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Friday, September 30, 2011
For Sale Cheap: One Slightly Used Honolulu Rail Contractor
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 7629 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Orsi said Sept. 20 that there were no parties in advanced talks to buy AnsaldoBreda and that the unit’s newly appointed CEO, Maurizio Manfellotto, is working on an updated business plan.

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Friday, September 30, 2011
The Solyndra Legacies
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:41 PM :: 2242 Views :: National News, Ethics

Solar Reserve lists PCG Clean Energy and Technology Fund (East) LLC as an investment partner. Ronald Pelosi, brother-in-law of the House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is an executive with PCG. Another investment partner: Argonaut Private Equity, is the employer of Steve Mitchell, who served on the Solyndra LLC Board of Directors....

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Friday, September 30, 2011
Archbishop Warns Obama: You’ll Cause 'Conflict Between Church and State of Enormous Proportions’
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 PM :: 2070 Views :: National News, Ethics

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has written a letter to President Barack Obama warning him that his administration will “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions” if it does not “end its campaign against DOMA, the institution of marriage it protects, and religious freedom.”

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Friday, September 30, 2011
US Born Al-Qaeda Bosses Anwar al-Awlaki, Samir Khan Reported Dead in Yemen
By IPT News @ 12:24 PM :: 3819 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday by a U.S. airstrike in Yemen, administration officials say.

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Friday, September 30, 2011
Covering Half the World from Ft Shafter
By Selected News Articles @ 2:49 AM :: 7014 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Friday, September 30, 2011
Berg pushes for China Visa Waiver
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 6524 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“The recent inclusion of the Republic of Korea in the Visa Waiver resulted in double number of visitor arrivals from Korea,” said Councilman Tom Berg....

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Friday, September 30, 2011
$170/barrel? PUC Rejects AKP Biofuel Contract
By Henry Curtis @ 2:08 AM :: 6644 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...the commission finds and concludes that the contract price for the AKP-produced biofuel, which the HECO Companies chose to file and retain under confidential seal, is excessive....

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Thursday, September 29, 2011
State Releases Roadmap For Transforming Information Technology Systems
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 3093 Views :: Energy, Environment

The state today released a report detailing its information technology (IT) assessment, a critical component in the Abercombie (sic) Administration’s long-term plan to transform technology.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Obamacare's Soaring Price Tag
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:42 PM :: 2356 Views :: National News, Ethics

"The average premium for single coverage in 2011 is $452 per month or $5,429 per year ... The average premium for family coverage is $1,256 per month or $15,073 per year."

What's driving those costs? In large part, Obamacare.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Star-Advertiser: Republicans need to back Rail, Akaka Bill, Abortion, and Gay Marriage
By Selected News Articles @ 4:25 PM :: 5146 Views :: Energy, Environment

Kaauwai restored some measure of respectability to the party by fielding candidates for nearly all legislative seats last year after the disgraceful 2008 campaign in which the GOP failed to compete in 40 percent of the contests.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Stop Rail Plaintiffs Respond to City, FTA “Nonsense”
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 4974 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"The Defendants’ effort to remove some of the Plaintiffs from this case is a waste of the court’s time and the taxpayers’ money."

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
A&B: “Entitled land in a great place with high barriers to entry is good”
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 7486 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment

...everyone else is dying off," he said, referring to several other projects in the Islands that have stalled or been halted altogether....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
General Fund Deception: Hawaii operating at 9.2% Deficit
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 5846 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

While the general fund budget may be balanced, the total fund budget is often far off the mark. To make matters worse, neither the state's general fund budget or its total fund budget take into account unfunded pension liabilities....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Attention Professors: Today you can Stop UHPA Spending Your Money to Elect Democrats
By News Release @ 5:27 AM :: 2670 Views :: Energy, Environment

This affirmative request to withhold funding from the Political Action Account must be made each year. The Allocation Objection Form must be completed and returned to UHPA ....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Study: Styrofoam Better for Environment than Tree Killing Paper Products
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 4960 Views :: Environment, Small Business

Get the facts quick before the sheep stampede....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Green Profiteers and Plastic Bags
By Selected News Articles @ 4:06 AM :: 3569 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...they claimed that “a reusable bag needs only to be used eleven times to have a lower environmental impact than using eleven disposable bags.” They were close. It was actually 393 times or roughly 7.5 years to replace reusing a plastic bag just three times....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Abercrombie: HSTA Theatrics Serve no Public Purpose
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 2812 Views :: Energy, Environment

Earlier this month, the HLRB also dismissed one of HSTA’s motions. In its ruling, the HLRB noted that the actions of HSTA amounted to “an egregious and reckless disregard for the truth” and “appear intended to mislead the board.”

