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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
ALEC: Hawaii Ranks C+ in Education Reform
By NCPA @ 4:04 PM :: 6947 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics
The akamai reader will note that ALEC's ranking relies heavily on the DoE's adoption of high academic standards....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
“Concerning Public Lands” 14 Executive Orders Suddenly Appear on Abercrombie Website
By Andrew Walden @ 3:55 PM :: 9660 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use
Fourteen Executive Orders, dated between August and December of last year have suddenly appeared on the official website of Governor Neil Abercrombie....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Barbara Yamashita as DHS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 7020 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
She fills the vacancy left by Pankaj Bhanot, who returned to his previous position as chief administrator of the DHS Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division ....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
When "Being Green" Means Favoring the Rich
By NCPA @ 3:02 PM :: 4210 Views :: Energy, Environment
So far, however, the environmental agenda has overwhelmingly favored the 1 percent....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Obama to Catholics: ‘To Hell With You’ -- Bishop
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 PM :: 6959 Views :: Life, Religion
It is really hard to believe that it happened. It comes like a slap in the face. The Obama administration has just told the Catholics of the United States, “To Hell with you!” There is no other way to put it....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Republicans for Environmental Protection Salutes Rep Cynthia Thielen
By News Release @ 2:21 PM :: 6174 Views :: Environment, Republican Party

This grassroots environmental organization consists of a membership representing all 50 states. This is the first time one of the members has been spotlighted in "The Green Elephant".

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A Higher Education Revolution
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:23 AM :: 5063 Views :: Higher Education costs have increased 439 since 1985, despite a 475 percent increase in federal subsidies such as Pell Grants. In other words, more federal funding hasn't decreased the cost of attending college....
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Monday, January 30, 2012
HTA: Visitor Industry Showed Strong Growth in 2011
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 5719 Views :: Tourism
The month of December 2011 reached $1.298 billion in visitor spending, the highest single month on record.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Hosting Informational Meetings
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 6510 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity invites everyone to upcoming informational meetings, especially families who are interested in applying for a simple, decent Habitat home....

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Monday, January 30, 2012
Soros May Benefit From White House’s Natural Gas Proposal
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:49 PM :: 5815 Views :: National News, Ethics

George Soros, a billionaire investor and major backer of President Obama, stands to reap a windfall from legislation promoting natural gas-powered vehicles. The White House unveiled a proposal on Thursday that would do just that....

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Monday, January 30, 2012
Natural Gas to Gasoline: A firm claims to have a cheaper way to harness natural gas
By Selected News Articles @ 4:26 PM :: 7668 Views :: Energy
Hall says that a Fischer-Tropsch plant is lucky to produce a barrel of gasoline for $35 but that a much smaller Synfuels refinery could produce the same barrel for $25.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Tesoro? With Cash in Hand, Chevron Considers Options
By Selected News Articles @ 1:19 PM :: 7817 Views :: Energy
Abercrombie has threatened to oppose any Chevron purchase because he has suddenly become worried about monopoly....
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted January 30
By @ 12:08 PM :: 9250 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act of 2012
  • House: Fiscal Responsibility and Retirement Security Act of 2011
  • House: Pro-Growth Budgeting Act of 2011
  • House: Baseline Reform Act of 2011
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Right to Work Heads to Indiana
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:56 AM :: 4559 Views :: Labor
In 22 states in the Union, workers have the freedom under "Right-to-Work" laws to decide whether or not to pay union dues, and now Indiana is poised to become 23rd ....
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Monday, January 30, 2012
Heritage Foundation to Tour Honolulu, Laie, Kona, Hilo Jan 31-Feb 2
By Andrew Walden @ 6:35 AM :: 11432 Views :: TEA Party
...a panel discussion focusing on winning school choice in environments where the political landscape is not dominated by conservative voters....
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
“I hope you die of Lupus”: Could Rep Joey Manahan be Convicted with his own Cyber Harassment law?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:38 PM :: 6692 Views :: Energy, Environment

a reader draws our attention to some 2010 online comments allegedly by HB2288 co-sponsor Rep Joey Manahan....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
HB2756: Lifts all Land Use Restrictions Within 1/4 mile of Bus Transit Center or Rail Station
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 4911 Views :: Energy, Environment

Kailua and Kaneohe are implementing a bus transit center, and this bill would abolish all land use controls and building codes within a quarter-mile of the transit center....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
KOS: The Curiously Conservative and Nepotistic Network of Tulsi Gabbard
By Selected News Articles @ 3:23 PM :: 9508 Views :: Energy, Environment

Progressives continue to panic over Gabbard candidacy ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
"The Haoles are with us" -- Occupy Kauai Working to Take Over KIUC
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 10978 Views :: Energy
Toni is confident she can survive a crisis because she already barters for food, shelter and chelation therapy....
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Sunday, January 29, 2012
FHA Bringing Subprime Jumbo Mortgages to Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 9060 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In Honolulu there's a four-bedroom home priced at $785,000 that has views of the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. The beaches of Waikiki are 15-minutes away.  Starting this month, the property is available to buyers with a subprime credit score, limited cash reserves and a 3.5 percent down payment ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Stimulus: Three More Green Energy Companies Fail this Week
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 AM :: 4666 Views :: National News, Ethics

Earlier this week, Stimulus beneficiary Evergreen Energy bit the dust. Then, Ener1, a manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles and recipient of Stimulus largesse, filed for bankruptcy. Amonix, Inc., a manufacturer of solar panels that received $5.9 million from the Porkulus, will cut two-thirds of its workforce....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Scientists: Global Warming Stopped 15 years ago, Mini Ice Age Coming
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 AM :: 7683 Views :: World News, Family

World solar activity cycles from 1749 to 2040 

Some people actually believe the Sun has nothing to do with the temperature.... 

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Undermining Economic Recovery
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:50 AM :: 5848 Views :: Energy, Environment

things have not changed at the State Capitol....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Hawaii Cacao Festival at Haleiwa January 29
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 7394 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

We hope to see you Sunday in Haleiwa for your 3rd Annual Cacao Festival... bring your appetites!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Marumoto Introduces Three Bills to Deal with Eccentric Billionaire
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 8345 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...these bills are in response to complaints from Kahala residents and news articles about Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto arranging marble and bronze statues across five property lots....

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Sunday, January 29, 2012
Kapolei Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Hospital Closure
By News Release @ 12:36 AM :: 9542 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

...Thursday, February 9 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Kapolei Middle School Dining Room/Cultural Center at 91-5335 Kapolei Parkway....

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Friday, January 27, 2012
Abercrombie Releases $15.6 Million for CIP Projects
By News Release @ 11:37 PM :: 5783 Views :: Energy, Environment

...the release of more than $15.6 million for various projects that invest in the state’s public safety, wastewater, civil defense and communications infrastructure....

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Friday, January 27, 2012
NRA: Gun Bills to Watch Out For as Hawaii Legislature Picks up Steam
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 7127 Views :: Energy, Environment

Of the measures listed below, the most onerous are House Bill 441, House Bill 834, House Bill 2028 and Senate Bill 2975.

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Friday, January 27, 2012
Applicants Wanted for Ethics and Campaign Spending Commissions
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 5155 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Judicial Council is seeking interested and qualified applicants to serve on the Hawai`i State Ethics Commission and on the Campaign Spending Commission....

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Friday, January 27, 2012
Hawaii Oily Bilge Water: Horizon Lines forks over $1.5M to Enviros
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 6083 Views :: National News, Ethics

Under the agreement, which is subject to court approval, the company will pay a fine of $1.0 million and donate an additional $500,000 to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for environmental community service programs....

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Friday, January 27, 2012
Progressive Dems Petition Emily's List to Dump Gabbard
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 7989 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Tulsi Gabbard’s sudden election-season conversion from pro-life to pro-abortion and from pro-family to pro-gay marriage is more than some Hawaii Progressive Democrats can swallow....

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Friday, January 27, 2012
A Slashed and Burned Military
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:03 PM :: 4567 Views :: National News, Ethics

Yesterday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave America a glimpse of the half-trillion dollars in defense spending cuts requested by the Obama Administration ....

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Friday, January 27, 2012
Task Force Promotes LGBT Agenda on Capitol Hill
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 6247 Views :: National News, Ethics
  • Radical Queer Parenting
  • Princess Boys, Two Mommies, and You’re So Gay: Current Issues and LGBT Advocacy in Elementary Schools
  • The Artifice of the Nuclear Family 
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Bias: NOAA Admits Overestimating Fish Catch, Adopts New System
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 PM :: 7344 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

MRFSS information has been the basis for the regulations that govern recreational catch limits, sizes and seasons....

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Rosanne Barr to Run for President
By Selected News Articles @ 10:48 PM :: 6618 Views :: National News, Ethics

She filed with the Federal Election Commission on January 25, and she has fulfilled the requirements of the Green Party to seek the nomination....

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
US-Build requirement for ships: Dilemma for Hawaii, Guam, Alaska, and Puerto Rico
By Selected News Articles @ 7:24 PM :: 14751 Views :: Jones Act

... labor rates are not the main reason why U.S. shipyards are uncompetitive ....

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Mitt Romney's Taxes and True Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:17 PM :: 4892 Views :: National News, Ethics

How many times should your money be taxed? One time? Two times? Three times? Four? Sounds like a ridiculous proposition, but that's the true story of capital gains taxes in America.... 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Hawaii Safe Routes to School Challenge
By Natalie Iwasa @ 7:03 PM :: 5978 Views :: Energy, Environment

The state has received over $7 million in SRTS funding since 2005. Unfortunately, most of this funding has not yet been awarded, and Hawaii remains dead last out of all states in the amount obligated....

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Hawaii's 2012 Business Tax Climate Ranks 35th
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 5737 Views :: Energy, Environment

The Index compares the states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes; individual income taxes; sales taxes; unemployment insurance taxes; and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property....

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
HOPE for the Criminal Justice System
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 AM :: 6627 Views :: Energy, Environment

Just about everyone who has spent time around the American criminal justice system will tell you that it is broken....

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Update: HB2288 Deferred -- Bill Would Track the Websites You Visit
By Selected News Articles @ 10:31 AM :: 10294 Views :: Energy, Environment

John Mizuno, a Democratic state legislator in Hawaii, wants to require virtual dossiers to be compiled on state residents: two years' worth of their Internet browsing.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Report: Hawaii Scores D- on Teacher Quality
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 5809 Views :: Energy, Environment

NCTQ tracks and analyzes states' teacher policies, including key areas such as teacher preparation, evaluation, alternative certification and compensation ....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
HB2288: Cybercrime Bill to be Heard Jan 26
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 10:57 PM :: 6743 Views :: Energy, Environment
  • HB 2288 Relating to Recordkeeping
  • Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.
  • Place: Conference Room 312, State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
New Name: Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 6267 Views :: Energy, Environment

Collaboration between Native Hawaiians and the American Protestant missionaries resulted in the introduction of Christianity, the creation of the Hawaiian written language, widespread literacy, the promulgation of the concept of constitutional government....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Lingle Raises $1.7M for Senate Run
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 6091 Views :: Energy, Environment

Former Governor Linda Lingle's U.S. Senate campaign is continuing to gain momentum with today's release of her 2011 fourth quarter fundraising numbers, which topped her personal expectations and goal.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
DoE: Legislature Could Impose Teacher Evaluation Rejected by HSTA
By Andrew Walden @ 2:33 PM :: 7141 Views :: Energy, Environment

"Our goal is to have clear and compelling evidence for the U.S. DOE that shows we have the legal authority to implement these reforms" -- Stephen Schatz

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Hawaii College Debt Lowest in Nation
By News Release @ 1:03 PM :: 7675 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Hawaii students have an average of $15,500 in college debts, ranking 49th in the nation. Hawaii has the lowest proportion of college students with any debt at 38%.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Obama's State of Omission
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:55 AM :: 5147 Views :: National News, Ethics

The President says the state of the Union is getting stronger, but he is doing very little to ensure that happens.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Ted Liu Elected to Republican National Committee
By David S Chang @ 3:53 AM :: 8914 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On Saturday, January 21, 2012, the Hawaii Republican Party's State Committee elected Ted Liu as our new National Committeeman.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Abercrombie to Tesoro: Drop Dead
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 AM :: 12289 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...the Administration is doing what it can to promote closure—or discourage a buyer who does not meet the proper political criterion. Politically incorrect buyers can expect nothing but obstruction from the State....

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