It turns out that Gov. Neil Abercrombie's fate may just be "Outliers" in reverse. The brilliant Malcom Gladwell book, "Outliers: The Story of Success," explains how many of the outstanding, successful people became that way with a lot of help.
She is tan, trim and rested. Former GOP Gov. Linda Lingle last week showed off why she is one of the state's most formidable political leaders as she spoke to the conservative/libertarian Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.
Say you decide you need some socks. You can go to Macy's. When a clerk says, "Can I help you?" you say "Yes" and then pick out what you want and pay for it. Or, you can go into 12 stores, badger the help without ever buying anything, and then complain that no one will sell you socks.
One month ago, Gov. Neil Abercrombie took his administration to the people with a town hall meeting at Moiliili's Washington Intermediate School. At the time, the meeting was newsworthy because Abercrombie took credit not just for his administration's successes, but also said he was to blame for the administration's failures.
Historians, architects and archaeologists all estimate that it took between 20 and 30 years to build the Great Pyramid (King Khufu) at Giza. Of course, this construction project was started more than 4,500 years ago.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie, the former University of Hawaii lecturer, is handing out his first exam of the new year. Instead of querying UH undergrads, Abercrombie is readying a test for his Cabinet, not for the school year, but rather the 2012 fiscal year.
With silence unusual for him, Gov. Neil Abercrombie earlier this week signed a series of tax bills into law. No ceremonial pens were passed out and no legislators were asked to witness the action, which amounted to the largest tax increase in Hawaii history.
If Gov. Neil Abercrombie's staffers haven't already made "damage control" a permanent agenda item on their daily to-do list, they should, because it doesn't appear that Hawaii's bellicose governor will be changing his style.
For a new governor, the first year must be the most exciting. Your image is still largely based on your successful election campaign. Your public perception is mostly a reflection of whatever promises of hope and change worked during the race.
As the first session of the 26th Hawaii Legislature clunked to a close Thursday afternoon, Sen. Glenn Wakai (D, Salt Lake-Foster Village) tweeted: "We dodged a bunch of bullets — NO increase in the general excise tax, pension tax, soda tax or alcohol tax."
This is how the GET was not raised and the governor and the Senate learned not to trust each other. In early March, after a private breakfast meeting with Senate Democrats and Gov. Neil Abercrombie, senators felt they had assurances that the governor would not block an increase of the general excise tax.
As honeymoons come and go, it appears that Gov. Neil Abercrombie's is already pau. Last week's Public Policy Polling survey taken for the liberal-progressive website Daily Kos put Abercrombie at a 48 percent job approval.
A fierce battle is under way at the top of the Hawaii political food chain with the forces of Gov. Neil Abercrombie fighting to restore state government to the days before Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.
This upcoming election season is already showing U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye that he will not have the luxury of looking over the increasingly crowded field of replacements for Sen. Daniel K. Akaka and saying, "I pick this one."
There's more than one way to cook up a budget. Call it the political Rashomon effect. This is the time of the year when the House and Senate money leaders stare at the same deficit problem and see widely different solutions.
It may be that our truly renewable resource is the Legislature's misplaced hope that there is a quick fix to our many problems. This week both the House and Senate moved to rid the state of the requirement to add ethanol to the gasoline sold in Hawaii.
It was Sisyphus who was condemned by the Greek gods to forever push a boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back down — and it is House Speaker Calvin Say who is trying for a fourth year to fix the state budget by repealing $275 million in tax exemptions.
We are tilting to the west and that will make politicians in the east nervous.
Oahu's population is moving toward the new home areas of Kapolei and Ewa and away from the older areas of Aina Haina to Kalihi.
So how's that "symbolic protest" over earmarks working for you now? For years, Republicans in Congress, Republicans wanting to be in Congress and Fox News, wanting more Republican viewers, all hammered away at the evils of earmarks.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie understands Hawaii's problems. The state continues to spend itself into a deficit, a black hole of ever-rising medical, payroll and benefit expenses that now threaten to capsize this ship of state.
Tomorrow Gov. Neil Abercrombie defines his embryonic administration. So far, instead of building up or hyping his first State of the State speech, Abercrombie has deferred to it, saying that his plans will be encompassed in the address to a joint legislative session. What will he say?
Quick menu question: The governor is Hawaiian and represents the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, the speaker of the House is Japanese and from Kauai, and the Senate president is Chinese and represents big labor — what do you serve them for breakfast?
After more than five decades in the spotlight, it isn't likely that Sen. Daniel K. Inouye will display an unguarded emotion. So Thursday afternoon, when he was asked about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who criticized Inouye's earmark to support the Hokulea Polynesian voyaging canoe, there was just a trace of movement as his lips started to sneer.
If Linda Lingle says "Huddle up," how many Republicans will answer the call? The answer to that may decide the fate of the local GOP. For the first time in eight years, Hawaii's Republican Party is out of the Governor's Office and back in the bleachers.
L.P. Neenz Faleafine and her laptop are scrunched under an awning behind the camera stand at the inauguration. The social media director for Neil Abercrombie's successful gubernatorial campaign is celebrating her 40th birthday by feverishly flinging reports and photos of the historic event on the Internet.
It takes a place like Hawaii to produce a Sam King. Multicultural, comfortable in his own skin, savvy and possessing the sort of community conscience developed from living on an island, King gracefully kept Hawaii's patterns of doing right. King died Tuesday at age 94, still serving as federal judge and active author.
Football fans know that in order to appreciate the game, follow those fellows on the line, because everything starts with those behemoths. Run or pass, it all evolves with the big guys doing the heavy pushing and shoving.
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