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Friday, April 13, 2012
SB2394: Would Allow Condemnation of Private Property to Bail Out Mortgage lenders
By Video @ 7:21 PM :: 4509 Views

Rep. Yamane asked AG: Q: Wouldn't condemnation be allowed, for public purposes, since we buy distressed property? A: Eminent domain is for real property. There are problems with using eminent domain for personal property. Mortgages, we consider, are more personal property....

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Friday, April 13, 2012
VIDEO: Thielen, Rivere, Ward Rip SB755 Environmental Exemptions
By Video @ 7:03 PM :: 5881 Views :: Energy, Environment

OEQC further noted that this measure is unnecessary and because of its ambiguities, omissions and conflicting purposes will cause confusion in the manner in which Chapter 343 is interpreted and administered, which would as a result, lead to an increase in future lawsuits against the State....

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Hawaii Shippers Council Outlines Jones Act Reform Proposals
By Michael Hansen @ 6:48 PM :: 14002 Views :: Jones Act
The NTJAR initiative would exempt just the Jones Act noncontiguous domestic trades – Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico – from the U.S.-Build requirement of the Jones Act and only for large self-propelled oceangoing ships....
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Friday, April 13, 2012
North Korea's Rogue Missile Launch
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 9769 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Jong-un "is more likely than his father Kim Jong-il to miscalculate during a crisis, unaware that Seoul is more likely to retaliate to a military clash than in the past."

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Case: Hirono Now Ducking 10 Debate Invitations
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 5723 Views :: Energy, Environment

Ed Case has accepted ten Senate debate/joint appearance invitations from media and community organizations across Hawaii, while his opponent, U. S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, has accepted none ....

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Public Access TV Relegated to Digital Siberia
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 9390 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

On Wednesday, April 4, the naked truth behind this land grab was revealed at the State of Hawaii Cable Advisory Committee hearing in Oahu. The members, made up of appointees from each county, did not like what they saw. Let’s just call it, Oceanic Time Warner’s dirty little secret.... 

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Makers of Promotional Products Rally to Defense of Rail
By News Release @ 1:24 PM :: 8914 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

In order for government agencies such as Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit Administration (HART) ... to be effective, they must first keep the lines of communications open to the citizens they serve.... Promotional products are an integral part of this process....

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Friday, April 13, 2012
Am Samoa Congressman Travels Through Ethics Loophole
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 AM :: 2675 Views

His trips there are allowed under a half-century-old law called the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. The post-Abramoff 2007 law that tightened congressional travel rules did not cover these MECEA trips....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
HB 108: Dog Fighting OK, Dog Breeding Illegal
By Selected News Articles @ 11:24 PM :: 5914 Views :: Energy, Environment

Days after the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor replaced anti-dogfighting language from a House bill designed to deter dogfighting with a broad range of regulations for dog breeders and pet stores, the Hawaii State Senate is expected to vote on the new measure ....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Payment Protection: State Sues Seven Mainland Credit Card Companies
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 4891 Views :: Energy, Environment

The seven credit card companies that have been named as defendants are Bank of America, Barclays, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Discover, HSBC, and their subsidiaries....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Lingle Campaign Raises $3.1M
By News Release @ 7:37 PM :: 5746 Views :: Energy, Environment

The campaign raised $1,351,876.38 between January 1 and March 31, 2012, bringing the total funds raised in this election cycle to $3,119,186.27. 

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Not Aimed at Hawaii This Time: N Korea Rocket fails, falls in Ocean
By Selected News Articles @ 6:58 PM :: 9156 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Immediately after the launch, South Korea issued an order urging residents near the inter-Korean border to seek shelter to protect themselves from any debris that might fall from the rocket, Yonhap said....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Celebrate Israel Day Hawaii, May 20
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 8041 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Sunday, May 20th, 2012, at "Skygate Park," the festival grounds fronting the Frank F. Fasi Municipal Building - Koko Head side of Honolulu Hale.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Am Samoa Congressional Race: Radewagen, Lancaster Challenge Faleomavaega
By Selected News Articles @ 6:22 PM :: 6211 Views :: National News, Ethics

US Army retiree Rosie Fualaau Tago Lancaster, who will be making a second bid, and Aumua Amata Radewagen, who has entered numerous times, will be challenging the incumbent congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Salon: Am Samoa's Congressional Delegate Defends Dictatorship at Behest of Lobbyist
By Selected News Articles @ 6:04 PM :: 8848 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

No one except Faleomavaega knows which demands had been 'met,' as Bahrain today remains governed by an undemocratic monarchy which tortures and imprisons its citizens with impunity....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Abercrombie Signs Kakaako Over to OHA, HCDA Maintains Development Control
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 8753 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

The lands are and will remain under the jurisdiction of the Hawai'i Community Development Authority (HCDA), and will continue to be subject to HCDA’s zoning and other land use conditions. The lands will be conveyed “as is,” “where is.”

