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Monday, September 24, 2012
Electric Vehicles Cost the Taxpayer More than $7 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 5775 Views :: National News, Ethics

... the tax credits have other, indirect effects: Increased sales of electric vehicles allow automakers to sell more low-fuel-economy vehicles ....

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Monday, September 24, 2012
Time for a True Opportunity Agenda
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:53 PM :: 4662 Views :: National News, Ethics

Occupy Wall Street's pathetic first birthday last week confirmed that the longstanding reports of the movement's death have not, in fact, been exaggerated....

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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Senate Accountability for Everybody Except Rockne Freitas
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 PM :: 13487 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." -- George Santayana

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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Debt is Focus of Djou's Third TV Spot
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:00 PM :: 5092 Views :: Energy, Environment

We are on the same treacherous fiscal path as Greece, Italy and Spain....

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Sunday, September 23, 2012
UK Censors Images of Rusting Hawaii Windfarm
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 8401 Views :: Energy, First Amendment

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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Elusive Unfunded Liability Needs to be Addressed Without Tax Increases
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:32 AM :: 5572 Views :: Energy, Environment

Apparently there are some, including some of the commissioners on the Tax Review Commission, who believe that those unfunded liabilities that combined is estimated to be more than $20 billion must be addressed with increases in taxes....

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Sunday, September 23, 2012
NYT: Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic
By Selected News Articles @ 12:14 AM :: 6668 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...the goal was not only to improve efficiency and patient safety, but also to reduce health care costs.  But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs....

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Saturday, September 22, 2012
'Last Ounce of Courage' Now Playing in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 7:43 PM :: 7068 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The Washington Post said the film "plays squarely to folks who feel that Christians today are persecuted."

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Saturday, September 22, 2012
No to Tax Increases: Yes to Budget Cuts
By Sen Fred Hemmings @ 3:11 PM :: 5827 Views :: Energy, Environment

The PFM Group’s recommendations on ways to raise taxes are insulting....

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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Ewa Planning Commission Rejects Movie Studio and Hotel for Kalaeloa
By Tom Berg @ 1:52 AM :: 6959 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...one of the proposed amendments would specifically allow a major film production studio in an industrial zoned area near Campbell Industrial Park, as proposed under resolution 08-93.  The Planning Commission recommends denial....

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Saturday, September 22, 2012
New Player on the Team: Hawaii Family Advocates
By Selected News Articles @ 1:04 AM :: 6120 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Saturday, September 22, 2012
2016: Obama's America Now Showing on Oahu
By Selected News Articles @ 12:28 AM :: 18912 Views :: Obama

...producer Dinesh D'Souza asks viewers whether we will pursue the American dream or Barack Obama's dream....

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Saturday, September 22, 2012
20 years of Agriculture in Hawaii: Very Small and Shrinking
By Selected News Articles @ 12:17 AM :: 5403 Views :: Energy, Environment

Agriculture provides employment for a very small number of people and the people who work in agriculture earn less than workers in any other sector....

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Friday, September 21, 2012
Hirono Suggests Inouye not Effective
By Video @ 10:44 PM :: 5326 Views :: Energy, Environment

For Hirono to build her entire campaign on the coattails of Senator Inouye and President Obama underscores her lack of depth as a candidate for a promotion to higher office....

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Friday, September 21, 2012
$1B Short: Obama 2013 Budget Cuts Hawaii Obamacare Funds
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:41 PM :: 8346 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

If Obama;'s 2013 budget is implemented, Hawaii will be obligated to pay $1,096,300,000 more for Medicaid....

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Friday, September 21, 2012
Feds Take Over OSHA Inspection from DLIR
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 6370 Views :: Energy, Environment

federal enforcement authority will be exercised in Hawaii effective September 21, 2012....

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Friday, September 21, 2012
Wanna Buy a House? Federal Funds Back $6400 Hawaii Giveaway
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 5148 Views :: Energy, Environment

Upon completion of all program requirements, participants’ savings are matched with $6400....

