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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Making Djou the next Scott Brown
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 AM :: 7212 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Meanwhile, one of Djou's consultants is actively encouraging the comparisons. In a memo released this week, web strategist Patrick Ruffini touted Djou's potential as the candidate next able to take down a Dem-held seat.

"As in Massachusetts, Charles Djou is strongly positioned to benefit from 'perfect storm' conditions that include a great candidate, message, and organization, the district's recent history of Republican voting, and Hawaii's unique special election rules," Ruffini wrote. Djou's win, Ruffini wrote, would "once again shock the political world."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Taxed Enough Already? TEA Party rallies February 27
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 9196 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

FreedomWorks is supporting grassroots Americans in an effort to re-ignite the protests against big government in 2010. The first national day of protests will be this Feb. 27th in cities across the country. If you have not heard about a protest in your community, please connect with others and organize one.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Reinventing Government: Task force backs future Governors’ appointment of DoE Superintendents
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:09 PM :: 4895 Views :: Energy, Environment

The proposals that I believe have particular merit include:

1.        Hold the governor accountable for public education, restructure the DOE, and increase instructional time. 

2.        Substantially improve information technology use in the State.

3.        Simplify procurement procedures so that approved projects can move forward efficiently.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
$30 billion for the President’s Permanent Political Slush Fund
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:27 PM :: 5069 Views :: National News, Ethics

And just where does the President plan to get this new $30 billion? The President explained yesterday: "This proposal takes the money that was repaid by Wall Street banks to provide capital for community banks on Main Street." In other words, TARP - the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program first signed into law by President George Bush, and then used by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to force many financial firms into taking taxpayer money they never wanted in the first place.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Krauthammer: The Age of Obama: Anno Domini 2
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:57 PM :: 7568 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

After a year of fairly steady criticism from the right, the Obama foreign policy received a second look--and a wave of rather favorable consideration--after his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo, in which he acknowledged the existence of evil, the importance of America in sustaining peace, and the occasional necessity to wage war. This led to some enthusiastic talk about a new Obama Doctrine variously described as a kind of Christian realism, Niebuhrian tragic-mindedness, or a fusion of realism and idealism.

I hate to rain on this parade, but I find it hard to join the general swooning over this newfound foreign policy sophistication. It's good that we have a President who says publicly that Gandhi would not have done very well against Hitler, but is this really a great philosophical advance? For a President of the United States? It's the kind of issue that you dispose of in your first bull session in the freshman dorm.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Small Business Caucus pushes job creation bills
By News Release @ 2:46 PM :: 7041 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The 2010 package is designed to improve the economy and reduce the state's over 7 percent unemployment by helping local small businesses operate and survive in Hawaii.  Included are solutions that help companies obtain permits and retain their workforce.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The DC: Republican Charles Djou makes a push in Obama’s Hawaii home district
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 8824 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Imagine the narrative coming on the heels of Scott Brown; a Republican wins in Obama’s home congressional district,” said Dave Wasserman, House editor at the Cook Political Report. Wasserman said the open format of the special election without a primary or run-off gives Djou a shot at pulling off an upset in what until recently had been considered a  safe Democratic seat.

“The mood of the country is clearly trending away from the establishment to candidates running against the majority. I also think the dynamics of this special election work well for me,” Djou said.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Lingle: FTA “understands…why I will move forward on an independent review” of Rail plan
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:20 PM :: 6661 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We are pleased that FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff confirmed the federal government is continuing to work with the city to strengthen the financial plan and that they will evaluate a new financial plan when the city submits its application for the final design.

We are also pleased that Administrator Rogoff recognizes my role in the approval process and understands why I will move forward on an independent review to ensure the financial viability of the project.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Engaged DC: Ed Case is Democrats’ Scozzafava
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 PM :: 8355 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The HI-1 special can be likened to NY-23 in reverse, with Ed Case occupying the unenviable "Scozzafava" position and Hanabusa representing the base of the party. Like Scozzafava, Case has depended on crossover Republican votes to win elections in the past, support that is likely to evaporate once voters know there is a real, electable Republican candidate in the race.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
PHOTOS: Kubo for Judge Rally -- UPDATE: Senate confirms 24-1
By News Release @ 12:33 PM :: 12536 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Abercrombie, Hirono sign new letter backing socialist single-payer health system
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 9551 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It is very likely that the public option could have passed the Senate, if brought up under majority-vote “budget reconciliation” rules. While there were valid reasons stated for not using reconciliation before, especially given that some important provisions of health care reform wouldn’t qualify under the reconciliation rules, those reasons no longer exist. The public option would clearly qualify as budget-related under reconciliation, and with the majority support it has garnered in the Senate, it should be included in any healthcare reform legislation that moves under reconciliation.

As Democrats forge “the path forward” on health care, we believe that passing the public option through reconciliation should be part of that path. We urge you to favorably consider our request to include a public option in the reconciliation process.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Aiona: Raising taxes is “worst thing State could do”
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 5:17 PM :: 4734 Views :: Energy, Environment

During these challenging economic times, it is critical for our state to encourage reinvestment into our local economy and provide a fair tax system that does not burden our citizens, families and small businesses with tax increases.

Economic hardship has led many families and businesses to tighten their belts to save money. Our Administration has also had to find new ways to cut spending while providing essential services for Hawai‘i residents. Right now, the worst thing the State could do is take more of your money by raising taxes.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Dutch Hanohano: Aiona team introduces campaign manager
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 7823 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today announced that former U.S. Marshal Mark “Dutch” Hanohano has joined his gubernatorial campaign as campaign manager. Hanohano will manage the day-to-day operations of the campaign and work closely with Duke’s senior leadership team.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Obama’s Backdoor taxes to hit middle class (article pulled but you can still read it here)
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 5279 Views :: National News, Ethics

NOTE:  Reuters now declares this story to be "wrong."   HFP is keeping this story up so readers may understand the controversy over the story.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A Budget for a European Welfare State
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:10 AM :: 4767 Views :: National News, Ethics

“The spending bills that you've signed into law, the domestic discretionary spending has been increased by 84 percent. You now want to freeze spending at this elevated level beginning next year. ... So my question is, why not start freezing spending now?"

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Hawaii Scores “D” on Citizen Initiative rights
By News Release @ 10:48 AM :: 19767 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Initiatives on the County level have included: Kauai Ohana in 2006-2007 attempting to use the initiative process to defeat high property taxes, Stop Rail activists who won the opportunity to vote on rail, and others who have used initiative for various causes on the Big Island.  Hawaii citizens do not have any statewide initiative and referendum rights. A majority of state citizens do enjoy local initiative and referendum rights. 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Obama Budget: Higher Taxes, Higher Spending and More Debt
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:43 AM :: 5057 Views :: National News, Ethics

Washington, DC February 1: President Barack Obama will submit a $3.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2011 to Congress today. One might hope that given last year's $1.4 trillion budget deficit was an all-time high and the President promised a spending "freeze" in last week's State of the Union, this budget might signal a change in direction from the White House. No such luck. President Obama's new budget is full of billions of dollars in new spending for failed government programs, higher taxes on American families and businesses, and deficit spending for as far as the eye can see.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
It Is Time To Prioritize Security Over Terrorist Rights
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:40 AM :: 4532 Views :: National News, Ethics

Thursday, the White House ordered the Department of Justice to begin considering places other than New York City to host the civilian criminal trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorists. The New York Times describes a decision to move the trials out of New York as "a retreat by the administration" and reported that the Obama administration "was scrambling" to find a new way forward.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Aiona releases campaign fundraising report
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 5219 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today announced that he has raised more than $267,000 in the last six months of 2009, including nearly 950 donations of $100 or less.  Aiona has raised more than $2 million during his gubernatorial campaign.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
BoE Chair Toguchi caught lying about Furlough Negotiations
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 6342 Views :: Energy, Environment

Toguchi’s statement on Saturday that, “if she (the Governor) wanted to, she could take her proposal to the HSTA herself,” is inaccurate. 

Under Hawai‘i’s collective bargaining law – HRS Section 89-6(d)(3) – the Governor cannot act alone in presenting a formal proposal to the HSTA.  The Governor must have the vote of either the Board of Education or the Department of Education, or both, in order to make a formal proposal.

