Saturday, January 09, 2010
AP story relates Hawaii’s election woes to the world but not the reason for them
by Larry Geller
The Associated Press has spread the news that Hawaii has no money for the upcoming special election to fill Congressman Neil Abercrombie’s seat when he resigns at the end of February.
Cash-strapped Hawaii can't afford to pay for an election to replace a congressman who is planning to step down next month to run for governor, potentially leaving 600,000 urban Honolulu residents without representation in Washington, D.C. [Seattle Times, Cash-strapped Hawaii says it can't afford election, 1/9/2010]
Well, you observant readers of Disappeared News already knew this for many months (e.g., since July 15, 2009: Administration cuts put Hawaii 2010 elections in jeopardy). In other words, we can’t afford the election because of a 94% cut by Governor Lingle Lingle of the Office of Elections budget.
In fact, Hawaii can’t hold any election in 2010 unless money is found somewhere that the gov will allow to be used, or unless she relents and releases the money she is withholding.
None of that was discussed in this AP story, though. The story did mention the possibility of using some federal funds if only Hawaii would ask about it and receive permission.
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