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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Veterans in Politics Endorses Ed Case
By Ed Case @ 5:11 PM :: 3600 Views :: Energy, Environment

I was grateful to Dennis Egge, Vietnam veteran and VIP board member for presenting VIP's endorsement personally at my recent West O'ahu Talk Story in Kapolei....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Romney must win over Asian voters
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 5156 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Asians -- Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Filipinos, Vietnamese and Koreans -- are the nation's wealthiest, most highly educated and most aspirational voting demographic.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sequestration: Federally Funded Employees, Contractors to Receive Layoff Notices Just Before Election
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 4147 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama's Labor Department on Monday issued "guidance" to the states, telling them that a federal law requiring advance notice of mass layoffs does not apply to the layoffs that may occur in January as a result of automatic budget cuts known as "sequestration."

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
HMSA Private shared-savings deal puts half of future raises at hospital system at risk
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 3546 Views :: Energy, Environment

The shared-savings agreement between Hawaii Medical Service Assn. and Hawaii Pacific Health puts 50% the hospital’s annual pay increases over the five-year contract term dependent on achieving both quality improvement and cost savings thresholds....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Hawaii Solar Scammers Push for More Ratepayer, Taxpayer Handouts
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 3072 Views :: Energy, Environment

Solar scammers are pushing for even more taxpayer and ratepayer handouts. Here’s their latest blast of ‘research’.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Ansaldo Awards Rail Electrification Contract to Siemens
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 4999 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Question: Is Siemens paying the 4.5% GE Tax on its "multi-million dollar" subcontract from Ansaldo?  Will Ansaldo write a change order to account for the additional 4.5% cost incurred because this work is not being done in-house? 

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Rail Jobs? Honolulu Construction Employment Down 6%
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 4623 Views :: Labor, Rail

As Rail construction continues, Honolulu construction employments continues to drop, losing 1,300 jobs between June, 2011 and June, 2012....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Friedman's Legacy of Fighting for School Choice for All
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 3032 Views :: National News, Ethics

On the late Milton Friedman's 100th birthday today, his words are truer than ever: "There is no respect in which inhabitants of a low-income neighborhood are so disadvantaged as in the kind of schooling they can get for their children."

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Maria Zielinski as DAGS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 3351 Views :: Energy, Environment

Since 2010, she has served as the Accounting System Administrator for the County of Maui. Prior to that, she was the Director and Chief Financial Officer for the California School Employees Association.

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Monday, July 30, 2012
Failing, DoE Asks Feds for Permission to Scrap AYP Testing
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 3091 Views :: Energy, Environment

Simple solution: If you fail, get rid of the test....

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Monday, July 30, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted July 30, 2012
By @ 5:02 PM :: 4458 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Tax Cut Extension – Passage
  • Senate: Cybersecurity – Cloture
  • House: Tribal Land Leases – Suspension
  • House: Levee Construction – Suspension
  • House: Oil and Gas Drilling – Passage
  • House: Federal Reserve Audit – Suspension
  • House: Regulatory Overhaul
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Monday, July 30, 2012
New Lane Open on H-1 Freeway
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:11 PM :: 4290 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Monday, July 30, 2012
Charter School Enrollment Reaches 10,000 Milestone
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 3149 Views :: Energy, Environment

The projected enrollment of 10,097 represents a milestone for Hawaii’s charter movement, which served just 1,341 students in 2000....

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Monday, July 30, 2012
Business Owners Battle Obamacare for Religious Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:33 AM :: 2843 Views :: National News, Ethics

...forcing nearly all employers to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization services.  Beginning August 1, employers must amend their health insurance offerings to include these drugs and services. And if they don't? How about a fine of $100 per employee per day for non-compliance....

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Hirono Claims Credit for George Bush STEM Legislation
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 4292 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Unfortunately for the people of Hawaii, this type of resume-padding behavior is business as usual for Hirono, who is well versed in taking credit for the achievements of others."

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Henkin: Rumors of Hee-Wooley Affair “Scurrilous”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 12904 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

A Democratic state representative says, “They’re like a couple of high school kids.”

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Early Voting Begins Monday July 30--Find Your Polling Place
By Andrew Walden @ 8:12 PM :: 4744 Views :: Energy, Environment

Walk-In Absentee Voting Mon Jul 30 thru Thurs Aug 9 All Locations Open Mon – Sat 8-4 PM (except Molokai)

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Clarity Needed in Holding Elected Officials Accountable
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:31 AM :: 3164 Views :: Energy, Environment

...former elected officials want to get back into the policymaking arena at a time when all of the chickens that they created in the past are coming home to roost....

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Nanakuli Meet the Candidates July 30
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 4271 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“MEET THE CANDIDATES” Forum on Monday, July 30th, 2012; at the NHIS Multi-Purpose Bldg/Cafeteria from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
NRA: U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Stopped
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3148 Views :: World News, Family

The Conference on the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (U.N. ATT) has broken down and will not report a draft treaty to the member nations....

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Akaka Proposes Tribal Internet Gaming Bill
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 4918 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"In any expansion of gaming, we must make sure that the unique circumstances surrounding tribal sovereignty are maintained in any legislation." 

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
FBI investigating? Sex, Lies and Retaliation at Big Island Election Office
By Andrew Walden @ 12:37 PM :: 13407 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

Will bureaucrats undermine public confidence in elections 'for a good time'? Read on ....

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Saturday, July 28, 2012
Honolulu City Lights Display Applications Due Now
By News Release @ 12:02 AM :: 3443 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The annual lottery was started several years ago in response to requests from private groups interested in erecting displays which will be on view during Honolulu City Lights.

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Friday, July 27, 2012
Mitsunaga: Hirono Took Same Illegal Contributions Cayetano Did
By Audio @ 11:49 PM :: 6859 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"John White ended up as Chief of Staff for Mazie Hirono and is smearing Ben Cayetano for receiving illegal campaign contributions. The truth is, Mazie Hirono accepted $98,000 in illegal contributions and he endorsed her – but he hasn’t said a word about that."

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Friday, July 27, 2012
BLNR: Boater Safety Course Will Be Required
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 3527 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) today approved a new boating rule that requires boat operators to complete a boating safety course to operate a power driven vessel in state waters....

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Friday, July 27, 2012
Federal Transit Bill Shifts Funding towards Busses, Away from Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 6087 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... BRT projects to receive at least 80 percent federal funding share each fiscal year. These provisions provide a significant opportunity for communities seeking to invest in BRT....

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Friday, July 27, 2012
As Primary Election Approaches, Governor Approves Funds to Complete Hilo International Airport Cargo Facility
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 4057 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

"Senator Gilbert Kahele was actively involved in working with the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to legislatively see this appropriation through." -- Abercrombie news release

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Friday, July 27, 2012
Lawsuit Claims Hawaii IBEW Boss Solicited Murder of Critics
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 8839 Views :: Energy, Environment

"On Monday, May 14, 2012 a Solicitation to Commit Murder case was opened by the Honolulu Police Department under report number HPD 12-175720 ...."

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Friday, July 27, 2012
Fact Check: Case, Hirono Claim Credit for Bills Which Did Not Pass
By News Release @ 5:42 AM :: 3224 Views :: Energy, Environment

"You talk about your Providing Resources Early for Kids (PRE-K) Act in 2009 as if it were legislation that you passed. The fact is, regardless of its merits, you just couldn't get it done for the people of Hawaii when your bill died in the very committee you sit in."

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Friday, July 27, 2012
Justice Department Blocks Voter ID at Every Turn
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:23 AM :: 3080 Views :: National News, Ethics

People seemingly voting after they've been dead for years. Drug kingpins buying votes from poor people to sway elections. Non-citizens being bussed to the polls and coached on how to vote....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ed Case Email Blast: ‘Not the First Time’ Ward Has Got it Wrong
By Ed Case @ 8:24 PM :: 3482 Views :: Energy, Environment

A different poll result was reported in the Star Advertiser this morning. This is not the first time this polling company has produced a contrary result....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Disaster Proclamation Authorizes Repairs to Kauai Highway
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 4210 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment

This section of Kaumualiꞌi Highway is a two-lane highway and the only route providing access to the west end of Kauaꞌi, the county landfill, the wastewater treatment plant and the Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Senate Votes to Raise Taxes on Small Businesses
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:28 PM :: 2897 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday, the Senate narrowly voted (51-48) to raise taxes on 1.2 million small businesses, which will likely kill more than 700,000 jobs ....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Star-Adv Poll Debunked: 20% Extra Democrats
By News Release @ 11:41 AM :: 5887 Views :: Energy, Environment

the Ward Research polling firm - who conducted the Star-Advertiser's poll - continues to conduct their polls using 62% identified Democrats. Their poll only includes 19% Independents and only 18% Republicans....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Navy Pushes Biofuel Fleet Despite Concerns About Damage to Equipment
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:36 AM :: 3417 Views :: National News, Ethics

Biofuels may actually damage military equipment....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Shipowners Add New Bunker Surcharges for Low Sulfur Fuel
By Michael Hansen @ 4:22 AM :: 6455 Views :: Energy, Environment, Jones Act

...additional costs to be incurred by carriers switching to low sulfur ship fuels as required by an international convention, which the United States Senate has not ratified but is being imposed anyway by President Barack Obama’s administration beginning on August 1, 2012....

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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Announces Information Meetings
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 3491 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity invites everyone to upcoming informational meetings, especially families who are interested in applying for a simple, decent Habitat home....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Resolutions to Restore Bus Cuts Pass Council Committee Unanimously
By Tom Berg @ 10:34 PM :: 3683 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Resolution 12-173, introduced by Councilman Tom Berg and Chair Ernie Martin urges the Mayor to find funding in the City budget to restore bus service cuts to numerous rural routes....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
2012 Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 4521 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This year’s Data Book uses an updated index of 16 indicators of child well-being, organized into four categories: Economic Well-Being, Health, Education, and Family and Community....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
22 Candidates Fail to File Financial Disclosures by Deadline
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 3520 Views :: Energy, Environment
The statutory deadline for candidates to file their financial disclosure statements
with the Hawaii State Ethics Commission was Monday, July 23, 2012. A total of 163
candidates filed....
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Audit Needed: Hawaii Consumers Pay $400M for Recycling
By News Release @ 3:27 PM :: 3657 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Taxes

“there is no half-cent currency! The small retailer will have to “eat” the half-cent on every single unit he sells. In this mandated business model, the more the retailer sells, the more money he loses.”

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Obamacare: 10-20% of Employers to Drop Health Coverage
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:07 PM :: 1987 Views

Deloitte: almost one of out of 10 employers said they are going to drop coverage for their employees because of Obamacare, while another 10 percent said they "remain unsure"....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Duke Aiona Endorses Kym Pine for Council
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:52 PM :: 5878 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

As a resident of Honolulu City Council District 1, I am humbly asking you to support Kymberly Pine in her campaign for Honolulu City Council District 1....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Okabe: Abercrombie Pursues 'Mainland Political Strategy' of Attacking Teachers Unions
By Selected News Articles @ 2:15 PM :: 3210 Views :: Energy, Environment

We must focus our energy and effort on preventing his anti-teacher, anti-education positions from spreading to other political leaders in Hawaii.  As we approach the 2012 elections, we are evaluating candidates by a simple measure – are they better for education than Abercrombie?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Pittsburgh Manufacturer Lands $60M Honolulu Rail Contract
By News Release @ 1:56 PM :: 3624 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

L.B. Foster rail, concrete ties, direct fixation fasteners, third rail with accessories and special trackwork ....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Green Graveyard of Taxpayer-Funded Failures
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:53 AM :: 2975 Views :: National News, Ethics

President Obama said in 2010 that "the true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra."

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Hawaii Enacts Multiple Mortgage-Related Bills and Legislation to Protect Personal Information
By Selected News Articles @ 9:02 PM :: 3593 Views :: Energy, Environment

Recently, Hawaii enacted a set of bills related to mortgage origination and servicing....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Audit: State Gave Away $1B Act 221 Tax Credits Without Verification of Eligibility
By Selected News Articles @ 8:47 PM :: 6311 Views :: Tax Credits

“It’s all in [my] head.” —DoTAX returns classifying officer’s response when asked why he does not have any written policies and procedures

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Uh-Oh, Hirono
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 5110 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Democratic congresswoman’s Hawaii Senate campaign faces tough primary challenge, criticism for being out-of-touch...

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
‘Kooky’ Congressman Endorses Hirono
By Selected News Articles @ 7:17 PM :: 5535 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics


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