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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Obama Monopolizes Earmarks to Buy Congressional Votes
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:46 PM :: 7496 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

An examination of "administrative earmarks" around the time of congressional votes on key pieces of President Barack Obama's agenda suggests the White House used its power to fund local projects as a means to "buy" votes for major legislative efforts....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Charles Djou on his way home from Afghanistan
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 8581 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...Charles is on his way home from Afghanistan after many months of deployment in one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan....

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Monday, February 20, 2012
In Hawaii, it’s 1984 all over again
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 6974 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Legislature is currently considering the “Hawaii Safe Schools Act,” which claims to target bullying and harassment at schools. In reality, it is a mechanism for imposing a pro-homosexual, state-mandated orthodoxy on students and teachers....

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Monday, February 20, 2012
Washington, the Indispensable Man of the Revolution
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:00 AM :: 3760 Views :: National News, Ethics

Poor George Washington. His birthday, spontaneously celebrated since the Revolution and formally declared a holiday in 1879, has slowly morphed into the insipid Presidents Day you'll hear about today....

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Sunday, February 19, 2012
ECONOMY Survey -- The Economist and Hawaii Results
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:39 PM :: 5609 Views :: Energy, Environment

...a mini-series of Hawaii answers to surveys on major issues which have been debated at The Economist.....

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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Hawaii Homeschoolers Speak up Against Mandatory Kindergarten
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 6135 Views :: Energy, Environment

Lowering the compulsory attendance age will prevent parents from determining when their child is ready for school....

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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Ten Tax Increases on the Move in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 6082 Views :: Energy, Environment

There are 10 new and increased taxes to watch....

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Sunday, February 19, 2012
Wishing We Didn't Have to Pay the Piper
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 2:15 PM :: 5271 Views :: Energy, Environment

...one of the biggest fears of government observers in Hawaii is the looming elephant in the room which is the unfunded liabilities of the state and county retirement system and the related health benefits for current and future public employee retirees.... 

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Hawaii: NRA Instructor Liability Bill Advances
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 4823 Views :: Energy, Environment

Yesterday, House Bill 679 passed in the state House Public Safety and Military Affairs (PBM) Committee, with no amendments, by a 7 to 1 vote.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Understanding the True Cost of State and Local Pensions
By NCPA @ 11:03 PM :: 3440 Views :: National News, Ethics

impending troubles to be faced by public-sector retirement funds....

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Reapportionment Public Comment Meeting Wednesday
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:07 PM :: 5463 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • Reapportionment Public Comment Meeting
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:00 p.m.
  • Conference Room 329, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street
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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Marumoto Cheers Passage of ATV Safety Bill
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 6921 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The bill prohibits minors under 16 from riding ATVs, bans ATVs from public streets, bans passengers and requires helmet use....

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
JSC Names 11 Candidates for Honolulu District Court
By News Release @ 2:34 AM :: 6874 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The 11 are Brian A. Costa, Paula Devens, Nelson W.S. Goo, Shirley M. Kawamura, James S. Kawashima, Stephen H. Levins, Linda S. Martell, Alvin K. Nishimura, Maura McDermott Okamoto, Kevin A. Souza and Paul B.K. Wong.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Transsexual Activist to Civil Rights Commission
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 5703 Views :: Energy, Environment

These appointments are subject to Senate confirmation....

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
HSTA Agrees to Longer Days, 20% Raise
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 5656 Views :: Energy, Environment

in a year, DoE will be $75M richer, some teachers will be 20% richer, and right back to the status quo ante.

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Heather Giugni to the State House
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 4672 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Heather Haunani Giugni to the state House of Representatives for District 33, which includes 'Aiea, 'Aiea Heights, Halawa Heights, Halawa Valley and Red Hill....

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Sen Josh Green: 'No adult gives a crap about a polar bear'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:13 PM :: 7177 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

This is what happens to Hawaii legislators when they are so close to a tax increase that they can taste it....

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Study: Lower income workers do not appear to rely on transit
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 5138 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"...only 9.6% of lower income citizens used transit to get to work. This is not very much higher than the 7.9% of all workers in the metropolitan areas who use transit."

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Friday, February 17, 2012
9th Circuit Hears Sides On Sea Turtle Rule
By Selected News Articles @ 3:55 PM :: 4659 Views :: Energy, Environment

The 9th Circuit heard arguments about whether to allow fishermen to intervene in the formation of a new federal regulation aimed at protecting endangered turtles.

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Friday, February 17, 2012
How Big Sugar Robs You
By NCPA @ 2:14 PM :: 4937 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Even with billions in US Tariff support, sugar just couldn't carry the ILWU in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 17, 2012
EUTF, Mortgage Fraud, and Toll Roads -- House Republicans Speak Out
By Video @ 2:03 PM :: 4944 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • HB1848 EUTF
  • HB2375 Mortgage Rescue Fraud
  • HB2153 Toll Roads
  • HB1683 Jr Kindergarten
  • HB2567 Marriage Licenses
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Friday, February 17, 2012
Insurance Institute: HB2358 Would Weaken State Building Code
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 4614 Views :: Energy, Environment

“HB 2358 would remove the building official, state fire marshal representative and the structural engineer from the Hawaii Building Code Council."

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Obamanomics Has Failed
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:38 PM :: 3807 Views :: National News, Ethics

Three years ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law his trillion-dollar stimulus plan, a measure that he promised would save or create 3 million jobs by the end of 2010 and would prevent unemployment from ever going above 8 percent....

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Where Have All the Liberals Gone?
By John Goodman @ 9:20 PM :: 4396 Views :: National News, Ethics

There are two conservatives for every liberal in America. That’s the message of a recent David Brooks column as well as a Gallup survey. I think the imbalance is much starker. I would guess there are four conservatives for every liberal. Maybe even more.... 

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Senate Health Committee Shelves Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 5121 Views :: Energy, Environment

Yesterday, the Hawaii Senate Health Committee decided to shelve a beverage tax proposal – effectively killing this discriminatory tax for this year.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
HFF: Good News HB2788 Waikiki Casino Deferred
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:23 PM :: 7031 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

On Monday, the State House Tourism Committee “deferred” HB 2788. If passed, this bill would grant a twenty-year license for one stand-alone casino in Waikiki not in a hotel....

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Fighting to the Death in Syria
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:57 PM :: 4728 Views :: World News, Family

...opposition to Assad continues in the face of escalating attacks, with some indications that the military is losing ground as the army loses thousands of defectors....

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
House Republican Caucus: For the Record
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 4995 Views :: Energy, Environment

Highlighted actions by the House Republican caucus for the week of February 6-10, 2012...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
IBHS Applauds Defeat of Hawaii Legislation to Abolish State Building Code Council
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 5074 Views :: Energy, Environment

SB2696 would have abolished the Hawaii Building Code Council and effectively removed the state from active involvement in building design and construction standards....

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Thursday, February 16, 2012
Rep Pine: Reapportionment Lawsuit Says Military Personnel Don't Matter
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 4:59 AM :: 5201 Views :: Energy, Environment

What happened today was the result of a horrible lawsuit that sought to tell our brave men and women in the military that they don't matter to us.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Hawaii: Important NRA Instructor Liability Bill to be Heard
By News Release @ 1:01 PM :: 4998 Views :: Energy, Environment

House Bill 679, introduced by state Representative Ken Ito (D-48) and six other Representatives, is an NRA-supported bill....

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Obama's Friends Win Big in Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:52 PM :: 4191 Views :: National News, Ethics

Keep in mind that the average income of a Volt buyer is $175,000 per year. That means that middle-class taxpayers are helping the rich buy pricy, politically correct cars.  With his other hand, President Obama is taking from the poor....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Schatz Working on Obama Library
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 4968 Views :: Energy, Environment

Our Annual Report covers service improvements made within our office, the Hawai‘i Fair Share Initiative, the significance of hosting APEC, disaster relief, China trade and travel activities and initial efforts to make Hawai‘i the home for the Obama Presidential Center....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
HB2103 Should Hawaii Borrow $3.2B to create Bank of Abercrombie?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:11 PM :: 5666 Views :: Energy, Environment

Would you borrow $3.2B and entrust it to Abercrombie, Louie, and Takamine?

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Thielen: HB1893 "Demolishes Environmental Law"
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 10:43 PM :: 5564 Views :: Energy, Environment

The bill seeks to change the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Chapter 343 ....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Puerto Rico = Hawaii? Another Island Eyes Natural Gas as Substitute for Oil
By Selected News Articles @ 10:35 PM :: 6761 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Mr. Fortuño wants to convert the island's oil-fired plants to cheaper, cleaner natural gas....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Obama's Continuing Assault on the Constitution
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:15 PM :: 3934 Views :: National News, Ethics

Last week, America erupted in protest against one of those actions -- the White House's determination to force all insurance plans to cover, at no charge, contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization as part of Obamacare.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Senate Committee Drops Plan to Impose Tobacco Tax on Tobacco Substitute
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 5025 Views :: Energy, Environment

The management team at Nicolites announce their delight at the passing of an amended electronic cigarette bill in Hawaii, which will ensure that e-cigs are not taxed similarly to tobacco products yet will not be sold to minors.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
GE Tax: 'Low' rate belied by Broad Base
By Selected News Articles @ 1:37 PM :: 7181 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The sales tax in Hawaii ... has a base that includes many services, and as such are not strictly comparable to other sales taxes.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Hawaiian is Nation's #1 On-Time Airline for 8th Straight Year
By News Release @ 1:04 PM :: 5911 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For 2011, Hawaiian averaged a 92.8 percent on-time performance ranking #1 in 11 of the 12 months and exceeding the industry average for the year by 13.2 percentage points....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
UH: Most Financial Records Recoverable After Fire
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 6959 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...the damage and loss of documents or information is not nearly as severe as has been reported....

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted February 13
By Congress.org @ 2:31 AM :: 6322 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act
  • House: Budget and Accounting Transparency Act
  • House: Expedited Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2011
  • House: STOCK Act
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Hawaiian Airlines First to Receive Carbon Credits
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 10282 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Hawaiian Airlines has earned the first-ever aviation based carbon credits, having reduced its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 22,000 metric tons over the past six years using an innovative, eco-friendly engine washing technology developed by Pratt & Whitney.

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Monday, February 13, 2012
Honolulu Fire Department Retirees Association Endorses Lingle
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 6413 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Retired Fire Chief Donald Chang, the President of the Honolulu Fire Department Retirees Association, announced today that the organization of more than 800 members is endorsing Governor Linda Lingle for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat....

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Monday, February 13, 2012
HSTA to Return To Bargaining Table
By News Release @ 11:50 AM :: 5698 Views :: Energy, Environment

The HSTA Board has voted to take these immediate steps in response to what we believe that consensus is....

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Monday, February 13, 2012
Gallup: Hawaii #1 State for Gov't Jobs
By News Release @ 10:46 AM :: 8412 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Nearly 3 out of every 10 workers in Hawaii (29.7%) work for federal, state, or local government.... 

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Monday, February 13, 2012
Childless Women Make Hawaii Democratic?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 AM :: 9020 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... the six states with the highest percentages — Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Vermont and California — also skew Democratic. In each of these states the percentage of childless women exceeds 55%....

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Monday, February 13, 2012
White House Spin Machine Hits Brick Wall
By Heritage Foundation @ 9:50 AM :: 4489 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday, the newest White House chief of staff, Jack Lew, took to the Sunday talk shows to get a head start on promoting President Barack Obama's FY2013 budget....

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Sunday, February 12, 2012
SB3019: Soda Tax to be Heard Monday
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 5136 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • DATE: Monday, February 13, 2012
  • TIME: 1:15 p.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street
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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Am Samoa: Faleomavaega Tries to Create New Citizens to Win Election
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 5749 Views :: National News, Ethics

in order to either scare Togiola to the sidelines or bolster his own popularity, Faleomavaega made his next and even more cynical move: promise citizenship to nationals and national status to aliens....

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