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Suit against PRP's ugliness might expose secret donors

By David Shapiro

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LAST UPDATED: 11:59 a.m. HST, Oct 31, 2012



Legal precedent would seem to give mayoral candidate Ben Cayetano little chance of winning a defamation lawsuit against Pacific Resources Partnership for falsely implying he gave state contracts for bribes when he was governor.

Both the U.S. and state supreme courts have set an extremely high bar for proving libel and slander — especially for public figures — and few cases have succeeded.

But even if he loses the lawsuit, Cayetano could still make a little dent in the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United decision if he succeeds in smoking out PRP's donors in its relentless campaign against him, which could reach $3 million.

In Citizens United, the court opened the floodgates to special-interest money in our elections by allowing business and labor groups to spend unlimited amounts on behalf of candidates without disclosing the source of the money.

PRP, which represents the Carpenters Union and contractors who expect big profits from the $5.26 billion Oahu rail project that Cayetano opposes, has refused to identify the donors funding its campaign against him.

Cayetano's attorneys are asking the court to force out the names of the donors so they can be added as defendants.

If they succeed, it'll provide an avenue to strip away some of the secrecy that makes the political action committees allowed under Citizens United so toxic to our political process.

PRP has flooded the airwaves with ads that deceitfully suggest the two-term former governor took playoffs for state contracts and freed murderers and rapists to prey again.

A half-dozen slick mailers have dubiously attempted to tie Caye­tano, a lifelong Demo­crat, to Mitt Romney, the tea party and anti-Obama birthers, while falsely implying that Kirk Caldwell is the officially endorsed Demo­cratic candidate in the nonpartisan mayor's race.

PRP has used disreputable push polls to spread its message by phone and has an army of canvassers in the neighborhoods paid $12 to $20 an hour.

The group that tries so hard to tie itself to the Demo­crats is using every page from Republican mastermind Karl Rove's book of political thuggery, with a few tricks from the GOP's infamous Willie Horton campaign against Michael Dukakis in 1988.

PRP's tactics go against the grain of what other major Hawaii campaigns are doing this year after severe negative politicking got a bad rap in our 2010 races for governor and Congress.

But Hawaii has never seen an assault of nearly this magnitude on the reputation of a candidate; Mufi Hannemann's ignominious "Compare & Decide" brochure that helped derail him for governor was mild stuff compared with what PRP is throwing at Caye­tano.

Next week's election will be the clearest test ever of whether such mainland-style tactics work in Hawaii and will leave an indelible mark on our political future.

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Reach David Shapiro at volcanicash@gmail.com or blog.volcanicash.net.






