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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Panos: Energy from Trash Should Be a Priority for Hawaii
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:26 PM :: 3470 Views :: Energy

The long term economy of Waste to Energy (WtE) plants is very good....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
PEW: Hawaii Elections Performance Index Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 PM :: 5726 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

Highest rate of nonvoting due to registration or absentee ballot problems: Hawaii was the only state with an increase in the rate of registration and absentee voting problems of more than 1 percent between 2008-2010.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
UHERO: Bag Tax and Conveyance Tax Have Downside
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 7056 Views :: Environment, Economy, Taxes

...such taxes can shrink the economy unnecessarily by discouraging investment and artificially raising the price of basic needs....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Hanabusa Left out as Maui County Gets Federal 'Smart Growth' Funding
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 6348 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development

Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie K. Hirono, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced today that Maui has been awarded a grant of technical assistance....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
OHA Gravy Train: 148 Non-profits Seek $36M Grant Money
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 5427 Views :: OHA

OHA this year received 148 proposals from nonprofits that requested a combined total of $36 million in grant money ....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
North Korea Prepares to Launch Mobile Missile Able to Reach Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:21 PM :: 5027 Views :: Military

Six of the missiles were shown during the parade...intelligence agencies believe it can range Alaska and Hawaii and possibly the U.S. West Coast....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
SB639: Big Pharma Opposes Control of Meth Precursor
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 7464 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

State Senator Josh Green has introduced legislation, SB 639, to require a prescription for medications that contain the decongestant pseudoephedrine (PSE).

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
SB465 “Tramples on First Amendment”
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 4856 Views :: First Amendment

...creation of a civil cause of action for “constructive invasion of privacy” is overly broad and vague and imposes greater civil penalties upon otherwise protected forms of speech and expression....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Public Charter School Commission names director
By News Release @ 1:41 PM :: 4315 Views :: Education K-12

Hutton is a national authority on education law and policy and was a co-founder of a noted Washington D.C. charter school, Thurgood Marshall Academy....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Stop Apologizing for America and Start Promoting Liberty
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:09 PM :: 3344 Views :: Military

Today, while government spending is soaring, defense spending relative to the size of the economy is near historical lows....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
Keaau K-8: Nearly 1,000 students assigned digital devices
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 4898 Views :: Education K-12

This January, Keaau students in kindergarten through grade 8 began working under a digital curriculum that includes a digital device, such as a laptop or tablet, assigned for their personal use....

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
NRA: Deeply Flawed Hawaii Mental Health Bill to be Heard Friday
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 6187 Views :: Health Care, Second Amendment

Under this proposed legislation, Hawaiians would be subject to warrantless entry into their homes, warrantless seizure of their firearms and other weapons based solely on a mere “report” by a so-called “mental health professional.” 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013
World Economic Forum: Reform Jones Act to Grow Economy
By Michael Hansen @ 2:55 AM :: 9157 Views :: Jones Act

“Although the US Jones’ Act fleet only accounts for 10% of the total capacity of containerships used in cabotage trades, its impact is disproportionately higher due to the requirement for vessels to be US-built, unlike most other countries...."

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Dojo Mystic Ousted From City Administration
By AtomicMonkey @ 5:34 PM :: 10519 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party

Following an article in Hawaii Free Press, Honolulu’s stodgy and turgid media establishment slowing began to acknowledge the story....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Taking America from Welfare State to Opportunity Society
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:47 AM :: 2118 Views

This week, we are highlighting America's Opportunity for All, The Heritage Foundation's plan to help people secure these dreams....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Abercrombie Unveils Early Childhood Action Strategy
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 4808 Views :: Education K-12

The strategy focuses on improving health, development, and learning experiences and outcomes of Hawaii’s youngest children, prenatal to age eight....

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Fighting Government Cronyism with an Opportunity Agenda
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:41 AM :: 4893 Views :: National News, Ethics

How does cronyism affect your life? Tell us in the comments.... 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Gallup: Hawaii Ranks Third in 'Economic Confidence'
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 AM :: 6230 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Minnesota (-8) and Hawaii (-9)  -- the first time since Gallup initiated daily tracking in 2008 that confidence has been this close to crossing into positive territory in any of the 50 states. 

