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Monday, June 25, 2012
Stanford University Paper Looks at Ranked Choice Voting
By Selected News Articles @ 4:25 PM :: 11341 Views :: Office of Elections

...strange results with RCV such as "Raising a candidate's rank on one's ballot does not always increase that candidate's chance of winning and in fact may decrease a candidate's chance to win"

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Monday, June 25, 2012
VIDEO: Lingle Campaign Releases New TV Ad Focusing on Economy
By Video @ 12:53 PM :: 5657 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Hawaii is a state of small business owners, unlike other states where you have some very large employers. Here we really are reliant on our smaller businesses," said Governor Lingle.

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Monday, June 25, 2012
Protecting Religious Liberty from Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:56 AM :: 4952 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Supreme Court will hand down its verdict on Obamacare this week, making it a timely occasion for Americans to show their support for religious freedom....

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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Rail: Designed to Fail
By Selected News Articles @ 5:28 PM :: 11064 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The nation’s 52nd-largest urban area has only about 950,000 people, yet it is spending $5.3 billion, or more than $5,500 per resident, to build a single 20-mile rail line. That’s probably a greater cost per person than any rail system ever built....

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Sunday, June 24, 2012
S&P: Star-Advertiser Parent Company Subject to Cashflow 'Sweep' by Creditors
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 6130 Views :: Energy, Environment

Black Press is subject to a cash flow sweep as long as debt to EBITDA exceeds 3.75x, which has resulted in debt repayment above the scheduled amortization....

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Sunday, June 24, 2012
Before Raising Taxes, Look at What We Already Pay
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:32 AM :: 5924 Views :: Energy, Environment

...an advocate for a program that state government has been trying to implement for nearly two decades asked why couldn’t taxpayers support a hike in the general excise tax rate....

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Sunday, June 24, 2012
VIDEO: Oahu Council District 1 Candidates Face Off
By Video @ 2:11 AM :: 6394 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Dan Boylan moderates a discussion among the candidates vying to represent Honolulu City Council District 1, which includes the Waianae Coast, Kapolei, Makakilo and parts of Ewa Beach

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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Repeal Title IX
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 7022 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Last week, Katie Thomas of the New York Times ran a breathless expose of the devious actions that many colleges have taken to escape the mandate of gender equality under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act....

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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Takings: ICA Overturns Circuit Court in Leone v County of Maui
By Robert Thomas @ 1:51 PM :: 8753 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The trial court had determined the plaintiffs' regulatory takings claims were not ripe because they should have tried to change offending land use regulations which allegedly deprive their property of all economically beneficial uses.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Honolulu Premiere: "Urbanized" - Designing Cities, Working Cities
By Robert Thomas @ 1:40 PM :: 8209 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Urbanized (Gary Hustwit 2012), Saturday, June 23, 7:00 p.m., at R&D, 691 Auahi Street, Honolulu....

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Hawaii Scores 'F' For Logistics Industry Health
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 8870 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

The 2012 Manufacturing and Logistics National Report shows how each state ranks among its peers ....

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Stop Meth not Meds: Big Pharma Applauds Hawaii SB2288
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 7811 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The real-time blocking system— provided at no charge for the state—allows retailers to automatically block unlawful pseudoephedrine (PSE) purchases in real-time and at the point of sale.

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Third in Nation: Hawaii State Debt is $32,700 per taxpayer
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 5890 Views :: Energy, Environment

Moving on up: Last year Hawaii taxpayers owed 'only' $25,000 ....

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Lawsuit Threatened Over Transfer of Kakaako to OHA
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 6502 Views :: Energy, Environment

Federal Question ... whether the Act violates or its implementation would violate: The Equal Protection clause or other provisions of the Constitution or civil rights laws of the Unites States or the fiduciary duties of the trustee State of Hawaii and you and other State officials under the federally-created Ceded Lands Trust....

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Tax Credits for Wind Energy: There’s No Free Lunch
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:04 PM :: 4663 Views :: National News, Ethics

“the leading wind project developers and manufactures are canceling their plans for 2013 and wind development will grind to a halt due to the uncertainty of a PTC extension.… "

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Imperial Presidency
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:54 PM :: 5038 Views :: National News, Ethics

The President himself has admitted he doesn't have the authority to do this....

