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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Felony Inducement? Laura Thielen Senate Run Rejected by Democratic State Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 11:58 PM :: 5594 Views :: Energy, Environment

“In my interview, they actually suggested I run for office as a Republican and then convert to the Democratic Party,” Thielen said.... “One person on the committee asked, ‘Would you bring your mother into the Democratic Party?’”

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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Lingle Calls for Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:04 PM :: 4048 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"The Ex-Im Bank is critical to help U.S. companies to access financing to support the exports of their goods and services abroad. In fact, 85% of Ex-Im Bank's transactions directly supported small businesses last year."

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Saturday, March 31, 2012
Overworked Doctor Commits Suicide at Tripler
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 12150 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...he did not want to leave his medical colleagues at the hospital short-handed.  "He didn't eat (on shift), he didn't pee, he wasn't going to say 'I need to take an hour off to go to therapy,'" said Mrs. McCaddon....

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Saturday, March 31, 2012
DLNR Snares Slowly Torture Pigs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:39 AM :: 7938 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The pig weakens...

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Friday, March 30, 2012
Honolulu Tea Party Rally, Monday April 16
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 4297 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Honolulu Tea Party Rally Event, April 16, 2012, Monday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm ....

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Friday, March 30, 2012
Kealakehe Selected as Site of Future Judiciary Complex in Kona
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 3022 Views :: Energy, Environment

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald has selected a site across the street from the West Hawai`i Civic Center for the new judiciary complex in Kona....

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Friday, March 30, 2012
Applicants Sought for Chair of the Elections Commission
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3175 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawai`i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald is seeking applicants for Chair of the Hawai`i State Elections Commission.

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Friday, March 30, 2012
Hawaii NRA Instructor Liability Bill to be Heard in Senate Committee
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 3103 Views :: Energy, Environment

NRA instructor liability protection legislation has been scheduled for a hearing in the state Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor this Monday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m., in conference room 16 of the State Capitol....

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Friday, March 30, 2012
Did You See the Senate's Gas Price Sideshow?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 2608 Views :: National News, Ethics

Liberals put on an election-year show, with the personal encouragement of President Barack Obama, in which they attempted to impose higher taxes on the oil industry as punishment for their profits while gas prices are at an all-time high....

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Friday, March 30, 2012
Bailout: $60M Loss as Feds Sell Interest in Central Pacific Bank
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 5408 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

TARP, provided Central Pacific with a $135 million financial lifeline in the midst of the recession but will be collecting only about $74 million from selling its Central Pacific stock .... 

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Friday, March 30, 2012
HTA: Visitor Arrivals up 2.5% from Year Ago
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 3358 Views :: Energy, Environment

...actual growth was up 2.5 percent over a year ago (207,298 visitors per day in February 2012); and an adjusted total visitor spending of $1.061† billion would still be 4.7 percent above February 2011 levels....

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Friday, March 30, 2012
Barney Frank on Maui: Hirono Raises Funds with Man Who Caused Housing Collapse
By Nacia Blom @ 1:35 AM :: 4393 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Less than one year ago, Congress formally recognized that "the failures of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac helped precipitate the deepest economic decline since World War II."

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
NRA: Immediate Action Needed on Hawaii Instructor Liability Bill
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 3027 Views :: Energy, Environment

House Bill 679, important NRA instructor liability protection legislation, MUST be heard in the state Senate Judiciary Committee next week or it will die....

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Rail Plaintiffs to FTA: We suspect that you are no longer shocked by the City’s deceptive practices
By Selected News Articles @ 3:23 PM :: 5235 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

When the wheels start coming off this project, as they undoubtedly will, we predict that many fingers will be pointing at your agency....

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Fracking Cuts US CO2 Emissions 9% in Year
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 2638 Views :: Energy, Environment

And yet enviros are doing everything they can to stop fracking ....

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Poised to Become Highest
By NCPA @ 1:08 PM :: 2406 Views :: National News, Ethics

On Sunday, the United States gets a distinction no nation wants -- the world's highest corporate tax rate....

