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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Supreme Court Decision Clarifies Line Between Discipline and Abuse
By Robert Thomas @ 5:52 PM :: 5425 Views :: Energy, Environment

The court held that "parents have a constitutional right to discipline children...."

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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Will to Set Priorities for Tax Dollars Absent
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:42 AM :: 4917 Views :: Energy, Environment

the Schools Repairs check-off garnered $66,406 during fiscal year 2011 which was down from the $72,200 it picked up in the previous fiscal year 2010. Designated check-offs for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse dropped from $134,445 in fiscal 2010 to $129,045 for 2011.... 

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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Lay Off the US-Build Requirement!
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 AM :: 6641 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

His problem is with the "prohibitively high cost" of US-built ships and the impact of those costs on freight rates. The high costs of other aspects of a US-flag operation, such as the cost of an over-manned US-citizen crew with all its fringe benefits, get no mention....

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Sunday, February 12, 2012
Romney Wins Maine Caucuses, Paul Second
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 AM :: 5364 Views :: National News, Ethics
  • Romney - 39% (2,190 votes)
  • Paul - 36% (1,996 votes)
  • Santorum - 18% (989 votes)
  • Gingrich - 6% (349 votes)
  • Other - 1% (61 votes)
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Saturday, February 11, 2012
UHPA: Case shows “ability to draw connections”
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 4832 Views :: Energy, Environment

UHPA's board acted on the recommendation of its political endorsement committee, who interviewed Case and Mazie Hirono extensively....

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Saturday, February 11, 2012
Thielen, Rivere: The Real Green Legislators
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 5471 Views :: Energy, Environment

...this morning, several bills were passed which would have long-lasting impacts on the integrity and preservation of our environmental resources; the Republican Committee members, Representative Cynthia Thielen and Representative Gil Riviere, were the sole voices in opposition....

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Saturday, February 11, 2012
Rep Marumoto's ATV Safety Proposals to be Heard Monday
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 5221 Views :: Energy, Environment

On Monday February 13, 2012 the House Transportation Committee will hear House Bill 2277, which includes many of the proposals, previously introduced by Representative Marumoto

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Diabetes Bill Moves Forward Through Health Committee
By Rep Corrine Ching @ 11:58 PM :: 5382 Views :: Energy, Environment

After passing through today's hearing, HB2865 will be voted on in a future House Session before it continues to the Committee on Finance.

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Friday, February 10, 2012
HB2788 Waikiki Casino to be Heard Monday
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:49 PM :: 5908 Views :: Energy, Environment

On Monday, the House Tourism Committee will hear HB 2788 (Relating to Gaming) that grants a twenty-year license for one stand-alone casino in Waikiki (not in a hotel). This problematic bill also establishes the Hawaii Gaming Control Commission.

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Hirono Attacks the US Chamber of Commerce
By General Bob Lee (ret) @ 11:41 PM :: 7368 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"The people of Hawaii know we've seen this type of inconsistent, ineffective behavior from Mazie before."

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Guam should join Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico for Jones Act reform
By Selected News Articles @ 11:23 PM :: 7606 Views :: National News, Ethics

Horizon’s departure has left Guam with a single Westbound common carrier, Matson Navigation Company, which now operates as a true monopoly here....

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Another State Acting on Iran Debarment Legislation
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 6441 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The legislation was introduced in the Maryland Senate last week, and Governor O’Malley has made it a key legislative priority for 2012.

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bill Deferred by Senate Committee
By News Release @ 4:34 PM :: 4929 Views :: Energy, Environment

The NRA thanks all of our members for communicating with the members of the PGM Committee. As a result of your efforts, this bill was deferred by the committee....

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Budget? Why Follow A Budget?
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:11 PM :: 4238 Views :: National News, Ethics

Families and businesses have budgets, yet Washington doesn't -- and it hasn't for the last three years.... 

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Mortgage ‘Settlement’ Is a Bailout for California
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 5463 Views :: National News, Ethics

...it appears that Brown successfully lobbied for California to get $6 billion in cash and siphon off a total of $18 billion from the $25 billion mortgage settlement with the five largest U.S. banks....

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Friday, February 10, 2012
DoE Contractor Touts 'Remarkable Growth' at Nanakuli Elementary School
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 7541 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...with Galileo K-12 Online technology in place and intervention plans implemented, the school saw a 31 percent increase in the percent of fifth grade students passing the statewide assessment in math....

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Abercrombie Makes Third Error on Hurricane Fund
By David S Chang @ 1:32 PM :: 6952 Views :: Energy, Environment

As Budget & Finance Director Kalbert Young testified on February 3, 2012, before the State Senate Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee, the depleted reserved funds led to the downgrading last year of the State’s credit rating....

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Friday, February 10, 2012
Hawaii to Receive $71M from Mortgage Settlement
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 11941 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Attorney General David M. Louie on Thursday formally joined a landmark $25 billion joint federal-state agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over foreclosure abuses and fraud....

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Thursday, February 9, 2012
VIDEO: US Chamber of Commerce Backs Lingle for Senate
By Video @ 2:30 PM :: 4470 Views :: Energy, Environment

See the Chamber's ad here ....

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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Dependence on Government Highest in History
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:37 PM :: 3799 Views :: National News, Ethics

When John F. Kennedy was President, just over a quarter of federal spending went to fund programs paying for some 21.7 million Americans to be dependent on Uncle Sam. But as high as that spending and dependence on the federal government was then, it has exploded today, with one in five Americans -- more than 67.3 million -- depending on Washington ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Catholic Bishops Rep: Obama Mandate 'Hawaii Compromise' Maybe Worse
By Selected News Articles @ 8:45 PM :: 6144 Views :: Energy, Environment

“I’ve reviewed the Hawaii law, and it’s not much of a compromise. The Hawaii contraceptive mandate has many of the same features as the new federal mandate.”

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Legislature to Impose 70% Tax on Tobacco Substitute?
By News Release @ 8:30 PM :: 4949 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...governments have perversely immoral incentives to make sure as many smokers keep smoking as possible, because governments are hooked on cigarette tax revenue...."

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Hawaii Catholic Conference: Obama Admin Threatens Religious Liberty
By News Release @ 2:37 PM :: 7513 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

To correct the threats to religious liberty and rights of conscience by the Obama administration, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act has been introduced in Congress (H.R. 1179, S. 1467).

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Advisory Council Gives Abercrombie 12 Nominees for UH Regents
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 5123 Views :: Energy, Environment

On Feb. 6, 2012, the Regents Candidate Advisory Council (RCAC) delivered to Governor Neil Abercrombie's office a list of candidates for the University of Hawai'i Board of Regents ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Middle East Crumbles Around Obama's Foreign Policy
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:34 AM :: 6711 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

All indications are that the Middle East is crumbling, and President Barack Obama's foreign policy is collapsing right along with it. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Obama’s Broken Promises
By John Goodman @ 11:11 AM :: 4472 Views :: National News, Ethics

Clinton was planning historic reforms during his second term. These were to include private accounts under Social Security and vouchers for Medicare.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Average Federal Aid Passes Average Disposable Income
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:01 AM :: 3905 Views :: National News, Ethics

Americans who rely on government receive an average $32,748 worth of benefits, surpassing the average American’s disposable personal income of $32,446....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Rick Santorum Wins Three States -- CO, MO, MN
By Selected News Articles @ 1:43 AM :: 5471 Views :: National News, Ethics

Sen. Rick Santorum won all three Republican Presidential caucuses February 7 ....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Genetically-Modified Papaya Hits Shelves in Japan
By Selected News Articles @ 4:22 PM :: 10567 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

“People always opt for more information,” says Giddings, “whether or not they have any idea what it means, or how they might use it.”

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Cayetano on Rail: Inouye Doesn’t See the 800lb Gorilla in the Room
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 7065 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

But for the trees, our good senator, can't see the forest. Here are some important facts the senator may have overlooked ....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Hoku Dodges a $50M Bullet
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 7478 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News, Family

...we would otherwise be obligated to pay $50 million to Tianwei this quarter....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Job-Killing Medical Device Tax
By NCPA @ 3:02 PM :: 3793 Views :: National News, Ethics

Beginning in 2013, a tax will be imposed on the manufacture and importation of medical devices in an attempt to offset a portion of the $1 trillion cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:56 PM :: 3889 Views :: National News, Ethics

It is a rare moment indeed when faith denominations of all stripes unite together in common cause, and it is rarer still when that cause is a political one, with a sole piece of legislation as its principal target.... 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Akaku Claims Victory over HB2652 cut to Public Access TV
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 14472 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

...Herkes was visibly not thrilled when citizens from all islands called and emailed committee members over the weekend to register deep and wide dissatisfaction with HB2652....

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Monday, February 6, 2012
HB2240: 50% Tax Credit for HQ Relocation to Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 5074 Views :: Energy, Environment

Rep. Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) introduced HB 2240, which would offer a tax credit equal to 50 percent of the costs for a qualifying company to relocate its headquarters to Hawaii....

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Monday, February 6, 2012
After Carlisle Raids Sewer Funds, Feds Greenlight Limited Rail Construction
By Andrew Walden @ 9:39 PM :: 9277 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...permission to spend up to $184.7M on rail design build contracts....

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Monday, February 6, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted February 6, 2012
By Congress.org @ 4:21 PM :: 6523 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: STOCK Act
  • House: Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act
  • House: Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2011
  • House: Baseline Reform Act of 2011
  • House: FAA Modernization and Reform Act
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Monday, February 6, 2012
Even at 14 Percent, Romney Pays a Higher Rate than 97 Percent of His Fellow Americans
By NCPA @ 3:38 PM :: 3669 Views :: National News, Ethics

Americans following the current GOP brawl witnessed a series of attacks on Mitt Romney for the low effective tax rate he pays on his personal income.

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Monday, February 6, 2012
Chump state workers just keep feeding the pension thieves
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 PM :: 4936 Views :: National News, Ethics

the geniuses running state pensions lost $4.33 for every dollar public workers "contributed." However, the geniuses did manage to pocket $36.6 billion in "Other Expenses" for themselves and their pals in the process.

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Monday, February 6, 2012
On Reagan's Birthday, His Legacy Lives On
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:54 PM :: 3814 Views :: National News, Ethics

Today marks President Ronald Reagan's 101st birthday....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Heritage Foundation holds First-Ever Event in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 8:53 PM :: 10178 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Marshall, who oversees the think tank’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, took her presentation on the road. During a three-day tour of Hawaii she spoke to political science students at BYUH and to TEA Party groups in Kona and Hilo.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Gallup: Hawaii Conservatives Outnumber Liberals
By Andrew Walden @ 6:43 PM :: 8784 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the proportion of Hawaii residents identifying as conservative has increased by 3.4% to 31.0%....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Case vs Hirono: Both Voted for Higher Taxes and War in Iraq
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 6806 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

U. S. Senate candidate Ed Case (D‐HI) today called out his Democratic opponent, Mazie Hirono, for false and misleading claims in her current television ad.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
FTC Complaint: HECO Stifling Geothermal to Boost Rates, Profits
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 7778 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... we can be 100% free of our dependence on foreign oil within 10 years if we set our minds to it, by using our most abundant renewable energy source, geothermal energy, for our base load energy, sun, wind, and ocean, but HECO keeps stifling these technologies, especially geothermal energy, so it can continue burning oil and bi-oil for another 20 years to preserve its profits ....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Maui TEA Party: How to Unite Hawaii's 'Conservative Coalition'
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 6589 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

Myles Kawakami, President and CEO of Hawaiian Carpet One/Ceramic Tile will present a discussion on the "Conservative Coalition" and how uniting the diverse demographics in our movement can lead to a reversal of the current situation in our State ....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
OHA Holding Another Round of Ceded Lands Settlement Meetings
By News Release @ 2:48 PM :: 5863 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hilo 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Dept. of Education Annex, 450 Waianuenue Ave. Bldg. C, Hilo, HI 96720

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
After Letting HMC Die, Organ Transplant Bill Signed into Law
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 4788 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie has signed into law House Bill 608, which appropriates state funds to The Queen’s Medical Center to perform kidney and liver transplants and to the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii to maintain its chronic kidney disease management program....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Drought: Hawaii County Designated Disaster Area
By News Release @ 1:20 PM :: 8121 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

...the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hawai'i County as a primary natural disaster area resulting from ongoing drought conditions....

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Abercrombie Releases $13 Million for Agriculture, Water Irrigation Projects
By News Release @ 1:13 PM :: 4778 Views :: Energy, Environment

... down the drain ...

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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Whipsawed by New Fees and Charges: Taxpayers Beware
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 7:45 AM :: 5064 Views :: Energy, Environment

One would think that in an election year lawmakers would shy away from raising taxes and imposing new fees, but that is just not the case down at the state capitol building in Honolulu....

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