Similarly, Toguchi’s contention that an agreement between the HSTA, DOE and BOE is already in place is inaccurate because by the same law there can be no formal agreement without the Governor’s vote.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Finnegan: DoE needs "real change, not fake reform"
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 4764 Views :: Energy, Environment

We have a great opportunity to make effective changes to our state educational system that will result in a better education for our keiki. Unfortunately, the Democrats have excluded the Lingle-Aiona proposals that best represent clear and direct accountability. We should not stand for these arrogant tactics. Given that the Democrats have control of the scheduling, our best response at this time is to push for the language from our proposals to replace the language in the bills being heard tomorrow by proposing amendments.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Kubo nomination: Hanabusa, Souza tied to Pali Golf course shooters’ mob
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 PM :: 50544 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Judiciary, Politicians

Democrat legislators making up excuses to block Lingle’s judicial nominees are usually just doing the bidding of the criminal defense bar—which seeks to block judicial nominees who are not sufficiently soft on crime.   But it appears that opposition to the nomination of former Federal Prosecutor Ed Kubo to Oahu's First Circuit Court is coming from former State Sherriff John Souza.  Souza, the husband of State Senate President Coleen Hanabusa, was nailed in 2004 for a land sale which involved giving a $25,000 loan to an accused meth dealer who is a cousin to two convicted Pali Golf course shooters.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010
Lingle: BoE/DoE delays keeping children out of classroom
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 5193 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Governor’s plan to use $50 million from the Rainy Day Fund to re-open schools for all but three of the remaining furlough days this semester and next school year has been stalled by the unwillingness of the BOE and DOE to agree to present the plan to the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association (HSTA).  Despite a number of meetings and communications between the Lingle-Aiona Administration and the BOE and DOE to answer their questions and provide detailed financial information on how the $50 million would sufficiently allow schools to operate on furlough days, the BOE and DOE have refused to allow the plan to move forward.

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Saturday, January 30, 2010
Hawaii Family Forum urges continued voter registration effort
By News Release @ 1:13 PM :: 7941 Views :: Energy, Environment

We ask you to stay vigilant.  Check our website www.HawaiiFamilyForum.org on a regular basis for updates. Our efforts on the iVOTE campaign are continuing . . . .

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Friday, January 29, 2010
“Hold” placed on Akaka Bill in Senate could effectively prevent passage
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 10567 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina agrees with many of us here in Hawaii: A bill that will have serious consequences for all of us in Hawaii, and which has been radically changed recently, should not be acted upon by the U.S. Senate until Senators can hear the results of public hearings on the current version of the bill here in Hawaii.

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Friday, January 29, 2010
RNC Meeting: Steele Comes to Honolulu with Proof of Principle
By Andrew Walden @ 1:33 AM :: 11796 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The AP headline is “Republican gathering in Waikiki comes at a time of internal strife” — but the Republican National Committee is meeting in Honolulu January 27-30 in a world suddenly reshaped by Scott Brown’s paradigm-shattering victory in Massachusetts. AP’s headline writer can only dream.

For RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Brown’s victory couldn’t have come at a better time. Steele’s mission is to expand the reach of the Republican Party into districts and states generally considered Democrat strongholds. This is the opposite of the strategy of energizing the base which gave George W. Bush an exquisitely narrow victory in 2000 and a 2.4% margin of victory in 2004 — an election year which Ann Coulter and others have argued should have seen a Bush landslide.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hanauma Dec 29: Did Mufi threaten retaliation against Obama?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:40 PM :: 17704 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A disturbing story is emerging which suggests that Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann threatened to remove city workers from Hanauma Nature Preserve when the Secret Service told him he could not join the Obama family snorkeling there during the Obamas’ vacation December 29. 

It is one thing for Mufi to stalk Obama at public events—that’s just politics as usual.  But it is another to threaten retaliation against the President and threaten non-cooperation with the President’s security detail. 

What has been publicly revealed to date?

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Senate Committee Hearing: OHA to be audited?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:12 PM :: 7912 Views :: Energy, Environment

SB 2500 requesting a financial and management audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will be heard Friday, January 29, at 2:45 p.m. in Room 229 by the Water Land and Hawaiian Affairs committee

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
A Speech Only Washington Could Love
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:37 PM :: 5487 Views :: National News, Ethics

The more things change, the more things stay the same. A little over a year ago, President Barack Obama came to office expecting to pass a "big bang" of policy changes all in the first year: health care, cap-and-trade, and banking regulation. With the big-bang strategy officially a failure, President Obama's State of the Union address last night desperately tried to keep all of these legislative efforts alive while also acknowledging that the country has firmly rejected his policy agenda.  The result was an incoherent mess....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Full Text: Republican response to State of the Union
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 5667 Views :: National News, Ethics

Wordle of Republican response to State of the Union

A ‘wordie’ showing the terms showing up most frequently in the Republican response.  Government, Americans, and opportunity are front and center.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Full Text: President Obama’s State of the Union Address
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 5263 Views :: National News, Ethics

