dollars and has refused to pay $5.1 million of its contract with the company....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
Target Credit Card Breach May Affect 121K in Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 2020 Views :: Law Enforcement

Target officials on Friday also confirmed on its website that the hackers were able to access some of the personal identification numbers (PIN) from the ATM cards used in its stores....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
Tourism Arrivals, Spending Drop for 3rd Straight Month
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 1809 Views :: Tourism

U.S. East visitor expenditures decreased 15 percent to $201 million due to fewer arrivals (-9.2% to 105,834 visitors) and lower daily visitor spending (-6.7% to $187 per person)....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
Health Connector: Our Miserable Failure is Positive Momentum
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 1773 Views :: Health Care

For those that made a good-faith effort to complete an application but are unsure of the application status, we encourage those consumers to call our Customer Support Center....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
State Energy Office Updates 'Clean' Energy Leaderboard
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 2112 Views :: Energy

The renewable energy projects presented in this directory are demonstrating progress in becoming commercial enterprises....

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Friday, December 27, 2013
Your Money in Pictures: The Top 5 Charts of 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:55 AM :: 1875 Views :: National News

What If a Typical Family Spent Money Like the Federal Government? ....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Ready to handle the Crazies? Psych Major to Head Agriculture Board
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 2503 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Scott Edward Enright as chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, effective Jan. 1....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $21.7M CIP for HHSC, Mostly for EHRs
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 1656 Views :: Health Care

$14,321,000 – Information/Electronic Medical Record (EMR) System, statewide....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Think your state has Obamacare problems? They’re nothing compared to Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 2123 Views :: Health Care

Beginning Jan. 1, regulators expect it will be literally impossible for an individual to buy a new policy in the Northern Mariana Islands, and difficult in other territories....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Hawaii Reapportionment: State's Exclusions not Rational
By Robert Thomas @ 3:18 PM :: 2801 Views :: Office of Elections

“Nothing to see here folks, move along” is the State’s central theme in its response to this appeal....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Flood Insurance: Sharpening the Government's Blurry Maps
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 2810 Views :: National News, Land Use, Cost of Living

FEMA's maps govern whether home and business owners are required to buy flood insurance....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
DLNR Clamps Down on 'Illegal Vendors'
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 2071 Views :: Small Business

DOCARE has noticed a significant increase in illegal vending on state land throughout Kauai County....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
E.R. Costs for Mentally Ill Soar, and Hospitals Seek Better Way
By Selected News Articles @ 12:45 PM :: 1685 Views :: Health Care

In the past, paramedics would have taken the man to the closest hospital emergency room.... But instead, under a pilot program, paramedics ushered him through the doors of Holly Hill Hospital, a commercial psychiatric facility....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1825 Views :: Energy

Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Panos: The Public and Private Versions of Solar Power, in Brief
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:00 AM :: 1997 Views :: Energy

...wastes productive land, wastes taxpayer funds, and lies about sustainable green jobs....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Excessive Price: PUC Rejects AKP Biofuel Scheme (again)
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 2919 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Because HELCO's renewable energy generation output is in excess of the statutory forty percent, HELCO must demonstrate that the project provides cost reduction benefits to ratepayers....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
HSTA Legislative Agenda: Bring Back Pre-Kindergarten
By News Release @ 7:08 PM :: 2385 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Hawaii State Teachers Association urges the Legislature to support and fund the following....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Gary Gill Appointed Temporary Health Dep’t Director
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 2174 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...the Governor has until Feb. 9, 2014, to name a permanent director....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
High Schoolers Dual-Enrolled in College: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 2419 Views :: Education K-12

States increasingly are turning to dual enrollment as a strategy for improving college readiness and access, according to a 50-state database....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Hawaii Rifle Assn Leader Looks forward to 2014 Session
By Video @ 1:57 PM :: 2353 Views :: Second Amendment

Senator Sam Slom discusses gun control with Dr. Maxwell Cooper, Legislative Liaison for Hawaii Rifle Association....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
8 Americans to Remember This Christmas
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:21 AM :: 2818 Views :: National News

While most of us are gathering with loved ones, there are Americans being held prisoner in repressive countries around the world....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Supreme Court Invalidates LUC Koa Ridge Reclassification
By Robert Thomas @ 11:55 PM :: 4049 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

The court concluded that the commissioner did not qualify as a valid holdover ....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
FULL TEXT: Secret Pono Choices Curriculum Exposed
By Tito Montes @ 11:23 PM :: 15929 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

The main philosophy of Advocates for Youth is that children have “sexual rights”....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
UHERO: Ethanol Harms Public Welfare, Does Little to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses
By UHERO @ 9:27 PM :: 2822 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

...impacts on gross state product are estimated to be negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
DoE: Hawaii leads nation in growth of National Board Certified teachers
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 3420 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii now has a total of 469 NBCTs ....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector: One More Day to Get Obamacare
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 1792 Views :: Health Care

Hawai'i Health Connector is extending its enrollment deadline from December 23 to tomorrow, December 24, in line with a federal announcement earlier today....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii State Auditor Gets Audited
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 1871 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...we reviewed the system of quality control of the Hawaii Office of the Auditor in effect for a three-year compliance period from 2011 to 2013....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
$3.46M CIP for Hawaii Film Studio
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 2192 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

...$3.46 million in capital improvement project (CIP) funds for the Hawaii Film Studio, including a new production and multipurpose building....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $74M Airport CIP
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 1681 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...capital improvement projects (CIPs) that further invest in Hawaii’s airports....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 23, 2013
By Congress.org @ 1:09 PM :: 1537 Views :: Congressional Delegation

The First Session of the 113th Congress has come to a close. The Senate will be back on January 6, 2014. The House will be back on January 7, 2014.

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Monday, December 23, 2013
This Is Exactly What Health Care Reform Is Supposed to Do
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:20 PM :: 1479 Views :: Health Care

Medicaid wasn’t working for Moise....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Priced out of Paradise: What are Hawaii Leaders Doing?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:26 AM :: 2491 Views :: Cost of Living, GMOs

They are pushing to grow their industry that may increase availability of organic produce but at a cost that most folks can’t afford....

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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Electricity: Blue Planet Celebrates Year of Making Public Consume Less and Pay More
By News Release @ 10:16 PM :: 2098 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The Clinton Global Initiative recognized WEfficiency as a change-making commitment. And of course: Money shower!....

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