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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Broadband to be Trojan Horse for Big Wind Cable?
By Andrew Walden @ 3:35 PM :: 12346 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Why the sudden addition of broadband to the Big Wind cable?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Rationing by Waiting: Medicaid eligibility hiked to $64,000/year for early retirees
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 4503 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

President Barack Obama's health care law would let several million middle class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The Truth About Tax Cuts
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:16 AM :: 4600 Views :: National News, Ethics

All you are likely to hear about low tax rates from liberals and their echo chamber in the media is that they don't work—that they fail to gin up economic or job growth. Exhibit A for this preposterous proposition is the Bush tax cuts. The left wants you to accept it as conventional wisdom that the policy was a bust.  Don't believe it....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Pictures of America's Fiscal Nightmare
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:13 AM :: 3679 Views :: National News, Ethics

There's urgency in Washington to fix a problem that's been a long time coming: America's fast track to fiscal implosion. In The Heritage Foundation's just-released, expanded 2011 Budget Chart Book, you can see just how bad the country's spending problem is and how America racked up so much debt.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Did HSTA boycott Race To The Top Meetings?
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 6244 Views :: Energy, Environment

In the below Abercrombie Administration news release—which we have annotated for clarity--there is no mention of any union officials meeting with the US DoE representatives here to evaluate Hawaii’s alleged progress towards RTTT benchmarks.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Governor signs bill to exempt Broadband Cables from Permitting Requirements
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 6511 Views :: Energy, Environment

The key provisions of this act exempt broadband infrastructure improvements from state or county permitting requirements for five years.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Meet your new Defense Secretary: Leon Panetta's War on Reagan's Defense Policies
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 8191 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Senate conservatives proudly call themselves “Reagan Republicans” because of Reagan’s “Peace Through Strength” military policies. But in Leon Panetta, whose nomination comes up for a full Senate vote for Secretary of Defense on Tuesday, they are being asked to endorse a man whose Congressional career was dedicated to fighting Reagan’s defense build-up and anti-communist policies.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
VIDEO: Former Utah Governor Huntsman Announces Presidential Campaign
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 PM :: 3660 Views :: National News, Ethics

"I respect the President of the United States. He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help a country we both love."

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Hirono, Akaka: Pension’s Perks for Members With a Past
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 6873 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) ... received $45,000 from her state's pension program in 2010.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Developer sues LUC for downzoning affordable homes already built
By Robert Thomas @ 2:25 AM :: 10049 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

...the Land Use Commission changed the land use boundaries from "urban use to agricultural use while affordable housing was being constructed on the property."

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Monday, June 20, 2011
Abercrombie signs 15 bills into law
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 5134 Views :: Energy, Environment

Starting with HB953, a big fat raise for DoE bureaucrats. 

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Monday, June 20, 2011
Consumer Advocate: Public Hearings Required on HECO Biofuels Rate Increase
By Henry Curtis @ 9:08 PM :: 9080 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

the HECO Companies' proposed Biofuel Surcharge Provision clearly results in an increase in rates that triggers the contested case and public hearing provisions of HRS §269-16(b).

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Monday, June 20, 2011
MISSION HOUSES MUSEUM JULY FOURTH WEEKEND PA`INA
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 7123 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

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Monday, June 20, 2011
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 20
By Selected News Articles @ 3:56 PM :: 6198 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Ethanol subsidies amendment
  • House: Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations, FY2012
  • House: Agriculture Appropriations, FY2012
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Monday, June 20, 2011
VIDEO: Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to Republican Leaders
By Video @ 1:53 PM :: 4243 Views :: National News, Ethics

 Here is complete video of Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaking today at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. When he finished, the crowd was on their feet chanting, "Run, Rick, Run!"

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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Voice Recorder confiscated during Closed Meeting of Reapportionment Commission
By Andrew Walden @ 9:18 PM :: 7122 Views :: Energy, Environment

When Hawaii Reapportionment Commission members went into closed executive session during their June 15th meeting at the State Capitol, they discovered something rather disconcerting. A small recording device had been left on a chair and it was turned on, recording their every word.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Big Projects in Hawaii - Why Are They Stuck?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:06 PM :: 7475 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

There are 10 basic dimensions that account for the reasons that big projects succeed or fail.... 

