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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Abercrombie: Only Hawaii Union Contractors May Bid on State Jobs
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 7123 Views :: Energy, Environment

From now on, every major state project will only employ union workers....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Jones Act Reform Key Element of Guam's Economic Plan
By Michael Hansen @ 3:48 PM :: 7323 Views :: Jones Act

The Governor of Guam, the Honorable Eddie Baza Calvo’s Council of Economic Advisors has recently released the outline of their new economic plan, and Jones Act reform is a key element of that plan....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Oral Argument Preview: Can The Honolulu Rail EIS Be Segmented?
By Robert Thomas @ 3:01 PM :: 7687 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

That's the question the Hawaii Supreme Court will consider this Thursday, May 24, 2012, when it hears oral arguments in Kaleikini v. Yoshioka ....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Email Chain Shows Hawaii Attorney General Foments Latest Round of Birtherism
By Andrew Walden @ 2:15 AM :: 8509 Views :: Obama

Birtherism is an integral part of President Obama’s reelection effort....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Crabbe Announces New Leadership Team at OHA
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 5717 Views :: Energy, Environment

The six-member team is anchored by former OHA controller Aedward Los Banos, who has been elevated to chief operating officer....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Lingle Endorses Bipartisan Startup 2.0 Act
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 7159 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...create new types of visas, one allowing foreign students who obtained graduate degrees in math, science and other related fields to stay in the United States, and another for immigrant entrepreneurs who grow jobs and create companies here....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Caldwell Goes Wobbly, Urges Review of Rail Proposal
By News Release @ 7:40 PM :: 7032 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Today I am calling for a modification to the contracting process for the design of the Phase IV/City Center stretch of the rail transit line.  I am asking that a review be done with community input to see where more appropriate design can be implemented, and more cost savings may be possible....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Law of the Sea Treaty Transfers Trillions from US to Jamaica
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:39 PM :: 10631 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Article 82 requires the United States to forfeit royalties generated from oil and gas development on the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles...many billions, if not trillions of dollars, would go to the International Seabed Authority, a new international bureaucracy created by the treaty and based in Jamaica....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Hoku Corp Lays off Workers, Lienholders Move to Seize Polysilicon Plant
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 9730 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...liens have been filed against the Hoku Materials polysilicon plant, and some lienholders have begun foreclosure proceedings in the Idaho courts....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
New Poll: Case 46%, Hirono 45%
By Ed Case @ 4:52 PM :: 6249 Views :: Energy, Environment

Among the most likely voters, Case enjoys a 46%-45% lead with 9% undecided. His lead increases with larger Democratic primary voter turnout....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Hawaii Reapportionment Case: Motion For Preliminary Injunction Denied
By Robert Thomas @ 2:47 PM :: 5703 Views :: Energy, Environment

...just issued by the three-judge district court denying the motion for preliminary injunction. More to come....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Rep. Barbara Marumoto will not be running
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 9414 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Rep. Barbara Marumoto will not be running in the 2012 election....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
UH Board of Regents swears in new members
By News Release @ 12:47 PM :: 4060 Views :: Energy, Environment

John Dean, Benjamin Kudo and Tom Shigemoto begin their terms as regents July 1. A fourth incoming regent, Jeffrey Acido, will be sworn in at a later date. His term also begins July 1.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Honolulu Passes Los Angeles as Worst U.S. City for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 10:54 AM :: 6604 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Drivers in the city, the state of Hawaii’s largest, wasted an average of 58 hours stuck in traffic last year....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
HELCO Inks Deal to Burn Trees for Electricity
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 7936 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The Hamakua Sugar Company lands bought by the Broken Trustees of Kamehameha Schools and ‘guarded’ by Larry Mehau for $$$ were planted in Eucalyptus. Years later, the trees not properly culled have grown into 10,000 plus acres of pencil thin stands with zero lumber value....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Hawaii Congrressional Delegation: How They Voted May 21, 2012
By Congress.org @ 11:50 PM :: 7393 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Obama Budget Resolution - Vote Rejected (0-99, 1 Not Voting) ....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
HPU Agrees to Host Thursday Case-Hirono Debate, but Mazie Refuses
By Ed Case @ 4:35 PM :: 9237 Views :: Energy, Environment

