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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Heritage: The Fight We're In
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:38 AM :: 4333 Views :: Taxes

On one side are those who have come to realize it would be madness to let the political class borrow more without imposing a serious check on government spending. They have produced budgets and now an actual legislative plan to get things under control.

On the other, you find those who consider more spending, taxing, and borrowing a royal prerogative. They have produced nothing but rhetoric and empty promises and have pushed this debate to the brink.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Making the Balanced Budget Amendment an Instrument to Force Spending Cuts, Not Tax Hikes
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:53 AM :: 2733 Views :: National News, Ethics

A Sound Balanced Budget Amendment Must Require Two-Thirds Majorities to Raise Federal Taxes.... 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
WhistleMan Blows It Again
By AtomicMonkey @ 10:01 PM :: 8703 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Eric Ryan wants to save Honolulu from the waste, fraud and corruption that he seems to find wherever he goes. Eric see’s himself as some sort of crusader fighting a lonely battle to expose the rampant misuse of power that only he is capable of seeing.

Almost everyone else see’s Eric as a garden-variety malcontent, angry about being fired and hell-bent on retaliation. 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Berg: Sludge Digester sacrificed to fund Rail
By Tom Berg @ 9:46 PM :: 5828 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“The Mayor is facing a turning point in his term, either he can direct resources to resolve flooding, drainage, water, sewer, and road repairs and embark upon upgrades to various treatment plants and recycling efforts, or continue to divert taxpayers’ money to fund a heavy-rail system riddled with graft on all fronts."

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
DoE hasn’t met Race To The Top Standards, but will apply for another grant
By News Release @ 11:34 AM :: 6423 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...Abercrombie last week alerted the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services that the State of Hawai'i will be applying for the new ”Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge” grant competition....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Liberals Invoke Reagan to Sell Debt Deal as House Passes Cut, Cap, and Balance Act
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:26 AM :: 3291 Views :: National News, Ethics

All of the clever rhetoric and recasting of history is designed to distract from the reality on the ground. The U.S. government has racked up $14 trillion in debt. For more than 800 days, the U.S. Senate has failed to pass a budget. President Obama continues his calls for "compromise" and "shared sacrifice," all while insisting on tax increases to fund spending.... 

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
9AM HST: Rusty Humphries to host GOP Presidential Candidates’ Online Debate
By News Release @ 10:28 AM :: 3725 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics

Today, join us in making history when the first, all-Twitter Presidential Debate is held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. (9AM-10:30AM HST)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Steve Wynn: Business investment shut down because of Obama’s “weird political philosophy”
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 3104 Views :: National News, Ethics

The guy keeps making speeches about redistribution and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don't invest, their holding too much money. We haven't heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists. Everybody's afraid of the government and there's no need soft peddling it, it's the truth. It is the truth. And that's true of Democratic businessman and Republican businessman....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Cut, Cap, and Balance: House to vote today on Balanced Budget Amendment, $5.8T in spending cuts
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:41 AM :: 3598 Views :: National News, Ethics

Today, the U.S. House is set to vote on a Republican-sponsored plan known as "Cut, Cap, and Balance" that "would cut spending by $5.8 trillion over 10 years, cap future spending and require Congress to approve a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget before raising the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion," as The Wall Street Journal reports. 

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Study: Big Wind could Cost New Jersey thousands of jobs, billions of dollars
By NCPA @ 11:35 AM :: 4240 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Researchers at the Beacon Hill Institute have conducted a cost-benefit analysis of 1,100 MWs of offshore wind power for New Jersey. The findings are as follows.

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Monday, July 18, 2011
Two more chances to see Space Shuttle from Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:38 PM :: 5630 Views :: Energy, National News, World News
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Monday, July 18, 2011
Calif. Supreme Court: EIS can be required for Plastic Bag Ban in Large Jurisdictions
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 7555 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

EIRs are required for plastic bag bans by (i) “larger” cities and counties and also (ii) small cities based on the cumulative impacts. Save The Plastic Bag Coalition has legal standing to enforce that requirement.... 

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Monday, July 18, 2011
Hokulia Bypass Case Appealed to US Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 7:38 PM :: 10915 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On July 14, 2011, we filed a cert petition, which asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision in County of Hawaii v. C&J Coupe Family Ltd. P'ship....

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Monday, July 18, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted July 18
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 6645 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 Recent Congressional Votes

  • House: Better Use of Light Bulbs Act
  • House: Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011
    • House: Energy-Water Appropriations, FY2012
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Monday, July 18, 2011
“Impoverished” Americans live in luxury
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:49 AM :: 3652 Views :: National News, Ethics

As Congress struggles to find a way to cut spending as part of raising the $14 trillion debt ceiling, they should take a close look at the more than $1 trillion spent every year on welfare....

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Monday, July 18, 2011
Study looks at Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:27 AM :: 5644 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics

A new unprecedented statewide research survey on child abuse and neglect in Hawai‘i reveals that child abuse is a pervasive and serious issue. Nearly 40% of residents know a victim of child abuse, 9% say they experienced abuse themselves, and 80% of residents think child abuse is a major problem in society. 

