Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Abercrombie lagging in money as gubernatorial race enters home stretch, Senate panel tackles Supreme Court nominee amid negative reviews from Bar, faulty economic forecasts hurt state's bottom line, mayor's boondoggle book cost $108k, sells for $3, more news

State Pays a Price for Faulty Economic Forecasts Civil Beat.

Mufi Hannemann has more than four times as much money as his rival Neil Abercrombie seven weeks before the Sept. 18 Democratic primary for Hawaii governor. Associated Press.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann maintained his edge in campaign fundraising over former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie during the past six months and has substantially more campaign money available for the drive toward the Democratic primary for governor in September. Star-Advertiser.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann has been collecting money to run for Hawaii governor for more than a year even though he officially filed to run only last month. KITV.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is raising more money than rivals James "Duke" Aiona and Neil Abercrombie in his run for Hawaii governor. KHON2.

A clear leader has emerged in the fundraising race for the governor's office. Civil Beat.

Residents seemed optimistic Sunday that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie will create an "agricultural renaissance" in Hawaii, as well as fulfill his promise of making decisions based on the public's priorities and values. West Hawaii Today.

The Hawaii State Bar Association's board of directors' rating of appeals Judge Katherine Leonard as "unqualified" to be Hawaii's next chief justice drew strong criticism last night from Gov. Linda Lingle. Star-Advertiser.

The board of directors of the Hawaii State Bar Association has determined that Katherine Leonard is not qualified to lead the Hawaii Supreme Court. Civil Beat.

The governor's nominee to head the State Supreme Court, Appeals Judge Katherine Leonard, received a rating of "unqualified" from the Hawaii State Bar Association Monday, something her supporters called “outrageous” and “unfair.” KITV.

The Hawaii State Bar Association has come out against Gov. Linda Lingle's nomination of Katherine Leonard to be chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Associated Press.

There's high drama in Hawaii's legal community. Hawaii News Now.

Kirk Caldwell led all mayoral candidates in fundraising for the first six months of 2010 and heads into the final 48 days of the campaign with $295,000 left to spend. Star-Advertiser.

Acting Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is way out front when it comes to campaign fundraising, according to campaign spending reports released on Monday. KITV.

Critics called it a boondoggle. In 2004, city taxpayers paid $108,000 to print 5,000 copies of Mayor Jeremy Harris' book, "Renaissance of Honolulu." KITV.

Another flight is being added from the West Coast to bring more visitors to Hawaii. KHON2.

The state will receive $6.2 million to build an aircraft rescue and fire fighting building at Lanai Airport. Associated Press.

Public school students and teachers were back in the classrooms today. After missing 17 school days to furloughs last year, there was plenty of optimism and excitement in the year ahead. KHON2.

Classes started for hundreds of students in Kaua‘i public schools on Monday. Garden Island.

Over the past few weeks, many Molokai residents have received phone calls asking for their mana`o on about some hot-button issues around here – La`au Point, Molokai Ranch and windmills. Molokai Dispatch.

When it comes to graffiti, city signs are like sitting ducks - easy prey - with no protection. KHON2.

Mabel Silva has had enough. Her home on Kuamo‘o Road in Wailua Homesteads sits next to state Department of Land and Natural Resources property where a path leads down toward Wailua River. Garden Island.

A five-year effort to implement a community-based, long-range vision for downtown Hilo will be up for discussion by Hawaii County lawmakers today in Hilo. Tribune-Herald.

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