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Saturday, July 31, 2010
“Birthers” smell profit in an Abercrombie governorship?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:49 PM :: 8401 Views :: Obama

When researcher Trevor Loudon in a July 12 NewZeal article posted at Hawai’i Free Press brought out evidence that Neil Abercrombie has for years been a secret member of the Democratic Socialists of America, the “birthers” at World Net Daily, were quick to cover the story--thus providing Abercrombie with the handy foil Abercrombie needed to falsely dismiss Loudon’s questions as the rantings of conspiracists. 

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Saturday, July 31, 2010
PAPAHĀNAUMOKUĀKEA Designated a World Heritage Site
By News Release @ 2:27 PM :: 8791 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today heralded the designation of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site, as another major milestone in the continuing effort to protect and preserve one of the most historically and culturally significant resources of Hawai‘i.  Papahānaumokuākea was inscribed as a World Heritage site at approximately 3:30 p.m. HST on Friday, July 30, 2010.

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Friday, July 30, 2010
Djou: Fiscal Restraint Necessary at All Levels of Government
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 7162 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawai‘i has become one of the least business-friendly states in America. Having served in the Hawai‘i State House and on the Honolulu City Council, I know that we cannot continue to punish businesses and still provide for a prosperous Hawai‘i.

But the anti-business policies that I fought in state and local government are dwarfed by the tax-and-spend agenda that I am battling in the United States Congress. It seems that for every problem facing our nation, the government’s answer is to spend and spend some more.

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Friday, July 30, 2010
RTTT: The quiet Education Overhaul
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:28 PM :: 5915 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

President Obama has quietly been reworking the country’s education system, doing an end-run around normal legislative procedure. With the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) funding doubled thanks to the so-called "stimulus," the Administration has little need or incentive to bother negotiating its education agenda through Congress. Instead, the DOE is using that windfall of funding and power to stage a significant overhaul of local schools; dangling grant money before cash-strapped states on the condition they adopt key pieces of the Obama education agenda.

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Friday, July 30, 2010
Lambda: Hawaii Civil Unions suit demands recognition of new family structures, not “equality”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 AM :: 8386 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Lambda legal staff attorney Tara Borelli: “Because of the way Hawaii’s constitution was amended in 1998, that amendment reserves for the legislature, the decision about whether to allow marriage equality for same-sex couples. So we aren’t able to ask the court for marriage equality, it’s a case instead that seeks access to the complete package of legal tools to protect families.”

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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Nat’l Dems on Hanabusa: "We now have sweetness and light in Hawaii — or at least we don't have a lot of darkness."
By Selected News Articles @ 9:22 PM :: 8599 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, who split the Democratic vote with former Rep. Ed Case in the May special election, is the party's presumptive nominee against Djou.

"We now have sweetness and light in Hawaii — or at least we don't have a lot of darkness," Hoyer said.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Full Text: Lambda Legal and ACLU File Lawsuit Seeking Hawaii Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 7130 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In what appears to be a deliberate new strategy, gay legal groups are targeting some of the states that have banned marriage by constitutional amendment. In Montana, (and now Hawaii) the ACLU sued the state for equal rights on behalf of several same-sex couples, arguing that even if marriage was foreclosed by law, the equality principles in the constitution still require that Montana offer all the rights and benefits of marriage to gay couples, short of the name itself.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010
Governor Lingle’s Legacy Anything but Narrow
By Selected News Articles @ 10:33 AM :: 4947 Views :: Energy, Environment

In David Shapiro’s July 28 column, he implies that Governor Linda Lingle’s legacy will be narrowly defined by her judicial appointments. While Shapiro correctly points out that the Governor has appointed 3 of the 5 Supreme Court Justices, pending Judge Katherine Leonard’s confirmation as Chief Justice, 5 of the 6 judges on the Intermediate Court of Appeals and more than half of the Circuit Court judges, he is vastly overlooking the Governor’s many other accomplishments of her nearly 8 year service.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Djou: Not realigning forces to Guam a “major geopolitical mistake”
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 10275 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Congressman Djou’s amendment would’ve restored, through offsets, the necessary funding to one of the largest movements of military assets in decades while helping to maintain a robust military presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Congressman Djou’s amendment would’ve increased funding for military construction projects necessary to realign Marine Corps forces to Guam.  The funds would come from offsets within H.R. 5822....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Katherine Leonard: Separating the temperament from the noise
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 PM :: 6713 Views :: Energy, Environment

