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ADV: Mufi and Neil might “persuade the voters to hate both of them”

Four years ago, no big-name Democrats wanted to stick their hands in the whirling blades of the powerful Lingle re-election machine, a tribute to their personal safety-first mindset.

So now we come to 2010 and the big Democrats are back in the game. The problem this time is that the biggest threat is an internal one, that the antagonism between Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie runs so deeply and personally that they might just manage to persuade the voters to hate both of them….

...the candidates can't even stand being in the same room together.

Both are already jabbing each other for being "quitters," bailing out on their offices to run for governor. It's a legitimate issue for the campaign, but it's not the only issue.

We (Democrat Advertiser Editors) hope leaders of both campaigns appreciate the doctrine of mututally assured destruction, understanding that deploying the "quitter" weapon will only ensure that the other side drops it just as often.

IGNORE THIS: Mufi’s Atomic Monkey Exposed: Website calls Abercrombie a “flailing gasbag”, wife “a witch”, AtomicMonkey responds: “Some of us work for the City…we proudly stand by description of Abercrombie as ‘flailing gasbag’”

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Aiona promoting summer job program for teens

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona is urging nonprofit groups to enroll in a summer youth employment program and take on young workers through Sept. 30.

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5 political veterans vying for Honolulu mayoral seat

Prevedouros, meanwhile, is the only one of the candidates to clearly distinguish himself from the others on the issue of Hannemann's $5.4 billion mass-transit project. Prevedouros stands alone in opposing what will be the state's largest capital improvements project ever. He finished third in the 2008 mayoral election behind Hannemann and Kobayashi.

"Panos has the possibility of mobilizing the people in that particular group, that could make a difference," Milner said.

Besides being attractive to anti-rail voters, Prevedouros may also capitalize on being the only one of the five to have never held elective office, which may have some appeal for those seeking someone outside the norm….

Prevedouros said there has not been enough discussion on other viable options. One might be using the old OR&L rail line that runs from Downtown Honolulu to Wai'anae. A form of at-grade light rail line could run along that route. "It's very obvious that rail alignment has never been studied in detail," he said.

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Candidates Scramble For Ed Case's Voters

"I am going to first start by talking to Ed as soon as I can get an appointment to see him, and also to talk to some of his key supporters to get a better feel for what exactly are the differences between us and how deep those differences are," said Hanabusa…. (She can’t even get an appointment to see Ed Case)

"When it comes to Democrats who support Ed, I would like to believe the core Democratic principals are still there," said Hanabusa. (But she’s not sure.)

University of Hawaii professor and political analyst (and self-described leftist) Neal Milner said he can't imagine a significant number of Case voters voting for Djou. Milner said Djou's votes after being sworn in to congress show him to be a very traditional Republican which will make him unattractive to many of Hawaii's moderate Democrats.  (Which votes?)

Djou's supporters said Monday they think they can siphon off Case supporters to Djou in the general election.

Djou's campaign manager Dylan Nonaka believes enough Case voters will vote for Djou in the general election for him to win.

"I think a Case voter is someone who is somewhat more moderate, someone who does not like the establishment, does not like the way things have been for the last 50 years, someone who understands that the status quo is not working and does not like to be told what to do by U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye, former governors and other power brokers in the Democrat Party and so they are very likely to be a Djou voter," said Nonaka.

Case could not be reached by telephone Monday to comment. (And he’s not going to be around to help Colleen in spite of his announcement that he “does not hate” her.)

Nonaka said in the end it is Djou who will benefit most from Case-Hanabusa's philosophical differences.

"I fully believe Charles can take a third of Case voters over to his side to give him 50 percent to win," said Nonaka.

Ed Case quits race: “Dream of a better way forward” crushed by Hawaii Democrat old boys (again)

Hawaii Democrats focus on suicide, taxes, and gay marriage

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SB: Case leaves race with sound advice

In withdrawing from the primary race, Case urged Hanabusa to "listen, adopt and incorporate, espouse, motivate and commit and you will win. Don't, and you will have a very difficult election."

Hanabusa arises from the liberal mold of the state Democratic establishment, which embraced her in large part because of Case's unsuccessful challenge of Sen. Daniel Akaka in the 2006 election. She recognizes that Case "is expecting me to listen to and appeal to his voting base," but that will not be easy for a candidate with a track record….



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  • Hanabusa, Souza tied to Pali Golf course shooters’ mob
  • Cayetano: Hanabusa's Broken Trust connections lead to Ko Olina

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    Hawaii health plans back 'game-changing' reform

    Such programs are already being hailed nationally as improving health and lowering costs at the Geisinger Health System in rural Pennsylvania. Kaiser Permanente, the state's No. 2 health insurer and health provider, also is seen as achieving good results with its focus.

    "It is likely to be the best opportunity for aligning physicians and patient frustration, demonstrated models for improving care, and private and public payment systems to produce the most profound transformation of the health care system in anyone's memory," according to a report on Patient Centered Medical Home done for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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    Deadline nears for city council applicants

    The Honolulu City Council is expected to pick the next member for Hawaii Kai as early as Thursday if five of the eight members can agree on the right person.

    More than ten people have already applied.  Some of the council members have already started interviewing them.

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    Slom: Hawaii Council of Revenues Economic “Turn Around” Prediction May Be Premature

    The recent announcement by the Hawaii State Council on Revenues, adjusting their revenue projections upward for the current fiscal year, and a positive quarterly report from the State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, was welcome news.

    Or was it?

    RELATED: Lingle: Hawaii economy recovering thanks to collaboration and sacrifice

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    Opposition speaks out on TVR bill

    NAWILIWILI — Kaua‘i farmers have been trying for almost three years to get approval to build small, temporary dwellings for their workers. Opponents of the bill fear abuse and subsequent development of suburban neighborhoods into farmlands. On the brink of being approved last week, the bill was once again deferred.

    (Yes they did say ‘three years”)

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    WHT: Feds intervene after Hawaii Co.Police arrest Census taker  (DRUDGE now linking to this story)

    "I said, 'Can I please just give you the Census (form)?' And he didn't want it," Haas said. "He said he was going to call the cops, so I said, 'OK, fine.' We'd been trained to wait by the gate for the cops to get there and hand them the forms that we would have handed to the guy. The police then hand it to them and tell them, 'It's the law, do it.' Then everybody would walk away and it would be fine. That was what I expected.

    "But when I was standing next to the gate talking to the guy, he pulls something out ...and out pops this little tin shield, and it falls and clatters on his driveway. And I realized he was telling me he was a cop."

    "Then I went, 'Dude, if you're a cop, you know that you have to be in the Census. You have to be because you've sworn an oath to uphold and obey (the law).'"

    Haas, who is a former New Jersey police officer, said while he and the man were talking across the gate, police "pulled up behind me, suddenly."

    "I handed them the Census and expected them to hand them to this guy and say, 'That's it,'" Haas said. "They walked over and talked to him for a minute or two, then walked back to me ... and then stuffed it into my chest, and said, 'He doesn't have to enter your Census. He doesn't have to enter any Census. He doesn't have to fill out any of your forms or answer any of your questions. And if I were you, I'd get into my car and get the hell outta here, right now.'

    "I turned to him and said, 'Or what?' And he said, 'I'll lock you up.'" And I turned back and said, 'So make your case.' They threw the cuffs on me, took me down to Keaau Police Station and I waited there until my daughter bailed me out." Haas' bail was $25.

    SB: Transfer of census worker's trespassing case is sought

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    Israeli forces capture Hawaii activist attempting to smuggle supplies to Hamas head choppers

    (600 Islamists and Leftists on a flotilla of boats carrying cement for bunkers and emplacements in violation of the joint Egyptian–Israeli blockade of the Hamas head choppers.) 

    A YouTube video is said to show the silver-haired (Ann) Wright among people being escorted from boats and into a tent at the Ashdod port in Israel. (anti-Superferry protester) Larry Geller, a Hawai'i resident and author of the Disappeared News blog who has met Wright on several occasions, identified a woman in the video striding on the dock in a black baseball cap, T-shirt and pants as being Wright.

    "That's good to hear," said (anti-Superferry protester and 9-11 troooother) Jim Albertini, a friend of Wright's who lives on the Big Island. Albertini tried to call and e-mail her after hearing of the attacks.

    RELATED: Gaza: Violence and Humanitarian Aid

    TOTALLY RELATED: On the trail to Hawaii Islam Day: Saudi money, Libyan assassins, Palestinian Jihad, London bombers, Malaysian sodomy, and laughing Islamists

    Typical Ann Wright agit-prop: Gaza Death Zone

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