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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Rep Gene Ward: 15 job killers advancing in House
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 8038 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai-Kalama Valley) pointed out 15 "Job Killer" bills in debate on the House Floor yesterday. The taxes and fees will draw up to $500 million from Hawaii's economy and potentially force more layoffs. At $30,000 per employee, $500 million removed from the economy is over 16,000 jobs.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Will Hawaii take TWO House votes away from Senate Obamacare?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 6916 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Neil Abercrombie has finally stepped up to do something great for the American people—he resigned.  Rep. Mazie Hirono has pledged not to support the Senate version of Obamacare because it is not socialist enough for her taste.  So with your help, Hirono can stand strong in her rejection of Senate Obamacare (which is a huge giveaway to insurance companies) and Hawaii will produce a double win for freedom, justice and the American Way.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Obama voters a no-show at Hawaii Democratic caucuses
By Andrew Walden @ 12:30 PM :: 6764 Views :: Democratic Party, Obama

Two years ago, 37,000 people showed up to vote in the Democratic caucuses....  This year, if the House District 2 and 3 attendance is reflective of the whole, fewer than 2,000 people will have shown up Statewide.

It takes skill to drive away that many people, and the old-boy faction of Hawaii Democrats definitely has that kind of skill.  They don’t want idealistic liberal types interfering with their power games.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Lingle hands down first veto of session
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 12:41 PM :: 4698 Views :: Energy, Environment

A permit allows a privilege conveyed to individuals or agencies to perform an activity not normally available to the general public.  A permit carries a responsibility to uphold high standards that will benefit society and protect our environment. To exempt a single State agency, in this case the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, from this obligation is inappropriate and conveys to them disproportionate powers without adequate public accountability.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Retaliation: Legislature votes to keep Lingle appointees from returning to civil service
By News Release @ 12:32 PM :: 4689 Views :: Energy, Environment

Pearl Imada Iboshi, the current Deputy Director for the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, was presented as an example of the kind of people that would be prohibited from returning to a civil service position for one year. She was appointed by Gov. Linda Lingle. But as soon as Lingle's term is over, Iboshi will automatically lose her position.

Imada served as the state's chief economist since 1995 and has been a member of the Council on Revenues since 1997. Her highest level of education is a doctorate in economics from the University of Hawaii. Ward described her as an archive of information.

"Because of HB 1868, she won't be able to return to be the state's chief economist when Lingle's term is over," Ward said. "For a year, we're all going to lose her institutional knowledge and expertise. And it'll all be because of a silly, partisan rule that goes against logic and the best interests of the public."

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Obamacare: No Votes Until the People Speak
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:14 AM :: 3868 Views :: National News, Ethics

On March 5th of last year, firefighter Travis Ulerick, of Dublin, Indiana, introduced President Barack Obama at a White House summit on health care. Upon hearing the first rumblings of dissent about the President's plan, Ulerick tells USA Today he thought at the time: "I definitely think it's going to have to be a huge consensus."

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Advertiser shoots “arrogant” Abercrombie in foot
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 6359 Views :: Energy, Environment

Concerned about continued liberal anguish over Neil Abercrombie’s abandonment of Obamacare, today’s Honolulu Advertiser instructs its readers not to discuss Neil Abercrombie’s “arrogance”, his “bad planning” or his “putting his own ambitions ahead of his constituents.”

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Akaka Tribe “eligibility guidelines are essentially meaningless”
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 5639 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

While still fixated on race, national commentators are getting a little closer to understanding that the Akaka Bill will create a tribe which has nothing to do with representing Native Hawaiians.  Here are the latest examples of the conflicting description of the Akaka Bill as “race based” and the realization that because it has no blood quantum, the Akaka Tribe—or is it the Abercrombie Tribe--will exclude the vast majority of Native Hawaiians while admitting non-Hawaiians who just happen to be property developers.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Flag pole bill passes House unanimously
By Andrew Walden @ 4:48 PM :: 7562 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

After protests by veterans and exposure of the false vote counting, Cabanilla was forced to change her position.  On February 24 the bill passed the House Housing Committee and today was approved by the full House.

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Rep Cabanilla’s office manager Leon Rouse is a convicted child molester and leading gay marriage advocate.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Warren Buffett: Scrap Senate Obamacare Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 4693 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obama promised to “cut taxes for 95% of workers and their families,” expand the Army by 65,000 and the Marines by 27,000, and enact “a net spending cut” for the federal government. Obama promised lower taxes, a strong defense and shrinking the size of government. No wonder independents in nine states that went for President George Bush in 2000 and 2004 switched their vote to Obama in 2008 (CO, FL, IN, IA, NV, NM, NC, OH and VA). But now those independents are beginning to reassess. Public Policy Polling (a liberal polling firm) notes that Obama now has a negative approval rating in every state that he flipped from the Bush column to his in 2008.

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Monday, March 1, 2010
Ed Case in Congress voted 72 times for higher taxes, fees
By Andrew Walden @ 9:12 PM :: 8437 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

According to his campaign website, Ed Case "understands what excessive taxes and unnecessary regulation can do to our economic engine especially in tough times.”  But his voting record from 49 months in Congress shows that Ed Case voted 72 times for higher taxes or fees—on average one vote every 21 days. Case claims to be an independent "Blue Dog" Democrat, but most of the 72 votes were cast in lockstep with Rep. Nancy Pelosi's “progressive”-controlled House Democratic Caucus.

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Monday, March 1, 2010
Abercrombie farewell gift: “redistribute an entire state's wealth” --WSJ
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 7355 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In an effort to dispel concerns that the creation of a race-based tribe violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause, Mr. Abercrombie added a six-page list of membership criteria that could include non-Hawaiian state residents. But the provision contains a self-destruct clause—as soon as the tribe is officially recognized, it can extend and deny membership based on any criteria it sees fit.

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Monday, March 1, 2010
Climategate: Al Gore Speaks, The Edifice Falls
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:06 AM :: 6346 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The latest attempt to force the U.S. economy to turn away from readily available, affordable fuels and leaving it to the tender mercies of untried, experimental and expensive technologies is a bipartisan effort by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). A legislative package from them, according to The Washington Post on Saturday, would individually cap how much traditional energy the main pillars of the American economy would be able to use. This would of course cripple our economy....

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