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Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Lingle before Senate Committee: "Grant opportunities will lay the foundation for a new economic base"
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:13 AM :: 5828 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The economic stimulus funds build upon the five-point recovery plan my Administration launched last year and position Hawaii to re-establish the conditions for growth.  Our state Congressional delegation has supported this effort and their role is appreciated.

Finally, we believe key competitive grant opportunities will lay the foundation for a new economic base in the decades ahead.  That economic base will be built on swift, accurate communications of voice and data; clean, renewable energy that is domestically produced; harbors and transportation systems that are state-of-the-art; and a skilled, well-educated workforce that is ready to compete nationally and internationally.

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Monday, August 24, 2009
Djou calls Hawaii Healthcare townhall meeting
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 8774 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The meeting will be in the cafeteria of McKinley High School on Tuesday, August 25th.  It will begin at 5:30pm and end at 7:00pm.

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Friday, August 21, 2009
Transcripts: Hawaii 50th Anniversary of Statehood Conference
By News Release @ 1:32 PM :: 6055 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Lingle speech--full text.  Zogby poll describes Hawaii at 50, Native Hawaiians: The next 50 Years, Shinseki speech, VIDEOS, more . . .

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Akaka Bill hearings: OHA, lawyers balk at giving up nepotism, greenmail
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 8463 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For years, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has expended every resource to create a Hawaiian Indian tribe. Now, with its goal finally in sight, disputes over how much of Hawaii the Akaka Tribe should grab and how quickly to grab it threaten to torpedo the entire project.

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Monday, August 17, 2009
Gallup: Hawaii is tops in 'moderates', conservatives outnumber liberals
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 PM :: 7925 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

While Hawaii is ninth in a Gallup's list of top liberal states, Aloha State conservatives have a 5% edge--29% to 24%--over liberals.  Hawaii is tied with Rhode Island as the top state for self-identified moderates at 43%.

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Friday, August 14, 2009
Sovereignty Farce: "Birther" "Truther" drug dealer on trial for Iolani assault, kidnapper sought by police
By Andrew Walden @ 2:13 PM :: 9166 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, Ethics

In an August, 2008 interview with Maui’s Akaku Public Access TV, Roggasch claims there was no assault.  He also explains his belief that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to be President.  Like many “birthers” the Akahi group are “9-11 truthers” as well.  An entire page of their www.FreeHawaii.org website is dedicated to arguing the 9-11 attacks were "a time of reckoning" and "our fault".

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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Statehood Celebration events scheduled on Hawaii, Kauai, Maui, Lanai
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 9368 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

“Statehood was a major turning point for our state, and 50 years later, we are proud of everything we have accomplished. I hope the residents of Hawai‘i will show their pride in our island home by attending local commemorations and learning more about our state’s history,” said Kippen de Alba Chu, chair of the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Pay for Play? Developers, Contractors, Engineers fund Hannemann Campaign
By Selected News Articles @ 8:27 PM :: 6889 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

There were 247 contributions from individuals and PACs. Of these 247 only 12 were for less than $1,000. 235 individuals and PACs donated more than $1,000 each. There were 33 contributions that were at the maximum of $6,000. There were numerous contributors who are in the same family that maxed out their contributions at $6,000 apiece.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009
MDs pay to be cut: Star-Bulletin attacks Lingle, spreads Obamacare myths
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 AM :: 6791 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

SB: "Most of the cuts would come from revision of reimbursements for doctors, discounts for prescription drugs and elimination of co-payments for preventive services — changes that would affect providers, not beneficiaries."

So with Hawaii already suffering an MD shortage caused in large part by low medicare reimbursements, Obama is going to cut them even more. And that won't affect beneficiaries, just providers???  It will when the MDs leave Hawaii.  And this isn't a "cut"?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Dirty Secret No. 1 in Obamacare: A social worker in every home
By Selected News Articles @ 5:19 PM :: 6327 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The bill says that the government agents, "well-trained and competent staff," would "provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains ... modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices," and "skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development."

(This applies to Indian Tribes as well, so if the Akaka Tribe is ever formed, Hawaiian families will find themselves inspected by US Government social workers with the power to remove children from the home.  "Sovereignty", eh?)

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Sunday, August 09, 2009
Socialized Medicine: Obama wants you to visit your Senators/Reps and tell them what you think
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 6655 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

(And who are we to pass up the opportunity???)

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Friday, August 07, 2009
Layoffs: State challenges HGEA call for refusal of RIF forms
By News Release @ 1:16 PM :: 5228 Views :: Energy, Environment

“I hope our employees adhere to the deadline we have set, because the possible consequences to them of ignoring the deadline could be the loss of any ability to bump into a different position,” Governor Lingle said.