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Thursday, March 29, 2012
And Now the Supreme Court Must Decide
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:02 PM :: 2748 Views :: National News, Ethics

For the past three days, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court heard a series of arguments on Obamacare -- what promises to be one of the most seminal decisions in the Court's history....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
State, County Projects Exempt from Environmental Review? Thielen, Rivere Rip SB755
By Video @ 1:58 PM :: 3072 Views :: Energy, Environment

The bill "grants the State broad powers over project planning while simultaneously reducing county and community input"

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Another Vision to Solve the Budget Crisis
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:38 PM :: 2641 Views :: National News, Ethics

While Washington's eyes are focused on the historic Obamacare hearings at the Supreme Court, work continues across the street in the House of Representatives where some Members of Congress -- though not all -- are doing their best to clean up Washington's budgetary mess.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Lingle Commends US Chamber for Tourism-Focused Senate Testimony
By News Release @ 1:24 PM :: 4066 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today urged lawmakers to better promote the United States as a premier travel destination and to put the welcome mat back out for international visitors ....

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Life of the Land Releases Hawaii Energy Report
By Henry Curtis @ 12:16 AM :: 3406 Views :: Energy, Environment

We have just released a new report providing island-specific solutions utilizing only commercially proven and available renewable energy resources.....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Obamacare Lawyer Laughed at by Justices, Even Sotomayor Skeptcal
By Selected News Articles @ 7:34 PM :: 2931 Views :: National News, Ethics

Scalia: 'We're not stupid'...

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Oyez! Oyez! Obamacare’s Day in Court
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:36 PM :: 2843 Views :: National News, Ethics

Heritage’s Robert Alt and Edmund Haislmaier have created a guide to the issues before the Court, potential rulings, and their effects ....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Obama Whispers Away America's Security
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:31 PM :: 3598 Views :: National News, Ethics

North Korea is preparing to launch yet another long-range missile, and Iran is in desperate pursuit of a nuclear weapon. Meanwhile, the United States and its allies remain unprotected from the threat of nuclear missiles, and now it appears that Obama wants to cede even more ground to Russia....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Banks to Pay only 20% of Mortgage Settlement
By NCPA @ 2:25 PM :: 3613 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the incentive structure suggests that banks would prefer to write down more than double the amount of investor principal for the same credits while strengthening their own balance sheets and avoiding increased losses....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Hawaii GOP Appoints New Executive Director
By David S Chang @ 3:09 AM :: 3443 Views :: Energy, Environment

I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the HRP ohana, Nacia Lee Blom....

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Monday, March 26, 2012
Report: HSTA not to Blame for All Delays in Race to the Top
By Selected News Articles @ 10:37 PM :: 3529 Views :: Energy, Environment

The labor dispute is not to blame for all delays, however. The state has the ability to connect student achievement data to graduates of teacher-preparation programs, but it has not....

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Monday, March 26, 2012
Hirono, Hanabusa Vote Against Tort Reform
By Congress.org @ 3:09 PM :: 4308 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act
  • House: Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011
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Monday, March 26, 2012
Obamacare Comes before the Supreme Court
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:31 PM :: 2750 Views :: National News, Ethics

Rare is the occasion when the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather to hear three days of arguments.... 

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Monday, March 26, 2012
Obama to Russia: ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility’ on Missile Defense
By Selected News Articles @ 1:45 PM :: 5211 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
US House Report: Funding for Kahuku Windfarm is ‘Junk’, Industrial Solar Failing
By Selected News Articles @ 8:22 PM :: 6295 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Kahuku is 3rd on this list of junk-grade US DoE loans and loan guarantees.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Did Hawaii Geothermal Developer Benefit from Illegal Bailout?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:42 PM :: 7965 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Ormat is Hawaii’s leading geothermal developer.... But a US House committee report shows that Ormat benefitted from its close ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and profited from a potentially illegal $98.5M bailout of an Ormat geothermal project in Nevada.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Lingle Campaign: BoE ordered Furloughs, Not Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 PM :: 8681 Views :: Energy, Environment

...no Hawaii governor can unilaterally furlough teachers or any Department of Education (DOE) employee since they are under the Board of Education’s (BOE) jurisdiction....

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Lingle Campaign: Superferry Decision Was Major Departure from Precedent
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 3981 Views :: Energy, Environment

Determined to provide Hawaii residents and businesses with an alternative means of travel between the islands, Governor Lingle worked with Democrat House Speaker Calvin Say and then-Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, to convene a special session of the Legislature....

