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Governor gains in approval poll

Abercrombie wins back some support from Democrats

By Derrick DePledge

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LAST UPDATED: 11:37 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2012


Gov. Neil Abercrombie's job approval rating marginally improved after a more productive session at the state Legislature than the year before and signals that the state's financial condition is stronger.

The Hawaii Poll put the Demo­crat's job approval at 43 percent, up from 39 percent in February. The survey showed that the governor has started to win back some of the Demo­crats who were divided over his performance after his first year in office, but he remains a disappointment to union workers.

Fifty-one percent of Demo­crats approve of Abercrombie's performance, up from 47 percent in February. Thirty-seven percent who live in union households approve of the governor's work, up from 35 percent in February.

"Under governor's leadership we are on track in executing his plan to transform government," Bruce Coppa, the governor's chief of staff, said in an email. "In the last year our team has made a number of accomplishments towards moving his plans forward. As the governor says, we are in our second quarter. I believe that people are beginning to take notice that positive changes are taking place. There is still much to get done and we're committed to seeing it through."

After struggling during his first year, Abercrombie made several public-policy gains at the Legislature last session. Lawmakers approved a ceded lands settlement between the state and the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the regulatory framework for an undersea cable to move energy between the islands, and adjustments to the criminal justice system that could free up more prison space so more prisoners can be held in Hawaii instead of on the mainland.

Abercrombie also announced this month that the state finished the fiscal year in June more than $300 million in the black, a surplus built on state spending restrictions, labor savings and tax changes.

But many progressives and environmentalists were upset at the governor over his apparent willingness to allow regulatory and environmental exemptions to speed up state construction projects. A protracted contract dispute with the teachers union has also dragged down his standing with labor.

Abercrombie's job approval rating among Demo­crats and union workers, while inching upward, is still low for the state party's highest-ranking elected official.

State Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galu­teria (D, Downtown-Waikiki) said Abercrombie has "kind of found some legs."

"The governor has never been hesitant about being himself," he said. "We get what we vote for. So if there's a good thing about it, it's that we know him. If there's a bad thing about it, it's we know him."

Wil Okabe, president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, said he thinks the governor's job approval rating went up overall because of the state surplus. But he said the surplus was created in part by sacrifices from public-sector labor unions, which may explain why the governor's performance is viewed more negatively in union households.

"It is on the backs of the public-union sector," he said.

The Hawaii Poll was taken by telephone by Ward Research among 756 very likely voters statewide from July 12 to 21. The margin of error was 3.6 percentage points.

State Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom (R, Diamond Head-Hawaii Kai) said Abercrombie and his staff were more engaged with lawmakers during the legislative session, appearing at hearings and conference committee negotiations on the administration's priority bills.

"I don't think there's any question," he said. "First of all, I think last year, his first year, he bit off more than he could chew. And he got a number of his fellow party members mad at him because he made announcements really without talking to them and without figuring out what the political consequences would be.

"That did not happen to that extent this year. Part of it, I think, is explainable because this is an election year. Part of it because I think they had meetings — both House members and Senate members — and they told him what they were willing and able to do and what they weren't."






