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Friday, June 25, 2010
Full Text: Business Roundtable renounces support for Civil Unions--and gay lobby pretends it is a victory
By Andrew Walden @ 4:51 PM :: 8841 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Case family’s Star-Advertiser headline trumpets: “Group backtracks on civil unions”.  Case family ally Pierre Omidyar’s Civil Beat purports to explain: “Why the Roundtable Quieted Its Civil Unions Storm.”

The mis-named Human Rights Campaign cheers as “Hawaii Business Roundtable Revises Call For Veto of Civil Unions Bill.” 

But if one looks more closely, the revision is the opposite of what all of these gay marriage advocates make it seem. 

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Friday, June 25, 2010
WaPo: The Jones Act has outlived its usefulness
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 AM :: 13243 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Jones Act was an issue in the May 22 House special election in Hawaii: Both Republican winner Charles Djou and one of his two Democratic opponents charged that it benefited a handful of ship lines and unions at the expense of ordinary Hawaiians. Mr. Djou is preparing a bill to exempt Hawaii. If FedEx can move cargo across the country in European-made Airbuses, why can't a boat built in, say, Canada, ship wheat from Los Angeles to Honolulu? The Jones Act lobby crushed the last attempt at reform back in the 1990s.  May the next one meet with more success.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Djou-sponsored resolution on US-Japan relations passes House
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 11023 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. House passed House Resolution 1464, which recognized the 50th anniversary of the United States—Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security. This resolution, which was initially co-sponsored by former Rep. Neil Abercrombie, was the first piece of legislation passed of which Congressman Charles Djou (HI-01) was an original co-sponsor.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Senator challenges START limits on missile defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:58 PM :: 9144 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Thursday, June 24, 2010
NRCC: Americans Are Concerned About the Nation’s Budget, Is Hanabusa?
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 8451 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington - According to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 63 percent of Americans are concerned about keeping the budget deficit down. With such a resounding majority of Americans clamoring to cut spending, this begs the question: Is Democrat candidate Colleen Hanabusa?

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Obama's Leadership Vacuum
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:56 PM :: 5704 Views :: National News, Ethics

More than two years ago, then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched a campaign ad that took direct aim at Senator Barack Obama's inexperience. It painted the picture of a telephone ringing in the White House at 3 a.m. and asked the question, when there is a crisis in the world and your children are safe and asleep, "Who do you want answering the phone?"

Now, two years later, there are several crises confronting America, that telephone is ringing, and President Obama isn't quite sure what to do about it.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Djou: “We must all re-commit ourselves to turning back al-Qaeda and the Taliban”
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 12718 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“I am confident that General David Petraeus will bring the necessary skills and vision to ensure a smooth transition in leadership. As we move forward, we must all re-commit ourselves to turning back al-Qaeda and the Taliban. For our men and women in uniform, this will mean continuing their exemplary work. For Congress, and particularly the members of the Armed Services Committee, this will mean ensuring our brave troops get the resources they need to secure victory in Afghanistan and return home safely."

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Prosecutor: Al Gore was focus of sex crime inquiry in Portland
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 8036 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In 2007 or 2008, then Portland Tribune reporter Nick Budnick made a public records request for the Portland police report, obtained it but the newspaper did not run a story….

In June 2010, the woman called police, asked for a copy of her statement….

On June 1, 2010 Al and Tipper Gore announced they would be separating.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
VIDEO: Charles Djou on “Fox and Friends”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 PM :: 10340 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This Jones Act is a 90-year old anachronistic law. It is basically protectionist legislation that limits ships operating in U.S. water to American-flagged vessels. Under normal circumstances in the past there might be some justification for this; but with the situation in the Gulf: we need to stop the spill, we need to clean up the mess and we need to do everything we can to hold BP accountable.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Djou’s First Month: Free trade, Jones Act, Bernanke, and Budget
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 11893 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On the campaign trail, I pledged to listen to my constituents.  To that end, I asked my constituents about the issues that Congress is likely to vote on in the next few months.  I also held a live telephone “talk story” and had the privilege of hearing the thoughts and concerns of thousands of my constituents in the 1st congressional district.  I also plan on holding eight “talk stories” throughout the State in early July.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Djou: We need a Federal Budget
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 8820 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“The biggest concern I hear about on a regular basis from my constituents is the out-of-control spending in Washington, D.C.  We’re simply spending too much money on programs that don’t work with no plan to pay it back. This is irresponsible."

