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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Store owners say plastic bag ban causes more shoplifting
By Selected News Articles @ 9:29 PM :: 4534 Views :: Environment, Law Enforcement, Small Business

They enter the store with reusable bags and can more easily conceal items they steal.  It's tough to tell what a customer has paid for and what they may already have brought with them....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Text: Rep Hanohano Accused of Workplace Violence after Racist Tirade Aimed at State Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 5817 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Transcript of letter from State employees attacked by Rep Faye Hanohano....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Rise 5.9% from January 2012
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 3281 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in January 2013 rose 5.7 percent (or $77.3 million) from January 2012....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
HELCO RFP Seeks More Geothermal Power
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 2883 Views :: Energy

The company is seeking to add up to 50 megawatts (MW) of geothermal energy from geothermal resource developers at prices not tied to the cost of oil ....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Environmental Concerns "At Record Lows": Global Poll
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 2803 Views :: Environment

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Solar Scammers Pleased by SB623: Extends Solar Tax Credit Giveaway
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 3375 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

HSEA commends the Senate Ways and Means Committee for passing out SB 623 SD 1, which will close (reopen) renewable energy tax credit loopholes (that DoTax already closed)....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Gallup: Hawaii Again Tops Nation in Well-Being
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 5519 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor, Cost of Living

Between 2011 and 2012 Hawaii jumped from 44th to 1st in “Work Environment” but fell from 4th to 14th  in “Basic Access"....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Status Of Appeal Of Land Use Commission’s Koa Ridge Approval
By Robert Thomas @ 12:15 PM :: 3662 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

...it is difficult if not impossible to overturn a land use district boundary amendment as contrary to IAL designation, when it does not yet exist...

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Best Part of the Oscars 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:00 PM :: 3011 Views :: World News, Military

Zero Dark Thirty actors Jessica Chastain and Jason Clarke called for the release of Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the U.S. track Osama bin Laden....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sequestration Scare Tactics: Caldwell Administration Threatens Sec 8 Housing Evictions
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 4487 Views :: Honolulu County, National News, Homelessness

"...300 of the families receiving assistance will be affected...."

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Pine Announces Improved Leeward Bus Routes
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 4:15 AM :: 3094 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Councilmember Pine worked with the new administration to fill a vital need by improving bus service in the wake of cuts made last summer....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Mad Money Video: Jim Cramer Rips Jones Act
By Video @ 4:11 AM :: 3342 Views :: Jones Act

Jim Cramer Mad Money CNBC addresses the Jones Act and its negative impact on liquid fuel prices and supply....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Peg Legs and Eye Patches - Ninth Circuit Wades Into Piracy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 AM :: 2589 Views :: Environment

When you ram ships; hurl glass containers of acid; drag metal-reinforced ropes in the water to damage propellers and rudders; launch smoke bombs and flares with hooks; and point high-powered lasers at other ships, you are, without a doubt, a pirate, no matter how high-minded you believe your purpose to be.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Politico: Is President Obama Telling the Truth about Sequestration?
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 3965 Views :: National News, Taxes, Obama

... agencies cannot give a clear answer on how they arrived at their numbers. Congressional appropriations committee aides say they cannot fact check the administration's estimates ....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
AECOM Scores $43.9M Rail Contract
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 3118 Views :: Rail

AECOM, announced today that it is working on a US$43.9-million contract from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
What is a Progressive?
By John Goodman @ 1:37 PM :: 3087 Views :: National News, Health Care

...liberalism is not an ideology at all; it is a sociology. The same may be said of conservatism....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Voting Rights at the Supreme Court Today
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:26 PM :: 2581 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County (AL) v. Holder, the case raising the question of Section 5’s constitutionality....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Hawaii Welfare Recipients 2nd Healthiest in US: 75% Not Disabled
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 PM :: 3060 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

SSI, SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, or other government assistance....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Hawaii Nursing Homes Ranked by US News
By Selected News Articles @ 11:37 PM :: 3276 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

About 38 percent of all nursing homes in Hawaii earned an overall five-star rating....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
OHA Offers Cash Prizes for Weight Loss
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 3186 Views :: Health Care, OHA

What they aren't telling you is that people with obesity and/or diabetes are going to lose out big under the Hawaii Health Exchange and the 'Pay for Performance' plans being negotiated between Hawaii hospitals and Hawaii Insurers....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
DoE Cash Rewards for Academic Progress
By News Release @ 1:19 PM :: 2336 Views :: Education K-12

$12,500 to $100,000 as a reward for schools that have made significant academic progress for two consecutive years, and ranking in the top five percent in reading and/or mathematics....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Designed to Fail? HECO Seeks Green Energy Projects on Oahu
By News Release @ 1:14 PM :: 2813 Views :: Energy

Question: Are these criteria written to discourage bids?....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
23 Hawaii Robotics Teams Qualify for VEX World Championships
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 3016 Views :: Education K-12

23 middle and high school VEX Robotics teams have qualified to compete at the VEX World Championships in California, April 17-20....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Where Could We POSSIBLY Cut the Federal Budget?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:58 PM :: 3225 Views :: National News, Economy, Obama

“If President Obama were making the decision for your family… he’d tell you to stop buying gas for your car and explain how you could only eat five days a week.”

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UHERO: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely to Help Working Poor
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 3794 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...higher minimum wage is unlikely to accomplish the stated goal of raising the living standards of the working poor....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
The Numbers Don’t Match: Obama vs Harkin on Hawaii Sequester Impact
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 PM :: 5513 Views :: Education K-12, National News, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Here is a point-by-point comparison of the White House numbers for Hawaii and Sen. Harkin’s numbers for Hawaii

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Reapportionment: Plaintiffs Attorneys Back SB286
By Robert Thomas @ 5:29 PM :: 3397 Views :: Office of Elections

We are testifying in strong support of S.B. 286, which amends Hawaii Revised Statutes § 25-2 to define “permanent resident” for purposes of state reapportionment and redistricting as any person counted as a “usual resident” of Hawaii by the U.S. Census....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
CIP: $113M New Spending at Airports, Harbors
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 2657 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the release of $113 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) at airports and harbors ....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Exchanges and The Future of Free Market Health Care
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 1710 Views :: Health Care

There is a way to use health insurance exchanges to both reform our health care entitlements and reduce premiums for those with private insurance. This transition could take four steps....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
NYT: Digital Shift Swells Profits for Electronic Medical Record Industry
By NCPA @ 1:33 PM :: 1766 Views :: Health Care

...the largest digital records companies like Allscripts, Cerner and Epic Systems have generated enormous profits and Wall Street-style executive pay because of the legislation they supported financially....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
Obama Administration vs. the Law on Same-Sex Marriage
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:31 PM :: 2115 Views :: Family

After running for President supporting traditional marriage, he “evolved” to support same-sex marriage—and now his Justice Department has officially urged the Supreme Court to overthrow the law of the land....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Bill 4 to Create New Honolulu Council Slush Fund?
By Natalie Iwasa @ 6:43 PM :: 3664 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

...organizations such as labor unions, political action committees, social clubs and credit unions, are eligible for these grants....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Reapportionment: SB286 Would End Discrimination, Mandate Count of All Persons
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 3357 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

Defines "permanent resident" for legislative reapportionment as any individual counted as a usual resident in the last preceding U.S. census within the State of Hawaii....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Just a Vicious Circle, Higher Minimum Wage, Higher Prices
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:27 AM :: 3872 Views :: Economy, Labor, Cost of Living

...look at the issue from an economic and financial well-being stand point instead of the emotional and social welfare perspective....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Bob Woodward: Sequester Was Obama's Idea
By Selected News Articles @ 7:30 PM :: 4170 Views :: National News, Obama

Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
DoE Changes Student Assessment Tests Again
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 2620 Views :: Education K-12

As many as 75 DOE schools have been selected to participate in the pilot of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, which will be launched statewide in the 2014-15 school year....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
NFIB Small Business Day at the Capitol
By News Release @ 2:21 PM :: 2601 Views :: Small Business

NFIB/Hawaii Small Business Day at the Capitol Wednesday, March 27 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
DBEDT Releases Economic Projections
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 3237 Views :: Economy

...Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) predicts a stronger economic growth in 2013, outpacing the national growth rate....

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Saturday, February 23, 2013
UHERO: Weakening Yen May Cut Tourism
By News Release @ 1:41 PM :: 2308 Views

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Obama Gives Abercrombie $937K to Devise System to Force Doctors into 'Medical Homes'
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 3302 Views :: Health Care

...examining standardized definitions and payment approaches for patient-centered medical homes and care management services....

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Hawaii Foreclosure Relief: 1,468 Homeowners Get $158M Wiped off Books
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 PM :: 2869 Views :: Cost of Living

The reduction in foreclosure sales helps sustain Hawaii sky high real estate prices, thus benefitting the large landowners' development schemes....

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Regulations Slow Beneficial Natural Gas Exports
By NCPA @ 1:53 PM :: 1701 Views :: Energy

Despite a surplus of LNG, the Department of Energy (DOE) is delaying the authorization of export licenses....

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Obama and the Seuss-quester
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 2200 Views :: National News

On Pennsylvania Avenue, right near the end, there lived a President who wanted to spend....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
SB120: $3.5B Rate Hike and No Natural Gas for Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 9:44 PM :: 4594 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Ratepayers could be on the hook for as much as $3.5B of HECO's so-called "stranded costs" if SB120 becomes law....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Could Soda Tax Shutter Hawaii's Only Can Maker?
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 3759 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

The Ball Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal cans in the islands. The company employs 45 people and the beverage tax places their jobs directly at risk.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Upcoming Event: The PLDC and Property Rights in Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 3:01 PM :: 2596 Views :: Land Use

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., at the University of Hawaii Law School ....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Federal Government Releases List of Health Benefits Insurers Must Offer
By NCPA @ 12:57 PM :: 1714 Views :: Health Care

The Obama administration issued its long-awaited final rule on essential health benefits that insurers must offer consumers in the individual and small-group market beginning in 2014....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Why a Car Commercial Can Make You Cry
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 1863 Views :: Military

“When you’re home, we’re more than a family. We are a nation that is whole again.”

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Only 11.4% of DoE Graduates Score on AP Exam
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 2698 Views :: Education K-12

Approximately 11.4 percent of Hawaii’s graduating class scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam, compared with 19.5 percent nationally....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Washington Legislator to Address Maui TEA Party
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 2800 Views :: Maui County

... 6:30 PM Thursday, February 21, 2013 ....

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