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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Rejected: Akaka rewrite blows up in Abercrombie's face--but original version passes
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 11137 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

At the outset of the hearing, Republicans expressed their fundamental constitutional concerns with this effort to create a separate governing entity for Native Hawaiians, and served full notice to Committee Democrats that we intended to use every House rule and parliamentary tool available to us to insist our concerns be heard.  Until Representative Abercrombie stated his intentions to not push forward the proposed changes, Republicans demonstrated their dedication to using all tools available to them.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Hearing stalls as Democrats attempt Markup of rewritten Akaka Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 1:19 PM :: 9646 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Over the years, they’ve both traveled here to Washington, D.C. and testified to Congress in favor of the original text of the bill.  Now that the bill has been substantially rewritten behind closed doors, they’ve been compelled to send a five-page letter expressing opposition to the proposed changes the Committee is scheduled to consider today.  The Attorney General and Governor have only had the full text of the proposed changes for a matter of, literally, hours. Postponing until February 24th will allow them time to fully review the changes and have their concerns understood and considered by this Committee.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
FULL TEXT: Abercrombie's secret rewritten Akaka Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 12:10 PM :: 10038 Views :: Akaka Bill

Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) denies there is an "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack".  He claims that the Akaka Bill process is "transparent."  Yet only now--as the US House Committee on Natural Resources is debating Abercrombie's proposed Akaka Bill rewrite--has a complete copy of Abercrombie's proposed rewrite been made available to the public.  Clcik here to read the full revised bill being proposed by Neil Abercrombie. 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Live Webcast: House Natural Resources Committee hearings on the Akaka Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 AM :: 10825 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The live webcasts will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the hearing.  Hearing begins at 5AM HST (10AM EST) Weds December 16.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Zogby: Majority of Hawaii voters against Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 12259 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A new poll of registered Hawaii voters, conducted by Zogby International, has found that a majority of those surveyed oppose the Akaka Bill. The poll was conducted from November 18 to 23, 2009.  Zogby International surveyed more than 500 registered voters in Hawaii.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
SHOCK: Lingle, Bennett denounce new version Akaka Bill (full text)
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 12429 Views :: Akaka Bill

These changes, taken together, change the bill from one where the status quo and the relations between the United States, the State of Hawaii, and the Native Hawaiian governing entity can be changed only after negotiations and after passage of implementing legislation, to a model in which the status quo immediately changes, pursuant to an Indian law model.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Did Inouye Lie? National Review confirms "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack" claim
By Selected News Articles @ 5:43 PM :: 11463 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For years (since 1999), Daniel Akaka has been trying to make the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act law. On Friday afternoon, the minority on the House Natural Resources Committee got word that there will be a mark-up on it on Wednesday. Apparently there's an agreement on the bill, but Republicans on the committee haven't seen it.  The Hill rumor is that Democrats plan to attach Akaka to the Department of Defense funding bill before this session ends — basically, sneaking it in at a busy, contentious time of year to avoid full debate.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
House Republicans call for Akaka Bill to be removed from Markup
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 11466 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Early last week, an agreement was reached with the Democrat Majority that Wednesday’s markup would consist of non-controversial bills that could be considered quickly.  Democrats issued notice on Friday that the Native Hawaiian bill would be added.  The Majority has had no communication with Republicans regarding this legislation since they canceled a markup on this bill without explanation in early July....

 

The magnitude of the changes being proposed deserve careful consideration and an opportunity for all those who may be impacted, especially the people and elected leaders of the State of Hawaii, to properly review the rewritten text.  The proposed changes have only been available to the Republican side of the Committee for a matter of days, and the State of Hawaii has had the full text of the proposed changes for only a matter of hours.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
HSTA playbook copied: NY Teachers unions also sabotage efforts to win "Race to the Top" dollars
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 PM :: 10432 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

New York’s stubborn resistance to the data revolution not only harms the education our children receive; it leaves hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table during a massive budget crunch. The Obama administration’s Race to the Top grant competition will distribute $4.35 billion to states that pursue modern education reforms. According to the competition’s rules, however, any state with a law that prohibits the use of test-score data to evaluate teachers is immediately disqualified from consideration. A state’s application also becomes more attractive under the guidelines if its data set matches students to teachers. Currently, New York fails on both counts.

And so does Hawaii....

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Copenhagen: They Can’t Even Run A Conference, Let Alone the Global Economy
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:44 AM :: 7119 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The climate treaty negotiations inside Copenhagen’s Bella Center at the United Nations Climate Change Conference ground to a halt yesterday when the G-77, the largest group of developing nations, walked out. These poorer nations demanded that richer nations sign a treaty that includes a large transfer of wealth to the developing world to compensate for the developed world’s historical contribution to global warming. The G-77 countries ended their walkout after less than two hours, perhaps because global warming has had no apparent impact on December Copenhagen temperatures.

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Inouye denies planning "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack"
By Andrew Walden @ 8:31 PM :: 11048 Views :: Energy, Environment

Dozens of protesters gathered this morning on one day's notice in downtown Honolulu to denounce what they termed an "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack"--purported efforts to insert the Akaka Bill into unrelated "must pass" legislation.  In a statement released today Senator Dan Inouye (D-HI) denied the protesters specific claim that he had planned to attach the Akaka Bill to a Defense Appropriations measure and called the Akaka Bill process "fully transparent". 

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Judicial Nominee lists released: Lingle seeks public input
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 11085 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Governor Linda Lingle today released two lists of judicial nominees that were provided to her by the Judicial Selection Commission to fill one vacancy each on the Intermediate Court of Appeals and the First Circuit Court (O‘ahu).  Governor Lingle is making the lists available to the public to encourage public comment on the nominees. ... The Governor has 30 days from receipt of the lists (December 11, 2009) to submit her selections to the Hawai‘i State Senate, which would need to confirm the nominees.

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Meheula memo questions Ed Case's record on Hawaiian entitlements
By Andrew Walden @ 5:19 PM :: 13244 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, OHA, Politicians

Meheula’s memo says: “In the late 1990s, when Ed Case was chairman of the State House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, he repeatedly acted to reduce Native Hawaiian benefits, rights and revenues…. In the 1998 legislative session, Mr. Case proposed the 123-page ‘Native Hawaiian Autonomy Act.’ The Act would have terminated OHA and the Hawaiian Home Lands program, denied Native Hawaiians the right to self-determination and federal recognition, and reduced State liabilities to Native Hawaiians. The Act stated that its purpose is to stop the ‘continued dependence by native Hawaiians on others which prevents the development of the full potential of the native Hawaiian people.’”

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Monday, December 14, 2009
The Battle Over Obamacare’s Obituary Has Begun
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:41 PM :: 5185 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obamacare is not dead yet. Speaker Pelosi has signaled that she will quickly pass anything that comes out of the Senate, so Reid could still cave on almost everything and get a terrible bill from everybody’s prospective on the President’s desk by New Years. But Senators thinking about moving quickly should remember that the public strongly opposes this bill, and that opposition is only rising.

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Cayetano: Hanabusa's Broken Trust connections lead to Ko Olina
By Andrew Walden @ 12:09 PM :: 49501 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii History, Politicians

 

SB Photo 1999: Jeff Stone's sister Mari Stone Wong and his then-brother-in-law, ousted Bishop Estate Trustee Dickie Wong, needn`t be as worried as they look--they're on trial in the courtroom of Judge Michael Town.

About Hanabusa's 2002 push for developer Jeff Stone to receive $75 million in Ko Olina tax credits, Cayetano writes:

"As I watched all of this, I wondered if there were any legislators who had the guts to ask the hard questions.  There was not a peep from the Democrats--or from conservative Republicans like Slom and Hemmings who had made careers in opposing social programs for the needy, or from young legislators who were learning quickly the politics of "going along to get along."  The only legislators who raised questions about the credibility of Stone's claims were Republicans Charles Djou of O`ahu and Jim Rath of Kona, Hawai`i."

If Hanabusa enters the congressional race and defeats Democrat Ed Case in the Primary, she will face off with Charles Djou in the General Election next November.

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Ed Case's 2006 "felony" vote: Greens vs. Illegals
By Andrew Walden @ 8:47 AM :: 16351 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

It is easy to portray the anti-immigration sentiment as coming entirely from the political Right. But the environmentalist Left is also a big part of the anti-immigration effort. Groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a leading anti-immigration group, played a key role in two failed attempts to take over the Sierra Club in 1998 and again in 2004. FAIR and its offshoot, Numbers USA, advocate not only an end to illegal immigration and deportation of all illegals, but also reduced levels of legal immigration....

Hawaii Representatives Neil Abercrombie, D-HI, and Ed Case, D-HI, (first and second Congressional districts, respectively) both voted on December 16 to keep the felony provision in the bill. Case then voted to approve HB 4437 as a whole while Abercrombie voted against it. Case has close ties to the environmentalist Hawaii Nature Conservancy: his sister Suzanne Case is their Executive Director.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sovereignty activists protest Akaka Bill "Sneak Attack" -- Bill could be inserted into "must pass" legislation
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 11635 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE & PROTEST TOMORROW!

  • WHAT – AKAKA BILL SNEAK ATTACK PUBLIC PROTEST
  • WHEN – MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th @ 7 AM to 9 AM
  • WHERE – CORNERS OF BERETANIA STREET & PUNCHBOWL, Downtown Honolulu. 
  • WHY – DEMAND A FAIR & OPEN PROCESS
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Ka`auwai: Abercrombie embarrassed by earmark for campaign co-chair
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 11:26 AM :: 8649 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The people of Hawai'i are tired of tax and spend policies that leave future generations with a huge financial burden.  Republican Charles Djou is the only candidate in this race who can bring the kind of fiscal accountability to Washington that the people of Hawai'i and the nation deserve.

Has Mufi’s strong fundraising lead and widespread appeal threatened Abercrombie’s run for governor, so much that he has to bail from one office to run fulltime for another?  Is he so afraid of his vote record and the tough votes that are pending in Congress?  Perhaps he’s embarrassed by the $3.5 million earmark he proposed for a company whose president co-chairs his gubernatorial campaign. 

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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Vote By Mail: “Tool of choice for voter fraud”
By Andrew Walden @ 6:42 AM :: 22526 Views :: Office of Elections

...VBM concerns have been heightened by a number of disputed elections and documented cases of absentee ballot fraud....

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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Akaka Bill to be voted by House and Senate Committees
By Andrew Walden @ 12:44 AM :: 10699 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On Wednesday December 16 Abercrombie's House Natural Resources subcommittee will vote on HR 2314, the "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009" better known as the Akaka Bill.  The committee will meet at 10AM EST (5AM HST) in room 1324 Longworth.

The following day at 2:15PM EST (9:15AM HST) the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, meeting in Dirksen room 628, is scheduled to vote on the companion bill--S1011.  The vote had been originally scheduled for December 9 but has been rescheduled to the 17th. 

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Friday, December 11, 2009
CBO report questions constitutionality of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:30 PM :: 4693 Views :: National News, Ethics

A mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action. The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States. An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.

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Friday, December 11, 2009
Your family could owe $187,000 federal debt
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:11 AM :: 4621 Views :: National News, Ethics

Next week Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is expected to attach a provision to the Department of Defense appropriations bill that would increase our national debt limit by $1.925 trillion. This debt limit raise would authorize the U.S. Treasury to borrow as much as $14 trillion, which is 30% higher than the $10.8 trillion limit that was in place when President Barack Obama took office.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009
Chicago Muslim charged in Danish cartoon attacks, Mumbai bombing
By IPT News @ 9:05 AM :: 8626 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Headley originally was arrested in October on charges he planned attacks on high profile targets in Denmark and India that included the Danish newspaper facilities of Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper and its employees. The new charges filed in the Northern District of Illinois accuse Headley, an American citizen born in Pakistan, of helping facilitate last year's deadly Mumbai attacks that killed approximately 170 people, including six Americans, and injured hundreds.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009
REPORT: Washington, DC Muslim Student Assoc President joins jihadi terrorists in Pakistan
By IPT News @ 8:27 AM :: 8062 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A Pakistani newspaper reports the arrest of five foreign nationals after a raid in a town called Sargodha. The raid took place at the home of a member of the Jaish-e-Muhammad, a Pakistani movement designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2001.  According to the report, "The DPO told that these people had been living in Sargodha since Nov 30 and it was quite a possibility that they were engaged in acts of terrorism."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
UNRAVELING: MoveOn.org denounces Democrats' health care deal
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 7715 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HEALTH DEAL UNRAVELING:  This fight isn't over yet, no matter how many times the media tries to declare the death of the public option. It'd only take one or two senators to unravel this deal, and progressive senators Russ Feingold and Bernie Sanders both indicated last night that their support can't be taken for granted.   (...so sad...)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Democrats Reach Deal on Health Plan? Don’t believe it
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:21 PM :: 4377 Views :: National News, Ethics

If you are one of the few Americans who still subscribes, your morning newspaper probably has a headline like this: Democrats Reach Deal on Health Plan. Don’t believe it.  Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is still light years away from producing the 60 votes necessary to pass Obamacare out of the Senate. And the few details that have leaked out about this new “broad agreement” only reveal just how desperate Reid is to get any bill on to President Obama’s desk by the New Year.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
OPM Director: Agency not up to task of running public option health program
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 4413 Views :: National News, Ethics

“Former OPM Director Linda Springer told FederalNewsRadio it will literally take an act of Congress to pull that off. ‘I flat out think that OPM doesn't have the capacity to do this type of role,’ said Springer. ‘Furthermore, I don't believe that OPM has the statutory authority to do it as well. But on both those counts, I don't think it would be a good call….”’

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Lingle sets priorities for last 12 months
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 9:59 PM :: 6363 Views :: Energy, Environment

Our priorities include:

  • stimulating the economy and creating jobs,
  • reforming our public education system,
  • developing clean energy sources while achieving energy security,
  • modernizing our transportation infrastructure,
  • protecting the environment, and
  • creating brighter futures for our students through scholastic robotics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
WSJ: Senators Strike Health Deal (Deal struck on backs of Doctors, Hospitals)
By Selected News Articles @ 9:44 PM :: 4699 Views :: National News, Ethics

Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) said expanding Medicare "is putting more people in a boat that's already sinking."  The American Medical Association said it opposes expanding Medicare because doctors face steep pay cuts under the program and many Medicare patients are struggling to find a doctor. Hospitals also said expanding Medicare and Medicaid is a bad idea.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
EPA now regulates your breath
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:57 PM :: 6783 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) declared carbon dioxide to be a dangerous pollutant under the Clean Air Act, granting itself authority for an enormous, unprecedented regulatory undertaking that would greatly expand the EPA’s power. Because 85 percent of the U.S. economy operates on fossil fuel, the EPA would essentially have the ability to regulate every aspect of life in America – and it would be able to enact draconian climate-change policies without any accountability to American voters.

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Monday, December 7, 2009
The Copenhagen Climate Comedy
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:07 PM :: 7231 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Plutocrats from around the world have marshaled over 1,200 limos and 140 private planes to travel to and around Copenhagen over the next two weeks. When they are not participating in the world’s oldest profession, conferees will be negotiating over a successor treaty to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol which obligated most developed nations to reduce their greenhouse emissions by 5 percent below 1990 baseline levels by 2012.

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Monday, December 7, 2009
VIDEOS: "A day that shall live in infamy"
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 AM :: 7606 Views :: Energy, National News, World News
     
Sunday, December 6, 2009
HSTA using furloughs to keep “Race to the Top” dollars—and reform--out of Hawaii schools
By Andrew Walden @ 3:25 PM :: 13476 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The HSTA has conspired with the DoE and BoE to make the furloughs as damaging as possible in order to put Hawaii schools so far out of the competition that the Hawaii Legislature will see no point in trying to enact the education reforms which could help win “Race to the Top” funding.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009
Honokaa, Waiakea, McKinley, Pearl Highlands robotics teams heading for World Championship
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 7321 Views :: Energy, Environment

Four Hawai’i schools who competed at the Pan Pacific Championship qualified to advance to the VEX Robotics World Championship that will take place at the Dallas Convention Center and Arena April 22 - 24, 2010, including: Honokaa High School, Waiakea High School, McKinley High School, Pearl Highlands Intermediate.  At the World Championship, these winning teams will have the opportunity to challenge their top-ranked peers from other countries around the world, including teams from the Asian Robotics League, South America and Europe.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009
A Third "Stimulus": The Definition of Economic Insanity
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:25 PM :: 4429 Views :: National News, Ethics

Undeterred by the complete failure of their past job creation efforts, leading leftist luminaries are again calling on the liberal majorities in Congress and President Obama to approve billions more in government spending for a third stimulus. Yesterday, President Obama hosted a “jobs summit” where academics, union leaders, and select big business leaders made their pitch for government largess. Among the ideas reported: Teamsters leader James Hoffa called for higher barriers to trade, President Obama insisted that all future aid to states go to preserving government jobs and not tax cuts, and others pushed to bring the “success” of Cash for Clunkers to a new Cash for Caulkers program.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
Senate Obamacare debate: A look at the first week's amendments
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:20 PM :: 4537 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Senate began debate on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R.3590) this week. Senators on both sides of the aisle offered amendments to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s huge, 2074 page health care bill. The first votes to take place concerned preventative services for women.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
Kaauwai: "Failure Fridays"
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 8:07 PM :: 6891 Views :: Energy, Environment

With discussions stalled until mid-December, public unions bosses are showing their priorities do not lie with Hawai'i’s children.  They simply ignore the financial reality the rest of Hawai'i has already begun to face.  Instead of reallocating from the DOE/BOE bureaucracy, these uncaring public union leaders are mercilessly pulling more money from teachers’ pockets and valuable class time from students.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
Lingle Administration: Special Session unlikely, HSTA furlough negotiations "unproductive"
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 7454 Views :: Energy, Environment

Almost three weeks since the plan was announced, we are still in lengthy and unproductive discussions with the State Teachers union.  It is disappointing that the next discussions aren’t scheduled again until December 15th and 16th. This delay will seriously impact the possibility of teachers voting on the contract changes and the convening of a special session to enact the necessary legislation to use the State’s Rainy Day Fund.  This will result in further loss of classroom time in the month of January.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
Greenhouse Gas Observatories Downwind from Erupting Volcanoes
By Andrew Walden @ 2:29 AM :: 21001 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

... For some reason, they fail to mention the erupting volcano next door ....

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Thursday, December 3, 2009
The Road to Recovery Begins with the End of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:30 PM :: 6915 Views :: National News, Ethics

Dan DiMicco, CEO of steelmaker Nucor Corp, who told the Wall Street Journal: “Companies large and small are saying, ‘I am not going to do anything until these things — health care, climate legislation — go away or are resolved.’” Or Porta-King CEO Steve Schulte who tells USA Today his company is not investing because “proposals in Congress to tackle climate change and overhaul health care would raise costs.”

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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Aiona: Volunteers raise $400,000 for Hawaii Fire Department
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:16 PM :: 8113 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Dr. Frank Sayre and Laura Mallery-Sayre experienced first-hand the heroism of the Hawai‘i Fire Department when they lost their son in a hiking accident in Polulu Valley.  The Hawai‘i Fire Department did not have rappelling ropes long enough to reach the bottom of the valley, so firefighters flew a helicopter into the narrow terrain at great personal risk.

