A bit ago we had a story on how newly elected members of Congress got their new offices. Several members said at the time they planned to make their office also their home.
Here’s some more.
Of the 94 incoming members of the House of Representatives, 90% are Republicans, nearly 40% have law degrees and about 35% have never before held elective office.
Oh, and at least 15% plan to bed down in their congressional offices.
Actually it sort of makes sense. Congress only works 3 days a week (you didn’t know that?) and most members head home after the last vote.
It’s also the ultimate I’m-not-a-professional-politician statement. With political imagery firmed in mind and voters yelling about fiscal excess, a number of incoming House members plan to camp out near their new desks. Many more are still undecided but may well join the sleep-sofa caucus.
Nobody seems to know for certain how many lawmakers currently camp in their offices. Estimates range into the dozens. The practice appears to crest after Republican wave elections. Anybody remember the Seinfeld episode where George Castanza builds a nest under his desk so he can sleep at work?
Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie held a press conference. We first thought he was going to announce shutting us down – but nope.
He’s starting to populate his cabinet.
First is William Aila Jr., the Waianae harbormaster, as the director and chairman of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. He’s well-respected on the Leeward side. We like him.
Then – Richard Lim, co-founder of the merchant banking firm Sennet Capital, as the director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. We don’t know much about him and do you know how many Richard Lim’s there are in this state? So, no picture til we looked at last night’s news. Thanks KITV. Someone fill us in on this gentleman..
Jodie Maesaka-Hirata, the acting warden of the Waiawa Correctional Facility, was named director of the state Department of Public Safety.
Now this is interesting. Remember the craziness over whether Lt. Governor Duke Aiona was involved with the religious group Transformation Hawaii? Keep that in mind.
…pretty soon you’re talking real money.
Poking around, we saw some numbers that make us reach for a sip of Yukon Jack, and sun is nowhere close to over the yardarm.
It’s hard to get away from the 2010 November election as things continue to dribble out.
The Center for Responsible Government tracks donations, right down to the local level.
Here in Hawaii it’s interesting to see the difference between money given to Republican candidates verses Democrats.
Just about two-thirds more went to Democrats, which is a bit surprising with the push to keep Charles Djou in office. The “rank” column to the right lets you see how Hawaii compares to all 50 states. A rank of 6 in the “Percent to Democrats” category, for example, means that state’s percentage of contributions to Democrats was the 6th highest in the nation. Yeah, it leans blue here.
It’s enough to make your head hurt. Both the subject and the length of this.
The federal budget shortfall is more than $1 trillion a year – a number that is impossible to grasp for the regular person.
While it may be hard to get your head around, it’s causing people some worry. After all, it’s a lot of money.
Associated Press and CNBC have a new poll out this morning. While most people say cut federal services, no one can agree on which ones.
It’s the ongoing problem with governing. No one wants to lose anything that affects them, and with the federal budget, that’s everything.
Right now the #1 target is the federal worker – unfairly so. When people join the civil service, regardless of whether it’s local, state or federal level, there’s a tradeoff. Generally they get less pay but better benefits and security. It comes with public service and strong unions.
When the economy goes to pot and people lose their jobs or have their salary cut, the federal worker looks like he or she has it pretty good. It’s cyclic. Some years a civil servant looks like an underpaid do-nothing robot, and other years like a fat-cat feeding off the public trough.
If you’re a state or federal worker, you can’t win, but you’ve generally been safe.
Not right now.
What’s up with Governor-elect Neil Abercrombie’s “New Day” website?
It went on-line with a flurry of publicity as a place where people could apply for a job in his administration and get up-to-date information on how the transition is going.
With 7 days until he’s sworn into office, the website has been dead for several weeks.
The last entry was November 16th. Up until then it was updated on a regular basis.
UPDATE: The website got a much needed update this morning.