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Saturday, March 14, 2015
American Samoa: Faleomavaega Trying for Comeback?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 7947 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

Even in his latest pet project: the election of the new prime minister of India, he has been eclipsed by the other Samoan in the House, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) ....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Making the World Better Doesn’t Come Just By What You Eat
By Joni Kamiya @ 11:25 PM :: 5542 Views :: Homelessness, GMOs

Eating Ben and Jerry’s apparently can make a person morally superior to regular folks who can only afford Meadow Gold....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Update: Low Income Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 6570 Views :: Homelessness, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Hawaii Appleseed is making solid progress advancing important legislation to benefit low-income people in our state....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Fitch: Debt, Retiree Benefits Key to Honolulu Bond Ratings
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 4029 Views :: Honolulu County

Fixed costs for debt service and retiree benefits comprise a high and growing share of general fund spending....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Council on Revenues Increases Growth Forecast by 1% for Fiscal Year 2015
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 5792 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This translates to an additional $191.4 million in anticipated revenues to the state general fund for fiscal biennium 2016-17....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Undercover Video: Oahu and Maui Planned Parenthood agree to abort girls based on gender
By Video @ 2:10 AM :: 5146 Views :: Life

Sex-selective abortions typically target baby girls for death, based simply on their gender....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
IRS Seeks Hawaii Volunteers for Tax Panel
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 3601 Views :: Taxes

...IRS is seeking volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, a federal advisory committee that identifies major taxpayer concerns and makes recommendations for improving IRS service....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
OpenHawaii.org -- Holding Government Accountable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 6961 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county and state salary and overtime records, as well as retirement, health insurance, budgetary, and other data....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
After Sob Story from Child Molester's Mother, Hawaii House Offers Ex-Cons $50K per Year, Free Obamacare for Life
By Andrew Walden @ 7:08 AM :: 8825 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

This is all part of a scheme hatched by two lawyers famous for helping OJ Simpson get off on his 1994 double murder rap in Los Angeles....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Hawaii New Gun Registrations Drop 20.5%
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 4075 Views :: Second Amendment

The Department of the Attorney General released its annual report detailing statewide and county firearm registration statistics for calendar year 2014....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
How They Voted: Sex, Drugs, and Birth Certificates Cross Over
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 6332 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Drugs

...House bills will now move through Senate committees and Senate bills will move through House committees....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Hawaii Disability Roll 12.5% Growth in 5 Years
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 5460 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

Only eight states saw increases under 15 percent: New York, Virginia, Mississippi, North Dakota, Hawaii, Maine, Connecticut and West Virginia....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
UHERO: Economic Impact of NELHA
By UHERO @ 12:40 PM :: 6227 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Economy, Small Business

NELHA currently accommodates 37 tenants ranging from companies bottling deep sea water to solar and biofuel companies....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
List of Open Government Bills Crossing Over
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 3755 Views :: Ethics

...Ten open government bills are still alive after First Crossover....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
With 48 Minutes Notice, House Votes $100M to Bulldoze Historic Ewa Battlefield, Build Raceway
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 AM :: 8473 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Development, Military

$100 million in bonds to unabashedly promote a motorsport center on parkland determined eligible to be declared a National American Battlefield by the National Park Service....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Ige Nominates Three to BLNR
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 5194 Views :: Land Use

All three nominations are subject to confirmation by the Senate....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Tax Foundation Facts and Figures: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 3824 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...2015 Edition of Facts and Figures: How Does Your State Compare?...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
University Snoops in Rape Victims' Medical Files to Save Money on Litigation--Legally
By Selected News Articles @ 1:42 PM :: 6401 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement
Why do universities want rape victims to report to a university administrator instead of the police?
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Waikiki: Homelessness Ended for 81 Individuals
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 4682 Views :: Homelessness

...25 are in shelter; 43 are receiving homeless prevention assistance; seven were placed directly into housing; and another six have been assisted with airline funds which have enabled them to be reconnected with families in the U.S. mainland....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
$15.5M for Obama Hawaii Vacations
By News Release @ 12:24 PM :: 6538 Views :: Obama

...Obama Hawaii Christmas vacations over the past three years have cost taxpayers $15,540,515.10 in travel expenses alone....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Will State Borrow $28M to Fund Insolvent Health Connector?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:57 AM :: 3774 Views :: Health Care

...HHC will not be self-sufficient for at least 8 years ["if ever" adds Senator Slom]....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Demand: NextEra Eat Cost of HEI's Disused Oil Plants
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 5632 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy
“What portion of the potentially stranded assets should be borne by shareholders? Why should the ratepayers be responsible for all of these costs?”
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
UH Hilo, UH West Oahu Accreditation Renewed
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 3920 Views :: Higher Education

The commission highlighted several areas for special recognition....

