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Thursday, January 7, 2010
Hawai`i Free Press closes out 2009 with more online readers than Honolulu Advertiser
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 5402 Views :: Energy, Environment

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Obamacare, COFA, and the upcoming $350M State budget gap: Lingle vs Congressional Delegation
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 1:11 PM :: 9183 Views :: Energy, Environment

In Hawaii, we have some of America’s most generous Medicaid programs – especially for children. Medicaid enrollment jumped by almost 15 percent in 2009, and last spring the State Department of Human Services had to delay $43.5 million in payments for medical care because of a serious budget shortfall.

Nearly one year later, we are still unable to catch up with our Medicaid funding deficit, and it is about to get worse – a lot worse. On January 1, 2011, the boost to states for Medicaid programs from the national stimulus funding will come to an abrupt end after nine quarters. That means Hawaii will stop receiving more than $350 million in federal funds....

If Congress forces Hawaii to further increase Medicaid eligibility and benefits, we could only pay the bill by slashing other government programs or by raising taxes. Neither option is acceptable, in my opinion. 

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Lack of Law Put Minors at Risk in Hawaii (Is Hawaii a haven for pimps?)
By Selected News Articles @ 12:24 PM :: 7804 Views :: Energy, Environment

Marcus X Arrington's victim was only 16-years-old when he allegedly forced her into prostitution.

While she can't be named because she is a minor, her story fits the profile of many others. She ran away from home hoping to escape its problems. Arrington allegedly promised to help but instead brandished a handgun and forced her to work for him....To keep her in compliance, she says she was beaten and sexually assaulted by her captor.  

Hawaii is one of eight states without a human trafficking law. If this were New York, Arrington would face up to 25 years in jail for this felony offense. Instead, he is charged with promoting prostitution, a crime that can be classed as a misdemeanor and carries a very broad sentence ranging from one day and ten years.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Constitutional Amendment: Aiona Proposes Hawaii Elect Secretary of State
By News Release @ 9:09 PM :: 7271 Views :: Energy, Environment

Currently, voters in Hawai‘i have no direct authority over the Office of Elections. The Elections Commission, which appoints the Chief Elections Officer, is composed of individuals selected by only four members of the State Legislature.

Hawai‘i consistently ranks at or near the bottom nationally for voter turnout.

If passed, the constitutional amendment would give Hawai‘i voters the authority to decide in the 2010 General Election whether or not to establish an elected, nonpartisan Secretary of State.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Bennett: New Akaka Bill guarantees years of litigation
By Selected News Articles @ 7:36 PM :: 9696 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The move ignited a furor in Honolulu. Gov. Linda Lingle and Attorney General Mark Bennett, who found out about the changes just hours before the Dec. 16 House vote, promptly reversed their support for the bill, saying the revisions could endanger Hawaii's economic and legal standing. Both officials are Republicans.

"The new bill explicitly states that it gives the state of Hawaii no authority to tax or regulate the new tribe, while ambiguously stating that nothing in the bill will itself pre-empt state authority over Native Hawaiians or their property," said Mr. Bennett in a statement. "Such a provision would guarantee years, if not decades, of litigation."

Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, the state's senior Democratic senator, told local reporters in Honolulu last week that differences were being "ironed out" with the governor's office and predicted the Senate would vote on the amended bill in February. But to date, no final deal has been announced.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Kubo: Governor nominates former Federal prosecutor to First Circuit Bench
By News Release @ 11:30 AM :: 10425 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Kubo served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii from 2001 to October 2009, and prior to that was Assistant U.S. Attorney for 11 years. During his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kubo focused on major federal criminal investigations such as white collar crimes, mortgage fraud, civil rights violations, tax evasion, corruption, crimes on government installations and violent crimes.

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Monday, January 4, 2010
Case again implies Hanabusa disrespectful, lacking in knowledge
By Andrew Walden @ 11:41 PM :: 12086 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

In an obvious reference to Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, (D-Koolina) Case argues that those who "have suggested that we don't need the special election until our regular primary election on September 18th" demonstrate "not only a disrespect for our rights as citizens, but a basic lack of knowledge of how Capitol Hill works and what's at stake."

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Monday, January 4, 2010
Responding to Abercrombie resignation: Djou "ready and eager" for early Special Election
By Andrew Walden @ 6:30 PM :: 11448 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

"We are ready and eager to bring our message of fiscal responsibility to Hawaii voters in a May special election."

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Monday, January 4, 2010
Abercrombie resignation effective Feb 28
By Andrew Walden @ 5:01 PM :: 16028 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Under Hawaii law a Special Election may be held no earlier than 60 days after a vacancy occurs.  That would be Thursday, April 29, 2010.  There is no outside limit on when the Special Election can be held.  Trailing in the polls, Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D-Koolina) has suggested that Hawaii "cannot afford" a Special Election. 

Republican Honolulu councilman Charles Djou is leading in the fund race.  The other candidate is the widely hated Democrat Ed Case whose failed challenge against Dan Akaka in 2006 still rankles many Hawaii Democrats.  Case, who calls Hanabusa "clueless", has already indicated he would again seek a Senate seat if the opportunity arose.

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Monday, January 4, 2010
Mufi chases Neil Abercrombie out of Congress
By Andrew Walden @ 12:45 PM :: 14347 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Abercrombie has handed his ally Ed Case an advantage over Hanabusa in that she will be required to attend to legislative business during the abbreviated campaign and Case has previous experience with the 2003 special election.   On the other hand Case is despised by his own Party after challenging Dan Akaka for US Senate in 2006.  With two hogtied Democrat frontrunners, the advantage shifts to Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010
AlQaeda celebrates New Year with failed axe-attack on Danish cartoonist
By Andrew Walden @ 7:56 PM :: 10210 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

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September 30, 2005 cartoon drawn by Westergaard became focal point of manufactured controversy starting in February, 2006.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010
Your picks: Our Top Stories from 2009
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 AM :: 8975 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Here is a complete list of all 38 Hawai`i Free Press stories with unique hit counts over 1000 views.  These are YOUR picks for the most interesting stories of 2009--unedited and in reverse chronological order.   Of these, 28 are Hawaii state or local news stories and 10 are national news stories. 

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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Hawaii: Obamabot wrecks car after flipping off protesters
By Andrew Walden @ 3:00 AM :: 11926 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Lining the streets outside the President's Kailua vacation home Saturday, protesters hoped to send Obama a message against the funding of abortion services in health care legislation now under consideration in the House and Senate.  Many passing drivers honked their horns in support, but some devotedly pro-Obama motorists had a markedly different reaction.

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Thursday, December 31, 2009
Drudge Report, Time Magazine point to Hawai`i Free Press
By Andrew Walden @ 2:05 AM :: 12521 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

The one church in Hawaii with which Obama does have a family connection is unlikely to be the place where the First Family would worship on Christmas Eve. As a child, Obama occasionally attended Sunday school classes at the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, and his family held a memorial service there for his grandmother last Christmas. Conservative critics were quick to point out that the First Unitarian Church has a controversial history — in 1969, the church offered sanctuary to servicemen who refused to go to Vietnam. The refuge was brief, however, as military police invaded church grounds to arrest the soldiers.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Hanabusa: "Ed Case not forgiven, should bow out"
By Andrew Walden @ 1:50 PM :: 15638 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The fight continues over whether Democrats have forgiven former Rep Ed Case (D-HI) for implying Sen Dan Akaka (D-HI) was a feebleminded, ineffectual, ultra liberal during Case's failed 2006 primary campaign.  

Case just before Christmas called upon Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D-Koolina) to drop out of the race and called her "clueless".  Hanabusa has responded in a December 26 interview with The Hill by calling on Case to drop out and calling him "not forgiven", "not a team player" and "not a consensus builder." 

Hanabusa has drawn Rep Neil Abercrombie into the melee, claiming that he is distancing himself from Case. 

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Monday, December 28, 2009
Lingle: HSTA/DoE furlough plan "not credible"
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 8248 Views :: Energy, Environment

Today’s proposal being floated in the media would use more than two-thirds of the $50 million offered by the Governor and would only restore five days of instruction.  “This arrangement is not a credible plan, it is not fiscally responsible and it is not sustainable,” Governor Lingle stated. 

