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From a press release from Mazie Hirono‘s congressional office:
This is a disappointment shared by families across Hawaii who asked for a balanced approach to our budget that makes cuts that won’t hinder our growth, ends the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest among us to ensure we are all paying our fair share, and protects benefits for veterans, Social Security, and Medicare.
As we move forward with the budget process that involves automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs, we must take a careful and considered approach toward these cuts in both areas. …
Turning political, Mufi Hannemann (@MufiHannemann, 556,410 followers) today tweeted about the supercommittee’s failure to get a deal passed in D.C.:
Those we elect must have experience in bringing ppl together & not be afraid to make decisions based on what is right vs politically popular
That means being able 2 make the tough choices ncssry to build a more prosperous future 4 all Americans
Hotelier Richard Kelly has penned this piece on how APEC was “an outstanding success.”
One of the Senate candidates, Linda Lingle, meanwhile, released a statement today following the failure of the congressional supercommittee in D.C., which she blamed on “a lack of leadership” — something Lingle’s opponents might agree with as well.
District Court Judge Leslie Hayashi has received the Judicial Innovation Award for a pilot project called Pono Kaulike.
“The objective of the project, which began in 2003, is to help parties reconcile after conflict, and to help victims and reduce recidivism in offenders by promoting offender empathy for victims,” according to a press release.
Press release excerpts:
House Speaker Calvin Say announced today that he has selected Representative Pono Chong to replace Blake Oshiro as the Majority Leader for the Hawaii House of Representatives.
“Pono has worked very hard for the people of Hawaii and the House of Representatives, especially during the budget crisis of the past three years. As Majority Whip during those years, he was a major contributor in resolving the crisis. … Blake has recommended Pono has Majority Leader. …”
Oshiro will leave the House Dec. 7 to serve as deputy chief of staff for Governor Abercrombie. In related news, Say has named C.J. Leong as the House’s chief clerk, replacing Pat Mau-Shimizu, who is heading to the Hawaii State Bar Association.
The seemingly never-ending Hawaii Labor Relations Board hearings on HSTA v. State continue, and Civil Beat is there live-blogging.
DOE Superintendant Kathryn Matayoshi is again on the witness stand.
UPDATE: Neil Abercrombie today announced he has proclaimed Shane Victorino Day.
The Maui-born center-fielder tweeted (@ShaneVictorino, 60,597 followers) out his reaction to the news: “Whoa … honored!”
They include a dramatic shot of Air Force One illuminated at night.
Lovely photos of the family of Charles Djou helping out with the Institute for Human Services‘ Give Thanks Project, where volunteers pack and deliver food and other goods to Hawaii’s less fortunate.
The U.S. House candidate himself couldn’t be there, of course, as he is serving in Afghanistan.
It includes ways to get involved (e.g., “Put up a lawn sign”), important dates to remember (e.g., “Last Day to Register to Vote: October 9th, 2012”) and fundraising tips (e.g., “Set a goal of how much money you think you can realistically raise”).
Linda Lingle was the featured guest at Palm Beach Synagogue in Florida over the weekend.
Ed Case heavily tweeted (@EdCaseHawaii, 1,456 followers) during his talk story round over the weekend. Tweets included the following:
The frustration is palpable. A woman is almost in tears about general apathy. It’s amazing to see the passion; we need to do better. #HiSen
“The 14th amendment is basically the right to pursuit of happiness which when they shutdown your restaurant you can’t really pursue much happiness,” said Carroll. “The 5th amendment says you cannot have an unlawful taking because of a government action and this is what has happened here.”
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