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Friday, November 21, 2008
November 21, 2008 Edition
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Obama’s Chief: Tops Wall Street $
by Lindsay Renick Mayer www.OpenSecrets.com

A day after being elected president and acknowledging "the worst financial crisis in a century," Barack Obama asked one of the biggest recipients of Wall Street campaign contributions to be his chief of staff.

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Money wins Presidency, 94% of Congress

by Massie Ritsch

WASHINGTON - While voters in some states are still waiting to see who will represent them in Congress, and control of the Senate hangs in the balance, one thing is certain: Money was a clear winner in the 2006 elections.

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Charles Djou for Congress, 2010

Statement by Charles Djou, member Honolulu County Council

I intend to run for Congress. I am planning to run whether or not Congressman Neil Abercrombie runs for governor, re-election, or anything else. We need a level head who can reach across the partisan divide to represent Hawaii in D.C.

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Bailout? Power Grab!

by Heritage.org

Our government has also guaranteed the debt of Bear Stearns, American International Group, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And guess what? Economists now predict the eventual cost of the Fannie and Freddie bailout will exceed $200 billion. All told Washington is on the hook for over $5 trillion — so far.

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Change, but not in Hawai`i

by Malia Zimmerman 

After all pre-election talk from the local media and Democratic Party that Hawaii’s voter turn out this year would be an all time historic record, we found out we were sold a bill of goods by those special interests hyping the Barack Obama-Hawaii connection.

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Keiki Health Plan did not meet goals

by Linda Smith 

Seven months after the launch of Keiki Care, however, the results show the program is not meeting its intended goal. It turns out that an estimated 85 percent of the 2,000 children enrolled in Keiki Care already had insurance. They simply switched from a health plan that their parents paid for to a health plan supported by state taxpayer dollars.

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Tensions brew in Ka Loko case

by Malia Zimmerman 

KILAUEA, KAUAI: The criminal investigation into James Pflueger’s role in the March 14, 2006 breach of a Kauai dam he partially owns is heating up.

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Mayor, Governor Spar

by Malia Zimmerman

Behind the scenes, the tension is growing because Hannemann has announced he may leave the mayor’s office in two years to run for another office, either governor or congress. Republicans see him as a growing threat to hold on to the administrative branch in 2010 when Lt. James Duke Aiona will run for governor or Lingle may run for Congress. Several Republicans helped Hannemann’s mayoral opponent, Ann Kobayashi, but she was unable to unseat him.

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