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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Rewrite of Native Hawaiian Bill Contains Potential Gaming Loophole
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 7907 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Should the Native Hawaiian governing entity unlawfully establish a casino despite Section 10(a) of the rewritten bill, then Section 9(c)(3)(H) of the rewritten bill could prevent the State of Hawaii from going to court to shut-down the illegal gaming operation....

This potential loophole is not an invented fantasy.  Over the years, there have been Indian casinos operating without state-approved compacts and in violation of state law.  If Congress passes the rewritten bill with this loophole, then the only authority that the State of Hawaii and its citizens could have to rely on to stop the illegal operation would be the federal government, which has been lax in acting on such matters.

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Finance Committee to hear Gambling Bill Wednesday
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 7252 Views :: Energy, Environment

The bill to establish a gaming commission to oversee casino gaming is moving this legislative session. If passed, the bill (HB 2251 HD1) would allow the gaming commission to issue one 5-year license to a casino gaming operation in a county with a population of more than 500,000. The bill also creates a wagering tax on casino gaming. (HB2251 HD1 - click to read bill)

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Lingle: Rail is “most expensive transit project in the history of America”
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:03 PM :: 8220 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Well, I’m certainly pro-transit. I think a rail system in some configuration would be good for us; but I want to make certain we can afford it over the long-term.

I wanted to be able to look him in the eye and say, “Look, this is not politics. This is the most expensive transit project in the history of America.  Per-capita there is no system that has cost this much in such a small population base as Hawai‘i and people need to realize that. 

When I said that to him, he did not respond back or challenge that fact; and it is a fact.

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Lingle: “Current draft of Akaka Bill is not one I can support”
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:28 PM :: 9535 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“The basic problem as I see it, is that in the current version of the bill, the ‘governmental’ (non-commercial) activities of the Native Hawaiian governing entity, its employees, and its officers, will be almost completely free from State and County regulation, including free from those laws and rules that protect the health and safety of Hawai‘i's people, and protect the environment. ’Governmental’ activity is a broad undefined term that can encompass almost any non-commercial activity.

“This structure will, in my opinion, promote divisiveness and litigation, rather than negotiation and resolution. 

“I do not believe such a structure, of two completely different sets of rules – one for ‘governmental’ activities of the Native Hawaiian governing entity and its officers and employees, and one for everyone else – makes sense for Hawai‘i. 

“In addition, under the current bill, the Native Hawaiian governing entity has almost complete sovereign immunity from lawsuits, including from ordinary tort and contract lawsuits, and I do not believe this makes sense for the people of Hawai‘i.

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Rules Committee: Abercrombie’s latest version of Akaka Bill to face full House vote
By Andrew Walden @ 9:42 PM :: 9891 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

By a voice vote, the House Rules Committee today authorized Rep Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) to introduce a “substitute amendment” which replaces the old version of the Akaka Bill (HR2314) passed in December by the House Committee on Natural Resources.  As a result of today’s vote, Abercrombie’s new version of the Akaka Bill will go directly to the floor of the House.

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Civil Rights Commissioners, GOP House leadership debunk Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 6876 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The Court held that the Congress cannot create an Indian tribe where one does not exist, but can rather, only recognize groups who have long operated as a tribe with a preexisting political structure . . .

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Monday, February 22, 2010
FULL TEXT: Fourth version of Akaka Bill unveiled--US House may vote tomorrow
By News Release @ 12:30 PM :: 8286 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Even though the House Rules Committee will take up this bill tonight at 5 pm and the full House may vote on the bill as soon as tomorrow, Natural Resources Committee Republicans are believed to be the only entity providing the public with the new legislative language as it is currently unavailable on the majority’s House Rules Committee website and Natural Resources Committee website.

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Bennett: State still has strong objections to new Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 11:47 AM :: 8495 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Bennett said the state's concerns about the Obama administration's language have been addressed by the parties.  However, he said, the state still has strong objections to clauses in the new draft that could give immunity from state law to the entity, its employees and officers while they are conducting government activity.”

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Lingle to link State, Federal rail finance analysis -- “One set of numbers”
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 8351 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I let the Secretary know that we would be doing a separate, independent financial analysis of the plan for the rail, and I suggested to him that we take our financial analysis and the one that they will have done – that the government requires at the federal level – and share that information so we’re all working from the same set of numbers. They agreed that it’s important for the public to have really one set of numbers that they’re looking at. So when people want to judge whether it can be afforded over the long term or not, at least we're talking about the same numbers. I think that was very, very important today,” the Governor said.

(No mention of Monday's Akaka Bill hearing in this news release.  A sign of gubernatorial displeasure with the latest version?)

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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Alaska’s preview for Hawaii: “1971 was a rush. Land, money, power”
By Selected News Articles @ 9:46 PM :: 6779 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

With the discovery of oil the U.S. government became intensely interested in settling the land claims. In 1971, in a special convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives Association five hundred and eleven (511) delegates approved the final draft of a Congressional legislative settlement. Fifty-six (56) delegates voted against the settlement. (Delegates from the North Slope made up a disproportionate number of those opposed.) It is also worth noting that President Nixon, even before the vote of the Alaska Federation of Natives, had already signed the legislation into law.

The legitimacy of the vote, with five hundred and sixty seven delegates representing all Native peoples, was questioned at the time and is still. There were no village meetings; the vote was never ratified or debated by Alaska Native communities or individuals. The discovery of oil had moved the resolution of land claims to 'fast forward'. Many would say that the political process was hijacked.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Akaka Preparing New Senate Bill: House Rules Committee to consider Akaka Bill Monday
By Andrew Walden @ 2:19 AM :: 10095 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Rep Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) is preparing to introduce a third version of the Akaka Bill in the US House to replace the existing text of HR 2314.  And, according to one source, staffers in the office of Senator Dan Akaka (D-HI) are writing an amended version of S1011 to introduce in the Senate in place of the bill passed by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

On Monday February 22 at 5PM EST (12 Noon HST) the House Rules Committee will consider allowing Abercrombie to amend the old version of the Akaka Bill with the latest new version.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010
VIDEO: Flagpole bill had 17 votes for recall
By News Release @ 2:21 PM :: 8914 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Three votes were not counted by the Chief Clerk- Representatives Tom Brower, Marilyn Lee, and Maile Shimabukuro.

Had these three votes been accurately counted and made inclusive with the fourteen votes that were counted, the total would have been seventeen votes.

Seventeen votes in the affirmative is what was needed to recall HB2311 from committee.

See the hands raised in the video . . .

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Friday, February 19, 2010
FULL TEXT: Latest version of Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 9862 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After House and Senate Committees approved two different versions of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 (Akaka bill) last December, House Democrats have now released another rewritten version of this bill.  The House is expected to vote on the latest altered text next week.

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Friday, February 19, 2010
After voting for Stimulus, Abercrombie admits false claims “make people sick of politicians”
By News Release @ 10:28 AM :: 8496 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Abercrombie admits the “15,000 jobs” created by stimulus in Hawaii claim comes from “a template going out all across the country” and explains:  "This kind of stuff is dysfunctional.  It further demoralizes the population.  It makes people sick of politicians.”   (Then why’d you vote for it Neil?)

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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Unemployment tax relief passes House
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 7186 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU, HAWAII - The state House of Representatives today passed on third reading a bill that would set new employer contribution rates for unemployment insurance. Unless legislation is passed, the rates will soar in the coming year due to the poor economy and high unemployment negatively impacting Hawaii’s businesses.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010
Legislature refuses to vote on flag pole bill
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 7997 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

17 votes were needed. 

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Thursday, February 18, 2010
PEW: Hawaii “has failed to sock away any assets” to cover pension liabilities
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 8681 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

As of fiscal year 2007, Hawaii—like 19 other states—had failed to sock away any assets to cover this long-term bill coming due. Relative to the size of its payroll and population, it has one of the greatest burdens—$10.8 billion—of any state in the country.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010
House Expected to Vote Next Week on ANOTHER secret version of Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 12:51 PM :: 8968 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Once again the Democrat majority is writing bills behind closed doors without any contribution or consideration from the minority.  When the Native Hawaiian bill passed out of the Natural Resources Committee in December, it was clear there was more work to be done before the bill was brought before the full House and I asked that everyone have the opportunity to thoroughly review and comment on any changes—obviously that request hasn’t been met when the House is expected to be voting in a few days and we don’t even have a copy of the rewritten bill."

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Blocked by Cabanilla: Flagpole Bill to be Called to House Floor Thursday
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 8517 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

During Thursday's legislative session, February 16, H.B. 2311 will be recalled to the House Floor. The move will require 17 votes to recall it to the House Floor and 26 votes to keep it alive.  

"We are asking all veterans and patriots to call their state representatives and join us on Thursday at the State Capitol to show their support for this important legislation."  Rep. Pine stated.