Wordle of Barack Obama's State of the Union address

A ‘wordie’ showing the terms showing up most frequently in Obama’s speech.  Number 1? -- “Will” -- He still thinks he is Nietche’s ubermensch.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Complete List: Lingle–Aiona legislative initiatives
By News Release @ 9:33 PM :: 6334 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Lingle-Aiona Administration has submitted a comprehensive package of 110 bills and 29 resolutions to the Hawai‘i State Legislature.  The following list includes brief descriptions of each proposed measure.  The list also includes programs that do not require legislative approval that the Administration is implementing. 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Aiona proposes Hawaii Sports Commission to boost athletics, tourism
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 6767 Views :: Energy, Environment

“This measure will allow our State to proactively secure both large and small sporting events throughout Hawai‘i that will help to strengthen our economy and make Hawai‘i a leader among the world’s sports destinations,” Lt. Governor Aiona said. “Hawai‘i is the home of the Pro Bowl. Over time, the game has become a tradition and our residents should not grow accustomed to seeing it played away from Aloha Stadium.”

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Kaauwai backs placing DoE under control of next Governor: Union bosses against accountability
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 2:37 PM :: 5598 Views :: Energy, Environment

The problem is not our students or its teachers.  The problems lie in the political power structure within the State of Hawai'i.  Democrats, who are well known to be controlled by union money, have remained unwilling to create solutions.  Any proposed changes to an unaccountable system would mean certain electoral losses which is why our children and Hawai`i's families remain political pawns to the unions' games.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Hawaii Family Forum: Gay civil unions vote is close
By News Release @ 10:48 AM :: 5447 Views :: Energy, Environment

 action is focused on the House which has to agree or disagree to the amendments made by the Senate. If they agree, then all House members will need to vote to approve. If the House disagrees to the amendment, it will then be given to a Conference Committee which will consist of members from BOTH the House and Senate.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Spending Freeze: Obama “beginning to acknowledge reality”
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:31 AM :: 5010 Views :: National News, Ethics

Tonight in his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is expected to propose a "freeze" on government spending. Obama's spending "freeze" will only last three years, will not start until 2011, will only apply to a $447 billion slice of the federal government's $3.5 trillion budget, and will not apply to any of the unspent $862 billion stimulus plan, his health care plan or the House of Representatives' additional $156 billion stimulus plan. Despite all the loopholes, time limits and procrastination, the President should still be commended for beginning to acknowledge reality. And as a new report issued yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows, the reality is this: the U.S. government has an insatiable spending problem.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Heritage: The State of our Union
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 AM :: 5468 Views :: National News, Ethics

You must recognize, Mr. President, that the State of the Union is not good. You need a new approach and fresh domestic and foreign policies. The caps on spending which reports last night said you were considering are but an exceedingly modest first step, and the devil is in the details. The caps will do virtually nothing to improve the nation’s fiscal health unless you tackle Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Shifting tactics and stoking populism will be both cynical and condescending to the voters, who will see through this strategy. Mr. President, it’s the policies you need to change, not the spin.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Panos Prevodouros will run for Honolulu mayor
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 5775 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

I am pleased to inform you that today, on the Rick Hamada show, I announced my intent to become a candidate for mayor of the City and County of Honolulu when the office becomes vacant.

As you know, the regular election for mayor is not until 2012 but Mufi Hannemann has declared an interest in the race for Governor. However, unlike U.S. Representative Neil Abercrombie who declared his intent to resign, Mayor Hannemann has not declared any such intent, thus today I am simply saying that if he resigns then I will run for mayor.

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Monday, January 25, 2010
Chamber of Commerce: House Bill before Committee Tuesday not enough to reduce Unemployment "tax shock"
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 6586 Views :: Energy, Environment

A hearing has been scheduled on two unemployment insurance bills for this Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 a.m. at the State Capitol in Room 309. Chair Rhoads did not put the Chamber’s bill on the agenda, only his and Vice Chair’s Kyle Yamashita’s bill because he probably prefers to use one of these as a vehicle.   

Although the bills provide some tax relief, the Chamber believes they do not provide enough assistance to help reduce the "tax shock" and safeguard the statewide unemployment rate.  Therefore, we are asking the committees to amend the bills. 

