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Saturday, May 10, 2014
DoT Director Glenn Okimoto Flees Abercrombie Administration
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 7341 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the name of Okimoto's interim replacement, Ford Fuchigami, pops up on page 14 of the sex-harassment lawsuit ....

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Friday, May 9, 2014
OHA to John Kerry: Is Hawaii Really a State?
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 9288 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

"...have the members of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, Trustees and staff of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs incurred criminal liability under international law?” -- OHA

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Friday, May 9, 2014
Aiea Mom Selected as 2014 National Young Mother of the Year
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 6785 Views :: Family

Kim is the first mother from Hawaii to be named the Young Mother of the Year....

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Friday, May 9, 2014
Slom: Governor Should Seek Jones Act Exemption
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:16 PM :: 4479 Views :: Jones Act

"The Governor should follow the recommendations of his committee and should immediately seek an exemption from the Jones Act, particularly the ship build requirement."

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Friday, May 9, 2014
Heritage Foundation: The Daily Signal
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:19 PM :: 3968 Views :: National News

...the greatest defense of liberty is an informed citizenry....

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Friday, May 9, 2014
Parks Service Announces Hearings on Honouliuli Gulch Internment Site
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 4322 Views :: Hawaii History

This draft study report is available for public review for 60 days, with comments due to us by July 15, 2014....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Hawaii Obamacare Cost Tops Nation -- $23K Per Enrollee
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 4862 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Excluding Hawaii and the District of Columbia, which were outliers, the state Exchange with the highest cost-per-enrollee was Massachusetts, at $5,681. Hawaii’s cost-per-enrollee was 32 times California’s....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
DoE: Hawaii public school students continue to increase readiness for college and careers
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 4920 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

The report indicates improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Task force: Unshackle Hawaii from archaic shipping regulation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:05 PM :: 4030 Views :: Jones Act

Horizon and Matson control Hawaii’s shipping market because of Jones Act requirements, but a task force said the energy market is better served with foreign competition....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint in Honolulu May 8
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 6259 Views :: Family, First Amendment
"Liberty is At Stake in Debates on Marriage, Life and Faith: Why People of Faith and All Americans Cannot Be Silent"
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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Statewide Hearings on Hawaii ‘Clean’ Energy Set for May
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 4162 Views :: Energy

Comments on the Draft PEIS should be submitted by July 17, 2014....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The World's Resources Aren't Running Out
By NCPA @ 3:26 PM :: 6371 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

...the amount of land required to grow food has decreased by 65 percent over the last 50 years across the world....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
The Many Problems with Ethanol
By NCPA @ 3:25 PM :: 5977 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Just one 25-gallon tank of ethanol requires 450 pounds of corn -- the same amount of calories it would take to feed one person for an entire year....

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Thursday, May 8, 2014
Who Owns One-Third of American Land -- And How It's Holding Us Back
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:11 PM :: 4110 Views :: National News
Did you know that the federal government owns nearly one-third of U.S. land?
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Earmarks: East-West Center Stars in 2014 Congressional Pig Book
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 6362 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Higher Education

The 2014 Congressional Pig Book Summary gives a snapshot of each appropriations bill and details the juiciest projects culled from the complete Pig Book....

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Well, I Guess Obama Hasn't Healed the Planet
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:12 AM :: 6077 Views :: Environment, Obama
“generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that… this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Finding Probable Violations, Ethics Commission Seeks Jurisdiction Over HART
By News Release @ 6:02 AM :: 5707 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Over the last several years, the Ethics Commission has faced an increase in complaints of unethical conduct by these individuals....

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Aiona: Republicans Will Win Statewide This November
By Pat Saiki @ 4:14 AM :: 5784 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

So many reliable, dedicated people have been keeping our ship steady as we plan for the coming elections....

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Saiki to UH Hilo Chancellor: Uphold Students’ First Amendment Rights
By Pat Saiki @ 4:14 PM :: 6218 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...students had been exiled to a “free speech zone” in a remote area of the campus....

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Does a Benghazi Select Committee Matter?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:30 PM :: 3466 Views :: Military

House Republicans are moving to set up a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks....

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Hawaii AG Stops Pretending to Defend Nuclear Family
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 4496 Views :: Family

...same-sex couples in a “second-tier marriage” that demeaned and humiliated such couples and their (sic) children....

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Airports Division Target of Federal Sex Harassment Lawsuit
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 5215 Views :: Ethics, Labor

When Valmoja objected to the continued harassment and retaliation by other HDOT-Airports employees, including managers, her employment was terminated....

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014
SBH Conference: Working for a Better Hawaii Business Climate
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 3902 Views :: Small Business

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in the Hibiscus Ballroom of the Ala Moana Hotel, from 8 am to 2 pm....

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Monday, May 5, 2014
Hawaii State Task Force Recommends Jones Act Exemption
By Michael Hansen @ 11:44 PM :: 8245 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

What might be the situation if one or both refineries closed ....

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Monday, May 5, 2014
Janice Pechauer Memorial Services
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 4201 Views :: Republican Party

Janice Pechauer passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer....

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Monday, May 5, 2014
Maui Council Approves Budget with Tax and Fee Cuts
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 5316 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...real property tax rates were reduced by 3.1 percent across the board from fiscal year 2014 rates....

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Monday, May 5, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 5, 2014
By Congress.org @ 2:12 PM :: 3809 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Friedland Nomination – Confirmation
  • Senate: Minimum Wage Increase – Cloture
  • House: Mil Con/Veterans Affairs Appropriations – Passage
  • House: Legislative Branch Appropriations – Passage
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Monday, May 5, 2014
US Supreme Court strongly affirms that Americans are free to pray
By News Release @ 1:57 PM :: 5610 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

“As a practice that has long endured, legislative prayer has become part of our heritage and tradition...That a prayer is given in the name of Jesus, Allah, or Jehovah, or that it makes passing references to religious doctrines, does not remove it from that tradition.” -- US Supreme Court

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Monday, May 5, 2014
9 Obamacare Predictions That Have Come True
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:59 AM :: 2916 Views :: Health Care

Here are nine of our predictions that have come to pass—and it’s not over yet....

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Monday, May 5, 2014
Informational Briefing on Native Hawaiian Roll Commission
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 4663 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Monday, May 05, 2014 10:30 a.m. Room 229

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
So You Want A Stable Funding Source?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3771 Views :: Taxes

This week we look at the term “stable funding source.” In business, there is no such thing....

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
Full Text: UH Presidential Selection Committee final report
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 4229 Views :: Higher Education

UH Interim President David Lassner and Retired Lt. General Francis Wiercinski....

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
How Second Amendment Bills Did in Hawaii Legislature
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 4348 Views :: Second Amendment

On Thursday, May 1, the Hawaii Legislature adjourned its 2014 regular session....

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
HART 3 Month Take--Another $61.7M from Taxpayers
By News Release @ 1:42 AM :: 5096 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The half-percent GET surcharge for Oahu, which by law can only be used for Honolulu's rail system, began in January 2007 and is set to expire at the end of 2022....

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Saturday, May 3, 2014
State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3934 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills....

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Friday, May 2, 2014
May 2, 2014: Election Commission Releases Updated Candidate List
By Andrew Walden @ 11:23 PM :: 4481 Views :: Office of Elections

The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending May 2, 2014....

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Ordered by State: HECO to Waste Millions on Worthless Batteries
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 4757 Views :: Energy

...Hawaiian Electric is seeking proposals for one or more large-scale energy storage systems able to store 60 to 200 megawatts for up to 30 minutes....

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Pinata: HART Celebrates Cinco de Mayo With Rail Contractors' Festival
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 3901 Views :: Rail

...designed to bring large prime contractors together with local companies, and to provide the latest information about upcoming construction contracts....

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Final Deadline: Hawaii Spends the Most and Gets the Least from Obamacare
By Andrew Walden @ 5:02 PM :: 3432 Views

Hawaii spent $920 per enrollment, and $87 per uninsured person and enrolled the fewest people in the USA.  Nobody spent more and nobody achieved less.... 

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Charity controlled by Hawaii House leader gets $100,000 to maintain cemetery
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 5574 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

House Majority floor leader Rida Cabanilla, D-Ewa, controls a nonprofit that got a $100,000 grant from the Legislature, even though it was out of compliance with the Internal Revenue Service....

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Legislative debate, prostitution arrests put Honolulu police in spotlight
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:24 PM :: 5651 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

Under Hawaii law, police don’t need to have physical contact with prostitutes to make an arrest, though they must prove someone is willing to exchange sex for money....

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Hawaii Health Connector Claims 9,785 Enrollees
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 4818 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The Hawai‘i Health Connector Hawai‘i concluded its first open enrollment period, which included a grace period that ended on April 30, with 9,785 enrollees....

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Friday, May 2, 2014
Caution: Senators at Work
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:00 PM :: 3950 Views :: National News

...a handful of senators are working hard to make sure the government stays in the housing finance business....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Waste Management of Hawaii, others indicted for 2011 ocean contamination
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:42 PM :: 5510 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

... 7.5 million gallons of contaminated water, toxic soil, trash, fecal matter and human medical waste poured into west Oahu’s ocean waters on Jan. 13, 2011 ....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
House Passes Final Group of Bills for 2014 Session
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 3838 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Measures relate to state budget, minimum wage, TAT, Health Connector, seniors, invasive species, mandatory kindergarten, police misconduct, abuse of minors....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Budget: Spend now, pay later
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:34 PM :: 4698 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Senator Sam Slom said  "It is not a budget, it is a spending bill."
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Thursday, May 1, 2014
LA Times: Sam Slom, Party of One
By Selected News Articles @ 5:16 PM :: 5399 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

But Slom is a figure of unique solitude, comprising the only single-member caucus anywhere in the country....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Audit not Random: Feds Target UH Manoa in Sexual Violence Investigation
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 6130 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement

...according to the Feds, Apple's 'random audit' story is bunk....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
No Speech Can Fix This
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:07 AM :: 5961 Views :: Military, Obama

...In the midst of these world crises—and a U.S. military readiness crisis—we have a president who questions “the efficacy and even legitimacy of American power”....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Waimanalo Gulch Flooding: Federal Indictments Handed Down
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 5829 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment

A federal grand jury in Honolulu returned a 13-count indictment today charging Waste Management of Hawaii Inc....

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