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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
March 31, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:44 PM :: 7485 Views

April 15 No New Taxes Five Rallies on Four Islands: Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Maui, Kauai

Victims of DoE “embezzlement”: Substitute Teachers want their back pay

Election of BOE may go on Hawaii ballot

Private Sector Feels the Pinch as the Hawaii Legislature Moves $10 Billion State Budget Forward

Isles 22nd in Race to the Top  (DoE plays with numbers to make it look like they’re #22 instead of dead last)

Democrat Borreca: Latest poll offers little to reassure isle GOP

Democrat Burris: Layoffs can cost us more, long term

SB: New health law a boon to Hawaii small businesses

Honolulu still tops list of costliest U.S. cities

Kenoi proposes property tax increase to offset declining property values


Six month spent trying to get action--ongoing sex abuse of minor (Your government at work)

Increased Travel From Canada and Asia Cities Boosts Hawaii's Visitors Arrivals

Capitol Round Up: Bad Bills Still Alive as Hawaii Legislature Heads for 2nd Crossover

Hemmings: Undersea Cable a Multibillion Boondoggle

ADV: A creative way to pay for that solar heater

Mixon won't be reprimanded (or fired)

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
March, 2010 Letters to the Editor
By Letters to the Editor @ 12:01 AM :: 6625 Views

Victims of DoE “embezzlement”: Substitute Teachers want their back pay

Is this our America?

Another week, another ban

Take the Money from the Rail Fund, Enough Already, People are Suffering


Election 2010: Time for an overhaul

Furlough Fridays save children from killer dogs

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
March 30, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:19 PM :: 5892 Views

Fireworks, dirt, and stolen trucks: Colleen Hanabusa and the Honolulu Raceway Deal

House committee considers bills that allow governor to appoint BOE

Slom and Zimmerman may bid for the Bulletin

Socialism: 50% of Big Isle kids had prenatal substance exposure

Hawaii Senate panel's draft budget taps various funds

No TAT? City may eliminate cultural programs (Washington Monument gambit)

228 to lose jobs, 31 offices will be shut as Hawaii DHS modernizes system

Funding HOPE makes sense for budget, crime

Few nursing homes fined for infractions

Got Sweet Tooth? There’s a Tax for That

Kalapa: Alternatives to Proposed Hawaii Tax Increase Need Serious Consideration at the Legislature

HTH: County, state tax hikes a terrible idea in hard times

Bill recognizes cultural value of cockfighting

Delaware, Tennessee to get $600 million in 'Race to the Top' grants—Hawaii gets zero

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Monday, March 29, 2010
March 29, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:43 PM :: 9753 Views

Hawaii barrel tax may rise nearly 3,000%

Socialist Hawaii 49th in charitable giving

SB: Car-seizure bill an empty gesture

Affordable housing project in revival: State assembles EIS notice in attempt to develop Leiali‘i (After 16-year war with OHA)

200 rally against proposed homeless lunatic project

Maui mayor proposes cutting helicopter air ambulance service  (Washington Monument Gambit to make case for tax increase)

Naeole-Beason calls to delay new energy standards: Postponement could cost county federal 'green' money

Bird Kill hypocrisy: Environmental groups sue KIUC

Eco-scammers blame fake coral extinction on fake global warming

Legislature hones in on the big issues: State resolution touts cockfighting as cultural activity

Kauai County manager proposal dormant, but not dead

Shipment of Honolulu's trash delayed until end of April

Catholic policy toward gays misguided

SB: Hawaii a natural place for Obama library site

Shapiro: Local TV news lacks serious reporting

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Sunday, March 28, 2010
March 28, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:48 PM :: 6141 Views

Full Text: Rasmussen polls Hawaii Governor’s race

Drunks, tax cheats, and other wannabees: Scary Democrat Lieutenant governor candidates air ideas

SB: Restore Akaka Bill's original language

Hawaii's shortage of doctors may double or triple over next decade  (Obamacare preview)

Stakes high as testing begins

ADV: Audit raises legitimate management issues

The state's probation program cuts new crime and drug use by offenders, a study finds

Reform groups want changes in campaign spending laws

6,000 compete for 175 jobs

State 5 cent plastic bag fee advances in Senate

SPJ: Vexatious Requestor Legislation Does Not Facilitate a Transparent Government and Sets a Bad Precedent in Hawaii

Property taxes to increase: Finance committee to mull over Kenoi's budget proposal

Ca-Ching! Big Isle turbines to tower 156 feet

Big Island, small population growth

N. Korea faces likelihood of widespread upheaval

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Saturday, March 27, 2010
March 27, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:54 PM :: 7655 Views

