Watching and reporting about Hawaii politics and government.
4:52 p.m. GOP’s Carroll Running for U.S. Senate
Republican John Carroll will announce tomorrow his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Dan Akaka.
Carroll, who lost the GOP nomination for governor last year to Duke Aiona, is a former airline captain, JAG officer, state senator and chair of the Hawaii Republican Party. His campaign site notes that Carroll is a Korean War veteran with eight great-grandchildren.
Keith Rollman is Carroll’s media contact.
4 p.m. Green v. Nonaka
Check out Nanea Kalani‘s report on a dispute between Dylan Nonaka and Josh Green over reapportionment and Big Isle seats in the state Senate.
It’s titled “Nonaka: I’ll Pay You $1 Million if My Mom Runs for Senate.”
Just read it.
3:50 p.m. $9M for Hawaii Medicaid Services
The Abercrombie administration today announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded the Hawaii Department of Human Services a five-year, $9.9 million grant for the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Program.
The grant, according to a press release, “will fund programs to improve early detection and self-management of care for persons with diabetes. The focus will be on indigenous Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders statewide.”
President Barack Obama has released his detailed, long-form birth certificate that shows he was born in Hawaii. And the president has said he is a Christian.
But a Winthrop Poll released today shows that large numbers of S.C. Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party don’t believe him.
10:15 a.m. TSA Union Takes Credit for Hawaii Work
The union that won the right to represent workers at the Transportation Security Administration said yesterday that it played a role “in protecting the jobs of some of them at the Honolulu International Airport.”
The TSA just fired nearly 30 employees at the airport for improperly screening checked baggage.
Colleen Hanabusa had this to say on the occasion of the official repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding gays and lesbians:
Any American who has the drive and dedication to serve our country deserves that opportunity, regardless of their sexual orientation. Thousands of talented men and women were forced out of the Armed Services at a time when we needed them most, and an unknown number of others had to hide who they are to avoid punishment. Today is long overdue — this discriminatory policy does not reflect our country and our military’s values.
And, here is what Dan Akaka had to say:
I was proud to sign the Repeal Act into law last December because I knew that it would enhance our national security, increase our military readiness, and bring us closer to the principles of equality and fairness that define us as Americans. … For more than two centuries, we have worked to extend America’s promise to all our citizens. Our armed forces have been both a mirror and a catalyst of that progress, and our troops, including gays and lesbians, have given their lives to defend the freedoms and liberties that we cherish as Americans.
Meeting: Kona Judiciary Complex
A public information meeting will be held this evening at the West Hawaii Civic Center Community Meeting Hale in Kailua-Kona to discuss the candidate sites and draft EIS for the proposed Kona Judiciary Complex.
Ordnance Search Set for Ahihi-Kinau
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