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Friday, August 12, 2011
Meet Eni Faleomavaega: Hirono and Hanabusa's Hope for E-W Center
By Selected News Articles @ 12:28 AM :: 8349 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Faleomavaega long has prided himself on being the voice of the Pacific in Washington (when he's there) and an influential senior policymaker. Apparently Hawaii's two House members bought this load of baloney because when the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to abolish the Hawaii-based East West Center, they turned to their Samoan colleague, a member of the committee, to save the day.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Judiciary Seeking Applicants for Bar Examiners Board
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 5315 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Board examines, recommends and records applicants for admission to the Hawaii State Bar and gives written examinations to test the legal and educational qualifications and knowledge of legal ethics of each applicant.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
St Sophia’s Priest found Not Guilty of Hawaii sex assault tells his story
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 11037 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On January 25, 2011, Winnipeg priest Father Bohdan Borowec arrived in Hawaii for the first time in his life....

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
The EMP Threat to US Security
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:58 PM :: 4400 Views :: National News, Ethics

First, the electromagnetic shock can disrupt electrical devices. The second effect is similar to lightning—a power surge that would burn circuits and immobilize electronic components and systems. The third is a pulse effect that flows through electricity trans­mission lines, damaging distribution centers and fusing power lines.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Gallup: Hawaii Most Democratic State in '11
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 7575 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii shows the largest advantage for the Democratic Party over the Republican Party among U.S. states, along with the District of Columbia, in the first half of 2011. The most Republican state is Utah.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Panos: For about six billion dollars you can choose between Plan A and Plan B
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:18 PM :: 4436 Views

Building the Interstate Highway System created many construction jobs, but it would be a huge mistake to interpret that employment as the system’s contribution to the economy. Workers who drew salaries from the construction program benefitted, but far less than the travelers and shippers of goods who have used those facilities every day for six decades.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Trains Helped Kill the Greek Economy – They’ll Kill Hawaii’s too
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:05 PM :: 11959 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“Some years back a Greek finance minister, fed up with his country's waste and extravagance claimed that he could save money by shutting down the national railway and driving around its passengers in taxis.”

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Wisconsin Holds the Line
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:12 PM :: 5762 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday in Wisconsin, Democrats tried to recall six GOP senators in an attempt to gain a foothold in the state's legislature—they lost in four of the races, failing to regain a majority in the state senate. Those losses came despite a $14 million effort waged by unions and liberal groups from across the country, including the AFL-CIO, UAW, AFSCME,, Teamsters, UFCW, NEA, SEIU, and People for the American Way.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Has the Shift to Managed Care Reduced Medicaid Expenditures?
By NCPA @ 12:19 AM :: 6141 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

These results are consistent with recent research on managed care among the privately insured, which finds that HMOs and other forms of managed care achieve their savings largely through reduced prices rather than lower quantities....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
After Abercrombie puts Videotaped Foot in Mouth, he rejects Binding Arbitration with HSTA
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 6115 Views :: Labor

“Negotiations via the media are not productive."  -- In other words, Abercrombie should have kept his mouth shut in Hilo....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Moody’s: Student Loans may be Next Bubble to Burst
By NCPA @ 1:30 PM :: 7747 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Unless students limit their debt burdens, choose fields of study that are in demand, and successfully complete their degrees on time, they will find themselves in worse financial positions and unable to earn the projected income that justified taking out their loans in the first place."

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Schools Failing: Obama Admin to grant NCLB Waivers to States
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:12 PM :: 6339 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"With the new school year fast approaching and still no bill to reform the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind, the Obama administration will provide a process for states to seek relief from key provisions of the law, provided that they are willing to embrace education reform."

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
V-J Day Kiss Statue to be Unveiled in Waikiki
By News Release @ 12:35 AM :: 8140 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12


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Monday, August 8, 2011
Berg: Showdown on Landfill
By Tom Berg @ 4:52 PM :: 7314 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...I have requested the deadline period for submitting comments be extended from August 13, to September 30 of this year....

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Monday, August 8, 2011
Iowa Caucus: Bachmann, Romney and Paul on Top
By News Release @ 2:47 PM :: 3931 Views :: National News, Ethics

Fox News and the Washington Examiner will sponsor a GOP debate this Thursday night. On Saturday, the Iowa State Fair straw poll will be held....

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Monday, August 8, 2011
It's the Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:45 PM :: 3600 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the spending reductions in the deal negotiated by President Obama to raise the debt ceiling were inadequate, and S&P reacted as we predicted....

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Monday, August 8, 2011
Human Trafficking: Did the US DoJ Purposefully lose the Aloun Farms Case?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:37 AM :: 18859 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Judiciary, Labor, Law Enforcement, Pierre Omidyar

How could federal prosecutors “accidentally” debase their entire prosecution of crimes alleged to have occurred in 2004 by telling a Federal Grand Jury that the defendants’ collection of “recruitment fees” was a violation of a law which did not take effect until 2008?

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Sunday, August 7, 2011
Police roust Mayor Kenoi, Rep Chang from Drunken Campaign Event
By Andrew Walden @ 9:27 PM :: 13753 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Politicians

A loud drinking party on county property brought to a halt by the police early May 1 included Mayor Billy Kenoi, state Rep. Jerry Chang and a host of other bigwigs celebrating the end of the Merrie Monarch Festival....

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Sunday, August 7, 2011
Hawaii's Obscure Franchise Tax Adds to Utility Bills
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 12:38 PM :: 6189 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the fact that the energy utilities and, to some degree the communications utilities, have to pay these additional taxes is not very widely known....

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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Restoring Courage: Hawaii Stands with Israel August 24
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 15796 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family


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Friday, August 5, 2011
S&P Cuts US Bond Rating, More Downgrades Coming Monday
By News Release @ 9:22 PM :: 8252 Views :: National News, Ethics

The outlook on the long-term rating is negative....On Monday, we will issue separate releases concerning affected ratings in the funds, government-related entities, financial institutions, insurance, public finance, and structured finance sectors.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
WSJ Video: How US Debt Downgrade will affect States, Cities, Banks, Mortgage rates
By Video @ 4:31 PM :: 10278 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Click to view video....

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Fourth in Nation: Hawaii State Debt is $25,000 per taxpayer
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 10589 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

To put an end to budget shenanigans the Institute has developed a budgeting system called “Full Accrual Calculations and Techniques”. FACT based budgeting would require governors and legislatures to recognize expenses when incurred regardless of when they are paid. This improved method of accounting is discussed in detail in this report.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Troubled Honolulu rail Contractor owned by Gaddafi--Libyan Revolt causing Financial Losses
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 PM :: 10970 Views :: Rail


This year’s revolt against the bemedalled despot will reduce Finmeccanica’s revenue by some €300m.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
SBE: Hawaii Energy Costs Top Nation (again)
By News Release @ 9:54 AM :: 5794 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Energy costs certainly are affected by public policy measures at the federal, state and local levels. When policymakers focus on reining in taxes and removing regulatory burdens, that works to reduce energy costs to the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and consumers. But when focused on increasing energy taxes, expanding regulations, and creating governmental obstacles to energy development, the economy suffers accordingly."

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Kimura Gets 20 Years in Maui Ponzi Scheme
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 10506 Views :: Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL

Lloyd Y. Kimura, 61, former president of Maui Industrial Loan & Finance Company and Lloyd Y. Kimura, Inc. in Wailuku, was sentenced today in State Circuit Court on Maui by Judge Joseph Cardoza to 20 years imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $8,093,907

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Mainland Democrat Operatives Attack Gov. Lingle's Record
By Linda Smith @ 1:23 AM :: 7505 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

During her 30-years of public service, Governor Lingle has always run issue-oriented campaigns. Should there be a future campaign, it too would be run on the issues, rather than based on personal attacks.

There is no place in Hawaii for these deplorable tactics by national partisan political staffers. The voters of Hawaii deserve better.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
The White House Does Not Create Jobs
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:22 AM :: 3757 Views :: National News, Ethics

At yesterday's press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney admitted: "The White House does not create jobs." As the Examiner's senior political columnist Timothy P. Carney (no relation) later noted, conservatives should greet this statement as "a true and long-awaited admission of government's limits."

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
VIDEO: Abercrombie argues with retired teacher in Hilo
By Video @ 5:18 PM :: 10139 Views :: Labor, Politicians

Abercrombie gets rolling about 1:30 and keeps on rolling for the next ten minutes.  Starting about 6:50 you can hear Abercrombie's handlers trying to pull him away....

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Hawai'i Free Press: A Million Hits A Month
By Andrew Walden @ 4:34 PM :: 5567 Views :: Energy, Environment


A Site Analytics report shows that Hawai`i Free Press has surpassed 1 million hits a month every month this year.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Blame the Washington Bureaucracy for High Gas Prices
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:09 PM :: 4236 Views :: National News, Ethics

Americans are paying more for gasoline today than they were six weeks ago when President Obama released 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In the Gulf of Mexico, meanwhile, 10 drilling rigs -- more than one-third of the fleet -- have left on Obama’s watch.