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Gun Buyback Bill Re-Scheduled to be Heard in Senate Committee this Thursday
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 4699 Views :: Second Amendment

Thursday, February 7, in the Senate Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (PSM) Committee at 2:45 p.m. in conference room 224 ....
 

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Monday, February 4, 2013
Watershed Plan: Abercrombie Executive Order Allows Logging of Dead Trees
By News Release @ 11:17 AM :: 4714 Views :: Environment

"...remove dead standing trees along roads...."

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Monday, February 4, 2013
What Ideas Are Conservatives FOR?
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:18 AM :: 3648 Views :: National News

 ...we're going to take our arguments to all Americans....

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Sunday, February 3, 2013
DoTax Employees Secretly Arrested, Fired
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 11397 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

A number of tax department employees who were investigated in connection with the security breaches have been “arrested and relieved of their duties,” said state Rep. John Mizuno....

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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Jacking Up the Heat in Tax and Fee Hell
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:05 AM :: 5203 Views :: Taxes

People inquiring about what the legislature is doing are surprised when told that lawmakers are hard at work trying to find ways to take even more of their money. Of course, it starts at the top....

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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 6947 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The House Minority Caucus urged caution today as two bills to increase the minimum wage to 120 percent its current level passed the Labor & Public Employment and Economic Development & Business committees....

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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Banner CMO to Meet HHSC MDs, Staff
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 5859 Views :: Health Care

Through information technology and system design, Banner is able to make a profit in a Medicare environment by DATA driven health care....

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Saturday, February 2, 2013
236 Candidates Register for Honolulu Neighborhood Board Elections—Deadline Feb 15
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 5923 Views :: Honolulu County

Candidate filing is open through February 15, 2013 for Honolulu Neighborhood Board elections....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
New York Fed Recommends Jones Act exemption for Puerto Rico
By Michael Hansen @ 10:50 PM :: 11670 Views :: Jones Act

...the New York Fed identified the Jones Act as a major impediment to the Island’s prosperity....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Caldwell Secretly Appoints ‘Chief of Staff’--Convicted Criminal Harry Mattson
By Andrew Walden @ 9:10 PM :: 19336 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics

 Mugshot: Caldwell's Chief of Staff

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Nobriga vs DHHL: Some Days You Get the Bull
By Robert Thomas @ 7:05 PM :: 7663 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use

Did you know that as a Hawaii landowner you own all unmarked or unbranded cattle, horses, mules, donkeys, sheep, goats, and swine, over twelve months of age, which may be running wild on your land?

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Celebrity Incentive To Move To Hawaii: We'll Give You An "Inoffensive" Space
By Robert Thomas @ 6:56 PM :: 5294 Views :: First Amendment

"The preamble to the bill specifically mentions celebrities but nothing is said about limiting the act to celebrities and paparazzi."

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Hawaii Charter School Law Improves from 35th to 14th in Nation
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 6414 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii’s law still needs significant improvement in several areas, including beefing up the requirements for charter application....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Some Families to Be Priced out of Health Overhaul
By NCPA @ 12:59 PM :: 4740 Views :: National News, Health Care

IRS regulations issued Wednesday failed to fix the problem as liberal backers of the president's plan had hoped, says the Associated Press....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
How to Balance the Budget in 10 Years
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:41 PM :: 3663 Views :: National News

Both houses of Congress have now voted to suspend the debt ceiling until May 19, buying lawmakers more time to develop a budget. The Senate would put together a budget for the first time in three years....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Pearl City Man Indicted on Homosexual Kiddie Porn Charges
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 3699 Views :: Law Enforcement

Agents recovered computer storage media, including a disk that contained images of a minor boy engaged in sexually explicit conduct....

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Friday, February 1, 2013
Lanai to PUC: Murdock's Wind Waiver No Longer Valid
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 6143 Views :: Energy, Land Use

“The Commission granted Hawaiian Electric and C&C a waiver from competitive bidding based on, among other conditions, demonstrated ‘site control.’"

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