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Monday, September 17, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted September 17, 2012
By Congress.org @ 5:42 PM :: 6398 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics
  • House: Minnesota Land Exchange
  • House: Government Surveillance Authorities
  • House: Sequestration Replacement
  • House: Continuing Resolution
  • House: Energy Department Loan Guarantees
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Monday, September 17, 2012
As $716B in Cuts Loom, Medicare Pilot Programs not on Track to Deliver Savings
By John Goodman @ 2:32 PM :: 4637 Views :: National News, Ethics

Over the next 10 years, ObamaCare will reduce Medicare spending by $716 billion....

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Monday, September 17, 2012
Our Constitution Is Under Fire
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:13 PM :: 4114 Views :: National News, Ethics

Forty visionaries signed a piece of paper 225 years ago today that became one of the most vital documents in the world: the U.S. Constitution.

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Monday, September 17, 2012
$3 in New Federal Debt For Every $1 Added to Economy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 3853 Views :: National News, Ethics

$5.23 trillion in new debt vs. $1.68 trillion to the economy

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Monday, September 17, 2012
Hirono Flip-Flops on Budget Cuts
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 7166 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Mazie Hirono voted last week to keep in place $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts that will hurt Hawaii’s economy ....

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
FOIA Request Reveals: Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act Hangs by a Conference Call
By Andrew Walden @ 9:47 PM :: 7041 Views :: Health Care

It took a Federal Freedom of Information Act request to find out, but that is the message Hawai`i Free Press received from federal officials.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
UPW Announces General Election Endorsements
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 5730 Views :: Energy, Environment

Four Republicans endorsed by UPW...

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
“Reconsider, Rep. Hirono”
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 3995 Views

"After all, the winner of this election will be representing us in the United States Senate and arguing for Hawaii's interests in a Capitol full of skilled debaters."

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Rod Tam Rule: Court Change Would Help Criminals Run for Office
By Andrew Walden @ 3:07 PM :: 6082 Views :: Energy, Environment

"The provision ... has been applied in ... high-profile prosecutions such as the misdemeanor case last year against former City Councilman Rod Tam for stealing city money and violating state campaign spending laws." -- Star-Advertiser

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Hawaii Ranks 39th in 'Automotive Misery'
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 6744 Views :: Energy, Environment

A new Honda Accord costs about the same amount no matter where you buy it.  But every dime you spend after you leave the dealer’s lot is affected greatly by where you live.... 

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Sunday, September 16, 2012
Elusive Tax Credit Data Raises Important Concerns
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:03 AM :: 5410 Views :: Energy, Environment

One of the recommendations made by consultants to the current Tax Review Commission is almost an after thought, you know like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped....

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Saturday, September 15, 2012
New DoTax 'Composite' -- Apply for $5M in Solar Credits on One Form
By Andrew Walden @ 11:18 PM :: 6781 Views :: Energy, Environment

...truly massive scammers building on empty fields in Kalaeloa, DoE schools, or Kalihi warehouse roofs can now rack up the credits $5M at a time without straining their wrists....

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Saturday, September 15, 2012
DoTax Issues 12 Tax Announcements
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 6873 Views :: Energy, Environment

Right now, there is no change in the tax law or its application. The new temporary administrative rules have NOT been issued yet....

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Saturday, September 15, 2012
VIDEO: Watch the 'Muhammad' Movie Islamists are Using as their Latest Excuse
By Video @ 4:59 PM :: 6749 Views :: World News, Family

The movie depicts modern Egypt, followed by an algebra problem, followed by events from the Koran. The viewer is asked to solve for X....

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Saturday, September 15, 2012
After Drowning, BLNR Revokes Kayak Tour Company Permit
By News Release @ 10:27 AM :: 5935 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

...terminate the revocable permit of Hawai‘i Pack and Paddle LLC to conduct commercial tours via kayak to the historic Ka‘awaloa Flats section of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park in Kona....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Voters to Decide on Two Constitutional Amendments
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:40 PM :: 5677 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • Assistance to Dam and Reservoir Owners
  • Appointment of Retired Judges to Serve as Emeritus Judges
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Update on the Federal Court Challenge to Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 11:34 PM :: 7661 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Litigation continues over the adequacy of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for Honolulu’s rail rapid transit project....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Asking For It: Abercrombie, DLNR to Host Community Meeting on Kauai
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 7304 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Energy, Environment

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School in Lihue....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
US Bond Rating Cut Again
By Selected News Articles @ 10:54 PM :: 3913 Views :: National News, Ethics

Issuing additional currency ... does little to raise the real GDP of the US, but does reduce the value of the dollar, and in turn increase the cost of commodities (which) will pressure profitability of businesses, and increase the costs of consumers....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Island Heavy Rail Calamity: San Juan Repeats in Honolulu
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:35 PM :: 11798 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, National News, Ethics

Tren Urbano (or City Train) in San Juan, Puerto Rico is a perfect comparison with Honolulu's heavy rail....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Fitch Cheers Honolulu Sewer Rate Hikes, Assigns AA Rating to Bonds
By Selected News Articles @ 10:25 PM :: 7258 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Fitch views maintenance of the system's strong financial margins as necessary at this rating level, given the size of the CIP and increasing debt burden. Any deterioration could result in rating pressure....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Maui Chamber of Commerce Endorses Lingle
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 8997 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

"These business owners are looking for our government to restore much-needed certainty and confidence in our nation’s economy,” said Governor Lingle

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Hawaii Among Four States With Charter Schools 100% Unionized
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 5344 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the actual number or percentage of unionized charter schools varies greatly from state to state....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Hawaii in the Crosshairs as White House details ‘destructive’ spending cuts
By Selected News Articles @ 7:19 PM :: 7069 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

 ... federal civilian workforce, where staffing levels and salaries would be docked more than 8 percent .... 

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Why Obama Is Failing the Middle East Meltdown and How to Fix It
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:33 AM :: 6989 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Obama’s strategy for this part of the world started out much the way Jimmy Carter’s did—with acts of conciliation and accommodation....

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Friday, September 14, 2012
Mapping the Political Geography of Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 AM :: 6326 Views :: Energy, Environment

Partisan Average includes 2004, 2006, and 2010 senate and 2006 and 2010 governor....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Full Text: New Version of Akaka Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 7:17 PM :: 13001 Views :: Akaka Bill

The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to a Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill to reflect the Hawaii state law creating the latest version of the Akaka Tribe 'roll'....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Response to Violence in Libya & Egypt Indicates Troubling Views on Free Speech
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 4687 Views :: National News, Ethics

"It is firmly within the constitutional rights of American citizens and, contrary to the embassy's statement, within the free speech rights of all human beings to speak openly and critically about Islam...."

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Hirono Votes Against Funding Tsunami Warning Network
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 9533 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The high-tech buoy network faced $4.5 million in cuts in February, and Hirono opposed bipartisan House legislation to fully fund the critical system for FY2013....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
NYT: With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost
By NCPA @ 4:47 PM :: 4027 Views :: National News, Ethics

Long-term care, which includes nursing home and hospice services for seniors, makes up a significant portion of Medicaid spending around the country....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Accounting Trick that Will Haunt Public Pensions
By NCPA @ 4:43 PM :: 4150 Views :: National News, Ethics

Moody's announced recently that it would no longer accept state and local governments' pension liability figures at face value....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
New Wave of Attacks on U.S. Embassies
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 5121 Views :: World News, Family

Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Yemen today and set fire to a building....

