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Monday, October 31, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted October 31
By Congress.org @ 8:38 PM :: 4965 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 

  • House: Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act
  • House: Modify Income Calculation for Eligibility for Certain Health Programs
  • House: Government Contractor Withholding Repeal Act
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Monday, October 31, 2011
Waipahu soldier and 11 others overcome Afghanistan ambush, receive awards
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 9388 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Waipahu native Army Pfc. Edward Barut and his team successfully overcame a 45-minute complex attack in which insurgents used rocket propelled grenades, small arms fire and improvised explosive devices.

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Monday, October 31, 2011
Hawaii Ranks 12th in Energy Efficiency
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 5517 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The six most improved states include Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, Alabama, Maryland, and Tennessee.

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Monday, October 31, 2011
Solyndra: Uncle Sam Is No Venture Capitalist
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 3419 Views :: National News, Ethics

It's yet another inauspicious announcement the Obama Administration didn't want you to hear. Late on Friday, the White House announced that it ordered an independent review of loans made by the Department of Energy to energy companies after months of weathering criticism for its $528 million loan to the now-bankrupt Solyndra solar panel company.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Sneak Attack: Inouye hides Akaka Bill in Policy Rider -- just after “Grazing Permits”
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 10452 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Dan Inouye’s Akaka Bill sneak attack was smacked down in December, 2009 and again in December, 2010—but he’s back for one more try.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Honolulu Cockfighter paid by City: $480K to ‘Investigate Rooster Complaints’
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 PM :: 9946 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics

For the past nine years Honolulu officials have paid publicly professed cockfighters a total of $480,000 in taxpayer dollars to respond to loose and nuisance fowl complaints....

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Full Text: IBEW, Hawaiian Tel on Strike Vote
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 5777 Views :: Energy, Environment

Employees currently may take up to 26 weeks fully paid sick leave each year. The company's offer provides up to 8 weeks fully-paid sick leave annually....

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Kalapa: Tax Experts Favor System With Broad Base, Low Rates
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:05 PM :: 4583 Views :: Energy, Environment

Tax experts, public finance gurus, and public administrators preach that a good tax system is one that has a broad base that will allow a low rate to be imposed.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Star-Advertiser Punked by Global Warmer posing as Climate Skeptic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:38 PM :: 8428 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This is what happens to people who believe in Anthropogenic Global Warming.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Superferry: Honolulu Lawyer Dissects Civil Beat’s Latest “Fact Check” Debacle
By Robert Thomas @ 10:39 AM :: 4700 Views :: Energy, Environment

Attempting to "fact check" an opinion is a fool's errand.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Fundamentals Matter: Capitalism not the Problem
By Dr Ed Gutteling, MD @ 10:23 AM :: 11178 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

I’m writing this on the 44th anniversary of the execution of that poster-boy of “social justice”, Dr. “Che” Guevara, viewing articles of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Hawaii and the mainland.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Hawaii and the Hawaiians in the American Civil War
By News Release @ 10:06 AM :: 6145 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

By 1861, the United States had developed a close relationship with the Kingdom of Hawaii, especially economically, diplomatically and culturally. The hundreds of Pacific Islanders who swore oaths of allegiance to the United States or the Confederacy and who fought in service of their cause will also be discussed.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Imagine the Outrage if a Private Insurer Cut Benefits the way Abercrombie Does
By John Goodman @ 3:55 AM :: 5694 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

What if you are in Hawaii and you need 15 days of hospital care instead of 10? Apparently you must pay out of your own pocket or forgo needed care.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Akaka: Act 195 Allows Streamlining of Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 7703 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As a result of the enrollment process which is already beginning under Act 195, I am now reviewing my bill and looking for ways to streamline it.

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Friday, October 28, 2011
Hawaii's Unemployment Trust Fund Out of Debt
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 4653 Views :: Energy, Environment

To avoid having to borrow from the federal government again, Governor Abercrombie approved an agreement between the DLIR and the Department of Budget & Finance that temporarily allows the DLIR to replenish the Unemployment Trust Fund from the State treasury....

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Friday, October 28, 2011
APEC: Obama needs Congressional Support for Free Trade in Pacific—but Hirono, Hanabusa vote No
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 PM :: 8979 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Obama administration is hoping to build on the momentum of recent free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama as attention turns to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and trade promotion authority.

