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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Abercrombie 'School Readiness' Plan Based on Proven Failure?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 4819 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

After 50 years of federal funding, the US Department of Health and Human Services has determined in two separate studies that Head Start is completely ineffectual....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Senate Dems Unveil 2013 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 3332 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

"The Senate Majority will draw upon the recommendations of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability for the improvement of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawai’i"

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Governor Outlines School Readiness Program and Budget Needs
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 3131 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Eventually, the goal is a statewide early childhood education program for more 4-year-olds....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
State Kicks Off Foreclosure Fraud Information Campaign
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 3835 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

As part of the campaign, DCCA has launched www.HFIC.Hawaii.gov....

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Monday, January 07, 2013
Governor Appoints Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran to State Senate
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 3631 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Previously appointed to the House in January 2009 to complete the unexpired term of the late Bob Nakasone.... 

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Hawaii Succession Law Unconstitutional: Senate Could Have Refused to Seat Schatz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 4657 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

...the Seventeenth Amendment prevents the Hawaii legislature from substantively constraining the Governor’s choices in making a temporary appointment....

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Ills Cannot be Cured With Fees and Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 3520 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

As another legislative session is about to be convened, let’s look back at some of their follies over the past few years ....

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Saturday, January 05, 2013
House Finance Committee Announces Budget Briefings
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 2176 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013....

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Souki Names Luke to Finance Committee after Luke Rejects Speakership Offer from Oshiro Faction
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 3734 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"With the support of a majority of the House of Representatives, Speaker-elect Joe Souki has established leading committees ...."

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Back Room Deal? Democrats, Union Boss Refuse to Identify 3 Nominees for Senate Opening
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 4457 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

Applicants include Nicanor E. Casumpang, Jr., Loretta Giannotti, Robert George Hill III, Natalie A. Kama, Gilbert Samuel Coloma Keith-Agaran, Clifford R. Libed, and Mary D. Wagner.

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Committee Hearings on Obamacare in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 3097 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare transformation in Hawaii....

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Cabanilla Housing Committee to Discuss Homeless Tent Cities
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 3502 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

HIC is to conduct a study on designating safe facilities located at camping areas .... 

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Senate Transportation Committee Sets Briefing
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 2408 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The purpose of this briefing is to provide the legislature with an overview of the current projects, the priorities of the divisions; a report on whether the Department of Transportation is using renewable energy and its efficiency; and a departmental 5 year plan....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $45M CIP, $25M Barbers Point Land Buy
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 3119 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...this project will provide land acquisition for the last remaining, undeveloped parcel of land contiguous with existing harbor lands....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
House Finance Committee to Hear from Governor, Lt Governor, DAGS
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 2579 Views :: Hawaii State Government

No public testimony will be accepted....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Senate Ways and Means Announces Budget Briefing Schedule
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 2525 Views :: Hawaii State Government

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING SCHEDULE January 3-18, 2013

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Senator Donna Mercado Kim Selected as Senate President
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 3477 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) has been selected as the President of the Senate ....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Shan Tsutsui Accepts Lt Governor Position, Not Moving to Oahu
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 4732 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Plans are underway to establish an additional Office of the Lt. Governor on Maui....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hawaii DCCA Wins Case Against Payday Lenders
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 3057 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...first joint enforcement action against a nationwide debt-relief services company that illegally charged advance fees for its services....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
House Finance Ctte to Consider Budget
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 2530 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Committee on Energy and Environment to Discuss Invasive Species
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 3622 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Friday January 11, 2013 at 1pm 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor Identifies Eleven Improper Revolving Funds
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2565 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Review of the Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the Departments of Human Resources Development, Labor and Industrial Relations, Public Safety, and Taxation....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor: Keep Postsecondary Authorization Board at UH
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 3319 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Such a framework is necessary to preserve the availability of federal student aid funding under Title IV of the HEA....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Inouye Successor Will Face Election in 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 6:19 PM :: 4414 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Pending the election, the governor shall make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy by selecting a person from a list of three prospective appointees submitted by the same political party as the prior incumbent....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Abercrombie Submits Biennium Budget to State Legislature
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 3170 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...general funds, approximately $6.1 billion for fiscal year 2014 and $6.3 billion for fiscal year 2015....

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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hold the Tax Increases and Cut the Spending
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:47 AM :: 3291 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... lawmakers will make a bid to increase taxes yet again ....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
Thielen: Say Organized with Republicans, Too
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 1:14 AM :: 3758 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

“This isn’t the first time that a Democratic majority faction has organized with the Republicans; some people are just more honest and transparent about it. It is time to govern and stop politicking.”

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hearing Act 130, Relating to Charter Schools
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 3219 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

· DATE: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

· TIME: 2:00 PM

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Saturday, December 08, 2012
Auditor: HI-5 Program is Exposed to Fraud
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 5130 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... several deficiencies expose the Program to fraud, including the over-reliance on self-reporting by Program personnel and lack of systematic compliance inspections....

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Friday, December 07, 2012
House Ag Committee to Consider 'Food Safety'
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 3433 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

This informational briefing will cover the topic of food safety as it concerns and relates to farmers, wholesalers and retailers in Hawaii....

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Friday, December 07, 2012
Governor Appoints Joshua Wisch as Deputy Director of Taxation
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 2896 Views :: Hawaii State Government

In his prior role at the Department of Attorney General, Wisch served as special assistant to the Attorney General....

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Monday, December 03, 2012
Workshops Maui, Big Isle: 'We the Powerful'
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 3092 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process....

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Saturday, December 01, 2012
County and State Boards and Commissions--How You Can Get Involved
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 3376 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The elections are over and the governing is to come. Now is the time for citizens to step up and get involved. Here are the ways....

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012
"Some of these Governors are Schizophrenic:" Abercrombie Among Worst Cases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 5620 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of these governors are schizophrenic on taxes: They jack up overall business tax rates, then give breaks to favored businesses....

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Monday, October 08, 2012
Birth Of The Public Land Development Corporation – A travesty of the legislative process
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 4658 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Many have asked how come none of the regular environmental and public interest watch-dog groups sounded the alarm earlier? How did such a law get passed?

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Henkin: Rumors of Hee-Wooley Affair “Scurrilous”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 13227 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

A Democratic state representative says, “They’re like a couple of high school kids.”

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Sunday, April 01, 2012
HB1033: Tracing the Financial Outlines of Socialism in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 5950 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Hawaii banks and Hawaii’s housing sector largely avoided subprime lending....  But Hawaii’s political leaders are working to change all of that. 

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lawsuits, Workers Comp Claims Detail Violence, Retaliation at State DoT
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 5391 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a total of seven employment-based lawsuits against HDOT presently filed in state or federal court, at various stages of litigation, some involving workplace violence in one form or another. Also, there are Workers’ Compensation claims filed as a result of workplace violence at different stages of that process....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
“Concerning Public Lands” 14 Executive Orders Suddenly Appear on Abercrombie Website
By Andrew Walden @ 3:55 PM :: 5434 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use
Fourteen Executive Orders, dated between August and December of last year have suddenly appeared on the official website of Governor Neil Abercrombie....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Barbara Yamashita as DHS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 3693 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
She fills the vacancy left by Pankaj Bhanot, who returned to his previous position as chief administrator of the DHS Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division ....
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hakim “Islam Day” Ouansafi to Direct Hawaii Public Housing Agency
By Andrew Walden @ 10:00 AM :: 11794 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Religion

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday morning to appoint Muslim Association of Hawaii President Hakim Ouansafi as HPHA Executive Director.

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Monday, November 28, 2011
Failing, Central Pacific Got $337M in Secret Federal Reserve Loans
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 PM :: 7391 Views :: National News, Ethics, Economy, Hawaii State Government

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
VIDEO Truth In Accounting Presentation at Hawaii Capitol
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 8534 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sheila Weinberg spoke in Hawaii Tuesday, Oct. 11 on "Government Accounting: The Seen and the Unseen -- What Needs to be Done?"

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Friday, August 05, 2011
Fourth in Nation: Hawaii State Debt is $25,000 per taxpayer
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 6566 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

To put an end to budget shenanigans the Institute has developed a budgeting system called “Full Accrual Calculations and Techniques”. FACT based budgeting would require governors and legislatures to recognize expenses when incurred regardless of when they are paid. This improved method of accounting is discussed in detail in this report.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Only 53% of House Seats change hands in 7 years
By News Release @ 11:01 AM :: 4488 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the districts in BOLD are ones in which the Representative has changed in the past 7 years. There are 27 changes out of 51 seats, which is indeed more than half.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Act 100: How Hanabusa and Cayetano launched Hawaii Pension crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 PM :: 20297 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Cleaning up Abercrombie's Mess: GAO to investigate lack of funding for Compact of Free Association Migrants
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 6336 Views :: National News, World News, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

The GAO is in the “design phase” of preparing the audit plan. US Interior Department official Tom Bussanich, who was in Majuro last week for the Development Partners Meeting, said GAO officials had an “entrance conference” with him last month to start the audit process.

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Monday, December 06, 2010
Gaming Industry Lobbyist, Progressive activist screen Abercrombie cabinet picks
By Andrew Walden @ 2:50 PM :: 9383 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Progressive Democrat Keneko, and lobbyist Radcliffe sitting around in an “union hall in Kalihi” determining whether Clayton Hee will head DLNR or DHHL.  Will anti-Superferry protester Gary Hooser get a cabinet position?  It is an exercise in self-parody.  The image of the corporatist one-party State could not be any clearer.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Hawaii DLNR gives 11 acres to 9-11 truther group
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 PM :: 9181 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government

Just in time for September 11th, the State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, has announced a six-figure grant to the 9-11 truthers of the Malu Aina Peace Center.

Jim Albertini is a convicted felon and federal ex-convict once tagged as a "psychopath" by Judge Samuel Wilder King.  Along with his comrades from Malu-Aina, Albertini can be seen every Friday afternoon in front of Hilo’s Federal Building with an “Impeach Obama” sign.... 

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Thursday, April 01, 2010
VIDEO: Hanabusa campaign ad nailed for Legislative pay raise “deception”
By Andrew Walden @ 12:54 PM :: 8294 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

With the media picking up on this big story, maybe they will start asking Hanabusa about the firing of Margery Bronster, or her meeting with Larry Mehau, or the land deal with a member of the Pali Shooter’s gang, or the Honolulu Raceway deal. 

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