As Ian Lind notes, "Mainstream media haven't told us much about Chief Justice nominee's legal views" and "[t]he only thing I’ve seen about Leonard’s actual judicial performance and views was a review of Leonard’s decisions from the legal blog," The only other coverage we've seen has been further references to our post by law blogger Charley Foster at Planet Kauai, and by alternative journos Hawaii Reporter and Hawaii Free Press. The only words we've heard from traditional media has been from the Star-Advertiser's Dave Shapiro, and then primarily via his Volcanic Ash blog.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Djou renews call for Free Trade with South Korea
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 11713 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) gave the following speech today from the floor of the U.S. House, advocating for a stronger and deeper relationship with the Republic of Korea...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Military Voter Act: US DoJ criticized over Hawaii's illegally late Primary date
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 9363 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Sen. John Cornyn,R-Texas – who co-sponsored MOVE – wrote a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on July 26 saying he is concerned that the Department of Justice is allowing states to opt out of the new law. ...

"... according to recent information, the Department of Justice has expressed reluctance to protect the civil rights of military voters under the new law. All our men and women in uniform deserve a chance to vote this November, and the Obama administration bears responsibility for ensuring that they have it.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Djou: “Truth in Spending Act would force Congress to live by financial forecasts”
By Selected News Articles @ 1:10 PM :: 8790 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Congressional Budget Office employs talented economists whose job it is to study every aspect of every bill and predict how much each will cost – or how much each will save – years into the future.

They are good, but they are not infallible soothsayers. Economic predictions that are off just a little in a year can become wildly inaccurate over the course of decades.... 

When costs are higher than or savings lower than predicted, the Truth in Spending Act creates a fast-track process to reduce excess costs through legislation.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Private sector experience? Aiona corrects Hannemann
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 4285 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU - Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today issued the following statement regarding Mufi Hannemann's recent comments that his "opponents haven't spent one day in the private sector."

"Mufi Hannemann's comments are incorrect, and the record must be made clear on this matter. 

"I have not only worked in the private sector, but I have also owned my own business. ..."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Aiona: Schools’ RTTT finalist selection “a significant step in the right direction”
By News Release @ 1:42 PM :: 6755 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Hawai‘i’s Race to the Top application represents a collaborative effort among our Administration, the Hawai‘i Department of Education, non-profit organizations, legislators and community leaders."

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Djou cosponsors legislation to help small business with tax relief
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 7115 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“To stimulate the economy and help small businesses, I am proud to join my colleagues in co-sponsoring the Small Business Assistance and Relief Act. Whoever is in the majority—whether Democrats or Republicans—we need fiscal responsibility in Washington, D.C. and tax relief for every working family and small business to get our economy moving again.”

H.R. 5554, the Small Business Assistance and Relief Act, will help small businesses thrive by providing tax relief, reducing regulatory burden and boosting lending in the currently tight credit environment.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Would Colleen Hanabusa Support Obama’s Small Business Tax Hike?
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 7480 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“After supporting a Democrat agenda that has buried Hawaii taxpayers under a mountain of reckless government spending and record-high debt, it looks like Colleen Hanabusa could once again support a job killing tax hike that would devastate the economy even further,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Small businesses are looking for some much-needed relief, but all they’re getting from Washington is the uncertainty that comes from the Democrats’ harmful agenda. If Hanabusa can’t finally stand up against the Democrats’ tax-hiking agenda, it will prove once and for all that her loyalties do not lie with Hawaii businesses and families.”

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Full Text: Day v Apoliona Decision
By News Release @ 12:20 PM :: 8337 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

Based on Admission Act, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision announced yesterday upholds the State’s right to create OHA.  The use of the Admission Act to support this decision undermines the argument that an Indian tribe must be created to protect Hawaiian programs against discrimination complaints.  In this regard it is similar to the US Supreme Court decision in the Ceded Lands case.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Featured on Glen Beck: Wallbuilders’ David Barton to speak at Maui, Oahu, Hilo, Kona events
By News Release @ 5:56 AM :: 14441 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

Thursday July 29 and Friday July 30 -- four events on three islands.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
VIDEO: Djou on Fox Business News
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 8891 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Raising $3.8 trillion in new taxes at any time is a bad idea. Raising these taxes in the middle of an economic downturn is a terrible idea. The current majority in Congress has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to try and turn around the economy with the so-called ‘stimulus’ package. It has utterly failed.”

