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Monday, March 22, 2010
Progressives denounce Obamacare: “Giveaway to corporations, hardship for middle class”
By Selected News Articles @ 10:39 PM :: 7047 Views :: National News, Ethics

Real health care reform is the thing we’ve fought for from the start.  It is desperately needed. But this bill falls short on many levels, and hurts many people more than it helps.

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Monday, March 22, 2010
Repeal
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:23 PM :: 3550 Views :: National News, Ethics

This is why opposition to this bill will only grow. Supporters of this bill argue that popular hostility will recede upon its passage. But, rather than cementing our descent into a European-style welfare state, last night’s passage of Obamacare is best seen as a historic turning point, a true catalyst for real change.

I write to reassure our supporters, the conservative movement, and the American people at large that The Heritage Foundation will do all within its power to keep this issue alive in the public square and make the intellectual case for the repeal of this act. We will bring all our resources to bear on behalf of those who believe America is and will always remain the Land of the Free.

This, rest assured, can be done. The American people are never permanently thwarted. President Obama's health care legislation can and will be repealed.

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Monday, March 22, 2010
Buy insurance or lose 2.5% of income: “Wheelchair Tax”, Union “Cadillac Plans”, 44% rental tax, part of $409.2B in new taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 1:03 PM :: 5319 Views :: National News, Ethics

The top tax rates on interest and rental income would rise to as high as about 44 percent...Starting in 2013, Americans under 65 won’t be able to deduct medical expenses until they exceed 10 percent of income, up from 7.5 percent now...those who buy devices such as wheelchairs would pay a 2.3 percent excise tax. Drugmakers may pass on a $3 billion annual fee.

The Medicare taxes superseded an earlier Senate proposal to tax high-value employer-provided insurance coverage, dubbed “Cadillac plans.” That 40 percent excise tax was delayed until 2018, when it would begin to apply ....

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Monday, March 22, 2010
States vs Obamacare: Florida, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and others to file suit
By Selected News Articles @ 12:54 PM :: 6002 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

First, he said, the mandate to buy insurance or pay a fine amounts to "a tax on living." Unlike auto insurance or payroll taxes, McCollum said, the new fees would apply to people for not doing anything, not triggered by any status or activity on a citizen's part.

Secondly, he said, the bill imposes spending requirements on the states --amounting to more than $1.6 billion for Florida. McCollum said Congress can't legally do that.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010
GOP Chair Ka’auwai: “We must elect Djou”
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 10:27 PM :: 4867 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Since the healthcare debate heated up in March, over 7,617 jobs were lost every day.  Not only did Congress fail to address the most important issues of the day—jobs and the economy—but they passed legislation that is guaranteed to hurt businesses and negatively impact jobs.  Hawai'i needs congressional representation that works for our concerns, for our jobs and most importantly, for our families.

“We have a unique opportunity here in Hawai'i come May.  We can, must and will elect Republican Charles Djou to Congress, gain a champion of fiscal accountability, individual responsibility for Hawai’i and return independent, effective leadership to Congress.”

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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Djou: “Trillion dollar bill will do little to improve health care”
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 7363 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Congress should instead have enacted medical malpractice reform, allowed for the interstate sale of health insurance, and reformed the tax code to allow for an individual deduction on health insurance premiums.  We must continue to fight for responsible health care reform that lowers costs and offers greater access to affordable health care.”

Djou is the only major candidate in the Congressional race, who lives in the 1st Congressional District and the only major candidate who would have voted against this bill.  Ballots will be mailed out April 30.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Socialist health care passes 219-212: Honolulu voters will be first to pass judgment
By Andrew Walden @ 9:02 PM :: 5372 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama advisor Al Sharpton on Fox News tonight: “Americans voted for socialism when they elected Obama.”

GOP Chair Michael Steele: “We intend to do everything in out power to reverse this.”

Hawaii voters will be among the first to pass judgment--Honolulu Special Mail–in Congressional Election: May 1-22. 

Both Ed Case and Colleen Hanabusa are pledged to support Obamacare.   Charles Djou has pledged to oppose it.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Bought and paid for, will Hirono cast the deciding vote for Obamacare?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:40 PM :: 15844 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For months, Mazie Hirono pledged to vote against the Senate version of Obamacare.  For her, Senate Obamacare just wasn’t socialist enough.  Along with 56 other “progressive” members of Congress, she demanded a program with a public option and denounced the Senate bill as a multi-billion dollar giveaway to the insurance companies.