Similar homeowner's association rules that hinder flag displays are being challenged across the country.  In 2009, one Virginia association gained nationwide attention when it ordered Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, a 90-year-old recipient of the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor, to remove the flagpole from his home.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
VIDEO, PHOTOS: From Pohakuloa to Battle of Marjah
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 18126 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

  ‘LAVA DOGS’, the 1st Battalion 3rd MARINES, and other forces deployed into Helmand Prov. AFG.  Lava Dogs are from Marine Corps Base, Hawaii and trained for Afghan combat at Pohakuloa last July. 

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Ed Case Video: “I will continue to champion…war over marriage”
By Ed Case @ 1:36 PM :: 11675 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Video of Ed Case speaking to Big Island GLBT group.

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Monday, February 15, 2010
HB2241/SB2303: Bills would seize Ceded Lands from Hawaiians
By Andrew Walden @ 11:13 PM :: 6857 Views :: Energy, Environment

Quietly, with no media notice, a joint meeting of two House Committees met February 3 to consider HB 2241, confiscating "unencumbered" Ceded Lands from native Hawaiians and other beneficiaries and transferring them in advance to any Akaka Tribe created by Congress.

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Friday, February 12, 2010
Laupahoehoe Liberation: Rural school targeted for closure votes for charter conversion
By News Release @ 3:24 PM :: 10714 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Laupahoehoe has voted to convert Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School (LHES) to a public charter school. League of Women Voters’ past president Sue Irvine and volunteers Margaret Drake, Marianna Scheffer were kept busy all day collecting secret ballots from parents and staff of LHES. One hundred forty five out of 180 voters cast their ballots in favor of charter conversion.  Only 35 opposed.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Abercrombie resignation kills Obamacare majority in House
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 PM :: 8235 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Challenged to stay in the US House in order to provide President Barack Obama with the deciding vote in favor of any Obamacare compromise, Neil Abercrombie has refused.  Naturally, the drama—which could be very damaging to Abercrombie’s standing among Hawaii Democrats—has played out with only the barest notice in Hawaii media.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Ed Case: "People have to turn the campaign negative"
By Andrew Walden @ 2:05 AM :: 6525 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Case in 2006 earned the hatred of Hawaii Democrats by implying that Senator Dan Akaka was feeble-minded, ineffectual, and too liberal.  In a repeat performance, on December 18 he told The Hill that Senate President Colleen Hanabusa "has no clue."  Now he cries to his friends at KITV

"People have to turn the campaign negative against you in order to advance.  They are going to try to tear you down.  I am not looking forward to that.”

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Hawaii sells $721.6M general obligation bonds
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 4896 Views :: Energy, Environment

Moody’s Investors Service, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service and Fitch Ratings affirmed the State’s bond ratings of Aa2, AA and AA, respectively.  Standard and Poor’s Ratings Service cited one of the State’s credit strengths as, “the governor’s willingness to implement aggressive solutions to balance the fiscal 2010-2011 biennial budget given lower general fund tax revenue forecasts.”

(Good thing these got sold before S&P finds out about the Legislature.)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Hawaii Recycle First Coalition debunks plastic bag ban
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 10447 Views :: Energy, Environment

We share the goal of the Rise Above Plastics coalition to make Hawaii a litter free place.  However, we believe efforts to promote recycling and educate people about litter prevention are much more effective means to reduce waste and protect our environment.  No litter, including plastic, belongs in the ocean.  Plastics belong in the recycling bin—not targeted for bans or taxes.  Protecting our shore lines and eliminating ocean litter has no geographic or political boundaries, so solutions must involve international partnerships and be global in scope.  We can do our part by enforcing litter laws, encouraging and promoting recycling programs and remembering to reuse our own shopping bags regardless of their material type.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Ginoza, Browning: Governor announces new judicial nominations
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 8586 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle today nominated Lisa M. Ginoza to serve as an associate judge on the Intermediate Court of Appeals and Robert Mark Browning as a Circuit Court judge of the First Circuit (O‘ahu).  Their appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

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Monday, February 8, 2010
VIDEO: Charles Djou on Fox ‘Red Eye’
By Selected News Articles @ 9:24 PM :: 7843 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Gutfeld told Djou at one point: "Dude, I think you're going to win."

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Monday, February 8, 2010
Yes, Hawaii Does Need an Initiative Right (Citizens in Charge answers Burris)
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 4676 Views :: Energy, Environment

Because Hawaiians have no statewide initiative or referendum rights, the Aloha State earned a “D” on our recently released state-by-state report card on initiative and referendum rights. We like to think that the state’s poor performance will prompt action to give the people more of a voice in government by creating an open and accessible initiative process. Unfortunately, at least one talking head in the state doesn’t want the people to have a greater say in their state government.