Aiona’s Akaka Bill statement spins out of control

Rasmussen survey shows Aiona losing to Democrats

Health care hovers over race: Three U.S. House candidates debate reforms at a forum

Lingle Calls HSTA Vote ‘An Insult’ (HSTA to vote on fake deal Wednesday—even Leg has not signed off)

Lingle demands apology of Mizuno

Governor lashes out at lawmakers: claims they 'lost focus'

One frog in Manoa and Hawaii lawmakers vote to support eradication

House, Senate Committees Propose $1 to $5 Barrel Tax Hike on Petroleum

Hawaii close to raising car rental fees

Hawaii legislators considering 'safe zones' for homeless

Mauna Kea plan wins approval: Astronomy backers turn out in force

Grove Farm prepares to launch Wailani subdivision as 'green' neighborhood

Amid budget crunch, Hawaii County spends $400K for new furniture

Central Pacific CFO Hirata resigns (5 days ‘til possible FDIC takeover)

Medical marijuana in Kau: Pot guardian gets 20 years for slaying

Proposal for special cemetery section draws opposition

SB demands censorship: Hawaii-based general out of line on gay issue

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Friday, March 26, 2010
March 26, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:34 AM :: 7959 Views

To prevent vote on DoE reform, Legislature refuses to fund furlough settlement

Political rivals split on rail: Djou says he wouldn't ask for federal funding; Case, Hanabusa would

NRO: Hanabusa Claims She Can Create Jobs? Alo-Ha-Ha-Ha!

Honolulu rail planners knew of airport issues in 2006, state says (Mufi’s crew caught lying)

State retirees' health benefits can be different, high court rules

UHERO sees progress in some areas, but little help for high unemployment

Sale of revenue bonds to improve Hawaii airports

Keep teens from drugs (22% are smoking dope)

Welfare fraud busts persist despite cutbacks

ADV: An agency failure of historic proportions

Army commander in Hawaii rebuked by Pentagon, Gates: Commander of U.S. Army Pacific called repeal 'ill-advised'

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
March 25, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 6773 Views

Lingle to Senators: “Please reject current version of Akaka Bill” (Full Text)

Hawaii gets momentary reprieve as Obama’s ultra-leftist judicial nominee is stalled

Aiona: State needs to boost efficiency, encourage business

Hanabusa Ad Misleadingly Claims She “Cut Legislative Salaries”

Educators (sic) knew plan had no chance of OK, Lingle says

Furloughs: SB tries to re-negotiate HSTA/BoE hostage demands

Led by Roz Baker, molester’s former employer, Senators kill measure on free flying of flag

Gov wants emergency $40M to pay for Medicare, Say demands GE Tax hike

Honolulu rail project will have to pick up tab for airport route fix

Mayor says he'd review state finances (to create excuse for) tax hike (while giving himself campaign deniability)

Hoping for Matson Monopoly backing, Abercrombie starts defending Jones Act

The state agency that preserves cultural and historic sites gets U.S. orders to improve — or lose half its budget

Star-Bulletin staff may be cut by 150: Advertiser likely to lose even more

Pay-to-Play legalized in Campaign finance bill

Children of Hawaii are not 'pork' (Inouye and for profit earmarks)

Court will name new Kamehameha trustee

DoE still failing: Reading scores improve for Hawaii 8th graders, slip for 4th graders

Honolulu ponders fly-over ramp, other fixes for H1's Lunalilo jam

State's population growth has slowed (9 people leave for mainland every day)

Last pieces of Maui Pine sold at auction

Hilo Vets home nearly full after shaky start

Hawaii-based general admonished for advocating gay ban

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
March 24, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:13 PM :: 11541 Views

Molester’s former employer Sen. Roz Baker Blocking Flag Pole Bill: Veterans to return medals

Goodwin Liu: Obama’s Most Radical Judicial Nominee

Lingle considers joining lawsuits against federal health care law

Special election offers 3 distinct candidates

Aiona: State needs to boost efficiency, encourage business  (Efficient Government candidate #1)

Finnegan: Republicans offering common-sense ideas (Efficient Government candidate #2)

Central Pacific Bank shares continue to fall: FDIC could seize bank March 31

Survey: Hawaii ‘09 tax collections fell 8.4%

HGEA, poverty industry urge tax increase

Plan to end Hawaii teacher furlough days tied to constitutional amendment

State audit to delay rail project by 3 months

Hawaii Senate Considering Conveyance Tax Hike to Fund Homeless Housing

Fallen Heroes Honored At State Capitol: 28 Families Receive Medal Of Honor

Army, Native Hawaiian community to sign symbolic accord

Hawaii pitching Google for super-fast internet

Cigarette? Not in front of the kids

31% of Honolulu residents embroiled in “organic” cult

Baby boom drives population as exodus continues

County, UPW reach automated-trash deal (union jobs now depend on recycling)

Nurses union endorses Hooser

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
March 23, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:56 PM :: 8627 Views

Will Hanabusa allow DHHL to revert back to the bad old days?