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Yellow Light: Caution when you file your State Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:45 AM :: 3716 Views :: Energy, Environment

A funny thing happened on the way to doing state income taxes this year....

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Sunday, March 25, 2012
Report: Hirono Campaign Funds Enrich Husband's Lawfirm
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 AM :: 9557 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

$20,291 to husband's lawfirm, and an additional $10,310 paid to Hirono: Grand Total: $30,601

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Robotics: Waialua, Baldwin and Island Pacific Academy Crowned Regional Champions
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 3486 Views :: Energy, Environment

"These teams were tough, but we came together and pulled through," Jandie Sabo, a member of Waialua's Robotics team. 

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lawsuits, Workers Comp Claims Detail Violence, Retaliation at State DoT
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 4926 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a total of seven employment-based lawsuits against HDOT presently filed in state or federal court, at various stages of litigation, some involving workplace violence in one form or another. Also, there are Workers’ Compensation claims filed as a result of workplace violence at different stages of that process....

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Pentagon Budget Slashes Military Construction 29%
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 4394 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

$8.5 billion for military construction, down 29 percent ...

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Day One: 1,000 high school students battle robots in annual competition
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 3143 Views :: Energy, Environment

After an intense day of qualifying rounds, the pits are closed and teams are preparing themselves for the final day of competition tomorrow....

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Rail Transit Jobs - Myths and Facts
By Video @ 3:37 AM :: 5006 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

in 2009, UHERO provided some rail jobs estimates that said employment will start with 300 jobs, and at the peak of construction, there may be 2,000 jobs, but at that time UHERO did not know that a $1.4 billion contract to build the rail cars would go to Ansaldo Breda in Italy....

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Friday, March 23, 2012
Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Awaits Hearing
By Ed Case @ 9:11 PM :: 3236 Views :: Energy, Environment

On March 6, House Bill 679, an NRA instructor liability protection bill, was amended and passed in the state House by a 47 to 4 vote. This bill is now pending in the state Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Friday, March 23, 2012
Lingle Campaign Launches Fact Check Site
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 3227 Views :: Energy, Environment

Fact v. Myth articulates the facts, with sources and references available through the campaign website, putting to rest six misconceptions and politically-crafted falsehoods about Governor Lingle

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Friday, March 23, 2012
Obamacare's Dreadful Anniversary
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:16 PM :: 2699 Views :: National News, Ethics

Two years ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law Obamacare, a 2,700-page bill that will radically alter America's health care system and wreak havoc on medical costs, quality of care, and fundamental rights ....

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Friday, March 23, 2012
Accountability: DoE Prepares to Fake It as Feds Arrive on Inspection Tour
By News Release @ 1:10 PM :: 3337 Views :: Energy, Environment

The state Department of Education is preparing for an on-site visit March 27-30 from the U.S. Department of Education.  During the visit, federal officials will examine the State’s Race to the Top progress ....

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hanabusa: I am not a Loan Shark
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 7174 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

“Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) collected more than $31,000 in interest on a $125,000 loan….”

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Organic Food Production, Biofuels Waste Valuable Farmland
By NCPA @ 11:05 PM :: 3512 Views :: World News, Family

land devoted to organic farming produces 50 percent less wheat, 55 percent less asparagus and lettuce, and 23 percent less corn than conventionally farmed land....

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Study: Medicaid Patients Go to Emergency Room More Often
By NCPA @ 11:02 PM :: 3249 Views :: National News, Ethics

Medicaid beneficiaries have more difficulty getting primary care and they visit hospital emergency departments more often than those with private insurance....

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Firm Sells Solar Panels to Itself, Taxpayers Pay
By NCPA @ 10:58 PM :: 2626 Views :: National News, Ethics

A heavily subsidized solar company received a U.S. taxpayer loan guarantee to sell solar panels to itself....

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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Case: Hirono Fears Debate, Hides Behind Handlers
By Ed Case @ 10:40 PM :: 4384 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Mazie has accepted none because she fears any public exchange of views or comparison of our candidacies and has been instructed to remain behind a carefully scripted campaign front. That is conduct unbecoming a U. S. Senator."

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