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4:30 p.m. Letter to Us from Neil

The governor today posted a letter on his official website titled, “Abercrombie Administration Tackles State Debt.” It’s regarding that $1.3 billion bond sale.

4 p.m. Sabato: HI Senate Race Leans Left

National political prognosticator Larry Sabato is saying that, Linda Lingle‘s candidacy aside, Hawaii still leans Democrat in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

3:30 p.m. ‘Mexicutioners’ Probe

KITV has this report about a congressman calling for a probe of TSA workers — including at Honolulu International — for racial profiling.

3 p.m. News from the Ledge

Hawaii News Now has this report on state Rep. Chris Lee and his recent recovery from a stroke. He warns others of the danger.

• Starting new jobs today are House Chief Clerk C.J. Leong, House Majority Staff Director Joan Yamaguchi and assistant director Rebecca L. Anderson. All are legislative vets.

• The Public Access Room has issued an updated guide for the Legislature’s revamped website. (“It’s fabulous,” raves one Capitol insider.)

11:25 p.m. Gov. Announces $1.3 Billion Bond Sale

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and budget director Kalbert Young made official what was reported in The Wall Street Journal last month: Hawaii sold $1.3 billion of general obligation bonds.

The governor said the sale — the largest in state history — shows investor confidence in the state’s fiscal health, something Abercrombie said his administration deserves credit for.

“We made the tough decisions, and garnered a lot of criticism. Now, one year later, we have turned the corner and investors have taken notice,” he said in a statement today.

As a result of the bond transaction, the state will be able to replenish the Hurricane Relief and Rainy Day funds. Proceeds from the sale will also be used for improvement projects already underway at schools and other facilities.

Read the full press release:

Press Conference: State Bond Sale

Neil Abercrombie has scheduled a press conference at 10:30 a.m. today to announce “the largest bond issue in the history of the State of Hawaii” — about $1.3 billion. It will be held at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii at 1132 Bishop Street.

Meeting: BOE

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria in Lihue. The occasion is a community meeting.

Town Hall: Lihue

State Sen. Ron Kouchi is hosting a transportation town meeting that includes representatives from the state DOT and County of Kauai. It begins at 6 p.m. at King Kaumualii Elementary School Cafeteria.

Forum: Pahoa

State Sen. Gilbert Kahele will be hosting a transportation forum beginning at 6 p.m. at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility. The forum will feature Sal Panem, Hawaii Island District Engineer from the state DOT.

Listening Session: Waimea

The Waimea Community Association will hold its monthly town meeting at Parker School Theatre beginning at 5 p.m. The meeting includes a listening session with the Big Island’s state BOE member, Brian DeLima.

Meeting: LUC

The Land Use Commission is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. downtown to talk about the controversial Hoopili project.

PBS ‘Insights’: Giving

Dan Boylan addresses “Season of Giving: Helping People Help Themselves” in a down economy on tonight’s “Insights.”

Guests: Rona Fukumoto, Catholic Charities of Hawaii; Alex Santiago, PHOCUSED; Eunice Sim, Goodwill Industries of Hawaii; and Sandee Yoro, SECOH.

Puna Gains a Council Seat

Check out the latest in Neighbor Island government-related news:

UPDATE: 200-plus people attend Molokai cruise ship meeting

UPDATE: Kona’s patience on Honokohau Harbor runs low

UPDATE: Changes coming to The Molokai Dispatch

DOH cites Kekaha Mill demolition contractor

PUC eases alternate power path on Maui

Puna to gain Council seat

Maui water panel defers action on proposals for ordinance

Cravalho to kids: “It’s OK to be different”

AARP president speaks in Kona

Hawaii County Civil Defense chief retires

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