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Monday, July 18, 2011
Convicted Cocaine Dealer replaces Advertiser columnist as Ernie Martin’s Campaign Treasurer
By Andrew Walden @ 1:19 AM :: 21947 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

Convicted cocaine dealer Chad Tsuneyoshi is taking over as Honolulu Council Chair Ernie Martin’s Campaign Treasurer.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Query Results of Targeted Tax Credits
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 7:57 PM :: 4557 Views :: Energy, Environment Hawaii the tax incentives and the executive order to blend all fuel merely increased the cost for the highway user and shifted the export of consumer dollars from the oil fields of the Middle East and Indonesia to the sugar fields of Brazil. And because of the lost tax revenues, taxpayers had to forego tax relief....

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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Hawaii’s Future? Abandoned Solar Farms Clutter California Desert
By Andrew Walden @ 7:25 PM :: 17887 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits

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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Rep. Faleomavaega's Kazakh Connection finally makes news in Samoa
By Selected News Articles @ 5:49 PM :: 4911 Views :: National News, Ethics was a pleasant surprise to see the leading radio news organization, Radio States KHJ-FM raise questions about some of the campaign money he has raised, based on our report, even if the story was centered on Faleomavaega's condemnation of us for our report....

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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sovereignty Mortgage Scammer Keanu Sai at it again with help from Legislators, Maui Council, University
By Andrew Walden @ 4:56 PM :: 37800 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii History, Law Enforcement, OHA

Do the math. Sai and Gumapac have 300 “customers”. Perfect Title had 400 victims. The Maui-based Ventura-Oliver sovereignty mortgage scammers now on trial had about 300 alleged victims. That is 1000 native Hawaiian households who have allegedly fallen victim to these three alleged scams. ...amounting to 2.3% of all native Hawaiian home-owning households.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Senate Race: Hanabusa sees Remake of 2002 Gubernatorial Election
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 6500 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Mazie Hirono and Ed Case batter each other in a contested Democratic primary, then the survivor meets and loses to Lingle in the general election."

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Saturday, July 16, 2011
Analysis: Hawaii Democratic Tent not Broad, voter satisfaction can shift quickly
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 6376 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Using results in legislative districts from the past three presidential elections, the two most recent gubernatorial elections and the last legislative election, he predicts margins of victory for Democratic or Republican candidates based on the districts’ political preferences.

(See complete Index for Hawaii House and Senate)

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Saturday, July 16, 2011
PUC Requires HECO to Reopen Molokai Windfarm Bidding
By News Release @ 10:30 AM :: 7533 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

...the PUC determined that Castle & Cooke cannot assign part of its development rights to Pattern Energy to develop 200 MW of wind power on Molokai....

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Friday, July 15, 2011
School-by-School Annual Yearly Progress — How did your school do?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:03 PM :: 9065 Views :: Energy, Environment

School Year 2010-11 AYP Results and Corresponding School Year 2011-12 Accountability Status by Complex

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Friday, July 15, 2011
Response to Star-Advertiser: Rail Opponents list Alternative Traffic Solutions
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 7227 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Borreca's column today is an interesting one but we do quibble with his following conclusion:  "... the anti-rail contingent has yet to show its own alternative traffic solution. Honolulu's real traffic jam is the city's inability to move a plan that has overwhelming public support."

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Friday, July 15, 2011
IAM: PUC re-bid order should bring halt to Wind Development on Molokai
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 6750 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Now that the Public Utilities Commission has ordered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) to stop this mega-project and restart it with new bidders, I Aloha Molokai (IAM) requests that Pattern Energy and its subcontractors and partners cease their activities on Molokai immediately.

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Friday, July 15, 2011
Guam WW2 Claims Bill criticized for Over-criminalization
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:27 PM :: 6456 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This bill would authorize the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission to compensate residents of Guam and their descendants who were injured or killed in World War II.

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Friday, July 15, 2011
Despite high costs, Hawaii Medicaid Spending ranks 41st in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 11:31 AM :: 6627 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Despite the fact that the state has the fourth highest median household income in the country, Hawaii actually had a larger portion of its Medicaid bill covered by the federal government than poorer states like Illinois, Virginia and Nevada. Compared to most wealthy “blue” states, the group of islands spends very little on Medicaid. 

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Friday, July 15, 2011
The Fight for the Balanced Budget Amendment
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:42 AM :: 3151 Views :: National News, Ethics

Washington remains embroiled in debt limit negotiations as Republicans and Democrats stand apart on how to best go about increasing the amount of money the government can borrow and spend. But on the sidelines, another debate simmers over one amendment to the U.S. Constitution that could have averted today's spending debacle: the balanced budget amendment (BBA).

