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Hawaii Senate Bill Requires Minimum 190 School Days

Waimanalo Elementary & Intermediate School

Following the national embarrassment in 2009 of looking like a state of fools for suddenly having the shortest number of school days in the nation for our public school students, despite the fact that they perennially rank near rock-bottom of the 50 states in student achievement, the state Senate is looking to provide some relief.
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The Honolulu Advertiser

Public school students could spend a minimum of 190 days and 36 hours a week in class, based on a bill passed out of the Senate's Committee on Education and Housing yesterday.

While the measure was introduced as a result of widespread discontent with public teacher furloughs, the bill, if it survives the legislative session, would not affect the current furloughs. It would not take effect until the 2011-12 school year.

Full article [The Honolulu Advertiser]

Report: Hundreds Forced into Labor, Sex in Ohio

by Matt Leingang

Thursday, February 11, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- About 1,000 American-born children are forced into the sex trade in Ohio every year and about 800 immigrants are sexually exploited and pushed into sweatshop-type jobs, a new report on human trafficking in the state said Wednesday.

Ohio's weak laws on human trafficking, its growing demand for cheap labor and its proximity to the Canadian border are key contributors to the illegal activity, according to a report by the Trafficking in Persons Study Commission.

Full article [AP]

Link:

Ohio Trafficking Commission Meeting [GraceHaven] Jul 30, 2009

The Welfare Example

Roy Beck

Want smaller government? You have to reduce immigration

by Roy Beck, Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

For those of you whose primary political interest is stopping the growth of government or even shrinking it, you have to contend with national leaders who say they agree with you but who refuse to deal with immigration. They say immigration is a "social" issue that isn't related to government spending and deficit issues. They couldn't be more wrong. . . .

Let's start with this tidbit from government data provided by the Center for Immigration Studies (Table 13: "Immigrant Households with Children Under 18"):

Roughly ONE-HALF of all immigrant households with kids are accessing the welfare system, especially food and Medicaid welfare.

In this case, "immigrant" includes both authorized and illegal foreign citizens allowed by the federal government to settle in our country. Since 2000, that number each year has averaged around 1.3 million a year -- plus another 1 million births to those immigrant households.

With one-half of those households being poor enough to use the federal, state and local welfare systems, is there anybody blind enough to think that adding 2.3 million people a year to immigrant households is not driving huge increases in government?

That is 23 million disproportionately poor and welfare-using people a decade!

NumbersUSA doesn't take a specific stand on whether government should be bigger or smaller. But we do think it is strange that our government has this humongous program that imports massive amounts of poverty into the country each year. And the welfare use is just the tip of the iceberg. If about half of these households are poor enough to qualify for some form of welfare, that means they can't come close to paying the taxes required to provide for all the extra physical and social infrastructure to take care of the presence of these 23 million new residents each decade.

Even stranger is that this gargantuan driver of bigger and bigger government was promoted and continues to be supported by the Republican National Committee and by the Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Republican leaders every day castigate Pres. Obama for trying to bloat government, but Republican leaders resolutely refuse to even suggest that the government reduce its importation of welfare-using immigrants.

Why?

The reason should be clear: Republican leaders may say they want to shrink Big Government, but not if it gets in the way of pleasing their cheap-labor corporate donors and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Two key drivers of the growth in welfare usage and bigger government are the chain migration and visa lottery categories of our immigration system.

Those two categories would be eliminated by the Gingrey bill and the Goodlatte bill (a couple of Republicans who are sincere in their concerns about the size of government and the burden on taxpayers).

Click on their names above to see if your U.S. Representative has signed on.

Not a single U.S. Senator — Republican or Democrat — has cared enough to even introduce a bill in that chamber.

But Republican leaders in Washington will not allow these immigration reductions or any other to be pushed to the top of their agenda. The word from the leaders is that Republicans are to ignore immigration altogether this year. The intent of the Republican leaders is to ensure that 23 million people continue to be added to the heavily welfare-using immigrant households each decade. That is one form of bigger government that the Republican leaders love.