“I am also very disappointed that the HGEA and UPW have failed to respond to the offer we presented on July 21, 2009. Unfortunately, the State’s deteriorating budget situation is getting worse, not better, and the amount the State can afford to pay in labor costs continues to decline. The unions’ failure to accept or recognize this is, in my opinion, not in their members’ best interests.”

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Friday, August 07, 2009
KITV-4 to air 50th Anniversary of Statehood Documentary
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 4049 Views :: Energy, Environment

You have only a few more days to enjoy the pause in the Gramscian War on the cultural and historic foundations of Hawaii Statehood.... So be sure to tune in tonight.

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Thursday, August 06, 2009
AP: Hawaii Hurricane response test reveals shortfalls
By Selected News Articles @ 6:58 PM :: 5760 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

 IMAGE: CAT 4 Hurricane Felicia takes aim at Hilo, but is projected to weaken before landfall.

[Image of 5-day forecast and coastal areas under a warning or a watch]

(And here's what would happen if a CAT 4 hit Oahu....)

A powerful hurricane would shut down Hawaiian Electric's grid for 30 days. Streets as far inland as Beretania and the H-1 freeway would be flooded. Debris would block roads. And homes would be damaged across the island of Oahu, if a powerful hurricane struck Oahu, officials said.  The imagined scenario officials have been working with calls for a Category 4 hurricane -- meaning a storm with sustained winds over 130 mph -- to make landfall at Kapolei.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Gov Lingle appoints Kaulana Park DHHL Director
By News Release @ 7:31 PM :: 4694 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has appointed Kaulana Park to serve as the new director of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission.  Park, the department’s deputy director since February 2008, succeeds Micah Kāne, who will become a Trustee for Kamehameha Schools.  The transition will take effect on Aug. 12.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Governor announces layoffs for union members: Furloughs for non-union
By News Release @ 11:23 PM :: 4303 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Lingle also announced that she will furlough approximately 900 state employees for three days per month effective September 1, 2009.  These “exempt excluded” employees are all non-union employees, who are not covered by Judge Karl Sakamoto’s order barring the Governor from unilaterally implementing furloughs for union employees. 

(Sounds like union membership is detrimental to the interests of those emplyees who are being laid off.)

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009
UPDATE: Senate Committee to consider Akaka Bill Thursday
By Andrew Walden @ 2:34 PM :: 9451 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will conduct a hearing on S. 1011, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009.  The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 6, 2009 at 2:15 PM (EST)  which is 8:15AM Hawai`i Time and will be held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building room 628.   UPDATE: Names of hearing tesifiers have been released.... 

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Monday, August 03, 2009
VIDEO: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance
By Selected News Articles @ 10:08 AM :: 5084 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers both sidestepped questions on Obama's intentions about taxes. Geithner said the White House was not ready to rule out a tax hike to lower the federal deficit; Summers said Obama's proposed health care overhaul needs funding from somewhere....

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Friday, July 31, 2009
Congressional townhall meetings go wild (Coming to Hawaii next week?)
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 9655 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Screaming constituents, protesters dragged out by the cops, congressmen fearful for their safety — welcome to the new town-hall-style meeting, the once-staid forum that is rapidly turning into a house of horrors for members of Congress.

On the eve of the August recess, members are reporting meetings that have gone terribly awry, marked by angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior. In at least one case, a congressman has stopped holding town hall events because the situation has spiraled so far out of control.

We at Hawai`i Free Press care about voter participation, so here is a convenient list of upcoming Neil Abercrombie Town Hall events.  Don't be shy... 

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Friday, July 31, 2009
Inouye salutes Statehood
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 4385 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Three years ago, a Statehood Rally was attacked at Iolani as police stood by.  Now this from Inouye: 

"The territory of Hawaii was annexed to the United States in 1898 by a joint resolution of Congress based on a treaty signed with the Hawaiian government.  For many years thereafter, many delegations of congressmen and senators visited the territory to consider the pleas submitted by generations of our people requesting statehood."

These lines are sure to aggrivate the phony "sovereignty" activists--drug dealers, mortgage scammers, child abusers and others paid by OHA to create an argument for the Akaka Bill by pretending to oppose it in favor of "independence".  But Hawaii's elite have decided to turn off the faucet on OHA's goons--for now.  What will happen AFTER Admission Day?

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Friday, July 31, 2009
AIONA: Developing Hawai‘i’s high-tech industries
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 3:30 AM :: 3701 Views :: Energy, Environment

In the coming weeks and months, I will be leading our state’s efforts to formulate solutions to grow our high-tech industry and put us back on track. Your input and involvement in this new endeavor will be critical to our success.

If you share the vision of a thriving high tech industry in Hawai‘i, I ask you now for your help.  Please contact my office at ltgov@hawaii.gov and let me know if you want to be part of the solution.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Djou seen as top congressional candidate
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 6823 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“The NRCC is committed to working with Charles Djou as he continues to meet the rigorous goals of the Young Guns program,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions. “With all that Charles Djou has accomplished in just a few short months, I am confident that he will be successful in his effort to regain a seat for Republicans and keep the Democrats accountable for their reckless anti-jobs agenda.”

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
AG Bennett: State will appeal furlough ruling
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 3011 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Lingle and I continue to believe that Judge Sakamoto erred in his legal analysis, and that the Governor has the right to implement the three-day-per-month furlough plan.  The State also believes Judge Sakamoto erred in deciding that he, rather than the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board, had jurisdiction in this matter.  The State will shortly file an appeal and will seek expedited consideration of that appeal. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
CNN Chief is source of latest "Birther" claim
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 PM :: 7167 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

And so the Democrat media boss Klein, head of CNN's US operations, is now creating and spreading a new false claim about Obama's birth certificate--that Hawaii has destroyed all paper records.

CNN talkers under Klein -- including Paul Begala and James Carville -- are part of a daily conference call led by Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.  Is Klein also on that call?  Has the White House asked for the upsurge in Birther coverage in order to mask the collapse of Obamacare in Congress?  Don't hold your breath for reporters to ask Klein this question.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Hawaii DoH again verifies Obama born in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:58 AM :: 6515 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai’i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health verifying Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai‘i and is a natural-born American citizen."

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Saturday, July 25, 2009
Don't be fooled: Obama was Born in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 4:42 PM :: 7085 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

(New audio debate: Walden vs Berg on Tennessee radio station.)

(Notice how the Obama media has suddenly chosen to focus on the birthers just as Obama's socialized health care scheme falls apart in Congress?  Precisely as this writer has explained again and again, the "birthers" are very helpful to Obama.  He uses them to portray his opponents as loons.  He also uses them as a cudgel against any investigation of his past or his associations.)   

Led by 9-11 trooothers like Pennsylvania Democrat Phil Berg, the scammers claiming that Barack Obama was born outside the US are continuing to work day and night to divert Obama's opponents into useless tin-foil-hat conspiracy theories.  Every day they come up with a distracting new lie.

As Obama's hero Saul Alinsky explains:   “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

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Friday, July 24, 2009
DLNR vs Hannemann: "DLNR Firefighters took lead"
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 4463 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“We have an excellent relationship with Honolulu Fire Department, and it is really a shame the Mayor didn’t take the time to learn the facts about our past, current and future collaborative efforts before denigrating the good work of our state firefighters."

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Friday, July 24, 2009
Sean Hannity exposes Hawaii's Failed Universal Health Care Experiment
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 8031 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union, but the first to implement a universal health- care scheme. Now, it did not go as lawmakers in the Aloha State had originally planned, and Griff Jenkins, he tells us the story why.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Gov Lingle nominates former federal prosecutor to Chief Judge Intermediate Court of Appeals
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 2902 Views :: Energy, Environment

Prior to being appointed by Governor Lingle as an Intermediate Court of Appeals judge, Nakamura served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1986 to 2004, where he focused on prosecution of federal crimes with emphasis on complex fraudulent schemes, tax offenses, environmental crimes and public corruption.

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Monday, July 20, 2009
Lingle, Kaauwai zap Inouye's "distraction"
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 4118 Views :: Energy, Environment

In a statement released today, Senator Daniel Inouye asks, “Why should there be layoffs?”

Good question.  Governor Lingle’s furlough plan avoids layoffs.

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Monday, July 20, 2009
Layoffs: Consultation Letters sent to unions
By News Release @ 12:34 PM :: 3536 Views :: Energy, Environment

“The State of Hawai‘i is facing a very serious budget crisis and labor costs make up nearly 70 percent of our entire state budget,” Governor Lingle said.  “Every day that passes without the implementation of labor savings will result in deeper cuts in the future to make up the shortfall.”

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Saturday, July 18, 2009
HGEA boss makes more than Governor
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 9:46 PM :: 4415 Views :: Energy, Environment

In truth, Randy Perreira makes over $150,000 a year on dues from union members!  Randy knows he clears at least $25,000 a year more than the Governor, herself, who is taking a voluntary pay cut and furlough.  In typical, arrogant, Union Boss fashion, Perreira fails to mention that he isn't taking any pay cut, himself, nor is he offering to reduce the monthly dues for the hard-working rank and file to ease the hardship.  With these greedy bosses, it's always, "Do as I say, not as I do!"

