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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Tax Foundation of Hawaii: We are Still Here, and Life Goes On
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4133 Views :: Taxes

There was only one Lowell Kalapa, and he is now in a place where there are no taxes....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Hee, Ihara Introduce Competing Media Shield Bills
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 4250 Views :: First Amendment

Senator Hee introduced a bill to “generally” reenact Hawaii’s Shield Law.  So has Senator Ihara and a host of others....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Peoples Pulse: Economic Concerns Ease in Latest Survey
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 5009 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

Initial mentions of the economy, the recession, budget deficits and jobs have fallen from a high of 52% in 2010 to just 22% at the end of 2013....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
City Auditor: HART, BWS, Non-Profits and More on Tap for 2014
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 3930 Views :: Honolulu County

During this quarter, the status of the Office of the City Auditor projects is as follows....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Auditor: State Laws Sufficient to Protect Against Diploma Mills
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:25 PM :: 4860 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

House Bill No. 1200, House Draft 2, is not needed to comply with the Higher Education Act of 1965 and other flaws in the bill do not warrant its enactment....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
School Choice Week in Hawaii to Feature 30 Events
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 4159 Views :: Education K-12

Students, parents, teachers and community leaders across Hawaii will rally this week in support of school choice at 30 “School Choice Week” events across the Aloha State....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Legislators Silencing Professional Counselors Free Speech?
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 4:08 AM :: 6960 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment
This bill prohibits teachers and persons who are licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with a person under eighteen years of age.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Honolulu Affordable Housing Preservation Initiative sale terminated
By News Release @ 3:53 AM :: 3899 Views :: Honolulu County

...the administration filed a proposed ordinance seeking approval for a new Request for Proposals....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Koko Head Shooting Complex to reopen 8AM Saturday
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 3979 Views :: Second Amendment

...the facility will reopen at 8 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, January 25....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Company Behind Kahuku Windfarm Fire Files Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 6724 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Xtreme Power...announced today that it filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
As Circuits Max Out, HECO Touts New Solar Installation Record
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 5398 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

A total of 17,609 solar installations with more than 129 megawatts capacity were added....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Hawaii Union Membership Ranks 3rd in USA
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 5306 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Three states had union membership rates over 20.0 percent in 2013: New York (24.4 percent), Alaska (23.1 percent),and Hawaii (22.1 percent)....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
SB2922: Lengthen School Year to 190 Days, Eliminate Minimum Hours of Instruction
By News Release @ 7:07 PM :: 4681 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The bill also discontinues the requirements for the minimum number of student instructional hours effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Ige: SB2982 Amends Constitution to Shield Pension Income from Taxation
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 3493 Views :: Taxes

SB 2982 proposes a constitutional amendment to exclude certain retirement benefits from income taxation....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Taxpayers fund at least $350K in security costs for Obama Hawaiian vacations
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:18 PM :: 5355 Views :: Law Enforcement, Politicians

During her recent visit to Maui and the home of close family friend Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama was escorted by Maui police....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
2014 Legislative Session Underway, Pro-gun and Anti-gun Legislation Introduced
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 3922 Views :: Second Amendment

Please contact members of the House Committee on Water and Land and respectfully urge them to support House Bill 1907....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Marijuana export could pay off Hawaii’s debts, lawmaker says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:37 PM :: 168143 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Drugs

“This state would turn into a manufacturing state." -- Rep Rida Cabanilla

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:58 AM :: 4696 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Would this actually help the entry-level workers it is supposed to help? ....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Report: Hawaii Highway Safety Among Best in Nation
By News Release @ 10:28 AM :: 4431 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Annual Economic Cost Due to Motor Vehicle Crashes in Hawaii: $655 Million....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Hawaii's Weak Congressional Delegation Unable to Protect Tsunami Center
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 6828 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Labor

...NOAA has quietly elevated its tsunami warning center in Alaska by relegating its Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii to secondary status....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Senator Introduces Anti-Child Pornography Bill “Alicia’s Law”
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 5588 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

There are thousands of ICAC leads in the state of Hawaii trafficking in sadistic images and videos of children being raped and tortured....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Legislators Launch Aerospace Caucus
By News Release @ 11:40 PM :: 2362 Views

...how we can move the aerospace industry forward in Hawaii....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Tobacco Control? Hawaii Scores 'A' for Taxes and Regulation, 'D' for Prevention
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 5455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the distribution of tobacco settlement funds for tobacco prevention and control will return to 6.5 percent after being redirected into the general fund to offset budget deficits for the past several years....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Pedestrian Plan Wins National Recognition
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 4523 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...the first in the nation to have a statewide, pedestrian-only focus....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Video: Homosexual Child Molester's Alleged Victims Describe Grooming Process at Maui Pineapple Camp
By Video @ 8:58 PM :: 7940 Views :: Family, Labor, Religion

...alleged victims of homosexual child molestation who give a very clear description of how homosexual child molesters single out and groom boys....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Michael Medved to Discuss 3 Point Plan for Conservative Victory at GOP HQ
By David S Chang @ 5:38 PM :: 4522 Views :: Republican Party

February 5 from 7:00-8:00 p.m....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Eases Path to Challenge Subdivision Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 4:35 PM :: 7067 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use

HAWSCT: Triggers To Administrative Appeals Must Be Clear And Noticed....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Minority leaders dispute governor’s claims that Hawaii is on solid financial ground
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:23 PM :: 5059 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

"the governor is not getting high marks for performance from real people.”

