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Hawaii Applauds Obama Administration’s Climate Change for Power Plants – Rest of the Country Following Hawaii’s Lead

The White House today released new rules under the Clean Air Act governing what existing power plants must do to reduce earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions.  These rules provide states flexibility to utilize energy efficiency and renewable energy, such as outlined in the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), as compliance measures.

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014.

President Barack Obama, with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, center, talks with EPA staff members who worked on the power-plant emissions standards, in the Rose Garden of the White House, June 2, 2014.

Gov. Abercrombie applauded the new rules, stating, “Hawaii is at the forefront of responding to climate change through our Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which serves as a substantial economic driver while reducing our dependence on imported oil.  By building such flexibility into the rules, President Obama is encouraging the rest of the country to follow Hawaii’s lead in pursuing clean energy.”

New financial tools under development by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to increase deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures are well-timed to empower the state’s energy consumers to contribute to greenhouse gas reductions through use of renewable energy like rooftop solar.

“Hawaii’s Green Energy Market Securitization financing tool, or GEMS, will expand low-cost financing to clean energy solutions while helping the state gain credit for reducing carbon through lesser use of petroleum products to generate electricity,” said DBEDT Director Richard Lim.

Proposed by the governor in his 2013 State of the State address and signed into law later that year, GEMS is an innovative, clean energy financing program designed to make clean energy improvements affordable and accessible to Hawaii consumers, especially underserved markets such as low- and moderate-income homeowners, renters and nonprofits.

These new rules requiring carbon dioxide emissions reductions from power plants were issued pursuant to Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  During the its extensive process to hear from stakeholders throughout the nation the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached out to Hawaii.  The state submitted a set of consolidated comments developed by the Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaii State Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and DBEDT regarding state plans to meet federal carbon emission reduction targets for existing electricity generation units.

Mark Glick, the administrator of the State Energy Office, acknowledged EPA’s innovative approach and outreach to Hawaii.  “EPA is clearly recognizing innovative policies like the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, by allowing states to utilize energy efficiency and renewable energy as greenhouse gas compliance measures.   Hawaii is able to comply with little or no financial impact on our businesses and residents by allowing our ongoing clean energy agenda to count for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,” Glick said.

Gov. Abercrombie added:  “Hawaii is working with the Obama Administration to align our state’s commitment to go beyond 40 percent renewable energy in the electrical power sector by 2030 and our federal and state policies to reduce our carbon footprint.   As a leading test bed for clean energy, Hawaii can demonstrate to the world how to stimulate our economy while improving the environment for future generations.”

The new EPA rules allow states to employ a range of measures to meet carbon emission targets, including renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. In Hawaii, numerous such initiatives are underway in the power generation sector under the umbrella of the HCEI.

Ongoing PUC dockets include those relating to energy efficiency portfolio standards, requests for proposals for renewable energy production, and interconnection matters. In addition, the PUC and DBEDT are working with the Hawaiian Electric Companies to better align the utility’s business model with consumer interests and the state’s public policy’s goals.

President Obama Reappoints Gov. Abercrombie to Council of Governors

President Barack Obama has reappointed Gov. Neil Abercrombie to the Council of Governors, the White House announced this week. The council consists of 10 governors appointed by the President to focus on matters of national security, homeland defense, synchronization and integration of state and military activities in the United States and matters of mutual interest pertaining to the National Guard.

Abercrombie Council of Governors“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue serving on the Council of Governors, which gives Hawaii a strong voice, together with our congressional delegation, in future decisions regarding the protection of our state and nation,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “During a productive and successful trip this month to the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., I attended a Council of Governors meeting that addressed the Pentagon’s recently proposed cuts to the Army and Air National Guard. During the meeting, I was able to help formulate and sign a bipartisan letter from 50 governors, urging further discussion on budget and policy issues involving the National Guard.”

While in Washington, the Governor also participated in NGA sessions focusing on education, job training, homeland security and public safety, as well as attended four meetings/events at the White House.

The Council of Governors was established by Section 1822 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 and implemented by Presidential Executive Order 13528. In addition to the 10 council members (five from each political party), charter federal participants include the secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security, presidential homeland security and counterterrorism advisors, the commander of U.S. Northern Command, the commandant of the Coast Guard and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

APEC – Where President Obama is Today

A lot of folks at APEC, including myself have been wondering where President Obama has been and if he’s even on Oahu yet.

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 11, 2011) -- President Barack Obama addresses attendees of the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carrier Classic is a Celebration of Veterans Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Zachary Bell/Released)

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 11, 2011) -- President Barack Obama addresses attendees of the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carrier Classic is a Celebration of Veterans Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Zachary Bell/Released)

I just got wind that Obama is on the USS Carl Vinson Aircraft today watching a basketball game… however he is scheduled to be here in Oahu later this evening for a meeting he will be having tomorrow at APEC.

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 11, 2011) -- Michigan State University Spartans practice on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is hosting the Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dylan McCord / Released)

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 11, 2011) -- Michigan State University Spartans practice on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is hosting the Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels for the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dylan McCord / Released)

Even former Michigan State alumni Magic Johnson was on board.

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 11, 2011) -- Magic Johnson greets service members attending the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Zachary Bell/Released)

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 11, 2011) -- Magic Johnson greets service members attending the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Zachary Bell/Released)

Needless to say… an aircraft carrier creates one weird platform for a basketball court!

(Nov. 11, 2011) -- Michigan State Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels tip off the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on the flight deck aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carrier Classic is a celebration of Veterans Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

(Nov. 11, 2011) -- Michigan State Spartans and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels tip off the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on the flight deck aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carrier Classic is a celebration of Veterans Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/Released)

Here is the White House Press statement on this:

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  How you feeling tonight? (Applause.)  We are so fortunate to be able to witness two of the greatest basketball programs in history — (applause) — Michigan State Spartans, North Carolina Tar Heels.  (Applause.)  Two of the best coaches of all time — Coach Izzo, Coach Williams.  (Applause.)  So we are proud to be here and see a great sporting event. 

But the main reason we’re here is, on Veterans Day, we have an opportunity to say thank you.  One of the greatest privileges of this job, and one of the greatest responsibilities of this job, is to serve as your Commander-in-Chief.  And I can tell you that every day when I interact with our military, every day when I interact with the men and women in uniform, I could not be prouder to be an American.  (Applause.)   

And that gratitude that we have for our men and women of the Armed Forces does not stop when they take off the uniform.  When they come home, part of the long line of those who defended our freedom, we have a sacred trust to make sure that they understand how much we appreciate what they do.  And that’s not just on Veterans Day.  That is every day of every year where we salute them and we say thank you for making the sacrifices, and for their families’ sacrifices, on our behalf.  (Applause.)

This week, throughout the week, we’ve been celebrating our veterans, but we have to turn our words into action.  And so what we’ve done is make sure that Congress passed legislation that makes it a little bit easier for businesses to hire our veterans. (Applause.)  We’ve put in place a series of reforms to help veterans, make sure they get the counseling and the job placement that they need. 

The First Lady along with Dr. Jill Biden have put together something called Joining Forces that has now gotten commitments  — 100,000 jobs for veterans and military spouses all across the country.  And we are grateful for them for that effort.  (Applause.)

But every American citizen can make a solemn pledge today that they will find some opportunity to provide support to our troops, to those who are still active duty, to our National Guard, to our Reservists, and to our veterans. 

And it’s especially appropriate that we do it here, because the USS Carl Vinson has been a messenger of diplomacy and a protector of our security for a long time.  And the men and women who serve on this ship have done extraordinary service in the Pacific, in the Persian Gulf, in the Indian Ocean.  It was from this aircraft carrier that some of the first assaults on Iraq were launched.  This ship supports what’s happening in Afghanistan. 

I think some of you may know because it’s been reported that the men and women on the Carl Vinson were part of that critical mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.  (Applause.) 

So to all our veterans, to all our men and women in uniform, we say thank you.  And we want you to know that we are committed to making sure that we serve you as well as you have always served us.  Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America.  Thank you.  (Applause.)

Punahou Students and Alumni Talk About Attending Obama’s Old School

CNN’s John King travels to President Obama’s school in Hawaii to talk to current students about their noteworthy alumi.

