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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 :: 10149 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 :: 9880 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 :: 4089 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 :: 9574 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 :: 10906 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 :: 12737 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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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Double Standards on Hamas Action Against Palestinians
By IPT News @ 8:23 PM :: 7892 Views :: World News

Any doubt that this week's "Freedom Flotilla" to Gaza was about politics – and not about providing aid to needy Palestinians in Gaza – was erased Wednesday when Hamas leaders refused to let the flotilla's cargo in.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Lingle establishes Hawaii Surfing Reserves
By News Release @ 8:16 PM :: 7782 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Governor’s order establishes the Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Reserve, which includes surf breaks bounded by the Ala Wai and the Waikīkī War Memorial Natatorium, as well as the North Shore Surfing Reserve, which includes surf breaks from Ali‘i Beach in Hale‘iwa to Sunset Beach.  Both surf reserves are located off the waters of O‘ahu. 

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Honolulu Maoists & Holocaust Deniers protest against Israel: Star-Bulletin calls them ‘peace activists’
By Andrew Walden @ 12:56 PM :: 18855 Views :: Military

"Ann is so inspirational," said Carolyn Hadfield (Leader of Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party and “Not In Our Name” NION). "She has that military background, so she must have soberly assessed the risks and decided it was worth it."

Michael Rivero, webmaster of the activist (Holocaust denier and 9-11 trooother) website whatreallyhappened.com, said Wright is "a very well-liked, very well-respected peace activist." He likened the Israeli raid to piracy and called it "an act of war."

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Time to Change Course in the Middle East
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:30 PM :: 8079 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 :: 13303 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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Monday, May 31, 2010
Aiona: “May the next generation live with the purpose and conviction of our fallen heroes”
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 1:19 PM :: 3961 Views :: Energy

It is in our hands to make certain their sacrifice was not in vain, and to honor their service by ensuring their memory lives on.

Today, we thank all of our service members and their families, and for the many families and friends whose loved ones did not return, it is with a heavy heart that we pay tribute to them now.

May we be so fortunate that the next generation lives with the purpose and conviction of our fallen heroes.

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Monday, May 31, 2010
Memorial Day Commemorations: Punchbowl, Magic Island
By News Release @ 1:50 AM :: 11436 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Energy

National Cemetary of the Pacific Memorial (Punchbowl)

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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 :: 11449 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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Sunday, May 30, 2010
Hawaii Democrats focus on suicide, taxes, and gay marriage
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 7084 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU—Today the Democratic Party of Hawai’i held its State Convention and clearly displayed that they are out of touch with the people of Hawai’i.  Instead of addressing issues of importance to the people of Hawai’i, they focused on passing resolutions supporting physician assisted suicide, gay civil unions and increasing taxes on people who grow the economy and create jobs. 

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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Lingle: Hawaii economy recovering thanks to collaboration and sacrifice
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:06 PM :: 7188 Views :: Energy, Environment

All of us in Hawai‘i have been deeply impacted by the global recession. We’ve had to make tough decisions and sacrifices– in government, in business and in our households – to deal with the impacts that began hitting our economy in mid-2008.

In true Hawai‘i fashion, our state pulled together to tackle these difficult issues.  It has not been an easy task, and there have been disagreements, even heated debate, along the way.  But for the most part, we have remained focused on being fiscally responsible, turning our economy around, getting our residents back to work, and setting the foundation for a stronger future.

Over the past few weeks, we have been seeing the positive results of this collaboration and sacrifice. ...

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Kaauwai: Hannemann supports HB444 gay civil unions
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 10:02 PM :: 9588 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“Hannemann has had months to formulate an opinion on one of the state’s most pressing issues.  In the past Hannemann dodged taking a stand on HB 444 because he wasn’t an official candidate.  Now that he’s announced and all the fan fare is over, he continues to skirt the issue.  It is clear Mufi lacks the courage and backbone to speak to his values."

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Lingle: Hannemann was AWOL on Superferry
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 9:51 PM :: 8641 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“With O‘ahu residents being the greatest beneficiaries of the Superferry, it is curious that Mayor Hannemann was noticeably absent from the discussion at the time.  Yet now, as is his nature, he wants to blame others. 

“The fact is that the decision to stop the Superferry was the result of a Supreme Court ruling which was a far-reaching interpretation that heretofore had never been applied to any new maritime operation in the state.”

