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Friday, January 18, 2013
A Health Scare for Small Businesses
By NCPA @ 2:20 PM :: 3853 Views :: National News, Health Care, Small Business

Many small-business owners haven't yet realized that the way they structure their firm in 2013 could determine their status under the law in a year's time....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Public-Private Partnerships Could Keep State Park Gates Open
By NCPA @ 2:16 PM :: 4758 Views :: Environment, National News, Hawaii State Government

Thousands of developed U.S. Forest Service recreation areas have utilized this PPP model successfully for more than 25 years....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Responding to Newtown
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 3964 Views :: National News, Health Care, Second Amendment

“Given the weak track record of federal mental health programs, states should exercise primary responsibility for determining appropriate mental health services, which will entail eliminating restrictions currently imposed by the federal government.”

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Obama's Religious Freedom Proclamation
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:32 PM :: 4464 Views :: National News, First Amendment, Religion

As we observe Religious Freedom Day, let us remember the legacy of faith and independence we have inherited, and let us honor it by forever upholding our right to exercise our beliefs free from prejudice or persecution.” -- President Barack Obama

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Don't Raise Debt Ceiling Without Balancing the Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 PM :: 3049 Views :: National News, Economy

...Obama promised to cut the annual deficit in half in his first term. Instead, his budgets include near-trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Privitization: Post Office to be Replaced by 'Hybrid Model'
By NCPA @ 12:18 PM :: 4187 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

Attention Hawaii: Can this 'hybrid model' be trusted with Vote-by-Mail?

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Waikele Fireworks Bunker Explosion: Investigation Findings to be Released
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 6739 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that its January 17, 2013, public meeting in Washington, DC, will be available via webcast....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Disease Management Programs Don't Work
By NCPA @ 6:30 PM :: 4178 Views :: National News, Health Care

According to the data, there were no decreases in emergency admissions or inpatient charges....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Feds Pay Maui County Office of Aging to Keep Medicare Patients Away from Hospital
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 5836 Views :: Maui County, National News, Health Care

...Maui County Office on Aging, will expand ongoing transitions efforts to reduce Medicare hospital readmissions....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
"Default" Is a Red Herring in Debt Ceiling Debate
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:26 PM :: 2598 Views :: National News

Yesterday, President Obama accused his opposition in Congress of threatening to “default” on America’s loans....

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Monday, January 14, 2013
Head Start: When the Government Fails Completely
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:32 AM :: 4280 Views :: Education K-12, National News

What happens when a government program simply does not do what it is supposed to do?

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Rail Transit Under Fire in Los Angeles and San Jose
By Honolulu Traffic @ 2:24 PM :: 4572 Views :: National News, Rail

L.A. County MTA "spends almost twice as much on rail to carry about one-fourth as many passengers" as its buses do....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Chinese Investment in the U.S. Shatters Records
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:58 AM :: 4517 Views :: National News, World News, Economy

China set a record with its investments around the world in 2012. And in the United States, China shattered its previous investment record.

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:23 AM :: 4218 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
First U.S. Plant to Make Gasoline and Diesel Fuel from Natural Gas
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 5308 Views :: Energy, National News

...a South African company, announced its intention to build a 96,000-barrel-per-day gas-to-liquids plant in Lake Charles, LA....

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
WaPo: Reform Medicare, Sustain It Long Term
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:46 PM :: 2883 Views :: National News, Health Care

The editorial board of The Washington Post is absolutely right: “Medicare as we know it is not sustainable,” and the “ultimate solution” is structural reform.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
See America's Ranking in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:36 PM :: 3594 Views :: National News, Economy

the 19th edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, produced by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
How the Supreme Court Doomed the Affordable Care Act to Failure
By NCPA @ 7:46 PM :: 3527 Views :: National News, Health Care

The Supreme Court's surprise ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has left many observers wondering about the implications of the ruling on the law itself....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Pretextural Takings: Will Supreme Court Hear Guam Case?
By Robert Thomas @ 7:07 PM :: 5474 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Land Use

NFIB, CATO Instiutute, Owners' Counsel of America, and lawprofs James Ely, David Callies, Todd Zywicki, Randy Barnett, Eric Claeys, and D. Benjamin Barros -- have filed an amicus brief ....

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Defying the Obama Administration on Religious Liberty
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:59 PM :: 3316 Views :: National News, Health Care

Hobby Lobby gained national attention when its leadership announced they would not bow to the Obama Administration’s violation of their religious liberty....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
BoH CEO Peter Ho Appointed to Federal Reserve Board
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 5541 Views :: National News, Economy

He is a member of the Hawaii Bankers Association, Financial Services Roundtable, Hawaii Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii’s Military Affairs Council

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
13 Tax Increases in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:14 PM :: 3899 Views :: National News, Taxes

The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff resulted in seven tax increases.  Those hikes combined with six tax increases from Obamacare....

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Saturday, January 05, 2013
Obesity in America: Blame Trade Protectionism on Sugar
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:43 PM :: 5079 Views :: National News, Economy, Health Care

With a new study pointing the finger at high fructose corn syrup as a culprit in America’s explosive epidemic of obesity, it is important to remember just why we are consuming so much of this commodity as opposed to table sugar....

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Saturday, January 05, 2013
Matson, TOTE Ship Orders Timed to Influence Federal Jones Act Study?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:10 AM :: 5338 Views :: National News, Jones Act

...influential British maritime journal Lloyd’s List published three articles today regarding the long awaited US. Government Accountability Office release of a report on their study of the impact of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico....

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Will the Senate Minority Be Silenced?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:59 PM :: 2754 Views :: National News

Reid has already effectively shut down the opportunity for minority Senators to offer amendments to bills. Now he is angling to change the Senate’s rules so that minority members cannot filibuster a bill.

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Thanks to Abercrombie, Republican Senators More Racially Diverse than Democrats
By Selected News Articles @ 12:30 PM :: 4382 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

there are now more Republican minorities in the Senate (South Carolina’s Tim Scott, Florida’s Marco Rubio, and Texas’s Ted Cruz) than Democrats (New Jersey’s Robert Menendez and Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono).…

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Thursday, January 03, 2013
The Failure of Wind Power
By NCPA @ 1:12 PM :: 4006 Views :: Energy, National News

Original warranties on turbines have expired and extended warranty options are not available....

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Thursday, January 03, 2013
Uproar Over Bloated Sandy Aid Package
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:10 PM :: 2736 Views :: National News

The real “selfishness and duplicity,” however, comes from those who insist that this bill is meant for Sandy’s victims—when in reality, it is a special-interest money fest....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Bloomberg Editorial Blasts Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 4:53 PM :: 5452 Views :: National News, Jones Act

Bloomberg calls for major Jones Act reform in two parts: elimination of the U.S. build requirement for ships engaged in domestic coastwise trades; and, a more controversial proposal to allow foreign ship owners to compete....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Fiscal Cliff: Who Won? Who Lost?
By John Goodman @ 2:42 PM :: 4463 Views :: National News, Taxes

...real billionaires, like Warren Buffett, are going to be affected very little by the new higher rates (unrealized capital gains will still be taxed at a rate of zero), while entrepreneurs with pass-through income are going to get hosed....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Hospital Systems Branch Out as Insurers
By NCPA @ 2:38 PM :: 3154 Views :: National News, Health Care

A growing number of hospital systems are moving to start their own insurance plans, aiming to broaden their roles and prepare for the changes coming under the federal health care overhaul, says the Wall Street Journal....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Taxes to Rise on Most American Workers
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:07 PM :: 4122 Views :: National News, Taxes

The Wall Street Journal calculates that the “typical U.S. family earning $50,000 a year” will lose “an annual income boost of $1,000.”

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Fiscal Cliff Deal Extends, Expands Wind Production Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 7:04 PM :: 5322 Views :: Energy, National News

The deal also greatly relaxes the standards for companies to qualify to grab that tax credit.... 

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
House Passes Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes 257-167
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 PM :: 4493 Views :: National News, Taxes

When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 1:3 and 1:2....

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Tax Hikes to Start the New Year
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:36 PM :: 3299 Views :: National News, Taxes

Postpones sequestration’s automatic spending cuts (including those to defense) by two months....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Are We Helping Poor Americans?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:02 PM :: 2930 Views :: National News

A half-century into the War on Poverty, liberals can hardly declare victory. But they can claim the dominant anti-poverty narrative: Fight poverty by spending more....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
$1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 4:27 PM :: 4844 Views :: National News, Taxes

On January 1, regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, Americans will be hit with a $1 trillion Obamacare tax hike....

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Friday, December 28, 2012
The 10 Worst Regulations of 2012
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:31 PM :: 2959 Views :: National News

In the past year, regulators drafted rules that addressed everything from caloric intake to dishwasher efficiency....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
10 Facts on the Fiscal Cliff, Debt, and Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:02 PM :: 3770 Views :: National News, Taxes

...just days left for President Obama and lawmakers in Congress to avert a major tax hike, sequestration, and other major policy changes....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Schatz, Mazie to be Junior Senator
By News Release @ 7:04 PM :: 8117 Views :: Akaka Bill, Environment, National News, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

"For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real, and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation," Schatz said.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Obama's Cap-and-Trade Scheme for Cars
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:16 PM :: 3589 Views :: Energy, National News

...will increase the average cost of a new car by $3,000 by 2025....

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Monday, December 24, 2012
’Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 3450 Views :: National News, Taxes

With time running out for President Obama and Congress to reach an agreement, this Christmas Eve we bring to you 2012 twist on Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
U.S. East and Gulf Coast dock strike may threaten Islanders
By Michael Hansen @ 5:55 PM :: 3855 Views :: National News

A major dock strike could shutdown work on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts when the current longshore contract covering container cargoes on those coasts expires at midnight Saturday, December 29, 2012....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
No Hawaii Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 9126 Views :: National News, Taxes, Cost of Living

Our coalition has over 2,300 individual members, over 8,000 Facebook fans and more than 320 business members....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
Conservatives Stand Their Ground
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:46 PM :: 3868 Views :: National News, Taxes

Lacking votes from his own party, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called off consideration of “Plan B” last night....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sneak Attack? Akaka Bill Placed on Senate Calendar
By Andrew Walden @ 7:46 PM :: 5315 Views :: Akaka Bill, National News

12/17/2012: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 568.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Akaka's Hatch Act Modernization Bill Passes Congress
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 3573 Views :: National News

...this bill will allow eligible state, local, and D.C. government employees to run for elective office. The bill also provides greater flexibility in disciplining federal employees charged with minor violations of the Act....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Akaka Introduces Tribal Self-Governance Bill
By News Release @ 7:31 PM :: 5064 Views :: Akaka Bill, National News

“This bill provides key improvements to the way self-governance works in the Department of the Interior...."

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
3 Simple Solutions for Fixing Social Security
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:40 AM :: 2550 Views :: National News

Later today the Republican-led House of Representatives will vote on “Plan B” .... 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ATR: Boehner's Fiscal Cliff Plan OK
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 5:56 PM :: 3794 Views :: National News, Taxes

...this tax bill contains no tax increases of any kind—in fact, it permanently prevents them....

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