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Monday, December 12, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted December 12, 2011
By Congress.org @ 11:52 PM :: 5368 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  •  Senate: Cloture on the Nomination of Richard Cordray to be Director, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2011
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Temporary Tax Holiday and Government Reduction Act
  • House: Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2011
  • House: Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011
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Monday, December 12, 2011
Supreme Court asks for Federal Input on Challenge to Hawaii Admission Act, Hawaiian Homes Commission Act
By Robert Thomas @ 3:13 PM :: 7712 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Today was the day we were to have found out whether the Supreme Court would review Corboy v. Louie....

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Monday, December 12, 2011
Flood of Money Pours into Lingle Campaign
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 7134 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I’ve been to events that have already raised in excess of six figures for her,” Republican Jewish Coalition President Matt Brooks said. “This is going to be a real priority race for the organization.”

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Monday, December 12, 2011
Poll of Hard-Core Hawaii Democrats gives Hirono 18-pt Lead over Case
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 PM :: 7772 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

… and yet, oddly, Inouye & the AFL-CIO have been dead set against switching to a closed Democratic Primary ….

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Monday, December 12, 2011
Need $15,000? OHA Giving Away More Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:20 PM :: 7192 Views :: Energy, Environment

There will be a savings match component where families that save up to $2,500 will receive $15,000 in matching funds to help with purchasing a house anywhere in the state.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Duke Aiona Undecided About 2014
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 7:56 PM :: 7986 Views :: Energy, Environment

I don’t want to say, ‘I told you so’ but the person in office (Abercrombie) right now, leading our state, I believe that he fooled a lot of people. The thought they saw a heart in this guy, but that wasn’t true.…

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Sunday, December 11, 2011
KOS: The perception of Occupy Honolulu is Universally Negative
By Selected News Articles @ 4:06 PM :: 10683 Views :: Homelessness

The occupiers were flown in from the mainland. This is the perception that everyone in Honolulu has .... 

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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Hawaii Mortgage Down Payments 4th Highest in USA by Percentage
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 8303 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii homebuyers average a 13.37% mortgage downpayment.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011
Verifying the Numbers a Challenge for Tax Department
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:53 AM :: 5876 Views :: Energy, Environment

...forecasts made by the tax department weren’t very reliable. In fact, it was pointed out that the department’s numbers included revenues from taxing the sales of sugar from independent sugar growers, sugar growers who have not been around for nearly two decades....

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Sunday, December 11, 2011
"Accretion," Hawaii Style
By Robert Thomas @ 12:39 AM :: 8957 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Who owns the new land created when lava flows over private property and into the sea and hardens into fast land?

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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Colette Machado: I look at Kalaupapa--Native Hawaiians will fight against Assisted Suicide
By Andrew Walden @ 6:35 PM :: 12917 Views :: Life, OHA

"...as a native Hawaiian how can I accept that this will be a (suicide) state like Oregon and Washington?" 

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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Church Volunteers Clean Waianae Storm Channels in Advance of Rainy Season
By Selected News Articles @ 6:12 PM :: 6835 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Saturday, December 10, 2011
DeMello Joins Abercrombie Communications Team
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 5675 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Another Old Boy ....

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Saturday, December 10, 2011
Gone with the Wind Subsidies
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:33 AM :: 7406 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The federal renewable energy production tax credit, which allows wind producers to take a 30 percent investment tax credit or receive a 2.2-cents-per-kilowatt-hour production tax credit, has been around since 1992. The tax credit expires at the end of 2012 ....

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Saturday, December 10, 2011
China’s Startling Strategic Play in Micronesia
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 14552 Views :: World News, Military

It is because — not despite — that massive and misguided nature of U.S. assistance to Micronesia that China has initiated a startling series of economic and infrastructure projects and proposals across the islands of Micronesia....

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Friday, December 9, 2011
Florida Marlins Holding Baseball Clinic at Schofield
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 6784 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Sunday, Dec. 11, 3-4 p.m. at Ralston Field, Schofield Barracks. Members of the Miami Marlins, featuring one of baseball's best young sluggers Mike Stanton, will conduct a baseball clinic in support of Army youth ....

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Friday, December 9, 2011
Hirono Camp: Case Unworthy of the People of Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 PM :: 6389 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“It’s just unfortunate, and unworthy of the people of Hawaii, that Ed Case lets those frustrations with his own candidacy get the better of him,” Nielsen said.

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Friday, December 9, 2011
Osawatomie: Whitewashing History, Obama Style
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:05 PM :: 3922 Views :: National News, Ethics

If U.S. history is a painting on giant canvas, President Barack Obama's speech this week in Osawatomie, Kansas, is a thick coat of whitewash layered all over it, and the failure of the last three years lies underneath.

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Friday, December 9, 2011
The Root Cause of Market Failure in Higher Education
By NCPA @ 1:58 PM :: 3830 Views :: National News, Ethics

Any program in which 60 percent of the graduates failed to find work for two consecutive years would face funding reductions ....

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Friday, December 9, 2011
It Begins: Army to Cut 8,700 Civilian Jobs in 37 States
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 6221 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Thirty seven states will be affected by these reductions with the majority of personnel cuts occurring in those states with the largest military and Army civilian populations.

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Friday, December 9, 2011
Pay to Play Fines Unpaid: Hirono for Governor Campaign Closes Owing State Elections Fund Over $98,000
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 AM :: 17721 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Development, Politicians

The assessments were levied after the Campaign Spending Commission investigators uncovered thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions, contributed to Hirono as a part of Hawaii's extensive "Pay to Play" scandal....

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Nonaka Launches 'Hawaii Solutions'
By Dylan Nonaka @ 3:48 PM :: 6774 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii Solutions ...

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Ed Case: “Mazie's been selling her candidacy to DC insiders”
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 PM :: 6200 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Case fired back. "While Mazie's been selling her candidacy to the DC insiders, I've taken mine straight to Hawaii's voters, who aren't too interested in Washington telling them how to fix Washington."

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
State Sues to Get Back $39M Looted from Graves by John Waihee
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 13937 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, Politicians

"Waihee was instrumental in planning, facilitating, and effectuating the misappropriation of funds from the trusts...."

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Former State Administrators: Abercrombie’s Bond Sale Like setting up savings account by charging credit card
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 6142 Views :: Energy, Environment

...public finance experts agree that general obligation bond issuance should be invested in capital construction projects....

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Full Text: Holder Letter Basis for New Hawaii Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit
By Selected News Articles @ 1:45 PM :: 4801 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Two women claim Hawaii unconstitutionally denies them the right to marry, in violation of Attorney General Eric Holder's February letter to Congress stating that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act "is unconstitutional as applied to same-sex couples married under state law".

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Pearl Harbor, WWII, and a Lesson for Today
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:26 AM :: 6853 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On this day 70 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and requested a declaration of war against Japan following the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor the day before.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Hawaii Physicians Rally Against Assisted Suicide
By Selected News Articles @ 5:42 AM :: 10245 Views :: Health Care, Life

There will be a panel presentation on the current status of PAS in Hawaii at the Capitol auditorium on December 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Hawaii's Second Saint: Blessed Marianne Cope to be Canonized Next October?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 PM :: 9372 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Only six years after Mother Marianne Cope was beatified, the New York-bred collaborator of St Damien deVeuster on Hawaii's Molokai leper colony has cleared the final hurdle to sainthood.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Another E-W Center Conference: Pearl Harbor Day at the NEH
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 8466 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We have now filed a Freedom of Information Act request ... and will update this story as appropriate.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Obama cancels Hawaii trip after Romney hit
By Selected News Articles @ 12:44 PM :: 8530 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...President Obama is not vacationing in Hawaii with his wife and children while the extension of the payroll tax holiday remains in limbo....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Petition hits Hawaiian Airlines 'Price Fixing', seeks return of Superferry
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 5203 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaiian Air doubled the price of inter-island tickets since Aloha Airlines and the ferry was forced out of business. There are no longer discounted kama'aina, senior, or youth rates, and no more coupon books for frequent travelers....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
What Is a Progressive?
By John Goodman @ 12:17 PM :: 4611 Views :: National News, Ethics

To many people, the term “Progressive Era” evokes fond caricatures of Teddy Roosevelt and such reforms as safe food, the elimination of child labor and the eight-hour work day. Yet real progressivism was far more sinister....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Last Incarnation of Barack Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:05 PM :: 3907 Views :: National News, Ethics

If there was any doubt where President Barack Obama's ideological heart lies, yesterday he let it be known loud and clear in a wide-ranging speech in Osawatomie, Kansas....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Defense Budget Cuts Will Devastate America’s Commitment to the Asia–Pacific
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:57 AM :: 7984 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

These cuts have been put forth with little consideration for their long-term impact....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sneak Attack: Re-write of Pearl Harbor History Awaits Death of WW2 Veterans
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 AM :: 26391 Views :: Hawaii History, Higher Education, Military

...it is the role of academics to "correct" ... history. As one organizer commented, this will be more easily accomplished once the WWII generation has passed away. Another wrote, "America's nostalgic war memories are beginning to fray around the edges"....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Feds Force DHS to Streamline Food Stamp Processing
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 5291 Views :: Energy, Environment

The goal is to review and determine applicant eligibility within the federally-mandated period of 30 days.... “Families arriving at our offices need help now, not months down the road.” (And we don’t want to lose federal funding just because of the HGEA.)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
A Primer on the Federal Court Challenge to the Honolulu Rail Project
By Selected News Articles @ 2:32 AM :: 8592 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Mr. Yost expressed the plaintiffs’ concern that an "irrevocable commitment" of resources may occur if construction takes place, with significant impacts and no prudent alternatives, before the case is heard on the merits ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
White House: North Korea making missile able to hit US
By Selected News Articles @ 2:01 AM :: 9588 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Ewa Field Event to Mark 70th Anniversary of Attack
By John Bond @ 12:54 AM :: 7609 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

WHEN: The event runs from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

WHERE: Part of it will be outside and part of the event will be in a large WW-II hangar – all at Barbers Point - Kalaeloa Airport.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Pearl Harbor Survivor to Direct ‘Mass Band Performance’ on 70th Anniversary
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 12772 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

... the Battleship Missouri Memorial will proudly host a mass band performance featuring more than 650 performers from a dozen high school, college and community bands ....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Carlisle Rejects Leeward Coast Flooding Taskforce
By Tom Berg @ 9:05 PM :: 4766 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

After RESOLUTION 11-203 CD1 FD1 passed the City Council unanimously on November 2, our Mayor has sought to deny the formation of the task force to address flooding for our district....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Hawaii Health Ranks #4 in Nation
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 5373 Views :: Energy, Environment

According to the 22nd Edition of America’s Health Rankings, Hawaii is No. 4 this year compared to fifth in 2010 when compared with the health of other states.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
LoPresti: Ewa Neighborhood Board 'Most Dysfunctional in USA'
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 PM :: 8918 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

The board lacks any significant degree of discipline or decorum and there is little attempt to follow Roberts Rules of Order except when it is convenient to control the speech of any who may hold dissenting views....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Will Congress REIN In the Administrative State?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 PM :: 3360 Views :: National News, Ethics

Americans opposed to the growth of the administrative state should embark on a multi-pronged offensive against it, taking discrete steps to reduce its power and restore accountability to elected officials, whether many of those elected officials want it or not.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Illegal Aliens, In-State Tuition and the Law
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:29 PM :: 4174 Views :: National News, Ethics

...state colleges and universities are prohibited from providing in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens "on the basis of residence within the State" unless the same in-state rates are offered to all citizens of the United States....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Confidential Memo: Wind Turbine Model Installed at Kahuku has Structural Problems
By Andrew Walden @ 1:53 AM :: 15108 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...root cause analysis undertaken by Clipper regarding the blade skin crack, an update of the resolution relating to gearbox timing, structural blade remediation, as well as other data regarding Clipper's Liberty turbine....

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Monday, December 5, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted December 5, 2011
By Congress.org @ 4:55 PM :: 5244 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • Senate: National Defense Authorization Act, FY2012
  • House: Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
  • House: To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions and by terminating the Election Assistance Commission
  • House: Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2011
  • House: Regulatory Accountability Act
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Monday, December 5, 2011
Study: Salt Reduction Programs Increase Heart Disease
By NCPA @ 1:47 PM :: 7826 Views :: National News, Ethics

This is what happens when you let the government tell you how to live every tiny detail of your life.

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Monday, December 5, 2011
States Squirm over Health Exchanges
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 4204 Views :: National News, Ethics

For state governments, the coming Supreme Court ruling on health reform isn't an abstract argument about the U.S. Constitution. It's a highly practical question about whether, when and how to proceed with one of the health law's most important and complicated pieces: setting up health insurance exchanges....

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