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
West Molokai Homeowners 98% Against Windfarm
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 7590 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

Responses from WMA property owners are running over 98% opposed to the project, with less than 1% in favor. Two surveys last year across Molokai found opposition first at 93%, which then grew to 97%, with again only 1% in favor.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012
Apple: I Requested Freitas, Let the Commission Do What Has Been Asked
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 5791 Views :: Energy, Environment

Apple none-too-subtly pressures the Search Advisory Committee to select Lokelani Lindsey's 'Broken Trust' enforcer as AD....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Lawyer to Abercrombie, Dela Cruz: Stop Lying to the Public about PLDC
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 8806 Views :: Energy, Environment

Stop lying to the public!  And please, feel free to forward this to your brother....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Governor Releases $147 Million for Education, Health and Other CIPs
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 5232 Views :: Energy, Environment

$75,000,000 - Various Schools, statewide - Design, construction and works of art....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
America's Debt to Its Diplomatic, Military, and Intelligence Personnel
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:10 PM :: 4902 Views :: World News, Family

The deaths in Benghazi, Libya, of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and others in the service of the United States provides a tragic reminder of the great sacrifices that U.S. diplomatic, military, and intelligence personnel serving abroad make to defend America ....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Hirono Refuses Sister-Isle Debates
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 5474 Views :: Energy, Environment

The only debate before a live audience Hirono agreed to for the entire campaign was hosted last week by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Muslims Celebrate 9-11 by Storming US Embassies, Hoisting Al-Qaeda Flag, Murdering US Ambassador
By Andrew Walden @ 6:20 AM :: 13334 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

 ‘Obama, Obama, There Are Still a Billion Osamas!’ -- The chant on the streets, three years after Obama's Cairo Speech.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Hawaii County Police Investigate 2010 Voter Fraud
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 6912 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

 The investigation was launched based on information provided by the Hawaiʻi County Office of Elections involving elections conducted in 2010.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
SHOPO, Small Business Groups Endorse Rep George Fontaine
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 6475 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

"Your knowledge and sensitivity to business issues were key factors in our endorsement process."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Speaker among 29 House Democrats Opposing Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 5570 Views :: Energy, Environment
Specifically, the House members oppose the following tax increase recommendations:
· The increase in the general excise tax rate by 0.5 percent
· The imposition of the income tax on pension income
· The increase of the corporate income tax rate
· The elimination of the income tax deduction for real property taxes paid
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
House Republicans Oppose Proposed GE Tax Increase
By News Release @ 3:15 PM :: 6198 Views :: Energy, Environment

"A more business-friendly environment would help companies conduct business thereby growing the economy and helping the people of Hawai‘i."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Moody’s To Downgrade US If No Deal To Cut Debt/GDP Ratio
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 3933 Views :: National News, Ethics

Budget negotiations during the 2013 Congressional legislative session will likely determine the direction of the US government’s Aaa rating and negative outlook, says Moody’s Investors Service....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Looking Back: Charles Djou Joins Army After 9-11
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 12807 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

...in Afghanistan, Charles saw the best and worst in humanity. He saw the selfless sacrifice of our American soldiers but also utter human depravity in Taliban insurgents....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Remembering 9/11 in a Volatile World
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:29 PM :: 3815 Views :: National News, Ethics

Eleven years ago today, terrorists shattered America's sense of safety. Generations who did not remember Pearl Harbor suddenly knew the shock of an attack on U.S. soil....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Eleven years ago, our lives came to a standstill
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:24 PM :: 5615 Views :: Energy, Environment

Former Governor Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat, released the following statement, recognizing the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff on September 11
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 6966 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...all U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance....

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Monday, September 10, 2012
Hawaiian Airlines Projects Decreasing Revenue
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 PM :: 5797 Views :: Energy, Environment

Hawaiian Airlines recently revised its expected 3Q2012 revenue per revenue passenger mile from up 1.5% to down 1.5% to a decrease of 1% to 4%.

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Monday, September 10, 2012
Electric Bill Too High? Richard Ha to Address Kona TEA Party
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 10893 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Tuesday, September 11, 7–9 pm at Boston Basil’s Restaurant & Pizzeria 75-5707 Alii Drive (downtown Kailua-Kona)

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