U.S. Senate Candidate Ed Case today accepted an invitation from Hawaii Pacific University to sponsor a substitute debate with his Democratic opponent, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, this Thursday, May 24....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
First Amendment: 40 Catholic Diosceses, Organizations Sue Obama Administration
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 PM :: 4822 Views :: National News, Ethics

...they are suing the Obama administration for violating their freedom of religion, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Most Important Historical Sites Remain in Rail Suit
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 8686 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...our most important sites Chinatown, Aloha Tower, Dillingham Building, Native Hawaiian burials, etc., all remain in play....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Maui Judicial Conference Threatened in Wake of GSA Scandal
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 11781 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 More blowback from Dan Inouye's campaign supporter ....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Servicemembers Law Center Weighs in on Hawaii Reapportionment
By Selected News Articles @ 3:31 PM :: 8499 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...the Census counts human beings, regardless of their eligibility to vote....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Sustainability Equals Population Control
By NCPA @ 3:01 PM :: 5183 Views :: World News, Family

...the environmental lobby now focuses its efforts on a two-pronged strategy: lessening the impact of man's activities on the environment, and reducing the number of people who perform those activities....

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Monday, May 21, 2012
Rep Tom Cole Speaks out on Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 5995 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Particularly on the issue of native Hawaiian self-governance, having someone who can understand and talk to both sides is important and Linda Lingle is the right one to do that for Hawaii. All indigenous issues take bipartisan support."

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Monday, May 21, 2012
A Force for Liberty from China to Cuba
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:30 PM :: 7201 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On Saturday night, blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in Newark, N.J., after escaping seven years of persecution in China....

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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Oxycontin Contributions: Clayton Hee, Josh Green, Karl Rhoads and HB466
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 18666 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Drugs

...the bill would help doctors who make money prescribing narcotic pain relievers ....

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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Complete List of 2012 Hawaii School Graduation Dates
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 6704 Views :: Energy, Environment

Dates, times, and locations for public school graduation ceremonies statewide....

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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Although Tax Credits Discussed, None Approved
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:13 AM :: 5962 Views :: Energy, Environment

Although there were numerous proposals to either adopt new tax incentives or tax credits during the 2012 legislative session, none passed.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Solar Tariffs May Hurt Hoku, Topple Chinese Companies
By Selected News Articles @ 10:45 PM :: 11450 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Chinese government will almost certainly retaliate. A most likely target will be the American suppliers of crystalline silicon to Chinese PV manufacturers and semiconductor industries. If this happens this likely puts Hoku Scientific at risk ....

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Djou: The Future of NATO
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:00 PM :: 13191 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

As someone who has served both as a Member of Congress and as a soldier under NATO command in Afghanistan, I have a unique perspective on NATO’s role and future....

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Federal Court Hears Redistricting Challenge
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 5689 Views :: Energy, Environment

McKeown noted that finding in favor of Thomas' first claim — that the actual population should be used — would merely redistribute people on existing maps and be less disruptive than requiring a new set of maps....

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Lingle Salutes Armed Forces Day
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:42 PM :: 8205 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 "On this day, we extend our sincere gratitude for their selfless dedication."

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Hawaii Democratic Party Attacks Long-Time Akaka Bill Advocate
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 7046 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the state Democrat Party leadership released statements attacking Congressman Cole; statements which are surely an embarrassment to their own Democrat elected officials who have worked with and know the Congressman as a friend to Hawaii....

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
VIDEO: Chamber of Commerce Launches New Ad for Lingle
By Video @ 12:55 AM :: 5467 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Duke Aiona: I Remain Open to Future Run for Office
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:43 AM :: 6971 Views :: Energy, Environment

People often ask if I plan to run for elected office again, and I'm deeply humbled by their confidence in me. I have not made a decision about returning to public service, but remain open to the idea....

