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4:02 p.m. Speaker Wrist Slaps Fontaine, Pine

Calvin Say informed George Fontaine and Kymberly Pine that the GOP House reps misrepresented themselves in a July briefing on cybercrime.

Say said Fontaine and Pine should not have billed themselves as “chair” and “vice chair” for the informational briefing, because the state House has not committee on cybercrime.

In a July 7 memo to Fontaine, the speaker wrote:

Using the title “chair” for a nonexistent House committee is misleading to the public and disrespectful of the … standing committee with primary jurisdiction over the subject matter.

2:58 p.m. Gov to Address Plumbers, Welders — in Vegas

Neil Abercrombie will be out of town Wednesday to attend the United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and HVAC Service Techs 38th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

The governor is the keynote speaker.

He returns to Hawaii on Thursday, where a lot of unfinished labor business (think HSTA and UPW) remains.

12:40 p.m. Lingle on Leadership, Security

In remarks delivered last week at the Ford Island Conference Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Linda Lingle had this to say about the media and security:

On the topic of transparency, Lingle cautioned leaders to be more careful with important information.

“The media sometimes doesn’t draw the line between the goodness of having transparency and our national security,” said Lingle. “There is a line, in my opinion.”

The former governor and possible U.S. Senate candidate also had this to say:

Lingle stated that an important step in leadership is assembling a topnotch team.

Don’t be afraid to get people that are smarter than you,” said Lingle. “It may be more comfortable to have people around you who you know more than they do, but it really is not going to help you lead your organization forward.”

8:52 a.m. Another DSCC Attack on Lingle

For the second time in as many weeks the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has attacked Linda Lingle.

In a press release today, the DSCC brings up the sore subject of school furloughs. Excerpt:

As governor, potential U.S. Senate candidate Linda Lingle agreed to a disastrous plan to cut state expenses on the backs of Hawaii students by closing schools on 17 different Fridays. Lingle’s plan cut hundreds of hours of classroom time for students, left educators unpaid and majorly inconvenienced thousands of families who had to make alternate arrangements for their kids.

If Lingle’s camp fires back, we’ll update it here. But one thing is clear: National Democrats are taking a possible Lingle Senate run very seriously.

Pro Bowl Leaving Hawaii?

Several blog posts over the weekend cast doubt on the Pro Bowl returning to Hawaii, including this one:

• A FOX Sports blog reports that, with the recent NFL collective bargaining agreement concluded, the annual all-star game will continue for at least 10 years:

However, there are no future guarantees of a Hawaiian return. Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie said in June that it was “stupid” for the state to pay the NFL a $4 million annual stipend to host the Pro Bowl despite claims from tourism officials that the 2011 game generated $28.2 million in revenue from 17,000 visiting fans.

“We’ll get more out of civil unions in a weekend then we’ll get out of (the Pro Bowl),” said Abercrombie, referring to same-sex marriages that are now sanctioned by the state.

(Note to FOX Sports: Same-sex marriage is not the same thing as civil unions.)

Federal Audit for Honolulu TSA

KITV reports that a team from the Department of Homeland Security will travel to Honolulu this fall “to conduct an audit of management oversight for TSA operations.”

The Transportation Security Administration said in June that it would fire 36 workers over security breaches.

Tribute to Richardson

A program paying tribute to the late Chief Justice William S. Richardson runs from 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at Aliiolani Hale (417 S. King St.).

Speakers include Mark Recktenwald, Simeon R. Acoba Jr., Avi Soifer, Melody MacKenzie, Mari Matsuda and Ivan Lui-Kwan.

Meeting: Disaster Preparedness

The federal government and the University of Hawaii begin a two-day conference on responding to disasters in the Pacific Rim.

The hope, according to news reports, is to share ideas with the APEC meeting in November.

The meetings are at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Waikiki.

Mossman Leaving OHA

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Maui trustee Mossman to resign OHA post

Big Isle medical pot use declines

Maui redistricting: Plan ‘cleans it up nicely’

Big Isle redistricting: Hilo districts migrating toward Puna

Kenoi collects $33K in campaign money

Kauai coastal path progressing

New Maui rural zoning given initial OK

Former Kona TSA screener gets two months

Laupahoehoe charter OK’d by BOE

Long-term solution sought for unmanaged Maui fowl

UH Hilo telescope still down

Maui sees photovoltaic system surge

Kulani prison eyed by officials


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