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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Marriott Managers, Security turned away from Waikiki Edition
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 6494 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"...the Owner has filed for bankruptcy protection, which will permit it to continue the operation of the hotel under its present management with Modern Management Services."

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Aiming for $1M Dollars, Djou reaches out to Grassroots Donors
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:28 PM :: 4559 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"A serious run for U.S. Congress will require more than $1 million in campaign funds. Your early support will help us to kick this campaign off right."

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Hawaii Right To Life becomes Aloha Life Advocates
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 3444 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii Right to Life is excited to announce that we have adopted a new trade name, Aloha Life Advocates.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
NY Judge orders Waikiki Edition Returned to Marriott by 2:30PM Today
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 5086 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

After an overnight raid last Sunday seizing control of the Waikiki EDITION from Marriott International, Inc., the owners of the hotel were ordered by a New York state judge to return the hotel to Marriott's control as of 8:30 p.m. today eastern time, which is 2:30 p.m. Honolulu time.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The Fast and Furious Scandal Continues
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:09 PM :: 3763 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A U.S. government gun-trafficking investigation gone horribly wrong has resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, some 2,000 firearms in the hands of criminals, and the dismissal of a 24-year veteran law enforcement official. This is the story of Fast and Furious....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
HSTA responds to Perreira: We won’t allow others to disrespect our Sacrifice
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 3671 Views :: Energy, Environment

We don't know if HGEA was threatened by the Governor's negotiators as we were. We were told that if we didn't go along with the Governor we would face the layoff 800 teachers and "nasty things would happen" to teachers at work. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Nominees Sought for UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 3303 Views :: Energy, Environment

...nominations for the following four (4) seats on the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR): City and County of Honolulu, Kauaʻi County, At Large and Student.... 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Lawyer: US Supreme Court needs to Hear Hokulia Bypass Case
By Robert Thomas @ 7:05 PM :: 5387 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Today, we filed the Reply Brief in the case that asks: after Kelo, when is eminent domain pretextual?

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Mufi Hannemann announces Congressional Campaign
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 4848 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As someone who’s ... listened to the counsel and concerns of friends and strangers alike, I’ve decided that I can best contribute to the future of our islands and make a difference in the lives of our people and nation, by seeking to serve in Congress.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Djou Endorses Mitt Romney for President
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 6081 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I am proud to have Charles’ support,” said Mitt Romney. “He has been an advocate for lower taxes, getting spending under control, and creating the right environment for job creation. In addition to his legislative service, Charles serves his country and I am honored to have his support.”

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Unemployment Empty Promise
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:27 AM :: 2370 Views :: National News, Ethics

Sometime next week—we don't quite know when—President Barack Obama is due to announce his latest jobs plan ....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Mufi’s Republican Army: The Bush Family Connection
By Andrew Walden @ 9:19 AM :: 12227 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party

For someone seeking the Democratic Gubernatorial nomination, Mufi Hannemann’s campaign sure has a lot of current or former Republicans among its leadership.  In fact, Mufi’s GOP connections lead straight to the Bush family—the locus of Democrat seething and hatred for eight years....

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Monday, August 29, 2011
The Right Strategy to Fight Terrorism
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:33 PM :: 3752 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...Since September 11, 2001, at least 40 Islamist-inspired terror plots aimed at the United States have been thwarted....

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Monday, August 29, 2011
Time Has Come for States to Take Strong Action on Iran
By Selected News Articles @ 7:30 PM :: 4959 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Lucrative state and federal contracts funded by American taxpayer dollars should not be awarded to companies doing business with a regime that is aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapons program, training and supplying weapons to terrorists who are killing U.S. troops, and engaging in egregious human rights abuses inside its own borders.

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Monday, August 29, 2011
TheBus is going to be faster than TheTrain?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 4017 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Today’s scheduled time for the Route C Country Express service of TheBus from Kapolei Transit Center to Ala Moana Center during the rush hour varies from 44 to 58 minutes and averages 52 minutes.

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Monday, August 29, 2011
Wind Power Is Dying
By Selected News Articles @ 11:54 AM :: 5379 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

While the U.S. is dumping billions of dollars into wind farms and onshore and offshore wind turbines, this energy source is being cast aside as a failure elsewhere in the world.