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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Fathers Matter: Involved Dads Impact Children’s Lives and Civil Society
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:25 AM :: 5502 Views :: National News, Ethics

Given the tremendous personal, social, and economic costs of broken families, national leaders should seek ways to promote the importance of marriage so that more children can grow up in a stable household and experience the unique benefits of a married mother and father.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011
One-Step-Up Housing: Berg to hold Makaha Town Meeting July 12
By Tom Berg @ 12:38 PM :: 6109 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Our next town hall meeting will be July 12, 2011 at Makaha Elementary School from 6-9pm.  We will discuss the one-step-up housing feature as is contained in my resolution 11-54 CD1. The Nanakuli Neighborhood Board will also discuss this resolution at their meeting next week.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011
June 23 Washington Middle School: Abercrombie to hear from public on Pro Bowl
By News Release @ 12:32 PM :: 8005 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Please be sure to join us for a public forum on June 23, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Washington Middle School. In addition to words from and Q&A with the Governor and Lt. Gov., there will be brief presentations from Bruce Coppa on our efforts to improve the economy ....

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Saturday, June 18, 2011
NASA-Funded Group Doctors Sea Level Data
By News Release @ 1:21 AM :: 10138 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

what happens when sea level in the real world does not rise nearly as much as alarmists predict? If you are a NASA-funded gatekeeper of sea level data, you merely doctor the data....

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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Feds: U.S. travel and tourism industry on pace for record-setting year
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 7100 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced international visitors spent an estimated $12.3 billion on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States during April. This represents a 19 percent increase from April 2010. Travel and tourism-related exports have increased, on average, nearly $1.4 billion a month in 2011.

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Friday, June 17, 2011
A Summer of Robots: Fueling innovation for the New Economy
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 10923 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL, Maui County, Energy, Environment

The Robotics Organizing Committee (ROC) will host the events in coordination with robotics supporters and community partners throughout the state, beginning on June 21 and running through August 28, 2011.

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Hawaii Government Impact: The High Cost of Land Use and Housing
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 9697 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

 Sunday 26 June, 2:00pm at the Naniloa Hotel's Polynesian Room in Hilo. Featured speakers are UH School of Law Prof. David Callies, author of the definitive book “Regulating Paradise” and Big Island real estate broker David Turner.

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Greek Crisis: Moody’s warns of possible First Hawaiian Bank downgrade
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 11405 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Moody's Investors Service placed the stand-alone bank financial strength rating of First Hawaiian Bank on review for possible downgrade....

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Hot Water Restored At Mayor Wright Housing
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 7466 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The hot water backup system installation is a first step towards ensuring a permanent solution. The state budget for fiscal year 2012 includes $5.6 million in capital improvement funds for a long-term solution to the water heating system at Mayor Wright Homes.

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Free Trade Agreements Deliver More Trade
By Selected News Articles @ 9:56 AM :: 7892 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

the agreements appear to boost manufacturing exports above the overall trend while having no discernable impact on manufacturing imports....

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Do Film Tax Credits Live Up to Their Promises?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 AM :: 4592 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Film tax credits fail to live up to their promises to encourage economic growth overall and to raise tax revenue....

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Friday, June 17, 2011
Health Insurance Doesn't Mean Access to Health Care
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 AM :: 4627 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Expansions of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are designed to extend access to high-quality medical care to all U.S. children. However, evidence suggests that the 37 million children covered by Medicaid-CHIP are less likely to receive specialty care than children covered by commercial insurance....

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Friday, June 17, 2011
PUC Approves New Maui Windfarm
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 9021 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved a 20-year contract for Maui Electric Company to purchase 21 megawatts (MW) of wind power from Sempra Generation's Auwahi Wind project on the Ulupalakua Ranch in southeastern Maui. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
VIDEO: Final statement of Geert Wilders in his free speech trial
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 4852 Views :: World News, Family

Freedom of expression is the life source of our Western civilisation.  Do not let that source go dry just to cosy up to a totalitarian regime.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Al-Qaeda hit list names US writers, generals
By IPT News @ 7:53 PM :: 11613 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Columns and articles by several of the writers and researchers named by al-Qaeda have been and will continue to be posted on HawaiiFreePress.com.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Money released for school construction projects
By News Release @ 11:36 AM :: 10434 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

"$36,000 for improvements of reconfiguration to the cafeteria stage at Mililani Uka Elementary School"

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Heritage: Victory in Wisconsin
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:19 AM :: 3938 Views :: National News, Ethics

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4–3 in favor of upholding the state's new collective bargaining law, reversing a lower court decision that sought to stamp out the will of the people, the authority of the legislature, and a major movement toward fiscal reform. And at three this morning, following a nearly 13-hour floor debate, the Wisconsin Assembly approved a budget aimed at wiping out the state's $3 billion structural deficit.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Fire from the Heartland: The awakening of the Conservative Woman
By Video @ 10:35 AM :: 3336 Views :: National News, Ethics

The first-ever film to tell the entire story of the conservative woman in her own words, "Fire from the Heartland" is a powerful statement about America at a crossroads and the women who have awakened to the crisis.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Are Electric Cars Really Green?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 AM :: 6866 Views :: Energy, Environment

Electric cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than petrol equivalents because of the energy consumed in making their batteries....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A Showdown over the War in Libya
By Heritage Foundation @ 8:25 PM :: 8186 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...President Obama failed to consult Congress in an appropriately deliberate manner. The President has ill-served Congress, and there is no reason Congress should stand for it. As it responds, Congress should be mindful of its obligations: to uphold the Constitution, act in America’s interests, and not unduly put the lives of American allies at risk....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Honolulu Alliance forms to block Federal Control of Hawaii Capitol Area
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 8201 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The ahupua'a of Honolulu and Kapalama have been proposed as a future National Heritage Area (NHA) site, a permanent federal designation which was introduced in Congress as S. 359 and H. 1297.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Hawaii Army Reservists building Community Center in Indonesia
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 10139 Views :: Energy, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
After stock craters 64%, Feds to dump 5.6M shares of Inouye’s Central Pacific Bank
By News Release @ 1:00 PM :: 8797 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Treasury acquired the shares this year as part of the Hawaii-based bank holding company's recapitalization. The stock was trading around $29 a share at the time of the Treasury's investment...and closed Tuesday at $14.13.... The stock is down 64% in the past year.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Fitch downgrades Hawaii, Cites Tourism Dependence
By News Release @ 12:12 PM :: 5741 Views :: Energy, Environment

The downgrade reflects the state's minimal financial cushion against risks inherent in an economy dominated by the volatile tourism sector following the depletion of previously large balances as well as the state's significant and growing long-term liabilities.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Abercrombie signs bill hiking GE Tax $400M, Matson raises rates in response
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 6546 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the state of Hawaii has temporarily suspended many general excise tax exemptions. The suspended exemptions include certain transportation and maritime support services such as stevedoring. This means that the state will tax carriers for a portion of the cargo costs that had previously been exempted, and the cost to carriers serving the state will increase.  Effective July 10, 2011, Matson will implement a General Excise Tax Arbitrary to recover these extra costs.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Everything you've heard about fossil fuels may be wrong
By Selected News Articles @ 7:58 PM :: 4107 Views :: National News, Ethics

As everyone who follows news about energy knows by now, in the last decade the technique of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," long used in the oil industry, has evolved to permit energy companies to access reserves of previously-unrecoverable “shale gas” or unconventional natural gas.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Boehner on Libya: Obama will be in Violation of War Powers Act in 5 days
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 6203 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Five days from now, our country will reach the 90-day mark from the notification to Congress regarding the commencement of the military operation in Libya, which began on March 18, 2011.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Google to fund Kuhio Park Terrace rehab project
By News Release @ 12:05 PM :: 10117 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

According to Christoph Gabler, Senior Vice-President for AEGON USA Realty Advisors, LLC, the Towers at KPT are the first phase of a 1,025 community being redeveloped by the Michaels Development Company in partnership with Vitus Group and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Unemployment Is No Laughing Matter
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:16 AM :: 3881 Views :: National News, Ethics

As President Barack Obama swung through North Carolina yesterday, he did all he could to show that he cares about the U.S. economy, its 9.1 percent unemployment rate, and the 13.9 million Americans who remain out of work. Well, that is, until he let a bit of honesty slip off his tongue....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Enough for 35 Pro Bowls: Abercrombie’s $140M gift to Dante Carpenter
By AtomicMonkey @ 1:30 AM :: 11904 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Monday, June 13, 2011
VIDEO: I am an American, not a “bump in the road”
By Video @ 11:20 PM :: 4341 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the unemployed are not just economic statistics, but are real Americans looking to support themselves and their families....

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Monday, June 13, 2011
Renewable Energy and Hybrid Cars Still Only at 1%
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:39 PM :: 9301 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Despite governmental mandates for renewables, if their electricity production is converted to equivalent tons of oil, then their share is only 1.3% in 2010....

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Monday, June 13, 2011
VIDEO: Rep Michelle Bachmann launches GOP Presidential Campaign
By Video @ 7:30 PM :: 5597 Views :: National News, Ethics

See her announcement....

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