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Saturday, January 31, 2009
Kauai police crime roundup: Sergeant dismissed for sex assault, etc, etc, etc
By Andrew Walden @ 1:56 AM :: 4907 Views

A sergeant was dismissed for “commission of a criminal act,” specified as sexual assault....and much more in this month's Kauai PD news.... 

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Friday, January 30, 2009
Michael Steele elected Chair, Republican National Committee
By Andrew Walden @ 3:22 PM :: 2081 Views

Working to seek voters among a 90% Democrat community may seem an exercise in Republican futility, but in a democracy, it is an inherently unstable arrangement for 90% of any electorate to consistently vote one way. Black voters tip the balance in favor of Democrats in Missouri, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland. Republicans need only gain 20-30% of the black vote to dramatically shift the balance of power in some or all of these states.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Governor submits legislative package
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 3672 Views

Governor Linda Lingle on Monday submitted a package of 168 legislative bills to the Hawai‘i State Legislature. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2009
Governor, DLNR unveil "Recreational Renaissance"
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 2501 Views

Important changes include adopting a national model that establishes comprehensive standards for maintenance schedules to sustain parks, trails and small boat harbors at a measurable standard, and a new integrated project management approach at DLNR to maximize efficiency and professionalism in maintaining recreational facilities and spaces. 

RELATED: Protection Racket shakes down resort workers, ruins parks HFP June 7, 2008

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
2009 Hawaii Pork Report released
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 2088 Views

Hawaii taxpayers recently paid almost $3,000 for a state employee to travel to Los Angeles for the Grammy Music Awards, according to a new report from The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) and premiere taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Governor, Legislators back broadband expansion
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 3207 Views

The bill would consolidate regulation of cable operators and telecommunications providers under a single entity, the Hawai‘i Communications Commission....Combining regulation of these two areas under one agency will position the state to take advantage of the 21st century convergence of technologies that are used to provide voice, data and video services

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Administration proposals to close FY09 budget gap
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 1993 Views

The following letter from Budget and Finance Director Georgina Kawamura were sent to Senate Ways and Means Chair Donna Mercado Kim and House Finance Chair Marcus Oshiro yesterday afternoon. The letter outlines proposals for closing the FY09 budget gap.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
$1.87 billion capital improvement project
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 5:33 PM :: 2109 Views

Current infrastructure funding barely maintains the status quo. This plan proposes new revenue streams, generated by increases in the liquid fuel tax, state vehicle registration fee, vehicle weight tax and rental car surcharges, that would boost the amount of available funds we have from $2 billion to $4 billion for needed highway improvements statewide.

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Monday, January 26, 2009
Full Text: Governor Lingle's State of the State Speech
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 4:35 PM :: 1991 Views

We can’t meet our responsibility by kicking the can down the road.
We must make meaningful choices now that address the reality we face today while laying the foundation for a better future.
That better future is one that transitions us from an economy over-reliant on land development to one that is innovation-driven and relies on the capacity of our people.

“A number of projects will likely be delayed, curtailed or possibly eliminated.... We will have to ask government employees, like those who work in the private sector, to accept some reduction in wages and benefits.... Some who enjoy special tax credits, exemptions and deductions will see them reduced or eliminated.”

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Friday, January 23, 2009
Pork Frenzy: Lobbyists 'stimulated' by bailout
By Ronald D Utt PhD @ 11:27 AM :: 2312 Views

...not since late 2001, after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon unleashed an unprecedented business, local government, and lobbyist assault on the federal bud­get, has there been such a fiscal feeding frenzy chomp­ing its way through the halls of Congress....

