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Friday, June 3, 2011
Hanabusa backs Boehner against Obama, Hirono rejects call for Congressional Approval of Libya War
By Andrew Walden @ 3:28 PM :: 8802 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hanabusa supported Speaker John Boehner’s resolution demanding that Obama seek approval of the war under the War Powers Act within 14 days.  Hanabusa also supported a resolution offered by Rep Dennis Kucinich demanding US withdrawal from Libya within 15 days.

Hirono opposed both resolutions, essentially agreeing that the President may go to war without Congressional approval. This position differs sharply with her loud opposition to the Iraq war under President Bush.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
HIPA Hawaii Military Spending Study Tied to Fundraiser with Military Contractor?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 PM :: 8121 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Military Affairs Council and The Hawaii Institute For Public Affairs hosted a $35-a-ticket-event for the report co-sponsored by defense contractor BAE Systems yesterday.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Lung Association: Honolulu has America’s Cleanest Air
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 8949 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Ranked 1 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for Ozone
  • Ranked 1 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for 24-hour particle pollution
  • Ranked 4 for cleanest metropolitan areas in the country for annual particle pollution  
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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Moody’s Warns of US Default
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 6301 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

... the rating outlook will depend on the outcome of negotiations on deficit reduction. A credible agreement on substantial deficit reduction would support a continued stable outlook; lack of such an agreement could prompt Moody's to change its outlook to negative on the Aaa rating....

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Abercrombie signs SB1347, gives HECO license to soak Consumers for Green Energy Projects
By Selected News Articles @ 11:26 AM :: 9105 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...there’s no opportunity for the Consumer Advocate to be a part of that process to say on behalf of the consumer, ‘We don’t believe that this rate increase is legitimate. We don’t believe you should authorize it.’ .... 

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Time For Thoughtful Moves in Libya
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:11 AM :: 6758 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Last night, House Republican leadership postponed a vote on a measure to withdraw troops from Libya within 15 days. While many agree that entering the war was unwise, they are also fearful of making another rash move that could harm our national interest or leave our allies stranded.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
After Rejection by Mayo Clinic, US Senators ask Obama Admin to withdraw Medical Home Regs
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 6768 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The legislators state that..."all ten members of the nationally recognized Physician Group Practice (PGP) CMS demonstration project" have expressed reservations over the regulation ...(and)... a recent report from American Hospital Association estimated that ACO startup costs would be at least 10 times higher than costs cited in the proposed rule.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
National Right to Life: Medical rationing and $555B Medicare cuts in Obamacare Law
By Video @ 10:00 PM :: 6230 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

You’re hearing a lot of Democratic criticism about the Medicare budget proposal passed by the House of Representatives.

What you need to hear more about are the changes to Medicare already enacted as part of the Obama health care law.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Should ratepayers pay for Big Wind Studies? Life of the Land Challenges HECO
By Henry Curtis @ 9:04 PM :: 5553 Views :: Energy, Environment

Life of the Land has filed a Motion to Intervene in PUC Docket 2011-0112. The docket was opened so that HECO could acquire nearly $4M of ratepayer money for completed Big Wind studies. This is illegal. Rate recovery can only occur after acceptance of the Final EIS.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Abercrombie releases funds for Capital Improvement Projects
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 5421 Views :: Energy, Environment

These projects are aimed at improving and/or constructing learning facilities and campus environments within the Department of Education and the University of Hawai'i....

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Berg to Host Rail Town Hall Meeting in Ewa Beach
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 7021 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...On June 15th from 7pm to 9pm at the brand new Ewa Makai Middle School in Ewa Beach, Berg will host several guest presenters in order to facilitate the public being able to form an up-to-date understanding of what they can truly expect from the rail project....

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Debt Is Not a Game, Mr. President
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:18 PM :: 4131 Views :: National News, Ethics

Well, President Obama asked for it. And last night he got it in grand fashion—a “clean vote” on raising the nation’s debt limit, free of any of the desperately needed spending cuts that Americans are demanding, conservatives support, but liberals abhor.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
RAND: Military is 18% of Hawaii’s Economy (Full Text)
By News Release @ 10:37 AM :: 10113 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

DoD expenditures in Hawaii during FY 2007–2009 averaged $6.5 billion per year in 2009 dollars — $4.1 billion for personnel and $2.4 billion for procurement. These expenditures were associated with $12.2 billion worth of Hawaii's output — 18 percent of Hawaii's 2009 GDP — and 101,000 jobs.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Battling back from Sex Harassment charges, Stacy Higa gets a nod from leading Feminists
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 10800 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Higher Education

After being hounded for years by charges of sexual harassment leveled against him by a former aide in a 2006 EEOC complaint, former Big Isle Council Chair and Mayoral candidate Stacy Higa has been named Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps programs in Hawaii.

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