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Friday, January 22, 2010
January 22, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 AM :: 9678 Views

Hawaii Family Forum calls for action: Senate to hear HB444 Gay Civil Unions Friday

Hooser ‘cautiously optimistic’ Senate has the votes to pass HB444

Campaign law change could color race for Congress

State Sen. Espero considering run for Abercrombie's Congressional seat

SB: Independents gaining clout

Hold that Train (tax raid vs Mufi)

Law enforcement backs stiffer penalties for violence

Honolulu home to nation’s second-worst traffic jam

Health care is threatened by Arbitrator’s ruling on UPW furloughs

UH System asks Lawmakers for Help

UHPA members begin contract ratification vote

Total Ka Loko civil settlement amount is set at $25.4 million

Couch fined for exceeding out of state donation limits

New-car sales plunge in Hawaii

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
January 21, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:50 PM :: 9245 Views

Boylan: Patient Aiona Ready To Lead

Djou Hopeful In Wake Of GOP Win In Mass.

GOP Senate victory boosts hope for Djou's campaign

`This is my truck'

Isles' senators stay committed to Akaka Bill

Much work ahead, Isle lawmakers say (Guard your wallet!)

Shirokiya to lay off 50 due to threat of Unemp Comp Tax hike

SB: DOE stays in the race

ADV: Schools chief should have some autonomy (against Constitutional Amendment, no surprise here)

HSTA names interim executive director

Tax dollars could help patch up private roads

Marijuana bills to be introduced

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
January 20, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:21 PM :: 9240 Views

Senate will deal with civil union bill immediately; a vote is likely Friday

Clock's ticking on Akaka bill in overloaded Congress

Independent voters are election wild card

Poll shows Carlisle with 67% to 18% lead in so-far fictional mayoral race

Money's the matter as Isle lawmakers begin 60-day session (Danger! Legislature in Session)

TAT status up for council discussion  (Kokubun: “Raise Taxes”)

Bottle fee could cut furloughs  (Danger! Legislature in Session)

Hawai‘i Chamber pushing for unemployment tax break

6th district lawmakers face tough ’10 session (J Kalani “Powdernose” English has a plan to ‘blow” your money)

Let governor appoint Hawaii schools superintendent, Lingle proposes

ADV: Race to the Top needs all hands on deck

Companies oppose school bus cuts

Crime bill would put 'halo' around schools

The Healthcare Association is asking again for the state money

Kaiser employees picket over loss of pharmacy work

Chevron to shrink refining business

2% Land fund may return to ballot

Kauai County share of Pflueger settlement to be released

Hawaii Air National Guard, Air Force crews part of Haiti relief

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
January 19, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:07 PM :: 11962 Views

Rally at Capitol: 15,000 against Gay Civil Unions

Feds: "City will need a stronger financial plan" before moving forward with Rail Transit

Case holds lead over Hanabusa and Djou (Case 52%-Djou 21%), (Hanabusa 43%-Djou 36%)

State's labor, fiscal woes cut Lingle's popularity

Honolulu rail forum draws opponents, supporters of planned commuter line

ADV: City rail committee didn't keep minutes: But state office says it was exempt from law requiring them

Hawaii governor says state won't fund pay raises for UH faculty

City-state effort can ease school-bus woes

Governor Linda Lingle Speaks to Improving Hawaii's Business Climate

SB: Legislators must show courage, leadership (by passing Gay Civil Unions)

Shapiro: Maui tripping (J Kalani "powdernose" English)

S., W. Maui legislators: Protect what’s already there (by raising taxes)

WHT: Legislature faces bleak budget (TAXES, TAXES, AND MORE TAXES)

Hawaiians mark key event in Hawaii history and reject Akaka Bill

Rents for office space down 3.5%

JAL to cut jobs, pensions, routes

Hawaiian Telcom vs. Oceanic Time Warner (fiber optic competition to cable tv)

Homelessness Issue hits home in Chinatown

Hawaii Coast Guard crews fly quake relief missions in Haiti (Superferry going to Haiti) 

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Monday, January 18, 2010
January 18, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:56 PM :: 8037 Views

Abercrombie 9% ahead of Aiona, Hannemann 6% ahead of Aiona

Only two Options considered for balancing state budget (you guessed it, tax increase, and raid on special funds)

Tax Increase tops Greenies' wish list for 2010 ($100/barrel tax on oil)

UH aims for sustainable education  (More brainwashing)

Ocean cleanup a critical task

Transit ex-directors support elevated rail  (Mufi tries to salvage candidacy)

MLK Day observed in Hawaii

Hilo roots help drive state's interim DOE superintendent

Kalapa: Yardstick provided by Council on Revenues

SB: A blow against slavery

For Time Warner, Isles are a gold mine

 Sen J Kalani "Powdernose" English will take aim at reforming laws for cannabis

ADV: Cooperation could yield trash solution

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Sunday, January 17, 2010
January 17, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:07 AM :: 8706 Views

Civil union debate could spur political action from all sides

Case takes early lead

'No simple answers' as lawmakers consider tapping funds, raising taxes (they're 'simply' going to raise the GET)

Search for revenue (TAX INCREASE) looms as top mission (ADV editors explain how to pitch a GET hike)