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Friday, July 17, 2009
Kaauwai speech at July 14 rally "No More Taxes"
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 2:56 PM :: 5928 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

People of Hawai’i, I am standing here with you because I am sick and tired of the strangle hold that the arrogant and greedy union bosses and there puppet legislature have on Hawai’i.

Our Senate President Colleen Hanabusa has said that you are used to paying higher taxes.  Which tells me that Senator Hanabusa and her tax and spend friends in the legislature will continue to stick us with the bill unless we get them out of office.

We, the principled, honest and hardworking people of Hawai’i have allowed selfish corruption, personal gain, and special interests to determine the future of our children. As the Republican Party Chair, I am telling you -- NO MORE, NO WAY, and, NOT ON MY WATCH!!!

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Friday, July 17, 2009
Leading by Example: Gov. Lingle orders pay cut for exec staff
By News Release @ 12:10 PM :: 5451 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Linda Lingle today issued an executive order (see attached) to furlough herself, the Lt. Governor, her chief of staff, and all executive branch directors and the deputies or assistants to the directors. The two-day furlough takes effect August 1, 2009 and continues through June 30, 2011. It is expected that the furloughs, along with the legislatively mandated pay cut, will result in more than $1.2 million in salary savings over the next two years.

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Friday, July 17, 2009
Budget negotiations: House GOP votes itself pay cut--calls on Dems to follow suit
By News Release @ 9:39 AM :: 4281 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

In addition to the 5% reduction of pay implemented by Act 85 at the start of July, House Republicans unanimously decided to take a voluntary pay cut equivalent to a two day furlough effective August 1, 2009 – fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Legislature overrides 34 vetoes: Card-Check is Law
By Linda Smith @ 9:44 PM :: 5229 Views :: Energy, Environment

Among the bills that will become law include measures that will take away the right to a secret ballot from employees who wish to form a union, make it difficult for employers to check the credit history of prospective employees, and will require employers to continue to pay the medical costs of individuals who are deemed ready to return to work.

The Legislature passed bills that would increase state spending by millions of dollars beyond the current budget. “The State cannot spend money it does not have,” Budget and Finance Director Georgina Kawamura said. “My Department will be forced to recommend the Governor not release the appropriations in these bills.”

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Senate overrides veto of "pay-to-play" campaign financing
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 4378 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Instead of closing the "pay-to-play" loophole that allows donations from grant-in-aid contractors, HB128 allows all but non-bid contractors to make campaign donations.

Instead of further limiting "seeding-the-community" donations to non-profits, HB128 doubles the allowable amount.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Gov Lingle vetoes 30 more bills -- 12 become law
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 3388 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Lingle also will allow to become law nine bills that were on the potential veto list.  These include SB 603 SD1 HD1 CD1 which deregulates Hawaiian Telcom, allowing it to compete with other telecommunications companies; SB 1673 SD2 HD2 CD1 which starts the process of allowing state hospitals to become private operations; and SB 199 SD1 HD1 CD2 which tightens the availability of tax credits for investments in high technology companies.

RELATED: Duke Aiona disagrees--signals opposition to reduction of tax credits

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Gov Lingle vetoes bills that would hurt job creation
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 3112 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today vetoed five bills that would discourage the creation of more jobs in the state of Hawai‘i.  The Governor issued the vetoes one day in advance of the constitutional veto deadline to highlight the need to ensure that Hawai‘i’s economic recovery is not undermined by legislation that would make it harder for employers to hire and retain their workforce.

“The primary focus of my five-point economic recovery plan is to encourage the creation of jobs in the private sector.  This is also the focus of President Obama’s federal economic stimulus efforts,” said Governor Lingle.  “It is important that government not send the wrong message to employers and not make it harder or more expensive for them to keep and retain good staff.  In addition, it is important for government to respect the rights of employees who are in the workforce.”

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Gov Lingle vetoes bills that would inhibit affordable housing
By News Release @ 11:40 AM :: 4419 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle vetoed three bills today that would have negatively affected Hawai‘i’s low-income and affordable housing supplies.  The Governor issued her vetoes to highlight the importance of housing needs during one of the state's most economically challenging times.

“Affordable housing options are scarce in Hawai‘i,” Governor Lingle stated.  “We should be passing laws that increase affordable housing options for Hawai‘i’s families, not limit them.”

