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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunlight: Hawaii Scores 'C' for Transparency
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 6339 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...six criteria on which each state could be evaluated, based on six of the Ten Principles for Opening Up Government Information....

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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:41 PM :: 8903 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment, Small Business

...10 issues, large and small, in which government is intruding more into our lives and our businesses....

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Friday, March 8, 2013
Governor Releases $46.39 Million for Capital Improvement Projects Statewide
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 4955 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Many of these priority projects require matching state funds to access federal dollars, secured before sequestration...."

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Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hawaii State Senate Passes 348 Bills Over to the House
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 4757 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Ahead of the First Crossover deadline, the Hawaii State Senate passed 348 bills during Tuesday’s session.  The bills now head over to the House for consideration....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Chicken Manure Penny Stock Looks to Abercrombie for ‘Strategic Relationship’
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 PM :: 10721 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

We have presented our technology to and proposed a strategic relationship with various state agencies in the State of Hawaii, which closely aligns itself with Governor Neil Abercrombie’s “New Day in Hawaii” initiative....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
House Moves Hundreds of Bills Over to Senate
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 4612 Views :: Hawaii State Government

See the full list of bills crossed over to the Senate ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
State Sells Holdings in Student Loan Auction Rate Securities
By News Release @ 5:47 AM :: 4866 Views :: Hawaii State Government

When the state purchased the Securities, they were rated “AAA,” which is the highest investment rating. While the state held the Securities, the state received all of the principal and interest payments due on the Securities....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Senate Crossover: 200 Bills on the Agenda
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:34 AM :: 4710 Views :: Hawaii State Government

More than 200 bills will be up for vote next Tuesday and Thursday as the Hawaii State Legislature heads for the First Crossover deadline on March 7....

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Monday, March 4, 2013
House moves 69 bills over to Senate
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 4816 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures approved by the House several focused on sustainability, the environment, the economy, healthy living....

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Saturday, March 2, 2013
Governor to Establish Hawaii ‘Sequestration Impact Response Team’
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 4519 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Governor ordered all state departments to work with their federal counterparts to assess which areas will be impacted and estimate the amount of state funds needed to continue services and programs....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full Text: Rep Hanohano Accused of Workplace Violence after Racist Tirade Aimed at State Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 10440 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Transcript of letter from State employees attacked by Rep Faye Hanohano....

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Monday, February 25, 2013
CIP: $113M New Spending at Airports, Harbors
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 5109 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the release of $113 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) at airports and harbors ....

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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Transparency: Hawaii State, County Websites Score Mixed Reviews
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 PM :: 5868 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Selected details from SunshineReview.org review of State, County, and DoE websites....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
OIP: "Obvious Problems" with UIPA Records
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 5403 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...it appears that over 301,000 government record requests were routinely fulfilled by the reporting agencies....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Historic Preservation Division Offers Feds a Laundry List of Excuses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 7219 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

"After the hiring freeze was lifted staff hired still required Budget and Finance Approval and the Governor’s signature for general funded positions. This slowed the process down significantly. Around November or early December of 2011 the DLNR budget analyst left for vacation and all our paper work at Budget and Finance stopped moving...."

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Audit: DoE Burns $150M/year on Construction and Maintenance, Tosses Records in Trash
By Selected News Articles @ 9:54 PM :: 5323 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Because project documents were not consistently retained or filed...the current state assessment team was unable to complete planned testing procedures....

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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Bribery, Blackmail: Louie, Coppa Secretly Recorded Offering to Trade Away Investigation, Buy Silence from DHHL Exec
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 10196 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"Seeing it first hand myself was stunning. That even at the highest levels of enforcement, the Attorney General himself...."

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Governor Appoints Max Otani Deputy Director of Corrections
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 6057 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Max Otani as deputy director of corrections with the state Department of Public Safety, effective immediately....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Keeping involved with Hawaii law-making
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:56 PM :: 5988 Views :: Hawaii State Government

To get ready for the proposed legislation that is coming our way, here are some helpful tips to get involved in the Hawaii legislative process....

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Sunday, February 3, 2013
DoTax Employees Secretly Arrested, Fired
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 11257 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

A number of tax department employees who were investigated in connection with the security breaches have been “arrested and relieved of their duties,” said state Rep. John Mizuno....

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Monday, January 28, 2013
$59.8M Vanishes as State, HECO Reach Agreement
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 6141 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

As part of the settlement, HELCO will withdraw its request for a 4.2 percent or $19.8 million rate increase in 2013. HECO and its subsidiaries will also reduce by $40 million the amount being sought for improvements to two major projects....

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Friday, January 25, 2013
NRA: 2013 Legislative Session Begins with a Battle for Our Second Amendment Rights in the Aloha State
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 7199 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

The NRA will be actively fighting proposed anti-gun measures while keeping you updated on scheduled hearings and any action taken. While each bill has been assigned to a committee, most have not yet been scheduled for hearings.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Sen Sam Slom Releases Agenda for 2013
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:43 PM :: 6813 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

“So that there is no mistake, or confusion, and our position is clear and apart from both the Executive and Majority Legislative branches...."