Internet Freedom of Speech under Attack in the U.S.

Freedom of speech on the Internet frightens many people in government and private industry. They don't want too much sunshine where they live and are going on the offensive to shut people up. Censorship is already in place in much of the world, including countries that one wouldn't until recently have expected, such as Canada, the U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Alex Jones explains what's coming down the pike for the U.S.


The Daily Paul has a comment section on this.

Naked Body Scanner Images of Indian Film Star Printed, Circulated by Airport Staff

Claims on behalf of authorities that naked body scanner images are immediately destroyed after passengers pass through new x-ray backscatter devices have been proven fraudulent after it was revealed that naked images of Indian film star Shahrukh Khan were printed out and circulated by airport staff at Heathrow in London.

UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said last week that the images produced by the scanners were deleted “immediately” and airport staff carrying out the procedure are fully trained and supervised.

“It is very important to stress that the images which are captured by body scanners are immediately deleted after the passenger has gone through the body scanner,” Adonis told the London Evening Standard

Full article [Info Wars]
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Links:

Full Body Scanners to Fry Travelers with radiation [HPI]

Oral History of John Gofman [U.S. Office of Health, Safety & Security]

Former El Al Airlines Head Tells Us How It’s Done   But body scanners are a bad idea, he says [HPI]

Explosive used on Detroit-bound flight is common, easily detectible with right equipment [MLive]

Gubernatorial and Congressional District 1 Fundraising Numbers Released

Charles Djou
Ed Case
Duke Aiona
Mufi Hannemann
Neil Abercrombie

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest fundraising figures for congressional candidates Colleen Hanabusa (D), Charles Djou (R), Ed Case (D), and gubernatorial candidates Duke Aiona (R), Mufi Hannemann (D) and Neil Abercrombie (D) were posted on Hawaii Reporter on February 3.

There were no figures in the article for gubernatorial candidate John Carroll (R).

Full article

Rep. Lynn Finnegan Questions the DoE Chair

Representative Lynn Finnegan, Minority Caucus Leader questions the DoE Chair Garrett Toguchi in a Finance Committee Informational Briefing.

Students First, No Excuses

Republican press conference

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Left to right: Representatives Corinne Ching, Kymberly Pine, Gene Ward Ph.D., Lynn Finnegan (House Minority Leader), Cynthia Thielen, Barbara Marumoto and Senator Sam Slom


"The legislature won't face the facts. We need to put our students first, no more excuses. We agree with the Governors' statement yesterday that we are not equipping public school students for jobs or college," said House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan. "Hawaii is consistently near the bottom in terms of national ranking. This is a fact we've known for many years. We rank 13th in the country in terms of per pupil spending. We are expending, on the average, about $11,000 per student. And this is without debt service or fringe benefits. We know that principals, and teachers, and students, and parents, and communities are frustrated with the system we've given them," stated Representative Finnegan (R-32nd District, Lower Pearlridge, Aiea, Halawa, Hickam, Pearl Harbor, Moanalua Gardens)

"There is no accountability right now in the system. The Governor said it best when she said, the buck stops nowhere. We are promoting and advocating for not only eliminating the Board of Education, but instead replacing that with the Governor's cabinet having the Superintendent. Lack of transparency is also the cause of many of the results we've had," continued Rep. Finnegan. "We strongly agree with the previous Governors that lack of funding is not the problem. The U.S. Census ranks Hawaii 13th highest in terms of per student operating expenditures."

Today, the House and Senate are poised to move bills that raise taxes and raid the Hurricane Relief Fund to increase funding to public education. Late last year, the House Republicans proposed measures to fix the public education system and end 'Furlough Fridays', including a comprehensive audit of the Department of Education, support for charter schools, increasing accountability in the public education system by making the Superintendent a cabinet position, and mandating a minimum number of school days and hours. Those measures have since been introduced as part of the House Minority Package, as the "KIDS (Keiki Investment and Development) Act."

"We need to enact real change, and not fake reform," concluded Rep. Finnegan.

Veteran Congressman's Death Adds to Barack Obama's Woes

John Murtha (D-PA)

Democrats fear Republicans will win seat held since 1974

President's poll ratings fall further amid health care impasse

The Democratic party faces another election test after the death yesterday of John Murtha, a congressman dubbed by his colleagues the "king of pork".

Murtha, aged 77, had been in the House of Representatives since being elected to his Pennsylvania district in 1974.

The fear in the party is that Republicans will notch up another victory when a special election is held, probably May.

Full article [The Guardian] (U.K.)

Link:

Navy doctors reviewing gall bladder surgery on Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), who died of complications

Charles Djou, Candidate for U.S. House, District 1

Hawaii Political Info does not endorse any candidate and seeks to provide nonpartisan information.

For information on other 2010 candidates, see the top two blocks to the right.

Charles Djou is running in the special election to fill the remainder of Congressman Neil Abercrombie's unexpired term. Abercrombie has announced that he will resign effective February 28, 2010 to focus on his gubernatorial race.

The date of the special election has not been fixed, but could take place as early as May 1, 2010 or as late as the primary in September.

Regardless of who wins the special election, all three candidates (Djou [R], Colleen Hanabusa [D] and Ed Case [D]) have said they will also run in the regularly scheduled elections later this year to fill the next full term for District 1 (urban Honolulu).
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Charles Djou

Republican

Running for U.S. Representative (District 1 - urban Honolulu).

Presently City & County of Honolulu councilmember for District 4 (Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Waialae-Iki, Kalani Valley, Kahala, Wilhemina Rise, a portion of Kapahulu, a portion of Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Waikiki, and a portion of Ala Moana).

District 1 Map (pdf)

Campaign website
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Charles Djou [Wikipedia]

Councilmember Charles K. Djou [City & County of Honolulu Council & Council Services website]

Charles Djou [Facebook]

Charles Djou [MySpace.com]

Charles Djou [Twitter.com]

Charles Djou on 'Red Eye'   Djou manages to keep smiling in spite of some outrageous comments about Hawaii by the interviewer, who later says he was just joshing. (video) Feb 4, 2010

Is Charles Djou of Hawaii the Sequel to Scott Brown of Massachusetts? [National Review Online] Feb 1, 2010

Republican Charles Djou makes a push in Obama’s Hawaii home district [The Daily Caller] Jan 27, 2010

Obama's Ratings Charles Djou & Brian Schatz (D) give their perspectives [KGMB/KHNL video] Jan 12, 2010

Hawaii special-election rules give GOP hope [The Hill]

Charles Djou on the President's Economic Speech Yesterday [HPI] Wed, Dec 9, 2009

Brian Schatz (D) and Charles Djou on Obama [KGMB9 video] Oct 7, 2009

Brian Schatz (D) and Charles Djou on Afghanistan [KGMB9 video] Sep 23, 2009

Brian Schatz (D) and Charles Djou on National Health [KGMB9 video] Sep 9, 2009

Charles Djou hosts healthcare town hall meeting [YouTube] Part 1 of 4, Aug 27, 2009

Charles Djou hosts healthcare town hall meeting [YouTube] Part 2 of 4, Aug 27, 2009

Charles Djou hosts healthcare town hall meeting [YouTube] Part 3 of 4, Aug 27, 2009

Charles Djou hosts healthcare town hall meeting [YouTube] Part 4 of 4, Aug 27, 2009

Brian Schatz (D) and Charles Djou on Healthcare [KGMB9 video] Aug 26, 2009

Charles speaking on the importance of the 2010 election and the opportunities it presents at the Republican state convention. The convention was held on the Big Island (Hawaii), May 16, 2009.

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