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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

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

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

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

Inexplicably, Ige ignored prime opportunities to send strong leadership message

Thanks to the “This is not a drill” Saturday morning missile mishap, the thinking about the August gubernatorial primary race has been completely rearranged. Read More

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate, from governor on down

Ige has always acknowledged that he is a poor communicator — now both he and the state are learning the consequences. Read More

Hawaii’s lackluster politics in 2017 should make for contentious elections in 2018

This year ends giving Hawaii’s politicians little assurance for smooth sailing into the 2018 elections. And even more worry for a public saying, “Is this all we get?” Read More

Congressional Republicans’ tax-cut reforms will end up slashing Hawaii GOP further

The headline running across the Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s front page on Aug. 9, 1974, quoting the new president, Gerald Ford, summed it up: “Our Nightmare is Over.” Read More

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

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’

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

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

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