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Sunday, May 10, 2009
Hawaii Islamic Holiday Resolution Is An Insensitive Embarrassment
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:58 AM :: 10456 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HCR 100, the Islamic Holiday Resolution passed by the State Senate (22-3) on Thursday, May 7, is insensitive to patriotic Americans of all religions, outrageous, and an embarrassment (once again) for the State of Hawaii.

This resolution (which does not have the force of law) proclaims September 24 as Islam Day in Hawaii. How insensitive, no matter what the original intent, can anyone get, selecting a holiday just 13 days following the 911 Islamic terrorist attack on America? Is it just me that feels the stunning inappropriateness here?

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Saturday, May 09, 2009
Islam Day: Rep Pine "way off base"
By Selected News Articles @ 9:20 AM :: 4595 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Hawaii Rep. Kymberly Pine, R-Ewa, is way off base in chastising Sen. Sam Slom, R-Hawaii Kai, for his comments regarding the proposed Islam Day.  To honor a person or generic group of people like kupuna or Tartans is one thing – honoring a religion like Islam, as the House and Senate did in HCR 100, is totally inappropriate.

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Friday, May 08, 2009
Islam Day: Rep Pine, Muslims denounce Senators Slom, Hemmings and Green
By Andrew Walden @ 11:52 AM :: 10912 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

From email distributed by the Islamic Information Office of Hawaii:

Islam day HCR100 Resolution was on the agenda yesterday (Wednesday). Senator Hemmings (Republican) gave a hate speech in opposition talking about the 10% of Islamic terrorists who want to kill Americans. The gallery was filled with the red shirts that are opposing HB444, the Civil Unions bill who all stood and applauded in support of Senator Hemmings speech against this Resolution. It was disgusting.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009
CQ, FOX News: Charles Djou features in Republican 'quest for identity and leadership'
By Andrew Walden @ 8:40 PM :: 3738 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

The recruitment push is unavoidably part of the GOP quest for identity and leadership. President Obama, an untraditional candidate from an untraditional background, helped Democrats define themselves and win over followers during the end of the Bush years. Now Republicans are looking in out-of-the-ordinary places for candidates who can enthuse Americans and pick up seats in their name.... 

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Friday, May 01, 2009
Rep Oshiro kills Karen's law after conferees agree on final draft
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 5198 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“This is a slap in the face to me, my mother, and the citizens of Hawai'i who expect our government to rise to protect them,” stated Melanie McLellan, foster daughter of Karen Ertell, who was brutally murdered and raped allegedly by her 15 year-old neighbor, Vernon Bartley.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009
May 1 UPDATE: Karen's Law to be heard today
By Karen Ann Hunt @ 11:45 AM :: 7223 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HB819, "Karen's Law," will be heard today at 3:30pm in conference room 229. "Karen's Law" has passed out of both the House and the Senate and is now sitting in conference committee.

Although the bill has been heard three times, an agreement over the final draft has yet to be made. If Karen's Law does not pass out of committee today, tomorrow will be the final deadline for the bill to pass out so that it may be voted on by a joint Legislature.

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Thursday, April 30, 2009
HB444 still alive: Taniguchi targeted for reversal
By News Release @ 7:57 AM :: 5503 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Please help us by getting signatures on the petition and bring them to the prayer rally on Sunday.  We will also be gathering signatures on Sunday.  If you have not done so already, please click the link below to send an email to your Senator asking him/her to stand firm against pulling the bill from committee.  Those of you who reside in Manoa, please encourage people to contact Senator Taniguchi and encourage him to remain firm in his commitment to leave the bill in committee.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Pedophiles to be protected by federal hate crimes legislation
By Selected News Articles @ 8:39 AM :: 14021 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

When this subject came up last week in the House Judiciary Committee, an amendment to the hate crimes bill that would have excluded pedophilia from the definition of sexual orientation was defeated by Democrats along party lines, 13-10.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Bertram tied to second molester: House Speaker Calvin Say defends
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 PM :: 11084 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Rep Joe Bertram’s 30-year friend Mark Marcantonio isn’t the only convicted child molester helped out by the Maui Democrat. The Legislative staff directory for 2007 shows that Bertram hired convicted child molester Leon Rouse as a Legislative Aide for the 2007 Legislative session.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Hawaii donors backing Djou Congressional campaign draw national attention
By Andrew Walden @ 12:15 PM :: 4407 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

Another notable cash-on-hand total was the $150,000 reported by Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) in Hawaii’s 1st district....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Karen’s Law to be heard in conference committee
By Karen Ann Hunt @ 9:16 PM :: 4736 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Karen’s Law will be heard in conference committee Wednesday at 3:00pm in room 229. Please send testimonies in support of HB819....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Djou joins Tax Day protest
By News Release @ 8:56 AM :: 4749 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

I will be joining hundreds of other hard working Hawaii taxpayers at 4pm on April 15 at our state capitol to display our objection to government taking the easy way out and sending us a bigger tax bill.  Families across the nation are tightening their belts to deal with these difficult economic times and instead of doing the same, all levels of government want to simply make these times harder and raise our taxes.  This is unfair and unacceptable.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Washington Examiner: Dirty money flows to Rep. Neil Abercrombie, D-HI
By Selected News Articles @ 9:35 AM :: 5118 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

...several division presidents and secretary-treasurers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy....

The firm’s main office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last year.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Analysis: GOP stresses opposition to tax hikes (Hawaii Tea Party April 15)
By Selected News Articles @ 11:51 AM :: 5285 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A newly formed group, the Hawaii Republican Assembly, is sponsoring a tax protesting "tea party" at the state Capitol on April 15. While the group's fliers don't contain a blatantly partisan message, they do claim a "revolution is brewing in Honolulu."