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Johanson: How Will We Pay for All These Initiatives?
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 5630 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

We should proceed with cautious optimism and be careful not to overcommit our state’s financial resources during our fragile economic recovery....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
FULL TEXT: State of the State Speech
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 4232 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The virus of absolutism now infecting the Congress of the United States appears to be seeping into Hawaii....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Summary of Bills Repealing the PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 PM :: 7529 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Repeal Bills:  SB 1; SBs 245, 246; SB 338; SB 425; SB 480; SB 663; SBs 780, 781; SB 866....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Abercrombie to Sign Executive Order Creating Super-PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 9068 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...the state Office of Planning is now drafting a resolution for Abercrombie to sign as an executive policy, recognizing that TOD is a priority of state government....

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Monday, January 21, 2013
The Legislature and the Death of Big Ideas
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:01 PM :: 7671 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

In both percentage and numerical terms, the Hawaii Legislature has fewer Republicans in its ranks than non-communists in communist China’s National People’s Congress....

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Saturday, January 19, 2013
Abercrombie Administration Cuts General Assistance Payments Again
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 5613 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

Effective Feb. 1, 2013, GA payments will be reduced from $319 to $298 per person per month for an estimated 5,537 Hawaii beneficiaries....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
HB9: Rep. Cynthia Thielen Seeks to Repeal PLDC
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 7:26 PM :: 7583 Views :: Environment, Economy, Hawaii State Government

Rep Thielen introduced House Bill 9 to repeal the controversial Public Lands Development Corporation....

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Friday, January 18, 2013
Public-Private Partnerships Could Keep State Park Gates Open
By NCPA @ 2:16 PM :: 6747 Views :: Environment, National News, Hawaii State Government

Thousands of developed U.S. Forest Service recreation areas have utilized this PPP model successfully for more than 25 years....

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Abercrombie: "Legislature May Need to Adjust Act 55 to Avoid Repeal"
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 7820 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

"If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue."

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Slom: Thank God Senate Will Again Have Daily Prayer
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:01 PM :: 7130 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Religion

Thank God, this body will once again have daily prayer, because if ever there was a time elected officials should call on a higher authority for guidance, it is now.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Kim: Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 4946 Views :: Hawaii State Government

I hope, first and foremost, that there will be NO new tax burdens thrust upon our citizens … that we will not automatically open the taxpayers’ pocketbooks to every budget request, every new proposal, every capital improvement project....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
HHSC Exec Discusses Banner Partnership with Hilo MDs
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 11191 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

Approximately four years ago, the Hawaii State Legislature commissioned Stroudwater Associates to evaluate our Hawaii Health System Safety Net Hospitals....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Rep Thielen Hails House Bipartisan Coalition
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 9:24 PM :: 6690 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

The Senate preceded the House in this action in 1981 ....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Opening Day Speech by House Minority Leader
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 6464 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...reforming the local election process, addressing the PLDC , and encouraging greater public input in the legislative process....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 4539 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...we must enhance our revenue stream. We must put together a mix of strategies that will generate more state revenues...."

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Waikele Fireworks Bunker Explosion: Investigation Findings to be Released
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 9826 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that its January 17, 2013, public meeting in Washington, DC, will be available via webcast....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
House Organizes under Speaker Souki, Announces Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 3224 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Here are the leadership assignments....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Republicans Open House on Opening Day
By David S Chang @ 6:21 PM :: 6587 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Join me and fellow Republicans tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th, to kick off the 27th Hawaii State Legislature Session! 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Justin Woodson to House Dist 9
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 6828 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

He currently serves as vice present of The Gospel of the Alpha and Omega International and volunteers for the King’s Cathedral Maui Children’s Ministry....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Abercrombie 'School Readiness' Plan Based on Proven Failure?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 7973 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

After 50 years of federal funding, the US Department of Health and Human Services has determined in two separate studies that Head Start is completely ineffectual....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Senate Dems Unveil 2013 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 6003 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

"The Senate Majority will draw upon the recommendations of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability for the improvement of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawai’i"

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Governor Outlines School Readiness Program and Budget Needs
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 5634 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Eventually, the goal is a statewide early childhood education program for more 4-year-olds....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
State Kicks Off Foreclosure Fraud Information Campaign
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 7574 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

As part of the campaign, DCCA has launched www.HFIC.Hawaii.gov....

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Monday, January 7, 2013
Governor Appoints Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran to State Senate
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 6901 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Previously appointed to the House in January 2009 to complete the unexpired term of the late Bob Nakasone.... 

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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hawaii Succession Law Unconstitutional: Senate Could Have Refused to Seat Schatz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 7652 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

...the Seventeenth Amendment prevents the Hawaii legislature from substantively constraining the Governor’s choices in making a temporary appointment....

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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Ills Cannot be Cured With Fees and Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 6692 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

As another legislative session is about to be convened, let’s look back at some of their follies over the past few years ....

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Saturday, January 5, 2013
House Finance Committee Announces Budget Briefings
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 4485 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013....

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