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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Hawaii Supreme Court: Indigent Parents Have the Right to Court-Appointed Counsel During Child Welfare Proceedings
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 5814 Views :: Family, Judiciary

Prior to this decision, the State could remove children from their parents’ home, and parents who could not afford an attorney were often left to their own devices....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Will Minimum Wage Legislation Wreck American Samoa Economy Again?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 6585 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Labor

Faleomavaega got caught napping in 2007 and by the time he raced back to Washington in an effort to get us extricated, it was too late....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
DCCA Releases Insurance Comparisons for Homes, Vehicles
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 3764 Views :: Cost of Living

...the Insurance Division is now providing Hawaii’s 2014 homeowner and motor vehicle premiums comparison guides through its website....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Worldwide Shipping Monopoly? Hawaii, Alaska, Territories Concerned by P3
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 4325 Views :: Jones Act

Hawaii and the Pacific territories rely more heavily on ocean shipping....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Report: Am Samoa Governor Prepares to Replace Faleomavaega
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 PM :: 4114 Views :: National News

Tuā’au Kereti Māta’utia, Jr., the only candidate to announce for Faleomavaega's seat, is an assistant senior policy adviser to the Governor....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Finley Boyle Tragedy Exposes Danger of Primary Care Dentists Operating as Pediatric Dental Specialists
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 7341 Views :: Health Care
"The Hawaii Board of Dental Examiners shares in the responsibility for allowing a PCD to deceive the public into believing she is a Dental Specialist."
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
How to Fight Poverty -- and Win
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:37 PM :: 3681 Views :: National News

President Johnson launched the War on Poverty on Jan. 8, 1964....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
A New Year and New Scholars at Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:35 AM :: 3727 Views :: Education K-12
January is School Choice Month!
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
HIRA: 2014 Will be a Banner Year
By News Release @ 12:30 AM :: 5076 Views :: Republican Party

2013 was a whirlwind of action and involvement....

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Not so nifty: Taxpayers chip in on gift for first lady, who turns 50
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:41 PM :: 5309 Views :: Obama

...Michelle Obama extended her own vacation, flying to the island of Maui, where she is spending time with family friend Oprah Winfrey....

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
DoH to Take Oversight of Home and Community-Based Facilities?
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 3443 Views :: Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, January 13, 2014
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329, State Capitol
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Congress Back in Session: Faleomavaega a No Show
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 6184 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation

...at last local radio station 93KHJ-FM has published a breakthrough article today on its talanei.com website asking about the delegate’s health....

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
City: Bridge Financing Can Save Housing Deal
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 3587 Views :: Honolulu County

On Monday, Jan. 6, the Honolulu Affordable Housing Partners LLC (HAHP) met the city’s deadline to respond regarding its good faith commitment....

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
GMOs: NYT/Grist gets it right; Hawaii County Council gets it wrong
By NCPA @ 3:13 PM :: 4251 Views :: GMOs

The Times report also examines the psychology of GMOphobes ....

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Tax Credit Scammers Find a New Home in HSDC
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 PM :: 7013 Views :: Tax Credits

State retirees should be afraid, be very afraid....

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
2014: Obamacare Puts Down Roots for the Long Haul
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:42 AM :: 3164 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare creates a new entitlement program while expanding another.....

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Cho Tet--Vietnamese New Year Fest
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 4574 Views :: Honolulu County
  • When:  Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:00 am -4:00 pm
  • Where:  Kapiolani Bandstand, 2748 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu
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Monday, January 6, 2014
High Home Values Give Hawaii Low Property Tax Percentage
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 5392 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...property taxes as a share of home values ranging from 0.2 percent (Maui County, Hawaii) to 3.1 percent (Wayne County, New York)....

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Monday, January 6, 2014
March for Life Set for January 25
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 4721 Views :: Life
  • Saturday, January 25, 2014
  • 12:30 PM -5:00 PM
  • State Capitol
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Monday, January 6, 2014
Hawaii Family Forum: Organizing for Life, Family, and Religious Freedom
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 7746 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

See what happens when people of faith actively participate in the electoral process....

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Monday, January 6, 2014
Kaiser: 57% of Hawaii Uninsured Eligible for Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 7:46 PM :: 5489 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

nearly three-quarters (74%) of uninsured nonelderly people in the state are eligible for financial assistance to gain coverage through either Medicaid or the Marketplaces....

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Monday, January 6, 2014
Hawaii GOP refuses request to recruit for Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:21 PM :: 3992 Views :: Health Care

Meanwhile, Hawaii’s Democrat lawmakers are also criticizing the exchange....

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Monday, January 6, 2014
WSJ: Medicaid Expansion Drives up Visits to Emergency Room
By NCPA @ 2:26 PM :: 2891 Views :: Health Care

A group of 10,000 low-income Oregon residents who recently obtained Medicaid coverage visited ERs 40 percent more often....

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Monday, January 6, 2014
New Republic: Hawaii Anti-GMO Protesters ‘Objectively Crazy’
By Selected News Articles @ 1:14 PM :: 4640 Views :: GMOs

It's not that people are simply and inherently crazy; they also operate from within crazy bubbles, which is arguably just as dangerous. For this reason, my guess is that over time liberal opposition to genetic engineering will fade away....

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Monday, January 6, 2014
The National Debt in One Picture
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:26 PM :: 3588 Views :: National News

Congress is beginning its new year with a budget deal that busts right through “caps” it was supposed to have on spending....

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Monday, January 6, 2014
Hawaii Rifle Association 2014 Sen. Sam Slom Fundraiser
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 3807 Views :: Second Amendment

January 11 2014, Saturday at 5:30 PM....

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Sunday, January 5, 2014
OPEB, Pre-K and a 10% Reserve: Abercrombie Says we can Have it all
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 3557 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...But fiscal sustainability is essential; to this we remain committed....

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Sunday, January 5, 2014
Tourist Boats Operated by Anti-Superferry Activists Hitting More Baby Whales Than Ever
By Andrew Walden @ 3:26 AM :: 9131 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...the bleeding baby whales are left to suffer an unknown fate in shark-infested waters....

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Sunday, January 5, 2014
Hawaii Perspectives Survey Shows Strong Support for Military Presence
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 6808 Views :: Economy, Military

...and a solid majority – 77 percent – supports continued military training exercises in Hawaii....

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Sunday, January 5, 2014
HART Audit Leaves Many Questions Unanswered
By Tom Berg @ 1:23 AM :: 6476 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...HART came into existence in July, 2012...detailed records related to HART’s predecessor were not readily available during our audit....

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Saturday, January 4, 2014
'Sanford Dole' Joins Akaka Tribal Roll
By Andrew Walden @ 8:11 PM :: 5688 Views :: Akaka Bill

"Aloha and mahalo e Sanford Dole for registering with Kana'iolowalu"

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Saturday, January 4, 2014
NYT In Hawaii: A Lonely Quest for Facts on Genetically Modified Crops
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 5869 Views :: GMOs

...it garnered more vocal support than any the County Council here had ever considered, even the perennially popular bids to decriminalize marijuana....

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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Invasive Species Briefing Set
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 5227 Views :: Environment, Second Amendment
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 10:00 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 225, State Capitol
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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Senate Cttes Set Informational Hearing on Turtle Bay
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 6427 Views :: Environment, Development, Land Use
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 016, State Capitol
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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Five Reasons to Celebrate American Culture in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:05 AM :: 3700 Views :: Family

Unlike previous decades, nearly three-quarters of Americans married in the 1990s celebrated a 10th anniversary .... 

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Saturday, January 4, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector Finds One Success Story
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 3374 Views :: Health Care

...the benefits in her new plan are better than her previous plan and cost about $30 a month less....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
HI Health Connector Solicits GOP Help in Boosting Enrollments
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3990 Views :: Health Care

Below is the response of the HRP Executive Director, Kayla Berube, to the HI Health Connector's request for GOP help in boosting enrollment numbers....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
Governor Releases $9.3 Million for Various CIPs Statewide
By News Release @ 11:38 AM :: 4191 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$4,742,845 – Department of Public Safety Facilities....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
Meet the Humble Nuns Who Just Shook Up the Obama Administration
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:51 AM :: 6151 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Religion

The Little Sisters take care of more than 13,000 poor men and women around the world who are elderly....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
PUC Clears Former Chairman's Law Firm to Continue Representing Lanai Wind Project
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 4727 Views :: Energy, Ethics

...in the event the commission receives evidence that the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court has issued a ruling which disqualifies Mr. Caliboso, the commission intends to re-visit the issue....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
Flawed Minimum Wage Hike Advocacy Will Cost Hawaii's Poorest Workers $7M this Year
By Andrew Walden @ 12:34 AM :: 7532 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...7,000 well-paid waiters are being played against 7,000 underpaid dishwashers....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii Health Insurance Premiums, Oligopolies, and the Affordable Care Act
By UHERO @ 9:05 PM :: 5153 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care
“Where do Hawaii plans/premiums stand relative to other states?”
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Thursday, January 2, 2014
DCCA: 300 Mortgage Loan Originators Lose License
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 5496 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a list of more than 300 mortgage loan originators (MLOs) and mortgage loan originator companies (MLOCs) that failed to renew their licenses....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Anti-GMO mob attracts a colorful, motley, mixed bag
By Selected News Articles @ 5:02 PM :: 5039 Views :: GMOs

there has been a headlong rush by some to promote themselves as the “voice” of this movement....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
Tourism Committees to Look at HTA Audit
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 3760 Views :: Tourism
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Thursday, January 2, 2014
WaPo: Schatz Represents Hawaii's new White Ruling Class
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 PM :: 10332 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...what remains of Inouye’s mostly Japanese American political machine is fighting for supremacy against a younger and whiter progressive wing that is trying to become Hawaii’s new ruling class....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
2013 a bad year for Obamacare abortion pill mandate
By News Release @ 1:45 PM :: 5549 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

Alliance Defending Freedom and its allied attorneys are currently winning their cases by a wide margin, with court orders going 15-1 against the mandate....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
More New Taxes and Fees: How You’ll Pay for Obamacare in 2014
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 PM :: 3824 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

This is only the beginning—watch how two of these taxes get worse in the years to come....

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Happy New Year from HMSA: Premium now $1742.50 per Family
By Andrew Walden @ 8:23 PM :: 6383 Views :: Health Care

...premium payers will get a new round of cancellation letters starting this September, just in time for the elections....

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Drones may be buzzing Hawaiian skies soon
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:48 PM :: 4795 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business

The FAA this week that the University of Alaska is one of several educational institutions selected to test drones, and Hawaii and Oregon are included in the university’s plan ....

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