UHPA, UH administration reach tentative labor agreement

Activities honor King's memory

Young Bros. and Pasha Hawaii await a decision on whether the shipping services can compete

Timeshares weather storm: During the prolonged downturn, their occupancy levels have outpaced hotels

Kenoi wants to raise money for land purchases by selling property

Rotarians pull together to help Haiti

A new breed of paparazzi descends on placid Maui

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Saturday, January 16, 2010
January 16, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 AM :: 8663 Views

Cox: BOE rift may be irreparable

Hawaii will cut pay or furlough hospital, EMS, prison staffers

University of Hawaii faculty paychecks cut 6.7%; TRO hearing date still not set

Hawaii: Leaving Home is an Economic Indicator

Members criticize ‘ridiculous’ 50-cent fuel tax proposal

SB: State should kick its habit of raiding tobacco fund

Honolulu rail project piles up legal fees — $635,000 so far  (already preparing for enviro lawsuit)

Council kills windmill bill

Obama Security Costs HPD $250K In OT

Maui Pine may lose its listing on NYSE

Lawmakers want faster tax breaks for Haiti donations

Kauai path will be shifted from "sacred" sand

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Friday, January 15, 2010
January 15, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:36 PM :: 9317 Views

Hanabusa suggests Case is sexist

$1.3M sought for special election

Just another union flunkey: Matayoshi claims HSTA, HGEA support RTTT and DoE had no choice on furloughs

Hawaii schools close again with no deal on furloughs

Will school reform talk bring action?

Hawaii Laborers' Union election under scrutiny (again)

Honolulu council shelves plan to rename park for Obama

Pflueger trial to remain on Kaua‘i

In tough times, Maui council aims for more affordable housing

Ka'u could get emergency evacuation shelter

Top 10 Outrageous Facts About the Hawaii State Teachers’ Association

Hawaii medical care system: Hilo Doctor Autopsies Still Living, Bleeding To Death, Patient

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Thursday, January 14, 2010
January 14, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 PM :: 8110 Views

Djou gets most applause at small business meet

Case: Hanabusa cannot lead the Senate while running for Congress

Case called disrespectful over use of Mink's photo: "Stop using his picture to salve your conscience"

Soetoro-Ng endorses Mehau associate Schatz

Furloughs a wild card

Lawmakers discuss priorities at town meeting

Tax increase eyed to fund homelessness industry

State Foreclosures Surge: Jump in December pushes monthly and year-end totals to their highest since 2005

Pflueger continues to face 7 manslaughter counts

Slain Hawaii toddler's drug-dealing father sues mother, accused killer, State

Actress, other women allege abuses by Hawaii's Family Court

City settles with state for $300,000 over sewage

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
January 13, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:44 PM :: 17208 Views

Democrat Borreca: Hanabusa-Case fight could be gift for GOP  (Case "untrustworthy and disloyal")

SB: Don't let cost deter special House race

State tax revenues drop 8.3% since July

SB: Bishop's call to block civil unions offends bill advocates (Rally January 17)

Still No Agreement On School Furloughs

Army needs to make case for Makua plan

Honolulu rail project architects defend plan for elevated route

Kauai: OHA Again fails to steal single family home from owner

Politics of the River Street Project

Final Co-Conspirator in Las Vegas Methamphetamine Trafficking Organization Sentenced to Life in Prison by Hawaii Federal Judge

$7.4M windfall can't offset shortfall; land sale, tax hike still on the table

Little paid, benefits questioned

Getting tough on illegal use of fireworks comes at price

No penalty for trash backlog

Clinton says U.S. is 'back in Asia,' hails diversity of Isles

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
January 12, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:04 PM :: 7923 Views

Cast Your ballot: Abercrombie nominated "2009 Porker of the Year"

Case calls Inouye's remarks incorrect

SB: Put same-sex civil unions on the table

Matayoshi Confirmed as Hawaii Department of Education Interim Superintendent

Abercrombie on Furloughs: "Minimize the bureaucratic levels" in DoE "without cutting back bureaucracy"

ADV: Time for silent majority to step up on rail  (and save Mufi's candidacy)

FOIA Release Shows Mufi fears Leg raid on Rail Fund

Kokubun: No changes seen for Senate leadership

9-11 Trooothers challenge Army's DU request

Aloun Farms owners to admit to illegally importing farm laborers

Kahala Panty Burglar gets five years

Council committee to consider bulky trash fine

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Monday, January 11, 2010
January 11, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:08 PM :: 9106 Views

Aiona's gubernatorial campaign stresses 'balance'

Senators expect movement on Akaka Bill

Brian Schatz joins motley crew running for lieutenant governor

Students React to UH Budget Shortfall

Clinton's Pacific itinerary criticized

Cancer center deal benefits all stakeholders

Local 5 Kaiser workers plan for a strike

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Sunday, January 10, 2010
January 10, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:03 PM :: 10437 Views

DANGER: Hawaii acting schools chief Matayoshi praised widely as good choice for permanent job

Senators boost Hanabusa: Inouye, Akaka hope to take revenge on Ed Case  (the increasingly hollow old boys' last hurrah?)

State needs $1M to hold May special election  (Mercado Kim still trying to delay election shows Hanabusa weakness)

Public worker retirement soars

SB: Don't raid hotel tax funds -- raise taxes instead

Honolulu airport car-rental hub envisioned to help visitors

Prof: UH can balance budget without gutting faculty

Wind, waste-to-energy not among plan’s $1.5B renewables -- but a 50 cent a gallon gas tax is

Castle & Cooke may use Lanai aquifer; environmentalists decry decision

Furlough Fridays raise residents' hackles

Kakaako homeless cleanup

Hawaii County joblessness down to "only" 10%

Kauai mom with 3 kids, 66 arrests gets decade in prison

Snobs snubbed: Hawaii fireworks ban not a Capitol priority

Fidell: Let's start doing more to develop local agriculture

Anti-Superferry protester: Obama as Bush

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Saturday, January 9, 2010
January 9, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:09 PM :: 10900 Views

GTMO Greenwell accuses Hawaii police of "eating children"

Lingle proposes new plan to eliminate Furlough Fridays

Hawaii governor says she doesn't want Legislature to take up bill on civil unions

Poll finds Mississippi folk most faith-centered; Hawaii below average

Lingle says Honolulu rail project needs 'adjustment' due to recession

Hotel occupancy falls in Hawaii in November

Hawaii Department of Education gets new chief information officer

Women ordered out of prison where Isle inmates complained of abuse

Hawaiian Airlines Flight Passenger Facing Federal Charges

University of Hawaii cancer center, hospitals team up (unless Leg raids Cigarette Tax Fund for feed HGEA)

Shipping our 'opala an imperfect solution

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Friday, January 8, 2010
January 8, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:28 AM :: 14361 Views

Senate Expect To Pass Civil Unions Bill: Opponents, Supporters Prepare To Rally On Issue

BOE chair Toguchi rejects calls for his resignation (another unaccountable board at work)

Rail may outpace funding by $322M

UH faculty union seeks injunction to halt pay cuts

Resist the urge to dismantle elections panel (another unaccountable board at work)

Housing authority chooses new leader  (another unaccountable board at work)

Top Ten Most Outrageous Findings from the 2009 DOE Procurement Audit

Hawaii House Leader Criticizing Governor on Budget Plans, But Doesn't Offer His Own Solutions

Telescope EIS faces delays

County portion of Ka Loko settlement coming?

DOH cuts Kaua‘i positions

Smuggled-in fireworks expose security flaw

Democrat Lawyer announces candidacy for Djou's City Council seat

Clinton to meet with Japanese foreign minister while in Hawaii

Governor nominates DCCA Dir Reifurth to Intermediate Court of Appeals

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Thursday, January 7, 2010
January 7, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:25 PM :: 11839 Views

TAX INCREASE # 1--Lawmakers Kokubun, Mercado  urge Hawaii counties to impose new 5% sales tax (how to finish off the economy)

TAX INCREASE # 2--ADV: Tax diversion won't erase revenue woes (Adv to LEG -- raise taxes!)

TAX INCREASE # 3--Don’t take TAT – Maui mayor (1/2% GET Increase on agenda )

TAX INCREASE # 4--Energy plan calls for 50¢ gas tax

Lingle rejects union-BOE proposal

UH, faculty to resume talks

Legislature cuts 5 recess days in 2010

Hawaii Department of Education Procurement Audit, Part II, Details Insider Dealing, Waste and Alleged Corruption

Hawaii's Compulsory Health-Care System Is No Model

Hawaii Co. Council rejects resolution to decriminalize pakalolo

Isle recovery is pondered

Kenoi presents budgetary wish list to state lawmakers 

Local Police Escorts for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Cost Hawaii County More Than $21,000

Honolulu City Council Member Dela Cruz Introduces Legislation to Audit the Delay in the Shipping of Solid Waste

Snob Bulletin: Fireworks Ban Long Overdue

Hume's comments on Buddhism, Tiger Woods upset faithful

An Upheaval to Remember: 2010 is shaping up to be a rare year in American politics

Obamacare, COFA, and the upcoming $350M State budget gap: Lingle vs Congressional Delegation

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
January 6, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:56 AM :: 10965 Views

Constitutional Amendment: Aiona Proposes Hawaii Elect Secretary of State

OHA to make case for (NEW) Akaka bill during live television broadcasts

Cayetano puts trust in Matayoshi: Others question whether the acting schools chief can indeed make hard decisions

SB: Welcome Hamamoto to labor talks

Kauai: Arakaki open to being state DoE superintendent

UH won't rescind faculty pay cuts

Across-the-board cuts in Hawaii budget criticized at hearing

Tax delinquencies prompt relief consideration

Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote (could set precedent for Hawaii)

