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Friday, August 24, 2012
Hawaii Solar Installers Billed for Retroactive 250% Federal Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 8:55 PM :: 10040 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Marco Mangelsdorf, who co-owns a company in Hawaii, ProVision Solar Inc ... has been fuming since he received a $138,000 tax bill in June from U.S. Customs, 250% more than what he paid for a shipment of Chinese panels he received in February ....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Campaign Spending: HD11 Candidate Kaniela Ing Could Face $14,000 Fines, Felony Charges
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 10143 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Politicians

· use of illegal campaign contributions to obtain public funding,

· Mr. Ing taking over $5,900 in cash from his own Committee without appropriate receipts or descriptions

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Hill of Beans? Carroll endorses Hirono
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 7351 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...Larry Mehau associate John Carroll announced his support of Larry Mehau associate Mazie Hirono in the US Senate race today....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
How Jones Act May Swing Presidential Election
By Michael Hansen @ 6:58 PM :: 7748 Views :: Jones Act

The long predicted fight over the foreign flag carriage of crude oil from the U.S. Government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) on the U.S. Gulf Coast to refineries on the U.S. East Coast seems set to begin in earnest ....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Full Text: Supreme Court Decision Will Halt Rail Construction
By Andrew Walden @ 5:14 PM :: 9171 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

“They can’t say we didn’t warn them,” Slater said. “We were saying from the get-go that this (survey) had to be done.”

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Lingle Challenges National GOP on Woman's Right to Choose
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 6281 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Governor Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii’s open U.S. Senate seat, called on the Republican National Committee to consider the diverse opinions of Party members related to a woman’s right to choose before adopting a proposed platform plank....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Media "Fact Checkers" Promote Obama's Gutting of Welfare Reform
By Andrew Walden @ 2:06 PM :: 4770 Views :: National News, Ethics

Since Heritage's Robert Rector and Kiki Bradley broke the story on July 12 that the Obama Administration had gutted the work requirements from the 1996 welfare reform law, the Administration has denied it.

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Friday, August 24, 2012
UHM Chancellor appoints members of A.D. Search Advisory Committee
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 5126 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Howard Karr, chair emeritus of the UH Board of Regents, will chair the committee. Norm Chow, UH football head coach, will serve as committee vice chair....

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Friday, August 24, 2012
Berg: How Much Do Bus Cuts Cost?
By Tom Berg @ 2:32 AM :: 6157 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

So the question becomes, how much does that cost and is there really a savings?

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Regents Discussed Firing Greenwood, Apple
By Andrew Walden @ 5:36 PM :: 13401 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Obvious question: Did Rockne Freitas con-vince Greenwood to deploy such a stupid story in hope of the BoR firing Greenwood and putting him in the top job?

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Akaka's Granddaughter Demands Supreme Court Order New Election in Kona HD 6
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 7887 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

Akaka’s lawsuit seeks a recount of the ballots cast, or alternatively a re-run of the primary election for her district.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
$61.8M Federal Grant Funds Abercrombie Insurance Exchange
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 7167 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

California, Hawaii, Iowa, and New York today have been awarded Level One Exchange Establishment grants, which provide one year of funding to states that have begun the process of building their Exchange....

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
CBO: Another Recession Is Imminent
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 4721 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the CBO said that if Congress does not act, the economy will shrink by 0.5 percent, and the unemployment rate will spike to 9.1 percent....

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
NYT: The Case for Natural Gas Exports
By NCPA @ 1:21 PM :: 5515 Views :: National News, Ethics

...under federal law, the U.S. Energy Department has to deem the exports in the national interest before these companies are granted permission....

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Thursday, August 23, 2012
Chicago, Philadelphia and Hawaii Are Big Winners On Priceline.com's List Of Top 50 Destinations For Labor Day 2012
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 5704 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii was another destination that didn't appear last year. For Labor Day 2012, Waikiki Beach and Ka'anapali/Lahaina were among the top 50 Labor Day destinations.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Slater: Pro Rail Attorneys All Over the Place With Irrelevancies
By Honolulu Traffic @ 11:06 PM :: 6323 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

At one point I was expecting them to bring up Hirono's Mother.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Berg to Carlisle: Reopen Budget to Restore Bus Service
By Tom Berg @ 10:29 PM :: 5572 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

To open the Budget Bill would allow for the infusion of necessary funds to restore bus service to our bus-riding constituents island wide who are suffering needlessly....

