Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Race in governor's race, Hawaii Muslims aided feds in capturing alleged terrorist, civil unions a close debate, Walgreens enters Big Island, more on candidates and races around the state

Hawaii civil unions protest (c) 2010
A new Hawaii Poll found that 48 percent generally support a civil unions bill passed by the state Legislature and vetoed by Gov. Linda Lingle this year, while 44 percent oppose the bill and 9 percent are undecided. The margin of error was 4 percentage points. Star Advertiser.

The civil unions question isn't on the ballot and supporters don't want it to be. Hawaii News Now.

In the nation's most multicultural state, Hawaii's GOP is broadening its appeal with a gubernatorial team of a Native Hawaiian and a Filipina, while Democrats are fielding two white men for election to the state's highest office. Associated Press.

Even a week away from the election, supporters have run into voters that still have not made their choices of candidates. KITV4.

Ex-Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is appearing in a TV ad urging a vote for his former rival, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Neil Abercrombie. Associated Press.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful James "Duke" Aiona is set to kick off a four-island bus tour featuring sign waving and rallies. Associated Press.

Meet your candidates for Governor. Garden Island.

City ad raises question about the line between advocacy and public education when it comes to spending tax dollars. Civil Beat.

Ten-year state Sen. Russell Kokubun swept through the Sept. 18 Democratic primary with 82 percent of the vote, and he now faces a political newcomer and Republican challenger who lists term limits high on his pro-business agenda. West Hawaii Today.

In the waning days before the general election, Republican state House nominee George Fontaine, a former Maui police captain, looks like he has a Willie Horton strategy to challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Bertram III. Maui News.

Republican challenger Laurie Rinaldi is criticizing state House Rep. Kyle Yamashita's ties to the state's dominant Democratic Party, saying he tows the party line at the expense of his Upcountry constituents. Maui News.

A missed bit of punctuation may have been the basis for wrong information leading to allegations against a West Hawaii state representative candidate.West Hawaii Today.

The chairwoman of the Legislature's federal stimulus oversight commission criticized the Lingle administration for not spending $35 million in federal funds to stave off Furlough Fridays in the classroom, since the money was available before the school year began. Star-Advertiser.

A Hawaii man who faces international terrorism charges worshiped several times at a mosque in Manoa but was asked to leave because of his extreme views, that's according to the Chairman of the Muslim Association of Hawaii. KHON2.

The Muslim Association of Hawaii said the man taken into custody this week on terrorism-related charges came to the Islamic Center of Hawaii to worship and that the association assisted law enforcement agencies in the case. Star-Advertiser.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, according to the FBI, traveled the world in search of jihad. LA Times.

A New York City police unit that tracks terror threats on the Internet played a key role in the arrest of a New York man accused of trying to join the Taliban by enlisting in the U.S. military. Associated Press.

More seats from Canada, Korea and Australia, plus increases capacity from cities up and down the U.S. West Coast, will bring Hawaii 7% more visitors over the next three months if load factors remain steady. Hawaii News Now.

The government is warning schools about rules against bullying as a new study suggests the problem is worse than parents may have realized. Hawaii News Now.

Four years after a 2 percent property tax revenue set aside was approved by Big Island voters, a charter amendment on the same subject is on the ballot this year. West Hawaii Today.

There's a story behind the blue, white and green plastic covering the surface of the Pacific Ocean vacuum cleaner. They're tiny bits of plastic collected from one of Hawaii's dirtiest beaches, Kahuku, where waves dump trash from the Pacific all day long. Associated Press.

The changing of command is one of the oldest Army traditions, although time passes and commanders and Soldiers change out, the honor and dedication to the profession of serving in the Armed Forces lives on. Hawaii Reporter.

Media Council of Hawaii still waiting for FCC ruling on T.V. merger. KHON2.

A Hawaii Kai neighborhood board meeting turned out to be the venue for an update about the future of development near the corner of Hawaii Kai drive and Keahole Street. KITV4.

A conservation group is hoping to purchase five acres of land in Hawaii Kai next to The Oahu Club. KHON2.

UH Issues Security Alert Following Campus Assault. KITV4.

The North Shore Neighborhood Board’s commitee on addressing “homelessness” on the North Shore will hold a meeting on November 4 at 7:00 p.m. Hawaii Independent.

Walgreens anticipates that renovations of its new Hilo store will be complete by spring 2011. Tribune-Herald.

Representatives from the visitor industry had an opportunity to create their own Hawaiian culture experience, Friday. Garden Island.

While domestic violence unfortunately happens all year round, the month of October represents an opportunity to take action against this social problem. Molokai Dispatch.

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