Deputy sheriff arrested in child rape

Forbes ranks Bankoh as top performer of nation's largest 100 banks

Waihee's Ex-cemetery chief will get out of jail

Trash may finally be shipped to Washington next month

Court bolsters public access to beaches

Quakes, tsunami strike Solomon Islands

American pirates' Anti-whaling vessel damaged in clash with Japanese ship that it was attacking 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
January 5, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:06 PM :: 14042 Views
  1. The Teamsters Production Unit: Jim Dooley connects dots thru Honolulu underworld to Obama  (Must read) 
  2. Official wants special election ASAP
  3. New Elections Chief grilled about special election
  4. Hawaii may hold a special congressional election in May
  5. Matayoshi being pitched as outsider to keep the DoE out of the next Governor's control
  6. SB: Interim schools chief to enter fray
  7. ADV: Hearings need strict environmental focus
  8. Median sale price of Honolulu homes fell by 7.9 percent in 2009
  9. UH faculty's union files class grievance against Greenwood
  10. Schools open new year with fee increases
  11. Mesa Air Group files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
  12. Kalapa on Special Funds: Yes, the state has money to pay its bills 
  13. Big Isle bovines getting waterbeds
  14. Hawaii County Plastic bag ban
  15. Iran, Cuba buying influence in Solomon Islands
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Monday, January 4, 2010
January 4, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:44 AM :: 5452 Views

A bureaucrat, not a leader: Hamamoto just gave up and walked away (with 4 days notice)

Acting schools superintendent, BOE chair to speak on vacancy at 3PM

Makua Valley eyed for counterinsurgency, road bomb training

Hawaii will probably hold public hearings on Honolulu rail transit  (Mufi's candidacy twists in wind)

SB: Failed anti-rail effort reveals Charter flaw

Budget cuts eliminate post moves job of HIV advocate to different department

Project HOPE boosts success of probation

Water problems keep Gartley Hall unusable

Watson: Dear Mr. President... 10 for 2010

OK, but ...

Maui News: 2000 to 2010 decade in review: Fear at center of Y2K set tone for the next 10 years

Test papayas for genetic modification

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Sunday, January 3, 2010
January 3, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:08 PM :: 5465 Views

Honolulu rail behind schedule, with construction start unclear

ADV: UH stalemate can't be left for courts to fix

Land sale may fund campus

Maui Political shakeup in makeup for ’10

Britain might withdraw 1 Mauna Kea telescope

The demand is there for locally grown food

ADV: Americans anticipating better times

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Saturday, January 2, 2010
January 2, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:50 PM :: 9972 Views

Legislators to Honor The One: Celebrate Obama Day at Obama Park, or cheer for Obama High

Cayetano's DCCA boss Kathryn Matayoshi to take up reins of DoE (left behind the mess that Mark Recktenwald cleaned up)

Hamamoto still in furlough talks

Hamamoto decision 'personal'

SB: Settle UH labor dispute out of court, reasonably

Hawaii's unemployment fund forecast a bit less gloomy

Judge Hara grants UH Motion To Dismiss KAHEA’s Mauna Kea CMP Lawsuit

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Friday, January 1, 2010
January 1, 2010 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 PM :: 14572 Views

Hamamoto resigned DoE -- FIVE DAYS AGO!  (Resigned same day latest HSTA/DoE furlough offer was rejected)

Inouye confident Akaka Bill issues will be resolved

ADV: Inouye implies Abercrombie backers lying (more on Akaka bill)

Economic troubles shroud political races

TSA lapse helps gain not guilty verdicts

No rail work 'til May--then lawsuit

ADV: Reshaping government a key goal for 2010

Hawaii taxpayers on hook for $1.5M in Kaloko Dam settlement

Crime on Oahu surges 6 percent

Hawaii first in nation to require home solar water heaters (tax credit gone, replaced by mandate)

New company to take over Maui pineapple operations

Rejected amendment has no impact on Kauai County Charter, legal opinion says

Big Isle's pot pulse is sought

Hearing set for proposed Kona project

New beach land is public, court says

Snob Advertiser: Public must rally against illegal fireworks (another excuse to raise taxes)

Enviro Activist: Close UH for whole year to gauge its usefulness

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Thursday, December 31, 2009
December 31, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:35 AM :: 7928 Views

Chest Pains: Limbaugh Hospitalized in Serious Condition at Queen's

Karl Rove to appear at Hawaii GOP event

Lingle aide, BOE, DOE meet on furloughs, no decision made

Hawaii elections office staffer Scott Nago selected as interim chief

ML&P viability in doubt

Kaiser rates to go up 10.7 percent for groups

Arbitrator's decision may affect UH pay cut

Salary cuts anger UHH faculty

Report: Ag tax exemptions abused

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009
December 30, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:38 PM :: 15120 Views

Hanabusa: "Ed Case not forgiven, should bow out"

 

ADV: Lingle should break be blamed for impasse in union talks

SB: Furlough plan achievable

Furlough talks to resume, but no special session planned

SLOM: No More Hawaii Islam Days

SB gives free ad space to Mufi: We all need to do our part to solve the (homelessness) problem

Mayor Hannemann's Achilles Heel

Tactics weighed for rat fight

Emergency funds needed for preschool  (by childhood policy 'consultant')

OLD NEWS: Nearly $1B in state funds tied up in illiquid investment

Kaloko payouts to be revealed

Roadblock continues despite 7 arrests in Laie land dispute

Future uncertain for two Mauna Kea telescopes

The realities of recession are relative on the Kona Coast

Heightened Security Detail Costs for Speaker Pelosi and President Obama Will Fall on Local Taxpayers

Maui: Ahi supply should be enough to satisfy sashimi lovers’ appetite

Ocean View well may take longer

Gas pains: Does Big Island have a Propane shortage?

