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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Unanimous Council Votes Resolutions Calling for Bus Service Restoration
By Tom Berg @ 12:37 AM :: 6097 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

 Both resolutions will be heard in the City Council today, Wednesday....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Jamae Kawauchi Asks Kona TEA Party for Election Volunteers
By Selected News Articles @ 10:30 PM :: 9172 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

With insiders playing sabotage games, Jamae Kawauchi comes to the 'non-government people' for help with the November elections....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Three Seats Open: UH Seeks Nominees for Board of Regents
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 4915 Views :: Energy, Environment

Nominations are now being accepted for an At-Large seat, a Hawai‘i County seat and a Maui County seat. Regents Michael Dahilig, Barry Mizuno and Artemio Baxa currently hold these seats, and their terms will expire on June 30, 2013....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Justice Kennedy: US Constitution is Part of Hawaii's Heritage
By Robert Thomas @ 9:34 PM :: 8319 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

One of the necessary beginning points is this principle: The Constitution of the United States, too, has become the heritage of all the citizens of Hawaii.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Na Wai Eha: Supreme Court Rules Against Water Commission
By Robert Thomas @ 9:22 PM :: 9588 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

When a Hawaii Supreme Court opinion starts off waxing poetic about "Na Wai Eha" you don't need to read the remaining 88 pages to know what the ineviatable result will be....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Governor Releases $92 million for University of Hawaiꞌi CIPs
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 4293 Views :: Energy, Environment

Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $92 million for priority Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) throughout the University of Hawai'i ....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Mama's Boy: Cabanilla, Manabat Accused of Nepotism
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 8609 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

Chris Manabat has highlighted his six years as a staffer at the State Legislature...he neglects to mention is that he served as an office manager for his mother, Rep. Rida Cabanilla....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tulsi Gabbard's precincts Inversely Correlated with Mazie Hirono's
By Selected News Articles @ 4:32 PM :: 7346 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Office of Elections, Politicians

...there's significant evidence that there was a different dynamic going on, and one that didn't follow the sort of liberal/conservative dimension that we tend to focus on....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Accountable Care Organizations: Panacea or Train Wreck?
By NCPA @ 4:19 PM :: 6088 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Similar to health maintenance organizations (HMOs), ACOs are designed to bring hospitals, physicians and insurers together to reduce health care costs ....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
NYT: Ambiguity in Health Law Could Make Family Coverage Too Costly for Many
By NCPA @ 4:16 PM :: 3473 Views :: National News, Ethics

Under rules proposed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), some working-class families would be unable to afford family coverage offered by their employers, and yet they would not qualify for subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
How New Pension Standards Could Make Things Worse
By NCPA @ 4:12 PM :: 3486 Views :: National News, Ethics

GASB considered changes to address this issue. Recently, it approved a slate of reforms for this exact purpose, yet their changes could actually make things worse by omitting essential changes....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The Economist: American Universities Spending Like No Tomorrow
By NCPA @ 4:01 PM :: 3547 Views :: National News, Ethics

They have also increased the proportion of outlays gobbled up by administrators, says The Economist....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
"Mad As Berg And Not Going To Take It Anymore"
By Tom Berg @ 3:44 PM :: 6334 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

In what most people now view as a setup, the next thing that happened was a committee staffer called the police to "control Berg" ....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Supreme Court Seeks Applicants for Board of Bar Examiners
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 4953 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Nominating Committee of the Hawaii Supreme Court is seeking applications from qualified attorneys wishing to serve as members of the Board of Bar Examiners (BOE).

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Survey: Liberal profs admit they discriminate against conservatives in hiring, advancement
By Selected News Articles @ 12:32 PM :: 3915 Views :: National News, Ethics

‘Impossible lack of diversity’ reflects ideological intimidation on campus....

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Do The Math: Hirono Passes Zero Bills in Six Years
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 6555 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

She sponsored 49 bills between her election in 2006 and 2012, and zero have been passed into law.* We ask the people of Hawaii to join us to ‘do the math’. It all adds up to zero.”