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Friday, January 23, 2009
Fish Fight: Enviros file WESPAC FOIA suit
By News Release @ 10:57 AM :: 2610 Views

Based in Honolulu, WESPAC is the subject of at least two active federal investigations; one by the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of the Inspector General (IG), and another by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Governor seeks input on Supreme Court nominees
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 1898 Views

Governor Lingle is making the list available to the public to encourage public comment on the nominees.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Gas tax increase to pay for highway work
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 2046 Views

Under the proposed legislation, the state fuel tax which is currently $0.17 per gallon would be raised to $0.27 per gallon, generating an estimated increase in annual revenues of $51 million.  Vehicle weight taxes, currently set at 3/4 of a cent per pound for vehicles up to 4,000 pounds, would be raised to 2 and 3/4 of a cent per pound, generating an additional $68 million in annual revenues.  Motor vehicle registration fees would also be increased from $25 per year to $45 per year, adding an additional $23.3 million in annual revenues.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009
Obama, the Akaka Bill, and the abolition of slavery in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 2:43 PM :: 7248 Views

As contract laborers their bodies were practically the property of the sugar planters, to be abused and even whipped with black snake whips. In several places the Japanese went on strike to enforce their demand on the planters who were daily violating a US law in keeping them under servitude....

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Governor nominates Michael Dahilig to UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2291 Views
HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today announced she has nominated Michael A. Dahilig to fill the remaining University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents at-...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Stepping up job training of inmates on the Big Island
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 10:33 PM :: 3651 Views

On Jan. 14, the state Department of Public Safety opened the Hale Nani facility in Hilo, where a new re-entry program called “START” will provide education, job training and counseling for inmates a few months before their release.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009
Organic food tied to Puna Rat Lungworm outbreak -- more cases reported
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 PM :: 9921 Views

Another case or Rat Lungworm disease has been diagnosed in the Kapoho-Kalapana area of Puna and more unreported cases have been revealed. The outbreak has been tied to organic farming.

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Friday, January 16, 2009
Akaka Bill rewrite: Tribal jurisdiction for Hawaii?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:02 PM :: 6085 Views

If the language imposed by the Bush Justice Department in 2005 is written out of what will become the 2009 version of the Akaka Bill, the changes could impact the dynamics of Senate debate.  

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Akaka Bill Reading List
By Andrew Walden @ 5:10 PM :: 19996 Views

The Akaka Tribe vs Hawaiians and Hawai`i: dozens of articles and informative links

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Lingle appoints Gilbert Keith-Agaran House Rep. -- Dist 9
By News Release @ 7:38 AM :: 1889 Views

Governor Linda Lingle today appointed Gilbert S. C. Keith-Agaran as the representative for House District 9, which includes Kahului, Wailuku, Pu‘unene, Spreckelsville, and Paia on Maui.  Keith-Agaran will fill the remaining two-year term of the late Representative Bob Nakasone, who passed away on December 7, 2008.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009
H-1 Traffic relief for O`ahu
By News Release @ 12:13 PM :: 2809 Views

The first project focuses on improving the westbound afternoon rush hour commute on the H-1 Freeway from Honolulu to Central and Leeward O‘ahu by adding a 6.2-mile contraflow lane starting at the Radford Drive overpass and ending at the Waiawa Interchange (H1-H-2 merge).

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Monday, January 12, 2009
Fish fight: DLNR to hold public meetings on uhu, weke, and ulua
By Andrew Walden @ 12:22 PM :: 3690 Views

The public discussion will center on using minimum size rules to protect harvested resource fish that may be at risk of being over harvested, and will focus on at least three main fish families that the DLNR feels may be in need of updated regulations.  They are: Parrotfish (uhu), Goatfish (weke), and Jacks (ulua/papio).

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Saturday, January 10, 2009
The day the job market turned
By Andrew Walden @ 1:36 PM :: 2205 Views
Basically, when Aloha Airlines was closing and Altres helped sponsor a job fair for the employees, from that moment on, it completely shifted.
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Friday, January 09, 2009
Additional $125 M shortfall: Governor Lingle responds to reduced revenue forecast
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 1944 Views
The lower revenue projections reflect the challenges we will face as a state in the next couple of years, and underscore the need for all of us to work together. By law the State is required to enact a budget and financial plan that does not result in a deficit at the end of the fiscal year.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Newly discovered video: Bob Jacobson, other leftists greet Dennis Kucinich
By Andrew Walden @ 4:42 PM :: 4669 Views
Painfully hilarious: You gotta see this peek into the inner workings of the Hawaii County Council....
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
Hawai`i progressives dump Obama: “How soon can he be impeached?”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:02 PM :: 5332 Views
Writing at Disappearednews.com, Larry Geller of Kaua`i asks: “How soon can he be impeached?”
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Lingle Admin: Two proposals for Turtle Bay purchase
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 1990 Views
The State’s offers allowed for an exit strategy that would have eliminated or limited the need to use State tax dollars to acquire the land. This included possible options of the State selling, and/or working with other entities that would purchase the resort hotel, golf courses, related businesses and condominiums as part of the financing.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Hawai`i ceded lands anti-Semitism? Hawai`i ceded lands anti-Semitism?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:25 PM :: 5672 Views
“No anti-Semitism here” insist OHA's admittedly pro-Palestinian protesters January 3 lining Kanoelehua St.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Obama's Church: Millionaire neurosurgeon stops paying for elderly mom's nursing home
By Andrew Walden @ 12:55 PM :: 3969 Views
This case is being used as an argument in favor of socialized medicine. We're just going to put all these pieces together in one place and let readers explore all the interconnections...
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Three New Year's Resolutions with the Economy in Mind
By Willes Lee @ 12:11 AM :: 2200 Views
1. Economic Stabilization & Revitalization
2. Energy Independence
3. Education Focused on STEM
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Monday, January 05, 2009
Ceded lands: OHA’s attack on constitutional rights
By Andrew Walden @ 2:21 PM :: 6729 Views
All citizens should be alarmed that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is attempting to use political pressure to force the State of Hawai`i to abandon its “ceded lands” appeal to the US Supreme Court. OHA apparently expects to lose out in any Supreme Court decision. In spite of the fact that 32 other states support Hawai`i’s appeal, OHA does not respect the right to have the case heard before the Supreme Court.

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Monday, January 05, 2009
Obama loses Richardson: More pay to play
By Andrew Walden @ 1:44 PM :: 2364 Views
A federal grand jury is investigating how a California firm that contributed to the political activities of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nominee to head the Commerce Department, won a lucrative government contract.
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Monday, January 05, 2009
News to Puna: Raw Food=Rat Lungworm
By Andrew Walden @ 1:35 AM :: 7562 Views

Humans have been cooking food since before they were Homo sapiens....but ... There was a raw food festival in Novemeber 20-23, 2008 in Kalapana....and now ... an outbreak of Rat Lungworm disease....

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Saturday, January 03, 2009
Governor nominates five UH Regents
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 2218 Views
Governor Linda Lingle today announced she has selected five individuals to immediately replace University of Hawai‘i regents who have been serving as holdovers.
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Friday, January 02, 2009
Governor Lingle nominates prosecutor Rom Trader Judge First Circuit
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 4103 Views
Governor Linda Lingle today nominated Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rom Alex Trader to serve as a judge of the First Circuit Court (O‘ahu). Trader’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the Hawai‘i State Senate.
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Thursday, January 01, 2009
$1.8 B Capital improvement initiative
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 12:01 AM :: 3015 Views
The start of the New Year offers us a chance to think about what we would like to achieve in the coming months and how we can work together. A major focus for my Administration is our collaborative capital improvement initiative.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Marc Miranda appointed Governor's E. Hawaii liaison
By News Release @ 10:48 AM :: 3058 Views
Governor Linda Lingle has appointed Honoka‘a native Marc Miranda to serve as her liaison to the East Hawai‘i community. Miranda will start his new duties on Jan. 12.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Lingle: Six pardons in 2008
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2341 Views
Governor Linda Lingle announced today that she granted pardons to six individuals in 2008...
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Nine new laws for 2009
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 2154 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 :: 2795 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 :: 2660 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 :: 2969 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 :: 2548 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 :: 6859 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 :: 2958 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 :: 2304 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 :: 6382 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 :: 2408 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 :: 3144 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 :: 3286 Views
One Ton of Kona Coffee for our Troops, Cut bureaucracy, not schools, Telescopes continue Polynesian tradition, Listening to Obama?
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