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Thursday, June 10, 2010
VIDEO: Djou floor speech “We need to put our fiscal house in order”
By News Release @ 8:35 PM :: 10449 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

RepCharlesDjou — June 10, 2010 — Congressman Djou gave the following speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives discussing the nation's fiscal situation and the need for a budget that puts our nation's fiscal house in order.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Lingle: Strengthening Partnerships in Guangdong Province
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 10565 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The seminar also provided potential investors with detailed information on how Chinese students can enroll in local educational institutions, how to retire in Hawai‘i and buy a place to live, and business opportunities in areas such as medical clinics, golf and tennis facilities, and retailing.

In her remarks, Governor Lingle noted that Hawai‘i can serve as an entry point for the U.S. mainland and is an excellent location for a headquarters operation for Chinese companies because of our language and cultural ties, as well as being a safe place to do business and live.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Gov. Lingle to host 7th Annual International Women’s Conference
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 11150 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

HONOLULU – Top women leaders from seven nations will gather in Honolulu, Hawai‘i this fall to share their personal and professional stories at the 7th annual International Women’s Leadership Conference (IWLC).  Hosted by Governor Linda Lingle on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel and Resort, the conference will build on the success and growth of the past six years.

Online conference registration is now available at www.hawaiiwomensconference.com.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
How the White House is Making Oil Recovery Harder (Jones Act)
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:34 PM :: 6318 Views :: National News, Ethics

According to one Dutch newspaper, European firms could complete the oil spill clean up by themselves in just four months, and three months if they work with the United States, which is much faster than the estimated nine months it would take the Obama administration to go it alone. The major stumbling block is a protectionist piece of legislation called the Jones Act which requires that all goods transported by water between U.S. ports be carried in U.S.-flag ships, constructed in the United States, owned by U.S. citizens, and crewed by U.S. citizens. But in an emergency this law can be temporarily waived as DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff did after Katrina.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Fed Chair Calls Dems’ Spending ‘Unsustainable’ As Hanabusa's Party Refuses to Budget
By News Release @ 1:32 PM :: 9953 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington- The nation’s chief economist warned yesterday that America’s fiscal path is unsustainable and called for swift action to manage a growing national debt crisis, but Democrat candidate Colleen Hanabusa's Washington friends still refuse to do the necessary work to lead the country back to fiscal stability. While Democrats still refuse to create a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified to the House Budget Committee yesterday that it’s time for Congress to act....

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Thursday, June 10, 2010
Hawaii Meth Project Launches New Statewide Campaign
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 9277 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Honolulu, Hawaii—June 8, 2010—The Hawaii Meth Project today announced the second wave of its public education campaign, unveiling a new series of television, radio, online, and outdoor advertisements that will launch statewide this week. The high impact campaign will reach Hawaii teens three to five times per week throughout 2010 with four television commercials, nine radio spots, and six print and online ads that graphically communicate the risks of using Meth.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Guangdong: Lingle addresses business execs at “Experience Hawaii Forum”
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 10340 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Today the Governor is in Guangzhou in Guangdong Province, where she will address Chinese business executives at the “Experience Hawai‘i – A Place for Vacation, Education and Business” forum sponsored by Bank of Hawai‘i.  Governor Lingle will also participate in an “Invest in Hawai‘i” seminar coordinated by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.  The seminar is designed to provide potential investors with information on Hawai‘i’s economic outlook and investment climate, as well as the “State’s EB-5 Immigrant Investment Program” in which foreign nationals who invest $500,000 or more in Hawai‘i and create 10 or more full-time jobs can obtain permanent residency. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Video: Djou questions Bernanke on Deficit
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 12915 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Rep. Djou: Second series of questions, Dr. Bernanke, and that is I have been frustrated and disappointed that there have been a number of free trade agreements languishing in Congress. Do you believe that were the Congress to pass free trade or expansion of free trade, it would help the economy?