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Friday, May 28, 2010
CIP: Lingle-Aiona administration advance $1.8B capital improvement projects
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 5699 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU 5-27-10 – Governor Linda Lingle today announced that the State has advanced more than $1.8 billion in capital improvement projects (CIP) statewide, exceeding the original goal of the Lingle-Aiona Administration’s plan launched in December 2008 to accelerate public infrastructure construction as part of a comprehensive effort to stimulate the economy and create jobs.  Over the past 17 months, the State has successfully opened bids for, awarded contracts for or started construction on 827 capital improvement projects totaling $1,851,513,340.

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Schofield: Public invited to Memorial Day ceremony
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 4555 Views :: Maui County

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii (USAG-HI) will hold a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony at 9 a.m., May 31, at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery. The public is invited to join the garrison as it honors Soldiers who gave their lives in service of our country.

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Aiona urges non-profits to join Summer Youth jobs program
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5965 Views :: Energy, Environment

Non-profits interested in participating in the program and receiving free help for their organization can attend an informational briefing at the Hawai‘i State Capitol Auditorium on Tuesday, June 1 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lt. Governor Aiona, DLIR Director Darwin Ching and DHS Director Lillian Koller will provide information on the program, answer questions and assistance with filling out worksite applications.

Young people, ages 14 through 23, who are interested in the program should apply as soon as possible at their nearest DLIR Workforce Development Division Office. 

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Friday, May 28, 2010
DLNR: State Water Commission decision balances competing demands
By News Release @ 9:16 PM :: 10196 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The Commission’s decision also strongly emphasized responsible management of public trust resources.  The Commission ordered Maui County to begin construction within three years to fix the extremely leaky Waikamoi Flume to eliminate waste and provide a more reliable water source for Upcountry domestic and agricultural uses.  Commissioners stated that Maui County needs to develop alternative water sources, conservation and reclamation for water supplies.  Maui County relies upon stream water for approximately 85 percent of its water needs for the Upcountry system.  Due to long-term drought, this is a precarious position for the people of Maui and the County needs to shift the balance of water supply to more reliable sources that do not come at the expense of Hawaii's resources and downstream users of these same waters.

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Rep. Djou joins House Budget, Armed Services Committees
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 11571 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
Lingle: Council on Revenues forecasting improved revenue collections
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:55 AM :: 6746 Views :: Energy, Environment

“We are pleased that the Council on Revenues is now forecasting improved revenue collections. The latest projection reflects an improving economy and is an encouraging sign that Hawai‘i is headed in the right direction. 

“While the upward adjustment is positive, we need to remain focused on creating jobs, stimulating our economy and monitoring the state’s cash flow.”

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Finnegan: ACT 144 Lifts Charter Cap but reduces Charter funding
By News Release @ 11:43 AM :: 8907 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"In the same move of removing restraint on one end of the charter school pipeline, this legislation effectively places a new constraint on the other end, which ultimately lessens the funding available for charters.  Especially as the number of charters continues to grow, charter schools will unfortunately see fewer and fewer dollars available."

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Friday, May 28, 2010
Greenwood Mafia grabs two power positions in UH system
By Andrew Walden @ 10:52 AM :: 22680 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 :: 8333 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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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Honolulu Mayor: Rules for Special Election
By Selected News Articles @ 8:29 PM :: 8131 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

(Vacancy is to be) (f)illed by a special election to be called by the Council within 10 days and to be held within 60 days after occurrence of the vacancy. If any special or general election is to be held in the City after 30 days and within 180 days after the occurrence of the vacancy, the election shall be held in conjunction with such other election.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Kaauwai: Hannemann is train wreck for Hawaii
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 7:26 PM :: 9119 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“Hannemann has raised property taxes, sewer fees, admission fees, motor vehicle fees, parking meter rates and pushed for the general excise tax increase. Under his watch, Honolulu was named the 2nd most expensive city to do business in.  He is leaving office early to campaign for Governor, and he's given no guarantee that he will not jump ship again to run for U.S. Senate in 2012.

“Hawai’i can expect the same reckless leadership, strong-arming from the old guard Democrat network and closed-door bargaining with public labor union bosses at the state level with Hannemann as Hawai’i’s governor.

“This November, Republican candidates will be the voices of bold leadership and change Hawai’i needs.  We are confident in the leadership of Lt. Governor Duke Aiona and know Hawai’i voters recognize his commitment to enhancing Hawai’i’s economy through responsible government spending and investment in the private sector.”

