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4:45 p.m. Carroll Opposes Akaka Bill, Jones Act

In making his bid for the U.S. Senate official today, Republican John Carroll said he opposes the Akaka Bill and the Jones Act, wants a “solvent, secure” local economy and thinks local produce and tech products could be marketed worldwide.

He had others things to say, too:

Homelessness, lack of other than service jobs, a State that depends on Federal tax dollars for survival is where we are. I have eight great grandchildren whom I will not abandon because it is “just too much for me to take on.”

Carroll is the only Republican thus far to enter the party’s 2012 primary. But Linda Lingle is expected to soon make clear her intentions.

2:32 p.m. Hawaii Reps Vote Against Gov’t Funding Bill

Colleen Hanabusa and Mazie Hirono were among the 230 U.S. House members who voted today against a short-term spending measure to keep the government running through Nov. 18.

The majority Republicans, who mustered only 195 votes for the measure — called a continuing resolution — were stunned by the vote, as it could lead to a government shutdown.

Democrats opposed the House CR mainly because it would cut clean-energy funding in order to fund FEMA disaster funding.


In a statement following the vote, Hirono said:

The choice put before us today was either cut jobs or deny families and businesses the help they need to rebuild during a year of record-breaking natural disasters. Can you imagine telling people in Kona that we can either cut your job or help your community rebuild in the aftermath of the tsunami? This is a false choice. We in Hawaii know it and reject it.

2 p.m. Obama to Meet With Asian-Pacific Caucus

The president will meet Friday with members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus at the White House, “his first sit-down with the group since taking office, White House and Congressional aides say.”

The meeting, according to a report, comes “amid some frustration by caucus members who felt that the White House neglected them in recent months.”

Colleen Hanabusa and Dan Inouye are interviewed in the report.

Ethics Commission’s Agenda

The commission meets this morning at the American Savings Bank Tower to consider a variety of issues, including guidelines for accepting gifts and the Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force.

Executive session may be called for several agenda items, such as a personnel matter involving a disciplinary complaint.

Talk Story: Gil Kahele

The Big Island state senator invites constituents to the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Kahele, who held his first forum at the Cooper Center in Volcano last month, has more town hall meetings scheduled in Keeau, Ocean View, Pahala and Waiakea this month and next.

Community Meeting: UH West Oahu

Chancellor Gene Awakuni and other UH-WO administrators and faculty will be present tonight at a meeting sponsored by Henry Aquino, Karen Awana, Ty Cullen, Sharon Har, Jo Jordan, Mike Gabbard and Clarence Nishihara.

It begins at 7 p.m. at Kapolei High School Cafeteria.

Criticism Over Lahaina Halloween Permit

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government news:

Businessman eyes Waihee parcels for bottled-water plant

Another grenade found at Hapuna

Criticism over Lahaina Halloween permit

Wind-power contractor for Haiku water-pumping sought

Kauai food bank loses federal support

Laupahoehoe school may again face closure

Kauai County Council wants to provide its input on creation of HR department

Car impound bill advances on Big Isle

Reapportionment panel under fire from Big Isle reps

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