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
VIDEO: Guam Senator Garners Support for Jones Act Exemptions
By Video @ 2:13 PM :: 7532 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Blas's resolution asks Congresswoman Madeline Bordallo to introduce legislation exempting the non-contiguous states and territories from the provisions of the Jones Act....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Internet Taxes that Could Be Coming
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 6573 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... a Supreme Court decision protected out-of-state businesses from revenue-hungry states. But a new bill working its way through Congress would change all that ....

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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Lingle, Collins: "Bipartisanship is Leadership"
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 4117 Views

A crowd of over 300 gathered today at the Sheraton Waikiki to honor Hawaii’s former two-term Governor Linda Lingle and hear from keynote speaker U.S. Sen. Susan Collins....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
HART CEO: Transparency Among Goals
By News Release @ 12:54 PM :: 4635 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“Transparency and a culture of openness are among my top goals,” Grabauskas said.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Study: Hawaii Cost of Long Term Care Soars 87% in Five Years
By News Release @ 12:03 PM :: 8902 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The national yearly cost for assisted living has increased 5.7 percent a year over the past five years, while long term care costs in Hawaii have increased 13.4 percent a year....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Buffett Rule 101
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:44 AM :: 5067 Views :: National News, Ethics

President Obama traveled to Florida yesterday to distract the nation from its real problems by laying out his case for the Buffett Rule, a plan to drastically raise taxes on successful Americans and small businesses....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Three Judge Panel Will Hear Reapportionment Case
By Selected News Articles @ 10:28 PM :: 6102 Views :: Energy, Environment

At the conference, Defendants agreed that substantial questions of constitutionality require the convening of a three-judge court....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Carlisle Admin: Keep Waimanalo Gulch Open 15 More Years
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 6030 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Mayor Carlisle's administration is arguing that the Waimanalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill should continue operations for another 15 years. Read the hearing notice....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Legislators Exempt State from Child Molestation Claims
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 7242 Views :: Energy, Environment

"True leaders would not exempt themselves from a law they are creating for others to follow," said Rep. Kymberly Pine, Minority Floor Leader....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Horizon Lines Completes Restructuring
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 8553 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Horizon Lines moves forward today from a stronger financial position that will enable us to better focus on customers in our core Jones Act trades and to invest in the future of our business....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Marumoto: SB2858 Relating to Closed Government
By Rep Barbara Marumoto @ 6:31 PM :: 5988 Views :: Energy, Environment

This bill has the wrong title. It should be called Relating to Closed Government. Passage of SB 2858 will roll back more than 20 years of openness and sunshine ....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
$25M Kapolei Biofuel Refinery Produces 5 Barrels per Day
By Selected News Articles @ 2:46 PM :: 8759 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

At present, the new biorefinery is expected to churn out five barrels a day...thanks to ... the $25-million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant that made the project possible....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
VIDEO: Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign
By Video @ 1:40 PM :: 4479 Views :: National News, Ethics

Sen. Rick Santorum announced from Gettysburg, PA that he is suspending his Presidential campaign. He did not make an endorsement.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Is America Prepared for a Saudi Oil Crisis?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:32 PM :: 4205 Views :: National News, Ethics

Think fueling up your car at $4 a gallon is rough? How would you feel about paying more than $6.50? Add on top of that massive job losses and a drastic drop in U.S. economic productivity....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Yoshioka: Bus Service Cuts Have no Connection With Rail
By News Release @ 1:06 AM :: 6588 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"This has no connection whatsoever with rail,” Yoshioka said.

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Monday, April 9, 2012
While Hawaii Legislators Sleep, Another State Bars Companies Doing Business With Iran
By News Release @ 5:27 PM :: 5938 Views :: National News, Ethics

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) applauded the State of Maryland for unanimously passing legislation this weekend to bar companies active in Iran from doing business with the State of Maryland.

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Monday, April 9, 2012
Hawaiian societies caught as much fish as modern fishers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 PM :: 6575 Views :: Energy, Environment

For some 400 years before European settlers arrived, ancient Hawaiian societies caught as much fish as modern fishers or more - without fishing the reefs to depletion....

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Monday, April 9, 2012
RNC Moves to Boost Hawaii GOP
By Selected News Articles @ 3:03 PM :: 8311 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As of the end of February, the Hawaii GOP had $29,000 in the bank in federal funds and was carrying over $100,000 in debt.

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Monday, April 9, 2012
Pacific Rim GSA: 115 iPods Missing
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 PM :: 8551 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

An investigation by the inspector general of the General Services Administration found rampant abuse of an employee awards program of the agency’s Pacific Rim region, the same region that has come under fire for spending more than $800,000 on a Las Vegas training conference for 300 employees. 

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Monday, April 9, 2012
Hispanics and the 2012 Election
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:53 PM :: 4877 Views :: National News, Ethics

From 2005 to 2009, median household wealth among Hispanics fell by 66%, compared with a drop of 53% among blacks and 16% among non-Hispanic whites....

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Sunday, April 8, 2012
Hawaii Among Worst States in Nation on Taxing the Working Poor
By Selected News Articles @ 2:16 PM :: 6556 Views :: Energy, Environment

Unlike most states, Hawaii taxes working-poor families deeper into poverty, and it charges them higher tax bills than all but four other states....

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Sunday, April 8, 2012
Zero Confidence in Lawmakers Revealed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:31 AM :: 6384 Views :: Energy, Environment

Despite the campaign rhetoric lawmakers chant over and over during the campaign season that Hawaii voters can trust them as representatives of their constituents, it seems that there is a growing cynicism that lawmakers cannot be trusted.... 

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Saturday, April 7, 2012
GSA Scandal: Lingle Takes Aim at Waste and Fraud
By Andrew Walden @ 9:41 PM :: 9093 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"... S1409, the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act, would create greater oversight and accountability in federal spending .... "

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Saturday, April 7, 2012
NTU: Hanabusa voted for 91% of Tax Increases, Hirono 88%
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 7428 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A zero score would indicate that the Member of Congress approved every spending proposal and opposed every pro-taxpayer reform....

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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Push Poll Audio: "Berg got so drunk ..."
By Audio @ 2:20 PM :: 8078 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Profitable non-profit boss Alex Santiago of PHOCUSED pulled papers on April 1. The negative against Santiago was a softball compared to the others, so draw your own conclusions....

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Saturday, April 7, 2012
Biofuel: Honeywell Hints at Tesoro Refinery Takeover
By Selected News Articles @ 12:14 AM :: 12864 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We are left to guess the initial refining partner – though it is not difficult to surmise that Tesoro has been the test partner to date, and presumably would be the first to license and deploy the process....

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Friday, April 6, 2012
Lawsuit: Veterans, Military Personnel Challenge Hawaii Reapportionment Plan
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 7118 Views :: Energy, Environment

The State of Hawaii has a long history of refusing to count military personnel and their families for purposes of reapportioning the state legislature. A lawsuit filed today asks a three-judge federal court to enforce the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and require the State to count all residents of Hawaii.

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Friday, April 6, 2012
Fair-Value Accounting and the Export-Import Bank
By NCPA @ 8:19 PM :: 4823 Views :: National News, Ethics

Under the accounting rules mandated in the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (FCRA), the Bank is allowed to treat its loan guarantees as risk-free in consideration of potential losses.  

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Friday, April 6, 2012
Okabe to Obama: Abercrombie is 'Difficult'
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 6648 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...legislators passed out a teacher evaluation bill that would effectively strip teachers of the collective bargaining rights ..." -- Okabe

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Friday, April 6, 2012
VIDEO: Hawaii Federal Rapper at Center of Latest GSA Scandal
By Video @ 1:43 PM :: 9691 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Friday, April 6, 2012
US Constitutional Convention? Hawaii State House Wants to Write Obamacare into Constitution, Strengthen Power of President
By Andrew Walden @ 1:11 PM :: 9329 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Hawaii State House, with 17 ‘no’ votes has transmitted to the Senate a resolution calling for convening of a US Constitutional Convention....

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Friday, April 6, 2012
Obama Economy Leaves Little Unchanged
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:49 AM :: 4840 Views :: National News, Ethics

Today's jobs report shows that two years into recovery the U.S. economy is still woefully underperforming, adding only 120,000 new jobs in March, about half the rate of job growth of the previous three months which were, themselves, somewhat disappointing for this stage of recovery.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Health Insurance Exchange Part of Obamacare Litany of Failure
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:36 PM :: 8507 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The combined effect of these regulations and grant requirements are that a state would have to agree to surrender any last vestiges of meaningful control over how Obamacare is implemented. Thus, a state would now have no more real control over an exchange it set up than over one HHS established....

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Thursday, April 5, 2012
271 Days to Taxmageddon
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:10 PM :: 6418 Views :: National News, Ethics

Brace yourself. In a mere 271 days, you and your fellow Americans will be hit with a tax hike the likes of which this country has never seen....

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