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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
WellCare's 'Ohana Health Plan Selected To Provide Managed Care Services Across Hawaii Under QUEST Integration
By News Release @ 11:54 AM :: 3082 Views :: Health Care

Approximately 300,000 beneficiaries are currently receiving services through the QUEST Integration program. ‘Ohana is one of five health plans selected to receive an award....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
USDA: Pesticides, Chemicals, and Synthetic Ingredients Used in 'Organic' Food
By Andrew Walden @ 11:58 PM :: 9611 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...here is a selection of some of the most interesting ingredients included in "organic" foods and another list of synthetic pesticides and other substances allowed for use in "organic" crop and livestock production....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
OTEC Completes Pennystock Sale, Reverse Merger with Shell Company
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 5025 Views :: Energy

OTEC is allegedly building a sea-water air conditioning system for downtown Honolulu.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Bureaucracy, high prices, keep local business from into buying Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:25 PM :: 4928 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Of Hawaii’s 30,000 small businesses, 296 registered for insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector by the Dec. 25 deadline....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
How the College Bubble Will Pop
By NCPA @ 1:48 PM :: 3233 Views :: Higher Education

...the earning differential between college and high school graduates fell 11 percent for men and 19.7 percent for women....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The 2014 ObamaCare Tax Wave
By NCPA @ 1:42 PM :: 3966 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...the HIT would increase health insurance premiums by more than $2,800 per person and $6,800 per family over a decade....


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Budget Solvency: Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 6134 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... state budget challenges have far outlasted the Great Recession ....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
CD2: Marissa Capelouto Launches Republican Congressional Bid
By News Release @ 12:48 PM :: 4150 Views

Hawaii's elected officials obviously serve the old boy network at the expense of the rest of us....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Index of Economic Freedom: US Drops to 12th
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:37 PM :: 3826 Views :: National News
When President Obama took office, the U.S. was ranked 6th. Now it is 12th.
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Monday, January 13, 2014
Former KITV Weatherman to Head Abercrombie Communications
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 3722 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Fujioka will work alongside other team members who are also stepping into new roles....
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Monday, January 13, 2014
More Local Media Fraud on Faleomavaega?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 6604 Views :: Democratic Party, National News, Congressional Delegation

We thought the media had turned the corner on the issue of how to handle the disappearance of Faleomavaega....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Mainland Group Criticizes Lack of Hawaiian Population Control
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 5934 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Population Institute today released its second annual report card ....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted January 13, 2014
By Congress.org @ 6:57 PM :: 3750 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Federal Reserve Chair Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: U.S. Court of Appeals Nomination – Cloture
  • House: Solid Waste Disposal Regulations – Passage
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Monday, January 13, 2014
Os Stender Questions Hawaiians’ Support for Native Hawaiian Roll
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:43 PM :: 6005 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
“To spend 4 million dollars to find 20,000 people out of 500,000, to me there’s a message there. It’s telling me…the Hawaiians are not interested.”
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Monday, January 13, 2014
Services Planned for Taxpayer Advocate Lowell Kalapa
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 8064 Views :: Taxes

"...he provided a very valuable voice, especially in this town where you don't have too many people speaking out on anything."

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Monday, January 13, 2014
$33,000 Per Person: Hawaii State Debt #2 in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 6344 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Residents of Alaska ($40,000 per resident) and Hawaii ($33,000) have the highest levels of state debt on a per capita basis, followed by Connecticut ($31,000), Ohio($28,000) and Illinois ($25,000)....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Share One of These to Let the President Know You Haven't Forgotten
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:31 PM :: 3279 Views :: Health Care
In 2009, President Obama threatened those who criticized Obamacare: “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.”
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Monday, January 13, 2014
New IRS Rule Could Cut Into Restaurant Workers' Tips
By NCPA @ 11:35 AM :: 6043 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

As of January 1, a new tax rule will prevent restaurant workers from collecting automatic tips....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court Clarifies "Final, Appealable Order" And Forgay Doctrine
By Robert Thomas @ 10:07 AM :: 4864 Views :: Judiciary

If there's one thing that keeps appellate lawyers up at night, it's jurisdictional questions....

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Sunday, January 12, 2014
Interview: Drug Dealing N. Shore Anti-GMO Leader Has 'Penchant for Violence'
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 AM :: 15988 Views :: Law Enforcement, GMOs

...This explains Billy Kenoi signing the Hawaii County Anti-GMO bill....

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 9515 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs, GMOs

...a lawless, violent, drug-addled, and adrenaline-soaked mecca....

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
The Other Shoe Drops: Kauai Anti-GMO Ordinance Challenged In Federal Court
By Robert Thomas @ 3:01 PM :: 4954 Views :: GMOs

On Friday, several seed companies filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Here's the Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief....

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
McDermott to Speak in Kailua
By Tito Montes @ 1:48 PM :: 5469 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

January 16 at 6:30PM at Life Church, 355 N Kainalu Dr, Kailua, Oahu....

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Washington Correspondent Breaks Faleomavaega Illness Story
By Selected News Articles @ 1:34 PM :: 5802 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

...the first newsperson in Washington, D.C. to address the question of Eni Faleomavaega’s prolonged absence from the Nation’s Capital....

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Stung by Reports of Whale Collisions, Pacific Whale offers Feel-Good Seminar
By News Release @ 11:54 AM :: 7595 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism
Idea: Go to their meeting and shout out embarrassing questions.  Demand they enact an immediate moratorium on propeller-driven whale-watching tours.  Tell them to stop killing baby whales.  Videotape the entire encounter and put it on Youtube. 
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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Hawaii Family Advocates: See You at the Capitol January 15
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 5339 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...come to the capitol between noon and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15 to meet with your representatives and senators....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Creagen to House from Secret List
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 7218 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

...UPDATE: Hawaii County Democratic Party January 13, 2014 released the three names sent to Abercrombie by HD5 Democrats....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
DLNR Considers Haleakala Land Exchange
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 4315 Views :: Land Use

For more than 10 years, a disagreement, and now a lawsuit, has continued concerning the ownership of, and public access to, an obscure trail crossing privately owned lands of Haleakala Ranch....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Hawaii churches prevail against atheists’ baseless lawsuit
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 6207 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

The two atheists can amend their complaint within 45 days of the dismissal order....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
To Stop Thefts, City Places "No Copper" Signs on Cables
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 7032 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Law Enforcement, Drugs

In addition to repairing the cables, “no copper” and “fiber-optic cable” signs are being put in place to make it as clear as possible to potential thieves that there is nothing of value for them to steal....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Tuna War: Congratulations, Samoa News
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 PM :: 6316 Views :: Democratic Party, National News, Politicians

Yesterday we called on the media to take seriously the tuna content issue being fought out in the Farm Bill in Congress and Samoa News led with a page one story today....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Hauula Teacher Wins Back Pay After Pot-Fueled Firing
By Selected News Articles @ 12:07 PM :: 5035 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Kathleen Morita was teaching at Hauula Elementary School in September 2007 when a custodian reported the smell of marijuana coming from her classroom. He also reported what he thought was a bottle of wine in a paper bag....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
The GMO Stigma
By NCPA @ 9:30 AM :: 4365 Views :: GMOs

...GMOs could offer a healthier and more secure future for the poor across the world....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Walmart Health Plan Better Than ObamaCare
By NCPA @ 9:26 AM :: 3026 Views :: Health Care

...a family of four could pay a $962 premium under ObamaCare but only a $160 premium under the Walmart plan....

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Friday, January 10, 2014
Members of Congress Won't Read This Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:20 AM :: 4043 Views :: National News

Any day now, Congress is likely to release the trillion-dollar Trojan horse that is the spending bill for 2014....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Jeff ‘The Solar Guy’ Davis Running for Hawaii Governor-- As Libertarian
By Andrew Walden @ 11:47 PM :: 5315 Views :: Politicians, Tax Credits

...Jeff Davis has filled papers with the Campaign Spending Commission to form a campaign committee to run for governor....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Cancer Center Plan: Another Dubious Expensive Band-Aid for UH Administrators?
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 4090 Views :: Higher Education

Over the last weeks there has been considerable public discourse about the Center.  Rather than looking backwards, we would like to share the specific steps we are now taking....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Abercrombie Touts Nursery School for 640 Kids
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 3195 Views :: Education K-12
Children must be four years old by July 31, 2014, which follows the new kindergarten age requirement, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The classrooms will be staffed by DOE teachers and educational assistants.
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Hawaii Solutions Candidate Recruitment Update
By Dylan Nonaka @ 8:31 PM :: 6037 Views :: Office of Elections, Republican Party

...the Give the People Hope campaign to engage and activate people across our islands who wanted to stay involved and change the way our government operates....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Pono Choices not medically accurate, age appropriate, or complete on STD risks
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 8:08 PM :: 9266 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Health Care

After weeks of bureaucratic run-around McDermott finally received a copy of the requested materials....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Rep Ward: Eliminate Prepaid College Tuition
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 5341 Views :: Higher Education

In lieu of paying tuition or fees, students would enter contracts to pay back the university a certain percentage of their income after graduation....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Ed Week: Hawaii DoE scores 77.3% Chance for Success
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 3651 Views :: Education K-12

Quality Counts 2014: District Disruption & Revival....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Go Back To Law School: UH "J-Term" Classes Open To The Public
By Robert Thomas @ 12:31 PM :: 4132 Views :: Judiciary

some of the lectures are open to the public....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
3 Things You Don't Need Robert Gates's Book to Know
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:22 PM :: 3257 Views :: Military
“You don’t need a book from the former Secretary of Defense to know that many of the decisions Obama made during Gates’s watch were a disaster.”
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Jones Act Reform Should be on Legislative Agenda
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 AM :: 3908 Views :: Jones Act

The 2014 Hawaii Legislature will be requested to consider passage of a resolution on reforming the Jones Act....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Abercrombie: Less Revenue--What, Me Worry?
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 3414 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today commented on the state Council on Revenues’ revised forecast....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Abercrombie Hosts Nursery School Sales Pitch for Legislators
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 5172 Views :: Education K-12, Family

Abercrombie’s Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) today presented a symposium for the Hawaii State Legislature, the state’s multi-level educational systems and the private sector....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Insurance Div Submits Four Reports to Legislature
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 3239 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Annual Report of the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Hawaii Ag Law Conference Tackles GMO Issues
By Robert Thomas @ 1:29 AM :: 4383 Views :: GMOs

Here are links to some of the materials mentioned at our session today on the GMO issue....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Resort Fees: SB1201 Proposes Massive Hike in TAT
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 AM :: 5233 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“resort fees by hotels are subject to the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT)”
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