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Monday, January 25, 2010
State of the State: Make DoE a cabinet department; fund STEM, robotics
By News Release @ 2:46 PM :: 6031 Views :: Energy, Environment

GOVERNOR LINGLE PROPOSES STRUCTURAL REFORM OF PUBLIC EDUCATION SCHOOL SYSTEM GOVERNANCE

GOVERNOR LINGLE AUTHORIZES $2.8 MILLION IN FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDS TO ENHANCE ROBOTICS EDUCATION IN HAWAI‘I SCHOOLS

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Monday, January 25, 2010
State of the State: Proposals to cut unemployment taxes, create jobs
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 6589 Views :: Energy, Environment

GOVERNOR LINGLE INTRODUCES PROPOSAL TO SAVE BUSINESSES $497 MILLION IN UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE TAXES

GOVERNOR LINGLE PROPOSES HAWAI‘I CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT BONDS

GOVERNOR LINGLE ANNOUNCES INITIATIVES TO CREATE JOBS, GET RESIDENTS BACK TO WORK

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Monday, January 25, 2010
Lingle: Divert 5% to create “fiscal stabilization fund”
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 4857 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Linda Lingle announced in her State of the State Address she will propose a constitutional amendment to rename and revise the State’s Rainy Day Fund to create a Fiscal Stabilization Fund.  This fund will shield Hawai‘i in future years from the need to raise taxes during periods when the economy is contracting and citizens can least afford to pay more.

The Fiscal Stabilization Fund will ensure that in years when tax revenues are growing, 5 percent of the general fund’s end of year balance will be placed in the Stabilization Fund prior to granting the currently mandated refund to taxpayers.

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Monday, January 25, 2010
State of the State Address: Full Text
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 2:25 PM :: 7673 Views :: Energy, Environment

Full Text of Governor Lingle's 8th State of the State address -- delivered to joint session of Hawaii Legislature 10 AM Monday January 25, 2010.  Title: "Reaffirmation and Rededication".

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Friday, January 22, 2010
Gay Civil Unions Bill passes Senate: Hawaii Family Forum re-focuses on House
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 9226 Views :: Energy, Environment

Action will now be focused on the House which has to agree to the amendments made by the Senate. If they agree, then all House members will need to vote to approve. If the House disagrees to the amendment, it will then be given to a Conference Committee made up of members of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.

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Friday, January 22, 2010
5-4: Supreme Court rejects FEC bans of books, movies critical of candidates
By Selected News Articles @ 8:05 PM :: 8813 Views :: National News, Ethics

Mercy! Books Burning. by Catherine Jamieson.

A decision characterized by Democrats as opening the door to “corporate” funding of election campaigns stems from a 2007 Decision by the Federal Election Commission to ban advertising and promotion of “Hillary the Movie” because it referenced a candidate for federal office.   

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Friday, January 22, 2010
Star-Bulletin/KITV gubernatorial, congressional polls larded with 210% more Democrats
By Andrew Walden @ 2:53 PM :: 12813 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The poll included 486 “likely Democratic primary voters”—61% of the 800 registered voters sampled.  This is 210% of the 29% of registered voters who participated in the 2008 Hawaii Democrat primary ....

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Friday, January 22, 2010
Conservatives Deserve a Voice Toward Real Health Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:36 PM :: 5154 Views :: National News, Ethics

Tuesday's election in Massachusetts sent shockwaves across Capitol Hill as voters rejected the idea that the only true course for health reform was to raise taxes, raise spending, raise premiums and put the federal government in charge of yet another unpaid-for entitlement crisis.  Campaigning as the 41st vote against Obamacare and the fiscally-irresponsible policies of the Obama administration, Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) seized on the frustration Americans feel toward the direction Washington is heading.  But saying 'no' to Obamacare is only a first step.  It's also critical that conservatives continue to offer alternative solutions to the health care and entitlement problems that our nation faces.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Hawaii Legislators’ pay tops nation
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 16277 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Whoever said “you get what you pay for” must have meant it ironically.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Hawaii Family Forum calls for action: Senate to hear HB444 Gay Civil Unions Friday
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 9218 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

THE SENATE IS READY TO PASS HB 444 SD1 ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

(SENATE GALLERY OPENS AT 11:30 AM)

WE NEED YOUR ACTION AND COMMITMENT NOW!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Obama forms “fig leaf” commission to propose tax increases
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:47 PM :: 5015 Views :: National News, Ethics

From the President who brought you unaccountable, constitutionally-questionable czars comes the latest innovation in pass-the-buck leadership: a White House executive commission designed to solve the behemoth of a spending problem plaguing the federal government.  Members of Congress have described the commission as a “nothing burger,” a “fig leaf” and “something that is put in place to kind of cover [President Obama’s] rear end." Colorful critiques aside, it’s an executive commission tasked with making policy recommendations aimed at reducing the country’s projected $1.4 trillion deficit.

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