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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Faleomavaega Rips Obama, Kerry Over PRIMNM Announcement
By Selected News Articles @ 8:12 PM :: 1230 Views

“Given the seriousness of the issue, I believe the Administration should have been more thoughtful about this process.”

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Rate Hikes Coming as HECO Plans to Waste Big Money on Batteries
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 1692 Views :: Energy

...up to 200 megawatts of energy storage for Oahu....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
For Second Day In A Row, Ige Under Fire For State Hospital Mismanagement
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 2418 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Politicians

"Shamefully, legislators have known about this impending implosion for years, at least since late 2009...."

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Six Council Members Bought Off by Lobbyists, Key Rail Votes may be Nullified
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 3352 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Key votes on the city rail transit project and other issues might be invalidated because Honolulu City Council members failed to disclose conflicts of interest after being wined and dined by lobbyists....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ethics: Contractors Give Free Golf to Dozens of State Employees
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 2585 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Some of the Settling Employees appeared to have accepted free golf on numerous occasions over a period of years....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Solar City Horror Stories
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 4478 Views :: Energy

...Leeds is pushing $500 a month with no way out for the next two decades....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wind Turbine or Tree? Certain Bats Might Not Know
By Video @ 4:12 PM :: 2012 Views :: Energy, Environment

...video surveillance cameras watch bats flying at night near wind turbines....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Total Arrivals Decline 1.3 Percent
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 1718 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A 1.3 percent decline in total arrivals and a shorter average length of stay led to a 3 percent decrease in visitor days....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
VIDEO: Ige Led the Way to Higher Taxes
By Video @ 3:49 PM :: 2058 Views :: Politicians, Taxes
Hawaii Ad: "Every Moment"
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Veterans in Politics Announces Campaign Endorsements
By News Release @ 1:34 PM :: 2399 Views :: Politicians

We are interviewing 2014 election cycle candidates....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
1,400 Older Special Ed Students May Benefit from Class Action Lawsuit Victory
By News Release @ 5:35 AM :: 1934 Views :: Education K-12

On September 29, 2014, class counsel mailed out letters to individuals we are aware of who were affected by Act 163....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ethics Complaint Filed: Call for Galuteria to Resign
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2530 Views :: Ethics

Lethem will address Galuteria’s blatant conflict of interest at their next joint public appearance, an October 2 Forum sponsored by Neighborhood Board #8....

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Monday, September 29, 2014
Schatz Makes You Pay More Every Day
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 1755 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...the monthly out of pocket expenses for groceries has increased $130.80 since 2013....

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Monday, September 29, 2014
Star Advertiser Editorial Slams Ige And Colleagues For State Hospital Woes
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 1498 Views :: Health Care

Senator Ige Ignored Warning Signs, Voted To Underfund Hospitals Now Cutting Services On Oahu, Maui And Kauai....

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Monday, September 29, 2014
New Aiona Ad: 'Staying on the path we're on...that's just not an option'
By Video @ 1:40 PM :: 1659 Views :: Politicians
Staying on the path we're on now...that's just not an option....
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Monday, September 29, 2014
Hawaii is the 5th Worst State for Teachers
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 2300 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics....

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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Galuteria Pushed Kakaako Makai Bill While on Payroll of OHA Trustee
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 PM :: 5090 Views :: Ethics, Development, OHA

...Galuteria landed a lucrative position as "Director, Community and Civic Engagement" with the Pelatron Center for Economic Development headed by OHA Trustee Robert K. Lindsey, Jr....

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Sunday, September 28, 2014
October 6 Last Day to Register to Vote
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 2384 Views :: Office of Elections, Small Business
October 6: Last day to register to vote. >>> Register HERE <<<
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Native Hawaiian Roll: Threats and Scare Tactics
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 1532 Views

The Kanaʻiolowalu Roll functions to ‘manufacture consent’ for federal or state recognition....

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Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Second Most Unfair Tax System? Really?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2081 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the study ranked Hawaii’s tax system 49th out of 50, in the order of fairness....

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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Livable Communities Survey Identifies Needs of Honolulu Residents 45+
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 2108 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

A survey of older adults on Oahu ranks affordable home health care and housing among the greatest needs....

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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Property Tax Hike? You Have Until Sept 30 to Get Out of It
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 2819 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...September 30, 2014 deadline for three real property programs is approaching and urge those wishing to participate to submit the required documentation....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
VIDEO: Djou Releases First Campaign Ad
By Video @ 6:32 PM :: 1690 Views :: Politicians

This commercial builds on our campaign's growing momentum as demonstrated by our early media poll lead and a solid debate victory earlier this week....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Debate: Aiona Challenges Ige on Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 2790 Views :: Politicians, Taxes, Cost of Living

David Ige was one of the top-ranking legislators in charge of implementing the policies that have seen Hawai‘i burdened with bigger bills and higher taxes....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Second Amendment advocates score victory in Hawaii court
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:28 PM :: 1799 Views :: Second Amendment

...Seabright ruled unconstitutional Hawaii’s law prohibiting alien residents from applying for firearms permits....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Carlisle: Maui Anti-GMO Law Would Send Farmers, Gardeners to Jail
By Video @ 2:22 AM :: 3382 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, GMOs

...gardeners growing GM corn, GM papaya, or GMO marijuana may be arrested and imprisoned for one year under the anti-GMO law....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Will Solar Scammers Undermine Subprime GEMS Loan Program?
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 2115 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...state lawmakers are still concerned about the costs customers would have to pay in order to update their rooftop inverters....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Fired chief procurement officer blows whistle on Hawaii DOE procurement troubles
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:43 PM :: 2936 Views :: Education K-12

The former chief procurement officer for the Hawaii Department of Education has filed a whistleblower lawsuit....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ige Tried To Tax Everyone's Soda
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 1922 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...In 2011, Senator Ige Cosponsored A Bill Which Established A Tax On Sweetened Beverages In Hawaii....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Imua Manoa Demands Apple Reinstatement
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 1856 Views :: Higher Education

...The advocacy group I Mua Mānoa formed in the immediate aftermath of the Apple crisis....

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Hawaiian Electric completes first phase of smart grid installation
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 1237 Views

...customers in Moanalua Valley and portions of Pearl City, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Kahala and Waikiki can now access their own personalized Web portal and use that information to help better manage their electric bills....

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Conflict of Interest: Ige Was Both Legislator and Lobbyist While Serving on Committee Overseeing His Employer
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 AM :: 5125 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Politicians

"Senator Ige's conflict is inescapable and unacceptable." -- Star-Bulletin

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Ige Voted for Furlough Fridays, Responsible for $200M Health Connector Debacle
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 1872 Views :: Politicians

Ige also voted for budget cuts that lead to Furlough Fridays....

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Djou Only Congressional Candidate at Kahala Business Forum
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 1802 Views :: Politicians

"Hawaii needs a representative who can hit the ground running and is ready to fight for Hawaii on day one," stated Djou at the forum....

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The Jones Act Is Irrelevant to Merchant Marine Shipbuilding
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 2103 Views :: Jones Act

U.S. shipbuilding is less than 1% of the world share....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
American Samoa Delegate Left Out of Obama Tuna Monument Talks
By Selected News Articles @ 7:13 PM :: 2356 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Western Pacific Fishery Management Council Executive Director Kitty Simonds who was able to broker this meeting....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Education Institute of Hawaii: 'Voice of Hawaii School Principals'
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 3606 Views :: Education K-12

...The Education Institute of Hawaii, a public education think tank, has been formed to explore ways of empowering teachers, principals and parents in their common goal of helping each student thrive....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Conference: Growing Our Economy and Increasing Prosperity
By News Release @ 6:43 PM :: 1874 Views :: Economy

...October 3, 2014 at Halekulani, 7:30am to 4:30pm....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Hawaii GE Tax Bites Into 99% of Personal Income
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 2168 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The Hawaii GE Tax base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax base applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Debate: Ige Touts Legislative Mismanagement
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 1713 Views :: Politicians

"I'm the only one, only candidate here who really has served as the chairman of Ways and Means committee...."

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Survey: Hawaii Top ‘Hedonometer’ Score in USA
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 1569 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Most & Least Happy States in America....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Senators Ask for Hearings on DoH Proposed Cesspool Ban
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 2707 Views :: Environment, Development, Cost of Living

...The changes will affect more than 77,000 homeowners on the neighbor islands and 11,000 on Oahu....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
VIDEO: Yes on 4 a 'Yes Brainer'
By Video @ 9:34 PM :: 1443 Views :: Education K-12

Hawaii was, until this summer, one of only ten states not funding a statewide preschool system....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
TV Ad Claims Ige Stands For ‘Government Living Within its Means’ (LOL!)
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 2379 Views :: Politicians, Taxes, Cost of Living

A New Study Shows Hawaii Has The Second Worst Tax System Overall And The Third Most Overtaxed Middle Class....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Ige Purposefully Underfunded State Hospitals
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 2024 Views :: Health Care

As Chairman Of Ways And Means, Ige Purposefully Underfunded State Hospitals, Directly Resulting In This Fiscal Crisis....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Hawaii Department of Human Services Released from Federal Injunction
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 1552 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a February 2011 class action lawsuit for failure to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits within timeframes outlined by federal law....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
HSTA Launches Campaign Against Preschool Voucher program
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 2093 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...Starting today, the Hawaii State Teachers Association is launching a statewide informational campaign....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Fact Check: Attack Ads from Mainland Progressive Group "False and Nasty"
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 1856 Views :: Military, Politicians

...VoteVets supports "progressive" Democrats and has a long record of spending money against veterans, who have served our country honorably such as Arizona Sen. John McCain....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Class Action Suit Seeks Treatment for Autistic Children in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 2085 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...accusing the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services of denying critically needed treatment for autistic children....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 22, 2014
By Congress.org @ 12:47 PM :: 1400 Views :: Congressional Delegation

Senate: Equal Pay - Cloture

Senate: Fiscal 2015 Continuing Resolution - Passage

House: Fiscal 2015 Continuing Resolution - Passage

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