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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Hawaii Accounts for Nearly 3% of US Electric Car Sales
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 PM :: 4649 Views :: Energy, Environment

2.9 percent of all new electric vehicles sold so far in the U.S. this year were registered in Hawaii, ranking the state 10th in the country. This rate is almost eight times the state’s share of all new car registrations in the U.S., where Hawaii ranks 41st overall at 0.4 percent.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Civil Beat Poll -- 56% Democrats
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:20 PM :: 5102 Views :: Energy, Environment

Civil Beat's pollster over samples Democrats, using 56% self-identified Democrats. Our nationally-recognized pollster believes this figure should be 42%....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Hurricane Sandy, Tsunami Scare Expose State Catastrophe Debts
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 6930 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii looted its catastrophe fund to "balance" the budget and doubled down by taking borrowed money to replenish it....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Those Not-So-Blue Blue States
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 4247 Views :: National News, Ethics

"It's happening. Romney winning independents, safe Obama states no longer safe, female gap closing. Obama is in trouble."

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Five Ways the Student Loan Bubble Mirrors the Housing Crisis
By NCPA @ 2:45 PM :: 3922 Views :: National News, Ethics

There are some striking similarities between the private student loan market and subprime mortgage industry....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Specter of Taxmageddon Rises
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:21 PM :: 4084 Views :: National News, Ethics

On this Halloween, a truly frightening specter is looming....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
3rd in Nation: Hawaii Pays $1436 per Household for Gov't Pensions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 6943 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

$1436.40 per household per year is currently being paid into Hawaii government employees pensions—third highest in the nation. Table 4 (pg. 48) shows that an additional $1288 per household is needed ....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Real Stimulus: Low-Cost Natural Gas
By NCPA @ 3:01 AM :: 4613 Views :: National News, Ethics

The United States is experiencing a revolution in oil and gas....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Audio: Djou Launches New Radio Commercial
By Audio @ 1:32 AM :: 7291 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Our campaign is surging in the closing days! As we approach Election Day, you can feel the momentum building....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Honolulu Council: Aiona, Fukunaga Tied at 29% Each
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 5531 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

With 7 days to go, this race is a dead heat. Here are the results ....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
State Seeks Public Comment: New Rules for HRS 343 Environmental Review
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 5201 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawai‘i State Environmental Council has issued a draft of revised rules for the state's environmental review process....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
UHERO Confab: Taxes, Clean Energy and Local Food
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 5254 Views :: Energy, Environment

"State and Local Tax Policy: Taxing E-commerce" focused on taxation of e-commerce, hotel room rentals by online travel agencies, and the impact of tax credits....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hirono Voted Against Funding Tsunami Warning System
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 4779 Views :: Energy, Environment

The high-tech buoy network faced $4.5 million in cuts in February, and Hirono opposed bipartisan House legislation to fully fund the critical system for FY2013 ....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hirono Joins HSTA Protest Against Abercrombie
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 8756 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Politicians

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
AKP Biofuel Scam Finds Only 20 Supporters in Survey of 300
By Henry Curtis @ 4:09 AM :: 10239 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

SMS did a survey of 303 interviews, 90% said they unfamiliar with `Aina Koa Pono (AKP). 10% were aware of AKP. The math says this is 29-31 people.

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Report: Hirono, Hanabusa Tax Proposal Will Cost Hawaii $3.9B
By Selected News Articles @ 5:43 PM :: 7026 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Rather than pretending that the damage of tax increases is limited to “rich” people, it makes sense to look at overall economic effects, either nationally or within each state....

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Molokai: Big Cable RFP Should be Delayed
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 8037 Views :: Maui County, Energy

...the RFP is expected six months before the IRP process is complete and at least a year before the results of the PEIS are released....

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Study: HSTA Strongest Teachers' Union in US
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 7554 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

This timely study represents the most comprehensive analysis of American teacher unions’ strength ever conducted....

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Defense Cuts: "Fiscal Cliff" Already Hampering U.S. Economy
By NCPA @ 3:51 PM :: 3765 Views :: National News, Ethics

Particularly hard hit is the defense industry, which employs millions of Americans. The Pentagon is set to lose nearly $55 billion....

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Djou: Our Polls Show us Ahead
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 6910 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...The Star Advertiser polled 60% of Democrats in their sample; while our pollster believes that the number of Democrats in our congressional district is closer to 45% of the electorate....

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Pre-Plus: Hirono Takes Credit for Others' Innovation
By News Release @ 3:00 PM :: 5193 Views :: Energy, Environment

"This is a common tactic for Hirono to tout the great efforts of so many others as her own...."

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Monday, October 29, 2012
Ward Polls: A Laughable Embarrassment
By News Release @ 2:36 PM :: 5383 Views :: Energy, Environment

...in the Democrat Primary election, the Ward poll showed Tulsi Gabbard losing to Mufi Hannemann by 10 points and she went on to win by 21....

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Sunday, October 28, 2012
PRP Targets Liliha
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 7249 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Liliha, “the last of the old-time places on Oahu”, is being targeted by the pro-development Pacific Resources Partnership....

