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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
UK Guardian: When contagion strikes, it's Honolulu you should avoid
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 5593 Views :: Energy, Environment

MIT researchers have analysed which airport hubs would be key to spreading a virulent disease, with some surprising results ....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Lingle: Death of Officer Chad Morimoto Devastating Loss for Family, Community
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 6:14 PM :: 6472 Views :: Energy, Environment

...death of one of ’Honolulu’s finest’ during a motorcycle training exercise in Mililani is a devastating loss for his family and for our entire community....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Applicants Sought for Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 5045 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Judicial Council is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Hawai`i State Ethics Commission due to the departure of Jacqueline Kido....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
AP: Obama Pushes Poverty Levels to 50-year High
By NCPA @ 5:57 PM :: 2542 Views

The ranks of America's poor are on track to climb to levels unseen in nearly half a century, erasing gains from the war on poverty in the 1960s ....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
FULL TEXT: 256 pages of Rail 'PR' Contracts
By Andrew Walden @ 5:29 PM :: 7196 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“...copies of the contracts of the public involvement individuals, companies, consultants, or subconsultants hired or contracted...."

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Grassroot Institute: DoE ‘Schools progress heartening’
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 5174 Views :: Energy, Environment
GRIH: "A few months ago, we reported on the HDOE's desperate attempts to show progress on structural reforms that would allow them to keep the $75 million dollar grant the state received from the Federal 'Race to the Top' Program. It appears that those efforts have been successful."
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Akakū TV holding Election Correspondent Workshop
By News Release @ 3:55 PM :: 6674 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

With election season fast approaching, we’re asking you to contribute to our live coverage....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
U.S. News Announces New Global Travel Rankings
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 4124 Views :: Energy, Environment

U.S. News Travel released the 2012-2013 editions of several popular Best Vacations ranking lists....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Lingle: So-called ‘Millionaires Tax’ is a Tax on Small Business
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 6559 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

By refusing to think deeply about the important issues facing our country and blindly aligning with their national Party leadership, the Democrat candidates for Hawaii’s U.S. Senate seat are advocating for policies that will hurt our state ....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
New Transit Bill Re-Classifies BRT as 'Fixed Guideway'
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:17 AM :: 8664 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The recently passed 2-year transportation act of Congress which was signed by the president contains these golden nuggets for Honolulu....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
HSTA, UHPA Report 2010-11 Membership Numbers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 AM :: 7204 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This stuff is not getting any easier to track down, but thanks to the work of some good people we were able to obtain detailed membership information for each National Education Association state affiliate....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Liz Larson for Senate Pau Hana Ala Moana
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 7380 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Liz Larson, Republican candidate in State Senate District 12 is hosting a free Pau Hana Barbeque in Ala Moana Beach Park, immediately Ewa of McCoy Pavilion, this Friday, July 27 between 6:00 and 7:30 PM....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Public Input Sought on Hawaii State Court System
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 4496 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii State Judiciary is inviting members of the public to provide input on the Hawaii state courts by completing an anonymous online survey....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
$200,000 Project Adding a 4th Lane to H-1, To Be Done in Early August
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 5591 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

This re-striping project increases road capacity 33% but costs 1/27500th as much as Rail.

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Monday, July 23, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted July 23, 2012
By Congress.org @ 6:57 PM :: 6322 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Campaign Financial Disclosures – Cloture
  • Senate: Outsourcing Tax Credits – Cloture
  • House: Foreign Relations Authorization - Passage
  • House: Sequestration Report - Passage
  • House: Defense Appropriations – Passage
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Monday, July 23, 2012
States Should Wait Before Accepting Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:08 PM :: 4193 Views :: National News, Ethics

The only ways to expand Medicaid are to raise taxes, cut other state programs, or slash health care providers' reimbursements in Medicaid even more....

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Monday, July 23, 2012
Lingle Wraps Up Chamber Endorsement Tour, Launches Tourism Spot
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 3:51 AM :: 7670 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Just as those of us in Hawaii know, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognizes that a healthy visitor industry plays an important role in our nation’s economic recovery. This is why my plan includes the creation of a standing sub-committee on tourism in the U.S. Senate,”

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Monday, July 23, 2012
64% of Itemized Hirono Donors from Mainland
By Ed Case @ 3:27 AM :: 4230 Views

...follow the money. Who's really paying for all this, what do they want....

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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Sierra Club Rail Position: Incompetent, Disturbing
By Honolulu Traffic @ 5:50 PM :: 7149 Views :: Rail

"This is really disturbing to hear, and so incorrect. You have no idea what you are talking about."

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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Ellison Removes Pro-Wind Signs from Lanai
By Selected News Articles @ 3:18 PM :: 8198 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Driverless Cars: Trading the Future for the Past
By NCPA @ 1:15 PM :: 5401 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...driverless cars are a much better technological solution than high speed rail....

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Sunday, July 22, 2012
County Services Should Be Paid For By Those Who Benefit
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:27 AM :: 6407 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...county officials in the City & County of Honolulu are squirming over what do to with a recommendation made by a commission it appointed to bring fairness and equity into the real property tax system....

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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Restoring City Bus Service: Hearing This Wednesday
By Tom Berg @ 3:41 PM :: 6318 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

12-177 was introduced to restore city bus service without raising fares....

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Saturday, July 21, 2012
BLNR to Decide on Mandatory Boating Safety Courses
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 5652 Views :: Energy, Environment

...on Friday, July 27, will consider adoption of a proposed new boating rule that would require boat operators to complete a boating safety course to operate a power driven vessel in state waters....

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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Marumoto Briefs Mainland Lawmakers on Hawaii Renewable Energy
By News Release @ 3:30 PM :: 6719 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Rep. Barbara Marumoto gave a presentation on the state of renewable energy in Hawaii at the Women in Government Fourth Annual Energy Summit in Des Moines, Iowa....

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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Hawaii GOP Chair to Wed Former Chair
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 7311 Views :: Energy, Environment

Wedding of David Chang & Beth Fukumoto Saturday, July 21st from 3:30pm-4:00pm.

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Friday, July 20, 2012
More than 5,000 students Step Up
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 5515 Views :: Energy, Environment

More than 5,200 students statewide from the Class of 2015 have committed to earn the Board of Education’s (BOE) Recognition Diploma....

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Friday, July 20, 2012
Unfair Indemnification: Truckers Association Pleased by Passage of SB824
By Selected News Articles @ 10:53 PM :: 5366 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...It would be totally wrong to hold my trucker liable for something that isn’t even remotely connected to him...."

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Friday, July 20, 2012
Governor Releases $92.8 Million for Highways, Airports and Harbors
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 5310 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $92.8 million for various Capital Improvement Projects ....

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Friday, July 20, 2012
After Inexplicably Abandoning Kau Inoa, OHA Launches New Roll for Akaka Tribe
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 6580 Views :: Energy, Environment

"We are collectively a people who are driven to do what is right, what is pono,” said Waiheʻe (who is being sued by the State for $39M looted from the RightStar burial accounts).

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Friday, July 20, 2012
Statement from Governor Linda Lingle on Aurora Shooting Tragedy
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:09 PM :: 7543 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Let us all continue to join with the rest of the nation as we hold the grieving families of Aurora close in our thoughts and spirit-filled prayers."

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Friday, July 20, 2012
Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations Strangling Economy
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 4610 Views :: National News, Ethics

Dodd–Frank does not end bailouts and taxpayer support for big banks....

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Friday, July 20, 2012
"Save Our Honolulu" Fundraiser to Support Rail Litigation
By Honolulu Traffic @ 1:32 AM :: 7784 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

We are raising money to help fund our lawsuit to keep the heavy rail elevated train out of downtown Honolulu....

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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Abercrombie: Massive Tax Increase Allows State to Deal With Rats, Frogs
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 5633 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Coqui frogs have proliferated across Hawai'i Island.... In Waikiki, the lack of adequate vector control has resulted in a rat infestation. These are just two examples of what we must get a handle on...."

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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Let's Be Honest About Outsourcing
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:28 PM :: 5224 Views :: National News, Ethics

The U.S. actually leads the world in manufacturing. Yes, you read that correctly. We produce 21 percent of global manufactured products, while China comes after at 15 percent....

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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Full Text: Sierra Club Declines to Make Mayoral Endorsement
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 6195 Views :: Rail

"Honolulu needs a mayor who is both committed to keeping the country, country and who understands the urgency of developing the modern infrastructure needed to ensure most new growth will occur in Honolulu's traditional urban core."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
IRS Backs Off, Grants Tax Free Status to Maui TEA Party
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 PM :: 11584 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

"...the IRS contacted us today regarding your 501(c)4 application and stated that they are withdrawing the additional questions that they sent to your organization...."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Lingle: Obama's STEM Education Plan 'in Sync' with Hawaii
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:02 PM :: 7777 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"President Obama's statements in Washington today are in sync with the STEM education programs and initiatives my team and I advocated and worked for during my term as Governor of Hawaii."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Duke Aiona Urges Supporters to Participate in GOP Primary, Vote for Lingle
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 9:35 PM :: 5880 Views :: Energy, Environment

I'm writing to ask you to support my good friend, Linda Lingle, in her campaign for the U.S. Senate....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Annual Yearly Progress: How Did Your School Do?
By News Release @ 3:57 PM :: 5914 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Department of Education has released its Annual Yearly Progress report for 2012. Click the link below to see how your school did....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
State Historic Preservation Division Releases Organizational Audit Findings
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 5672 Views :: Energy, Environment

... two sets of responsibilities: the Review and Compliance with Federal and State laws, and the oversight of Survey and Inventory ....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Bernake: Tourism is a Bright Spot
By News Release @ 2:59 PM :: 7149 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...when a foreigner comes and visits Hawaii, that actually counts as a U.S. export....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The End of Welfare Reform As We Know It
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:31 PM :: 4892 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Obama Administration made yet another end run around Congress last week—this time, to gut the successful welfare reform law of 1996....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
New Poll: Lingle 47% - Hirono 41%
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 6783 Views :: Energy, Environment

The poll was conducted from July 12-15. The margin of error is 4%, sample size is 600 registered voters....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Revenue Demands of Public Employee Pension Promises
By Selected News Articles @ 1:34 PM :: 4473 Views :: National News, Ethics

Economists predict that American households will have to contribute an average of $1,398 per year to fulfill pension promises, according to a new study....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Queen’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best Hospitals
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 AM :: 6869 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The Queen’s Medical Center has been recognized as Best Hospital in Hawaii by the U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals rankings....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Governor signs special purpose revenue bond for HPU
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 7789 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Gov. Neil Abercrombie this week signed a bond issue passed by the state legislature earlier this spring that will help Hawai‘i Pacific University raise as much as $120 million for critical capital projects at its three locations around O‘ahu....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
International Botball Tourney Returns to Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:51 AM :: 6162 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Global Conference on Educational Robotics will be hosted in Hawaii and will include the International Botball Tournament from July 18-22, 2012....

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
After One Year, Systemwide Cheating Boosts DoE Test Scores
By News Release @ 2:38 AM :: 6151 Views :: Education K-12

“The remarkable growth in reading and math proficiency for all grade levels is a direct reflection of the hard work of our educators and students,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
FULL TEXT: RFP for Hawaii Health Insurance Exchange Implementation Project
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 5579 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaiʻi Health Connector is pleased to release a Request for Proposals for the Health Insurance Exchange Implementation Project.

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