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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It’s Official: Hanabusa’s Democrats refuse to Pass a Budget
By News Release @ 11:31 AM :: 5013 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In order to avoid a vote on the record trillion-dollar deficits they are responsible for accumulating since taking office, Democrats have confirmed that they will be the first House majority that has failed to pass an annual budget resolution since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
ILWU teams up with Islamists: Refuses to unload Israeli ship at Oakland Port
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 AM :: 5820 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

  ILWU: Just another servant of Islamism.

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Monday, June 21, 2010
20,000 write governor, 85% ask for veto of HB444
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 3329 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Star Advertiser today reported that 85% of the respondents are asking for a veto!

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Monday, June 21, 2010
Full Text: Governor Lingle’s Veto List
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 3648 Views :: Energy, Environment

HB444 HD1 SD1 RELATING TO CIVIL UNIONS.

Veto Explanation:        Extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union.

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Monday, June 21, 2010
Poll: Aiona beats Hannemann in one-on-one matchup
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 5935 Views :: Energy, Environment

When we compare how Duke Aiona performs against either of his potential opponents in a general election for Governor, we find that in both cases the race is too close to call.  Indeed, both ballot results are within the margin of error of the survey.  But it is hard to ignore the fact that Duke Aiona actually leads Mufi Hannemann (+4) and is not very far behind with Neil Abercrombie (-3).

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Monday, June 21, 2010
Djou opens Honolulu office, visits families in Ewa, Hawaii Kai
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 4754 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 Rep. Djou At the Ewa Hongwangi Bon Dance

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Monday, June 21, 2010
Obama Admin: Adopt our standards or schools lose $18B
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:35 PM :: 3753 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Alaska and Texas chose not to apply for Race to the Top funding because of the provision requiring adoption of national standards.

Both Minnesota and Virginia argue that their state standards are stronger than the proposed national standards supported with federal dollars.

But if the Obama administration has its way, states might not have a choice in the matter. The U.S. Education Department recently released a "blueprint" for reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. The blueprint language indicates the administration will try to tie $14.5 billion in money for low-income school districts to a state's adoption of national standards.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
CNBC: Jones Act may be hindering Gulf Oil Response, Dutch ships blocked
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 6620 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal law has also hampered the assistance. The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.

“What's wrong with accepting outside help?” Visser asked. “If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands.”

Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn't needed, wouldn't it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?

BP has been inundated with well-intentioned cleanup suggestions, but the Dutch offer was different. It came through official channels, from a government offering to share its demonstrated expertise.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Heritage: Fatherhood, Poverty, and the left’s “Post-Marriage Society”
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:13 PM :: 2882 Views :: National News, Ethics

To reinvigorate marriage in lower-income neighborhoods, Rector suggests, government could start by providing facts on the role of healthy marriages in reducing poverty and improving the well-being of children. Why not teach skills for selecting a wife or husband? Why not explain the importance of developing a stable marital relationship before bringing children into the world?

Nothing could be further from government practice. In social service agencies, welfare offices, schools and popular culture across America, what Rector calls "a deafening silence" reigns on the topic of marriage. The welfare system actively penalizes low-income couples who do get married. He adds:

For most on the Left, marriage is, at best, an antiquated institution, a red-state superstition. From this viewpoint, the real task is to expand government subsidies as a post-marriage society is built.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Tokyo: Lingle meets with Japanese travel writers, Tourism Minister
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 5739 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Continuing her mission in Asia, Governor Lingle is in Japan and met yesterday with Minister Seiji Maehara of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).  The Governor thanked Maehara-san for his support of internationalizing Haneda Airport.  In October, Hawai`i will welcome daily flights by Hawaiian and Japan Airlines with the opening of the new runway at Haneda Airport.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Hawaii-Okinawa Clean Energy Partnership Agreement Signed
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 6326 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On March 29, 2010, the first meeting of the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force was held in Honolulu.  Top-level officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Prefecture of Okinawa, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, New Energy Technology Department, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Hawai‘i State Energy Office, Department of Defense, and national laboratory representatives met to discuss the acceleration of renewable energy technologies and  energy efficiency, and evaluate the achievements of existing clean energy projects to enable the islands to be energy independent.  Initiation of several joint projects resulted from that meeting.

"Through the groundbreaking Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative, our state is leading the way toward an energy-secure and self-sufficient future," said Lt. Governor Aiona, who delivered the keynote address at the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force meeting.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Honolulu Gaza flotilla protester shows up at BP hearings – with rubber ducky
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 AM :: 8279 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

She was joined by Ann Wright, 63, of Honolulu, Hawaii, who wore a BP hard hat, overalls and sunglasses adorned with dollar signs.

"BP doesn't really care about this," she said, pulling out an oil-stained rubber ducky.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Gulf & Hawaii: Djou call for relief from Jones Act explodes across national media
By Selected News Articles @ 10:43 AM :: 7240 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Jones Act may also have played a role in delaying the construction of sand barriers to protect the fragile Louisiana coast. Mr. Visser, the Dutch consul, says American dredging companies, which lack the dike-building expertise of the Dutch, rebuffed Dutch offers of help, which might have meant running afoul of the Jones Act.

For the longer term, Mr. Djou is about to introduce a bill to exempt his home state of Hawaii from the law. Hawaii is hit hardest by the law because most goods arrive by sea. Despite the political power of unions locally, Mr. Djou is pressing forward.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Hannemann’s Pittsburgh fundraiser: Misdemeanor? Class C Felony?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 AM :: 6866 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The commission may go beyond the allegations made by the complainant if investigators feel there are any other irregularities.

“We could add additional counts to the complaint or file an additional complaint. At my discretion, I can file a complaint,” Wong said. “The commission has the opportunity to decide whether there is probable cause that a violation or violations occurred, whether to dismiss the complaint, whether to ask for additional investigation or whether to refer it to the prosecutor."

A prosecutor gets involved only in cases where willful or intentional violations are found. According to state statute any person who knowingly, intentionally or recklessly violates any provision of campaign spending law faces a misdemeanor. Anyone who knowingly or intentionally falsifies any report required with the intent to circumvent the law or deceive the commission faces a class C felony.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Mufi Site: Abercrombie’s brain in a glass jar controlled by Cayetano
By Andrew Walden @ 1:49 AM :: 8779 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

  The authors admit to working at Honolulu Hale.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Lingle-Aiona Admin: “4,043 moved into permanent housing thru State homeless programs”
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 3656 Views :: Energy, Environment

In fiscal year 2009, 4,043 persons were moved into permanent housing through State homeless programs. During the same year, 11,680 homeless people received services from eight outreach provider agencies throughout the State, and 9,483 homeless people utilized services at homeless shelters.

It is significant to note that the total statewide homeless count increased by less than one percent (52 individuals) since the previous count in January 2009. This occurred despite significant job losses and reductions in work hours due to the unprecedented economic downturn in State history.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Beijing: Governor Lingle discusses TMT at Great Hall of the People
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 6389 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In the evening, Governor Lingle was the honored guest of the China Diplomatic Friendship Association and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce banquet held in the Great Hall of the People, China's capitol building.  The special guest at this event was Lu Yong Xiang, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s National Congress and head of the Chinese National Academy of Sciences.  Vice Chairman Lu recently returned from visiting Mauna Kea on the Big Island, the site of the forthcoming Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).  China intends to be a collaborative partner in the TMT project. 

Mr. Lu believes China and Hawai‘i have a great opportunity to work together in scientific explorations.  As he stated, “Hawai‘i can see the cosmos and the vast oceans—so its horizons are unlimited.”  Mr. Lu praised Governor Lingle for her foresight in establishing strong relationships with China, demonstrated by her four trips to the country during her administration.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
New ransom demands: BoE Chair threatens layoffs in response to 180 day law
By Andrew Walden @ 6:15 PM :: 3849 Views :: Energy, Environment

The law signed yesterday by Acting Governor Duke Aiona mandating 180 days school has shifted the methodology being used by the BoE/DoE/HSTA hostage takers.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
VIDEO: Djou pushes solutions to oil spill on CNBC Worldwide Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 4:44 PM :: 6518 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: Republican Congressman Charles Djou, Hawaii, and Jessica Brady, Roll Call reporter, discuss Obama's first Oval Office address regarding the Gulf Oil spill.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
DJOU: “Waive Jones Act for oil spill”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:27 PM :: 6564 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“I am disappointed, however, that the President has failed to waive the Jones Act for foreign ships, who want to assist in the clean-up efforts. There is no good reason to turn away international help in responding to this environmental catastrophe.

“Nevertheless, I look forward to working with President Obama to temper the House energy bill and craft a sensible long-term energy strategy for America that makes sense for our economy.”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Two months and counting: Hanabusa’s National Democrats still spending without a budget
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 3976 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington- With two months passed since their April 15 deadline and still no budget produced by Washington Democrats, the majority in Congress continues to miss opportunities to rein in government spending and provide the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs and grow a healthy economy. Since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974, the House has never failed to pass a budget resolution, but Colleen Hanabusa and her Washington friends continue to forge ahead with their out-of-control spending spree and still no budget resolution in sight.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Djou plan backed in WSJ: Is Obama really doing everything in his power to fight the spill?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 4622 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Hawaii GOP Rep. Charles Djou, who won his seat in a special election last month, says he's "disappointed" that Mr. Obama has failed to waive the Jones Act, an antiquated 1920 law mandating that goods shipped between U.S. ports be handled by U.S.-built and -owned ships manned by U.S. crews. Unions fiercely support the law as a means of preserving U.S. jobs. In this case, though, the law might be hindering the recovery of hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast jobs.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
LA TIMES mocks Obama: 'There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills!
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 4495 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Are President Obama and BP inhibiting efforts to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout and mitigate the effects of the spill? 

Maximization of the effects of the crisis could be used in an effort to stampede the public and win Senate passage of the Cap and Trade Carbon Tax--from which BP stands to profit. 

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
RCCC to focus on reelecting Djou, Liberal website calls Hanabusa “untainted”
By Selected News Articles @ 2:27 PM :: 5587 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

POLITICO: Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, the National Republican Congressional Committee's incumbent retention chair, urged PAC leaders at a briefing Monday to focus on helping just nine GOP members of Congress shore up their bids for re-election, telling attendees that the committee's work had already shielded a substantial group of members from facing any serious challenge in 2010.

"A year and a half ago, I was giving you the names of 30 members and you know what? It worked," Rogers said, according to a source familiar with his remarks. "We feel strongly at this point that only nine incumbents need your help to withstand the attacks by the DCCC and their allies."

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A Crisis of Competence
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:10 PM :: 2284 Views :: National News, Ethics

Nearly 31 years ago, on July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter told the American people from the Oval Office: "Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny." Last night the American people heard almost the exact same speech from President Barack Obama....

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
VIDEO Djou on House Floor: “Let’s get to work. Let’s pass a budget.”
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 3691 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
No more HSTA/BoE/DoE furlough hostage-takings: Acting Governor Aiona signs law requiring 180 school days
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 6396 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“Hawai‘i is the only State in the nation that does not set by statute the minimum number of hours of instructional time a public school student should receive,” said Lt. Governor Aiona. “Our families, principals and teachers deserve a public school system that ensures our students have the tools and classroom time needed to succeed.”

Hawai‘i has the shortest amount of instructional time in the nation – 4 hours and 43 minutes per day.  Thirty-two states average 5-and-a-half hours per day of instructional time (990 hours per school year) and 16 states mandate a minimum of 6 hours of instruction per day (1,080 hours per school year).

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Obama Energy Tax Game Plan
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 PM :: 2285 Views :: National News, Ethics

Joel Benenson, a pollster for the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s presidential campaign, circulated a memo on Capitol Hill arguing that a comprehensive energy bill "could give Democrats a potent weapon to wield against Republicans in the fall." Politico reports that Benenson’s recommended “messaging architecture" includes the slogan “Making BP Pay Isn’t Enough” and adds: “frame the opposition” as “Big Oil and corporate polluters who have blocked energy reform for decades” and “politicians protecting the special interests that fund their campaigns.”

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
House votes to annex Hawaii, June 15, 1898
By Selected News Articles @ 11:43 AM :: 4478 Views :: Hawaii History

On this day in 1898, the House approved Senate Joint Resolution 55 providing for the annexation of Hawaii as a U.S. territory. At the time, Hawaii was an independent republic. The vote was 209-91.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Hannemann Pittsburgh fundraiser: Campaign Spending Commission not notified until after event
By Andrew Walden @ 3:24 AM :: 2901 Views

Hannemann’s “Notice of Intent to hold a Fundraiser” for his ill-fated campaign fundraiser sponsored by a Pittsburgh, PA rail-contractor wannabe is now finally posted on the Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission website.  According to the time stamp from the Campaign Spending Commission, it was not filed until Wednesday June 9, 2010 at 3:08PM HST.  This is the same as 9:08PM EST—more than two hours after the scheduled ending time of Hannemann’s 5PM to 7PM EST fundraiser in Pittsburgh.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Lingle talks visas and biofuels in Beijing
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 4127 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

Yesterday in Beijing, the Governor had a private meeting with Ambassador Jon Huntsman at the U.S. Embassy. During this hour and a half discussion, the Ambassador and Governor discussed the importance of establishing a protocol for the processing of visas for Chinese who want to visit Hawai`i on charter flights going directly from cities such as Shanghai and Beijing to Honolulu.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Aiona rejects call to act on HB444 while Lingle is out of state
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 4398 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

It is unfortunate that State Rep. Tom Brower believes Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, as acting Governor, should sign or veto the civil unions bill (HB 444) behind the back of Governor Linda Lingle while she is on an economic mission to China.

Brower should not be doling out political advice, especially since he voted for HB 444 only days before turning on his Democrat colleagues for reviving the issue.

While Brower’s deceptive politics may pass in a State Legislature overrun with 90 percent of its members from one party, Lt. Governor Duke Aiona believes government works best with balance, integrity and accountability.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Acting Governor Duke Aiona signs DUI ignition interlock bill
By News Release @ 1:21 AM :: 2572 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU Lt. Governor Aiona today signed into law Senate Bill 2897, as acting governor, which strengthens the ignition interlock law in Hawai‘i.

“This measure provides resources to improve our efforts to stop impaired driving and the tragedies that result from drunk driving,” said Lt. Governor Aiona. “Most of the injuries, fatalities and property damage caused by drunk drivers are preventable and we must keep these drivers off of our highways.”

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Djou’s first Legislation: Resolution calls for Free Trade Agreement with Philippines
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 2311 Views

Congressman Djou will continue to advocate for a free trade agreement with the Republic of the Philippines as well as expanding the number of visas the U.S. Government issues, particularly those for the purpose of family reunification.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Heritage: The Government Bailouts Must End
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:03 AM :: 2199 Views :: National News, Ethics

If the federal government managed to return to the per-household spending level of the Reagan administration, the budget would be balanced by 2012 without any tax hikes. Or just returning to the per-household spending levels that existed before the current recession would balance the budget by 2019. But first we must stop the bleeding: the government bailouts must end.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Psychologists dump 'Gay Gene' theory
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 AM :: 9837 Views :: Family, Health Care

Are same-sex attractions biologically determined?  Most people are under the impression that they are.  Organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), have helped propagate the idea. 

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Monday, June 14, 2010
Hanabusa to get same kind of National Democrat help Ed Case got
By Andrew Walden @ 2:36 PM :: 5874 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

With the DCCC’s help Ed Case came in dead last.  And now, they are going to do the same for “longtime insider” Hanabusa.  A DCCC news release sent out this morning announces Hanabusa is being included in the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program....

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Monday, June 14, 2010
NRCC: “Colleen Hanabusa and her Washington friends have pushed the economy into a jobless recovery”
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 PM :: 5016 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Over the course of the past two years of a Democrat-led supermajority, Colleen Hanabusa and her Washington friends have pushed the economy into a jobless recovery by supporting an anti-jobs, anti-small-business agenda at the expense of a healthy economy,”

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Monday, June 14, 2010
TEA Party leader launches campaign for Maui Mayor
By News Release @ 1:35 PM :: 6263 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The government cannot fix the economy and it cannot create real jobs. Only you, the citizen, can do that. The new Maui County Mayor must make county government work better with less money and must serve you in a fast and fair manner. The new Mayor must get the county out of your way so you can get on with the job of rebuilding our economy.