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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Furlough settlement: HSTA-DoE to submit new ransom demands to Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 2:06 AM :: 9159 Views :: Energy, Environment

Without re-opening the HSTA-DoE Master Agreement, teacher planning days cannot be eliminated.  So it would appear that the HSTA and DOE have simply agreed to grab the $50M--or more--and use it to cut out some of the furlough days without any sacrifice on the HSTA's part.  The hostage-takers have gotten together and are presenting a new ransom demand. 

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
DJOU: GOP Pick-up in Obama Country? (Human Events)
By Selected News Articles @ 11:22 AM :: 11915 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The first special U.S. House election of 2010 will be held in the 1st District (Honolulu) of the state that claims Barack Obama as a native son. And this is what makes the upcoming contest most interesting: It could well be won by a Republican.

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Monday, December 21, 2009
Ed Case announces candidacy -- for SENATE: Calls Hanabusa clueless
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 PM :: 14583 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Interviewed by The Hill, December 18 Case says: "I’ve never ruled out the Senate.  If there is that opportunity, I’m not going to sit here at the end of 2009 and say I’m not going to be a candidate.”

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Monday, December 21, 2009
Fear of Failure: Candidate Hanabusa says "we cannot afford special election"
By Andrew Walden @ 8:22 PM :: 10993 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

In a bizarre email message to her supporters December 18, Senate President Colleen Hanabusa (D-Koolina) says there is "real concern" about ... "bankrolling a special election we cannot afford...."  She suggests the other option would be "doing without representation in Congress for a year." 

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Monday, December 21, 2009
Lingle submits plan to close $1.23B Budget shortfall
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 10286 Views :: Energy, Environment

Cost saving measures totaling $452.3 million for FY 2010 that have already been implemented include reducing specific appropriations, eliminating cash funding of capital improvements, debt restructuring and a comprehensive 13.85 percent restriction on operating budget appropriations.  In addition, because 60 percent of the State budget pays for salaries and benefits of State employees, the Administration instituted payroll savings through furloughs and reductions in force.

However, these steps alone are not sufficient to close the expanding budget gap for FY 2010, which now totals $721 million.

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Monday, December 21, 2009
Obamacare Medicaid expansion knocks $41M hole in Hawaii State budget--but Nebraska gets free ride
By News Release @ 2:48 PM :: 8508 Views :: Energy, Environment

Senator Ben Nelson got an unprecedented deal to force federal taxpayers to pick up 100% of the cost of Nebraska's Medicaid expansion--forever.

(Medicaid expansion in Hawaii?  Here's the cost >>> Obamacare punches $41M hole in Hawaii State Budget.  Looks like Inouye and Akaka don't have the clout that Ben Nelson has.  Too bad they're so liberal.)

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Friday, December 18, 2009
UHERO Hawaii Quarterly Forecast Update: Recovery will not quickly yield tangible benefits
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 7644 Views :: Energy, Environment

While there are now clearer signs of an imminent recovery, risks abound, including possible additional fallout from state and local government fiscal crises and a possible stall in the global upturn. The beginning of local recovery will not quickly yield tangible benefits for many local households. Jobs will still be hard to find for several years, social welfare needs will abate only slowly, and income losses for public and private sector workers will persist for some time.

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Friday, December 18, 2009
Human Events: Only 34 Percent of Hawaii Supports Akaka Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 9786 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

With President Bush no longer wielding a veto and a Hawaiian in the White House, Democrats would need to stumble badly to botch the passage of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. Fortunately for conservatives, that's exactly what's happening.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes amended Akaka Bill--could exclude majority of Hawaiians from Tribe
By Andrew Walden @ 7:21 PM :: 10409 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Like the failed House amendments, the new version of S1011 creates a previously unknown category of "Qualified Native Hawaiian Constituents" which will exclude tens of thousands of Native Hawaiians from membership in the Akaka Tribe while at the same time opening the doors to people who are not ethnically Hawaiian.  It is likely that the vast majority of Hawaiians living outside of Hawaii will be excluded from becoming the Akaka Tribe under the rules laid down in Section 12 of the S1011.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Lt Gov Duke Aiona releases campaign video biography
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 9289 Views :: Energy, Environment

This 10 minute video lays out the primary themes of Duke Aiona's campaign for Governor. See it here...

