GAO to investigate Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Hawaii, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments


By Malia Zimmerman |
HONOLULU – The U.S. Government Accountability Office said Wednesday it will investigate Hawaii Health Connector’s spending of its $204 million federal grant.
Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom filed a complaint March 27, asking for the investigation.
He was the only one of 76 legislators to vote against the establishment of the state Obamacare exchange.
Slom pointed out [...]

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Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says

By   /  April 17, 2014  /  Environment, Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Fat Law Farm, HI's largest exporter of basil to the Mainland US and Canada

The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars.

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Law would give Hawaii gov’t unprecedented emergency powers

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Featured, Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

EMERGENCY: The governor and mayors would be granted emergency powers in times of crisis, such as the time Hurricane Iniki devastated the island of Kauai on September 11, 1992.

Hawaii’s governor and four county mayors may be granted unprecedented emergency powers during a crisis, such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

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Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system

By   /  April 10, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments


By Malia Zimmerman |
HONOLULU — Hawaii state government no longer is failing when it comes to spending transparency.
The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund’s new report “Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data” gives Hawaii a “C” this year.
The government watchdog group called this a “huge [...]

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Running as a Republican in Blue Hawaii adds to election challenges

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

LONE REPUBLICAN: Former Republican Congressman Charles Djou wants to take back his seat in the U.S. House this November

By Malia Zimmerman |
HONOLULU — Running for Congress as a Republican in Blue Hawaii — and winning — is an extremely rare occurrence.
However, Charles Djou, a former Hawaii Republican congressman who served six months in the U.S. House in 2010 after winning a special three-way election, has done just that. Now he wants a second chance in [...]

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