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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

The conservative group formed by oil billionaires David and Charles KochAmericans for Prosperity — now has a Hawaii chapter.

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.

10:05 a.m. Gov vs. Ret. Teacher On YouTube

Worth a look: An 11-min. exchange between Neil Abercrombie and retired Big Island teacher Wayne Joseph, as recorded by Big Island Video News on Tuesday.

Topics addressed include Medicare Plan B reimbursement, collective bargaining and furlough days versus directed leave without pay days.

8:32 a.m. Kona Airport Manager Disciplined

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Problems with Kona, Lihue airport management

Improved Kauai mapping helps target invasive species

Kau task force pulls 12-16 tons of garbage from lava tube

Maui company has deal to sell HECO biodiesel

Hawaii County to pay Coupes $117K in legal fees

Vandals cost Keaau High $15K

Depleted uranium probe of Army sites pau

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park maps out future

Decision-Making for Reapportionment

A big day for the 2011 Reapportionment Commission, which meets at 2 p.m. at the Capitol.

The agenda includes decision-making on draft plans for the redrawing of state House and Senate districts and the two congressional districts.

As Civil Beat reported this week, six incumbent representatives may well end up facing another incumbent in next the 2012 elections.

There is also a question as to whether Colleen Hanabusa‘s Ko Olina home in District 2 might end up being in District 1, which she represents.

(Last we checked, she’s put the home on the market and has rented a place in town.)

The decisions that come out of today’s meeting will next be presented in a series of public hearings on all islands from Aug. 30 to Sept. 16.

HLRB to Meet with HSTA, State

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board is expected to meet this morning with members of the HSTA and the Abercrombie administration in a pre-hearing settlement conference.

It’s behind closed doors, but details will likely emerge.

Barring a major group-hug moment, however, the HLRB will hold public hearings on the nasty contract dispute beginning next week.


As Katherine Poythress reports, little came out of the meeting … at least publicly.

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