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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hawai’i Free Press Editor to Address Pro-Life Group Jan 17
By Selected News Articles @ 11:24 PM :: 3420 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The meeting is at Dave and Busters Show Room in Kakaako, Tuesday January 17, from 11:30AM to 1PM ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
John Fund to Headline Smart Business Hawaii Conference Jan. 11
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 4378 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The 36th Annual SBH Business & Investment Conference will be held January 11, 2012, from 8am to 2pm at the Ala Moana Hotel....

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Exclusive Hawaii Premiere: Battle for Brooklyn, Academy Award Contending Documentary About Eminent Domain
By Robert Thomas @ 8:02 PM :: 3352 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On January 3 and 4, 2012, at 1:00 and 7:30 p.m. each day, the Honolulu Academy of Arts Doris Duke Theater is presenting the Hawaii premiere of Battle For Brooklyn, the Academy Award-contending documentary about the Atlantic Yards eminent domain fight....

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hawaii Ct App Upholds Attorneys Fees And Costs For Eminent Domain Appeals
By Robert Thomas @ 7:58 PM :: 2451 Views :: Energy, Environment

The ICA relied on County of Hawaii v. C&J Coupe Family Ltd. P'ship, which held that if an eminent domain action is dismissed or otherwise fails, the property owner is entitled to recover the attorneys' fees and costs it incurs in the case....

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
'Beyond Petroleum’ Gives Up on Solar
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 3788 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

bp solar no more...

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Abercrombie Releases $63.7M in CIP Funds
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 2907 Views :: Energy, Environment

"These projects were identified by members of the State Legislature."

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Gallup: Americans see Themselves Closest to Romney, Huntsman, Paul -- Furthest from Obama, Bachmann
By Selected News Articles @ 12:41 PM :: 2661 Views :: National News, Ethics

Americans perceive Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, and Ron Paul as closest to themselves ideologically, and Michele Bachmann and Barack Obama as furthest away.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Egypt's Winds of Change Give Way to Dark Clouds
By IPT News @ 12:16 PM :: 2910 Views :: World News, Family

President Obama told Bill O'Reilly, "I think the Muslim Brotherhood is one faction in Egypt. They don't have majority support in Egypt."

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Mufi Hannemann and Ernie Martin Operative: Patty Teruya Forced out by Ethics Investigation
By Selected News Articles @ 2:10 AM :: 7274 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Politicians

Another piece of the Leeward Community Benefits scandal all of which leads right back to Ernie Martin and Mufi Hannemann.

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Saturday, December 31, 2011
Hoku Can’t Pay Its Electric bill in Idaho, Freezing Temps May Destroy $390M plant
By Selected News Articles @ 1:11 AM :: 5487 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Your ACT221 Tax Dollars at Work building the clean energy future, Hawaii ....

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Friday, December 30, 2011
DLNR Seeks Nominees for Forestry Committees
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2726 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is inviting applications from interested persons to become members of two of its forestry programs in Hawai‘i -- the Forest Stewardship and the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Programs.

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Friday, December 30, 2011
Full Text: PUC Annual Report
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 3160 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the Legislature has entrusted the Commission with increased authority and discretion in implementing the State's clean energy policies...the majority of the Commission‟s time and resources are devoted to this sector.

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Friday, December 30, 2011
FTA: No Commitment on Federal Funds, Rail Demolition May Begin
By News Release @ 11:40 AM :: 4683 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The news release is the usual HART fluff. The real information is found in the FTA's letter to HART....

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Friday, December 30, 2011
War Games, An Energy Crisis, and the Iranian Threat
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:02 AM :: 3478 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Strait of Hormuz lies between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, providing passage for some 15.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, amounting to one third of the world's seaborne oil shipments.

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Friday, December 30, 2011
State Senate to Censor Senators’ Online Comments
By Andrew Walden @ 2:45 AM :: 3083 Views :: Energy, Environment

Misuse of openly accessible social media by elected officials or their staff should be dealt with by voters at the ballot box, not censors in the Communications office....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
OHA: Pezzulo Named Interim CEO
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 2045 Views :: Energy, Environment

Chief Operating Officer Richard Pezzulo was named interim Chief Executive Officer. The appointment takes effect Dec. 31 until a search for a permanent CEO concludes....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Obama Admin, Heritage Foundation Look Toward Consumer Incentives in Medicaid Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:17 PM :: 4227 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