This incomprehensible energy policy is not only costing Americans more money at the pump. Bureaucratic delays in Washington are also stunting job growth and adding to the budget deficit.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
UANI Calls on Japanese Conglomerate Hitachi to End Its Business in Iran
By News Release @ 3:52 PM :: 7052 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On Thursday, United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) called on Japanese high technology conglomerate Hitachi to end its business in Iran. Hitachi maintains an active presence in Iran, having provided Iran with gas turbines and induction motors used in its oil and gas sector.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Supreme Court Evaluates Work of Access to Justice Commission
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 4961 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Supreme Court recently completed a three-year evaluation of the progress made by the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission toward the goal of increasing access to justice in civil legal matters for low-income Hawaii residents.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
I Love Liliha Festival Aug 28
By News Release @ 3:36 PM :: 6460 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"We are honored to have the sponsors we do to support the festival each year," says Representative Corinne W. L. Ching, "'I LOVE LILIHA' is nothing if not individual gems of the community arriving at one place and time, to remind residents why they should be proud to call Liliha home."

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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Six Incumbents could fight each other under newly released Hawaii Reapportionment Maps
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 8607 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The boundaries pit two Big Island Democrats against each other: Jerry Chang, D-Piihonua-Kaumana, and Mark Nakashima, D-Hawi-Hilo. On Oahu, Rida Cabanilla, D-Waipahu-Ewa, would face Kymberly Pine, R-Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point; and Mark Hashem, D-Hahaione Valley-Aina Haina, would compete against Barbara Marumoto, R-Kalani Valley-Diamond Head.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Judge Steven Alm: Justice Reinvestment and the future of HOPE Probation
By Andrew Walden @ 11:35 PM :: 15620 Views :: Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement, Drugs
First Circuit Court (Honolulu) Judge Steven Alm is the originator of HOPE Probation, an innovative probation system being adopted by numerous states across the country. HOPE probation is credited with sharply reducing the number of new crimes committed by probationers....
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ewa Battlefield Preservation Hearing Thursday
By John Bond @ 10:02 PM :: 7646 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The public is invited to attend the second and final Federal Section 106 PUBLIC HEARING Meeting on Thursday, August 4, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. which will be held at the Hale Pono`i Building at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) facility at 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011
OHA Cash Giveaway can Quintuple Your Bank Account
By News Release @ 9:33 PM :: 10590 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

(Handy Tip: Deposit $100M and make OHA give you $400M. Not only will you prosper, but by bankrupting OHA, you will make Hawaii a better place.)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Farmers send 5000lbs of Kona Coffee to the Troops
By Selected News Articles @ 8:53 PM :: 4506 Views

 Golf Co. 2/3 Marines....

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Djou: Rail Authority tone deaf on Fiscal Affairs
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:50 PM :: 6419 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...good government means more than just saying what people want to hear. It means identifying problems that concern our community and proposing constructive solutions....

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How they voted August 2
By Selected News Articles @ 8:45 PM :: 5973 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Confirmation of Robert S. Mueller III to be Director of the FBI
  • Senate: Budget Control Act of 2011
  • House: North American-Made Energy Security Act
  • House: Budget Control Act of 2011
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
State: New EUTF Contracts To Save Millions
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 6494 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF) has completed the periodic process of selecting providers of life, vision, dental, medical and pharmacy insurance—with significant savings for employers, active employees and retirees....

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Poll shows Lingle beating Hirono: Inouye’s Senate Democrats outraged by “dishonest” Ed Case
By Andrew Walden @ 8:41 PM :: 10159 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In a Washington Post article published this morning, the national Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee takes the unusual step of attacking a Democratic Senate Primary candidate--Ed Case....DSCC is working hand in glove with Sen. Dan Inouye. Even DSCC’s choice of words -- “not honest” -- echoes Inouye’s lengthy record of attacks on Case.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Debt: Our Work Has Only Begun
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:29 AM :: 4003 Views :: National News, Ethics

Americans are disappointed. They are disappointed that the debate over our debt limit was about the needs of politicians instead of the needs of the country. They are disappointed with a broken government that refuses to fix itself. And they are disappointed that the Budget Control Act that passed the House last night and is likely to pass the Senate today does not make the transformative changes this nation requires. 

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Monday, August 1, 2011
Senate Race Poll shows Lingle beating Hirono
By Ed Case @ 8:39 PM :: 6726 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The poll shows Ed Case ahead of Mazie Hirono in the Democratic primary 53%-37% and ahead of Linda Lingle in the general 48%-38%, and Lingle ahead of Hirono in the general 48%-43%. 

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Monday, August 1, 2011
Quagmire of Public Sector Employment Begs Reform
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 8:36 PM :: 4506 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Gordian knot that seems to be confronting public officials is how to keep the state and county governments solvent while avoiding either having to make deep cuts in public services or, on the other hand, raising taxes and fees that will infuriate the tax paying public.

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Monday, August 1, 2011
Debt: Liberals Force Choice Between Economic and National Security
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:24 AM :: 4030 Views :: National News, Ethics

 Put the security of the nation at risk or raise taxes. This is the sour "deal" liberal lawmakers are offering in exchange for insufficient spending cuts, according to reports of this weekend's debt negotiations in Washington....

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