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MalamaKaAina wrote:
“Slander cannot destroy an honest man - when the flood recedes the rock is there” ~Chinese Proverb~
on October 31,2012 | 02:02AM
OldDiver wrote:
Ben Cayetano campaign chairman David Shapiro's next column will attack the Super Pac's supporting Ben for spreading lies about Kirk Caldwell. Shapiro in an effort to be fair will dedicate one column telling the truth about rail to balance the dozens of slanted anti-rail columns he has written on behalf of his candidate Ben Cayetano.
on October 31,2012 | 07:01AM
loquaciousone wrote:
You cannot spread lies about a liar.
on October 31,2012 | 07:03AM
OldDiver wrote:
Shapiro has been attempting to spread them thick and heavy in support of his candidate Ben Cayetano.
on October 31,2012 | 07:18AM
hilocal wrote:
OldDiver, if you've been following David Shapiro for many years, you'll realize he's honest, perceptive, frank, and for the 99%. Re rail he's been saying The Emperor has no clothes.
on October 31,2012 | 08:53AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Shhhhh people might notice.
on October 31,2012 | 09:00AM
OldDiver wrote:
Shapiro's columns don't pass the smell test for truthfulness. That is a fact.
on October 31,2012 | 04:33PM
wiliki wrote:
Shapiro may just want to sell papers and doesn't care about accuracy.
on November 5,2012 | 01:51AM
Malani wrote:
And this is why people are "attemtpting" to spead lies about Cayetano. If they really had the facts on Ben Cayetano lying, they would name the list. As the saying goes, sit in silence and look like a fool, open your mouth and prove it. Case close.
on October 31,2012 | 09:03AM
wiliki wrote:
No need to sit in silence. Watada has already said that the donors got a lot of non-bid contracts from the state. He call it a "pay for play" culture.
on November 5,2012 | 01:52AM
hilocal wrote:
MalamaKaAina, that proverb might have been right in the past, but the 1% control of our airwaves and news media with their greed have shown otherwise. As a Ben supporter, I wish it weren't so, but I'm afraid it is. That's what happened with Dukakis and Willie Horton in 1988.
on October 31,2012 | 08:43AM
burymeagain wrote:
"... an honest man ..." FAIL!!!
on November 1,2012 | 11:30AM
wiliki wrote:
quite true. An honest man is not a rock. The proverb may true of rocks and floods. It doesn't have anything to say about Ben.
on November 5,2012 | 01:55AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
“Slander cannot destroy an honest man - when the flood recedes the rock is there” ~Chinese Proverb~
on October 31,2012 | 02:05AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I'm very disappointed that Dan Inouye aligned himself with Joh White and PRP by appearing in one of PRP's slime ads with Kirk Caldwell. With that involvement in the dirtiest election in Hawaii history, I lost all respect for him. Anyone associated with this sleaze has no place in Hawaii. PRP's disclaimer in their ads today is a dollar short and a dollar late. Everyone knows that Kirk Caldwell loves those slime ads because he believes that they are the door to the Mayor's Office.
on October 31,2012 | 04:03AM
false wrote:
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on October 31,2012 | 02:47PM
wiliki wrote:
wild speculation.... you could write Shapiro's column.
on November 5,2012 | 01:58AM
poidragon wrote:
I certainly hope that Cayetano gets his day in court against the reps and lawyers of PRP! These slime balls hiding behind the reputation of the Carpenters union tarnishes their stellar local reputation and should be halted, once and for all! People before profits, I hope Ben Cayetano takes them to the cleaners and exposes all their dirty laundry for the world to see!
on October 31,2012 | 03:13AM
Jonas wrote:
I doubt it
on October 31,2012 | 09:43AM
Lanikaula wrote:
Yeah, that would mean more business for his wife...dirty laundry? oh well, just wanted some change in all this negativity BS
on October 31,2012 | 09:45AM
goinglobal wrote:
Are you saying Ben did not take 500K in illegal campaign contribution? Are you saying Ben did not pardon more than 200 criminals? Are you saying Ben did not give no bid contracts when Governor? Because these are the facts... Ben has no chance of winning a liable suit... The only thing he can do is plead the 5th...
on October 31,2012 | 01:46PM
PCWarrior wrote:
It's a libel suit not a liable suit. Just sayin...
on October 31,2012 | 03:36PM
wiliki wrote:
Nobody can be accused for libel for speaking the truth.... It is a frivolous suit.
on November 5,2012 | 02:00AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Dan Inouye THIS IS A TEST
on October 31,2012 | 04:03AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
He has already failed the test. Shameful. He could have stood for civility and dignity and class but ultimately he was pocketed by the PRP.
on October 31,2012 | 09:50AM
loquaciousone wrote:
In feudal Japan, he would have already committed seppuku 2.8 million times.
on October 31,2012 | 10:37AM
goinglobal wrote:
Yes and Dan passes the test Ben Fails miserably....... $500K illegal campaign contributions... Does not pay back escheat says he is retireing...more than 200 criminals pardoned..... No bid contracts given during his tenure as Governor...Forced all schools closed during a teacher strike... Yes Ben Fails the test....
on October 31,2012 | 01:48PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Money grow on trees but PRP lives in the desert > Chinese Proverb
on October 31,2012 | 04:19AM
inverse wrote:
correction in the article: playoffs --> payoffs
on October 31,2012 | 05:20AM
billso wrote:
It's a risky strategy. Cayetano may be forced to reveal the names and motives of his backers, too. How many of those people and companies want the scrutiny of trials that might rival the Broken Trust days for local drama?
on October 31,2012 | 05:23AM
bender wrote:
He has to provide the names of the contributors in his campaign spending report so there isn't anything he can hide. You surely have heard of that haven't you?
on October 31,2012 | 06:01AM
HaoleGuy wrote:
Bender, I think billso was talking about the PACS set up "independently" that support Cayetano, and attack PRP. he is doing the same thing, as is Shapiro. Why doesn't Dave Shapiro have a GO BEN GO, banner at the top of his article? Ridiculous...
on October 31,2012 | 06:51AM
hilocal wrote:
HaoleGuy, if PRP sues Cayetano PACs for slander/libel, then you're probably correct.
on October 31,2012 | 08:57AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
HaoleGuy wrote: "Bender, I think billso was talking about the PACS set up "independently" that support Cayetano, and attack PRP. "

I haven't seen any of those Pro-Ben ads "attacking" PRP. Could you describe one, or send me to a youtube link or something? It sounds pretty far fetched.
on October 31,2012 | 02:27PM
billso wrote:
Yes, HG, I was writing about the multiple independent pro-Ben PACs. It's a good question to ask.
on October 31,2012 | 04:37PM
OldDiver wrote:
This is nothing but a PR stunt. Cayetano will never take the stand and testify on his role in the pay for play scandal.
on October 31,2012 | 07:05AM
geralddeheer wrote:
Oh really, has he said that?
on October 31,2012 | 07:27AM
OldDiver wrote:
I doesn't take a genius to figure that out.
on October 31,2012 | 08:39AM
Malani wrote:
Can't figure anything out without proff.
on October 31,2012 | 09:13AM
goinglobal wrote:
Proof Ben took $500K illegal campaign contributions... Proof he did the escheat and did not pay it back because he said he was retireing...Proof Ben did pardon over 200 criminals..... Proof Ben did award no bid contracts when he was Governor.... Proof tells me that if Ben takes the stand it will only be to plead the 5th..... What a hypocrit he has Pacs doing the same low ads against Caldwell
on October 31,2012 | 01:53PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
goinglobal wrote: "What a hypocrit he has Pacs doing the same low ads against Caldwell"

I think the gist of those ads are the Kirk Caldwell played a major role in the incredible mess that this rail project has become, signing bad contracts prematurely. Is there something else I missed?
on October 31,2012 | 02:29PM
PCWarrior wrote:
"Man who stay under water long time no think straight when he surface." - Ancient Chinese Proverb
on October 31,2012 | 10:03AM
walaau808 wrote:
Really? Stop eating all those fortune cookies...
on October 31,2012 | 03:50PM
Malani wrote:
How can anyone think Straight when they got Bends?
on November 2,2012 | 06:47AM
Jonas wrote:
No, but OldDiver is right.
on October 31,2012 | 09:44AM
loquaciousone wrote:
You mean he's a Republican?
on October 31,2012 | 02:05PM
goinglobal wrote:
Proof Ben took $500K illegal campaign contributions... Proof he did the escheat and did not pay it back because he said he was retireing...Proof Ben did pardon over 200 criminals..... Proof Ben did award no bid contracts when he was Governor.... Proof tells me that if Ben takes the stand it will only be to plead the 5th..... What a hypocrit he has Pacs doing the same low ads against Caldwell
on October 31,2012 | 02:05PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Are you the new ukuleleblue, copying and pasting the same comment over and over again?
on October 31,2012 | 02:31PM
Malani wrote:
Did Ben Cayetano tell you he will not testify?
on October 31,2012 | 09:12AM
hilocal wrote:
OldDiver, if you had been following Cayetano since he was first elected, you'd be aware of his honesty and integrity. I remember his exposure of heptachlor in mothers' milk due to cows being fed pesticide-laden pineapple tops and his exposure of the corrosive effect of the Supreme Court's appointing the Estate trustees. He gave the go-ahead to his Atty General Margery Bronster. Previous governors and/or their AGs feared taking on the powerful Bishop Estate.
on October 31,2012 | 09:14AM
Allenk wrote:
Ben unlike Kirk, has very little to lose. Which is why he is going after PRP. If Ben felt that it would affect his campaign or any other aspect of it he would've backed off.
on October 31,2012 | 12:48PM
walaau808 wrote:
Ben has never had integrity and been honest...except when it benefits himself! You want us to believe that Ben himself exposed heptachlor, and single handedly exposed Bishop Estate? You give him way too much credit. He just so happened to be the guy sitting in the governor's chair when the AG had a pair that would make men envious. Ben has never displayed honesty or integrity, and he sucked as governor.
on October 31,2012 | 03:54PM
bender wrote:
Yes, it would be interesting to see who is funding the PRP ads. I bet that they are their lawyers are burning up the wires to PRP headquaters. I guess it's time to bring in the heavy duty shredders so there is no trace. If PRP doesn't have to provide accountability then who is to say whether or not money is being syphoned off. I read that some of the canvassers were not being required to work if they belonged to the Carpenters Union. I don't think that is what those who are funding the PRP ads wanted. But they can't complain because it would bring their names to light.
on October 31,2012 | 06:05AM
nalogirl wrote:
I also bet that Don Horner and a bunch of FHB people are in the PAC.
on October 31,2012 | 11:26AM
dedicatedteacher7 wrote:
PRP doesn't want to disclose because probably Kirk's name will be exposed.
on October 31,2012 | 06:20AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Maybe even the formerly venerable Dan Inouye. After all, he participated with Kirk in one of PRP's slime ads. Shame on you senior senator. Seppuku for you.
on October 31,2012 | 07:06AM
hilocal wrote:
loquaciousone, you're going too far when you tell Inouye to commit suicide. I say this as an anti-railer like you.
on October 31,2012 | 09:19AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Agree with hilocal. John White seppuku for you.
on October 31,2012 | 10:05AM
Allenk wrote:
Now I see where Kirk is using the George Ariyoshi article about rail and equity to bolster his campaign. They are reaching for anything.
on October 31,2012 | 12:51PM
walaau808 wrote:
Another classless remark...
on October 31,2012 | 03:56PM
walaau808 wrote:
Pretty classless...
on October 31,2012 | 03:55PM
yhls wrote:
Well said, David. PRP's ads are outrageous lies. Talk about spin. Caldwell is the politician who is allowing big business and special interests to pay to play.
on October 31,2012 | 06:20AM
allie wrote:
he always was hon.
on October 31,2012 | 08:18AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Regardless of party affiliation or organization, the names of people associated with any campaign ad should be made public. Instead of hiding behind a faceless entity, the best way to confront an issue is to do it the right way; face to face. Only then will the truth come out. This year's campaigning has left a bitter taste. Lying and half truths are not the way to get the right people elected.
on October 31,2012 | 06:52AM
Malani wrote:
Publicbraddah, Well said.
on October 31,2012 | 09:14AM
hilocal wrote:
Publicbraddah, repeated lying and half truths unfortunately result in the wrong people being elected.
on October 31,2012 | 09:21AM
walaau808 wrote:
So are you saying that you favor having ALL PACs expose their contribution lists? I'm totally down with that! Then if Ben wins the election we'll know how pay to play really works.
on October 31,2012 | 03:57PM
Silversword wrote:
Senator Dan Inouye should be ashamed of himself for implicitly endorsing the methods of the pro-rail forces...and for NOT dissociating himself from those methods. Go Ben Go!!!
on October 31,2012 | 06:54AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Dan Inouye participated in one of PRP's slime ads with Kirk Caldwell but people seem to be forgetting this FACT. Shame on you Dan. Bring out the katana and do your duty. There will be no shortage of seconds.
on October 31,2012 | 07:27AM
hilocal wrote:
loquaciousone, you're throwing out the baby with the bath water when you ask Dan to take out his sword and do his duty.
on October 31,2012 | 09:24AM
loquaciousone wrote:
I hope no one comes up to you and greet you with "What's up" bro....
on October 31,2012 | 10:38AM
Kalli wrote:
Can one organization determine who will win an election so they will benefit from contracts? Caldwell has shown that he is more than willing to accept the negative campaigning on his behalf.
on October 31,2012 | 07:11AM
Malani wrote:
No but they can try. They do know that it is the people who will determine who will win an election so the more they will try to do anything to get the people attention from the real facts.
on October 31,2012 | 09:17AM
McCully wrote:
I wouldn't be surprised if Inouye and Caldwell is behind this among others. Caldwell is the server to these people, like getting refreshments at their meetings.
on October 31,2012 | 07:15AM
loquaciousone wrote:
another name for gofer or stooge as in three stooges -- meet Larry.
on October 31,2012 | 07:24AM
hilocal wrote:
McCully, Inouye and Caldwell don't have to be behind PRP, but their failure to denounce PRP's malicious distortions and lies certainly reflects on their character. Caldwell is their server and stooge.
on October 31,2012 | 09:28AM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Ben touted his new PACs as "super PACs," but clearly they are just non-candidate committees. As such have to report contributors to Campaign Spending. That's how it became known that the biggest contributor to SaveOurHonolulu, for $100,000, was Robert Iwamoto, CEO of Roberts Hawaii. A bus company who doen't like public transportation projects....what a surprise!!!
on October 31,2012 | 07:15AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Seems like this campaign is taking a toll on the gray matters between your ears or you just like to force square pegs into round holes. A tour company's needs and wants have nothing to do with public transportation - a fact that you should know with your alleged background in City matters.
on October 31,2012 | 07:23AM
hilocal wrote:
loquaciousone, Keith Rollman is right about a tour bus company that doesn't want rail.
on October 31,2012 | 09:33AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Vaya Con Dios!
on October 31,2012 | 10:39AM
walaau808 wrote:
Can't seem to wrap your mind around the fact that Ben is dirty too?
on October 31,2012 | 04:00PM
OldDiver wrote:
Exactly, Robert's tours is the biggest school bus contractor in the State. Robert's is feeding off the trough of taxpayer dollars through apparent collusion with smaller bus companies.........http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/10/31/13410-taken-for-a-ride-hawaiis-runaway-school-bus-costs/
on October 31,2012 | 08:43AM
loquaciousone wrote:
OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE WHEN WE FIRST PRACTICE TO DECEIVE. PRP NO SHAME NO MORALS.
on October 31,2012 | 07:32AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Or to put it another way.........would you buy a used car from John White?
on October 31,2012 | 07:51AM
loquaciousone wrote:
How about, COME INTO MY PARLOR SAID THE SPIDER TO THE FLY?
on October 31,2012 | 07:58AM
Graham wrote:
Wouldn't buy a NEW car from him...
on November 1,2012 | 04:14PM
allie wrote:
yup
on October 31,2012 | 08:17AM
goinglobal wrote:
Fail to see the lie here.... Ben did take the illegal campaign contributions... He did not pay it back he used escheat $500K... Ben did pardon over 200 criminals.... Ben did give no bid contracts while governor.... SO YOU TELL ME WHERE ARE THE MORALS IN THAT BEHAVIOR
on October 31,2012 | 01:57PM
Kaleo744 wrote:
I can see in my crystal Ball the headlines will read in the next 5 years SA headlines report "RAIL BANKRUPTS THE CITY'.
on October 31,2012 | 07:52AM
allie wrote:
count on it
on October 31,2012 | 08:17AM
hilocal wrote:
Kaleo744, how about More rail subsidies cause lack of Handivans, or Rail costs force 1,000% increase in senior bus passes?
on October 31,2012 | 09:39AM
Jonas wrote:
LOL - won't happen.
on October 31,2012 | 09:46AM
Poidogs wrote:
I can see in my water pail: Panosʻ FAST will be FAST to fail.
on October 31,2012 | 11:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
My crystal ball is a pumpkin from Aloun Farms and it says "ALOUN FARMS FOREVER, RAIL NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE"
on October 31,2012 | 01:40PM
Allenk wrote:
In PBN, there is an article titled, "Cayetano criticizes HART's $77M Steel purchase." How come SA isn't presenting this story? The excuse from Grabausakas is that they need to purchase the steel now, in order to lock in the price. HART's escape clause in this situation is that they can always sell the steel should rail be killed. But what about shipping and handling and all of the other costs associated with the purchase. Someone has to rein these guys (HART) in!
on October 31,2012 | 08:07AM
hilocal wrote:
Allenk, who would HART sell the steel to and at what loss to the city?
on October 31,2012 | 09:40AM
Graham wrote:
China/Japan as scrap...
on November 1,2012 | 04:15PM
allie wrote:
The power boys are punishing Ben as he dared to stand up and tell the truth
on October 31,2012 | 08:16AM
Mythman wrote:
It's not over yet.......
on October 31,2012 | 02:33PM
eastside808 wrote:
Hard to compare national to local politics only because Hawaii is so small. It goes something like this...a friend of a friend of a friend. You get the picture. It really doesnt take too much effort to find out how people and politicians act and think behind the commercials, ad, etc. The commericals for and against both Cayetano and Caldwell has been no holds barred, but in the end, local people will determine the best, honest and most sincere person to elect to office.
on October 31,2012 | 08:17AM
hilocal wrote:
eastside808, in a level playing field, that is, similar funding and ethics, you're right. But PRP has taken spending to a new high and dishonesty to a new low. It's as if PRP has automatic weapons and drones, and Ben has hunting rifles and handguns.
on October 31,2012 | 09:47AM
loquaciousone wrote:
s Dan Case found out, if you make grandpa Inouye mad, the Democratic machine will ice you out. Ben made grandpa mad when he said that ojisan was out-of-touch. Now the three stooges Inouye, White and Caldwell are trying to steal the show.
on October 31,2012 | 08:49AM
false wrote:
You sointely have that right. nyck , nyck nyck Some say they will take us to Moronica.
on October 31,2012 | 09:27AM
Malani wrote:
Some people think they are the untouchables like the former Bishop Trustees thought they were.Then along came Hawaii 5-0 who said, "Book em." Your turn coming PRP.
on October 31,2012 | 09:00AM
goinglobal wrote:
So since Ben did one thing right doesnt mean the rest of his tenure was good.... He did take illegal campaign contributoins... He did pardon over 200 criminals... he did give no bid contracts..... he did force the schools closed for close to 3 weeks by lying to the teachers union.
on October 31,2012 | 02:12PM
MKN wrote:
@OldDiver & Keith_Rollman: Why do we have to spend $5.3 Billion to build a rail system when we can spend 1/5th of that money (this assumes giving businesses a $1000 tax credit for up to 100,000 people over a period of 10 years which would equal approximately $1 Billion) giving businesses tax credits to implement telework programs? Also, why not have non-customer service type positions for the city and state government work from home 2-3 days a week? Finally, why not accelerate the number of on-line only classes that the University of Hawaii System offers to students so that they don't have to drive to campus everyday? That way, the only times that they would need to go to an actual class are for finals, midterms, or academic advising or seeing your teacher during office hours. There's more than one way to solve traffic problems and to me, this would be a lot cheaper than any solution offered by either candidate today. It's time to think outside of the box! We don't need to turn Oahu into a giant concrete metropolis!
on October 31,2012 | 09:21AM
goinglobal wrote:
MKN The reason we need to spend the money and build rail is because in 2008 it was voted for by the people of Hawaii... Only Ben thinks elections dont matter..... He thinks he can rewtite the laws that specifically say the increaxed GET is for rail....
on October 31,2012 | 02:03PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
There are about 6,000 - 7,000 union carpenters in Hawaii. The PRP will ultimately spend $4 million supposedly on their behalf. The tax payer will spend anywhere from $5.2 - $7 billion to give some of these guys a temporary job.

Greedy, these guys. There is plenny work available, why do they have to hurt everybody else's pocket to make their pocket fatter?


on October 31,2012 | 09:55AM
lee1957 wrote:
Shapiro, please enlighten us on Karl Rove's book of politcal thuggery as some of us didn't get the memo. You are usually pretty solid in your writing, but this paragraph makes you come across as a bitter partisan hack.
on October 31,2012 | 11:55AM
Graham wrote:
HJe forgot the slime against Heftel...no Rove involved...
on November 1,2012 | 04:18PM
Mythman wrote:
The real truth, being covered up by this newspaper, is that Ben Cayetano is President Obama's REAL father.
on October 31,2012 | 02:29PM
ready2go wrote:
Is Gov Ariyoshi still Chairman of the Board for the Hawaii Prince Golf club in Ewa and still on First Hawaiian Bank Board of Directors thus having a vested interest in fixed rail? Ariyoshi has always been honest and respected so he should to disclose his affiliations along with his opinions.
on November 1,2012 | 07:38AM
wiliki wrote:
Hardly libel to be accused of not owning up to receiving dirty money when everyone knows Ben did just that. It's not illegal but certainly unethical such money had no effect on his administration. Watada has already said that the donors got a disproportionate amount of non-bid contracts.
on November 5,2012 | 01:49AM
elee wrote:
I have listened very carefully to PRP's ads, and found their statements to all be probably true, but cleverly woven to lead the listeners to a negative conclusion. Let's face it, no legitimate candidate with an ounce of intelligence is going to open themselves to a libel suit. IMO, Cayetano filed his libel suit knowing full well that he won't win, but want's to give the voters the impression that what PRP did was wrong. The reality is that you can't be held liable for someone else's (the public) thought process. It kills me how in every election there are accusations of mudslinging and false information. As the saying goes, "politics is a dirty business". It's all kabuki--carefully staged and choreographed to sway your vote. Same O, same O--nothing changes.
on November 6,2012 | 06:06AM
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