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3:54 p.m. Star-Advertiser Sues State Over Judicial Nominees

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is suing Neil Abercrombie over his decision not to disclose the names of judicial nominees.

The governor has refused to release the names, despite the advice that he do so from the state Office of Information Practices.

Abercrombie argues that making the names public could inhibit his ability to attract qualified applicants. His predecessor, Linda Lingle, did release the names of judicial nominees.

The Star-Advertiser reported:

“The Star-Advertiser brings this action to compel Governor Abercrombie to honor Hawaii’s strong public policy of open, transparent and accountable government and publicly disclose the list of nominees presented to him in January 2011 by the Judicial Selection Commission from which he appointed Associate Justice Sabrina McKenna,” the lawsuit said.

Star-Advertiser publisher Dennis Francis said the newspaper “held off on taking on this action in hopes that the governor might rethink his position, but it has become apparent he will not.

“It appears that only a court order will provide the transparency that we believe the public deserves.”

Civil Beat also requested the list of nominees from the governor’s office but was rebuffed.

Read the lawsuit here.

3:45 p.m. HGEA Critical of HSTA’s Actions

HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira sent out an email blast this morning and posted to the union’s website a letter titled “HSTA’s actions jeopardize collective bargaining for all public employees.”

While not as harsh or as lengthy as a letter that UHPA sent to its members last week regarding the teachers union, Perreira made clear his concerns about the HSTA’s complaint currently before the Hawaii Labor Relations Board.

The HGEA fears losing its collective bargaining rights, a process it believes to be the best and fairest way to handle contract negotiations. HGEA, you’ll recall, settled its own contract agreement with the state earlier this year.

HLRB will resume its hearing on the HSTA’s complaint against the state Thursday morning.

2 p.m. Forum: Oshiro and Brewbaker

The Young Democrats of Hawaii are hosting an economic forum on Hawaii’s economic future tonight at 6 p.m.

The panelists are Marcus Oshiro and Paul Brewbaker. The forum will be held on the second floor of Ward Warehouse.

9:50 a.m. Rocky Start for Hilo Marijuana Trial

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Hilo mental health facility planned

Kauai County may approve another Japanese sister city

Maui, Lanai solar project “will save taxpayers money”

Hilo “champion of the underdog” dies

Hawaiian fishermen air concerns at Maui OHA meeting

Pro-pot fliers delay Hilo jury selection

Press Conference: Broadband Initiative

Neil Abercrombie will announce the state’s initiative in broadband capability at 1 p.m. at UH Manoa.

Those scheduled to be in attendance include MRC Greenwood, Richard Lim, Henk Rogers and various state officials and representatives from telecom companies.

Convention: Native Hawaiians

The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement begins its 10th-annual convention today, which runs through Thursday at the Hawaii Convention Center.

According to publicity materials, the convention is “the largest gathering of community members, organizations, policy makers, legislative representatives, and Federal agencies interested in Native Hawaiian community development.”

Equality Hawaii Needs Cash

Equality Hawaii is asking supporters for financial contributions “to continue the momentum” gained from passing civil unions.

The agenda includes achieving “full marriage equality for Hawaii’s LGBT couples.”

Civil Beat Clipped from LRB’s iClips

The online news-clipping service provided by Hawaii’s Legislative Reference Bureau has changed again.

The service, iClips, had stopped carrying items from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser after the daily newspaper put up a pay wall. It also began running Civil Beat content in addition to the items it already carried from neighbor island publications.

Yesterday, however, iClips only listed content from the Star-Advertiser, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Reuters.

Social Wahines

A professional women’s business network called Social Wahines is partnering with the 8th Annual International Women’s Leadership Conference, which will be held next month in Waikiki.

The conference was founded by Linda Lingle when she was governor.

Women’s Political Caucus Honors

The Hawaii Women’s Political Caucus tonight will honor Ann Botticelli, Steven Levinson, Jeanne Ohta and Planned Parenthood of Hawaii at a ceremony at the Pacific Club.

HWPC President Faye Kennedy said in a statement, “While part of our mission is to ‘increase the numbers of progressive women in elected and appointed office’, we also work to ‘better the lives of women and families and marginalized groups.’ Our four honorees for 2011 exemplify and demonstrate the very meaning of these 10 short words.”

Meeting: Federal Stimulus

The Legislative Federal Economic Stimulus Program Oversight Commission meets this morning at the state Capitol.

The agenda includes a presentation by DBEDT.

Film: Global Warming in Waianae

Residents of the Waianae Coast are invited to watch Al Gore‘s “An Inconvenient Truth” a 6 p.m. at Ka Waihona O Ka Naauao Charter School (89-195 Farrington Highway, the former location of Nanaikapono Elementary School).

“Climate change and global warming impacts everyone,” said Maile Shimabukuro in a statement. “I wanted to bring this movie out to Waianae Coast residents in the hopes of inspiring them to do their part in stopping global warming.”

The film is presented by Shimabukuro and the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights.

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