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Ewa Field Battlefield Survey Report released by Navy
By John Bond @ 11:56 PM :: 9937 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

July 19th PUBLIC HEARING at the DHHL Hawaii Pono'i Bldg. That's Tuesday July 19, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Hanalani School Returns Home with Second International Botball Tournament Win
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 7398 Views :: Maui County, Energy

Hanalani School is a robotic force to be reckoned with. After three days of intense international competition, the Miliani students were named tournament champions for the second year in a row ....

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Berg: Restore Funding for Sand Island Wastewater Treatment
By Tom Berg @ 10:56 PM :: 6525 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
WSJ: Why Medicare Patients See the Doctor Too Much
By Selected News Articles @ 10:32 AM :: 4286 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Almost all discussions about Medicare reform ignore one key factor: Medicare utilization is roughly 50 percent higher than private health insurance utilization, even after adjusting for age and medical conditions....

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Time to End Fannie and Freddie
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:29 AM :: 3270 Views :: National News, Ethics

For those with short memories, Fannie, Freddie, and government policies aimed at making it easier for people to purchase homes is how the housing market wound up in its current state.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
NYT: Book Challenges Obama on Mother’s Deathbed Fight
By Selected News Articles @ 10:25 AM :: 6789 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book that suggests that President Obama, in his campaign to overhaul American health care, mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother’s deathbed dispute with her insurance company.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011
Abercrombie adds 10 more HGEA positions
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 4708 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Neil Abercrombie approved the hiring of 10 agricultural inspectors, restoring some positions that were eliminated in 2009.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
What Difference Has RomneyCare Made?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:35 PM :: 4555 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...there has actually been an increase in emergency room use by people with incomes below 300% of the poverty level....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Supreme Court Offers Free Divorce Law Program on July 14
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 3947 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Divorce Law in Hawaii program will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom on the second floor of Aliiolani Hale at 417 South King Street. The program is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Obama Aims for the Money You Don't "Need"
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:24 PM :: 3319 Views :: National News, Ethics

Over the past several weeks, America has seen on grand display in Washington a singular mindset emanating from the White House: We must raise taxes so that we can keep on spending.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Abercrombie announces final vetoes, 14 bills become law
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 4655 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie today signed into law the last of the measures from the 2011 legislative session. In total, Governor Abercrombie enacted 235 measures and vetoed 17; seven bills became law without his signature....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Democrats call disenfranchisement of Military Personnel “Fair, equitable representation”
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 10052 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

fair, equitable representation for all residents ... one man/one vote fairness doctrine ....  we urge the State Democratic Party to pursue all legal options including filing a lawsuit, if necessary, to overturn this Reapportionment Commission decision....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Hawaii Next? Civil Union Laws Can Spell End of Child Welfare Services for Faith-based Groups
By Selected News Articles @ 1:26 PM :: 5668 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Most states that have approved same-sex marriage or civil unions have not lost the services of faith-based child welfare providers, but the recent conflict between Illinois and one of its largest religious partners suggests those losses might occur as more states pass such laws.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
A Singular Woman: Obama lied about Cancer-Stricken Mother not having Health Insurance
By Selected News Articles @ 1:12 PM :: 6464 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It was a simple and powerful story, one Obama would tell many more times as president during the national health care debate. But now we're learning the real story of Ann Dunham's health coverage is not quite what her son made it out to be.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
For me but not for thee: Punahou Obama praises school choice
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 7185 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The president explained that if it were not for the scholarship he received to attend a prestigious private school in Hawaii when he was ten years old, he would not be president today. Lindsey Burke, education analyst at The Heritage Foundation, says she was astonished by the remark.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Lights Out for the Light Bulb Ban?
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:25 AM :: 3253 Views :: National News, Ethics

Some politicians in Washington don't think you're all that bright. They believe that you can't make wise decisions in your day-to-day life, so they have taken it upon themselves to impose regulations to protect you from yourself. And there's no better example than Congress' ban on the incandescent light bulb, which is up for repeal in the House today.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Abercrombie Admin. claims HSTA Negotiators Agreed to Terms, Releases Full Text of Contract Changes
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 5137 Views :: Energy, Environment

In June, both sides agreed to terms on a final offer that HSTA negotiators would recommend to the HSTA board. This included the 5 percent wage reduction, equal health care premium costs and other items, such as increased planning time, which reflect tentative agreements that had been made during negotiations through June.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Thielen: Environmental Assessment required to truck Sludge from Sand Island to Kailua
By Andrew Walden @ 1:56 AM :: 8338 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"Please know that I will pursue all available means to ensure that the Department of Environmental Services does not commence trucking raw sewage to the Kailua plant until it fulfills its comprehensive legal requirements under Chapter 343, HRS." -- Rep Thielen

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Police, Prosecutors to discuss Cybercrime at Capitol
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 8740 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Briefing on Cybercrime to be held Tuesday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 309.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011
As veto deadline looms, Abercrombie signs Eleven Bills into Law
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 4585 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie has enacted 221 bills so far. The deadline to sign or veto bills passed in the last legislative session is tomorrow, July 12, 2011.

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