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Friday, February 28, 2014
Obama Reappoints Abercrombie to Council of Governors
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 1414 Views :: Military

The council consists of 10 governors appointed by the President to focus on matters of national security, homeland defense, synchronization and integration of state and military activities in the United States and matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Heritage Foundation: Hawaii HOPE Probation Potentially Worthwhile
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:51 PM :: 2050 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
The federal and state governments should look to this program as a potentially valuable criminal justice reform....
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Friday, February 28, 2014
UHERO: 2013 Hawaii Growth 'Disappointing', 2014 'Marked Down'
By UHERO @ 1:10 PM :: 1906 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Our projections for 2014 growth have been marked down....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Residents in States With Troubled Exchanges Can Still Get Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 PM :: 1999 Views :: Health Care

...up until Thursday, the subsidies were only available to consumers who purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's exchanges....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
FACE Ad campaign pushes minimum wage hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:24 PM :: 2252 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

FACE said the increase is needed because Hawaii’s utilities are 110 percent higher than the national average, housing is 104 percent higher and groceries are 57 percent higher than other states...

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Questions You're Asking About Cakes, Gays, and Religious Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:59 AM :: 1721 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...individuals have declined to bake cakes or take photos for same-sex wedding ceremonies—and government has punished them....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
DBEDT App Displays Demographics of Hawaii House, Senate Districts
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 1929 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

Average characteristic of an area over the entire 5-year time period.  Data is based on a survey....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Grim scenario for Hawaii's Obamacare plan: The numbers don't add up
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 AM :: 1803 Views :: Health Care

With anemic enrollment by individuals and little interest among small-business employers, the state’s nonprofit exchange -- known as the Hawaii Health Connector -- is unlikely to have enough money to pay its bills....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
HTA: Tourism Down 5th Month in a Row
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 1760 Views :: Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in January 2014 dropped 4.7 percent (or $68 million)....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
As Health Exchange Implodes, Abercrombie Releases ‘Transformation Plan’
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 1651 Views :: Health Care
Abercrombie said: “This healthcare transformation plan outlines clear, tangible steps we can take to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care in Hawaii.”
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Honolulu Firm Selected to Represent Kauai County in GMO Suit
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 1491 Views :: GMOs

“In addition, we are moving forward with securing a facilitator to get the Joint Fact Finding Group for the Environmental Public Health Impact Study underway,” the mayor added....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Maui: Huber's Anti-GMO claims lack evidence
By Selected News Articles @ 9:33 PM :: 2390 Views :: GMOs

Yesterday, Dr. Don Huber spoke on Maui as part of an event that kicked off a political campaign to ban genetically engineered crops from the island....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Slom: Djou to Announce Congressional Campaign?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:02 PM :: 2484 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...Congressman Charles Djou will weigh his options and decide whether to enter the race next week....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Judge Elwin Ahu Announces Campaign for Lt Governor
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 3826 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Ahu describes his campaign as one that he hopes will draw together the hearts and spirits of all who want to restore Hawaii’s values....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
House Bill 14: Mandatory Kindergarten, Lowering Compulsory School Attendance Age to 5
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 1664 Views :: Education K-12

Many education experts have concluded that beginning a child's formal education too early may actually result in burnout and poor scholastic performance later....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
More questionable social engineering comes to Hawaii’s public schools
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:25 PM :: 2956 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...like Pono Choices, there is a disproportionate focus on normalizing homosexuality....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
SB2487: Small Business Regulatory Review Board to be Abolished?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:34 PM :: 1974 Views :: Small Business

Since its inception in 1998, the Board has reviewed more than 600 proposed rules and provided advice to state and county agencies....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Fallen Marine Rafael Peralta's family accuses reporter of playing 'race card'
By Selected News Articles @ 7:08 PM :: 1896 Views :: Military

Ten years after he died in a 2004 firefight in Iraq, Sgt. Rafael Peralta's death continues to ignite controversy....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Matsuda: Fate of Prepaid Health Care Act Depends on Hawaii Health Connector
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 2233 Views :: Health Care

...Continuing the Connector as a state-based marketplace (SBM) is necessary in order to preserve the Prepaid Healthcare Act....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Brookings: Do Teacher Professional Development Programs Work?
By NCPA @ 2:49 PM :: 1281 Views :: Education K-12

Professional development programs in the field of education have very little scientific support....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
3 Ways to Make April 15 Less Painful
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:02 PM :: 1491 Views :: Taxes

“The tax code stables in Washington haven’t been cleaned out since 1986.” And it shows....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
HI leaders worry military cuts will compromise Pacific security
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:51 PM :: 1793 Views :: Military

Hawaii’s political and military leaders are worried proposed cuts to the military will affect the state’s economy and national security....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Full Text: State of the City Address
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 1845 Views :: Honolulu County
"I would have dreamed bigger."
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
BLS: Hawaii Union Membership Rate 22.1%
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 1985 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...union membership rate for the state was at the series high of 29.9 percent in 1989, and at the series low of 21.5 percent in 2011....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
VIDEO: Aloha Obamacare Wipeout
By Video @ 1:42 PM :: 2181 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

"Aloha!" highlights the ways in which Obamacare is harming American families....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Honolulu tops list of America’s Most Overpriced Cities
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 PM :: 1782 Views :: Cost of Living