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Afghanistan Timeline: McChrystal gaffe latest step in Obama’s strategy of chaos
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:12 PM :: 7968 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The Washington Post reports today that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, U.S. commander in Afghanistan, apologized for an upcoming article in Rolling Stone magazine that portrays him and senior officials on his team as dismissive of top Obama administration officials. As a result, General McChrystal has been summoned to the White House to explain his comments. It is a case of poor judgment on the part of the general and his staff to air comments on the character of senior civilian leaders to a reporter, but both the White House and the brass need to put this media gaffe aside and focus on the real problem - destroying al Qaeda, defeating the Taliban and helping establish an Afghanistan that can govern itself.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
It’s Official: Hanabusa’s Democrats refuse to Pass a Budget
By News Release @ 11:31 AM :: 9286 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In order to avoid a vote on the record trillion-dollar deficits they are responsible for accumulating since taking office, Democrats have confirmed that they will be the first House majority that has failed to pass an annual budget resolution since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010
ILWU teams up with Islamists: Refuses to unload Israeli ship at Oakland Port
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 AM :: 11484 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

  ILWU: Just another servant of Islamism.

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Monday, June 21, 2010
Djou opens Honolulu office, visits families in Ewa, Hawaii Kai
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 9682 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 Rep. Djou At the Ewa Hongwangi Bon Dance

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Monday, June 21, 2010
Obama Admin: Adopt our standards or schools lose $18B
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:35 PM :: 7145 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Alaska and Texas chose not to apply for Race to the Top funding because of the provision requiring adoption of national standards.

Both Minnesota and Virginia argue that their state standards are stronger than the proposed national standards supported with federal dollars.

But if the Obama administration has its way, states might not have a choice in the matter. The U.S. Education Department recently released a "blueprint" for reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. The blueprint language indicates the administration will try to tie $14.5 billion in money for low-income school districts to a state's adoption of national standards.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
CNBC: Jones Act may be hindering Gulf Oil Response, Dutch ships blocked
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 12481 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Federal law has also hampered the assistance. The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.

“What's wrong with accepting outside help?” Visser asked. “If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands.”

Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn't needed, wouldn't it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?

BP has been inundated with well-intentioned cleanup suggestions, but the Dutch offer was different. It came through official channels, from a government offering to share its demonstrated expertise.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Heritage: Fatherhood, Poverty, and the left’s “Post-Marriage Society”
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:13 PM :: 5118 Views :: National News, Ethics

To reinvigorate marriage in lower-income neighborhoods, Rector suggests, government could start by providing facts on the role of healthy marriages in reducing poverty and improving the well-being of children. Why not teach skills for selecting a wife or husband? Why not explain the importance of developing a stable marital relationship before bringing children into the world?

Nothing could be further from government practice. In social service agencies, welfare offices, schools and popular culture across America, what Rector calls "a deafening silence" reigns on the topic of marriage. The welfare system actively penalizes low-income couples who do get married. He adds:

For most on the Left, marriage is, at best, an antiquated institution, a red-state superstition. From this viewpoint, the real task is to expand government subsidies as a post-marriage society is built.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Tokyo: Lingle meets with Japanese travel writers, Tourism Minister
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 11549 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Continuing her mission in Asia, Governor Lingle is in Japan and met yesterday with Minister Seiji Maehara of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).  The Governor thanked Maehara-san for his support of internationalizing Haneda Airport.  In October, Hawai`i will welcome daily flights by Hawaiian and Japan Airlines with the opening of the new runway at Haneda Airport.

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Friday, June 18, 2010
Hawaii-Okinawa Clean Energy Partnership Agreement Signed
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 12507 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

On March 29, 2010, the first meeting of the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force was held in Honolulu.  Top-level officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, Prefecture of Okinawa, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, New Energy Technology Department, Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Hawai‘i State Energy Office, Department of Defense, and national laboratory representatives met to discuss the acceleration of renewable energy technologies and  energy efficiency, and evaluate the achievements of existing clean energy projects to enable the islands to be energy independent.  Initiation of several joint projects resulted from that meeting.

"Through the groundbreaking Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative, our state is leading the way toward an energy-secure and self-sufficient future," said Lt. Governor Aiona, who delivered the keynote address at the Hawai‘i-Okinawa Task Force meeting.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Honolulu Gaza flotilla protester shows up at BP hearings – with rubber ducky
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 AM :: 16185 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

She was joined by Ann Wright, 63, of Honolulu, Hawaii, who wore a BP hard hat, overalls and sunglasses adorned with dollar signs.

"BP doesn't really care about this," she said, pulling out an oil-stained rubber ducky.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Gulf & Hawaii: Djou call for relief from Jones Act explodes across national media
By Selected News Articles @ 10:43 AM :: 13021 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Jones Act may also have played a role in delaying the construction of sand barriers to protect the fragile Louisiana coast. Mr. Visser, the Dutch consul, says American dredging companies, which lack the dike-building expertise of the Dutch, rebuffed Dutch offers of help, which might have meant running afoul of the Jones Act.

For the longer term, Mr. Djou is about to introduce a bill to exempt his home state of Hawaii from the law. Hawaii is hit hardest by the law because most goods arrive by sea. Despite the political power of unions locally, Mr. Djou is pressing forward.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Hannemann’s Pittsburgh fundraiser: Misdemeanor? Class C Felony?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 AM :: 13390 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The commission may go beyond the allegations made by the complainant if investigators feel there are any other irregularities.

“We could add additional counts to the complaint or file an additional complaint. At my discretion, I can file a complaint,” Wong said. “The commission has the opportunity to decide whether there is probable cause that a violation or violations occurred, whether to dismiss the complaint, whether to ask for additional investigation or whether to refer it to the prosecutor."

A prosecutor gets involved only in cases where willful or intentional violations are found. According to state statute any person who knowingly, intentionally or recklessly violates any provision of campaign spending law faces a misdemeanor. Anyone who knowingly or intentionally falsifies any report required with the intent to circumvent the law or deceive the commission faces a class C felony.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010
Mufi Site: Abercrombie’s brain in a glass jar controlled by Cayetano
By Andrew Walden @ 1:49 AM :: 15467 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

  The authors admit to working at Honolulu Hale.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Beijing: Governor Lingle discusses TMT at Great Hall of the People
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 12698 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

In the evening, Governor Lingle was the honored guest of the China Diplomatic Friendship Association and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce banquet held in the Great Hall of the People, China's capitol building.  The special guest at this event was Lu Yong Xiang, vice chairman of the Chinese People’s National Congress and head of the Chinese National Academy of Sciences.  Vice Chairman Lu recently returned from visiting Mauna Kea on the Big Island, the site of the forthcoming Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).  China intends to be a collaborative partner in the TMT project. 

Mr. Lu believes China and Hawai‘i have a great opportunity to work together in scientific explorations.  As he stated, “Hawai‘i can see the cosmos and the vast oceans—so its horizons are unlimited.”  Mr. Lu praised Governor Lingle for her foresight in establishing strong relationships with China, demonstrated by her four trips to the country during her administration.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
VIDEO: Djou pushes solutions to oil spill on CNBC Worldwide Exchange
By Selected News Articles @ 4:44 PM :: 13146 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: Republican Congressman Charles Djou, Hawaii, and Jessica Brady, Roll Call reporter, discuss Obama's first Oval Office address regarding the Gulf Oil spill.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
DJOU: “Waive Jones Act for oil spill”
By Andrew Walden @ 4:27 PM :: 13528 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“I am disappointed, however, that the President has failed to waive the Jones Act for foreign ships, who want to assist in the clean-up efforts. There is no good reason to turn away international help in responding to this environmental catastrophe.

