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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Governor Lingle details furlough plan
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 6584 Views :: Energy, Environment

 

“The primary goal in developing the furlough plans for each department was to achieve the required operational savings, while minimizing disruption to public services,” said Governor Lingle.  “I recognize the impact the furloughs will have on many employees and their families.  This is not something we want to do, but something we have to do to balance the state budget.  We appreciate the public’s understanding and patience as our state employees adjust to the new schedules.”

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Monday, June 15, 2009
Re-directing the GOP: Advice from the Star-Bulletin
By Selected News Articles @ 1:42 PM :: 7302 Views :: Energy, Environment

Perhaps what we need today is a bunch of ambitious young men eager to improve the State who will decide to infiltrate and re-direct the Republican Party. 

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Friday, June 12, 2009
Blackmailed? Palau reportedly to take 17 Guantanamo detainees
By Andrew Walden @ 10:57 AM :: 10630 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

With Obama’s White House counsel Greg Craig and GTMO Shutdown Czar Daniel Fried riding shotgun—plus the detainees two personal attorneys--a US plane landed Thursday in Bermuda to offload four Chinese Muslim Uighurs who allegedly trained with al-Qaeda and were captured in Afghanistan on the field of combat at Tora Borah in December, 2001.

Palau is the Obama’s administration’s next stop. Seventeen more Uighurs from Tora Bora are to be dumped there. That will total 21 jihadi head-choppers who have been granted residence at US taxpayer expense on beautiful tropical islands after facing American soldiers in combat alongside al-Qaeda at Tora Borah.  Palauans have the right to travel and work in the United States under the terms of the Compact of Free Association. 

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Thursday, June 11, 2009
House Natural Resources Committee considers Akaka Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 12:23 PM :: 10842 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“It’s essentially an enabling act” that would allow Native Hawaiians OHA cronies the chance to manage land and assets as they see fit, Abercrombie said. “When the land wasn’t worth anything and there was no money, nobody cared.  (When was that?  1848?  Overthrowing the Mahele, Neil?)  Now that the land is worth a considerable amount of money, now all of a sudden, everybody is OHA cronies are interested.”

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Greenwood named UH system President
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 5001 Views :: Energy, Environment

Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood, chancellor emerita of the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been named president of the University of Hawai‘i System.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Executive compensation at UC: MRC Greenwood and the $871 million dollar secret
By Andrew Walden @ 8:39 PM :: 23761 Views :: Energy, Environment

Nine days after Greenwood’s resignation on November 4, the Chronicle finally began publishing a series of stories that Dynes had tried to get ahead of. Starting with the stunning fact that 8,500 staffers had collected at least $20,000 each in unreported bonuses and extra pay in the previous year, Schevitz and Wallack methodically cracked open a secret culture of executive compensation more widespread than anyone could have imagined. At the heart of the series was a blockbuster number Wallack had teased out of payroll data. According to his calculations, $871 million had been “quietly handed out” in “administrative stipends, bonuses, and other hidden cash compensation.” There was a veritable canyon between UC’s reported salaries (plus overtime) and the total payroll.

Congratulations UH!  This is who you are about to hire.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
State sells $725.3M in General Obligation bonds, saves $100M/year
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 4388 Views :: Energy, Environment

The $725.3 million bond sale included $500 million of new money proceeds to fund new capital improvement projects and $225.3 million of refunding bonds to refinance outstanding debt.  The refinancing of existing debt resulted in a reduction in debt service of approximately $100 million per year in fiscal years 2010 and 2011.  The overall interest rate for the bonds was 4.12 percent.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service cited, as one of the State’s credit strengths, “management’s well-established, proactive budget monitoring practices, including frequent revenue forecast updates from the Council on Revenues, which facilitates prompt identification of potential budget adjustments.”

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Aiona: Legislature slowed economic recovery
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:11 PM :: 5559 Views :: Energy, Environment

The legislature voted to impose almost $521 million in new taxes on residents and visitors. It was just one in a flurry of moves that will slow economic recovery and lead to greater job losses.

Most troubling was that legislators did not have to raise taxes on our businesses and hard-working families. Our Administration provided them with a credible alternative to closing the state’s budget gap without raising taxes, cutting essential services or laying off government workers.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Estate tax: Hawaii could add 7000 jobs
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 6927 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii could add 7,000 new jobs at no cost to taxpayers if the federal estate tax were repealed, according to a new analysis by SmartBusiness Hawaii (SBH) and the SBH Entrepreneurial Education Foundation.

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Monday, June 8, 2009
Price of Apology: Clinton, Obama, and the Hawaiian Quid Pro Quo
By Andrew Walden @ 8:01 AM :: 13230 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Contrary to popular opinion, Indian reservations have a history in Hawaii. An Oct. 12, 1999, article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin describes the 1995 efforts by corrupt trustees controlling America’s largest charitable trust — Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate (KSBE) — to evade state and federal oversight. And not without reason: trustees’ salaries were over $1 million per year. KSBE money, along with trustees’ personal funds, had been invested in a pornographic website. Spending on the Kamehameha School was being cut. One trustee was running rampant in the school, micromanaging teachers and administrators. The trustees’ self-dealing and their investments with Goldman Sachs — at the time headed by current New Jersey Democratic Governor John Corzine — had brought losses of $264 million in 1994 alone. Investigators were starting to ask questions. Hawaiians were beginning to protest. The trustees’ plan? Get the IRS and the state attorney general off their backs by moving KSBE’s legal domicile to an Indian reservation.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Obama's Muslim Roots: What a difference a year makes
By Andrew Walden @ 8:57 PM :: 14146 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Family

Speaking in Turkey, April 6, President Obama claimed: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."  This is not new.  Obama has delivered similar remarks going back to at least 2008.  These are usually coupled with "we are not a (or--We are also a) Jewish nation, Muslim nation, Buddhist nation, nation of unbelievers, etc"  

But in Germany June 3, as he prepared to travel to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Obama changed his meme--announcing "The US is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”

Toby Harnden of the UK Telegraph writes:

As ABC's Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller astutely outline here, the Obama administration is embracing the new president's inner Muslim, as it were. Deputy national security adviser stated that Obama had "experienced Islam on three continents...growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father -- obviously Muslim Americans [are] a key part of Illinois and Chicago".

So that's once, twice, three times a Muslim?

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Monday, June 1, 2009
Lingle: "Unlike the Federal government, we cannot print money"
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 2:12 PM :: 6317 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...we now have a government that we cannot afford....

"I cannot support raising taxes because it would cause further hardship for families, businesses, and the overall economy.

"We have two options:  we can continue to tax and spend to pay for a government that we would like to have but can no longer afford, or we can take the steps necessary to create the government that we need and are able to afford.

"...delaying bills until July, instituting a statewide furlough plan, and scaling back free Medicaid benefits to low-income adults – will allow us to avoid deeper cuts in education, environmental protection, public safety, and other core services the State provides."

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Monday, June 1, 2009
Governor: DoE to establish curriculum
By News Release @ 10:34 AM :: 6833 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle and State School Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto today announced Hawai‘i’s participation in a nationwide program led by the states to ensure public school students have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the global economy.

Governor Lingle and Superintendent Hamamoto have co-signed a Memorandum of Agreement that commits Hawai‘i to participate in the process of developing a common core of state standards that are internationally benchmarked.

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Monday, June 1, 2009
Gov Lingle's budget address live via Internet
By News Release @ 6:05 AM :: 7982 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Lingle will address the people of Hawai‘i on the Administration’s plan to close the budget shortfall.  The address will be carried live on line at 1PM today.  Four links are available to avoid website overloads.

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Friday, May 29, 2009
Julian-Gregorian game: Islamists mark fall of Constantinople with riot in Athens
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 AM :: 9403 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

Here is video of the latest Islamist riots in Athens.  The excuse: something about Koranic verse being written on a piece of paper torn up by an Athens police officer.  The date:  May 29, 2009 (Gregorian).  The fall (and looting) of Constantinople to the Ottomans was ...(drumroll please)... May 29, 1453 (Julian). 

Of course this is just a coincidence.  Really.  Certainly nobody would ever do such a thing in Hawaii.

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Friday, May 29, 2009
Gov. Lingle responds to Council on Revenues forecast
By News Release @ 6:15 AM :: 5587 Views :: Energy, Environment

“I will be meeting tomorrow and throughout the weekend with my staff to identify options to close the immediate shortfall projected by the Council on Revenues, as well as our projected $500 million shortfall in the fiscal 2010 – 2011 budget period that begins July 1, 2009.
“I will address the public at 1:00 p.m., Monday, June 1 on television, radio and webcast to discuss these options and to outline our path to economic recovery.”

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Washington-run health care: A matter of life and death
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 6626 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Canadian Shona Holmes had a brain tumor and was told by her government health care agency to wait 6 months for treatment.  In Canada she had no choice.  The government had spoken.  So Shona mortgaged her home and came to the United States for immediate treatment--that saved her life.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009
NKorea says it has conducted a second nuclear test
By Selected News Articles @ 8:07 PM :: 10437 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

At the Chinese border city of Yanji, 130 miles (200 kilometers) northwest from the test site, an emergency siren sounded shortly before 9 a.m. when officials thought an earthquake occurred. A receptionist at Yanji's International Hotel said she and several hotel guests felt the ground tremble.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Islam Day: “‘The Muslims are laughing’ Why, yes, we are indeed”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 AM :: 16417 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Aziz Poonawalla of Madison, Wisconsin May 19 writes: “Naturally, there are some (conservative, Republican) people who see this as dhimmitude incarnate. This fellow for example ... intones seriously, 'the muslims are laughing'. Why, yes, we are indeed.”

The first commenter on Poonawalla’s blog post identifies himself as Hawaii IIO webmaster Abdul Rashid Abdullah.  The Islamic Information Office (IIO) website is tied to the Hawaii-based Muslim initiators of the “Islam Day” resolution. 

The next morning “Indira” comments: “Nice work, that is also September 11 on the Julian calendar, no wonder you are laughing at kufr.” 

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Thursday, May 21, 2009
Gov Lingle releases $1M to widen Middle St Merge on H-1
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 7830 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Currently, cars exiting the Middle Street tunnel must merge onto the H-1, which creates an extreme bottleneck as cars traveling eastbound on the H-1 slow down to allow the incoming traffic.  This project will increase traffic capacity through the Middle Street merge and Vineyard Boulevard by adding a fourth continuous lane, eliminating the need to merge. The additional lane will also add a second exit lane to the Vineyard Street off-ramp.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Next Phase of Islamist Lawfare
By Selected News Articles @ 5:45 PM :: 11511 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

More recently still, CAIR has demanded that Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner step down, for the "crime" of co-hosting a conference on free speech at which Mr.Wilders spoke. Lawsuits charging "defamation" continue to plague people who speak out against radical Islam and terrorism, including ongoing cases against Iranian-American researcher Hassan Daioleslam, Americans Against Hate founder Joseph Kaufman, and Hawaii Free Press Editor Andrew Walden. By and large, these events, and others like them, have not made the front page of any major newspaper, or been featured on broadcast television, if mentioned at all.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
MRC Greenwood and "A Powerful Coterie of larcenous. . . ." (UH's next system President?)
By Andrew Walden @ 8:57 PM :: 32319 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, DHHL, Maui County, Energy, Environment

When the Star-Bulletin and Advertiser write about "ethical lapses" of public officials without actually describing the lapses it is a sure sign that a good story is lurking below the surface.  Of course that is the case with MRC Greenwood, one of the two finalists selected from 600 applicants for the job of UH system President. 

This hidden story involves money-grubbing lesbians, a $30,000 dog run paid for by the UC system, former Communist Party vice-presidential candidate Angela Davis, and one suicide.  Questions Hawaii reporters should be asking Greenwood include:  "If hired, will UH be expected to also hire Ms Goff and/or your son?"  and "Will you speak up in favor of  administrators arranging cushy high-paying jobs for their lovers at UH--or was that just a UC thing?"

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Monday, May 18, 2009
Hawaii Republicans elect Kaauwai Chair
By Andrew Walden @ 6:59 PM :: 7253 Views :: Energy, Environment

Rebounding from their 2008 election drubbing, Hawai`i Republicans have recruited over 500 new members -- and it showed at the State GOP convention meeting at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott May 16. Among over 300 delegates and guests were about 100 attending their first convention.

