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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Pyrrhic victory for Superferry Protesters?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:45 PM :: 6012 Views :: Energy, Environment

Environmental and community-action groups such as the Sierra Club and Maui Tomorrow now find themselves in the crosshairs of many residents frustrated by recent developments with the Hawaii Superferry.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
White House drops plan to bill disabled veterans for care
By News Release @ 2:49 PM :: 10058 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics

The Disabled American Veterans today commended the Obama administration for backing down from a controversial proposal that would force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of military veterans who suffered service-related disabilities and injuries.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Sen Akaka opposes Obama plan to bill combat wounded for medical care, but backs Shinseki
By Andrew Walden @ 9:03 AM :: 9167 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics

"VA's sacred duty is to care for veterans injured in honorable service to our nation, and the department should not turn to wounded warriors' private insurance to pay for combat injures.  Under my Chairmanship, the Veterans' Affairs Committee will not advance any such legislation," said Akaka. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Superferry Update: A rat, a coward, and thin-skinned pseudo intellectuals
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 AM :: 22305 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Maui County, Environment, Development

“After reading the alarming tract, I wanted to know whether Albertini -- who went to prison for a year (many years ago) for trying to block a Navy vessel in Hilo Harbor -- will be putting his life and/or freedom on the line along with the novice activists he is counseling.

“The answer? No. Not only is Albertini not going to protest the Superferry, he claims he didn’t even know his “non-violent” call to arms was even published."

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Unperplexing Opposition to the Hawaii Superferry
By Andrew Walden @ 7:25 AM :: 19234 Views :: Environment, Greenmail

As Pacific Business News editorialized January 12, the Superferry opposition and obstruction, “continues to perplex us as yet another group of politicians, this time senators from Neighbor Islands, make noise….”

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Saturday, March 14, 2009
Hundreds of Oahu Republicans pack County Convention
By Andrew Walden @ 8:01 PM :: 12635 Views :: Education K-12, Environment

Malia Gray, legislative office manager for Rep Lynn Finnegan, faced former Ron Paul Hawaii campaign leader Dan Douglass in the contest for County Chair.  Both candidates recruited new Republican Party members and mobilized supporters for the event.  Gray reported her team recruiting 300 new Republican Party members and identifying 20 Legislative candidates to run in 2010 during the last few weeks of campaigning.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Legislature to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Hawaii Admission Act
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 6749 Views :: Energy, Environment

In observance of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Hawai‘i Admission Act, both houses of the Hawai‘i State Legislature will convene a joint session in the State Capitol House Chambers on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Governor Lingle: "balance budget without raising taxes or laying off"
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 7595 Views :: Energy, Environment

Because I have also met with and will continue meeting with union leaders, the counties and my cabinet, as well as social service agencies and other organizations in the community, the process of developing a new financial plan takes time, but I believe it is time well spent.  I remain committed to balancing the budget without raising taxes or laying off employees.  Either of these actions would further weaken our economy.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Hawaii State Senate approves voting by incarcerated felons
By @ 11:35 AM :: 7918 Views :: Energy, Environment

Sen. Sam Slom, (R-Hawaii Kai): this is the premier bill presented by the “criminal lobby.”

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Update: Karen's Law Passes House Tuesday evening
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 11056 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

"Karen's Law", HB819HD2, passed out of the House today un-amended.  The measure passed with the exception of no votes placed by Representatives Lyla Berg, Roy Takumi, Faye Hanohano, Sylvia Luke, Hermina Morita, Mark Nakashima and Scott Saiki.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Earmark Watch: Focus on Hawaii U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 14586 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

EarmarkWatch is an experimental distributed research project that contains data for Fiscal Year 2008 earmarks from the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education bills and the 2008 House Defense Bill. It does not contain 2009 earmarks.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Karen's law to be heard on House floor Wednesday
By News Release @ 9:16 AM :: 9706 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Thanks to you, Karen’s Law will finally be heard on the House Floor tomorrow...a select few members will be trying to kill the bill.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
$410B Omnibus budget pulled off US Senate floor
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 10325 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It appears at least 41 Senators object to the massive increase in spending -- 8% over last year's budget – and the larding in of 8,500 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion. 

A senior Senate aide told me this morning that many Senators do not want a repeat of the Stimulus battle where their offices were literally shut down with telephone calls and their email was swamped with messages going after the wasteful spending.

You see, they’re talking about Americans like you.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
Gov Lingle submits recommended amendments to close revenue shortfall
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 5288 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today submitted to the State Legislature recommended amendments to three bills that would provide statutory changes needed to help meet a projected $650 million revenue shortfall for the remainder of the current fiscal year (FY09) and biennium budget fiscal years 2010 through 2011.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
Hawaii CD1 named one of top 10 House Races for 2010
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 5374 Views :: Environment, Ethics

The Hill: Yes, Hawaii could field a competitive general election race in 2010.

