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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
AUDIO: Hawai’i Free Press editor interviewed live
By Audio @ 6:41 PM :: 4738 Views :: Energy, Environment

Click  here to access the show LIVE from 9pm-930pm HST 11/30/2010. The call-in number is  (818) 739-8924.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Nader Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear His Hawaii Ballot Access Case
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 PM :: 7802 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On November 30, Ralph Nader asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his ballot access case from Hawaii.  The case number has not been assigned yet.  The case originated in 2004, and challenges the Hawaii policy that requires six times as many signatures for an independent presidential candidate, as for an entire new party.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
UH Manoa Researcher pushes to legalize kiddie porn
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 23703 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

Activist, masquerading as academic, argues for his preferred changes in society....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
New Hawaii website targets “waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars”
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 7976 Views :: Energy, Environment

The site exposes details for more than $12 billion in state spending and transfers since 2008. Using open records requests, GRIH procured spending data from every state agency and has placed it online in an easily searchable database. Site visitors can browse contractor payments, spending by agency, and even salary ranges for state government positions.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Don't Let Obama Pay Plan Freeze Real Reform
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 4272 Views :: National News, Ethics

The campaign to paper over President Barack Obama’s big government tax-and-spend record with symbolic political triangulation has begun.

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Hamas and Palestinian Suffering
By IPT News @ 10:53 PM :: 9403 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A leading American Muslim charity routed millions of dollars illegally to Hamas. An international convoy and flotilla campaign to deliver aid to Palestinians supports the Hamas government in Gaza.

Their advocates insist they want nothing more than to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people.

A review of Hamas' actions since seizing control of Gaza in 2007, however, shows the group is creating suffering.

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Abercrombie names communications staff
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 7134 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU, HI – Governor-Elect Neil Abercrombie today announced three key communications positions in Governor’s Office: Josh Levinson, Communications Director; Laurie Au, Deputy Communications Director; and Donalyn Dela Cruz, Press Secretary.

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Abercrombie names five Cabinet appointees
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 7697 Views :: Energy, Environment

Governor-Elect Abercrombie’s appointments are William J. Aila Jr. as the Chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Richard Lim as the Director of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism; Jodie Maesaka-Hirata as the Director of the Department of Public Safety; and Alapaki Nahale-a and Bobby Hall as the team leading the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands as its Director and Deputy Director, respectively.

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Monday, November 29, 2010
VIDEO: Newly elected GOP Reps plan for upcoming Legislative session
By Video @ 3:51 PM :: 12122 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Better Government Dec 2010 with Representatives George Fontaine (R-Kihei), Arron Ling Johanson (R-Aiea), Gil Riviere (R-North Shore) and Gene Ward Ph.D (R Hawaii Kai). 

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Another Wikileak on Obama’s sinking ship
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:31 PM :: 6967 Views :: National News, Ethics, World News, Family

This has not been a good month for the Obama Doctrine: The President came home empty-handed from Asia, North Korea fired artillery at South Korea just days after revealing nuclear facilities no one knew they had, and Obama failed to get the G-20 to take any action limiting trade imbalances. It was not supposed to be this way. After apologizing for all of our nation’s sins, the world was supposed to swoon at President Obama’s unparalleled charisma.

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Monday, November 29, 2010
Hawaii Concealed Carry launches Firearm Permit Initiative
By News Release @ 11:05 AM :: 12407 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

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Saturday, November 27, 2010
As debate looms, Honolulu Council Special Election residency challenges multiply
By Andrew Walden @ 7:39 PM :: 11298 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

Charges and counter charges over carpet-bagging and eligibility are proliferating in the December 9-29 Special Election for the Honolulu Council District 1 seat being vacated by Todd Apo.

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Friday, November 26, 2010
Fragile Urban Families: New findings show just how bad things are for the kids
By Selected News Articles @ 7:24 PM :: 8785 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

...within five years, a tiny 15 percent of the unmarried couples had actually taken wedding vows, while a whopping 60 percent had split up. At the five-year mark, only 36 percent of the children lived with their fathers, and half of the other 64 percent hadn’t seen their dads in the last month. One-half to two-thirds of the absent fathers provided little or no financial support....