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Saturday, July 11, 2009
Gov Lingle: "will likely appeal Circuit Court ruling" against furloughs
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 9:55 PM :: 3227 Views :: Energy, Environment

Because we believe that furloughs are still the best way to address the fiscal crisis, we will likely appeal the Circuit Court’s recent ruling.  We are also developing layoff procedures, which may become a necessary but undesirable reality.

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Friday, July 10, 2009
'Tested and Trusted': Honolulu City Prosecutor Peter Carlisle Seeks Mayor's Office
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:02 PM :: 9911 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

 

In 2000, Carlisle encouraged then Deputy Prosecutor Randall Lee’s investigation into illegal campaign contributions to Harris, and stood by Lee’s investigation and prosecution of contractors who laundered money to Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris.

Bob Watada, then state campaign spending director, estimates that more than 100 companies laundered $1.5 million to Harris, constituting half of Harris' campaign war chest. Carlisle says if he is elected ... he will select people on the basis of talent, skill and experience and on what they know, not who they know.

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Friday, July 10, 2009
Gov. Lingle vetoes 10 bills that would increase State's budget shortfall
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:00 PM :: 4287 Views :: Energy, Environment

As a result of declining state revenues, today Governor Linda Lingle vetoed 10 bills that would have spent funds not included in the state budget and which would further widen the state’s budget shortfall.  The Governor’s vetoes highlight the fact that the state cannot afford these programs, even those that have merit, during this difficult fiscal period.

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Friday, July 10, 2009
Socialized health tax: Hawaii 'Hardest Hit'
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 5151 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Combining top federal and state rates, and factoring in all deductions, the government would be taking over half of every additional dollar from high-income taxpayers in two-thirds of the states under this latest funding scheme,” Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge said. “In fact, even in the seven states with no income tax, the lowest top tax rate would be about 46%.”

The hardest-hit states would be Hawaii (55.8%), Oregon (55.8%) ....

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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Debating the "Birthers" Walden vs Taitz (audio)
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 6571 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On June 21, Walden was interviewed by Ben Barrack on right wing radio (KTEM, Temple City/Ft Hood, TX) and was joined later in the program by Birfistani lawyer and dentist, Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. The argument got pretty hot pretty soon in.

Plus, Walden said to Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq.: “Don’t patronize me, dentist!”

Yes, he did!

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Thursday, July 09, 2009
Hastings: Dept of Justice seeks changes in Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 7:02 AM :: 6081 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Administration’s Position Still Unknown, Sources say Department of Justice Seeks Changes to Bill....

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Akaka Bill postponed: Dems balk at OHA cronies' demands for more loot
By Selected News Articles @ 8:23 PM :: 7603 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The vote postponement follows some written criticisms of the bill by prominent members of the Native Hawaiian legal community.

In a four-page analysis of the legislation sent to the Natural Resources Committee, the Native Hawaiian Bar Association voiced concern that some provisions would grant the federal government too much immunity against potential claims by Native Hawaiians, especially for land.

(They want the Akaka Tribe but they are unwilling to trade away the PASH decision and the opportunity to shake down future Hokulias.)

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Hawaii general fund revenues decrease by $436 million
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 2986 Views :: Energy, Environment

The final tax collections represent $56.7 million additional general fund revenue loss compared to what the Council on Revenues had projected for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2009 when it last met on May 28.  The additional revenue loss means the state is now facing a budget shortfall in excess of $786 million through June 30, 2011.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Akaka Bill UPDATE: House Committee CANCELS Thursday vote
By Andrew Walden @ 11:30 AM :: 8760 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

House minority staff report that the Akaka Bill, HR2314 Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, is scheduled to be "marked up" by the US House Committee on Natural Resources Thursday, July 9th at 10AM. 

UPDATE 4PM 7-8-09: House Minority press secretary Jill Strait reports that the Akaka Bill has been removed from the agenda for tomorrow's meeting of the US House Committee on Natural Resources.   

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Djou campaign makes national news
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 6276 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In response to the state’s financial woes, Djou has advocated curtailing expenditures by shrinking the state budget and scaling back government programs. He has been a vocal critic of Hannemann’s proposal of a 20-mile elevated rail line that would run throughout Honolulu. Hannemann has said the jobs needed to construct the rail system would stimulate the economy, while Djou has charged that the cost would outstrip the job-related benefits.

“Charles is trying to make it understood that you can’t solve all your problems by raising taxes,” said Jim Bryan, a spokesman for the Hawaii Republican Party. “It’s going to hurt people further who have already suffered from this economy.”

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HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

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Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

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HPACC

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I Vote Hawaii

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Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

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Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

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Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

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No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

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Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

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Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT