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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Pyrrhic victory for Superferry Protesters?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:45 PM :: 5364 Views :: Energy, Environment

Environmental and community-action groups such as the Sierra Club and Maui Tomorrow now find themselves in the crosshairs of many residents frustrated by recent developments with the Hawaii Superferry.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i wind farms could provide power to O‘ahu
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 6736 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, Energy

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle along with Castle & Cooke, First Wind Hawai‘i and Hawaiian Electric Company today announced an agreement that could lead to large wind farms on both Lāna‘i and Moloka‘i providing clean energy to O‘ahu. These wind farms would feed into an inter-island cable system currently being discussed that could ultimately interconnect the major Hawaiian islands for increased grid reliability, security and consumer and business cost savings through access to renewables.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009
SHPDA Approves West Maui Hospital
By Jan Shields RN @ 9:12 PM :: 8376 Views :: DHHL, Energy

The Certificate of Need for the proposed West Maui hospital was officially approved by Ron Terry, Executive Director of SHPDA....

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Legislature to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Admission Act
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 6045 Views :: Energy, Environment

In observance of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Hawai‘i Admission Act, both houses of the Hawai‘i State Legislature will convene a joint session in the State Capitol House Chambers on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Governor Lingle: "balance budget without raising taxes or laying off"
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 6751 Views :: Energy, Environment

Because I have also met with and will continue meeting with union leaders, the counties and my cabinet, as well as social service agencies and other organizations in the community, the process of developing a new financial plan takes time, but I believe it is time well spent.  I remain committed to balancing the budget without raising taxes or laying off employees.  Either of these actions would further weaken our economy.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Utah, Hawaii, Wyoming top 'happiness' poll
By News Release @ 12:07 PM :: 6898 Views :: Energy, National News

Looking for happiness—it's family-friendly communities for some, tropical paradise or the rugged West for others. A survey of Americans' well-being, conducted by Gallup in partnership with Healthways and America's Health Insurance Plans, gives high marks to Utah, which boasts lots of outdoor recreation for its youthful population.  Speaking of outdoor recreation, the islands of Hawaii took second place and Wyoming was third in the poll that rated such variables as mental, physical and economic health.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Hawaii State Senate approves voting by incarcerated felons
By @ 11:35 AM :: 7132 Views :: Energy, Environment

Sen. Sam Slom, (R-Hawaii Kai): this is the premier bill presented by the “criminal lobby.”

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Update: Karen's Law Passes House Tuesday evening
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 10042 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

"Karen's Law", HB819HD2, passed out of the House today un-amended.  The measure passed with the exception of no votes placed by Representatives Lyla Berg, Roy Takumi, Faye Hanohano, Sylvia Luke, Hermina Morita, Mark Nakashima and Scott Saiki.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Earmark Watch: Focus on Hawaii U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 13373 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

EarmarkWatch is an experimental distributed research project that contains data for Fiscal Year 2008 earmarks from the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education bills and the 2008 House Defense Bill. It does not contain 2009 earmarks.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Karen's law to be heard on House floor Wednesday
By News Release @ 9:16 AM :: 8676 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Thanks to you, Karen’s Law will finally be heard on the House Floor tomorrow...a select few members will be trying to kill the bill.

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Monday, March 9, 2009
4.0 Earthquake off Laupahoehoe
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 5608 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

Earthquake location: Along Hamakua coast, about 10 miles NNE of Laupahoehoe.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
$410B Omnibus budget pulled off US Senate floor
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 9262 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It appears at least 41 Senators object to the massive increase in spending -- 8% over last year's budget – and the larding in of 8,500 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion. 

A senior Senate aide told me this morning that many Senators do not want a repeat of the Stimulus battle where their offices were literally shut down with telephone calls and their email was swamped with messages going after the wasteful spending.