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Friday, June 22, 2012
Chief Investment Officer Quitting Hawaii ERS
By News Release @ 12:02 AM :: 7836 Views :: Energy, Environment

Vijoy Chattergy, investment specialist, has been named interim CIO, subject to administrative approvals, said Wes Machida....

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
HGEA Announces Candidate Endorsements for State, County Races
By News Release @ 5:05 PM :: 7684 Views :: Energy, Environment

HGEA slate of endorsed candidates announced for state and county races....

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Hawaii Sierra Club Announces Endorsements
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 7552 Views :: Energy, Environment

Sierra Club endorsements include seven Republicans....

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
President Obama's Fast and Furious Scandal Grows
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:00 PM :: 4593 Views :: National News, Ethics

On the night of December 15, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by an untraceable assault weapon that was deliberately handed to Mexican drug lords by U.S. officials ....

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Supreme Court: Union Must Give Advance Opt-Out for Political Fee Increase
By News Release @ 1:26 PM :: 4771 Views :: National News, Ethics

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today, siding with nonmember California state employees challenging a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) political fee charged to them without notice and opportunity to opt out....

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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Momentum Shifting Against LOST as Potential Damage to U.S. Interests Are Exposed
By News Release @ 1:04 PM :: 5792 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

“I don’t support it, of course,” McConnell said, “and I don’t think it will pass.”

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
FULL TEXT: Application for PUC Approval of Ellison Lanai Buy
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 10867 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

The ownership structure of Octopus Holdings, L.P. is as follows: ninety eight percent (98%) of the partnership interest is owned by the Lawrence J. Ellison Revocable Trust and the remaining two percent (2%) is owned by Tentacle Corporation....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Justice Reinvestment: Abercrombie Signs Bills as Part of Plan to Release Hundreds of Criminals from Prison
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 8220 Views :: Justice Reinvestment
The bills are based on recommendations of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a data-driven approach Hawai'i is using to reduce corrections spending....
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Dues Used for Political Activism: Hotel Workers Sue Local 5
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 6616 Views :: Energy, Environment

UNITE HERE officials agreed to refund a substantial chunk of Orr's union dues after they were caught using her money for political activism....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Panos Schools Caldwell on Rail, BRT
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:28 PM :: 9796 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Dr. Prevedouros addresses questions posed by Candidate Caldwell....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
BoE Issues First Year Report, Abercrombie Signs Education Bills
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 6252 Views :: Energy, Environment

The report provides a list of BOE actions that focused on changes in student achievement, service support improvements and staff development....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Rationing Health Care by Making Patients Waste Time
By John Goodman @ 1:35 PM :: 7061 Views :: National News, Ethics

The single biggest mistake in all of health policy is the belief that the best way to make health care accessible is to make it free at the point of delivery....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Obama's War on Domestic Energy Production
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:27 PM :: 4359 Views :: National News, Ethics

Today, the Senate will vote on the fate of one of the most expensive regulations of all time....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 19, 2012
By Congress.org @ 5:53 PM :: 7523 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • Senate: Motion to Table; Farm Bill – Sugar Price Supports Repeal 
  • Senate: Motion to Table; Farm Bill – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Elimination
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
PEW: Hawaii $21B Short on Pension Funding
By Selected News Articles @ 4:31 PM :: 6263 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaii’s retirement plans had a liability of $32.5 billion and the state has fallen $21 billion short in setting aside money to pay for it....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
June 30 Deadline: Rail Funding Depends on New Transportation Bill
By Honolulu Traffic @ 1:59 AM :: 8491 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Here's Transportation Daily's view on the last minute efforts by Congress to craft an acceptable new Transportation Bill....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Rail: Full Funding Grant Agreement Requires Bus Cuts
By Honolulu Traffic @ 12:43 AM :: 7255 Views :: Energy, Environment

You can find the real reason for bus service reductions in the FTA’s rather grudging letter granting acceptance of the City/HART’s rail project into the Final Design process....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
PAYCHECKS HAWAII Rates the 2012 Legislators
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 6877 Views :: Energy, Environment

Lawmakers are rated on their support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
School Choice in D.C. Saved…For Now
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:04 AM :: 2226 Views

President Obama has begun "evolving" his positions on various policy issues as polls show him neck and neck with Mitt Romney. His latest about-face restores a popular school voucher program for needy children in Washington, D.C.—after he had yanked its funding....