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Adrienne King on DoE: “The system is broken”
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 4789 Views :: Energy, Environment

During the most recent legislative session, the Republicans in the State Legislature introduced bills calling for a periodic comprehensive review of the DOE. Despite the groundswell of support from parents, students, and teachers for the Republican bills, the Democrat Majority in the Legislature allowed these bills to expire in committee without any explanation. What are they afraid an independent auditor will find? As Lieutenant Governor I will support Duke Aiona's goal for an independent audit of the DOE. An independent audit has not been conducted since 1973. The audit must be comprehensive, and include examining financial and management practices, and personnel administration. I will fight to make sure the audit is released to the public.

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Monday, July 26, 2010
Campaign contributions: Inouye pushing for more Sandwich Isles Communications funding?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:11 PM :: 9395 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In 2009 the US House Energy and Commerce Committee nailed Sandwich Isles as one of the nation’s “10 worst abusers” of Universal Service Fund (USF) tax dollars—which every telephone customer pays with their monthly phone bill.

SIC’s cables run to Hawaiian Homelands properties-most of which are unoccupied and are not going to be occupied anytime soon.  The cost per actual user of broadband services is estimated at $278,000 per customer.

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Monday, July 26, 2010
Gov. Lingle appoints retired Moanalua Principal Wong to BoE
By News Release @ 2:47 PM :: 5333 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today appointed Caroline S. Wong to the Board of Education to fill the seat vacated by Breene Harimoto, who resigned last month.  Wong will serve on a temporary basis until a new member is elected in the November General Election to serve out the remaining two years of Harimoto’s term.  Her appointment takes effect immediately.

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Monday, July 26, 2010
Djou cosponsors Iran Sanctions: Bill becomes Law
By News Release @ 12:13 PM :: 6828 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The legislation penalizes entities that assist Iran in importing refined petroleum or in maintaining or expanding Iran’s domestic refining capacity. These sanctions penalize foreign financial institutions that do business with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, aid Iran’s nuclear program or support Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism. I was proud to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in supporting these sanctions.  

The bill that I co-sponsored has now become law, signed by the President on July 1, 2010.  

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Sunday, July 25, 2010
DoE spends $50M for free software
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 11118 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

The DoE is paying millions of dollars to contractors for software when equal or superior alternatives are available elsewhere at lower cost--often free of charge. This wasteful spending is the direct result of the cozy, revolving door relationship between the contractors and the DoE officials who direct business their way.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Eleven Opinions: Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee Katherine Leonard
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 AM :: 7969 Views :: Energy, Environment

We've done an informal survey of the 2010 output of the ICA (and the Supreme Court in reviewing the ICA's work) to pick out those cases in which Judge Leonard authored the opinion, or served on the panel in an interesting case. We tried to focus on published opinions, but there were several unpublished opinions which also caught our attention. Here are the results, in reverse chronological order:

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Big win for free speech: Senate Passes Anti-Libel-Tourism Law
By Selected News Articles @ 12:28 PM :: 6742 Views :: First Amendment

The SPEECH Act will guard American authors and publishers from frivolous foreign libel suits, filed in countries that do not have our strong free speech protections....

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Legislative Scorecard released by Grassroot Institute
By News Release @ 12:03 PM :: 4988 Views :: Energy, Environment

Each legislator has been scored based on his or her performance in the 2010 legislative session. Scores indicate the percentage of votes in which legislators voted in favor of limited government and greater individual liberty. While a few legislators seized the shortfall as an opportunity to make tough spending decisions, the vast majority voted to continue for the status quo-excessive spending and even higher taxes for the people of Hawaii.

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Hawaii Leads in Wellbeing; West Virginia Ranks Last
By Selected News Articles @ 10:56 AM :: 6576 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii’s natural advantages continue to mask its political failings.

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Hawaii lawsuit challenges use of racial identification on birth certificates
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 AM :: 10175 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Setting snark aside, there is a real issue here: Is it appropriate for a state to require parents to declare their races so they can be stamped on to their children’s birth certificates, where they will remain in perpetuity? As of 1993, only five states had such policies in place. Now, over 15 years later, we have a multiracial president in the White House. Is it still necessary to insist upon racial identification on birth certificates — or is it time to discard such policies as outdated and counterproductive?

What valid purposes are served by such policies? Don’t they just exacerbate the problem of excessive race-consciousness in this country? To quote the wise words of Chief Justice John Roberts, “[t]he way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” And the way to stop discriminating on the basis of race is to stop knowing or caring what race a person is. [FN1]

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Katherine Leonard nominated Chief Justice of Supreme Court
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 5457 Views :: Energy, Environment

Ms. Leonard, who turns 51 next month, joined the Intermediate Court of Appeals after Governor Lingle nominated her in November 2007 to fill a vacancy created by the death of Associate Judge John Lim.  She was confirmed unanimously (23-0) by the Senate and took her seat in January 2008.

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Will rail plan collapse before November?
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 6869 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The FTA has said that the City’s current financial plan is insufficiently robust to warrant entry into the next stage, Final Design. The Governor has said that she needs to see a plan that is robust enough to warrant entry before she will “accept” the Final EIS.

Mufi can continue this standoff by not having the City produce a new financial plan; Caldwell will do what he is told. Mufi can then continue to blame the Governor for holding up the project while deflecting blame from himself.

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Friday, July 23, 2010
Supreme Court: Zoning Statutes Are "Environmental" Laws – individuals can now sue to enforce
By Robert Thomas @ 1:59 AM :: 5942 Views :: Energy, Environment

This case did not garner the broad public interest of the Superferry litigation, but the case could be more important. The core issue in the case was whether Hawaii's statewide zoning laws are "laws relating to environmental quality" which may be privately enforced, or whether they are classic Euclidean zoning laws which can't.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Star-Advertiser afraid Prevedouros might win
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 4028 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Thursday, July 22, 2010
AtomicMonkey Reincarnated, picks up Abercrombie DSA story: Abercrombie supporters--“Its just going to get nastier”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:04 PM :: 6993 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Bob Jones: Absent evidence otherwise, we have to take his word. It’s just hard for us skeptically-inclined old-timers in journalism to accept that a man with a City job and a history of doing “opposition research” didn’t even ask some high Hannemann campaign official if it was okay to portray Abercrombie as a brain in a glass jar controlled by former Gov. Ben Cayetano, as a “flailing gasbag” and his wife, the scholar Nancie Caraway, as “a witch.”

…And it’s just going to get nastier at least until the primary, perhaps beyond.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Djou on Fox News: “Every single dollar the government spends comes from a family”
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 7996 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

VIDEO of Djou interviewed on Fox News...

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Thursday, July 22, 2010
GOP Senate candidate Cam Cavasso launches “Crazy” TV ad
By News Release @ 11:27 AM :: 8991 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“With the economy reeling from an unprecedented national debt and an unsustainable addiction to expanding the size and spending of government, and with traditional values mocked and marginalized by an unaccountable, out-of-control Congress, we must bring sanity back to Washington, D.C.  More than any other Beltway politician, Daniel Inouye personifies the Pelosi-Reid Congress’s big spending, anti-family agenda. If we are to repair our economy and restore our nation, the reign of Daniel Inouye must end.”

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Thursday, July 22, 2010
In DC: Hanabusa not invited to White House, lectures National Democrats on “Bum Information”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 9418 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hanabusa said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's preference for former Rep. Ed Case (D) in the special election was based on "bum information" in an interview with the Fix Monday. "I'm president of the Senate. I'm not a neophyte when it comes to understanding political alignments and misalignments," she added.  (Is that why she "aligned" with Mehau against Bronster?)

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Ka’auwai: Democrats shocked to face “Republican candidate in 95% of the legislative races”
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 4859 Views :: Energy, Environment


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
States That Pay The Most Taxes: Hawaii is #1
By Selected News Articles @ 10:12 PM :: 7134 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Aloha State may be renowned as one of the most beautiful states in the Union, but that beauty comes at significant cost: the average Hawaiian paid out $1,010 in state taxes in the first quarter of the year, the highest of any state. The two biggest components to the state's revenues were income and excise taxes. 

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Prevedouros: Mayoral election “a referendum on way City has been run”
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 5879 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The four politicians running for this office all have clearly represented their support of the status quo with even prosecutor/politician Peter Carlisle pledging to have rail all over the island and through the Koolaus. Is Peter's 30 Billion Dollar Rail Plan prudent fiscal policy for our Oahu?

I am the only candidate who is an engineer, not a politician, and I will stop the rail project, repeal its tax, and work with everyone who wants to make Honolulu the great city we all know it deserves to be.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Secret "DSAer"? Abercrombie’s Denial Raises More Questions
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 10433 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Here are some questions for Abercrombie and Caraway:

  • If Neil Abercrombie was never a member of Democratic Socialists of America, why did Democratic Left’s editors indicate otherwise?
  • How does Abercrombie explain the 16-year record of his involvement in D.S.A. activities?
  • Is the erstwhile First Lady of Hawaii still a member of D.S.A.?
  • Has she ever openly acknowledged her D.S.A. membership to a Hawaii audience or publication?

The voters of Hawaii deserve to know the answers.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
How Charles Djou can do it
By Selected News Articles @ 11:52 AM :: 8308 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

At first blush, Hawaii’s First Congressional District doesn’t look like a potential Blue to Red conversion target. Obama did carry HI01 by a lopsided 70-28 percent spread, but that margin seems to be grossly distorted in favor of Honolulu’s Favorite Son. President Obama was born and spent some of his schoolboy years in this very district. 

Djou’s Honolulu-based district is historically Democratic, but it is not utterly inhospitable to Republican candidates. As the Washington Examiner’s senior Political Analyst Michael Barone mentions in his Almanac of American Politics, HI01 is home to “many military families in modest neighborhoods who may vote for Democrats but can be attracted to Republicans.”  

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Hawaii Republicans field over 80 candidates, contest nearly every seat in Legislature
By News Release @ 12:40 AM :: 4231 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU— Hawaii Republicans are celebrating candidate filing deadline this year with a bang. Hawaii Republican candidates are contesting nearly every seat in the State House and Senate.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Djou: “We need more private sector jobs, not more public sector programs”
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 7868 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Mr. Speaker, the American people expect Congress to act responsibly and to be trustworthy. But how can this happen when this Congress has no plan?

“No plan for a budget. No plan to create jobs. No plan to turn around our economy other than to spend, spend, and spend some more of the people’s money.

“We spent more than a trillion dollars to ‘create jobs,’ but as of yet our unemployment rate still languishes at over 9.5%. Our nation is plagued with debt and not creating a budget further amplifies the problem."

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
“National Ocean Council” to impose “zoning”, sparks fears of recreational fishing ban
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 6596 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...the recommendations center on creating a National Ocean Council to coordinate regulation of oceans and the Great Lakes, and on a principle of "ecosystem-based management" for marine areas….

The first draft of the policy, released in September, drew heavy criticism from some quarters, including industry and recreational anglers concerned that sport fishing might be restricted or banned.

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Monday, July 19, 2010
America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 6085 Views :: National News, Ethics

Never has there been so little diversity within America's upper crust....  Today's ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters -- speaking the "in" language -- serves as a badge of identity. ... America's ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.

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Monday, July 19, 2010
Djou “Rapidly becoming one of most active and outspoken US Reps”
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 7871 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Despite having served for less than two months, Hawaii Congressman Charles K. Djou is influencing national policy in Washington.  He has rapidly become one of the most active and outspoken representatives in the U.S. today.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010
Abercrombie denies membership in Democratic Socialists of America, blames ‘birthers’
By Andrew Walden @ 4:36 PM :: 11341 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Politicians

Neil Abercrombie’s campaign is responding to reports that Abercrombie has been a secret member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010
$400M Medicare/Medicaid scam run by parent of Ohana Health Plan
By Andrew Walden @ 12:55 PM :: 9018 Views :: Health Care

The company said it expected to settle the civil damages case for $137.5 million. That is in addition to $80 million WellCare agreed to pay in May 2009 to defer criminal prosecution on a felony charge of fraud....

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