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Abercrombie names new policy director


Gov. Neil Abercrombie has named Kendra Oishi, a legislative analyst, as his policy director.

Oishi has been a legislative analyst for majority House Democrats for the past decade. She replaces Wendy Clerinx, who announced her resignation in October, citing family reasons.

The governor has also selected Christina Hirasa, a communications specialist at the state Department of Education, as his deputy director communications.

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allie wrote:
lot of folks leaving
on November 16,2012 | 02:00PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Did Abs ask if everything is great with Kendra's family? Cause everybody else has bailed due to family issues and it may make sense to ask up front. Anybody got the under/over on Kendra's expected length of employment? Having already gobbled at the tax trough for 10 years, maybe this one is a keeper?
on November 16,2012 | 02:02PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Maybe, but working with Abs, I give her 13 months.
on November 16,2012 | 02:18PM
honopic wrote:
Reasonable over/under. I'll take the under. Another one bites the dust. Another one gone and another one gone.
on November 16,2012 | 02:57PM
whs1966 wrote:
Why does this governor need to pay a policy director? Doesn't he call all the shots? Oh...here's a guess: When Abercrombie's subjects are unhappy with his policies, the policy director takes the heat. How convenient.
on November 16,2012 | 03:15PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Every Governor has a policy director. Governor Lingle had Linda Smith. The policy director makes sure that the governor's policies filter down to the individual state agencies. The also coordinate with various state agencies to formulate and coordinate the implementation of new policies. Yes they are always the Governor's policies, he owns them. But to say the policy director takes the heat is completely ignorant. Most policy directors work behind the scene, you probably never heard of Linda Smith, or for that matter Wendy Clerinx the outgoing policy director. Yet when policies go bad for Governor Abercrombie or Governor Lingle, they took the hit, not their policy directors.
on November 17,2012 | 07:12AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well said. But what about the over/under?
on November 17,2012 | 08:13AM
HOSSANA wrote:
Why does all these State executives, Dept. Heads, UH ADministration etc. all need communications or press directors at 6 figure salaries?????? This is idiocy just gone crazy with tax payers monies. Can't these Dept. Hds. or State Executives have a mouth of their own? Are they not college graduates etc... This is just another example of exorbitant waste of tax payer's monies.
on November 16,2012 | 03:57PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Wow. A little ignorance goes a long way, Hoss.
on November 16,2012 | 06:40PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Please educate me as I am ignorant and explain!
on November 16,2012 | 07:36PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Just ignore her. She is a bitter lady in her 60's from the mainland who lives on the windward side. She has little knowledge of macroeconomics and how damaging State expenditures have been to the elderly on fixed incomes.
on November 17,2012 | 05:46AM
Mythman wrote:
Would be good if state policy could be a reprisal of old fashiioned love and forgiveness as state policy to replace the thuggery, hate, envy and manipulation of the recent past. What made the USA special has been sacrificed to getting your way by any means possible, or else.......
on November 17,2012 | 05:10AM
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