ADV: Hawaii fireworks sales still hot in recession

Health care bill denies freedom of choice

Saluting American Valor: Wounded soldier provides cover fire for pinned-down troops

 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
December 29, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:20 PM :: 9606 Views

Lingle: HSTA/DoE furlough plan "not credible"

Pelosi enjoys privacy at Hualalai after Palin is hounded off Maui

Visitor arrivals drop 1.4%, spending down 2.2%

University of Hawaii will reduce faculty pay by 6.7 percent

County officials who rely on TAT funds likely to fight to keep share 

Time to Contact Gov. Linda Lingle with Your Thoughts About Oahu's Multi-Billion Dollar Rail Project

Maui News Polls Obamacare

HTH: "Good riddance to 2009, a lost year."  (Obamanomics: Year One)

Proposed changes to state fishing rules spur protests  (no PASH rights here, eh?)

Continuing the quest for affordable, sustainable housing

Business leader has green on his mind (after child is brainwashed, he becomes trash picker, police spy for the regime)

Maui Land counting on its shareholders

Kauai: Council committee to vet solid waste management plan

ADV: Tighter controls needed for travel safety

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Monday, December 28, 2009
December 28, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:20 AM :: 4496 Views

Legislative Report: Convert HHSC to non-profit, dump civil service (full text)

Kalapa: Waiting for taxpayers to take the hit

Census shows Island exodus (over 100/week)

ADV: Partnerships can power survival strategy (huh?)

Hawaii smokers cutting back in response to higher tobacco taxes

SB: Chinatown rats lead state to hold classes

Kauai: New breed of homeless might need help getting some help

Kauai: Slom to speak at GOP Women’s Club event

SB: Seal the health care deal

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Sunday, December 27, 2009
December 27, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 2:05 PM :: 10130 Views

SB: UH faculty doesn't grasp reality (just noticing this?)

Commission to pick interim election chief

Grooming a new guard at New Hope

2 Groups Protest At Obama Compound

Courting China

ADV: Ocean cable key to attaining energy goals (how to save wind energy from environmentalist assault)

Hawaii's welfare numbers rising for first time in decade

Hawaii's counties rattled by plan to cut them out of hotel room tax

Budget Cuts still being blamed for rats in Chinatown

Maui Jail: Lingle forces Tsutsui to back down

Growing foreclosure rate a drag on Maui neighborhoods

Maui B&B system is taking off; 33 permits gain backing

Ocean noise pollution turns up with greenhouse gas emissions

HTH urges Christmas donations to the Gramscian Entity

 

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Saturday, December 26, 2009
December 26, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:59 AM :: 13132 Views

Jumped by passengers while lighting fuse: Islamist fails to blow up Detroit-bound flight Christmas Day

Rep. Mazie Hirono on Obamacare: ‘We’re not there yet’

Chief of Hawaii Health Systems retiring (Inspiration for Obamacare)

SB: Compromise critical in Maui water dispute (OHA Water grab)

Isle bankruptcies highest in 4 years

Access to computers gives homeless hope to stay on street (The Homelessness Industry at work) 

$500,000 warrant issued in drunken-driving case (extradited from NV, then allowed to fly back?)

Lanakila senior center in Kalihi needs donations to stay open

Obamas visit troops at Hawaii base's Christmas chow-down

Sermon at Ancient Christian Site Highlights Christmas for the 130th Engineer Brigade

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Friday, December 25, 2009
December 25, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:41 PM :: 11881 Views

Not Fooled: Hawaii parents waiting on details of plan to reduce furlough days

Hawaii's growth rate has stayed low because 10 people leave Hawaii every day

"Hope" for future is best gift of all (Obama mentioned only as a tourist attraction)

Kulani plan is outlined

Nonprofit status seen as cure for ailing state hospital system (Driskill retiring?)

SB: Seniors and hospitals win big in reform bill (yes this is a "news" story)

FINAL HARVEST: Sun sets on ML&P cultivation of pineapple

Drug trial of HPD officer postponed ("negotiations")

Djou elected to chair search panel for new city auditor

Salary rules limit potential new prosecutor, deputies

KHON not fazed by cable-Fox flap

After a year of destruction, Obama and family return to Hawaii

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Thursday, December 24, 2009
December 24, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:02 AM :: 9445 Views

Lawmakers, Governor await details on tentative agreement to reduce furlough days

ADV: Hawaiian rights in bill must be negotiated (rejects new version Akaka Bill)

Musubigate: HRPT rent dispute fight will continue

Hoku completes stock sale to Chinese investor (Your ACT 215/221 tax dollars at work)

Maui News Polls State TAT grab (blames Calvin Say's Legislative proposal on Lingle)

Isle lawmakers mull TAT plan

Kenoi defends hiring; claims 77 positions removed (and wants to keep TAT so he can hire more)

Hawaii County tries third approach to provide homes for low-income residents (after losing $40M on failed project)

Extend council terms? Voters will decide, again

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
December 23, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:27 AM :: 10226 Views

Defense bill benefits Inouye, Akaka, Abercrombie contributors

Hawaii teachers' furlough deal unlikely by Lingle deadline

(Yawn) Democrat Lawmakers blast DBEDT, director on behalf of HGEA (Wash, rinse, repeat)

Honolulu councilman's memo proposes (to fight TAT takeaway by highlighting) cuts to city services

Loss would be tremendous blow, says Maui Co. budget director

(HTH) Lingle: Use hotel tax for budget

Costly Micronesian benefits may be covered

Professors union says ready to fight UH on contract

More Than a Decade After Condemnation, Hawaii Department of Transportation Still Owns Homes on Ancient Hawaiian Fish Pond

Bob Jones: No Special Election Need to Replace Abercrombie in Hawaii's First Congressional District

Hawaii County Housing Agency: We're not trying to hide anything

Obama says Hawaiian vacation will wait until after Senate passes health care bill

Brace yourself, America, this is going to sting a bit  (Advertiser finally explains details of Obamacare)

Obama keeps bond with Hawaii strong

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
December 22, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 AM :: 9581 Views

Lingle submits plan to close $1.23B Budget shortfall

'Last, best' union offer at UH calls for 6.7% cut

Arakaki: Emotion not good basis to support assisted suicide

Hifo, Hirai to step down

Count us in for census power and money

Planning begins for Hawaii undersea cable system

Official says ban won't hurt 'ahi stock

CoFA Medical Care:  Public's view sought

Oahu Mayor Breaks Ground on H-Power Expansion Project

Oahu's 'opala piling up on dock

HTA approves strategic plan 'to put more heads on beds'

Plan calls for zero growth at Turtle Bay resort

Former Del Monte Hawaii workers begin buying Poamoho Camp homes

City must refocus on enforcing rental law 

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Monday, December 21, 2009
December 21, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:35 PM :: 10267 Views

One down, two to go: Obamacare passes first cloture vote 60-40

Akaka Bill: More than 73% of Hawaiians not "Qualified" for membership in Akaka Tribe

No special election? Disgrace, hypocrisy in local politics (and journalism)

Democrat Advertiser: 'Rift' between Hawaii lawmakers is politically based, not personal (Article dictated by John Buckstead)

Budget cuts blamed for rats in Chinatown: State operating in 'crisis management' mode, official says

Omidyar giving can help with recovery continuing Abercrombie takeover of Inouye's Democratic Party

University of Hawaii stimulus grants' benefits questioned

Kalapa: Wake-Up Call Needed

Kauai Residents grapple with affordable housing ‘realities’

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Sunday, December 20, 2009
December 20, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:17 PM :: 10690 Views

DoE/HSTA hacks threaten to lay off 2,500 and chop after-school programs if furloughs are eliminated

SB: Akaka Bill needs airing (demands public hearings)

Thousands of island residents will collect important census info

Interisland shipping monopoly

Hawaii County Council violated Sunshine statute (consequences zero)

Book by Obama's late mom released

5-girl robotics team shines

KGI: Coco Palms a monstrosity

Police promotion rigging Lawsuit was the costliest in Hawaii County history

Maui News poll 51% reject Tavares reelection

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Saturday, December 19, 2009
December 19, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:24 AM :: 8936 Views

Governor reaffirms opposition to new version Akaka Bill

Burris: Akaka Bill mystery

ADV Watson decides to become OHA flack for Akaka Bill

Hawaii Public Student Enrollment Projected to Plummet

Case again considers run for Senate--claims Dems forgive him calling Akaka a feeble-minded fringe leftist

Shapiro: Inouye's a lock, but his coattails are not (Must Read)

Fear of failure: Hanabusa to block funding for Special Election?

Hawaii jobless dips to 7%, but real growth not likely till '11

Hawaiian Air, pilots agree to 5-year deal

Maui: Petition circulating to save Hawaii’s school bus system

Honolulu Symphony files for bankruptcy, plans to downsize

Unescorted travel request denied for murderous lunatic

Presidential visit disrupting tour chopper service

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Friday, December 18, 2009
December 18, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:46 AM :: 12977 Views

SB: Leftist Neal Milner lays down the Template for ignoring Republican candidates

KITV VIDEO: Akaka Bill not moving as smoothly as planned

ADV: Congress, state need unity on Akaka bill

ADV: Trish Kehaulani Watson--The Akaka Bill

Hawaii revenue drop expected to add another $40M to deficit

Companies want school buses to run

Commission defers decision on East Maui streams

Contractor Profit Grows under Hawaii’s 'Green' Initiative While Energy Costs to Consumers Rise

Hawaii -- 46th most efficient state-owned highway system

Proposed Kalaheo landfill site questioned

Koke‘e admission charge plan might be short-lived

No surge in cruise ships

Some neighbors irked by Hilo developments

SB: Killing bill doesn't resolve B&B issue

Construction starts on housing project for Waianae homeless

Harassment: Pine agrees to pay fine over campaign sign photos

Harassment: Palin shortens Maui vacation after fuss over 'McCain' visor

Ahmed Ahmed battles bias with humor

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Thursday, December 17, 2009
December 17, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:30 AM :: 10219 Views

Federal money may fund election

Papers decide to start covering Akaka Bill Hearings:

HSTA continues to sabotage talks Negotiations break down between state and Hawaii teachers union

LHS boarding program on list of potential budget cuts

SB: Reminder for union leaders (we can take you down anytime we decide to investigate)

Paniolo Cable, Sandwich Isle Communications seen as bankruptcy possibilities

Pasha interisle shipping bid dealt blow on behalf of Young Bros continued monopoly 

