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President's Message (Maile Bay)
Openness in the Courts (Jackie Parnell)
Our Comprehensive (Full) Public Funding Bill 2004 (Grace Furukawa)
Public Funding of Presidential Primary and General Election
Where Has Our Democracy Gone? (Grace Furukawa)
Ray of Sunshine (Jean Aoki)
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Local League News - Hawaii (Lois Cecil)
Local League News - Kauai (Carol Bain)
What is the Act 190 Task Force and Who Cares? (Jaurene Judy)
NBC to Televise Democratic Presidential Primary Debate... LWVUS

Local League News - Hawaii

On October 25th Marni Herkes arranged a joint meeting for Hawaii Island members and friends in Waimea, with Sue Irvine inviting Mr. Dwayne Yoshina, Hawaii State Elections Officer as our speaker. We had asked him particularly to bring us information on HAVA. He graciously took time to answer all our questions, and we feel much more informed. Our next joint meeting will be January 24th. Alberta Lindsay is once again in charge of reserving a meeting place, and members will be notified in advance so that they may RSVP to her and make arrangements for carpooling.

East Hawaii members met at the home of Lois Cecil on November 20th for a "working meeting" to decide immediate and long-term projects and to hear a report from Sue Irvine about the State meeting held in Honolulu. We were saddened to receive a resignation from the board from Marilyn Idemoto, but she will continue as an inactive member until such time as it is possible for her to return actively with us again. We welcomed a new member, Marion Aiu, who has been active in Orange County, California, and in other places where she has lived. We're happy to have Marion with us.

Our members decided to do further research on the real need for a pamphlet on voting before proceeding on one. Trudi Zelko reported that she has begun to look into costs and availability of buses to bring people in from outer areas to vote. The possibility of getting businesses to support this effort was discussed as a good idea. Trudi also volunteered to meet with a member of Pahoa Main Street Organization to see how we might assist Pahoa residents in registering and voting.

Mary Furlong, a producer from Na Leo public television, came by to encourage us to use that facility for educational purposes for the upcoming elections. She gave us ideas about what we could do on air, and names of people to contact for assistance.

Our next East Hawaii meeting will be on Thursday, January 15, at 4 p.m. at the East Hawaii Cultural Center, in the week before our next joint meeting. We are looking for someone to speak to us about DNET.

Lois Cecil

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