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By Andrew Walden @ 1:41 PM :: 6351 Views :: Maui County News, Congressional Delegation, Honolulu County News, Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, World News, Hawaii History

Abercrombie predicts Duke Aiona will be next governor

Lingle to host 7th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

DoT Director Brennon Morioka resigns

Will Hanabusa Support Stopping Tax Hikes on Small Businesses Before Congress Skips Town?

AP: 1986 all over again

In the Democratic governor's race, there's no love lost between the 74-year-old Abercrombie and the 56-year-old Hannemann, who first faced off in 1986 in a congressional primary, won by Hannemann, in which he attacked Abercrombie for being soft on drugs and claimed that he "enjoyed marijuana." Abercrombie said those assertions were untrue; Hannemann later lost the general election.

This year's campaign has been filled with personal attacks and comparisons of their character, ethnicity, experience and views on gay rights.

Abercrombie blasted Hannemann's campaign following a radio ad by Hannemann supporters that claimed Abercrombie is "unacceptable" because he doesn't hold "traditional Christian values." Hannemann is Mormon, and Abercrombie's campaign has said he was "confirmed as an Episcopalian."

Abercrombie backs same-sex civil unions, while Hannemann has said he would have vetoed civil union legislation that passed the Legislature earlier this year but was vetoed by Lingle.

Hannemann also has drawn criticism for telling a carpenters' union "I look like you," a reference to Hannemann's Samoan-German ancestry; Abercrombie is white. A Hannemann campaign brochure emphasized that he was born in Hawaii and Abercrombie in New York.

Mudslinging between the candidates could damage the winner's chances of success in the Nov. 2 general election against the Republican nominee. In the Republican primary, Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona holds a vast advantage over attorney John Carroll in fundraising, campaign organization and advertising….

…Hannemann has kept the pressure on by saying Abercrombie is making unfunded campaign promises, received a low rating from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is trying to "retire to the governor's job." The Hannemann brochure also mockingly praised Abercrombie for winning a beard contest.

Abercrombie has accused the Hannemann of manipulating Honolulu's proposed rail line for political purposes and then abandoning the project by resigning from the mayor's office halfway into his second term to run for governor.

REALITY: Abercrombie predicts Duke Aiona will be next governor

National Journal: HI GOV Preview: Abercrombie, Hannemann Tangle In Final Statewide Primary

SA: Turnout will ride on governor's race

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Gay-Atheist lobby fails to have Calvin Say disqualified 

Gay activists challenged Say’s residency — and his candidacy for re-election — claiming that he actually lives with his wife at his mother-in-law’s home in a different House district in Pauoa. Similar complaints failed in 2006. Activists cited a neighbor who said no one appeared to live at Say’s 10th Avenue address and low water usage at the home as part of their evidence.

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Oshiro calls photo of men kissing “negative imagery’

Yet he is a leading advocate for gay marriage and gay civil unions.  He obviously thinks his constituents are so stupid that they will not recognize the contradiction. 

The Aloha Family Alliance that sponsored the flier was described by member James Silva as a small group of six mostly Catholic men from the Aina Haina area.

A word in the flier is misspelled.  Arrogant legislator Blake Oshiro said, "I hope they learn to spell.” 

REALITY: Star-Advertiser & Abercrombie sing duet on Religion: Only we the elite may draw lines between right and wrong 

ENDORSEMENTS: http://www.afa-pac.com/endorsements2010.html

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Gay-Atheist lobby extracts $20K from Hawaii Family Forum for opposing gay civil unions

Hawaii Family Forum, a Christian charity that helped lead the fight against civil unions, spent so much money politicking last year that it had to pay the IRS $20,741 in taxes for its "excessive lobbying," according to its latest tax return.

The nonprofit group reported spending $125,695 on lobbying last year, a huge jump over the zero dollars it said it spent on lobbying in 2008. The change comes after at least two complaints were filed with the Internal Revenue Service about the forum's extensive political activities.

"This tax form just confirms what we had suspected, and that is that they engaged in excessive lobbying, that they have no charitable programs, that they are 100 percent a lobbying organization," said Holly Huber, who filed a complaint with the IRS in June on behalf of Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church. "They should not be a tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization. They are a political action group."

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Negative advertising works in Hawaii

First, in the summer special election for the 1st Congressional District a mainland Republican special interest group slammed former U.S. Rep. Ed Case, and the Democrat went from leading the polls to coming in third in the actual race….

Here in Hawaii, our negative ads are models of decorum compared to mainland attack ads, says U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye. But even Inouye said he was concerned about the Mufi Hannemann brochure attack on Neil Abercrombie. That ad asked voters to compare the two candidates, including their wives and where they were born.

"Let's keep it clean," advised Inouye. (“Clean” is whatever keeps him in power.)

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Patronage: New Honolulu mayor to decide 137 city jobs

The new mayor also will select a new administration, which consists of 21 departments and offices. Each department is headed by a director and deputy director who are appointed by the mayor and have no job security.

Of the city’s 10,482 full-time and contract employees, 137 workers could be affected by the outcome of the election, according to figures provided by the city. Department directors earn $118,344 annually, while deputy directors make $112,308, according to the city.

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Native Hawaiians: Vulnerability To Early Death At All Ages

Throughout their lives, Native Hawaiians have higher risks of death than white Americans, according to a University of Michigan study.

The research is the first known study to assess mortality patterns among Native Hawaiians at the national level, including those living outside the state of Hawaii.

The study is published in the November 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, online Sept. 16. It was funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health.

TOTALLY RELATED: OHA driving Hawaiians out of Hawaii

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Hawaii's first-time unemployment claims drop by 20%

Statewide, a total of 1,903 claims were filed during this past week, down from 2,380 claims filed during this same week in 2009.

Maui had the sharpest decrease at 39.1 percent from a year ago with 299 claims. Oahu had a 21 percent decrease with 939 claims, and the Big Island had a 12.6 percent decrease, with 408 claims.

On Kauai, unemployment claims increased 16.7 percent with 196 claims this week compared to the same week last year.

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Poverty in Hawaii continues to grow

the state's poverty rate rose last year to 12.5 percent, or more than 156,000 people. That was up from 9.9 percent in 2008 and 7.5 percent in 2007.

Last year's rate was the highest in Hawaii since 1997, when it stood at 13.9 percent.

In 2009, the poverty line for a single person in Hawaii was annual earnings of $12,460 or less. For a family of four, the line was set at $25,360 a year.

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SA: Complexities of the sun yield clues for forecasts

The terms: “Global Warming’ and “Climate Change” do not occur anywhere in this article.  Just pretend that all the enviros and journalists did not spend the lat 8 years trying to con you into believing that your SUV was the cause of global cooling…err warming.

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Senator Hemmings says wife is innocent of theft charges

"Not one cent was missing. When you use the word steal, that means something was taken and nothing was taken. There were two audits of Blueprint for Change and the organization, including its board of directors, defended my wife. This was brought about because of one fired employee" said Hemmings.

Attorney General Mark Bennett says Lydia Hemmings had prior convictions of forgery and theft in 1991, and they treated this case like any other.

SA: Hemmings says wife is innocent

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Republican activists urge crossover vote…for Abercrombie

Why should Republicans leave it up to the Democrats?  Hawaii has an open primary, unlike some states that require you to register with the party that you are going to vote for in the Primary.   With two strong candidates running against each other in the Democrat primary, the Republican cross over vote could be the deciding factor on who goes to the general election.  We are going to vote for Neil Abercrombie, and here’s the reasons why that is correct for Republicans to do:

We need to immediately get rid of Mufi Hannemann. We are not Abercrombie fans at all but in the race of Neil vs. Mufi, he is the lesser evil.  The quickest and simplest way to knock off Hannemann is in the primary.  Even Stevie Wonder can see Duke Aiona is going to have a tough time winning in the general vs. Mufi or Abercombie should the worst case scenario occur and Duke Aiona loses at least Mufi won’t be the Governor.

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SA Owner David Black hosts BC Liberal Party leadership meeting at mansion 

David Black apparently likes being part of the dominant political organization.  His BC Liberals—not connected to Canada's out-of-favor national Liberal-Democratic Party—control 49 of 85 seats in the BC provincial Parliament.  Here’s a mug shot of the Libs BC Premier Gordon Campbell getting a DUI on Maui.  

 

  Mug shot of Gordon Campbell from Maui PD

RELATED: More Case family media manipulation?

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