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MalamaKaAina wrote:
A New Day in Hawaii begins when Abercrombie resigns!
on July 31,2012 | 01:37AM
OldDiver wrote:
Abercrombie inherited a $1.2billion budget deficit from Linda Lingle. In just one year of working with the kegislature they together turned that into a $200 million budget surplus.
on July 31,2012 | 06:21AM
dhclinton wrote:
its called an increase in tourism dollars....my dog would have gotten the same results
on July 31,2012 | 08:50AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on July 31,2012 | 09:23AM
wiliki wrote:
We are in competition with other countries for tourists. Abercrombie has been criticized for visiting other countries to drum up business. Looks like it paid off and he has been more effective than Lingle on that score as well.
on July 31,2012 | 01:40PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Your logic is impeachable. LOL. Neil hides out in Japan and Japanese rush to Hawaii. It would be just as logical to say that our new tourists felt compelled to leave their home countries just to get away from our visiting governor.
on July 31,2012 | 06:19PM
harryuhanejim wrote:
The vast majority of we Wage earning us, are Willing Now, to send diss-information back to the top one half percent of our U.S. Community.. The Authority to fool is in information management. Not Money. Mitt Romney will be responsible and cheered as THE MAN, who taught the nation to have ghost income. This is the forthcoming New Economy, The rich will admit they have been miss informed.
on September 1,2012 | 02:19AM
harryuhanejim wrote:
We Hawaiians who depend on income from visitors notice first.
on September 1,2012 | 02:19AM
harryuhanejim wrote:
is that why she is seen with the hawaii restaurant's association.... oh folks.... this is a used car sales family....they get along with people... they just take all the money with um, for themselfs.
on September 1,2012 | 02:18AM
harryuhanejim wrote:
The vast majority of we Wage earning us, are Willing Now, to send diss-information back to the top one half percent of our U.S. Community.. The Authority to fool is in information management. Not Money. Mitt Romney will be responsible and cheered as THE MAN, who taught the nation to have ghost income. This is the forthcoming New Economy, The rich will admit they have been miss informed.
on September 1,2012 | 02:17AM
1local wrote:
borrowing excessively resulted in the $200 million - get the facts right. Abercrombie represents all ploitical parties as governor. The poll results should be representative of All Hawaii Citizens...not just democrat or Union
on July 31,2012 | 10:55AM
wiliki wrote:
Nope it's a stimulus to the economy to retain state workers and keep the economy going along when there is no demand in the private sector. He's doing what all pliticians should now be doing for the economy. A well known economist http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail-inside.aspx?ID=24617&CTYPE=G
on July 31,2012 | 01:42PM
Pacej001 wrote:
A better known economists would consider all this "stimulus" spending, an all purpose word for any goofy idea for the expenditure of tax payer's funds, to be about the same as the "stimulus" a meth addict gets from his drug of choice.
on July 31,2012 | 06:21PM
HD36 wrote:
Wow you're a genius, Greece did the same thing.
on July 31,2012 | 08:10PM
harryuhanejim wrote:
yep.
on September 1,2012 | 02:22AM
peanutgallery wrote:
If you believe this story, or anything that OD says; you believe in the tooth fairry
on July 31,2012 | 02:09PM
harryuhanejim wrote:
Old Diver...got very clear glasses.
on September 1,2012 | 02:17AM
Changalang wrote:
Objectively, Abercrombie/Schatz are doing a pretty incredible job, especially compared to their predecessor. Union households need to realize that Neal in D.C. is going to be different than Neal as Executive. He is going to do his best regarding what that job asks of him. In D.C. it is getting Federal gov't to address Hawaii concerns. Executive means he needs to actually govern. Getting Hawaii to a place of fiscal sanity is paramount. They re-structured our debt, to compensate for the big hole left be Lingle's Auction Rate Security Fiasco, completed time bomb labor contracts with all legitimate Union leadership, and have replaced the No Go status between the Legislature and the Executive that we suffered under for 8 years prior. Hawaii is moving to self sustainability in energy at least. He is not up for re-election. Another significant feature of Neal's team is the State AG is living up to his job requirements without playing favorites. Louie's people are not afraid to call things as they are. Integrity in the AG and integrity in the governor's is something that has been sorely lacking for 8 years.
on July 31,2012 | 07:14AM
bumba wrote:
Must agree. I didn't like him at first, but he seems to be proving himself.
on July 31,2012 | 08:12AM
WesleySMori wrote:
Amen CHANGALANG!! "AMEN"!!!!!!! "GOD BLESS HAWAII & AMERICA"!!!!!!
on July 31,2012 | 09:13AM
Beaglebagels wrote:
Louie settles family grudges with his office....
on July 31,2012 | 09:20AM
Changalang wrote:
Prove it.
on July 31,2012 | 12:00PM
peanutgallery wrote:
you must have bumped your head.
on July 31,2012 | 02:10PM
Changalang wrote:
Yup, extra wisdom fell right on my keyboard. Glad it could help clarify things.
on July 31,2012 | 08:05PM
dalawyer wrote:
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on July 31,2012 | 08:24AM
Changalang wrote:
Perhaps, but he is an intellectual giant to make up for it. What really matters when gauging the size of a person?
on July 31,2012 | 08:42AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Now you've done it, coffee snorted onto computer!LOL. Neil an intellectual giant? Actually hilarious. Neil is a pathetically rigid ideologue, a vacuum in executive ability and experience. His ratings have risen because he shut his big mouth and backed off his early initiatives, you know the ones in which his true temperament and inclinations came our soon after the election.
on July 31,2012 | 10:54AM
Changalang wrote:
He was a UH Professor. Doesn't that take an edumacation or something like that?
on July 31,2012 | 12:00PM
wiliki wrote:
More than good brains, his heart is in the right place.
on July 31,2012 | 01:44PM
Changalang wrote:
Agree; and his vast expression creates a judgment protocol that expresses itself in sure handed balance. I have enjoyed watching Neil evolve his skills over the decades and am grateful he is driving the boat when his skills and experience are peaking. I hope he gives Hawaii four more, but by righting the course from Lingle's, he has given Hawaii enough already.
on July 31,2012 | 03:46PM
Changalang wrote:
Correction: "his vast experience" .
on July 31,2012 | 03:47PM
Pacej001 wrote:
You two have brought a tear to my eye. Neil, a lion in winter, recovering from adversity to reach new peaks of competence, wisdom, and compassion. --- Stop it, you're killing me. Wiliki: Neil would have done better initially if he hadn't placed his "good brains" into a position somewhere south of his correctly placed heart. Chang: Vast experience. Judgement protocol. Sure balance. I think there must be some Zen in there somewhere, but I see where you're going. Soon to come, Neil achieves Bodhi to become the perfect political being.
on July 31,2012 | 06:42PM
Changalang wrote:
Look what he did to Duke Aiona. Duke only won one district; his fome district. What are you guys going to do in two years to get the 5th floor back after the Lingle Legacy ans Senate loss? How does it feel to have your whole Party an afterthought to a Governor that you hold such little regard for. Doesn't that logically make all of you and yours much smaller than Neal? He creamed the GOP. If Neal is indeed all the things you think he is, aren't you as thoroughly defeated opposition much less? Think about it. Without open minded Dems like Ben and Neal; where would Panos and Slom be? Forgotten already. The truth hurts. Glad I could share it with you.
on July 31,2012 | 08:41PM
Pacej001 wrote:
So, tenure as a political science professor in a third tier university equals intellectual gigantism?
on July 31,2012 | 06:27PM
Changalang wrote:
He swung it out in D.C. pretty good for decades through many leadership changes. I guess it proves he can actually apply what he taught. Djou is a smart guy. Can he figure out how to get back to D.C. and Rep for at least a full term? Methinks not.
on July 31,2012 | 08:10PM
Kawipoo wrote:
LOL
on July 31,2012 | 04:25PM
beachbum11 wrote:
Putting lipstick on a pig it is still a pig. Thats what then president said before.
on July 31,2012 | 09:13AM
Beaglebagels wrote:
Governor Gimli
on July 31,2012 | 09:21AM
Changalang wrote:
In the Lord of Rings trilogy; Gimli killed a helluva lot of Orks. Neil also wields a pretty mean axe as a last resort. The spirit of compromise that eventually prevailed from Marcus Oshiro, Sen. Ige, and the 5th floor is why Hawaii is not bankrupt like California, in a post-Lingle economy. Cooperation always yields a better result than what we had. After all, it is a small island and we all bear the pain of bad decisions and the fruits of good labor fairly connected to each other.
on July 31,2012 | 12:16PM
WesleySMori wrote:
Well DALAWYER, I Believe It's Been Said; 'BIG THINGS COMES IN LITTLE PACKAGES"! OR Something To That Affect. GOVERNOR, "NEIL ABERCROMBIE" HAS PROVEN THAT "PREMISE"!!!! "GOD BLESS HAWAII & AMERICA"!!!!!
on July 31,2012 | 10:51AM
Kawipoo wrote:
He is short not small.
on July 31,2012 | 04:27PM
harryuhanejim wrote:
The vast majority of we Wage earning us, are Willing Now, to send diss-information back to the top one half percent of our U.S. Community.. The Authority to fool is in information management. Not Money. Mitt Romney will be responsible and cheered as THE MAN, who taught the nation to have ghost income. This is the forthcoming New Economy, The rich will admit they have been miss informed.
on September 1,2012 | 02:16AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
So, Wil Okabe said that Hawaii has a surplus? Let's pay back the hurricane fund so the uninsured will have money to rebuild there homes!
on July 31,2012 | 03:41AM
Changalang wrote:
After his antics that ended up mangling the teachers, but getting him re-elected; Wil is not considered as a credible union leader anymore. If you cannot garner respect, you will only be made fun of and ignored by those who hold the kwon. Wil 0kole has lived up to his name; hence the teachers have been living with the final best offer for how long now?
on July 31,2012 | 07:20AM
OldDiver wrote:
I was about to tell you that there is a typo in your post. Never mind.
on July 31,2012 | 08:39AM
Changalang wrote:
There are typos in all my posts.
on July 31,2012 | 09:06AM
OldDiver wrote:
I was making a joke about the spelling of a particular name. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I never comment on typos since I make many of them myself.
on July 31,2012 | 09:43AM
WesleySMori wrote:
Touche CHANGALANG!!. A LOT OF POSTERS, "AVOW TO DISAVOW"!!!! "LOL"!!!!! :-)
on July 31,2012 | 11:00AM
Changalang wrote:
LOL. You know me to well. :)
on July 31,2012 | 11:59AM
beachbum11 wrote:
And are you not a mistake?
on July 31,2012 | 09:15AM
loquaciousone wrote:
abercrombie said there was a surplus but only for his pet projects....everything else NO MO MONEY.
on July 31,2012 | 07:47AM
peanutgallery wrote:
What a crock.
on July 31,2012 | 03:51AM
rainbow4u wrote:
The worst govenor ever!
on July 31,2012 | 05:40AM
cojef wrote:
Yep! He still looks like "Troll" of Irish legend, or better still, naw it would be a compliment to call him a "menehune", cuz, they were the miracle workers who got things done overnight.
on July 31,2012 | 07:27AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Stop insulting the trolls and menehune.
on July 31,2012 | 07:46AM
silvangold wrote:
bingo!
on July 31,2012 | 08:00AM
Wazdat wrote:
Neil still has a LONG way to go. He has NOT done what many thought he would. Hey Neil, How about fixing some of those state run Roads or IMPROVING the traffic by double decker nimitz and fixing middle st merge.
on July 31,2012 | 05:52AM
Kawipoo wrote:
He is to busy shaving his a s s!
on July 31,2012 | 04:29PM
akuman808 wrote:
Wil Okabe just doesn't get it. HIs union and other public unions have been supported by the taxes paid by many non-union taxpayers, on our back while our deficits increased. The under funded lucrative pension and retirement plans are on our backs. Fiscal responsibility is kryptonite for unions. Take, take and take more tax revenues to support their agenda is plantation day pollitics. The 21st century world is fo unions to change or be changed.
on July 31,2012 | 06:15AM
soundofreason wrote:
That's where I DO have to give Neil some credit. Just doesn't buckle to union pressure at OUR expense.
on July 31,2012 | 06:53AM
Changalang wrote:
Being Governor in a town that was decades of Pay to Play leaves a lot of factions standing around with their hands out like pigeons at the park expecting someone to throw bread at them. The cashflow structure was severely damaged, but is now in pretty good shape. Governor has to deal with dollars and sense like no other position in government. It is heartening to see credit given where credit is do.
on July 31,2012 | 07:25AM
beachbum11 wrote:
It is the same thing happening now with the train. It started with Mufi. Look at who is donating to his election. Peter and Kirk are no better
on July 31,2012 | 09:18AM
Changalang wrote:
Mufi is being punished by Emperor Inouye for not being a Rail salesman anymore. He has given about $1 million dollars of his own campaign funds to the DSCC and their House counterpart. They use the Mellman group and Ward for skewed polling to create a false image of victory before elections. Mufi won't touch Rail and is refusing to go negative, because he learned from 2010. Ask Keith Rollman; prior employee. Mufi is winning in CD2, so Pay to Players doon't want to get left out in the cold if Mufi wins, despite Dan's p!mping his new Rail harlot star; Tulsi Gabbard. I do not support Mufi. I support Auntie K. and quite frankly Bob Marx is a great guy. I was at the Convention when the Emperor refused to honor all Democrats and not pick favorites. Instead, he gave us the finger and endorsed Tulsi, in front of Bob and Esther.
on July 31,2012 | 11:58AM
Changalang wrote:
