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LINK>>>Ed Case hires advisor tied to Blago impeachment, sale of Obama’s Illinois Senate seat

LINK>>>Ed Case Wants to Bring Change to Hawaii: More Taxes

LINK>>>Photos: 2,000 Rally against Tax Hikes at Capitol, 300 in Kona, 150 in Hilo, 100 in Lihue, 100s in Kahului

SB: Djou closes gap on rivals

The poll, conducted by the Maryland-based firm Research 2000 for the website Daily Kos, showed Djou with 32 percent of the vote, compared to 28 percent for Ed Case and 27 percent for Colleen Hanabusa.

Djou's lead falls within the 4.5 percent margin of error , making it a statistical tie. The telephone poll of 500 likely voters in the district was conducted April 11-14.

"While I'm excited about the clear momentum our campaign is building, as reflected in this poll, the only poll that counts is the one by the voters," Djou said in an e-mail message.

RELATED: Poll: Djou leading Congressional race

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ADV: Tight race for seat in Congress

Several private polls have shown that the race is contracting, with Case and Djou alternating in front and Hanabusa trailing slightly. The Daily Kos poll is the first poll publicly released since a January survey sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and KITV, which had Case comfortably in the lead.

The poll results likely will fuel concern among national and local Democrats that Case and Hanabusa will split the Democratic vote and hand the special election to Djou, a Republican.

RELATED: Poll: Djou leading Congressional race

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Hawaii gas prices about to get pushed up by added taxes

At the age of 79, Ilse Hardy may give up her beloved Mercedes 300SE for TheBus, (exactly what the enviros want) after legislators this week approved a bump in the state tax on petroleum products and the Honolulu City Council considered raising the county gas tax by 3 cents per gallon.  "This is terrible," Hardy said after paying $24 for seven gallons of gas. "It's a shame. We already have the most expensive gas prices in the nation."

RELATED: Photos: 2,000 Rally against Tax Hikes at Capitol, 300 in Kona, 150 in Hilo, 100 in Lihue, 100s in Kahului

How furloughs are tied to gas taxes: Furloughs: Advertiser sides with “sustainability” billionaires , Furloughs: How Unions and the DoE aim to co-opt protesting parents

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HSTA shills’ plan now called “people’s plan” or “parents’ plan” by media

HSTA propaganda fills airwaves, papers…suddenly we are to believe the only problem with the DoE is lack of money….  HEM/SOS=UHPA=HSTA shills

SB: Lingle resists parents' Furlough Friday plan

The parents' groups Save Our Schools and Hawaii Education Matters announced a plan yesterday to restore 15 lost school days through March 23, 2011, and costs $55 million.

Their plan effectively supports the position of the state Board of Education and Hawaii State Teachers Association in bringing back all educational workers, not just teachers and "essential" staff.

ADV: Hawaii parent groups propose compromise on school furloughs

While the two parent groups celebrated their proposal as a potential end to furloughs, in reality the plan represented little more than a feel-good gesture, considering that Hawaii Education Matters and Save Our Schools Hawaii are not part of the collective bargaining process.

Lingle said yesterday the plan misses the mark by leaving six furlough days unresolved. And state Board of Education Chairman Garrett Toguchi said the parents' plan can't be taken to the union, since the BOE and Hawaii State Teachers Association have already reached a legally binding supplemental agreement to eliminate furloughs.

HSTA boss Okabe says: “With regard to implementation, we are on the same page as the parents….”

HFP: Aiona endorses $55M furlough elimination plan

“On Tuesday, I met with leaders of the parent group Hawai`i Education Matters, and they presented a tentative plan to me as well as the HSTA that I carefully reviewed and endorsed….

Instead of pursuing the plan we discussed, the group chose instead to announce a different plan on Friday that I cannot support because it would leave the furlough situation unresolved and incomplete."

Hawaii gains jobs again in March, unemployment steady

It remained at 6.9 percent for the third consecutive month on a seasonally adjusted basis. Hawai'i's unemployment rate was the eighth lowest nationally and compared with the national rate of 9.7 percent during March.

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DoE to begin extorting money from Developers

(The only thing this Department can’t do is educate children.)

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Gambling loss tax deduction reinstated in Hawaii

For instance, if you win a thousand bucks in Vegas but then lose half that back to the casino, you would only have to pay Hawaii taxes on 500 bucks. This is actually a return to the way things once were.

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Proposed Hawaii law would prevent gun seizures during emergencies (passes Senate 21-0)

It gained momentum after February's tsunami warning, when lawmakers said their constituents asked if their weapons could be taken in an emergency situation.

Gun-rights activists have pursued this kind of law since Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans police confiscated guns in an attempt to restore order.

The bill now advances to Governor Linda Lingle.

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Homeless prepare for tent and shopping cart bans

Paul Oshiro is an outreach coordinator with the Waikiki Health Center.

He's seen some homeless leave Waikiki because of the ban

"We're out here once a week, trying to get them into housing, mental health services, other services. But in the end it's definitely up to them. We're just a stepping stone," he said.

Darlene Heim works at the Center's drop-in site in Kaimuki.

She said although the new laws have driven some homeless indoors, it's just part of the solution.

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KITV VIDEO: Repairs on College Hill keep Greenwood in rental

Your tax dollars at work . . . but given Greenwood’s history, is anybody surprised?

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UHH chancellor hopefuls named

Which one is the next Greenwood?  Do you homework because you can be sure the media won’t do it for you.

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UHWO nears deadline on campus project: West Oahu plans could hinge on bond financing

The University of Hawai'i is getting uncomfortably close to a Dec. 31, 2011, deadline for construction to begin on instructional facilities at its much-delayed West O'ahu campus.  Failing to meet the deadline would prompt ownership of the land to revert to the James Campbell Co., formerly known as Campbell Estate, which gave the university 500 acres on the 'Ewa Plain with the condition that work begin on facilities serving at least 2,750 students by the end of next year.

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Charter Commission's proposed changes are headed for council review

Hawaii County should allocate less money for land preservation, make it easier to remove elected officials and authorize its top prosecutor to do crime-prevention education….

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Big Island hotel workers vote to strike

More than three-fourths (76 percent) of the unionized workers at the Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island have voted to strike, according to the hotel workers’ union, UniteHere! Local 5.

The vote does not necessarily mean a strike is imminent, but it authorizes union leadership to call a strike.

The union contract covering 145 workers at the 436-room resort expired in June 2007.

The hotel’s owner, the Hogan Family’s Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts, terminated the union contract in January 2009.

(Thanks to Local 5, Mr Kim Coco Iwamoto is on the School Board.)

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High cost of travel may be keeping visitors away

LIHU‘E — The rising cost of travel is likely keeping many visitors from readily returning to Kaua‘i, said New Jersey resident Arthur Shaffer….

Just wait til cap n trade kicks in….

READ: Cap and Trade, and the cost to Hawaii

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'Green' building code raising concerns ahead of vote to delay implementation

For local architect Shaun Roth, of Roth Kimura Architects, the county's amended version of the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code removed two important conditions.
Both would have exempted structures designed to not use air conditioning or heating equipment from the code's stringent "R-19" insulation requirement, he said.  "If these two edits didn't happen, I suspect we wouldn't be here today with so many concerns…

Hawaii County: Final EIS released for Keaau-Pahoa Road

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Scam Expands--A 2nd garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic

“Scientists” hungry for grants now that the Global Warming hustle is busted….


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