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POLITICO: Kos poll: Djou leads by three

Quick test of political ‘consciousness’.  What is the difference between this POLITICO headline and the headlines on the same story in local Hawaii media?

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HFP: Poll: Djou leading Congressional race

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Case, Hanabusa live outside the 1st District

"It's ridiculous that neither Ed nor Colleen will be able to vote for themselves in this upcoming election, when they're asking others to vote for them," said Djou, 39, who lives in Hawaii Kai.

If either Democrat wins, both of Hawaii's congressional representatives will live outside their districts. U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono was elected in 2006 to represent rural Oahu and the neighbor islands, but she lives within the urban Honolulu district.

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Hawaii's Neighbor Islands could play big role in race for governor

The Neighbor Islands were home to 28.6 percent of registered voters in the 1959 election that followed statehood. After a sharp decline in the 1960s, Neighbor Island voters climbed back up in numbers, making up 32.5 percent of registered voters by the 2008 general election.

With dramatic changes in the socioeconomic landscape of Maui, Kaua'i and Hawai'i counties in more recent times, experts say the formula for capturing the electorate outside O'ahu has become more complex.

"The old ways of winning elections aren't necessarily going to work now," said Rick Castberg, a political science professor at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo.

Large sections of Maui and the Big Island are now populated by Caucasians from the Mainland.

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SB: Efficient services is goal

…Or could something else have been Hawaii's deal-breaker? Mathematica explained that in making layoffs in Florida, "The state did not reduce staff solely on the basis of tenure. Instead, they used a comparative merit system to score and rank staff according to their performance, competencies in the new environment appraisals, discipline history and job functions. Staff members with the lowest scores were laid off, transferred or demoted."

Hawaii's pilot project, if enacted as lawmakers intend, is a step in the right direction (albeit scaled down) toward modern efficiency. Concurrently, in preparation for a systemic overhaul, Koller should find out how layoffs were attained in Florida, a right-to-work state, which has a labor contract with HGEA's sister American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees union.

(And this even more radical approach is supposed to be a winner in Hawaii after the defeat of Koller’s seniority-based approach?  Or is the SB just trying to give HGEA something to be afraid of?)

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To rule over Hawaii? Kyl: Liu's writings 'vicious'

(Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on Goodwin Liu, Obama’s nominee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears appeals from Hawaii Federal Court rulings.)

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) slammed Liu’s testimony against Samuel Alito during his confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.

“Judge Alito’s record envisions an America where police may shoot and kill an unarmed boy to stop him from running away with a stolen purse … where a black man may be sentenced to death by an all-white jury for killing a white man,” Liu wrote. “I humbly submit that this is not the America we know. Nor is it the America we aspire to be.”

The testimony was “vicious, emotionally and racially charged, very intemperate, and to me it calls into question your ability to approach and characterize people’s positions in a fair and judicious way,” Kyl said.

Liu only acknowledged that this language was “unnecessarily flowery.”

RELATED: To rule over Hawaii: Obama nominates Gay Marriage activist to 9th Circuit Court

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Permanent curfew considered for Hawaii public housing project

Denise Wise, director of the Hawai'i Public Housing Authority, said residents at Kalihi Valley Homes have shown strong support for a temporary curfew instituted April 1 in the wake of a string of violent confrontations, and have called on her to keep the curfew for all residents in place.

She stressed that discussions of instituting the curfew permanently are preliminary, and added that it's not yet clear whether such a practice would be permitted under state or federal laws.

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Two bills to ban shark finning fishing must be merged into a final version

State Sen. Clayton Hee is rallying support for legislation he introduced that would make Hawaii a leader in the global fight to end shark finning….

Senate Bill 2169 would prohibit the possession and sale of shark fins. The state House and Senate have different versions of the bill and are fighting a Thursday deadline to agree to a single version.

"We have a little bit -- a couple of hang-ups," Hee said.

Lawmakers in the House have expressed concern for fishermen who might base their livelihoods on shark fishing.

Current state law prohibits harvesting just the fins of sharks. Fishermen have to land the whole shark.

(In other words, this is an effort to ban shark FISHING, not shark finning.)

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Killing is tied to pot farm

A mysterious disappearance, a burned-out SUV, a SWAT raid and an indoor marijuana farm have converged with the arrest of two Honolulu men on suspicion of murder.

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City to Enforce Removal of Homeless Tents, Carts from Parks

However, the new law is prompting some homeless to move out of city parks.

"I don't really want to have to deal with that. I tried really hard to get into a shelter by making every effort by getting everything I needed to accomplish that," said shelter resident David Severino.

And homeless advocates say in recent weeks more homeless have been seeking help at their shelters.

Currently The Women and Men's I.H.S. shelters on Oahu have room for about 100 people.

SB: Homeless are not deterred by tent ban  (SB is already working to undermine efforts even before law goes into effect.)

REALITY: Kapiolani Park: Homelessness industry takes Hawaii tourism hostage, Defeating the "homelessness industry" before it gets a grip on Hawaii

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Hawaii curbside recycling falls 15% as print newspapers decline

The environmental benefits of curbside recycling come at a cost. The startup costs of implementing islandwide curbside recycling, which includes buying 260,000 recycling bins, is projected at $24 million. That includes expanding the service to another 40,000 homes next month at a cost of $6 million.

On top of that, there are operational costs covered by contracts with local private companies to handle green waste and recyclables. The city expects to pay RRR Recycling Services $49.75 per ton to process mixed recyclables under a pending one-year contract. However, under the terms of that proposed deal, the city is expected to recoup an estimated $1.75 million from the value of the material recycled.

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Aloha Tower Development agency poised for success

And it has been for years….

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Failed former Kauai Mayor & anti-Superferry snob, Joann Yukimura draws papers to run for Council

LIHU‘E — Former Mayor and Councilmember JoAnn Yukimura signed out nomination papers for a seat on the council. Taking this action last Friday, she signaled her intention to run for the County Council in the primary and general elections that will be held this fall.

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Socialist Hawaii forced to import lava rock

Sad, but true… the GE Tax at work killing local jobs.

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