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Friday, February 12, 2010
The President Must Stop Voting "Present" on Iran
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:35 PM :: 4403 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday in Tehran's Azadi Square, hundreds of thousands of Iranians turned out to listen to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech marking the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Ahmadinejad did not disappoint the adoring crowd, defiantly announcing that Iran had become a "nuclear state," adding: "The Iranian nation is brave enough that if one day we wanted to create an atomic bomb, we would announce it publicly and would create it."

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Thursday, February 11, 2010
Abercrombie resignation kills Obamacare majority in House
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 PM :: 8069 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
Global Warming - Is There Anything It Can't Do?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:45 PM :: 5178 Views :: National News, Ethics

Considering that NBC/GE  has already received billions in TARP bailout cash from the Obama administration and is actively lobbying for a global warming energy tax bill so that it can receive billions more in government green-energy subsidies on top of the millions it already receives, we are sure to hear lots from NBC announcers about how the lack of snow in Vancouver is just another reason Washington needs to act now to stop global warming.

But back in Washington, the global warming scare-monger crowd is singing a slightly different tune. Facing record snowfalls, Time is reporting: "Snowstorm: East Coast Blizzard Tied to Climate Change." But do not confuse this headline with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s column from two years ago claiming that global warming was causing "anemic winters" in the Washington region.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Obama Administration: Media “serve goals of al-Qaeda”
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:33 PM :: 4157 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday, USA Today ran an editorial on the Obama administration's handling of terrorism, writing: "Officials’ handling of Christmas Day attack looks like amateur hour." Graciously given the space to respond to this charge, Obama administration Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan replied: "Politically motivated criticism and unfounded fear-mongering only serve the goals of al-Qaeda."

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Global Cooling to the rescue: Snow Slows Obama's Second Stimulus
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:01 PM :: 4166 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Las Vegas Sun reported this weekend that big labor leaders are pushing to include their long-sought "card check" provisions into Obama's Second Stimulus. This legislation would effectively end a worker's right to fight unionization through secret ballot elections, would give the federal government the power to run small businesses and would cost the American economy thousands of jobs.

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Monday, February 8, 2010
NRCC: Djou “building a winning campaign”
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 9493 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
A Six-Hour Infomercial Can't Save Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:17 PM :: 4271 Views :: National News, Ethics

Right before the Super Bowl, President Barack Obama spoke about health care reform with CBS News' Katie Couric: "I want to come back and have a large meeting, Republicans and Democrats, to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward."

According to aides, the President envisions a half-day meeting on February 25th held in Blair House (a building across the street from the White House) presumably televised by C-SPAN. President Obama's conciliatory rhetoric aside, everyone knows this publicity stunt has nothing to do with actually considering conservative health care reform ideas and everything to do with the appearance of transparency and bipartisanship.

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Monday, February 8, 2010
Washington Times Trolls Gutter for RNC Critics
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 PM :: 6455 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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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Hint to Hawaii: Plastic Bag Ban overturned by Calif. court -- no EIS
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 21465 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
Heritage: When Did the American People Elect Eric Holder Commander in Chief?
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:13 AM :: 6568 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Holder replied: "Well, I mean, it's hard to interrogate him at this point now that he has a lawyer and now that he is here in the United States. But to the extent that we can get information from him, I think we should."

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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Making Djou the next Scott Brown
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 AM :: 6634 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 :: 8529 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
$30 billion for the President’s Permanent Political Slush Fund
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:27 PM :: 4611 Views :: National News, Ethics

And just where does the President plan to get this new $30 billion? The President explained yesterday: "This proposal takes the money that was repaid by Wall Street banks to provide capital for community banks on Main Street." In other words, TARP - the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program first signed into law by President George Bush, and then used by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to force many financial firms into taking taxpayer money they never wanted in the first place.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Krauthammer: The Age of Obama: Anno Domini 2
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:57 PM :: 6988 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

After a year of fairly steady criticism from the right, the Obama foreign policy received a second look--and a wave of rather favorable consideration--after his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech in Oslo, in which he acknowledged the existence of evil, the importance of America in sustaining peace, and the occasional necessity to wage war. This led to some enthusiastic talk about a new Obama Doctrine variously described as a kind of Christian realism, Niebuhrian tragic-mindedness, or a fusion of realism and idealism.

