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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Why Is Washington Talking About a Government Shutdown?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:07 PM :: 1558 Views :: Health Care

It’s not even August, and Members of Congress are starting to buzz about the upcoming budget and debt ceiling fight....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Simplified property taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:40 PM :: 2249 Views :: Taxes
With ten new property tax proposals under consideration in Honolulu, it’s a good time to think about what makes for fair and reasonable property taxes....
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
How to Use Obamacare to Scam Taxpayers
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:47 PM :: 1770 Views :: Health Care
Looking for a little extra cash?
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Honolulu Ranks 62nd in Per-Capita Public Employees
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 PM :: 2314 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics

The Examiner used the Census Bureau's 2011 Annual Survey of Public Employment and Payroll to rank every U.S. city with a population of 200,000 or more....

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Monday, July 29, 2013
Skeletons in the Closet of the Wind
By Andrew Walden @ 8:44 PM :: 6786 Views :: Energy
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Monday, July 29, 2013
Feds: Hawaii DoE no longer 'High Risk'
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 1903 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this morning received notification from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) that its Race to the Top (RTTT) grant is no longer considered “high-risk”....

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Monday, July 29, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted July 29, 2013
By Congress.org @ 2:57 PM :: 1660 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Student Loan Interest Rates – Passage
  • House: Defense Appropriations – NSA Phone Record Collection Amendment
  • House: Defense Appropriations—Final Passage
  • House: Coal Ash Regulations – Passage
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Monday, July 29, 2013
Defunding Obamacare Explained in One Infographic
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:20 PM :: 1576 Views :: Health Care

The movement to defund Obamacare is gaining traction in Washington....

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Monday, July 29, 2013
Big Cable Could Cost Consumers 12 cents per Kwh
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2162 Views :: Energy

As much as an additional 12 cents/kilowatt hour could be added to each HECO bill on O`ahu, just for the undersea cable, according to an Integrated Resource Planning Final Report filed recently with the PUC....

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Monday, July 29, 2013
Hanabusa: Obama Considers Creating Akaka Tribe Without Congressional Approval
By Andrew Walden @ 12:27 AM :: 4704 Views :: Akaka Bill
"We know he will seriously consider our request to use his executive branch authority to achieve this elusive goal."
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Forum to Outline Changes to State Mental Health Care System
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 2055 Views :: Health Care

...community forum on Monday, July 29, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in the Queen’s Conference Center Auditorium....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Analysis of Hawaii County Bill 79
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 1525 Views :: GMOs

it may in fact require everyone who wears or eats or sells a GMO food or other product to register with the county and pay a fee....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013
UPDATE: Flossie Weakening East of Hana
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 5267 Views :: Hawaii State Government
AT 8 AM HST...TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE WAS LOCATED 90 MILES NE OF HILO MOVING WNW AT 20 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS 40 MPH....
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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Onerous Burden of Doing Business Goes Beyond Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 11:37 AM :: 2334 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

In addition to the fees and charges levied for these required permits and licenses, there is the time that it takes to secure many of these permits and licenses....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Kauai Farmers Mobilize to Save Agriculture from Anti-GMO Protesters
By Video @ 4:02 PM :: 3977 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, GMOs

Correcting the misinformation being spread by special interest groups about how we farm....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Growing Up With Two Moms: The Untold Children’s View
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 2529 Views :: Family

The children of same-sex couples have a tough road ahead of them—I know, because I have been there....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Lessons from France on Defending Marriage
By Selected News Articles @ 1:09 PM :: 1942 Views :: Family
Unlikely characters, including gay men, are leading the French people in protest against redefining marriage....
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
VIDEO: Rep. Ward discusses the Jones Act
By Video @ 4:27 AM :: 3036 Views :: Jones Act
Mike Hansen and Rep Ward.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Paradise lost: Honolulu taxpayers drowning in crystal clear sea of debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:17 AM :: 2684 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes
Honolulu, fiscal watchdogs warn, must curb spending, focus on its debt and address critical multi-billion dollar infrastructure problems ....
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Why I’m Going to Hawaii to Defend the Maize Winter Nurseries
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 AM :: 2338 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Hawaii currently plays an important role in the global food supply – one far more important than that of its historical sugarcane and pineapple industries....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
HTA: Arrivals, Spending Up
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 1774 Views :: Tourism

Visitors who came to Hawai‘i in June 2013 spent a total of $1.3 billion, an increase of 7 percent from June 2012....

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Friday, July 26, 2013
‘Sue and Settle’: Secret backroom deals by bureaucrats and enviros hurt economy
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 2637 Views :: Energy, Environment

Sue and Settle process has left Hawaii burdened with an EPA mandated ‘Regional Haze’ plan which forces human emitters to make up for emissions from Kilauea Volcano....

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Friday, July 26, 2013
$217M: Fake Bribe Offered to Hawaii for Fake ‘Marriage’
By UHERO @ 3:16 PM :: 3280 Views :: Family

The same author in 2011 made the same type of claims in the run-up to Civil Unions....

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Friday, July 26, 2013
Can Obamacare Get the Young Blood It Needs to Live?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:43 PM :: 1447 Views :: Health Care
of the projected 7 million exchange enrollees next year, 2.7 million need to be young adults to make the premiums work....
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Friday, July 26, 2013
ObamaCare Glitch Number One: Verifying Eligibility
By NCPA @ 2:37 PM :: 1437 Views :: Health Care

...a delayed and untested verification process is an open-invitation to cheat....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Ocean Resources Management Plan
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 2753 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Tracking the success of the plan will be coordinated with the state Office of Information Management and Technology....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Caldwell's TOD Pick Connects Smart Growth, Active Aging
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 3011 Views :: Health Care, Life, Rail

Caldwell announced today the selection of veteran transportation planner Harrison Rue as the Administrator of the City’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Program....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Pierluisi introduces Puerto Rico Jones Act exemption legislation
By Michael Hansen @ 6:35 PM :: 1908 Views :: Jones Act

...create a limited exemption from the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act allowing foreign-built ships to transport bulk cargoes the domestic Puerto Rico trade...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Full Text: Stop Rail Files Comments on Rail DSEIS
By Honolulu Traffic @ 4:19 PM :: 1758 Views :: Rail
Comments were required to be filed by July 22 ....
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Hawaii, Guam, Am Samoa, NMI Question Proposed Listing of 66 Coral Species
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 1879 Views :: Environment
The Steering Committee for the Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Partnership (PROP) met last week in Honolulu....
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
3 Whoppers from Obama’s Big Economic Speech
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:32 PM :: 3717 Views :: National News, Economy, Health Care, Obama
  1. Obamacare is going great.
  2. I cut the deficit in half.
  3. Middle-class income is stuck in the ’70s.
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
KSBE, ML&P, Grove Farm Plan to Chop Down Thousands of Trees
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 2567 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

The feedstock for the biofuel is anticipated to be woody biomass-based....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Soaring Renewable Fuel Costs Spark New Fight over Ethanol Mandate
By NCPA @ 1:08 PM :: 2091 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

Renewable fuel credit prices rose to record highs recently, reigniting the debate over repealing the federal government's ethanol mandate....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Jonesing for Relief from Port Protectionism
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 AM :: 2196 Views :: Jones Act

Jacksonville, Florida, brings in coal from Colombia rather than West Virginia.....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
CNBC: Slash Fuel Prices, Repeal Jones Act
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 2226 Views :: Jones Act

The airline industry, whose largest expense is fuel, is also behind the structural change in the legislation that would allow foreign-made vessels to transport on U.S. waters....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
PETA Attacks Hawaii Man Nearly Killed by Ahi
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 4199 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment

As Native Hawaiians and residents of Hawai‘i, we take serious offense at your public attack upon a local fisherman for catching ahi....

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Abercrombie: Obama Speech Gives Me Excuse to Double Down on Pre-K Scheme
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 1708 Views :: Education K-12

"...make the investment ... now...."

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Hawaii Ranks #3 in Solar Installations Per Capita
By News Release @ 1:24 PM :: 2235 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

States with more homeowners and businesses “going solar” share these policies....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Hawaiian Airlines: Strengthening Dollar Undermines Results
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 1563 Views :: Tourism

On our international routes we are seeing the strengthening of the dollar undermine some of the excellent results we have had in the last couple of years but this portion of our business remains the core focus of our expansion plans....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
How Much of Food Activism Is Nonsense?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 PM :: 2492 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

There are plenty of people out there telling us what we should eat—and worse, trying to use public policy to make us live by their opinions....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Organic food – What is an ‘organic’ label really worth?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 PM :: 2384 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

fraud has flown under the radar. And as sales have boomed and the stakes have risen, the scale of deception has broadened....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
3 “Kitchen Table” Topics for Obama’s Speech Today
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:34 AM :: 1609 Views :: Economy

Obama says he’s ready to get back to the “kitchen table” issues after months of focusing on gun control, amnesty for illegal immigrants, and other tangents....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Lanai: OHA Wants a Cut of Ellison's Action
By News Release @ 12:05 AM :: 3102 Views :: Maui County, OHA

As billionaire Larry Ellison makes gestures....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Interim UH President Scores 'F', Responsible for Data Breaches
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 3438 Views :: Higher Education

Board of Regents has identified Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer David Lassner as Interim President of the university and will vote on the appointment at a special board meeting July 30....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Hawaiian Homes Commission Votes to Reform Revocable Permit Program
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 2425 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL

With a vote of 7-0, the Hawaiian Homes Commission voted to amend its long-standing revocable permit (RP) program....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
University of Hawaii regent calls for investigation into tuition hikes
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:01 PM :: 1745 Views :: Higher Education
Regent Jan Sullivan wants an investigation into whether the record tuition increases can be rolled back or halted altogether....
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Malpractice: Trial Attorneys Take on Negligent Abortionists
By Selected News Articles @ 10:29 PM :: 2445 Views :: Family, Health Care, Judiciary

“Botched Abortion” project designed to hold abortionists accountable for medical malpractice....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
What do the Supreme Court marriage decisions mean for churches?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 1877 Views :: Family, First Amendment

Here are some short key points regarding the impact of the decisions....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
For the Sake of the Keiki
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:08 PM :: 1919 Views :: Family

...the institution of marriage is morphing into a whole new thing....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
S&P Pleased by Tax Hikes, Concerned About Abercrombie's Spending
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 2810 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"...the budget includes new spending on program enhancements that could eventually result in fiscal pressure...."

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