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3:02 p.m. Schatz Praises Stadium Turf

Brian Schatz has tweeted (@brianschatz, 2,533 followers) that he checked out the new field as part of Aloha Stadium‘s media day today:

Thanks to DAGS and Stadium Authority for making Aloha Stadium safer and nicer — new field looks great.

The nine members of the Stadium Authority, of course, were appointed by the previous governor and have refused Neil Abercrombie‘s request to resign.

2:35 p.m. Colleen Needs Cash

Colleen Hanabusa has sent out an email asking for money:

Donate now, and send a strong grassroots message to Washington Republicans: we support Colleen Hanabusa and her fight to protect Medicare and Social Security.

Interestingly, the full message doesn’t indicate whether the funds are for her re-election campaign to the U.S. House … or another federal race.

Hanabusa is said to be hearing from a lot of folks who want her to run for the Senate against Ed Case and Mazie Hirono, and others who think it best to wait until the 86-year-old Dan Inouye leaves office.

Alleged Beating by Big Isle Police

If you haven’t been following blogger Damon Tucker‘s reports that he was allegedly roughed up by Hawaii County cops, he has posted the latest developments and related commentary.

Excerpt:

Still too bruised up to figure out what is really going on with my back for now and I’m hoping it’s just whiplash… but will be doing more follow up after radiology sends my new X-Rays to my follow up doctor.

Lingle is ‘800-Pound Gorilla’

That’s what a Maui Time article is calling the former governor, referring to the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

Excerpt:

Given the fact that the DSCC is already bashing Lingle in advance of any official senate run announcement, it’s a good bet that Lingle could win the seat next year, previous school furlough disaster or not.

Bacon for Manoa

Isaac Choy‘s latest “Prevailing Winds” newsletter includes this item:

“Bring home the bacon” is important to our district. I am happy to report that all requests for Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) in District 24 passed.

Manoa Elementary School will have its “Black Top” repaved and Noelani Elementary School will get avery much needed library expansion. Of course, our beautiful new Manoa Public Library is fully-funded.

Blue Hawaii

Kudos to our Adrienne LaFrance for picking up this item on how Hawaii, according to a new poll, is the state where Democrats have the strongest political advantage.

Utah is the most Republican state.

Beetle Invasion on Molokai

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Kauai’s Lydgate park still not ready for camping

Hilo Downtown Improvement Association head is a key player

Six Maui businesses have shot at APEC showcase

Kilohana Plantation on alert to thwart thieves

Concerns about West Hawaii flood insurance rate maps

Fewer, bigger vanes planned at Ulupalakua wind farm

Hawaii County remains confident in light of economic turns

Invasive small hive beetle found on Molokai


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