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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
New paper details Hawaii and Hawaiians’ surprising roles in the U.S. Civil War
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 5659 Views :: Energy, Environment

“The Hawaiian sugar industry was born out of the American Civil War”

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
ACLU, Alston Demand Courtroom Video Access for 'Hawaii Guerrilla Video Hui'
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 4686 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hui is comprised of Kamuela Vance Viveiros, H. Doug Matsuoka (Occupy activist), and Laulani Teale....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Hawaii Zipline Operators Want Protection from Their Competition
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 AM :: 5021 Views :: Energy, Environment

According to legislators we interviewed, owners and operators of existing zipline and canopy tours in Hawai‘i are the main proponents of [regulation]….

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
DayStar Technologies Buys Avatar Solar Hawaii Projects
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 4850 Views :: Energy, Environment

DayStar's acquisition is a first step and it's for the Avatar Solar's Hawaiian-based projects....

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Change in Afghanistan, Change in Hawaii
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:07 PM :: 6801 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

During my tour of duty in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, one of the most profound things I saw was the first day of school.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Honolulu Transit Megaprojects Compared
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:08 PM :: 5668 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

BRT would provide the same transit ridership for about one tenth the cost....

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Audit Pushes Special Fund Ahead of Vote: City Loses $366K by Not Collecting Camping Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 5208 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"Because camping fees will be deposited into the general fund, rather than a special revenue account or other special fund, the parks and recreation department has no plan for how it intends to make improvements to the camping program." -- Audit

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Hawaii Teachers Halt Labor Negotiations, Escalating Conflict
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 5774 Views :: Energy, Environment

...a knock-down-drag-out fight with Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie that has left teachers without a contract since July 2011....

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Treasury Dept. Fingers SolarCity in Exploration of the Dark Underbelly of Solar Leasing
By Selected News Articles @ 3:22 PM :: 6808 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Solar leasing companies are reporting “fair market value” installed costs that are far higher than the actual cost of installing solar.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
5 Issues That Haven't Come Up in the Debates
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:19 PM :: 3704 Views :: National News, Ethics

Join us tonight at 9 p.m. ET (3PM HST) —you can watch the debate live on our Debate 2012 page....

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Mediscare: Mazie's $6400 Falsehood
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 7345 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hirono’s completely false claim that seniors will pay as much as $6,400 more in Medicare costs under a premium support plan, was debunked more than a year ago ....

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Monday, October 15, 2012
Akana: OHA Gentry Deal Sidelines Kakaako Development
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 7951 Views :: OHA

...on June 7, 2012, the Board Counsel opined that Trustee Apoliona, miraculously, no longer had a conflict of interest because the Fiscal Committee Chairman took out any references to Trustee Apoliona’s bank within the proposal....

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Monday, October 15, 2012
Subsidizing Big Wind: The Real Costs to Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 6992 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For two decades, the domestic wind-energy sector has enjoyed a lucrative subsidy known as the production tax credit (PTC). That tax treatment, which provides wind-energy producers with 2.2 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced, expires at the end of 2012.

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Monday, October 15, 2012
Key Hirono Endorser Switches to Lingle
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 7312 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Alaska Congressman Don Young, who endorsed Mazie Hirono in the Democrat primary, is now endorsing Governor Linda Lingle, for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat.

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Monday, October 15, 2012
Nuclear War Averted, 50 Years Ago This Week
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:43 PM :: 6040 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

As Iran builds its nuclear capability, the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis resonate in a fresh way.

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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Dawn: Survey Shows Djou up 61-33%
By Rep Charles Djou @ 4:38 PM :: 5313 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Flexibility Lost, Tax Increases Guaranteed with Earmarking
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:05 AM :: 4562 Views :: Energy, Environment

Lawmakers and special interest groups believe that if they could secure a guaranteed source of funding for their pet project or program from state government, they won’t have to worry about their funding needs in the future....

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Saturday, October 13, 2012
Berg: Bus Cuts May be Civil Rights Violation
By Tom Berg @ 10:24 PM :: 6954 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

City Reduction In Bus Service For Rail Could Be Federal Violation According To US Dept of Transportation Policy....

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Saturday, October 13, 2012
WSJ: Should Cities Ban Plastic Bags?
By NCPA @ 10:20 PM :: 6229 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

There's no evidence that banning plastic bags helps the environment -- and plenty of evidence that it may actually hurt....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Governor Releases $17.9 Million for CIPs on Maui
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 7875 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

...including more than $8.1 million for renovation, upgrade and expansion projects at Maui Memorial....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Heritage Experts React to Vice Presidential Debate
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:25 PM :: 4328 Views :: National News, Ethics

While many commentators were critiquing style, a team of 19 Heritage experts cut through the malarkey and focused on substance....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Apple Explains How He Put Freitas in Donovan's Place
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 4932 Views :: Energy, Environment

By June 22nd, I had not had any in-depth discussion with or about the Athletic Department. When the concert was cancelled, I began to speak with people....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Poll: Sam Aiona Tied for Lead in Council District 6
By News Release @ 6:05 AM :: 5500 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Today my team and I are announcing the results of our poll: We are in a dead heat with the leading candidate....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Video: Biden is Laughing, Are You?
By Video @ 1:12 AM :: 6156 Views :: National News, Ethics

28% said the debate made them more likely to vote for Romney and 21% said the faceoff made them more likely to vote to re-elect Obama....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Inouye Formally Endorses Caldwell
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 5329 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Senator Daniel K. Inouye has endorsed Kirk Caldwell for Mayor of the City & County of Honolulu.