Hirono’s July 30, 2009 letter explained:

“Any bill that does not provide, at a minimum, for a public option with reimbursement rates based on Medicare rates--not negotiated rates—is unacceptable…. (T)his agreement will result in the public, both as insurance purchasers and as taxpayers, paying ever higher rates to insurance companies.  We simply cannot vote for such a proposal.”

Hirono has maintained this position as recently as February 2, but at the last minute, barely noticed by her “progressive” base, Rep Mazie Hirono has changed her mind....

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Saturday, March 20, 2010
GOP’s Ramsay Wharton to challenge Hirono for Outer Islands Congressional Seat
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 17588 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Now, more than ever, we need to bring balance to our nation’s capitol.  For too long, Hawaii residents have been underserved with only “one” viewpoint represented in Congress.  This out-of-balance system has failed our citizens and allowed for policies that have stifled our creativity and economic growth and burdened us with heavy taxes, wasteful, out of control government spending, and inefficient bureaucratic growth.

The people are speaking, but Washington isn’t listening.  That’s why we need new leaders who will listen and provide “common sense” approaches to get our country back on track.  Join me in the “good fight” and allow me the honor to represent you with “a strong voice and presence” in the halls of Congress.  

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Friday, March 19, 2010
Raw Deal: What Were Dems Thinking When They Let Neil Abercrombie Retire?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 7191 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"I think Neil was determined to get moving on his gubernatorial race," DCCC chairman Chris Van Hollen told me yesterday...."Once a person makes up their mind to do something, this is America, they're free to do it."

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Friday, March 19, 2010
Attorneys General: Obamacare “deem and pass” will lead to “protracted litigation”
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:24 PM :: 3574 Views :: National News, Ethics

Former U.S. Attorneys General Edwin Meese III and William P. Barr released the following statement:

The convoluted and questionable method under discussion by both Houses of Congress for final passage of the long-debated health care legislation raises serious constitutional concerns, which, at best, will lead to protracted and wholly avoidable litigation and continued doubt about the bill’s validity.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Obamacare: More taxes, higher premiums, and more welfare (ILWU's Health Plan to be taxed?)
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:00 PM :: 3708 Views :: National News, Ethics

Another day, another no-show for the Obamacare reconciliation bill. House Democrats were quick to shift blame to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) with Rep. Robert Andrews telling The Hill that the delay "has been much more technical than substantive. ... It’s not like what tax has to go or what spending has to go." Which is an interesting claim, since Politico reported that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was summoned to the White House yesterday afternoon "to discuss a higher-than-expected excise tax on some health care plans." In fact, Politico added: "A labor source said Trumka's meeting would focus on the entire bill, not just the excise tax question." Sounds like more than just technical details are still in flux.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Only 36% think Obamacare is a”good idea”
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:17 AM :: 3098 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Senate health bill is so unpopular, even among House Democrats, that the leftist House leadership is desperately trying to trick the American people into believing that the House can pass the Senate bill without voting on it. Hence the Slaughter Rule which would deem the Senate bill passed at the same time the House would approve a new reconciliation bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was crystal clear on her motives this week telling a group of leftist bloggers: "It's more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know. But I like it because people don't have to vote on the Senate bill."

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
Maui TEA Party protest against Obamacare Thursday
By News Release @ 1:07 AM :: 7040 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, National News, Ethics

Protest Rally

  • Thursday March 18th
  • 4pm-6pm
  • Front Sidewalk of Queen Ka'ahumanu Mall
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
VIDEO: Obama says “Louisiana Purchase” will help with “Earthquake in Hawaii”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 PM :: 5814 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Puzzling Statement: Obama Says ‘Louisiana Purchase’ Will Help With the Earthquake in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Hawaii DoE: Cost of waste, fraud, and corruption between $191M and $431M per year
By Andrew Walden @ 7:18 PM :: 12128 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

Hawai`i Free Press and others have, over the past few months, identified millions of dollars of waste, fraud, and corruption in the DoE budget.  Add it all up....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Birtherism: Hawaii Legislature set to "fuel the fire"
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 PM :: 6656 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Do we really want to be known internationally as the Legislature that blocked any inquiries into where President Obama was born?" asked Rep. Cynthia Thielen, R-Kaneohe-Kailua. "When people want to get more information, the way to fuel that fire is to say, 'We're now going to draw down a veil of secrecy.'"  (Which is precisely why Hawaii Democrats are doing this—to fuel the fire.)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
VIDEO: Djou files for election, releases first commercial
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 7930 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Office of Elections has set May 22nd as the date of the special election and has determined that the election will be an all mail-in special election.  Ballots will be mailed to every registered voter in the district on Friday, April 30.  The deadline to register to vote is April 22.  If you are not registered, click here to download the form.  Please remember to look for your ballot in the mail and return it to the Office of Elections as soon as possible...

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hawaii GOP calls on Hirono to vote “no” on Obamacare
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 4553 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Despite the failed attempts last fall to pass a health care overhaul bill through Congress, a bill that time after time Americans have fought against, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to shove the U.S. Senate bill through the House this week.

Charles Djou, Republican candidate for Congress, has already vowed not to vote for this bill or any health care overhaul that places further burden on American taxpayers.  But, if Speaker Pelosi has her way, this vote will take place BEFORE Hawaii's special election ballots are due on May 22, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Heritage: Is Now Really the Time To Create a New $2.5 Trillion Entitlement?
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:37 PM :: 3134 Views :: National News, Ethics

In theory, the federal government has $2.5 trillion stashed away in a nondescript office building in the sleepy little town of Parkersburg, West Virginia. That is where the Treasury Department keeps stacks of nonnegotiable Treasury bonds payable to the Social Security Administration. But as the Associated Press reported yesterday, for the first time since the 1980s, the federal government will not be adding to that stack.

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Combating Islamist Lawfare
By IPT News @ 1:46 PM :: 9715 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal courts are slowly becoming a new battlefield in the war on terror, with combatants setting aside traditional weapons and arming themselves instead with domestic and international laws. Responding to this phenomenon, the inaugural meeting of The Lawfare Project convened last week in New York to discuss The Use of the Law as a Weapon of War.

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Vermont Schools to Celebrate Islamic Feast Sept 10
By Andrew Walden @ 11:27 AM :: 4853 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Burlington, Vermont School District does not give students a day off to commemorate the September 11 attacks, but on Friday, September 10, 2010 Burlington schools will close early for the weekend to celebrate an Islamic Feast.

Chaired by once-disbarred lawyer and admitted embezzler Fredrick Lane, the Burlington School Board on March 9 voted 8-1 to add Eid al-Fitr and Yom Kippur to the school calendar starting this Fall.  School officials claim it is all about maximizing attendance....

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Sunday, March 14, 2010
Campaign poster touts: “The Incrdible [sic] Story of Neil Abercrombie”
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 6037 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Is that nutty poli-sci graduate assistant really running for the U.S. Senate?  The question was asked across the U.H. Campus back in 1970. As this pot-fueled manifesto is testament to, the answer was yes.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Am Spectator: Djou Hopes for Hawaiian Surprise
By Selected News Articles @ 10:38 AM :: 7465 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

If a Republican can win in the district representing Obama's birthplace, "then no Democratic seat in the U.S. Congress is safe," Djou said in an interview on Tuesday at a gathering of reporters in downtown Washington, trying to emphasize the significance of his race.

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Friday, March 12, 2010
Obamacare vote count: 189 of 216 needed for House passage
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:48 AM :: 6317 Views :: National News, Ethics

Once Abercrombie quit, the whole House of cards fell down….

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Hawaii congressional candidate Djou warns against ‘the nutcase in Pyongyang’
By Selected News Articles @ 10:27 PM :: 8730 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Heritage: $50B Wall Street slush fund would make TARP permanent
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:54 AM :: 3227 Views :: National News, Ethics

Federal bureaucrats, possibly the FDIC, will be given new "resolution authority" powers backed by a permanent $50 billion slush "resolution fund." If this new power is given to the FDIC, it would be the first time the FDIC's authority was extended beyond the banks that it directly insures. But more importantly, these provisions would establish a permanent TARP - the radioactively unpopular $700 billion Wall Street bail out slush fund.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
School Vouchers: The Up or Down Vote Our Country Really Deserves
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:40 PM :: 3195 Views :: National News, Ethics

While Democrats are trying to create the legislative text for President Obama's "new" health care proposal, Senate Democrats are also pushing to include student lending provisions in the reconciliation bill. What does student lending have to do with health care you might ask? Nothing. But the Senate routinely attaches seemingly unrelated matters to must-pass legislation.

That is what makes Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) refusal to honor Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) request to offer an amendment funding the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP) to the American Workers, State and Business Relief Act so transparently hypocritical.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Obamacare: Dead Legislation Walking
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:07 PM :: 3106 Views :: National News, Ethics

As we pointed out last week, there is one not-so-minor difference between the Senate bill and the President's new proposal: the Senate bill actually exists. Now, Democrats may be telling their conservative counterparts that they will have reconciliation legislative text in front of the Budget Committee by tomorrow, but don't hold your breath.

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Monday, March 08, 2010
Sessions: Obama 9th Circuit Nominee “believes the Constitution is something judges can manipulate”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:09 PM :: 5571 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Ed Whelan, a one-time clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and now president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, echoed those concerns.

