Watching and reporting about Hawaii politics and government.

2:36 p.m. Congressional Junket to Hawaii

Props to Adrienne LaFrance and her DC808 for this item today on Dan Akaka‘s plans to hold an Indian Affairs hearing on Maui next week.

Conservative commentator Tucker Carlson hates the idea.

1:45 p.m. State to Announce Progress on Homeless

Neil Abercrombie and Marc Alexander have scheduled a press event Sunday at 11 a.m. “to provide results on the progress made in the last 90 days in the long-term fight against homelessness and the goals ahead.”

According to a press release:

The plan was designed to gauge what could be accomplished in a short time by bringing together government, community groups, nonprofits, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, shelter, and outreach services.

The event is at the Next Step Shelter in Kakaako. Utu Langi, HI-5 executive director, will be on hand.

Hawaii Super-Dissed?

Jesse Jackson Jr. penned this item for The Huffington Post about that super-committee in D.C. named to deal with the debt and deficit.

Jackson argues that the recession “has hit minorities and women the hardest with the highest unemployment, the most home foreclosures, the biggest budget cuts and the resulting slow economic growth.”

Any yet, the super-committee is mostly white and male and does not include, among others, “Asian Pacific Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye,” says Jackson.

Jackson did not mention Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa.

Gov to Feds: Help COFA

As reported, Neil Abercrombie is following through on his plan to get more federal help so the state can pay for services to Micronesian migrants.

Last week, when Dan Akaka introduced legislation to restore Medicaid eligibility for the migrants, his office included this info regarding the state’s burden:

The 2008 census estimated there were 12,215 COFA citizens living in Hawaii, up from 7,297 in 2003. However, State program data suggest these estimates are under-representative of the actual number of COFA migrants residing in Hawaii.

According to a report released by Governor Abercrombie this week, the State of Hawaii spent over $100 million last year alone on needed services for COFA migrants. Spending included $52.1 million to provide 20,720 clients with financial assistance, medical assistance, and emergency housing outreach, $55.1 million to educate 5,508 students, and $872,820 on 2,117 arrests, 775 convictions, and 249 incarcerations.

Can Gods and Telescopes Coexist?

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Pepeekeo power plant spurs concerns

Goal is for peaceful resolve in Kahului police standoff

Kauai enviros call for holistic watershed approach

Can gods and telescopes coexist on Mauna Kea?

Maui’s Medeiros fined for failing to file reports

Big Isle redistricting considers political boundary maps

Kona access road paves way for new college

Maui’s Arakawa praises ‘fearless’ Vickers


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