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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Marc Miranda appointed Governor's E. Hawaii liaison
By News Release @ 10:48 AM :: 2275 Views
Governor Linda Lingle has appointed Honoka‘a native Marc Miranda to serve as her liaison to the East Hawai‘i community. Miranda will start his new duties on Jan. 12.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Lingle: Six pardons in 2008
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1636 Views
Governor Linda Lingle announced today that she granted pardons to six individuals in 2008...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Nine new laws for 2009
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 1400 Views
“Among the new laws are measures designed to protect children from Internet predators, compel parents to pay child support, and prohibit alcohol consumption in common areas of public housing projects,” said Governor Lingle.
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Monday, December 29, 2008
Pro Bowl leaving Hawai`i in 2010
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1887 Views
“The senior leadership of the NFL told me explicitly that their decision had nothing to do with anything the State did or did not do, but was an opportunity to try something they had been talking about for years. I am optimistic that the Pro Bowl will return to Hawai‘i in 2011."
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Governor releases proposed 2-year budget
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 8:02 PM :: 1654 Views
HONOLULU—Governor Linda Lingle submitted today to the State Legislature a biennium operating budget for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 (FY10 and FY11) of ...
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Gov Lingle proposes salary freeze for Legislature, Judges and Executive
By News Release @ 11:41 AM :: 2145 Views
Two-Year salary freeze would save state over $4.1 million.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Ed Case: Governor or Congress 2010?
By Ed Case @ 11:36 AM :: 1789 Views
Although there's no clear preference between "Washington, D.C. and Washington Place," these results are most encouraging and helpful.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
State dedicates last homeless transitional facilities
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 9:50 PM :: 5276 Views :: Homelessness

...the final homeless transitional shelters to be developed under an emergency proclamation issued by Governor Lingle in 2006....

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Monday, December 15, 2008
Gov. Lingle announces 1,521 Hawai`i Capital Improvement Projects to Stimulate Economy, Create Jobs
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:23 AM :: 2058 Views
Governor Linda Lingle, mayors, legislators, construction industry executives and labor leaders today unveiled a sweeping plan to implement $1,865,522,037 in public infrastructure improvement projects statewide as part of a comprehensive effort to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

(John Maynard Keynes would be a happy boy. But since the legislature takes every opportunity to strangle independent private enterprise, we are left with a choice between pork or economic disaster.)
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Wai`akea, Honoka`a, Kohala: Preparing for High-Tech jobs of the future
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:51 PM :: 1639 Views
The robotics team at Wai`akea High School turned in an eye-popping performance recently at the Hawai`i Convention Center in Honolulu. The tech-savvy students on the team outperformed many of their international peers at the three-day inaugural VEX Robotics Pan-Pacific Championship.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
“From Hack to Flack”: the Big Island newspaper-Democrat revolving door
By Andrew Walden @ 3:12 PM :: 4626 Views
Reporters are eyeing a job in government. Since almost all elected positions are held by Democrats, this creates an unspoken alliance between journalists and Democratic Party candidates and officeholders.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Obama’s Democrat Governor Blagojevich arrested, cuffed by FBI
By Andrew Walden @ 4:15 PM :: 1740 Views
FBI: Was trying to sell Obama’s Senate Seat Contradictory statements from Obama camp about Obama discussing his replacement with Blagojevich Obama...
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Our last print edition
By Andrew Walden @ 4:19 PM :: 2352 Views
After four years of publication, the December 7 edition will be the last print edition of Hawai`i Free Press.  Due to the high c...
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Letters to the Editor December 7, 2008
By Letters to the Editor @ 3:30 PM :: 2385 Views
One Ton of Kona Coffee for our Troops, Cut bureaucracy, not schools, Telescopes continue Polynesian tradition, Listening to Obama?
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Board of Education: the Transsexual-Libertarian Connection
By Andrew Walden @ 12:04 PM :: 8646 Views :: Education K-12
If voters are going to have a chance at school reform, they will have to know who their allies are.
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Stephens Media and stolen newsracks
By Andrew Walden @ 11:31 AM :: 2043 Views
The Stephens Media purchase of 808 Classifieds has gone completely unnoticed—and the acquisition raises questions about the tactics Stephens will use against competing newspapers....
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Statement on Ceded Lands Issue
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 4114 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA
News Release from Governor's office responds to December 6, 2008 Honolulu Advertiser article. The Advertiser quotes Bill Meheula, a key player in Dan Akaka's 2006 reelection campaign and Lilian Kame'eleihiwa, of the UH Hawaiian Studies Dep't who ague that OHA has a claim to ceded lands and seem to imply that the State has taken a new position in its appeal to the US Supreme Court requesting the Court overturn the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling blocking the state from selling ceded lands.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
Kona mosque-builder threatens lawsuit
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 AM :: 9873 Views
Muslims planning a mosque and other Islamic facilities for North Kona have threatened to sue At issue: At issue: A September 3, 2007 article by this writer reporting allegations of “fraud” in mosque-related fundraising efforts by the Masjid al-Baqi Project of Hawaii, Inc.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
Kona Mosque Plan Questioned
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 AM :: 10028 Views
by Andrew Walden, (originally published 9/3/2007)

A Muslim group appears to be raising money to build what would be the Big Island’s first mosque.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
Governor releases nomination list for 1st Circuit Court
By News Release @ 12:25 AM :: 1503 Views
HONOLULU, December 4 – Governor Linda Lingle today released a list of judicial nominees that was provided to her by the Judicial Selection Commission ...
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