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Saturday, May 19, 2012
Flags to Fly at Half Staff for Sen Wadsworth Yee
By David S Chang @ 12:01 AM :: 9301 Views :: Energy, Environment

Yesterday the Hawaii Republican Party lost one of their Giants....

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Friday, May 18, 2012
America's Antique Air Force
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:29 PM :: 4794 Views :: National News, Ethics

America's flying fortress, the Cold War-era B-52 bomber, has been in service for the last 50 years....

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Friday, May 18, 2012
Local Students Deploy Underwater Robots to Assess WW2 Shipwrecks
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 6197 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Twenty-four Hawaii elementary, middle, and high school teams are competing in the Hawaii Underwater Robot Challenge Saturday....

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Friday, May 18, 2012
BP and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power announce plans to jointly develop Hawaii wind farm
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 8212 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy today announced plans to jointly develop the Auwahi Wind farm in Hawaii....

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Friday, May 18, 2012
Census Releases More Data About Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 5772 Views :: Energy, Environment

The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2011 National, State and County population characteristics on May 17, 2012. The following are a few facts about Hawaii....

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Friday, May 18, 2012
After 10 Months, HSTA Finally Rests Labor Board Case
By News Release @ 1:36 AM :: 5381 Views :: Energy, Environment

"We appreciate HSTA finally concluding its case as these hearings have been a distraction."

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Friday, May 18, 2012
Supreme Court Continues to Grapple with Constitutionally Protected Native Hawaiian Practices
By Robert Thomas @ 12:13 AM :: 5617 Views :: Energy, Environment

The only limit on the privilege in the text of the constitution is "the right of the State to regulate such rights."

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Djou Files Papers to Run for Congress
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:26 PM :: 5306 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Insolvent Horizon refits old Jones Act ships in foreign shipyards
By Michael Hansen @ 4:49 PM :: 11909 Views :: Jones Act

...in a direct rebuff to U.S. shipyards, it will refit three of its ageing containerships in Asia hypocritically skirting the so-called “second proviso” of the Jones Act....

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
Akaka, Inouye Vote Against Obama Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:01 PM :: 6299 Views :: National News, Ethics

... the U.S. Senate voted 99-0 against President Barack Obama's budget ....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
SB2424: Veto the PEO Bill
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:54 PM :: 6804 Views :: Energy, Environment

... the two largest PEO's lobbied successfully for the passage of a PEO bill....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
NOAA Reminds Hawaii -- Delicious Turtles Still Protected
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 5537 Views :: Energy, Environment

“We want to remind the community that all sea turtles are still protected, and that both State and Federal consequences apply to anyone harming a green sea turtle,” said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
President Me
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:20 PM :: 4662 Views :: National News, Ethics

Reflecting on his two terms in office, President George W. Bush said in 2010, "You realize you're not it. You're a part of something bigger than yourself."  This is a sentiment President Barack Obama did not inherit from his successor ....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Gay Divorcees: There are more than you might think
By Selected News Articles @ 2:26 AM :: 5854 Views :: World News, Family

In Norway, male same-sex marriages are 50 percent more likely to end in divorce than heterosexual marriages, and female same-sex marriages are an astonishing 167 percent more likely to be dissolved....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Enron Figures Buy Up Hawaii Windfarms
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 6212 Views :: Energy, Environment

CGEI Wind is jointly owned by Good Energies and Champlin Windpower, LLC and is lead by Mike Cutbirth. Mike was formerly head of Global Finance for Zond Corporation and Enron Wind and served 4 years ....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Navy Biofuel Purchases Banned by House
By Selected News Articles @ 1:54 AM :: 8961 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In its report on next year’s Pentagon budget, the House Armed Services Committee banned the Defense Department from making or buying an alternative fuel that costs more than a “traditional fossil fuel.” It’s a standard that may be almost impossible to meet ....

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