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Monday, April 30, 2012
Hawaii Family Forum Wins Right to Intervene in Gay Marriage Case
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 4111 Views :: Energy, Environment

“Society should protect and strengthen marriage, not undermine it as this lawsuit seeks to do,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Holly Carmichael....

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Monday, April 30, 2012
As Legislators Consider Mass Release of Hardened Criminals, Lawsuit Challenges Half-Way House Supervision
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 3924 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Robles, 18, was there as a condition of parole for the juvenile crimes of sex assault, theft and runaway charges, according to the complaint.  The family claims that the home failed to supervise the two boys despite house rules that required curfews and bed checks every 20 minutes on overnight shifts.

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Monday, April 30, 2012
Hawaii Christian Coalition Annual Prayer at the Capitol May 3
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 3815 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Hawaii Christian Coalition presents its annual Prayer at the Capitol May 3, Thursday 6:30-8:00pm State Capitol Auditorium....  

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Monday, April 30, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted April 30, 2012
By Congress.org @ 2:03 PM :: 3592 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012
  • Senate: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011
  • House: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
  • House: Interest Rate Reduction Act
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Monday, April 30, 2012
America's Budget Crisis in Pictures
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:40 PM :: 2791 Views :: National News, Ethics

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Will Horizon Lines go down with the Jones Act?
By Michael Hansen @ 11:35 PM :: 5857 Views :: Jones Act

Horizon wishes to assure the Jones Act industry of its fidelity and that it will not succumb to the siren call of Jones Act reform even if that means it will never have a chance to rationally renew its fleet of dreadful old clunkers....

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Both Sides in Thielen Dispute Aim For Democrats-Only Primary Elections
By Andrew Walden @ 8:25 PM :: 4049 Views :: Energy, Environment

“Mr. Gill explained that ... Hawaii’s primary election law is out of compliance with the freedom of association provision in the U.S. Constitution. In order to rectify this error, a lawsuit must be filed and Mr. Gill asked UHPA to consider supporting this federal litigation.”

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Last Day for Legislation: Hospitals Medicare Fix, Early Release of Criminals, Gay Unions in Your Church, Tax Credits for Solar Scammers, and More
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 PM :: 3566 Views :: Energy, Environment

... but a bill for Hollywood Moguls' Tax Credits appears dead, and a sneaky attempt to foist another HCEI-style set of 'goals' on Hawaii has been thwarted ....

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Honolulu Banquet Salutes Opening of Aloha Pregnancy Center Osaka
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 5472 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

They were welcomed by our vibrant MC, Miss Hawaii Lauren Cheape....

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Waialua, Kalani Score Victories in World Championship of Robotics
By News Release @ 10:07 AM :: 3425 Views :: Energy

Seven Hawaii high school teams, and one independent elementary school team, are competing in the 2012 FIRST Championship robotics competition at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO....

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Zero in on Details to Figure Out True Story Behind Bills
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:34 AM :: 2986 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the tax incentive did nothing more than skew the economic cycle and created the feast and famine of construction activity....

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Sunday, April 29, 2012
Honolulu Attorney Named to Board of Owners Counsel of America
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 4614 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Robert Thomas, a Director with Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert in Honolulu, concentrates his practice on property and land use issues including eminent domain, regulatory takings, water rights, and voting rights....

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Soldiers, Community restore Kaena Point
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 3854 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Soldiers from Schofield Barracks’ 225th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, and other Army units, rolled up their sleeves ....

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
The History of Natural Gas in Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 4:20 PM :: 8789 Views :: Energy, Hawaii History, Jones Act

In response to my article, a reader asks: “We get all the natural gas we need now. How does it get here? The article makes it sound impossible, but it’s here.”

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Lingle: Americans Losing Trust in TSA
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 4924 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"I will support Congressional investigation efforts into the TSA policies and guidelines and will advocate for practices that maintain security while not sacrificing the personal dignity of our residents and visitors." -- Gov. Lingle

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
How Green Are Electric Cars? Depends on Where You Plug In
By NCPA @ 3:33 PM :: 2385 Views :: National News, Ethics

...in some regions of the country, the well-to-wheel emissions level for all-electric vehicles may be higher than the best hybrid and all-gasoline competitors, says the New York Times....

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
After Soaking Taxpayers for $63M on Bailout, Central Pacific Financial Corp. Reports $13.5 Million Net Income
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 3460 Views :: Energy, Environment

Pacific Financial Corp. (NYSE: CPF), parent company of Central Pacific Bank (the "Bank"), today reported net income for the first quarter of 2012 of $13.5 million....

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
VIDEO: Anti-Bullying Speaker Curses 'Pansy-Assed' Students
By Video @ 1:25 PM :: 3001 Views :: National News, Ethics

Savage is the creator of the two-year-old It Gets Better Project which encourages teens struggling with same-sex attractions to embrace homosexuality....

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Hotel Workers Sue Local 5 Over Political Use of Dues Money
By News Release @ 5:32 AM :: 4026 Views :: Energy, Environment

"I was paying close to $1,000 in annual dues. After I won that case, I started paying about $100. I didn't want to pay for the things that I'm not obligated to pay for like giving money to political candidates...."

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Friday, April 27, 2012
Sa-i-gu: Koreans wrestle with aftermath of LA riots
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 4236 Views :: National News, Ethics

To Leftists and black activists, it was an “uprising”; white liberals prefer to call it “civil unrest”; many others call them the L.A. Riots. But Koreans simply call it Sa-i-gu, or April 29....

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Friday, April 27, 2012
Green Energy? Do The Math
By Dr Ed Gutteling, MD @ 11:44 PM :: 5464 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

“I’m trying to think, but nuttin’ happens!” -- Curly Howard

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Friday, April 27, 2012
GOP Lincoln Day Dinner Draws Hundreds
By David S Chang @ 11:27 PM :: 3601 Views :: Energy, Environment

Ted Liu stepped-up as Chair of the Event and with single-minded determination, energy and hard work, led its success....

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Friday, April 27, 2012
Marumoto: Plan to Release 1,195 Criminals is 'Kapakahi'
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 2949 Views :: Energy, Environment

Will programs to help the prisoners adjust be in place the first year when most of the prisoners are let out? 410 will be released the first year, 384 in the 2nd year, 257 in the 3rd year, 111 in the 4th year, 29 in the 5th year, and 4 in the 6th year for a total release of 1,195 prisoners over 6 years....

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Friday, April 27, 2012
USCG Reviewing Molokai Harbor Safari Explorer Yacht Rules
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 2471 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

A U.S. Coast Guard temporary security zone to protect protesters from Hawaii's Safari Explorer yacht cruise is ending, and the USCG seeks input on how the rule may be improved....

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Friday, April 27, 2012
Washington Needs A Lesson on Student Loans
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:30 PM :: 2116 Views :: National News, Ethics

You know a politician is looking for applause when he speaks in front of a crowd of college students and says he's there to help them pay back their student loans.... 

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Friday, April 27, 2012
US, Japan Reach $8.6B Deal on Transfer of 9,000 Okinawa Marines
By News Release @ 10:38 AM :: 7002 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Abercrombie jumps the gun to claim credit for something that wasn't his doing ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
City 'Error': Kahuku is #1 Landfill Site, not Ameron
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 3321 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Now Carlisle will be able to 'ride to the rescue' of the Windward Shore as well as 'saving' Kailua and Kaneohe when he renews Waimanalo Gulch. What a charade!

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Hawaii is #2 in Nation for Mortgage Scams
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 4284 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The top five states ranked by per capita in 2011 were: California, Hawaii, Florida, Nevada, and the District of Columbia ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Hilarious Video: I Aloha Molokai Rips Civil Beat ‘Fact’ Check
By Video @ 3:11 PM :: 3845 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

VIDEO: Kanohowailuku Helm - Pane From Molokai

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Hatch Act Violation: Scandalous GSA Official Starred in Inouye Campaign Ad
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 AM :: 3199 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
NMI Medicaid Cases “Circulate in Hawaii Like Hot Potatoes”
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 AM :: 4401 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Private clinics and pharmacies have whispered among themselves for months about suspending services due to non-payment of millions....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Feds Begin Forcing Hawaii Island MDs into 'Medical Homes'
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 3931 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has appointed Daniel E. Brown, Ph.D., as principal investigator (P.I.) for the Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community (HIBC), a federally funded health care transformation project administered through the UH Hilo College of Pharmacy....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
HMA Warns Against 'Imminent Storm' Caused by Obamacare Implementation
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 4705 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... imminent storm that is about to occur due to simultaneous implementation of multiple programs that will create extraordinary financial and administrative burden ....

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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Stopping the Cyber Espionage Threat
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:38 AM :: 2589 Views :: National News, Ethics

...today Congress has the opportunity to do something about it....

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Three Years without a Federal Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:19 PM :: 2387 Views :: National News, Ethics

April 29 marks the third year in which the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget -- a staggering dereliction of duty, particularly given the country's near-$16 trillion debt. But that's not the Senate's only blockbuster failure ....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Romney: A Better America Begins Tonight
By Video @ 11:32 PM :: 2801 Views :: National News, Ethics

Romney's speech in NH...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Planning Commission Set to Decide on 15-year Extension for Waimanalo Gulch Landfill
By Tom Berg @ 6:29 PM :: 3624 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... the Planning Commission will render a decision on May 25, at 9:00 a.m. at the Mission Memorial Auditorium to either approve or deny the 15-year extension ....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Clinton’s chief economist supports Jones Act reform for Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 6:16 PM :: 8157 Views :: Jones Act

Professor Stiglitz explained that the first time the Jones Act came to his attention is when he worked on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and it was identified as a major impediment to the national U.S. economy....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Full Text: Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction Against Reapportionment Plan
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 3628 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii’s 2012 Plan is not just “substantially” different from population, it is grossly deviant.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
DoD IDs Hawaii Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 4583 Views :: Energy, National News, World News, Family

They died April 19, in southwestern Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the UH-60 Black Hawk they were in crashed.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Relativity Media Using Hollywood Accounting to Sell Hawaii Film Incentive
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 4606 Views :: Energy, Environment

One person saw an opportunity with the demise of the German tax shelter: Relativity Media founder Ryan Kavanaugh....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Contractor Scores Hawaii RTTT Assessment Deal
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 3265 Views :: Energy, Environment

Assess2Know will allow Hawaii to evaluate students' performance using thousands of measures in alignment with instructional objectives and Common Core State Standards, which were implemented in 2011....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Progressives Move to Amend First Amendment
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:47 PM :: 2961 Views :: National News, Ethics

The proposal, which is known as the "People's Rights Amendment," would amend the Constitution and hold that constitutional rights are only for "natural persons," meaning that corporations and legal entities would no longer enjoy the freedoms the Constitution guarantees....

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Monday, April 23, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 23, 2012
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 PM :: 3851 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Cloture Motion; Paying a Fair Share Act of 2012
  • House: Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012
  • House: Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II
  • House: Small Business Tax Cut Act
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Monday, April 23, 2012
DHS Proposes Merging Medicare, Medicaid
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 3408 Views :: Energy, Environment

The state Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted for public comment a draft proposal for a demonstration project that would integrate healthcare services for clients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid....

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Monday, April 23, 2012
Health Exchange Launches First Stage of Computer Program to Control Your Health Care
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 3100 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Health Connector, which was established to create and oversee the state’s health insurance exchange, will begin the first phase of the information technology (IT) system next week as the result of a contract with Public Consulting Group (PCG) of Boston....

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Monday, April 23, 2012
The Bloated Government of America
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:50 PM :: 2495 Views :: National News, Ethics

The latest example came last week when Democratic leadership in the Senate again passed the buck on enacting a budget -- on April 29, it will have been three years since the Senate last passed a budget resolution....

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Monday, April 23, 2012
Senate Likely to Shift Republican Even Without Lingle Victory
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 5104 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

To turn out their vote this fall, Hawaii Democrats are claiming that Hawaii will decide the balance of power in the US Senate. But in reality Hawaii's Senate election will determine whether the Aloha State will have a voice on the majority side of the aisle or will suffer decades of obscurity with low-seniority Senators of the minority party .... 

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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Full Text: 2012 HSTA Legislative Endorsement Questionnaire
By Andrew Walden @ 8:55 PM :: 3406 Views :: Energy, Environment

For 2012 HSTA has deleted several questions from 2010 including their call for legislators to de-fund services for severely disabled students in violation of the Felix Consent Decree.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Hawaii Court Ruling Challenges Gun Ban After Non-Violent Misdemeanor Conviction
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 PM :: 4650 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Hawaii harassment statute, which Fisher had violated ... includes not just violent touching but “any slight touching of another person in a manner which is known to be offensive to that person.”

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