Friday, September 17, 2010

Gay lawmaker targeted, Family Forum lobbies too much, Kenoi defies party neutrality, Matson expands, Hawaiian Airlines threatened, meth prosecutions up, no more big money for Hannemann, more Hawaii news

Hawaii Family Forum, a Christian charity that helped lead the fight against civil unions, spent so much money politicking last year that it had to pay the IRS $20,741 in taxes for its "excessive lobbying," according to its latest tax return. Star-Advertiser.

Christian Conservatives Target Gay Lawmaker. A group called the Aloha Family Alliance this week sent out thousands of fliers showing two men in black suits embracing, about to kiss. They appear to be getting married. KITV.

Early walk-in voting for the primary election ended today with a big turnout across the islands. KHON2.

Thousands of voters across the state decided to cast their ballots early this year. Hawaii News Now.

After a bitter campaign marked by mudslinging and contentious divisions over race, religion and gay rights, two longtime political rivals in Hawaii meet in a primary Saturday to decide which Democrat will try to recapture the governor's seat from Republican hands after eight years. Associated Press.

Mazie Hirono and Ed Case could not do it in the Democratic primary for governor in 2002. Daniel Akaka and Case did not do it in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 2006. Political analysts wonder whether former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann have the ability to drive voter turnout tomorrow in the Democratic primary for governor. Star-Advertiser.

Mayor Billy Kenoi's endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann in a contested primary race goes against the Democratic Party's neutrality philosophy, party leaders said. Tribune-Herald.

Gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann today offered an idea to promote University of Hawaii sports in Asia as an option to the Western Athletic Conference dilemma. KITV.

Reports have been filed with the campaign spending commission detailing what's called "late contributions" since September 3. KHON2.

Mufi Hannemann's campaign for governor said yesterday it didn't receive any contributions exceeding $500 during a 10-day period leading up to tomorrow's Democratic primary election against Neil Abercrombie. Star-Advertiser.

Challengers to incumbent 8th District House Rep. Joe Souki say they have a fresh and young perspective that deserve voter consideration over the incumbent's 28 years of experience. Maui News.

Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who leads all mayoral candidates in fundraising, picked up an additional $68,000 over the past two weeks as he makes a final push to defeat former Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, who began the race with a sizable lead in polls over all contenders. Star-Advertiser.

Thousands more Hawaii residents fell into poverty last year, driving up the rate here to its highest level since 1997, Census Bureau figures released yesterday show. Star-Advertiser.

Governor Linda Lingle today announced state Department of Transportation (DOT) Director Brennon Morioka has accepted a job as executive vice president of Shioi Construction, Inc., in Pearl City.  His last day at the DOT will be Thursday, Sept. 23.  KHON2.

Matson Navigation Co. has initiated its expanded China service with a second five-ship port rotation that will double the ocean shipper's trade between that country and California. Star-Advertiser.

For the second time in three weeks the state has fined the city $140,000 for "willfully violating" state law at one of its wastewater treatment facilities. KHON2.

It’s official: the names of City & County of Honolulu employees are a matter of public record — not just their salaries and job titles. Civil Beat.

The FBI says a telephone bomb threat forced the delay of a Hawaiian Airlines flight out of Los Angeles. Associated Press.

North Shore brush fire appears intentionally set. Hawaii News Now.

The company securing a $26 million bond to cover the cost of constructing the Mamalahoa bypass appears to have enough cash reserves to cover the obligation, Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida said. West Hawaii Today.

County prosecutors are batting a thousand in terms of convictions in methamphetamine, other-drug and career-criminal cases, said Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho, prosecuting attorney. Garden Island.

The wife of state Sen. Fred Hemmings has been sentenced to one year probation. Associated Press.

Although not always visible, the fresh spring-fed waters of Loko o Mokuhinia are still flowing, and archeological work to restore Moku‘ula to its former glory is progressing one spoonful at a time.  Lahaina News.

Mango is called the King of Fruits for good reason. Molokai Dispatch.