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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Nine new laws for 2009
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 1909 Views
“Among the new laws are measures designed to protect children from Internet predators, compel parents to pay child support, and prohibit alcohol consumption in common areas of public housing projects,” said Governor Lingle.
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Monday, December 29, 2008
Pro Bowl leaving Hawai`i in 2010
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 2472 Views
“The senior leadership of the NFL told me explicitly that their decision had nothing to do with anything the State did or did not do, but was an opportunity to try something they had been talking about for years. I am optimistic that the Pro Bowl will return to Hawai‘i in 2011."
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Monday, December 22, 2008
Governor releases proposed 2-year budget
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 8:02 PM :: 2239 Views
HONOLULU—Governor Linda Lingle submitted today to the State Legislature a biennium operating budget for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 (FY10 and FY11) of ...
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Gov Lingle proposes salary freeze for Legislature, Judges and Executive
By News Release @ 11:41 AM :: 2677 Views
Two-Year salary freeze would save state over $4.1 million.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
Ed Case: Governor or Congress 2010?
By Ed Case @ 11:36 AM :: 2295 Views
Although there's no clear preference between "Washington, D.C. and Washington Place," these results are most encouraging and helpful.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008
State dedicates last homeless transitional facilities
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 9:50 PM :: 6212 Views :: Homelessness

...the final homeless transitional shelters to be developed under an emergency proclamation issued by Governor Lingle in 2006....

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Monday, December 15, 2008
Gov. Lingle announces 1,521 Hawai`i Capital Improvement Projects to Stimulate Economy, Create Jobs
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:23 AM :: 2603 Views
Governor Linda Lingle, mayors, legislators, construction industry executives and labor leaders today unveiled a sweeping plan to implement $1,865,522,037 in public infrastructure improvement projects statewide as part of a comprehensive effort to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

(John Maynard Keynes would be a happy boy. But since the legislature takes every opportunity to strangle independent private enterprise, we are left with a choice between pork or economic disaster.)
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Friday, December 12, 2008
Wai`akea, Honoka`a, Kohala: Preparing for High-Tech jobs of the future
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:51 PM :: 2067 Views
The robotics team at Wai`akea High School turned in an eye-popping performance recently at the Hawai`i Convention Center in Honolulu. The tech-savvy students on the team outperformed many of their international peers at the three-day inaugural VEX Robotics Pan-Pacific Championship.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
“From Hack to Flack”: the Big Island newspaper-Democrat revolving door
By Andrew Walden @ 3:12 PM :: 5725 Views
Reporters are eyeing a job in government. Since almost all elected positions are held by Democrats, this creates an unspoken alliance between journalists and Democratic Party candidates and officeholders.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Obama’s Democrat Governor Blagojevich arrested, cuffed by FBI
By Andrew Walden @ 4:15 PM :: 2180 Views
FBI: Was trying to sell Obama’s Senate Seat Contradictory statements from Obama camp about Obama discussing his replacement with Blagojevich Obama...
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Our last print edition
By Andrew Walden @ 4:19 PM :: 2852 Views
After four years of publication, the December 7 edition will be the last print edition of Hawai`i Free Press.  Due to the high c...
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Letters to the Editor December 7, 2008
By Letters to the Editor @ 3:30 PM :: 2951 Views
One Ton of Kona Coffee for our Troops, Cut bureaucracy, not schools, Telescopes continue Polynesian tradition, Listening to Obama?
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Board of Education: the Transsexual-Libertarian Connection
By Andrew Walden @ 12:04 PM :: 9952 Views :: Education K-12
If voters are going to have a chance at school reform, they will have to know who their allies are.
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Stephens Media and stolen newsracks
By Andrew Walden @ 11:31 AM :: 2474 Views
The Stephens Media purchase of 808 Classifieds has gone completely unnoticed—and the acquisition raises questions about the tactics Stephens will use against competing newspapers....
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Sunday, December 07, 2008
Statement on Ceded Lands Issue
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 5755 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA
News Release from Governor's office responds to December 6, 2008 Honolulu Advertiser article. The Advertiser quotes Bill Meheula, a key player in Dan Akaka's 2006 reelection campaign and Lilian Kame'eleihiwa, of the UH Hawaiian Studies Dep't who ague that OHA has a claim to ceded lands and seem to imply that the State has taken a new position in its appeal to the US Supreme Court requesting the Court overturn the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling blocking the state from selling ceded lands.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
Kona mosque-builder threatens lawsuit
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 AM :: 11079 Views
Muslims planning a mosque and other Islamic facilities for North Kona have threatened to sue HawaiiReporter.com. At issue: At issue: A September 3, 2007 article by this writer reporting allegations of “fraud” in mosque-related fundraising efforts by the Masjid al-Baqi Project of Hawaii, Inc.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
Kona Mosque Plan Questioned
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 AM :: 11493 Views
by Andrew Walden, (originally published 9/3/2007)

A Muslim group appears to be raising money to build what would be the Big Island’s first mosque.
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Friday, December 05, 2008
Governor releases nomination list for 1st Circuit Court
By News Release @ 12:25 AM :: 1892 Views
HONOLULU, December 4 – Governor Linda Lingle today released a list of judicial nominees that was provided to her by the Judicial Selection Commission ...
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Friday, November 21, 2008
Boosting tourism from S Korea, Japan
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:49 PM :: 1800 Views
With the local economy a concern for many Big Island residents, our administration is focused on a series of interventions.
To create jobs and stimulate the economy, we have embarked on a five-point plan that includes increased tourism outreach and marketing.
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Friday, November 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor November 21, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 PM :: 2041 Views
GOP looks to 2010, How to make telescope payoffs, State pension fund depleted - Again, One term President, Stock up now before hurricane Obama, Low Class Council, Demanding Answers
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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Barack Obama: Born in Hawai`i
By Andrew Walden @ 11:34 PM :: 13221 Views :: Obama

A fairly impressive internet industry has sprung up claiming that Obama was born in either Kenya or Indonesia. This is nonsense which distracts from the broadly unexplored story of Obama’s upbringing.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Obama Governing: a preview
By Andrew Walden @ 11:12 PM :: 2052 Views

Barack Obama’s election victory removes the mental asterisk when one tells a black child, “you can grow up to be anything you want—even President of the United States.”

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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Reduce 7-year permitting process
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:05 PM :: 2100 Views

At the same time we embark on our focused, five-point plan to stimulate our economy, which I outlined in my previous column (visit www.hawaii.gov/gov/economy), my Administration continues its efforts to increase our energy independence and to transform our economy over the long term.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Letters to the Editor November 7, 2008
By Letters to the Editor @ 12:44 AM :: 1953 Views

GMO Bill anti-Science -- Turning government over to the crooks -- Was race all about race? -- Why I rejected Obama -- Killing the Golden Goose?

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Obama’s ‘gift’ to Hawai`i: Akaka Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 11:44 PM :: 4681 Views

For Hawai`i the first thing on the new political agenda created by the Democrat sweep in the national elections will be the Akaka Bill.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Barack Obama Reading List:
By Andrew Walden @ 10:12 PM :: 22268 Views
Barack Obama: Born in Hawai`i http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/main/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/92/Barack-Obama-Born-in-Haw...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Hokuli`a Settlement Exposed
By Andrew Walden @ 11:55 PM :: 10657 Views :: Development, Greenmail

Is the County of Hawai`i subject to secret agreements which direct the passage of future legislation? Is the Legislature? Did the plaintiffs get money?

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
VOTER GUIDE--Our Endorsements
By Andrew Walden @ 1:00 PM :: 2313 Views

Our Endorsements for the November 4 Election

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Vote “No” on drug dealers
By Andrew Walden @ 12:56 PM :: 1935 Views

Hawai`i County voters are being asked to approve a change to county ordinance making cannabis enforcement the lowest law enforcement priority. This is falsely portrayed as a move to legalize marijuana. It is not.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Constitutional Conv.: 10 good reasons
By Willes Lee @ 3:06 AM :: 1908 Views

There are a lot of good reasons to hold vote Yes for a ConCon this year...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Media money goes to Obama
By Catherine Dreher @ 2:15 AM :: 2129 Views

I’ve worked in and studied the media industry for 20 years, and I’ve become more and more upset and discouraged by the blatant, biased journalism surrounding this year’s election. America’s mainstream news media are unabashedly sympathetic toward the Democratic campaign.


Mainstream media also have a financial interest in the Obama campaign:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Boosting the Economy
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:09 AM :: 1958 Views

As more Big Island families and businesses are tightening their budgets, your state government is developing innovative ways to maintain public service at the highest level with fewer resources, and without increasing taxes or fees.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor October 21, 2008
By Letters to the Editor @ 1:44 AM :: 1875 Views

Education? Health Care? Con-Con! -- No Amateur President -- Con-Con = Change -- Faking Lana`i residency? -- Marathon booted from Volcano -- Temblors indicate danger

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Friday, October 10, 2008
Lillian Koller named “Public Official of the Year”
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 4535 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HONOLULU – GOVERNING magazine announced today that Hawai‘i Human Services Director Lillian Koller has been selected as a “Public Official of the Year” for her leadership in bringing about widespread improvements at the State Department of Human Services (DHS) over the past five years, including an overhaul of the child welfare system.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Puna Revolution: November 4?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 PM :: 1960 Views

After years of neglect, voters of House District 4 Puna appear on the verge of making a change.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Telescope: The Shakedown begins
By Andrew Walden @ 8:14 PM :: 10336 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

Some may have thought this problem was settled when activists were given plum jobs at Hilo’s shiny new Imiloa Astronomy center, but shakedown is the foundation of Hawai`i’s so-called economy and when Dan Inouye plops a $1.2 billion money bag on the top of Mauna Kea, the grasping begins.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Drug testing: Violation of contract, not rights
By Thomas E. Stuart @ 7:55 PM :: 2413 Views

William S. Richardson School of Law professor of law emeritus and former dean Richard S. Miller claims the HSTA drug testing agreement is a “violation of basic rights”. His claims, published in the Honolulu Advertiser September 12 are wrong for several reasons.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Supreme Court to hear Ceded Lands Case
By Andrew Walden @ 2:03 AM :: 3312 Views

The State is asking the High Court to overturn the Hawai`i State Supreme Court’s January, 2008 decision holding that the United States Congress in the 1993 “Apology Resolution” had forbidden the State from selling or exchanging any of the State’s approximately 1.2 million acres of so-called “Ceded Lands”, unless and until a political settlement was reached with Native Hawaiians. The State argued to the High Court that the United States Congress had done no such thing and that Congress has no power to try to control the sale of lands belonging to a sovereign state.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Obama's CAIR Lawyer
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 AM :: 3657 Views

Obama’s choice of representation is yet another sign that free speech would be at risk of being strangled by political correctness and lawsuits under an Obama Presidency.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Making Sense of Hawai`i's Economy
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 12:42 AM :: 1882 Views

As Big Island residents and businesses try to make sense of the economic news dominating the local, national and global media, it is critical to keep an objective perspective on what we need to do as a state to overcome current economic challenges.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Letters October 7, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 AM :: 1841 Views

Nov 4 Vote for Hospital,  $700B to Bail out Political Correctness,  Crisis of Do-Gooderism, Roots of Crisis,  Let the Government handle It?,  Riddle of the horse  

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Nov 4: Old Boy vs Shakedown artist
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 AM :: 2318 Views

Kenoi vs Pilago in November 4 runoff for Big Island Mayor.  This is what happens when the entire political class has its hands in the cookie jar and can’t agree over how to divide up the cookies. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Revolution: New voters back Enriques
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 AM :: 4442 Views

Enriques and his volunteers worked to bring new voters into the process and to mobilize discouraged voters.  They won with 52.2% of the vote defeating incumbent councilman Bob Jacobson by more than 10 percentage points 2,354 to 1,894.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Big Island Weekly joins 9-11 deniers
By Andrew Walden @ 11:37 AM :: 9035 Views :: Hawaii County , Military

According to Big Island Weekly editor Kristine Kubat's  September 3 column, “If you think the U.S. government was behind the 9-11 attack, you are not alone.”  Kubat then proceeds to promote “9-11 Truth Awareness” by inviting them to a 9-11 denier demonstration ...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Moloka`i activists seek control of ranch
By Andrew Walden @ 11:31 AM :: 9401 Views :: Maui County, Development, Greenmail

Ritte’s phony “Save La`au” campaign has been falsely portrayed as an anti-development battle, but in reality it is a battle between two competing developers each tied to a different government group. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Obama tries to stall Iraq withdrawal
By Andrew Walden @ 11:23 AM :: 5881 Views

Information is emerging that Obama acted to keep troops deployed. In a September 15 New York Post editorial, CNN and BBC contributor Amir Taheri writes that, according to Iraq’s Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Senator Obama in June told visiting Iraqi officials that President Bush’s government was in a ‘”state of weakness and political confusion’” so the negotiations should be postponed until after the election.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008
Letters to the Editor September 21, 2008
By Andrew Walden @ 11:33 AM :: 1873 Views

Plastic Bag Ban: Micromanaging our lives, Ban the banners, Free Speech vs. Political Correctness, DoE’s Drive for Mediocrity, SHPDA stalls W. Maui HospitalUrgent Care in Puna  

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Lehman Brothers: Obama’s Rezko-Auchi conflict of interest
By Andrew Walden @ 11:19 AM :: 18251 Views

Reporters have not noted Obama’s glaring conflict of interest—the Lehman debt owed to a bank possibly owned by the financier who loaned millions of dollars to Tony Rezko.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
$6386 per house: Council weighs new fees
By Andrew Walden @ 2:28 PM :: 2026 Views

Your house is not the only target.  The bill also slams hospitals.   In the midst of Hawai`i’s medical crisis, a new 100,000 sq foot hospital would be required to fork out $545,100 to the county.  A 100,000 sq foot commercial center would be hit with $496,800 in new fees.  A new 100,000 sq foot school?  $108,000.  Nursing home?  $190,300.  Also targeted churches, industry, and warehouses. 

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Sunday, September 07, 2008
PRIMARY ALERT -- VOTE September 20
By Andrew Walden @ 11:35 AM :: 2088 Views

Our Primary Election endorsements:

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