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Monday, August 29, 2011
2AM Raid: Hotel owners Boot Marriott from Waikiki Edition, strip signs, change locks
By News Release @ 11:44 AM :: 6662 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

In a dramatic move, the owners of the Waikiki Edition in Hawaii said Sunday that in the early morning hours they installed new management and changed the signs and locks on the hotel to reflect a new name, the Modern Honolulu. The changes were made in spite of a contract that allows Marriott to run the hotel as an Edition for 30 years.

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Monday, August 29, 2011
Lessons from Hurricane Irene
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:40 AM :: 2414 Views :: National News, Ethics

As the effects of the storm continue with "epic" flooding being reported in Vermont, pundits and politicians alike are already calculating its implications on government policy....

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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Battleship Missouri to Commemorate 66th Anniversary of Japanese Surrender
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 6995 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Battleship Missouri Memorial will commemorate the 66th anniversary of the end of World War II with a free ceremony on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, from 8 to 9 a.m., on the Mighty Mo’s forward main deck. 

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Sunday, August 28, 2011
10% of Employers to Drop Health Coverage when Obamacare Takes Effect
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 3902 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Nearly one of every 10 midsized or big employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers after insurance exchanges begin operating in 2014 as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul....

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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Religious Freedom Under Attack in the Military
By Selected News Articles @ 4:31 PM :: 3021 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A religious-discrimination lawsuit involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is taking a giant step forward this week, with a federal judge demanding a response from the Obama administration....

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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Video: Abercrombie Faces off with Teachers on Kauai
By Video @ 1:30 PM :: 4659 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment

“The only place you’ve gone is to the Labor Board and you’ve put in one motion after another to even keep the Labor Board from being able to make a decision.” (said Abercrombie)…

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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Kalapa: Reason Seems Absent in Call for Continued Employment Tax Holiday
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 12:28 PM :: 2866 Views :: National News, Ethics

One quick fix being touted by the administration to create the jobs America needs and so desperately wants is a continuance of the employment tax holiday....

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Sunday, August 28, 2011
Star Advertiser, Newspaper Guild Reach Tentative Agreement
By News Release @ 12:17 PM :: 3357 Views :: Maui County, Energy

Informational briefings will be held on Friday and Monday. A ratification vote is scheduled for next Thursday.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011
DoE Boosts Test Scores by Giving Answers to Students
By Andrew Walden @ 6:35 PM :: 7969 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Cheating on tests is paying off big for the Hawaii Department of Education. The DoE has admitted--touted even--its effort to organize a cadre of part-time teachers to provide test answers to students statewide.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Report: Abercrombie’s effort to dump Prepaid Health Care Act will drive Debts to 90% of GDP
By Andrew Walden @ 2:33 PM :: 3235 Views :: Health Care

“the key driver of increasing state and local expenditures is health-care costs, especially Medicaid and subsidies for health-insurance exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009.”

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Friday, August 26, 2011
Conservative? Inouye, Akaka are Zeroes, but Hirono, Hanabusa score 10%
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:43 PM :: 4046 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

How conservative are Hawaii’s Senators and Congresswomen?

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Friday, August 26, 2011
Conservation Plan: Mafia connected Oahu Windfarm to kill Cats and Endangered Birds
By News Release @ 12:17 PM :: 5359 Views :: Energy, Environment

Four endangered waterbirds, the Hawaiian moorhen, Hawaiian duck, Hawaiian coot, and Hawaiian stilt are known to exist in wetland locations adjacent to the proposed project site, and they are at risk of ... collisions with wind turbine generators....mitigation will include the development and testing of a self-resetting cat trap....

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Friday, August 26, 2011
Video Shows Hypersonic Plane Which Crashed Half-Way to Hawaii
By Video @ 12:22 AM :: 2697 Views

HTV-2 144-August

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
New Day: UH Regents Propose Tuition Hikes
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 2271 Views

Corrected version of UH News Release....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Abercrombie to make You Proud of Your Home
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 4049 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“We have a comprehensive housing policy in Hawai'i that includes repairing and building public housing units where people feel safe in their community and proud of their home,” Governor Abercrombie said.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Gallup: 60% say Hawaii Economy Getting Worse
By Selected News Articles @ 10:33 PM :: 4351 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington, D.C., led the nation in economic confidence during the first half of 2011 with the only positive Economic Confidence Index score (+11) in the U.S....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wind Scammers are top Recipient of Federal Energy Subsidies
By NCPA @ 9:53 PM :: 3330 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A new report from the Department of Energy ... shows that "renewable" energy firms are heavily dependent on government support....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
NYT: Anti-GMO Myths don’t hold up to Scientific Scrutiny
By NCPA @ 9:48 PM :: 4463 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Myths about the dire effects of genetically modified foods on health and the environment abound, but they have not held up to scientific scrutiny. These crop modification methods are not dangerous.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
SF Chronicle: Unfounded Fears Threaten Fracking Success Story
By NCPA @ 9:44 PM :: 2599 Views :: National News, Ethics