 

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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hear Akaka Bill at 9:15AM HST
By Andrew Walden @ 11:31 AM :: 7997 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Will Dan Akaka introduce the existing version of S1011 or will he introduce a new version of S1011 modeled on the version of HR2314 which blew up in Neil Abercrombie's face yesterday?    

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Smith: HSTA seeks to limit after-school programs
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 7434 Views :: Energy, Environment

HSTA has side-stepped the primary issue by proposing to reopen portions of the original contract unrelated to the furlough issue and is seeking changes that would compromise the safety of the children and limit their after-school programs.  The HSTA is now saying they do not want teachers to participate in campus and playground supervision responsibilities during lunch hours.  And they no longer want teachers to voluntarily participate in school-related activities after the regular school day – such as glee club, debate team, robotics, or prom night.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Rejected: Akaka rewrite blows up in Abercrombie's face--but original version passes
By News Release @ 4:21 PM :: 11141 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

At the outset of the hearing, Republicans expressed their fundamental constitutional concerns with this effort to create a separate governing entity for Native Hawaiians, and served full notice to Committee Democrats that we intended to use every House rule and parliamentary tool available to us to insist our concerns be heard.  Until Representative Abercrombie stated his intentions to not push forward the proposed changes, Republicans demonstrated their dedication to using all tools available to them.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Hearing stalls as Democrats attempt Markup of rewritten Akaka Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 1:19 PM :: 9648 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Over the years, they’ve both traveled here to Washington, D.C. and testified to Congress in favor of the original text of the bill.  Now that the bill has been substantially rewritten behind closed doors, they’ve been compelled to send a five-page letter expressing opposition to the proposed changes the Committee is scheduled to consider today.  The Attorney General and Governor have only had the full text of the proposed changes for a matter of, literally, hours. Postponing until February 24th will allow them time to fully review the changes and have their concerns understood and considered by this Committee.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Live Webcast: House Natural Resources Committee hearings on the Akaka Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 2:17 AM :: 10830 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The live webcasts will begin approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the hearing.  Hearing begins at 5AM HST (10AM EST) Weds December 16.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Zogby: Majority of Hawaii voters against Akaka Bill
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 12266 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

A new poll of registered Hawaii voters, conducted by Zogby International, has found that a majority of those surveyed oppose the Akaka Bill. The poll was conducted from November 18 to 23, 2009.  Zogby International surveyed more than 500 registered voters in Hawaii.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Did Inouye Lie? National Review confirms "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack" claim
By Selected News Articles @ 5:43 PM :: 11467 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

For years (since 1999), Daniel Akaka has been trying to make the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act law. On Friday afternoon, the minority on the House Natural Resources Committee got word that there will be a mark-up on it on Wednesday. Apparently there's an agreement on the bill, but Republicans on the committee haven't seen it.  The Hill rumor is that Democrats plan to attach Akaka to the Department of Defense funding bill before this session ends — basically, sneaking it in at a busy, contentious time of year to avoid full debate.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
House Republicans call for Akaka Bill to be removed from Markup
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 11471 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

Early last week, an agreement was reached with the Democrat Majority that Wednesday’s markup would consist of non-controversial bills that could be considered quickly.  Democrats issued notice on Friday that the Native Hawaiian bill would be added.  The Majority has had no communication with Republicans regarding this legislation since they canceled a markup on this bill without explanation in early July....

 

The magnitude of the changes being proposed deserve careful consideration and an opportunity for all those who may be impacted, especially the people and elected leaders of the State of Hawaii, to properly review the rewritten text.  The proposed changes have only been available to the Republican side of the Committee for a matter of days, and the State of Hawaii has had the full text of the proposed changes for only a matter of hours.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
HSTA playbook copied: NY Teachers unions also sabotage efforts to win "Race to the Top" dollars
By Selected News Articles @ 12:05 PM :: 10435 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

New York’s stubborn resistance to the data revolution not only harms the education our children receive; it leaves hundreds of millions of federal dollars on the table during a massive budget crunch. The Obama administration’s Race to the Top grant competition will distribute $4.35 billion to states that pursue modern education reforms. According to the competition’s rules, however, any state with a law that prohibits the use of test-score data to evaluate teachers is immediately disqualified from consideration. A state’s application also becomes more attractive under the guidelines if its data set matches students to teachers. Currently, New York fails on both counts.