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Friday, October 28, 2011
Abercrombie’s DHS Cuts Child Welfare $5.8M
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 4844 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will reduce its Child Welfare Services (CWS) contracts with community providers and the University of Hawaii by $5.8 million beginning Dec. 1, 2011.

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Friday, October 28, 2011
Should America Carry the U.N.?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:31 AM :: 6192 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The 39-story United Nations headquarters stands on the banks of the East River in Manhattan. But now the U.N. is planning the construction of a new building next door, with a price tag pegged at $400 million -- and it could soar even higher. 

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Rail: Ansaldo Contract based on Raid of Honolulu General Fund?
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 7284 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the City's rail construction budget is limited to their using what they can get from the city's ½ percent addition to the GE Tax...On the other hand, they can use all they want for operating subsidies from the General Fund....

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Djou, Hanabusa Tied
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 8806 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Charles and his likely opponent in the next election, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, are effectively tied in their favorability ratings at 42% and Hanabusa has the lowest favorability rating of all the members of the Hawaii congressional delegation....

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
US Supreme Court asked to Decide Constitutionality of Cash Payments for Development Approvals
By Robert Thomas @ 5:29 PM :: 5253 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

There is a better-than-usual chance that the Supreme Court will agree to review the case, since the Ninth Circuit’s decision squarely conflicts with decisions by the California and Texas Supreme Courts....

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Abercrombie's DHS Seeks Insurers to Transform Medicaid
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 4416 Views :: Energy, Environment

“We must address the soaring costs of healthcare,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie. “Changing the way our Medicaid programs operate is an important step toward the healthcare transformation we need in Hawai‘i.”

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Aftermath: What Happens to Wind Farms When They Die?
By Video @ 2:43 PM :: 10844 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

AFTERMATH...

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Why is Detroit Casino Operator Mike Malik Dragging former Hawaii Governor Waihee on Long Island, NY?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:02 PM :: 10936 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

(lt-to-rt) lobbyist Michael McKeon, attorney Lance Boldrey, Gov. John Waihee & Detroit Syndicator Michael J. Malik

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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Chinese Communists Cheer Formation of “Zhou Enlai Peace Institute” in Honolulu
By News Release @ 12:52 PM :: 9322 Views :: World News, Higher Education
 Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Liu Xiaobo
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Heritage: What is the American Idea?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:11 PM :: 3620 Views :: National News, Ethics

What is the American idea? That all depends on whom you ask. According to President Barack Obama, it's the notion that the federal government is the answer to America's problems....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Heritage: The Serious Risks of the Russian Reset
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:12 PM :: 5405 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The large “reset” payoff requires America put it all on the line by cutting U.S. strategic nuclear forces and engaging in missile defense talks with Russia, in addition to abandoning missile defense deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic and keeping quiet about political freedom violations running rampant throughout Russia.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Institute for Justice Attorney, IWF Leader to Speak in Honolulu
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:28 PM :: 7616 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Clark's topic of discussion is: "IJ Case Stories and How and Why They Take These No Fee Cases". Nicole will discuss the "History of Women in the Liberty Movement in America and How Government Hurts Women".

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Hawaii Lags as States Ban Contracting with Companies that do Business With Iran
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 7918 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

California and Florida have already passed Iran debarment legislation, adapted from UANI model legislation....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Honolulu 16th Worst City to Be Young
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 PM :: 7496 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Census data released in September revealed the statistical proof behind what millions had already known....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
AMA: Hawaii 5th Least Competitive Health Insurance Market
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 PM :: 7666 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Alabama was the state with the least competitive health insurance market and had two insurance companies controlling roughly 95 percent of the marketplace. In order, the next nine states with the least competitive health insurance markets were Alaska, Delaware, Michigan, Hawaii, Washington DC, Nebraska, North Carolina, Indiana and Maine.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
NRCC: Esther Kiaaina Handpicked by DC Insiders for CD2
By News Release @ 5:29 AM :: 5681 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is bringing over 100 of its top recruits to Washington on Wednesday for a day of training and meeting with top Democratic officials as they prepare their candidates for next year's election cycle in their hopes of taking back the House.”

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
We Can't Wait Either, Mr. President
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:54 PM :: 3664 Views :: National News, Ethics

There is no hiding the ball in the President's populist pitch--and that ball is Obama's desire to circumvent Congress and enact policies that appeal to his far-left, big-government base....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Occupy Wall Street Is No Tea Party
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:47 PM :: 3374 Views :: National News, Ethics

On September 17, 2011, while Tea Parties and the rest of America celebrated the Constitution’s 224th birthday, Occupy Wall Street began its bivouac....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Mainland Suicide Activists Push Agenda on Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 7181 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Once again, suicide activists from the mainland are here to push their deadly agenda using smoke and mirrors.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Lingle not running from RINO label
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 5599 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...Lingle said she expects to be one of the lawmakers called upon to serve in Gang of 12-like arrangements, where bipartisan groups of senators bridge political gaps to tackle the largest problems....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Abercrombie back from Asia: No mention of Cancelled China-Honolulu Flights
By News Release @ 12:05 PM :: 6028 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Read this news release and see if you can identify even one single accomplishment.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Obama's Misplaced Mideast Optimism
By Daniel Pipes @ 11:45 AM :: 5603 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

But the Middle East teaches caution; much will probably go wrong in Libya and Iraq. Obama, I predict, will rue his rash boasts.

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Panos: Honolulu Heavy Rail Is an Energy Black Hole
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:53 PM :: 5473 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Rail will consume about 20 MW of energy which is about 20% of the capacity of HECO’s new palm oil plant. Unfortunately peak rail travel coincides with peak demand for electricity around 6 PM....

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted October 24, 2011
By Congress.org @ 10:22 PM :: 5509 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The House is scheduled to vote this week on a bill to repeal a 3 percent withholding requirement on government contractor payments.

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Marumoto Renews Pledge to Fight Pension Tax
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 6251 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Despite the massive financial problems, Rep. Marumoto has pledged to fight the pension tax as well as several other taxes that would heavily impact senior citizens.

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Legislative Committee to Hold Briefing on Elder Abuse
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 7:19 PM :: 6425 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A joint House and Senate Committee on Human Services will hold an informational briefing on elder abuse and financial exploitation on Thursday, October 27 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 329....

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Clean Energy's Accounting Gimmick: "Free" Taxpayer Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 7:08 PM :: 4428 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...the program which created Solyndra is set to quietly impose billions of dollars of losses on taxpayers, all of which will be hidden from the federal budget thanks to a massive accounting gimmick....

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Monday, October 24, 2011
LifeNews: Lingle Faces Pro-Abortion Mazie Hirono in Hawaii Senate Race
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 5008 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hirono holds a 0% rating from the National Right to Life Committee, indicating she has not cast even one pro-life vote in her entire career in the House.

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Obama's Iraq Failure
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:58 PM :: 7774 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Obama's announcement last week that American troops in Iraq will return by the end of the year is a result of a serious Obama Administration failure that will undermine U.S. security interests in the Middle East

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Sunday, October 23, 2011
49% Waste: Inspector General Slams Hawaii Navy Solar Projects
By Andrew Walden @ 6:51 PM :: 11556 Views :: Energy, Military

...for every $1.00 spent on solar projects, less than $0.51 of electricity will be produced over the life cycle of the projects....

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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Kalapa: Alternative Energy Tax Credits Opened Flood Gates
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 3:12 AM :: 4655 Views :: Energy, Environment

...in the rush to encourage all sorts of new technologies, the legislation left the “barn door” wide open to interpretation and application that it appears to have opened the flood gates in allowing all sorts of claims to be filed and awarded....

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Saturday, October 22, 2011
FULL TEXT: Motion For Summary Judgment Forcing Disclosure of Abercrombie’s Judicial Nominees
By Robert Thomas @ 2:21 AM :: 4101 Views :: Energy, Environment

...motion for summary judgment in the case which seeks disclosure of the JSC list from the Governor....

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Neil Abercrombie is the Least Popular Governor in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 5950 Views :: Energy, Environment

Neil Abercrombie has assumed the dubious distinction of 'most unpopular Governor in the country' in PPP's polling. Only 30% of voters now approve of him to 56% disapproving. That represents a 33 point decline in his net approval since March, when PPP found him at 48/41.

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Enviros decide Hawaii Reefs worth $33B of your money, Design Survey to arrive at Conclusion
By News Release @ 4:09 PM :: 5922 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...coral reefs provide valuable ecological services for U.S. residents, regardless of whether they actually use them....

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