You see, they’re talking about Americans like you.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
Gov Lingle submits recommended amendments to close revenue shortfall
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 4685 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today submitted to the State Legislature recommended amendments to three bills that would provide statutory changes needed to help meet a projected $650 million revenue shortfall for the remainder of the current fiscal year (FY09) and biennium budget fiscal years 2010 through 2011.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
Lt. Gov. Aiona: Pro Bowl decision "great news for Hawai`i"
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 8897 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News

“I commend the HTA for having the wisdom to reconsider their previous decision and return the Pro Bowl to Hawai‘i where it belongs.
“Let us now move forward and work closely with the NFL to make the Pro Bowl’s homecoming the best possible.
“I am excited to continue working with Commissioner Goodell on what I believe could be an enhanced all-star weekend of festivities.”

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Friday, March 6, 2009
AP: Abercrombie to enter Governor's race
By Andrew Walden @ 9:21 AM :: 12125 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

An official familiar with Abercrombie's plans says the 10-term congressman will make his announcement through an Internet video to be released Sunday.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Karen's Law to get floor vote--passes Finance Committee
By News Release @ 7:08 PM :: 6141 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

"Karen's Law", HB819HD1, passed out of the Finance Committee today at 4:36pm un-amended. All members present voted yes.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
N Korean missile could reach Hawaii, Alaska
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:31 PM :: 10049 Views :: Energy, National News, Ethics, World News

The range of North Korean ballistic missiles has increased five-fold since 1990.  The two-stage Taepodong-2 missile, if successfully developed, could travel thousands of miles to strike Alaska, Hawaii and "parts of the continental United States," intelligence experts estimate.  By testing and perfecting a third stage, the North Koreans could reach anywhere in North America with a nuclear warhead.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Gov Lingle has breast biopsy
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 5143 Views :: Energy, Environment

In November 2002, the Governor underwent a similar breast biopsy, which tested negative for breast cancer.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Islamic censorship on US campuses: What We Don't Read in America
By IPT News @ 9:23 AM :: 9564 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

San Francisco State University:  "[T]he College Republicans must be punished or sanctioned for throwing shoes at the Hamas flag; pending charges should be dropped against the two protestors who assaulted the College Republicans and seized the Hamas flag; and, most ominously for defenders of free _expression on campus, a forum should be created to 'educate' students about what forms of speech the 'offended' students deem acceptable or unacceptable, including what the Left regularly tries to proscribe as 'hate speech.'"

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
AIHM salutes West Maui Hospital CON board approval
By Jan Shields RN @ 8:40 AM :: 10964 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Kimo Apana, a former Maui County Mayor, testified that he brought a friend into MMMC with a stroke this week and although they needed to admit the friend, there was not a bed....

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
AIHM: Pressure on Senate needed to limit malpractice lawsuits
By Dr. Linda Rasmussen @ 7:56 AM :: 8602 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The bill was drafted as a compromise to get House approval and to encourage talks with the state Senate, where many senators are opposed.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Governor Lingle unveils plan to close revenue shortfall
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 4888 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor balances budget with no tax increases, no layoffs, no significant cuts in essential services -- Act 215 spending cut 50% -- $320 in Federal 'stimulus' funds covering Medicaid expenses -- renegotiate State employees health benefit cost sharing %

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Monday, March 2, 2009
Lt Gov Aiona salutes HTA decision to reconsider Pro-Bowl
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 5:11 PM :: 6468 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

I am glad to see that the HTA board will reconsider the NFL’s proposal so we can begin working on making the Pro Bowl even better.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Governor Lingle: No more "business as usual"
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 7:17 PM :: 9740 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment, National News, World News

In an effort to make Hawai‘i’s state government as efficient and effective as possible, I have asked each state department to develop new and innovative ways of delivering critical services and upholding their responsibility to the people of Hawai‘i. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has responded with a comprehensive plan that reinvents how it cares for Hawai‘i’s land and ocean recreational spaces.

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Friday, February 27, 2009
OHA's strange concessions in "Ceded Lands" Oral Arguments
By Robert Thomas @ 12:01 AM :: 7580 Views :: Energy, National News

At first, it was a bit odd to see Washington, D.C. attorney Kannon Shanmugam, counsel for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the "ceded lands" case immediately concede in oral argument that the U.S. Supreme Court should rule against OHA -- and hold the Apology Resolution was simply a symbolic statement of regret -- if the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision relied on it.

The predicament OHA finds itself in is one almost entirely of its own making. Its unusual U.S. Supreme Court strategy was made necessary by its overwhelming victory in the Hawaii Supreme Court (the court ruled unanimously against the State), where it argued successfully that the Apology Resolution provided all of the answers. But in prevailing on that basis, OHA opened the door to the state and federal government's arguments which -- if accepted by a majority of the Supreme Court -- at the very least will shift the venue for resolution of land claims from OHA's preferred forum, state courts, to the political branches of state government.

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Friday, February 20, 2009
Renovating the Big Island’s Recreational Areas
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 10:24 AM :: 5682 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

We are looking to draw on the popularity of our recreational areas to help reverse years of decline and rehabilitate these cultural attractions for outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy everything from fishing and hunting, to boating and camping, to hiking and swimming.

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Friday, October 10, 2008
Lillian Koller named “Public Official of the Year”
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 8524 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HONOLULU – GOVERNING magazine announced today that Hawai‘i Human Services Director Lillian Koller has been selected as a “Public Official of the Year” for her leadership in bringing about widespread improvements at the State Department of Human Services (DHS) over the past five years, including an overhaul of the child welfare system.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008
Will Soldiers Get to Vote in 2008?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:28 PM :: 6512 Views :: Energy, Environment

Convicted felons are being registered. Some jurisdictions propose allowing non-citizens to cast ballots in state and local elections. But are our soldiers voting?

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Thursday, February 7, 2008
Hawaii Legislators Consider Becoming Dope Dealers
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 AM :: 12141 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

After nationalizing a Kauai poi factory in December, the state of Hawaii is considering collectivized agriculture. A bill before the Legislature’s House Committee on Health would establish a state farm on Maui -- to grow marijuana.

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Thursday, March 8, 2007
Kuleana Plots Saved from the 'Stewards of Jesus'
By Andrew Walden @ 12:21 PM :: 14308 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy

“OK, if they ask you are you related to this person or that, just say yes, OK?”

With that instruction, non-Hawaiian sovereignty activist Shelly Stephens, who sometimes calls herself “Makaala Nakoa” sent three Hawaiians into the Hilo courtroom of Third Circuit Court Judge Greg Nakamura on February 1.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Case Defeat: Democratic Party Rejects Reform Candidates
By Andrew Walden @ 4:16 PM :: 9031 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Rep. Ed Case called the Democratic Senate Primary vote on Sept. 23, “a Choice between past and future” and explained on his campaign Web site: "This election gives Hawaii's voters a choice between the way things have been in Hawaii and national politics and the way they can and should be. I believe our political culture is broken and must change, and that this election asks voters to choose between the status quo and a better way forward."

But Hawaii Democratic Primary voters said “no.”

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Thursday, July 6, 2006
Failed North Korean Missile Aimed at Hawaii?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:05 PM :: 10591 Views :: Energy, National News, World News

A Tokyo-based newspaper reports in its Friday AM edition that North Korea’s failed Taepodong-2 missile was aimed at an area of the ocean close to Hawaii.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Thimerosal Veto: Saving Vaccines from Trial Lawyers
By Andrew Walden @ 2:14 PM :: 10695 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Gov. Lingle has done a service to autistic children everywhere by rejecting the Thimerosal claims. This is one step away from fear mongering claims which might make for a nice juicy lawsuit one day and a step towards autism research which could discover the real cause(s) and develop real treatments.

Thousands of lives are at stake but the Democrats and their trial lawyer donors care only about the opportunity for more ill gotten gains. The fact that these gains might be made at the expense of the lives of children who are infected by diseases which might have been prevented by vaccines made no longer available due to lawsuit liability is of no concern to them.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Clinton, Reagan, and Carter's Legal Warrantless Wiretaps on U.S. Citizens
By Andrew Walden @ 2:07 PM :: 18199 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The day after Iraq’s stunning December 15 election success, the New York Times wrote, "Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the …(National Security Agency) has monitored the international telephone calls and international email messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible ‘dirty numbers’ linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications." ... the local media, and The New York Times all chose not to mention that President Bill Clinton asserted his authority to conduct physical searches "for foreign intelligence purposes" without a warrant in Executive Order 12949, dated Feb. 9, 1995, during the Bosnia War.

 

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