States vs Obamacare: Florida, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and others to file suit

Buy insurance or lose 2.5% of income: “Wheelchair Tax”, Union “Cadillac Plans”, 44% rental tax, part of $409.2B in new taxes

To rule over Hawaii: Obama nominates Gay Marriage activist to 9th Circuit Court

Kim’s budget shell game proposes no GET hike, pay at pump with oil tax instead

The Tax Man: Attacking problem with tax increase reflects arrogance

GET hike would hurt the poor, stall recovery

SB: Hawaii health law must be secured (Hirono caught in a lie)

ADV: City-FAA beef not reassuring

Hawaii lawmakers urge consolidating furlough days

Hawaii Health Department: 'Vexatious Requesters' Should Be Banned from Asking for Obama Birth Certificate

Survey finds 75 Visitors, some of whom are asking: 'Why no gambling?'

Welfare Cheats: Four sentenced in Hilo after years of freeloading

HGEA, UPW operatives now blaming cutbacks for deaths, dope, koa poaching

31 Pacific Century Fellows inducted into old boy system

HMC amps up cardiac care

Honolulu bill would seize cars to curb prostitution

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Monday, March 22, 2010
March 22, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 3:14 PM :: 3990 Views

Socialist health care passes 219-212: Honolulu voters will be first to pass judgment

Lingle: Obamacare passage will cost State $300M, endanger QUEST

Djou: “Trillion dollar bill will do little to improve health care”

ATOMIC MONKEY: Abercrombie MIA on Obama’s Health Care Showdown , Abercrombie seeks unlikely redemption from Christian Right

State reviving plan for Lahaina homes: (War with OHA over affordable housing)

Health care reform: Hirono, lying through her teeth, sees immediate benefits for seniors

Midweek’s Bob Jones appoints himself arbiter of truth

Reforms Could Mean Fewer Earmarks For Hawaii

Obama’s Double-whammy for homeowners: Borrowers who ask for help see their credit scores dive

SB: Rules needed for passengers in truck beds

More mayoral power not in the public’s interest

Stripping anonymity from the 'Net

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Sunday, March 21, 2010
March 21, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 3:56 PM :: 10009 Views

Bought and paid for, will Hirono cast the deciding vote for Obamacare?

GOP’s Ramsay Wharton to challenge Hirono for Outer Islands Congressional Seat

As Congress votes, Honolulu Advertiser floods zone with Obamacare propaganda

Obamacare payoff to Hirono: Health offices to receive $3.4M grant

Tax revenue for rail falling short this year: Financing not meeting even lowered forecast

SB: Gubernatorial candidates must speak up on budget cuts

Broadcaster Robertson speaks highly of Aiona on '700 Club'

Video: Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona talks about bid for governor

Abercrombie pretends fixing schools would be priority as governor

Developer Grove Farm cashes in on family connections: ‘Smart growth community’ to offer sustainable living

Home fix-ups may earn tax credit: Legislators consider lame 4% incentive while ignoring Hotel tax credit

HPD disciplined 26 officers in '09: 'Malicious' force, falsifying of records among violations

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Saturday, March 20, 2010
March 20, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:31 PM :: 9224 Views

Honolulu officials knew year ago that rail route too close to airport

Tavares positions political allies for election race (Sovereignty thug, sex harassment, eco-scammers)

Hawaii Gov. Lingle says 'it's possible' she will run for elected office in future

Lingle slams bill restricting governor's powers

Medicaid benefits are unsustainable and could “explode” under national health care plan

Governor, top budget aide defend Hawaii investments following audit

Fitch downgrades CPB rating:  FDIC could seize bank March 31

Honolulu real estate market 14% overvalued, study says

Big Isle may set school fees: Creating 'impact district' would formalize builders' funding of new facilities

Next Year’s DoE Calendar continues Furlough Fridays

Star-Bulletin staff gets layoff notices: Sale of paper or merger with The Advertiser set for May 19, letter says

