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Mufi’s venture capitalist to Neil’s: “F*** you”

Aiona: “Loyalty, duty and self-sacrifice prevailed over fear, uncertainty and sadness.”

Governor’s Ball draws 400

Prevedouros sees hope as poll numbers tighten

 Democrats choose between “Bully” and “Cog” 

While Hannemann's supporters praise his ability to get things done, detractors claim that his record is sullied by his penchant for bullying opponents. Part of Hannemann's challenge this election season has been to convince voters that his leadership style is more about compromising and building consensus than steamrolling opposition.

For Abercrombie, who burst on the political scene as an anti-war crusader, the challenge has been to sell voters on the idea that he can still be "an agent of change" despite spending much of his 40-year career as a cog in the state's Democratic establishment.

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UPI: No love lost between two Dem gubernatorial candidates

To say there is no love lost between the two is an understatement.

Abercrombie and Hannemann have a political rivalry going back nearly 25 year, to an election that produced a historically fluky result, CQ Politics reported. Abercrombie in September 1986 won a special election in the 1st Congressional District to fill the final months of the unexpired term of a Democratic incumbent who resigned to run for governor. But in the regularly scheduled primary the same day, Hannemann unseated Abercrombie by winning the Democratic nomination for the general election.

In their current faceoff, Abercrombie charged Hannemann's supporters are behind a pamphlet that charges Abercrombie mocks the faith-based community and supports initiatives Christians dislike, KITV, Honolulu, reported.

In a related radio ad, opponents to Abercrombie also tackle his support of gay unions, which Hannemann does not, and charged Abercrombie didn't subscribe to any religion. Abercrombie later said he was, in fact, an Episcopalian. (Another un-sourced lie.)

REALITY:  Hawaii media suddenly converts Abercrombie to Episcopalian

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Passion for public service paved chief justice's path

This article serves as a roadmap for the use of flattery and personal connections to influence Recktenwald during his 10-year term.  Read it.

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September 11 in Hawaii

Hanabusa forms committee to consider ACLU’s lawsuit threat over Senate prayer 

In response to the American Civil Liberties Union threat to bring a lawsuit against the Hawaii State Senate for its long-standing tradition of opening each legislative floor session with an invocation, Hawaii State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa formed a three-member Senate committee to review the practice.

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KITV: Election Machines Working Fine For Saturday's Primary

Nago said the elections office has decided not to post signs at the sites no longer in use. He said it would be too time consuming and difficult to put signs at all 97 eliminated polling places.

Instead, the elections office hopes voters unsure about their site will call the elections office at 453-VOTE or log on to the elections website: hawaii.gov/elections to find their polling place. All registered voters received cards earlier this year informing them of where to vote.

RELATED: Hawaii Chief Elections Officer: “Is it my job to get people to turn out and vote?”

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Mufi gets $250K from rail contractors

According to research Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi says she and her staff conducted, nearly a quarter million dollars in campaign contributions over the past year to former mayor Mufi Hannemann came from people connected with vendors holding a cumulative $20 million in rail contracts.

"It's not illegal, it's just as a taxpayer I don't think it's right," said Kobayashi. "To get contractors and then do a fundraiser on the mainland, it may be legal but is it right?"

She points to a Denver event organized in affiliation with a former mayor of Denver who has a $170,000 government relations contract, and a Washington fundraiser hosted by a firm that got an $830,000 job.

Shapiro: Government common sense replaced with 'idiot' version

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Charter School's plan aims high

Kamaile Academy, where just one out of four kindergarten students has preschool experience, will roll out an ambitious plan over the next year to increase sixfold the number of children in its preschool classes -- to 250 from 40 -- and set up a "baby college" to teach new moms and dads how to be better parents.

The plan, taking off thanks to new federal funding, is one of several initiatives at the public charter school aimed at increasing student achievement and fostering a college-going culture in kids -- even before they're out of diapers.

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The city is lax with public-view rules for 250 historic homes getting property tax exemptions

SA investigates: Homeowners are letting their hedge grow too tall!

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SA: Keep cameras rolling for Hawaii film industry

Much if not most of the new activity, including "Five-0," was in the works as state layoffs resulted in elimination of the state's film office, its duties transferred to other offices in the depleted state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

The next governor should review the consequences of that change while also examining the amount of studio space available to satisfy the needs of the burgeoning film and television industry.

(Film office closes.  Film production increases.  SA’s conclusion?  Bring back film office.)

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Study: Hawaii timeshare occupancy hits 90 percent

…the study found the statewide occupancy rate for timeshare units averaged 90.8 percent in 2009 as compared to 66.5 percent at Hawaii hotels.

Toy says there are about 8,600 timeshare units in the islands, with an additional 4,880 units planned.

ARDA President and CEO Howard Nusbaum said Thursday that the industry remitted $67.2 million in tax revenues to the state in 2009.

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Developer’s Poll: The Big Island of Hawaii Community Supports the $1 Billion Development at ‘Aina Le’a

Sixty eight percent (68%) of Hawaii Island residents said they support the development. When advised that “The Villages of ‘Aina Le’a” is part of the South Kohala Community Development Plan, the support rose to 74%.

Hawaii Island residents recognize the need for additional residential housing on the island, as well as the economic benefits and job stimulus the development will provide. According to the SMS survey, 9% of Hawaii Island residents are currently looking to buy a home, while more than 52% of residents believes there is not an adequate supply of housing on Hawaii Island. Seventy seven percent (77%) of residents support more development of housing for local residents.

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