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Monday, February 8, 2010
Senate bill would force Governor to spend money State does not have
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 6145 Views :: Energy, Environment

Budget Director Georgina Kawamura, who submitted testimony stated that limiting the authority of the Governor and Executive Branch could adversely impact the State’s bond rating. The Governor’s authority to reduce expenditures has been cited by all three bond rating agencies as one of the State’s credit strengths and a determining factor in maintaining Hawai‘i’s favorable bond ratings. 

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Monday, February 8, 2010
Military version of Superferry may come to Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 7291 Views :: Energy, Environment

HSV-1

Your beloved editor urges all Hawaii residents to send comments to the Army asking that they give due consideration to the possibility of stationing three JHSVs at Nawiliwili Harbor instead of Pearl—or better yet, put all 12 there.  Kahului could also be considered as a back up. 

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Monday, February 8, 2010
Child Molester’s friend, Rep. Cabanilla blocks flagpole bill
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 9354 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

State Representative, Rida Cabanilla, 42nd (Ewa, Waipahu), deferred a bill that would have allowed veterans and community members to commemorate loved ones by displaying  American or state flags on  their homes. 

House Bill 2311 was introduced by State Rep. Kymberly Pine, 43rd (Ewa Beach, Pu`uloa, Iroquois Point), in response to concerns from Iraq veteran and Retired MSgt, Harold Alejandro.  He faced barriers in the homeowner's association rules when he tried to install a flagpole for an American flag display on his home. 

“We are deeply saddened that this bill did not pass, it would have allowed this humble veteran a small gesture to keeping the memory and sacrifice alive of two fallen heroes whom I had the privilege to serve alongside," explained Alejandro.

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Monday, February 8, 2010
NRCC: Djou “building a winning campaign”
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 9679 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Charles Djou has proven leadership abilities during his service in the Hawaii State House, the Honolulu City Council, and as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. The three biggest industries in the First District are tourism, defense and construction and Djou has experience in all three – serves Waikiki (tourism center) in the City Council, serves in the U.S. Army Reserves and was General Counsel at a Hawaii construction company.  He looks forward to continuing to advocate fiscal responsibility and ethics reform when he gets to Washington, as he has never voted for a tax increase and led the fight against corruption in Hawaii.

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Monday, February 8, 2010
Washington Times Trolls Gutter for RNC Critics
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 PM :: 6543 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In the face of RNC leaders’ optimism about Republican chances in November, the Washington Times has reached out to some odd sources in its search for evidence of Republican dissension.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Save $21M per year: Gov Lingle calls for action on collective bargaining bills
By News Release @ 6:31 PM :: 4612 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Proposals that would save the State up to $21 million each year and correct flaws in the collective bargaining system are pending legislative action.  Governor Linda Lingle is urging the Legislature to promptly schedule hearings on these measures before the upcoming internal legislative deadline of February 12.

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Friday, February 5, 2010
DoE firing hundreds of Special Education skills trainers
By Andrew Walden @ 11:57 PM :: 17327 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Department of Education Honolulu District is moving to replace hundreds of privately contracted paraprofessional Special Education skills trainers with newly hired and minimally trained DoE Paraprofessional tutors (PPTs) between now and March 22.

A February 4 ad on Craigslist seeks “reliable individuals” to become “Paraprofessional Turtors” (sic) in the “Honlulu (sic) District”. 

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Friday, February 5, 2010
Gambling bills to be heard by House Committee Tuesday
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 6276 Views :: Energy, Environment

HB 2759 would allow gaming on Hawaiian homelands.  HB 146 proposes an amendment to the Hawaii Constitution to permit gambling in our island state.  The House Judiciary committee has scheduled a hearing on these bills for Tuesday, February 9, 2010 @ 2:30 p.m. in conference room 325.

We are asking you to contact members of the House Judiciary Committee and your own Representative to tell them that you don't want gambling in Hawaii. 

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Friday, February 5, 2010
Iraq War veteran launches HD 28 campaign in Chinatown
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 8857 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

David Chang is a graduate of West Point, the United States Military Academy. He was selected as an East-West Center Fellow and holds a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and a Masters in Theological Studies from Covenant Theological Seminary. He is a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and currently serves in the Hawai'i Army National Guard as an Intelligence Officer. 

David is currently the CEO/President of WealthBridge Inc., a wealth management firm specializing in financial planning and business consulting. He is also the founder of PowerH2O, a premium bottled water company, and The Cabinet and Stone Factory, a remodeling and construction firm. 

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Friday, February 5, 2010
Full Text: Moody’s outlook for Hawaii shifts to “negative”
By News Release @ 7:06 PM :: 7803 Views :: Energy, Environment

What would change the rating up?

  • Rebuilding and maintenance of strong reserve levels.
  • Broader economic diversification, sustained job growth, and reduced vulnerability to the tourism industry.
  • Maintenance of structural budget balance.
  • Annual funding of pension and OPEB annual required contributions.

What would change the rating down?

  • Economic weakening leading to employment erosion.
  • Further deterioration of revenue trends leading to budget imbalance, liquidity pressure, and narrowing of financial position.
  • Increased use of non-recurring solutions to balance budget.
  • Failure to adopt a plan to cover expenditures once federal stimulus monies are no longer available
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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Senate Committee considering Fiscal Stabilization Fund
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 4547 Views :: Energy, Environment

“The purpose of these two proposals is not to change the concept or use of the State’s Rainy Day Fund, but to ensure a steady source of revenue is available to build the fund balance for future emergencies,” said Linda Smith, senior policy advisor, in written testimony.  “We believe a constitutional amendment is the only way to safeguard against expending year-end general fund balances that in good years need to be saved rather than spent on new programs and services.”

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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Hint to Hawaii: Plastic Bag Ban overturned by Calif. court -- no EIS
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 21934 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii Legislature's own papermill.  Built by feeeel-goood fake environmentalism.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Unemployment Insurance Tax: HB2169 to be heard Friday
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 4737 Views :: Energy, Environment

Although the current draft provides some tax assistance, the Chamber believes it does not go far enough to help reduce the "tax shock" and safeguard the statewide unemployment rate.  Therefore, we are asking the committee to amend the bill.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Making Djou the next Scott Brown
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 AM :: 6777 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Meanwhile, one of Djou's consultants is actively encouraging the comparisons. In a memo released this week, web strategist Patrick Ruffini touted Djou's potential as the candidate next able to take down a Dem-held seat.

"As in Massachusetts, Charles Djou is strongly positioned to benefit from 'perfect storm' conditions that include a great candidate, message, and organization, the district's recent history of Republican voting, and Hawaii's unique special election rules," Ruffini wrote. Djou's win, Ruffini wrote, would "once again shock the political world."

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Taxed Enough Already? TEA Party rallies February 27
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 8686 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

FreedomWorks is supporting grassroots Americans in an effort to re-ignite the protests against big government in 2010. The first national day of protests will be this Feb. 27th in cities across the country. If you have not heard about a protest in your community, please connect with others and organize one.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Reinventing Government: Task force backs future Governors’ appointment of DoE Superintendents
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 10:09 PM :: 4642 Views :: Energy, Environment

The proposals that I believe have particular merit include:

1.        Hold the governor accountable for public education, restructure the DOE, and increase instructional time. 

2.        Substantially improve information technology use in the State.

3.        Simplify procurement procedures so that approved projects can move forward efficiently.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Small Business Caucus pushes job creation bills
By News Release @ 2:46 PM :: 6668 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The 2010 package is designed to improve the economy and reduce the state's over 7 percent unemployment by helping local small businesses operate and survive in Hawaii.  Included are solutions that help companies obtain permits and retain their workforce.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The DC: Republican Charles Djou makes a push in Obama’s Hawaii home district
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 8378 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Imagine the narrative coming on the heels of Scott Brown; a Republican wins in Obama’s home congressional district,” said Dave Wasserman, House editor at the Cook Political Report. Wasserman said the open format of the special election without a primary or run-off gives Djou a shot at pulling off an upset in what until recently had been considered a  safe Democratic seat.

“The mood of the country is clearly trending away from the establishment to candidates running against the majority. I also think the dynamics of this special election work well for me,” Djou said.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Lingle: FTA “understands…why I will move forward on an independent review” of Rail plan
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:20 PM :: 6292 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

We are pleased that FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff confirmed the federal government is continuing to work with the city to strengthen the financial plan and that they will evaluate a new financial plan when the city submits its application for the final design.

We are also pleased that Administrator Rogoff recognizes my role in the approval process and understands why I will move forward on an independent review to ensure the financial viability of the project.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Engaged DC: Ed Case is Democrats’ Scozzafava
By Selected News Articles @ 1:13 PM :: 7838 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The HI-1 special can be likened to NY-23 in reverse, with Ed Case occupying the unenviable "Scozzafava" position and Hanabusa representing the base of the party. Like Scozzafava, Case has depended on crossover Republican votes to win elections in the past, support that is likely to evaporate once voters know there is a real, electable Republican candidate in the race.

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Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

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Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

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Statehood for Guam

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Time Out Honolulu

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West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

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