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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Obamacare: Hospices Declare Bankruptcy
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:44 PM :: 3928 Views :: Health Care

...hospice care was hit by a $17 billion payment cut from 2013 to 2022.  Now, contrary to all of the misleading claims, this effect is already beginning....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sin Taxes: A Questionable Source of Revenue
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 4359 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...lobbyists are relied upon heavily to vie for the interests of the higher-income consumers and producers, leaving the burden of the new tax to lower income consumers who cannot afford representation....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
MSN: Solar Energy: Dirtier Than We Think
By NCPA @ 2:30 PM :: 3798 Views :: Energy

More than 46 million pounds of waste was generated from solar companies in California between 2007 and mid-2011....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Beverage Tax Heads to Senate Ways and Means Committee
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 4167 Views :: Taxes

The reality is that calories in the American diet from added sugars in soda have dropped nearly 40 percent since 2000....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
For the First Time Satellite Tracking Used to Knock Down Missile
By News Release @ 2:22 PM :: 4439 Views :: Military

On a dark night, with stars sparkling high above the shores of the Hawaiian Islands....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Morning Bell: Taking Terrorism and the Arab Spring Seriously
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:19 PM :: 3150 Views :: Military

The President’s statement saluting “the courage and sacrifice of those who serve in dangerous places at great personal risk” unfortunately rings hollow when one considers the Administration’s treatment of the Benghazi terrorist attack....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Audit: Teachers Stealing Cash Fees Collected at Adult Schools
By Andrew Walden @ 11:37 PM :: 6173 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...teachers at the DoE’s 11 Adult Schools may have been stealing everything: Tuition money, textbook fees, lab fees, and fixed assets.  They were also being paid for hours not worked....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Audit: DoE Burns $150M/year on Construction and Maintenance, Tosses Records in Trash
By Selected News Articles @ 9:54 PM :: 5256 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Because project documents were not consistently retained or filed...the current state assessment team was unable to complete planned testing procedures....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Antolini vs Callies: Moon Court Favored Public Participation, not Environmentalists
By Robert Thomas @ 7:47 PM :: 7308 Views :: Environment, Judiciary

...the court's environmental jurisprudence wasn't so much focused on outcome, but rather on process....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Electric Rates Punish EVs
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 4397 Views :: Energy

"...a 2011 Nissan Leaf that's a bargain to drive in Washington — $28.29 for 1,000 miles — is pricey in Hawaii, where those 1,000 miles would cost $97.21."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Heritage Experts Analyze the State of the Union
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:48 PM :: 3469 Views :: National News

President Barack Obama laid out an ambitious agenda last night. Here are some highlights of our experts’ analysis of his claims, his plans, and his promises....

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Full Text: Sen. Marco Rubio Response to State of the Union
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 4899 Views :: National News

... our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle class prosperity ....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Full text: State of the Union Address
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 PM :: 5001 Views :: National News

...there are millions of Americans who ... have not yet been rewarded....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
UHERO: Solar Tax Credits Could Cost $1.4B
By Selected News Articles @ 11:44 PM :: 6999 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...state tax credit expenditures could reach $1.4 billion for residential units alone....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Grassroots Training for Hawaii Conservatives--Sign Up Here
By Dylan Nonaka @ 9:42 PM :: 7593 Views :: Republican Party, TEA Party

The Kahua Group is partnering with the Leadership Institute to provide grassroots training to activist all across the State Feb 16-21.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Ethics: Charter School Employee Fined $10K
By News Release @ 2:47 PM :: 5522 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...20 separate violations of the State Ethics Code....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Obama's Bogus State of the Union Promises
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:22 PM :: 3679 Views :: National News

Tonight, the American people will be watching President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address. How has he done on his promises over the past four years?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
HFF: What's Happening at the Legislature
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:22 AM :: 5269 Views :: Family

Visit this link if you would like to send a message to your own Representative asking them not the pass same-sex marriage in Hawaii....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Gallup: Alaska, Hawaii Follow D.C. in Highest Gov't Employment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:59 PM :: 4874 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Alaska and Hawaii ranked second and third, respectively, with about 28% of each state's workers employed by government....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
RTTT: Hawaii DoE Wins Partial Removal of 'High Risk' Status
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 4119 Views :: Education K-12

Federal officials will be visiting Hawaii in April to review first hand the work that is being done in all of its RTTT Assurance Areas....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Selection Committee Releases Names of UH Regent Nominees
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 5212 Views :: Higher Education

...the Regents Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) delivered to Governor Neil Abercrombie's office a list of candidates for the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Bishop Silva Reacts to Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 4909 Views :: Religion

This morning our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, announced his intention to resign the papacy ....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
NYT Editorial: Steven Tyler Act 'Boneheaded'
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 4831 Views :: First Amendment

“...is likely to have a chilling effect on legitimate reporters. And it would be very unlikely to pass a court test of the First Amendment. Please trash this trashy bill.”

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Seismic Activity May Indicate North Korean Nuclear Test
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 4537 Views :: Military

Magnitude 4.9 at 12:57PM HST 2-11-13....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted February 11, 2013
By Congress.org @ 5:31 PM :: 4824 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Gender-based Violence Prevention - Substitute Amendment
  • House: Budget Submission Requirement - Final Passage
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Monday, February 11, 2013
Hawaii Teacher Absenteeism 2nd-Worst in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 7297 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...advocates could potentially use these new data from the Department of Education to support a civil rights complaint....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Hawaii Teacher Absenteeism: How Did Your School Do?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:13 PM :: 5229 Views :: Education K-12

How did your school do? Find out by clicking here....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Chief Justice Delivers State of Judiciary through Social Media and Releases Strategic Plan
By Video @ 2:40 PM :: 4408 Views :: Judiciary

...Recktenwald delivered his biennial State of the Judiciary address on the Judiciary’s new YouTube channel....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
The First Amendment Is a Sweet Emotion
By Selected News Articles @ 12:29 PM :: 4988 Views :: First Amendment

The bill, named after – indeed, written by – the Aerosmith frontman, could punish anyone who takes a photograph of a celebrity in public. That includes a tourist who takes out her iPhone to snap a pic of an aging rocker, or perhaps the Obama family....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Heritage: Get the Federal Government Out of the Natural Gas Business
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:22 PM :: 3026 Views :: Energy

...the United States has more than a century’s worth of natural gas beneath its soil....

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Monday, February 11, 2013
Defensive Medicine May Be Costlier Than It Seems
By NCPA @ 12:17 PM :: 3343 Views :: Health Care

...states that have enacted malpractice reforms experienced a mere 2 percent to 5 percent reduction in health care spending compared to states that have not....

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Sunday, February 10, 2013
292 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections—Deadline Friday
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 PM :: 5208 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidate filing is open through Friday, February 15, 2013 for Honolulu Neighborhood Board elections. Candidates may register online at the NB election webpage....

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Sunday, February 10, 2013
VIDEO: Rand Paul on the Rise of Islamic Radicalism
By Video @ 1:41 PM :: 6327 Views :: National News, World News, Military

How can American foreign policy meet the challenge of radical Islam?  -- By adopting the principles America used to win the cold war, said Senator Rand Paul....

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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Just Which Programs To Cut?
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:12 AM :: 6293 Views :: Taxes

...everything is on the table from an increase in the general excise tax rate to fund education to new fees on cell phone use to the administration’s proposals to tax sugary drinks and single-use bags....

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Sen Thielen’s PLDC Repeal Bill Gutted and Replaced With ‘Recreational Renaissance’
By Selected News Articles @ 10:54 PM :: 5854 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Somebody is playing a joke on Sen Thielen, making her oppose her previous proposal....

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Caldwell Announces Mattson's Cabinet Picks
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 4981 Views :: Honolulu County

Positions remaining to be filled are:

  • Director of Budget and Fiscal Services
  • Director of Information Technology
  • Medical Examiner
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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Audit: UH Skips 'Annual' Employee Evaluations for 15 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 4251 Views

"The most recent annual evaluation for certain employees date back to 1998...."

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Bribery, Blackmail: Louie, Coppa Secretly Recorded Offering to Trade Away Investigation, Buy Silence from DHHL Exec
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 10095 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"Seeing it first hand myself was stunning. That even at the highest levels of enforcement, the Attorney General himself...."

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
SLAPP, Love, and Retaliation: Kauai County Attorney Nominee in Court
By Robert Thomas @ 3:04 PM :: 5460 Views :: Kauai County

...Five of his brothers and sisters opposed his appointment and not only communicated with the Mayor and county council to voice their thoughts, but filed a complaint with the attorney disciplinary board....

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Broken Trust Partners Abercrombie and Levinson Demand Legislature Invent Gay 'Marriage' Now
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 5134 Views :: Family

For the freedom to marry (undermine the nuclear family) to advance this year, a hearing on the marriage bill must be on the legislative calendar by Tuesday....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Suckers: HTA Maneuvered into Supporting Tax Hike On its Own Industry
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 7076 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Just bluff an increase in TAT and they all line up in favor of extending the ‘temporary’ 9.25% rate....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
S&P Downgrade HART-Burn: "Less Confident" Buyer will be Found for Ansaldo
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 6067 Views :: Rail

"Given the magnitude of the contract, we want to make sure the vendor has the capacity to perform." -- HART Finance Committee Chairman Don Hor­ner

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Friday, February 8, 2013
HB497: Extends Solar Tax Credit Giveaway for a Few More Years
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 6955 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

The tax credit for photovoltaic systems will be incrementally phased down from 30 percent of the actual cost to 15 percent over the next 5 years....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
EPA Releases State Enforcement Performance Information and Comparative Maps
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 6391 Views :: Environment, National News

...view state activity, EPA activity, or combined activity....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Governor Appoints Max Otani Deputy Director of Corrections
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 5981 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Max Otani as deputy director of corrections with the state Department of Public Safety, effective immediately....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Keeping involved with Hawaii law-making
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:56 PM :: 5912 Views :: Hawaii State Government

To get ready for the proposed legislation that is coming our way, here are some helpful tips to get involved in the Hawaii legislative process....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
College Need Not Be Expensive
By NCPA @ 12:52 PM :: 3842 Views :: Higher Education

In light of these trends, some states like Texas, Florida and Wisconsin are considering the $10,000 college degree....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Getting a Meddling Government Out of Our Lives
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 3712 Views :: National News

The next time a cashier asks "paper or plastic?" think of Abbie Schoenwetter. He spent more than six years in federal confinement for shipping lobster in plastic instead of cardboard....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Legislators Study Mandatory Long Term Care Insurance Plan
By Selected News Articles @ 10:15 PM :: 5318 Views :: Health Care

Any successful program "must be mandatory (no one can opt out), public (government-supported and managed) and limited (will not provide full coverage)," the ILWU said....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Upcoming Hawaii Appellate Arguments Of Interest
By Robert Thomas @ 9:31 PM :: 3688 Views :: Judiciary

The oral argument calendar of the Hawaii Supreme Court  looks pretty interesting.... 

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