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By Andrew Walden @ 3:47 PM :: 5801 Views :: Hawaii County News, Agriculture, Kauai County News, DHHL, Maui County News, Congressional Delegation, Honolulu County News, Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Djou in WSJ--“Birthright Citizenship: A GOP Achievement”

Hawaii Progressives target Gabbard, express “enthusiasm” for molester’s buddy Rep. Joe Bertram

Great news: Rep. Lyla Berg still taking grief for “Islam Day”

Mufi: “Candidate of corporate and political elite”

Mufi’s whole career has been as the candidate of the corporate-political elite. He’s been encouraged to run, supported in his campaigns, and “taken care of” with corporate or political appointments when he lost, and has the perspective and baggage that flows from that privileged position.

TOTALLY RELATED: Mufi’s Republican Army: The Bush Family Connection, Good News: A small elite no longer runs Hawaii -- Bad News: Mufi thinks he can change that

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Legislators and their greasy palms

Most telling were the donations to Rep. Robert Herkes, who represents the sprawling rural district that encompasses Ka’u and parts of Puna and Kona and had $50,604.28 cash on hand at the end of the reporting period.

The 45 donors giving more than $100 to Herkes during the period included 37 individuals from O’ahu, one from Kauai and three corporations. The four Big Island donors were all from Hilo, which isn’t in Herkes’ district.

He got $1,600 from HMSA Employees PAC; as House consumer affairs chairman, he’s sponsored legislation benefiting the medical insurer and at one time took sharp criticism for having an HMSA executive embedded as an intern on his staff.

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Campaign 2010: top mayoral candidates face off

The three top contenders, Kirk Caldwell, Peter Carlisle and Panos Prevedourous, will face off.

Hawaii Public Radio is hosting the event, which starts at 6:30 p.m tonight.

The debate will be broadcast live on KIPO 89.3. It will also be streamed live at www.hawaiipublicradio.org.

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City Council member will ask the Outdoor Circle to support a ban on campaign placards larger than 8 square feet

Ikaika Andreson’s Resolution 10-31 would prohibit political signs larger than 2 by 4 feet, or 8 square feet. It would also restrict the time that signs could be posted to no more than 120 days before an election and no more than 30 days after it.

"I don't think we can or should limit people's choices as to how many candidates they can support at one time," Anderson said. "I think it's totally fair to say you must limit your campaigns signs to X size. This way everybody's on the same, level playing field. That also cuts down on the costs of the signs, too."

(Outdoor Circle is back with another attack on free speech.  These restrictions can ONLY benefit incumbents.)

HNN: Honolulu may ban large campaign signs

Maui News: Signs point to changes in county’s rules

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Dog bite victim not pleased with police response

A process server who said he was attacked Aug. 9 by a dog owned by a former Hawaii County Police Department officer is claiming police have taken little action on the case, leaving Waikoloa Village residents at risk.

"This is a ferocious dog, and I'm concerned that some little Girl Scout is going to run up there and try to sell cookies, and this dog will kill her," said Jerry Harris, a licensed state Department of Public Safety process server. "It is very possible this dog will kill someone who is not fast enough to get away."

Harris contacted West Hawaii Today on Friday afternoon concerned that the dog, which he described as being part pit bull and weighing between 80 and 100 pounds, is still at the Hooko Place house following the alleged 5:15 p.m. attack leaving others in the area, including children, at risk.

Harris claims the dog attacked him as he was serving court papers to a woman who resides at the home owned by former Honokaa Police Sgt. David Hauser.

(Hawaii County PD: First a census worker, now a process server…)

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Lawmakers to question Sheriff Division

Hawaii legislators are holding a public meeting tomorrow to delve into the findings of an audit that said the state Sheriff Division may be a risk to the public.

A joint meeting tomorrow of the Senate Committee on Public Safety and the House Committee on Public Safety will discuss the audit that cited the Sheriff Division for ineffective leadership, a lack of set boundaries and a poor governance structure.

State Auditor Marion Higa said the division struggles to uphold law enforcement responsibilities.

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Three Hawaii Pacific Health hospitals earn AHA recognition

Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Clinic and Hospital and Wilcox Memorial Hospital have all been given awards from the American Heart Association.

(Quick quiz: What do these three hospitals have in common?  They are not part of HHSC.)

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Persistent drought draining Big Island residents' wallets

…residents have been forced to replenish their catchment tanks more often, some paying up to $350 a month to have water hauled from the nearest fill station, 14 miles away in Naalehu.

The final phase of a $6 million project to bring county water to the area is slated to begin this month but is not scheduled for completion until next summer.

"There are two 30-mile stretches with no potable water in my district," observed Rep. Bob Herkes (D, Puna-Pahoa). "There are no water fountains, no county buildings, no schools. If there's no pipe water, you can't have a school."

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Anti-GMO fraudsters gather on Kauai

On Friday evening, famous Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte told a large crowd bla bla bla…

In 2008, Ritte and other activists pushed for a 10-year moratorium on GMO-taro research at the University of Hawai‘i. The state Legislature ended up approving a five-year moratorium.

Friday also showcased a movie called “Malama Haloa” by Big Island taro farmer Jerry Konanui. The movie attracted more than 100 people.

The event started at noon on Saturday. Several speakers shared their views with the audience. Drolson, Massey and Ritte were joined by natural doctor Miles Greenberg and Island Breath blogger Juan Wilson.

Kaua‘i County Council candidates JoAnn Yukimura and Kipukai Kuali‘i, along with state senator candidate John Yamane also joined the crowd.

REALITY: UH cared for HALOA for 104 years with no help from any activists, The Future of Fraud

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Flotilla Survivor Criticizes Israelis: Hawaii Woman Claims Attack Was Act Of Piracy

The Israelis said during the boarding, the demonstrators attacked them with live fire, knives and clubs.

Wright's account was much different.

“The Israeli raid on the flotilla was a criminal act in international waters, it was an act of piracy. It was kidnapping people on the high seas and theft of property. It was murder on the high seas. The Israelis are committing criminal acts and they need to be held accountable for it,” said Wright. blablabla...

Wright vowed to return to participate in another aid flotilla in October. 

REALITY: Honolulu “peace activist” caught lying about Gaza Flotilla, Honolulu Gaza flotilla protester shows up at BP hearings – with rubber ducky

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