Neil and Colleen honored ALL Democrats there. Thinking Democrats to not need a soon to be Senator controlling local politics like a Luna with a whip. You should see my own back from the recent departure I have taken. Democrats need to think ahead and select leadership that can stand on their own in a very tough town soon to be without Inouye's protection. We need the most qualified candidates without the BS. I freely disclose that Ed Case, Colleen Hanabusa, and Esther will be best for Hawaii PROGRESSING FORWARD. Mufi would be there too based on skill; but his ancient history on Rail disqualifies him. The new Rail Princess is Tool-Si. Her lack of service record demands she get job she is qualified for on merit.
on July 31,2012 | 12:07PM
Changalang wrote:
Correction: Thinking Democrats do not need a soon to be gone Senator controlling ALL local politics like a Luna with a whip anymore.........................He are in a post-Dan political universe already, and I am proud to be part of the Hawaii Democratic Party that is sharing that enlightenment openly and a bit early. A new book is being written; we must carefully select a team of authors who will bring Hawaii a Pulitzer prize.
on July 31,2012 | 12:11PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Hawaii has the largest government employee payroll per capita of any major city. It is destined to fail, as at some point, even the HGEA trolls will balk at ever increasing user fees and taxes. Bigger government is never the answer, only a short sighted, short term debackle that always ends the same way. Look at California for a pre-view, as the dominos start to fall.
on July 31,2012 | 02:15PM
Changalang wrote:
Yes, but we are also the only State to have constitutional obligation to fund the ERS in case of any shortfalls. That has been the case since Waihee. The cost of living will eventually drive the lower tier out of state to live. Rail will make it happen faster. I disagree with this trajectory, but it is Emperor Dan's will via HART. The Legislators fought real hard to keep pensions un-taxed in this State. If you think about it, then it is socioeconomic engineering to extreme. Who will still be here? Who can still afford it? Will the crime rate and gov't entitlement costs go down? He with the biggest gov't pension will have all the money and all the power. Gov. Abs has re-structured the debt to buy time, but the Establishment plan is very ingrained. i embrace the dissident arm, not only out of necessity; but because those are the D's with heart.
on July 31,2012 | 07:18PM
jjjjo wrote:
I still disapprove.
on July 31,2012 | 07:08AM
loquaciousone wrote:
A lot still do but when you're on the bottom there is no where else to go but up.
on July 31,2012 | 07:45AM
kailuabred wrote:
If the unions are having an issue with him then he must be doing something good!
on July 31,2012 | 08:01AM
dalawyer wrote:
HSTA will authorize a strike vote very shortly. With the most schools reaching their AYP ratings, the teachers have gained the upper hand on the Governor. Teachers walk and the "Race to the Top" funds go down the drain. Ambercrombie will end up paying more now. Trust me, teachers are fed up with Okabe, but their venom is going after the midget on Beretania & Punchbowl Street. Ambercrombie, Schatz, Matayoshi, Horner, etc. better find a new job were they can start double dipping!
on July 31,2012 | 08:31AM
Changalang wrote:
Why did they just re-elect him to Union President a few months ago then? That was their chance to break free. We were all waiting in the wings to come to the teachers' aide. However, grassroots cannot help the teachers when they re-appoint a failed General to lead the army. Faith in leadership is everything in labor politics.
on July 31,2012 | 08:41AM
Wazdat wrote:
yup
on July 31,2012 | 10:32AM
loquaciousone wrote:
dealreadydidwhentheyvotedforyestoacceptthestate'slatestoffer.
on July 31,2012 | 09:29AM
NITRO08 wrote:
So what is he doing about Aloha Stadium, stopped work on improvements no new stadium planed Is this Honolulu stadium 2. Come on Neal what are you doing!
on July 31,2012 | 08:41AM
NITRO08 wrote:
Oh yea the longer you wait the more expensive it will cost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on July 31,2012 | 08:42AM
dhclinton wrote:
where did they perform this poll? his office?
on July 31,2012 | 08:52AM
oxtail01 wrote:
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on July 31,2012 | 09:21AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Why blame the union? The Governor is the one with the big mouth who said that the state was doing FINNEEEE.....OOPS it's election year and he can't have his cake and eat it too......
on July 31,2012 | 09:31AM
Wazdat wrote:
because the unions are DESTROYING this state
on July 31,2012 | 10:33AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Funny I always thought the unions were made up of aunty, uncle, brother, sister, mom, dad, friend, and neighbor but I guess you don't have family and friends.
on July 31,2012 | 12:01PM
Changalang wrote:
The Governor is not up for re-election. Double check your ballot, and become an informed voter. on July 31,2012 | 12:18PM (Correctly placed after Censor software intervention)