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Friday, November 26, 2010
Hawaii Anti-Trust Adventures: Rubber hose enforcement
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 8644 Views :: Energy, Environment

Two companies and several individuals were being tried (in early 1960s Honolulu) for price fixing, a felony under the Sherman Antitrust Act. My star witness was an executive in one of the companies on trial — he turned state’s evidence in order to receive immunity from prosecution.

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Friday, November 26, 2010
Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:19 PM :: 4409 Views :: National News, Ethics

I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Residency Challenge filed against Kioni Dudley Council Candidacy
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 14435 Views :: Honolulu County, Politicians

The attached letter is a "voter challenge" that was filed with the City Clerk of the City and County of Honolulu Nov. 24, 2010 at 11:57 AM. It suggests that Mr. Michael Keoni Dudley has falsified voter registration and candidate registration information so that he can run in the District 1 Special Election for Todd Apo's old council seat.

UPDATE: Dudley calls LoPresti “Obsessed Voyeur” suggests job is at risk

LoPresti: “This multi-millionaire is now threatening me”

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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Three Republicans seek Ewa-Leeward Council Seat
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 7149 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

The General Election may be over, but Republicans have the chance to help elect a fellow Republican next month.  Three Republicans, Tom Berg, Bob McDermott and John Roco are vying for the City Council Seat.  

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Thursday, November 25, 2010
FULL TEXT: Hawaii $1.1B settlement agreement with Citigroup
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 6432 Views :: Energy, Environment

Georgina Kawamura, Director of the Hawaii Department of Budget and Finance stated:  “I believe this agreement makes sense for Hawaii.  Our goal in these negotiations has been to assure that our taxpayers will not receive less than par on these investments, and this agreement provides for that.”

“We’re pleased to provide this liquidity solution to the State,” said Alexander Samuelson, Director, Citi Public Affairs. 

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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Giving Thanks for the Free Market
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:23 AM :: 4350 Views :: National News, Ethics

As described by Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford in his diary Of Plymouth Plantation, the first Pilgrim winters in America were tough. The colonists failed to produce adequate food and shelter, and as a result, many did not survive. But eventually the colony rebounded. The Pilgrims did build sufficient homes and did plant enough crops to feed the entire colony. So great was their bounty that they celebrated with a harvest feast that eventually became the Thanksgiving holiday that we celebrate today. But what was the key to the colony’s turnaround? What drove them from poverty to prosperity? The answer may surprise you.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Mother of Lt Gov. Aiona dies at 93
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 6531 Views :: Energy, Environment

In lieu of flowers, the Lt. Governor’s family suggests a donation to the Reid J.K. Richards Foundation, which was Frances Aiona’s favorite charity. The foundation was established on behalf of the Lt. Governor’s nephew Reid, who passed away at the age of 33.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thanksgiving message from Lingle and Aiona
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 5105 Views

Let us also take a moment to express our appreciation for our men and women in uniform, serving both at home and abroad, who have volunteered to sacrifice time with their families to serve our nation and provide a warm blanket of safety for all of us.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Stop Treating Everyone As An Equal Threat
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:16 PM :: 6305 Views :: National News, Ethics

The Associated Press reported yesterday that “cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.” The article goes on to report that while the rest of the public is still subject to either a body scanner or “an intimate personal pat-down,”....

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Aiona: “Maybe run again for Governor in 2014”
By Selected News Articles @ 12:12 PM :: 5394 Views

Aiona said his decision to run for governor again will be based on the 2012 elections. He said he'll be looking at his party support, the presidential elections and the success or failure of governor Abercrombie's administration.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Hawaii High Schools ranked by college performance of graduates
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 7694 Views :: Energy, Environment

The College and Career Indicators Report is an annual collaboration between the State of Hawai‘i Department of Education (DOE) and the University of Hawai‘i, coordinated by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education. Hawai‘i P-20 issues this report each spring for the previous year’s graduating class.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Full Text: 18 Hawaii Groups call for greater openness at Legislature
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 6338 Views :: Energy, Environment

We commend the legislature for improvements in public access in recent years. However, we feel there is a lot more that needs to be done.  It is still very difficult for ordinary citizens to keep up with what is happening at the State Capitol if they cannot be there regularly in person.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Heritage: Don’t Give In To North Korea Demands
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:13 PM :: 10127 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

At 2:43 PM local time today, North Korea fired artillery rockets at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong setting dozens of residential homes ablaze, wounding three civilians and fifteen soldiers, and killing two South Korean Marines....

