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

5:05 p.m. House Rejects Cuts to Energy Dept.

Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono were among the majority in a 328-99 vote that rejected a proposal to cut an additional $820 million from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Only one Democrat voted for the proposal, while a majority of Republicans opposed it.

4:44 p.m. UPDATE Lingle on Disaster

Regarding that talk Linda Lingle gave in D.C. today, here’s an excerpt:

Linda Lingle, former governor of Hawaii, said Hurricane Katrina turned civil defense models upside down: The feds have become first responders. But Hawaii, imperiled by hurricanes and volcanoes, is five hours from the nearest help and needs plans in place for every town, county and island to remain self-sufficient until help can arrive, Lingle said.

12:30 p.m. Neighbor Isle Gov’t News

Mega solar farm in Kekaha, Kauai, approved

KIUC petition falls short on Kauai

Big Isle plastic bag ban draws small crowd, big passions

PUC sets Young Brothers Neighbor Isle public hearings

11:18 a.m. Hirono Quits Ethics Panel

Mazie Hirono resigned today from the House Ethics Committee because she is running for the U.S. Senate.

“I want to ensure my status as a candidate for higher office does not in any way cause the work of the Ethics Committee to become fodder for politics or partisanship,” Hirono wrote to John Boehner.

9 a.m. Case v. Hirono

Fresh numbers on exactly how much Ed Case and Mazie Hirono have raised in their respective campaigns for the U.S. Senate will be out this week, but the candidates are already saying they both did well.

Hirono says she’s raised “nearly $300,000 leading up to the June 30 federal reporting deadline — in just the first five weeks since she announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate!” She also says she’s got $545,000 cash on hand.

Case earlier this week did not disclose any numbers, but he did say “we exceeded our goals for both contributors and contributions.” He added that, by this time next year, absentee voting will have begun.

UPDATE Case told Civil Beat this afternoon that he has raised about $240,000 since launching his Senate bid earlier this year, but final numbers won’t be available until Friday.

Lingle and Leadership

Linda Lingle is scheduled to speak on a panel today, and the topic is “On the Ground: State Leadership in Times of Crisis.”

It’s in Washington, D.C., at the Bipartisan Policy Center, where Lingle is a member of the center’s Governors’ Council.

Excerpt from a press release:

In light of recent natural and man-made disasters across the country, the event will examine the challenges state governments face when managing a diverse set of disaster scenarios.

Hearing: Native Women

Dan Akaka‘s Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing today titled “Native Women: Protecting, Shielding, and Safeguarding our Sisters, Mothers, and Daughters.” 

It’s in Washington, D.C., at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Live video will be available here.

Excerpt from a press release:

The hearing will examine the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking on Native women. Witnesses from federal agencies, Native advocacy groups, a tribal leader, tribal health provider, and an Amnesty International legal expert will testify on the effectiveness of current local and federal agency efforts to address these concerns in Native communities. 

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

National Governors Association meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 14 to July 17.


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