Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Hawaii politics get dirty, HPD officers cited for OT violations, doctors' licenses revoked, Molokai solar maxed out, elect or appoint BOE debated, more news

A panel of Kauaians and others with strong opinions about the federal humpback whale sanctuary will make their pitches at a free discussion. Garden Island.

More than half of Hawaii voters support a constitutional amendment to switch from an elected school board to an appointed one, but with a significant percentage of undecided voters, the proposal could fail with a combination of "no" and blank votes, according to new Hawaii Poll results. Star-Advertiser.

A movement to replace Hawaii's Board of Education with appointed members has gained steam largely because voters often find themselves voting for candidates they do not know. Tribune-Herald.

Hawaii voters will have more to contemplate than just gubernatorial and Congressional races when they step into voting booths next week. Hawaii Reporter.

An expert on Northeast Asian political and security issues at the East-West Center said he doesn't expect any bombshell announcements by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on a stopover Wednesday and Thursday in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Both Neil Abercrombie and Duke Aiona are feeling the love from voters. Hawaii News Now.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie, the Democratic candidate for governor, and his running mate for lieutenant governor have raised more than twice the campaign contributions of Republican Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona and his running mate since the September primary. Star-Advertiser.

If Filipino voters had their way, former Congressman Neil Abercrombie will be the seventh governor of the state of Hawaii. Filipino Chronicle.

Democratic party candidate for Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has raised more than twice as much money as his GOP oppponent Duke Aiona from Sept. 19 through October 18 -- final reporting period before the general election. KITV4.

Democratic governor candidate raised more than twice as much money as Aiona in the month following primary election. Civil Beat.

If elected Duke Aiona and Lynn Finnegan promise to start a College Tuition Assurance Program. KITV4.

Republican candidate for governor James "Duke" Aiona is proposing that Hawaii colleges and universities freeze tuition at the level paid by students during their freshmen years. Associated Press.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Neil Abercrombie is criticizing a decision by Gov. Linda Lingle not to disburse about $24 million to several community programs. Associated Press.

Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Hanabusa is criticizing a TV ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee that suggests actions by her fiance may have been corrupt. Associated Press.

A new television commercial by national Republicans against Colleen Hanabusa and her husband ranks among the "dirtiest Hawaii has ever seen," the Democrat's campaign says. Star-Advertiser.

Democrat Daniel Inouye has represented Hawaii in the U.S. Senate for nearly 48 years, and Republican Cam Cavasso thinks that's long enough. Associated Press.

District 10 state House hopeful Ramon Madden points to the shipwrecked sailboat lying in the ocean off Front Street as an example of how state Rep. Angus McKelvey has not effected change in his West Maui and north Kihei district. Maui News.

Just 154 votes. That was the difference between the two finalists in the Hawaii County Council District 6 primary. West Hawaii Today.

Two Hawaii County Council members wrote letters in favor of releasing outspoken Big Island marijuana advocate Roger Christie from custody pending his trial in federal court for conspiracy, marijuana manufacture, possession and distribution. Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii at Manoa welcomed a new state of the art addition to its campus this morning. KHON2.

Nearly $24 million dollars approved by the legislature to help social service programs will not be released by the governor's office. KHON2.

Norwegian Cruise Line has agreed to pay more than $140,000 and improve services for disabled travelers on its cruises. Associated Press.

Residents looking to include renewable energy to power their homes in Kalae, Kualapu`u and parts of Ho`olehua must now join the waiting line. Like Kaunakakai, the power circuit is temporarily tapped out. Molokai Dispatch.

Senior citizens strum out a song and stretch out their muscles at the Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center. Hawaii News Now.

The Hawaii Medical Board revoked the licenses of two doctors for failing to disclose their legal problems in other states. KITV4.

Seven Honolulu police officers are being charged with misdemeanors for allegedly claiming excess overtime. Associated Press.

Seven Honolulu police officers have been charged in connection with an overtime abuse investigation. KHON2.

Two sergeants and five police officers attached to traffic enforcement with the Honolulu Police Department are accused of padding their overtime. Star-Advertiser.

A Hawaii man is in federal custody tonight awaiting extradition to New York to face charges that he lied in a matter involving international terrorism. KHON2.

The illegal dump site between Waipahu High School and Pearl Harbor is tough to see, unless you're looking from above. Hawaii News Now.

Candidates making a bid for political office had an opportunity to experience the proposed next phase of the multi-use path, Friday afternoon on the Eastside. Garden Island.

The overall scheme of Koolau Poko’s updated Sustainable Communities Plan is firstly the protection of cultural, agricultural, natural, and scenic resources. Hawaii Independent.