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Friday, June 8, 2012
Naval Shipbuilding and Repair goes Awry
By Michael Hansen @ 7:49 PM :: 8483 Views :: Jones Act, Military

The Navy released its preliminary findings yesterday in the case of the fire aboard the Los Angeles Class fast attack nuclear submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) that may result in the vessel being assessed as a total constructive loss....

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Friday, June 8, 2012
Eric Marshall, Senate Dist 10 -- Last Candidate on the Ballot
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 8313 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Although the June the 5th candidate filing deadline has come and gone one last candidate has been added to the 2012 Election....

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Friday, June 8, 2012
Hirono defends sex-selective abortions
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 10466 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hirono also maintained that "there really is a war on women in Congress."

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Friday, June 8, 2012
Deedy Case: Redacted Text of Motion for Dismissal
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 AM :: 8882 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn in July will consider defense motion for dismissal of state charges against Federal Agent Christopher Deedy in the Waikiki APEC shooting of Kailua resident Kolin Elderts....

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Friday, June 8, 2012
Board Approves Matson Separation from A&B
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 8742 Views :: Energy, Environment

...cronies distribute board seats amongst themselves....

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Friday, June 8, 2012
Potential Buyers of HMC West to Participate in Leeward Job Fair
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 1:49 AM :: 8854 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The Queen's Medical Center and Hawaii Pacific Health will be attending the Leeward Job and Career Fair. The hospitals hope to fill 450 job openings available at their current facilities....

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Friday, June 8, 2012
Paycheck Fairness Act: Jackpot Justice for Trial Lawyers
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:40 AM :: 4964 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the PFA allows employees to sue businesses that pay different workers different wages—even if those differences have nothing to do with the employees’ sex. These lawsuits can be brought for unlimited damages....

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Friday, June 8, 2012
BOSS Survey: Profits Up, Optimism Strong
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:20 AM :: 5378 Views :: Energy, Environment

Forty-four percent of companies say revenue is up in the past year and 33 percent say profit is up....

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Hirono Flip-Flops on Lilly Ledbetter
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 5857 Views :: Energy, Environment

"As a point of fact, Hirono repeatedly claimed three years ago that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act already achieved this very goal...."

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Dysfunctional Washington
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:31 PM :: 5149 Views :: National News, Ethics

Within one year of being elected, Governor Scott Walker (R) reformed the state's public sector pension system, eliminated a $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes, saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, and helped create the conditions that have allowed Wisconsin's economy to grow again.... 

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Supreme Court Hearing: The Next Big Hawaii Water Case
By Robert Thomas @ 4:15 PM :: 9352 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

In re `Iao Ground Water Management Area High-Level Source Water Use Permit Applications and Petition to Amend Interim Instream Flow Standards of Waihe`e River and Waiehu, `Iao, and Waikapu Streams Contested Case Hearing, No. SCAP-30603 ....

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
DHHL Tax Case: Final Brief in Corboy v Louie
By Robert Thomas @ 4:10 PM :: 6008 Views :: Energy, Environment

case asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Hawaii Supreme Court's dismissal of a challenge to the property tax exemptions conferred on lessees of Hawaiian Homesteads....

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
9th Circuit: Hawaii's Regulation Of Commercial Beach Weddings Does Not Violate First Amendment
By Robert Thomas @ 4:08 PM :: 5184 Views :: Energy, Environment

The court mostly upheld the regulations, but struck down the power of government officials to revoke a permit and modify it....

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
How Safe are Hawaii Hospitals?
By News Release @ 1:27 PM :: 11018 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...approximately 400 people die every day because of hospital errors...more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals will now receive an A, B, C, D or F Hospital Safety Score based on patient safety....

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Larry Fenton Announces Senate Dist 11 Campaign as Republican
By News Release @ 10:30 AM :: 6659 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

District 11 now includes Manoa, Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, and Punchbowl.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Ongoing Government Failures in Air Transportation
By NCPA @ 4:47 AM :: 4359 Views :: National News, Ethics

Purporting to be at the service of consumers and creating market-optimal airlines, these regulations have the actual effect of distorting airlines' behavior and harming customers ....

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Liz Larson Announces Hawaii State Senate Campaign
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 9951 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

District 12 includes Waikiki, Ala Moana, Ward, Kaka’ako, parts of McCully, Moliili, and Makiki....

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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Lingle Celebrates B-Day With 2,000 Supporters Statewide
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 5063 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Oahu "Birthday Bash" was the grand finale of a series of five celebrations held around the state, attracting more than 2,000 supporters statewide....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
66 Republicans Running for Office in Hawaii
By David S Chang @ 11:50 PM :: 6347 Views :: Energy, Environment

Of those 66 candidates, 56 of them are running for state legislature....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Year of Living Abercrombie: Recovery Stops, Hawaii Economy Shrinks 0.2%
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 5171 Views :: Energy, Environment

While the nation’s gross domestic product grew by 1.7 percent in 2011, economic output shrank in only five states....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Pinata: AG Louie to Give Mortagage Settlement Money to Profitable NonProfits, DoE, Counties
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 3673 Views :: Energy, Environment

Attorney General Louie declared his intention to distribute this money swiftly....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Power to the Physicians, Not the Hospitals
By NCPA @ 2:51 PM :: 4694 Views :: National News, Ethics

The latest study of pay-for-performance finds that doesn’t work either....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Medicare and Medicaid Fraud Is Costing Taxpayers Billions
By NCPA @ 2:45 PM :: 5322 Views :: National News, Ethics

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder suggests that there is an estimated $60 to $90 billion in fraud in Medicare and a similar amount for Medicaid

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Wisconsin: Democrats' Dry Run for November
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 4921 Views :: National News, Ethics

Democrats now must pick up the wreckage from an election that they orchestrated and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz called a "dry run" for November....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A Historic Win for Reform in Wisconsin
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:40 PM :: 4562 Views :: National News, Ethics

The state of Wisconsin has once again lived up to its billing as a Midwestern incubator of Big Ideas....

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Abercrombie Nominates Judge Pollack to Supreme Court
By News Release @ 3:51 AM :: 5509 Views :: Energy, Environment

This nomination fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James E. Duffy, Jr. and requires confirmation by the State Senate.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Fires at Kahuku Windfarm Released 'Reactive' Particles, $2M Damage
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 PM :: 13134 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Defective parts caused a devastating fire in a 2-month-old Hawaii wind farm that cost millions to repair, the energy company that ran the farm says in a Texas court.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Full Text: 2011 Hawaii Youth Tobacco Survey
By News Release @ 2:47 PM :: 5322 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Hawaii Youth Tobacco Survey (HYTS) is a module of the Hawaii School Health Survey administered to public school students in grades 6-12 throughout Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Volcanic Haze: Debunking the 'Science' Behind EPA's Particulate Regs
By NCPA @ 1:06 PM :: 8346 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have Americans believe that hundreds of thousands will die unless its new and unparalleled regulatory agenda is enacted....

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Changing America's Course
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:58 PM :: 4591 Views :: National News, Ethics

There's no way to predict how the 2012 elections will turn out. But it will be a turning point in American history....

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Monday, June 4, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted June 4, 2012
By Congress.org @ 6:45 PM :: 5813 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • House: FDA User Fee Reauthorization
  • House: Sex-Selective Abortion Ban
  • House: Intelligence Authorization
  • House: Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Appropriations 
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Monday, June 4, 2012
HSTA: 54% of Members Voted on Rejected Contract
By News Release @ 7:39 AM :: 8813 Views :: Energy, Environment

HSTA President Wil Okabe finally releases the turnout data in this so-called “ratification vote.”

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Monday, June 4, 2012
10 Ways to Lower Gas Prices
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:56 AM :: 4646 Views :: National News, Ethics

...There are several steps Congress can immediately take, and President Obama can immediately support, that will help alleviate the pain felt at the pump by American families and would create economic growth, and importantly, jobs....

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Sunday, June 3, 2012
CoR: Solar Tax Credit Scammers Will Take $491M More than Projected
By Andrew Walden @ 8:36 PM :: 7313 Views :: Energy, Environment

...failure of the Legislature to check rampant abuse of Solar and Wind tax credits and shortfalls in projected income from last year's GE Tax hike may cost the General Fund as much as $721M over the coming seven years....

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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Full Text: Sierra Club Candidate Questionnaire
By Andrew Walden @ 4:21 PM :: 6164 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Sierra Club is asking Legislative candidates to back fee increases on cars and trucks, agree to limit the size of homes on ag land to 1500 sq feet, start closing down HECO plants, and give lots of money to eco-make work projects....

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Sunday, June 3, 2012
"But Businesses Can Pass Along Their Taxes, Residents Can’t"
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:00 AM :: 5757 Views :: Energy, Environment

those customers are us....

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Book: Obama's Puck's Alley Drug Dealer Killed by Gay Lover
By Selected News Articles @ 9:19 PM :: 18561 Views :: Hawaii History, Drugs, Obama

(Ray) was a long-haired haole hippie who worked at the Mama Mia Pizza Parlor not far from Punahou and lived in a dilapidated bus ....

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
European Budget Cuts Threaten Mauna Kea Telescopes
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 11798 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment, World News, Family

The decision, a consequence of ongoing real terms cuts to the UK science budget by the Government, will almost certainly see the Hawaii-based UK Infrared Telescope (UKIRT) cease operations in the autumn of 2013 and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) do the same a year later, with the loss of around 40 jobs.

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Friday, June 1, 2012
Call for Criminal Investigation of Hanabusa's Campaign Loans
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 5833 Views :: Energy, Environment

"If Hanabusa refuses to come clean, the HRP urges the appropriate law enforcement agencies and the House Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Hanabusa for criminal and/or ethical misconduct."

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Friday, June 1, 2012
Solving the Electric Car Puzzle
By NCPA @ 3:22 PM :: 5117 Views :: National News, Ethics

if 5 percent of cars in Los Angeles County were to plug in simultaneously, they could place a 750-megawatt load on California's already strained grid, equivalent to the generating capacity of two midsize power plants....

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Friday, June 1, 2012
Plastic Bag Ban Increases Landfill Use
By NCPA @ 3:15 PM :: 5410 Views :: National News, Ethics

...the city council claims it will attain a number of benefits that are direly wanted by its citizens. However, careful analysis of each supposed benefit shows that the ban is unlikely to provide any such value....

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Friday, June 1, 2012
Does New Zealand Have the Answer to Overfishing?
By NCPA @ 2:52 PM :: 6071 Views :: World News, Family

New Zealand established a total allowable catch (TAC) for the country, and then distributed quota permits based on compliance with the TAC....

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Friday, June 1, 2012
Hawaii Family Forum Launches Voter Registration Drive
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 PM :: 6206 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Friday, June 1, 2012
Abercrombie Releases Legislative Wrap-Up Video
By News Release @ 1:30 PM :: 5484 Views :: Energy, Environment

If you’d like to leave feedback on a particular bill, as I review and consider signing bills over the next month, please do so here....

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Friday, June 1, 2012
Unemployment Rises Again
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:24 PM :: 4719 Views :: National News, Ethics

Taxmageddon is threatening the U.S. economy and holding back growth, but strangely, President Barack Obama isn't doing anything about it....

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