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
This Threat Seems Fictional, but It's a Real Danger
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:36 AM :: 4039 Views :: National News, Ethics

What happens to our society if we lose all electricity? A new TV show premiering next month, Revolution, will explore that question....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Brady Center Urges Appeals Court to Dismiss Challenge to Hawaii Gun Laws
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 4875 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Brady Center claims Hawaii’s strong gun laws have helped Hawaii achieve the lowest gun death rate in the nation.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
55 Medal of Honor Recipients to Gather in Honolulu
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 8382 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Honolulu hosts 55 of America's 81 living Medal of Honor recipients this fall at the 2012 Medal of Honor Society Convention. Recipients from World War II up to the current conflict in Afghanistan will be in attendance.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Moody's Withdraws Rating for Hawaii's Largest Coal Plant
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 6137 Views :: Energy

The rating has been withdrawn because Moody's believes it has insufficient information to support the maintenance of the rating....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Where's Mazie? Hirono Refuses to Debate Before Maui Chamber of Commerce
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 7461 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The invitation was extended to all of the major Primary candidates weeks in advance of Primary Election day, and was accepted promptly by Governor Linda Lingle....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Gallup: Hawaii, Utah, South Dakota Lead in "Thriving"
By Selected News Articles @ 7:14 PM :: 7228 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Residents of Hawaii, Utah, and South Dakota were the most likely to be "thriving" in the first half of 2012 based on how they rate their lives today and their expectations for their lives in five years. Residents of West Virginia and Maine were the least likely to be thriving.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Medicare Administration Exposes Substandard Hawaii Hospitals, Nursing Homes
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 7212 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Medicare.gov is publishing quality-of-care and patient- satisfaction information on more than 4,000 hospitals around the country that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Why fish raised in strange metal pods could be better for us
By Selected News Articles @ 3:31 PM :: 7714 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Why fish raised in strange metal pods could be better for us...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
State of Hawai‘i Data Book 2011 Now Available on the Internet
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 4558 Views :: Energy, Environment

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) today released the 2011 edition of the State of Hawai‘i Data Book

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Taxpayers' Auto Bailout Losses Mounting
By Andrew Walden @ 10:48 AM :: 3929 Views :: National News, Ethics

Taxpayers will lose even more on the auto bailout than previously thought, as the Treasury has just revised its estimate upward to $25 billion. This may still underestimate the losses to come....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
New Solar Scam: Hawaii Tax Money to Be Exported to China
By News Release @ 5:08 AM :: 5053 Views :: Energy, Environment

The program will allow CCPIT to refer interested Chinese clean energy investors and developers to the Hawai'i State Energy Office in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to facilitate the matchmaking process with clean energy project partners in Hawai'i in need of capital or development partners.

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Lingle Campaign Launches 'Voices of Hawaii' Radio Ad
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 4955 Views :: Energy, Environment

The radio spots are island specific and feature local community leaders from each County. The spots will be airing through the General Election in November.

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Open Letter to Holder: Thai Workers Protest DoJ Abandonment of Hawaii Slavery Case
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 6130 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

After this long and difficult struggle we are told that all criminal charges are dismissed, even though some of the accused had already pled guilty....

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Surgical Safety: Hawaii Hospitals 2nd Worst in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 4:41 PM :: 5766 Views :: Energy, Environment

Wyoming was the only state that ranked worse than Hawaii in patient safety during surgeries....

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Monday, August 13, 2012
Facing the Medicare Debate Head-On
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:55 PM :: 4213 Views :: National News, Ethics

Obamacare has already "ended Medicare as we know it."

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lorraine Inouye: ‘Not Satisfied This Election Was Fair and Legal’
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 8605 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

"I am in the process of fact finding to determine if your Office of Elections adhered to proper and legal election procedures and whether or not our voters were denied their right to vote."

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Djou: On to the General Election!
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:00 PM :: 9212 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Last night...our opponent immediately turned to name calling and finger pointing to define us. But that is exactly what is wrong with politics today. There are too many politicians who just want to point out problems and too few who want to find solutions.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lingle: My Opponent is one of the '12 Percenters'
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 7:50 PM :: 7796 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

That's the number of American people who approve of the job that Congress is doing, and my opponent is one of the ‘12-percenters,’" Governor Lingle said.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lingle Releases Comprehensive Debate Schedule
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 5019 Views :: Energy, Environment

Following a decisive Primary Election victory, Governor Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii’s open U.S. Senate seat, today announced that she has accepted invitations to appear in 18 debates and forums in the 86 remaining days before the November 6 General Election....

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Ed Case Thanks Supporters, Not One Word About Hirono
By Ed Case @ 7:42 PM :: 5846 Views :: Energy, Environment

We ran a great campaign. Truly a people's campaign. We were and are an 'ohana in every sense of the word, united in a passion for a more open, honest and inclusive government.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hawaii County: "Kona Ballot Cans Arrived Unsealed, Disorganization Looks Purposeful"
By Andrew Walden @ 4:01 PM :: 7794 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Two precincts' cans arrived unsealed. The receiving team members say that that's been a consistent problem over the years, especially with Kona.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hanabusa: Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid -- it is all at stake
By Andrew Walden @ 5:55 AM :: 9030 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Between 1999 and 2002 Hanabusa short changed the Hawaii ERS--launching today’s multi-billion dollar Hawaii pension crisis. Now she’s lining up with the most unpopular politician in Hawaii—Neil Abercrombie—in support of his efforts to gut the Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Denying Responsibility for Tax Loss Just Typical Legislative M.O.
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:47 AM :: 4678 Views :: Energy, Environment

Criticism aimed at the highly touted high-technology tax credits has now been confirmed by the state’s Auditor....

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
Lingle: Hirono Has Failed Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:06 AM :: 6325 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"Our way of life is being threatened because of the failure of D.C. politicians like my opponent. They failed Hawaii and they failed America. She failed us," said Governor Linda Lingle.  "She put her political career and her party ahead of the people."

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Sunday, August 12, 2012
August 11 Hawaii Primary Election Results
By News Release @ 2:00 AM :: 9264 Views :: Energy, Environment

2012 Primary Election Results Statewide

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Inouye, Abercrombie, Chong Look to Alaska for Natural Gas
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 PM :: 7990 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

At Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell's direction, Alaska's major oil and gas producers and pipeline company TransCanada have shifted focus from a big pipeline to the Lower 48 to one leading to an LNG export plant in Southcentral Alaska....

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
After Complaint from Gabbard Campaign Abercrombie Orders Extended Hours for Big Island Polling Places
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 7467 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Polling locations in the Counties of Maui, Kaua'i and Honolulu will close at the 6 p.m.; polling locations in Hawai'i County will close at 7:30 p.m.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Live Webcast: Lingle to Comment on Primary Results
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 4579 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor Lingle will address the media about the General Election campaign and discuss her vision for Hawaii’s future.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Lingle: Abercrombie, Schatz Should Apologize for 'Birther' Remarks
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 7072 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...we didn't expect the state's two highest elected officials would throw mud so early, especially when it's so easy to prove their statements are false...."

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Grievance Filed After Tribune-Herald Names Hunter Bishop as Source of False Hawaii County ‘Yellow Card’ Story
By News Release @ 3:58 PM :: 7396 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

The front-page correction published Aug. 1, highlighted in yellow above the fold, identified Bishop as the alleged source of an error in a July 26 newspaper story about Hawaii County’s distribution of voter information “yellow cards.”

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Romney-Ryan: Smart Democrats Should Be Worried
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 5411 Views :: National News, Ethics

“I have held hundreds of town-hall meetings in my district explaining why we have to take bold reform steps, and I’ve found treating people like adults works.  All those ads pushing elderly woman off the cliffs don’t work anymore if you lay out the problem.”

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Romney-Ryan: “The Courage to Tell You the Truth”
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 4998 Views :: National News, Ethics

We will honor you, our fellow citizens, by giving you the right and opportunity to make the choice:

  • What kind of country do we want to have?
  • What kind of people do we want to be?
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
NRA Rates Hawaii Candidates
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 4406 Views :: Energy, Environment

...ensure you vote for candidates who will continue to bring a pro-freedom and pro-gun agenda to the Hawaii State Legislature and Washington, D.C....

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Saturday, August 11, 2012
VIDEO: Djou Interviewed by Washington Post
By Rep Charles Djou @ 2:53 AM :: 5664 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Yesterday, I joined my former congressional colleague Brian Baird (D-WA) in an extended interview with the Washington Post. Brian and I discussed whether Congress can still compromise.

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