And so does Hawaii....

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Inouye denies planning "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack"
By Andrew Walden @ 8:31 PM :: 11051 Views :: Energy, Environment

Dozens of protesters gathered this morning on one day's notice in downtown Honolulu to denounce what they termed an "Akaka Bill Sneak Attack"--purported efforts to insert the Akaka Bill into unrelated "must pass" legislation.  In a statement released today Senator Dan Inouye (D-HI) denied the protesters specific claim that he had planned to attach the Akaka Bill to a Defense Appropriations measure and called the Akaka Bill process "fully transparent". 

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Judicial Nominee lists released: Lingle seeks public input
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 11089 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

Governor Linda Lingle today released two lists of judicial nominees that were provided to her by the Judicial Selection Commission to fill one vacancy each on the Intermediate Court of Appeals and the First Circuit Court (O‘ahu).  Governor Lingle is making the lists available to the public to encourage public comment on the nominees. ... The Governor has 30 days from receipt of the lists (December 11, 2009) to submit her selections to the Hawai‘i State Senate, which would need to confirm the nominees.

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Ed Case's 2006 "felony" vote: Greens vs. Illegals
By Andrew Walden @ 8:47 AM :: 16355 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

It is easy to portray the anti-immigration sentiment as coming entirely from the political Right. But the environmentalist Left is also a big part of the anti-immigration effort. Groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a leading anti-immigration group, played a key role in two failed attempts to take over the Sierra Club in 1998 and again in 2004. FAIR and its offshoot, Numbers USA, advocate not only an end to illegal immigration and deportation of all illegals, but also reduced levels of legal immigration....

Hawaii Representatives Neil Abercrombie, D-HI, and Ed Case, D-HI, (first and second Congressional districts, respectively) both voted on December 16 to keep the felony provision in the bill. Case then voted to approve HB 4437 as a whole while Abercrombie voted against it. Case has close ties to the environmentalist Hawaii Nature Conservancy: his sister Suzanne Case is their Executive Director.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sovereignty activists protest Akaka Bill "Sneak Attack" -- Bill could be inserted into "must pass" legislation
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 11639 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE & PROTEST TOMORROW!

  • WHAT – AKAKA BILL SNEAK ATTACK PUBLIC PROTEST
  • WHEN – MONDAY, DECEMBER 14th @ 7 AM to 9 AM
  • WHERE – CORNERS OF BERETANIA STREET & PUNCHBOWL, Downtown Honolulu. 
  • WHY – DEMAND A FAIR & OPEN PROCESS
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Ka`auwai: Abercrombie embarrassed by earmark for campaign co-chair
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 11:26 AM :: 8653 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

The people of Hawai'i are tired of tax and spend policies that leave future generations with a huge financial burden.  Republican Charles Djou is the only candidate in this race who can bring the kind of fiscal accountability to Washington that the people of Hawai'i and the nation deserve.

Has Mufi’s strong fundraising lead and widespread appeal threatened Abercrombie’s run for governor, so much that he has to bail from one office to run fulltime for another?  Is he so afraid of his vote record and the tough votes that are pending in Congress?  Perhaps he’s embarrassed by the $3.5 million earmark he proposed for a company whose president co-chairs his gubernatorial campaign. 

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Saturday, December 12, 2009
Akaka Bill to be voted by House and Senate Committees
By Andrew Walden @ 12:44 AM :: 10702 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

On Wednesday December 16 Abercrombie's House Natural Resources subcommittee will vote on HR 2314, the "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009" better known as the Akaka Bill.  The committee will meet at 10AM EST (5AM HST) in room 1324 Longworth.

The following day at 2:15PM EST (9:15AM HST) the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, meeting in Dirksen room 628, is scheduled to vote on the companion bill--S1011.  The vote had been originally scheduled for December 9 but has been rescheduled to the 17th. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009
UNRAVELING: MoveOn.org denounces Democrats' health care deal
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 7718 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

HEALTH DEAL UNRAVELING:  This fight isn't over yet, no matter how many times the media tries to declare the death of the public option. It'd only take one or two senators to unravel this deal, and progressive senators Russ Feingold and Bernie Sanders both indicated last night that their support can't be taken for granted.   (...so sad...)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Lingle sets priorities for last 12 months
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 9:59 PM :: 6366 Views :: Energy, Environment

Our priorities include:

  • stimulating the economy and creating jobs,
  • reforming our public education system,
  • developing clean energy sources while achieving energy security,
  • modernizing our transportation infrastructure,
  • protecting the environment, and
  • creating brighter futures for our students through scholastic robotics and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programs.
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Sunday, December 6, 2009
HSTA using furloughs to keep “Race to the Top” dollars—and reform--out of Hawaii schools
By Andrew Walden @ 3:25 PM :: 13482 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics

The HSTA has conspired with the DoE and BoE to make the furloughs as damaging as possible in order to put Hawaii schools so far out of the competition that the Hawaii Legislature will see no point in trying to enact the education reforms which could help win “Race to the Top” funding.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009
Honokaa, Waiakea, McKinley, Pearl Highlands robotics teams heading for World Championship
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 7324 Views :: Energy, Environment

Four Hawai’i schools who competed at the Pan Pacific Championship qualified to advance to the VEX Robotics World Championship that will take place at the Dallas Convention Center and Arena April 22 - 24, 2010, including: Honokaa High School, Waiakea High School, McKinley High School, Pearl Highlands Intermediate.  At the World Championship, these winning teams will have the opportunity to challenge their top-ranked peers from other countries around the world, including teams from the Asian Robotics League, South America and Europe.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
Kaauwai: "Failure Fridays"
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 8:07 PM :: 6896 Views :: Energy, Environment

With discussions stalled until mid-December, public unions bosses are showing their priorities do not lie with Hawai'i’s children.  They simply ignore the financial reality the rest of Hawai'i has already begun to face.  Instead of reallocating from the DOE/BOE bureaucracy, these uncaring public union leaders are mercilessly pulling more money from teachers’ pockets and valuable class time from students.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
Lingle Administration: Special Session unlikely, HSTA furlough negotiations "unproductive"
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 7456 Views :: Energy, Environment

Almost three weeks since the plan was announced, we are still in lengthy and unproductive discussions with the State Teachers union.  It is disappointing that the next discussions aren’t scheduled again until December 15th and 16th. This delay will seriously impact the possibility of teachers voting on the contract changes and the convening of a special session to enact the necessary legislation to use the State’s Rainy Day Fund.  This will result in further loss of classroom time in the month of January.

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Friday, December 4, 2009
Greenhouse Gas Observatories Downwind from Erupting Volcanoes
By Andrew Walden @ 2:29 AM :: 21011 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

... For some reason, they fail to mention the erupting volcano next door ....

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Thursday, December 3, 2009
Aiona: Volunteers raise $400,000 for Hawaii Fire Department
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 2:16 PM :: 8115 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Energy, Environment

Dr. Frank Sayre and Laura Mallery-Sayre experienced first-hand the heroism of the Hawai‘i Fire Department when they lost their son in a hiking accident in Polulu Valley.  The Hawai‘i Fire Department did not have rappelling ropes long enough to reach the bottom of the valley, so firefighters flew a helicopter into the narrow terrain at great personal risk.

Since then, Frank and Laura, motivated by the bravery and heroism of the firefighters, began the Daniel Sayre Foundation to raise money to buy equipment for the Hawai‘i Fire Department. Their efforts have been met with resounding success in the community, as they have raised more than $400,000 to provide essential life-saving equipment and training for our firefighters.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Reaction: "The President has finally made up his mind to confront the Taliban and defeat Islamic radicals"
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 11360 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, World News, Family

A U.S. Army cadet shows off a book that he is reading entitled ...Cadets await speech at West Point

"After vacillating for months, I am happy the President has finally made up his mind to confront the Taliban and defeat Islamic radicals.  This is the right decision and deserves our nation's full support," stated Djou.  "The war in Afghanistan is a fight we must win."

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Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT