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Hawai'i Has Hopes for An Obama Library

If state lawmakers and the University of Hawai'i have their way, the 50th State could soon be known as the home of the Barack Obama presidential library, in addition to sea, sun and surf.

A measure urging the president to choose his home state as the site of his presidential library passed the Senate Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs committee yesterday and will go to the full Senate for a vote.

The measure also has the support of the state House. "I think we're one of the top contenders," said Sen. J. Kalani English, D-6th (E. Maui, Moloka'i, L?na'i). "It can be anywhere in Hawai'i." Honolulu Advertiser.

Politics @ The Public Library

Galveston Daily News/ LA MARQUE TX — Kathy Nixie still is the librarian in La Marque. At least for now.

Nixie supporters claim the four-year veteran head of the La Marque Library was told by city administrators she had to resign Wednesday or be fired but was given no reason why she was being forced out.

That turmoil came less than a month after Nixie reported to a city council member that Councilwoman Connie Trube had demanded records about an overdue book fine owed by Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell’s wife.

Nixie refused to talk about discussions she had with City Manager Eric Gage or finance Director Karen Cooper, except to say she had not been fired or forced to resign.

Asked why supporters thought she was being forced out, Nixie said: “I think it would get me in more trouble if I talked to you.”

But Barbara Sheppard, a critic of Gage and a Nixie supporter, said earlier in the day Wednesday Nixie told her Gage and Cooper had called in members of the library staff one by one to question them about Nixie’s performance.

“They then told (Nixie) that she obviously wasn’t happy working for the city of La Marque and that she had a choice, resign or be fired by 4:30 that afternoon,” Sheppard said.

Hawaii a natural place for Obama library site

Hawaii a natural place for Obama library site
Hawaii legislators are poised to urge President Barack Obama to choose the state where he was born and raised as the site of his presidential library. While Hawaii may be an underdog to Chicago for the selection, lawmakers should be satisfied if Obama rejects the traditional library in a way that could embrace both applicants.

Romney, In the Des Moines Library, With a Book

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, widely considered to be a likely Republican candidate for president in 2012, will hold two events in Central Iowa Monday as part of his latest book tour.

Mitt Romney’s nationwide tour in support of “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” will take him to 19 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Monday at noon, he will discuss the book and sign copies at the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue

Later that night Romney will travel to Ames to speak in the Memorial Union Great Hall at Iowa State University. His presentation, which is co-sponsored by the campus’ College Republicans and the Committee on Lectures, will begin at 7 p.m. Iowa Independent reports.

The 2010 American Broadcast/Cable Consolidation

The FCC has released a Public Notice in PDF format relative to the Comcast/GE/NBC Universal transactions. The Commission is referring to the situation as one of broad public policy interest due to the breadth of the holdings involved. Comments are due to the Commission via its Electronic Comment Filing System before May 3, 2010.

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Piercing Curtains

Women's History Month Library Thoughts

Women's History Month resources for the Delaware library community, with apologies for being so late to mark the observance! Full article here: http://library.blogs.delaware.gov/2010/03/15/womens-history-month/

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Michelle Obama's 'socialist books' disappear on closer study

"Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library," blared the headline on conservative radio host Rob Port's blog following a tour of the presidential residence last week, after he spotted books including The American Socialist Movement 1897-1912 and The Social Basis of American Communism on the library's shelves.

Port ignited a storm, quickly drawing almost 300 comments to his post on the popular political blog SayAnythingBlog.com, and a rash of links across the internet. "I wonder if the liberals who mock conservatives who refer to Obama as a socialist still find it funny?" wrote All American Blogger. "By itself, this wouldn't be that big of a deal. But [in] the context of Obama's economic policies? Well, I'll let you make your own call," wrote Port, a self-styled bibliophile.

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Dousing Firewalls

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Scott Brown Plans Book

You gotta have a book. And the man with the truck will soon be the man with a book.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), the party's hottest elected official, has decided to write a book that combines memoir and inspiration (of what sort I wonder...).

Gail Gitcho, his new Senate communications director, tells POLITICO, “Senator Brown is honored and humbled to be approached by many people who want him to tell his inspirational personal story about his life leading up to his election as a United States senator from Massachusetts. He will tell his story in a book in hopes of providing insight and encouragement to others and also to ensure that the record is complete and accurate.

"Part of the book proceeds will be donated to charity," Gitcho continued. "Senator Brown will work with a collaborator so he can continue to focus fully on his service to the people of Massachusetts, which is, and always will be, his first priority.”

Brown has hired Williams & Connolly's Bob Barnett, the city's leading counsel to politician-authors, to help him through the process.

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