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Sunday, October 28, 2012
VIDEO: Djou Launches New TV Ad
By Video @ 5:46 PM :: 6841 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Finding the Blame for What Ails You
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:05 AM :: 5189 Views :: Energy, Environment

Lawmakers seem to have a simplistic reaction to solving problems the solution to which plagues their constituents - tax it.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Canada Earthquake Tsunami 4’ Wave in Hilo Bay, 5’ at Kahului
By News Release @ 1:12 AM :: 6614 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Voter Guide: Hawaii State and County Ballot Initiatives 2012
By Andrew Walden @ 10:34 PM :: 17440 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Hawai'i Free Press endorsements on State and County ballot initiatives....

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Saturday, October 27, 2012
NFIB: Hirono Votes 100% Against Small Business
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 4982 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hirono has been on the wrong side of every small business issue during this session.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012
ML&P Faces Delisting from NY Stock Exchange
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 6344 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

...the Company has 45 days from receipt of the notification to submit a plan to the NYSE to demonstrate its ability to achieve compliance with the continued listing standards within 18 months....

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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Hirono and Hanabusa cut $2.1B from Hawaii Medicare Advantage and Medicare Reimbursements
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 4851 Views :: Energy, Environment

...according to AAN the total Medicare cuts to Hawaii are $2,151,990,000.  That means cuts of $10,648 to each and every one of our 202,097 kupuna....

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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Video Interview: Kona Resident--Father of Slain SEAL Killed in 9-11 Attack, Bengazi
By Audio @ 3:21 AM :: 9457 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, National News, Ethics

Retired Judge Charles Woods descibes meeting Pres Obama, V Pres Biden and Sec'y Clinton....

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Mufi: No 'Pay to Play' in My Administration
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 4890 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Defend Ben is now doing the same thing on behalf of Ben's candidacy, and Ben is certainly not censuring Defend Ben....

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Mililani, Kalihi, E Oahu: Talk Story With Charles Djou
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 6467 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...free food and an opportunity to tell Charles about the issues you care about most....

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Save O’ahu Farmlands Alliance Announces Endorsements
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 7327 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

... candidates who strongly support saving farmland and who will work to promote local farms ....

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Debate: Djou Closer to the Center
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:27 PM :: 7173 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Even when given a softball question on finding common ground between the political parties, Colleen Hanabusa, actually stated, "I'm not quite sure what you mean by common ground."

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Eradication: Who Are the Real Invasives?
By Tom Lodge @ 10:11 PM :: 7469 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

...the pig is so much more than just a resource to the Ancient Hawaiian, and I hardly think that “invasive” ....

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Hanabusa Backs Effort to Link Indian Tribes to Turkey
By Selected News Articles @ 9:51 PM :: 7741 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As you read, remember that whatever Congress does to Indian Tribes will become law for the Akaka Tribe as well.

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Brookings: Honolulu 10th Largest International Airport
By Selected News Articles @ 9:03 PM :: 6711 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Brookings' analysis of international commercial air travel passenger levels within the United States' global aviation network ....

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Friday, October 26, 2012
Defense Cuts: Obama Administration Will Pay Companies to Violate the Law
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:53 PM :: 4270 Views :: National News, Ethics

The law in question is called the WARN Act, and it requires that federal contractors send employees layoff notices 60 days before a plant closing or mass layoff....

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Friday, October 26, 2012
On the Honolulu Ballot: $5M Ward Heelers' Slush Fund
By Andrew Walden @ 12:05 AM :: 7486 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics

Proposal #1 on the Honolulu ballot “Relating to Grants in Aid” would create a massive Ward Heelers’ Slush Fund and mandate 0.5% of estimated general fund revenues be poured into it yearly....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Fitch: $71M in Maui Co Bonds Rate AA+
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 7831 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

Maui county does participate in the poorly funded state pension plan. Its other post-employment benefit (OPEB) liability is also large....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Senator, 1000 Ratepayers Call for Lower Electric Bills
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 8326 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Urge the Governor to rescind Executive Agreements between the State of Hawaii, the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) and HECO that were put in place in 2008 ....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Census: Hawaii Tops Nation in Multi-Generational Families
By Selected News Articles @ 9:43 PM :: 5994 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii had the highest percentage of multi-generational households, accounting for 11.1% of all family households in that state....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Humane Society Sues DLNR Over Aquarium Collectors
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 5308 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the groups are asking DLNR to conduct environmental reviews before granting permits that allow unlimited aquarium collection of marine wildlife in coastal waters....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Whose School Buildings Are They, Anyway?
By NCPA @ 4:45 PM :: 4197 Views :: National News, Ethics

...public schools are still the only game in town when it comes to financing, developing and deploying public school buildings....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Duke Aiona Backs Candidates in Council, Legislative Races
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 4:25 PM :: 5501 Views :: Energy, Environment

... join me in supporting the following candidates who will bring bi-partisanship and balance to government ....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Streaming Video: Djou v Hanabusa Debate 8pm Tonight
By Video @ 4:00 PM :: 6844 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Tonight at 8:00 p.m. PBS will host the final debate ....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
VIDEO: Five Targets Hit Over Pacific in Largest Anti-Missile Defense Test
By Video @ 3:49 PM :: 5627 Views :: National News, Ethics

...simultaneous engagement of five ballistic missile and cruise missile targets....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Feds Reveal Dozens of New Violations at Hawaii Nursing Homes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 6927 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

CMS has now included the details of a home’s three most recent routine inspections. For many homes, that means results from 2009 and 2010 are now available online....

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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Obama's "New Economic Patriotism"
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:30 PM :: 4119 Views :: National News, Ethics

... the “new patriotism” means paying more in taxes ....

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