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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Abercrombie, Hirono sign new letter backing socialist single-payer health system
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 9087 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It is very likely that the public option could have passed the Senate, if brought up under majority-vote “budget reconciliation” rules. While there were valid reasons stated for not using reconciliation before, especially given that some important provisions of health care reform wouldn’t qualify under the reconciliation rules, those reasons no longer exist. The public option would clearly qualify as budget-related under reconciliation, and with the majority support it has garnered in the Senate, it should be included in any healthcare reform legislation that moves under reconciliation.

As Democrats forge “the path forward” on health care, we believe that passing the public option through reconciliation should be part of that path. We urge you to favorably consider our request to include a public option in the reconciliation process.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Aiona: Raising taxes is “worst thing State could do”
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 5:17 PM :: 4537 Views :: Energy, Environment

During these challenging economic times, it is critical for our state to encourage reinvestment into our local economy and provide a fair tax system that does not burden our citizens, families and small businesses with tax increases.

Economic hardship has led many families and businesses to tighten their belts to save money. Our Administration has also had to find new ways to cut spending while providing essential services for Hawai‘i residents. Right now, the worst thing the State could do is take more of your money by raising taxes.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Dutch Hanohano: Aiona team introduces campaign manager
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 7424 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today announced that former U.S. Marshal Mark “Dutch” Hanohano has joined his gubernatorial campaign as campaign manager. Hanohano will manage the day-to-day operations of the campaign and work closely with Duke’s senior leadership team.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Obama’s Backdoor taxes to hit middle class (article pulled but you can still read it here)
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 5031 Views :: National News, Ethics

NOTE:  Reuters now declares this story to be "wrong."   HFP is keeping this story up so readers may understand the controversy over the story.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A Budget for a European Welfare State
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:10 AM :: 4561 Views :: National News, Ethics

“The spending bills that you've signed into law, the domestic discretionary spending has been increased by 84 percent. You now want to freeze spending at this elevated level beginning next year. ... So my question is, why not start freezing spending now?"

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Hawaii Scores “D” on Citizen Initiative rights
By News Release @ 10:48 AM :: 18925 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Initiatives on the County level have included: Kauai Ohana in 2006-2007 attempting to use the initiative process to defeat high property taxes, Stop Rail activists who won the opportunity to vote on rail, and others who have used initiative for various causes on the Big Island.  Hawaii citizens do not have any statewide initiative and referendum rights. A majority of state citizens do enjoy local initiative and referendum rights. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Obama Budget: Higher Taxes, Higher Spending and More Debt
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:43 AM :: 4856 Views :: National News, Ethics

Washington, DC February 1: President Barack Obama will submit a $3.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2011 to Congress today. One might hope that given last year's $1.4 trillion budget deficit was an all-time high and the President promised a spending "freeze" in last week's State of the Union, this budget might signal a change in direction from the White House. No such luck. President Obama's new budget is full of billions of dollars in new spending for failed government programs, higher taxes on American families and businesses, and deficit spending for as far as the eye can see.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
It Is Time To Prioritize Security Over Terrorist Rights
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:40 AM :: 4337 Views :: National News, Ethics

Thursday, the White House ordered the Department of Justice to begin considering places other than New York City to host the civilian criminal trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorists. The New York Times describes a decision to move the trials out of New York as "a retreat by the administration" and reported that the Obama administration "was scrambling" to find a new way forward.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Aiona releases campaign fundraising report
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 4994 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today announced that he has raised more than $267,000 in the last six months of 2009, including nearly 950 donations of $100 or less.  Aiona has raised more than $2 million during his gubernatorial campaign.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
BoE Chair Toguchi caught lying about Furlough Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 6071 Views :: Energy, Environment

Toguchi’s statement on Saturday that, “if she (the Governor) wanted to, she could take her proposal to the HSTA herself,” is inaccurate. 

Under Hawai‘i’s collective bargaining law – HRS Section 89-6(d)(3) – the Governor cannot act alone in presenting a formal proposal to the HSTA.  The Governor must have the vote of either the Board of Education or the Department of Education, or both, in order to make a formal proposal.

Similarly, Toguchi’s contention that an agreement between the HSTA, DOE and BOE is already in place is inaccurate because by the same law there can be no formal agreement without the Governor’s vote.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Finnegan: DoE needs "real change, not fake reform"
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 4505 Views :: Energy, Environment

We have a great opportunity to make effective changes to our state educational system that will result in a better education for our keiki. Unfortunately, the Democrats have excluded the Lingle-Aiona proposals that best represent clear and direct accountability. We should not stand for these arrogant tactics. Given that the Democrats have control of the scheduling, our best response at this time is to push for the language from our proposals to replace the language in the bills being heard tomorrow by proposing amendments.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Kubo nomination: Hanabusa, Souza tied to Pali Golf course shooters’ mob
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 PM :: 49210 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Judiciary, Politicians

Democrat legislators making up excuses to block Lingle’s judicial nominees are usually just doing the bidding of the criminal defense bar—which seeks to block judicial nominees who are not sufficiently soft on crime.   But it appears that opposition to the nomination of former Federal Prosecutor Ed Kubo to Oahu's First Circuit Court is coming from former State Sherriff John Souza.  Souza, the husband of State Senate President Coleen Hanabusa, was nailed in 2004 for a land sale which involved giving a $25,000 loan to an accused meth dealer who is a cousin to two convicted Pali Golf course shooters.

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