Honolulu loses 7,900 private-sector jobs

Proposal promotes safe areas in state parks for the homeless

Engineers: Shoddy Construction at UH Manoa began 89 years ago

Hawaii Residents: Taxed to Death and After

Proposed $5/barrel 'Oil Tax' Hike Bill

General Excise Tax Increase Will Stall Any Hope of Economic Recovery

Council hearing may be packed: Deep cuts likely to draw angry crowd

Ohana will get us through the coming 'year of sacrifice,' mayor tells Kauai

Enviros attack Kauai Shrimp Farm

Instant Results: Judge Ezra rules 'disparity' in Baldwin school's athletic fields violates law

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Friday, March 19, 2010
March 19, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:19 PM :: 7509 Views

Cook Political Report: Hawaii Congressional Race changed from “lean Dem” to “toss up”

Cadillac Tax is back: Obamacare to tax union workers’ health plans, gut $350M from Hawaii State budget

Overtaxed Hawaii: Protest against GE Tax hike March 23

ADV: Governor's proposal for 5.5% pay cuts draws fire from senator and union

Hawaii auditor says budget aides may have violated law with investment

Laupahoehoe Charter school block could trip Race to the Top

Louisiana Medicaid fix may also help Hawaii (not quite…)

ADV: Homeless: New laws fine but more pressure needed

3 show interest in Star-Bulletin, so far: Publisher surprised by response, says he doesn't know investors' identities

Gene Ward: Massachusetts was a straw in the wind (Hawaii tax hikes could produce Djou victory)

Earthjustice: Solar Energy Foes Try to 'Block' Sun

Crash sparks calls to ban truck-bed riders

Businesses Hit Hard by Costly Jones Act Regulations

The Senate's proud porkers

New details emerge in firing of former commander of Pearl Harbor-based sub

St. Damien Film to Screen at Honolulu Film Festival in April

Hawaii wants Obama presidential library

Budgetary impasse: Hawaii Co. Council committee finds no way to slice budget

Maui County and DOE sued over ballfields

Former MPD officer arrested on theft and drug charges

Prospective buyers tour county's Hamakua land

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
March 18, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:34 PM :: 7216 Views

CBN News: Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona's Bold Faith for Hawaii (Video)

Maui TEA Party protest against Obamacare Thursday

VIDEO: Obama says “Louisiana Purchase” will help with “Earthquake in Hawaii”

Hawaii DoE: Cost of waste, fraud, and corruption between $191M and $431M per year

Birtherism: Hawaii Legislature set to "fuel the fire"

SB: Don't raise the GET

Proposed Barrel Tax Increase Will Hike Hawaii Gas Prices and Electricity Rates

Call to serve the public (HGEA cuts blamed for plague of frogs)

DHS chief blasts legislative budget cuts: Director says state could lose federal money if services are reduced ($73M wasted to save a few HGEA jobs) 

Obamacare: Hawaii Tribune-Herald scammed by “Cancer-stricken” Obamabot

Isles warned over medical marijuana (former cocaine dealer calls warning “repugnant”)

Honolulu councilman Rod Tam votes to censure himself

Honolulu will ban tents, carts in parks

ADV: A leaner bank is better than no bank

Sen. Inouye's earmarks have helped Hawaii

Hawaii revving up to era of electric cars: But hurdles remain in goal to put thousands of plug-ins on Isle roads

DNCC: Despite His Claims in TV Ad, Charles Djou’s Been Serving Corporate Special Interests – Not Honolulu Families

Smoking bill moves ahead (Another day, another ban)

State House moves bill to analyze light rail for Maui

The Biggest Dump in the World: Enviros launching their latest scam—war on plastic

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
March 17, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:28 PM :: 9788 Views

VIDEO: Djou files for election, releases first commercial

Senate Committees vote to hike GE Tax 22% to 25%

Military voting law could affect Hawaii primary date

Taxed Enough Already: No new taxes rally in Kona April 15

VIDEO: Hawaii Senate Committee considering retroactive 55% Death Tax

WSJ: Tide Turns for GOP Candidate in Hawaii--Bickering Between Democrats in a Special Congressional Race Might Give First Republican in Decades a Chance at Victory

ADV Polls GE Tax Hike

The So-called "Oil Tax" Bill is up for a Vote in Hawaii Legislature

ADV: Saving jobs but not making them

Matson Campaigns for Hanabusa

Neil’s First TV Ad is an Ode to the “Old Boy Network””

Albatross: Hanabusa wins HSTA endorsement

Democrat Borreca pretends to argue State school system ripe for major change

Honolulu rail route too close to runways, may have to shift: City, state, federal officials will discuss options today

SB: Ban tobacco from the mail (But but but the Akaka Tribe might want to sell it)

Sac Bee: Hawaiians, mountain in 'Avatar'-like struggle  (Na’vi are now scamming $50M/year for OHA?)

State hearing to consider Maui wind power plant

Will legislature allow “Brewpubs” more than 10,000 Barrels of Production a Year?

Musicians union slams the symphony's 'brass'

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
March 16, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:27 AM :: 6266 Views

Thielen: Reelection campaign to focus on clean energy, education, and taxes

Taxed Enough Already: No new taxes rally in Kona April 15

VIDEO: Hawaii Senate Committee considering retroactive 55% Death Tax

Congress candidates spar over economic stimulus: Case, Djou, Hanabusa offer differing opinions on stimulus, health care

Democrats assign attack dog to tail Djou

95.5 The Fish - The Fishing Poll: If You Had To Pick Now, Who Would You Pick For Governor

Honolulu councilman Tam kept spending amid probe: Councilman faces censure vote at meeting tomorrow

Only one company bid to manage Hawaii rail project

State pursues taxes on Net tobacco sales  (While marijuana is being legalized, tobacco can now be a felony)

Rainy Day Fund should be used for its original purposes (non-profits push back against HSTA)

For Sale: One slightly used newspaper, location Honolulu

Maui Mayor proposes fee increases

Honolulu third on ‘green city’ index

Hawaii moves to beef up restaurant inspections: 82% of Isle eateries inspected last year had major violations  (latest excuse for tax increases)

Proposed bottom fish rules released: Fisherman says effort will hurt him, pose issues with enforcement

Kauai: Unemployment numbers rising

Quality Journalism Demands Tough Questions - Even at Our Local University

What's in a name? Guam considers a return to its indigenous identity

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Monday, March 15, 2010
March 15, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:43 PM :: 9143 Views

Vermont Schools to Celebrate Islamic Feast Sept 10

Debate on tap for Congress hopefuls (Tonight—tickets available)

Djou hits Tam plan to cancel allowance: The City Council will hear a resolution this week to censure Tam

Mufi inflates rail employment numbers—project will peak at 2,000 temporary jobs

Hawaii to help fund new workers' health care: State will cover half of new employees' medical premiums

At UH, the message may not be sinking in

Plan advocating sterilization continues to spark criticism, debate, support

Children born of addiction: A program for addicted women could soon lose funding to feed the HGEA

SB: Inouye should heed wind shift on earmarks

Union retirees support raising excise tax

ADV: HPD made right decision on DUI site

Woman alleges sexual extortion, theft in suit against Maui PD, 2 ex-officers

New climate report details extreme risk to Isle birds (yep, some people still believe in global warming)


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Sunday, March 14, 2010
March 14, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 PM :: 8310 Views

Lingle: Legislature has done “marijuana stores, gambling, and foie gras” -- needs to focus on jobs

SB: Housing project on River Street worth pursuing (Homelessness Industry again takes aim at Chinatown)

Aiona sees ‘need’ to run for governor

ADV: What if all of those visitors don't show?  (Hawaii’s future= Detroit)

Despite progress on repairs, DoE projects still await funding

Bulletin puts itself up for sale: Ads will begin running tomorrow and potential buyers will be notified

Challenges for venture capital: Isle summit focuses on attracting investors (for first time ever)

Asking investors to leave, please

Fighting Hawaii condo boards is costly, risky: Harassment of Lanikai resident got nasty and very expensive

Land fund moves closer to ballot: At least 1% of real property taxes would buy land for access and preservation

Dazzling display of deferral: State House OKs local control of fireworks

Get to know KIUC board candidates

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
March 13, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:03 PM :: 11012 Views

Am Spectator: Djou Hopes for Hawaiian Surprise

Obamacare vote count: 189 of 216 needed for House passage

Ed Case in Congress: Influence less than zero

Native Hawaiian government Akaka Tribe may become reality by August

Furlough Deal tied to abolition of BoE?

Lingle blasts Legislature for 'shibai' budget tactics

UPW membership OKs new contract

Hawaii tax revenues fall 3.5%

Obama chooses 1st young Gramscian appeals court nominee

Honolulu City Council may balk at mayor's property tax plan (You may THINK you are an owner-occupant, but . . . .)

Council considers censure for Tam

Kaua‘i school funds to be used for O‘ahu special election (thanks, Neil)

Audit: HSTA Member benefits Corp “grossly mismanaged”

Hannemann support upsets Yoshito Takamine, ex-ILWU chief  (elder Takamine goes against Inouye, backs Abercrombie)

Maui Pine inventory auction March 23 (thanks, OHA)

Home plan finally OK'd on 16th try

Public campaign financing has few takers

BusinessWeek Ranks UH Manoa Shidler College of Business Among the Nation’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs

LG candidate touts plans for state

Feds raided homes as well as THC Ministry

Judge rules no probable cause in drug arrest, case to be dismissed

Oahu electric bills go up about $8.34

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Friday, March 12, 2010
March 12, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:33 AM :: 7637 Views

Hawaii congressional candidate Djou warns against ‘the nutcase in Pyongyang’

Council on Revenues’ projection: Legislature needs to come up with another $50M

Hawaii car dealer McKenna interested in buying Star-Bulletin

ADV: School budget gap forces a reality check

DoE: “Who’s in charge here?”

Senate: Inouye fights for the for-profit Earmark

UH no longer at risk of losing accreditation

Tesoro may halt refining in Isles

Pot advocate's home, ministry office raided

First phase of affordable rental project dedicated: Wai'anae building cited as model of how to solve state's homeless crisis

Churches urge Hannemann to revive homeless project  (Tam bust gives 2nd chance to project)

Tam to repay $13,700 in meal expenses at just $380 per month and without any interest

SB: Police should explain why 'drunk drivers' site removed

Former American Samoa group official pleads guilty to theft of grant funds

Feds cite Guam company over working conditions

Hawaiian Utility Fights Solar Industry Over Private Installations

Honolulu Advertiser employees get formal notice of upcoming termination and rehiring

Sunshine law: Progressives call for all Legislative votes to be recorded (still pushing for HB444)

Majority of State Senators Send Pro-Rail Letter to Gov. Lingle

Uncertainty at Kuilima Over Turtle Bay's Future

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
March 11, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:03 PM :: 6719 Views

Lingle: Rail survey by vested interests “misleading”

Lingle seeks jobless relief: The governor calls for legislative action after the unemployment rate increases to 6.9 percent

Attention Legislature: Feds raid Hilo cannabis ministry

Obamacare preview: Low reimbursements force Alii Health Center cuts

Shapiro: Attacking unions a risky play for GOP

ADV: Council censure needed in Tam theft case

Hawaii Resident Makes Forbes Richest List

Saving a child via drug court is worth the cost

More Hawaii speeding cases likely to be thrown out on appeal: State Supreme Court's ruling likely to reverse as many as 15 cases

Big Isle adult video store to remain open until trial

Blenders refute coffee study: Opponents say changing labeling rules would harm business

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
March 10, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 3:58 PM :: 7538 Views

Overtaxed Hawaii? Rally at Capitol April 15

"We don't allow dogs to breed" Eugenics Sterilization Squad arrives in Hawaii: Star-Bulletin says “not racist” 

ADV: Marijuana shops? Wowie, what a bad idea

$70M budget cuts: Class size may go up while bus service may be reduced

Bad economy reduces isle union membership

How to slant poll results: 67% back results of Isle rail study

Borreca: Mayor's 'I demur' dance holds options

Burris: Campaigns will always rely on big spenders

Hawaii Lawmakers Propose Banning Everything from Leafblowers, Car Alarms, Loud Motorcycles, Pocket Knives and Plastic Bags to Eating, Drinking and Listening to Music in the Car While Driving

Web page of DUI suspects halted: HPD cuts short a six-month pilot, saying it must be reviewed

Lingle picks acting director of DCCA

Allegiant buys six 757 jets, announces plans to enter Hawaii market

Council member corrects property tax record: Baisa won't owe taxes on Makawao property -- finance officials

Maui Land & Pineapple reports $123.3 million loss

Life and times of Hilo's landfill

SNEAKY SNOBS: Hawaii fireworks bill would give counties option to impose ban--Home-rule option inserted in bill creating task force

Hawaii County: Another tobacco ban

Actress Jean Smart To Play Hawaii Governor in Hawaii 5-0 revival

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
March 9, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:19 PM :: 6367 Views

Sessions: Obama 9th Circuit Nominee “believes the Constitution is something judges can manipulate”

House OKs $10 billion budget: Plan makes cuts to public education, despite $50M for teacher furloughs  (Tax hikes Feed HGEA, UPW, HSTA)

SB: Bills would cut $112M in tax breaks  (tax your health insurance to feed the HGEA)

ADV prints HGEA Propaganda: Save money by spending more on us

SB: Tam's behavior merits a look (AG should investigate)

Shapiro: Our elections need a makeover

Abercrombie wins endorsement of Hawaii electrical workers

SB: Bag the idea of a ban or nickel fee

Shapiro: UH takes budget hit

Kuhio Park Terrace: A slum whose better days may lie ahead

A parent's worst nightmare: Big Island teen runaway falls into drug scene, becomes victim of alleged violence

