Wednesday, August 1, 2012

UPW touts candidates on taxpayer dime, people voted twice in Hawaii County 2010 election, Lingle raises big bucks, Hannemann lends campaign money, House vice speaker cleared of spending charges, swine flu on Maui, Hawaiian language project ends, newspaper admits major gaffe, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Some 538 Hawaii County employees and their state counterparts over the past few weeks were sent to two-hour “educational and informational meetings” on the taxpayers’ dime, where a union-endorsed lineup of candidates made their case for election. West Hawaii Today.

Former Gov. Linda Lingle raised more than $171,950 during the first three weeks of July in her Republican campaign for U.S. Senate, bringing her total to $4.4 million overall. Star-Advertiser.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has loaned himself $150,000 to help beat back Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard in their Democratic primary for Congress. Star-Advertiser.

Mufi Hannemann contributed $150,000 of his own money to make up a fundraising gap against Tulsi Gabbard with just weeks left in the Democratic primary likely to determine the newest member of Hawaii's congressional delegation. Civil Beat.

Congressional candidates Tulsi Gabbard and Esther Ki'iana, both Democrats competing for the open Congressional District 2 seat, are taking advantage of the county's early voting opportunity on Tuesday. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii residents assuming they'll be voting Aug. 11 at the same place as two years ago might think again. Star-Advertiser.

The Campaign Spending Commission has cleared House Vice Speaker Joey Manahan of wrongdoing in an inquiry about reimbursements Mana­han claimed from his campaign fund to cover the cost of food and beverage. Star-Advertiser.

A volunteer effort to type thousands of pages of Hawaiian-language newspapers has ended, but organizers hope the project can move forward in preserving the language and culture. Associated Press.

Propelled by summer gains, especially on Oahu and Maui, Hawaii's hotel industry set a record for revenue in the first six months of 2012. Star-Advertiser.

Although the seagoing part of RIMPAC gets the most attention, more than 200 aircraft are part of the airborne orchestral ensemble in the 23rd iteration of RIMPAC, and they are being used in some interesting ways. Star-Advertiser.

State roundup for August 1. Associated Press.

Oahu

Last month, the Honolulu City Council voted to spend $345,000 to resolve a discrimination complaint by former Honolulu police officer Jared Chong. Civil Beat.

Two senior Democratic State Senators are facing off in the Primary Election because of Reapportionment. Hawaii Public Radio.

The Hawaii Kai neighborhood board is throwing the spotlight on a plan to develop prime land acoss from Maunalua Bay with Foodland as a possible anchor tenant. KITV4.

A Honolulu businesswoman who shut down her home health care service a year ago, owing millions of dollars in federal and state taxes, has opened a new business doing beach weddings in Waimanalo. Star-Advertiser.

Las Vegas-style slot machines that gave out cash prizes have disappeared from Tilt stores on Oahu — at least temporarily. Civil Beat.

The amount of rail jobs is growing and rail contractors are looking to hire. Hawaii News Now.

Hundreds of Hawaii seniors receive shelter and outreach assistance from the state's homeless program each year. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii

Several Hawaii County voters voted twice in the 2010 elections and some people were registered more than once in the county Elections Office database, Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi revealed Tuesday. West Hawaii Today.

An audit of Hawaii County’s registered voter rolls found four people voted twice in 2010 elections and between 50 and 60 people were registered more than once, County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi said Tuesday. Associated Press.

Hawaii County Elections clerk Jamae Kawauchi on Tuesday dispelled rumors that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into allegations of voter fraud on the Big Island. Civil Beat.

After a week of not responding to reporters' inquiries as well as calls from state elections and political campaign officials, Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi told reporters at the State Capitol Tuesday why she closed her office in Hilo for a day last week and went to the state Attorney General's office. Hawaii News Now.

Last week, in a highly unusual move, Big Island County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi shut down her the Hilo office for a day, she said, to do an audit of the county's voter registration list. KITV4.

The state Attorney General's office is reviewing allegations of duplicate voting on the Big Island. KHON2.

The County Elections Division is not re-sending 101,728 yellow cards to registered voters. Tribune-Herald staff writer Hunter Bishop erroneously reported in a front-page story in the July 26 edition that all of the yellow cards — which are labeled “Notice of Voter Registration and Address Confirmation” — would be re-sent. Tribune-Herald.

Although seven names will appear on the ballot Aug. 11, the race for Big Island mayor is expected to come down to the top three candidates with the most name recognition – incumbent Billy Kenoi, Council Chairman Dominic Yagong, and former mayor and civil defense director Harry Kim. KITV4.

Maui

An adult Maui resident who works with pigs contracted Hawaii's first confirmed case of an unusual variant flu strain that has been detected in six mainland states in the last year, the state Health Department said Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

A Maui resident who works with pigs contracted a rare form of the flu. KHON2.

Local and federal officials are investigating a confirmed H3N2v flu case in an adult patient on Maui. Maui Now.

The technology that federal investigators relied on to document crime scenes like the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the 9/11 plane crash in Shanksville, Pa., and sniper attacks in Washington, D.C., is being used by Maui police officers, who mapped simulated crash and crime scenes in Kahului last week. Maui News.

Efforts to build a new Kihei high school, which has come up in the swirling debate over the planned Maui Outlets and Piilani Promenade, is moving along, with the land purchased and the state Department of Education looking at a public-private partnership to build it, said state Sen. Roz Baker last week. Maui News.

Kauai

For the first time this year, and less than two weeks before the primary elections, the six Democratic candidates for Hawai‘i’s 2nd Congressional District at the U.S. House of Representatives participated in a forum on Kaua‘i. Garden Island.

Starting Wednesday, the four HI-5 bottle redemption centers operated by Kaua‘i Community Recycling Services (KCRS) will be closed because of fiscal issues. Garden Island.