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The primary election was a lesson in comeuppance as we "flASHback" on August's news that amused and confused:
In a national article on Gov. Neil Abercrombie's demise, local blogger Ian Lind commented that in a small state like Hawaii it's almost impossible to rebrand yourself once public opinion turns bad.
As candidates extol their "values" (short for "my opponent is a haole") and issue grand plans that prove talk is cheap, I like to spend the week before an election immersed in deeper thoughts.
With the election less than two weeks away, candidates are getting in their final licks and so shall we in our "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused:
Mufi Hannemann's curious opening gambit in his independent run for governor is an oldie that flopped with voters four years ago — bringing the ill-fated Superferry back to Hawaii.
It's been a big graduation season in our family, with my son Jared receiving a college degree, my grandson Corwin graduating from high school and my grandson Isaac moving up from intermediate to high school.
It's the last Sunday in May and time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused: » Gov. Neil Abercrombie gave a speech blasting the U.S. Supreme Court for lifting caps on billionaire campaign donors.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's office issued a news release excitedly announcing that she'd be joining a bipartisan congressional delegation on a trip to Japan, China and South Korea.
It was hard to tell sometimes if we were talking about law and order or the birds and the bees as we "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused.
It's the last Sunday of the month and time to "flASHback" on February's news that amused and confused:
It's the last Sunday in January and time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused:
It's time to send 2013 on its way by recapping the year's news "flASHback" style:
Straight people no longer have exclusive domain on paying alimony in Hawaii and the hammer-wielding comic book avenger Thor has a local wannabe as we "flASHback" on November news that amused and confused:
It's the last Sunday in September, so it must be time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused:
I've always appreciated the Kailua Satellite City Hall at the Keolu Shopping Center, which is less than a mile from my house and quite convenient for dealing with the city on matters such asa permit form I needed to pick up the other day.
The commitments were soft and the words were hard as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Usually we plant tongue in cheek, but this week we'll have to pinch fingers on nose as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
We go lurching from fowl to fowl as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
We dodged one storm, but others are gathering as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Our humble public servants were anything but as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
If the University of Hawaii is in the news, money must be flying out the door as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Hawaii caught a rare glimpse of political competition as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
New studies found yet more ways to rank Hawaii's state government as one of the nation's most futless as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
It's summer, so why are we still hearing about the Legislature? Find out as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The governor is putting his own spin on the story of the birds and the bees as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
City leaders are caught between giving forgiveness and begging for it as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Our leaders at Hono­lulu Hale were busy leaving taxpayers behind the 8-ball as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
Governor falls for mayor. Governor gets mayor. Governor and mayor get a little fun poked at them as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The Hawaii GOP got a rare turn in the spotlight but wilted in the glare as we “flASHback” on the week’s news that amused and confused:
Academics, athletics and politics collided in Manoa as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Higher learning continues to elude us as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The Legislature is going home, but the next act in Gov. Neil Abercrombie's political saga is just getting started as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Our state leaders were busy angling for power and giving away money as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
I can't decide whether it's more appropriate to duck or play chicken as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Local pols had their mouths open and their hands out as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The incoming is more radioactive than usual as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Peace unexpectedly broke out in our public schools as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
It was payday at the Capitol as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The state Capitol was transformed into Loompaland as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The 2013 Legislature lurched to its midway point as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Lofty talk of libraries and books leads us off as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
As in the song "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch," our governor just can't help himself as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
It's sowing season at the square building as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
It seems the bird's the word as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
If you have a sweet tooth or you're Scott Caan, you're in trouble as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The governor visited the Legislature for their annual confabulation as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
It's been raining cats, dogs and lawmakers as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The new year is in full swing and the halls of power are bustling again as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Let’s start the year on a positive note with motivational thoughts from great minds to soothe the sore feelings of newsmakers I may have inadvertently offended in 2012:
It's the last weekend of 2012, so let's review the year "flASHback" style:
Please enjoy some favorite holiday quotations as an expression of my yuletide wishes, or as Ogden Nash so beautifully put it, "Merry Christmas, NEARLY everybody."
It's time to start closing out 2012, beginning with a "flASHback" on my favorite quotes from the year's news:
The Legislature is warming up to tax our patience and spend our money as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Apresidential visit and other "Wicked" holiday happenings are on tap as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Unfortunately, the smell of Thanksgiving dinner wasn't our only olfactory experience as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The state's Public Land Development Corp. confused the aloha spirit with the spirit of aino­kea as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The state elections office has only one job to do and two years to prepare for it, but still couldn't get it right as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Events ranged from the seismic to the political to the spooktacular as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Political wars extended from the courtroom to the TV screen as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Lincoln and Douglasthey weren't, but Linda Lingle and Mazie Hirono debated their hearts out anyway as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
We have black holes, zombies, serial whoopee-making and more as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
We try to move on from the train wreck at the University of Hawaii, but the cars keep piling up as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The sucking sound coming from the Capitol was the University of Hawaii being stripped of its alibis as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The governor got no respect and the University of Hawaii lawyered up as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Our Spiro-esque governor takes the nattering nabobs of negativism to task as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Rhetoric ranged from the nasty to the oblique as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
It's time for the clowns to join the circus as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The University of Hawaii and the Hawaii County Council dazzled us with games of circle the wagons as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The University of Hawaii is giving us an object lesson on money-walking and BS-talking as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
I don't have the heart to joke about our local politicians on the day after the election, when you just can't beat the most famous one-liner on politics: "The problem with political jokes is they get elected."
Polls and money stirred the political pot as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
Some are of two minds and for others it's three as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
The state is rolling in dough and lovers are rolling on the sidewalks as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
Hawaii hoteliers put a little umbrella in our political brew as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
The political thinking is all in the footwear as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
The deal was sealed on Lanai and rail got beauty tips as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
A piece of Hawaii was bought straight up for a change instead of through campaign donations as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
Mazie's on the pulpit and Linda's on the tube as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
The pols turn their birthdays into paydays as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will celebrate his 74th birthday by selling tables for up to $12,000. Former Gov. Linda Lingle made a spectacle of her 59th.
We'll start and finish with a real political football as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
The air was nasty and cosmic catastrophe loomed as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The circus left town, but the mouse was in the house as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The Legislature adjourned on an empty tank and the mayor's race turned testy as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
It's hard to separate the terroristic threatening from the fear-mongering as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
Let's start with inspiring words to live by as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
A North Korean missile test and a legislative gut check both failed miserably as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
Noteworthy happenings went from the illogical to the scatological as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
For Saturday, March 31, 2012
We go from the apocalypse to the absurd as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
We navigate from the slimy to the nuclear in our "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
The local GOP takes a rare turn in the spotlight as we “flASHback” on the week’s news that amused and confused:
Miserable weather left muddy waters that only the Legislature could swim in as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
The Legislature is back after a recess that flew by too quickly and leads us off as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
It was Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s turn to go traveling and Mayor Peter Carlisle’s turn to befuddle us at home as we “flASHback” on the week’s news that amused and confused:
The boundaries are drawn, the polls are in and we're off to the 2012 political races as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:
We've got intrigue all the way from the football field to the bedroom as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
Our legislators bristle anew at paying their own way as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
Our governor was uncharacteristically quiet over the holidays, but the airwaves seem back to all Neil, all the time as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
If you love the smell of the Legislature in the morning, you've come to the right place as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.
The new year is for new beginnings, and I'd like to start by smoothing over any hard feelings I may have inadvertently caused with public officials in the previous year. So instead of the usual frivolity, I offer Hawaii's leaders helpful quotations from some of our greatest minds to inspire them to big things in 2012.
A fireworks ban didn't stop the shake, rattle and roll as we start the new year with another "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

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