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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Only 60% of “classroom spending” actually reaches classroom
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 AM :: 3042 Views :: National News, Ethics

School districts very often define spending categories in unexpected ways, making it difficult to distinguish classroom spending from operational costs....

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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Open Society? Over 30 major news organizations linked to Billionaire George Soros
By News Release @ 10:18 AM :: 6353 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Prominent journalists like ABC's Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie serve on boards of operations that take Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalist's ethical code stating: "avoid all conflicts real or perceived."

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Thursday, May 12, 2011
DoTax still has no explanation for sudden discovery of $134M
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 5781 Views :: Energy, Environment
by Andrew Walden After using an alleged “crisis” and so-called “budget shortfalls” to push tax increases through the Legislature, it certainly seemed...
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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Honolulu’s Frieda Takaki to head US Employee Stock Ownership Foundation
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 7372 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Ms. Takaki is active in the Hawaii Chapter of The ESOP Association has served on the Executive Committee's State & Regional Chapter Council. From 2007 – 2009, Ms. Takaki served as Chair of The ESOP Association.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Porn Pastor to appear at former Wahiawa XXX Store
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 8794 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

In an effort to raise awareness about pornography Craig Gross founded, the website mixes the seedy with the sacred in an effort to raise the often taboo subject of pornography as a problem that needs to be dealt with. The website has had over 70 million visitors....

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
VIDEO: Newt Gingrich announces Presidential Campaign
By Video @ 3:11 PM :: 4511 Views :: National News, Ethics

"I'm Newt Gingrich, and I'm announcing my candidacy for President of the United States because I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity, to full employment, to real security, to an American energy program, to a balanced budget."

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Hawaii Nursing Home Care costs 58% more than National Average
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 11330 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

The median annual rate in Hawaii for a private nursing home room is $122,640 per year, greater than the national rate of $77,745 per year.

Nationally, the median annual cost of long term care in an assisted living facility is $39,135, an increase of 6.0 percent annually over the past six years. In Hawaii, the annual cost of assisted living care is $45,900 ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
VIDEO: Rep Gene Ward’s Sine Die Speech
By Video @ 5:06 PM :: 8105 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Representative Gene Ward, Minority Leader, Sine Die Announcement May 2011, Hawaii State House of Representatives ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Heritage Unveils “Saving the American Dream Plan” to Fix Nation’s Debt, Cut Federal Spending and Restore Prosperity
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:38 PM :: 2895 Views :: National News, Ethics

With the nation’s spending and debt problems on the verge of destroying the American dream for future generations, the Heritage Foundation today released a comprehensive plan to balance the federal budget, reform entitlement programs and recast the tax code to promote long-term economic growth. 

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Monday, May 9, 2011
Coverup: DoE changes tests, surveys to create illusion of progress
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 6847 Views :: Energy, Environment

…a decade’s worth of reform and rhetoric that hasn’t made much of a dent. 

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Monday, May 9, 2011
UPDATE: Hawaii Right to Life PAC endorses more Honolulu Neighborhood Board Candidates
By Janet M. Grace @ 5:34 PM :: 5890 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Janet Grace, Executive Director of Hawaii Right to Life, states, "We believe the Neighborhood Board election is as important as any other state electoral contest because it gives voters the opportunity to choose lawmakers who are uncompromisingly committed to pursuing life-affirming policies in our local statutes. Each vote for candidates who value life will help bring the urgent change Honolulu needs to thrive and prosper."

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Monday, May 9, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted May 9
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 5084 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Confirmation John J. McConnell, Jr. of Rhode Island, to be U.S. District Judge
  • House: To repeal mandatory funding provided to establish American Health Benefit Exchanges
  • House: To repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction
  • House: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
  • House: Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
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Monday, May 9, 2011
Obama’s NLRB trying to Block Manufacturing Expansion
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:46 PM :: 3619 Views :: National News, Ethics

You might think that a U.S. company's decision to expand its manufacturing facilities and create 1,000 new jobs here at home -- rather than overseas -- would be hailed by the Obama Administration as a step in the right direction, especially with nine percent unemployment. You'd be wrong....

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Sunday, May 8, 2011
Medical Homes: Will Medicaid patients suffer to save HGEA, UPW?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:05 PM :: 8222 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The real savings Medical Homes could give to HHSC do not come in the emergency room but in elder care and neo-natal care....

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Saturday, May 7, 2011
UHERO: Hawaii’s Government Pork feeding frenzy coming to an end
By Andrew Walden @ 2:27 PM :: 4361 Views :: Energy, Environment

...unnoticed in the public summary of the report are a couple of paragraphs which point out some serious risks to the corporatist State of Hawaii. The cut-off of Earmarks and other Federal pork is having an impact and the full effect is only just beginning to be felt....

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Feds may prosecute State employees who carry out Medical Marijuana Program
By Andrew Walden @ 8:47 PM :: 6100 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Says Washington’s Gregoire: “(Change in marijuana laws) must first come at the federal level."

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Abercrombie Imposes Obamacare: Medical Homes are future of Health Care Delivery
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 6676 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...a shift towards whole-person health rather than focusing primarily on the treatment of illness....

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Inouye Introduces Bills to Imprison Fishermen, seize boats
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:01 PM :: 4464 Views :: Energy, Environment

S. 52 would make it a criminal offense to..."import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce" any fish or fish product taken in violation of any treaty or agreement to which the United States is a party; or make or submit a false record, account, label for, or identification of any fish that passes in interstate or foreign commerce. 

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Friday, May 6, 2011
SB120: Legislators authorize raid of more than $17 million in special funds
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:14 PM :: 4606 Views :: Energy, Environment

In Senate Bill 120, it states that there are many special funds “in excess of the requirements” of those funds. The director of finance has up until June 30, 2011, to raid all of that “excess” money, amounting to more than $17 million, and put it into the general fund. 

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Unemployment back up to 9% after jobs report ‘beats expectations’
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:56 AM :: 2927 Views :: National News, Ethics

Despite the good news this week about Osama bin Laden's demise, all is not rosy for President Barack Obama -- at least in the eyes of the American people. The approval of his handling of the economy hit an all-time low with only 34 percent of Americans giving him a thumbs up, according to a CBS/New York Times poll.

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Abercrombie: “Political Status quo strongly in place--We did not get all we wanted”
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 4123 Views :: Energy, Environment

We have found that support for the political status quo, abetted by private interests, remains strongly in place. It will take time and action by the executive to change this culture.

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Abercrombie signs Foreclosure bill, Vetoes two others
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 4136 Views :: Energy, Environment

the Mortgage Foreclosure Dispute Resolution Program, seeks to provide the owner-occupants of residential property in Hawai'i who are facing foreclosure the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the mortgagees to possibly resolve their differences....

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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Panos to Council: Floating Rail Bonds before federal funds are secured is dereliction of duty
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 5409 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The 2011 New Starts funds for the whole nation is $1.59 Billion and Honolulu is asking for $1.55 Billion.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011
Video: Kahuku Wind turbines don’t even turn on windy day
By Video @ 7:54 PM :: 8215 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Even when wind is present, the turbines are doing nothing.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
VIDEO: House Republicans speak up on Taxes, Budget
By Video @ 10:11 PM :: 4123 Views :: Energy, Environment

Appropriates funds for the operating and capital improvement budget of the Executive Branch for fiscal years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Marumoto: State becoming addicted to Marijuana Money
By Video @ 8:44 PM :: 5556 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

This fee increase will only help perpetuate the program. If there’s one thing we’ve all learned this year, it’s that once you put money into a program and personnel, it’s very hard to get it back out. It’s harder still to shut down the program entirely. In a word, if we provide more money, the program will become dependent - even addicted - upon that money.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Berg on Transit Authority: Mayor, Council Leadership put Cronyism ahead of qualifications
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 4534 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Apparently, neither the mayor nor my council leadership want transportation experts overseeing a transportation project. Clearly, they want inexperienced 'yes men' to do the bidding of the rail consortium and developers rather than truly qualified experts who'll keep an eye on how taxpayer funds are expended with Hawaii's largest and most expensive public works project ever.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Cam Cavasso: Family and the Future
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 9085 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

I have initiated establishment of a 501(c)4 nonprofit educational organization called "Foundation 1776,"the mission of which will be advocate for the application of the foundational principles on which our nation and our families were built....  We will also build a separate Political Action Committee designed to help recruit, train and fund the campaigns of like-minded candidates seeking to serve in the 76 legislative seats in the Hawaii House of Representatives and Senate.  

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Hawaii Right to Life PAC endorses Neighborhood Board Candidates
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 5110 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

As Honolulu County voters begin casting their ballots in Neighborhood Board elections, Hawaii Right to Life reveals its list of endorsed candidates ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Slom: Business freeze hiring in response to Legislature, Non-Profits may close doors
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:47 PM :: 5587 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Several businesses have already announced hiring freezes, and possible layoffs because of the legislative action. Several local non-profits are even harder hit and several may cease operations.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Hawaii citizens missed some lawmakers’ bullets; bit others
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:40 PM :: 4306 Views :: Energy, Environment

The best that can be said about this session is what bills did NOT survive, such as: a 1 percent increase in the general excise tax; a 10-cent fee for a plastic or paper bag to carry consumer purchases; tax-free pensions that will now remain untaxed; Lanai and Molokai will not be covered with windmills to produce power for Oahu, saving Hawaii taxpayers an estimated $3 billion on an intra-island, under-water cable; and competition for shipping services that did not get eliminated as was included in a Public Utilities Commission clarification bill.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Top Six Reasons We Got Osama bin Laden
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:53 AM :: 5346 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

President George W. Bush put the correct policies in place, including the PATRIOT Act, Gitmo and increased intelligence gathering. President Barack Obama was wise to continue executing many of the same strategies.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Marumoto: Retirees have won the Day, Pension Tax is Dead
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 5623 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“All during this session I received a steady stream of letters, phone calls and e mails. I was stopped several times in neighborhood markets and shopping centers. None of the communications were form letters, but individual pleas reminding me that retirees could not afford to lose more income to taxes."

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Political Correctness: SEALS who got Bin Laden also captured Jihadi murderer of Big Isle man—and were prosecuted for it
By Andrew Walden @ 6:11 PM :: 9952 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

For five and a half years, the US has hunted for Ahmed Hashim Abed--code-named "Objective Amber." Abed is the alleged ring-leader of an Islamist mob which murdered four US military contractors--including Pa`auilo resident Wesley Batalona--in Fallujah, Iraq on March 31, 2004.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Bin Laden, the terror godfather next door: Local children playing in his garden, his own at a nearby school
By Selected News Articles @ 5:28 PM :: 4119 Views :: World News, Family

'I used to go to their house. He had two wives, one spoke Arabic, and the other one spoke Urdu. They had three children, a girl and two boys. They gave me two rabbits. They had installed a camera at the outer gate so they could see people before they entered the house,' Zarar Ahmed said....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Inouye, Akaka votes: A ticket to USA for Guantanamo detainee who attempted attack on Honolulu
By Andrew Walden @ 3:00 PM :: 11504 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed spent most of 1994 plotting to blow up or hijack 12 airplanes carrying about 4,000 passengers bound for Honolulu and 11 other locations as part of Operation Bojinka, based in Manila, Philippines.  He would later use operational experienced gained from his Bojinka failure to mastermind 9-11.

Now Hawaii's two Senators have voted to help spring Mohammed from detention at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba. 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Study: Hawaii has most expensive rentals in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 2:09 PM :: 7043 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...NLIHC calculates Hawaii’s "housing wage" at $31.08 per hour. The “housing wage” which is the full-time hourly wage a household would need to earn in order to afford the fair market rent for an apartment....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
UH Medical School to lose Tobacco Settlement Funding
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 5702 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The JABSOM measure appeared to have support in both houses, but the conference committees deadlocked over a different bill-one the House of Representatives supported to tax pension income over $200,000. The Senate firmly opposed any pension tax.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Al-Qaida's New Battle Hardened, Difficult Leader
By IPT News @ 12:58 PM :: 5946 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Zawahiri...has a record "of alienating his colleagues, fighting over dogma, even within the Islamist movement," said journalist Steve Coll. "And as a communicator, he is less effective. His books are turgid and dogmatic." During a recent online chat with fellow jihadists, Zawahiri sounded "defensive and argumentative. He sounded unappealing as a leader."

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
144 Bills Face Final Votes by May 5
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:41 PM :: 4269 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...the 2011 Legislative Session ends on Thursday. Tomorrow, for the last time, your House of Representatives will vote on the entirety of bills still alive this session....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Hawaii Christian Coalition to Pray over Capitol May 5
By News Release @ 12:38 PM :: 4078 Views :: Energy, Environment

Please join us for a Spirit filled night of prayer on Thursday, May 5, 6:30-8:00pm in the State Capitol Auditorium....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Maritime Industry Leader: Throw out Jones Act requirement for US Built ships
By Selected News Articles @ 11:34 AM :: 5693 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Jones Act has singularly failed to deliver on its declared objectives of "supporting foreign and domestic commerce and creating a merchant marine of the best equipped and most suitable types of vessels." The "must build in America" clause is the biggest problem. Today the U.S. builds 1 percent of the world’s commercial ships — with 95 percent being built in Asia....

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Nuclear Regulatory Commission looking into Depleted Uranium paperwork violations
By News Release @ 9:10 PM :: 8078 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Separately from the Army’s license application, a resident of Hawaii filed a petition on March 4, 2010, requesting the NRC take enforcement action against the Army if it found the Army possessed or released depleted uranium to the environment without a license in violation of NRC requirements. 

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Abercrombie signature gives special rights to Men who wear Dresses
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 3146 Views

House Bill 546 ... prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression as a public policy matter and specifically with regard to employment....

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Monday, May 2, 2011
SB1274: Obamacare being used to Weaken Right to Appeal Insurance Coverage Denials
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 7809 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As the 2011 Hawai`i State Legislature moves closer to an end, boisterous applause, back-slapping, and high-fives erupted on the morning of Friday, May 1st in Conference Room 229 at the Hawai`i State Capitol as health insurance lobbyists congratulated themselves. They were celebrating the passage of Senate Bill 1274 that repeals a decade-old consumer protection law consumers have used successfully to overturn health plan denials approximately 80% of the time.... 

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Extremist Reactions to bin Laden Death
By IPT News @ 2:39 PM :: 6591 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In the hours after the official announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, jihadi forums and extremist websites have been flooded with a mix of responses. Although some jihadists have welcomed the martyrdom of one of their greatest leaders, others have condemned America or appear to be in damage control mode.

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Heritage: Bin Laden Dead
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:23 PM :: 3343 Views :: National News, Ethics

With bin Laden's death, which came by way of a small, covert strike force, there will be an impulse to believe that this action validates that covert operations are a cheap and simple answer to the most vexing national security problems. They are not. They are just one tool in the tool box. Among those tools, too, is the strategic and lawful interrogation of detainees, including those at Guantanamo Bay.

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Special Forces exterminate Osama Bin-Laden: Hideout was mansion next to Pakistani Military Academy
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 AM :: 5408 Views

President Bush called the operation a “momentous achievement” that “marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.”

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Monday, May 2, 2011
Legislature to vote on $350M Increase in GE Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 2:10 AM :: 6048 Views :: Energy, Environment

SB754  will increase the cost of construction, shipping, air travel, rent, and cellular phone use.  Suppliers to tourism are specifically targeted for double taxation which will push up the portion of the tourist dollar which goes into the State General Fund and reduce the portion which circulates in the privately-owned economy.

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