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GOP Senate candidate Richard Fale faces questions about campaign disclosure

October 31st, 2014 · 2 Comments

Did State Rep. Richard Fale, now a candidate for the District 23 seat in the State Senate, fail to fully disclose contribuions to his campaign?

That’s a question Fale’s critics are now asking following the latest filings with the Campaign Spending Commission.

You will recall that Fale was one of the prime beneficiaries of a series of negative attack ads mailed to voters by a supposedly independent PAC, Hawaii Solutions.

Fale’s father-in-law, Earle Kealoha, is registered with the Campaign Spending Commission as treasurer of Hawaii Solutions. Kealoha’s daughter, Erin Kealoha Fale, is treasurer of Richard Fale’s campaign committee.

Fale’s latest report has prompted additional questions because it fails to include any contributions after August 8 or any expenses incurred after July 28.

Fale’s campaign reported raising $43,547.16, including $38,152.02 in amounts of $100 or more, which have to be publicly disclosed.

But none of the itemized listed contributions were dated after August 8, 2014, the day before the primary election.

That wouldn’t necessarily prompt questions, except that Fale’s campaign held back-to-back fundraisers on September 13 and 16. No contributions received on or after those dates were reported. Erin Fale, the candidate’s wife, was listed as the person in charge of both events.

The first fundraiser, was reportedly held on September 13, at 56-505 Kamehameha Highway in Kahuku. It carried a suggested contribution of up to $4,000 per person. The second event, on September 16, was at the Mandalay Restaurant in downtown Honolulu, with a suggested contribution of $100.

No proceeds of either event were included in the report due October 27.

Similarly, it isn’t clear whether any expenses related to either fundraiser included in Fale’s latest campaign report.

On April 3, 2014, Fale reported paying $1,300 to the Mandalay restaurant for fundraiser costs. However, it would be very unusual for a campaign to pre-pay for a September event back in April. And no other costs for either September fundraiser, from printing and mailing of fundraiser notices to event incidentals appear in reported campaign expenses.

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These cats are agnostic on Halloween

October 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment

A cat napIt’s Halloween, and Feline Friday. But our cats simply haven’t gotten into the Halloween spirit, so they’re just going to make their regular appearances.

Ms. Wally is the star of today’s feline fotos, featuring in half of the 10 pictures. I grabbed this image when she and Romeo were crashed on our bed as we left for town one morning this week. Here’s what happened. Wally was the first napper to seize the prime bed real estate. As we got really to depart, I noticed that there was a little leftover cat food in one dish, so I took it into the bedroom and offered it to Wally, part of the ongoing special effort to get her to eat whenever possible. She ate some, then turned her nose up at the rest. Romeo responded by jumping onto the bed and moving right into the scene. He finished off the rest of the food, and then went right to sleep. Although you can’t see it in this picture, the cats are crashed out on either side of the empty dish. There’s another shot from above that makes this quite clear!

–> See all of today’s Friday Felines!

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A Halloween attack!

October 31st, 2014 · 2 Comments

If you tried visit here earlier today, you probably got the “server timed out” error or something like it. The site was not loading. I was in the same boat–unable to view or update the blog. I reported the problem to the hosting service, and received this reply:

Thanks for the problem report. There was an xmlrpc attack ongoing against multiple WordPress sites on the server earlier. The server load has since been stabilized and your web site should be working normally now.

I don’t know what an “xmlrpc attack” consists of, but I let them know that the site isn’t acting normally. At last check, about 7:10 a.m., it was loading, but painfully slowly.

Thanks for your patience while the hosting service technicians work on the problems.

As of 8 a.m., they had finished offloading some data from the server, which caused certain services to be cut off.

Hopefully it has now been solve, I’ll be able to upload this notice, and you’ll be able to read it.

Happy Halloween!

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This morning in Kaaawa (photographs)

October 30th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Unfortunately, I’m off early this morning for a dental appointment. What fun!

We did manage to fit in an early walk to the beach, as usual. So I thought I would share a few photos from today’s dawn in Kaaawa as a space-filler. No time right now for a daily post. Maybe later, if I find the time and space.

In the meantime, enjoy the dawn.

walking along Kam Highway

walking along Kam Highway

walking along Kam Highway

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Throwback Thursday: Peacemaking in Manoa c.1976

October 30th, 2014 · 2 Comments

Here’s another photo recently found and scanned. That’s me standing outside the garage of the Honolulu Friends Center, the Quaker Meeting House in Manoa, which had been converted to offices for the local program of the American Friends Service Committee. At the time, I was program director for the Hawaii AFSC office.

As I recall, my visitor was a reporter who was traveling with a small delegation of Japanese anti-nuclear activists.

The garage office was informal but very pleasant. The outer part was a small reception area, and back through the door was an even smaller screened office with two desks and a tiny bathroom. Several years later, a new addition was built on the side of the meeting house and AFSC moved over there. Unfortunately, a few years ago, the Hawaii program was discontinued for budgetary reasons.

About 1975

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