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Kym Pine: End Homelessness on Oahu
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:50 AM :: 7333 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Through my work over the years at U.S. VETS, a veterans shelter in Kapolei, I’ve seen first hand how a person’s life can change ....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Zipline Audit Report: State Cannot Improve on Industry Self-Regulation
By Selected News Articles @ 12:36 AM :: 4980 Views :: Energy, Environment

...we found that all 22 businesses are required by their insurance agencies to provide annual inspection reports by insurer-accredited companies designated under industry standards as qualified challenge course professionals. As a result, the industry is basically self-regulating....

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Friday, October 12, 2012
Hawaii Letter Carriers Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzlement, Coverup
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 AM :: 5117 Views :: Energy, Environment

Ing, a mailman working out of a Sand Island postal facility, served as treasurer of Branch 860 for 14 years....

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hauula: Caldwell Should Stop Using “Keep the Country, Country”
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 6350 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Caldwell's statement that the Honolulu Rapid Rail Transit will keep the country, country through containing urban sprawl is disingenuous....

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hirono Votes Threaten Local Jobs
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 6792 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Linda Lingle Senate Committee released a new television spot today contrasting Governor Linda Lingle’s clear record of job growth for Hawaii with Congresswoman Mazie Hirono’s votes that would cut jobs....

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
10 Questions for the Vice Presidential Debate
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:50 PM :: 3828 Views :: National News, Ethics

Tonight’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Representative Paul Ryan is supposed to cover both domestic and foreign policy

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Consumer Reports: Protect Yourself from the Latest Solar Scams
By Selected News Articles @ 6:31 PM :: 8699 Views :: National News, Ethics

A new twist on the home-improvement scam targets folks who want to cut their energy bills with rooftop solar panels or windmills....

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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Hirono a No-Show at Waimea Candidates’ Forum
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 8826 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Of the “four heated North Hawai’i races,” Hirono was the only candidate who did not feel it was important enough to attend.  

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Alleged Big Island Child Molester Arrested: Runs Gay-Friendly Bed & Breakfast
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 13638 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

 A man suspected of child sexual exploitation has been identified according to the FBI. Sources say the man's name is ....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Energized by Debate Performance, 500 Rally for Lingle in Ewa
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 7412 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
SolarCity Reveals Details Of Treasury Investigation In Pre-IPO Documents
By Selected News Articles @ 5:55 PM :: 7828 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...the investigation focuses on the fair-market value of PV installations for which SolarCity sought cash grants....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Companies Make Progress on Alaska LNG Project
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 5014 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the scope of the project as described by the companies, an Alaska LNG project will be one of the largest in the world.... 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
There Was No Protest, Only a Terrorist Attack, in Libya
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:55 PM :: 2059 Views

The Obama Administration’s story on the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens has changed yet again.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Bateman: We Need Lower Cost of Living, Not Higher Taxes and Utility Bills
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 6390 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

We can do this by lowering our excessive energy costs by 50%, by reducing our personal income tax rates by 20%, by eliminating GET on medical care and medication....

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Rep Mica: Honolulu TSA Meltdown Confirms Systemic Problem
By Selected News Articles @ 11:01 PM :: 9117 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“This report and one TSA fiasco after another have demonstrated that this isn’t the problem of a few bad apples. There are system-wide problems...."

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Tax Foundation: Hawaii Business Tax Climate Drops to 37th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:29 PM :: 3606 Views

The Tax Foundation’s 2013 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
"Some of these Governors are Schizophrenic:" Abercrombie Among Worst Cases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 8928 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of these governors are schizophrenic on taxes: They jack up overall business tax rates, then give breaks to favored businesses....

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
How Obama's Foreign Policy Is Failing
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:47 AM :: 4659 Views :: World News, Family

Libya. Egypt. Syria. Iran. Russia. China. America’s relations with the world aren’t looking too good.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Fact Check: Hirono Misleads Voters with Inaccurate Statements
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 6055 Views :: Energy, Environment

Lingle, was the clear victor in the first of four scheduled televised debates before a statewide audience on KHON2 tonight.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
No Money Down Rooftop Solar Providers Inflate Project Value for Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 1:29 AM :: 6342 Views :: National News, Ethics

Big banks have been able to write off millions in taxes by over reporting the cost of financed solar PV projects in what may be the country’s next banking scandal....

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Monday, October 8, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Esther Kia'aina as DLNR Deputy Director
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 5155 Views :: Energy, Environment

After 20 years of service in Washington, D.C. Ms. Kia'aina returned home and now resides in Nanakuli, O'ahu....

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Monday, October 8, 2012
State Historic Preservation Division on Track to Meet Federal Requirements
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 5037 Views :: Energy, Environment

A draft of the State Plan has been submitted to and reviewed by the Washington Office of NPS. It is on track to be final by October 30, 2012....

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Monday, October 8, 2012
Apple to Manoa: My Commitment is to You, not Regents, Greenwood
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 6004 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Hurry, hurry to build an independent power base!

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Monday, October 8, 2012
Bus Routes Terminated by Rail: B, C, E, 3, 9, 11, 20, 43, 53, 73, 81, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 98A, 101, 102, 103, 201, 202
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:21 PM :: 6569 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

the No.1 transit bus in the nation will be dismantled and reconfigured to provide life support for the rail.

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Monday, October 8, 2012
Retirement Party for Rep Barbara Marumoto
By Rep Gene Ward @ 9:16 PM :: 5333 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii Solutions is the only state Super PAC focused on getting more Republicans elected to the State Legislature and the funds raised at this event will go directly to do just that....

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