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Monday, June 30, 2014
New age requirements push 6000 out of kindergarten
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 3556 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

This year, the state says project enrollment is about 10,500. Last year, enrollment was about 16,600....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Abercrombie Capitulates, Financial Disclosure Will Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 1797 Views :: Ethics

...Abercrombie today sent a letter to Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and House Speaker Joe Souki stating that he will let the measure become law without his signature....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
16 Bills Signed into Law
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 2326 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

Abercrombie today signed House Bill 2590 (Act 166), a measure that will allow voter registration at absentee polling places beginning in 2016 and late voter registration, including on Election Day, beginning in 2018....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Union apologizes for attacks on former Hawaii governor in lawsuit settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:08 PM :: 3006 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Labor, Politicians

Cayetano sued to clear his name after PRP Hawaii spent $2 million on a media campaign against him....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Today the Supreme Court Protected Religious Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:25 PM :: 2237 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...the justices ruled the government will not be able to force Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties to provide coverage of four drugs and devices that can end the life of a human embryo....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 30, 2014
By Congress.org @ 1:04 PM :: 2142 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Both chambers are in recess until the week of July 7....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
Djou: New VA Secretary Needs to Embrace Reform
By Rep Charles Djou @ 1:36 AM :: 2245 Views :: Health Care, Military

The new VA Secretary needs to quickly understand the serious depth of the problems facing the VA in Hawaii....

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Liliuokalani 1895: “Monarchy is Forever Ended, Republic of Hawaii is only lawful Government”
By Andrew Walden @ 9:37 PM :: 4965 Views :: Hawaii History

"I, Liliuokalani Dominis, do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God that I will support the Constitution, Laws and Government of the Republic of Hawaii...."

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Ethics: Caldwell Admin Blocks Investigation of No-Show City Workers
By Andrew Walden @ 8:12 PM :: 2380 Views

...when the Managing Director appeared before the Commission ... her comments focused on the employee grievances that might result from finding that personnel had misused City resources....

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Sunday, June 29, 2014
VIDEO: ‘Persecuted’ Opens in Hawaii July 18
By Video @ 5:13 PM :: 3033 Views :: First Amendment, Religion
  • Dole Cannery 18 Honolulu
  • Pearl Highlands 12 Pearl City
  • Keauhou Cinemas 7 Kailua Kona
  • Maui Mall Megaplex 12 Kahului
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Sunday, June 29, 2014
We’ve Been Bracket Creeped!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1897 Views :: Taxes

...in 1978 when Hawaii adopted its present system of conforming to the federal Internal Revenue Code, inflation adjustments were left off the table....

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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Dozens Rally at Capitol for Religious Freedom
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 5647 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

dozens rallied Saturday at the capitol to promote voter registration in churches and to defend religious freedom....

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Saturday, June 28, 2014
Nanakuli House Candidate Andria Tupola wins SHOPO Endorsement
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 2925 Views :: Labor, Politicians

A published analysis by a senior political reporter for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser rates Andria Tupola as the GOP’s best young prospect....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Military Cooperation with China: RIMPAC as a Model for the Future
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:32 PM :: 2301 Views :: Military

Beijing’s participation comes at a time of significant regional tension....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Anti-GMO Activists Write the Darndest Things
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 2306 Views :: GMOs

We’ve been trawling the bowels of the internet for the crazier ramblings of the activists, so put on your tinfoil hats and come for a dive with us....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Abercrombie Rewards UHPA's Campaign Support with $32M -- 'Unprecedented' Early Contract
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 4396 Views :: Higher Education, Labor

...the agreement would cost $32 million over two years, a cost that needs to be approved by the Legislature.....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Sledgehammer Tom Brower Loses Key HSTA Endorsement
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 2554 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Brower has lost the confidence of the groups and individuals who once supported him....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Hawaii, US, Other States Allege Fraud in $4B Mortgage Settlement
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 2075 Views :: National News

...Chase was not entitled to all of the credits, because Chase no longer owned many of the loans it forgave or forgave loans that were not eligible for relief....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
North Korea May Be Guilty of Genocide
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:52 PM :: 2608 Views :: World News

The charge of crimes against humanity alone guarantees that, at some point, members of the regime will be prosecuted....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
20,000 Army Personnel Could be Cut from Schofield Barracks, Ft Shafter
By News Release @ 5:10 AM :: 4207 Views :: Economy, Military

Under the most severe scenario, Schofield would lose about 16,000 employees, leaving 2,441 on base....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Two Polls Now Show Aiona In Lead
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 4060 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Two separate polls recently released show Duke Aiona as the clear choice for Hawai‘i voters....

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Friday, June 27, 2014
HPD Ordered to Pay $31K over Censored Facebook Comments
By Andrew Walden @ 4:10 AM :: 58425 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

...plaintiffs sued alleging First Amendment violations after the HPD allegedly removed Second Amendment activists' Facebook comments from an HPD Facebook page....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Obama plan to tribalize native Hawaiians runs into trouble
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:07 PM :: 3833 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Native Hawaiian activists demanded the federal government leave Hawaiians alone....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Court Strikes Down Soda Ban
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:34 PM :: 1989 Views :: Small Business
“This was a bad day for the food police and a good day for individual freedom”
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Prohibiting Sitting Or Laying Down On Oahu's Sidewalks 24/7 Makes Law More Susceptible To Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 2:03 AM :: 2525 Views :: Homelessness

Expansion of the scope may leave a slightly wider opening for challenge....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Seeking a Global Solution in Sugar Trade Policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 3596 Views :: World News, Agriculture, Economy

...sugar is one of the most politically charged raw materials in the global economy....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ige, Slom Question Possible 'Financial Disclosure' Veto
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 3460 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This is just an example of the "same old, same old," where the Governor and his appointees get to wield power with a distinct lack of public scrutiny....