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Friday, March 6, 2009
Lt. Gov. Aiona: Pro Bowl decision "great news for Hawai`i"
By News Release @ 1:55 PM :: 9913 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News

“I commend the HTA for having the wisdom to reconsider their previous decision and return the Pro Bowl to Hawai‘i where it belongs.
“Let us now move forward and work closely with the NFL to make the Pro Bowl’s homecoming the best possible.
“I am excited to continue working with Commissioner Goodell on what I believe could be an enhanced all-star weekend of festivities.”

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Friday, March 6, 2009
AP: Abercrombie to enter Governor's race
By Andrew Walden @ 9:21 AM :: 13700 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

An official familiar with Abercrombie's plans says the 10-term congressman will make his announcement through an Internet video to be released Sunday.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Karen's Law to get floor vote--passes Finance Committee
By News Release @ 7:08 PM :: 6875 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

"Karen's Law", HB819HD1, passed out of the Finance Committee today at 4:36pm un-amended. All members present voted yes.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Gov Lingle has breast biopsy
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 5728 Views :: Energy, Environment

In November 2002, the Governor underwent a similar breast biopsy, which tested negative for breast cancer.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Islamic censorship on US campuses: What We Don't Read in America
By IPT News @ 9:23 AM :: 10678 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

San Francisco State University:  "[T]he College Republicans must be punished or sanctioned for throwing shoes at the Hamas flag; pending charges should be dropped against the two protestors who assaulted the College Republicans and seized the Hamas flag; and, most ominously for defenders of free _expression on campus, a forum should be created to 'educate' students about what forms of speech the 'offended' students deem acceptable or unacceptable, including what the Left regularly tries to proscribe as 'hate speech.'"

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
AIHM salutes West Maui Hospital CON board approval
By Jan Shields RN @ 8:40 AM :: 12076 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Kimo Apana, a former Maui County Mayor, testified that he brought a friend into MMMC with a stroke this week and although they needed to admit the friend, there was not a bed....

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Thursday, March 5, 2009
AIHM: Pressure on Senate needed to limit malpractice lawsuits
By Dr. Linda Rasmussen @ 7:56 AM :: 9612 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The bill was drafted as a compromise to get House approval and to encourage talks with the state Senate, where many senators are opposed.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Governor Lingle unveils plan to close revenue shortfall
By News Release @ 6:24 PM :: 5443 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor balances budget with no tax increases, no layoffs, no significant cuts in essential services -- Act 215 spending cut 50% -- $320 in Federal 'stimulus' funds covering Medicaid expenses -- renegotiate State employees health benefit cost sharing %

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Ed Case: Reinstate Pay-as-you-go federal budgeting
By Ed Case @ 10:40 AM :: 7361 Views :: Environment, National News, Ethics

A former "Blue Dog" Democrat Congressman speaks out as Congress considers Obama's profligate budget.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Help needed to pass "Karen's Law" HB819
By News Release @ 9:56 AM :: 5752 Views :: Maui County, Environment

....On May 25, 2007, Karen Ertell was brutally raped and murdered in her home in Ewa Beach. Karen Ertell was the only real mother that her foster daughter, Malanie McLellan had ever known.  Your immediate action is needed to keep "Karen's Law" (HB819) alive.  It appears that the House Finance Committee may not hear Karen's Law.  This would kill the bill with no explanation.  As the law currently stands, juvenile crime offenders, charged with 1st or 2nd degree murder can face two trials, one to determine which court to try them in and then another trial to decide guilt or innocence.  We need to start protecting the people of Hawaii and stop making excuses for defending people that break the law.

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Monday, March 2, 2009
Lt Gov Aiona salutes HTA decision to reconsider Pro-Bowl
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 5:11 PM :: 7186 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

I am glad to see that the HTA board will reconsider the NFL’s proposal so we can begin working on making the Pro Bowl even better.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009
HB 870-871: Stimulate Hawaii economy with tax holiday
By Daniel de Gracia II @ 8:26 PM :: 5055 Views :: Environment

I'm asking as your friend in liberty to call Rep. Marcus Oshiro at (808) 586-6200 or send him an email at repmoshiro@capitol.hawaii.gov and request a hearing for House Bill 870 and 871. 

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Saturday, February 28, 2009
Governor Lingle: No more "business as usual"
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 7:17 PM :: 10896 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment, National News, World News

In an effort to make Hawai‘i’s state government as efficient and effective as possible, I have asked each state department to develop new and innovative ways of delivering critical services and upholding their responsibility to the people of Hawai‘i. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has responded with a comprehensive plan that reinvents how it cares for Hawai‘i’s land and ocean recreational spaces.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Abercrombie on Spending Freeze: Forget It!
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 8980 Views :: Environment, Ethics

Washington- Flying in the face of Democrats' campaign promises for fiscal responsibility, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) voted today to pass another nearly half-trillion dollar spending bill through what is quickly becoming the biggest spending Congress in History.

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Friday, October 10, 2008
Lillian Koller named “Public Official of the Year”
By News Release @ 4:57 AM :: 9934 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HONOLULU – GOVERNING magazine announced today that Hawai‘i Human Services Director Lillian Koller has been selected as a “Public Official of the Year” for her leadership in bringing about widespread improvements at the State Department of Human Services (DHS) over the past five years, including an overhaul of the child welfare system.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Sierra Club: Fence Mauna Kea, kill animals
By Tom Lodge @ 11:36 AM :: 14992 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Second Amendment

Sheep eradication has failed at affecting Palila numbers—but it sure has killed a lot of sheep.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Puna CDP: Eliminate affordable housing
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 AM :: 8185 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Puna is one of the very few places in Hawai`i where young local families can afford to buy their own home and begin life as a family.  But environmentalists are working hard to put a stop to the inflow of locals and replicate the success they have had in making Maui and Kaua`i into exclusive havens for rich mainland transplants.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Six Million paper bags
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 AM :: 10147 Views :: Environment

The plastic bag ban has a certain lucrative logic to it. It turns out that plastic bags gum up plastic recycling machines and reduce the resale value of bundled used plastics. So what is the solution? Improve the recycling machines so they don’t become gummed up? No. Instead recycling companies are using their clout with City and County governments all over the world to impose plastic bag bans. They will inconvenience the public rather than improve their technology.

Waste-to energy plants don’t have a problem with plastic bags. So a council decision to ban plastic bags is just another step towards rejecting waste-to-energy, which is a more efficient method of recycling than bundling up paper and plastic and shipping it to the mainland.

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Sunday, March 16, 2008
Will Soldiers Get to Vote in 2008?
By Andrew Walden @ 7:28 PM :: 7403 Views :: Energy, Environment

Convicted felons are being registered. Some jurisdictions propose allowing non-citizens to cast ballots in state and local elections. But are our soldiers voting?

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Thursday, February 7, 2008
Hawaii Legislators Consider Becoming Dope Dealers
By Andrew Walden @ 8:42 AM :: 13824 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

After nationalizing a Kauai poi factory in December, the state of Hawaii is considering collectivized agriculture. A bill before the Legislature’s House Committee on Health would establish a state farm on Maui -- to grow marijuana.

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Saturday, September 8, 2007
Bananas More Radioactive than Depleted Uranium
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 AM :: 17832 Views :: Environment, Military

When the Army’s inevitable discovery of the DU rounds at Pohakuloa came, the activists’ agit-prop show took over the so-called mainstream media. The Hawaii Tribune Herald printed the double lie, “Radioactive find at PTA fuels fears” as its Aug. 26 headline. It is wrong on both counts: It is completely false to call DU a “radioactive find” unless it would be correct to call the potassium-40 laden protesters, “radioactive activists.” Secondly the activists are not fearful but utterly thrilled to discover that DU is present on the Big Island. As Albertini said, “This is going to be bigger than Agent Orange.”

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Tuesday, October 3, 2006
Case Defeat: Democratic Party Rejects Reform Candidates
By Andrew Walden @ 4:16 PM :: 10361 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Rep. Ed Case called the Democratic Senate Primary vote on Sept. 23, “a Choice between past and future” and explained on his campaign Web site: "This election gives Hawaii's voters a choice between the way things have been in Hawaii and national politics and the way they can and should be. I believe our political culture is broken and must change, and that this election asks voters to choose between the status quo and a better way forward."

But Hawaii Democratic Primary voters said “no.”

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Thursday, June 22, 2006
Thimerosal Veto: Saving Vaccines from Trial Lawyers
By Andrew Walden @ 2:14 PM :: 12159 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Gov. Lingle has done a service to autistic children everywhere by rejecting the Thimerosal claims. This is one step away from fear mongering claims which might make for a nice juicy lawsuit one day and a step towards autism research which could discover the real cause(s) and develop real treatments.

Thousands of lives are at stake but the Democrats and their trial lawyer donors care only about the opportunity for more ill gotten gains. The fact that these gains might be made at the expense of the lives of children who are infected by diseases which might have been prevented by vaccines made no longer available due to lawsuit liability is of no concern to them.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Clinton, Reagan, and Carter's Legal Warrantless Wiretaps on U.S. Citizens
By Andrew Walden @ 2:07 PM :: 20424 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The day after Iraq’s stunning December 15 election success, the New York Times wrote, "Under a presidential order signed in 2002, the …(National Security Agency) has monitored the international telephone calls and international email messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years in an effort to track possible ‘dirty numbers’ linked to Al Qaeda, the officials said. The agency, they said, still seeks warrants to monitor entirely domestic communications." ... the local media, and The New York Times all chose not to mention that President Bill Clinton asserted his authority to conduct physical searches "for foreign intelligence purposes" without a warrant in Executive Order 12949, dated Feb. 9, 1995, during the Bosnia War.

 

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Monday, September 19, 2005
As the Storm Fronts Line Up Off Shore, Residents are Asking if Oahu is Ready for a Hurricane
By Andrew Walden @ 10:59 AM :: 10313 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Hawaii Statistics

With Hurricane Jova and two other major other storms lined up in formation, Oahu Civil Defense planners describe a shortfall of 60,000 spaces in evacuation plans which are themselves designed to shelter only about one-third of Oahu`s population. These numbers sound bad enough, but they grotesquely understate the problem.

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