P.S.  (My mom also graduated from Punahou)

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Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs in a Video Conference to Congressman Abercrombie’s “Green” Jobs Workshop in Honolulu Today

Van Jones, President Obama’s Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, speaks via videoconference link to Congressman Neil Abercrombie’s “Green” Jobs workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii. The workshop helped representatives from the public and private sectors to learn how to tap into federal economic recovery funding to create “green” jobs and opportunities in Hawaii and to prepare the workforce for a “green” economy.

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Easy to Read: Hawaii Counties Piece of Obama’s Stimulus Package

Mahalo to Shannon Rudolph for sending me the easily broken down Hawaii County “Piece of Obama Pie” otherwise known as the Stimulus package.

For a look at other Hawaii Counties you can click here. The total of cost of all the projects submitted by Hawaii is $2,390,826,455

Below are the “shovel-ready” projects for which this city has requested federal stimulus funding. You can click on a project to read (and add to) its description. You can also discuss the project and vote on whether you believe it is critical or not.

The total cost of all the projects submitted by Hawaii County is $501,100,000

CLICK LEFT COLUMN TO SEE DESCRIPTION AS WELL AS VOTE TO SAY WHETHER THE PROJECT IS CRITICAL OR NOT

Description City State Jobs Cost Program Type Vote Ratio
Construct the 1,400-foot Laaloa Avenue extension from Kuakini Highway to create a new mountain-to-ocean connector road and add a new signalized intersection to improve traffic circulation in the area. Hawaii County HI 20 $17,000,000 Streets/Roads -4
Construct Kamanu Street Extension to connect Hina Lani Street to Kealakehe Parkway to reduce traffic congestion in West Hawaii Hawaii County HI 45 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Saddle Road resurfacing and reconstruction of 13 miles of highly deteriorated road from MP 43 to MP 56 Hawaii County HI 54 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Construct two-lane Ane Keohokalole (Mid-Level) highway linking Palani Road and Kealakehe, relieving congestion on surrounding roadways and opening 300 acres of state land up for development of affordable housing. Hawaii County HI 125 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
Construct Alii Parkway, a 4.5-mile two-lane highway to reduce vehicular congestion on Alii Drive, Kuakini Highway and portions of Queen Kaahumanu Highway Hawaii County HI 133 $15,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
Mamalahoa Widening from North Hawaii Community Hospital to MP56 to increase traffic capacity through the Kamamalu Intersection and reduce congestion Hawaii County HI 30 $10,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Lindsey Road Bridge replacement to increase carrying capacity of bridge in Waimea to meet current standards Hawaii County HI 26 $9,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Hina Lani Resurfacing; resurface 5 miles of highly deteriorated urban street Hawaii County HI 20 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
Kaiminani Drive resurfacing; resurface 6 miles of highly deteriorated highway and construct 10 new drywells Hawaii County HI 20 $6,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Hamakua Highway Maintenance Base Yard to replace existing metal quonset hut that no longer meets safety codes; needs major repairs; and is not on county property. Replacement would be built on county land and centralize operations Hawaii County HI 15 $5,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Palani Road/Kamakaeaha Avenue Intersection Improvements including addition of left turning lane to increase intersection capacity and reduce congestion Hawaii County HI 20 $5,000,000 Streets/Roads -2
West Hawaii Maintenance Facility, replace existing building in Kealakekua with shops and offices for Public Works’ traffic building and automotive divisions Hawaii County HI 14 $3,500,000 Streets/Roads -1
Kawailani/Pohakulani/Ainaola/Iwalani Traffic signal improvements to install synchronized signals, acquire property for highway realignment and make drainage improvements to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety Hawaii County HI 4 $2,500,000 Streets/Roads +1
Hokulia Bypass traffic calming measures, four new signals and markings, all mitigation needed due to partial opening of new bypass road Hawaii County HI 4 $2,050,000 Streets/Roads -2
Puna Makai Alternate Road EIS for a high-priority new road necessary to meet the transportation needs of a region expected to double in population to 70,000 by 2030 Hawaii County HI 24 $2,000,000 Streets/Roads +4