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time for Action on Pakistan
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:55 AM :: 3600 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...Mullen declared that the military intelligence service of this supposed U.S. partner is directing the Haqqani network, a militant group responsible for attacks on Americans, including the 20-hour assault on the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, that left 27 dead....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Herman Cain’s 999 Plan for Jobs, Economic Growth
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 3312 Views :: National News, Ethics

"Production drives the economy, not spending."

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
GOP Presidential Race: Herman Cain Leaps into Lead
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 2973 Views :: National News, Ethics

Rick Perry has tumbled by more than 20 percentage points over the past month among Republican presidential primary voters and is now second to Herman Cain, who leads the field with 28%.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Berg: People should decide on GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 3291 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

His plan is to have the city's Committee on Transportation pass Resolution 11-249 this Thursday that would urge the Hawaii State Legislature to allow the City and County of Honolulu to raise the General Excise Tax a half percent to fund road and bike lanes.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
National Journal: Good News For Hawaii Republicans?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:44 AM :: 4176 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"I hope everybody can come together and move forward to win elections," said Dylan Nonaka, the former GOP executive director under Kaauwai. "We've got a lot of big opportunities next year, and it's time to move on and focus."

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
How Harry Reid Manufactured a Crisis Over Disaster Aid
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:05 AM :: 4711 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday, with Reid on the brink of forcing a government shutdown, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced things aren’t so dire. The agency has $114 million on hand for the remainder of the week, enough to get through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

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Monday, September 26, 2011
Hawaii's Congressional Delegation: How they voted September 26, 2011
By Congress.org @ 10:29 PM :: 3214 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011
  • House: Short-Term Continuing Appropriations
  • House: Cumulative Regulatory Analysis
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Monday, September 26, 2011
Hawaii GOP Chair Resigns, Issues Call for Unity
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 9:27 PM :: 3547 Views :: Energy, Environment

My very best goes out to 1st Vice Chair Beth Fukumoto, who by Party Rules will be the Interim State Chair. As a candidate in 2010, Beth understands the importance of a grassroots-focused party for all candidates. My hope is that everyone will offer their support, guidance and assistance as this transition takes place.

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Monday, September 26, 2011
Abercrombie Admin Official Quietly Jumps Ship, Joins Private Sector
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 3725 Views :: Energy, Environment

EUTF Board Member Dean Hirata Quietly Slipped Away from his Appointed Position as Deputy Director of Budget and Finance on July 30th. 

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Monday, September 26, 2011
Catholic Bishops on Obamacare Reg: 'Unprecedented Attack on Religious Liberty'
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 PM :: 2361 Views :: National News, Ethics

In an "urgent" call to action distributed as a bulletin insert at Catholic churches across the country on Sunday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said that a new federal regulation proposed under President Barack Obama's health-care law "poses an unprecedented threat to individual and institutional religious freedom."

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Monday, September 26, 2011
NCLB: Obama Circumvents Congress on Education Policy
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:31 PM :: 3230 Views :: National News, Ethics

...on Friday, Obama doubled down, and did so by circumventing Congress and rewriting the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law unilaterally in the White House.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Hawaii Wind, Solar projects: Millions for Wall Street, Banks, maybe even Big Tobacco
By Andrew Walden @ 11:05 PM :: 6180 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...federal and state tax credits behind Hawaii’s wind and solar development bubble are pushing even more money out of the pockets of Hawaii ratepayers and taxpayers and into the coffers of mainland hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, utilities, and even tobacco companies....

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Kalapa: History of the Hawaii GE Tax
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 7:23 PM :: 5277 Views :: Energy, Environment

Initially set at a rate of 1.5%, it rose to a rate of 2% during the war years, and then just prior to statehood in 1959 to a retail rate of 3.5%. ...the retail rate was increased in 4% in 1965....

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Hawaii Republicans Looking for Leadership Find only Factionalism
By Andrew Walden @ 7:11 PM :: 3588 Views :: Energy, Environment

Both sides need to focus on the elections, not on their own factional interests....

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Full Text: Netanyahu calls out UN “theater of the absurd”
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 3042 Views :: World News, Family

(The UN) doesn't only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi's Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam's Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament. 