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Monday, May 18, 2009
July 15 deadline: Governor seeks public input on veto decisions
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 3:50 PM :: 5041 Views :: Energy, Environment

Since the legislative session ended on May 8, my Administration has been carefully analyzing the 250 bills passed by the State Legislature. As Governor, I have until July 15 to sign the bills into law, veto them or let them become law without my signature. We encourage the public to provide input on the bills that are still under consideration by e-mailing gov.policy@hawaii.gov , faxing 808-586-0006 or calling 808-586-0034.

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Monday, May 18, 2009
Hawaii Republicans decide on 2012 Presidential caucus
By Andrew Walden @ 11:33 AM :: 13000 Views :: Energy, Environment, Ethics

The caucuses replace Hawaii Republicans' former convention-based system of voting for Presidential-year RNC delegates. Backers of the caucus system pointed to the opportunity to recruit thousands of new Republicans as the competing Republican Presidential nominees campaign in Hawaii and encourage their supporters to vote at the caucuses.  The Hawaii Republican caucus will be held on the third Tuesday in February.

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Monday, May 18, 2009
Fisking the Star-Bulletin: Uproar over Islam undeserved
By Andrew Walden @ 7:37 AM :: 13489 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

(Today's Star-Bulletin Editorial properly Fisked by your beloved Editor) 

Legislators' near-unanimous approval of a resolution creating an Islam Day in Hawaii was greeted with anger by many people who mistook it as siding with terrorists.  (Why would they think that?  Just because it honors Sept 11 in the old Julian calendar but corresponds with exactly nothing in the Islamic calendar?  Or is it because of the 'magnificent' 7% below....)

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Sunday, May 17, 2009
Hawaii GOP Convention Coverage
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 8674 Views :: Energy, Environment

Advertiser: Republicans urged to unite: GOP challenged to gain seats in 2010 election by sticking to core beliefs

AP: Hawaii Republicans elect 36-year-old as new leader

KGMB: Hawaii GOP Elects New Leadership For 2009-2011

KITV: Lingle: It's Time For Younger Republicans To Lead, Aiona Says Democrats Are 'Party Of No Ideas'

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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Islam Day: Answering UH Religion Department Prof.
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 PM :: 16621 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In response to the www.HawaiiFreePress.com article “Hawaii ‘Islam Day’ secretly marks September 11” UH Manoa Department of Religion professor James D. Frankel today writes:

“Andrew Walden has uncovered no secret or nefarious conspiracy to honor the deplorable terrorism of September 11, 2001. The 12th day of Rabi ul-Awwal will fall on September 24, 2009, but will be on September 13 next year and September 2 the year after that.”

Frankel is dead wrong -- and has exposed an utterly stupendous ignorance of his own field of study.

Had Professor Frankel bothered to look at an Islamic calendar he would have discovered that the Islamic lunar calendar’s “12th day of Rabi ul-Awwal” fell on March 9, 2009 and will next year fall on February 26, 2010.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Milk Cows may bolt: Hawaii Enacts Top Income Tax Rate of 11% on Incomes over $200,000, Highest State Rate in the U.S.
By News Release @ 7:30 AM :: 6933 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"States that adopt new taxes on high-income earners are ones where policymakers are persuaded to ignore concerns about long-term economic growth in favor of a short-term budget fix that avoids deep spending cuts."

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
al-Taqiyya in action: Islamic Information Office of Hawaii defends "Islam Day"
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 15081 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The word "al-Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury." A one-word translation would be "Dissimulation."

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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Islam Day: Ron Paul Hawaii leader accuses Hemmings, Slom of "ignorance"
By Letters to the Editor @ 5:50 PM :: 10640 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

I was one of those Ron Paul supporters employed in Rep. Pine’s office.  Your comment implies that I am in favor of government getting involved with religion.  I do not.  I believe government should have no place in supporting any religion.  On the other hand I do not support government officials equating Islam with terrorism.  Equating Islam with terrorism shows the ignorance of some people who refuse to take off their blinders. 

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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Hawaii Islamic Holiday Resolution Is An Insensitive Embarrassment
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:58 AM :: 16080 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HCR 100, the Islamic Holiday Resolution passed by the State Senate (22-3) on Thursday, May 7, is insensitive to patriotic Americans of all religions, outrageous, and an embarrassment (once again) for the State of Hawaii.

This resolution (which does not have the force of law) proclaims September 24 as Islam Day in Hawaii. How insensitive, no matter what the original intent, can anyone get, selecting a holiday just 13 days following the 911 Islamic terrorist attack on America? Is it just me that feels the stunning inappropriateness here?

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Saturday, May 9, 2009
Islam Day: Rep Pine "way off base"
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 AM :: 7262 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Hawaii Rep. Kymberly Pine, R-Ewa, is way off base in chastising Sen. Sam Slom, R-Hawaii Kai, for his comments regarding the proposed Islam Day.  To honor a person or generic group of people like kupuna or Tartans is one thing – honoring a religion like Islam, as the House and Senate did in HCR 100, is totally inappropriate.

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Friday, May 8, 2009
Gov. Lingle vetoes tax increases at public rally
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 PM :: 5594 Views :: Energy, Environment

 

HONOLULU Thursday, May 7 – Governor Linda Lingle today, joined by hundreds of individual taxpayers, businesses and visitor industry leaders and employees, vetoed four bills that would raise taxes on residents, visitors and businesses, cause further job loss, and delay our economic recovery.

Combined, the four bills would extract a total of $94.3 million in 2010 and almost $126.2 million each year thereafter out of the economy.

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Friday, May 8, 2009
Gov. Lingle invites public comments on veto decisions
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 5596 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – As part of the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s comprehensive process of reviewing legislation passed this session by the Legislature, Governor Linda Lingle is encouraging the public to provide input and comments on 250 bills.

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Friday, May 8, 2009
Islam Day: Rep Pine, Muslims denounce Senators Slom, Hemmings and Green
By Andrew Walden @ 11:52 AM :: 16770 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

From email distributed by the Islamic Information Office of Hawaii:

Islam day HCR100 Resolution was on the agenda yesterday (Wednesday). Senator Hemmings (Republican) gave a hate speech in opposition talking about the 10% of Islamic terrorists who want to kill Americans. The gallery was filled with the red shirts that are opposing HB444, the Civil Unions bill who all stood and applauded in support of Senator Hemmings speech against this Resolution. It was disgusting.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Governor to Veto $566 million in new taxes
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:42 AM :: 7798 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

In just two days from now, on Friday, May 8th, the 2009 legislative session will come to a close. The budget passed by the Legislature in conference committee late last Friday evening takes $566 million out of the pockets of our visitors and residents, in an attempt to balance the budget. Last Friday, legislators also voted to extend the legislative session by two days so that they would be in a position to attempt to override my vetoes of tax increases without having to call a special session.

Tomorrow, on Thursday, May 7th at 3:30 p.m., I will follow through on my promise to veto these tax measures because they would further erode our already weakened economy, cause greater loss of jobs, and discourage visitors from coming to Hawai`i.

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Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tax Veto Rally -- Thursday 3:30pm
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:14 AM :: 6400 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

I would like to invite you to join me at a rally to oppose a number of legislative bills that will raise taxes on the people of Hawai`i, hurt our economy and stall job creation.

Governor Lingle will veto the measures at the rally. 

Please join us at the State Capitol on Thursday, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. to express your opposition to this legislation and send legislators a strong message that their responsibility is to the public, not special interests.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Hawaii Democrat Legislators vote to celebrate "Islam Day"
By Andrew Walden @ 7:29 PM :: 12719 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Hawaii has no Christianity Day, no Judaism Day, and no Buddhism Day--but Hawaii's Democrat Legislators have decided to violate the "establishment clause" of US Constitution -- for Islam. 