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Good News: A small elite no longer runs Hawaii -- Bad News: Mufi thinks he can change that
By Andrew Walden @ 6:35 PM :: 15978 Views :: Energy, Environment

An article in the October, 2009 edition of Hawaii Business--“Good News: A Small Elite No Longer Runs Hawaii—Bad News Nobody Does” --takes on the lack of leadership in Hawaii. Pointing to the failure of the Superferry and other recent projects, former Theo Davies CEO David Heenan says “people are somewhat burned out by all this consensus seeking. It ends up being just meeting after meeting, and all of a sudden, the window of opportunity closes.” His views are front and center in an article which could have been titled: “The case for Mufi Hannemann’s candidacy.”

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Panos: Mufi's out, Mayor's race is on
By News Release @ 3:05 PM :: 7425 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

For several months now he has been campaigning for Governor and collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars for his run for Governor while at the same time receiving full salary from Honolulu taxpayers.  This is clearly not in the best interest of Oahu.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Darwin Ching resigns DLIR to run for Prosecutor
By News Release @ 2:57 PM :: 8159 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today announced that Darwin Ching has resigned as director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR).  Ching, who has served as director since August 2007, resigned his position in preparation for his campaign to run for Honolulu City Prosecutor. His last day as director will be June 15. 

“I appreciate Darwin’s leadership as labor director,” said Governor Lingle.  “During his tenure, Darwin was instrumental in assisting thousands of Hawai‘i’s workers who lost their jobs as the global recession impacted our state.  Throughout this challenging economic period, Darwin and his team remained focused on ensuring the well-being of Hawai‘i’s workers while helping to create new jobs for our residents.  I wish him well in his future pursuits.”

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
8 Ways To Stop HB 444 (Civil Unions)
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 4506 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Legislature is disenfranchising thousands of Hawaii’s voters who have consistently lobbied the Legislature in large numbers against HB444 for the past 2 years.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010
Aiona: “Hawaii can’t afford Hannemann”
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 8526 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"I look forward to putting my support for Hawai`i's working families and small businesses against (Hannemann's) record of raising taxes and increasing the cost of living for our residents on O`ahu.

"Hawai`i can't afford him."

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Rep. Djou co-sponsors Balanced Budget Amendment
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 10613 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
Lingle cites recovery as State Tax refunds pump $64M into economy
By News Release @ 12:52 PM :: 6844 Views :: Energy, Environment

“We are pleased that we are able to get refunds out to tax filers,” said Governor Lingle.  “We are able to issue the refunds at this time because of higher than expected tax collections, which is an encouraging sign that our economy is beginning to recover.  I want to again thank Hawai‘i taxpayers for their patience and understanding as we continue to work to address our budget shortfall, while setting the foundation for a stronger economic future.”

Governor Lingle announced on Monday, May 17 that the State would immediately begin issuing state income tax refunds that were processed during the months of January and February.  She made the decision after tax revenue collections for the first 10 months of the current fiscal year came in higher expected. 

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Cook Political Report: "Hawaii Democrats are a mess"
By News Release @ 12:51 PM :: 10640 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
Furloughs: Aiona, Finnegan praise all sides for “coming together and getting the job done”
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 6135 Views :: Energy, Environment

"We achieved a comprehensive solution because everyone brought something to the table and cooler heads prevailed for the sake of our children."

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Governor Lingle negotiates end to Furlough Fridays
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 7874 Views :: Energy, Environment

The agreement was made possible due to a unique three-way public-private partnership between the State, teachers and the major banks in Hawai‘i.   The plan calls for use of $57.2 million from the Hurricane Relief Fund, $2.2 million in federal funds, and six planning days the teachers have agreed to give back to the state. A $10 million line of credit from local banks is also available if needed.

“I am happy to announce that furloughs are over and children will be able to return to the classroom for the entire upcoming school year.  We have been able to do this without laying off teachers, increasing the size of classes, raising taxes, or adversely impacting the State budget,” Governor Lingle said.  “I am particularly proud that the major banks in our state stepped up and offered a line of credit that will give the Department of Education access to additional funds, if needed, to help end the furloughs.”

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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 :: 10825 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 :: 10108 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 :: 11488 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 :: 11408 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 :: 11140 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 :: 10109 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 :: 10786 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
Hundreds celebrate opening of Duke Aiona HQ
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 14581 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Oahu headquarters

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Sunday, May 23, 2010
Djou: Hawaii stood up to the old boy network
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 9031 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 :: 12648 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 :: 10701 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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Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii


Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns


West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii