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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Senate Committee Hearing Discusses Ways to Create Akaka Tribe Without Congressional Approval
By Andrew Walden @ 4:32 PM :: 6803 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Akaka’s Committee will “examine the process of recognizing tribes through the Administrative and Congressional processes.”

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
HART Slashes Rail PR Budget—But Only After Primary
By John Bond @ 2:46 PM :: 7379 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Honolulu rail officials today canceled the contracts for eight of its public outreach specialists, in a move that will save $2.8 million ...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Mazie-Come-Lately: Hirono's Touted Sustainability Plan is All Talk and No Action
By News Release @ 2:42 PM :: 5040 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Many have asked? What has Hirono been doing in Congress for the past six years?"

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Full Text: Lingle Speaks on Jones Act
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:48 PM :: 8268 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As Hawaii’s next U.S. Senator, I commit to you that while the Jones Act issue is being fully studied, I will explore other ways to reduce the costs of living in the State of Hawaii.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
House Votes to Repeal Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:46 PM :: 6338 Views :: National News, Ethics

...this is only the second time the House will have voted to fully repeal the law....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Hanabusa, Hirono Co-Sponsor Bill Threatening Closure of Catholic Charities
By Andrew Walden @ 9:50 PM :: 8075 Views :: Family, Congressional Delegation

HR1681 decertifies any adoption or foster care agency which does not assign children to same sex couples....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Mazie’s record is clear, because it’s empty
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 5442 Views :: Energy, Environment

Despite her long political life and her tenure in the most unpopular Congress in U.S. history, Mazie Hirono hasn’t gotten the job done for the people of Hawaii....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
State Appeals Attorneys' Fees Award In JSC List Case
By Robert Thomas @ 6:49 PM :: 5233 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abandoning the practice of his two predecessors, the Governor refused to release the list of names of nominees transmitted to him by the Judicial Selection Commission....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
CNBC: Hawaii Ranks 49th in Business Climate
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 PM :: 5384 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • Top corporate tax rate: 6.4 percent
  • Top individual tax rate: 11.0 percent
  • Gasoline taxes/fees: 49.6 cents
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Did HART Secretly Pay Off Advertiser Editor?
By Honolulu Traffic @ 4:30 PM :: 8820 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...five accounts in the listing are shown as, “Not reported.” Jeanne Mariani-Belding, former editorial page editor of the Advertiser is one....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Obamacare: 83% of MDs Consider Quitting
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 2980 Views

Seven out of 10 say “Pay-For-Performance will NOT reduce costs, and 2 out of 3 say it will NOT improve quality of care....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Obama Embraces Taxmageddon
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:49 PM :: 2467 Views

"The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession, because that would just suck up—take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole." -- That was President Obama in 2009

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Debating the Local Food Movement
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 3261 Views

...we’ve learned to produce more food on less land, the price of it has fallen, the range of it available at your local store has increased, and the malnourished percentage of the world population has declined. The problem with locavores is that they want to undo all of this progress....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The Shortage of Generic Sterile Injectable Drugs: Diagnosis and Solutions
By NCPA @ 10:55 AM :: 2360 Views

Medicare reimbursement for certain injectable drugs -- especially for cancer -- should be shifted from the Medicare Part B program to the Part D program....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Why Does Hirono Want to Cut $500B From Medicare?
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 5840 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Whether she will admit it or not, Mazie Hirono is leading the charge for big cuts to Medicare....

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Health Contract with America
By John Goodman @ 10:53 PM :: 5280 Views :: National News, Ethics

This is a practical, realistic and workable form of universal coverage....

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Monday, July 9, 2012
The Inequality Fetish
By NCPA @ 10:42 PM :: 4542 Views :: National News, Ethics

According to liberals, either the 2008 financial crisis and its attendant recession, or the sluggish recovery -- and maybe both -- can be attributed in large part to the high level of economic inequality in the United States....

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Level 3 Bio Lab for Kalaeloa? Briefing Wednesday
By John Bond @ 9:03 PM :: 8184 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

An informational briefing for the public to learn about the proposed "Pacific Health Research Laboratory (PHRL)" at Kalaeloa will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Kapolei High School ....

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Monday, July 9, 2012
After Losing Hospital, Ewa Beach Gets New Ambulance
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 8:42 PM :: 6514 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“The closure of the Hawaii Medical Center had a substantial impact on the Leeward Coast,” said Rep. Pine. “This new ambulance unit provides the much needed crisis medical attention that our community needs.”

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Berg: Bus Cuts Could be Restored by Eliminating Rail Propaganda
By Tom Berg @ 8:37 PM :: 7284 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...we need to come up with $3 million. If we merely stop the rail propaganda efforts costing us over $4 million a year in staff salaries alone to specifically pitch rail, we could do it!

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Planning Commission to Vote on Ewa Development Plan
By Selected News Articles @ 8:24 PM :: 6316 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

On July 11, the City Planning Commission will pass or deny the ‘Ewa Development Plan (EDP), which directs the future for the whole Leeward area.

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Arkansas Attorney General Sues Hawaii Travel Agent
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 4958 Views :: National News, Ethics

The lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court alleges that Ope Saaga, who operated Performing Hawaii Tours, violated the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by failing to provide the travel services paid for by the Fort Smith Southside High School and "Spirit of Arkansas" marching bands....

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Monday, July 9, 2012
UN Small Arms Treaty: "Serious Threat to American Gun Owners"
By Selected News Articles @ 5:29 PM :: 8006 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

the U.N. and global gun banners have markedly stepped up their attack on our Second Amendment freedoms by including civilian arms in the proposed Arms Trade Treaty....

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Monday, July 9, 2012
Rail: Transportation Secretary Wants Us to Be Like Communist China
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:19 PM :: 6012 Views :: National News, Ethics

China’s attempt at a high-speed rail network is fraught with corrupt officials, impossible costs, and deadly safety failures. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wishes America would follow it as a model....

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Sunday, July 8, 2012
Lingle Cable TV Channel Adds Interactive Photo Scrapbook
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 5008 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat, today launched an interactive photo gallery on LL12, Oceanic Time Warner digital cable channel 110.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012
‘Cause It Is Only a Quarter of a Percent
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:36 AM :: 5223 Views :: Energy, Environment

... it is not only the Tax Review Commission that is eyeing ways to raise additional revenues, but also various special interest groups ....

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Sunday, July 8, 2012
The States Resist Obamacare
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 5035 Views :: National News, Ethics

One of the few bright spots in the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare was its 7–2 decision striking down the Obama administration’s attempt to blackmail states into going along with a massive and costly expansion of Medicaid....

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Saturday, July 7, 2012
Hawaii annexed by United States
By Selected News Articles @ 11:02 PM :: 5817 Views :: Energy, Environment

"That no law shall be enacted which is at variance with the word of the Lord Jehovah, or at variance with the general spirit of His word. All laws of the Islands shall be in consistency with the general spirit of God’s law."

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Saturday, July 7, 2012
FCC Closes in on Sandwich Isles Scam as Abercrombie Prepares to Give Al Hee $100M
By Selected News Articles @ 9:24 PM :: 8336 Views

The word "REDACTED" appears 17 times, but its still very revealing....

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Saturday, July 7, 2012
New Lingle Ad Focuses on STEM Education
By Video @ 8:03 PM :: 5415 Views :: Energy, Environment

"A big achievement during my time as Governor was bringing STEM education into the schools," said Governor Lingle.

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Friday, July 6, 2012
Act 219 Eliminates Penalties for Profitable Non-Profit Tax Cheats
By Selected News Articles @ 10:22 PM :: 6231 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii reversed course on "responsible person" liability for unpaid general excise tax liabilities for "responsible persons" affiliated with non-profit entities, via Act 219 of 2012....

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Friday, July 6, 2012
Oppose Federal Control of Building Codes? Hanabusa Says You Must be Shunned
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 8660 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Congressman Scalise is strongly opposed to a Federal Takeover of … (Drumroll please) … Local Building Hanabusa says he must be shunned and anyone who meets with him should be disqualified in the eyes of voters....

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Friday, July 6, 2012
Full Text: Audit Challenges Hawaii's Burgeoning Special Funds, Raids
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 5228 Views :: Energy, Environment

At least 729 non-general funds and accounts hold an estimated unencumbered cash balance of $2.47 billion.

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Friday, July 6, 2012
Jobs, Unemployment Stuck
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:00 PM :: 5390 Views :: National News, Ethics

According to their projections, by now, unemployment should be at 5.5 percent. Instead, of course, it’s 8.2 percent—and has been above 8 percent for 41 straight months....

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Friday, July 6, 2012
A Health Care Contract with America
By NCPA @ 1:48 PM :: 8359 Views :: National News, Ethics

replace the current system of tax and spending subsidies with a system that offers everyone a uniform, fixed-dollar tax credit for the purchase of health insurance....

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Abercrombie Releases $75M for Honolulu Airport CIP
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 8730 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $75.3 million for various Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) at Honolulu International Airport....

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
RIMPAC Biofuel Contractors Soak Navy for $26/gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 10:49 PM :: 6629 Views :: National News, Ethics

The U.S. Navy has spent $26 a gallon for 900,000 gallons of biofuels mixed with petroleum for use in a training exercise, and Republicans in Washington aren't too happy about it

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Cut The Price Of Solar In Half By Cutting Red Tape
By Selected News Articles @ 10:35 PM :: 7774 Views :: World News, Family

Prices have plummeted so much over the past two years that the solar panels and associated supplies cost about $8,000 for a typical 4,000-watt residential system. A qualified solar specialist or electrician should be able to install these panels for about $2,000 ....

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
NASDAQ Halts Hoku Trading
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 6749 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Aren't tax credits wonderful!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Sweetener: Did InfraConsult Push $1.9M Change Order for HDR?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 PM :: 13562 Views :: Ethics, Rail

What was the role of InfraConsult in promoting a $1.9M change order given to HDR immediately prior to announcement of the HDR deal to purchase InfraConsult?

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Reopening of the American Mind
By Selected News Articles @ 12:41 PM :: 4469 Views :: National News, Ethics

Alan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind is still an important work after 25 years, despite some unforeseen events....

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Thursday, July 5, 2012
Governor Walker Breaks New Ground in Higher Ed
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:40 PM :: 3910 Views :: National News, Ethics

The problem of college affordability is recognized on both sides of the aisle, but sadly, most efforts to abate the problem - such as increasing federal subsidies - have only exacerbated it. 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Is The Obamacare Decision The New Kelo?
By Robert Thomas @ 6:14 PM :: 5007 Views :: National News, Ethics

Opponents have vowed to repeal it, citing the nearly universal popular revulsion with the Court's majority decision in Kelo v. City of New London as an example where one side lost the battle, but might have secured the upper hand in the long run....

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Djou: What Independence Day Means to Me
By Rep Charles Djou @ 5:54 PM :: 5673 Views :: Energy, Environment

During my tour of duty, I had the privilege of serving with several Afghan translators. One translator in particular stood out for me. This translator regularly went out on the most dangerous patrols with our U.S. soldiers and took enormous risks to help our mission succeed....

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
EU: Smart Meters Allow 'Massive Collection of Personal Data'
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 11541 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

European Data Protection Supervisor warns 'massive collection of personal data' could be accessed without safeguards ....

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Abercrombie Quietly Gives 'Favored Nation' Benefits to Executive Branch Employees
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 6402 Views :: Energy, Environment

This Executive Order was quietly posted on the website with no public announcement....

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Unanimous BoE Approves DoE 'Strategic Plan'
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 5249 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Strategic Plan aligns the three main DOE goals with three BOE committees (Student Achievement, Human Resources, and Finance and Infrastructure) to increase both accountability and efficiency.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Does the Declaration of Independence Still Matter?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:37 PM :: 4608 Views :: National News, Ethics

"all that Progressives ask or desire is permission…to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle"

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Lingle Celebrates Independence Day
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 2:50 AM :: 6006 Views :: Energy, Environment

America's independence must be 'celebrated by succeeding generations, as the great anniversary festival' and be 'solemnized with Pomp and Parade' and 'Illuminations from one end of this Continent to the other from this time forward forever more.'

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
RTTT: Congress Demands Answers as Georgia Joins Hawaii on 'High-Risk' Status
By Selected News Articles @ 7:20 PM :: 6684 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... a Government Accountability Office report, requested by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on states' implementation of the teacher quality portions of Race to the Top....

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