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5:45 p.m. Kouchi to Host DLNR

Ron Kouchi is hosting the Department of Land and Natural Resources this weekend for a Kauai Listening Session.

William Aila, Guy Kaulukukui and Bill Tam will be on hand for the sessions, which are as follows:

Kilauea Elementary School, 2440 Kolo Street, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School, 4319 Hardy Street, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

3:22 p.m. Redistricting Maps on Your iPhone

Want maps of Hawaii’s proposed political boundaries in the palm of your hand?

You can view satellite maps of the draft plans approved by the Reapportionment Commission on your iPhone or smartphone through an app called ArcGIS.

The maps cover proposed lines for Hawaii state House and Senate and congressional districts across the state.

Here’s what you need to do: Search for the free ArcGIS app in the App Store and download it. Once you launch the app, hit the “Find Maps” feature (an icon of a map and magnifying glass) and search “redrawHi.” Explore!

The draft plans will head out for public input across the state at the end of the month. After public hearings, the commission has until Sept. 26 to file final proposals.

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2:45 p.m. Prison Company Toots Its Horn

CCA, the private corrections management company in Nashville that manages the Arizona prison where about 1,600 Hawaii inmates are incarcerated, has issued a press release explaining how states love CCA.

The release notes the company is proud to announce that “since January 2011, the company has been awarded new contracts representing more than 12,000 secure beds at nine of its facilities.”

Hawaii, CCA observes, recently signed a new contract with our Department of Public Safety through June 2014.

CCA’s press release adds the following:

As correctional systems across the nation face a number of convergent challenges including rising costs, high recidivism rates and overcrowding, CCA remains a dedicated and dependable partner with governments at all levels, working hard to find practical solutions.

Others, however, view the CCA contract renewal in different ways. Here’s what the blog Hawaii Prison Watch had to say:

Shame on the state of Hawaii for continuing this contract after all the abuses (including torture and the sexual assault of a prisoner by a guard) that have occurred in Saguaro Correctional Center in the prison town of Eloy under CCA’s watch. The people of the Islands should oppose this vociferously … your prisoners are just in for more abuse at the hands of Arizonans — especially your Indigenous.

12:40 p.m. Twitter City from the Governor

Neil Abercrombie — or someone on his behalf — tweeted no less than 28 times in the last 48 hours, mostly on the subject of his New Day status report.

It began Tuesday with promos of the report, which was delivered yesterday with great fanfare at Washington Place, and continued until about an hour ago (last time we checked) with Tweets noting that the governor appeared on all three TV morning shows today.

@neilabercrombie has 9,193 followers and is following 6,418.

UPDATE

Make that 29 tweets — just got a new one at 12:45 p.m.

HSTA Labor Board Hearing Continues

The Hawaii Labor Relations Board is meeting today to address both the contract dispute between the state and the Hawaii State Teachers Association as well as a new complaint that the board may not be acting with impartiality.

Follow Katherine Poythress and our live blog of the hearing.

UPDATED

Pau already! Well before lunchtime, too.

Not sure when the next hearing is, but the impartiality complaint was dismissed and a Labor Board member recused herself from proceedings because of a possible conflict of interest.

Mizuno Honored

John Mizuno received the Citizen Improving America Award at a recent National Conference of State Legislatures meeting in San Antonio.

The award recognizes “exceptional leadership abilities, career achievement and positive impact upon our nation.”

Chong, Lee Named to Nat’l Panel

Pono Chong will serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures‘ 2011-2012 NCSL Executive Committee.

The NCSL is the bipartisan organization “that serves the legislators and staff of the states, commonwealths and territories,” according to a press release.

Meanwhile, Marilyn Lee has been elected president of the NCSL’s Executive Board of the Women’s Legislative Network.

Want Gambling?

Pohai Ryan has sent a survey to voters in her Windward Oahu district to see how they feel about gambling, medical marijuana and other hot-button issues.

Sample yes-or-no questions:

I support the state of Hawaii participating in multi-state lotteries such as; Powerball, Megamillions, etc.

Hawaii should legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Other survey questions address local agriculture and the film industry.

Performing Arts on ‘Insights’

Dan Boylan will discuss performing arts in public schools tonight on his PBS show “Insights.”

Guests are Lei Ahsing, Robin Kitsu, MJ Matsushita and Karen Meyer.

Military Service and Political Careers

DC808 has an item about how there are fewer military veterans serving in the U.S. Congress.

A photo of Charles Djou during training at Camp Bullis, Texas, is pictured on this page. He’s running for Congress and on his way to Afghanistan.

Do Telescopes Harm Hawaiian Culture?

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Telescope’s impact on culture at issue

Big Isle farmers markets on the rise

Kau to get sewers resulting from Kona effluent violation

Hawaii Council delays building code update

Brushfire forces Kauai South Shore evacuation


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