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
VIDEO: Occupy Wall Street–Preview of APEC Protests?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:54 PM :: 5325 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

How many professional protesters will be flown in by the well-heeled socialists who fund this circus?

Perhaps this would be a good time for airlines to adopt strict body odor rules on Hawaii-bound flights.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Abercrombie Admin Defends Emergency Decrees
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 2816 Views :: Energy, Environment

This week there was discussion in the media concerning the Governor's use of emergency powers....

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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Mufi Operative launches “fringe” GOP Senate Campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 4:44 PM :: 5361 Views :: Energy, Environment

After blowing their first attempt to interfere in the Republican Senate primary, Hawaii Democrats are trying again.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011
APEC Hint for Realtors: Top of Chinese wealthy's wish list? To leave China
By Selected News Articles @ 3:03 PM :: 7045 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Among the 20,000 Chinese with at least 100 million yuan ($15 million) in individual investment assets, 27 percent have already emigrated and 47 percent are considering it, according to a report by China Merchants Bank and U.S. consultants Bain & Co. published in April.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Disney Re-starts some Aulani sales after Hawaii approves 33% fee increase
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 AM :: 4936 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Disney must now submit updated consumer-disclosure materials to regulators and other states. The company will begin with Florida, California, New York and Illinois, its most-important sales markets....

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Friday, September 23, 2011
VIDEO: So Long Solyndra
By Video @ 8:19 PM :: 2305 Views :: National News, Ethics

“The true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra.” – Barack Obama

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Friday, September 23, 2011
If GE Tax were a Sales Tax, It would be among Nation's Lowest
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 6006 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii's, South Dakota's and New Mexico's sales taxes have broad bases that include many services....

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Fact Check: Are the Rich Taxed Less than Secretaries?
By NCPA @ 12:12 PM :: 2637 Views :: National News, Ethics

President Barack Obama makes it sound as if there are millionaires all over America paying taxes at lower rates than their secretaries. The data tell a different story, says the Associated Press.

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Friday, September 23, 2011
No CLASS: Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Imploding
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:43 AM :: 2699 Views :: National News, Ethics

...federal health experts told them via email that CLASS would result in an "insurance death spiral." Congress passed it anyway.... 

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Friday, September 23, 2011
"Get Ready Ewa Beach" Saturday
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:34 AM :: 4179 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12
  • Saturday, September 24th, 2011
  • 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • ‘Ewa Makai Middle School
  • 91-6291 Kapolei Parkway, ‘Ewa Beach
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Friday, September 23, 2011
Contested Case Hearing requested over Oneula Burials
By News Release @ 3:37 AM :: 4532 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A final decision regarding this case is expected within 30 days.

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Tom Berg calls for Massive GE Tax Increase
By Tom Berg @ 3:30 AM :: 4398 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...authorize the City and County of Honolulu to impose a general excise tax surcharge — much like the one already in effect to fund the rail project — for highway and bikeway construction....

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Hawaii Library Books now Available on Kindle
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 4591 Views :: Energy, National News

In a move highly anticipated since its initial announcement in April, public libraries and schools in the U.S. can now lend eBooks for the Amazon® Kindle.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Honolulu Council to Consider Public Firing Range for Kalaeloa
By Tom Berg @ 11:56 PM :: 3857 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Weekends at the Koko Head Shooting Complex (KHSC) are packed, and it is not unusual for people to be waiting for tables throughout the day....

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Nonprofits Targeted: Obama Bill Cuts Deduction for Charitable Giving
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:33 PM :: 3554 Views :: National News, Ethics

President Obama proposes to pay for his $447 billion jobs bill mainly by limiting tax deductions for wealthy Americans. Unfortunately, if enacted, this policy will likely dampen charitable giving....

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Obama Admin gives Hawaii $3M to help Process “Increased Volume” of Insurance Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 3613 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“(Under ACA) the price of individual health insurance coverage might rise about 55% to 85%, excluding the impact of medical inflation….”

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Obama Falling Short on Israel
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:03 PM :: 3912 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The President's words yesterday come after nearly three years of being weak on Israel, failing to condemn those who threaten the country's existence, and failing to draw a distinction between a freedom-loving nation and those who seek to wipe it off the map.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Gallup: More Voters Considering Romney Than Obama, Perry
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 AM :: 2062 Views :: National News, Ethics

More registered voters say they would definitely vote for Mitt Romney or might consider doing so (62%) than say the same about his two main rivals in the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama (54%) and Republican Rick Perry (53%). 

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