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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Mufi checks poll, decides on HB444
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 7729 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“After more than 10 days of political maneuvering, Hannemann must have reviewed his polls and discovered that taking a clear stance on HB444 was politically beneficial. 

"Is this the kind of pono leadership Hannemann promises in his latest television ad?  Hawaii deserves a principled Governor who is not afraid to make decisions and take positions on controversial issues.”

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Saturday, July 17, 2010
RS: Chances for Akaka Bill “nil” without GOP Support in Senate
By Selected News Articles @ 10:17 AM :: 7186 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) pulls the trigger and moves to proceed to the bill, Senator Murkowski may be the 60th vote to join liberal Democrats to break a filibuster....

 A source that closely follows progress of the Native Hawaiian bill tells Red State Insider that “despite the recent spinning and posturing in the press, the likelihood of the (Native Hawaiian Bill) passing in the Senate this year is nil … unless .. a few votes can be wrangled from the Republican side to break any Republican (threat of a filibuster) and stop time-consuming amendments.”  The Senator who is tasked to round up votes is Murkowski, and sources tell me that she has been specifically tasked with rounding up the votes of the other three Republican women Senators. 

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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Drunks, tax cheats, and other wannabees: Scary Democrat Lieutenant governor candidates air ideas
By Andrew Walden @ 8:44 AM :: 11552 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

 Brian Schatz at 2006 Akaka campaign rally in Larry Mehau’s barn.

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Friday, July 16, 2010
VIDEO: Djou calls for peace in Thailand
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 12610 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Thursday’s editorial in the Washington Post: “Wrong way in Thailand” highlights an issue of personal significance to Congressman Djou. He is the first Member of Congress of Thai descent and still has family living in Bangkok. 

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Friday, July 16, 2010
Gov. Lingle appoints Charlie Jencks to LUC
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 9424 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has appointed former Maui Public Works Director Charles Jencks to serve as an interim commissioner on the state Land Use Commission (LUC).  Jencks will replace Ransom “Randy” Piltz, who resigned on July 2 to run for Maui County Mayor.  Jencks will complete Piltz’s remaining term, which runs through June 30, 2011.

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Friday, July 16, 2010
VIDEO: Djou on CNBC Worldwide Exchange
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 13218 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) appeared on the CNBC program “Worldwide Exchange” to discuss, among other things, the flawed financial regulatory reform bill that passed the U.S. Congress, the ballooning national deficit and debt, and Congress’ failure to pass a budget.

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Friday, July 16, 2010
Djou co-sponsors “Hawaiian Home Ownership Opportunity Act”
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 8184 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“This is an important bill that has stalled in Congress for far too long. This legislation will re-authorize Title VIII of the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), which has been waiting for reauthorization since 2005. This legislation will expand opportunities for Native Hawaiians, particularly those of limited means, to access affordable housing. This is a good idea and will benefit not just Native Hawaiians, but to Hawaii as a whole.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in both parties to ensure that this legislation becomes law.”

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Friday, July 16, 2010
Prevedouros: Ten Billion Dollars and Counting Spells MISMANAGEMENT
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 7949 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“The sewer fix and the EPA consent decree (these are two different things) are likely to cost about $4.5 billion.  Add $5.5 Billion for the rail and Oahu taxpayers face a $10 Billion fiscal liability.  For a city with a typical capital improvement program (CIP) of no more than One Billion dollars per year this spells mismanagement.

“The rail project and the mismanagement of sewer and water mains leaves Honolulu with record tax increases, chronic homelessness, crumbling infrastructure, and some of the worst roads in the country. 

“And let's not forget corruption....

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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Djou: Unemployment increases under ‘stimulus’ spending
By News Release @ 11:29 AM :: 7807 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the so-called “stimulus,” was enacted in February of 2009 when the national unemployment rate was 8.2% and Hawaii’s unemployment rate was 6.3%. Today, unemployment is at 9.5% nationally and remains at 6.3% in Hawaii.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Djou campaign raises $935K in 2nd Quarter
By News Release @ 1:13 AM :: 9495 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Congressman Charles K. Djou is entering the general election with a strong showing of support from 4,137 individual donors for the quarter that ended June 30, 2010. The Djou campaign raised $935,435 in the second quarter, receiving nearly $200,000 of that in the five weeks after his special election victory.  Djou has entered the third quarter with $379,046 on hand.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Djou pushes Feds to cut red tape blocking Honolulu municipal waste exports
By News Release @ 1:10 AM :: 10450 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) today expressed his concern regarding the municipal waste buildup in Honolulu to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and received verbal assurance that the matter would be resolved as quickly as possible.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Djou: “If our nation continues down this fiscally reckless path, what is happening in Hawaii will be writ large”
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 9629 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“If our nation continues down this fiscally reckless path, what is happening in Hawaii will be writ large, and that is an outcome that we simply cannot afford”

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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Djou backs line item veto to cut waste
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 9646 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I met with constituents of Hawaii’s First Congressional District while I was home this past week,” Djou said. “From town hall meetings to business visits to encounters on the street, the number one concern that constituents expressed to me was the reckless and runaway federal spending in Washington.”

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group says “Whoa” to Kulani Prison land deal
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 10935 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

At a Cooper Center hearing in Volcano July 12, the Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group, a broad based coalition of outdoor users,  presented testimony for opening public access to the proposed expansion of the Puu Makaala NAR by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources' Forestry and Wildlife Division.  

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Aiona files for Governor: Talks jobs, education, clean energy
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 4023 Views

"I am running for Governor to ensure balance, integrity and good judgment in state government, while reducing the financial burden on our working families and small businesses, creating jobs and investing in the quality of education," Lt. Governor Aiona said. "Nothing is more important than creating jobs and strengthening the economy, reforming public education, and moving toward a clean energy future."

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Governor Lingle nominates Castagnetti, To’oto’o, and Garibaldi Circuit Court judges
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 7825 Views

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle announced today that yesterday, July 13, she nominated three individuals to serve as Circuit Court judges.  The Governor has submitted to the State Senate her nomination of Jeannette H. Castagnetti, Fa‘auuga L. To‘oto‘o and Colette Y. Garibaldi to fill judicial vacancies on the First Circuit, which covers O‘ahu.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
No money for Hawaii DoE? Congressional Dems strip Obama’s RTTT funds
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 7570 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Asked Monday what the next step would be, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) was anything but certain. “I wish I knew; I really mean that,” he said in a brief Capitol interview.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
CNBC: Hawaii ranks 48th for business climate
By Selected News Articles @ 9:56 PM :: 8979 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News

We scored all 50 states—using publicly available data—on 40 different measures of competitiveness. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Then, we separated those metrics into the ten broad categories, with input from business groups including the National Association of Manufacturers. We weighted the categories based on how frequently each is cited in state economic development marketing materials.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Full Text: Lingle sends letter to Senators urging support for amended Akaka Bill
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 4:47 PM :: 8107 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In the letter sent today, Governor Lingle said the agreed upon changes to the bill between her and Sens. Inouye and Akaka “return the bill to a form that protects health and safety in Hawaii, while providing explicit federal recognition to the only native people in the United States who lack that recognition – Native Hawaiians.”

The Governor also wrote that passage of the Akaka Bill will, “put Hawaii on an equal footing with its forty-nine sister states, and will recognize Native Hawaiians just as America recognizes it other indigenous groups.  It is fair and just – nothing more, nothing less.”

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
VIDEO: Hawaii GOP works to challenge every race
By Selected News Articles @ 2:13 PM :: 6310 Views :: Energy, Environment

KHON looks at Hawaii Republican candidate recruitment efforts....

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Sen Fred Hemmings endorses Lynn Finnegan for Lt Governor
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 9047 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"Having worked with Lynn for many years as part of the Legislative Minority Caucus, I continue to be impressed by her bold and yet compassionate leadership. Her work, characterized by her willingness to collaborate in a bipartisan way, has been an asset to the Legislature and to the people of Hawai'i. As our next Lt. Governor, I am confident Lynn Finnegan will continue the strong, balanced leadership we need on the 5th floor."

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Hawaii diploma mill scams trap Pakistani cabinet member, former Microsoft China President
By Selected News Articles @ 1:52 PM :: 11364 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

WASHINGTON: The university from where Law Minister Babar Awan claims to have done his PhD is banned in the United States from issuing any degree and cannot even claim that it is a legal educational institution.

Long before the dispute over fake degrees became a political issue in Pakistan, the Circuit Court of the First Circuit in the State of Hawaii, declared that the University of Monticello was a non-recognised and non-chartered university....

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Hanalani School Team wins robotics World Championship
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 10612 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

HONOLULU - At the close of three days of intense international competition, a team of five students from Hanalani School in Mililani were named the tournament champions of the International Botball Tournament held in Edwardsville, Illinois. 

Competing among 64 teams from around the globe, including Kuwait, Poland, and teams from across the United States, Hanalani’s team was undefeated as they entered the final rounds of competition and finished number one in the seeding rounds. 

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Monday, July 12, 2010
Hawaii Republicans bring 13 candidates to Election Office, need 8 more
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 13352 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“We made a pledge to fill every open seat this year and we are very close to it with just about seven days left before the filing deadline,” said Dylan Nonaka, Executive Director of the Hawaii Republican Party.  “We have a lot of people working on recruiting quality candidates and are making every effort to challenge every race.  This is going to be an exciting year for Republicans in Hawaii.”

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Monday, July 12, 2010
HSTA demands candidates oppose funds for disabled students
By Andrew Walden @ 4:38 PM :: 9687 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Labor

From question #7:

“HSTA opposes any legislation to provide public funds for tax subsidies (tax credits, tax deductions) or vouchers for private education, religious or home school expenses, or inclusion of vouchers within the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).”

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Monday, July 12, 2010
Kam Schools non-Hawaiian student Kalani Rosell to be subject of book, movie
By News Release @ 11:13 AM :: 10150 Views :: National News

Entertainment Newsweekly's lead story is "Memoir and Screenplay about Racism in Hawaii in Pre-Development." The publication is reporting that the memoir and movie are being written by award-winning journalist and media executive C.W. Henderson. Entertainment Newsweekly reports that the projects, now in pre-development, have a working title of "Yale is God," and that the title comes from the themes of the memoir and movie, which focus not only on racism, but also on religion, relationships, and redemption.

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Monday, July 12, 2010
Neil Abercrombie: Secret member of Democratic Socialists of America?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:37 AM :: 18219 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Politicians

  DSA's Democratic Left Nov./Dec. 1990, page 4

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Sunday, July 11, 2010
HuffingtonPost: Duke Aiona “Incredibly smart, focused on key issues”
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 PM :: 7088 Views :: Energy, Environment

Duke Aiona - Incredibly smart, focused on the key issues, and displayed by far the greatest knowledge on those issues. He also would be the most effective on fixing K-12, if he could get the necessary legislation through. Duke is a superb & impressive candidate.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Former Rep. Cam Cavasso unveils campaign platform in challenge to Inouye
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 9428 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In his almost 50 years in the United States Senate, Daniel Inouye has become perhaps the strongest Senate proponent of government spending. As the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee he controls how our tax dollars are spent—literally, the buck stops with him.  However, through his earmarks and other support for federal spending, he has not hesitated to shower special interests with our hard-earned tax dollars.

Our loss has been Sen. Inouye’s gain.  A recent study by Taxpayers for Common Sense found no other U.S. Senator received more campaign contributions from earmark beneficiaries than Inouye.

As Senator Inouye and his cohorts in Congress continue to pile up debt that our children and grandchildren will be forced to repay in the future, their spendthrift ways are sucking the oxygen out of the economy today. Unless and until they are brought to heel, Americans’ standard of living will continue to decline. Prosperity has never been built on debt.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010
Honolulu Council to hear testimony on Rail EIS Wednesday
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 6299 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Testimony will be accepted at the end of the Council calendar.  The meeting is this Wednesday 7/14/2010 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at City Council Chambers in Honolulu Hale (530 South King Street.) As this is the last item on the agenda, Council will probably not hear testimony until after 2:00 p.m.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010
No sea level rise: Pacific islands growing not shrinking, says study
By Selected News Articles @ 12:02 AM :: 20822 Views :: Environment, World News

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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Gays respond to veto of HB444: “Lets put Jews up to a vote”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:14 PM :: 10914 Views :: Family, First Amendment

When California voters approved Prop 8 outlawing gay marriage, gay activists exploded in a display of blind racial hatred directed at blacks.  Is Hawaii’s smug gaggle of “conscious, enlightened, progressives” now taking a page from the same hateful playbook?  

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Friday, July 9, 2010
“Why I left Jihad” Ex-terrorist to speak at Calvary Chapel of Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 10:13 PM :: 12205 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Walid Shoebat, ex-PLO member, will be speaking at the Sunday, July 11, services at Calvary Chapel of Honolulu (8:30am, 10:45am, and 6:00pm).  The public is invited.

Calvary Chapel of Honolulu is located in Aiea, on Komo Mai Drive.  LINK>>> Google map

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Djou to hold four talk-stories Saturday
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 9527 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Holomua Elementary School, Mililani High School, Pearl Ridge Elementary School, Kawananakoa Middle School

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Thieves Celebrate Independence Day by stealing Aiona, Finnegan campaign signs
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 7725 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Finnegan campaign signs were hung near several Duke Aiona campaign banners, which were also taken prior to the start of the parade. Each sign was hung only after receiving explicit permission from the respective home owners or occupants. When one home owner was asked what happened to the signage, they responded that persons approached their door claiming to be from the Finnegan campaign and they would be taking down the banner.

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Abercrombie Campaign ties six Hannemann operatives to AtomicMonkey site
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 9165 Views :: National News

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Prevedouros: Help the homeless, Ban the bums
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 5768 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“80% of our homeless here in our city are good people who are facing hardship and most likely will get back on their feet in one to six months,” Prevedouros says.  “We need to take care of them and their children. This includes shelter, health care, food, schooling and retraining-  but with strict monitoring and follow up so they are enabled to return to society, instead of becoming accustomed to a parasitic and outcast lifestyle.”

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Friday, July 9, 2010
VIDEO: Rep Jessica Wooley tries to shut down videographer at Ahuimanu Elementary school forum
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 10118 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Here are some Video clips from a public town hall on Tuesday, July 9 at Ahuimanu Elementary School hosted by Rep. Jessica Wooley (D-47 Laie to Kaneohe) with special guests Rep. Pono Chong, Rep. Ken Ito and Rep. Marcus Oshiro.  During the town hall meeting, Rep. Wooley put her hands on an attendee in an attempt to make her stop filming the public forum she was holding as a public official on public property. 

Wooley apparently believes that she can determine whether a video will be “used for political purposes” and if so she can shut down the videographer.  No transparency or accountability here; just another politically correct wanna-be dictator with an attitude of superiority.

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Six Months to Go Until The Largest Tax Hikes in History
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 6806 Views :: National News, Ethics

In just six months, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect.  They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011....

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Seeking 10 more candidates, Hawaii GOP highlights record of unchallenged Legislators
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 10980 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

We have until July 20, 2010 to recruit Republicans to run for office. We've put out radio and Facebook ads and a You Tube recruitment video that have generated dozens of qualified and exciting candidates. 

We only have 10 more districts to go before we fill the ballots with Republican candidates....

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Friday, July 9, 2010
A Veto from Hawaii: Marriage Debate Needs More Than Last-Minute Legislative Maneuvers
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:25 AM :: 7007 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The debate surrounding the redefinition of marriage in Hawaii centers on the nature of family and its role as “a prime institution in civil society.” According to Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow Chuck Donovan, the “family is not the creature of the state” but is “both natural and pre-political” in its origins. As such, the consequences of a redefinition for the whole of the state are weighty. A change of this magnitude should not “be made by one person sitting in her office or by members of the Majority Party,” but, as Governor Lingle suggests, “by all the people of Hawaii.”

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Friday, July 9, 2010
Equal Pay for Equal Work? Public Employees paid $47B extra
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:09 AM :: 7091 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

USA Today reported that Federal employees earn higher average salaries than private-sector workers in more than eight out of 10 occupations that exist both in government and the private sector. Instead of taking the news as an opportunity to save taxpayers money, the Obama administration pushed back against the news and dispatched Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag to defend government employee pay. Orszag told reporters: "I think the key thing to remember about that is the federal workforce is more highly educated than the private workforce. ... Basically the entire delta between private sector and public sector federal government average pay can be explained by education and experience." The problem is, this is just not true.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Hawaii Family Forum: We must register and vote
By News Release @ 7:39 PM :: 9208 Views :: Energy, Environment

 In order to uphold righteousness for our land, we now need to exercise our civic and kuleana responsibility to VOTE. The Lord has provided us this “victory” but we must take responsibility to be salt and light to this community.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Lingle announces terms of agreement on Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 7553 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I am very glad the Akaka Bill will be amended to reflect the State’s concerns,” Governor Lingle stated.  “I have assured Senators Akaka and Inouye that I will strongly support a bill with the changes described above, and will write to Senators of both parties expressing my support.  I sincerely hope the bill will become law in 2010.”

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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Amended Akaka Bill: A Trojan horse for Tribal immunity?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:53 PM :: 12745 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Last December, Neil Abercrombie passed a previous immunity-free version of the Akaka Bill as a Trojan Horse to get through the House Committee on Natural Resources.  He then amended the bill by substitution on the House floor.  Would Akaka pass a no-immunity version through the Senate and then use the House-Senate Conference Committee to change it back?  Of course he would—everything about the underhanded and secretive way the new version of Akaka Bill was created shows that is possible. 

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Thursday, July 8, 2010
Aiona on Akaka Bill: "These changes will help to achieve the broad-based support that this landmark legislation deserves.”
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:05 PM :: 8053 Views :: Akaka Bill, Politicians

"I am committed to seeing this process through as Governor."

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Washington Post--Charles Djou: Incumbent, underdog
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 PM :: 7423 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Now, Djou enters a new stage in his political career: embattled incumbent. After easily winning a three-way special election in the more conservative -- but still dang Democratic -- House district in a May 22 special election, Djou enters an abbreviated 2010 reelection campaign as one of a handful of deeply endangered GOP incumbents.

That's just fine with him, and nobody will accuse Djou of being ill-prepared. "The only way I know how to campaign is running a race where I'm down by two points and closing in," he said in a recent interview with the Fix.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Hawaii ACLU to sue for civil unions to recognize new types of ‘families’
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 7536 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Lambda Legal and the ACLU had readied a lawsuit after the House tabled HB 444 in January.   The Hawai`i Senate had previously approved the bill by a veto-proof 18 to 7 majority and sent it back to the House for a conforming vote.

“We’re obviously disappointed that Governor Lingle has, once again, used her power to deny the people of Hawai`i their civil rights” said Laurie Temple, Staff Attorney for the ACLU.  “Luckily for the people of Hawai`i, however, our constitution prevents discrimination based on sexual orientation.  If the Governor won’t honor her oath to uphold the constitution, the courts will.”

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Finnegan encouraged by veto: HB2377 fragmented education leadership
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 4739 Views :: Energy, Environment

“I am very encouraged by the Governor’s veto of HB2377, a bill that would have forced future governors to nominate individuals for the Board of Education from a list submitted by an advisory committee. 

“This bill served only to further fragment the leadership and accountability in Hawai‘i’s education system.  As I have stated for years, much of Hawai‘i’s public education challenges arise because there is no clear line of accountability between the Board of Education, the governor and the legislature." 

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Ka’auwai on HB444: Calvin Say fears overthrow by dissident Democrats
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 12:14 AM :: 6380 Views :: Energy, Environment

“Democrat legislators pushed to bring this bill back to life on the last day of the legislative session, but where are those arrogant legislators today?  Speaker Calvin Say is afraid to call a special session because his unstable rule over the House of Representatives is in jeopardy and he wants to avoid an attempt by dissident Democrats to overthrow him."

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