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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Honolulu Council Race: fake resumes
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 4037 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

In the report, Mr. Holmes questions Mr. Anderson's claim in a television advertisement that Anderson was former Councilwoman Barbara Marshall's senior aide for six years. Two former senior advisers to Marshall have also claimed this statement to be inaccurate. 

In 1999, Mr. Holmes was unable to explain why he could not produce documentation of graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa, despite his claim that he earned both a bachelors and master degree from the university.  The University of Iowa has said that Holmes was a former student for three semesters, but earned no such degrees.

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Monday, April 06, 2009
Karen's Law passes Senate Judiciary Committee
By Karen Ann Hunt @ 6:57 PM :: 4687 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Karen’s Law, HB819 HD2SD2 was heard in the Senate Judiciary and Government Operations Committee today. Chair Brian Taniguchi passed out Karen’s Law. However he amended the law to only include murder in the first degree.

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Monday, March 30, 2009
RNCC vs Ed Case "A Career Politician in Search of an Office"
By News Release @ 11:36 AM :: 3784 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

“Ed Case doesn’t seem to understand that running for office is not something you haphazardly choose in order to add another notch to your political belt,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain.

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Saturday, March 28, 2009
Charles Djou welcomes competition to Congressional Race
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 5286 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

Honolulu City Councilmember Charles K. Djou (Waikiki, East Honolulu), a candidate for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, welcomed Ed Case’s declaration that he would run against Djou.

"I enjoyed serving with Ed in the State legislature and I know that he has had a difficult time deciding which seat to run for...." 

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Saturday, March 28, 2009
Ed Case seeks return to Congress -- CD1
By Ed Case @ 11:19 AM :: 7821 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Ethics

I'm truly excited at the opportunity to represent Hawai’i's great First Congressional District … from Makapu’u to Mililani, Waikele and Ewa Beach. I've lived and worked in the First half of my life. I represented Mānoa and Makiki for eight years in our state legislature, have crisscrossed the First in two statewide campaigns, and have addressed its needs in Congress. I know the First, and I know I can represent its 600,000 citizens well in Congress.

To my friends in Hawai’i's equally great Second Congressional, where I was born and raised and have spent the other half of my life, and whom I was fiercely proud to represent in Congress for over four years, I look forward to continuing to represent you in D.C. as well. I ask for your continued support.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Karen's Law passes Human Services Committee
By Karen Ann Hunt @ 12:33 PM :: 5408 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The next step will be to get the Chair of the Senate Judiciary and Government Operations Committee, Brian Taniguchi, to hear the bill.  This will be the toughest committee to get Karen’s Law through as there is opposition to the bill with its committee members.

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Friday, March 20, 2009
Djou: Superferry Ruling Voids Rail Tax, Landfill Ban
By Dylan Nonaka @ 7:14 AM :: 6013 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

If the Supreme Court refuses to reconsider its SuperFerry decision, Councilmember Djou’s legal affairs committee will examine voiding all state laws that apply to just the City and County of Honolulu. 

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Saturday, March 14, 2009
Hundreds of Oahu Republicans pack County Convention
By Andrew Walden @ 8:01 PM :: 8195 Views :: Education K-12, Environment

Malia Gray, legislative office manager for Rep Lynn Finnegan, faced former Ron Paul Hawaii campaign leader Dan Douglass in the contest for County Chair.  Both candidates recruited new Republican Party members and mobilized supporters for the event.  Gray reported her team recruiting 300 new Republican Party members and identifying 20 Legislative candidates to run in 2010 during the last few weeks of campaigning.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Karen's law to be heard on House floor Wednesday
By News Release @ 9:16 AM :: 5302 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Thanks to you, Karen’s Law will finally be heard on the House Floor tomorrow...a select few members will be trying to kill the bill.

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Friday, March 06, 2009
Lt. Gov. Aiona: Pro Bowl decision "great news for Hawai`i"
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 5177 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News

“I commend the HTA for having the wisdom to reconsider their previous decision and return the Pro Bowl to Hawai‘i where it belongs.
“Let us now move forward and work closely with the NFL to make the Pro Bowl’s homecoming the best possible.
“I am excited to continue working with Commissioner Goodell on what I believe could be an enhanced all-star weekend of festivities.”

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Friday, March 06, 2009
AP: Abercrombie to enter Governor's race
By Andrew Walden @ 9:21 AM :: 7249 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

An official familiar with Abercrombie's plans says the 10-term congressman will make his announcement through an Internet video to be released Sunday.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Board of Education: the Transsexual-Libertarian Connection
By Andrew Walden @ 12:04 PM :: 9955 Views :: Education K-12
If voters are going to have a chance at school reform, they will have to know who their allies are.
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Saturday, June 21, 2008
Kohala HS to lose $1832 per student
By Andrew Walden @ 4:43 AM :: 4244 Views :: Education K-12

Kohala is one of the few Big Island schools not deemed ‘failing’ under “No Child Left Behind” standards.  Under formulas used by the Board of Education under Act 51, successful schools are often punished by budget cuts. Kohala HS will be losing $500,000 in funding for the 2009-10 school year.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Charter School Applicants Call for Federal Investigation of Hawaii DOE
By Laura Brown @ 3:27 AM :: 1967 Views :: Education K-12

...three schools - Hauula Public Charter School, Hawaiian Renaissance Public Charter School of the Arts and the American Heritage Academy - filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General and Hawaii's Attorney General....

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