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Monday, December 6, 2010
Abercrombie’s first act: Raid $90M to feed HSTA, HGEA
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 5935 Views :: Energy, Environment

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced today that he would release $67 million from the state's hurricane relief fund to cover the cost of ending teacher furloughs and more than $23 million from the state's rainy day fund to help social service programs.

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Monday, December 6, 2010
Cayetano on DBEDT Pick: “Dobelle thought Richard Lim was trying to intimidate him”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:55 PM :: 14573 Views :: Energy, Environment

Just as with International Savings and Loan and City Bank, Mr Lim may once again manage to get off the elevator at the top floor—just before the cables are cut.

Will he use DBEDT to launch his next ride to the top? 

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Monday, December 6, 2010
Gaming Industry Lobbyist, Progressive activist screen Abercrombie cabinet picks
By Andrew Walden @ 2:50 PM :: 14794 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Progressive Democrat Keneko, and lobbyist Radcliffe sitting around in an “union hall in Kalihi” determining whether Clayton Hee will head DLNR or DHHL.  Will anti-Superferry protester Gary Hooser get a cabinet position?  It is an exercise in self-parody.  The image of the corporatist one-party State could not be any clearer.

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Monday, December 6, 2010
Hawaii arrest shows Revolution Muslim Shifting from Ideological to Operational
By IPT News @ 1:01 PM :: 13006 Views :: Military, Religion

Followers of the outspoken groups Revolution Muslim and the Islamic Thinkers Society are moving from ideology to violent action....The case of Abdel Hameed Shehadeh is the most recent example. Shehadeh was arrested Oct. 26 in Hawaii....

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Monday, December 6, 2010
The Jobs at Stake in the Tax Cut Fight
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:01 PM :: 3478 Views :: National News, Ethics

Last Friday the Labor Department reported that private sector employers added an anemic 50,000 net jobs to the U.S. economy in November. That is far fewer than what is needed to absorb discouraged workers reentering the workforce or population growth. As a result, unemployment rose to 9.8 percent, marking the 19th consecutive month that our nation’s unemployment rate topped 9 percent, a post–World War II record.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010
Website Launched
By News Release @ 3:29 PM :: 5875 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Sunday, December 5, 2010
Lingle: “I look forward to staying Involved”
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 2:09 PM :: 5789 Views :: Energy, Environment

Even though I leave my official duties behind tomorrow, I look forward to staying involved in helping our state realize its full potential and reach its destiny.

You can learn more about our administration's accomplishments at 

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Sunday, December 5, 2010
Six Hawaii Robotics teams advance to World Championship
By News Release @ 11:40 AM :: 8826 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment, National News, World News

HONOLULU – One hundred and twelve teams of middle and high school robotics students from Hawai‘i, California, Nevada and China put their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to the test for the past three days in a friendly, spirited competition that pitted robots against robots, and showcased students’ ingenuity, teamwork and ability to think analytically under pressure.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010
Abercrombie appoints five more directors
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 7180 Views :: Energy, Environment

(Media release) — Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie today appointed five department directors and two deputy directors to the Abercrombie Administration.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010
Panos on Rail Analysis Report: Carlisle doesn’t know what he is talking about
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 6777 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

I was just informed that Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle used strong language against IMG and Thomas Rubin, preparers of the State’s Rail Fiscal Analysis Report, and that he alleged that I helped the governor’s consultants with the report. This is consistent with Peter Carlisle not knowing what he is talking about.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010
Governor Lingle announces 44 pardons
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 7861 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle announced today that she granted pardons to 44 individuals in the final five months of her term in office, bringing the total number of individuals pardoned by the Governor this year to 55.  In July, Governor Lingle announced she had pardoned 11 individuals in the first half of 2010.  In total, Governor Lingle pardoned 132 individuals during her eight years in office. 

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Saturday, December 4, 2010
Governor Lingle announces direct China-Hawaii fights for Chinese New Year
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 7868 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle announced today that the leading tour operator in China, China Youth Travel Services Holding (CYTS), intends to offer special flights that will bring visitors from China to Hawai‘i for the celebration of the 2011 Chinese New Year. 

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Governor Lingle to co-found Bipartisan Policy Center Governors’ Council
By News Release @ 7:35 PM :: 4997 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

While BPC has focused primarily on federal policy issues – including energy, health care, national and homeland security, transportation and economic policy – during its first three years, it is increasing its efforts to draw upon the policy and political experience that exist at the state level. 

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Friday, December 3, 2010
“Computer study of computer studies” -- UH Manoa Climate research questioned
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 10908 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A press release from the University of Hawaii at Manoa on November 24, 2010 announced the results of a computer study by UH climatologists which portends greater global warming in the future.  Even though this was a computer study of other computer studies, the authors were correct in pointing out that there has been great disagreement between the many existing global climate models.  In most of these cases the computer models have consistently overstated future global temperatures.  We also know that estimates of future atmospheric CO2 have also been overestimated.

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Koller announces online processing for Medicaid applications
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 5588 Views :: Energy, Environment

The new Kokua Online Application, available at, enables low-income residents and their advocates to enter and submit information electronically and then monitor each stage of the approval process to determine if additional information is required.

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Friday, December 3, 2010
UHERO assesses first year of Obama Economy
By News Release @ 4:47 PM :: 8964 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The world economy contracted in 2009 for the first time since the 1930s. This year, growth has staged a moderate rebound, but will ease off somewhat in 2011. Overall, the global recovery has been anemic by historical standards.

