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Monday, November 15, 2010
Aloha to Current Nonprofit Property Tax Exemptions?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 PM :: 7123 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

If a group of Honolulu city council members has its way, nonprofits that are exempt from paying more than $300 a year in property taxes will see their bills go up. Sparking the push to raise more revenue from nonprofits—as in other municipalities around the country—is an expected $100 million-plus gap in the city's budget.

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Monday, November 15, 2010
NYT: Obama’s economic view rejected on world stage
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:11 PM :: 8241 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

President Barack Obama returned from Asia yesterday, and the headlines greeting him home are not kind. “Obama’s economic view is rejected on world stage,” reads The New York Times; “Obama, weakened after midterms, reveals limited leverage in failed S. Korea deal,” says The Washington Post; and ABC News declares, “President Obama Falls Short on G-20 Goals: Failure to Deliver on Key Trade Goals Reveals Limits of American Influence.” These headlines are only half-right: Yes, President Obama did fail to deliver on his agenda in Asia, but the culprit is not declining American influence. The problem is a losing agenda set by the President himself.

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Monday, November 15, 2010
Marumoto challenges latest Gensiro Kawamoto scheme
By News Release @ 11:14 AM :: 6140 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Honolulu - News articles report that Japanese billionaire Gensiro Kawamoto wants to establish an art museum on his Kahala Avenue properties.   Representative Barbara Marumoto (R-19th Dist. Kaimuki/Waialae/Kahala) is calling for a discussion of this issue at a Neighborhood Board No. 3 meeting.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010
VIDEO: Bishop Estate refuses to negotiate lease with Kamilonui Valley farmers
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 7914 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Representative Gene Ward (R-Hawaii Kai – Kalama Valley) said today on behalf of the Hawaii Kai community keenly interested in keeping the Kamilonui Valley farmers on their agriculture lots leased from Bishop Estate – Kamehameha Schools, that the Estate has not negotiated in good faith, and is calling upon the community to support the farmers.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010
AP Exit Poll: Hawaii is only state where independent voters don't think government is doing too much
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 7556 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

--A chunk of independent voters said they want the government to do less after two years of Democratic domination in the nation's capital. That's almost a direct reversal of how this voting group behaved in 2008. Majorities of independents in each state surveyed except Democratic-leaning Hawaii said the government is doing too many things better left to the private sector and individuals.

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Friday, November 12, 2010
CBS News: Hawaii AG Bennett’s suit could be deathknell to drug price manipulation
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 PM :: 8426 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The state of Hawaii’s lawsuit against pharmacy benefit manager McKesson (MCK) and drug database manager First DataBank could signal the end of drug price manipulation, at least as we currently know it....

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Friday, November 12, 2010
The Obamacare Burden To Your State Budget
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:19 PM :: 7068 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Facing a $25 billion deficit for their next two-year budget cycle, Texas lawmakers are considering closing the gap by dropping out of Medicaid. “This system is bankrupting our state,” State Representative Warren Chisum told The New York Times. “We need to get out of it. And with the budget shortfall we’re anticipating, we may have to act this year,” he said.

And Texas is not alone....

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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Providing for Those Who Serve
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:27 PM :: 3919 Views :: National News, Ethics

On this national holiday we also take a closer look at how Congress plans to provide for those who serve. Yesterday, President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform released a report calling for $100 billion cuts to the defense budget. The Commission's defense cuts would make America less safe and are thus completely irresponsible.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
US Supreme Court refuses to hear Hawaii beach accretion case
By Robert Thomas @ 10:24 PM :: 9806 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The denial of cert by the U.S. Supreme Court means that until the Hawaii Supreme Court confirms or rules otherwise in a future case, the ICA's rule that "unvested" rights or "contingent future interests" are not property and are subject to uncompensated acquisition by the legislature, is the law.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hokulia Bypass: Hawaii Supreme Court upholds land acquisition for road
By Robert Thomas @ 10:08 PM :: 9476 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

In the instant appeal, we hold that the County’s asserted public purpose for Condemnation was not a pretext for a primarily private benefit....

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tourism Marketing: In London and ashamed to be from Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:16 PM :: 9023 Views :: Energy, Environment, World News

I am currently in London attending World Travel Market (WTM) for eTurboNews.  Don't expect business from wasting our tax payers promotional money that paid for the Hawaii Tourism Authority stand.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Gary Okino forced to resign from Democratic Party
By Andrew Walden @ 8:49 PM :: 10033 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Volcanic Ash columnist David Shapiro describes Hawaii Democrats as “a party where the sun rises and sets by civil unions these days.”  If there is any doubt, take a look at what happened to gay marriage opponent, former Honolulu Councilman Gary Okino....

