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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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By Andrew Walden @ 9:53 AM :: 5788 Views

KGMB, Advertiser pump rally as Democrats co-opt

Oahu County Democrats are scheming to stack this rally with tax increase demands and force legislators onto the podium.  SEE: LINK

KGMB 'coverage': "FREE BUSES!!! - The people at Gomes Bus (the school bus) are picking up at schools around the island and taking you to the rally. To find the school pick up near you click here.  Please bring your children, bring your friends – bring your voices. Show you care for our keiki and protect the educational future of Hawaii!" 

ADV: Runs same announcement

THE REAL DEAL: Furloughs: How Unions and the DoE aim to co-opt protesting parents  (Just added: text of rally announcement from Oahu Democrats' web site)

Chaos as predicted:

Furloughs vs Layoffs: The union no-solution strategy

Hawaii budget crisis: Adult Supervision vs Team Chaos

MAUI TEA Party Countering Co-optation: Maui TEA Party joins Wailuku Save our Schools Rally Oct 23

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Campuses asking to extend hours, convert waiver days (parents undoing the DoE/HSTA scheme)

Such a request must go before a campus's School Community Council and requires a two-thirds' vote of its teachers, according to Hamamoto. If endorsed at the school level, the request then goes before a four-member panel of the BOE and the Hawaii State Teachers Association and then the full board for final approval.

Hamamoto said several schools have sought exceptions. She said the earliest the school board could act on the requests would be at a meeting on Nov. 5. Asked after the meeting whether she thinks the exceptions would restore some classroom instruction time, she said: "We believe it will."

(Still plenty of chaos here)

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HGEA Unit 6 ratifies state contract

Of the 463 votes cast, 84 percent were in favor of the new contract, the union said.  There are 815 employees in Unit 6.

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Borreca: Hannemann's dream could become nightmare

Hannemann must dream of TV pictures of armies of local construction workers building a solution to Oahu's traffic nightmare.

His nightmares must be of TV crews broadcasting live reports from abandoned work sites, closed because the city ran out of money; angry native Hawaiian pickets protesting the rail plowing through burials; sobbing widows evicted as the city takes their land; and the unenviable montage of Kailua and Hawaii Kai taxpayers decrying the whole project.

If the mayor's train is a potentially risky business, it is nothing compared to the city's looming deficit, already estimated at more than $120 million.

(No wonder he wants to leave.)

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Put state pot law to use

In a statement accompanying the memo, Holder said the department will not waste energy prosecuting "patients with serious illnesses or their caregivers who are complying with state laws on medical marijuana." But, he added, it would not "tolerate drug traffickers who hide behind claims of compliance with state law to mask activities that are clearly illegal."

The problem in Hawaii is that patients have little choice except to obtain marijuana from those drug traffickers.

(WRONG.  The problem is that Hawaii's "medical" (sic) marijuana law provided a shield to those same dope dealers to conduct their business.  It also corrupts any prescription-writing doctor who becomes involved in this scam.  But more dopers means more liberal voters.)

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Hawaii Supreme Court affirms Kahoohalahala a resident of Lahaina

In a 66-page ruling issued today, the court found that the state Board of Registration did not err when it concluded last year that "Kahoohalahala did not have the right to remain a registered voter of Lanai."

The court also struck down arguments that the Board of Registration didn't have jurisdiction to hear the case, and that it exceeded its authority with its ruling.

SB: State supreme court rules against Lanai councilman , Activist is not Lanai resident, court says

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Hawaiian Air parent's earnings up 408%

But Hawaiian's revenue fell 10.1 percent to $305.6 million from $339.9 million.

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