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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Commonwealth Fund: Hawaii State Health System Performance, 2014
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1861 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The top-performing states—Minnesota, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Hawaii—lead the nation across most dimensions of care, and have done so over time....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hawaii Teen Pregnancy Rate Down 43% since 1988
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 2930 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Life

...analysis from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shows that teen childbearing in Hawaii cost taxpayers at least $32 million in 2010....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
HTA: Visitor Spending and Arrivals Decline for Month and Quarter
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 1594 Views :: Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawaii in March 2014 fell 3.5 percent compared to last March to $1.2 billion....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Property Tax Exemptions Reduce Honolulu Tax Revenue $100M
By Natalie Iwasa @ 9:28 PM :: 2043 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...You’ll never see it as a line item in the budget....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hyatt Waikiki Employees Hit Union with Federal Labor Charges
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 1837 Views :: Labor

...UNITE HERE Local 5 union officials have an ugly history of violating the rights of the workers they claim to represent....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Repeal Jones Act Before Exporting Oil
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 2401 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

This newfound abundance has come primarily from the application of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Effects of Pension Plan Changes on Retirement Security
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 2048 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics

This study analyzes the effects of the resulting changes at the individual employee level ....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sen. Mike Lee on Fighting for Equal Opportunity
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:22 PM :: 1510 Views :: National News unholy union of big government, big business, and big special interests twists public policy to benefit Washington insiders....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Leapfrog: Hawaii Among Top 5 States for Hospital Quality
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 1947 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Queens, Pali Momi, Straub, and Moanalua all scored 'A' ....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
PUC Orders HECO to Cut Costs, Integrate More Solar
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 2352 Views :: Energy

...four major decisions and orders that collectively provide key policy, resource planning, and operational directives to HECO....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
DBEDT Hawaii Refinery Task Force Calls for Jones Act Waiver
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 2717 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Tesoro indicated that domestic supply was not competitive, in part due to Jones Act restrictions....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Djou on Obama Asia Visit: Congress Should Pass Asia-Pacific Free Trade Pact Now
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:06 PM :: 1988 Views :: National News, Politicians

"Congress needs to follow up on this presidential trip by passing trade promotion authority to conclude a free-trade agreement across Asia and the Pacific”

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
VIDEO: Is the Jones Act Impacting Domestic Oil?
By Video @ 7:54 PM :: 2165 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

Shippers are increasingly moving crude to a refinery in Canada....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
McDermott helps land $2.3 million for Campbell High Air Conditioning
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 1766 Views :: Education K-12

...the budget specifically appropriates $300,000 of general obligation bond funds toward design ... another $2 million is appropriated for the actual construction of an air conditioning system....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Lawsuit: Bungling UH Construction Management Behind Delays, Change Orders, Cost Overruns
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2643 Views :: Higher Education

...$6M of added work due to unidentified utilities, design changes and added work scope....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Legislature Passes State Budget
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 2341 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The budget, which provides $6.189 billion in general funds and $12.147 billion in all means of financing, was characterized by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke as measured and prudent....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
VIDEO: House Republicans Speak out on State Budget
By Video @ 6:41 PM :: 2160 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

VIDEO: House Republicans speak out on Hawaii State Budget during final debate today....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
CATO: Minimum Wage Increase Not the Answer in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 2616 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

Despite claims to the contrary, relatively few Hawaiians would benefit from the increase....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Lingle to Chair Djou Campaign Team
By News Release @ 1:45 PM :: 2829 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party
In modern politics, the best candidate doesn’t always win – it’s the best campaign that wins....
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The New Narrative on Obamacare: Repeal Is So Last Year
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:49 AM :: 1392 Views :: Health Care

Do conservatives still want to repeal Obamacare?  It would seem the media don’t want you to think so....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Hot Movie Trailer: Dinesh D’Souza’s America
By Video @ 5:00 AM :: 1950 Views :: National News

...what if America had never been founded?...

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Special Interest Groups Can Hijack Hawaii's Elections if Late Voter Registration Bill Enacted
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:15 AM :: 2044 Views :: Office of Elections

Super PACs and special interest groups look set to have the opportunity to hijack all future elections in Hawaii if HB2590 CD1 passes....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Full Text: Taskforce Report Plans 'Refinery Closure Scenarios'
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 1788 Views :: Energy

The Hawaii Refinery Task Force has completed its year-long study of the potential impacts of refinery closures....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
$52.4M CIP for Public Housing Renovation, DHS IT Planning
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 1647 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Design funds for plans to modernize the case management system for the Social Services Division. The current system is approximately 25-years-old....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
Ige Opposes Appointment of Kobayashi VP to HCDA
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 3345 Views :: Development, Small Business

Ige said he would vote against confirming Brian Tamamototo permanently to fill a small-business seat of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA)....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
Where Your Money Goes When This Bank Gets Ahold of It
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:52 AM :: 1265 Views :: National News your hard-earned money helps subsidize loans for people in other countries....

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Marriage and Religious Freedom: Heritage Foundation Events May 6-8 Oahu, Maui, Kona, Hilo
By Andrew Walden @ 10:31 PM :: 2651 Views :: Family, First Amendment
  • Kihei Maui May 6
  • Kona & Hilo May 7
  • Honolulu May 8
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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Duke Aiona, Elwin Ahu to Headline Maui Republican Rally May 3
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 2133 Views :: Republican Party
University of Hawaii Maui College, Pilina Multi-Purpose Room 2nd Floor Saturday May 3rd, 2014 9:00am – Noon 
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Sunday, April 27, 2014
COFACAN: Advocates Plan Next Steps to Defend Healthcare Access
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1714 Views :: Health Care

We continue to advocate for the State of Hawai‘i to remove Basic Health Hawai‘i from Hawai‘i Administrative Rules and repeal Haw. Admin. Rules Chapter 17-1722.3....

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Do You Know the Meaning of ‘Temporary’?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1665 Views :: Taxes
Yes, to you and me it’s a common word. But in the world of Hawaii tax it seems to have an entirely different meaning....
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Saturday, April 26, 2014
VIDEO: "We Don't Want Your Phony Roll"
By Video @ 8:31 PM :: 3116 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

At OHA's Kana'iolowalu Roll Meetings the message from the people comes across loud and clear....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
'Surveillance System' Looks at Hawaii Residents Sugary Beverage Drinking Pattern
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 1687 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for 38,978 adults aged 18 years or older from 6 states: Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Wisconsin....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Kobayashi Group is not a “Small Business” as Defined by the HCDA Law
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 2339 Views :: Development, Small Business

Kobayashi Group is in partnership with the Howard Hughes Corporation to build ONE Ala Moana, the ultra-luxury condominium being built above Nordstrom’s parking in Ala Moana....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Complete List of Bills up for Final reading in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 1:55 PM :: 1756 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills up for final reading in the Senate and House on Tuesday, April 29....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Power of the Money Committees
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 1545 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A quick glance at the table below, and you see how powerful the money committees are....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
April 25, 2014: Election Commission Releases Updated Candidate List
By Andrew Walden @ 12:58 AM :: 1774 Views :: Office of Elections
The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending April 25, 2014.
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Friday, April 25, 2014
Quo Warranto Fu: Is Calvin Say a Qualified Voter in his District?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:44 PM :: 2622 Views :: Office of Elections, Politicians

...may the challenger institute a quo warranto lawsuit in state circuit court?

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Voting Rights Denied: What Hawaii Can Learn from Davis v Guam
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:14 PM :: 2198 Views :: OHA

...the rebirth of an issue that should have been finished once and for all with the Supreme Court decision in Rice v. Cayetano....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Full Text: Hannemann Announces Campaign for Governor
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 2228 Views :: Politicians

...without registered voters who take the time to participate in every election opportunity, we will continue to be ruled by tiny minority who do not share our values....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Ige: Pay for Turtle Bay by Refinancing Hawaii Convention Center
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 2484 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

"It would be an opportunity for us to within the existing resources acquire the easement." --Ige

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Obama endorses biotechnology’s important role in agriculture
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 PM :: 1445 Views :: GMOs

“...investment in enhanced biotechnology is an essential component of the solution to some of our planet’s most pressing agricultural problems” -- President Barack Obama 

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Friday, April 25, 2014
UPDATE: Do We Really Want Another ‘Waikiki’ in Kakaako-Makai?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:18 PM :: 3148 Views :: Development, OHA

...SB3122 conference hearing continues Friday, April 25, 2014 at 11:30am in conference room 312 (State Capitol)....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline
By NCPA @ 4:09 PM :: 2699 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gas....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
7 Reasons Nothing Should Stand in the Way of the Keystone XL Pipeline
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:14 AM :: 1421 Views :: Energy

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 61 percent of the American public favor building the pipeline....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Analysis: 13% of Hawaii Bridges 'Structurally Deficient'
By News Release @ 4:15 AM :: 1506 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii has 144 structurally deficient bridges....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Lawsuit: Students Ordered to Stop Handing Out US Constitution at UH Hilo
By News Release @ 2:58 AM :: 5994 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

A student ordered by administrators to stop handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution at the University of Hawaii at Hilo has filed a lawsuit today in federal court....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
States make wild claims about the effectiveness of their tourism promotion campaigns
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 AM :: 3111 Views :: Tourism

Not surprisingly, they almost always report that funds spent on advertising translate into tourist spending and tax revenues many multiples of the original outlay....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Djou: Cook Political Report has CD1 Moving Our Way
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2166 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Charlie Cook, a respected political journalist, ranks campaigns across the country.  On April 17th, he moved his ranking of our race....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Volunteers Wanted to Investigate, Discipline Lawyers
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 1627 Views :: Judiciary

The terms will begin on July 1, 2014 and last for three years....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Panos: Sopogy's Demise is a Huge Victory for Honest Engineering and the Taxpayer
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:05 AM :: 4605 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Many well-known people such as Governors Lingle and Abercrombie, Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Blue Planet Foundation's Henk Rogers, and Hawaii's only billionaire Pierre Omidyar have Sopogy egg on their face....

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