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Angry Aloha
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:58 PM :: 3163 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Monday, I attended the U.S. Department of Interior's first of 15 scheduled public hearings....

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Court Rules Marriage Must Be Redefined Under Fourteenth Amendment
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 2507 Views :: National News, Family

Today the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important ruling on Utah’s marriage amendment....

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ninth Circuit Oral Argument In Bridge Aina Lea
By Robert Thomas @ 1:57 AM :: 2798 Views :: Development, Land Use

...the State Land Use Commission wrongfully amended the land use boundaries from urban to agriculture....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Report: 65% of Rooftop Solar Owned by Finance Companies
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 2263 Views :: Energy

Year-over-year growth in the residential sector (60%) outpaced the overall U.S. market (41%) for the first time....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
USDoE: Federal Funds at Risk as Hawaii Special Ed Programs Fall Short
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 2303 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

IDEA mandates that the Department must take specific actions, which can include requiring the state to prepare a corrective action plan, enter into a compliance agreement or, ultimately, withholding a portion of the state’s funding....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Sharyl Attkisson Calls Obama Administration ‘Worst Atmosphere’ for Journalists
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:53 AM :: 3131 Views :: National News, First Amendment, Obama

Attkisson is an award-winning investigative reporter who earlier this year made headlines for resigning from CBS News....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Abercrombie Sends Notice to Veto 10 Bills
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 2294 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...he must either veto or sign by July 8, 2014, or allow them to become law without his signature....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Ward Questions DoT Plan for Kalanianaole Hwy
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 2152 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

“It took 4 years to add 2 lanes to the old 4-lane Kalanianaole Highway while at the same time paving 6 lanes...."

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Monday, June 23, 2014
DoI Hearing: 'A lot of noes' on Akaka Tribe
By Andrew Walden @ 11:01 PM :: 5129 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

One could tell this morning's hearings weren't going to go well for the Akaka Tribe when the first question from the audience was, "Under what authority do you have jurisdiction here?"....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Hawaii Teachers 3rd-Best Paid in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 3504 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

The top districts for paying teachers with a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience are Chicago ($62,046), New York ($52,278), Hawaii ($50,728)....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
At DOI Hearing, Grassroot Institute Disputes Department's Authority to Recognize a Hawaiian Nation
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:18 PM :: 3320 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

The expensive, time-consuming effort to tribalize Native Hawaiians has done little to help the state or the Native Hawaiian community....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Janet Grace–Waikiki HD22 Designated A Top House Race
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 3046 Views :: Ethics, Homelessness, Politicians

...Tom Brower's use of state money to buy the sledgehammer that he used to smash the shopping carts of the homeless is a story that just won't die...

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 23, 2014
By Congress.org @ 1:10 PM :: 1812 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Fiscal 2015 Appropriations Minibus 'Shell' - Cloture
House: Fiscal 2015 Defense Appropriations - Passage
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Monday, June 23, 2014
How Badly Will Your School Do? Hawaii principals predict substantial drop in reading and math scores
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:55 PM :: 2361 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...principals’ predictions are dismal partially because tests for the newly implemented Common Core curriculum will be more rigorous....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Voters Look to Small-Business Owners for Guidance
By Selected News Articles @ 8:22 AM :: 1891 Views :: Small Business
“Disproportionately large percentages of small-business owners are registered to vote (95%), [and] usually do vote (84%)”
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Monday, June 23, 2014
Heritage Foundation Backs Sentencing Reform Merging ‘Compassion and Common Sense’
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:51 AM :: 2646 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

...bipartisan support for relieving prison overcrowding by reducing sentences for non-violent crimes and putting the savings into community programs....

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Monday, June 23, 2014
Video: Shifting the Jones Act Tide
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:23 AM :: 2464 Views :: Jones Act

The shift in attitude regarding the Jones Act is an exciting development for those who have long supported change....

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Sunday, June 22, 2014
How Hawaii Can Grow the Pie
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:10 PM :: 1815 Views :: Taxes

What it would take to help the state create a governing and regulatory climate that would bring in more revenue without raising taxes....

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Tribal Agenda: Abercrombie led push to Exempt Akaka Tribe from State, Federal Laws
By Andrew Walden @ 11:09 PM :: 5379 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

In December, 2009, then-Representative Neil Abercrombie introduced an amendment to the Akaka Bill HR2314 which marked a sharp departure from previous versions....

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Public to be Excluded from Honolulu Tribe Hearing—Protest Set
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 2277 Views

...on the official agenda, Neil Abercrombie, countless Hawaii state officials, Robin Danner, the CNHA, the SCHAA, and other special invitees are scheduled to testify FIRST....

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Hearings Mask Scheme to Seize Control of Hawaiian Homelands
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 3953 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

It means that OHA, the Danners and the SCHAA would end up with control of all Hawaiian homestead lands, the ceded lands and other assets....

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
How to Submit Your Comments on the Proposed Rule to Recognize a Native Hawaiian Government
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 4919 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

This is your chance to have your voice heard!....

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
OHA Trustee Stender and Former AG Lilly question current efforts to create a sovereign Hawaiian nation
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:41 PM :: 3432 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Trustee Stender agreed with Mr. Lilly that pursuit of a "another government" is a waste of valuable financial resources that could be better used to meet the needs of Hawaiians....

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