on July 31,2012 | 01:25PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Politics 101: Governor is number one Democrat in the State of Hawaii. Governor stumps for all Democrats in the State of Hawaii. Everything he does trickles down to all the Democrats in the State of Hawaii. When No. 1 looks good --- all Democrats look good and all Republicans named Linda look not-so-good. Should I make it even more elementary so you don't need to use that seldom used gray matter plugging up your ears.
on July 31,2012 | 01:56PM
Changalang wrote:
I'll simplify it more to accommodate your IQ deficit. The Governor's success will be quantified by the dominance in this election year from the Mayor's race, through the State House, and in all Congressional seats; ergo by your over-simplified logic, we expect you to give Gov. Abs kudos for the coming overwhelming success of all Democrats this season. Just because thinging Democrats may leave Mazie's bubble blank does not mean that tons of money will not be spent telling the truths Lingle failed to tell about herself in the General season. LOL. Stvpid is as stvpid does; so I expect you to vote for Hawaii Republicans across the board; like Falsie Gabbard, wolf in sheep's clothing.
on July 31,2012 | 03:39PM
Graham wrote:
People what surplus? Democracts and the Governor raided the Hurricane Fund, Rainy Day Fund, issued bondfs (in reality long term loans) and they now tell us we have a surplus...come on people wake up.
on July 31,2012 | 09:27AM
Changalang wrote:
You know there was an Abs repayment right, and Lingle was the first to raid and never owned up to the illegal purchase of 20% of our cash on hand that got lost in February 2008 when the auction market froze, right?
on July 31,2012 | 11:49AM
Changalang wrote:
" Hawaii’s frozen-cash crunch complicates efforts by Governor Linda Lingle, 56, to close a $1.2 billion budget deficit as tourism revenue has fallen during the worst recession since the 1930s. She has proposed eliminating 800 state jobs, with teachers being told to stay home without pay for 17 days from November 2009 to May of this year. " (10MAR2009; Bloomberg)
on July 31,2012 | 11:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
People have been known to get nose bleeds when they ride horses that are too tall.
on July 31,2012 | 02:01PM
Changalang wrote:
YOUR girl and YOUR party will be crushed this cycle and she will ride off into the sunset wiping away tears. So, in a sense, I guess you are right.
on July 31,2012 | 08:24PM
Graham wrote:
How much was repaid? Why not use the SURPLUS to repay all raided funds?
on July 31,2012 | 03:09PM
Changalang wrote:
Nothing. The last AG got a settlement, but the Citi banksters don't have to pay us back in whole until 2015. That is what Lingle's team did. She is a fiscal malfeasant that does not have the guts to own up to her mistake. DISQUALIFIED.
on July 31,2012 | 03:27PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Abercrombie wants to improve government efficiency but in his drive to do this he is supporting actions which diminish important protections for the residents. This notion that the State can be exempted from environmental rules for development is horrible. The push to build a 650 foot condo in Kaka'ako is a good example where he advances development issues over neighborhood concerns. His record of management and staffing has been atrocious too - the Porkin' Priest, the wholesale desertion of staff for example. Overall, he worries me.
on July 31,2012 | 09:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
but it was all to spend more time with their family....or so they claim......all six of them.......or was it five...the revolving door keeps swinging so fast can't keep score any more.....
on July 31,2012 | 09:33AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
If Abs wasn't here we'd all be chowing down on Chik-Fil-A sandwiches. But noooooo......
on July 31,2012 | 11:15AM
WesleySMori wrote:
Good One LUCKY CAT!! "GOOD ONE"!!!! "LOL"!!!!!! :-)
on July 31,2012 | 05:43PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Chick-Fil-A is coming to the Laie Shopping Center.....taking the spot where the Bank of Hawaii used to be.
on July 31,2012 | 05:46PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Nobody asked me!
on July 31,2012 | 10:49AM
AKULEMAN wrote:
Abercrombie still does not value his public employees and a my way or no way philosophy of ruling his administration!
on July 31,2012 | 11:47AM
Kuokoa wrote:
...and why do people keep voting for the troll?
on July 31,2012 | 11:57AM
Changalang wrote:
The Governor is not up for re-election. Double check your ballot, and become an informed voter.
on July 31,2012 | 12:18PM
Changalang wrote:
Censor software intervention. I feel so special. :)
on July 31,2012 | 01:25PM
LanaUlulani wrote:


What an inane conclusion. According to their OWN source margin of error is plus or MINUS 3.5%. This means the 51% MAY BE UP TO 54.5% disapproval.

Stop the propaganda ! Fire Abercrombie ! He is HORRIBLE with local people looking down on them as though he is better than them and increases taxes and makes new ones which is STEALING FROM THEIR MO'OPUNA ! AUE ! Shame, shame, shame on him !


on July 31,2012 | 01:05PM
wiliki wrote:
Great... I think that it's come home to lots of folks now that govt financing is in trouble.
on July 31,2012 | 01:36PM
Descartes22 wrote:
There will always be a large segment of the population against the current political leadership - whether it's at a county, state or national level. These people tend to be the more vocal types and you see it in this paper's comments area anytime there is an article about, for example, Abercrombie or rail. Generally, the economy does not rise or fall as a result of the individual wielding power. Obama can't be faulted for the long-lasting effects of the failed economic policies of his predecessor (policies which remarkably the Republican candidate seeks to reinstate), and Neil cannot be credited with Hawaii's tourism derived economic turnaround. The most compelling rationale for no Neil is not his height or some contrived slight, it is his age. With all the old codgers filling this state's key elected posts, there is an absence of vibrant, modern leadership. Their is a lost generation. The old timers that have clung to power lack foresight in laying the groundwork for a true 21st century Hawai`i mindset. Time for them to graze at the lucrative retirement bucks they've procured for themselves at the expense of the taxpayers.
on July 31,2012 | 01:39PM
Changalang wrote:
Tourism is booming because 40 percent of every dollar goes straight to our Chinese bankers in U.S. debt service. They come back and spend their prosperity in Hawaii vacations. Also, we have printed so many dollars through Keynesian stimulus that the Canadian dollar and Australian dollar enable THEIR higher currency value to get more for their money in Hawaii, which uses U.S. dollars. Every choice sets off a chain reaction of consequences.
on July 31,2012 | 03:31PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well grab your chaps because another round of quantitative easing is on its way. September probably. Be-base the dollar and we will be even cheaper a destination.
on July 31,2012 | 03:47PM
Changalang wrote:
It will probably be a funding for lending scheme similar to the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility plan they did in 2008. The issue is that secondary to Operation Twist, we really don't have that much short term T bills left. They twisted it all long. So, the ABS plan is essentially letting primary dealers to borrow Treasury bills from the Fed in exchange for depositing collateral. The trick is they let banks borrow on a percentage of their deposits for collateral, maybe for 0-0.25 points. Politically, they can say they are not printing because of the collateral; however, it is printing because Operation Twist took all the short term bonds long, so they will create more short term yields that weren't their before. Am hearing in the $300 billion ballpark. The sub-prime housing scam has also turned into a scaled down car loan scam. So, that credit risk driving a new car probably is not rolling in it, despite what they are telling people. Stock market needs more morphine to keep the ponzi going.
on July 31,2012 | 05:31PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
To me the interesting issue is: do they pump out QE3 for political reasons which would suggest a November reveal (or maybe September) or will it be held in abeyance until Europe becomes a monster mess and then drag it out to "save" us from global contagion. Can argue either side of that equation.
on July 31,2012 | 06:35PM
Changalang wrote:
Techincally, Operation Twist was QE3. QE4 will be via a "loan". The 800 pound gorilla in the room is if Germany leaves the Eurozone. That would probably bring the Euro close to on par with the U.S. dollar. This is the starting of the Keynesian Endpoint. As soon as one entity shakes off the mutually assurred financial destruction mindset and decides to be human and take care of their own first, it all unravels. In a sense, it is better for the U.S. Europe will give us something softer to land on, and shock China into to being honest with their GDP and currency exchange values. With the U.S. dollar the only fiat currency at this time, the world runs to value Treasuries driving negative yields for us to hold their money. Then, let the market adjust interest rates. Voila, U.S. is again THE SuperPower.
on July 31,2012 | 07:02PM
WesleySMori wrote:
Well LUCKY CAT, Would YOU Rather Have The "FED" DO NOTHING????? OH, By The Way, Do YOU KNOW Where ONE CAN PURCHASE "LEATHER CHAPS"????
on July 31,2012 | 05:59PM
islandsun wrote:
Gotta like how Crombie has held the line on fees, and his insistance that the public school system improve before he gives more money is a start. He hasnt done much about HECO though. As more and more PV systems come online, the rates are subject to increase. Its a ponzi scheme gone bad. Where is the audit on these guys?
on July 31,2012 | 03:55PM
false wrote:
To all those Neil Abercrombie haters. I guess you guys would rather have had either Mufi or Duke as governor. Not me!
on July 31,2012 | 04:28PM
yskeulb wrote:
Nowhere to go but up when you have the worst approval rating in the nation!
on July 31,2012 | 05:21PM
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