The energy from hydrofracking can transform the U.S. energy outlook for a century. Let's not allow groundless fears to destroy our future....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Expensive, Unnecessary Hawaii County Building Code Changes to be Debated
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 4217 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

"What’s All the Fuss About International Building Codes?” will be the topic of the August meeting of the Conservative Forum for Hawaii. The public is invited to the free forum on Sunday, 28 August, 2:00pm at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort’s Polynesian Room, Banyan Dr, Hilo.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
More Bad News for the Obama Economy
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:57 PM :: 2566 Views :: National News, Ethics

...Americans' confidence in the economy is sitting at its lowest point since March 2009, and in every state in the country, a vast majority of Americans see the economy as getting worse. Meanwhile, the number of people claiming new jobless benefits rose again last week....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
Full Text: Star-Adv Suit hits Abercrombie Secrecy on Judicial Nominees
By Robert Thomas @ 12:58 PM :: 3076 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the Honolulu Star-Advertiser filed a Complaint asking the circuit court to order the Governor to publicly release the list of judicial nominees presented to him by the Judicial Selection Commission, now that the Hawaii Senate has consented to the Governor's appointment of Justice McKenna....

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
First Felony Prosecutions under new Elder Abuse Law
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 4604 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Perkins allegedly entered the home three times between August 11 and August 16, 2011. He is accused of verbally threatening the man once and leaving behind a threatening note on another occasion.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011
City, State sued over restrictive "License to Carry" Firearms
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 4915 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Full Text: Hanabusa Campaign Announcement, Djou Response
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 4894 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

the U.S. Senate presents an unusual opportunity ... This decision is ... not a sacrifice....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Chancellor Hinshaw to leave UH Manoa
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 4261 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...this is an opportune time for me to announce my decision to transition out of my role as chancellor during July 2012, to allow sufficient time to complete a search for a new chancellor....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Gallup: Hawaii ranks 34th in Job Creation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:43 PM :: 4900 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Just 25% of Hawaii employers are adding jobs, another 15% are laying off ....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Pentagon Cuts Have Military States Worried
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 AM :: 3875 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Military programs...have already been targeted for a minimum of $350 billion in cuts over 10 years, with the possibility of $600 billion more if the Super Committee fails to agree on other areas to cut — a strong possibility given Washington’s well-known gridlock.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
East Coast EQ: When Catastrophe Strikes
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:29 AM :: 2637 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is becoming distracted by responding to routine natural disasters instead of preparing for catastrophic natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Son of Hamas: Ex-Terrorist to Speak at Aiea Church
By Andrew Walden @ 10:58 PM :: 3907 Views :: Maui County, World News, Family

Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of terrorist Hamas founder and leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, will be speaking at Calvary Chapel Honolulu, 98-1016 Komo Mai Drive, Aiea -- Wednesday at 630PM.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Rail: Sumitomo will not Appeal, Stands Ready to take Ansaldo's place
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 6267 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

As the only qualified offeror, SCOA’s decision not to appeal should in no way be interpreted as loss of interest. To the contrary, SCOA will remain ready to fulfill its commitments should the City not be able to proceed with Ansaldo due to any problems that might prevent them from fulfilling their offer.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
State Announces Broadband Initiative
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 3833 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie today issued an Executive Memorandum on the Hawai'i Broadband Initiative and directed DCCA and DBEDT to lead the effort....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Horizon Lines Misses Aug. 15 Payment on $330 Million in Convertible Notes
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 4079 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Horizon Lines Inc. (HRZ), the shipper negotiating a debt restructuring with its lenders, missed an Aug. 15 interest payment on its $330 million of convertible notes....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
NYT Slams "Green Jobs" Pipe Dream
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:59 PM :: 4524 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On Friday, the NY Times printed a harsh assessment of the state of the "green" economy—including a conclusion that the President's promise to create five million green jobs over 10 years has proven to be nothing more than "a pipe dream"....

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