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Another Akaka Bill sneak attack? GOP Senators tell Inouye to back off
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 10520 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Legislation as highly complex and divisive as the native Hawaiian bill requires vigorous discussion, debate, and amendments,” Kyl said. “An attempt to include it in unrelated legislation to keep the government operating is a breach of process and is an example of what the American people are tired of – back room deals that are inserted in secret packages written behind closed doors.”

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Full Text: Rail Financial Plan Assessment Report
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 8998 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

In light of Honolulu project’s size compared to the population served by it, Governor Linda Lingle requested that the Hawaii Department of Transportation procure an independent financial review.  Infrastructure Management Group, Inc. (“IMG”), in conjunction with the Land Use and Economic Consulting Group of CB Richard Ellis (“CBRE”) and Thomas A. Rubin (together, the "IMG Team”) was tasked by the Hawaii Department of Transportation to evaluate the rail project’s financial plan, including revenues and costs, the post-rail operating plan, and the fiscal implications for Honolulu.

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Djou welcomes US-South Korea Free Trade deal
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 9061 Views :: National News, Politicians

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement reacting to the news that the United States and the Republic of Korea have reached a deal on the languishing free trade agreement. Congressman Djou has been a leading voice in the U.S. House, advocating for this agreement from the first day he was in office.

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Home of Hawaiian language books to go digital
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 7105 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Mission Houses Museum, located in Honolulu’s Historic Capitol District, is known worldwide as the place where the Hawaiian written language was developed. The museum preserves the oldest and second oldest houses in Hawai‘i and the largest collection of Hawaiian language books in the world.

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Hawaii hosts World’s largest VEX Robotics Tourney
By News Release @ 12:48 PM :: 7067 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment, National News, World News

Hosting 112 teams from around the globe, the majority of which are Hawaii-based teams, Hawaii has topped the list as the largest VEX Robotics tournament in the world, outside of the world championships hosted in Orlando, FL.

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Friday, December 3, 2010
Rail plan is $1.7B short, EIS still incomplete
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 7485 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today transmitted the final report of an independent financial analysis of the proposed Honolulu Rail Transit Project to Mayor Peter Carlisle, Council Chair Nestor Garcia and Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie.  A copy was also sent to the Federal Transit Administration and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.  The report is meant to provide an objective assessment of the overall financial impact of the rail project to Hawai‘i taxpayers in the future. 

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Thursday, December 2, 2010
BoE sneaks off to Lanai, reelects Toguchi Chair, Yee Vice Chair
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 5419 Views :: Energy, Environment

Meeting at Lanai High and Elementary School, the Board also elected Oahu at-large member Randall Yee as first vice chairperson. Big Island member Herbert Watanabe will serve as second vice chairperson.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Djou censures Rangel, Hirono demurs
By Rep Charles Djou @ 7:55 PM :: 7117 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Washington, DC — Congressman Charles K. Djou (HI-01) issued the following statement after voting to censure Congressman Charles Rangel:

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Thursday, December 2, 2010
1,000 Solar Panels to be Installed at Kalanimoku State Building
By News Release @ 7:48 PM :: 7159 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Success for the Kalanimoku PV project can be credited to the collaborative efforts of Patricia Saito, project officer for the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE), Russ Saito, comptroller of DAGS, and Ted Liu, director of DBEDT. 

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Thursday, December 2, 2010
Djou, Hirono back Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 6808 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"...most importantly, this measure was not deficit-financed.  Moving forward, it is my hope that the United States Congress will continue to advocate for policies that do not add to our nation’s deficit.”

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Thursday, December 2, 2010
House Democrats, Ron Paul, Vote To Saddle Small Businesses With A Job-Killing Tax Hike
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 6463 Views :: National News, Ethics

Nearly Half Of The Business Income That Is Reported On Personal Tax Filings Goes To Families And Businesses That Would Have Their Taxes Raised By Democrats.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:06 PM :: 3747 Views :: National News, Ethics

...we are excited to launch, our new Spanish-language website. will communicate the message of conservatism to a Hispanic audience that prefers to read news in their first language. We are a country of opportunity, one where Hispanics have the opportunity to become the latest in a long list of immigrants from the world over who have realized the American Dream.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
S510: TEA Party fights against FDA control over small farmers and farmers markets
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 8119 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Less than 24 hours after declaring victory in his quest to vastly expand the regulatory powers of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—for the children—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is mired in a procedural misstep that may well kill the legislation.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Censorship: FCC Presses Forward With Destructive Net Neutrality Rules
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 6314 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Washington, D.C., December 1, 2010—This morning, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that the Commission will vote on net neutrality rules during its December 21 meeting. Telecom policy analysts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) urged FCC Commissioners to reject this unwise proposal, warning that mandating net neutrality would harm consumers and stifle network investment.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Earmarks: Desperate Inouye lashes out at Obama
By News Release @ 2:33 PM :: 7419 Views :: Energy, Environment

None of us should be surprised that President Obama has expressed his opposition to earmarks. A ban on earmarks would serve to strengthen the executive branch of government by empowering the President to make decisions that the Constitution wisely places in the hands of Congress. This is the exact same reason presidents Clinton and Bush sought the line-item veto during their presidencies.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Abercrombie Selects Budget Director, Labor Team
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 11864 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie today named Kalbert Young as the Budget and Finance Director; and Sen. Dwight Takamine and Audrey Hidano as the team heading up the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations as its director and deputy director, respectively.

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