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Monday, April 26, 2010
CBO Confirms: You're on the Hook for Wall Street Bailout Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:06 PM :: 3694 Views :: National News, Ethics

President Barack Obama's favorite rhetorical device is to lecture the American people about what are and are not "legitimate" public policy arguments. So throughout the health care debate, President Obama insisted that it was "not legitimate" to claim that "a public option is somehow a Trojan horse for a single-payer system." This despite the fact that Reps. Barney Frank (D-MA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman were all caught on video explaining to single-payer advocates that the public option was exactly that.

Now the President is bringing the same audacity to the health care debate, telling a handpicked audience at New York's Cooper Union: "Now, there is a legitimate debate taking place about how best to ensure taxpayers are held harmless in this process. But what is not legitimate is to suggest that we're enabling or encouraging future taxpayer bailouts, as some have claimed. That may make for a good sound bite, but it's not factually accurate."

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Sunday, April 25, 2010
UPDATE Akaka running in 2012: Ed Case talks about Senate “opportunity”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:37 PM :: 9915 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Ed Case said: "I’ve never ruled out the Senate.  If there is that opportunity, I’m not going to sit here at the end of 2009 and say I’m not going to be a candidate.”

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Sunday, April 25, 2010
Honolulu Special Election: "Democrats petrified, going nuts"
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 8742 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"The rhetoric has certainly ratcheted up," said Neal Milner, a University of Hawaii political scientist. He added, "the stakes are very high, higher than for a usual special election, because the national Democrats are petrified that a Republican will win this seat in (President Barack) Obama's home territory."

"Djou benefits from the latter and I think that is quite possible," Milner added. "The DCCC must be going nuts."

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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Abercrombie: My “emanations” will make DoE serve students first
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 AM :: 10750 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Abercrombie's entire scheme hinges on a single line buried in paragraph 24: "Working collaboratively with public sector unions will result in contracts that serve our students first."

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Friday, April 23, 2010
Akaka votes for Federal Value Added Tax-modeled on Hawaii GE Tax (Inouye opposes)
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:20 PM :: 7266 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Some liberals in Congress want to pay for their massive new spending with a value-added tax, a sort of national sales tax on the price of goods at each stage of production. While popular in Europe, such a tax is a bad idea for the United States. And a significant number of lawmakers and even White House officials seem to agree.

Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) led a brigade of 85 Senators in a vote denouncing a VAT in America. McCain's non-binding sense of the Senate resolution accurately stated that a VAT would "cripple families on fixed income and only further push back America's economic recovery."

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Friday, April 23, 2010
Heritage: The Fatal Flaws of the Wall Street Bailout Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:19 PM :: 3644 Views :: National News, Ethics

Speaking to an audience of big business and big labor executives (including Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein, Bank of America's Bruce Thompson and SEIU's Andy Stern) at New York's Cooper Union, President Barack Obama noted "the furious efforts of industry lobbyists to shape" the financial regulation bill "to their special interests." Obama then admitted, "I am sure that many of those lobbyists work for some of you. But I am here today because I want to urge you to join us, instead of fighting us in this effort." Obama should have saved his breath. Wall Street and big labor lobbyists have already joined forces to make sure the current Senate legislation has become a Wall Street Bailout Bill.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Papahanaumokuakea: Ed Case takes credit for George Bush’s work
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 7478 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Upon Governor Lingle's request, President George Bush sent White House Council on the Environment James Connaughton to Hawaii to travel with a Hawaii delegation, which I was privileged to be part of, to Midway Island. Being appropriately impressed, James Connaughton went back to the White House and worked on the preservation status. Jean-Michel Cousteau accompanied us on the trip and produced Voyage to Kure, a documentary.

I was privileged to go, along with the Governor and my wife, to the White House for a small dinner at which time this documentary was aired. In a conversation after dinner, I distinctly remember the President of the United States looking at James Connaughton and saying "let's get it done", referring to the marine reserve.

Within months we were once again in the White House for a huge ceremony in which First Lady Laura Bush announced the President's signing of a Declaration of Memorial Status for the northwest archipelago.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Economic Freedom Will Save the Earth
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:12 PM :: 6849 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Back in the 70s, President Barack Obama's Director for Science and Technology Policy John Holdren even came up with a formula to measure capitalism's evil impact on the environment: I=PAT, which means that environmental impact is equal to population multiplied by affluence multiplied by technology. Thus according to the left, protecting the planet requires fewer people, less wealth and simpler technology. But this is just flat wrong. In fact, studies clearly show that important indicators of environmental quality actually improve as incomes and levels of consumption go up.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Hanabusa Can't Stand Up To Local Bankers—How Will She Tackle Wall Street?
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 6290 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Honolulu - Charles K. Djou, Republican candidate for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, questioned Senate President Colleen Hanabusa on Earth Day on her claims that she will hold Wall Street accountable given the Legislature’s failure to pass a proposal to use state bonds to finance loans for homeowners to install rooftop solar panels, solar hot water heaters and energy-efficient appliances.  The measure passed both chambers and had community support, but last-minute opposition from the Mortgage Bankers Association of Hawaii contributed to the failure of the measure.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010
VIDEO: Charles Djou on Sean Hannity show
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 8088 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

VIDEO: Honolulu Special Election Congressional candidate Charles Djou appearing on the Sean Hannity show Wednesday April 21.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The Crony Capitalist Threat to Our Economic Freedom
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:08 PM :: 3614 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Obama administration's game plan for passing their financial regulatory reform plan is clear: ignore the details of their bill, demonize Wall Street, and cast conservatives as the pawns of big bankers. But as Politico reports today, there's a complication in their battle plan: "The Democratic Party is closer to corporate America — and to Wall Street in particular — than many Democrats would care to admit."

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
DCCC continues to spread false information in Hawaii race
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 6153 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

MYTH: It also mentions, “Djou supported cutting thousands of teachers, increasing class sizes across the state.”

FACT: This claim is FALSE. Charles Djou supports keeping teachers’ jobs and smaller class sizes. The DCCC does not show any evidence to substantiate this claim. In fact, according to Djou’s campaign website, “We need a reformed education system that puts children first. … Principals in turn must have the resources they need, including adequate funding and the ability to remove underperforming teachers. The cost of the Educational bureaucracies must be reduced to insure that education dollars are spent in the classroom and teachers have the tools they need to educate our children, including continuing teacher education and training. That’s how good school systems work. We cannot continue to limit our children’s potential in school systems that don’t teach.”

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Mainland Dems’ new ad attacking Djou: “Completely False -- again”
By Andrew Walden @ 1:19 AM :: 8098 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Even if stimulus had increased the DoE budget, it is dishonest to pick out a solitary provision of a $800B spending bill and declare that to be what Djou “opposed.”

By the same logic, if Charles Djou stopped Pueo Trucking from dumping a stinking heap of garbage--with a two dollar bill hidden in the pile--on the front yard of an elementary school, the DCCC headline would be “Djou blocks Hanabusa from donating money to school.”

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Ed Case's record of tax increases
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 8616 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In 2004, Case did not support a bill that would have lowered the total taxes paid by middle-class families with children and military personnel with children.  He voted against extending a $1,000 per child tax credit given to families with children and against allowing military personnel to include combat pay in their gross earning in order to calculate eligibility for the child tax credit. (House Roll Call 209, 05/20/04)

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
VIDEO: National Dems launch new attack commercial against Djou
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 6366 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Another blast from the same DCCC which produced the “False” attack ad upon which this ad seeks to build.  Now the DCCC is attacking Djou over Obama's stimulus program--but they don't mention "stimulus' even once in the commercial, instead we are to believe it was all about saving teachers' jobs.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Heritage: The Wall Street Bailout Bill Threat to Your Bottom Line
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:26 PM :: 3382 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama administration officials are claiming their plan "outlaws bailouts," but in fact it institutionalizes them forever.

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Monday, April 19, 2010
Former Abercrombie staffer infiltrates GOP
By Selected News Articles @ 1:14 PM :: 7983 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

  Former Abercrombie staffer George 'Skip' Roberts at GOP conference in Minnesota.

