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Monday, May 7, 2012
Hawaii: Important NRA Instructor Liability Bill Awaits Governor’s Approval
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 5485 Views :: Energy, Environment

We are also pleased to report that the most onerous measures of 2011 and 2012 – House Bill 441, House Bill 834, House Bill 2028 and Senate Bill 2975 – all died upon adjournment of this legislative session....

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Monday, May 7, 2012
Marumoto: Mass Release of Prisoners not True Justice Reform
By Rep Barbara Marumoto @ 11:41 PM :: 6112 Views :: Energy, Environment

Why start the first year with 500 releases? I also question whether we will have the necessary programs and personnel in place for Year 1. Will drug and alcohol treatment, counseling, vocational training, or halfway houses be ready?

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Monday, May 7, 2012
Thielen: Landfill Cannot Legally be Located at Ameron
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 6332 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Rep Thielen notes the proximity of five schools, a hospital, and numerous residences, all within one mile of the proposed landfill site....

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Monday, May 7, 2012
Hawaii a 'Harbinger' as Insurers Give up on Long Term Care
By Selected News Articles @ 2:44 PM :: 6894 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii is a harbinger for what's to come in both caregiving and LTC ....

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Monday, May 7, 2012
Death on the Job -- Hawaii Ranks 20th
By News Release @ 2:42 PM :: 7512 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This 2012 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect marks the 21st year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers....

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Monday, May 7, 2012
VIDEO: Molokai Mocks Senators who vote 'With Reservations'
By Video @ 1:47 PM :: 8907 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The Bill passed 22-3. Out of 25 Senators, there were 10 who voted "yes, with reservations." Honorable Senators, what does that even mean?

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Monday, May 7, 2012
Hawaii Nurse Elected International VP of Union Nurses Council
By News Release @ 12:48 PM :: 7333 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

OPEIU represents nurses throughout the United States under the umbrella of the OPEIU Nurses Council and recently affiliated the 4,000-member Hawai'i Nurses Association (HNA)....

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Monday, May 7, 2012
Movie Production Incentives in the Last Frontier
By NCPA @ 12:45 PM :: 5721 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...production companies only remain in-state until tax conditions are made more favorable elsewhere....

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Monday, May 7, 2012
A Better Life for Julia
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:37 PM :: 4794 Views :: National News, Ethics

...a faceless young American woman grows from birth to old age with the government at her side every step of the way....

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Sunday, May 6, 2012
Federal Suit Threatened: UH-Hilo Violates Rights of Religious Student Groups
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 8674 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Among the problematic policies are ... policies that force student clubs to accept voting members and officers that don’t agree with the clubs’ beliefs....

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Sunday, May 6, 2012
DoH Explains How Taxpayers Fund Gabbards’ Song and Dance Routine
By Andrew Walden @ 6:04 PM :: 8530 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A political watershed is formed when the benefits of incumbency flow down hill to a new generation....

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Sunday, May 6, 2012
Asking for More by Limiting Deductions
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 6264 Views :: Energy, Environment

A highly compensated Bishop Street executive recently complained that his effective state tax rate was something on the order of 16% even though the nominal maximum state income tax rate is 11% for those folks making big incomes....

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Bankrupt Marianas Islands Pension Fund Advisor Vanishes
By Selected News Articles @ 7:35 PM :: 7728 Views :: National News, Ethics

Complicating matters, the Merrill executive who most-closely dealt with the fund reportedly fell overboard while fishing in waters off Hawaii last September, and has yet to be found.…

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
SEC Report: ML&P on Verge of Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 9181 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The aforementioned circumstances raise substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern….

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Senate Democrats: Highlights of 2012 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 5273 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii State Senate adjourned on this final day of the 2012 Legislative Session, passing many bills in support of its priorities set forth at the beginning of the session....

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Hawaii Falls Short, May Still Lose RTTT Money: Hirono, Hanabusa Pleased
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 AM :: 7983 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The U.S. Department of Education said Friday it would keep Hawaii on "high risk" status for failing to carry out education reforms it promised in return for a $75 million grant from the federal government....

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Full Text: Supreme Court Ruling Allows Waimanalo Gulch to Remain Open
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 6365 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

No surprise here.  This has always been the plan ....

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
Rep. Kymberly Pine Pulls Papers to Run for City Council
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 8787 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Just a day after her last legislative day at the State Capitol, Representative Kymberly Pine will pull her papers today at 11:30 a.m. to run for the City Council District 1 seat....

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Friday, May 4, 2012
Statement from Gov. Linda Lingle on the Legacy of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:20 PM :: 6356 Views :: Energy, Environment

"I am encouraged that yesterday the Hawaii State Legislature passed SB 2785, which establishes a regulatory framework for the private investment in, and development of, an inter-island electricity transmission cable."

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Friday, May 4, 2012
DBEDT: April, 2012 Monthly Energy Report
By News Release @ 3:27 PM :: 5777 Views :: Energy, Environment

State's April 2012 Monthly Energy Trends Report has just been released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism....

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Friday, May 4, 2012
Weak Economy Disappoints Again
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:40 PM :: 4275 Views :: National News, Ethics's jobs report shows, the U.S. economy only added 115,000 jobs in April -- well below expectations and far, far below what is necessary to drive the economy back to full employment....

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Friday, May 4, 2012
Abercrombie Cheers Big Cable, Release of Criminals
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 6432 Views :: Energy, Environment

With the end of the 2012 Legislative session today, hundreds of measures now come to Governor Neil Abercrombie for his approval....

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Friday, May 4, 2012
Marcus Oshiro: ‘Top Ten Reasons’ to Pass Supplemental Budget
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 5251 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii House of Representatives took action Thursday on its final bills of the session....

