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Hee poised to roil gubernatorial race with ideas to legalize gambling and marijuana

Updated on  March 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm
A long-time controversial Democratic political figure, Clayton Hee announced last week he is running for governor in the August primary election against incumbent Gov. David Ige and the major challenger, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Read More

Gay- and gender-rights issues become point of contention among 1st Congressional rivals

Updated on  February 24, 2018 at 6:17 pm
Chin’s support of the bill was “based upon my firm belief that no child in Hawaii should ever be made to feel there is something ‘wrong’ with them based on who they love or how they identify.” Read More

Holding new ConCon would be prime opportunity to hold high-spending OHA to its mission

Updated on  February 16, 2018 at 9:22 pm
It is rare when Hawaii’s government give voters both the problem and a possible solution, but that is what is happening with the astounding state auditor’s report on the out-of-control spending by the Office of Hawaii Affairs. Read More

Local GOP stalwart and surfing icon Hemmings reflects back in typical relaxed style

Updated on  February 9, 2018 at 7:12 pm
Hawaii may not be with Hemmings on taxes — but in this political year with all sides looking for a fight, some musing about politics and living in Hawaii from someone who became a legend in something besides vote-counting makes a good read. Read More

Fascinating to see who’s donated, and how much, to Ige and Hanabusa

Updated on  February 3, 2018 at 6:43 pm
So that you can find out who is getting what without having to do the boring research, let me pull a few tidbits from the just-filed Campaign Spending Commission reports from Gov. David Ige and his opponent in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Read More

Our state and city governments just can’t get a handle on costly recycling programs

Updated on  December 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm
Both the city and state have recently produced audits of the various city and state recycling programs; each notes that neither the city nor the state is doing the job and that it has been repeatedly told of its failings. Read More

Heed severe lessons of ‘Reaganomics’

Updated on  November 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm
Today’s homeless can look directly at Reagan and his GOP tax plan for much of their misery. Read More

Congressional race will reveal Democratic Party’s divide and future course

Updated on  November 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm
The uncertainty and disunity within the dominant Hawaii Democratic Party is showing up as the race to replace U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District begins. Read More

Lieutenant governor race needs firefight spark

Updated on  October 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm
On his or her’s best day, Hawaii’s lieutenant governor can boast an agenda not much different than occupying the office on your worse day — little is going to happen. In the margins, however, those smart and lucky can find a lot of room to maneuver. Read More

Tsutsui to sit out 2018 election to ‘recharge’

Updated on  October 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm
In one of the first major moves of this political season, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is withdrawing his plans to run for Maui mayor next year. Read More

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