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Monday, April 19, 2010
Looking for cover: Obama tries to paint himself centrist, even conservative
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:33 PM :: 3505 Views :: National News, Ethics

According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, public confidence in government is at one of the lowest points in a half century. Pew Research Center president Andrew Kohut writes in today's Wall Street Journal: "A desire for smaller government is particularly evident since Barack Obama took office." Last March, by 54% to 37%, more people said it was a good idea for the government to exert more control over the economy. Now, by 51% to 40%, a majority of Americans say they want less government control.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010
Advertiser Endorsement: More Case family media manipulation?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:45 PM :: 11029 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Advertiser is being bought out by Black Press, owner of the Star-Bulletin.  Among Black’s local partners is Ed Case’s uncle, Dan H Case.  

Six hundred Advertiser employees are on tenterhooks waiting to see if they will be rehired by the new entity.  Their new bosses are still running the Star-Bulletin as the purchase passes through various procedural hoops.  Who will stay and who will go depends on the good will of Dan H Case, Black Press, and the other members of the Star-Bulletin Editorial Board.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010
Loyal Democrat? Hanabusa helped GOP against Hirono in ‘06
By Andrew Walden @ 1:04 AM :: 9429 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Two sources with first-hand knowledge describe a series of September, 2006 post-Primary talks between Hanabusa’s defeated campaign and that of Republican Primary winner, State Senator Bob Hogue.  Although Hanabusa did not personally participate, the sources say her campaign’s leaders, including her now-husband John Souza, offered the Republican candidate extensive unofficial support.  One pro-Hanabusa union came on board with Hogue after receiving a commitment that, if elected, Hogue would work to increase immigration quotas from the Philippines.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Ed Case hires advisor tied to Blago impeachment, sale of Obama’s Illinois Senate seat
By News Release @ 12:20 PM :: 10367 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Case has hired well-respected Dem pollster Fred Yang, who was tagged as an advisor in the criminal complaint against ex-IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). Yang was ‘Advisor B,’ who suggested Blagojevich leverage Pres. Obama's open Senate seat in order to win a top position at Change to Win, the labor federation headed by SEIU.” (Reid Wilson, “Wednesday’s Starting Lineup,” Hotline On Call, 04/14/10)

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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Poll: Djou leading Congressional race
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 AM :: 6811 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The poll showed Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) with 32 percent, former Rep. Ed Case (D) with 29 percent and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D) with 28 percent. The survey found 7 percent of respondents were undecided in the winner-take-all vote-by-mail special election.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Photos: TEA Party rallies across America
By News Release @ 11:27 AM :: 4593 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans demonstrated anew the passion of a conservative movement determined to take back our nation.  In Madison, Wisconsin 12,000 cheering activists staged one of the biggest rallies in state history.... 

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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Ed Case Wants to Bring Change to Hawaii: More Taxes
By News Release @ 11:11 AM :: 6802 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"While Hawaii taxpayers struggle amid a fragile economy, Ed Case continues to be complicit with the job-killing, tax-hiking policies of Washington Democrats by supporting the Democrats’ healthcare takeover. As the nation’s economy teeters on the edge of disaster, more and more jobs are shed each month and the national debt continues to climb to new highs, the last thing the people of Hawaii need is a representative with an insatiable appetite for taxing and spending. Unfortunately for Case, Hawaii voters don’t want another Pelosi rubberstamp in Congress – they want jobs," said Erin Kealoha, Communications Director, Hawaii Republican Party.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010
Dalia Mogahed: Obama’s favorite Islamist
By IPT News @ 12:32 AM :: 5890 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Few American Islamists receive the kind of glowing media coverage given to Dalia Mogahed, executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, who is sometimes described as the "most influential person" shaping the Obama Administration's Middle East message.

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Friday, April 16, 2010
Obama: “Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower”
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:02 PM :: 4758 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

At the close of this week's nuclear summit, President Barack Obama told a press conference: "Whether we like it or not, we remain a dominant military superpower, and when conflicts break out, one way or another we get pulled into them."

Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) responded to these comments, calling President Obama's remark a "direct contradiction to everything America believes in." McCain went on to tell Fox News:

That's one of the more incredible statements I've ever heard a president of the United States make in modern times. We are the dominant superpower, and we're the greatest force for good in the history of this country, and I thank God every day that we are a dominant superpower.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010
How Tax Day Became Payday
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:20 PM :: 3515 Views :: National News, Ethics

For just over half of all Americans today is Tax Day. But for the other half it is just another day on the calendar. That’s because they pay no federal income taxes. The old saying goes “you can’t get something for nothing.” But these “non-payers” receive government services and benefits without chipping in.

The explosion of tax credits in recent years is the main reason that more than half of all taxpayers could soon pay no federal income taxes. Both political parties are fond of credits because they can use them to target benefits at politically valuable groups...most non-payers not only pay no income taxes, they actually collect cash payments through the tax code. For these recipients of government redistribution, Tax Day has become pay day.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010
Djou raises $700,000 for Congressional Campaign
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 6510 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“We are excited about Charles’ campaign to change the direction of Congress.  Having made over 20,000 volunteer phone calls and knocking on over 15,000 doors in Mililani, Ewa Beach, Hawaii Kai, and everywhere in between, we have heard that Charles’ message of fiscal responsibility and government accountability is resonating with the people of Hawaii.  People are tired of elected officials who care more about themselves, than they do about the people they represent,” stated Dylan Nonaka, Djou for Hawaii campaign manager.  “Our strong finance numbers are one of several indicators of the growing enthusiasm and momentum for Charles in this special election.  Charles understands, however, that the only number that counts is the number of votes cast in the election.”

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tariq Ramadan's Underwhelming U.S. Tour
By IPT News @ 3:25 PM :: 7259 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

They waited six years for a chance to hear him in person on American soil. Now that they have, many are walking away frustrated from their encounters with Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Wall Street Bailouts Forever
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:02 AM :: 3271 Views :: National News, Ethics

But not only does the Obama administration's finance plan further empower the exact same bureaucrats who failed to prevent the last crisis, it also makes it more likely that those same institutions that made risky bad bets before will make the exact same mistakes again.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
NASA partners with Hawaii on Space Exploration
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 7423 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

"For nearly 50 years, Hawai‘i has been at the forefront of pioneering programs in astronomy, planetary geosciences, broadband satellite communications, space-based environmental monitoring, and deep-space surveillance," said Lt. Governor James R. "Duke" Aiona, Jr., who represents Hawai‘i as a vice chairman of the national Aerospace States Association. "This new agreement builds upon a dynamic partnership with NASA that over the next three years will substantially increase Hawai‘i's competitive advantages and help to enhance our long-term economic prosperity."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Heritage: Andy Stern’s America
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:42 PM :: 3301 Views :: National News, Ethics

Last night, Politico reported that Service Employees International Union President Andrew Stern is expected to resign and, according to The New York Times, the resignation is about to happen very soon. If Stern does resign, he will be doing so while at the top of his game. Stern told The Las Vegas Sun last year: "We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama - $60.7 million to be exact - and we're proud of it." President Obama is well aware of his huge debt to the SEIU. That is why he admits in his autobiography, "I owe those unions." And it also explains why Stern is the most frequent Obama White House visitor, according to official visitor logs.

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Larry Mehau supporting Neil Abercrombie
By Andrew Walden @ 10:06 PM :: 21022 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Hawaii History, Politicians

A campaign banner touting Hannemann’s Democratic Primary opponent, former Congressman Neil Abercrombie, now hangs prominently from the front gate at the Honokaa ranch of Larry Mehau.  Mehau was a key figure in the 1990s “Broken Trust” scandal at Kamehameha Schools, collecting $40,000 a month for “security” at the Kamehameha campus and more for the “protection” of Big Island Kamehameha lands . . . .

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Monday, April 12, 2010
VIDEO: Tied for lead, Djou launches new campaign commercial
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 7172 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I understand that times are tough for Hawaii families right now and I promise to work tirelessly to ease the burden of heavy taxes and excessive government spending and control,” said Charles Djou. “The age of the spend-and-tax mentality are over, Hawaii families need a Representative that will fight to rebuild Hawaii’s economy and create jobs. I’ve never voted for a tax increase, because I understand that crippling taxes only hurt small businesses and stifle economic growth. I will open Hawaii’s doors to new markets, which will boost Hawaii’s tourism and trade and bring millions of dollars in revenue to our sluggish economy.”

