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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Abercrombie signs Eight More Bill into Law
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 3215 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie recently signed the following bills into law....

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Saturday, April 30, 2011
Whirlwind legislative session draws to a close May 5
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:07 PM :: 3360 Views :: Energy, Environment

On Thursday, May 5, the last votes will be taken and the regular 2011 session will come to a close.

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Friday, April 29, 2011
'Birther' Myth First Spread by Hillary Clinton Supporters in 2008
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 AM :: 5238 Views :: Obama

Indeed, the rumor that Obama was not a U.S. citizen was initially spread in April 2008 by a group of Hillary Clinton supporters, as reported April 22 by Politico’s Ben Smith and Byron Tau....

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Friday, April 29, 2011
Friends of Lanai Calls for Big Wind Bidding Process to be Reopened
By News Release @ 11:03 AM :: 4687 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Friends of Lāna‘i (FOL) today petitioned Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to reopen the competitive bidding process for the “Big Wind” project.

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Friday, April 29, 2011
British Hawaii: U.K. flavor in the former 'Sandwich Isles'
By Selected News Articles @ 8:19 AM :: 5178 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

... despite a few early skirmishes — including the one that cost the English explorer his life — the people who preceded the Europeans to the so-called "Sandwich Isles" by at least a thousand years generally had good relations with the British empire....

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Friday, April 29, 2011
Conspicuous Gallantry: Medal of Honor for Kaho’ohanohano, Svehla
By Selected News Articles @ 8:09 AM :: 5221 Views :: DHHL, Energy, National News, World News

Kaho'ohanohano, just 21, hailed from Hawaii. He left his home in Maui to fight with Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Chupa-ri, Korea, on Sept. 1, 1951.

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Friday, April 29, 2011
Crisis? Arrivals up 9.1% spending up 16.9%
By News Release @ 7:30 AM :: 2923 Views :: Energy, Environment

Total spending by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in the first quarter of 2011 increased 16.9 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2010, to $3.2 billion. Total visitor days for all visitors grew 10.8 percent, and total arrivals rose 9.1 percent to 1,823,870 visitors, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Immigration Files: UH Manoa Counseled Obama Sr. “about his Playboy Ways”
By Selected News Articles @ 10:03 PM :: 6774 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

…And another immigration memo, from June 1964, records that Harvard officials were trying "to get rid of him" and "couldn't seem to figure out how many wives he had."….

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Pay-for-Performance in Medicare Could Do More Harm Than Good
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:40 AM :: 3185 Views :: Health Care

In 2012, Obamacare will create the “Value-Based Purchasing Program” in Medicare. Using a pay-for-performance scheme, the program will reimburse hospitals and other health care providers at different rates based on how they score on performance measures chosen by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Hawaii Rated Worst State to Earn a Living
By Selected News Articles @ 6:55 AM :: 5190 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

An extremely high cost of living, coupled with a fairly high tax rate, give Hawaii the lowest adjusted-average income....

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Hawaii Anti-Trust Adventures: Investigating Big Five Control of Matson
By Selected News Articles @ 6:45 AM :: 4170 Views :: Energy, Environment

While enforcing the federal antitrust laws in Hawaii, (in the early 1960s) my boss, Ray Carlson, and I investigated the big five companies’ control of the Matson Steamship Company. We had the fervent support of the Hawaii Attorney General. We finished the investigation and filed a case against the Matson and the companies controlling it....

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
VIDEO: House GOP Caucus Hosts Balanced Budget Summit
By Video @ 6:13 AM :: 2645 Views :: Energy, Environment

Representative Gene Ward, introduces the balanced budget summit Representative Aaron Ling Johanson discusses the guiding principles for a vibrant economy in Hawaii. Representative Gil Riviere discusses first steps in revamping government in Hawaii.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Abercrombie signs Six More Bills into law
By News Release @ 6:10 AM :: 2555 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie signed the following bills into law today....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
House saves the day after Senate votes 24-1 to dishonor Polynesian Discoverers of Hawaiian Isles
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 6128 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

On the second Monday of every October, Hawaii celebrates, “Discoverers' Day", in recognition of the Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands.”  But the Senate wants to put a stop to the celebrations.

According to the text of SCR55, introduced March 3 by Abercrombie-appointed Senator Maile Shimabukuro, the holiday should be dropped ....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Profitable Rhetoric: Mililani Trask signs Geothermal Deal
By News Release @ 7:34 PM :: 6445 Views :: Akaka Bill, Energy, OHA

“Native Hawaiians, like the Maori and many other indigenous people around the world are resource-rich but concerned about exploitation,” says IDG Indigenous and Community Advisor Mililani Tra$k. 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
White House Releases Obama’s Long-Form Birth Certificate
By News Release @ 7:49 AM :: 3928 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Here it is! 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Abercrombie: HGEA Settles “without accusations and confrontation”
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 2643 Views :: Energy, Environment

Apparently Abercrombie hasn’t met the nurses.  They have plenty of “accusations and confrontations.”

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Is the Age of America Coming to An End?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:36 PM :: 2195 Views :: National News, Ethics

The IMF's assumption that our economy will be weak indefinitely is all too reasonable. China might run its economy into the ground, but we are running our economy into the ground. Reasonable people can sharply disagree over what to do, but what's killing U.S. leadership is obvious to the IMF and anyone looking at the global picture: our budget deficit.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
HB1405: Lawmakers attempt an end run around the public in order to pass State Akaka bill
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 2746 Views :: Energy, Environment

The revised state measure now calls for the establishment of a 9-member Native Hawaiian roll commission, which will appoint an interim council of 9 members to “commence the organization of a convention of qualified Native Hawaiians.”

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Birthers vs. Truthers: The Double Standard on Conspiracy Theories
By Selected News Articles @ 11:29 AM :: 4529 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 ... more than half of Democrats believed Bush was complicit in the 9-11 attacks ....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Back to bargaining Table: HGEA Nurses Reject Contract, other 6 Units Ratify
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 3389 Views :: Energy, Environment

"It is our hope that as we return to the bargaining table, the State Administration and Hawaii Health Systems Corporation take a realistic approach to bargaining a fair agreement with their nurses, or risk losing more staff because of the pay gap they are enduring.”

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Abercrombie signs Eight More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 3185 Views :: Energy, Environment

A total of sixteen measures have been enacted thus far.  The Governor has until July 12, 2011 to sign into law all measures that are passed out of the state Senate and the House of Representatives.  The Legislature adjourns on May 5th.

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Monday, April 25, 2011
Abercrombie announces Homeless Hotlines
By News Release @ 9:05 PM :: 4039 Views :: Energy, Environment

KEY QUESTION:  What will these four organizations and the Abercrombie Administration do with the information they receive about homeless individuals and homeless camps?  Will they attempt to bring the homeless into shelters or will they focus on feeding the homeless in place and “enabling” them to stay on the streets?

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Monday, April 25, 2011
Uncontrolled Spending Is the Real Threat
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:55 PM :: 2217 Views :: National News, Ethics

...here in the United States, as we face a $14.3 trillion deficit, some are calling for increasing our government's ability to borrow even more money without any concern for spending reform....

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Monday, April 25, 2011
Djou: Oahu has nation’s Highest Gas Taxes, City may raise higher
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:37 PM :: 5163 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

With Hawaii now experiencing the highest gasoline prices in history, it is baffling that the politicians in the City government are actually contemplating an increase in the gasoline tax.

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Monday, April 25, 2011
Honolulu Pacific Office Properties could be De-listed by Stock Exchange
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 5111 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Pacific Office Properties Trust, Inc. (NYSE Amex: PCE), a real estate investment trust owning interests in 45 office buildings primarily in Hawaii and California, reported today that it received notice from the NYSE Amex (the “Exchange”) indicating that the Company is not in compliance with the continued listing standards ....

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Monday, April 25, 2011
HCR135: Special Interests hijack ALOHA Resolution
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:43 PM :: 4191 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

in a House committee, HCR 135 was the victim of “gut and replace”  .... 

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Monday, April 25, 2011
Haley Barbour will not seek GOP Presidential Nomination
By News Release @ 1:30 PM :: 2124 Views :: National News, Ethics

Announcement from Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour....

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Sunday, April 24, 2011
Hawaii, Other States, Form Caucus to Oppose TSA Intrusions
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:16 PM :: 3873 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Believing that the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has gone too far in an assault on individual and states rights, a new, national, bipartisan legislative caucus is emerging to take action.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011
About the Birth Certificate
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 AM :: 4540 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Traditional history courses were torn down in favor of “queer” studies, black studies, Asian studies, women’s studies; language was deconstructed in order to remove its capitalistic foundations; traditional sexual mores were torn asunder in the name of “tolerance.”  President Obama was the result.

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Friday, April 22, 2011
Newsflash: DAGS releases comprehensive fiscal report for 2009
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 3096 Views :: Energy, Environment

How can the people, or even legislators really know what is currently going on financially with the state when the Department of Accounting and General Services takes nearly 2 years to release its comprehensive annual fiscal reports?

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Friday, April 22, 2011
Former California Mayor Jumps Into Hawaii Election Legislation Controversy
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 4063 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Tony Santos, former resident of Hawaii, Farrington High School student, and past Mayor of the City of San Leandro, California, has been actively advising Hawaii lawmakers to kill off a proposal to establish Instant Runoff Voting on the county level.

