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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Lingle: Akaka Bill Will End These Lawsuits Forever
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 6896 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Court has denied certiorari in Corboy v. Louie....

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Geothermal: 600mw Available on Big Island
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 AM :: 5956 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The effects of an eruption would be more profound as the geothermal power development increased in size....

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
JSC Seeking Nominations for Two Oahu Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 6148 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Judge, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu)

Judge, Family Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu)

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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Notice of Petition for Retention the Honorable Gerald H. Kibe
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 6913 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Constitution of the State of Hawaiʻi empowers the Commission to determine whether Judge Kibe should be retained in office for an additional term of six years.

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Abercrombie Cancels Jr Kindergarten for Thousands of Children
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 5014 Views :: Energy, Environment

"...repeals junior kindergarten programs at the end of the 2013-2014 school year...."

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Hoku Out of Cash in Nine Weeks, So Broke It Can't Write Annual Report
By News Release @ 9:16 PM :: 7090 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

 Act 221 Tax Credits paid for this mess and Hawaii media covered for this scam company all they way through .... 

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Friday, June 29, 2012
'Irresponsible': Hanabusa Walks off House Floor, Skips Holder Contempt Vote
By Nacia Blom @ 7:08 PM :: 4777 Views :: Energy, Environment

"If Hanabusa wants skip out on doing her job, we encourage the voters of Hawaii to help Hanabusa by voting for a new representative who actually wants to work for Hawaii in Congress."

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Trashing Tricare: Obama Threatens Veto After House Refuses to Raise Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 3:37 PM :: 5701 Views :: National News, Ethics

Some fear the administration’s proposal is an effort to increase enrollment in the state-run insurance exchanges mandated under the president’s controversial health care law.

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Friday, June 29, 2012
New Rail Financial Plan Boosts Operating Cost to $6 Billion, Delays Opening
By Honolulu Traffic @ 3:09 PM :: 5561 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

the operating subsidy for transit has been increased by $600 million over the next 18 years to a total of $6 billion dollars....

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Police Disperse Angry Crowd at Kapolei Neighborhood Board
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 9941 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Many gathered again in the parking lot as more police arrived and flaring tempers were separated by additional HPD officers ....

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Hirono: Obamacare Gives $28.7M to Community Health Clinics
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 6063 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, Waimanalo Health Center, the Hilo Bay Clinic, West Hawaii Community Health Center, Hana Community Health Center, and Malama I Ke Ola Health Center on Maui....

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Friday, June 29, 2012
If Individual Mandate is a Tax, What is Eminent Domain?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:05 PM :: 3472 Views :: National News, Ethics

We're starting to appreciate the Chief's "functional" approach. What say we apply that same test to a legislature's statement regarding the "public use" for which it is condemning property?

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Catholic Bishops Unanimous ‘In Our Vigorous Opposition to This Unjust and Illegal Mandate’
By Selected News Articles @ 1:34 PM :: 3173 Views :: National News, Ethics

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision sets the stage for an historically unprecedented confrontation between Roman Catholics and the federal government over whether Catholics remain free to exercise their religion ....

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Heritage: Join the Fight to Repeal Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:09 PM :: 3369 Views :: National News, Ethics

This decision will energize freedom-loving Americans to once again take matters into their own hands....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
It's Not OK!
By David S Chang @ 10:17 PM :: 4808 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The last thing we need is another tax, especially at a time when the people of Hawaii and our nation desperately need jobs....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Djou: Supreme Court Ruling a Disappointment to Working Families and Small Businesses
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:54 PM :: 2979 Views :: Energy, Environment

... bureaucrat-focused, DC-centered approach based on bigger government is not what is right for Hawaii, or the nation ....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Eight Potential Vetoes Line Up With Votes of Senate's Lone Republican
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:25 PM :: 3754 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Senate Minority voted “NO” on 7 of these measures—often casting the lone vote in opposition— and on one bill “with reservations.”

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Obamacare Decision "Creates a Debilitated, Inoperable Version of Health-Care Regulation"
By Selected News Articles @ 9:02 PM :: 3639 Views :: National News, Ethics

... It creates a debilitated, inoperable version of health-care regulation ... a jumble of now senseless provisions ....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Health Insurance? No need: Abercrombie promises to dump Prepaid Health Care Act
By Andrew Walden @ 6:34 PM :: 17758 Views :: Health Care

Abercrombie’s campaign platform portrays abandonment of the Prepaid Act as a step to “Develop a System of Universal Healthcare.”  It is exactly the opposite.  In the fine print, Abercrombie focuses squarely on managing the State’s finances so “costs are controlled so that we can collectively afford the system and pay for it in a way that is fair and sustainable. We need to create efficiencies out of the current incoherence in our system, create incentives and opportunities for cost-effective preventive healthcare….”

It’s all about the money.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Case: Stop 'Gladiatorial Circus' and Implement Obamacare
By Ed Case @ 6:33 PM :: 4695 Views :: Energy, Environment

"'s time to put the political histrionics aside and work to implement the law...."

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Obamacare Will Add 84,130 to Hawaii's Bankrupt Medicaid System
By Selected News Articles @ 6:10 PM :: 5435 Views :: Energy, Environment

In Hawaii 84,130 will be added to Medicaid. Many will first lose their existing private health insurance.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Lingle: Obamacare Decision Puts Healthcare in Hands of Next Congress
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 5:55 PM :: 5729 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...questionable policy judgments in the PPACA such as the decision to create unelected Independent Review Boards, the punitive tax on medical device manufacturers, and the elimination of Medicare Advantage programs deserve meaningful bipartisan discussion....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Va. AG 'much relieved' after reading health care ruling
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 3520 Views :: National News, Ethics

"But having read more of the opinions, I'm much relieved about individual rights and the states' rights within the constitutional structure."

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Abercrombie Pretends Obamacare is not Attack on Prepaid Health Care Act
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 4395 Views :: Health Care

“Here in Hawai'i, we already have our Prepaid Health Care Act, which enables a vast majority of our residents to be insured...."  (Then why is he trying to dismantle it?)

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Fitch: Electronic Medical Records Key to HPH Future Profitability
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 4656 Views :: Energy, Environment

Fitch believes HPH's strategy augurs well for sustained financial performance in a pressured reimbursement environment....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Barking Sands: Navy Test of Missile Interceptor Successful
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 PM :: 6286 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, National News, Ethics

flames of ignition light up the black night and shake the grounds of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) as a medium-range missile accelerates out of its launch pad ....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
ADF: Suits to Continue Against Obamacare Abortion Mandate
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 3604 Views :: National News, Ethics

ADF is challenging the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate in several lawsuits because it unconstitutionally requires faith-based employers to provide or pay for insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs and devices ....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Fast and Furious: The Events Leading to Eric Holder’s Contempt Vote
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:22 PM :: 3464 Views :: National News, Ethics

history and timeline of the operation and subsequent scandal....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
FULL TEXT: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Mandate as Tax, Restricts Commerce Clause
By Selected News Articles @ 1:20 PM :: 4435 Views :: National News, Ethics

By a 5-4 vote, the court held the mandate valid under Congress' constitutional authority "to lay and collect Taxes".... Conservatives wanted to see the Supreme Court put a limit on the commerce power, and Thursday it did.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Obamacare After the Court
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:16 AM :: 3521 Views :: National News, Ethics

The policy landscape will change dramatically after 10 a.m. today. If the Supreme Court does not strike down Obamacare in its entirety, Congress should move to repeal it....

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Abercrombie Signs Big Cable Bill, Demands Openness to All Green Energy Scams
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 4152 Views :: Energy, Environment

We must view our islands as interdependent and remain open to all renewable projects....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Fast and Furious: Democrats Break Ranks to Join Contempt Vote Tomorrow
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 3437 Views :: National News, Ethics

"Either you or your most senior advisors were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it, or ... "

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
After Threatening Hospital Sustainability Fee With Veto, Abercrombie Signs LTC Bill
By News Release @ 1:38 PM :: 4970 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Nursing Facility Sustainability Program special fund is expected to generate $11.5 million. Twelve percent of the revenue shall be used by the DHS ....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Inouye, Akaka Vote Against Raises for Union Workers
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:08 PM :: 4734 Views :: National News, Ethics

The RAISE Act would lift the ceiling on unionized workers' wages by allowing employers to pay individual workers more—but not less—than the union contract specifies.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Does Coordinated Health Care Save Money?
By NCPA @ 1:00 PM :: 3242 Views :: National News, Ethics

The claim that coordinated care will save money without degrading quality is a common belief behind almost all mainstream health reform efforts....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Solyndra Not the Only Questionable Obama Loan to "Green" Energy
By NCPA @ 12:50 PM :: 2940 Views :: National News, Ethics

The very public failure of energy company Solyndra has focused a lot of attention on the Department of Energy's loan guarantee programs....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Charles Djou Advances to ‘Contender’
By News Release @ 12:37 PM :: 7890 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii Republican Candidate Takes Big Third Step to Achieving ‘Young Gun’ Status....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Case, Lingle Set First Debate; Hirono Silent
By Ed Case @ 11:57 PM :: 6377 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The Chamber's invitation is to the primary winners.  Congresswoman Mazie Hirono was also invited but has not accepted....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Enviros Launch Another Courtroom Attack on Hawaii Longliners
By News Release @ 11:08 PM :: 4241 Views :: Energy, Environment

NMFS prepared a draft take reduction plan and was required to finalize the plan and implementing regulations no later than December 16, 2011, but failed to do so, which is why we’re back in court....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Berg Resolution Seeks End to Funding of 'Rail Propaganda'
By Tom Berg @ 11:02 PM :: 5377 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Berg introduced Resolution 12-160 to put a stop to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation's frivolous expenditures that continue to promote rail....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
FULL TEXT: Final Motion for Summary Judgment in Rail Suit
By Honolulu Traffic @ 10:54 PM :: 5069 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

"We responded to every single one of the arguments in their 300-some pages of briefing."

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Rail will use more energy than buses or autos
By Honolulu Traffic @ 10:52 PM :: 4709 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...years ago rail was the low energy user and today it has morphed into being a relatively high energy user....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
SCOTUS Delays Consideration Of Challenge To Hawaiian Homes Property Tax Exemption
By Robert Thomas @ 10:35 PM :: 2867 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the Court's docket entry was updated to reflect consideration of the petition at the Thursday, June 28, 2012 conference....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Census Bureau: Hawaii Has Lowest Voter Participation in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 10:14 PM :: 4543 Views :: Energy, Environment

At the bottom of the scale were two states where fewer than half of all adults went to the polls four years ago: Hawaii (46.8 percent) and Texas (48.8 percent)....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Supreme Court Upholds Immigration Checks, but Administration Counters
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:35 PM :: 3588 Views :: National News, Ethics

"That means police statewide can immediately begin calling to check immigration status—but federal officials are likely to reject most of those calls," reports Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Illegal Vacation Rentals Behind Opposition to Haleiwa Inn?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:04 PM :: 5707 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

...pent up demand has been filled by black-market opportunism. About 450 multi-room country inns, including one with 41 beds the City cannot seem to shut down, have established themselves in residences outside the commercial districts....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Honolulu Loses 1,400 Construction Jobs as Rail Work Begins
By Andrew Walden @ 1:47 PM :: 4672 Views :: Labor, Rail

According to the Associated General Contractors of America, Hononlulu ranks 272nd in construction growth, losing 1,400 construction jobs over the past year.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Governor Sends Notice of Intent to Veto 19 Bills
By News Release @ 12:52 PM :: 4483 Views :: Energy, Environment

After reviewing more than 340 measures, Governor Neil Abercrombie today notified the State Legislature of his intent to veto 19 of those bills....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Lingle, Bipartisan Policy Center Discuss Budget, Healthcare
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 6361 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The unwillingness of Congress to make tough decisions could seriously harm our country's future and the American people. This was one of the key messages Governor Linda Lingle and her colleagues on the Governors' Council of the Bipartisan Policy Center heard during two days of extensive meetings in Washington....

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted June 25, 2012
By @ 4:36 PM :: 6155 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Motion to Proceed; Disapproval Resolution – EPA Regulations
  • Senate: Farm Bill – Final Passage
  • Senate: Cloture – Flood Insurance Reauthorization
  • House: Land and Water Projects
  • House: Domestic Energy Policy
  • House: Motion to Instruct Conferees – Highway Bill
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