“Liu believes that judges have the authority to impose their views … using clever verbal camouflage to disguise what they’re doing.”

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Monday, March 08, 2010
Iraqi Democracy: A First Step Toward Freedom in the Middle East
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 4803 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Despite as many as 100 explosions which killed at least 38 people in Baghdad, Iraqis defied a desperate insurgency yesterday and turned out in strong numbers to choose a new Parliament. According to The New York Times, "turnout was higher than expected, and certainly higher than in the last parliamentary election in 2005. ... Sunnis who largely boycotted previous elections voted in force, and an intense competition for Shiite votes drove up participation in Baghdad and the south." The NYT went on to describe the election as "arguably the most open, most competitive election in the nation’s long history of colonial rule, dictatorship and war."

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Sunday, March 07, 2010
Was the Pentagon Shooter an Obama-approved Pothead?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:32 PM :: 3294 Views :: National News, Ethics

Bedell was not only a heavy marijuana user and had been busted for possession and growing the drug, but dedicated much of his life to glorifying the substance.

He had declared cannabis "to be one of the most useful plants known to humanity" and said that he looked forward to the day when "billions and billions of carefully cultivated, highly valuable cannabis plants [are] growing throughout the United States with complete security of property." He said he envisioned "the use of cannabis as a monetary system."

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Sunday, March 07, 2010
American al Qaeda captured in Pakistan: Not Gadahn
By Selected News Articles @ 2:01 PM :: 5413 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

CBS News: U.S.-Born al Qaeda Arrest News Incorrect--Confusion Over Militant's Identity Sparked Reports of Gadahn Arrest; Some Media Say It is Another U.S.-Born Terrorist 

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Friday, March 05, 2010
36,000 more unemployed: So, How's That Pivot to Jobs Going?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:28 AM :: 3258 Views :: National News, Ethics

If out economy is losing fewer jobs this time, then why is our unemployment rate so much higher under President Obama's stewardship of the economy? The answer: job creation. Or actually the lack thereof. Back to the BLS data: through the first six quarters of the 2001 recession 47.6 million jobs were created, while only 40.3 million jobs have been created through the second quarter of 2009. That's a 7.9 million jobs gap.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Heritage: Obamacare's Kabuki End Game
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:27 PM :: 3851 Views :: National News, Ethics

There is one huge difference between the Senate bill and what the President kept referring to as my/our proposal: the Senate bill actually exists. For all the talk in Washington about Democrats in the Senate using reconciliation to pass a final version of Obamacare, one key fact has been overlooked: no reconciliation bill exists. Not in the House. Not in the Senate. Nowhere. It simply has not yet been written, and there are plenty of reasons to believe it never will.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010
Will Hawaii take TWO House votes away from Senate Obamacare?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 5572 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Neil Abercrombie has finally stepped up to do something great for the American people—he resigned.  Rep. Mazie Hirono has pledged not to support the Senate version of Obamacare because it is not socialist enough for her taste.  So with your help, Hirono can stand strong in her rejection of Senate Obamacare (which is a huge giveaway to insurance companies) and Hawaii will produce a double win for freedom, justice and the American Way.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Obamacare: No Votes Until the People Speak
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:14 AM :: 3100 Views :: National News, Ethics

On March 5th of last year, firefighter Travis Ulerick, of Dublin, Indiana, introduced President Barack Obama at a White House summit on health care. Upon hearing the first rumblings of dissent about the President's plan, Ulerick tells USA Today he thought at the time: "I definitely think it's going to have to be a huge consensus."

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Akaka Tribe “eligibility guidelines are essentially meaningless”
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 4618 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

While still fixated on race, national commentators are getting a little closer to understanding that the Akaka Bill will create a tribe which has nothing to do with representing Native Hawaiians.  Here are the latest examples of the conflicting description of the Akaka Bill as “race based” and the realization that because it has no blood quantum, the Akaka Tribe—or is it the Abercrombie Tribe--will exclude the vast majority of Native Hawaiians while admitting non-Hawaiians who just happen to be property developers.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Warren Buffett: Scrap Senate Obamacare Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 3874 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama promised to “cut taxes for 95% of workers and their families,” expand the Army by 65,000 and the Marines by 27,000, and enact “a net spending cut” for the federal government. Obama promised lower taxes, a strong defense and shrinking the size of government. No wonder independents in nine states that went for President George Bush in 2000 and 2004 switched their vote to Obama in 2008 (CO, FL, IN, IA, NV, NM, NC, OH and VA). But now those independents are beginning to reassess. Public Policy Polling (a liberal polling firm) notes that Obama now has a negative approval rating in every state that he flipped from the Bush column to his in 2008.

