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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sen. Lieberman backs filibuster of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:39 PM :: 5546 Views :: Energy, Environment

Americans who like making their own health care choices received welcome news yesterday when Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said he would be willing to block final passage of Obamacare if the government run health insurance program Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Monday survives the amendment process during the Senate debate. Lieberman explained: "I think that a lot of people may think that the public option is free. It’s not. It’s going to cost the taxpayers and people that have health insurance now, and if it doesn’t, it’s going to add terribly to our national debt.”

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Djou: Homeowners' property tax vote "typical disgusting City Hall politics"
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 9154 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

This morning the City Council voted not to advance Bill 51 relating to a homeowners tax class.  After the vote, Mayor Mufi Hannemann hauled Council Chair Todd Apo into his office for several hours.  Late this evening, after all media had left the building, Apo, along with Councilmember Gary Okino, suddenly reversed their votes and voted to pass Bill 51.  Councilmember Apo had consistently been a leading opponent of establishing a homeowner tax class since it was first proposed last year.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
Missile Defense brings Maori NFL star Riki Ellison to Capitol Tuesday
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 18046 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The event will feature a presentation by national spokesman and former NFL football star, Riki Ellison, Founder and Chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance (MDAA) a non-profit organization which advocates the deployment and development of a missile defense system.  Mr. Ellison has is an expert in the field of missile defense.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
CQ Politics: Djou is "best candidate in a decade" -- district no longer "safe" for Dems
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 PM :: 10747 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Republicans have their best candidate in a decade running for this seat. Djou has been fundraising for this race since early 2008, when it was correctly rumored that Abercrombie would leave his House seat open to run for governor. National Republicans already have taken note of Djou and aired advertisements in the heavily Democratic district.

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Monday, October 26, 2009
HGEA vs HSTA: The coming legislative budget crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 8:27 PM :: 11259 Views :: Energy, Environment

In the HSTA/Kanu Hawaii playbook, Furlough Friday, October 23, 2009 was supposed to be the day they seized control of the debate on how to solve the Hawaii budget crisis.  The Legislature was supposed to announce that they had a majority of both houses lined up to demand a special session.  But other government employees' unions got in the way. 

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Saturday, October 24, 2009
Union Member Assaults Maui Tea Party Organizer at School Furlough Protest
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:57 AM :: 17614 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

As volunteer sign wavers arrived, they noticed an angry man shouting at them about “F***ing Republicans!” The man picked up the TEA Party signs that were set up near the sidewalk and started to walk away with them. Hodges, called after the man, repeatedly asking him, “Friend, please bring back those signs – they are private property,” but the man continued storming off. Finally, Hodges called out that he would summon police if the man did not return the signs. The man then turned around, marched up to Hodges still carrying the signs and yelled "I'm gonna kick your a**!!".

Hodges, a former Maui police officer, notified the man that pursuant to Hawaii law, Hodges was placing the man under citizen's arrest for the theft of the signs and the physical threat. The man grew angrier and threw the signs, which are made of heavy wood, at Hodges's feet, cutting Hodges’ right leg through his jeans. Hodges stood by with the man until police arrived, accepted Hodges' citizen's arrest, and took the man to the police station for processing. Police reports were generated against the man for theft in the fourth degree and assault in the third degree.

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Friday, October 23, 2009
Lingle: DoE Superintendent should be appointed by next Governor
By Andrew Walden @ 11:01 PM :: 13981 Views :: Energy, Environment

Grabbing the political high ground on a day union operatives had sought to shape debate as a choice between tax increases and cutbacks, Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle this morning announced her intention to propose a constitutional amendment which would transfer control of the State Department of Education from the existing Board of Education and make the DoE into a cabinet-level department headed by an appointed Superintendent.  Promisingly, her proposal was immediately endorsed by Rep Neil Abercrombie, the leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

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Friday, October 23, 2009
Furloughs: Rep Ward backs raid on Hurricane Fund
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 9625 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Editor's Note: This is what happens when one accepts the framework artificially created by the DoE and HSTA. 

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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Leadership: Lt. Gov. Candidate Adrienne King calls for DoE reform
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 9704 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Department of Education has not had a comprehensive audit of their entire organization, management practices and personnel administration since 1973.  The DOE always complains about lack of funds and yet, because the DOE has not been audited, neither they nor the taxpayers know where the DOE's two billion dollar budget gets spent!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Last-minute donation: Rail contractor gave to Hannemann Campaign
By Andrew Walden @ 2:08 AM :: 12414 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

It wasn't easy to find in the thicket of engineering firms, architects, consultants, and legions of wanna-be rail subcontractors who suddenly became big financial backers of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann's campaign right about the time he started promoting rail transit, but the first company awarded a rail construction contract--Kiewit Pacific--is indeed represented among Hannemann's contributors.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Stimulating unemployment: Hawaii loses 17,000 jobs
By News Release @ 2:14 PM :: 10568 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

According to the data, 49 States and the District of Columbia have lost jobs since stimulus was enacted.  Only North Dakota has seen net job creation following the February 2009 stimulus.  While President Obama claimed the result of his stimulus bill would be the creation of 3.5 million jobs, the Nation has already lost a total of 2.7 million – a difference of 6.2 million jobs.  Hawaii was projected to gain 15,000 jobs.  Instead the state lost 17,000. 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
State office furloughs begin Oct 23
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 5880 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Following the ratification by Hawai‘i Government Employees Association (HGEA) members of a new two-year contract, Governor Linda Lingle today announced details of a plan that calls for two furlough days per month for the next 20 months for state employees that will start on Friday, October 23, 2009.  To minimize the impact on the public, most state offices will close all or portions of their operations on two specified Fridays per month.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Maui TEA Party joins Wailuku Save our Schools Rally Oct 23
By News Release @ 3:42 PM :: 12041 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The HSTA union bosses and the top-heavy DoE brass chose the furloughs as a way to convince us that they are indispensable and to justify raising more taxes, including a 20% jump in state excise taxes. More taxes will only deepen the recession and make things worse.

The union and DoE bosses' strategy is backfiring. More and more parents are asking why we need the DoE and the HSTA when they put union elites and the bureaucracy ahead of the classroom teachers, the parents and the students.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Duke Aiona Launches New Campaign Website
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 6496 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU - Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today launched the centerpiece of his new media campaign that will help him connect and interact with voters on important local issues online.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Furloughs: How Unions and the DoE aim to co-opt protesting parents
By Andrew Walden @ 4:24 AM :: 16995 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The HSTA and the DoE worked hard to make Hawaii public schools' 17 furlough days as chaotic and inconvenient a possible.  Their goal: gin up pressure for tax increases.  But in order to do this they need an ally--a group which provides the illusion of being independent of the HSTA and DoE.  They have found it in the form of "KanuHawaii.org", a group headquartered on Bishop Street tied to the firm "3 Point Consulting."

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Monday, October 19, 2009
Congressional fund race: Djou leads more than 2-1
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 13346 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The results are in and Republican Congressional Candidate Charles Djou's cash-on-hand total--a key early measure of political support--beats that of Democrat Ed Case by more than 2-1.  Djou, an outgoing Honolulu City Council member, also beats Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D-Ko`olina) by more than 40-1.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Imagined Ethnicity: Wahiawa beauty queen pens plea to Obama
By Andrew Walden @ 11:49 PM :: 7781 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, Ethics

 

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This past Friday October 9, 2009, I was honored to be crowned Miss Hampton University 2009-2010. It truly was the best night of my life! With that being said, I am sad to say that my crowning was not widely accepted and many negative comments regarding my win have been shared throughout my campus.

It would be much easier to say that possibly some were not accepting of the news because I wasn't the most qualified contestant; however, the true reason for the disapproval was because of the color of my skin. I am not African American.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009
'Not Evil Just Wrong' Puts Human Face on 'Disastrous' Effects of Green Policies (see it here beginning today at 2pm HST)
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 PM :: 8135 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On October 7, Phelim McAleer joined the Society of Environmental Journalists. Three days later, he took advantage of his new membership to attend former Vice President Al Gore’s speech to the group in Madison, Wis., and to rush up to the microphone afterward to ask a question....The event’s organizers mobilized, cutting the sound on McAleer’s microphone as he continued to pose questions. Moderator Tim Wheeler called it a “Warholian moment,” implying that McAleer had wrought 15 short minutes of fame out of the encounter. He had a point. Within 48 hours, McAleer had appeared on “Fox and Friends,” “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” and “Lou Dobbs,” and video of the encounter had appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

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Friday, October 16, 2009
"Muslim Mafia" Exposes CAIR's Exaggerations, Efforts to Stymie Law Enforcement
By IPT News @ 4:25 PM :: 11354 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

So far, CAIR has not challenged the veracity of the claims in Muslim Mafia. Instead, it has focused on the authors' political backgrounds and minimized the findings.

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Friday, October 16, 2009
Lingle: Will agriculture survive Maui water diversion?
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:52 AM :: 13971 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

It is the fundamental issue of whether we will enable agriculture to survive in our state by ensuring that farmers have access to adequate water to grow their crops.

I am here to talk about achieving a meaningful, reasonable, and balanced decision by the Water Commission, and to offer caution that the decisions the Commission makes will have profound consequences for the future of Maui and our state as a whole.

The Commission will determine the allocation of stream water to meet a public trust.  Included in that deliberation is the examination of the beneficial uses for the water.  I believe because of its importance, water for agricultural operations should be given the same level of protection as that given to domestic consumption, the protection of traditional and customary Hawaiian rights, and the protection of fish and wildlife to achieve a proper ecological balance.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Obamacare Forces You to Fund Abortions
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:54 AM :: 7199 Views :: Energy, Environment

“Under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions,” Or so President Barack Obama promised to the American people in his health care address before a Joint Session of Congress on September 9th. But then why did the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops send a letter to Congress on October 8th writing: “No one should be required to pay for or participate in abortion. … No current bill meets this test”?  Who is telling the truth?

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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Muslim Mafia: CAIR's Inner Workings Exposed
By Daniel Pipes @ 12:56 AM :: 12808 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Written by P. David Gaubatz and Paul Sperry, the investigation is based largely on the undercover work of Gaubatz's son Chris who spent six months as an intern at CAIR's D.C. headquarters in 2008. In that capacity, he acquired 12,000 pages of documentation and took 300 hours of video.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Obamacare: It’s All Downhill From Here
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:20 PM :: 9824 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The scariest part about yesterday’s Senate Finance Committee vote passing its version of Obamacare, is not what is in their bill (to the extent that it even exists), but that the Finance Committee bill promises to be the high water mark for “bipartisanship” in health care reform.

Now all of the other bills will be merged together behind the closed doors. All the bills are fundamentally flawed and will only get worse as the leaders in the House and Senate have to commit to actual details.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Back from Iraq: Tropic Lightning Soldiers return
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 8222 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq - Nearly 1,000 Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters will arrive in Hawaii from mid-October into early November after a year-long deployment to northern Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Photos: Samoa Tsunami Surge Sept 29 in Keauhou Bay, Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:54 PM :: 11187 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, National News, World News

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Monday, October 12, 2009
Malulani Foundation Partners with Crossroads Program Group, LLC for Development of New Maui Hospital
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 11603 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Crossroads will develop a comprehensive assessment of Maui’s present and anticipated healthcare needs, a comprehensive financial feasibility study and business planning for the proposed medical development at a site in Kihei.

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Monday, October 12, 2009
Hawaii evangelical churches plan election push
By Selected News Articles @ 12:26 AM :: 9477 Views :: Energy, Environment

Catholic and evangelical Protestant leaders hope to push Hawaii politics rightward, preparing an election-year effort in 2010 to organize their parishioners into voting blocks that can help elect like-minded candidates. And they are hoping to use the issue of civil unions to get them there.

The state Legislature next year is expected to reconsider a proposal to allow gay and lesbian couples to form civil unions. The measure, which is on hold in the state Senate, generated some of the largest rallies ever seen at the normally placid Capitol earlier this year.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009
St. Damien Day Hawaii October 11
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 13290 Views :: DHHL, Energy

On May 10, 1873, Damien arrived in Kalaupapa to meet the spiritual needs of the 600 residents. He soon realized that his presence provided much needed comfort to those suffering from Hansen’s Disease, and he served in different capacities, including doctor, carpenter, legal advocate and grave digger. He also organized religious associations, a children’s band and a choir. Through his work, Damien instilled pride and dignity in the residents of Kalaupapa, restoring the faith of the forgotten.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009
Back from Iraq: 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team Finally Home
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 11411 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The homecoming ceremony will take place Sunday at 5:25 p.m. at Wheeler Army Airfield. Family and friends wishing to welcome the Soldiers home are encouraged check the 25ID Web site, www.25idl.army.mil, for the latest ceremony updates.

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Friday, October 9, 2009
Hawaii budget crisis: Adult Supervision vs Team Chaos
By Andrew Walden @ 7:10 PM :: 10966 Views :: Energy, Environment

In spite of widespread anger by public school parents, few legislators have joined the call by former tax cheat and Lt Gov candidate Gary Hooser for a special session.  But that is not the only game in town. While the mayors stall for time, the UHPA has rejected the UH system’s contract offer--unsurprising since Dan Inouye's handpicked UH system President is a poster girl for profligacy.  UHPA boss AJ Musto, now calls for the legislature to return to session and enact tax increases.  They will head to arbitration.  The UPW is refusing to engage in serious negotiations, also insisting on arbitration—a strategy designed to bring a December arbitration ruling which will deliver the problem to the next legislative session in January. 

Every bit of this game is about next year’s gubernatorial election. 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Life and Death Medical Challenges on Maui
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:15 PM :: 14364 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Ellen Bellerose rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center's emergency room at her cardiologist's direction after she felt severe pain and pressure in her neck, chest and arms. As the pain intensified over the next two hours, she walked up to the counter three times to report difficulty breathing. She was told there were no beds available. "I was becoming terrified that I could die, unattended, in the emergency room." Although registered as a patient for 27 hours, she never entered the main hospital that February 7, 2006, but was billed as if she had.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Competition, Not Price-Controls, Will Save Medicare
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:23 AM :: 8767 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Every version of Obamacare waiting to be merged into one bill on Capitol Hill cuts billions of dollars from the Medicare Advantage program.... The better option would be to move Medicare towards a true “premium support” system where the government would make direct contributions to all beneficiaries who could then control how to spend their own health care dollars. This would be the same model as the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) which provides health insurance to Members of Congress.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hashimoto not to seek Senate seat
By News Release @ 7:39 PM :: 7365 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

However more than ever, the Hawaii Christian Coalition will be heavily involved in the upcoming elections in 2010. We are presently opening chapters on Maui and Kauai, and ask that you stand with us as we continue to be a strong to protect Hawaii's families against rising taxes,and insuring that our Keiki's receive quality education in our school system. We will also be strong advocates for traditional marriage and protection of the innocent child in the womb.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Norman Borlaug: Feeding the hungry, saving the wildlife
By Dennis T. Avery @ 2:09 PM :: 11131 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...much of the environmental movement blames Norman Borlaug for preventing the massive famines that would have solved the “population problem” quickly in the 1960s—with starvation.  But the starving would have raped the wildlife habitat before they allowed their children to die. Today, we’ve solved the population problem with affluence....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Inouye earmarks tied to campaign contributions
By News Release @ 12:11 PM :: 10919 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

New chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) requested 46 earmarks worth $330.8 million and received 35 earmarks worth $206.5 million in the final bill. Inouye has received $173,000 in campaign contributions since 2007 from the companies he requested earmarks for. The biggest donor among them is Lockheed Martin, which operates a major facility in Hawaii and donated $61,300.

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Monday, October 5, 2009
Support Samoa/Philippines relief: Downtown Honolulu Tuesday 11am-1pm
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 8322 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

the Hawai'i Republican Party is teaming up with the American Red Cross to raise money for relief efforts in American Samoa and the Philippines.  Please join us TOMORROW:

  • When: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
  • Where: Downtown Honolulu, intersection of King St. and Bishop St.
  • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
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Sunday, October 4, 2009
HELCO "feed-in tariff" to boost green energy
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 12:33 AM :: 5511 Views :: Energy, Environment

Through a price guarantee, or feed-in tariff, for electricity produced by sun, wind, and hydroelectric sources, Hawaiian Electric Companies will now pay a set rate for renewable energy fed into the grid. This incentive will draw additional investment into Hawai‘i’s renewable energy developments and signify to the rest of the nation and global community that Hawai'i is a model for clean energy initiatives.

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Friday, October 2, 2009
NRCC: Tax-Hiking Colleen Hanabusa Headed for Third Defeat
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 12153 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

While having no qualms with voting to take money from taxpayers in one of the worst recessions in history, Colleen Hanabusa somehow feels entitled to give herself and fellow legislators a pay raise.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Djou, Case respond to Hanabusa Congressional campaign announcement
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 9672 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"I welcome Colleen Hanabusa to the race.  Like Ed Case, Colleen has run for the 2nd Congressional District multiple times before and I respect that she will be an experienced candidate for this race in the 1st District. If Colleen wins her contested nomination, I look forward to debating her on the issues," stated Djou.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Hawaii GOP for 2010: "You like run?"
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 5168 Views :: Energy, Environment

If you or others you know are interested in running as Republicans, please email us at youlikerun@gophawaii.com.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Hawaii TEA Party: Let teachers come back paid by parents
By News Release @ 4:36 AM :: 12009 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Hodges is asking the state and the unions to waive contract terms and regulations that may prohibit furloughed teachers from returning to work under private contract and to streamline approval processes so community volunteers can be mobilized quickly and effectively.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009
"Recording Error": General Fund drops another $44M
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 4990 Views :: Energy, Environment

The discrepancies were due to errors in the recording of tax revenues collected in FY08 and FY09.  In FY09, $44 million was collected by the Department of Taxation as part of its Delinquent Tax Program.  This amount was incorrectly recorded when the Department of Accounting and General Services prepared its FAMIS reports.  A similar recording error of $800,000 also occurred for FY08.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009
Gov. Lingle seeks public comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 9911 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Edward H. Kubo, Jr. – Current position: outgoing U.S. Attorney, District of Hawai‘i.  Prior experience: assistant U.S. attorney, District of Hawai‘i; deputy prosecuting attorney, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, Honolulu; associate trial attorney, Carlsmith and Dwyer; law clerk, Kobayashi and Watanabe.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
UPDATE Tsunami: "More than 100" Deaths in Western, American Samoa, Tonga
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 8775 Views :: Energy, National News, World News

The Parks Service had heard from Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa. Reynolds told a Yellowstone dispatch operator that four tsunami waves, each 15ft-20ft high, reaching half-mile to a mile inland on island of Tutuila, where Pago Pago is.

“The National Park of American Samoa visitor centre and its offices appear to be destroyed completely,” Bundock said. Mr Reynolds reported deaths but had no confirmation of numbers, she said. “He’s completely cut off from the rest of the island,” Bundock said.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Back from Iraq: 150 soldiers from 25th Infantry return today
By Andrew Walden @ 1:49 PM :: 8569 Views :: Maui County, Energy, National News, World News

DETAILS: The 25th Infantry Division's Special Troops Battalion (25STB) begins returning home, Tuesday, after serving as the command headquarters for Multi-National Division North (MDN-North) in Iraq, since December 2008.

Tuesday's flight of 150 Soldiers paves the way for the remaining 700 headquarters Soldiers returning before the Thanksgiving holiday. A homecoming ceremony will take place at Wheeler Army Airfield, Tuesday, at 1:35 p.m.

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Monday, September 28, 2009
Kaauwai: DoE political opportunism at expense of keiki
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 5:15 PM :: 5612 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawai`i’s teachers and students are pawns in a larger game of political power and control.  The discussion today should be about the DOE’s massive waste and ways to trim it instead of what our children will be doing for the 17 days off.

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Monday, September 28, 2009
Obama Must Lead On Afghanistan (Abercrombie debunked)
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:09 PM :: 11061 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

According to President Obama, victory against the Taliban in Afghanistan is not only essential for the security of the United States, but for “the safety of people around the world.” We couldn’t agree more, which is why it is so alarming to learn that President Obama is considering a different strategy advocated by Vice President Joe Biden. Just as Biden opposed the successful surge in Iraq, Biden now opposes a surge in Afghanistan, instead favoring withdrawing most U.S. troops leaving only special forces and predator drones to strike al Qaeda cells. Biden was wrong about Iraq and he is wrong about Afghanistan.

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Monday, September 28, 2009
Inouye's DoD Pork: "Paid for by raiding Iraq and Afghan maintenance, food, & fuel"
By Selected News Articles @ 1:05 PM :: 11553 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The bill contains typically huge piles of pork - much of it not listed in the committee's list of earmarks - paid for by raiding the spending needed to support the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the usual atrocious funding mechanism the Appropriations and Armed Services Committees have employed for years - they use the Operation and Maintenance account of the bill as an "offset" to pay for the billions in pork added throughout the bill. Put simply, the parts of the bill that support training, spare parts, maintenance, food, fuel and much else the troops at war need the most are reduced to enable the money added for earmarks.

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Monday, September 28, 2009
Kawamura on budget: Hooser "out of touch with reality"
By News Release @ 12:54 PM :: 12478 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment

Hooser prefers that we hold hearings and community discussions to debate the type and size of government we should have. Lawmakers can hold such hearings during the next legislative session, or even schedule them now while the Legislature is on its break. Frankly, the Legislature should have held such discussions three or four years ago, when the State had money to invest in our long-term future.

While Hooser is busy debating options, the Administration is facing up to our fiscal responsibility and obligation to the people of Hawai‘i by taking immediate steps to address the current financial crisis. Many of the decisions that are being made are not ones that we want to make, but we are doing what needs to done in order to ensure the State government does not run out of money, which will happen if we wait as Hooser suggests.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009
Dishonorable Watada: Military should overthrow Congress, President
By Andrew Walden @ 10:40 AM :: 11432 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Watada implicitly calls for the United States Armed Forces to impose its will on the elected civilian leadership of the nation saying, "If soldiers realized this war is contrary to what the Constitution extols – if they stood up and threw their weapons down – no president could ever initiate a war of choice again."

Watada closes by calling on soldiers to stop "allowing" the U.S. government this liberty.  "Those who called for war prior to the invasion compared diplomacy with Saddam to the compromises made with Hitler. I say, we compromise now by allowing a government that uses war as the first option instead of the last to act with impunity."

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