Watching and reporting about Hawaii from Washington Place to Washington, D.C.

4:44 p.m. New Gov Appointments

Lynn Fallin has been named deputy director for Behavioral Health of the Department of Health, while Jade T. Butay has been named deputy director for administration of the Department of Transportation.

State Senate confirmation is not required.

3:31 p.m. No Special Session

That’s according to The Honolulu Star-Bulletin‘s Political Radar blog.

That means no override of the governor’s vetoes.

2:54 p.m. Neighbor Isle Gov’t News

Pitch for handling East Hawaii garbage

Maui County trying to reduce paperwork

Kauai cell phone citations double

Health care plans for Molokai

Molokai says no to undersea cable

1:10 p.m. Victorino is Victorious

Thanks in part to aggressive voting on the part of Hawaii folks (including the governor), Maui boy Shane Victorino won a spot in the MLB All-Star Game.

The Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder — the “Flying Hawaiian” — also made the team in 2009.

10:28 a.m. Pine, Others Take on Cybercrime

Members of the state House will hold a briefing Tuesday at the Capitol on cybercrime and what lawmakers can do about it.

The vice chair of the briefing is Kymberley Pine, who, as Civil Beat has reported, who recently saw her email and website altered without her permission.

“Sadly, numerous people have come to me since that incident with similar experiences,” Pine said in a post on the Capitol website Wednesday. “This is a widespread problem from which no one is guaranteed complete protection.”

Geothermal on Tap at the Ledge

An informational briefing on geothermal energy is scheduled for this afternoon at the Capitol.

The briefing will focus on a “Native-to-Native business model” for the development of geothermal energy “as a statewide resource” for electrical production. Mililani Trask is a scheduled presenter.

Social Media Rules in the House

The state House has updated its “Proper Use Policy” on social media.


Any disparaging or extremely negative comments about specific individuals could be defamatory or could invade their privacy. Thus, these statements shall be avoided.

Don’t tweet or post when you are angry or in a bad mood. You may say something you’ll regret.

Baker in Chicago

Roz Baker is expected to be in Chicago today for a National Education Association celebration of the 40th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18.

The Maui state senator, according to a press release, began her career with NEA working on the amendment in Washington, D.C., in 1969. Hawaii was the sixth state to ratify the amendment.

Online Unemployment

The state Labor Department, beginning next Monday, will allow people to reactivate their unemployment claims on the Internet.

The idea is to cut down wait times at the unemployment office and on the phone, and to streamline the filing process.

Aging on ‘Insights’

Hawaii’s aging population is the topic on tonight’s program of PBS “Insights.”

Guests include Suzanne Chun Oakland, Cullen Hayashida, Wesley Lum and Gary Powell.

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

• Remarks, WaterWrites Mural Unveiling, 905 Kokea Street, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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