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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Supreme Courts seeks Six Volunteers to Discipline Lawyers
By News Release @ 1:14 PM :: 5907 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Board’s duties include overseeing the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which investigates allegations of attorney misconduct and incapacity, and recommending appropriate action to the Hawaii Supreme Court.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tax Freedom Day in Hawaii: April 6
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:27 PM :: 5599 Views :: Energy, Environment

Ninety-six. That is the number of days one must work each year in Hawaii to pay Uncle Sam before taking home their hard-earned dollars. That means the first three months of the year you work not for yourself, but for the government. This number includes federal, state, and local taxes, for a grand total of 26.3% of your income.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wildman withdraws over “unresolved situation”– didn’t pay Payroll Taxes
By News Release @ 11:43 AM :: 6520 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Judiciary

"...because of an unresolved situation with my law firm, I have decided to withdraw my nomination to prevent any distraction for the Abercrombie Administration and disruption for my family.”

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
2011 Akaka Bill grants Tribal officials broad immunity from Hawaii Criminal and Civil Laws
By Andrew Walden @ 10:54 AM :: 7990 Views :: Energy, Environment

“The explicit sovereign immunity and exemption from regulation provisions in the present bill allow the Native Hawaiian governing entity, and its leaders, to conduct activities anywhere in Hawai‘i (and potentially any other state) in a way that is inconsistent with State criminal statutes.... It is not clear how the State could enforce its interests against unlawful or irresponsible actions by the governing entity or its elected leaders or employees."  - Gov. Linda Lingle, March 24, 2010

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Thursday, March 31, 2011
2011 Akaka Bill: More than 73% of Hawaiians not "Qualified" for membership in Akaka Tribe
By Andrew Walden @ 12:15 AM :: 29584 Views :: Akaka Bill

(L-R): Abercrombie, Broken Trust, Sandwich Isles/OHA (From Broken Trust, pg 202)

On one hand, Section 4(a)(4) of the Senate Akaka Bill states: "Native Hawaiians have an inherent right to autonomy in their internal affairs (and) and inherent right of self-determination and self-governance (and) the right to reorganize a Native Hawaiian governing entity...."

But Section 8(a) recognizes only: "The right of the qualified Native Hawaiian constituents to reorganize the single Native Hawaiian governing entity...."

Who are allowed to become "Qualified Native Hawaiian Constituents" will be determined by a "commission" of nine members.  There are exactly nine OHA Trustees.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Abercrombie names BoE Nominees
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 5408 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced his appointments to the new Board of Education (BOE).  The board consists of nine members – three from O'ahu, three at-large, and one each from Hawai'i Island, Maui and Kaua'i. 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Hawaii Right to Life: Oppose HCR 71 on HPV vaccination
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 7363 Views :: Energy, Environment

The bill language makes the false claim that HPV vaccination results in "few or no side effects" when, in fact, there have been documented serious adverse effects worldwide, including many deaths. HPV screening prior to vaccination is not routinely done.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Governor renews push for beverage taxes
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 5871 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Daily KOS Polls Hawaii Senate Race: Mufi 47–Lingle 40
By Selected News Articles @ 11:39 AM :: 6562 Views :: Energy, Environment

Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos/SEIU (3/24-27, Hawaii voters, no trendlines)

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
CoR: Tsunami effect smallish, Weak February tax receipts major factor
By Selected News Articles @ 1:19 AM :: 7594 Views :: Energy, Environment

Did they leave a bunch of checks in the box ‘til March 1?  Anyone want to lay bets on March coming in as “surprisingly high" when CoR meets next time?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
VIDEO: House debates Retirement, Gambling, Insurance—and frozen Bread
By Video @ 6:12 PM :: 5842 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • Rep. Fontaine Address SB 1269 Retirement System
  • Reps. Fontaine and Thielen Addresses SB755 Gambling
  • Rep. Cynthia Thieln Address SB1274 Health Insurance
  • Rep. Pine address SB1088 Baked Goods
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
HTA addressing “short-term consolidation of flights” by JAL
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 10161 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

...right now, our main concern is for the Japanese people and helping them recover from this tragedy. We encourage others to join us in supporting the 'Aloha for Japan' fundraising efforts....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
COFA Migrations: Field work complete, GAO Audit report due in September
By Andrew Walden @ 12:46 PM :: 10447 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In February, 2010, GAO was asked by eight members of Congress representing Hawaii, Arkansas, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa to review issues related to the migration of citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands(RMI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of Palau (ROP) to the U.S....