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Friday, September 21, 2012
100 Days Until Taxmageddon
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:16 PM :: 5804 Views :: National News, Ethics

Sunday will mark the start of the 100-day countdown to “Taxmageddon” – the date the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect....

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Friday, September 21, 2012
5 Ways Fast & Furious Tarnishes Eric Holder's Justice Department
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 PM :: 3852 Views :: National News, Ethics

The report singles out top Department of Justice officials for wrongdoing and contradicts sworn testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Labeling of Genetically Engineered Foods Is a Losing Proposition
By NCPA @ 6:17 PM :: 5704 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 The law does nothing more than deceive people into purchasing non-GE foods, which aren't different from GE foods....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
American Soldier: Djou Unveils Second TV Spot
By Rep Charles Djou @ 5:58 PM :: 9568 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We need to elect leaders who are more concerned about America than their political party and will put aside partisan differences to work together to solve our nation's problems. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
'Critical habitat': Feds Seize Control of 67 square miles on Oahu; Maui Next
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 12525 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Environment

About 47 percent of the designated habitat is located on land belonging to the state, 11 percent is on federal lands, 9 percent is on city and county lands, while 33 percent on of the land privately owned.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Bronster: Secret Tape Recordings Show Kauai Prosecutors Plotting Perjury
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 10380 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Law Enforcement

A prosecutor cannot use a criminal prosecution against a political rival in an attempt to intimidate him.... Incredibly, they made tape recordings discussing their plans and they joked on those tapes about committing perjury if ever caught.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
9th Circuit Hears Abercrombie Appeal Against Micronesians
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 6261 Views :: Energy, Environment

...islanders, many of whom have persistent and serious health conditions, filed a class action against the state, alleging that the cut in benefits violated the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Honolulu: Best 100 Communities for Young People
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 6435 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Lauren Cheape: Organic and Genuine Representation
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:52 PM :: 8616 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

As a 4th generation farmer of Peterson’s Farm, Lauren will effectively serve as a voice for the agricultural community ....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Beth Fukumoto: Supporting the Leaders of Tomorrow
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 12:37 PM :: 8429 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Through her leadership and assistance State House Republicans were able to create, develop, and present a state budget proposal that would have balanced our state budget without raising taxes and/or fees!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Obama Doesn't Just Gut Welfare Reform, He Turns It Upside Down
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:32 PM :: 2110 Views

...the House of Representatives is set to vote today to approve or disapprove Health and Human Services’ (HHS) rewriting of the 1996 law....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Activists Pressure DHHL to Stop Self-Funding
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 6058 Views :: Energy, Environment

According to Rodney Lau, DHHL administrative services officer, it’s been a common practice to transfer these interest revenues to the operating account every three months....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Public Comment Sought on Revised Environmental Review Process
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 4939 Views :: Energy, Environment

Areas under discussion include the length of time an EIS is valid, the exemption process, and cultural impacts....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Did Honolulu Council Ban All Commercial Activity in All Parks?
By Tom Berg @ 2:48 AM :: 6454 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Thursday, September 20 - TOMORROW - from 5-7 p.m. - Waianae District Park (Ewa Beach to Keaau)

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
DHHL to Build Houses for Non-Hawaiians?
By Tom Berg @ 2:13 AM :: 7553 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

As it stands, Native Hawaiian communal lands, property, is going to be open for residency/occupancy to non-native Hawaiians and this must be addressed....

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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Council to Return Medal of Honor Names to Kalaeloa Roads?
By John Bond @ 1:37 AM :: 6790 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The resolution urges changing Kalaeloa street names in former MCAS Ewa BACK to their ORIGINAL names reflecting those pilots killed in action and awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroism during WW-II....

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
VIDEO: Djou Launches First TV Ad
By Video @ 7:09 PM :: 9185 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It's only through your generosity and support that we have the funds to be able to discuss the important issues facing our country today, and the need to elect genuine leaders, like Charles, who have the courage and the character to address those issues.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
How HMSA Used Health Care Advisory Council to Establish Medical Monopoly
By Selected News Articles @ 7:01 PM :: 10398 Views :: Hawaii History, Health Care

Governor Linda Lingle signed, SB 665 SDI HD2 CD1 which prohibits "a person representing a health maintenance organization under chapter 4320, a mutual benefit society issuing individual and group hospital or medical service plans under chapter 432, or any other health care organization" from membership on the Council....

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Government Dependency Rises As Number of Taxpayers Declines
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:39 PM :: 2461 Views

In 2009, 47 percent of all tax filers paid no federal individual income taxes, and in 2011 that figure was 46 percent....

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
BOE approves DOE plan to accredit all schools by 2019
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 4527 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Widely regarded as the gold standard for accreditation, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges will now accredit all public schools in Hawaii." Hawaii private schools are also accredited by WASC. The same criteria will be used for both.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Panetta: Navy Will Invite China to Pacific Rim Exercise
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 PM :: 9485 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

 Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, told reporters here today they see progress and room for growth in the two nations’ military relationship....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
1995: Akaka Bill Begins With Clayton Hee and Casino Gambling
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 6368 Views :: Energy, Environment

OHA chairman Clayton Hee and Van Dyke's wife, Sherry Broder, met in August (1996) with the Washington lobbying firm of Patton Boggs, L.L.P., to seek assistance in passing federal legislation to recognize OHA as the Native Hawaiian government as well as to "quietly" explore casino gambling....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Chinese General: Prepare for Combat with Japan
By Selected News Articles @ 10:09 PM :: 7063 Views :: World News, Family

Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, considered the most senior military political commissar, said Friday that military forces should be “prepared for any possible military combat,” state run Xinhua news agency reported....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Largest Jury Verdict For Hawaii Slip and Fall Case
By News Release @ 7:39 PM :: 10198 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

...she slipped and fell on uncleaned floor of the defendant’s fast food restaurant...$5,670,000....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
New Lingle Ad: People Across the State Agree, Including Democrats
By Video @ 7:10 PM :: 5367 Views :: Energy, Environment

Mazie Hirono says our Democrat supporters aren’t Democrat enough. Her partisan politics are shining through, and giving Hawaii a glimpse of the us-vs-them mentality she leads with....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Neither Jurisdiction Has Authority to Solve Hawaii County Election Problems
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 8287 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Responsibility for some functions is not clearly specified in HRS 11. It is not clear that either jurisdiction has sufficient authority to resolve all the problems that surfaced in the Big Island primary election....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Micronesians: Stop Abercrombie's Healthcare Discrimination
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 11983 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Abercrombie is pursuing an appeal of the injunction on Basic Health Hawai'i, with a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hearing scheduled for Tuesday in San Francisco....  

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Obesity Study: Hawaii Could Save $2.7B By Eliminating 5%
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 6024 Views :: Energy, Environment

Adult Obesity Rate in Hawaii Could Reach 51.8 Percent by 2030, According to New Study -- Related Health Care Costs Could Climb by 12.3 Percent....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Government Union SuperPac Hears Footsteps, Attacks Lingle, Case
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 3942 Views :: Energy, Environment

"I attended meetings between Governor Lingle, the Board of Education and the Superintendent, and the Governor made it clear that her support for furloughs was conditioned on them not occurring on instructional days so that students wouldn't miss any school days," Smith added.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
CBO: Hawaii Faces $2.1B Medicare Cuts Under Obamacare
By Selected News Articles @ 4:18 PM :: 7407 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...this updated CBO estimate represents the first time that the Medicare payment reductions are accounted for in the full 10‐year budget window....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A Major Glitch for Digitized Health-Care Records
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 3985 Views :: National News, Ethics

Savings promised by the government and vendors of information technology are little more than hype....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Shocking News! Trade with China Supports U.S. Jobs
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:41 PM :: 6946 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The belief that more imports equals less employment at home is false. It follows directly that the idea that trade deficits lead to higher unemployment is also false.

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Monday, September 17, 2012
UPW Fires Employees for Refusing to Contribute to Hanabusa
By Selected News Articles @ 10:28 PM :: 13078 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Labor

Democratic FEC commissioners argued that UPW did in fact coerce “employees to participate in the union’s political activities” in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971....

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