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Monday, June 18, 2012
Abercrombie Proclaims 'Hawaii Pollinator Week'
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 5503 Views :: Energy, Environment

“By marking Hawai'i Pollinator Week in conjunction with National Pollinator Week, our state is helping to create a positive ‘buzz’ around bees...."

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Monday, June 18, 2012
Act 101 Expands DoTAX Subpoena Power
By Selected News Articles @ 10:34 PM :: 5728 Views :: Energy, Environment

Department of Taxation may begin to use the subpoena power beyond criminal investigations into examination and collection functions....

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Monday, June 18, 2012
VIDEO: Lingle "Looking Back, Looking Forward"
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 4532 Views :: Energy, Environment

The video features Governor Lingle and several supporters, as they discuss how our state and country should move forward....

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Monday, June 18, 2012
UH Manoa ‘Confucius Institute’: Chinese Communist Party Celebrates its Influence in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 6755 Views :: Higher Education

"...a source of opinions and authority that is ultimately answerable to the Chinese Communist Party and which is not subject to scholarly review...."

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Monday, June 18, 2012
NYT Editorial: Lingle Deserves Credit for Creativity
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 5630 Views :: Energy, Environment

NYT: Ms. Lingle deserves credit for creativity in trying to get noticed by voters in Hawaii, a state with abysmal voter turnout and deep election inertia....

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Monday, June 18, 2012
To Get More Federal Medicaid Funds, Hawaii Joins Hospital Tax Bandwagon
By NCPA @ 2:09 PM :: 8804 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

During the recent economic downturn, 20 states (Hawaii is #21) increased health provider taxes to take advantage of federal matching funds....

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Monday, June 18, 2012
Feds: Hawaii Too Small to Succeed with Health Exchange
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 8479 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The decision facing them is whether they will continue to attempt to create state-run exchanges (despite the financial pitfalls) or if they will run partnership exchanges with the federal government....

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Monday, June 18, 2012
The Grecian Formula for Economic Decline
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:39 PM :: 4572 Views :: National News, Ethics

The President and his team have been blaming "European headwinds" for some of the U.S. economy's woes. But the truth is that the policies pursued by Washington and Athens are frighteningly similar....

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Monday, June 18, 2012
Vouchers Breathe New Life into Shrinking Catholic Schools
By NCPA @ 4:21 AM :: 4586 Views :: National News, Ethics

For the first time in decades, Catholic education is showing signs of life....

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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Planned Rail Extensions: $266,207 per rider
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 8023 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

CEO Grabauskas tells us that the cost of the planned extensions to UH, Waikiki and to Kapolei Town will bring the total to $9.03 billion .... 

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Sunday, June 17, 2012
HART's $3M Noise Machine
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 8079 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...the entire listing of HART people and companies on staff includes over $3M of "public involvement' and 'multimedia' contracts....

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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Beware of Misleading Assumptions for Tax Relief
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:37 AM :: 5710 Views :: Energy, Environment

Whenever some policymaker comes up with a proposal to grant a tax preference to a certain group of taxpayers, one has to take that proposal with a grain of salt ....

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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Case: Hirono Pandering, Hiding, Living in a Fantasy World
By Ed Case @ 3:44 AM :: 6030 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Hirono is, well, either living in a fantasy world or pandering to the electorate."

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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park: Community Leaders Demand EIS
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 8870 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The entire former MCAS Ewa was designated as National Register eligible during the BRAC transfer process and significant historic sites have already been discovered since the original BRAC 1999 surveys were done....

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Saturday, June 16, 2012
Djou: Hawaii Small Businesses Deserve Better than an 'F'
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:23 PM :: 10419 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...sustainable job growth is not going to come from a few big corporations hiring hundreds of people. Job growth is going to come from lots and lots of small businesses....

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