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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Rail Suit Ruling May Contain 'Poison Pill'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:04 PM :: 8990 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

the court’s ruling may contain a "poison pill" as a result of one part of the Defendants’ pleadings....

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
NELHA Audit: 40 Years of Pork Without a Plan
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 9021 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

After nearly 40 years, NELHA has yet to achieve its potential....

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
No Mention of Gay Marriage as State Gives NFL $4M to Bring ProBowl Back One More Year
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 6883 Views :: Family, Tourism

The Pro Bowl will resume in Hawaii on Jan. 27, 2013, one week before the Super Bowl in New Orleans. But poor timing is the NFL's first mistake....

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Hawaii’s Biotech Papayas Hold a Lesson for America
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 PM :: 5593 Views :: Energy, Environment

... even as professional protestors peddle scientific ignorance to frighten the public ....

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Got Electricity? EPA May Force Shutdown of HECO Plants
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 8332 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Electric Light Company could meet this cap through conservation and already planned increases in the use of renewable energy....

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
How Radical Were Wisconsin's Reforms?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:14 PM :: 4644 Views :: National News, Ethics

One year ago, the state of Wisconsin adopted sweeping reforms that curbed collective bargaining rights among government workers, brought the state's pension system into line, and empowered those workers to choose whether or not to pay union dues.... 

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The $123K Question: Is Hanabusa Looting Her Own Campaign?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:24 PM :: 11512 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

According to, over $123,000 has been diverted from her campaign to Hanabusa’s own accounts since 2011.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Korean Tourism? Hirono Claims Accomplishments of Others
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 6316 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hirono used her debate time to make the dubious claim that because of "her" VISIT USA Act, Korean visitors have increased by 50%. Not only is this inaccurate, it highlights Hirono's Johnny-come-lately approach to tourism and her nearly nonexistent record on issues....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
DoJ Details Admissions of Criminal Pfluegers
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 10715 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Charles Alan Pflueger, owner of Pflueger Inc., Randall Kurata, the company’s chief financial officer, and Julie Kam, Pflueger’s executive assistant, pleaded guilty....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Hawaii Ranks 46th in Forclosures
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 9131 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This report has state data separated into judicial vs. non-judicial foreclosure state categories....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The White House Defends Public Equity
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:46 PM :: 4828 Views :: National News, Ethics

Jay Carney yesterday lapsed into rambling rhetoric when asked to explain how President Obama can defend the failed Solyndra solar boondoggle, yet attack private sector investments that sometimes fail but oftentimes succeed....

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Complete List of 2012 Gut and Replace Bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:55 AM :: 5958 Views :: Energy, Environment

In the 2012 Legislative Session alone, the Grassroot Institute discovered that approximately three dozen bills had been given the “gut and replace” treatment....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted May 29, 2012
By @ 5:06 PM :: 7678 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: FDA User Fee Reauthorization
  • Senate: Student Loan Interest Rates – Republican Substitute
  • Senate: Student Loan Interest Rates – Democratic Version
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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Abercrombie Releases CIP for School, Water Projects
By News Release @ 4:14 PM :: 5943 Views :: Energy, Environment

 Farrington HS: One photo summing up everything that is wrong with the DoE.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Obama Admin Asks Supreme Court to Reject DHHL Property Tax Challenge
By Robert Thomas @ 3:59 PM :: 5911 Views :: Energy, Environment

Perhaps the most interesting parts of the SG's brief are its recitation of Hawaii history (pages 1 - 3), and its noting of "recent and ongoing legal developments" (the State's recent legislation instituting a "process for the indigenous native people of Hawaii to reorganize as a sovereign government").

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ABC Hawaii Chapter Blasts Abercrombie’s PLA Directive
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 8743 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
As Rail Project Begins Hawaii Loses Construction Jobs
By Andrew Walden @ 11:56 AM :: 7737 Views :: Labor, Rail

For months building trades unions and the management-labor Pacific Resources Partnership have been putting union members to work—as pro-rail protesters.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Pictures of America's Medicare Mess
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:26 AM :: 4958 Views :: National News, Ethics

Medicare spending is growing faster than the rest of the federal budget, and it's the main cause of America's long-term deficits....

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Tyranny of Conservative Clichés
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:18 AM :: 5411 Views :: National News, Ethics

...conservatives are against “big government,” so we must be for “small government,” right? Wrong. We’re for limited government. Here is the difference....

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Monday, May 28, 2012
Djou: Honor Sacrifice Made in Afghanistan
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:08 PM :: 10149 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family


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Monday, May 28, 2012
Making Memorial Day Make a Difference
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:42 PM :: 5727 Views :: National News, Ethics

As part of my teaching duties at West Point, I took cadets on a study tour of the World War II battlefields....

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Monday, May 28, 2012
Lingle: Please Pause for Moment of Remembrance at 3pm Memorial Day
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:14 AM :: 7813 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. HST Memorial Day. 

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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Hirono Playing Not to Lose
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 5783 Views :: Energy, Environment

...lack of talent, expertise and grasp of the issues eventually catch up with you and it's only a short time before the public catches up with you, and you find yourself beat....

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Sunday, May 27, 2012
North Korea Prepares to Detonate Nuke
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 7688 Views :: World News, Family

Satellite images of the Punggye-ri site and other data show that the tunnel that had been excavated for the test has been refilled, indicating that the nuclear device has been put in place....

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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Dem Convention: "A Circus of Squabbling"
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 5649 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii Democrats have once again decided that they are not running on a platform of issues. Instead, they launched into what was nothing more than a narcissistic tirade of personal assaults ....

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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Another Attempt to Reestablish Estate Tax Awaits Approval
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:50 AM :: 6226 Views :: Energy, Environment

HB 2328, CD-1: One legislator decided to add a special provision to take care of some unspecified constituent.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Mike Greco Announces State Senate Campaign
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 8410 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Greco, a 2004 graduate of the University of Hawaii Manoa, served as a Naval Aircrewman with the VP-4 Skinny Dragons at Marine Corps Base Hawaii....

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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Shamed, Civil Beat Revises 'Fact' Check Questioning Djou's Afghanistan Combat Record
By Andrew Walden @ 9:03 AM :: 10737 Views :: Energy, Environment

Civil Beat’s latest “Fact Check” debacle May 17 involves taking three sentences from an hour-long May 1 Rick Hamada interview with Afghanistan combat veteran Rep. Charles Djou, twisting Djou's words into a pretzel and fact-checking statements Djou did not make....

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Poll: Hirono 50%–Lingle 41%
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 4762 Views :: Energy, Environment

Public Policy Polling survey of 600 Hawaii voters taken May 16 and 17, 2012....

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Hirono to Case: “Leave my mother out of it!”
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 4393 Views :: Energy, Environment

In just the past four days, Ed Case has compared me to a “bowl of warm jello,”called me “pathetic,” and labeled me “sad.”

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Friday, May 25, 2012
CATO Pushes Back on Akaka Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 9:39 PM :: 6934 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

... it’s false to say that Hawaiians support the Akaka Bill ....

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Democrats Quit Selling 'Rally Time', Allow Case to Speak
By Ed Case @ 9:11 PM :: 3808 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Party rescinded its paid rally time policy today, offering Case an opportunity to address the Convention on Saturday afternoon....

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Friday, May 25, 2012
The Hawaii (D)ividing Party
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 4653 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Nowhere in this exchange did any candidate or the party address how their agenda will benefit the people of Hawaii."

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Friday, May 25, 2012
"Sarah Palin" tops list of Hawaii Dems Tired and Irrelevant Responses
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 4208 Views :: Energy, Environment

"We have seen this erratic behavior increase to an irrational level...."

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Hospitals to Lose Funding Over High Readmission Rates
By NCPA @ 5:31 PM :: 4875 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to penalize hospitals with "worse than expected" 30-day readmission rates....

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Friday, May 25, 2012
"Invasive" Algae Targeted for Eradication in Kona May Treat Arthritis
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 7217 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

"I think this finding is a nice illustration of how we need to look more deeply in our environment because even nuisance pests, as it turns out, are not just pests," said Gerwick.

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Census Details Social, Economic, and Housing Characteristics of Hawaii Population
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 4130 Views :: Energy, Environment

87.6% of Samoan households were family household, ranked #1 among all the race groups, followed by Filipino at 82.8%, and Native Hawaiian at 77.1%....

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Hawaii Republicans Seek Legislative Candidates
By Nacia Blom @ 3:58 PM :: 5001 Views :: Energy, Environment

Because of reapportionment, all 76 House and Senate seats are up for election in 2012. The Hawaii Republican Party wants YOU to help us fill those seats....

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Believe it: Obama's A Big Spender
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:46 PM :: 4846 Views :: National News, Ethics

On Tuesday, MarketWatch's Rex Nutting wrote that claims of Obama's big spending ways are overblown and that the "Obama spending binge never happened."

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Friday, May 25, 2012
Kaleikini v Yoshioka: Rail Project in 'Grave' Danger
By Robert Thomas @ 1:23 AM :: 11314 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Supreme Court just concluded oral arguments in Kaleikini v. Yoshioka and it does not look good for the City and the State....

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Hawaii had the Sixth Lowest Rate of Injury Deaths in U.S.
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 5830 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii scored a Seven out of 10 on Key Indicators of Steps States can take to Prevent Injuries....

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
National Trust for Historic Preservation Files Amicus Brief in Rail Suit
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 6555 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Section 4(f) contains a substantive prohibition on the construction of transportation projects requiring the "use" of historic sites, park and recreational areas ....

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Lingle Files Papers to Run for Senate
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 5623 Views :: Energy, Environment

"I'm asking the people of Hawaii for their support in this election because I'm the only candidate who knows what this election is really about. It's about us," added Gov. Lingle.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Mazie's Adventures in a Jones Act Wonderland
By Michael Hansen @ 7:11 PM :: 7563 Views :: Jones Act, Politicians

Rep. Hirono states that the Jones Act has created 10,000 maritime jobs in Hawaii, and the Hawaii maritime industry generates an annual turnover of more than $4.7 billion and provides wages of $1.1 billion. These are extravagant numbers ... 

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Fact Sheet Misquotes Hawai`i Free Press: Cayetano Threatens Lawsuit over Mention of Pay-to-Play Allegations
By Andrew Walden @ 4:26 PM :: 8858 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

Cayetano does not dispute that the contributions were accepted, nor does he dispute that most of the fines levied by the Campaign Spending Commission went unpaid....

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
HECO Signs Another Biofuel Contract
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 6380 Views :: Energy, Environment

No mention of the cost ....

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Ginai Live Concert at George Fontaine Campaign Kickoff
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 8564 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The dinner and concert will be held on Friday, June 8th at Mulligan’s on the Blue (100 Kaukahi St. Wailea, HI 96753) starting at 5:30pm.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Obama's Blockbuster Secrets
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:21 PM :: 5601 Views :: National News, Ethics

The story is the stuff that blockbuster movies are made of, but many of the details are largely a closely guarded secret. That was until the Obama White House granted extraordinary access and information to Hollywood filmmakers ....

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Thursday, May 24, 2012
Catholic Institutions Sue to Stop Obamacare's Religious Liberty Violation
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:00 PM :: 5077 Views :: National News, Ethics

"These ministries serve inner-city children, the elderly, deaf, developmentally disabled, HIV/AIDS patients, and homeless--among many others. Catholic outreach, like many other religious groups in America, seeks to serve those most in need."

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Akaka Bill: Rep. Cole speaks to community, business leaders
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 12334 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

He said he doesn’t see any differences between Native Hawaiians and Native Alaskans and American Indian tribes....

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