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hawaii Veterans Day Events
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 12595 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL, Maui County, Energy

Governor’s Veterans Day Ceremony, Nov. 11, 1 p.m., Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery, 45-349 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe. Gov. Linda Lingle will give remarks.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Special Election: Former Rep. Bob McDermott to seek Todd Apo’s Honolulu Council seat
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 7845 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Maui TEA Party to gather Veterans Day
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 8182 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

We will be flag and sign waving at 1 PM till 2 PM, to show our appreciation for our Veterans on the corner of Kaahumanu Ave and Kanaloa Ave.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Maui Victims of Sovereignty Mortgage Scammers may lose home
By Andrew Walden @ 10:27 AM :: 18807 Views :: DHHL, Maui County, Ethics

"There is an awareness all over Hawaii Nei that Mahealani Ventura-Oliver of Ko Hawaii Pae Aina-Hawaii Loa Foundation has made the Hawaiian people victims of her fraud and selfishness…." -- Br. Christopher Fishkin, Franciscan Hermitage, Wailuku, Maui

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Monday, November 8, 2010
Stacey Djou: On the bright side
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 9280 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Over the past week, Charles has received hundreds of emails from people all over the state and the nation expressing their sorrow and disappointment over Tuesday’s election results.  While we share your pain, we prefer to instead focus on all that we were able to accomplish together in the last year.

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Monday, November 8, 2010
Church-based voter drive brings 15,000 to polls, powers GOP House gains
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 AM :: 11056 Views :: Energy, Environment

Contrary to most of what is being reported in the media, efforts to register voters at Hawaii churches powered a substantial increase in voter turnout by church-goers.  The drive produced swings in favor of Republican House candidates of 5% or more in 16 out of 51 house districts.  The GOP gained a total of 15,322 new Republican votes in these 16 districts....

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Saturday, November 6, 2010
House Republicans elect Rep Gene Ward Minority Leader
By News Release @ 12:06 PM :: 10519 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Minority Leader Representative Gene Ward said, "Our new Caucus is excited and united and ready to do the people's business, particularly regarding fiscal responsibility and job creation in the 2011 Session.  We are very pleased to have grown 33 1/3 percent representing the first net-gain in the size of caucus in 10 years." 

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Saturday, November 6, 2010
Senate Democrats announce Committee Chairs
By Andrew Walden @ 12:22 AM :: 6297 Views :: Energy, Environment

It appears that the Kim/Baker Senate Democratic faction has gained ascendancy.

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Friday, November 5, 2010
Election Results: Dems hold Samoa, GOP holds Guam
By Selected News Articles @ 6:59 PM :: 7193 Views :: National News, Ethics

Guam Republicans Sen. Eddie Calvo and Sen. Ray Tenorio defeated Democrats former Gov. Carl Gutierrez and Sen. Frank Aguon Jr. by 583 votes in the General Election on Tuesday, but the results will not be certified unless today's recount confirms the victor.

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Friday, November 5, 2010
Rail funding in jeopardy as key House sponsor ousted by Americans
By Andrew Walden @ 4:30 AM :: 8463 Views :: Energy, Environment

The new Transportation Chair will probably be Rep. John Mica (R-FL).   KGMB asks: “He says he's in favor of cost effective rail transportation but Republicans campaigned on cutting costs and smaller government, so where does Honolulu's $5.5 billion rail fit into that?”  It doesn’t. 

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Thursday, November 4, 2010
NRO: Finally, They Tossed Out That Classy, Polite, Dignified Incumbent!
By Selected News Articles @ 4:31 PM :: 9117 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

I collapsed into bed at roughly 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, and awoke, groggily, some hours later to find that Rep. Charles Djou, Republican of Hawaii elected in a special three-way election earlier this year, had been defeated....

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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Full District by District Results: Djou wins 5 Districts, Aiona wins one
By Andrew Walden @ 12:33 PM :: 6780 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Republican candidate won outright in only one House District HD40 Kapolei.  Aiona effectively tied Abercrombie, losing by only a handful of votes each in HD 46 Schofield-N Shore and HD43 Ewa Beach. 

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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Hawaii Right to Life PAC: “All pro-life candidates are winners”
By News Release @ 11:48 AM :: 5899 Views :: Energy, Environment

Grace also noted that Hawaii is currently listed 48th among the 50 states in the “Defending Life 2010” rankings compiled by the pro-life public policy organization Americans United for Life.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Inouye: “Odds of passing the Akaka Bill are bad”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:32 PM :: 9586 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Republicans in Hawaii may have taken a drubbing Election Day, but the sudden reassertion of Republican control of Congress means that Hawaiians and Hawaii may be saved from the Akaka Bill.  

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Nominations sought for State Water Commission
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 5362 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU - The State is seeking nominations to the Commission on Water Resource Management.  A Nominating Committee will screen the applicants and send to the Governor the names of at least three individuals for one open position. 

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Aiona, Djou thank their supporters
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 8970 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Aiona: "I congratulate our opponent on his victory, and will join all of you in supporting our next Governor by working to hold our government accountable to our citizens."

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Slom: Election shows Democrat/union machine is alive and well
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:55 PM :: 7085 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

There were more local Republican challengers than in a decade, and they were well informed, well qualified and had charisma, yet one by one they went down ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Democrats: Hawaii is different, suckers
By Andrew Walden @ 3:44 PM :: 6172 Views :: Energy, Environment

Even in defeat, Republicans have laid an organizational foundation for future victories.  The Democrats are working to convince Republicans to dig that foundation up.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Conservatives Get to Work
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:32 PM :: 3838 Views :: National News, Ethics

Everyone now knows that Americans remain a strong and free people, unbowed by adversity and unwilling to exchange their birthright of liberty for a perpetual stew of bureaucratic rule and government dependency.

But let’s be clear, now we must all get to work.  The new Congress has a choice: answer the call of renewal or betray the hopes of the American people.  It is time for conservatives to be conservative, and not backslide.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Final Read: Hawaii General Election Results -- Abercrombie, Hanabusa win
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 PM :: 7453 Views :: Energy, Environment

Republicans win Maui Mayor's race, one Hawaii County Council seat, and add two State House seats -- while losing the Governor's seat, the First Congressional District Seat, and one State Senate seat.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
VIDEO: 400 Hawaii Republicans Election Day Phone Bank
By Video @ 5:47 PM :: 6033 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

To locate your assigned polling place, visit the online Polling Place Locator by clicking HERE.

I invite you to join us after the polls close for an Election Night Watch Party at the Dole Cannery Ballrooms. Click HERE for more information.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Full State by State results: Republicans win control of House
By Selected News Articles @ 5:01 PM :: 6112 Views :: National News, Ethics

Links to national election results updated continuously...

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Everything you need to know about Abercrombie and Hanabusa
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 AM :: 11366 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Click a link and find out what the rest of Hawaii media has not been telling you....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
John Willoughby live on Dennis Prager show
By News Release @ 10:41 AM :: 5338 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Dennis Prager (radio) Show Today Tues. Nov. 2nd between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Hawaii GOP: Election shaping up “just like 2002”
By Andrew Walden @ 8:02 AM :: 6965 Views :: Energy, Environment

John Peschong describes a tight Governor’s race with the Aiona-Finnegan campaign's ongoing internal polling consistently running about 45%-44%, “just like 2002”—the year Linda Lingle swept into the Governor’s office. 

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
VOTE TODAY til 6PM Find your polling place
By Andrew Walden @ 6:30 AM :: 12936 Views :: Energy, Environment

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2 

Nov 2 Polling Place Locator: http://www4.honolulu.gov/vote/

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Monday, November 1, 2010
Photos: Aiona, Finnegan tour Roberts Hawaii, other businesses
By News Release @ 6:54 PM :: 7779 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Duke Aiona and Lynn Finnegan today toured the Roberts Hawai`i office with President Robert Iwamoto where he met and talked story with Roberts Hawai`i employees. Duke and Lynn also visited Pioneer Plaza to meet and greet with supporters and walk through small businesses to connect with voters.  In addition, Duke and Lynn visited Island insurance Company, Bank of Hawai‘i, Matson, Alexander and Baldwin and a medical building in Kapahulu.

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Monday, November 1, 2010
The Morning after the Election
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 6:29 PM :: 6880 Views :: Energy, Environment

The election will be over, and we'll either elect balanced, honest and fiscally responsible leaders who have a detailed plan for more jobs, a stronger economy and better education, or we'll allow the big government, big spending, tax increasing political culture of Washington into Hawai‘i.

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Monday, November 1, 2010
Hawaii Family Forum makes final push to Get Out the Vote
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 6692 Views :: Energy, Environment

Get out to vote.  Contact your family and friends in your contact list and make sure they get out to vote and vote values.  This year’s election is too important to assume that they did.

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Monday, November 1, 2010
Hawaii Right to Life PAC Urges Vote for Aiona
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 7931 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Janet Grace, executive director of Hawaii Right to Life stated, “We do not believe a person can be qualified for public office if he has no respect for the most innocent and vulnerable people in Hawai'i. Gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie’s voting record is crystal clear: as a U.S. Congressman, he consistently voted against every piece of legislation that would have protected innocent human life."

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Monday, November 1, 2010
New Aiona-Finnegan radio ad trumpets Hilo, Maui endorsements
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 12856 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

HONOLULU - Duke Aiona and Lynn Finnegan today launched a new radio ad, "Twice," to highlight recent endorsements, such as the Hawai‘i Tribune-Herald, Maui News, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hawai‘i, Maui Chamber of Commerce and Hawai‘i Island Contractors' Association.

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Monday, November 1, 2010
Solutions for Sanity
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:25 PM :: 4098 Views :: National News, Ethics

Our country may just need a Rally to Restore Comedy after this past Saturday's spectacularly unfunny Rally to Restore Sanity on the National Mall. But "The Daily Show" host and rally organizer Jon Stewart may have stumbled upon some truth in his closing remarks....

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Monday, November 1, 2010
Gallup predicts Largest Republican margin in Several Generations
By John H. Fund @ 11:44 AM :: 7124 Views :: National News, Ethics

How tall will the Republican wave be tomorrow? Two leading political analysts for Gallup have gone through the House races and drawn up what they call the most pessimistic scenario for the GOP. Even so, Republicans end up taking 38 net House seats from Democrats, putting them one seat short of control. Their most optimistic scenario for Republicans is a GOP gain of 90 seats.

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