“Nevertheless, I look forward to working with President Obama to temper the House energy bill and craft a sensible long-term energy strategy for America that makes sense for our economy.”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Two months and counting: Hanabusa’s National Democrats still spending without a budget
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 7952 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington- With two months passed since their April 15 deadline and still no budget produced by Washington Democrats, the majority in Congress continues to miss opportunities to rein in government spending and provide the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs and grow a healthy economy. Since the Congressional Budget Act was adopted in 1974, the House has never failed to pass a budget resolution, but Colleen Hanabusa and her Washington friends continue to forge ahead with their out-of-control spending spree and still no budget resolution in sight.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Djou plan backed in WSJ: Is Obama really doing everything in his power to fight the spill?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 9335 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Hawaii GOP Rep. Charles Djou, who won his seat in a special election last month, says he's "disappointed" that Mr. Obama has failed to waive the Jones Act, an antiquated 1920 law mandating that goods shipped between U.S. ports be handled by U.S.-built and -owned ships manned by U.S. crews. Unions fiercely support the law as a means of preserving U.S. jobs. In this case, though, the law might be hindering the recovery of hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast jobs.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
LA TIMES mocks Obama: 'There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills!
By Selected News Articles @ 3:38 PM :: 9468 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Are President Obama and BP inhibiting efforts to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout and mitigate the effects of the spill? 

Maximization of the effects of the crisis could be used in an effort to stampede the public and win Senate passage of the Cap and Trade Carbon Tax--from which BP stands to profit. 

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
RCCC to focus on reelecting Djou, Liberal website calls Hanabusa “untainted”
By Selected News Articles @ 2:27 PM :: 10874 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

POLITICO: Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, the National Republican Congressional Committee's incumbent retention chair, urged PAC leaders at a briefing Monday to focus on helping just nine GOP members of Congress shore up their bids for re-election, telling attendees that the committee's work had already shielded a substantial group of members from facing any serious challenge in 2010.

"A year and a half ago, I was giving you the names of 30 members and you know what? It worked," Rogers said, according to a source familiar with his remarks. "We feel strongly at this point that only nine incumbents need your help to withstand the attacks by the DCCC and their allies."

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A Crisis of Competence
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:10 PM :: 4371 Views :: National News, Ethics

Nearly 31 years ago, on July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter told the American people from the Oval Office: "Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this nation, and it can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we can win for our nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our common destiny." Last night the American people heard almost the exact same speech from President Barack Obama....

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
VIDEO Djou on House Floor: “Let’s get to work. Let’s pass a budget.”
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 7093 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The Obama Energy Tax Game Plan
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 PM :: 4275 Views :: National News, Ethics

Joel Benenson, a pollster for the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s presidential campaign, circulated a memo on Capitol Hill arguing that a comprehensive energy bill "could give Democrats a potent weapon to wield against Republicans in the fall." Politico reports that Benenson’s recommended “messaging architecture" includes the slogan “Making BP Pay Isn’t Enough” and adds: “frame the opposition” as “Big Oil and corporate polluters who have blocked energy reform for decades” and “politicians protecting the special interests that fund their campaigns.”

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Heritage: The Government Bailouts Must End
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:03 AM :: 3925 Views :: National News, Ethics

If the federal government managed to return to the per-household spending level of the Reagan administration, the budget would be balanced by 2012 without any tax hikes. Or just returning to the per-household spending levels that existed before the current recession would balance the budget by 2019. But first we must stop the bleeding: the government bailouts must end.

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Monday, June 14, 2010
Hanabusa to get same kind of National Democrat help Ed Case got
By Andrew Walden @ 2:36 PM :: 11165 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

With the DCCC’s help Ed Case came in dead last.  And now, they are going to do the same for “longtime insider” Hanabusa.  A DCCC news release sent out this morning announces Hanabusa is being included in the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program....

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Monday, June 14, 2010
NRCC: “Colleen Hanabusa and her Washington friends have pushed the economy into a jobless recovery”
By Selected News Articles @ 1:39 PM :: 9865 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Over the course of the past two years of a Democrat-led supermajority, Colleen Hanabusa and her Washington friends have pushed the economy into a jobless recovery by supporting an anti-jobs, anti-small-business agenda at the expense of a healthy economy,”

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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday, July 4: Citizenship Sunday Church-based Voter Registration Drive
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 7671 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Hawaii could lose tobacco funds in $1.1B arbitration
By Selected News Articles @ 12:40 PM :: 7843 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Financially pressed states might have to return $1.1 billion to Big Tobacco this year, if a review finds the states aren't trying hard enough to keep a 12-year-old legal settlement from hurting the companies too much.

This summer, states and the nation's Big Three tobacco firms will begin arbitrating a dispute over 2003 payments made under the settlement, the companies have disclosed in financial filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sums ranging from $705 million to $1.1 billion for each of the subsequent years also are headed for arbitration.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Honolulu “peace activist” caught lying about Gaza Flotilla
By IPT News @ 10:57 PM :: 12411 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

"Lerner: Col. Wright I just want to make sure again – so you actually were on a different boat and did not witness the attack firsthand."

Wright: That's correct.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010
Hannemann’s Pittsburgh Fundraiser planned since April 29
By Andrew Walden @ 2:09 PM :: 11115 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Friday, June 11, 2010
VIDEO: Rep. Djou on Fox Business News
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 10039 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On the Failure of Congress to Pass a Budget:

“A perfect representation of the problems we have here on Capitol Hill is the failure of Congress to pass a budget. I mean, that’s one of the most basic things any private business, any family would do to get its fiscal house in order. But here in the United States Congress we have yet to pass a budget and it’s already mid-June. This is irresponsible.”

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Clean Energy for Hawaii: Djou co-sponsors American Energy Act
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 9757 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington, DC Congressman Charles Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement today reacting to the selection of AECOM as the EIS contractor for the Big Wind Project....

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Photos: Kamehameha Day Lei draping ceremony, Washington DC
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 10058 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Hannemann in Pittsburgh "Whacking the rail transit piñata"
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 9865 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"The Honolulu Mayor has used taxpayer dollars to advocate for the reckless rail transit project, he raked in more than $200,000 from donors linked to government contractors in the last six months of 2009, and now he's raising big money from consultants seeking rail contracts.  While he's whacking the rail transit piñata for all the goodies he can get, he's raising property taxes and increasing fees on just about every other service the city provides.  Is this the kind of leadership Hawaii deserves?"

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Philippine Independence Day: Rep. Djou calls for more visas for family reunification
By News Release @ 7:52 PM :: 12910 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“We must ensure that the connection between the United States and the Philippines remains strong. One of my priorities in Congress is to strengthen our nation’s ties to the Philippines and expand the number of visas that our government issues, particularly to the Philippines,” Djou continued.

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Friday, June 11, 2010
RTTT: Prolonging Education's Race to the Bottom
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:22 PM :: 7474 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

But unlike the federal takeover of the banking and health care industry, this time around Obama and his liberal allies are shrewdly avoiding another public fight by moving their education agenda forward without even going through Congress. The administration is supporting a move to implement national education standards, using the $4.35 billion Race to the Top grant program to secure those ends. National standards will give the federal government – not parents – more power over education. Now, instead of petitioning their local schools boards for curriculum changes, parents will have to trek to Washington to lobby D.C. bureaucrats for input in the content taught at their children’s school.

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Bloomberg: Hawaii will run out of pension funds in 2020
By Selected News Articles @ 12:52 PM :: 9749 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

June 11 (Bloomberg) -- Seven states will run out of money to pay public pensions by 2020. That hasn’t stopped them from hiring new employees.

The seven are Illinois, Connecticut, Indiana, New Jersey, Hawaii, Louisiana and Oklahoma....

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Friday, June 11, 2010
Study: Hawaii ERS to go broke in 2020
By News Release @ 12:27 PM :: 12888 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The pension plans sponsored by states and municipalities will place a substantial burden on state and local public finances in the near future. My recent work has estimated that the present value of already-promised state pension benefits is over $5 trillion when the benefit payments are discounted using Treasury yields, compared to a little over $2 trillion in pension fund assets. Most state constitutions offer special protections to pension benefits that state workers have already earned.

This analysis raises the question of how soon such a situation might lead to an all-out state and municipal fiscal crisis. One important day of reckoning is the day that the state pension funds run out of money. At that point, pension payments to retirees will have to come out of general revenues. This day of reckoning is in fact not as far away as some might imagine. For Illinois, it could be as soon as 2018.  (For Hawaii it is 2020.)

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Aiona: AECOM selected to conduct EIS for undersea cables
By News Release @ 8:57 PM :: 8061 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The undersea interisland cable is one component of the Interisland Wind Initiative, which includes the development of wind farms in Maui County, the development of the undersea cable, and the utility infrastructure upgrades that would allow the integration of a renewable energy electrical grid. 

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