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Friday, August 31, 2012
16 Candidates File to Run in Honolulu Council Special Election
By Andrew Walden @ 10:19 PM :: 15659 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Today was the last day to file....

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Friday, August 31, 2012
Audit: DoE School Bus Failures Waste Millions, Endanger Students
By Selected News Articles @ 6:43 PM :: 6292 Views :: Energy, Environment

The State is not liable for GET and it is illogical for the State to pay itself taxes. However, the DOE estimates it will pay more than $2 million in school year 2012 for contractors’ GET. The department was unable to explain why it pays GET on most contracts.

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Friday, August 31, 2012
DoE Procurement: "Fraudulent Unethical Behavior" Rewarded with More Autonomy, Less Oversight
By Selected News Articles @ 6:22 PM :: 6190 Views :: Energy, Environment

...OSFSS branches have been given even greater procurement authority with greatly reduced, if any, oversight by the Procurement and Contracts Branch....

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Friday, August 31, 2012
Audits Ignored? Two Years Later Less than 50% of Recommendations Implemented
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 5994 Views :: Energy, Environment

Less than half of 2009 recommendations have been implemented; public school teachers’ personal information at risk....

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Friday, August 31, 2012
Impact Aid federal survey cards to go home with students
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 6151 Views :: Energy, Environment

On Sept. 5 many students, including those aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, will bring home federal survey cards for parents to complete as soon as possible in order to bring in additional funding for their school.

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Friday, August 31, 2012
3 Day Fugitive Task Force Mission Leads to 67 arrests
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 7189 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

U.S. Marshals, Hawaii County Police Officers, and Hawaii State Sheriffs conducted a joint fugitive round-up blanketing the island of Hawaii. Sixty-seven wanted fugitives were arrested with 91 federal and state warrants cleared.

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Friday, August 31, 2012
By John Goodman @ 3:42 PM :: 5215 Views :: National News, Ethics

Lie Number Five: Health Reform Is Going to Make Medicare More Efficient....

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Friday, August 31, 2012
We Can Change America's Course
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:49 PM :: 4875 Views :: National News, Ethics

The debate in Tampa this week raised a number of issues....

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Friday, August 31, 2012
Native Peoples Call for Recognition, Consultation on Climate Change
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 8460 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The resolution asks for the federal government to “consult with our tribal governments and indigenous communities for guidance in all policies that affect our way of life ....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Mitt Romney speech to GOP convention (Full Text, Video)
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 PM :: 6278 Views :: National News, Ethics

Full text of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s remarks to the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30 in Tampa, as prepared for delivery.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
DLNR Releases State Historic Preservation Five-Year Plan
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 5533 Views :: Energy, Environment

 ...Public comment accepted through September 21, 2012 ....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Anti-Rail Candidate Sam Aiona Running for Honolulu Council Dist 6
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 8218 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“First, of all the major candidates running in the special election, none of them are speaking for the vast majority of voters who oppose the city's planned rail project. Voters are sending a clear message to city officials that they do not want the project ...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Kawauchi Explains Why She Missed State Election Officials Meeting
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 8647 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

... on Aug. 27, the State of Hawaii, Office of Elections held a voting equipment debriefing in Honolulu....  She did not attend the voting equipment debriefing, because she met with the voting equipment vendor’s Regional Manager and Island Representative in Hilo on Aug. 22 ....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Hawaii Electronic Medical Records to Regulate Your Diet?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:13 PM :: 8930 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The beacon has funded 19 Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) projects proposed by individuals and groups in a number of communities on the Big Island....It’s a way to build trust, according to Jessica Yamamoto, Hawaii beacon’s community engagement manager. 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
HTA: Tourism Up Again in July, on Pace for Record Year
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 5683 Views :: Energy, Environment

Year-to-date visitor spending has generated an estimated $915 million in state tax revenues....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
VIDEO: Dylan Nonaka Leads Pledge of Allegiance at Republican National Convention
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 13099 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"People are really eager to go to convention and get everything going." -- David Chang, State GOP Chair

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Governor Nominates Members to Ethics Commission and Paroling Authority
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 5428 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Office of the Governor is seeking nominations for a number of boards and commissions....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Defending America Takes More Than "Hope"
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:37 PM :: 4689 Views :: National News, Ethics

Heritage defense experts call Obama's defense strategy "a strategy of hope": "a hope that big wars are a thing of the past; a hope that America's allies will do more; and a hope that fewer resources do not jeopardize the lives of American soldiers."

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Money: 'Philanthropists' to Join Akaka Tribe at CNHA Convention
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 6270 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian leaders, community and cultural practitioners, business executives, trust land experts, sovereignty proponents, policy makers and government officials ....

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Corporatist Medicine: Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost
By NCPA @ 1:38 PM :: 4820 Views :: National News, Ethics

Since the passage of President Obama's health care law, hospitals are increasing their size by acquiring private practices.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Rep Paul Ryan Speech to GOP National Convention
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 AM :: 5012 Views :: National News, Ethics

I accept the duty to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity- and I know we can do this....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
NFIB: Top 3 Small Business Struggles
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:20 PM :: 4920 Views :: National News, Ethics

A survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in July revealed that small businesses' top three concerns were taxes, regulations, and poor sales.... 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Trillion-Dollar Conundrum: Health Information Technology
By NCPA @ 4:40 PM :: 4583 Views :: National News, Ethics

...according to the law's supporters, EMR adoption will yield cost savings. This conclusion, however, has not been definitively proven....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Federal Solar Subsidy $775 per mwh
By NCPA @ 4:28 PM :: 5964 Views :: National News, Ethics

Federal subsidies in fiscal year 2010 for solar-generated energy were $775.64 per megawatt hour and $56.29 per megawatt hour for wind....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Waiting for Mr Romney: HSTA Stalling RTTT Until Obama Gone
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 5818 Views :: Energy, Environment

...what happens if Obama loses the election to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who will bring in his own education secretary? There will be more than a year left for implementation, so how will a new administration oversee the grants....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
UH Manoa Libraries Rated Among Nation's Worst
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 8176 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The 20 lowest ranked libraries were ....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
New ‘yardstick’ sizes up anti-bullying policies
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 6667 Views :: National News, Ethics

“This new Anti-Bullying Policy Yardstick helps schools identify which policies are driven by a narrow political agenda...."

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Hawaii Physicians Endorse Lingle for Senate
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 6598 Views :: Energy, Environment

HAMPAC, the Political Action Committee of the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) today announced its endorsement of Governor Linda Lingle for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Big Island is Obamacare Laboratory
By Selected News Articles @ 5:02 PM :: 8054 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The Hawaii Beacon, which received a $16 million three-year grant, is one of 17 model communities around the nation using health IT ....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Supreme Court Rejects Martin Han Election Suit
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 9047 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Mr. Manahan chose to influence voters and leave his banners both outside and inside the entrance of the polling locations....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Queens-HMC Agreement Outlines Plans for Ewa Beach Hospital
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 7057 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The certificate also included financial projections....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
How Obamacare Robs Medicare and Hurts Seniors
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:32 PM :: 6154 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama declared in his Saturday radio address that his proposed reforms “won’t touch your guaranteed Medicare benefits. Not by a single dime.”  This is incorrect. Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Barron's: Hawaii Bonds Risky, Not Rewarding
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 AM :: 4692 Views

Mounting pension shortfalls and high debt are upping the risk for state muni-bond investors....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
How Do You Say 'Public Forum Doctrine' in Hawaiian?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 AM :: 6057 Views :: Energy, Environment

...more government entities than ever are getting in on the action and creating forums -- in a technological sense -- for public debate.  But are they also creating public forums in a legal sense?

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
0.3% of Hawaiians Sign up for Akaka Tribe
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 5324 Views :: Akaka Bill

... a thousand individuals have said yes, to being included on the base roll ....

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Can Markets Work in Medicine?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 AM :: 4918 Views :: National News, Ethics

Progressives admit to being "deeply suspicious of the claim that a health care system dominated by powerful vested interests and mystifying in its complexity can be tamed by consumers who are strapped for time, often poor, sometimes uneducated, confused and afraid." But just how valid are these concerns?

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Rep Pine Asks Queen's to Expedite Reopening of HMC West Emergency Room
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:36 PM :: 6077 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

“It is great news for the Leeward Coast that the process is moving forward to resume medical care to the hospital."

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Momentum: Lingle Ahead by 6 Points
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 6139 Views :: Energy, Environment

...internal poll results we received today shows Governor Lingle is ahead of Mazie Hirono by 6 percentage points!

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Monday, August 27, 2012
HART Halts Rail Construction
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 7422 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12


Remember this?

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Enviros win 90% in Hawaii Supreme Court
By Robert Thomas @ 5:43 PM :: 20671 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Judiciary, Land Use

...the Hawaii Supreme Court "has managed to find in favor of Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, Earthjustice ... 90% of the time, 70% of those decisions overturning the [Hawaii] Intermediate Court of Appeals....

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Political Convention Drama Begins
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:51 PM :: 4947 Views :: National News, Ethics

...this year marks the 100th anniversary of another Republican Convention embroiled in political drama of a different nature....

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Monday, August 27, 2012
Battery Blues
By Video @ 12:04 AM :: 7844 Views :: Energy

The Kahuku story is part of a much bigger problem I Aloha Molokai’s latest film examines the issues related to the recent fire at Oahu’s Kahuku wind farm....

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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Commitment to Hawaii’s Kupuna: Lingle Launches New TV Spot
By Video @ 9:34 PM :: 7191 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We must honor the promises we made to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries and to those nearing that age," said Governor Lingle. “Our kupuna should not fear that their payments could be stopped or reduced during their lifetimes.”

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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Deficit Needs to be Addressed if Collapse to be Avoided
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:05 AM :: 5557 Views :: Energy, Environment

Well, the Primary Election is over and all eyes are focused on the BIG PRIZE come November, but will voters be salved with the political rhetoric or will they ask the hard questions?

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Detainee Names Five Honolulu FDC Guards, Alleges Sex with Inmates
By Selected News Articles @ 11:06 PM :: 13510 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The best treated inmate was the "Prostitute". She told me she didn't even have to have sex with anyone....

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Honolulu Federal Inmate Discovers 'Gays Not Born That Way'
By Selected News Articles @ 9:45 PM :: 10804 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Law Enforcement

Alexandra Telluselle is a Swedish national and self-described "citizen of the world" who was arrested by HPD for shoplifting from a Honolulu Foodland store August 18, 2011....

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Ed Case Releases Survey Results: Why Voters Chose Case, Hirono
By Ed Case @ 4:34 PM :: 6416 Views :: Energy, Environment

Many of you have asked for the results. Here they are for those who voted for me and Hirono.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
UH Professors: Deadline Approaching to Object to Political Use of Union Dues
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 5294 Views :: Energy, Environment

UHPA policy allows active members of UHPA to object to the $5 per month allocation to the Political Action Fund. A member must complete an Allocation Objection Form. The form for the 2012-2013 fiscal year is available now and must be returned to the UHPA office by September 14, 2012.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Koa Ridge: Holdover Land Use Commissioner Not Disqualified
By Robert Thomas @ 1:50 AM :: 6565 Views :: Energy, Environment

the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals held that the Hawaii Senate's failure to confirm a sitting Land Use Commissioner for a second term did not disqualify him ....

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Saturday, August 25, 2012
Abercrombie Pinata: Pave Mother Waldron, Close Kulani School, Big Cable, and Millions for Kalaeloa Solar
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 7441 Views :: Energy, Environment

$52.5 million for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) that will help shape Hawaiis future ....

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