Watching and reporting about Hawaii politics and government.
3:22 p.m. Abercrombie Picks New Senior Advisor
Kate Stanley will start part-time Sept. 1 as a senior advisor to Neil Abercrombie and work full time beginning Jan. 1 and through at least the 2012 legislative session.
Stanley replaces Lloyd Nekoba, who stepped down in late May to help Ed Case in his U.S. Senate run.
Stanley is a former state House representative, majority floor leader and Judiciary chair and was a Hawaii delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. She contributed to the governor’s 2010 campaign and helped with the transition.
An experienced hand, Stanley is expected to help the governor work not only with the Legislature but also improve the governor’s outreach to other groups.
2:18 p.m. PUC’s Caliboso Resigns
Public Utilities Commissioner Carlito Caliboso has submitted a letter of resignation effective Aug. 31, according to an item in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Caliboso, who served eight years on the PUC, was one of the 28 members of boards and commission who were appointed by Linda Lingle but asked by Neil Abercrombie to step down.
Caliboso had earlier stated that he would stay on the job, but now he says he wants to return to the private sector.
12:44 a.m. Americans for Prosperity Chapter Formed Here
Jay McWilliams and Laura Brown, formerly with Hawaii Reporter, are the chapter’s grassroots chairs. In a press release, Brown said:
“Hawaii’s economic health is deteriorating. The price tag for public employee and retiree health benefits has ballooned to $14 billion and $500 million in taxes has been passed down with more likely to come. We will work to ensure common sense solutions on the local, state, and federal level by educating and mobilizing the citizens of Hawaii on the critical issues affecting limited government and economic freedom.”
Americans for Prosperity has actively targeted Democratic candidates nationally and is credited with helping grow the Tea Party movement.