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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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By Andrew Walden @ 12:43 PM :: 8769 Views

Djou beating Case more than 2-1 in fundraising (Hanabusa 100K in debt)

"My family's always supported me," said Case, a Democrat who represented Hawaii in the House from 2002 through 2006. He has received more than $25,000 from eight family members this year, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Nonetheless, Djou garnered more than $103,000 this year, leaving him with $215,000 on hand as of June 30, according to his FEC reports. Djou has been raising money since late 2007.

Case began fundraising this year, accumulating more than $97,000 so far, including a $25,000 loan he made to his campaign. He had a bit less than $120,000 on hand as of June 30.

Among his contributors were his father, sister, uncle, aunt, brother and sister-in-law, as well as cousin Steve Case, founder of America Online.

Another Democrat reportedly is eying a primary election race against Case. State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to meet with power brokers, including U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

Hanabusa did not respond to a request for comment on her plans. The campaign committee she established for her 2006 U.S. House race held $4,500 as of June 30, but it owed Hanabusa $105,000 from two loans she made to it three years ago.

(Apparently nobody wants to give any money to any of these Democrats)

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$11,060 spent per student in Isles

"There were several factors causing the increase in expenditures. Basic inflation, things cost more over the years. Even though we have relatively the same level of enrollment, the cost of purchases and salaries have grown over the years" Koyama said.

(Top in cost, bottom in performance--that's the Hawaii DoE)

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Judge dismisses hotel's bid for voluntary bankruptcy

Anekona holds mortgages from First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank.

Richard Emery was appointed commissioner for the Lotus in April, but before the scheduled auction, Anderson filed for bankruptcy.

A foreclosure auction date should be scheduled within the next few days.

Both banks supported dismissing the bankruptcy petition.

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Espero to introduce legislation declaring birth certificates to be public records

The issue is not likely to go away, and Hawaii state Sen. Will Espero said he would introduce legislation next year to have birth certificates declared public records.

Espero (D, Ewa-Honouliuli-Ewa Beach) said the Obama fuss has raised questions about public and private records and says it would be in the state's interest to have open public record of births.

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Yoshimoto's "Coup Reversal" Reso to be Heard on August 4

County Resolution 217-09 “A Resolution Reverting the Council Vice Chair, Committee Chairs Back to Their Assignments Before the Adoption of Resolutions Nos. 200-09 and 201-09” will be heard at a Special Council meeting set for August 4 in Hilo at the Council Chambers in the Ben Franklin Building (I believe scheduled for 8a.m.) and will be followed at 9 a.m. by the Council’s Committee hearing which will rehear the legislation acted upon subsequent to the June 16th reorganization.

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Hokulia redux: OHA, "1000 Friends of Kauai" seeks revocation of resort permits

1000 Friends of Kaua‘i is seeking donations to its legal fund, a news release states, after the organization filed a lawsuit against the Kaua‘i County Planning Commission.
This lawsuit asks the court to: 1) find that environmental assessments should have been conducted before the county approved two large resorts — totaling 547 timeshare and hotel units — on the Waipouli shoreline, and 2) revoke the county’s approval of permits for those resorts.

The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, representing co-plaintiff Nani Rogers, has joined 1000 Friends in its legal efforts. The same issue had been heard earlier by Judge Watanabe in 5th Circuit Court, who declined to pull the permits, but declared a building moratorium, which is still in effect.

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(Just in time for new President) UH center to incorporate trans-gender policy

A planned $38 million expansion of the Campus Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is the first project that will be reviewed under a new policy that prohibits discrimination based on "gender identity and expression."  (Men in dresses)

The precise approach has not yet been determined, but could include, in addition to men's rooms and women's rooms, a third, more private facility, perhaps with a diaper changing table (to cover up what it is REALLY for--or in case Senator Al Franken visits).

The UH Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action is also reviewing and coming up with guidelines for unisex facilities in all campus buildings to resolve privacy and safety issues.

The term "gender identity and expression" refers to transgender, transsexual or other persons whose gender identity is different from the sex they are born with or whose personal characteristics, dress or behavior do not conform to social norms about gender.

(Don't worry, this is only the barest beginning of the nonsense MRC Greenwood will bring to the UH system.)

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State needs reliable air service to Kalaupapa

Another reason to act is the uncertainty caused by a bitter, ongoing dispute between Kahlstorf and the state Department of Transportation, which prompted Kahlstorf to first suspend service, and then raise the fares.

Kahlstorf has accused DOT of unreasonable and costly interference with his company, including alleged incidents of physical assault by security officers. He also complained that the state does not appreciate Pacific Wings, which does not take federal subsidies and previously charged about $200 or less round trip.

(And the Advertiser is sending a reporter to investigate these charges and write an article--NOT)

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