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Monday, March 01, 2010
Abercrombie farewell gift: “redistribute an entire state's wealth” --WSJ
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 6012 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In an effort to dispel concerns that the creation of a race-based tribe violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause, Mr. Abercrombie added a six-page list of membership criteria that could include non-Hawaiian state residents. But the provision contains a self-destruct clause—as soon as the tribe is officially recognized, it can extend and deny membership based on any criteria it sees fit.

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Monday, March 01, 2010
Climategate: Al Gore Speaks, The Edifice Falls
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:06 AM :: 5146 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The latest attempt to force the U.S. economy to turn away from readily available, affordable fuels and leaving it to the tender mercies of untried, experimental and expensive technologies is a bipartisan effort by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). A legislative package from them, according to The Washington Post on Saturday, would individually cap how much traditional energy the main pillars of the American economy would be able to use. This would of course cripple our economy....

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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Pohakuloa: Double defeat for anti-DU scammers
By Andrew Walden @ 5:14 PM :: 12507 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Big Island elected officials arriving to meet with Army representatives at Pohakuloa Training Area got a eye-opening surprise Wednesday morning  In addition to the usual gaggle of anti-Semites and 9-11 trooothers protesting against the military, they were greeted at the front gate by a dozen Big Island residents rallying to support the troops.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010
TEA Party movement celebrates first anniversary
By News Release @ 12:48 AM :: 7509 Views :: National News, Ethics

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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Djou, Aiona, Lingle joined by Karl Rove to rally 1000 at Hawaii Lincoln Day dinner
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 6282 Views :: National News, Ethics

Hawai'i traditionally hosts the largest Lincoln Day Dinner in the nation.  Attendees heard from Charles Djou, Candidate for Congress, Lt. Governor Duke Aiona and Governor Linda Lingle.  The keynote speaker was Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. 

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Saturday, February 27, 2010
VIDEO: Environmentalists allowing millions of barrels of oil to leak into ocean off California
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:18 AM :: 3748 Views :: National News, Ethics

Stop Oil Seeps California has a documentary on the problem of natural oil seepage, which, according to the Natural Resource Council, is a far bigger source of oil emissions into the ocean than man-made oil spills. Allen’s group contends that along with more drilling for oil would come more control over these natural seepages. Their film, which was screened this week at The Heritage Foundation, is called A Crude Reality.

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Friday, February 26, 2010
Heritage: Someone Needs to Tell the President His Health Care Plan is Dead
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 3345 Views :: National News, Ethics

The day before yesterday's White House health care summit, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) told reporters: "The only way this works is for the House to pass the Senate bill and then, depending on what the package is, the reconciliation provision that moves first through the House and then comes here." When Conrad was reminded that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has repeatedly insisted that the House will not pass the Senate bill until the Senate passes a second bill that fixes the first, Conrad replied: "Fine, then it's dead."

This was the dynamic that President Barack Obama was trying to alter with his eventually-seven-hour meeting. And judging by pretty much every major news outlet, he completely failed.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Statements: Abercrombie, Hanabusa back new Akaka Bill over Governor’s objections
By News Release @ 12:58 PM :: 6313 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

First Congressional District candidate Colleen Hanabusa praised the U.S. House of Representatives today for approving H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009.

Also Abercrombie floor speech, news release and media roundup of coverage on Akaka bill.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010
Heritage: A Sham of a Summit for a Sham of a Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:15 PM :: 3560 Views :: National News, Ethics

Today's White House-sponsored health care summit is an insult to the intelligence of every honest American. President Barack Obama's communications minions are still trying sell his plan as an "opening bid" in the health care debate. But as Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus asks: "With whom is he bidding?

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Hawaii Congressional special election “expected” for Saturday, May 22--Djou "ready"
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 10465 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The election will be mail-in with a proposed ballot deadline of Saturday, May 22, 2010.  This tentative date is included in bid sheets issued or voting equipment by the Hawaii Office of Elections. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Doc Hastings: “Rewritten Akaka Bill strikes at the heart of the State of Hawaii’s authority”
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 6319 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

There’s nothing more troubling about the House voting on a fundamentally rewritten bill than the position made public by the Governor of Hawaii.  Something is very wrong when that Governor, a longtime vocal advocate of Native Hawaiian recognition, feels compelled to issue a statement last night, that she can’t support the rewritten bill.

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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

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

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

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

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

OHA Lies

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

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

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Sink the Jones Act

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

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

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