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Why They Marched, in Their Own Words
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:06 PM :: 5849 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...even Americans who oppose abortion may be forced to support it—through Obamacare....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Kuakini Hospital Refit to Cut Energy Bill by $1M/year
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 4699 Views :: Energy, Health Care

The Kuakini project is part of Metrus' $75 million commitment to the White House's Better Buildings Challenge....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Grassroot Institute Talks to Duke Aiona
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:40 AM :: 8276 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians, Republican Party
”We just went through a special session where many people felt that the process, in their words, was undemocratic.”
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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Kelii Akina: Fiscal Responsibility with Community Focus
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 AM :: 3507 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...“best practices” for a healthier state economy. Listen to the entire interview....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Full Text: Office of Information Management Report to Legislature
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 3857 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Areas Where the Transformation Effort Fell Short in 2013....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Akaka Tribe: Hanabusa is the Only One
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 4089 Views :: Akaka Bill

In 2011 Colleen worked with Senator Akaka and the rest of the delegation to author and introduce the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Kauaʻi Judge Denies Injunction on KIUC Meter Opt-Out Fees
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 5324 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

...a “glaring problem” with Mr. Asquith’s motion was that it did not include the PUC....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Ige: $844M Surplus Direct Result of $800M Cuts in Abercrombie Spending
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3310 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We must address the unfunded liabilities of public employees before we can truly begin talking about a surplus in the budget....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Does LEED Certification Mean Anything?
By NCPA @ 3:11 PM :: 3313 Views :: Energy

...some of the worst-performing buildings in the country have received LEED's highest scores....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
19 Beautiful Reminders Why Americans March for Life Today
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 4594 Views :: Life

Today, tens of thousands of people from around the country will gather in Washington to brave the cold for a cause they believe in....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Michael Medved, Lynn Finnegan Kick off Hawaii Celebration of National School Choice Week
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 AM :: 4589 Views :: Education K-12

The event, called "Better Choices - Better Schools," was intended to raise awareness about how expanding educational choice can help America prosper....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
UH West Oahu to refund certain student fees
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 3773 Views :: Higher Education

...approved fees were charged for services before the services existed....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Pono Choices Coming to Every Middle School Next Semester
By Selected News Articles @ 8:18 PM :: 6766 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

Pono Choices offers little to no information on sexual harassment, Sexually Transmitted Infections, their symptoms and consequences or single parenthood....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
11 Running for KIUC Board; Candidate Forum Scheduled
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 5427 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

The Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) Nominating Committee has confirmed 11 candidates for its Board of Directors election on March 8, 2014....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Cachola: Revitalize Kalihi by Moving OCCC
By Selected News Articles @ 7:50 PM :: 6507 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

...Abercrombie indicated that his administration issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the rehabilitation of correctional facilities statewide....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Demographia: When Will Honolulu Urban Planners Wise Up and Follow the Chinese Communist Party Line?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:27 PM :: 6476 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

The United States is home to some of the most counter-productive land use regulation....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Fitch Ratings for Hawaiian Electric Tout Decoupling
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 4820 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HECO enjoys full revenue decoupling, fuel and purchased power pass-through recovery, rates based on forward test years...and recovery of increases in certain operating expenses and capital investments between rate cases through riders....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SB2693 Would Ban Soda, Juice, Latte Over 16oz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 5662 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

...there’s no “latte loophole,” since any quantity of added sugar makes a drink fall under the ban. Indeed, the only way to get more than a pint of drink at a time is to add booze, as adult beverages are excluded ...

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 3574 Views :: Hawaii State Government

I believe we may be able to reduce taxes in key areas....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 21, 2014
By Congress.org @ 12:18 PM :: 3678 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Omnibus Appropriations – passage 
House: Omnibus Appropriations – passage
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Supreme Court Upholds Hawaii Redistricting Plan
By Robert Thomas @ 11:06 AM :: 5817 Views :: Military, Office of Elections

...the Court's order ends the case....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
These Words from Obama Are Frightening -- and Revealing
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:04 AM :: 3298 Views :: Military

...in the real world, war doesn’t end until both sides stop fighting....

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