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LINK>>>Hawaii Republican Convention meets today

Democrats denounce Djou

And Dan H. Case’s Star-Bulletin spent an entire front page article helping them do it…but meanwhile, at the ballot box something very different is happening…..

ADV: Case, Hanabusa aim fire at Djou in final Hawaii congressional debate

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Djou or Hanabusa victory would initiate search for replacement

A victory by either one, City Councilman Charles Djou or Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, would create an immediate political vacancy that would need to be filled….

A victory by Charles Djou in the 1st Congressional District would leave the Honolulu City Council with only eight members and the possibility of 4 to 4 deadlock voting.

Under the City Charter the remaining Council members would have 30 days to pick Djou’s replacement with a five vote majority….

If the Council were unable to select Djou’s replacement within 30 days, the decision on his replacement would fall in the lap of perhaps his fiercest political rival – Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

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Charges to stand against Hemmings (enforcers of the one-party state)

The state says Hemmings received double reimbursements for payments of $718 and $500 to hotels where Blueprint conducted workshops and for the purchase of three computers at more than $4,000.

(Retaliation continues.  Lesson: If you run as a Republican, they will hunt you.)

RELATED: VIDEO SB2646: Hawaii surfing reserves killed by House Democrats

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1,842 Nonprofits in Hawaii Must Take Action today to Preserve Tax-Exempt Status

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO) encourages all nonprofit organizations in Hawaii and especially smaller nonprofits with annual revenue under $25,000, to take simple, immediate steps to ensure they do not lose their tax-exempt status.

Congress passed a law that changed the rules so now all nonprofits must file a form with the Internal Revenue Service. As a result, current government records show that 1,842 nonprofits in Hawaii could face the costly and time-consuming prospect of losing their status as tax-exempt organizations if they do not act.

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OHA Upset about uncounted criminals: Hawaii prisoners held on Mainland skew census results

Momi Fernandez, director of the Data and Information/Census Information Center at the Native Hawaiian advocacy group Papa Ola Lōkahi, said the impact of the rule costs Hawai'i millions of dollars in lost federal funding and ultimately hurts prisoners in their attempt to re-integrate with their communities upon their release.

(So after decades of promoting a “sovereignty” movement based on the criminal class, OHA is upset that Hawaii criminals will not be counted towards more the population base which determines part of its federal funding.)

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Many isle youth will miss time off school despite negative effects

Furlough Fridays may have earned disdain from educators and parents, but East Hawaii students say they enjoyed their 17 days of freedom this year.

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HSTA shills outline plans to continue using furloughs to help Abercrombie

A bunch of UH Manoa faculty & activists staging an agit-prop show.

More agit-prop: 'Teach in' at Capitol marks school year's last furlough Photo gallery Video

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UH Manoa Professor who admits arson reveals mental illness battles

University officials said Bleecker began displaying unusual behavior in the spring 2008 semester when he started showing his students movies during class time and sent them bizarre e-mails. One e-mail told them to attack the assistant dean with pepper spray and baseball bats in case he entered the classroom to protect their academic freedom.

By the summer of 2008 the university suspended Bleecker from teaching but continued to pay his salary.

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Local Jobs bill to face court challenge

Other legal experts say the bill could potentially be disputed on 14th Amendment grounds as it mandates that a state may not hinder a person's rights as a U.S. citizen. Concern among city officials and the General Contractors Association of Hawaii is heightened by fear the bill will increase project costs and cause delays in the system due to the administrative and legal issues it is sure to erect.

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Studies of sun linked to understanding weather (or … ahem … climate)

Now it turns out, the sun's size does not change. Or, at least, it hasn't during the past 11-year cycle.

A group of astronomers led by the University of Hawaii's Jeff Kuhn has found that in recent times the sun's size has been remarkably constant. Its diameter has changed by less than one part in a million over the last dozen years.

"This constancy is baffling, given the violence of the changes we see every day on the sun's surface and the fluctuations that take place over an 11-year solar cycle," said Kuhn, who is associate director of the UH Institute for Astronomy (IFA) and is responsible for Haleakala Observatories.

The other observers weren't imagining that they saw something. Something was waxing and waning, but it was Earth's atmosphere, Kuhn said.

TOTALLY UNRELATED: "95% water vapour" Global warming debunked by New Zealand meteorologist

TOTALLY RELATED: Global Warming "Scientists" Searchable Email Files

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October opening set for W. Hawaii's first adult shelter

The $1.8 million project is being paid for through a combination of federal, state and county sources. About $819,000 was secured by federal special project grants; $457,000 was appropriated from state Capital Improvement Project funds, while Hawaii County paid about $500,000.

The county does not yet have a contract for a group or agency to run the shelter; Arnett said it will seek proposals about six weeks before construction is complete.

(Or maybe it will just sit unused, like the Hilo sort station.)

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Harbor fee collection called 'illegal'

Area boat owners are claiming the state Department of Land and Natural Resources is illegally charging mooring permit fees at Kawaihae Harbor -- and the state Attorney General's office agrees.
The state attorney's office recently informed DLNR's Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation it cannot issue permits for facilities not under its control.

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Waianae Landfill operator 'shocked' by fine

It was the second time in five years that the city and Waste Management have been fined over operations at Waimānalo Gulch Sanitary Landfill near Nānākuli.

The Health Department on Thursday said the city and Waste Management were being fined for failing to follow specifications in building a berm that helps support the western wall of the landfill.

The department also cited the city and Waste Management for not reporting the deviation from the plan, and for failing to provide quality assurance reports in a timely manner…

West O'ahu residents have complained for years that the landfill should be shut down because it is a nuisance and a visual blight. Opponents also point out that former Mayor Jeremy Harris (what about the current mayor???) promised in 2003 that it would close by 2008.

(Entire article written without mentioning Mufi Hannemann even once.  That takes skill.)

More garbage: Scavengers raiding Honolulu curbside recycling bins

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GTMO Greenwell: End war on drugs

If you smoke enough dope, inviting alQaeda to live on the Big Island starts to make sense.

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“Malicious Prosecution”  Kauai County continues war on Lady Ann

LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Planning Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to revoke 23-year-old permits for Michael Sheehan’s boatyard on the Hanalei River.

Sheehan violated several conditions of his temporary permits, states a county press release.

Sheehan’s attorney, Richard Wilson, said the move was expected, he’ll appeal the decision, and once again looks forward to defending his client in state District Court here.

Wilson won before District Judge Kathleen Watanabe when the county sued to ban Lady Ann Cruises from operating commercial boat tours out of Hanalei Bay, with the county also stating the tour company didn’t have requisite permits necessary for those operations….

In regards to the Lady Ann Cruises case, all that remains are the company’s counterclaims of malicious prosecution and interference with prospective economic advantage, said Wilson.

See www.kauai.gov/planning for Kosaka’s full report.

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