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Friday, May 4, 2012
Environment: Hawaii Republicans Reclaim Legacy of Teddy Roosevelt
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:45 AM :: 6079 Views :: Energy, Environment

Republicans in the State House of Representatives successfully led the way in opposing a series of bills that would have resulted in lasting damage to our environment....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Abercrombie: Re-Vote on HSTA Contract Has No Legal Standing
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 8497 Views :: Energy, Environment

"As candidates for HSTA President, we had our disagreements. However, we both agree that asking teachers to reconsider the January settlement proposal is in the best interest of Hawaii's teachers and children." -Paul Daugherty & Wil Okabe

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Reject SB2776: Beth and Duane ‘Dog' Chapman Open Letter to Legislators
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 5267 Views :: Energy, Environment

Pre-Trial is a threat to public safety. Releasing thousands of prisoners cannot be taken lightly, and the current process for early release is inadequate....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
GAO Details Progress in Jones Act Study Requested by Puerto Rico Congressional Delegate
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 7818 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... supported by Delegate Gregorio “Kilili” Camacho Sablan (D-Northern Mariana Islands), the top Democrat on the Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs ....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
North Korea: Escape from Camp 14
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 6463 Views :: World News, Family

Blaine Harden, Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, Viking, $26.95....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Hybrids and Hype
By NCPA @ 4:15 PM :: 4930 Views :: National News, Ethics

their aggregate impact on the environmental is completely accounted for, they may be more harmful than their gasoline-only predecessors....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Wind Farms Are Warming the Earth, Researchers Say
By NCPA @ 4:10 PM :: 4290 Views :: National News, Ethics

However, new research finds that wind farms actually warm up the surface of the land underneath them during the night....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
How Does Temperature Affect Solar Panel Power Output?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 9538 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Graph to show the relationship between temperature and power output of a PV solar panel...

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Is the Postal Service Doomed?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:24 PM :: 4756 Views :: National News, Ethics

$25 billion in losses over the last five years, $20 billion in annual losses projected in the coming years, and 80 percent of its locations losing money....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Legislative Wrapup: Victories for Life, Family and Religious Freedom
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 8816 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Religion

Religious freedom, suicide, gambling, LBGT curriculum, and trangender birth certificates ....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Hawaii Churches Win Some Protection Against Forced Civil Unions
By Selected News Articles @ 1:46 AM :: 6369 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the House Conferees battled down to the last six minutes to protect churches who did not want to be involved with civil unions....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
SB2785: Ratepayers will Foot Bill for Billion Dollar Cable
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 1:26 AM :: 5995 Views :: Environment

the Senate has voted to make the public shoulder the burden of a $1billion cable system....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Ethics, Foreclosures, and Workers Comp: House Republicans Speak Out
By Video @ 1:16 AM :: 5893 Views :: Energy, Environment

HB2175, HB2099, HB1875....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
'Dereliction of Duty' -- Hirono Misses Student Loan Vote for Campaign Event
By General Bob Lee (ret) @ 12:25 AM :: 8258 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In a statement to a local reporter, Hirono's spokesperson said that her campaign travel itinerary took precedence over her duty as a Congresswoman to vote ....

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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Sugar Quotas: Bad for Consumers, Bad for Agriculture and Bad for America
By NCPA @ 12:21 AM :: 6035 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Government interference in the sugar market hurts consumers and food manufacturers by driving up the price of sugar, threatening competitive farmers and ranchers by jeopardizing export growth, and weakening the U.S. economy by diverting resources from more competitive uses...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
GMO Ag Sharply Cuts CO2 Output--Organics Spew Greenhouse Gasses
By NCPA @ 2:03 PM :: 8494 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In 2009, the shift to biotech crops reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 17.6 billion kilograms, equal to the removal of 7.8 million cars from the road for a year....

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Bin Laden Dead, but the Mission Remains
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:51 PM :: 4522 Views :: National News, Ethics

Unfortunately, under this Administration, the military is facing significant cuts that severely undermine America's ability to defend itself and stand ready to combat the threats that lie around the corner.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Reps Fontiane, Pine Cheer Passage of Cyber-Crime Package
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 5110 Views :: Energy, Environment

The State Legislature has passed three groundbreaking bills to curb the growing cyber crime trend in Hawaii. The bills were the result of the cyber crime informational briefing co-chaired by Representatives Kymberly Marcos Pine and George Fontaine.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Thielen Makes Final Push for Local Food Production Mandate
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 6378 Views :: Energy, Environment

Representative Thielen's amendment required that, by 2020, food grown in Hawaii for local consumption would double from the amount which was grown in the state in 2014....

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Untested Medical IT Allows 33% of Fatal Medication Errors
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 6509 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As the nation’s hospitals rush to adopt new health information technologies such as computerized medication prescribing systems, the potential for such advances to inadvertently result in harm to patients remains a major challenge ....

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
As Final Vote Approaches, Molokai Launches Petition to Stop Big Cable
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 8682 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Governor Abercrombie, HECO and some House and Senate members are now finalizing legislation that would allow the project to fast-track without sufficient environmental analysis or public review....

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
HB280: Strangled by Bureaucracy, Coffee Farmers Call for Repeal of Mandatory Inspections
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 8832 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The certification process has become a restrictive bottleneck, damaging the industry it was intended to protect....

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Obama's Crucifixion of "Big Oil"
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:55 PM :: 4552 Views :: National News, Ethics

If it ever was a secret, it's not a secret any longer: The Obama Administration is on a vindictive campaign to injure America's oil and gas industry....

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