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Monday, February 17, 2014
Honolulu: Highest Taxes in USA for Low Income Residents, 9th Lowest for High Income Residents
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 AM :: 6409 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Taxes for family earning $25,000: $4,232 (the highest)
Taxes for family earning $150,000: $11,840 (9th lowest)
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Monday, February 17, 2014
Stung by Star-Adv Poll, Schatz Releases his Own Numbers
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 6034 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

The poll, conducted by The Mellman Group, has Schatz leading by four percentage points....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
National Republicans Meet With Grassroots Volunteers in Hawaii
By David S Chang @ 11:28 PM :: 4644 Views :: Republican Party

... Demetra Demonte, Secretary of the Republican National Committee  provided special training on grassroots organizing to a capacity crowd ....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Ige: Polls, Endorsements Show Momentum
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 6363 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

All Recent Polls Consistently Show Unfavorability for Current Administration Remains High....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
GMO Labeling Could Add $800/yr to Hawaii Grocery Bills
By Andrew Walden @ 10:51 PM :: 8185 Views :: Cost of Living, GMOs

It is expected to cost consumers $800 per year in higher food prices and many products could simply disappear from Hawaii shelves, but SB2521 is on the move thanks to Senator Clayton Hee....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Quid pro Quo? HSTA Endorses Ige for Governor
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 6844 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

Flashback: Senate Ways and Means Chairman David Ige rained rhetorical bombs on the Department of Education for what he called a "Cadillac" system to evaluate teacher performance....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
Applicants Sought for Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 3799 Views :: Ethics

Interested persons should submit an application, a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by Friday, February 28, 2014....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
I Thought There Was Only One Beast to Feed
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3492 Views :: Taxes

When you and I pay our taxes, we probably expect that the money we pay in will be used toward any and all legitimate financial needs of the state....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Caldwell's Latest Scheme: Garbage Tax
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 6640 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Caldwell's Garbage Tax Would Hit Nonprofits, Small Business Hard....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Election 2014: Candidate Filing List Now Totals 14 Pages
By Andrew Walden @ 4:40 PM :: 3487 Views

The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending February 14, 2014....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
13 Nominated for UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 4219 Views :: Higher Education

The Candidate Advisory Council (CAC) for the Board of Regents of the University of  Hawai’i has presented a list of candidates to Governor Neil Abercrombie to fill three City & County of Honolulu seats and one Student seat....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Comcast merger sparks calls for government intervention
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 4103 Views :: First Amendment

Many consumers already resent Comcast for its poor customer service, as cataloged by the American Customer Satisfaction Index....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
ObamaCare: Taxpayers Spend $56,819 To Sign Up Each Person In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 PM :: 5159 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Obama administration gave Hawaii $205 million in grants over the past three years to set up its state-run exchange....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Ninth Circuit Confirms Right to Carry Arms in Public
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 5365 Views :: Second Amendment

The landmark decision came in the NRA-supported case of Peruta v. San Diego County....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Budget: Kalbert Young Talks to Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:18 AM :: 4469 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...topics as varied as the illusory nature of the state budget surplus and the demands of rail....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Internet Tax Freedom Act Celebrates Sweet 16
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 AM :: 2799 Views

Almost immediately after the World Wide Web made its debut some folks were hard at work figuring out a way to tax it....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
HPU Prof. Distributes Land to the Landless
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:55 AM :: 5729 Views :: World News

...property rights and the rule of law are vital to reducing poverty around the world....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Four Things You Should Know About The Minimum Wage Debate In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 AM :: 7856 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

If the legislature is serious about fighting poverty in Hawaii, a broader and more comprehensive discussion is essential....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Supreme Court: Lower Courts too Dismissive of Pro-Se Litigants
By Robert Thomas @ 12:52 AM :: 4957 Views :: Judiciary

You file a crap brief with an appellate court. Shame on you....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Sgt Drew M Scobie
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 4419 Views :: Military

...flags of the United States and State of Hawaii shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawaii National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, the day of his memorial service....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Dr. Linda Rosen Director, Department of Health
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 3543 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Dr. Rosen’s appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
How They Voted: House Rejects Religious Freedom Restoration Act
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 4:15 PM :: 7691 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...18 voted to bring the bill to a floor vote and 28 voted to recommit the bill to the committee where it is dead for this session....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Statewide Meetings: Parents Protecting Their Children from Pono Choices
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 7132 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

Same sex marriage opens a Pandora Box of activist pressure on our schools....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
First Wind Dumps Battery System to Restart Kahuku Windfarm after Fire
By News Release @ 1:59 PM :: 4473 Views :: Energy

It turns out they never needed the battery system in the first place.... 

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Bad Company: Honolulu Rail Car Supplier Ansaldo Breda May be Sold, Liquidated
By Andrew Walden @ 5:12 AM :: 7889 Views :: Rail

...what was left of Ansaldo Breda would turn into a "bad company" to be gradually liquidated....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Atheist Scores $200K from New Hope Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 8657 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, Religion
The settlement occurred with churches not represented by Alliance Defending Freedom....
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Friday, February 14, 2014
Urban Planning for People
By NCPA @ 1:41 AM :: 5430 Views :: Development, Rail

The “Nirvana” of a transit-, walking-, and cycling-oriented metropolitan area proves to be no Nirvana at all.... 

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Friday, February 14, 2014
7 Times Obama Ignored the Law to Impose His Executive Will
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:55 AM :: 3803 Views :: National News

"The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m President of the United States of America." -- Sen Barack Obama, 2008

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Video: Legislators Debate Religious Freedom Restoration Act
By Video @ 12:44 AM :: 5742 Views :: Family, First Amendment

Rep. Bob McDermott, Richard Fale, Gene Ward, Jo Jordan and Marcus Oshiro address HB 1624....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Slom: SB2160 Should be called Peter Boy Kema Bill
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:19 AM :: 7083 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement
...current State law does not address the situation where a parent, legal guardian, or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child fails to report the death or disappearance of the child....
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
SB2196: Barrel Tax Snatches $80M out of Consumers Pockets
By UHERO @ 8:59 PM :: 5462 Views :: Energy, Taxes

...its major impact has been as a funding source for energy and food security initiatives....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii pesticide data: Homes not fields found to be source of most problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 PM :: 5109 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics

...90% of the exposures occurred in a residence, 4.4% in the workplace and 1% in a school. The remaining 4% consisted of miscellaneous locations....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii Boasts Most Expensive U.S. Destination for Presidents' Day Weekend
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 3887 Views :: Tourism

In Kihei, located on Maui's southwest shore, travelers will have to spend $416 per night ....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
If Only a Snow Shovel Could Dig Us Out of This
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:15 AM :: 3717 Views :: National News

Obama, after less than five years in office, has already increased the debt limit by more than any other president in U.S. history....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii legislators reject Azerbaijani Resolutions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 AM :: 6624 Views :: World News, Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii legislature publicly debated and then rejected a pair of Azerbaijan-initiated anti-Armenian measures....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
SB2989 SD1: Dissolve Failed Hawaiian Roll Commission
By News Release @ 12:25 AM :: 6559 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA
  • DATE: Thursday, February 13, 2014
  • TIME: 1:15 p.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 225
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Xtreme Bankruptcy: Burned out Wind Farm Battery Maker to be Auctioned off
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 4584 Views :: Energy

...Xtreme Power earned the 15th spot on Inc. Magazine's 500/5000 list of the fast growing private companies in the U.S. in 2012--now they're BK....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Study: Wind Farms Die After 10-15 years
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 5328 Views :: Energy

...the economic life of onshore wind turbines is between 10 and 15 years, not the 20 to 25 years projected by the wind industry itself, and used for government projections....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
VIDEO: Pono Choices Forum at State Capitol
By Video @ 5:43 PM :: 4201 Views

Pono Choices, intended for young impressionable children, is clearly not age appropriate....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Caylee’s Bill Up For Public Hearing Tomorrow
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:51 PM :: 5102 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

SB 2160, named Caylee’s Law for Caylee Anthony, would make it a felony if a parent or guardian does not report the death or disappearance (for more than 48 hours) of a child....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Anti-GMO Activists Welch on Promise to Provide Pro-Bono Defense for Kauai County
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 7063 Views :: Kauai County, GMOs

FLASHBACK Oct 18, 2013: “We urge you to allow Bill 2491 to become law.  We will be there to defend it.”....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Justice Reinvestment: Hawaii Reduces Prison Population by 4%, Increases Costs by $900K
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 5345 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

After the first year of implementation, the state reduced its corrections population 4 percent, averted $2.5 million in costs, and allocated $3.4 million into its reinvestment strategies....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Real Reason Health Spending Has Slowed
By NCPA @ 1:42 PM :: 3267 Views :: Health Care

President Obama tells us that "health care costs are growing at the slowest rate in 50 years."....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I Aloha Molokai opposes HB1942 & SB2754
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 3954 Views :: Energy

These bills offer 50 million dollars in bonds for the Ikehu Molokai project proposed by Molokai Ranch and Princeton Energy....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
How Shifting to Electronic Records Has Endangered Patient Privacy
By NCPA @ 12:38 PM :: 3435 Views :: Health Care

Policymakers should adopt privacy measures to protect patients from potential problems with electronic health records....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Congress Is Giving Obama a Blank Check
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:30 AM :: 3892 Views :: National News

Congress got tired of fighting. So now they’re working toward doing away with the debt limit altogether....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
HB2148 Would Allow Military Pistol Training to Satisfy Handgun Training Requirements
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 3799 Views :: Second Amendment

February 12, the House Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts is scheduled to hear House Bill 2148 at 8:30 a.m., in House conference room 312....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Schatz v Hanabusa: Vituperative, Byzantine Contest Hottest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 PM :: 5476 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

If he loses their August showdown, Schatz will be the first appointee spurned in a primary since 1996....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Fiscal watchdog disputes Hawaii governor’s surplus claims
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:30 PM :: 5475 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

How vibrant Hawaii’s fiscal health is depends on who you ask....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Hawaii In The Eminent Domain Spotlight
By Robert Thomas @ 12:23 PM :: 5999 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use
...Forbes editorial about an eminent domain and free speech battle between a North Shore property owner and the City and County of Honolulu....
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