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Friday, April 22, 2011
Ambitious Turkey
By Daniel Pipes @ 12:57 PM :: 3394 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Here is a geopolitical look at the Turkish Gulen Cult currently attempting to curry favor with Hawaii legislators and take over Mokapu Elementary School....

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Friday, April 22, 2011
Berg: Cut the Golf Subsidy, no new taxes
By News Release @ 11:40 AM :: 3473 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

 “I refuse to impose on my constituents the lethal combo of a fuel tax increase, a property tax increase, and a sewer rate increase while a whopping nine million dollars per year from the general fund is diverted to subsidize the game of golf .... "

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Friday, April 22, 2011
Heritage: Religious Faith Is Still Good News for America
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:45 AM :: 4231 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...at the same time our society is becoming more pluralistic on questions of basic morality, the government continues to intrude more than ever in both public and private areas of social life....

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Killing the 180 Day School Year: HSTA caught in a lie
By Andrew Walden @ 11:15 PM :: 5626 Views :: Energy, Environment

The HSTA is currently in contract negotiations.  Thus it is plainly false to claim that the 180 days “come without compensation.”  Have HSTA leaders been negotiating on the assumption that Act 167 was not going to be enforced this fall?  If so, perhaps the membership should dismiss them for incompetence.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
TEA Party: Support Sen Slom’s No New Taxes Budget
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5047 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Why should private sector struggling businesses become cash cows for an irresponsible Governor and spineless Legislature? 

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Applicants Sought for Chair of Hawaii Reapportionment Commission
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 2423 Views :: Energy, Environment

Because the constitution requires that the Commission be constituted by May 1, 2011, the Supreme Court has only five working days to make a selection.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
GOP: Legislature putting Prepaid Health Care Act at risk
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 4845 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The ERISA Federal law of 1974 clearly stated that if Hawaii changed its health insurance law in any substantive manner, such as what is being proposed in HB 1134, then the Federal law would take over and Hawaii's health care program would no longer be in effect.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Shell Game: Rail Costs down, but Handi-van getting $1.15B?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:11 PM :: 4737 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Is the City is hiding a politically damaging increase in rail cost projections by placing the money in the Handi-van account and using inflated census numbers to justify it?  At a future date, will the moneys be quietly transferred back to rail?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Missile Defense: Hawaii Five-O
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 AM :: 6228 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Honolulu Council Unanimously Opposes Instant Runoff Voting
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 3166 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Today, the Honolulu City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 11-116 which urges the Hawaii State Legislature to defer action on House Bill No. 638, HD1 SD1 which would force the City & County of Honolulu along with the County of Hawaii to implement a new type of voting procedure during special elections called ‘instant runoff voting’ or ‘ranked choice voting’

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Slavery: Federal Suit targets A&B, ML&P Farms
By News Release @ 11:12 AM :: 5954 Views

Captain Cook Coffee Company, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Kauai Coffee Company (A&B), Kelena Farms, MacFarms of Hawaii, and Maui Pineapple Farms (ML&P)….  The EEOC asserts that the farms not only ignored abuses, but also participated in the obvious mistreatment, intimidation, harassment, and unequal pay of the Thai workers.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How they Voted April 18, 2011
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 3604 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Fiscal 2011 Spending Agreement - Vote Passed (260-167, 6 Not Voting)

The House passed this bill to fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year. Based on the agreement negotiated to prevent a government shutdown, the bill provides $1.055 trillion in federal spending. The Senate passed the bill later in the day, clearing it for the president. 

Rep. Mazie Hirono voted NO.....(Hirono alone voted for Federal Gov’t Shutdown.)

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
SB99: Preserve Young Bros Monopoly on Inter-Island Shipping
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:27 PM :: 5778 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

PUC--"This bill would make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for companies to gain entry into the water carrier market in Hawaii….”

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Balance Budget Summit April 20 at Capitol
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 3072 Views :: Energy, Environment

Wednesday, April 20 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium 415 S. Beretania St.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Carlisle nominates Horner, Okinaga, Hong to Transit Authority
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 4420 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Mayor Carlisle appointed retired union representative William Hong, current Corporation Counsel Carrie Okinaga, and First Hawaiian Bank Chairman Don Horner.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Inouye claims Lingle supports current version of Akaka Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 12:59 PM :: 3182 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

But it is a reflection of some of the concerns she’s voiced, and I think she’s supportive. The general concept, she’s for it.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Inouye: Ed Case will not be allowed to Crucify Me
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 AM :: 3936 Views :: Energy, Environment

‘When I get agitated and irritated, I might act up.'

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Abercrombie to Conference Committee: We Must Raise Taxes!
By Video @ 11:12 AM :: 3050 Views :: Energy, Environment

Together, we are facing a 1.3 billion dollar deficit.  If we are going to raise taxes, which we must ....

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