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Obama is No Reagan on Nuclear Strategy
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:01 PM :: 6517 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

President Obama's policy goals are just like President Reagan's. So why is anyone criticizing the White House's nuclear strategy? Because how we get to a nuke-free world matters.

Reagan knew that to eliminate the need for large nuclear arsenals, you must first start to eliminate the dependence -- both ours and others' -- on massive nuclear attack as the guarantor of security. That is why Reagan's first priority was to build up U.S. conventional forces and introduce missile defense. That allowed his negotiators to approach arms control agreements from a position of strength.

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Friday, April 09, 2010
FactCheck.org: Dems attack ad against Djou “False”
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 8308 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...to characterize Djou's opposition to raising taxes as protecting tax breaks that send jobs abroad is wrong. Any tax benefit can be eliminated and offset by a rate cut or by other benefits without raising taxes overall, and without violating the terms of that pledge. This attack ad is false.

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Thursday, April 08, 2010
Missile Defense: Obama's False START could leave Hawaii unprotected
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:53 AM :: 7354 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

 

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Just hours before President Barack Obama unveiled his Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Moscow that the Kremlin maintained the right to withdraw from the new START agreement if the United States pursued its missile defense program....

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Thursday, April 08, 2010
Djou: False ad shows mainland Dems “afraid of how the people of Hawaii will vote”
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 6982 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"This outside intrusion into a Hawaii political campaign is unprecedented and unnecessary.  There should be no need for a mainland Democrat group to be involved unless they are afraid of how the people of Hawaii will vote.  My position on issues is there for all to see, and the votes that I have taken are clear, honorable and correct.  For the DCCC to attempt to sway public opinion in this manner by defaming my character is clearly wrong."

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Politico: Inouye aide to assist Hanabusa (Inouye to DC: “Obama? Who’s Obama?”)
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 6976 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The source said the move was in part intended as a warning shot to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which is considering an endorsement for Case.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
“VAT”--Hawaii’s GE Tax to be model for Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:46 PM :: 9280 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Michelle Obama:  “You can't really understand Barack until you understand Hawaii.”

The Hawaii General Excise Tax is the nation’s only “Value Added Tax”.  It crushes all independent productivity, leaving Hawaii with the highest utility rates, the highest fuel prices, and the least manufacturing of the 50 states.  But leading Obamabots have begun pushing for a “Value Added Tax” (VAT) to extract the wealth from Americans needed to pay for Obamacare and the rest of the spending which encompasses Obama’s corporate welfare state.  Now we know what Michelle meant.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
ATR: DCCC’s attack on Djou, Claims about the Taxpayer Protection Pledge “False”
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 7709 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...the DCCC should explain to voters why several current U.S. House and U.S. Senate Democrats, and numerous Democrats on the state level have already made the same commitment as Djou. The following Democrat members of Congress have signed the Pledge: Reps. Brad Ellsworth (IN-08), Rob Andrews (NJ-01), Gene Taylor (MS-04), Ben Chandler (KY-06) and Sens. Ben Nelson (NE) and Arlen Specter (PA). Interestingly, every single Democrat named has violated the Pledge on at least one occasion. Even more interesting is the fact that every House Democrat named has violated the Taxpayer Protection Pledge on multiple occasions.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Abercrombie Promised He Would Not Reward Failed Banks with Massive Bailout – Then Did
By AtomicMonkey @ 12:06 PM :: 9141 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In late 2008, Congressman Neil Abercrombie could not have been more clear in this letter to a Hawaii constituent, where he vowed to vote “no” on the $700 Billion bail out bill....Less than one week from the date of Abercrombie’s  reassuring assertions, he voted for the bailout anyway.

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
POLITICO: National Dems still refuse to rule out Case endorsement
By Selected News Articles @ 2:08 AM :: 7274 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen said Tuesday he wouldn't rule out making an endorsement in the May special election in Hawaii's 1st Congressional District.

As two Democrats — former Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa — compete against a single GOP candidate in the three-way election, Van Hollen didn't reject reports that the DCCC may swing behind Case's campaign.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Fact Checking: Anti-Djou attack ad “Simply false”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:41 PM :: 9929 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

To hear the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee tell it, Republican Congressional candidate Charles Djou “signed a pledge that protects tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas” and “Djou still supports tax breaks for big corporations who would export our future.”

But the DCCC’s support for this claim rests entirely upon a single US House of Representatives Rules Committee vote held in July, 2007--while Djou was on the Honolulu City Council.  The DCCC's commercial is even more dishonest than Colleen Hanabusa's claim to have cut legislative salaries. 

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
VIDEO: National Democrats' anti-Djou commercials starting tonight
By Andrew Walden @ 6:15 PM :: 9280 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Starting tonight, the National Democrat commercials will run through the end of this week.  According to one Honolulu TV advertising sales exec interviewed by Hawai’i Free Press, the commercials will target Republican Congressional candidate Charles Djou.  Djou is the only Republican facing off against Democrats Colleen Hanabusa and Ed Case in the May 1 –22 mail in special election.  The same source tells Hawai’i Free Press the DCCC message will be anti-Djou—and will not make reference to either Ed Case or Colleen Hanabusa.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Dan? Who’s Dan? National Dems sabotage Hanabusa to help Case
By Selected News Articles @ 12:13 PM :: 8468 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Determined to avert that result, the two sources said the DCCC is providing under-the-radar organizational support to former Rep. Ed Case against Democratic state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa, including assistance from DCCC Western Regional Political Director Adam Sullivan.

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Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The Road to a New Nuclear Arms Race
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:22 AM :: 6343 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Unfortunately for Americans, President Obama’s new strategy will have the exact opposite result of its intended effect. Instead of incentivizing countries to give up nuclear ambitions, it creates new incentives for them to maintain or develop their own nuclear programs.

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Monday, April 05, 2010
Regulatory Burden: Cost of Federal Regulations over $1.1 Trillion
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:02 PM :: 4528 Views :: National News, Ethics

Just three days after President Barack Obama's health plan was signed into law, AT&T announced that due to an obscure tax change in the bill, the nation's largest telephone company would take a $1 billion hit to its bottom line this quarter. According to health benefits analysts this tax law modification would shave as much as $14 billion from U.S. corporate profits. While it would have been better had these tax losses been made more public before Congress voted, at least these tax charges are transparent and easily quantifiable enough to get noticed by the American people. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of the hundreds of new regulations that the federal government will enforce as it tries to implement Obama's redistributionist health agenda.

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Monday, April 05, 2010
NRO: In Hawaii, a cheery Republican is inching closer to a Scott Brown–style upset
By Selected News Articles @ 12:52 AM :: 7220 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I’m the only one who actually lives in the congressional district,” Djou says. “I have two opponents who are running insider themes. Case is running on his experience, his seniority, and [the fact that he] knows the corridors of Congress. Hanabusa is running on how she’s going to be a team player with Democrats in Congress. It’s clear that voting for Case or Hanabusa will not change Washington, D.C. My election will mean change, not just here, but if I win this race, we’re going to have a very big impact across the country.”

“I have never voted for a tax increase, and neither of my opponents can say that,” Djou says. “In five debates so far, both of them have repeated that they will not take a pledge to not raise taxes. They have both said they believe that there’s even an appropriate time to raise taxes, even in a recession.”

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Saturday, April 03, 2010
As “momentum shifts to Djou”, Hanabusa’s “boldly deceptive” campaign implodes: Ads, mailers pulled
By Andrew Walden @ 2:43 PM :: 8597 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The National Journal writes: "National Democrats are tempted to pick a favorite, sources say, and perhaps get the White House involved to avoid the embarrassment of losing in President Obama's hometown urban Honolulu congressional district."

But the Dan’s won’t let them pick Ed Case, so they are stuck with Larry Mehau associate Colleen Hanabusa.  The National Journal article points the finger at Inouye, while pretending to point the finger at Obama, who, perhaps retaliating for Inouye’s support of Clinton in the Primary, washes his hands of the mess caused by Inouye’s retaliation against Ed Case and Neil Abercrombie....

Meanwhile..."Democratic strategists sense a momentum shift for Djou."

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