Anti-American-War Protesters denied access to meeting protest outside PTA

Mufi’s mysterious Manoa sign vanishes (City funded campaigning)

Hate crime possible in $8.5M house fire

Fish Mysteriously Appear In Capitol Ponds 

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Monday, March 8, 2010
March 8, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 3:20 PM :: 9538 Views

Answer to bag bans, tax hikes: Big Island group launches Charter amendment petition

“Poi Pounder” smashes competition: Waialua HS wins big in San Diego Robotics meet

House hopefuls to debate issues

SB: Hawaii's failure in 'Race to Top' self-inflicted

DoE Propaganda--Hawaii officials tout online school testing: Quicker feedback allows teachers to adjust lessons; new version also cheaper

Unions rally employees: Six labor groups want deal in place before sale of Advertiser happens

Take back Honolulu: City must reclaim its parks, public spaces from the homeless

Hawaii Unemployment Insurance Tax Relief Bill Proposed by Legislature Falls Short of What Businesses Need

$16.2M in Hawaii film, TV tax credits created 4,000-plus jobs (we only know because of FOIA)

Ribbons outline ahupua'a boundaries

Amount of Pacific debris understated, study finds

Environmental groups threaten legal action against St. Regis

Small biofuel farm bears fruit

Supreme Court will hear case about vaccine side effects

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Sunday, March 7, 2010
March 7, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:16 PM :: 8711 Views

In Congress, Hawaii now represented by Lorraine C. Miller

Contractor-linked donations soar in Hawaii gubernatorial campaign: Watchdog groups say loopholes in pay-to-play law exploited

Past violators of Isle campaign spending laws continue giving

Kalapa: Again, let's repeat it, there is no money

ADV: Rod Tam should be prosecuted for theft

Hawaii may depend on bonds to help finance home solar systems

Old OR&L route defended for rail transit

Kula Hospital beds will free MMMC space (until it fills up again)

Maui Co: After 9 years, only two Molokai TVRs are legal

Bill to ease access to marijuana for registered “patients” advances

SB: Focus on state budget—but first legalize our dope

Kauai: Prescription drug use an ‘epidemic’, ice in ecstasy pills, legal K2 ‘fake weed’ arrives via organic, holistic, new age vendors

Kauai CRC examines contracts: Amendment would loosen ethics code

On-demand cars a ‘green alternative’ for visitors

Kona anti-development attitudes shift

Fluoride sensitivity is prevalent in several plant species

Coquis mutate: Size of tennis balls?  Volkswagens?

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Saturday, March 6, 2010
March 6, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:02 PM :: 7487 Views

Ousted Zoning Chair Rod Tam is secret partner in $1 Billion North Shore development hui

Lawmakers want to delay vote to replace Abercrombie (Fund unions before democracy)

GOP Chairman Ka'auwai Responds to Legislative Hearing on Special Election for CD-1

New newspaper to be called Honolulu Star-Advertiser

ADV Excuses: Honolulu councilman Tam denies faking meal expense claims

SB with More Excuses: Tam denies misuse of city funds

PBN: Make Hawai`i government efficient, don't raise taxes

SB: City budget is frugal, but tax hike may hit renters

Convicted: Karen Ertell's Murderer Faces Life In Prison Without Parole

ADV: A new form of reefer madness?

2 State Procurement Web sites hacked

Carlsmith Ball sued $25M for conflict of interest

Maui County to enter settlement talks with Molokai Ranch

Maui Lani developer wins costs tied to trial

Officials discuss bag ban slated in January: Maui County businesses remain wary of costs

Wind farm developer gets loan guarantee

Rep. Massa's Early Exit From House May Ease Passage of Health Care Bill  (NY Democrat Rep. sacrificed because of Abercrombie?)

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Friday, March 5, 2010
March 5, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:06 AM :: 7436 Views

Djou: Tam should resign and be prosecuted

Mess Cleaned Up: After 10 years Hawaii public housing passes HUD inspection

HSTA WINS ROUND ONE! Hawaii denied “Race to the Top” funds, reform, accountability blocked

Will Hawaii take TWO House votes away from Senate Obamacare?

Rep Gene Ward: 15 job killers advancing in House

Panel cuts gov's budget by $41M: “We’re half a billion short”

ADV: The cure may be worse than disease (Hawaii Environmental law revisions)

Residents appeal Lepeuli fence approval

SB: HMSA, Kaiser woes reinforce case for PAWLENTY’S health care reform (Not Obama’s)

Lingle aide, BOE chair meet, share data

Ending education furloughs prioritized

Joan Husted: Former HSTA boss backs Charter schools, calls for education czar

UH works to assure more students graduate

Global Cooling: Parts Of State Drop To Worst Drought Classification

Snobs on Hawaii County Council seeking fireworks veto


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Thursday, March 4, 2010
March 4, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:44 PM :: 15017 Views

Obama voters a no-show at Hawaii Democratic caucuses

Candidates weigh in on health care plan (Djou against Obamacare, others favor ramming it thru Senate)

Shapiro: Auditor Higa “knows where her bread is buttered”

Shapiro: The plain truth on the schools

Impact of hurricane relief fund raid questioned

Internet sales tax pushed for Hawaii

16 Tax Hikes and Special Fund Raids on the Move at the Hawaii State Capitol

Hawaii lawmakers OK jobless tax break

SB: Core issue remains in complaints against Kamehameha Schools

UH-Manoa scores low in survey of students


Green pushing tougher drunken driving laws: Senator calls for forfeiture of cars used in DUIs

Kalaupapa resident facing meth charges: Patient allegedly shipped drug using state vehicles, workers

Financial adviser to pay $780K to SEC: Teruya, Senior Resources accused of defrauding Hawaii senior citizens

Jet tax fails to take flight

Pearl Harbor Shipyard Hiring 175: Shipyard To Hold Apprentice Job Fair

Senate passes bill to protect endangered species: Killing seals could become felony

NYT Desperation: Global warming cultists now claim opponents are Creationists

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
March 3, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 AM :: 12681 Views

Hawaii's all-mail congressional election set for May 22

Honolulu Hale: The only industry that keeps on growing (36% since 2005)

SB: Tax breaks review could be revealing (tax charities to feed HGEA)

Pot tax and furlough ax survive, cross over from Senate to House: More than a dozen fee hikes pass, but bills to raise the general excise tax fail to advance

School Furlough bills move forward

Gov blasts audit as 'defamatory'

On May 22 Charles Djou Could Take Hawaii For Republicans!

Kalaupapa's no refuge from scourge of meth, police say: Hansen's disease patient's arrest 'really not shocking'  (State Health Dept employees deal meth to topside Molokai)

MSNBC: Former Big Island Teacher In Prison For Meth Distribution

Privacy in Kamehameha suit denied

Students rebel over uniform proposal

Global warming fraudsters’ goal: $7/gallon gasoline

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
March 2, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:09 AM :: 8930 Views

Ed Case in Congress voted 72 times for higher taxes, fees

Abercrombie farewell gift: “redistribute an entire state's wealth” --WSJ

Court Upholds Ruling In Lawsuit Challenging Kamehameha Admission Policy -- Ruling Means The Students Cannot Remain Anonymous

Abercrombie files papers, pretends to call for furlough action 

ADV: Should quitting be an issue?  (Abercrombie is arrogant, but you shouldn’t talk abut it)

SB: Mail-in vote could boost turnout

ADV: Crucial fix is only days away

HMSA seeks 7.8% hike in small-business rate

Isle bankruptcies surged 29% in Feb: More filers are homeowners whose equity has plunged

Labor Department says 1,600 in Hawaii in danger of losing jobless benefits

State gets $125.7M of $26.6B allotted for roads

Congress Tries to Break Hawaii in Two

Kapiolani Park closure hours extended

Zoo Atmosphere Pervades Legislature

Snobs keep six fireworks ban bills alive in legislature

Open Carry Legislation gets no hearing in Leg

UH Federalist Society: National Security under the Obama Administration

Hawaii air tour companies estimate losses at $200,000 from Obama visit

Framing up, one month remains for Developer to finish affordable units

Cliftos Ooma land use case to be heard Wednesday

Shiira gets probation for crime that may soon become felony

Legislature passes first bill—to cover its own expenses, natch!

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Monday, March 1, 2010
March 1, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:29 PM :: 7324 Views

Pohakuloa: Double defeat for anti-DU scammers 

Long nightmare ends as Abercrombie resigns post: Tsunami wipes out grand opening of campaign HQ

Maui News Polls Akaka Bill 

Hemmings: Undersea cable a multibillion boondoggle

Wind turbine at Punchbowl: Checking Hawaii's stimulus deals

Plan to move up kindergarten eligibility date would leave many kids waiting a year to start school

AMA study of 42 states, D.C., finds HMSA, Kaiser handle 98% of Isle coverage

Inmate, parolee tracker useful to victims

Chile quake death toll hits 708 as rescue ramps up

VIDEO: Tsunami beaches boats in Calif.

Coming next: Hawaii tsunami tourism (HuffPo snob takes swipe at emergency preparedness)

Kapolei: City to swap land and money for power

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