The Year in Review

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Is life like football or is football like life? Let’s see: one involves unnecessary roughness, revolves around money and encourages gambling and excessive drinking—and the other is played on Sunday. Another similarity between life and America’s real pastime (sorry baseball, ratings don’t lie): each is conveniently divided into four quarters. So let’s flip the coin and kick off a recap of the brutal, bone-crushing, down-to-the-wire game that … [Read more...]

Hawaii GOP Activist To Party Leaders: ‘You Should Be Ashamed’

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We’ve had a Republican Governor for the last eight years, so it’s easy, and understandable, for outsiders to conclude that the party has some clout. It doesn’t. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more fragmented, marginalized and impotent group. November 2 was a good day for Republicans nationwide, but the conservative wave fizzled into foam before it reached the Aloha State. Hawaii elected a Democratic Governor and reduced the number of … [Read more...]

Lingle to Hawaii Kids: Vote

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The Kids Are All Left... Last week, Gov. Lingle visited Oahu’s Aikahi Elementary and encouraged students to participate in the statewide Kids Voting Hawai‘i program. It was an especially magnanimous move, considering that in 2008 Hawaii’s students “elected” Democrats across the board, including current gubernatorial hopeful Neil Abercrombie (to his old Congressional seat) in a landslide. For more info about the program, visit … [Read more...]

Akaka Bill Update

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The Akaka Bill—also known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act—has endured a number of setbacks and false starts since it was first introduced 10 years ago. But it's actually close to becoming law—perhaps closer than ever. In February, the U.S. House of Representatives passed it. Five months later, Senators Akaka and Inouye agreed to tweak the bill to gain state support, removing language that Gov. Lingle and Attorney General Mark … [Read more...]

Lingle Points Finger On Stimulus

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Last week, Congress passed and President Obama signed a $26 billion stimulus bill aimed at funding state-level Medicaid programs and reducing teacher and other non-federal public employee layoffs. Here’s what Gov. Lingle had to say about the bill: “While the Democrats in Congress contend this latest federal bailout will not increase the national deficit, it also does nothing to reverse it or to reduce the level of government spending in … [Read more...]

Parsing the Judge Leonard Saga

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In Which We Wonder If 14 Hawaii Senators Are Really Raving Sexists... The strange saga of Judge Katherine Leonard came to a close last week, as the state Senate rejected Gov. Lingle’s Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee. The vote came after the Hawaii State Bar Association’s board of directors deemed Leonard “unqualified,” an assessment Lingle blasted as “outrageous.” The fact that Leonard would have been Hawaii’s first female Chief … [Read more...]

Governor Lingle Sinks to a New Low With Civil Union Veto

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It'll provide cold comfort at best to the thousands of couples still mourning Gov. Linda Lingle's eleventh-hour veto of civil union bill HB444, but it's a fact nonetheless: eventually, gay people will be able to get married. In Hawaii. In California. In Oklahoma. Everywhere. The suppression of civil rights is always a temporary condition; the climb may be precipitous, the battle protracted, but eventually freedom will out. That's the long … [Read more...]

Governor Lingle Vetoes Civil Union Bill HB444

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A few hours ago, Gov. Linda Lingle announced she will veto civil union bill HB444. We'll explore her reasoning (or lack thereof) in much more depth soon, here, at mauitime.com and in our print edition. For now, suffice it to say we are saddened but not stunned. Twitter has blown up at the news, with the vast majority of posts being pro-civil unions and anti-Lingle. MauiTime got in on the action when Publisher Tommy Russo posted a photo of the … [Read more...]

Anti-Lingle Facebook groups need to get together!

Searching for Gov. Linda Lingle on Facebook, I discovered three competing anti-Lingle groups (none pro): Impeach Linda Lingle!!! (31 members); Impeach Linda Lingle (less exclamation points and less members--10); and Anti-Linda Lingle Group (84 members). It looks like there's some membership crossover, but may I make a humble suggestion? Get together, folks. Strength in numbers! … [Read more...]

Parents protest furlough Fridays in Wailuku

Pissed off parents converged in Wailuku yesterday to protest "furlough Fridays" (which is nearing catch-phrase status, by the way). The Maui News estimated there were about 60 people in attendance, a decent turnout for a Wednesday morning. People's anger is clearly building on this issue, and state officials are going to start to feel the heat. The ones who fight this now (or put on the appearance of fighting it) will be rewarded by their … [Read more...]