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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Zip Needed in Public Decision Making
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 7:32 AM :: 5638 Views :: Energy, Environment

While some of the slowness of government action is certainly attributable to the laws and regulations that have been layered upon year after year, a good part of the blame lies with the reality that many in the public sector do not want to make decisions purely out of the fear that the decision might be wrong....

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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Utility Rejects "Expensive, High Risk" Undersea Power Cable Project
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 11841 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, National News, Ethics

"If there is an issue under water, you literally have to pull the whole cable up, and that's very expensive."

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Selection Committee Proposes Kailua Site for New Oahu Landfill
By Tom Berg @ 9:36 PM :: 7329 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...The Ameron Quarry in Kailua was chosen as the best site to house the next landfill. The next step is for the Mayor to agree . . . for he does have the power to not agree and pick another site....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Ward, Slom, Marumoto Talk Story at Maunalua Bay
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 7654 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Rep. Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) will host a "Talk Story" with constituents in his district at Maunalua Bay (next to the canoe halau) this Saturday April 21 from Noon to 2 p.m. Food will be provided....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
What if Fannie and Freddie Were Eliminated?
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:57 PM :: 5694 Views :: National News, Ethics

the true cause of what burst America's housing bubble is still debated, two of the culprits -- housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are still going strong ....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Six University of Hawaii Regents named
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 5727 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawai‘i State Senate has confirmed the appointment of four new members of the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents effective July 1, 2012, and renewed the appointment of two Regents....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
HSTA Lawsuit against Laupahoehoe Charter School Dismissed
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 8631 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Judge Hara ruled that the HSTA, Mr. Beekman and Mrs. Wilson had no standing ....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
After Dumping Goldman Sachs, Hawaii ERS Quietly Seeks New Managers for $1.2B
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 AM :: 5765 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaii Employees' Retirement System, Honolulu, is searching for up to three domestic large-cap equity managers to run a total of about $1.2 billion, according to sources ....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Akaka Co-Sponsors Bill to Protect Civil Rights of Military Personnel
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 6323 Views :: National News, Ethics

...many of the protections put in place to help shield our nation’s heroes—specifically the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)— have been violated in a disturbing number of cases within the past several years....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Federal Correctional Officer Charged with Sexual Abuse of Detainee
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 4323 Views

... according to indictment, on five occasions between September 23, 2011 and December 8, 2011, Seaman engaged in illegal sexual acts with a detainee at FDC ....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Three Convicted in Looting of Am Samoa Non-Profit
By News Release @ 1:13 AM :: 6546 Views :: National News, Ethics

The case arose from allegations of theft and fraud at a now-defunct nonprofit legal services corporation in American Samoa called the U’una’i Legal Services Corporation (ULSC). ULSC was the only nonprofit organization in American Samoa that was dedicated to providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual abuse.

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Listening Sessions for Ocean Resources Management Plan
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 5330 Views :: Energy, Environment

Scheduled as follows, open house starts at 5:30 p.m. with formal presentation to start at 6:30 p.m....

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Lesson from Hawaii: Is the GOP really the party of fiscal responsibility?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:31 AM :: 7857 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Friday, April 20, 2012
Bridge Aina Lea: Court Rules LUC Violated Developer's Civil Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 12:17 AM :: 7885 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

DW Aina Lea Dev. LLC v. State of Hawaii Land Use Comm'n, No. 11--1-0112K ....

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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Abercrombie Releases $34.2 Million for CIP
By News Release @ 10:08 PM :: 5658 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $34.2 million for various Capital Improvement Projects ....

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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Jo Ann Uchida Takeuchi DCCA Deputy Director
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 5725 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the recent appointment of Jo Ann Uchida Takeuchi as deputy director of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA). She fills the vacancy left by Everett Kaneshige....
 

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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Case: Hirono Cherrypicks Debates With Least Exposure
By Ed Case @ 9:19 PM :: 4287 Views :: Energy, Environment

"The campaign's real slogan is: 'No Debates; Just Watch My Commercials'.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Jobs? Hanabusa Votes Against Tax Cut for 97% of Hawaii’s Employers
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:41 PM :: 8994 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"I'm glad to see this small business bill pass the House, with the support of 18 Democrats, and disappointed that Congresswoman Hanabusa voted against it," stated Former Congressman Charles K. Djou....