Traffic signal upgrades from Traconex control cabinets to 170s, 10 signal locations to provide additional controller capabilities for signal coordination and standby power during power interruptions Hawaii County HI 3 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads -1
Highway Division Office Extension, additional Hilo office space required for additional personnel to manage roadway responsibilities Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
Replacement of Puna Highway Maintenance Warehouse, which is currently inadequate and no longer used. Needed to secure storage of equipment and supplies. Additional space needed to address additional roadway responsibilities. Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
South Hilo Highway Baseyard Storage to replace equipment storage warehouse that had to be demolished after the roof was damaged in high winds. Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
South Kohala Baseyard Storage to replace inadequate existing facility and secure equipment and supplies. Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Streets/Roads 0
Naalehu and Pahala Large Capacity Cesspool Replacement , replace wastewater system serving Kau public schools, business districts and residences. Hawaii County HI 250 $26,350,000 Water +1
North Kona Sewer and Reuse, installation of resuse infrastructure at the Queen Kaahumanu Highway in conjunction with the state highway widening project. Will serve planned development in the area and conserve limited potable water supplies. Hawaii County HI 250 $20,050,000 Water 0
Queen Liliuokalani Large Capacity Cesspool replacement, closing cesspool and connecting to Kealakehe Wastewater treatment plant to comply with EPA mandate, closure deadline 6/1/10 Hawaii County HI 250 $18,500,000 Water +2
Honokaa Large Capacity Cesspool replacement; per EPA mandate, replace cesspool system serving numerous public facilities including Honokaa Public School complex, state library, Health Department, Judiciary and elderly housing Hawaii County HI 200 $17,500,000 Water 0
Palani Road transmission waterline; construct two concrete reservoirs and 12,500 feet of waterline south of Palani Road to the Liliuokalani subdivision. Hawaii County HI 200 $14,000,000 Water 0
Kalanianaole Avenue Sewer Rehabilitation, Phase 2, repairs and upgrade of interceptor that serves much of the Hilo area. Failure of the interceptor would cause of spill of about 2.5 MG per day Hawaii County HI 50 $8,000,000 Water 0
Kealakehe Wastewater Aeration upgrade to allow plant to accommodate sewage from local septic tanks; EPA has required septic tanks to replace cesspools, adding to the waste delivered to the plant Hawaii County HI 50 $6,000,000 Water 0
Repair of the unlined Keopu Channel damaged in the 2007 earthquake and flood. TIMETABLE: Approx. 3,500 man day during a nine-month period. Hawaii County HI 20 $5,000,000 Water +1
Haao Springs drainage channel repair and improvements include repairing damaged concrete lining and enforcing the channel slopes, providing concrete lining between culvert and existing concrete lining and providing concrete wing walls at culvert inlet Hawaii County HI 24 $4,000,000 Water 0
Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant sludge removal, clearing lagoon treatment system is needed to restore plant to original design capacity of 5.1 MGD and to accommodate increased waste from local septic tanks Hawaii County HI 30 $4,000,000 Water +1
Komohana Heights Large Capacity Cesspool replacement; connection to sewer syatem will reduce bacterial levels within Hilo Bay and other parts of the East Hawaii shoreline Hawaii County HI 50 $4,000,000 Water +1
Install 16-inch water main in conjunction with state widening project of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway; includes installation of 25,000 linear feet of line from Kealakehe Parkway to Keahole Reservoir. Hawaii County HI 50 $3,750,000 Water 0
Backflow Prevention Compliance, county Parks, to comply with state and county requirements for safety of public drinking water Hawaii County HI 12 $2,000,000 Water -1
Pua Sewage Pump Station replacement of aging wastewater pumps, control and monitoring systems. Failure of the station could result in a sewage spill of 3 million gallons per day. Hawaii County HI 30 $1,800,000 Water +2
Papaikou and Kulaimano Dewatering, installation of identical and updated sludge dewatering systems at wastewater treatment plants Hawaii County HI 30 $1,600,000 Water 0
Waimea Water System improvements; install 5,900 feet of 12-inch water line from Spencer Road to Opelo Road to provide transmission capacity in an area that regularly experiences low-pressure conditions. Hawaii County HI 40 $1,100,000 Water +1
Backflow Prevention Compliance to install water system backflow prevention assemblies on 67 county Public Works facilities to comply with Department of Water Supply rules Hawaii County HI 6 $1,000,000 Water 0
