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Saturday, May 24, 2014
May 23, 2014: Office of Elections Releases Updated Candidate List
By Andrew Walden @ 3:29 AM :: 4311 Views :: Office of Elections

The Hawaii Office of Elections has released its candidate report for the week ending May 23, 2014....

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
House candidate with criminal rap sheet withdraws from 2014 race
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:30 AM :: 5446 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

No Republican is now challenging corruption-tainted Rep Rida Cabanilla ....

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
Hawaii GOP pledges Jones Act reform
By Michael Hansen @ 1:58 AM :: 4639 Views :: Jones Act

The Hawaii Republican Party meeting in convention on May 17, 2014, adopted eight platform resolutions including one calling for Jones Act reform....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Abercrombie Signs Minimum Wage Hike
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 4683 Views :: Labor, Small Business
Minimum Wage Bill Signing 2...
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Friday, May 23, 2014
Decision on CNMI Vote Demonstrates the Illegality of OHA's Nation-Building Process
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 5495 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

A federal court has struck down a race-based voting scheme in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
VIDEO: Why is the Rent So High in Hawaii?
By Video @ 4:33 PM :: 6645 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

The six layers of land use controls ....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
VA Hospitals: Why Single-Payer Systems Fail
By NCPA @ 11:55 AM :: 4727 Views :: Health Care, Military

The problems emerging from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are deeper than corruption and mismanagement....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
IRS Holds Off -- for Now -- on Rules to Restrict Political Groups
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:25 AM :: 6929 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

Yesterday, the IRS announced it would hold off until next year on new rules that would have restricted the activities of nonprofit groups....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
UHERO: Natural Gas is Cheaper and Cleaner
By UHERO @ 4:51 AM :: 4143 Views :: Energy

...HECO released an RFP in March for 800,000 tons of containerized LNG per year over 15 years, beginning in 2016 or 2017....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Abercrombie Releases CIP for Prisons, Mental Hospital
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 6016 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $46 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Prekindergarten classrooms available at 18 public schools this fall
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 3829 Views :: Education K-12

The program is intended to serve 420 children who qualify based on income....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Should Honolulu Ban Biodegradable Bags?
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:34 PM :: 6242 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...Honolulu City Council’s Committee on Public Works and Sustainability held a hearing yesterday to discuss a proposal to expand the existing ban to include biodegradable bags....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Djou Urges Thai armed forces to return power to democratic institutions
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:43 PM :: 7531 Views :: World News, Military, Politicians

"I join the Obama administration in urging Thailand’s armed forces to return power to democratic institutions.”

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Military Officers Assoc. Backs Jones Act Reform
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 3976 Views :: Jones Act

Many lawmakers would like to know why the U.S. is contributing to a lower cost of living in China, while continuing to encourage high costs of living in the non-contiguous U.S. states and possessions....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Free Ride for Legislators who Vote Against Religious Freedom?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:43 PM :: 6897 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Politicians

...Cabanilla – the only representative to leave the floor to avoid voting on same sex marriage – still has no real opposition....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Army hosts Memorial Day Remembrance
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 3899 Views :: Military

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m., Monday, at the Post Cemetery....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Saiki: Republican Convention Energizing Party
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 3940 Views :: Republican Party

Our Convention was a great kick-off to what is sure to be a successful campaign season for Republicans, and was followed by Duke Aiona's Monday morning announcement of his candidacy for Governor....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom: Legislative Session in Review
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:30 PM :: 5224 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senator Slom addresses issues facing Hawaii and our State government....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Solar Power is Too Expensive
By NCPA @ 12:52 PM :: 3837 Views :: Energy

...it costs nearly twice as much to produce as natural gas....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Lingle: Public Being Misled About 'Common Core'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:36 AM :: 4554 Views :: Education K-12

...Parents are right to complain about curricula or tests they don’t like, Lingle said. “But that’s not what the Common Core is.”....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
It's Time to End Public University Speech Zones
By Selected News Articles @ 11:04 AM :: 5377 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

Several recent news stories highlight the troubling irony of so-called free speech zones....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Hawaii Rifle Association Final 2014 Legislative Report
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 4045 Views :: Second Amendment

The Hawaii State Legislature has adjourned for the year. Once again, no restrictive firearms bills passed....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Life After War
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:10 AM :: 4257 Views :: Military
Coming home from war is a happy occasion – but transitioning back into civilian life carries unique challenges....
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Strange Lights Caused by Barking Sands Missile Launch
By Selected News Articles @ 8:35 PM :: 4100 Views :: Military

...During the test, a simulated ballistic missile target was acquired, tracked and engaged by the Aegis Weapon System. At approximately 7:35 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Hawaii Ranks #2 in Senior Health
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 4593 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...16.0 percent of seniors with a college education are physically inactive compared to 50.2 percent of seniors with less than a high school education....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Mercado Kim vs Regents on Reopening UH Presidential Search
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 4062 Views :: Higher Education

Finding the best candidates far outweighs the Regents excuses for why they are only left with two candidates....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Anti-GMO ‘Yogic Flying’ Expert is Latest Mainland Crackpot to Tour Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 6287 Views :: GMOs
Smith’s “only professional experience prior to taking up his crusade against biotechnology is as a ballroom-dance teacher, yogic flying instructor, and political candidate for the Maharishi cult’s Natural Law Party.” 
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Intermediate Court of Appeals: No Landlocked Real Estate in Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 2:36 PM :: 9476 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, Land Use

In Malulani Group, Ltd. v. Kaupo Ranch, Ltd., No. 30509 (May 5, 2014), the issue was whether the owner of a landlocked parcel could assert an easement....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Leader of Internet Gambling Operation Sentenced to Prison
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 7332 Views :: Gambling, Law Enforcement

Felix Gee Wan Tom, age 40, of Honolulu, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Yes, Some People Will Have to Pay Back Their Obamacare Subsidies
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:56 PM :: 2887 Views :: Health Care

The Washington Post has inside sources providing all sorts of juicy details on this problem....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Legislative Prayer, Tradition, and the Establishment Clause
By Robert Thomas @ 5:22 AM :: 6142 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...U.S. Supreme Court held that town council meetings could open with a prayer without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Meyer: 'HIRA Gives Fodder to Democrat Narrative'
By News Release @ 3:46 AM :: 6015 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...the constant, negative sniping at the HRP is counter productive and helps no one....

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Akaka Bill to Native Roll
By Video @ 1:29 AM :: 3209 Views

Grassroot Institute Akaka Bill to Native Roll video ....

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
RGA: "ObamaCare is not working for Hawaii"
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 4764 Views :: Health Care

“Bad news is piling up for Governor Abercrombie’s Hawaii Health Connector."

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Dangerous by Design: Hawaii Worst for Elderly Pedestrian Fatalities
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 6994 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...while older residents age 65+ comprise 13.7 percent of our population, they accounted for nearly 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities across Hawaii....

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Feds Surprised Hawaii did not Change Health Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 PM :: 4173 Views :: Health Care

The CMS says it will continue to be flexible with states....

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
WaPo: Rep Beth Fukumoto Nationwide 40 under 40
By Selected News Articles @ 2:27 PM :: 5654 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

... if any Republican can succeed in the Aloha State, it could be Fukumoto ....

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Seven Myths About the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
By Video @ 1:20 PM :: 6662 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Myth:  Most Hawaiians want a separate political nation for advancement....

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
These Guys Use 'Small Business' to Get Their Way in Washington
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:07 PM :: 4540 Views :: National News

Saying that something helps small businesses is a great way to gain public support for your cause. Except when it’s not true....

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Congressional Report: Jones Act Boosts Oil Prices
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 5908 Views :: Jones Act

...The domestic build requirement for tanker ships, in particular, has been identified as contributing to higher costs in moving domestic crude oil along the coasts....

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Duke Aiona Announces Gubernatorial Campaign With Capitol Rally
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 6696 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...our state has veered off course over the past four years with entrenched politicians who cater to special interests....

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Monday, May 19, 2014
OHA: Most Speakers at Maui Meeting Supported Crabbe—Molokai Next
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 4329 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... OHA sends out an old-news press release while the Trustees hash it out with Crabbe .... 

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Turtle Bay: A Real Difference Between Ige and Abercrombie
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 7332 Views :: Democratic Party, Land Use, Politicians

Turtle Bay vividly demonstrates the difference in problem solving between gubernatorial candidate Senator David Ige and Governor Neil Abercrombie....

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Transparency and Influence: A Report from the Secret Dialogue on Hawaii Lobbying
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 3802 Views :: Ethics

...journalists in the group — including Ian Lind, Denby Fawcett, Ikaika Hussey and Daryl Huff — had to agree not to report about what was said or who said what during the entire process....

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Grassroot Institute Applauds Trustees' Call to Halt Nation-Building
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:56 PM :: 4917 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

"there are other issues we should be working on rather than building this government that is not going to work.” -- Oz Stender January, 2014

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Monday, May 19, 2014
Saving for Retirement -- Without the Government
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:10 AM :: 3952 Views :: National News

...should the government expand from providing old-age entitlement benefits to controlling personal retirement investments as well?

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Congressional Delegation Blocks Obamacare Exemption to Avoid “Awkward Political Narrative”
By Andrew Walden @ 8:46 PM :: 9307 Views :: Democratic Party, Health Care, Politicians, Obama

"...we wrote to our congressional delegation and were told, in no uncertain terms, that we would not be able to secure it...."

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Follow the Money: The Mainland Anti-GMO SHAKA Movement
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 7393 Views :: Maui County, GMOs

SHAKA posted the voter registration of Maui voters online.  It included people’s names and addresses....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
Peter Apo: OHA should abandon its role in nation building
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 7532 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

I propose that OHA abandon its role in nation building. That means cancelling the proposed ‘Aha and reducing the scope of activities of our Washington D.C. office....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Turtle Bay Gut and Replace Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6824 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

...something remarkable happened in the last days of our legislative session....

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