Since then, Frank and Laura, motivated by the bravery and heroism of the firefighters, began the Daniel Sayre Foundation to raise money to buy equipment for the Hawai‘i Fire Department. Their efforts have been met with resounding success in the community, as they have raised more than $400,000 to provide essential life-saving equipment and training for our firefighters.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
McChrystal: 20,000 troops "high risk of failure" -- Obama sends 30,000
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:38 PM :: 8397 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

During the month of November, while President Barack Obama was dithering on whether or not to embrace General Stanley McChrystal’s strategy for winning in Afghanistan, something unexpected happened in American public opinion on the war. According to Gallup, the American public switched from 42% for and 44% against sending more troops to Afghanistan, to 47% for and only 39% against a troop build up. It is unclear why the American people came to support an increase in troops last month, but it is safe to rule out strong leadership from the White House as the cause. Hopefully the President’s incoherent address to a muted West Point audience will not reverse America’s growing support for victory.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Reaction: "The President has finally made up his mind to confront the Taliban and defeat Islamic radicals"
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 11355 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A U.S. Army cadet shows off a book that he is reading entitled ...Cadets await speech at West Point

"After vacillating for months, I am happy the President has finally made up his mind to confront the Taliban and defeat Islamic radicals.  This is the right decision and deserves our nation's full support," stated Djou.  "The war in Afghanistan is a fight we must win."

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Hawaii 42nd in Small Business Survival
By News Release @ 2:24 PM :: 9640 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The ‘Small Business Survival Index' helps business owners and investors understand the public policy burdens placed on entrepreneurship and small business, with the states ranked accordingly.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
How Much Risk Will Obama Expose Our Troops To?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:57 PM :: 7683 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

As multiple sources reported this October, General McChrystal presented President Obama with three troop level scenarios each graded by risk: 1) an additional 20,000 troops that would run a “high risk of failure“; 2) an additional 80,000 troops that would be a “low risk option” that has “best chance to contain the Taliban-led insurgency and stabilize Afghanistan“; or 3) an additional 40,000 to 45,000 troop “medium risk option.”

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Billy Kenoi associate Malu Motta gets life without parole for Pali shootings
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 17542 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Law Enforcement, Politicians

Chief United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway today (Monday, Nov 30)  sentenced ETHAN MOTTA, also known as "Malu," age 40, to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole, for his role in the shooting of three persons at the Pali Golf Course on January 7, 2004.

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Monday, November 30, 2009
Obamacare punches $41M hole in Hawaii State Budget
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 10326 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

While Obama has been at great pains to make a show of avoiding taxes on the middle class to pay for his health care changes, his proposed increase in Medicaid eligibility will have a huge impact on the 39 states whose income cutoffs for the program are below those required in the new federal legislation.  States....will have to raise their eligibility for Medicaid under the Senate health care bill. And they will have to pay for part of the cost.

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Monday, November 30, 2009
Climategate
By Andrew Walden @ 12:54 AM :: 15412 Views :: Environment

... a “cunning plan”, “inventing” temperature readings, and releasing fake “estimates” of temperature data for the year even before the year is over ....

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Sunday, November 29, 2009
Kapiolani Park: Homelessness industry takes Hawaii tourism hostage
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 21710 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Councilmember Djou introduced legislation to extend the ban on sleeping to City sidewalks, but a majority of council members blocked advancement of Djou’s measure. Djou is now seeking to apply an existing ordinance that bans structures on municipal sidewalks to the tents surrounding Kapiolani Park.

Djou fully supports giving free taxpayer financed mental health, drug counseling and shelter to those in need, but does not support converting City parks into private property.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Art of Political War for TEA Parties
By Selected News Articles @ 3:21 PM :: 5314 Views :: National News, Ethics

A movement without an effective strategy for defeating its opponents cannot succeed. Therefore it is important to reacquaint ourselves with the art of political war.

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Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

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Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

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Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

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