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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sen Thielen: School Land Exemptions Remove Fairness, Transparency of Development Deals
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 2335 Views :: Education K-12, Development
HRS Chapter 171 strictly governs the process for putting public lands out to bid for long term leases.  Specific steps include public auction, means of public bidding and length of public notice....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Legislators Unanimously Approve Budget
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1716 Views :: Hawaii State Government
HB200 CD1 appropriates funds for operating and capital improvement costs of the Executive Branch for the biennium fiscal years FY2013-2014 and FY2014-2015....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Tsunami a Money Spinner for Profitable Non-Profits
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1882 Views :: Environment
DLNR is awarding six local non-profit, community groups grant funds to help address Japan Tsunami Marine Debris....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Rep. Cynthia Thielen inspires floor amendment extending existing shield law
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 1833 Views :: First Amendment

...a floor amendment to House Bill 622 extending Hawaii’s existing shield law for two years....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
States Could Push Part-Time Employees Into Obamacare Exchanges
By NCPA @ 8:35 AM :: 2132 Views :: Health Care, Labor
Washington state lawmakers have found a creative way of transferring a large chunk of their health care expenses into the health exchanges....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Abercrombie Launchers Reelection Campaign, Appoints Crony Committee
By News Release @ 8:13 AM :: 2776 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

He noted there were some who did not agree with his decisions and opposed the moves....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Remember the Economy? It's Still Bad
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:11 AM :: 2053 Views :: National News
According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Kona Coffee Farmers 'Disappointed' by Safeway Blending Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 8:11 AM :: 2148 Views :: Agriculture

Kona coffee growers are disappointed that the stipulated dismissal leaves unresolved what they believe is the key question....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
DLNR Seeking Streamlined Permitting Process to Restore Fishponds
By News Release @ 8:00 AM :: 2065 Views :: Environment
Public Comment Period on Draft Environmental Assessment through May 23....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
9th Circuit: Tribal Courts Have Civil Jurisdiction Over Non-Indians
By Robert Thomas @ 12:20 AM :: 2578 Views :: Akaka Bill

...you can only go to federal court after you've exhausted your tribal court remedies....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
HECO: Renewables Hit 13.9% for 2012
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 1931 Views :: Energy
The 13.9 percent achievement was an improvement over the 12 percent reported for 2011....
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Abercrombie: UPW Contract 'Positive Result of Partnership'
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 1935 Views :: Labor
The Governor also acknowledged the efforts of UH Manoa Industrial Relations Center Director Joyce Najita, whose mediation services greatly contributed to achieving consensus....
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Monday, April 29, 2013
UHERO: Latest Jobs Report Suggests Most Industries Recovering
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 PM :: 1332 Views
Although slightly slower than in the second half of last year, conditions in the local job market continued to improve....
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Monday, April 29, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted April 29, 2013
By Congress.org @ 8:15 PM :: 1909 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: OMB Director – Confirmation
  • Senate: Internet Sales Tax – Cloture Motion
  • House: High-Risk Insurance Pools – Rule Vote
  • House: FAA Furloughs – Suspension Vote
  • House: Federal Helium Sales – Suspension Vote

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Monday, April 29, 2013
SB69: Mandatory Background Checks to be Voted
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 2046 Views :: Second Amendment

... mandatory background check bill on already acquired firearms .....

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Monday, April 29, 2013
PEW: New Health Exchange Unlikely to End Insurance Monopoly in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 AM :: 2578 Views :: Health Care

... in states with a dominant insurance carrier, competition and lower prices may not arrive for quite some time ....

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Monday, April 29, 2013
PEW: Lack of Competition Might Hamper Hawaii Health Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 AM :: 2377 Views :: Health Care

... in many states, people won’t have a lot of health insurance choices when the exchanges launch in October ....

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Monday, April 29, 2013
Immigration Bill Doesn't Secure the Border
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:00 AM :: 1817 Views :: National News
As soon as the bill passes, those in the country contrary to U.S. immigration law are granted status to stay....
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
SB237 Would Give DOE Unfettered Power to Lease Public School Land
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 2809 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
“Notwithstanding sections 171-13 and 302A-115, or any other law to the contrary, the department may lease public school land...."
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Dozens of Crony Capitalist Donors Switch from Hanabusa to Schatz
By Selected News Articles @ 1:52 PM :: 3651 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

Schatz received first-quarter donations from at least 96 individuals who also gave to Hanabusa in 2009 or 2010....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Living in the Fourth-Most Economically Repressive State
By Selected News Articles @ 1:34 PM :: 1882 Views :: Economy

... only California, New Jersey, and New York are more repressive than Hawaii ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
House, Senate Approve Resolution Challenging Big Cable, Big Wind
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 2239 Views :: Energy

Governor is requested to engage and work with Lanai, Molokai, and the other neighbor island communities when formulating energy policy ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
HB622: A Sieve Law Not a Shield Law
By News Release @ 11:32 AM :: 1367 Views
The media would be better off arguing case law because that’s virtually all the bill allows....
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Lack of Understanding of General Excise Tax Creates Confusion
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 2609 Views :: Taxes

...because of its broad base...it is applied to nearly every transaction that takes place in Hawaii....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Hawaii Senate Race Stokes Obama, Clinton Rift
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 AM :: 2779 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians
Hanabusa, who was then the state Senate president, served as Clinton’s state spokeswoman....
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
As CEO Pay Hits $5.8M, Hawaiian Electric Flunks Executive Compensation Scorecard
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 2486 Views :: Energy
... Do HEI execs have their own private "decoupling" scheme?
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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Full Text: Honolulu Council Challenges School Lands Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 12:11 AM :: 2353 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12

... should be premised on the provision of fair compensation to the City and County of Honolulu ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2013
Army Completes EIS for Pōhakuloa Battle Course
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 2506 Views :: Environment, Military

Army announces the completion of the Final Environmental Impact Statement to construct and operate a modern Infantry Platoon Battle Course and associated infrastructure at Pōhakuloa....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
VOG: Hawaii County Air Flunks
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 2567 Views :: Environment
Vog contributes to grade 'F' Big Island air quality and grade 'B' Oahu air quality....
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Two Marijuana Bills Pass Conference Committee
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 2080 Views

"The negative changes to SB 642 fall squarely on Senator Green...."

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Caldwell Announces Town Hall Meeting Schedule
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1862 Views :: Honolulu County

... six town hall meetings that will be held across Oahu during the month of May ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
ALERT – Upcoming Votes on Exemption Bills
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 2378 Views :: Development, Land Use
SB 1207: Exempts the Department of Transportation from any permitting or site plan approval requirements established for lands in the Conservation District, for any work involving submerged lands....
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Does Hawaii Constitution Prohibit Gut and Replace?
By News Release @ 12:16 PM :: 1905 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii Court decisions on the Constitutional mandate that the contents of a bill must contain only one subject, and the subject of the bill must be expressed in its title....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
(No) Shield Law Passes Conference – Will Limit Our News Sources
By News Release @ 11:55 AM :: 1799 Views :: First Amendment

The “Shield Law” bill passed out of Conference Committee yesterday (HB 622)....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Neighborhood Board Ballot Passcodes Sent to Voters
By News Release @ 11:26 AM :: 2142 Views :: Honolulu County
The Neighborhood Commission Office has mailed passcodes to 180,000 eligible voters who may cast ballots online for contested seats on the 2013-2015 Neighborhood Boards....
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
Six Animal-Related Bills Moving Forward
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 3295 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

The bills await final, floor votes of both the House and the Senate on Tuesday, April 30th....

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Saturday, April 27, 2013
SB1093 Early Education Passes Conference Committee
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 1887 Views :: Education K-12

The bill appropriated $1.160M for administration costs for two years and $6M in FY15 for subsidies based on a sliding fee scale....

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Friday, April 26, 2013
Budget Report & Worksheets from Conference Committee
By News Release @ 11:36 PM :: 1944 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Lead Senate and House negotiators on the State Budget bill announced they closed negotiations three days ahead of an internal deadline. ..

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Friday, April 26, 2013
Bag Tax Goes National
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 2434 Views :: Environment, Taxes
... H.R. 1686, the Trash Reduction Act of 2013 -- Annualized Cost: $4.08 billion .... 
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Honolulu Neighborhood Voting April 26 - May 17
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 5574 Views :: Honolulu County
... The election is conducted entirely on-line and by telephone. Voting runs from April 26, 2013 through May 17, 2013 ....  
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Tourism: First Quarter 2013 Sets New Record
By News Release @ 3:41 PM :: 1817 Views :: Tourism
Every day, an average of $44 million was spent in the state from January through March....
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Friday, April 26, 2013
HB252: Video Mocks Sen Galuteria's Frankenstein Bill
By Video @ 1:59 PM :: 3378 Views :: Akaka Bill, Energy, OHA

"Now I know what it's like to be God."

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Friday, April 26, 2013
Study: 'Clean Elections' Often Favor Corrupt Incumbents Against Upstart Challengers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 AM :: 2110 Views :: Office of Elections

The GAO’s 2010 report concludes that the benefits supposedly derived from taxpayer financed campaigns do not occur...

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Friday, April 26, 2013
500 Petition Against School Lands Bills
By News Release @ 8:52 AM :: 2923 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Land Use
... The following petition was heard last night (Thursday April 25, 2013) in Senate Chambers ....
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Friday, April 26, 2013
The Impact of School Vouchers on College Enrollment
By NCPA @ 8:40 AM :: 2109 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

... African American college-enrollment increased by 24 percent ....

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Friday, April 26, 2013
Why My Family Came to America
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:25 AM :: 1832 Views :: National News
More than any other nation in history, the United States has made itself a new home for immigrants in search of a better life.... 
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
HGEA Announces Unit 8 Contract Settlement
By News Release @ 10:47 AM :: 3450 Views :: Labor

HGEA’s Unit 8 membership consists of approximately 2,350 administrative, professional and technical University of Hawaii employees....

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Auditor: Less Than Half of Audit Recommendations Implemented
By News Release @ 10:13 AM :: 1960 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Requests by our office to meet with the SPO to conduct our follow-up were not granted....
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
American Families Cannot Afford the Cost of Amnesty
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:29 AM :: 1877 Views :: National News

... amnesty for some 11 million unlawful immigrants ....

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Caldwell: Feds Reaffirm Commitment to Honolulu Rail
By News Release @ 8:42 AM :: 1961 Views :: Rail

Caldwell said he received further assurance that federal funding for Honolulu’s rail transit project remains firmly on track...

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