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Thursday, April 19, 2012
US Energy Dep't: 300 Open Criminal Investigations of Green Energy Scammers
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:32 PM :: 6851 Views :: National News, Ethics

...government waste, fraud and abuse isn't limited to just one agency. Look no further than the Department of Energy (DOE) whose inspector general said yesterday that he's overseeing 250 to 300 open criminal investigations....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
HB425 Opens Door to Natural Gas, Mandates Diversity of Fossil Fuel Energy Sources
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 5559 Views :: Energy, Environment

... the public utilities commission shall consider the costs and benefits of a diverse fossil fuel portfolio and of maximizing the efficiency of all electric utility assets to lower and stabilize the cost of electricity....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Legislators Voting to Release 1,100 Criminals on Streets of Hawaii
By Rep Barbara Marumoto @ 9:08 PM :: 7840 Views :: Justice Reinvestment

 This "early release bill" amends current state law in a manner that can affect neighborhood security. With 1100 inmates released in the first 3 years of the program, there will be some recidivism, some crimes and many victims....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Save Kakaako: Rally to Stop HB2819
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 8881 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Saturday, April 21 9AM at Kaka‘ako Gateway Park

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Hanabusa Scores $284,000 in special interest money
By Rep Charles Djou @ 6:46 PM :: 5541 Views :: Energy, Environment

 According to Opensecrets.org ....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
DoE Announces Public School Graduation Dates
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 5621 Views :: Energy, Environment

2012 graduation dates, times, and sites for Hawaii's regular public, charter, and adult community schools ....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Barack Obama Sr Brought to America by Harry Belafonte
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 18938 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

U.S. and British officials were deeply suspicious of this outfit, observing that the AASF – though backed by singer (ands Communist Party member) Harry Belafonte and actor Sidney Poitier – had links to a Kenyan nationalist leader….

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
BoE Unanimously Approves Teacher Evaluation Policies
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 5355 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) today unanimously approved three policies related to performance evaluation systems for teachers and principals....

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
VIDEO: Mounds of Trash Left by Homeless at Keaau Beach Park
By Tom Berg @ 3:25 PM :: 6558 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Report: The State of Poverty in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 5945 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Obama's New Gas Price Scapegoat
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:02 PM :: 4937 Views :: National News, Ethics

High gas prices are not a president's friend, especially in an election year, so it's not surprising that President Barack Obama is trying his darndest to shift the blame for record-high fuel prices onto something other than his failed energy policies....

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Unspeakable arrogance and Hawaii's environmental laws
By Selected News Articles @ 9:18 PM :: 5712 Views :: Energy, Environment

...these laws were passed primarily to restrain politicians from being reckless with public resources, not to restrain the private sector....

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Challenge to Democratic Party Bosses: Laura Thielen Launches State Senate Campaign
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 8006 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“Voters have a legal right to choose who represents them,” Thielen said. “A small group in a Party cannot secretly and arbitrarily veto that choice. I am a member of the Democratic Party. Hawaii law allows me to run for public office as a democratic candidate.”

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Taxmageddon: What Tax Day Could Feel Like in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:42 PM :: 6322 Views :: National News, Ethics

American households can expect to face an average tax increase of $3,800 ... 70 percent of Taxmageddon's impact will fall directly on low-income and middle-income families, leaving them with $346 billion less to spend.

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Monday, April 16, 2012
No Natural Gas for Hawaii with Jones Act Ships
By Michael Hansen @ 8:20 PM :: 10199 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

There are no Jones Act ships available to transport the LNG from the contiguous United States or Alaska to Hawaii. No deep draft LNG carrier has been built in a U.S. shipyard for at least 30 years....

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Monday, April 16, 2012
Djou Outlines Strategy for Congressional Race
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:11 PM :: 10089 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
The congressional district has improved significantly through redistricting with the addition of 10,000 new voters in Kapolei, an area that trends Republican and was the only state house district carried by Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona in 2010....
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Malulani Hospital seeks Mainland Partner
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 9007 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

We have spoken with two Oahu based hospitals and have not been able to come to an agreement with them at this time....

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Monday, April 16, 2012
Hawaii Bishop at Vatican, Prays for Courage to Defend Religious Liberty
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 10451 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Bishops from California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah began their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican with prayers for courage in defending religious freedom and in sharing faith in the risen Lord.

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Monday, April 16, 2012
Dalai Lama Slams Beijing for Burnings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 13147 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Tibet's spiritual leader says China's 'totalitarian' policies sparked Tibetan self-immolations....

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Monday, April 16, 2012
How America Spends Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty -- and Fails
By NCPA @ 12:42 PM :: 4469 Views :: National News, Ethics

Forty-eight years after President Johnson declared war on poverty, the number of poor people in the United States remains stubbornly high....

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Monday, April 16, 2012
Tax Gimmicks, Tax Doom
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:18 PM :: 4701 Views :: National News, Ethics

The U.S. Senate could vote today on the gimmicky distraction known as the Buffett Rule ....

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Monday, April 16, 2012
Honolulu TEA Party Rally April 16
By News Release @ 10:30 AM :: 8822 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The 4th annual Honolulu Tea Party Tax Rally will be held on Monday, April 16, from 4-7 p.m at the Hawaii State Capitol....

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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Ed Week: Hawaii in Biggest Trouble, Feds Have Good Reason to Revoke Race to the Top
By Selected News Articles @ 7:10 PM :: 6236 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • HSTA: “You Cannot Expect Better Results”
  • Inouye, Akaka, Hirono, Hanabusa: "Hawaii is making Significant Progress"
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
UH: Hawaii Physician Shortage Could Grow from 600 to 1600
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 5811 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) has established a database of actively practicing non-military physicians in Hawaii....

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Sunday, April 15, 2012
SB3010: Sierra Club Threatens to Sue over Environmental Exemptions
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 5905 Views :: Energy, Environment

This bill blatantly violates several constitutional protections, such as protection of Hawaii’s streams and consideration of cultural impacts. If passed, litigation may be inevitable.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Lingle to Focus on Comprehensive Tax Reform
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 7340 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

I will advocate for meaningful, comprehensive tax reform that brings down the rate for all taxpayers while retaining the most important deductions such as the mortgage interest and charitable contributions. Through these reforms, we will actually collect more revenue with a much broader tax base ....

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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Zenith Reached in Earmarking of Unrelated Fund Sources
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:51 AM :: 5212 Views :: Energy, Environment

One of the reasons why there is growing taxpayer cynicism about the work of lawmakers is the earmarking of revenues for specific programs which in many respects has little relationship to the source of the funding....

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Saturday, April 14, 2012
Mazie Brings "Mr Fannie Mae" to Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:06 PM :: 9491 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In the same week that Gov. Linda Lingle hosted Sen. Susan Collins, one of the nation’s most bipartisan leaders, Mazie Hirono has opted to campaign with Congressman Barney Frank - the poster child for the hyper-partisanship in Washington, D.C....

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Adrianne Heely Appointed Maui Judge
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 7818 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL
Heely is currently a deputy corporation counsel for the County of Maui. She was also a former deputy public defender on both Maui and Oahu and a litigation associate at the law firms of Ashford & Wriston, Hisaka Goto Yoshida Cosgrove & Ching, and the Law Offices of Frank K. Goto Jr....
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Hawaii Economic Performance Ranks 15th, Economic Outlook 46th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:50 PM :: 7461 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The annual Rich States Poor States report is out. Hawaii ranks 15th for economic performance and 46th for economic outlook.

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Hawaii Youth Link Assisted Suicide to Teen Suicide
By Letters to the Editor @ 8:16 PM :: 10605 Views :: Education K-12, Life

Hawaii ranks number one with the highest prevalence of high school students who have considered suicide. How can we prevent and discourage teen suicides if we pass legislation condoning ending one’s life ....

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Friday, April 13, 2012
SB2341: Would Allow Overnight Accommodations on Maui Ag Land
By Video @ 7:51 PM :: 9384 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

DOA (Department of Agriculture) concerned that overnight accommodations would dramatically alter concept of agricultural tourism as originally intended and could cause agricultural tourism to be primary, rather than secondary, land use....

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