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Televised ‘super debate’ not so super — for audience, sponsors or candidates

For someone who has always believed you should never feel sorry for a politician — after all, they begged for the job — last Monday’s debate on Hawaii News Now evoked at least some sympathy for the amount of public testing we are willing to inflict on the political class. Read More

Dues just 1 aspect as HGEA also mulls ‘value-added’ services

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to free public workers from paying union dues gives workers the option of refusing to join a union while still keeping the rights and benefits of union members. Read More

State leaders should be devising plans now to help volcano-affected businesses recover

Seething and erupting since 1983, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is the world’s most active, according to geologists. For economists, Kilauea may be one of the most lucrative. Read More

Ed Case brings buzz, and name recognition, to crowded U.S. House race

So far, the big surprise of this political year is former Congressman Ed Case jumping into the race for the 1st Congressional District. Read More

Legislators use healthy tax surplus to move needle on social issues and take jabs at Ige

Powered by the state tax dollars from a booming local economy and an ever-growing antipathy toward the current governor, Hawaii’s legislators ended this week with the not-startling news that they were mostly amazed at how well they did. Read More

Polls show that history does not favor Ige against Hanabusa in race for governor’s office

There’s a hot new Hawaii Poll breaking today with the latest numbers on the Hawaii primary race for governor, so why am I searching out data from 1978? Because that was the last time I saw an incumbent Hawaii governor in as much trouble as David Ige. Read More

Political history could offer lesson in campaign backlash for outspoken candidate Ing

Again and again candidates for public office are told “Just speak your mind and it will be OK.” Really? Perhaps considering local political history before speaking is better advice. Read More

‘Death with dignity’ advocate, outliving his cancer prognosis, reflects on issue

The hardest jobs are the ones you pick for yourself. John Radcliffe learned in June of 2014 he had Stage 4 cancer that was likely to one day kill him. Read More

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

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

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

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

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