Bernanke: Yes I do. I think we need to be part of the globalized economy, I think trade is an important source of demand for our goods and also a source of materials and imports as well. So I think that generally speaking, you ought to push forward on the DOHA round and on the free trade agreements that we’re looking at.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
WSJ: Djou questions Bernanke on stimulus--Dow rises 115 points
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 11398 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

WSJ: It took Charles Djou, the new Republican Congressman from Hawaii, to put it bluntly to Bernanke. Should there be “additional fiscal stimulus?” 

And Bernanke answered as bluntly as a Fed Chairman ever will, “If you (Congress) decide to do more fiscal stimulus, then it would be very helpful to combine that with a plan for a fiscal exit strategy.”

Everyone in that hearing room got the joke. Congress not only has no plan for a fiscal exit strategy. It can’t even be trusted to come up with one. That’s why we now have a presidential bipartisan debt commission.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Deficit Reaches New Heights: Hanabusa’s Democrats Refuse to Stop
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 7927 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington Democrats continue to push forward with their reckless spending agenda. Just last week, they passed another spending bill that will increase the deficit by an additional $57.4 billion. Now, economists are warning that an additional one million jobs are at stake and that the country is venturing on an unsustainable path. Instead of creating a budget to address the country’s economic crisis, Hanabusa's would-be Democrat colleagues continue to push full-speed ahead with their runaway spending.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Super Tuesday Primaries: Unions Flush $5 Million of Your Tax Dollars Down Toilet
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:50 PM :: 3951 Views :: National News, Ethics

It is not every day we get to agree with the Obama administration. But after Sen. Blanche Lincoln defeated Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter in the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary runoff election, after the AFL-CIO, SEIU, AFSCME poured millions of dollars into Halter's campaign, a senior White House official told Politico: "Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet."

But it wasn't just "their members" money that those unions were wasting....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Hawaii TEA Party proposes “Contract From America” for 2010 Elections
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 11209 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support each of its agenda items, work to bring each agenda item to a vote during the first year, and pledge to advocate on behalf of individual liberty, limited government, and economic freedom....

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Shanghai: Governor Lingle opens “Hawaii Week” at 2010 World Expo
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 10812 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Governor Lingle in China Update - June 6, 2010

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The Hill: New members Critz, Djou start off in campaign mode
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 9778 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For Reps. Mark Critz and Charles Djou, the Washington axiom of a “permanent campaign” has never been more apt.

The capital’s newest congressmen have been in office less than a month, but the looming November election has forced them to begin their legislative careers in full campaign mode.Click here to find out more!

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Monday, June 7, 2010
Report from Shanghai: Hawaii Day in China
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 9688 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Today (Tuesday in China) is “Hawai‘i Day” at the USA Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.  Governor Linda Lingle, legislative leaders, representatives from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the visitor industry and entertainers will officially kick off “Hawai‘i Week” at the Expo.  The Expo is expected to attract more than 70 million visitors, 86 percent of whom will come from China.

Yesterday (Monday in China), Governor Lingle spoke to over 300 members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai (AMCHAM) at its Distinguished Speakers Series.  The Governor covered a wide range of topics including Hawai‘i's progress in promoting clean energy, the status of direct flights from China to Honolulu, and the steps her Administration has taken to improve travel visa issuance procedures with the assistance of U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman.

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Monday, June 7, 2010
Why Obama's Stimulus Failed
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:38 PM :: 6753 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This morning on MSNBC, former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL) pressed prominent Keynesian economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University Jeffrey Sachs on whether it was too early to declare President Obama's stimulus a failure. Scarborough had to ask the question twice, but Sachs finally relented: "Obama’s stimulus failed."

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Saturday, June 5, 2010
VIDEOS: Flotilla “Peace Activists” chant “Oh Jews, the army of Mohammad will return.”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:39 AM :: 11742 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: On the boat, the “peace activists” chant the popular Islamic battle cry, "khaiber khaiber ya yahood jaish muhammed saya'ud".

Khaibar was the last Jewish village defeated by Muhammad's army in 628. The battle marked the end of Jewish presence in Arabia.

Remember, they’re just piece activists.  Some are two-pieces activists, and others are many-tiny-little-pieces activists.

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Saturday, June 5, 2010
RS: Introducing Cam Cavasso, Candidate for Hawaii’s Senate Seat
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 AM :: 7756 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Cam Cavasso, a former Hawaii State Representative and small businessman from Oahu, has announced that he will challenge Senator Inouye in this upcoming November election....

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Friday, June 4, 2010
Djou: “With Ed gone, we are alone in being voice for mainstream in Hawaii”
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 10042 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This weekend, however, the forces who want Hawaii's government to maintain the failed status quo consolidated their opposition to our campaign at the Democrat Party convention.  This is not unexpected. We never thought the establishment would simply give up without a fight - they have too much to lose.

I personally wish Ed Case well.  However, with Ed gone from this race, we are alone in being the voice for the mainstream across Hawaii. I look forward to this critical fight for Hawaii's families against entrenched special interests.

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Friday, June 4, 2010
Jobs: Tax-n-spend policies favored by Hanabusa fail to deliver
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 9781 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington- A temporary boost in government hiring has padded jobs numbers for the month of May, but the 9.7 percent unemployment rate belies just how badly the runaway spending agenda pushed by Colleen Hanabusa’s Democrat friends has failed Hawaii families. The spike in jobs is simply a reflection of over 410,000 new census workers being added to the government’s payrolls at the taxpayers’ expense.

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Friday, June 4, 2010
The Jobless Obama Recovery
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:03 AM :: 4057 Views :: National News, Ethics

This Wednesday in Pittsburgh, President Barack Obama defended his administration's economic policies telling the audience at Carnegie Mellon University: "Now, I've never believed that government has all the answers. Government cannot and should not replace businesses as the true engine of growth and job creation." But that is exactly what the President's big government policies are doing.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Djou: “Jonathan Lai is an excellent choice” for Council
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 9479 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Congressman Charles K. Djou (R-HI) reacted to the Honolulu City Council Executive Matters and Legal Affairs ("EMLA") Committee's recommendation of attorney and former HCDA Chair, Jonathan Lai, to succeed him on the City Council.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Ed Case to supporters: “Stay involved with some other candidacy”
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 10798 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Case: "Hanabusa has to understand the deep disillusionment and frustration that many of us of any political party or no political party feel in the system of politics in Hawaii today and in our country. We don't want power to be trumping principle and people. We don't want division, we want unity. We don't want extremism, we want consensus. We don't want exclusion, we want inclusion. And those are the things that we all want desperately." 

(In other words, she has to stop being Colleen Hanabusa.)

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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Hawaii Republican Assembly: Home to Hawaii’s moderate Republicans?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:48 AM :: 12598 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Meeting in convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village May 15, Hawaii Republicans voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution expressing opposition to House Bill 444gay civil unions.  The smattering of opposition came from a surprising quarter: Paul Smith and his Hawaii Republican Assembly (HiRA).

HiRA, founded in 2009,  bills itself as “The Republican wing of the Republican Party” and the casual observer may view HiRA as a conservative group.  But HiRA’s website refers to the group specifically as “A home for Hawaii fiscal conservatives.” (emphasis added)

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Time to Change Course in the Middle East
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:30 PM :: 8007 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Early Monday morning in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, helicopters lowered Israeli Commandos onto a Turkish-flagged ferry carrying 600 passengers determined to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Beset by activists armed with poles, knives and guns, the Israelis defended themselves, and the resulting violence left at least nine dead. Hours later, the International Atomic Energy Agency released a report claiming that Iran now has enough nuclear fuel, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons. These two stories are not unrelated. And they ought to serve as a signal to the Obama administration that it is time to change its approach to the region.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Gaza: Violence and Humanitarian Aid
By IPT News @ 2:18 PM :: 13175 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Was it, as some suggest, the plan of flotilla organizers all along?

