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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Puerto Rico US Rep to Introduce Jones Act Reform Bill
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 1880 Views :: Jones Act

"My goals are to expand the universe of vessels that can transport natural gas and other fuel products from the U.S. to Puerto Rico to help reduce the cost of electricity...."

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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Tourism: Record Visitors, Flat Spending Since 1989
By UHERO @ 6:31 PM :: 2017 Views :: Tourism
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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Need to Make Everyone Pay Their Fair Share for Roads
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 1619 Views :: Taxes

Honolulu’s Mayor was rebuffed by the City Council earlier this year when he submitted a proposal to raise the county gas tax by five cents a gallon....

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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Guam: Legislators, Media Protest Jones Act 'Monster of the Pacific Rim'
By Selected News Articles @ 7:38 PM :: 2940 Views :: Jones Act
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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Premature Action: 9th Circuit Illegally Allows Gay Marriages to Begin
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 2085 Views :: Family, Judiciary

The legal team defending California’s marriage amendment filed an emergency application with the U.S. Supreme Court Saturday to vacate a premature order that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit issued Friday....

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Saturday, June 29, 2013
In Sudden Reversal, HIRA Comes out Against Gay Marriage
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 1677 Views :: Family

Democrats led by Willie Espero are pushing for a special session to legalize same-sex "marriage" in Hawaii....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Obama: Churches Will not be Required to Conduct Gay Marriages
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 1878 Views :: Family, First Amendment

How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Religious Liberty: Federal Court Blocks Abortion Mandate
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 1866 Views :: Family, First Amendment

a federal court has ordered the government not to enforce the HHS abortion-drug mandate....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Four More Bills, Defends Shark Fin Ban
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 1934 Views :: Environment, Land Use

four bills related to land preservation, emergency medical services, small boat harbors and the Kahoolawe Island Reserve....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
State Senate Shakes Up Committee Structure
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 3007 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Tourism
Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees.... 
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Friday, June 28, 2013
EFF Sues FBI For Access to Hawaii Facial-Recognition Records
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 1818 Views :: Law Enforcement

Lawsuit Seeks Transparency Before Implementation of a 'Bigger, Faster and Better' Biometrics System....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii worst place in country to do business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:34 PM :: 2973 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
Hawaii has the worst business ranking of all 50 states, according to an analysis by the Chicago-based watchdog group Truth in Accounting....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Foodstamps: The House of Second Chances
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:02 AM :: 1490 Views :: Agriculture

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is reportedly pushing to split up the old farm bill and take food stamps out of it....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Auditor: Continued state regulation of amateur boxing is unnecessary
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 2414 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education
Feasibility Study of Removing Amateur Boxing From the Jurisdiction of the State Boxing Commission....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Can the Median Household afford the Median Home on Oahu?
By UHERO @ 3:47 AM :: 1787 Views :: Cost of Living
Do families have enough for the down payment, and will the median household income qualify for a loan? How will a monthly mortgage payment compare to the rent you are currently paying?
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Study: Most of Hawaii's commercial seafood is imported
By UHERO @ 3:29 AM :: 2460 Views :: Environment, Agriculture
Hawaii sits in the middle of the largest ocean on earth. So the majority of the seafood consumed on these islands must then come from local waters, right?
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Snakes in the Budget: Bite Estimated at $300M
By UHERO @ 3:06 AM :: 2154 Views :: Environment
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Governor Signs Healthcare Transformation Bill
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 1171 Views :: Health Care
House Bill 656, establishing the Health Care Transformation Program within the Governor’s office...
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Friday, June 28, 2013
SB1087: GEMS for Solar Scammers
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 2266 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits
The Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program is an innovative financing model....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 35 Bills
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1548 Views :: Hawaii State Government
the Office of the Governor provides the below list of most recently signed bills....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Full Text: DoD ‘Briefing Card’ on Same Sex Benefits
By News Release @ 12:17 AM :: 3093 Views :: Family, Military

The US Department of Defense has released the following ‘Briefing Card’ to military officers in the wake of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision....

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rep. Ward seeks assurance that public data will be protected under SB1003
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 1377 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senate Bill 1003 allows for periodic security audits of all Executive Branch departments and agencies to ensure that the state’s computer infrastructure and sensitive data are protected from unauthorized use....

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Voting Rights: Hawaii Moves to Top of Enforcement List?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:40 PM :: 2327 Views :: Office of Elections
Why? Hawaii's consistently low voter turnout....
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Supreme Court’s Marriage Decisions by the Numbers
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:11 PM :: 1572 Views :: Family

...50--The number of states whose marriage laws remain the same after the Court’s marriage decisions....

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Animal Cruelty: Abercrombie Signs Six Bills
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 1966 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement
SB978 provides harsher penalties for those found guilty of animal cruelty by upgrading misdemeanor cruelty offenses involving 10 or more animals to a Class C felony....
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NRDC: Hawaii Ranked 4th in Beachwater Quality
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 2120 Views :: Environment, Tourism

3 beaches (1%) had more than 20% of their samples exceed state standard(s)....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Seven Ag Bills
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 1593 Views :: Agriculture

...Abercrombie today signed seven bills related to agriculture....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Abercrombie: Supreme Court Ruling Supports My Position in Hawaii Gay Marriage Lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 1824 Views :: Family

...language in the Windsor ruling supports my position in the Hawaii lawsuit, which is currently pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Jones Act: Horizon, USCG Agree to Use of Foreign Shipyards for LNG Conversion
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 1992 Views :: Jones Act
USCG ruled that the work as described can take place in a foreign shipyard....
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
WSJ: An ObamaCare Board Answerable to No One
By NCPA @ 3:40 PM :: 1509 Views :: Health Care

The ObamaCare law also stipulates that there "shall be no administrative or judicial review" of the board's decisions....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Supreme Court declines to hear Appeal of Decision Overturning Calif. Prop. 8
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 1441 Views :: Family
Gov Jerry Brown Orders County Clerks to Resume Granting Gay Marriage Licenses ....
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Things That Will Cost More Under Obama’s Climate Change Plan
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:34 PM :: 1295 Views :: Environment

But let’s pretend we were able to stop emitting all carbon immediately...The Science and Public Policy Institute found that the global temperature would decrease by 0.17 degrees Celsius—by 2100.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Supreme Court to Congress on Voting Rights Act: “History Did Not End in 1965”
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:13 PM :: 1747 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

... thankfully “Our country has changed” ....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Hawaii Family Forum: Gay Marriage Decision ‘Disappointing’
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 1912 Views :: Family

... there is no longer a national definition of marriage ....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Vogue: Tulsi Gabbard Urged to Run for Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 12:41 AM :: 3093 Views :: Politicians

Gabbard steps from the dais, and audience members rush to hug her and urge her to run for governor....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Act 137: Abercrombie Creates New HGEA Bargaining Unit
By News Release @ 12:21 AM :: 2426 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement

Bargaining Unit 14, to represent state law enforcement officers, and state and county ocean safety and water safety officers....

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Tax fraud, obstruction of justice no obstacle to Honolulu cop’s pension
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:06 AM :: 2366 Views :: Law Enforcement

Nishimura was the highest-ranking Honolulu police officer charged with a federal felony offense....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hawaii: An Energy and Economic Analysis
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 2461 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Electricity demand in Hawaii is among the lowest in the country....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Obama Launches Campaign to Mock Global Warming Deniers into Submission
By AtomicMonkey @ 6:55 PM :: 1957 Views :: Environment
The earth has, in its past, been both a flaming inferno and a frozen blob. That's quite a range in climate even before humans were on the scene..
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Schatz “Mind Numbingly Stupid”
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 5316 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Politicians
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Obama Climate Policy: Poor Will be Hardest Hit
By NCPA @ 3:44 PM :: 1809 Views :: Energy, Environment

If President Obama’s proposed power plant emissions controls are enacted, it will destroy utilities burning coal, hike energy costs while making zero impact on earth’s climate...

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Heritage: The Kind of Immigration Reform We Could Support
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:11 PM :: 1333 Views :: National News

The Senate voted yesterday to advance the Gang of Eight’s “comprehensive” immigration bill....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Honolulu Traffic: Most ‘Lane-Deficient’ City in USA
By Honolulu Traffic @ 12:10 AM :: 2076 Views :: Development, Rail

Adding more density will cause the central road network to seize.... 

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Abercrombie Sends Notice of ‘Intent to Veto’ 9 Bills, Line-Item 10th
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 1945 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Most of these bills are potentially objectionable because of concerns, raised by state departments or agencies, reflected in testimonies provided during the hearing process...

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Productivity and Innovation: Hawaii Tumbles from ‘A’ to ‘F’
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2169 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

The 2013 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report shows how each state ranks....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Governor Signs School Readiness Bill, Early Learning Director Quits
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 1755 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

Terry Lock has accepted a position with the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Rail Forum: What Happens When Transit Consumes 19%?
By News Release @ 3:41 PM :: 2409 Views :: Rail

Saturday, June 29, at 10 a.m. at Washington Middle School, King St. at Punahou....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Kids Count: Hawaii Ranks 25th in Children's Well-Being
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 2282 Views :: Education K-12, Family

The KIDS COUNT index includes child-level indicators across four domains....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
What if the Exchanges Aren’t Ready On Time?
By John Goodman @ 1:38 PM :: 1394 Views :: Health Care

[M]ost of the specs have been written, but the all wiring hasn't been laid, and what will happen when they flip the switch nobody really knows....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
DLNR Seeks Savings on Dead Whales
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 1517 Views :: Environment

Each year, approximately one to four sperm whale carcasses drift ashore in Hawaii....

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