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Lingle, Hirono Agree to Five TV Debates
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 4858 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hirono and Lingle have agreed to five debates during the General Election season....

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
HPD Sued Over 'Censorship' of Facebook Comments
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 12424 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Second Amendment

The complaint asserts that the Honolulu police arbitrarily moderate the page by deleting comments and banning users who post or make comments unfavorable to the department.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Afghan Forces Turning Against Their U.S. Trainers
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:12 PM :: 2152 Views

...the recruits are mostly rural, illiterate men who can become disgruntled by cultural differences with their American trainers or susceptible to insurgent bribes or intimidation....

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Hirono Misses Third Debate in a Row
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 4911 Views :: Energy, Environment

The next scheduled candidate forum, hosted by the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Thursday, August 21. According to organizers, Mazie Hirono has failed to respond to their requests for a joint-appearance.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Bringing Medicaid into the Debate
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:08 PM :: 4643 Views :: National News, Ethics

Nearly one-third of America's doctors are already opting out of treating Medicaid patients—because their costs often outweigh what the program pays for care....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
"Numbing Delay, Decline, Lack of Leadership" Puts UHWO Accreditation At Risk
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 PM :: 6874 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

A 33-page report on the visit said momentum on improvements at the school "... was lost through a numbing combination of delay in the completion of the new campus, declines in funding, and lack of focused leadership."

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
HB1957: Legislators Wipe 50 Medical Privacy Laws off the Books
By Selected News Articles @ 4:26 PM :: 7165 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"These laws were often rooted in a naïve faith that patient consent, rather than underlying structural protection, is the be-all and end-all of patient protection." -- Big Brother

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
HVCA: Keeping Up With the Jones Act
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4235 Views :: Energy, Environment

Join us on August 23, 2012 at the Plaza Club for an enlightening discussion about the Jones Act by a panel of experts.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
HSTA, Abercrombie Agree to Federal Mediation
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 4922 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Yes HSTA did ask for arbitration and Ambercrummy rejected it! What a snake he is! I get angry every time I see his face! It hurts my heart to know that we will never be given the recognition we deserve!" --- Teacher

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Lorraine Inouye Drops Election Challenge
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 7489 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Inouye has announced that after carefully reviewing election reports and records at the state election headquarters in Pearl City that she does not have a cause to file a protest over the primary election results ....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Full Text: Kawauchi Requests State Takeover Office of Elections
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 7478 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

I have written a letter to the Honorable Governor Neil S. Abercrombie, requesting an independent review of the performance of the State of Hawai‘i Office of Elections....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Live Stream: Senate Candidate Forum at Kahala Business Association
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 6509 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Today, Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Monday, August 20, 2012
Motion to Intervene Against Expensive Aina Koa Pono Biofuel Scheme
By Henry Curtis @ 6:18 PM :: 5349 Views :: Energy, Environment

Life of the Land has filed Motions to Intervene in the proposed HECO-Aina Koa Pono Biofuel Supply Application #2 before the Hawaii PUC and the Gas Company's LNG Application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Monday, August 20, 2012
WikiLeaks' Anti-Americanism Now Backed by Ecuador
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:11 AM :: 2025 Views

Assange claims that government transparency is his goal, yet the governments he is fighting—the Swedish, the British and the American—are solidly democratic, hardly something that can be said of the communist regime in Ecuador.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012
Pattern Energy: “The bad stuff just goes on and on”
By Andrew Walden @ 7:01 PM :: 11245 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Environment

Experts retained by Viejas have called the Ocotillo wind project “the worst example that they have ever seen,” Pico revealed....

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Sunday, August 19, 2012
Destined to Follow in Greece’s Footsteps?
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:54 AM :: 5321 Views :: Energy, Environment

The problem is that governments at all level are spending a lot more than they are collecting in revenue....

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Sunday, August 19, 2012
‘Lodging Development’ Planned for Hana Ranch?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:39 AM :: 10091 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

“Bio-Logical Capital ensures … lodging development that … embraces the use of … building materials… and maintains the buildings….”

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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Meet the Insurance Executive Behind Assisted Suicide in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 12881 Views :: Health Care, Life

In December of 1994, one month after Oregon voters passed Measure 16, "physician assisted death," into law, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) responded.
Ethix Corp., an HMO, announced that they "welcomed broad coverage for assisted suicide in a medical economic system already burdened."

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Murder at Pier 23: The Death of Hawaii Animal Agriculture
By Michael Hansen @ 10:41 PM :: 7798 Views :: Agriculture, Jones Act

"...it’s come to the point where we are wondering whether it’s worth continuing the business...."

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Friday, August 17, 2012
DBEDT: Tourism Only Thing Holding Economy Together
By News Release @ 7:49 PM :: 4880 Views :: Energy, Environment

... non-tourism sectors have still not fully rebounded ....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Full Text: Nago Report on Hawaii Co Elections, Kawauchi Response
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 7477 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

... elections require the cooperation of the state and the counties working together and not pointing fingers at each other ....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Hirono on Green Energy: Shallow Knowledge, Lack of Effort
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 5106 Views :: Energy, Environment

“Currently, 30 states, including Hawaii, have their own renewable energy standards, and now she wants to wipe those out and impose a big-federal-government, one-size-fits-all standard.”

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Friday, August 17, 2012
HELCO Requests $19.8M Rate Hike to Pay for Solar, Wind
By News Release @ 4:09 PM :: 6457 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

With continued rapid growth of roof-top solar, additional biomass energy from Hu Honua and recent expanded operations at Puna Geothermal Venture, more than 50% of the island’s energy will soon be renewable. (BUT THE PRICES KEEP GOING UP!)....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Rewriting History: Obama Edits Historical Documents to Tout Himself
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:13 PM :: 4901 Views :: Obama

Inserting himself into the biographies of past presidents on the White House website apparently wasn't enough for President Obama....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Hanabusa Invokes Gestapo, One-Party State
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 5249 Views :: Politicians

Yesterday the General Contactors' Association of Hawaii (GCA) held a candidate forum between Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
AUDIO: Abercrombie Voicemail Message to HSTA, Mediation Proposed
By Audio @ 5:50 AM :: 6412 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

HSTA President Wil Okabe today released the audio of an August 14 voice mail message from Gov Neil Abercrombie....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
No Need MEADS: Sens. Inouye Porker of the Month
By News Release @ 5:13 AM :: 6648 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

CAGW named Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye and Ranking Member Thad Cochran its August 2012 Porkers of the Month for including a $380 million earmark for the wasteful and widely-criticized Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS)

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Why the Doctor Can't See You
By John Goodman @ 1:08 AM :: 5158 Views :: National News, Ethics

The health care system can't possibly deliver on the huge increase in demand for primary care services -- there aren't enough doctors....

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Friday, August 17, 2012
Medicare Drama More Hype than Reality
By NCPA @ 12:53 AM :: 4039 Views :: National News, Ethics

Ryan v Obama on Medicare: Surprisingly, there's very little difference between the two plans.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Hirono Finally Finds Something She's Willing to Debate
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 5745 Views :: Energy, Environment

Federal Election laws state that the candidate’s picture must take up “at least 80 percent of the vertical screen height.”

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Windfarm Developer in Complex Deal to Buy Hana Ranch
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 7851 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

Harrison Sheppard, head of Hana Ranch Partners’ executive committee… said that it “was a very complex transaction. It’s not technically correct to say the sale has been finalized.”

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Windfarms Set to Lose 50% Federal Subsidy
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:28 PM :: 5934 Views :: National News, Ethics

The subsidy is already equivalent to 50 percent to 70 percent of the wholesale price of electricity. And that isn't the only special-interest treatment wind producers receive....

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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Hackers Steal, Encrypt Health Records and Hold Data for Ransom
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 5537 Views :: National News, Ethics

...a federal database of health-related breaches showcases an unsettling new strain of opportunism that is emerging as criminals try to exploit the industry’s shift to digital medical records....

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