It's worth remembering why the aid was being transported by sea in the first place. A convoy led by then-British MP George Galloway (Bought and paid for by Saddam Hussein via oil for food scam--AW) ended in violence at the Egyptian-Gaza border in early January after authorities delayed their entry into Gaza.

An Egyptian police officer was shot and killed by Hamas gunmen. Egypt deported Galloway, made it clear he was unwelcome there again, and told the convoy it could no longer enter through its crossing. Galloway's partner in that convoy was the Turkish-based International Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), which helped lead the flotilla.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Ed Case quits race: “Dream of a better way forward” crushed by Hawaii Democrat old boys (again)
By Andrew Walden @ 11:09 PM :: 11327 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Just as in the 2006 Senate Primary race, Ed Case has once again been forced to abandon any hope of achieving change within the Hawaii Democratic Party.

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Rep. Djou joins House Budget, Armed Services Committees
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 11463 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Charles Djou (HI-01) received two key committee assignments today on the important House Budget and Armed Services Committees as he begins serving Hawaii's First Congressional District. Congressman Djou issued the following statements . . . .

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Greenwood Mafia grabs two power positions in UH system
By Andrew Walden @ 10:52 AM :: 22496 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Some in the UH Hilo community are shocked and surprised by UH Board of Regents' unanimous May 20 decision selecting Donald O Straney, Dean of Biological Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona, to take the place of UH Hilo's retiring Chancellor Rose Tseng. Others, such as UHPA President AJ Musto, are surprised by the transfer of Rockne Freitas to head up UH's legislative lobbying as UH Vice President of student affairs and university and community relations.

They shouldn't be....

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Friday, May 28, 2010
White House in Disarray
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:04 AM :: 8263 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A fudgelike goo coating Louisiana's marshes. A thick oil slick stretching across the Gulf of Mexico. A plume of oil miles below the ocean surface. A tragic loss of life. Reverberating economic consequences. Throw in a poll that shows that 53 percent of Americans rate President Barack Obama "poor" or "very poor" in his handling of the Gulf oil spill, and it's no wonder the President yesterday broke his 308-day self-imposed press conference moratorium in hopes of conveying some semblance of leadership amid an environmental, economic and human catastrophe that has spiraled out of his control.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Rep. Djou co-sponsors Balanced Budget Amendment
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 10515 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“As the country faces a looming fiscal crisis, it’s time to finally do something about Washington’s out-of-control spending.  A balanced budget amendment will force Congress to take a serious look at its priorities and find a solution rather than handing the problem to future generations."

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cook Political Report: "Hawaii Democrats are a mess"
By News Release @ 12:51 PM :: 10545 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii will hold the latest primary in the nation on September 18th. And just because only one Democrat will emerge to face Djou on that date doesn’t mean Hawaii Democrats’ civil war will end. In fact, the finger-pointing taking place in local Democratic circles could produce an even larger, more fractured field of candidates in the primary, leaving Democrats with little time to repair bruised egos and allowing Djou to stay far above the fray as the fall campaign season begins. Only one Republican holds a more Democratic seat than Djou, and Djou will be a top target, but Democrats have their work cut out for them. President Bush’s 47 percent share here in 2004 and GOP Gov. Linda Lingle’s big majorities in 2002 and 2006 show that HI-01 is open to voting for the right kind of Republican, especially when Democrats are a mess.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
VIDEO: Djou introduced to Congress by Rep. Hirono, sworn in
By Selected News Articles @ 8:17 PM :: 10725 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Ed Case: “Colleen’s goal was not to beat Charles….We can expect far more of the same”
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 10013 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Colleen's goal, as confirmed election night by her campaign manager, was not to beat Charles but to finish second.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
National Democrats portray Dan Inouye as Republican plaything
By Selected News Articles @ 3:31 PM :: 11381 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Mapping out their plan of attack in nightly Hawaii-focused 7:00 pm meetings, top NRCC brass sought ways to exploit the hard feelings that still remained from Case’s 2006 primary challenge to Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka—a move that rankles many Hawaii Democrats to this day.

(So it is the Republicans who got Inouye and Akaka all riled up over this.  Perhaps the DCCC agrees with Ed Case's assessment of the Senators' mental faculties?)

In one instance Djou media advisor Ben Burger worked with NRCC officials to craft a 30-second TV ad that asserted Case missed many votes “while campaigning against Senator Akaka.”

(Is that all it took?)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Campaign message strategy: How the Case was closed
By News Release @ 1:09 PM :: 11303 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

IWV determined to engage with an Electioneering Communication designed to inform voters of three key data points:

  • First, that Case had voted 72 times for higher taxes IWV Report on Hawaii 1 Special Election GEB International Inc. during his four-year tenure representing Hawaii’s Second Congressional District;
  • second, that Case had received three “F” ratings from the nonpartisan National Taxpayers Union; and,
  • third, that Case had recently hired indicted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagjojevich’s political consultant, better known to the FBI as “Advisor B” on their surveillance tapes of Blagojevich — and that this advisor had counseled the disgraced former governor to try to swap Barack Obama’s Senate seat.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
1986: A good omen for Charles Djou
By Selected News Articles @ 12:47 PM :: 11034 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The closest precedent to the situation in Hawaii 1 today was the 1986 race for the same seat, which featured both a special election and a divisive Democratic primary and resulted in a Republican victory in November. That divisiveness presumably contributed to the poor showing of Democratic nominee Mufi Hannemann in November. That looks like a good omen for Charles Djou.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
National Dems: Dump Hanabusa AND Case
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 AM :: 10024 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Dems are beginning to consider the need for some kind of compromise candidate. Hanabusa is still unlikely to win a general election, they believe, and Case will have trouble winning a primary. Though official behind-the-scenes talks have yet to begin, they are likely to start in earnest in the future.

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Monday, May 24, 2010
Special Election Polls vs Reality: Measuring culture of retaliation?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:43 PM :: 10664 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Consider the possibility that Hanabusa supporters—especially union members--are people who see themselves trapped in a web of retaliation.  Pollster ccAdvertising’s extreme undercount of Hanabusa votes indicates that up to 40% of Hanabusa voters clammed up.  The CivilBeat poll showed only 17% of Hanabusa voters feared to speak up.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Djou: Hawaii stood up to the old boy network
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 8946 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Today, the people of Hawaii have sent a message to our Congress that we will not sit idly by and watch our great Nation stripped of its best by burdensome debt and wasteful government spending.  We sent a message that we need our government to focus on creating jobs and making life better for all of us.

Hawaii stood up to the old boy network tonight and elected a Member of Congress that will be accountable to the people and will put Hawaii’s interests first. I am eager to start working with the people of Hawaii to restore confidence in our nation and our government.”

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Sunday, May 23, 2010
69% of voters reject machine candidate Hanabusa: Djou heads for Congress with bright prospects for November reelection
By Andrew Walden @ 1:11 PM :: 12540 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hanabusa apparently believes she owns 60% of the voters:  "Let's not forget, 60 percent of the vote is still Democrat and it's going to be a Democrat facing off against a Republican in November."

Djou responded to this kind of reasoning in a May 17 statement:  “Contrary to the opinion of the old guard, this congressional seat is not owned by the Democrat Party. It isn't owned by any union or special interest group. This seat is owned by the people. At its core, this belief separates me from my opponents.”

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Saturday, May 22, 2010
Djou Wins Congressional seat by nearly 9% margin
By Andrew Walden @ 10:54 PM :: 10590 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

RESULTS (second read): 

  • (R) DJOU, Charles 67,610 39.4%
  • (D) HANABUSA, Colleen 52,802 30.8%
  • (D) CASE, Ed 47,391 27.6%

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Saturday, May 22, 2010
Last Day for voting: Drop-off locations at Pearl City, Capitol close at 6PM
By Selected News Articles @ 11:43 AM :: 9427 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Voters in the Hawaii first Congressional District Special election may drop off their mail-in ballots at the Office of Elections, located at 802 Lehua Ave. in Pearl City.  The deadline to return ballots is 6pm today. 

Pearl City Elections Office location>>> MAP

Ballots are also being collected at the State Capitol near the Father Damien statue until 6pm.

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Friday, May 21, 2010
Heritage: Raising Arizona's Defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:46 PM :: 7466 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

It isn't easy being Arizona these days, especially when President Barack Obama puts politics before Americans' interests, a foreign head of state before the United States, and an agenda of apology before much-needed, sensible reforms.

But that's just what happened this week when Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited Washington, DC. President Obama extended a warm hand to Calderon and demagogued Arizona’s illegal immigration law all in the name of politics.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Hawaii Week in Shanghai: Governor to lead delegation to China, Japan
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 12758 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

“This trip to China is another important component in our ongoing effort to expand long-term economic development and business opportunities for Hawai‘i in the emerging China market,” said Governor Lingle.  “It is vital that our state continue to build and strengthen relationships in Asia, especially China, that will position Hawai‘i businesses and residents to capitalize on future economic and investment opportunities and strengthen our cultural and educational partnerships.”

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Special Election Polls close Saturday: Djou pushes voter turnout
By News Release @ 12:46 PM :: 10578 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

  

On Saturday, you can also drop your ballot off at the State Capitol near the Father Damien statue until 6pm. 

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Dodd Bill is Just the Beginning of 'Too Big to Fail'
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:47 AM :: 4632 Views :: National News, Ethics

On Sunday, columnist Ross Douthat described the Dodd bill as just one example of "the real story of our time. From Washington to Athens, the economic crisis is producing consolidation rather than revolution, the entrenchment of authority rather than its diffusion, and the concentration of power in the hands of the same elite that presided over the disasters in the first place. ... If Robert Rubin’s mistakes helped create an out-of-control financial sector, then naturally you need Timothy Geithner and Lawrence Summers — Rubin’s protégés — to set things right. ... But their fixes tend to make the system even more complex and centralized, and more vulnerable to the next national-security surprise, the next natural disaster, the next economic crisis. Which is why, despite all the populist backlash and all the promises from Washington, this isn’t the end of the 'too big to fail' era. It’s the beginning."

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Thursday, May 20, 2010
AtomicMonkey responds: “Some of us work for the City…we proudly stand by description of Abercrombie as ‘flailing gasbag’”
By Letters to the Editor @ 11:22 AM :: 14050 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Bob Wiesel is a pseudonym that has a long history in Honolulu and been passed around quite a bit.  I am one of many Bob Wiesels...collectively we amount to a poor man's Publius. There are blog entries that go back to before 2001 still online from Robert D. Wiesel, BobW, BWiesel and every other variant that you can dream up.  Some of the "Bob's" work for, or had worked for both the city and state at some point. 

Blog participation at City Hall tapered off after Dave Shapiro started publishing IP addresses in an attempt to suppress his critics.  Several individuals at City Hall asked Charles Totto (ethics commission) for a reading on whether it was "against the rules" to participate during our lunch hour, breaks etc.  He recommended that we play it safe and just not do it at all from the city network and it pretty much stopped at that point.  Bob Wiesels live on, however, on their own time and own internet connections. 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Mufi’s Atomic Monkey Exposed: Website calls Abercrombie a “flailing gasbag”, wife “a witch”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:51 PM :: 16515 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Rail

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"We’ve Come to Take Our Government Back"
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:50 AM :: 5098 Views :: National News, Ethics

Savvy liberal political strategists and worried Democratic primary voters, moreover, have had ample time to adapt to the demands of an angry and increasingly conservative electorate. Few Democrats in swing or conservative districts will run as Pelosi or Obama liberals. Instead, expect their rhetoric to morph the populism of Joe Sestak into the conservatism of Mark Critz.  As Rand Paul said last night:

I have a message, a message from the Tea Party. A message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We’ve come to take our government back.

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