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Tulsi Gabbard’s birthplace could create political fodder in national campaign

Being born in American Samoa, where Gabbard lived until the age of 2, elicits unsettled constitutional questions about what it means to be a “natural-born citizen,” a requirement for the presidency, according to legal scholars. Read More

Gov. David Ige unveils $17.3M plan for ‘ohana zones’

Gov. David Ige intends to use $17.3 million of the $30 million that the Legislature appropriated over a three-year period for the state’s “ohana zones” program. Read More

Ed Case backs Nancy Pelosi for House speaker

Ed Case, who is set to be sworn into Congress on Jan. 3, is supporting U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be speaker of the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Read More

Gov. David Ige wants biocontrol center to tackle invasive species

Gov. David Ige hopes to build a $35 million regional biocontrol center in Hawaii that will help combat invasive species, a problem that costs the state hundreds of millions of dollars annually and threatens the state’s economy and natural environment. Read More

HPD overstating success in rape cases, report claims

An investigation by national news outlets has raised concerns about whether the Honolulu Police Department is massaging its rape statistics to make it look like it’s solving more crimes than it actually is. Read More

Lt. Gov. Josh Green hires official from big-donor union as chief of staff

Lt. Gov. Josh Green has hired Brooke Wilson, who served as political and education director for the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters, as his chief of staff, as well as experts from the health care industry to staff his office on the fifth floor of the state Capitol. Read More
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Gov. David Ige stresses ‘moving forward together’ at second inauguration

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Ige has struggled with attracting support from legislative leaders, many of whom openly supported his Democratic primary opponent Colleen Hanabusa. Read More
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Gov. David Ige stresses ‘moving forward together’ in second inauguration

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Ige has struggled with attracting support from legislative leaders, many of whom openly supported his Democratic primary opponent Colleen Hanabusa. Read More

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s New Hampshire trip marks possible presidential run

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is scheduled to speak Sunday to progressive Democrats in New Hampshire as part of a series of discussions with prospective Democratic presidential candidates, a further indication that she is indeed looking at running for the Oval Office in 2020. Read More

LoPresti challenges Ewa Senate race results

Democrat Matt LoPresti is asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to order a recount of ballots cast for the District 19 Senate seat representing Ewa Beach and Iroquois Point. Read More

State lawmakers noncommittal on raising minimum wage

Crystal Fujiwara starts her workday at 6:30 a.m. at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital then makes her way to her job as a hostess at Tanaka of Tokyo in Waikiki, where she finishes at 9:30 p.m. Read More

Tulsi Gabbard memoir will offer blueprint for Democrats, U.S.

A new memoir by Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is set to be released May 7. Read More

Gabbard blasts Trump in tweet

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard ratcheted up her criticism of President Donald Trump’s steadfast support of Saudi Arabia’s leadership on Wednesday, tweeting to the president that “Being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First.’” Read More

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls Trump ‘Saudi Arabia’s bitch’

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has a message for President Donald Trump: “Being Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First.’” Read More

Fevella’s win gives Republicans a state Senate caucus of 1

Kurt Fevella, the newly elected Republican senator from Ewa, won’t have the benefit of senior leadership teaching him how to wrestle earmarks into the state budget or how to navigate the arcane procedural rules of floor sessions when the Legislature convenes in January. Read More

Kurt Fevella claims narrow victory to become lone Republican in state Senate

Republican Kurt Fevella maintained a slim lead over Democrat Matt LoPresti for the open Senate seat representing Ewa and Ewa Beach, making him the only Republican in the Hawaii Senate. Fevella finished ahead by just 117 votes in final election returns. Read More

Over 70 percent of Hawaii voters reject ConCon measure

A proposal to convene a state constitutional convention was soundly defeated Tuesday night. Read More

Republican Kurt Fevella holds on for close win over Matt LoPresti in state Senate race for Ewa Beach

Republican Kurt Fevella maintained a slim lead over Democrat Matt LoPresti for the open Senate seat representing Ewa and Ewa Beach, making him the only Republican in the Hawaii Senate. Fevella finished ahead by just 117 votes in final election returns. Read More

Hawaii voters soundly rejecting constitutional convention

Residents are given the chance to vote on whether to hold a state constitutional convention every 10 years. Read More

ConCon opponents raise $740,000

A coalition of powerful unions, business interests, environmentalists and others has raised $740,000 in its effort to defeat this year’s ballot measure asking voters whether they want to convene a state constitutional convention, according to the latest campaign spending reports filed Monday. Read More

Backlogged rape test kits yield scores of possible leads

A major effort by law enforcement to test more than 1,500 rape kits that for years sat unprocessed in storage facilities statewide has resulted in DNA matches with more than 120 potential suspects in a national offender database. Read More

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