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Monday, March 31, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 31, 2014
By Congress.org @ 7:25 PM :: 1777 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Medicare “Doc Fix”
  • Senate: Unemployment Benefits
  • House: Ukraine Aid
  • House: Health Care Reform
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Monday, March 31, 2014
OHA Touts Pacific Business News Support for Kakaako Development Scheme
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 2447 Views :: Land Use, OHA

"...OHA is not seeing resistance from Kamehameha Schools and Howard Hughes Corp., the two major developers in Kaka'ako Mauka, as suggested in the editorial...."

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Monday, March 31, 2014
Where You Can Buy Health Insurance After Today
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:46 AM :: 1279 Views :: Health Care

Today is kinda-sorta the deadline to sign up for Obamacare....

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
But Shouldn’t We Do Something About the Two Gorillas in the Bar?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2063 Views :: Labor, Taxes

At June 30, 2013, ERS had an “unfunded actuarial accrued liability” of about $8.4 billion. For EUTF, the number was about $18.2 billion....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
OHA’s “New Body Politic” Will Exclude 77% of Native Hawaiians
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 5820 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...If you are not politicized, you are not Hawaiian....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Caldwell Refuses to Veto Food Truck Bill, Signs Bill Hiking Special Use Permit Fees
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 2129 Views :: Honolulu County

“Numerous food truck owners have written to say that if this bill were to become law, they would not be able to operate within the capital special district."

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
$58.4M CIP for UH
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 1791 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$38,213,000 – Honolulu Community College Advanced Technology Training Center, Oahu....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. government
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:02 AM :: 2343 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...highlighting those bills that champion taxpayers and residents; and bills that affect our rights and freedoms....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Education
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:58 AM :: 2536 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...highlighting education proposals, spending, and reforms....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
March 28, 2014: Election Commission Releases Updated Candidate List
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1848 Views :: Office of Elections

The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending March 28, 2014....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Hotels and Condos Drive Construction Upturn
By UHERO @ 8:36 PM :: 1483 Views :: Economy

New condo towers in Kakaako are spurring double-digit growth in permits for residential construction. A sharp rise in commercial construction, much of it in resort areas, is on the horizon....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Slom to GAO: Audit the Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:22 PM :: 2167 Views :: Health Care

...request for the Government Accountability Office to review the taxpayer dollars used to fund the Hawaii Health Connector....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Rules for Protests at Hawaii State Capitol Challenged as Unconstitutional in Federal Court
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 1681 Views :: First Amendment
Public access to grounds and rotunda, noted in the run-up to 2011 APEC meeting, now an issue for upcoming ASEAN meeting, April 1-2.
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Friday, March 28, 2014
3 Things That Don't Make Sense in Putin's World
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:04 AM :: 1765 Views :: World News

It’s a world where we can’t act like we did yesterday....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Feds: Hawaii Health Connector Clients at 'High Risk' for Identity Theft
By News Release @ 6:57 AM :: 2531 Views :: Health Care

Despite the high risk and Hawaii's inability to open its exchange for two weeks after October 1, 2013, CMS allowed Hawaii's exchange to connect to the data hub....

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Citizens from all Islands Meet to Establish Hawaii Independent Party
By News Release @ 5:35 AM :: 2505 Views :: Office of Elections, Politicians

"This is going to be a party of diversity and inclusion where those who are not at the extreme left or right of the political spectrum can come and voice moderate views that they feel will move Hawaii forward."

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Friday, March 28, 2014
Hawaii Senate Committee Waters Down Pro-Hunting Legislation with Amendment
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1636 Views :: Second Amendment

...as amended by the Senate Water and Land Committee, it has now been stripped of its purpose and instead only creates a hunting advisory council....

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Abercrombie: I'll Keep Morita at PUC -- For Now
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 1363 Views

“At the present time, Chair Morita has business before the Board of Land and Natural Resources, which must be addressed...."

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
Sunetric Sells Out to Mainland Company for $16M
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 2321 Views :: Energy

"The extremely high cost of utility power in Hawaii has made it one of the most attractive markets...."

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Thursday, March 27, 2014
How Obama Is Strangling the Economy in Red Tape
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:06 AM :: 1473 Views :: National News

Regulation: It’s a mostly hidden drain on the economy....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Obama Hawaii Vacation Cost $7.8M--Just for the Flights
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2476 Views :: Obama

The Obama family 2013-2014 vacation to Honolulu cost $210,877 per hour for travel alone; at 36.9 total hours....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii Disconnector? Only 350 Sign Up for Obamacare With One Week to Go
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 2456 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...350 individuals and 17 businesses last week signed up for the Hawaii Health Connector with one week to go....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Study: Over 145,000 'Underinsured' in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 2335 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...in households spending a high share of their income on medical care....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Prince Kuhio: The bridge from Kingdom to State
By Andrew Walden @ 1:01 PM :: 21653 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Hawaii History, OHA

The life of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole tells the story of how Hawaiians came to be Hawaiian-Americans.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pono Choices Task Force Stacked with ’Progressives’
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 2546 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Working in secret and overflowing with liberals....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
IRS: It will take 'years' to produce tea party targeting emails
By Selected News Articles @ 12:48 PM :: 1602 Views :: TEA Party

...pushing it beyond this year's congressional elections....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Obama Administration: We Never Mean a Word We Say
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:52 AM :: 1425 Views :: Health Care

There was no delay…until there was. The Washington Post reported last night that March 31 is not, in fact, the final word....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Judge rules Thai workers were exploited, physically abused on Hawaii farms
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 2573 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal civil case against Global Horizons has dragged on for years....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
'Land Power in the Pacific' Comes to Sheraton Waikiki
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 2051 Views :: Military

The three-day program will highlight information warfare and cyber activities; leveraging training with technology; partnerships with nongovernmental organizations; humanitarian assistance and disaster response; and changes, challenges and opportunities in the Pacific strategic security environment....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The 2014 Hawaii Medal of Honor Ceremony
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 2114 Views :: Military

We can only hope that after 12 years of continuous military engagement, the U.S. military and the Hawaii ‘ohana may begin a period of peace....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
VIDEO: Sen Sam Slom and Mike Hansen on Jones Act
By Video @ 1:00 AM :: 2305 Views :: Jones Act

A group of Hawaii lawmakers are proposing a resolution that, if passed, would try to get Congress to allow foreign-built ships to carry cargo to Hawaii from the Mainland....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 3957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals Launches Honolulu Chapter
By News Release @ 12:21 AM :: 2761 Views :: Military, Small Business

The Chapter Launch Ceremony will be held at the Hale Koa Hotel, 2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, on Friday, April 4, 2014.....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Forced to Burn All its Federal Money, Health Connector Puts out RFP
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 1979 Views :: Health Care

The Hawaii Health Connector seeks proposals from qualified bidders to provide professional marketing and communication services.... 

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Cost of Regulating Biotechnology and Genetically-Engineered Food
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 2025 Views :: GMOs

This spring, legislators in more than 20 U.S. states will consider proposals to mandate special labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) foods....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Healthcare Insurers Poised to Gouge Consumers and Providers Alike?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 1466 Views :: Health Care

...consumers could see double-digit price hikes next year in states that fail to draw large numbers of [ACA] enrollees for 2014....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC: What Exactly This Hobby Lobby Case Is About
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:54 PM :: 1552 Views :: Health Care

Today at the Supreme Court, some courageous Americans are standing up to Obamacare’s trampling of religious freedom....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Report: Hawaii Tops List of Unaffordable Rentals
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 2441 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Out of Reach 2014 reveals the drastic difference between what renters need to earn to afford rent and what the average renter actually earns....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Connector Celebrates 4th Anniversary of Health Care Law, Urges Consumers to Apply
By News Release @ 1:56 AM :: 1716 Views :: Health Care

Hawai‘i Health Connector is urging individuals and families to submit applications for health care coverage in a final push before the March 31 deadline....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Video: Are You Being Told The Truth About Plastic Bags?
By Video @ 12:45 AM :: 3036 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Watch our six minute movie and decide for yourself....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Beyond Obamacare: Solving Hawaii's Healthcare Cost Problem
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 2508 Views :: Health Care

Lloyd Lim details the pitfalls of organizing a 'Single Payer' healthcare insurance system in just one state....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Pono Choices Working Group Operates in Secrecy, Members forced to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:24 PM :: 2694 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Since his call for transparency, McDermott says the secrecy has gotten worse....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Heritage Foundation: Program offers HOPE for repeat drug offenders
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:50 PM :: 2326 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

In 2004, Judge Steven Alm had a Howard Beale moment in his Honolulu courtroom....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Guilty: Physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 3952 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

Kobayashi cited examples of physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple Company's historic pineapple plantations and old worker dormitories where the Thai workers were forced to live and other abuses throughout Hawaii.

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Senate Informer: Life of a Bill
By Video @ 2:14 PM :: 2202 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Video traces a bill through Hawaii's legislative process....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Two Weeks after Price Fixing Settlement, Saltchuk Named 'World's Most Ethical' Company
By Andrew Walden @ 12:02 PM :: 3186 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

Like price fixing, 'thought leadership' is a pretty good gig...until you get caught....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
A Timeline of Obamacare Delays in Pictures
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:10 AM :: 1460 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare is now four years old. But unlike most 4-year-olds, it still can’t walk on its own....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Must Counties Maintain Accurate Public Records?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:10 AM :: 2099 Views :: Hawaii County , Judiciary

Your first reaction may be "well, duh." But....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Legislators Consider Permanent Hunt for Old Child Molesters--Except those Employed by Government
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 2694 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Religion

Two dozen civil lawsuits have been filed during the past two years in what state lawmakers initially intended as a one-time opportunity....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Kakaako: Sneaky Legislative Tactic of the Day
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 2191 Views :: Hawaii State Government

If they do not have the votes, they will keep deferring the bill until they get the right mix of senators to pass the bill....

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