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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
AUDIO: Lingle Announces Senate Bid
By Selected News Articles @ 12:14 PM :: 7254 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A Lingle-Hirono campaign would be a rematch from their 2002 gubernatorial face-off.  Lingle, who outraised Hirono in that contest, won that race by five percentage points.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted October 11th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 AM :: 4780 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act - H.R.3080

The House is scheduled to vote on implementing a trade pact with South Korea.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Who Is Responsible for Protecting America?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 AM :: 4420 Views :: Military

Today, as America continues its worldwide fight against terrorist forces, it is vital to remember who is ultimately responsible for America's security, what the Constitution provides, and what the Founders intended. 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Abercrombie, HTA Leave Tokyo
By News Release @ 12:11 AM :: 7076 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Abercrombie and officials from the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) ... met with representatives of various Japanese agencies that are key partners in the visitor industry.

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Monday, October 10, 2011
Obama Sends South Korea Free Trade Agreement to Congress
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:43 PM :: 7410 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

it's vitally important to quickly enact the three pending U.S. trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. These FTAs have been sitting on the President's desk since 2007 for no good reason. President Obama has finally made them a priority by sending them to Congress last Monday night....

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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Hawaii Christian Coalition salutes Kaauwai, Plans Community Meetings
By News Release @ 12:35 PM :: 4392 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Christian Coalition would like to thank Jonah Kaauwai for his dedicated service to the Hawaii Republican Party. Although we accept the party's change of leadership, we hope that their platform of honoring life and families will continue....

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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Solar Tax Credits: Cash from General Fund Lines Pockets of Mainland Companies
By Andrew Walden @ 4:26 AM :: 8366 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

“Free Solar” may sound like music to the ears of low-income Hawaii homeowners and non-profits, but to the General Fund it sounds more like a vacuum cleaner....

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Sunday, October 9, 2011
Taking a Step Back on Nation’s Economic Path
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 12:02 AM :: 4218 Views :: National News, Ethics

Here we go again with another round of spending in an attempt to convince voters that the national leadership knows what they are doing.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Climate Change and Regulatory Takings in Coastal Hawaii
By Robert Thomas @ 11:26 PM :: 4894 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (“ICAP”) at the UH Sea Grant College Program has prepared this paper to examine the interactions among climate change, the regulation of shoreline development in Hawai‘i, and Constitutional law regarding unpermitted takings of private property for public benefit

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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Spin Doctors try to blame Staff for Abercrombie being Abercrombie
By Andrew Walden @ 4:11 PM :: 5977 Views :: Energy, Environment

According to senior Democrats, Abercrombie has been getting almost every single thing wrong—”batting 1.000”—but can get his act together by firing his staff and placing the Fifth Floor under the control of old-boy political operator Bruce Coppa.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011
VIDEO: Pilot ditches Cessna, rescued by Coast Guard off Hilo
By Video @ 12:28 PM :: 6444 Views :: Hawaii County

Pilot climbs onto wing after ditching 13 miles off Hilo.

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Friday, October 7, 2011
Epiphany leads to Mass Resignations: Abercrombie Administration Incompatible with Family Values
By Andrew Walden @ 11:59 PM :: 6231 Views :: Energy, Environment

 ... The news is all the more shocking because Levinson is the son of ex-Justice Stephen “Broken Trust” Levinson, the inventor of gay “marriage”. Sporting a newly-trimmed Mohawk, Rep Blake Oshiro remains in denial ....

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Friday, October 7, 2011
Just back from Paris, Abercrombie flees to Japan
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 6718 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

Abercrombie will travel to Asia from October 9 – 21, 2011 ....

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Friday, October 7, 2011
Still Jobless After All These Years
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:29 PM :: 2999 Views :: National News, Ethics

 Yesterday at the White House, President Barack Obama faced the media to once again plug the American Jobs Act--his plan for more stimulus spending, paid for with even more taxes on America's job creators. And this morning, not a day later, America received a reminder of why a continuation of the President's tried-and-failed policies is not a prescription for success....

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Friday, October 7, 2011
Like Hawaii, Alaskan Native Corps Front for Government Contractors while Natives Get Short-Changed
By Selected News Articles @ 1:59 AM :: 5725 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Just substitute “Hawaiian” for “Alaskan” and you can see what CNHA is all about.)

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
ALA: 1909 Law Does Not Allow Assisted Suicide
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 4275 Views :: Energy, Environment

Suicide law proponents are using a 1909 Hawaii law as a basis for their assertions, claiming the law allows doctors to administer lethal drugs upon patient request. In fact, this law was written to allow doctors to administer non-traditional/herbal drugs in battling such illnesses as Hansen's Disease (leprosy), tuberculosis, and asthma.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Inouye Slams Ed Case: “I don’t want to deal with a person like that”
By Selected News Articles @ 8:16 PM :: 5688 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“What I am going to do? Am I going to just sit around and do nothing? I was hurt,” he said of his reaction to Case’s challenge to Akaka.

“He hasn’t given me any explanation, and if that’s the way he’s going to deal with me, I don’t want to deal with a person like that.”  

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
State of Hawaii to SCOTUS: Protect Property Rights from "Overreaching Federal Regulation"
By Robert Thomas @ 7:42 PM :: 7158 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Precluding pre-enforcement judicial review buttresses a regime where EPA has assumed the authority to enjoin development by issuing unreviewable compliance orders. Such a result is repugnant to the core principle in the Due Process Clause that "[n]o person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law."

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Asselbaye, Aoki Resign from Abercrombie Administration
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 5473 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Coppa was chief operations officer of Communications Pacific and executive director of Pacific Resource Partnership, an organization representing contractors and the carpenters union. Unlike Asselbaye, he's well connected in the local community, especially with labor ....

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
KIUC: In Race for Tax Credits, Solar Beats Wind, Biofuel
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 6873 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment

A Request for Proposal to contractors to build the PV facility was released this week. “We are on a very short timeline to qualify for the federal incentives,” said Brad Rockwell, KIUC manager of production.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hawaii has lowest level of Serious Mential Illness in US
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 2697 Views

...among adults aged 18 or older, the rate of serious mental illness in the past year ranged from 3.5 percent in Hawaii and South Dakota to 7.2 percent in Rhode Island....

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Steve Jobs and American Exceptionalism
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:52 PM :: 5796 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Steve Jobs, who died yesterday at the too-young age of 56, was a living refutation of all what liberals constantly tell us about our country ....

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Thursday, October 6, 2011
Rep Pine: Pass HB1465 to Stop Elder Abuse
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:33 AM :: 8827 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Rep. Pine introduced HB 1465, relating to powers of attorney, which is still alive in the legislature. HB 1465 requires that anyone seeking power of attorney for an elderly person must have at least two signatures.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
First 100 Residents move into Renovated Kuhio Park Apartments
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 7168 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Each of the two high-rise towers at the Kuhio Park property, which together include 555 units, is expected to be renovated in 12 months. During renovations, residents moved into an “on-site hotel” at Tower B.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Waihee: Mass murderer Zhou Enlai is a hero of mine
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 5337 Views

Former Governor John Waihee will serve as "Goodwill Ambassador" at the event. He was invited to represent the original Hawaiian people, and all Hawaii's diverse communities, for the cause of peace and aloha. He said, "Zhou Enlai is a hero of mine. I did a lot of studying about China, and he was the person that I admired. He was the kind, progressive face of China. I was always interested in his life."

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Is the Postal Service Doomed?
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:16 AM :: 2846 Views :: National News, Ethics

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat is supposed to stop the United States Postal Service (USPS) from delivering mail, but can it be saved from mounting debt, plummeting volume, and the not-so-slow-motion postal train wreck coming quickly down the road?

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
VIDEO: Lingle at Djou Fundraiser in Manoa
By Dylan Nonaka @ 11:03 PM :: 7245 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In case you missed it, the campaign got some great media coverage on Sunday. Governor Lingle helped us with a successful fundraiser and Stacey shared an update on what Charles is doing in Afghanistan.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Back to the Future: Hilo Girl leads 12 Army Cooks replacing 84 Contractors in Iraq
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 7852 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

As the United States Army's mission in Iraq winds down, soldiers find themselves giving up progressively more of their creature comforts. At Contingency Operating Station Garry Owen, Iraq, Soldiers from 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division are “getting lean” in preparation for that day.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Special Education Vouchers reduce Over-Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities
By NCPA @ 2:33 PM :: 3294 Views :: National News, Ethics

...why has the incidence of disability diagnosis increased so drastically in 25 years? Several studies suggest that this increase has occurred because schools are incentivized to do so....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Solyndra, Fast and Furious: Come Clean and Cut Funding
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:07 PM :: 3396 Views :: National News, Ethics

What did the President know and when did he know it, goes the old Washington adage. Thus did the American people learn yesterday in separate but equally startling revelations that the Obama Administration knew more about two scandals than it has been revealing. The first is regarding the Operation Fast and Furious gun running disaster and the second is the now-bankrupt, Obama-backed Solyndra solar power company.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Hawaii DoE Launches Anti-Bullying Campaign
By News Release @ 11:14 AM :: 4610 Views :: Energy, Environment

A series of student-produced public service announcements promoting safe schools will be hitting the airwaves in a statewide video campaign announced today ....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Hawaii Public Schools to Offer Surfing as Official Sport
By News Release @ 10:53 AM :: 3740 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii public high school students will for the first time be able to compete in school sanctioned surf competitions as early as the spring of 2013....

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Monday, October 3, 2011
Ready for A Debit Card Tax?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:23 PM :: 1886 Views

Bank of America is imposing the new fee in anticipation of a $2 billion annual loss brought about by the "Durbin Amendment" -- a provision of last year's Dodd-Frank Wall Street financial reform bill.

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Monday, October 3, 2011
Why Stop at $500K? DoTAX Quietly Multiplies Hawaii Solar Tax Credit
By Andrew Walden @ 12:46 AM :: 10776 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Hawaii has the most regressive taxation structure in the nation. When the Legislature returns, they will find a big fat hole in the budget because once again the tax system is being used to redistribute wealth from the poorest to the richest.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Lalamilo: Another Hawaii Wind Energy Junkyard
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 12131 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

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Sunday, October 2, 2011
“Tiny” Rate Due to Broad Base of Hawaii’s “Sales Tax”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 7:20 PM :: 4581 Views :: Energy, Environment

...for the national Tax Foundation study to proclaim that Hawaii’s general excise tax rate is the lowest of all the retail sales tax rates is misleading and uninformed....

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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Got $1.25M? Jeremy Harris’ 16 acre Estate For Sale
By Andrew Walden @ 6:49 PM :: 14929 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Maui County, Education K-12

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Sunday, October 2, 2011
The Inside Story Behind the Awlaki Assassination
By IPT News @ 1:29 AM :: 6164 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

U.S. intelligence officials, aware of other planned attacks, had arrested several Muslim American converts who returned here after "studying" in the Sudan....

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Sunday, October 2, 2011
US Supreme Court Asked to Decide: Is Hawaiian Homes Property Tax Exemption Racial Discrimination?
By Robert Thomas @ 12:02 AM :: 6029 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In a cert petition filed September 15, five Hawaii taxpayers argue that they have standing to challenge the constitutionality of property tax exemptions conferred on lessees of Hawaiian Homesteads.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Deadly Fireworks Explosion: Saftey Violations Lead to $415k fine
By News Release @ 12:48 PM :: 6008 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“At the end of our investigation, we identified eleven potential causes for the explosion, each of which carries a penalty for violating health and safety laws.”

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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Maui County Settles Dispute with Merrill Lynch Over Student Auction Rate Securities
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 6381 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Mayor Alan Arakawa is pleased to announce that the County of Maui has reached a resolution regarding the purchase of $32 million in student loan auction rate securities from Merrill Lynch.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Council of State Governments Looks at Hawaii Justice Reinvestment
By News Release @ 3:43 AM :: 5717 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...a data-driven justice reinvestment strategy to bring out-of-state prisoners back to Hawaii, reduce spending on corrections, and reinvest savings generated in strategies that would reverse recent crime trends....

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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Double Taxed: Hawaii Tax Base Larger than Economy
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 AM :: 3587 Views

So while Hawaii's combined rate is a low-sounding 4.35%, the sales tax burden on residents is the third highest in the country ($2,043 per person per year, as against an average of $1,005).

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Saturday, October 1, 2011
The Legal Battle Over Honolulu’s Train to Nowhere
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 AM :: 7961 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It appears likely that Honolulu and FTA failed to consider reasonable alternatives and accurately assess the alternatives’ environmental consequences in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, as required under NEPA.

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