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Governor Lingle’s official portrait unveiled
By News Release @ 1:07 PM :: 6606 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
New Biography: The Spirit of Father Damien The Leper Priest-A Saint for Our Times
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 11402 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Energy, Environment

...the greatest gift he gave them was their transformation from a disordered, lawless throng exiled in desperate anarchy into a living community built on Jesus Christ, a community in which they learned to care for one another.

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Monday, November 22, 2010
Congress: How Hawaii delegation voted Nov 22
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 7892 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

November 22, 2010 Recent Congressional Votes:

  • Senate: Cloture Motion; Paycheck Fairness Act
  • House: Telework Improvements Act
  • House: Emergency Unemployment Compensation Continuation Act 
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Last elected BoE to be sworn in Nov 29
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 6253 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Board of Education will hold an induction ceremony on Monday, Nov. 29, for seven candidates elected on Nov. 2 to serve a four-year term as members of the Board.

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Monday, November 22, 2010
Obama’s New START limits anti-missile defense
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:42 PM :: 5401 Views

 President Obama’s New START contains at least five sections that limit missile defense, including....

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Monday, November 22, 2010
'You did what?' How anti-trust lawyer broke up Big 5
By Selected News Articles @ 1:31 PM :: 10302 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

When Hawaii became a state, the Department of Justice sent two attorneys to enforce the antitrust laws. I was one of them....

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Sunday, November 21, 2010
Hawaii GOP State Senate results underline importance of community commitment
By Andrew Walden @ 5:32 PM :: 7470 Views :: Energy, Environment

In spite of the GOP’s losses at the top of the ticket, re-integrating faith-based voters into the GOP has produced gains at the ballot box for legislative campaigns and made all the difference in 2010 candidate recruitment. 

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Sunday, November 21, 2010
First-hand report: North Korea has 2000 modern centrifuges
By News Release @ 2:48 PM :: 12026 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Saturday, November 20, 2010
Aloha Family Alliance: Our advice is do not give up
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 7299 Views :: Energy, Environment

It is sad to see Gary Okino leave the Democratic Party. I happen to be a life long Democrat, but I don't put the party ahead of what is morally necessary for our community to thrive. To be truly Democratic, as its name implies, the party should welcome divergent views.

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Friday, November 19, 2010
In face of opposition, lame duck Maui Council punts on property tax hike
By Andrew Walden @ 8:48 PM :: 9341 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

According to Council committee agenda, “The purpose of the proposed bill is to lower the home exemption from $300,000 to $200,000, for tax years beginning on or after July 1, 2011.”

The result of such a move would be to sharply increase residential property tax bills.  Calculated as a percentage, the tax hike would fall disproportionately on those whose homes have lower real estate values.

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Friday, November 19, 2010
BoE refuses to follow law: Rejects meal price increases
By News Release @ 6:43 PM :: 7121 Views :: Energy, Environment

The proposed price hikes came in response to Act 26, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Linda Lingle in 2009. It mandated the Department to set breakfast and lunch prices at no less than half the cost of preparing the meals due to escalating food, energy and labor costs.

Board Chairman Garrett Toguchi called for the Legislature to repeal Act 26, and provide sufficient funding for the school food program....

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Friday, November 19, 2010
Honolulu Shipper Maersk fined for doing business in Iran
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 13286 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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Friday, November 19, 2010
Our Economy Can't Afford More GM "Success" Stories
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:30 PM :: 4776 Views :: National News, Ethics

...if the Obama Administration keeps selling their GM stock at the IPO price, the U.S. taxpayer will lose $10 billion on the deal, and that does not include the loans GM still owes, cash for clunkers, the Chevy Volt subsidies, or the millions of unseen costs the unprecedented intervention has inflicted on our economy.....

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Friday, November 19, 2010
FULL TEXT: State Senate Committee Assignments Finalized
By News Release @ 12:39 PM :: 6641 Views :: Energy, Environment

Complete list of Hawaii State Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments 2010-2011.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Hawaii DoT sells $201M in bonds
By News Release @ 3:27 PM :: 6272 Views :: Energy, Environment

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle announced today that the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation – Harbors Division successfully sold $201.39 million of Harbors System Revenue Bonds to fund various capital projects for the State’s Harbors Modernization Plan and to refinance existing bonds for debt service savings. 

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Thursday, November 18, 2010
FULL TEXT: Report on Hawaii Personal Information Breaches -- 479,000 victims in state
By Selected News Articles @ 2:33 PM :: 8380 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Since 2005, at least 479,000 personal records have been breached in the state of Hawaii – records on one out of every three residents – according to a report by the Liberty Coalition.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Hawaii County seeks nominees for Reapportionment Commission
By News Release @ 11:56 AM :: 8364 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill

The Hawai‘i County Charter (Section 3-17) provides for the empanelling of a Reapportionment Commission every ten years, beginning in 1991, which means 2011 is a “reapportionment year.” Nine citizens (one from each Council district) will be nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the Council by March 1, 2011.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010
Four Loko: Does The FDA Really Need More Power?
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:32 AM :: 9545 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Our long national nightmare is over. Phusion Projects, the makers of Four Loko brand caffeinated malt beverages, announced yesterday that it will remove the caffeine from its products. Phusion’s decisions came just one day after Senator Chuck Schumer (D–NY) pushed the Food and Drug Administration to ban “these dangerous and toxic drinks.” ...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Honolulu Council Special Election: Mel Kahele, Waimanalo Gulch, and other baggage
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 14705 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Labor, Politicians

In the formally non-partisan winner-take-all race, Kahele, a Democrat, will face former GOP State Rep Bob McDermott, and Democrats Matthew LoPresti and Christopher Lewis.  But Kahele’s chances may hinge on voters, media, and opposing campaigns not having time to do research.  Kahele carries a lot of baggage, including a metaphorical steamer trunk loaded with the fragrant burden of Waimanalo Gulch.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Panos: Carlisle’s start disappointing
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 4995 Views

What a disappointing start for Carlisle. It is too obvious now that he does not know anybody other than a group of downtown lawyers. So he made Managing Director a deputy prosecutor and reappointed the Mufi cabinet!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
FULL TEXT: New version of Akaka Bill introduced in US Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 8:06 PM :: 12997 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A new version of the Akaka Bill was introduced yesterday in the US Senate by Sen. Dan Akaka (D-HI).  In accordance with Senate rules, the new bill, designated S. 3945, was read twice on the Senate floor and then referred to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.    A text of S. 3945 is not yet available.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
S&P Downgrades Hawaiian Electric to Brink of Junk, Conservation, Regulatory Lag Blamed
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 PM :: 6578 Views :: Energy, Environment

WSJ: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services cut its rating on Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (HE) and its electric utility subsidiaries by one notch to the brink of junk.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Maui Council to consider property tax hike on residential homeowners
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 8179 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL

Today, Tuesday November 16th, the Maui County Council will be accepting public testimony regarding a big proposed property tax increase. If you can make it you can sign in to testify by 1:30 pm on the 8th floor of the County building.

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Monday, November 15, 2010
Inouye becomes useless? House, Senate Republicans place moratorium on Earmarks
By News Release @ 7:23 PM :: 10051 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

So much for Neil Abercrombie’s “more federal funds” refrain, eh? If this holds, Inouye will no longer be able to buy off his cronies and the corporatist state will starve.  Hawaii Democrats will be relegated to peddling marijuana, assisted suicide, and gay marriage as substitutes for pork barrel projects.

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