Groceries in Honolulu cost 55.6% more than the national average; utilities 67.9% more....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Hawaii's Choice: Let the Fleecing Continue or Bring on the Competition?
By News Release @ 12:32 PM :: 1948 Views :: Jones Act

Matson is increasing its already high shipping rates yet again....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Are You Being Represented?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:02 PM :: 1471 Views :: National News
Do the hot topics in Washington reflect your concerns about the country?
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Looks Like Hawaii Won't Need To Count All Those Soldiers, Sailors, And Marines In The Next Reapportionment Anyway
By Robert Thomas @ 12:47 AM :: 2668 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

Not only will the soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and their families be legally invisible, they might be really gone as well....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Auditor: 11 Special Funds Do not Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:33 AM :: 1623 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...although some funds have been repealed or are no longer active, their appropriation accounts have not been closed and balances remain....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
LA Times: Hawaii Health Connector Refused to Cough up Secret Budget
By Selected News Articles @ 12:24 AM :: 1993 Views :: Health Care

Hawaii Health Connector had refused even to allow the state auditor to conduct a review required under state law....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Duke Aiona: Great News for the Campaign
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2483 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

I have never seen grassroots energy like I am seeing today ....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Clinton’s chief economist supports Jones Act reform for Puerto Rico and Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:03 PM :: 1802 Views :: Jones Act
“Tell the U.S. you need more flexibility, not more money….”
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hawaii Charter School Law: Measuring up to the Model?
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 1941 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii's ranking went from #14 to #21. This drop had more to do with the aggressive changes made in other states than with any steps backward in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Senate Minimum Wage Bill Will Fail Hawaii's Low-Wage Earners
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:06 PM :: 1917 Views :: Labor, Small Business

With SB 2609 moving in Senate, Grassroot Institute says it will fail in its objectives....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Abercrombie Releases $62.4M in DoE CIP
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 1557 Views :: Education K-12

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $62.4 million for capital improvement projects (CIP) that will improve various Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) facilities....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
DBEDT Reduces Projected Growth Rate
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 2346 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...DBEDT economists slightly reduced the projected growth rate due to continued modest tourism growth but identified potential in construction....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Union Contractors to get Exclusive Deal on NAVFAC Project at Hawaii Marine Corps Base?
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 1907 Views :: Labor, Military

NAVFAC and other federal agencies have issued more than 200 similar surveys requesting information about the potential use of PLAs on specific construction projects....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Obamacare's Dumping Ground
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:11 AM :: 1534 Views :: Health Care

If President Obama—or anyone else—is expecting that Medicaid will be Obamacare’s salvation, look elsewhere....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Can they get up? HI Legislature to fund coordinator to help seniors avoid falls
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:59 PM :: 1612 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Government wants a coordinator for all of life’s risks,” Slom said. “Taxpayers should not fall for more bureaucracy.”....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Kanoho Helm Debunks 'Developer-Driven' Big Cable Scheme
By Selected News Articles @ 7:19 PM :: 2836 Views :: Maui County, Energy

The sequence of events seems to go like this: Elected officials – in this case our Governor – are treated to a persuasive sales pitch and sign off prematurely on a “bold new concept.”....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
SB2938: Online Gun Registration to be Heard Feb 25
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 2221 Views :: Second Amendment

Gun Bill Hearing Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 9:25 am, Rm 211, State Capitol....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
1000 Friends: Stop residential development adjacent to Kakaako Waterfront Park
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 2415 Views :: Land Use, OHA

SB 3122 SD1 exempts OHA, now owner of several Kakaako Makai parcels, from the prohibition of residential development on land makai of Ala Moana Boulevard....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Poll: Ige-Abercrombie Tied at 37% Each
By News Release @ 12:34 PM :: 2410 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

The poll further illustrates the high unfavorability ratings of Hawaii’s current administration....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Alec Baldwin Flees to Hawaii Seeking Transsexual Dry Cleaning?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:39 AM :: 2068 Views :: First Amendment

"...I flew to Hawaii recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice...."

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Monday, February 24, 2014
The Protesters' Cry for Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:32 AM :: 1938 Views :: World News

The leader of the free world has been largely invisible as Ukrainian demonstrators are ruthlessly picked off by government snipers....

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
CD1 Poll: Good News for Charles Djou
By Andrew Walden @ 8:37 PM :: 4575 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Even more interesting, the breakdown on Djou’s support is completely inverted from the traditional Republican pattern....

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
300 Republicans Celebrate Lincoln Day, Launch New YouTube Ad
By Video @ 3:56 PM :: 1986 Views :: Republican Party

....we’ve welcome hundreds of new members, many new district and precinct leaders, and candidates all over the state. The latest polls show that Republicans can win this year....

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Can We Best Help the Poor by Making Their Lives Complicated?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2610 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Among the proposals being considered are a low-income credit; a food and excise tax credit; a low-income household renters’ credit; an earned income tax credit; and a special tax credit for seniors....

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Full Text: Legislators Challenge Abercrombie over Morita Dismissal
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 3278 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living
...William Kaneko, who chairs Abercrombie's re-election campaign, is a former lobbyist for Aina Koa Pono....
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