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Hawaii Legislature to Honor 16 fallen Heroes
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 4898 Views

It has been almost eight years since the wars on terrorism began. Between March 29, 2003, and Dec. 31, 2010, we in Hawaii have lost 284 service members.

This year, we formally induct 16 service members into the roll for the Hawaii Medal of Honor. All 16 gave their lives for our freedoms in 2010.

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Rep Brower: “Info Brief Your Ego”
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 7913 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

This is the prepared text of Rep Tom Brower invocation given today before the State House.  Question: Which god is he invoking?

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Djou wants former Gov. Lingle in Hawaii Senate race
By Selected News Articles @ 7:13 PM :: 8102 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"I look forward to supporting Gov. Lingle," Djou told the more than 50 people who attended his two-hour speech. "I believe she will make a very good U.S. senator."

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Durbin's Flawed Islamophobia Hearing
By IPT News @ 6:08 PM :: 13773 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

  Senator Dick Durbin Visits Mosque Foundation

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Monday, March 28, 2011
SB605: Legislators to raise Salary Caps for DoE Bureaucrats?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:12 PM :: 7219 Views :: Energy, Environment

To address an estimated state budget shortfall of more than $1.3 billion over the current fiscal biennium, the Department of Education (DOE) is in the process of closing down schools, explaining to the public that such steps will save a few hundred thousand dollars per school....

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Redistricting for A Republican Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:28 AM :: 8247 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

CD1(Blue): 47.6% Kerry 16/9/53/20 W/H/A/O
Most of Oahu, particularly the more Republican parts.

CD2(Green): 58.4% Kerry 29/9/42/20 W/H/A/O
South-eastern Oahu and all of the other Hawaiian islands.

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Abercrombie to Petty, Bogged Down Legislature: Stop bickering and pointing fingers
By Andrew Walden @ 1:50 AM :: 6002 Views :: Energy, Environment

We at Hawai`i Free Press would like to take this opportunity to speak up on behalf of “pessimism and civic decline” – they are better than tax increases.

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Monday, March 28, 2011
Hawaii Wind Developer tied to Largest-ever asset seizure by anti-Mafia police
By Andrew Walden @ 1:05 AM :: 32906 Views :: Energy

After decades of drug-running, extortion and prostitution, the Mafia appears to have found a rather more ecological way of laundering their money: green power....

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Sunday, March 27, 2011
Robotics: Six Hawaii Teams headed for St Louis Championships
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 6484 Views :: Energy, Environment

Waialua High, McKinley High and Kealakehe High School robotics teams won this year’s FIRST in Hawai‘i Regional Robotics Competition, qualifying them to move on to the 2011 FIRST Robotics Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, April 27-30. 

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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Hawaii to keep prisoners on Mainland: Lack of space forces state to continue to bid out for incarceration
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 9183 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The state requested proposals March 1 for bids for the housing of 1,800 prisoners on the mainland for three years once the current contract ends in June. The deadline for bids is at the end of this month.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011
VIDEO: FBI investigating Gulen Charter Schools, parents pulling kids out
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 17489 Views :: Education K-12

Philadelphia Inquirer expose on the same Gulen Cult which is now attempting to win favor in the Hawaii Legislature via HR30 and the nearly identical HCR37 and is attempting convert Mokapu Elementary School into a Gulen-controlled Charter School.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Case: Poll shows I whip any Democrat in 2012 Senate Primary
By Ed Case @ 7:33 PM :: 6137 Views

I ... prevailed in the Democratic primary matchups (for example, Case 47%, Hannemann 35%, Unsure 18%), and did best among the Democrats in a general election against presumed Republican nominee Linda Lingle (Case 49%, Lingle 37%, Unsure 14%).

