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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Long Lines to Vote? Not for the Vast Majority of Americans
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:24 PM :: 6676 Views :: National News, Office of Elections

It certainly is heartwarming that Desiline Victor, the 102-year-old voter whom President Obama recognized in his State of the Union speech, continues to vote and take part in our democratic process....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Heritage: Protectionist Jones Act Harms Puerto Ricans
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:32 PM :: 6159 Views :: Jones Act

An obsolete U.S. law known as the Jones Act makes people in Puerto Rico poorer, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Secret U.S. military flights carried officials, equipment to N. Korea
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 PM :: 8497 Views :: National News, World News, Military

Senior U.S. administration officials held secret talks in North Korea on at least three occasions in 2011 and 2012....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Holy Paparazzi! Molokai Mocks Steven Tyler Act, Sen English
By Video @ 3:01 PM :: 7181 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment

Uncle Sam and Kanoho have a talk about Sen. Kalani English, his busy schedule and his latest pet cause — the Steven Tyler Act....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Hospitals Chase Medicare Performance-Based Bonuses
By NCPA @ 2:33 PM :: 4846 Views :: Health Care

$964 million in fiscal year 2013 will be withheld from more than 3,000 hospitals....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Repeal the Jones Act, Reduce the Price of Gasoline
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:29 PM :: 7155 Views :: Jones Act

While the United States is on the verge of an energy revolution, an obsolete law threatens to stall oil production and already inflates the price of gasoline....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Top 3 Reasons Chuck Hagel Is Wrong for Secretary of Defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:24 PM :: 3689 Views :: National News

... his vision for dealing with other nations is dangerous for America ....

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
McDermott: It is time to settle the teachers’ contract!
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 4485 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Making them grovel over less than a 2% increase (when health care costs are factored in), while at the same time proposing an expensive new preschool program is breathtakingly insulting....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
AARP Opposes Chained CPI as Threat to Veterans Benefits
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 7747 Views :: National News, Military, Cost of Living

AARP joins more than a dozen veterans’ groups in opposing adoption of the chained CPI, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
SB69: Hearing Feb 20 for Extremist Anti-Gun Measure
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 5364 Views :: Second Amendment

SB 69 leaves several things open to question or interpretation. For instance, it fails to define what constitutes an “extensive background check” or what constitutes a “mental health concern”....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Prosperity? Hawaii Congressional Delegation Scores Zero
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 6458 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics

We’re giving you a sneak peek of AFP’s Congressional Scorecard....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Governor Excludes Union from Refinery Task Force
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 6227 Views :: Energy

"It doesn't make sense to exclude the USW on the governor's committee when we represent the majority of workers who will be affected by the refinery closure." -- USW

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Can Vote-By-Mail Fix Those Long Lines At The Polls?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 5284 Views :: Office of Elections

...cases of voting fraud are more likely to be through absentee ballots, The New York Times reported last fall, citing comment from some election officials. Compared to in-person voting, an absentee ballot also is more likely to be rejected....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted February 19, 2013
By Congress.org @ 6:33 PM :: 5028 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Gender-based Violence Prevention – Final Passage
  • Senate: Defense Secretary Nomination – Cloture
  • House: Disaster Aid for Houses of Worship – Suspension
  • House: Hydropower Regulation – Suspension
  • House: Federal Pay Freeze Extension – Final Passage
  • House: North Korea Nuclear Test
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Mitsunaga Names Names, Slams UH for Favoritism Towards Kobayashi
By Selected News Articles @ 5:47 PM :: 15403 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... he only selects his friends from a pool of hundreds of qualified Architects and Engineers in Honolulu ....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Deadly Opposition to Genetically Modified Food
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 5560 Views :: GMOs

...Greenpeace is already protesting that “the next ‘golden rice’ guinea pigs might be Filipino children.” The 4.4 million Filipino kids with vitamin A deficiency might not mind so much....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Gays Threaten Expulsion of 11 Democrat Legislators
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 7568 Views :: Democratic Party, Family

If upheld the sentencing that is available to the committees range from censure to reprimand to expulsion from the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Lingle: Hawaii Republican Party is Thriving
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 3:15 PM :: 5816 Views :: Republican Party

...we ignited a flame in many young Republicans across the state who are mobilizing to lead for future generations....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Bipartisan Bills present opportunity for Hawaii Jones Act LNG Ship Exemption
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 PM :: 6732 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Hawaii also is looking to boost its use of natural gas, and it will need a Jones Act exemption as well. It's time to strike on this issue now!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
$45B Project: Alaska Plans 800 Mile LNG Pipeline
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 4485 Views :: Energy

...summary of the major project components, including the gas pipeline, gas treatment facilities and the liquefaction, storage and terminal facilities....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Balance of Trade Best in Years -- Fracking Cuts US Oil, Gas Imports
By NCPA @ 2:34 PM :: 4846 Views :: Energy, Economy

The electricity that is produced from natural gas is 43 percent the cost of solar power, 68 percent the cost of wind power and 57 percent the cost of biomass....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Spending Cuts Are Happening, One Way or Another
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:26 PM :: 5882 Views :: National News, Economy, Military

It would be better to replace them with smarter cuts, but the reality is that Washington has to start cutting spending now....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Wells Fargo: Hawaii to be Hardest Hit by Defense Cuts
By Selected News Articles @ 8:50 PM :: 7685 Views :: Economy, Military

...Hawaii could see layoffs and reduced income growth, which in turn would weigh on economic growth....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Six States Consider Assisted Suicide
By Selected News Articles @ 8:09 PM :: 5607 Views :: Life

“A coterie of insiders run the program, with a handful of doctors and others deciding what the public may know." -- The Oregonian

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Residences at Aina Haina: Jeff Stone's Plans in Wailupe Valley Opposed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:38 PM :: 12194 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

Jeff and his wife Laurie Stone contributed $3000 to Kirk Caldwell's recent Mayoral campaign....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Health Insurance Exchanges Create State Problems
By NCPA @ 2:41 PM :: 4754 Views :: Health Care

The exchanges create the appearance of private-sector delivery but instead create politically favored monopolies....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
George Washington's Example on Religious Liberty
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:31 PM :: 3728 Views :: National News

Instead of celebrating George Washington’s birthday, today we’ve lumped him in together with no-names including Millard Fillmore and William Henry Harrison as we celebrate a generic “Presidents’ Day.”

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Micronesia: Waa'gey Planning & Partnership Tour a Success
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 5570 Views :: World News

I was surprised by the interest in -and frankly awareness of- the big issues we are facing in Micronesia....

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Monday, February 18, 2013
Dallas police-fire pension fund has $Multi-Million bet on Hawaii real estate
By Selected News Articles @ 12:37 AM :: 7502 Views :: Development, Economy

On a hillside in Hawaii sits a lavish home — a six-building estate that looks out over dark lava fields, the Pacific Ocean and a championship golf course....

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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Do Property Rights Matter When the Environment is Going to Hell in a Handbasket?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:49 PM :: 5920 Views :: Environment, Land Use

Presented by the Environmental Law Program and the Federalist Society at 12:15 p.m. in CR1 at UH Richardson Law School Thursday, February 21....

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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jerking the Hotel Industry Around, You Can’t Trust Lawmakers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:55 AM :: 6859 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Recognizing the need to help the state balance it books, the hotel industry agreed to a temporary increase in the TAT rate which was increased two percentage points from 7.25% to 9.25%. The temporary increase is supposed to expire on June 30, 2015....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Trafficked Thai Workers' Dreams Become Nightmares
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 7777 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

In 2004, Nopphon Fuchumpa was promised a great opportunity in the United States.... 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Bills Introduced to Cut Sugar Subsidies
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 9224 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Economy

The bills would provide economic relief to American consumers and businesses who have been forced to pay a $14 billion hidden tax over the past four years alone in order for the federal government to provide a special interest subsidy to sugar producers....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Transparency: Hawaii State, County Websites Score Mixed Reviews
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 PM :: 5962 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Selected details from SunshineReview.org review of State, County, and DoE websites....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
421 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections
By Selected News Articles @ 1:29 PM :: 9142 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidate filing closed Friday, February 15.  The election is conducted entirely on-line and by telephone. Voting runs from April 26 through May 17....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Russian Nuclear Bombers Circle Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 12:44 PM :: 6055 Views :: Military

... California, Alaska, Guam, Guess Who’s Next ....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
NRA: Hawaii Anti-Gun Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 5502 Views :: Second Amendment

Legislative Recess - A Perfect Time to Meet with Your Legislators at Home.  The state legislature goes into a mandatory five-day recess from February 21-26....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Consumer Freedom: Taxes Shouldn't be a Tool for Social Engineering
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 5470 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

“Taxes shouldn’t be a tool for social engineering or an instrument to penalize Hawaiians for doing nothing wrong....”

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Recall: Organic Spinach Sold in Hawaii Tainted with Hemorrhagic E Coli
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 9036 Views :: Health Care, Religion, GMOs

...market withdrawal of select Organic Baby Spinach products with the potential to be contaminated with Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC)....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Gallup: 5% of Hawaii Residents Gay
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 7774 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

It is also possible that LGBT adults make conscious choices to reside in certain states rather than others....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
KOS: Hanabusa Underperformed Obama the Most for any Incumbent in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 PM :: 10193 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...Colleen Hanabusa underperformed Obama by the most of any incumbent in the nation....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
UHERO: Weakening Japanese Yen Will Cap Tourism Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 PM :: 6831 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Air carriers have optimistically boosted scheduled seats from Japan, although in our view yen depreciation and higher room rates will act to limit further Japanese market gains....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
OIP: "Obvious Problems" with UIPA Records
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 5493 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...it appears that over 301,000 government record requests were routinely fulfilled by the reporting agencies....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Why Should I Care About the U.S. Debt?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:21 PM :: 5257 Views :: National News, Economy

You’re busy. So busy you barely have time to read these words. So why should you care about the U.S. debt? Does it affect your life?

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Abercrombie Uses $275K in State Money to Push Soda Tax Hike
By Video @ 10:35 PM :: 6199 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

During a special premiere at the State Capitol, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) today launched a new teen-focused multi-media campaign to combat obesity....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
HART Becomes Nervous After Arrest of Rail Contractor CEO
By Selected News Articles @ 4:53 PM :: 6501 Views :: Rail

Really Obvious Question: They win by bribery in India, how do they win in Hawaii?

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Historic Preservation Division Offers Feds a Laundry List of Excuses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 7325 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

"After the hiring freeze was lifted staff hired still required Budget and Finance Approval and the Governor’s signature for general funded positions. This slowed the process down significantly. Around November or early December of 2011 the DLNR budget analyst left for vacation and all our paper work at Budget and Finance stopped moving...."

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Jones Act shackles Puerto Rico; No Jones Act frees Jamaica to grow its economy
By Michael Hansen @ 3:07 PM :: 7629 Views :: Jones Act

The proposed Jamaica logistics hub would act as a transshipment point for the Caribbean, Latin America and the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
On Valentine's Day Marriage Makes Fiscal Sense
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:03 PM :: 3342 Views :: Family

...National Marriage Week (February 7–14) is drawing attention to the link between the collapse of marriage and child poverty—and its cost to America....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
What’s Wrong with Pay for Performance?
By NCPA @ 2:49 PM :: 7043 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care

Medicare will begin adjusting payments to physicians based on “the value of the care provided” in 2015....

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