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Monday, January 20, 2014
Decoupling: How HECO's "Money Printing Machine" Causes High Electric Rates
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 7984 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... why should an ever-expanding list of business risks be transferred from the utility to its customers? ....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Hunting bills introduced in House
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 4426 Views :: Second Amendment

...five bills aimed at recognizing the impact of hunting on Hawaii’s outdoor heritage and focusing on ways to help strengthen and improve hunting activities....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Faleomavaega Still Finds Ways to Travel
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 PM :: 6222 Views :: National News, Ethics, Politicians

... National Journal has published an article titled “How Lobbyists Still Fly Through Loopholes” and it should not surprise anyone that our South Pacific flyboy is among the Members of Congress featured....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Progressive Tax Code Not Visible in Tax Expenditures
By NCPA @ 2:46 PM :: 5751 Views :: National News, Tax Credits, Taxes

...high-income and low-income filers had large tax expenditures, while middle-income taxpayers had smaller expenditures....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
How MLK's Faith Influenced His Public Life
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:30 PM :: 5245 Views :: First Amendment, Religion
King explained that “just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town.”
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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Hawaii Welfare Tops Nation at $29.13 per Hour
By Selected News Articles @ 11:39 PM :: 7272 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

In 35 states, welfare, housing assistance and other benefits pays more than a minimum wage job....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Chang: Prominent Democrats Consider Joining GOP
By David S Chang @ 10:22 PM :: 7273 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...prominent Democrats have expressed interest in joining our party and running for office as a Republican....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Furloughs: Abercrombie Caught in Lie as He Launches First Campaign Ad
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 9451 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Politicians

Sound financial management required making tough decisions and hard choices. All with NO furloughs** (this is a lie, Abercrombie continued Furloughs, renamed as DLWOP Days)....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
OHA Introduces 2014 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 3759 Views :: OHA

... each year OHA submits a package of proposed bills to the Hawaii State Legislature, and the agency’s Board of Trustees also votes to take positions on a wide variety of legislation ....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Four Bills in House, Senate Democrat Package
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 6350 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Hawaii State Government

This is the first combined House-Senate Majority package since 2008....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Home School Legal Defense Association Legislative Watch List
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 6479 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

HSLDA advocates in state legislatures, at the invitation of state homeschool organizations....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Bumble Bee CEO to Faleomavaega: You’re a Liar
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 AM :: 8881 Views :: National News, World News, Labor

Bumble Bee chief executive Chris Lischewski has called untrue the Delegate’s assertion that Bumble Bee tuna is processed by child labor....

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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Hawaii: The Laughing Stock of Obamacare
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 AM :: 7106 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...we have a handful of states that can only be described as the laughing stocks of Obamacare....

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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Audit: Hawaii Medicaid Loses $67M/yr Due to Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 9514 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Recipients are automatically renewed for another year if they don't respond to the annual query....

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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Republican Party Plans Statewide Caucuses, Fundraising Dinners
By David S Chang @ 12:41 AM :: 4449 Views :: Republican Party

...elect officers and delegates, submit platform proposals for consideration the 2014 State Convention this May....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
89 Year Old Ewa Aviation Site, Battlefield and Top Secret Cold War Mission Control
By John Bond @ 11:31 PM :: 11567 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

One of Hawaii's least known very historic sites is the former Ewa Gate (Gate Two) of former NAS Barbers Point. It has a history going back to 1925....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
AARP Urges Passage of Caregiver Support Legislation
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 3718 Views :: Health Care

AARP Hawaii will ask lawmakers to support a bill requiring hospitals to formally acknowledge a patient’s family caregiver at the time of admission ....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
HB744 Forces Gay Agenda on Hawaii Churches
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 10:57 PM :: 8846 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

...any church or religious organization holding services at a state or county facility (such as a public school cafeteria or auditorium) could not deny services such as a same-sex marriage....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Crime Bills Clamp Down on Repeat Offenders
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 10:05 PM :: 3902 Views :: Law Enforcement

Rep Cynthia Thielen recently drafted and co-introduced HB1520, HB1521 and HB1542 which will change the way our judicial system punishes repeat offenders....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
House Republican Caucus 2014 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 4721 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
“Empowering Hawaii’s People to Improve Our Quality of Life”
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Friday, January 17, 2014
Duke Aiona Announces Run for Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 7009 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

He broke the news in a call this morning to 95.5 the Fish with Dawn O'Brien....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Feds Compare Quality of Care at 17 Hawaii Hospitals
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 5346 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

You can use Hospital Compare to find hospitals and compare the quality of their care....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
U.S. military dominance in Pacific in decline, says top admiral
By Selected News Articles @ 2:57 PM :: 4167 Views :: Military

The Pentagon's top commander for Asia said outright this week that U.S. military dominance in the Pacific is on the decline and that Washington should get used to the idea of having its superiority challenged by China....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
OMB: $101B Spent on Incorrect Federal Payments Each Year
By NCPA @ 2:34 PM :: 4897 Views :: National News, Health Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paid $33.2 billion as a result of fraud or mistake....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
State CON Laws Drive up Health Care Costs
By NCPA @ 1:53 PM :: 4060 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Thirty-six states (including Hawaii) require that health care providers seeking to offer or expand their services obtain what are known as Certificates of Need (CON)....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Should ERS Project 8% Rate of Return?
By NCPA @ 1:41 PM :: 4079 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Today, riskier investments appear to improve public pension funding. Current accounting rules mean that riskier investments are given higher expected rates of return....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Why Did the Benghazi Story Change?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:23 PM :: 7309 Views :: National News, World News, Military

An explosive intelligence report made public this week revealed that officials knew it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012—and they knew right away....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Ethics: State Supervisor Got $10,000 Riding Mover from Vendor
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 4590 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...Charge against John Doe, a maintenance supervisor employed by the Department of Education....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Audit: Repealed Special Fund Accounts Never Closed
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 3538 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...although some funds have been repealed or are no longer active, their appropriation accounts have not been closed and balances remain....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii DoE Budget Proposal
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 3866 Views :: Education K-12

Learn more about the DOE's budget, including budget breakdown and cycle, supplemental requests, per-pupil funding and more....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Health Connector Update: 2,709 Individuals, 350 Businesses Signed Up
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 2877 Views

A total of 2,709 individuals have enrolled in a health plan and 350 businesses have applied for a health plan through the Hawai‘i Health Connector as of Jan. 11....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
House Approves 2014 Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 3771 Views :: Hawaii State Government

This morning, the House voted to approve HR2, which details changes to committee assignments as follows....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Prominent labor leader convicted of mortgage fraud
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:44 PM :: 6114 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Rail

Perry Artates, a former Maui Hawaiian Homeland commissioner and prominent labor leader, will spend 45 days in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud case that left a Maui family homeless....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle Returns to CSUN to Teach
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 6131 Views :: Higher Education, Politicians, Republican Party

“I want my students to be effective public policy makers,” Lingle said....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Appleseed: Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 5053 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...a proposed bill containing four components that will significantly improve the economic vitality of low and moderate income households....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Michael Medved, Lynn Finnegan Launch School Choice Week in Honolulu
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 4103 Views :: Education K-12

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii will kick off National School Choice Week in the state with nationally renowned speaker Michael S. Medved on January 21....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Americans for Prosperity: Schatz, Hirono are Zeroes
By News Release @ 1:35 PM :: 5214 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics

AFP's federal legislative scorecard highlights the most important economic votes held every congress in both the Senate and the House....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hawaii Scores ‘F’, Lacks Access to Emergency Care and Disaster Preparedness
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 5310 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

“Hawaii’s gaps in hospital and treatment facility capacity lead to overcrowding, long wait times and an inability to respond to disasters,” said Dr. Ishida....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Bed Bug Cities: Honolulu Slips to 45th
By News Release @ 12:54 PM :: 8499 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

We're losing the bed bug race: Last year we were 33rd....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
How Congress Gets Away with Spending THIS Much Money
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:26 PM :: 3646 Views :: National News

The relatively small, district-level pork projects are dwarfed, however, by the entitlement programs that are actually sucking away our money year after year....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hawaii: 7.18% of Households have $1M Liquid Assets
By News Release @ 12:09 PM :: 3809 Views :: Hawaii Statistics
33,520 Households with $1M Investable Assets....
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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Omnibus Laden With $744M Federal Pork for Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:18 AM :: 6040 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

... more than $744 million directly for Hawaii projects ....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Faleomavaega Video Raises More Questions than Answers
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 AM :: 5417 Views :: National News, Politicians
Faleomavaega issued a news release Monday to accompany a copy of a 30-second video Christmas greeting he provided KVZK-TV during the holidays. In his statement he blasted Samoa News for not publishing earlier releases ....
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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hawaii Planned Parenthood Denies Lawmakers’ Request to See Its Graphic Sex Ed Curriculum
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 AM :: 8272 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

Planned Parenthood’s noxious sex education rockets across the country at unprecedented rates—propelled by millions of dollars in Obamacare PREP grants....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom Opening Day Comments
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:49 PM :: 5225 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Many of us are glad that 2013 is behind us, because the year did not live up to expectations of change or measurable improvement and was difficult for our local families and small businesses....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 3683 Views :: Hawaii State Government

My fellow members and guests, aloha and welcome to the 2014 Regular Session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Ward: No Pension Tax
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:21 PM :: 5313 Views :: Taxes

Souki's call for a pension tax on older, well-off residents of Hawaii is like Governor Abercrombie's Pension Tax of 2011...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Opening Day: Johanson Outlines Republican Caucus Goals
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 4894 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

These include citizen participation in democracy and government, a high cost of living, educational opportunities, and the health of our people....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Opening Day Legislative Preview
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 3838 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii state legislature opens today at 10 a.m....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Government Failures Congress Wants You to Fund This Year
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:02 PM :: 3533 Views :: National News

Here are a few big failures that need to be eliminated or seriously reformed—but instead are getting millions (or billions) of dollars....

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