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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The GOP Debate over Protecting America
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:01 PM :: 4042 Views :: National News, Ethics

They came, they saw, and they debated....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Mitch Roth announces Campaign for Hawaii County Prosecutor
By News Release @ 8:57 AM :: 10533 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

Roth has 18 years as Deputy Prosecutor starting in Honolulu and then, at the invitation of former prosecutor Jay Kimura, joined the Hawaii County Prosecutor’s office in 1998.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
UH Point Shaving? Blown Leads and Significant Movement in Money Line
By Andrew Walden @ 3:57 AM :: 13449 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“The #UNLV money line when it hosted #Hawaii opened at around +1600. By kickoff, it was around +700. Pretty mysterious movement at the time.”

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
#OccupyFail: A Profile in Bad Choices from Hilo
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 AM :: 9202 Views :: Hawaii County , National News, Homelessness

Today’s Washington Post Style page offers up this beyond-satire account of Dylan Bozlee of Hilo, Hawaii, who ....

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Bill Seeks Terror Designation for Gaza Flotilla Groups
By IPT News @ 10:36 PM :: 11418 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The CIA and U.S. Treasury Department have determined IHH and the Free Gaza Movement "have known terrorist ties," the bill says. (They also have extensive Hawaii ties--Editor)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Heritage Foundation to Host Republican Presidential Debate Tonight
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:57 PM :: 4812 Views :: National News, Ethics

Tonight at 8 p.m. ET (3PM HST), eight Republican presidential candidates will take the stage at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., to tell America where they stand on foreign policy and national security ....

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Hawaiian Tel to Impose Last, Best and Final Offer on IBEW
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 6018 Views :: Energy, Environment

Today, the Union received formal notification from the Company that it will be implementing its last best and final offer on December 1, 2011....

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Monday, November 21, 2011
Feds: Even with Low Usage, Hawaii Still has Highest Electric Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 11:31 PM :: 7574 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The 2010 figures show that residents of Hawaii, Maryland and Alabama have a lot more to fear in their electric bill than folks living in Utah, New Mexico or Montana.

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Monday, November 21, 2011
National Journal: Hawaii Senate Race Up for Grabs
By Selected News Articles @ 11:03 PM :: 6446 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Lingle will benefit from what's likely to be a major schism in the Democratic field, as Rep. Mazie Hirono and ex-Rep. Ed Case battle it out in a late primary.

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Monday, November 21, 2011
Lingle: Super Committee Failure Shows Lack of Bi-Partisan Leadership
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:24 PM :: 6769 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

There are sensible proposals already available to cut federal spending, raise additional revenues and grow our economy. These include the balanced proposals offered by the Bipartisan Policy Center....

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Monday, November 21, 2011
New rules turn GOP race from sprint into marathon, early nominee unlikely
By Selected News Articles @ 6:06 PM :: 6595 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“This year’s schedule will make our nominating process more of a marathon than 2008’s sprint,” said former Hawaii Republican Party Chairman Willes Lee. 

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Monday, November 21, 2011
Report: Hawaii Among Lowest Health Insurance Costs in Nation
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 7095 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

the report finds that costs were high even in the "lowest" average-cost states. Premiums ranged from $11,379 to $12,409 in Idaho, Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, and Alabama, the five states with the lowest average costs for private employer-based coverage.

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Monday, November 21, 2011
NYT: Occupy Honolulu Looks Like Just Another Homeless Camp
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 8565 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

You can tell it’s an occupation from the signs and T-shirts. Otherwise the protesters would blend right in.

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Monday, November 21, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted Nov. 21, 2011
By Congress.org @ 2:04 PM :: 6335 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Fiscal 2012 Agriculture Appropriations
  • House: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011
  • House: Fiscal 2012 Agriculture Appropriations
  • House: Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States
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Monday, November 21, 2011
Heritage: Pilot Program Shows the Way to Medicaid Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 PM :: 4227 Views :: National News, Ethics

It has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida up to $161 million annually.

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Monday, November 21, 2011
Heritage: The Debate over Defense Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:22 PM :: 8138 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Failing to enact the plan by January 15, 2012, would result in automatic cuts to military spending--a scenario that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta describes as "devastating."

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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Ruse: Citizens for a Better Way, LLC
By Selected News Articles @ 5:45 PM :: 10025 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... bankrolled by secret interests who want to operate outside the norms of Hawaii's Ethics Commission; and designed by experienced labor and gambling industry lobbyists desperate for the appearance of "grassroots" support ....

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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Ansaldo Debacle: HART, Council, Ariyoshi all Looking at Rail Re-bid
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 PM :: 7574 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HART schedules a new review of the Ansaldo deal November 25, the deadline for the contract to be signed ....

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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Using Public Services not a Free Lunch
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 3:10 PM :: 7052 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

For years, the real property burden was shifted to businesses, but businesses have to pass the costs onto their customers. When it comes to paying for government, there is no free lunch.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011
14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:03 PM :: 10049 Views

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Sunday, November 20, 2011
Wind Farms Interfere With Military, Civilian Radar
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 PM :: 8920 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...wind farms are interfering with military radar, making airplanes disappear from sight on screens and cluttering those same screens with the blade-rotation changes of turbine blades....

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Saturday, November 19, 2011
Rothenberg: Hawaii Senate Race ‘In Play’
By Selected News Articles @ 1:20 PM :: 6056 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Senate has been “in play” for months, but Republicans continue to expand the playing field by adding unexpected candidates in states from Hawaii and Michigan to Connecticut .... 

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Court Ruling on Judicial Secrecy an Embarrassment to Abercrombie’s Neutered OIP
By Selected News Articles @ 10:49 PM :: 4928 Views :: Energy, Environment

On March 4, Cathy Takase, the Acting Director of OIP was let go by the Abercrombie Administration. Takase had authored a February, 2011 opinion mandating release of the names of Judicial nominees....

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Whipped in Court, Undercut by JSC, Abercrombie Admin not ready to abandon Defense of Judicial Secrecy
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 4757 Views :: Energy, Environment

"This does not necessarily mean, however, that an appeal will not be taken in the present case, which was decided prior to the Judicial Selection Commission's rule change."  -- AG David Louie

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Hawaii's Ocean Shippers now Guilty of Price Fixing in Puerto Rico
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 5717 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...companies affiliated with all three of Hawaii’s major water carriers—Matson, Young Bros, and Horizon—are guilty of price fixing in the Puerto Rico market. Is Hawaii next? ....

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Hawaii Debt Highest in Nation as Percentage of Private Sector Production
By Selected News Articles @ 9:31 PM :: 7904 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Several states make multiple appearances at the bottom of the three categories in this study, meaning they rank worst. These states include: Alaska, New Jersey, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Illinois.

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Hirono, Hanabusa Say ‘No’ to Balanced Budget Amendment
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 8701 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Earlier today, Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono voted against a Balanced Budget Amendment. A bi-partisan majority, including 25 Democrats voted to support the measure, H.J. Res. 2, to balance the federal budget, but the measure fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass....

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Lingle Unveils Issues-Based Video on Economy
By News Release @ 8:06 PM :: 6103 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Former Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle released today the second in a series of videos detailing her positions on issues of importance to the people of Hawai'i.

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Friday, November 18, 2011
WSJ: Finmeccanica Rushing to Sell Honolulu Rail Contractor Ansaldo
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 PM :: 11656 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

...it will set up a partnership for the AnsaldoBreda trainmaking unit in advance of selling the business....

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Friday, November 18, 2011
NYT vs Politico: Hawaii Senate Race is a Tossup?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 3734 Views :: Energy, Environment

Lingle shows she's in a dogfight through a consistent stream of polling and fundraising....

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Another Top Am Samoa Official Admits Stealing Funds
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 3615 Views :: National News, Ethics

The former executive director of the American Samoa Special Services Commission pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to steal more than $325,000 in AmeriCorps grant funds....

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Friday, November 18, 2011
America's $15 Trillion Nightmare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:41 PM :: 3993 Views :: National News, Ethics

So what's Washington doing about it? Fighting over how high to raise taxes instead of getting to the root of the problem.

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Dillingham DMV employee, driving instructor charged with Selling Drivers Licenses to Illegal Aliens
By News Release @ 11:40 AM :: 8255 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, National News, Ethics

A federal grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging In Chan Park, 53, of Honolulu, and Paige Teruya, 47, of Waipahu, Hawaii with fraud relating to identification documents....

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Report: For Families in Poverty, Hawaii Income Tax is #2 in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 AM :: 7572 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A two-parent family of four with annual income at the poverty line (which is $22,314 for a family of that size) owed $498 in Alabama, $292 in Hawaii, $238 in Georgia, and $234 in Oregon.

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Friday, November 18, 2011
Animal Liberation Groups Demand Matson End Pig Imports to Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 7157 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

More than 15,000 people have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Oakland, California-based Matson Navigation to stop shipping live pigs from the mainland United States to Hawaii for slaughter....

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Hybrid Vehicles Release Less Carbon Dioxide than Total Electric Vehicles
By NCPA @ 6:35 PM :: 3940 Views :: National News, Ethics

As first reported in Motor Trend, hybrid vehicles that operate on gasoline and electricity such as the Toyota Prius often produce less carbon dioxide than vehicles that operate solely on electricity such as the Nissan Leaf....

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Republican Debate Over China
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:20 PM :: 7050 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

China has increased its defense budget by double digits every year for the last 20 years. Just as China seems to be gearing up for some undefined enterprise, the U.S. is winding down its defense budget at a similarly rapid pace.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Abercrombie, OHA to Propose Yet Another Ceded Lands Deal to Legislature
By News Release @ 10:04 AM :: 5141 Views :: Energy, Environment

 Governor Abercrombie announced today that the State and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (“OHA”) are discussing an agreement in principle, subject to Legislative approval, relating to ceded lands.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Hawaii National Guard Mobilization Supported APEC Summit
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 4799 Views :: Energy, Environment

At prior NSSEs, demonstrations had led to riots and property damage, so for APEC, Hawaii National Guard soldiers and airmen were ready to help the Honolulu Police Department with any civil disturbances.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Debate over the War in Afghanistan
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:30 AM :: 4109 Views :: National News, Ethics

The killing of Osama bin Laden was a hard-won victory for the United States, but the gains made in pursuit of that day of justice and in waging the war in Afghanistan--including putting al-Qaeda on its heels--could be squandered if the Obama Administration continues its plotted course.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawaii 2011
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 4952 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Center on the Family at UH Mānoa and the Homeless Programs Office of the Hawai‘i State Department of Human Services have released the Homeless Service Utilization Report: Hawai‘i 2011.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Lingle Joins in Bi-Partisan Policy Summit
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 6124 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...Senate candidate Linda Lingle, the former two-term governor of Hawaii, will participate in the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) third annual political summit, Taking the Poison Out of Partisanship, at Tulane University in New Orleans, beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Heritage Foundation to Host GOP Presidential Debate
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:50 AM :: 4641 Views :: National News, Ethics

Next Tuesday, when the Republican presidential candidates come together to discuss foreign policy and national security in a debate presented by The Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute on CNN, they should remember the lessons that the fall of the USSR taught us....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Mesa Announces Sale of Mokulele Turboprop Operation
By News Release @ 9:46 AM :: 8049 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Mesa will continue to operate its jet inter-island service as go!Mokulele. Under the terms of the sale Transpac Aviation, operating as Mokulele Flight Services, Inc, will also continue to offer service under the go!Mokulele brand....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Hawaii Green Energy Scammers Do Deals with China
By News Release @ 5:06 AM :: 5424 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Letter of Intent was signed by both parties just hours after the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Hawai'i-China CEO Forum “Transforming to Clean Energy.”

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Proposed Lanai Wind Farm Site named among State’s Most Endangered Historic Places
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 8100 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The site of a massive proposed wind farm in West Lanai where hundreds of archaeological and cultural sites have been identified has been named one of the state's "most endangered historic places" for 2011 by the Historic Hawaii Foundation.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
New GOP Chair Pledges to Focus on Grassroots
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 5097 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • Strengthening our grassroots efforts;
  • Growing our membership and expanding our base;
  • Increasing the number of volunteers;
  • Recruiting strong candidates to run for office in 2012; and,
  • Improving our Party’s finances by working diligently to raise money.
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Monday, November 14, 2011
GAO: Improvements Needed to Assess and Address Growing CoFA Migration
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 11170 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...some jurisdictions did not accurately define compact migrants, account for federal funding that supplemented local expenditures, or include revenue received from compact migrants....

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Monday, November 14, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted November 14
By Congress.org @ 5:34 PM :: 7368 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Net Neutrality disapproval
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Cross-border air pollution rule disapproval
  • Senate: Government Contractor Withholding Repeal Act
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Monday, November 14, 2011
FEHBP: Obama asks Super Committee to Take Over, Cut Prescription Coverage for Federal Employees
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:28 PM :: 4722 Views :: National News, Ethics

President Barack Obama wants the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction (“super committee”) to kill market competition for prescription drug coverage chosen by workers and retirees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP).

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