By shifting away from failed policies of central planning toward a consumer-driven program, the program has been successful on a number of levels.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Hawaii has Nation's Highest Mortgage Balances, Payments
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 4682 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The average buyer in Hawaii, based on the average loan of $677,299 and an APR of 4%, would have a monthly payment for a 30 year mortgage (1 point) of $3,234 before taxes and insurance. The average payment for Mississippi would be $655 based on the closed loan amount ....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Medicare Reimbursements: Doctors, Hospitals paid 40% more in Alaska
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 PM :: 2864 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In Cardiology, for example, a left heart catheterization costs about $2,200 in Alaska and only $400 in Washington. In orthopedics, a knee surgery costs $6,400 in Alaska and only $1,700 in Washington....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Electric Vehicles Lack a Spark – and soon will lack funding
By NCPA @ 3:14 PM :: 2396 Views :: National News, Ethics

...now comes the lapse of several federal supports or incentives which allowed people/companies/governments to install the charging stations necessary to keep these care running. No chargers, no driving....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Medicare Whac-A-Mole
By NCPA @ 3:08 PM :: 2251 Views :: National News, Ethics

...by relying on a technical system of price controls and complicated payout formulas, Congress is continuing to play the same game that it has for years in which it drives down direct costs in one area only to see them spring up elsewhere....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Assisted suicide still a no-go in Aloha State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 2883 Views :: Energy, Environment

Supporters of assisted suicide tried to use a 1909 law that permits the use remedies not typically authorized for terminally ill patients, but Hawaii Attorney General David Louie has responded in a legal opinion that the state law "does not authorize physicians to assist terminally ill patients with dying."

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Berg Wins Backing for New Waianae Access Road Study
By Tom Berg @ 2:47 PM :: 3342 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Yesterday we were a great team. We showed the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization's Policy Committee how important it was to secure the $1 million in funding for a new study to advance a secondary access road to serve the Waianae Coast.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Full Text: US DoJ Memo Suddenly Legalizes In-State Online Gaming
By Andrew Walden @ 2:39 PM :: 6057 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 Just in time for the opening of the Hawaii Legislature, a US DoJ memo released December 23 overturns decades of legal interpretation and effectively legalizes intra-state online gambling....

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Cook: No Path for Democrats to Hold Senate Majority
By Selected News Articles @ 1:43 PM :: 3002 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Question: Does Hawaii want to be saddled with a partisan hack like Hirono when Democrats are in the minority?

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Thursday, December 29, 2011
A Bad Year for Obama's Green Dream
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:57 AM :: 2241 Views :: National News, Ethics

For President Barack Obama, 2011 began with a bang -- a bold pronouncement that his green dream for America would bring forth a jobs explosion and a new economy fueled by alternative energy, a vision he likened to President John F. Kennedy's "moon shot" in the 1960s....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Unintended Consequences of Internet Regulation
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:36 PM :: 2847 Views :: National News, Ethics

Would you be outraged if the Department of Justice shut down The Foundry without any warning and blocked access for more than a year?  That's exactly what happened to a hip-hop blog called Dajaz1.com, which was falsely accused of criminal copyright infringement....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Jihadi Wanna-be Names Names in New York and Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 AM :: 4697 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A terrorist wanna-be from Staten Island ratted out dozens of people he called pro-jihadists in New York and Hawaii after he was arrested by the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, it was revealed Tuesday....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Organ Transplant, Bio-Fuel Tax Credits, Fee Increases may be Fast-Tracked by Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 3675 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...the Organ Transplant Bill which could have saved HMC may now be fast-tracked by legislators now that HMC is dead. As a bonus, legislators are tacking on eight other bills ....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Public Hearing on Leeward Oahu School Impact Fees
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 3975 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A public hearing to discuss the new school impact fees will be held at Waipahu High School library on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at 3:00 p.m....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Dallas Santa Shooter was Muslim ‘Honor Killer’
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 5365 Views :: National News, Ethics

Nona’s father had installed cameras all around the home so he could watch the family’s comings and goings. Others said he nailed her bedroom window shut so she could not sneak out at night and see her boyfriend....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Modern Medicine Is Undergoing Industrialization
By NCPA @ 2:19 PM :: 2415 Views :: National News, Ethics

Medicine is undergoing industrialization where doctors who previously operated in small offices with relative autonomy are becoming owned commodities of large hospitals and health plans.... 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The Class Warfare We Need
By NCPA @ 2:15 PM :: 2464 Views :: National News, Ethics

Instead of waging a war on the rich, a virtuous war should be waged on society's predators, pirates and parasites....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
2011: The Year of School Choice
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:29 PM :: 2110 Views :: National News, Ethics

There was no lack of education news in 2011. From an explosion in school choice options to the Obama Administration's executive overreach, the top stories included the high and low lights when it came to issues affecting America's schools....

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Monday, December 26, 2011
Do More Regulations Equal Less Safety?
By NCPA @ 3:05 PM :: 1957 Views :: National News, Ethics

Psychology, economics and organizational science suggest that too many regulations may make society less safe .... 

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Monday, December 26, 2011
Cash-Strapped States Bet On Gambling
By NCPA @ 3:01 PM :: 2196 Views :: National News, Ethics

Faced with mounting budget deficits, more states are expanding gambling options and loosening restrictions in a grab for revenue....

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Monday, December 26, 2011
The Federal Government's Deeply Flawed System for Controlling Medicare Costs
By NCPA @ 2:58 PM :: 1906 Views :: National News, Ethics

With Medicare's hospital trust fund set to be exhausted by 2024 according to the latest report from the program's trustees, federal officials are understandably looking for easy ways to cut spending ....

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Monday, December 26, 2011
Faith in America
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:33 PM :: 2026 Views :: National News, Ethics

... we are often told that religion is divisive and ought to kept away from politics for the sake of liberty. Religion somehow is opposed to liberty, and so liberty requires a diminution of religion in the public square ....

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Monday, December 26, 2011
VIDEO: Charles Djou Christmas in Afghanistan
By Video @ 2:25 PM :: 3800 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Big Wind, Big Cable: To Stampede Legislature, HECO Trumpets High Rates
By Andrew Walden @ 6:31 PM :: 5800 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HECO is attempting to stampede the Legislature into forking out even more money for Big Wind and the big undersea cables that go with it.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011
View Back Provides Valuable Insights
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 11:56 AM :: 2723 Views :: Energy, Environment

Kohala Sugar was one of the first sugar operations that failed and state government decided it could save jobs by stepping in with all sorts of ideas to replace the agricultural activity.... millions of state dollars literally went down the drain.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Fed Once-Secret Central Pacific Bank Loan Data Released to Public
By Selected News Articles @ 11:51 AM :: 4165 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The day-by-day, bank-by-bank numbers...formed the basis of a series of Bloomberg News articles this year about the largest financial bailout in history....

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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Europe Non-Stop to Hawaii: Airlines cleared to use Santa's short-cut
By Selected News Articles @ 11:23 AM :: 5857 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Chief Justice Recktenwald Appoints DesJardins as District Court Judge on Maui
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 3411 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

If confirmed by the State Senate, DesJardins will serve in office for six years....

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Saturday, December 24, 2011
DLNR, Ritte Accuse Molokai Residents of Killing Monk Seals
By News Release @ 1:23 AM :: 3848 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

"Our elders are saying that these seals are not Hawaiian.  Our young people are calling these seals an invasive species brought in by government.  The seals are now the easy targets of blame for the many ills of our depleting fisheries." -- Walter Ritte

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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Malulani Foundation Continues Push for New Hospital in Kihei
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 3918 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The Malulani Foundation continues to lay the groundwork for a new, people's hospital on Maui....

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Friday, December 23, 2011
Hirono, Hanabusa Vote Against One Year Extension of Payroll Tax Cut
By Congress.org @ 4:40 PM :: 3219 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

With this vote, the House rejected the Senate's two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax reduction and requested a conference to consider a yearlong extension....

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Friday, December 23, 2011
A Primer on Bridge Aina Lea Case
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 6012 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

...this case begins with the original reclassification of 1,060 acres on the Big Island "agricultural" to "urban" use in 1989, subject to the condition that the original owner develop 60 percent of the proposed 2,760 housing units as "affordable" units....

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Friday, December 23, 2011
Our Christmas Wish - The Gift of Gratitude
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 2051 Views :: National News, Ethics

The politics of resentment has characterized much of 2011. It's been fueled by an entitlement mentality that "threatens not only the spirit of Christmas but the very fabric of a just and prosperous society," Messmore says....

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Friday, December 23, 2011
Pacific Command studying negative attitudes toward Hawaii's public schools
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 4484 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

After determining that 9,000 of the eligible 24,000 school-age students in military families were not attending public schools, top military leaders commissioned Johns Hopkins University researchers to focus on attitudes and opinions about the Hawaii education system.

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