I hate to rain on this parade, but I find it hard to join the general swooning over this newfound foreign policy sophistication. It's good that we have a President who says publicly that Gandhi would not have done very well against Hitler, but is this really a great philosophical advance? For a President of the United States? It's the kind of issue that you dispose of in your first bull session in the freshman dorm.

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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 :: 8238 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 :: 6171 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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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Abercrombie, Hirono sign new letter backing socialist single-payer health system
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 8769 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

It is very likely that the public option could have passed the Senate, if brought up under majority-vote “budget reconciliation” rules. While there were valid reasons stated for not using reconciliation before, especially given that some important provisions of health care reform wouldn’t qualify under the reconciliation rules, those reasons no longer exist. The public option would clearly qualify as budget-related under reconciliation, and with the majority support it has garnered in the Senate, it should be included in any healthcare reform legislation that moves under reconciliation.

As Democrats forge “the path forward” on health care, we believe that passing the public option through reconciliation should be part of that path. We urge you to favorably consider our request to include a public option in the reconciliation process.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Obama’s Backdoor taxes to hit middle class (article pulled but you can still read it here)
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 4885 Views :: National News, Ethics

NOTE:  Reuters now declares this story to be "wrong."   HFP is keeping this story up so readers may understand the controversy over the story.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A Budget for a European Welfare State
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:10 AM :: 4392 Views :: National News, Ethics

“The spending bills that you've signed into law, the domestic discretionary spending has been increased by 84 percent. You now want to freeze spending at this elevated level beginning next year. ... So my question is, why not start freezing spending now?"

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The Obama Budget: Higher Taxes, Higher Spending and More Debt
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:43 AM :: 4707 Views :: National News, Ethics

Washington, DC February 1: President Barack Obama will submit a $3.8 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2011 to Congress today. One might hope that given last year's $1.4 trillion budget deficit was an all-time high and the President promised a spending "freeze" in last week's State of the Union, this budget might signal a change in direction from the White House. No such luck. President Obama's new budget is full of billions of dollars in new spending for failed government programs, higher taxes on American families and businesses, and deficit spending for as far as the eye can see.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
It Is Time To Prioritize Security Over Terrorist Rights
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:40 AM :: 4200 Views :: National News, Ethics

Thursday, the White House ordered the Department of Justice to begin considering places other than New York City to host the civilian criminal trial of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorists. The New York Times describes a decision to move the trials out of New York as "a retreat by the administration" and reported that the Obama administration "was scrambling" to find a new way forward.

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Monday, February 1, 2010
Kubo nomination: Hanabusa, Souza tied to Pali Golf course shooters’ mob
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 PM :: 48223 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Judiciary, Politicians

Democrat legislators making up excuses to block Lingle’s judicial nominees are usually just doing the bidding of the criminal defense bar—which seeks to block judicial nominees who are not sufficiently soft on crime.   But it appears that opposition to the nomination of former Federal Prosecutor Ed Kubo to Oahu's First Circuit Court is coming from former State Sherriff John Souza.  Souza, the husband of State Senate President Coleen Hanabusa, was nailed in 2004 for a land sale which involved giving a $25,000 loan to an accused meth dealer who is a cousin to two convicted Pali Golf course shooters.

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Friday, January 29, 2010
“Hold” placed on Akaka Bill in Senate could effectively prevent passage
By News Release @ 1:28 PM :: 9726 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina agrees with many of us here in Hawaii: A bill that will have serious consequences for all of us in Hawaii, and which has been radically changed recently, should not be acted upon by the U.S. Senate until Senators can hear the results of public hearings on the current version of the bill here in Hawaii.

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Friday, January 29, 2010
RNC Meeting: Steele Comes to Honolulu with Proof of Principle
By Andrew Walden @ 1:33 AM :: 10825 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The AP headline is “Republican gathering in Waikiki comes at a time of internal strife” — but the Republican National Committee is meeting in Honolulu January 27-30 in a world suddenly reshaped by Scott Brown’s paradigm-shattering victory in Massachusetts. AP’s headline writer can only dream.

For RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Brown’s victory couldn’t have come at a better time. Steele’s mission is to expand the reach of the Republican Party into districts and states generally considered Democrat strongholds. This is the opposite of the strategy of energizing the base which gave George W. Bush an exquisitely narrow victory in 2000 and a 2.4% margin of victory in 2004 — an election year which Ann Coulter and others have argued should have seen a Bush landslide.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hanauma Dec 29: Did Mufi threaten retaliation against Obama?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:40 PM :: 16327 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A disturbing story is emerging which suggests that Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann threatened to remove city workers from Hanauma Nature Preserve when the Secret Service told him he could not join the Obama family snorkeling there during the Obamas’ vacation December 29. 

It is one thing for Mufi to stalk Obama at public events—that’s just politics as usual.  But it is another to threaten retaliation against the President and threaten non-cooperation with the President’s security detail. 

What has been publicly revealed to date?

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
A Speech Only Washington Could Love
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:37 PM :: 5070 Views :: National News, Ethics

The more things change, the more things stay the same. A little over a year ago, President Barack Obama came to office expecting to pass a "big bang" of policy changes all in the first year: health care, cap-and-trade, and banking regulation. With the big-bang strategy officially a failure, President Obama's State of the Union address last night desperately tried to keep all of these legislative efforts alive while also acknowledging that the country has firmly rejected his policy agenda.  The result was an incoherent mess....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Full Text: Republican response to State of the Union
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 5245 Views :: National News, Ethics

Wordle of Republican response to State of the Union

A ‘wordie’ showing the terms showing up most frequently in the Republican response.  Government, Americans, and opportunity are front and center.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Full Text: President Obama’s State of the Union Address
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 4890 Views :: National News, Ethics

Wordle of Barack Obama's State of the Union address

A ‘wordie’ showing the terms showing up most frequently in Obama’s speech.  Number 1? -- “Will” -- He still thinks he is Nietche’s ubermensch.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Spending Freeze: Obama “beginning to acknowledge reality”
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:31 AM :: 4600 Views :: National News, Ethics

Tonight in his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is expected to propose a "freeze" on government spending. Obama's spending "freeze" will only last three years, will not start until 2011, will only apply to a $447 billion slice of the federal government's $3.5 trillion budget, and will not apply to any of the unspent $862 billion stimulus plan, his health care plan or the House of Representatives' additional $156 billion stimulus plan. Despite all the loopholes, time limits and procrastination, the President should still be commended for beginning to acknowledge reality. And as a new report issued yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows, the reality is this: the U.S. government has an insatiable spending problem.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Heritage: The State of our Union
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:43 AM :: 5063 Views :: National News, Ethics

You must recognize, Mr. President, that the State of the Union is not good. You need a new approach and fresh domestic and foreign policies. The caps on spending which reports last night said you were considering are but an exceedingly modest first step, and the devil is in the details. The caps will do virtually nothing to improve the nation’s fiscal health unless you tackle Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Shifting tactics and stoking populism will be both cynical and condescending to the voters, who will see through this strategy. Mr. President, it’s the policies you need to change, not the spin.

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Friday, January 22, 2010
5-4: Supreme Court rejects FEC bans of books, movies critical of candidates
By Selected News Articles @ 8:05 PM :: 8164 Views :: National News, Ethics

Mercy! Books Burning. by Catherine Jamieson.

A decision characterized by Democrats as opening the door to “corporate” funding of election campaigns stems from a 2007 Decision by the Federal Election Commission to ban advertising and promotion of “Hillary the Movie” because it referenced a candidate for federal office.   

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Friday, January 22, 2010
Star-Bulletin/KITV gubernatorial, congressional polls larded with 210% more Democrats
By Andrew Walden @ 2:53 PM :: 11802 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The poll included 486 “likely Democratic primary voters”—61% of the 800 registered voters sampled.  This is 210% of the 29% of registered voters who participated in the 2008 Hawaii Democrat primary ....

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Friday, January 22, 2010
Conservatives Deserve a Voice Toward Real Health Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:36 PM :: 4771 Views :: National News, Ethics

Tuesday's election in Massachusetts sent shockwaves across Capitol Hill as voters rejected the idea that the only true course for health reform was to raise taxes, raise spending, raise premiums and put the federal government in charge of yet another unpaid-for entitlement crisis.  Campaigning as the 41st vote against Obamacare and the fiscally-irresponsible policies of the Obama administration, Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) seized on the frustration Americans feel toward the direction Washington is heading.  But saying 'no' to Obamacare is only a first step.  It's also critical that conservatives continue to offer alternative solutions to the health care and entitlement problems that our nation faces.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Obama forms “fig leaf” commission to propose tax increases
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:47 PM :: 4621 Views :: National News, Ethics

From the President who brought you unaccountable, constitutionally-questionable czars comes the latest innovation in pass-the-buck leadership: a White House executive commission designed to solve the behemoth of a spending problem plaguing the federal government.  Members of Congress have described the commission as a “nothing burger,” a “fig leaf” and “something that is put in place to kind of cover [President Obama’s] rear end." Colorful critiques aside, it’s an executive commission tasked with making policy recommendations aimed at reducing the country’s projected $1.4 trillion deficit.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Americans Call for Change As U.S. Becomes Less Economically Free
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:57 PM :: 4958 Views :: National News, Ethics

Scott Brown’s shocking victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday was a shot across the bow of the liberal ruling class in Washington and declared one clear message: Americans do not like the direction the country is heading, and they’re not going to stand for it, even in the solidly-blue Bay State.

The United States’ direction today is a dangerous one, even when compared to the country’s state of affairs just one year ago, as revealed in the 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, which we are releasing this morning in a joint project with The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The Index analyzes just how economically “free” a country is, and this year America saw a steep and significant decline, enough to make it drop altogether from the “free” category, the first time this has happened in the 16 years we’ve been publishing these indexes. The United States dropped to “mostly free.”

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010
POLITICO: Charles Djou – the next Scott Brown?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:43 PM :: 10192 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Here’s the next potential Scott Brown, or at least a candidate who will spark a debate over whether the national GOP should look at him that way—Charles Djou in Hawaii.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
GOP: “Hawaii voters will be next”
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 6993 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“Sen.-elect Scott Brown’s come-from-behind victory, in a solid Democrat state like Massachusetts, clearly shows the American people want different leadership in Congress.  Like Sen.-elect Brown, I am troubled by Congress’ multi-trillion dollar budget deficit that recklessly mortgages our children’s future, a multi-billion dollar stimulus package that has done little to alter unemployment and a health care plan that is too expensive and won’t work,” stated Djou. 

"From those I've spoken to at the 4,000 doors that I've knocked on in the last two weeks, and from the 1,100 donors to my campaign, it is clear that Hawaii’s voters feel just as frustrated.  Hawaii needs a voice from outside the system to fundamentally change the status quo.”

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
GOP's Brown WINS in Mass. -- Coakley Concedes -- Webb calls for delay on Obamacare vote
By Selected News Articles @ 7:38 PM :: 4804 Views :: National News, Ethics

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY... (99% of precincts counted)
52% SCOTT BROWN (R) 1,153,808
47% MARTHA COAKLEY (D)D: 1,052,391

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Health Care in the Balance as Ground Shifts Under Obama
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:07 PM :: 4449 Views :: National News, Ethics

One year ago, President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address at the foot of the Capitol, laid out an agenda of “big plans” for his administration, and chided “cynics” who “fail to understand that the ground has shifted beneath them.” One year later, as voters head to the ballot box in Massachusetts, it seems that the ground very well may have shifted under President Obama.

And that ground shift might spell trouble for the President’s health care magnum opus.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
VIDEOS: Scott Brown shows Republicans how to win in “liberal” states
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 6329 Views :: National News, Ethics

Hawaii Republicans need to follow this example.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Pact with Gaia: Danny Glover--Haiti Quake caused by Copenhagen failure (VIDEO)
By Selected News Articles @ 8:06 PM :: 7220 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

VIDEO: “When we see what we did at the climate summit in Copenhagen, this is the response, this is what happens, you know what I’m sayin’?”

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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Over $400K raised: Djou announces fundraising totals
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 11107 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Djou's Dec 31 fundraising figures released this afternoon (below) are more than double Ed Case's Dec. 15 figures.  Djou's Dec. 31 cash on hand is 263% of Case's Dec. 15 cash on hand.   Hanabusa is a very distant third.

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Friday, January 15, 2010
Obama's Bank Tax Misses the Real Bailout Deadbeats in Detroit and DC
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:38 PM :: 4868 Views :: National News, Ethics

The real deadbeats that are not giving us "our money back" are not the banks, but the union-backed car companies and failed government mortgage modification programs. But guess what? The White House has chosen not to include the car companies among the institutions that will pay this so called "Financial Crisis Responsibility Fee." Also exempted are Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored entities that helped create the crisis.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Cook Political Report: Djou is "strong candidate" who has "gotten big break"
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 10541 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Even armed with a strong candidate, Republicans needed a big break to give them any hope of capturing President Obama's native district, which is 11 points more Democratic than the national average. They appear to have gotten one in the form of Abercrombie's early resignation to focus on a gubernatorial bid, which has set up an all-party special election that will likely take place in May. Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, will have the resources to seek a plurality as state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa and former Rep. Ed Case split the Democratic vote.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Obamacare: Meeting Behind Closed Doors, Union Bosses Win, Taxpayers Lose
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:06 PM :: 5679 Views :: National News, Ethics

And just what deals were Big Labor, the leftist majorities in Congress and the Obama administration making behind closed doors? How to pay for President Obama's likely $1 trillion health care plan without raising taxes on one of the President's most loyal constituencies: labor unions. Specifically, Big Labor reportedly has struck a deal with health care negotiators to exempt union members from the 40% excise tax on high-priced health insurance premiums. By some estimates, the tax would hit one in four union members. Now Big Labor will get all of the big government health care spending they always wanted, but they will not have to pay for it.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
UPDATE VIDEO: Case vs Hanabusa vs Djou -- first AND SECOND Congressional Debates
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 PM :: 13088 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

VIDEO:  Watch the complete 30 minute January 12 debate from Honolulu Public Access TV here.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010
DoE's Charter Cap: Another reason Hawaii likely won't get RTTT funds
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 9271 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

This report is actually good news.  Because of the DoE/HSTA efforts to crush Charter Schools, the DoE has already done enough to make sure that the RTTT funds--and the accountability requirements that come with them--won't be coming to Hawaii.  So they no longer need to force furloughs onto instructional days in order to keep RTTT out.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
$787 Billion in Stimulus, Zero Jobs "Created or Saved"
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:49 PM :: 4720 Views :: National News, Ethics

Even where infrastructure spending has been spent, the hard evidence shows that there has not been any positive effect on unemployment. According to an Associated Press analysis reviewed by independent economists at five universities, the $20 billion spent nationwide on infrastructure so far "has had no effect on local unemployment rates."

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Gay marriage on trial: Stacking the Deck Against Proposition 8
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:08 PM :: 6237 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The much-anticipated trial to determine the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 is scheduled to begin this morning in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger. What's at stake in this case, filed in federal district court in San Francisco on behalf of two gay couples, is not just the right of California voters to reaffirm the definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman, but also whether marriage may be otherwise defined in any state.

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Monday, January 11, 2010
Hey Obama, Who's Freddy?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:40 PM :: 13866 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Is it possible?  Did we miss one? With all the Marxists dug out from the very public -- yet very opaque -- story of President Barack Obama's life, could there be room for one more, hiding in plain sight on page 24 of Dreams from My Father?  

A Japanese-American man who called himself Freddy and ran a small market near our house would save us the choicest cuts of aku for sashimi and give me rice candy with edible wrappers.

Who's Freddy? 

I nominate the late Wilfred Mitsuji Oka, former proprietor of the Corner Liquor Store in Honolulu's Chinatown.

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Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT