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Friday, May 10, 2013
IRS Admits Targeting TEA Party Groups—Maui TEA Party Among Victims
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 PM :: 6882 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews....
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Tesoro Bidder: Dismantle Refinery, Ship it to China
By Selected News Articles @ 1:20 PM :: 5858 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

“It’s not the easiest place in the world to do business,” one market source said of Hawaii.....

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Friday, May 10, 2013
Ready for Another Debt Limit Fight?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:12 PM :: 5084 Views :: National News, Taxes
Yes, it’s time to talk about the debt limit again....
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Friday, May 10, 2013
Hawaii Gas delays LNG shipping container program
By Michael Hansen @ 3:25 AM :: 8533 Views :: Energy, Jones Act
Hawaii Gas says they withdrew their LNG shipping container application with the PUC so that they can concentrate on another application with the PUC covering a new naphtha feedstock agreement with Tesoro....
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Friday, May 10, 2013
NYC Reduces Street Homelessness with ‘Housing First’
By Selected News Articles @ 12:14 AM :: 4066 Views :: Homelessness

The basic strategy, called Housing First, comes from a Harlem-based group, Pathways to Housing....

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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Kym Pine Backs Four Key West Oahu Transportation Projects
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:43 PM :: 4093 Views :: Honolulu County

...transportation initiatives on the horizon that promise to reshape our travel time commute in the years to come....

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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Reason TV: How Protectionism Hurts Hawaii--Why It's Time to Repeal the Jones Act
By Video @ 4:58 PM :: 4212 Views :: Jones Act

...this protectionist measure is crippling the Hawaiian economy and results in Hawaii's imports being among the most expensive in the world....

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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Big Cash Giveaway: Health Connector Announces Marketplace Assister Funding Opportunity
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 3377 Views :: Health Care

...block grants to community organizations and individuals who are established as trusted resources within their communities....

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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Obama Wanted to Gut Welfare Work Requirements in 2009
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:55 PM :: 3628 Views :: National News
Under the guise of providing states greater “flexibility” in operating their welfare programs, the Obama Administration now claims the authority to weaken or waive the work requirements....
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Defending Freedom in North Korea's Shadow
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:40 PM :: 4764 Views :: World News
Park Geun-hye has been referred to as the "Iron Lady of Korea."
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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Ethics Should Hinder Lobbying and Crony Capitalism
By NCPA @ 12:38 PM :: 3125 Views :: Ethics

...push for more separation between corporate interests and public governance....

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Thursday, May 9, 2013
White House struggles to respond to new Benghazi revelations
By Selected News Articles @ 11:52 AM :: 3357 Views :: Military

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday he could not immediately respond to live testimony from the House hearing on the 2012 Benghazi attack....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Hawaii--How Safe is Your Hospital?
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 4906 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

For the first time ever, this score empowers you to make informed decisions about the safety of your hospital care....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Dozens of Republicans Enter Neighborhood Board Elections
By David S Chang @ 9:59 PM :: 5589 Views :: Honolulu County

Neighborhood Board election voting runs from April 27 through Friday May 17....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
HCR165: State Child Welfare Services “Unauditable”
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 5976 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government
...assessment of complaints about 1) child abuse and neglect, and 2) alleged misuse of child support....
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Harvard: HOPE Probation Among Top 25 Innovations in Government
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 4836 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

“These Top 25 innovations in government offer real, tangible ways to protect our most disadvantaged citizens, educate the next-generation workforce, and utilize data analytics to enhance government performance.”

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
24% of DoE Grads Ready for College Math
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 4674 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

...students requiring remedial classes dropped to 31 percent in English and remained at 36 percent for math....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Video: Slom, Kato, Morita Discuss Shield Law
By Video @ 3:40 PM :: 3903 Views :: First Amendment

Senator Sam Slom talks about the Journalism Shield Law and bill in the latest edition of “A Better Day”. Guests include Gerald Kato of the University of Hawaii School of Communication and Stirling Morita, President of the Society of Professional Journalists ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Pacquiao Takes Fight in Macau, U.S. Federal Income Tax Rate Proves Too High
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:40 PM :: 5317 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“Manny can go back to Las Vegas and make $25 million, but how much of it will he end up with – $15 million?"
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
VA Electronic Health Records: What Federally Mandated Health Integration Really Looks Like
By NCPA @ 11:50 AM :: 3754 Views :: Health Care

...Shinseki has vowed to use integrated electronic records and paperless IT solutions to make health care more efficient...there has been little progress.....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
University: Easy ‘A’ Courses and ‘The Party Pathway’
By NCPA @ 11:42 AM :: 4519 Views :: Higher Education

...state flagship universities are a waste of time and resources for many students....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Ghosts of Benghazi
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:24 AM :: 6079 Views :: National News, Obama
Gregory Hicks, a State Department official who was on the ground in Libya during the 9/11 attack when four Americans died, talks to a House panel today....
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Campaign Season: Abercrombie Hands Out Taxpayer Cash to Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 3395 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie yesterday presented a $1.5 million check to Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Foreign-Built Jones Act Ship Launches New Domestic Puerto Rico Service
By Michael Hansen @ 2:07 AM :: 8330 Views :: Jones Act

Built in Poland in 1988, the NATIONAL GLORY was seized and confiscated in a 2008 drug bust by the U.S. Government and later sold at auction to U.S. owners....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sen Sam Slom: List of 27 ‘No’ Votes
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 5716 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
In final reading votes taken on April 30, I voted “no” on the following bills....
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Rather than Government, Private Philanthropy Should Expand Pre-K
By NCPA @ 11:36 AM :: 4256 Views :: Education K-12, Family

During his last State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a new universal pre-kindergarten education program....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Puerto Rico Senate adopts Jones Act reform resolution
By Michael Hansen @ 10:21 AM :: 4553 Views :: Jones Act
...resolution was adopted by the Puerto Rico Senate on Monday, May 6, 2013....
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
$6.3 Trillion
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:23 AM :: 3810 Views :: National News
“Any immigration reform should improve the lives, the incomes, and the opportunities” of those who are lawfully in America....
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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
45 Students Complete State's First 'Transformation Internship Program'
By News Release @ 6:07 AM :: 5053 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education
The TIP Summer 2013 Session starts in June, with applications being accepted through June 8....
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Monday, May 6, 2013
MRC Greenwood Quits After Abercrombie Shortchanges University $22M
By Selected News Articles @ 10:25 PM :: 8878 Views :: Higher Education
Greenwood was Inouye’s pick for President.  Abercrombie will now install his own operative.  Oddly, some people think all this has to do with a Stevie Wonder concert....
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Monday, May 6, 2013
Streamlined ObamaCare Application Leaves Program Open to Insurance Fraud
By NCPA @ 10:09 PM :: 3039 Views :: Health Care

Coming to Hawaii this fall....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Study: No Difference Between Medicaid and Uninsured
By John Goodman @ 10:01 PM :: 3780 Views :: Health Care

...as far as physical health is concerned there is no difference between being in Medicaid and being uninsured....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Lodestar: Plaintiff Attorneys Awarded Fees in Rail Iwi Case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 AM :: 8677 Views :: Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Rail

the "private attorney general" doctrine...allows a prevailing party to recover fees and costs....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
Laie Hotel Developer Selected
By News Release @ 10:04 AM :: 4920 Views :: Development

Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer to replace what used to be the Laie Inn. Construction of the new hotel, which will be adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center, is expected to begin later this year....

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Monday, May 6, 2013
New Heritage Study on the Cost of Amnesty
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:59 AM :: 4001 Views :: National News

...a new study due out today from The Heritage Foundation calculates the cost to taxpayers of granting amnesty to unlawful immigrants....

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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector Funded by Cutting off Coverage for Cancer Patients
By Andrew Walden @ 3:10 PM :: 3260 Views
...the $128M was paid for by cutting off funding and closing the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP) program which provided coverage for seriously ill patients who were otherwise denied overage due to 'pre-existing conditions.'....
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Campaign Finance Regulations Fail to Curb Public Corruption
By NCPA @ 10:30 AM :: 2925 Views :: Ethics

...the first systematic evaluation of the effects of campaign finance laws....

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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Making Reimbursements Could Incur Tax Liability
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:03 AM :: 5101 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
In recent years, various proposals to exempt the reimbursement of amounts paid out by mangers or operators of a number of business activities have been enacted....
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Obamacare Trouble: 'Death Panel' Does Not Exist
By Selected News Articles @ 11:13 PM :: 3515 Views :: Health Care
...a 15-member board that will develop proposals for cutting Medicare whenever Medicare's projected growth rate exceeds the target....
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Rail Suit to Be Heard August 12, Quick Ruling Expected
By News Release @ 9:14 PM :: 4719 Views :: Rail
Bear in mind that in a war the only battle you have to win is the last one....
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Farmer: Anti-GMO Activists Burn Two Tractors on Maui
By Selected News Articles @ 9:02 PM :: 4770 Views :: GMOs

...the anti-biotech movement in Hawaii is fierce, loud and extreme, organizing rallies and marches instead of sharing a table and a civil discussion....

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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Gasoline Consumption Drops Sharply
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:57 PM :: 5933 Views :: Energy, Environment, Economy
If this pattern is sustained, then all climate initiatives need to be shelved... "2040 targets" are already met!
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Deadline for Public Comment on Rail AIS May 30
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 PM :: 3943 Views :: Rail
...SHPD and HART have made only the most minimal public mention of the new deadline....
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Saturday, May 4, 2013
$2.5M Per Job: Honeywell CEO Defensive About Kapolei Biofuel Refinery
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 5645 Views :: Energy, Economy

Honeywell CEO "Comfortable" Taking $25 Million from Taxpayers to Create Only Ten Jobs....

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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Budget: Kenoi Proposes $21M Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 10:40 AM :: 5097 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes
...this budget incorporates a property tax 'adjustment' that would allow the county to collect an estimated $219 million in the year ahead....
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Friday, May 3, 2013
$9.6M: DHHL Wins First legislative Appropriation Since 2010
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 4588 Views :: DHHL
First appropriation of general funds for the state agency since 2010....
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Friday, May 3, 2013
Inspector General Slaps Down Effort to Create Indian Tribe Without Congressional Approval
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 4594 Views :: Akaka Bill

...the Tejon Tribe, along with several other American Indian groups, submitted petitions requesting 'reaffirmation'....

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Friday, May 3, 2013
No Hawaii Beverage Tax Cheers Third Win in a Row
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 4509 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Unfortunately, we know from past experience that even though the public doesn't want a beverage tax, some lawmakers will keep pushing for one....

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Friday, May 3, 2013
Why is U.S.-owned GM partnering with company that does business with Iran?
By News Release @ 12:18 PM :: 4643 Views :: World News
UANI Calls on GM to End Partnership with Peugeot, Given New Auto Figures Showing that Peugeot Cars are Still being Produced in Iran....
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Friday, May 3, 2013
House GOP: 'Legislature closes fiscally conservative session'
By News Release @ 7:29 AM :: 4962 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

The 2013 legislative session that came to a close today gives fiscal conservatives much to be encouraged by....

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