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Monday, March 9, 2015
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 9, 2015
By Congress.org @ 6:50 PM :: 3777 Views :: Congressional Delegation
Senate: Keystone XL Pipeline - Veto
House: Fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations– Motion to Recede and Concur
House: Amtrak Reauthorization – Passage
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Monday, March 9, 2015
Shield Law: Karl Rhoads Picks up where Clayton Hee Left Off
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 4459 Views :: First Amendment

...What Rhoads is proposing, together with the Attorney General’s Office, is a setback for hard won court cases by the news media over the past 30 years....

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Monday, March 9, 2015
Video: Rail Line Property Owners Meet With Attorneys
By Robert Thomas @ 5:36 AM :: 4002 Views :: Rail

..."just compensation and damages" are required by the constitution....

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
WSJ: Jones Act Biggest Danger to US Oil Production
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 5678 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

It costs $2 a barrel to ship Texas crude to Europe or Asia and $7 to ship it to Philadelphia....

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Pay Your Money and Take Your Chances!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6095 Views :: Gambling, Taxes

In Hawaii a number of us are fascinated with gambling....

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Sunday, March 8, 2015
First Crossover: House Sends 100+ Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 4258 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House today passed over a hundred bills....

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Lose a Body Part? Hawaii Workers Comp Pays More Than Most
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 PM :: 5626 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor

...The loss of an arm, for example, is worth up to $48,840 in Alabama, $193,950 in Ohio and $439,858 in Illinois....

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Call to Action: Stop Bad Legislation at First Crossover
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 3747 Views :: Hawaii State Government
On Tuesday, March 10 (beginning at 10:00 am), both the House and Senate will be in chamber voting on the '1st Crossover bills'.
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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Sex, Drugs and Birth Certificates: How They Voted
By Hawaii Family Advocates @ 3:41 PM :: 7087 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Politicians

How did your Representative and Senator vote?

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Saturday, March 7, 2015
The Jones Act does not enhance our defense
By Selected News Articles @ 12:02 AM :: 4648 Views :: Jones Act

... U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) quote "Unfortunately, very few commercial ships with high military value have been constructed in US shipyards in the last twenty years." ....

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Feds: Hawaii DoE a Model for Rest of Country
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 3828 Views :: Education K-12

...monitoring report praises progress in Hawaii's public school system, from the implementation of high academic standards to supports provided to educators and students....

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Ige Appoints Hidano DAGS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 1:02 PM :: 4138 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hidano’s nomination is subject to Senate confirmation....

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Hawaii Ranks 47th in New Firm Formation
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 AM :: 5405 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...the economy is still not creating as many new firms as it did before the recession....

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Raise it Higher? GE Tax one among worst practices in fifty states
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 5963 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...And the poorer you are, the more of your income goes to GE Tax....

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Lindsey: CEO Should be Talking to OHA Trustees -- Need to Discuss Leadership Succession
By Andrew Walden @ 2:53 AM :: 5142 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...my goal is to elevate our status as a Board of Trustees...."

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hawaii 8th Best State for Women
By Selected News Articles @ 11:29 PM :: 3611 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...The data set ranges from median earnings for female workers to women’s preventive health care....

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Sunshine? Bills Slip Through During 'Total Solar Eclipse'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 6479 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

During floor session today (March 5th, 2015) after 1:00 PM, House Finance Chair stood up and requested a waiver of the 48-hour requirement to hear an agenda of bills with just one hour of notice....

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Transparency? Waihee Challenged on Kanaiolowalu Enrollment Claims
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 6261 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

Watchdog Group Files Information Request Regarding Chairman's Claim that 99% of Native Hawaiians Added from Other Lists Asked to Remain on Roll....

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Hawaii has Fewest 'White Christians' of Any State
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 5857 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Religion

Evangelical Protestants are becoming less white....

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Rep Sylvia Luke Kills In-Session Fundraising Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 AM :: 3526 Views

"...inappropriate behavior and bribery that could happen during legislative session and when legislators fund raise during session.”

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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 4837 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

Interested persons should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation (attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity) postmarked by March 13, 2015....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Lawsuit Could Legalize Prostitution in Hawaii, Western States
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 6722 Views :: Family, Law Enforcement

"...In the light Lawrence v. Texas and Reliable Consultants v. Abbott, the State can no longer simply say that morality is a sufficient reason...."

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
DoE 'Anxious': Hawaii Common Core Testing Begins March 10
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 4115 Views :: Education K-12

...For the first time, educators and parents will be able to compare the performance of students in multiple states based on common standards and assessments....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Second Amendment Update: Bills & Hearings
By Dr Maxwell Cooper @ 5:57 PM :: 4456 Views :: Second Amendment

...five gun-related bills on the move in the Hawaii Legislature....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: A bold step towards fiscal transparency
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 6574 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...a nonpartisan effort to make the state budgeting process accessible to the public by putting state budget facts and figures online, in real time....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Final List of Neighborhood Board Candidates Released
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 9787 Views :: Honolulu County

Neighborhood Board elections will be held in April and May of this year....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Protect American Shipping? The Jones Act Record of Failure
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 4649 Views :: Jones Act

...In 1950, 43 percent of global shipping was done by US-flagged vessels. According to a 2009 Department of Transportation report that percentage has fallen to 1.5 percent....

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