ADV: Caregiving network under critical strain

Hawaii bed-and-breakfast bill rejected

Water needs split community (OHA Water grab)

Hawaiians Sovereignty Activists are told telescope moving ahead--time to cash in is NOW

Maui's Mayor Tavares seeks second term

Yagong wants off ad hoc finance committee

Hawaii County affordable housing rules may get radical makeover

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
December 16, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 AM :: 11101 Views

Akaka Bill Hearings under way: Proposed changes came from Akaka's office, CNHA

ADV: Hawaii governor opposes Akaka bill revisions (Abercrombie: Bennett's "concerns are real") 

SB: Lingle fights Akaka Bill changes

Live Webcast: House Natural Resources Committee hearings on the Akaka Bill

Zogby: Majority of Hawaii voters against Akaka Bill

SHOCK: Lingle, Bennett denounce new version Akaka Bill (full text)

Did Inouye Lie? National Review confirms "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack" claim

House Republicans call for Akaka Bill to be removed from Markup

Inouye denies planning "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack"

Djou's chances improve: GOP Says Aloha to Hawaii Special Election

SB: Salvage the special election

Lingle to work with teachers to keep planning days

Hawaii lawmakers want education money released

Downturn hit Kamehameha Schools with $2.2 billion loss

Petition to save Hawaii school bus service from ending

Oahu tax assessments fall 6.7 percent

Hawaii B&B bill appears doomed

Mail-order prescriptions hard on local businesses

US to drill Iranian attack scenario in Pacific

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
December 15, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:32 AM :: 8002 Views

HSTA negotiations resume: Number of school planning days varies on Mainland and in Hawaii

LINK>>>Inouye denies planning "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack"

LINK>>>Judicial Nominee lists released: Lingle seeks public input

ADV: Election panel must act swiftly, decisively (Abercrombie resignation used to peddle vote by mail)

Kalapa: Lawmakers should not wait for the other shoe to drop

SB: Legalize aided suicide  (remember -- there are no death panels in Obamacare)

SB: Housing First (says it) gets chronic homeless off the streets

Honolulu drops in economy rankings

United Public Workers union gets $378,000 in restitution

GTMO Greenwell rides again: Big Island councilman wants marijuana legalized

LG candidate (Islam Day co-sponsor) Lyla Berg reaches out

Hawaii Tribune-Herald Cancels Contract with Hawaii Newspaper Guild

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Monday, December 14, 2009
December 14, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:41 AM :: 16848 Views

LINK>>>Sovereignty activists protest Akaka Bill "Sneak Attack" -- Bill could be inserted into "must pass" legislation

10 Most Shocking Revelations About Hawaii's Public Education System

ADV: If the election to replace Neil Abercrombie's congressional seat were held tomorrow, who would get your vote?

Musubigate Scandal ensnares Calvin Say

Great News! Abercrombie resignation to occur within weeks (But won't set date for withdrawal)

Isles to gain $387M in funding

Rod Tam announces candidacy for mayor

Council must clear way for transit agency so Mufi can run for Governor

Attacking Hawaii's second Saint: Secular humanists exploit Yagi case to put issue of doctor "assisted" "suicide" back in spotlight

Water commission calls for sugar firm to restore one stream

KGI: Time to move on (OHA vs Kauai over beach bike path)

Run-down Coco Palms resort in wait-and-see mode

Hawaii starts e-waste recycling on Jan. 1

AP: Climate crisis is for real, says top scientist (Liberal arrogance on display as Climategate scam implodes)

Blagojevich's lawyers seek transcript of FBI interview with Obama

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Sunday, December 13, 2009
December 13, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:31 PM :: 7977 Views

Donations flow in from beneficiaries of earmark funds (Borreca targets Abercrombie on behalf of Mufi, Inouye)

Kiewit offered city 'best value'

Obama Stimulus small-business focus means opportunity for politicians to create new cronies

Hawaii's parks agency to lease out land to raise funds

Water staff: Restore one of 19 streams

Teachers at Hana school work more, get paid less (HSTA propaganda)

Maui County plans hundreds of homes on Lanai

Kenoi asks for 20% budget cut

WHT: Kenoi one year on: Accomplishment and contradiction

Shootings by Honolulu police spike to 7 so far this year

Questioning the future may enhance Isles' prospects

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Saturday, December 12, 2009
December 12, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:53 AM :: 11608 Views

LINK: Mufi chases Neil Abercrombie out of Congress

LINK: Akaka Bill to be voted by House and Senate Committees

All Mail-in special election mooted

School board keeps 2010 meetings in Honolulu to cut costs

Panel votes to block dialysis from Maui (Malulani redux)

SB: It is possible to scale back in tight times

Police work to clear homeless from park

Many receive shots despite council's anti-vaccine stance

No pay increases for crackpot Hawaii Co. Council, top employees next year

G&R to lease assets for sugar-to-energy

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Friday, December 11, 2009
December 11, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:32 AM :: 8155 Views

Say proposes up to $1B Hawaii tax increases aimed at tourism, technology

Hawaii gains 1,412 jobs from stimulus mostly in government (and loses how many from Obamanomics?)

Liquor board chief put on leave

Hawaii Legislature cancels its traditional opening-day partying (its tough everywhere)

The Land Board will vote today on charging nonresidents at Ka Iwi and at the Pali Lookout

Kaiser’s dialysis proposal faces opposition FROM COMPETITOR

Mauna Kea fight in court  (OHA's $50M shakedown)

Jones Act lawsuit tossed out of court

Hawaii Co. Ethics board backs off strong reform

Ewa Field Marines among first to battle Japanese

Britain, Long a Libel Mecca, Reviews Laws

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Thursday, December 10, 2009
December 10, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 9:43 AM :: 6300 Views

State of OHA: Money, power top agenda

SB: Hawaii leaders must lead: End Furlough Fridays now

Shapiro: HSTA can't expect to sacrifice nothing

Honolulu prepares to slash funds for programs

State proposes major revision of election rules (anti-Superferry protesters in driver's seat)

Chinatown rats: Manufactured chaos (Homelessness Industry at work)

Foreclosures on neighbor isles continue to fuel statewide rate

Kenoi looking to freeze county execs' pay (no cuts here)

Hawaii Co. Property taxes could be on the rise

Saddle Road western route up for public review (DU again not found in soil samples)

Power plants make top 10 polluters list

Sashimi Christmas canceled? International quota could halt U.S. bigeye catch this month

Mayor Defends Magic Island Name Change (public rejects cult of personality 92%-8% in online poll)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
December 9, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:51 PM :: 7337 Views

Legislative leaders want teachers to back the governor's proposal before lawmakers return

ADV: Government must improve fiscal efficiency

Ariyoshi: "We can no longer rely upon the growth of tourism"

First Wind offers plan for second Maui site

Manpower: Only 6% of Honolulu employers to hire in Q1  (and this is the good news)

Study says rail will increase pollution

New chief says officers might have to fill in for furloughed employees

Hawaii nonprofits reeling from cuts as they slash staff, services

UH Students protest budget cuts

Draft report for water strategies in Central Maui to be discussed (OHA water grab)

Renaming Hawaii beach park for Obama not a slam dunk idea  (Cult of personality rejected by public)

4 routes identified for undersea cable

Affordable-rental $2886/mo project gets a lift

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
December 8, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 11:54 AM :: 9322 Views

Lingle renews push to revamp schools

Hawaii's teacher furlough crisis can be (political) opportunity, federal official says (Still campaigning with the hippie from Buffalo)

ADV: Dysfunctional labor talks will harm public

Lingle: Charting our course in the final stretch

Shapiro: Let the competence Lingle-bashing begin

Koller: Changes would keep child care subsidies

SB: Don't blame escape on budget

Kalapa: Still Waiting for a Better Response to Hawaii's State Worker Furlough Fridays

Plan for Mauna Kea summit draws little interest (forget the details, just send us the $50M)

Kauai County Ethics Board searching for clarity

Burris: New B&B law rewards the unlicensed

Birth information request clarified (wanted to leave race blank)

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Monday, December 7, 2009
December 7, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 12:25 PM :: 10424 Views

Captured Fallujah Terror leader:  Accused SEALs arraigned, vow to defend charges

SB's choice for Pearl Harbor Day:  Exhibit shows the harsh life of Honouliuli internment camp

Hotel take down more than falling occupancy

SB: Enforcement key to B&B bill

Hawaii County eyes worker furloughs

But...Now hiring - Kenoi admin keeps on keepin' on

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Monday, December 7, 2009
December, 2009 Letters to the Editor
By Letters to the Editor @ 12:06 AM :: 6664 Views

Climategate not in media 

Nonprofit Director:  "I am part of the 'Homeless Industry'"

Read the Fine Print

Anderson’s Bill Aimed to Reward Illegal Operators

Honolulu B&B Hotel Bill 7 is Shady Legislation!

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Sunday, December 6, 2009
December 6, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 8:16 AM :: 8796 Views

John Waihee's looted graveyards to be auctioned

Old Hawaii airport contracts tie up more than $6 million in funds (funds the Leg wishes it could raid, part 1)

Budget Cuts blamed for ... (insert here)

HSTA president counters Lingle

ADV: Lingle must keep rail review well focused

Maui Planning process hits the . . . home stretch

Hawaii Co. Drywell contract will cost less thanks to removal of crony-protecting bid specs

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Saturday, December 5, 2009
December 5, 2009 News Read
By Andrew Walden @ 1:20 PM :: 9582 Views

SB: HSTA is accused of blocking deal by Seitz

ADV: Teachers' Union staking out hard-line position over planning days

Hawaii hosts VEX Robotics Pan-Pacific Championship

Memminger: Did scientists trade science for faith when global warming became a religion?

Shapiro: Abercrombie called on pork spending

Mehau associate Brian Schatz stepping down as Democratic Party chief to run for LG

Tam to run in mayoral race

Oceanic vs. Raycom?

Democrat Burris: Elections system in turmoil so put it back in control of next LG

SB flacks for Homelessness industry: "Better 'homeless' policy needed"

Maui Council will weigh in on streams case (OHA vs A&B)

Ocean activity businesses seek right to sell permits

Hamakua plan seems to be stuck in mud

Sergeant saves lives of four soldiers by stopping suicide bomber

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