Waialua Cacao, Coffee and Soap with Rep. Riviere Part 1

Part 1. Representative Gil Riviere speaks with Reba Martin of Island X Hawaii. Established in 1991, on the North Shore of Oahu, IXH is a family run business owned and operated by Bill and Reba Martin. See http://www.islandxhawaii.com/
Jerry Driscoll, CEO of North Shore Soap Factory talks about their home to Hawaiian Bath and Body! Located at the historic Waialua Sugar Mill on the north shore of Oahu Hawaii. Their products are handmade with Aloha and 100% natural ingredients. Derek Lanter of Waialua Coffee and Cacao offers Award-Winning & Artisan-Made – Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao with deep cocoa flavors and hints of berry overtones with a rich velvety-smooth texture; and Premium 100% Hawaiian Coffee – A smooth, mellow coffee characterized by a well-balanced cup with a hint of chocolate and pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Waialua Cacao, Coffee and Soap Part 2

Part 2. Representative Gil Riviere speaks with Reba Martin of Island X Hawaii. Established in 1991, on the North Shore of Oahu, IXH is a family run business owned and operated by Bill and Reba Martin. See http://www.islandxhawaii.com/
Jerry Driscoll, CEO of North Shore Soap Factory talks about their home to Hawaiian Bath and Body! Located at the historic Waialua Sugar Mill on the north shore of Oahu Hawaii. Their products are handmade with Aloha and 100% natural ingredients. Derek Lanter of Waialua Coffee and Cacao offers Award-Winning & Artisan-Made – Extra Dark Chocolate 70% Cacao with deep cocoa flavors and hints of berry overtones with a rich velvety-smooth texture; and Premium 100% Hawaiian Coffee – A smooth, mellow coffee characterized by a well-balanced cup with a hint of chocolate and pleasant lingering aftertaste.

Rep. Johanson Selected for Prestigious Emerging Leaders Program

The House Republican Caucus announced that Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson has been selected to attend the coveted Emerging Leaders Program.

This national program recognizes a select number of outstanding young legislators in the United States who are demonstrating policy and public service leadership and who have been singled out as future leaders for our nation.

“We are pleased that Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson has been chosen for this prestigious opportunity,” House Republican Caucus Leader Gene Ward stated.  “He is an exemplary legislator who will ably represent Hawaii at this national forum.”

The 2011 Emerging Leaders Program will be held at the University of Virginia, founded by President Thomas Jefferson.  About 50 state legislators from 39 states will be participating in this year’s program, a collaborative effort sponsored by the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation will cover all costs and no state funds will be used.

“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen for this program,” said Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson. “I look forward to learning from my fellow lawmakers and bringing solutions back to Hawaii to tackle the social and fiscal issues plaguing our state.”

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, serves as House Minority Whip and represents House District 32 that includes the communities of Kalihi, Moanalua, Aliamanu, Pearl Harbor, Hickam, Foster Village, Halawa, Aiea, and Lower Pearlridge.   He is a member of the Education, Higher Education, Labor and Public Employment, Public Safety and Military Affairs, and Transportation Committees in the House of Representatives.

Prior to becoming a lawmaker, Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel.  He also held the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for the United States Mint, U.S. Department of the Treasury.

At the State level he served as Deputy Chief of Staff for former Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, worked as a Legislative analyst for former House Republican Caucus Leader Rep. Lynn Finnegan, and was appointed to the Legislative Federal Stimulus Program Oversight Commission.

Raised in his district, Rep. Johanson is a graduate of Moanalua Elementary, Intermediate, and High School, graduated cum laude from Yale University and studied abroad in Japan and China.  He is fluent in Japanese and has studied Chinese.

Civil Beat Told Only Part of GOP Story by Rep. Gene Ward

Civilbeat.com  May 17, 2011

In addition to these examples, I have attached a list of bills passed this session that started as Republican proposals and were taken by the Majority Party and enacted. While on paper the Democrat sponsor may receive the credit, in reality these ideas originated on the other side of the aisle.

See Full article  http://www.civilbeat.com/posts/2011/05/17/10976-civil-beat-told-only-part-of-gop-story/

CRUEL PENSION TAX IS DEAD

“Ding Dong the pension tax is dead,” said Rep. Barbara Marumoto when SB 570 passed minus the provision that taxed pensions.  “True it would have only affected high-income earners (above $100,000 for individual filers), but we were all afraid that the income level would slide downward when the State needed more money.  If the AGI went down to $37,500 it would indeed have been a cruel tax.”

“All during this session I received a steady stream of letters, phone calls and e mails.  I was stopped several times in neighborhood markets and shopping centers.  None of the communications were form letters, but individual pleas reminding me that retirees could not afford to lose more income to taxes.  There were several that reminded me that the Governor and legislators should keep their hands off of our pensions.   Many were incensed that they had worked for decades with the expectation that their pension would be tax-free and felt that the rug was now being pulled out from under them.

Other legislators must have received similar communications that amounted to a focused message.  Though they were not a big powerful lobby, their sincere cards, letters and admonitions did the trick – it killed the pension tax.  Congratulations to these senior citizens and AARP.  Retirees have won the day,” Rep. Marumoto concluded.