Memorial Hospital large capacity cesspool replacement, including installation of pump and connection to municipal sewer Hawaii County HI 7 $1,000,000 Water 0
Construct a new police station in Captain Cook for current and future public safety needs in South Kona, including a firing range for police department training. Property has been acquired next to an existing police substation. Hawaii County HI 200 $18,000,000 CDBG +2
Puna Gymnasium and ball fields, development of indoor recreational spaces and outdoor fields for economically disadvantaged community with severely underserved recreational needs Hawaii County HI 102 $15,000,000 CDBG +1
Hawaiian Paradise Park Subdivision District Park, development of 20-acre park site in rapidly growing subdivision with severely underserved recreational needs in an economically disadvantaged area Hawaii County HI 60 $10,000,000 CDBG +3
Island-wide accessibility improvements and removal of architectural barriers for Parks to meet ADA requirements Hawaii County HI 100 $10,000,000 CDBG +1
Construct Makalei Fire Station to improve response times to communities currently served by personnel and vehicles seven miles away, reducing fire insurance costs. Hawaii County HI 121 $9,000,000 CDBG +1
Hawaiian Ocean View Estates Hurricane Shelter and Community Center, provide hardened shelter and community center facilities to an economically disadvantaged area with about 5,000 residents that is more than 30 miles from the nearest state-approved shelte Hawaii County HI 50 $6,000,000 CDBG +3
Construct police station in economically disadvantaged Pahoa village next to new fire station to centralize public safety services in an area visible and accessible to the public. Hawaii County HI 100 $4,600,000 CDBG +8
Public Works Facilities ADA compliance, island-wide facilities in ADA compliance B Priority and C Priority in accordance with county self-evaluation and transition plan for accessibility to public facilities Hawaii County HI 8 $4,000,000 CDBG +1
ADA Curb Ramp Compliance Program, Waimea. Replace sidewalks and install curb ramps to comply with FHWA settlement agreement Hawaii County HI 9 $1,000,000 CDBG 0
Install Kealakehe Wastewater Plant Photovoltaic System to reduce electrical costs and reduce reliance on imported oil Hawaii County HI 30 $7,000,000 Energy 0
DPW Facilities Energy Systems will build solar energy systems, high-efficiency equipment replacements and other building energy efficiency improvements. Hawaii County HI 30 $4,000,000 Energy +3
Replace existing street lights with energy efficient lights on existing poles island-wide. Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. Hawaii County HI 2 $1,000,000 Energy +3
Provide low-interest loans to homeowners to retrofit to increase energy efficiency; Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. Hawaii County HI 180 $1,000,000 Energy +3
Energy retrofits for county-owned multi-family elderly housing projects at Ouli Ekahi in Kawaihae and Kulaimano Elderly Housing in Pepeekeo; Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation. Hawaii County HI 20 $900,000 Energy +2
Installation of solar energy systems in homes for very low income elderly and disabled homeowners; Island of Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the nation Hawaii County HI 90 $500,000 Energy +9
Construct Kaloko Housing Project to develop 24 transitional units for the homeless and 72 affordable rentals on a county-owned parcel; needed to prepare for the impending closure of the only homeless shelter in West Hawaii Hawaii County HI 85 $18,000,000 Housing +2
Upgrade land-mobile radio public safety communications system and migrate system to 700-800MHz range to comply with FCC mandate. Improves public safety and emergency response by adding radio coverage to areas of the island that are now without coverage. Hawaii County HI 0 $89,000,000 Public Safety +3
Information technology disaster mitigation to move mission-critical network and information infrastructure to non-hazardous zones. Will ensure voice and data capabilities in times of crisis. Hawaii County HI 6 $1,200,000 Public Safety 0
Vehicle enhancement project, purchase of 30-45 passenger buses and 25-30 passenger buses to expand transportation services, providing easier access for the public to health care, educational institutions, youth activities and work sites Hawaii County HI 75 $17,000,000 Transit +5
Mass transit base yard construction to include administrative building to serve the public and house staff, maintenance facility for vehicle repairs, bus wash bay and refueling station Hawaii County HI 50 $10,000,000 Transit +4
Bus Stop and Shelter project to construct 50 covered bus shelters to protect bus riders from the elements and encourage public transit use Hawaii County HI 40 $1,200,000 Transit +7

Washington State Legislatures Introduce “Memorial” Asking Obama for State Sovereignty

Washington State has now become the ninth State to introduce legislation that would make their State a Sovereign state.

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House Joint Memorial 4009:
Claiming state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment.

…That the State of Washington hereby claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government 3 by the Constitution of the United States; and

(2) That this serve as a Notice and Demand to the federal government to maintain the balance of powers where the Constitution of the United States established it and to cease and desist, effective immediately, any and all mandates that are beyond the scope of its constitutionally delegated powers.

BE IT RESOLVED, That copies of this Memorial be immediately transmitted to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of each state’s legislature of the United States of America, and each member of Congress from the State of  Washington.

Full Bill

Tonight – Obama Inauguration Ball in Pahoa

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Spanking New! The White House

Hat tip to Erika Engle:

Check out this spanking new site! Barack has taken over The White House.

And someone is already blogging from there:  The White House Blog.

Welcome to the new WhiteHouse.gov. I’m Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House and one of the people who will be contributing to the blog.

A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and his new administration officially came to life. One of the first changes is the White House’s new website, which will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world…

Obama’s Mother Featured in UH Magazine Malamalama

Paula Bender (aka Lavagal) has written an excellent article on Obama’s mother in this months UH Magazine Malamalama, featuring a pictorial of her and all.

Obama’s mother attended UH in the Sixties and Ms. Bender writes about the “Legacy of the President’s Mother“.

…“She instilled in us a love of books, based on the understanding that we could journey anywhere and that any world could belong to us,” Maya Soetoro-Ng told an overflow audience at a September 2008 UH Mānoa symposium about her mother’s work…

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“She had an expansive notion of the world and of our possibilities within it. What a remarkable person she was.” Said Maya Soetoro-Ng

You can check out Benders article here and her blog that she has started here.

American Idol Part II: Legislative Aide RJ Hampton Does the Obama Inauguration Rap

Earlier today at the PCMC grand opening, 5th District Councilwoman Emily Naeole’s Legislative aides RJ Hampton and Sativa pulled me aside to let me know that RJ had a little “Gift” if you will. I was a bit hesitant, but with RJ and Sativa you never know what you are going to get. So they pulled me aside and this is what I videotaped:
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She’s quite a talented legislative aide I must say. I also joked with them for a moment or two and I had to explain how I found the video with RJ singing to Presidential Candidate Kucinich.

I’m not sure which is better?

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First Time I’ve Really Been Excited About A President Leaving

This is the first time I’ve ever really been excited about a president leaving office.

Its not only that I’m against a lot of what the Shrub(s) have done while in office, it’s the fact that I think were getting a great president coming into office.

I’m working on a countdown to “Bush being out of office” statement that I’ll put up on the corner of my blog.  It might not be noticeable at first what is happening… but it will be eventually.

How Hawaii Protected Obama During the Power Outage

Just noticed that Time online ran this interesting article:

How Hawaii Protected Obama During the Power Outage

…Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann ordered the Honolulu police department to beef up patrols in the area around Obama’s beachfront compound while the Hawaiian Electric Company sent a portable generator to the home to ensure that Obama’s family and staff were powered up. “We understand he’s okay in his compound,” said Hannemann, speaking Friday night. “Where he is staying has to be one of the most secure spots on the island.” Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle said an undisclosed branch of the military provided communications equipment to Obama’s security detail while state Civil Defense worked to ensure the generator was operating by 11:30 p.m. Friday night. “We stayed until we were certain that he was all taken care of,” said Lingle…

More Here

Obama Inaugural Ball at the Akebono

Hat tip to the BIC for the reminder about the Obama Inaugural Ball that will be happening at the Akebono Theater coming up.

I’ll throw it over to the BIC for more on it.