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Monday, November 7, 2011
Blake Oshiro to Quit Legislature, Take Job in Abercrombie’s Floundering Administration
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 7088 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced Representative Blake Oshiro will be joining Abercrombie Administration as his Deputy Chief of Staff. Rep. Oshiro, who currently serves in the House of Representatives as its Majority Leader will be stepping down from his seat on December 7, 2011.

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Monday, November 7, 2011
Accountability at Issue: Hearings Set to Discuss Changes to Charter School Laws
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 7756 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

UPDATE: Briefings Postponed

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Monday, November 7, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How they Voted November 7, 2011
By Congress.org @ 2:38 PM :: 5906 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Fiscal 2012 Agriculture Appropriations
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Rebuild America Jobs Act
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Long-Term Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2011
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Monday, November 7, 2011
Which Energy Source Receives the Largest Subsidy?
By NCPA @ 1:22 PM :: 5802 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Coal receives about 6/100ths of a cent per kWh while solar receives an enormous 96.8 cents per kWh. Wind receives 5.25 cents per kWh and nuclear receives just under 1/3 of a cent per kWh.

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Monday, November 7, 2011
Straight Talk for the Super Committee
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:08 PM :: 3929 Views :: National News, Ethics

It has been 12 months since the American people spoke resoundingly at the polls against overtaxing, overspending, and overborrowing, but memories can be short in Washington....

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Monday, November 7, 2011
Name and Shame? Obama May Go Public with Inouye’s Funding Requests
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 7335 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In a move that could escalate hostilities with Congress, President Obama may be planning to use his executive authority to publicize special funding requests that lawmakers make for pet projects.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011
UHPA Endorses Occupy Wall Street
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 7175 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Higher education ... serves as the means to advance a just, equal, and fair society....teaching in the classroom ... every day UHPA members’ work contributes to the efforts to achieve a just and fair society....

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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Occupy Honolulu: Waikiki Shooting was “Round One”
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 AM :: 17008 Views :: Homelessness, Law Enforcement, Tourism

"...those doing the attacking will die...." -- Occupy Honolulu

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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Understanding The Philosophy Of The General Excise Tax
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 12:21 AM :: 4136 Views :: Energy, Environment

As the largest source of general fund tax revenues, it is crucial that administrators, as well as practitioners, understand the underlying philosophy of the general excise tax ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2011
Abercrombie decides Forests Worth $14B of Your Money, Orders $11M spent to Create 150 HGEA, UPW Positions
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 6553 Views :: Energy, Environment

These goals aim to double the amount of protected watershed areas in 10 years. It will require approximately $11 million per year and would provide for over 150 new natural resource careers.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011
Former Waipahu High School Manager Charged with Money Laundering
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 4072 Views

Attorney General David M. Louie announced today that a five count complaint was filed on November 3, 2011 in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit against former Waipahu High School business manager Warren S. Harada, 61, of Manoa

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Saturday, November 5, 2011
Most of the 1 Percent in 1996 Are Now Part of the 99 Percent
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:01 AM :: 3712 Views :: National News, Ethics

“There is absolutely no statistical support for the commonly held view that income inequality has been rising recently.”

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Friday, November 4, 2011
UHERO: Hawaii’s recovery pace has slowed to a standstill this year
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 4625 Views :: Energy, Environment

As a result, we project real income growth of 0.9% in 2012, down from 1.3% growth this year.

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Friday, November 4, 2011
Small Business Tax: Lingle Campaign pushes back against Deceptive Tactics from Opponents
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 4889 Views :: Energy, Environment

Gov. Lingle clearly explains why she stands WITH Hawaii's small business owners who create so many jobs here at home....

You won't read any of that in the context sent out in the e-mail from a political operative.

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Friday, November 4, 2011
Middle Class Getting Ahead, not Falling Behind
By NCPA @ 2:54 PM :: 3720 Views :: National News, Ethics

Median post-tax income has increased, as has consumption....

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Friday, November 4, 2011
Obama Spins His Wheels with Economy Stuck in First Gear
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:46 PM :: 4256 Views :: National News, Ethics

The word from the monthly jobs report shows that unemployment was little unchanged at 9 percent in October ....

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Friday, November 4, 2011
Nobel Pushback: “Zhou Enlai Peace Institute” formed to Offer Competing Peace Prize
By News Release @ 12:48 PM :: 8602 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The November 11th event affords Hawaii's corporate and government leaders the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture, future priorities and business style through the example of visionary peacemaker mass murderer Zhou Enlai. Upcoming projects include an annual Peace Awards presentation and Visitor Center in Beijing....

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Calif. Treasurer: Hidden Clause in Millionaire Tax means Less CIP Money for Rail, Sand Island
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 6913 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Clue: County and State projects such as Rail or the Sand Island sewer plant upgrade are financed through discounted borrowing via tax free bonds. If the bonds are no longer tax free, the cost of borrowing for construction for Rail will increase dramatically.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
High-Speed Rail: Debunking Obama's Latest Jobs Myth
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:40 PM :: 5705 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that the California high-speed train--which is funded in part by $3 billion in federal grants from President Obama's stimulus--is now expected to cost $98 billion, twice what was expected, and will take an additional 13 years to complete, extending the project to 2033.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Big Island Residents Push Back Against Plastic Bag Ban
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 6550 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

...this bag ban law is another unwarranted micro-management of our lives that should not be the purview of our elected officials....

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Detroit Gambling Promoters Using 10-Year-Old Study to Re-Ignite Case for Gambling in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:03 PM :: 7626 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Jake Miklojcik, author of the study and a Lansing-based consultant-for-hire, is the go-to-guy when Detroiters Michael Malik and Marian Ilitch -- or their PR mouthpiece Tom Shields -- need to produce a "study" to support their gambling/business agenda.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
Heritage: Three Pillars of Reform for the Super Committee
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:10 PM :: 3859 Views :: National News, Ethics

As the “super committee,” created by the contentious Budget Control Act (BCA), grapples with its mandate to find $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction savings, many are urging it to “go big.”

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Thursday, November 3, 2011
DoE Announces Mentoring Program for New Teachers
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 5120 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii State Department of Education today released its new Hawaii Teacher Induction Program Standards, an important deliverable of the state’s Race to the Top plan .... 

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Hawaii At Bottom of Future Economic Performance Rankings
By Selected News Articles @ 11:36 PM :: 6712 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In predicting states' future economic performance, New York, Vermont, Maine, California, and Hawaii scored the lowest in the rankings.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Oakland Police Union Slams Mayor for Sending City Workers to Join Occupy
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 3945 Views :: National News, Ethics

...hundreds of City workers (are) encouraged to take off work to participate in the protest against “the establishment.” But aren’t the Mayor and her Administration part of the establishment they are paying City employees to protest? Is it the City’s intention to have City employees on both sides of a skirmish line? ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Obama's Student Loan Gift to Occupy Wall Street
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:44 PM :: 3997 Views :: National News, Ethics

...a major reason for tuition inflation over the years is government involvement in the first place. Pell grants have increased 475 percent, while the cost of college has increased 439 percent since 1982--faster than increases in the cost of health care....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Strike Ready: IBEW Urges HawaiianTel Workers to Clean Out Lockers
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 5986 Views :: Energy, Environment

A meeting has been scheduled for designated captains on Wednesday Nov. 2 after work from 5-630pm at the Painters Hall.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Despite Occupy Wall Street, Left Embraces “Green” Crony Capitalism
By NCPA @ 1:15 AM :: 4060 Views :: National News, Ethics

Writing in TheWall Street Journal, [New York Senator Kirsten] Gillibrand’s piece was titled “Cap and Trade Could Be a Boon to New York.” It described the inherent complexity of cap-and-trade not as a drawback, but as an opportunity from which Wall Street brokers could profit.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Strange Bedfellows: Hawaii's Former Governor & Detroit's Gambling Promoter?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:47 PM :: 9961 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
A Portal to the Past: What Hawaiian Kingdom Property Taxes Tell Us
By News Release @ 10:09 PM :: 7214 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Program at Mission Houses Museum, Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 5:30 p.m.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Kawamura Earns Top Award from National Association of Budget Officers
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 6217 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Kawamura, who served as Hawaii’s budget director during the Lingle Administration’s two terms, was recognized with the Gloria Timmer Award, the highest honor NASBO bestows upon a state budget officer.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
442nd legacy takes Soldiers from 'enemy aliens' to heroes
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 PM :: 6440 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"This is an American story and it speaks to the greatness of this nation."

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Akaka Introduces Bill to Give Tribal Authorities Legal Jurisdiction over Non-Tribal Members
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 7259 Views :: Akaka Bill

The Akaka Tribe will be legally able to arrest you even if you are not part of the Tribe....

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The Truth About Public School Teacher Pay
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:03 PM :: 4103 Views :: National News, Ethics

The best teachers should be rewarded, and schools should have the freedom to make the right decisions to get the job done.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
National Popular Vote Vs. The Electoral College
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:18 AM :: 6132 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Hawaii Legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Linda Lingle to pass National Popular Vote on May 1, 2008. The Legislature has the authority to reverse its decision.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011
NAEP: Hawaii DoE Still Below Average but leads in Growth
By News Release @ 11:15 AM :: 6442 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“In 2011, only one state, Hawaii, demonstrated statistically significant improvement in both reading and mathematics at both the fourth and eighth grades," said Jack Buckley, National Center for Education Statistics Commissioner, in a statement.

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