As Mayor of Maui County, I will do what we need right now to help get our economy moving again. I will rein in government. I will shrink taxes to put money back in your pocket where it belongs. I will apply county regulations so that the economy can grow and our people can prosper once again.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday, July 4: Citizenship Sunday Church-based Voter Registration Drive
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 4067 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Hawaii could lose tobacco funds in $1.1B arbitration
By Selected News Articles @ 12:40 PM :: 4120 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Financially pressed states might have to return $1.1 billion to Big Tobacco this year, if a review finds the states aren't trying hard enough to keep a 12-year-old legal settlement from hurting the companies too much.

This summer, states and the nation's Big Three tobacco firms will begin arbitrating a dispute over 2003 payments made under the settlement, the companies have disclosed in financial filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sums ranging from $705 million to $1.1 billion for each of the subsequent years also are headed for arbitration.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Jaws drop as Maui TEA Party walks into Abercrombie HQ opening
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 7855 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Niel and HTP Pres gift HTP bumperstcker_1_1_1 

An uncomfortable Neil Abercrombie receiving Hawaii TEA Party Bumper sticker from HTP President Brett Glass

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Honolulu “peace activist” caught lying about Gaza Flotilla
By IPT News @ 10:57 PM :: 6240 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

"Lerner: Col. Wright I just want to make sure again – so you actually were on a different boat and did not witness the attack firsthand."

Wright: That's correct.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Hannemann’s Pittsburgh Fundraiser planned since April 29
By Andrew Walden @ 2:09 PM :: 6178 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Friday, June 11, 2010
VIDEO: Rep. Djou on Fox Business News
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 5214 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On the Failure of Congress to Pass a Budget:

“A perfect representation of the problems we have here on Capitol Hill is the failure of Congress to pass a budget. I mean, that’s one of the most basic things any private business, any family would do to get its fiscal house in order. But here in the United States Congress we have yet to pass a budget and it’s already mid-June. This is irresponsible.”

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Clean Energy for Hawaii: Djou co-sponsors American Energy Act
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 4909 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington, DC Congressman Charles Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement today reacting to the selection of AECOM as the EIS contractor for the Big Wind Project....

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Photos: Kamehameha Day Lei draping ceremony, Washington DC
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 5509 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Hannemann in Pittsburgh "Whacking the rail transit piñata"
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 5014 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"The Honolulu Mayor has used taxpayer dollars to advocate for the reckless rail transit project, he raked in more than $200,000 from donors linked to government contractors in the last six months of 2009, and now he's raising big money from consultants seeking rail contracts.  While he's whacking the rail transit piñata for all the goodies he can get, he's raising property taxes and increasing fees on just about every other service the city provides.  Is this the kind of leadership Hawaii deserves?"

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Philippine Independence Day: Rep. Djou calls for more visas for family reunification
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 6114 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“We must ensure that the connection between the United States and the Philippines remains strong. One of my priorities in Congress is to strengthen our nation’s ties to the Philippines and expand the number of visas that our government issues, particularly to the Philippines,” Djou continued.

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Friday, June 11, 2010
RTTT: Prolonging Education's Race to the Bottom
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:22 PM :: 4001 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

But unlike the federal takeover of the banking and health care industry, this time around Obama and his liberal allies are shrewdly avoiding another public fight by moving their education agenda forward without even going through Congress. The administration is supporting a move to implement national education standards, using the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grant program to secure those ends. National standards will give the federal government – not parents – more power over education. Now, instead of petitioning their local schools boards for curriculum changes, parents will have to trek to Washington to lobby D.C. bureaucrats for input in the content taught at their children’s school.

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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

OHA Lies

Ohana Policy Group

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

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Copenull

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

TEA Party Maui

TFB Micronesia

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

United Veterans Hawaii

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT