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Monday, June 17, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 17, 2013
By Congress.org @ 2:19 PM :: 2592 Views
  • Senate: Farm Bill – Passage
  • House: FY 2014 Defense Authorization – Passage
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Monday, June 17, 2013
Morning Bell: 17 Reasons the $17 Trillion Debt Is Still a Big Deal
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:55 PM :: 3715 Views :: National News
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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Hawaii Schools Can’t Pass-the-Buck
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 7180 Views :: Education K-12
“…an agency cannot eschew its affirmative duties under the IDEA by blaming the parents.”
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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Call for Audit: 51,000 Water Dep't Customers May Have Been Overcharged
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 5880 Views :: Honolulu County

daily usage was only 492 gallons when he says the Board of Water Supply's estimated usage was pegged at 2,500....

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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Neither Age nor Disability is an Indication of Financial Need
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 5015 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Nearly a year and a half ago, a commission appointed by the Honolulu City Council to study some of the inequities in the real property tax ordinance dropped its findings on the desks of Council members....

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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Lawsuit: Hawaii Gambling Machine Contract Guaranteed ‘No problem from Vice-Squad’
By Andrew Walden @ 2:41 AM :: 8963 Views :: Gambling, Law Enforcement

Despite this assurance, the record also reveals that the parties also made jokes about being “locked up” because of these games....

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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Abercrombie Quietly Orders More Pay Hikes, Publishes HGEA, UPW Contracts
By Andrew Walden @ 1:24 AM :: 4349 Views :: Labor
Abercrombie’s office quietly slipped three more executive orders onto its webpage this week....
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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Hawaii County PD Community Satisfaction Survey Released
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 6309 Views :: Hawaii County , Law Enforcement
608 members of the public participated in the Hawai’i Police Department’s Community Satisfaction Survey....
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy it for You
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 4358 Views :: Land Use

State Land Conservation Fund to support the protection, through acquisition, of lands....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Hawaii Appeals Court Thwarts State's Massive Land Grab
By Robert Thomas @ 8:06 PM :: 7174 Views :: Judiciary, Land Use

the State of Hawaii's attempted land grab would have undermined the sanctity of all Land Court titles....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Tea Party Maui leaders call for special prosecutor to investigate IRS
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:05 PM :: 5694 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

Sen. Sam Slom was the guest speaker at the Tea Party Maui meeting Thursday where Jim Wagoner was elected president of the organization....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
JSC Announces Nominees for 1st Circuit Court
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 4081 Views :: Judiciary

The Chief Justice, with the consent of the Senate, shall fill a vacancy in the district courts....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Lawsuit: Act 163 Discriminates Against Disabled Students
By Selected News Articles @ 6:45 PM :: 5432 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care
The Hawaii Disability Rights Center went to the 9th Circuit this week to challenge a state law preventing disabled students from receiving special education services after turning 20....
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Heritage: Tulsi Gabbard Most Conservative, Schatz, Hirono are Zeroes
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:38 PM :: 4642 Views :: Congressional Delegation
How conservative are your members of congress?
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Census: Asians Fastest Growing Group in US
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 4170 Views :: National News

Asian American population rose by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in the preceding year, to 18.9 million....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Hawaii Home Health Medicare Margins on Steep Decline
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 3731 Views :: Health Care

By 2017, Hawaii is facing Medicare Home Healthcare payment at least 11.7% below cost, and up to 27.8% below cost....

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Friday, June 14, 2013
Morning Bell: The Government vs. YOU
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:45 PM :: 4225 Views :: Environment, Law Enforcement
In addition to groups targeted by the IRS, upstanding citizens going about their normal lives are suddenly targeted by law enforcement authorities and charged as criminals....
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Friday, June 14, 2013
If Obamacare Collapses: How States Can Protect Their Citizens
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:46 AM :: 4047 Views :: Health Care
In preparation for the likely collapse of Obamacare, states should advance their own patient-centered, market-based solutions that stimulate more affordable coverage, better access, and superior quality and innovation....
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Friday, June 14, 2013
Deadline to apply for City grants next week
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:05 AM :: 4048 Views :: Honolulu County

the City will be awarding non profit Grants in Aid, totaling about $5.5 million for this upcoming fiscal year....

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Slom All Alone: "Yippee!"
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 5146 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party
“I got a lot of condolence calls and sympathy cards that said, ’Oh no, you poor thing, you’re going to be all alone, and I’m saying to myself, ’Yippee!’”
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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Before Waikiki Shooting, Chris Deedy in Benghazi
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 PM :: 8546 Views :: Law Enforcement

They soon settled into a formerly government-owned hotel where other foreign missions and international journalists were lodged, but had to move when a car bomb exploded in the hotel parking lot....

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Farm Bill: Ask John Boehner Why
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 4169 Views :: Agriculture

...Boehner said yesterday that he will support the bloated farm bill....

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Email Chain Reveals Hawaii Obamacare Leaders Debating “Inevitable Failure”
By Andrew Walden @ 12:32 AM :: 7972 Views :: Health Care

... HHA continues to meet, without a budget, working on developing a universal, cost-effective health care system that will be ready for implementation when the Affordable Care Act inevitably fails....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Hawaii Rifle Assn. 20th Annual Shooting Sports Fair
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 4463 Views :: Second Amendment

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and SUNDAY, JUNE 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KOKO HEAD SHOOTING COMPLEX....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
What does a buck get you? A strange deal, ex-Hawaii regent says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:06 PM :: 6099 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education
While $1 a month looks like a good deal for taxpayers...the campus construction has been subjected to 83 change orders that cost $19 million ....
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Hawaii’s GE tax mark-up
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:58 PM :: 5219 Views :: Taxes
Hawaii GET - Everything Marked Up!.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Video: Debating Same-Sex Marriage on Island Insights
By Video @ 7:54 PM :: 4458 Views :: Family
Glenn Stanton and James Hochberg vs Justice Steven Levinson and Renea Stewart....
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Amnesty: Spread the Word About What the Senate Is Doing
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:28 PM :: 4075 Views :: National News

The Senate voted yesterday to move forward on the Gang of Eight’s immigration plan—which would grant amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Akaka Bill Coming Back? Schatz Demands US Treat Hawaiians Just as Badly as American Indians
By News Release @ 4:49 AM :: 4255 Views :: Akaka Bill

Opponents have argued that Native Hawaiians are not “Indians”....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Honolulu Revealed As Highest-Priced U.S. City This Summer
By News Release @ 4:15 AM :: 4271 Views :: Tourism

Honolulu rings up the biggest tab as the most expensive U.S. destination with a TripIndex cost of $504.94, while Las Vegas offers the most affordable stay at $272.94...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Open Letter: Hawaii MDs Challenge “Severely Dysfunctional” Medicaid Program
By Dr Stephen Kemble MD @ 8:38 PM :: 6798 Views :: Health Care
Department of Human Services (DHS) is now considering how to structure Medicaid for the 5-year period from 2014 through 2018....
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Hawaii Unemployment Figures Skewed by Large Number of Part-Time Jobs
By UHERO @ 5:12 PM :: 4186 Views :: Economy
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Medicaid: Don’t Take the Money and Run
By NCPA @ 2:34 PM :: 3127 Views :: Health Care

As the federal government’s financial condition worsens, states will likely have to pick up even more of the cost....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
ObamaCare Causes Cuts for Hourly Workers
By NCPA @ 2:15 PM :: 3121 Views :: Health Care

A study of Hawaii's requirement that firms provide insurance to those working at least 20 hours a week found a slight increase in the share of workers falling below that threshold after the requirement went into effect....

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Monday, June 10, 2013
Thanks to Pensions, Hawaii Retiree Income Tops Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 PM :: 6242 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the prevalence of traditional pensions appears to be a major reason Hawaii leads our study in replacement income....

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Monday, June 10, 2013
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted June 10, 2013
By Congress.org @ 8:09 PM :: 3977 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Student Loan Rates Bill – Cloture
  • Senate: Student Loan Rates Bill – Cloture
  • House: FY2014 Military Construction & Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage
  • House: FY2014 Homeland Security Appropriations – Amendment Vote
  • House: FY2014 Homeland Security Appropriations – Passage
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Feds Approve Hawaii Health Connector
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 3571 Views :: Health Care

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is implementing a state-of-the-art eligibility system, integrated with The Connector....

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Monday, June 10, 2013
Jones Act Adds 30% To Price of Paradise
By Selected News Articles @ 6:33 PM :: 4461 Views :: Jones Act

When asked about the high price of living in Hawaii, people often retort with the fatalistic, “That’s the price of living in paradise.”  Dr. Keli’i Akina does not agree....

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Monday, June 10, 2013
Biofuels Spike World Food Prices, Malnutrition Grows
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 4647 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

The spike in food prices, coupled with the global economic crisis, halted and even reversed the long-time trend in reducing malnutrition....

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Monday, June 10, 2013
Do You Trust This Administration?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:18 PM :: 4342 Views :: National News

The Obama Administration has a few problems....

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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Hawaii Based NSA Worker Exposes Obama Spying, Flees to Hong Kong
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 PM :: 4729 Views :: Military
PHOTOS: For $555K You Can Own former Spy’s Home in Waipahu....
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Bottled Water Battle: A Decade of OHA Harassment Continues
By Andrew Walden @ 9:26 PM :: 7235 Views :: OHA, Small Business
OHA has served as the agent of an Oahu-based bottled water company seeking to destroy its tiny Kauai-only competitor, Kauai Springs....
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
Number of Special Funds Should be Curtailed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 6932 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Recently the Chair of the House Finance Committee announced that she will be reviewing the practice of setting up special funds....

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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Electronic Health Records: Monopoly 'Scare tactics' Driving Hawaii Doctors into Retirement
By Jose Reque Martinez @ 7:05 PM :: 8971 Views :: Health Care, Small Business
...doctors who haven't converted to electronic medical and prescription records will face penalties....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Mayor Wright Housing: FACE Grabs for Seat at Redevelopment Table
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 3855 Views :: Development
Mayor Wright Housing represents the first foray into redevelopment under Governor Abercrombie’s administration....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
HSTA’s ‘Multi-Front War’ Against ‘Rogue Teachers’
By Selected News Articles @ 12:38 PM :: 5177 Views :: Education K-12, Labor
The Hawaii State Teachers Association’s weekly briefing meeting had turned into a battle-planning session....
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Pulpit Freedom Sunday: Hawaii Pastors Join Nationwide Challenge to IRS
By News Release @ 12:11 PM :: 6182 Views :: First Amendment, Religion, Taxes

Nearly 1,100 pastors nationwide registered to speak out on marriage as part of annual Alliance Defending Freedom event....

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Saturday, June 8, 2013
NFIB: So Where Do We Stand As A State?
By News Release @ 12:39 AM :: 4381 Views :: Small Business
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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Abercrombie Quietly Orders Pay Hikes
By Andrew Walden @ 12:17 AM :: 4069 Views :: Labor

Abercrombie’s office quietly slipped two more executive orders onto its webpage this week....

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Friday, June 7, 2013
Governor Signs Bill Establishing 'Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day'
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 3688 Views :: First Amendment
Abercrombie today signed a bill establishing Jan. 30 each year as “Civil Liberties and the Constitution Day.”
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