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5:05 p.m. Kondo Denies Lawmakers Texas Dinner

Hawaii Reporter has a story about Les Kondo nixing a planned dinner for Hawaii legislators and staff attending a conference in San Antonio this week.


In a letter yesterday to state Senate President Shan Tsutsui and House Speaker Calvin Say, Kondo said the event was cancelled after he told a Chamber of Commerce executive that the the Ethics Code “likely did not allow legislators or staff to accept the dinner.”

The advice was given after Kondo learned the per-person value of the dinner exceeded the $25 threshold for free gifts established by the commission and repeatedly enforced by Kondo when the Legislature was in session earlier this year.

3:48 p.m. Case On the Economy

KITV has this interview with Ed Case about the economic crisis and how he would deal with it.

Case was part of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats when he was in Congress.

2:45 p.m. Telescopes, Dodders and Monk Seals

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Veteran pushes ag, energy park for Hamakua

Watanabe orders return of Atooi badge

UH Hilo’s Mauna Kea telescope finally working

Former Maui councilor’s campaign finance reports still not in

How dangerous is invasive dodder to Kauai?

No adverse impacts expected from Big Isle monk seal center

Location doubts don’t stop Maui medical plaza

Kauai vacation rentals could be grand-fathered in

12:28 p.m. UPDATE Live-Blogging the Teacher Talks

Kudos to colleague Katherine Poythress for keeping us well informed on the story of the day — the HSTA and the state arguing their case before the Labor Board.

Follow our live blog here.

10:45 a.m. OHA’s Kiaaina Running for Congress

Esther Kiaaina made official today what had been rumored for awhile — that she’s seeking the congressional seat being vacated by Mazie Hirono.

Kiaaina, chief advocate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and a former chief of staff for Ed Case in Congress and legislative assistant for Dan Akaka, says she will stress her experience in Washington as well as her cultural background.

Click here for more info.

HSTA and the HLRB

The Hawaii State Teachers Association will plead its case before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board this morning, arguing that salaries and benefits should be restored to pre-July 1 levels.

The state — i.e., the Abercrombie administration, the BOE and the DOE — will argue that there is no money to do so.

Civil Beat’s Katherine Poythress will be live blogging the hearing, which will be held downtown.

Meeting: Charter Schools

The Charter School Governance, Accountability, and Authority Task Force is scheduled to meet this morning at the Capitol.

The task force, chaired by Della Au Belatti and Jill Tokuda, was established by the Legislature to seek accountability among stakeholders of the charter school system.

Three other meetings are scheduled this year, with a report due to the 2012 Legislature.

Workshop: Reapportionment, Redistricting

Kanu Hawaii and Common Cause Hawaii will host a Redistricting Workshop at 5 p.m. at the Capitol:

Presenters will give an overview of the process in Hawaii and around the nation, review the draft maps proposed by the Reapportionment Commission, and demonstrate how to draw your own maps using the online mapping software. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops to follow along with the tutorial.

Speakers include David Rosenbrock, project manager for the 2011 Reapportionment Commission, and the League of Women Voters of Hawaii.


“Jobs Not Cuts” is the title of an event to be held at noon at the Federal Building downtown.

Organized by left-leaning, the event is intended “to demand Congress to create jobs, not enact more cuts.”

Where’s Neil:

Neil’s in Las Vegas (read our story here):

• United Association 38th Annual Convention, Paris Hotel, 2 p.m. PDT

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