Affirming that their desire to submit to Islam supercedes their adherence to the sacred principles of the US Constitution, by a 22-3 vote the Hawaii Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution 100 which designates September 24, 2009 as Islam Day.  The State House had earlier approved the measure.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
CQ, FOX News: Charles Djou features in Republican 'quest for identity and leadership'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:40 PM :: 6241 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

The recruitment push is unavoidably part of the GOP quest for identity and leadership. President Obama, an untraditional candidate from an untraditional background, helped Democrats define themselves and win over followers during the end of the Bush years. Now Republicans are looking in out-of-the-ordinary places for candidates who can enthuse Americans and pick up seats in their name.... 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Tax Vetoes: Governor to deliver live Internet address Weds.
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 4874 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Governor’s Web address can be viewed starting:  4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The address may be viewed at:  www.hawaii.gov/gov

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Friday, May 1, 2009
Rep Oshiro kills Karen's law after conferees agree on final draft
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 8431 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“This is a slap in the face to me, my mother, and the citizens of Hawai'i who expect our government to rise to protect them,” stated Melanie McLellan, foster daughter of Karen Ertell, who was brutally murdered and raped allegedly by her 15 year-old neighbor, Vernon Bartley.

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Friday, May 1, 2009
Breaking News: Hawaii State Legislature voting on General Excise Tax Hike
By Selected News Articles @ 2:09 PM :: 8011 Views :: Energy, Environment

HB 1404, which was gutted and replaced with new language, emerged this  morning with an increase in the state's General Excise Tax in an unspecified amount thought to be between one  half and one percent on top of the current 4 percent (4.5 percent on Oahu).

Today HB1404 isscheduled to have a conference committee hearing at 5:30pm in room 309. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/hearingnotices/CONF_05-01-09_FIN1_.HTM

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Thursday, April 30, 2009
May 1 UPDATE: Karen's Law to be heard today
By Karen Ann Hunt @ 11:45 AM :: 10194 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HB819, "Karen's Law," will be heard today at 3:30pm in conference room 229. "Karen's Law" has passed out of both the House and the Senate and is now sitting in conference committee.

Although the bill has been heard three times, an agreement over the final draft has yet to be made. If Karen's Law does not pass out of committee today, tomorrow will be the final deadline for the bill to pass out so that it may be voted on by a joint Legislature.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009
HB444 still alive: Taniguchi targeted for reversal
By News Release @ 7:57 AM :: 9179 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Please help us by getting signatures on the petition and bring them to the prayer rally on Sunday.  We will also be gathering signatures on Sunday.  If you have not done so already, please click the link below to send an email to your Senator asking him/her to stand firm against pulling the bill from committee.  Those of you who reside in Manoa, please encourage people to contact Senator Taniguchi and encourage him to remain firm in his commitment to leave the bill in committee.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Pedophiles to be protected by federal hate crimes legislation
By Selected News Articles @ 8:39 AM :: 20181 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

When this subject came up last week in the House Judiciary Committee, an amendment to the hate crimes bill that would have excluded pedophilia from the definition of sexual orientation was defeated by Democrats along party lines, 13-10.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Bertram tied to second molester: House Speaker Calvin Say defends
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 PM :: 17229 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Rep Joe Bertram’s 30-year friend Mark Marcantonio isn’t the only convicted child molester helped out by the Maui Democrat. The Legislative staff directory for 2007 shows that Bertram hired convicted child molester Leon Rouse as a Legislative Aide for the 2007 Legislative session.

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Monday, April 27, 2009
UPDATE: Congress poised to quietly socialize health care
By News Release @ 12:09 PM :: 6806 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

If your senator or representative is on the committee, it is imperative that you send them a message today urging them to keep health care out of reconciliation.  They are meeting THIS AFTERNOON, so time is of the essence.  By far the most important two are Kent Conrad and Allen Boyd, Democrats who have been skeptical about using reconciliation. 

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Friday, April 24, 2009
UPDATE: HB519 repatriates female prisoners--bill to be amended
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 4732 Views :: Energy, Environment

HB519HD1SD2, includes the following section of the bill, which adds the provision of bringing women home first (On page 3, Section 2 (c), line 16): (c) The director of public safety shall return to Hawaii all women inmates that are detained or incarcerated in out-of-state prison or correctional facilities by December 31, 2011…”

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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Hawaii donors backing Djou Congressional campaign draw national attention
By Andrew Walden @ 12:15 PM :: 6853 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

Another notable cash-on-hand total was the $150,000 reported by Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) in Hawaii’s 1st district....

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Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

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Hawaii State Data Lab

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Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

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Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

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Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

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Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

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Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

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No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

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OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

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Pro-GMO Hawaii

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RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

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UCC Truths

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VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

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