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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Djou: Presidential Leadership is Missing in Libya
By Rep Charles Djou @ 7:05 PM :: 13752 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In the current Libya crisis...leadership has come from the president… of France.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Side Effects: Children Face Reduced Access to Coverage Under Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:55 AM :: 7764 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Obamacare prohibits insurance companies from excluding children with preexisting conditions under any circumstances. This creates the incentive for parents to delay purchasing insurance for their children until they get sick, leaving insurance companies to pick up steep medical costs. Many insurers have thus opted to forgo offering these risky child-only policies rather than face the ruinous effects they could have on their ability to stay in business.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Waialua HS takes lead in Robotics Regionals
By News Release @ 1:42 AM :: 9781 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment








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Friday, March 25, 2011
Hawaii Internet Poker Bill part of nationwide effort by illegal Gambling Sites
By Andrew Walden @ 11:00 PM :: 29183 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Full Tilt Poker, one of the world’s top Internet poker sites—and potentially a key beneficiary of SB755--is now under Federal investigation for money laundering.

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Friday, March 25, 2011
Hotwire: Hawaii hotel rates jump 25%, growth tops nation
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 9215 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii jumps one spot to the top of the list this month. Leisure travellers are taking advantage of recent airfare sales to Honolulu, driving hotel demand and increasing rates....

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Friday, March 25, 2011
Berg, Tamayo to host Community Meeting on Emergency Preparedness, Waimanalo Gulch
By News Release @ 11:31 AM :: 6967 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12


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Friday, March 25, 2011
Not Dead Yet: Predictions of Religion’s Extinction Miss the Mark
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:12 AM :: 9053 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

 The assumption that political and social progress will increasingly marginalize religion has dominated many academic circles. However, data on religious belief and practice in the U.S. and around the world defy that theory.

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Friday, March 25, 2011
VIDEO: All Costs for Wind Cable are on the Ratepayer
By Video @ 3:02 AM :: 10017 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

If the majority of the lawmakers and Hawaiian Electric Co. get their way under Senate Bill 367 — the bill designed to finance an interisland cable — the Oahu ratepayer will be solely responsible for the cost of the project, predicted to cost somewhere between $500 million to $1 billion.

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Friday, March 25, 2011
More Federal Funds? Abercrombie pumps Tsunami claims up to $30.6M
By News Release @ 2:41 AM :: 6204 Views :: Energy, Environment

Residents and business owners should report any damage to their property, home or business to Aloha United Way by dialing 2-1-1 (Monday through Friday) or to the State Civil Defense toll free line at 855-211-7456 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday).

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Friday, March 25, 2011
Conservatives lead Hawaii GOP--but will they pay for it?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:24 AM :: 8201 Views :: Energy, Environment

For years the Hawaii Republican organization has been controlled by Lingle loyalists—even Lingle herself.  But in 2009 Republican delegates elected Jonah Kaauwai GOP Chair.... 

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Abercrombie reopens nominations for Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 5874 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Commission on Water Resource Management is extending its nomination period until Wednesday, April 6, 2011.  The original application period (October 17 - November 22, 2010) ended before Governor Neil Abercrombie took office.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Rep Johanson: SB1078 will exacerbate EUTF Problems
By Video @ 4:41 PM :: 6272 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

SB1078: Specifies that the benefits of the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund are subject to negotiation. Clarifies that a decision of an arbitration panel shall be final.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Kapolei Shopping Center lease to generate $140M for DHHL
By News Release @ 11:42 AM :: 9090 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Hawaiian Homes Commission gave final approval to a general lease agreement allowing Hawaii DeBartolo LLC to develop 67 acres for the Ka Makana Ali‘i Center in East Kapolei. Under the agreed upon terms, Hawaii DeBartolo will pay more than $140 million in rent, over the course of 65 years, to DHHL for use of the land.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
House GOP: Democrats Support Gambling Instead of School Supplies for Children
By News Release @ 11:38 AM :: 6591 Views :: Energy, Environment

Democrat members of two House Committees voted to gut a bill that would have helped parents buy school supplies for their children and inserted language to legalize gambling in Hawaii.

SB 755, which started as a proposal by Senator Carol Fukunaga to help school-age children, was completely rewritten behind closed doors.  Further, the bill was allowed to pass without the standard 48 hour notice to give the public time to comment on this measure.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011
Attorney General demands $170M from Online Travel Companies
By News Release @ 11:30 AM :: 8178 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Companies purchase hotel rooms from hotels at wholesale rates and sell them at marked up rates to consumers.  The Companies collect amounts sufficient to pay these taxes – based on the retail amount charged to the consumer – from the renters of the hotel rooms, but then fail to remit the full amount owed to Hawai‘i.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
SB218: House Health Committee may save St Francis Hospitals from Closure
By Janet M. Grace @ 11:36 PM :: 7959 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

This legislation appears unlikely to make it out of committee. There is, however, an effort by a dedicated few to attempt to have the bill waived out of committee and put to a floor vote, so we must remain vigilant....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Rep Fontaine supports SB 52 Registration of Sex Offenders
By Video @ 9:31 PM :: 9804 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

As defined, the offense of violation of privacy in the first degree involves the installation or use of “any device for observing, recording, amplifying, or broadcasting another person in a stage of undress or sexual activity in that place.” – Attorney General Louie

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Slom: Gambling & Tax bills bargaining chips for GE Tax hike
By Video @ 9:22 PM :: 5219 Views

VIDEO from News Conference....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Bad Bills Still Alive as Legislation Cross Houses
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:13 PM :: 8145 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A long list of bad bills that will take away more of your liberty, freedom and money crossed from both houses of the State Legislature as crossover voting commenced on March 8 and 10.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
HuffPo: Is Hillary Planning a Run at Obama in 2012?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:19 PM :: 4846 Views :: National News, Ethics

If anyone could trade protocol for self-interest it's the uber-ambitious Hillary and her rock star hubby Bill. Both would like nothing more than to be back in the White House. And if for a second they smell Obama's vulnerability and a potential defeat by the GOP, don't be surprised if she pulls a McCarthy. It's a longshot, but these days in politics anything can and will happen. I can tell you one thing though: I've spoken to many Democrats who'd drop Obama and vote for Hillary in a heartbeat.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Hawaii Rifle Association annual meeting Sunday
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 6169 Views :: Energy, Environment

This Sunday, March 27, the NRA's state association, the Hawaii Rifle Association (HRA), will be hosting its annual members meeting at the Kokohead Shooting Complex at the "LIFE" shooting bay (first action shooting bay). 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Obamacare, signed one year ago, was turning point for Conservative movement
By Tim Phillips @ 3:42 PM :: 4575 Views :: National News, Ethics

We've been on defense for a long time and simply preventing bad things from happening is no way to actually turn our great nation in a new direction. Now, we're on offense in Congress. 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Hilo, Kapaa top list of Drunkest Cities in America
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 15699 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For the city of Kapaa in particular, it’s all too telling that a simple search for the phrase “Kapaa alcohol” on Google doesn’t turn up a list of fun bars to hang out at but rather a long list of drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Hawaii: The Worst State to Shop Online
By Selected News Articles @ 2:57 PM :: 15707 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii residents ... have to pay the equivalent of overnight shipping for the slowest shipping times in the country. On average, an order shipped to Hawaii costs $19.17 and spends 4.57 days in transit.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Surprise: Gaming bill passes House Committees
By Andrew Walden @ 2:00 PM :: 10748 Views :: Energy, Environment

Information required on the application for a casino license will include: 

A statement listing the names and titles of all public officials or officers of any unit of state government or county government in the jurisdiction in which the casino facility is to be located, and the spouses, parents, and children of those public officials or officers who, directly or indirectly, own any financial interest ....

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