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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Rep Kymberly Pine Running for Honolulu City Council
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:23 PM :: 9445 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Hawaii State Representative Kymberly Pine today announced her candidacy for the Honolulu City Council District 1 (Leeward Coast) ....

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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Guam Legislator Calls for Exemption from US-Build Provisions of Jones Act
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 8770 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Senator Blas introduced a resolution that requests Guam’s Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce legislation to exempt Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska from the U.S. Build provision of the Jones Act....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
U.S. Senator Susan Collins Visits Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:43 PM :: 8196 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Former Governor Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat, will host U.S. Senator Susan Collins at a special luncheon at the Sheraton Waikiki on Wednesday, April 11 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The President's Curious Speech Lacks Solutions
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:08 PM :: 4791 Views :: National News, Ethics

If you're looking for an iron-clad indictment of Barack Obama's failed fiscal policies, you don't have to look much farther than the President's own words in a speech he delivered yesterday at the Associated Press luncheon in Washington, D.C....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
KOS: The Secret Behind Mitt Romney’s Hawaii Landslide
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 6627 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Mormon vote in Laie is reminiscent of the margins that Democrats often pull in inner-cities. It’s pretty stunning.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Honolulu Community College Announces Final Three Candidates for Chancellor
By News Release @ 12:47 PM :: 8087 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment
  • Rafe Trickey
  • Edward T. Knudson
  • Erika L. Lacro
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Hawaii: Is the Obama Administration Giving States Flexibility When It Rejects Proposals to Reduce Medicaid Costs?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:16 PM :: 7065 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...even the most basic attempts at experimentation have to wait endlessly for federal approval and many are rejected....

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Faleomavaega: Bahrain’s Best Friend in Congress
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 7818 Views :: National News, Ethics

Last year, as the government of Bahrain violently suppressed an Arab Spring protest movement, an unlikely champion of the small Gulf nation emerged on Capitol Hill in Washington: Democratic Rep. Eni Faleomavaega, the delegate from American Samoa....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Seven Rules of Bureaucracy
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:14 PM :: 8099 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Rail

...politicians of all colors and persuasions have used these one time or another....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Suicide Activists Line up Hawaii Doctors to Kill Patients
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 6353 Views :: Energy, Environment

Members of PACAID with current licenses and prescribing privileges for controlled substances can serve a consulting role to patients and their doctors, and write a prescription for life-ending medication if the primary physician declines to do so ....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
DoE Proposes Lease-Back Arrangement to keep Cash Flowing to Colluding Bus Contractors
By News Release @ 8:10 PM :: 3754 Views :: Energy, Environment

During the Committee meeting, the DOE noted that annual savings of $12 million to $15 million may be achieved as current contracts expire and are replaced with contracts that offer contractors the opportunity to lease buses from the DOE....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Feds Reject Hawaii’s 10-Day Medicaid Hospital Limit
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 7751 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Private health insurers generally don’t limit hospital coverage ....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Pentagon Prepares for Possible Shoot Down of North Korean Missile
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 PM :: 10219 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Three interceptor ships near Japan and the Philippines, as well as U.S.-based interceptors, are ready to shoot down the North Korean missile if space-, land-, and sea-based sensors determine its flight path is targeted at the United States or U.S. allies....

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Obama Slams Supreme Court over Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:52 PM :: 4365 Views :: National News, Ethics

While the President is throwing stones at the court, he's living in a glass house ....

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Monday, April 2, 2012
Ko Olina, Kyo-Ya Snag HTA Board Positions
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 8038 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Neil Abercrombie today made more nominations to several boards and commissions including the Hawai'i Tourism Authority and the Land Use Commission....

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Monday, April 2, 2012
ACLU: Hawaii Counties Among Few Requiring Warrant to Track Cell Phones
By Selected News Articles @ 7:17 PM :: 12920 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Only six agencies responded that in order to track cell phones, they must first get a warrant or have probable cause: County of Hawaii, Hawaii; Honolulu, Hawaii; Wichita, Kan.; Lexington, Ky.; Lincoln, Neb.; and North Las Vegas, Nev....

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Monday, April 2, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted April 2, 2012
By @ 6:47 PM :: 8179 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2011
  • Senate: Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act
  • House: Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2011
  • House: Surface Transportation Extension Act
  • House: Democratic Alternative Budget
  • House: Fiscal 2013 House Budget Resolution
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Monday, April 2, 2012
The Highest Taxes in the World
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:34 PM :: 4502 Views :: National News, Ethics

As of yesterday, the U.S. corporate tax rate of 39.2 percent claimed the world's top spot, edging out Japan which recently lowered its rate from 39.5 percent to 36.8 percent. (The U.S. rate includes the 35 percent federal rate plus the average rate the states add on.)

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Monday, April 2, 2012
The Ryan Plan: The Cliff's Notes version of Republican health reform
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 PM :: 5757 Views :: National News, Ethics

Will House Republicans save Hawaii's Prepaid Health insurance law from Abercrombie's effort to destroy it? 

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Monday, April 2, 2012
Vancouver Sun: Hawaii Vacation Rental Bills Violate NAFTA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 AM :: 11310 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Hawaii state legislature has taken dead aim at NAFTA and the provisions it requires of the state, and the protections it affords Canadians who make cross-border investments in vacation rental properties….

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Sunday, April 1, 2012
S&P: Credit Risks Mount For U.S. Domestic Shipping Companies As Ships Start Showing Their Age
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 8674 Views :: National News, Jones Act

More than a thousand ships and barges will reach the end of their useful lives in the next few years. More may be forced out of service as environmental standards tighten....

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Sunday, April 1, 2012
HB1033: Tracing the Financial Outlines of Socialism in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 9569 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Hawaii banks and Hawaii’s housing sector largely avoided subprime lending....  But Hawaii’s political leaders are working to change all of that. 

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Sunday, April 1, 2012
Zing To Taxpayers, You Are Paying For Those Give Aways
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 3:18 PM :: 5756 Views :: Energy, Environment

For more than a dozen years now, lawmakers have been touting the tax credit bandwagon....

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