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On state homeless crisis, governor is late to the table

By David Shapiro
Gov. David Ige's show of leadership in Hawaii's homelessness crisis offers hope we can finally make headway, but only if he brings some urgency that he's failed to muster so far.

A look at power uncovers a lot of weak-mindedness

By David Shapiro
It’s the last Sunday in July and time to “flASHback” on the month’s news that amused and confused.

Isle leaders' missteps put residents in critical state

By David Shapiro
Ineptitude comes with a cost as we "flASHback" on June's news that amused and confused.

Senate president’s ouster was really a ‘Kouchi Coup’

By David Shapiro
The Legislature adjourned, but its bouquet lingers as we flASHback on May’s news that amused and confused.

A 'perfect storm' is about as perfect as it gets in isles

By David Shapiro
It's the last Sunday of April and time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused.

Finding a capable leader is tough -- just ask voters

By David Shapiro
Some survived the Ides of March better than others as we "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused.

Ige can't escape ribbing even in the nation's capital

By David Shapiro
We start with a snow job and end with a circus as we "flASHback" on February's news that amused and confused.

Ige, legislators start session with questions and riddles

By David Shapiro
It's a new year, but the same scent is in the air as we "flASHback" on January's news that amused and confused:

Great minds offer advice to isle leaders for new year

By David Shapiro
We'll mark the new year by leaving behind ill will of the past and tapping minds greater than my own, led by the great Winston Churchill, for inspiring quotations to guide our leaders into 2015.

Election year saw unknown elevated to state's top job

By David Shapiro
It's the last weekend of 2014 and time to review the year "flASHback" style

After Abercrombie ousted, Ige faces party challenges

By David Shapiro
David Ige completed his improbable quest to unseat an incumbent governor and will be sworn in Monday. His first challenge is getting constituents to remember his name and stop calling him Anybody-But-Abercrombie.

Gubernatorial candidates blowing smoke in October

By David Shapiro
The howling winds of Hurricane Ana competed with the hot air of candidates for governor as we "flASHback" on October's news that amused and confused:

Politicians not on the ballot invoked by party messages

By David Shapiro
The proxy election is scarier than the real one as we "flASHback" on September's news that amused and confused:

The haves and the hapless propel the August primary

By David Shapiro
The primary election was a lesson in comeuppance as we "flASHback" on August's news that amused and confused:

Rebranding got gov to top, but then he just messed up

By David Shapiro
In a national article on Gov. Neil Abercrombie's demise, local blogger Ian Lind commented that in a small state like Hawaii it's almost impossible to rebrand yourself once public opinion turns bad.

Some thoughts on politics in preparation for the vote

By David Shapiro
As candidates extol their "values" (short for "my opponent is a haole") and issue grand plans that prove talk is cheap, I like to spend the week before an election immersed in deeper thoughts.

Election engines revved up in weeks before the primary

By David Shapiro
With the election less than two weeks away, candidates are getting in their final licks and so shall we in our "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused:

Keeping Superferry afloat still doesn't seem feasible

By David Shapiro
Mufi Hannemann's curious opening gambit in his independent run for governor is an oldie that flopped with voters four years ago — bringing the ill-fated Superferry back to Hawaii.

Perseverance pays off for family's 3 graduates

By David Shapiro
It's been a big graduation season in our family, with my son Jared receiving a college degree, my grandson Corwin graduating from high school and my grandson Isaac moving up from intermediate to high school.

Money drives politicians, sometimes to the grave

By David Shapiro
It's the last Sunday in May and time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused: » Gov. Neil Abercrombie gave a speech blasting the U.S. Supreme Court for lifting caps on billionaire campaign donors.

Gabbard looks the dupe as sole Dem on bipartisan trip

By David Shapiro
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's office issued a news release excitedly announcing that she'd be joining a bipartisan congressional delegation on a trip to Japan, China and South Korea.

Justifying bad behavior and forging on is just fact of life

By David Shapiro
It was hard to tell sometimes if we were talking about law and order or the birds and the bees as we "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused.

Renewed rivalries and rants are like watch, wince, repeat

By David Shapiro
It's the last Sunday of the month and time to "flASHback" on February's news that amused and confused:

There's so much folly to find just a month into new year

By David Shapiro
It's the last Sunday in January and time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused:

Gay marriage tops a year of scarce civility and smarts

By David Shapiro
It's time to send 2013 on its way by recapping the year's news "flASHback" style:

Marriage history gives way to wacky, whacky lawmaker

By David Shapiro
Straight people no longer have exclusive domain on paying alimony in Hawaii and the hammer-wielding comic book avenger Thor has a local wannabe as we "flASHback" on November news that amused and confused:

Lege lurks as eco-woes land culprits in sticky situations

By David Shapiro
It's the last Sunday in September, so it must be time to "flASHback" on the month's news that amused and confused:

Kailua Satellite City Hall's closure is reasonable move

By David Shapiro
I've always appreciated the Kailua Satellite City Hall at the Keolu Shopping Center, which is less than a mile from my house and quite convenient for dealing with the city on matters such asa permit form I needed to pick up the other day.

Newsmakers display more imprudence and impudence

By David Shapiro
The commitments were soft and the words were hard as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Residents raise stink over watery sewage situations

By David Shapiro
Usually we plant tongue in cheek, but this week we'll have to pinch fingers on nose as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Cleanup, homeless issues leave foul taste for officials

By David Shapiro
We go lurching from fowl to fowl as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Flossie fake-out still more authentic than new Pro Bowl

By David Shapiro
We dodged one storm, but others are gathering as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

State's modesty is blown by its preening politicians

By David Shapiro
Our humble public servants were anything but as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

UH is sweet on salaries and studies, but not sports

By David Shapiro
If the University of Hawaii is in the news, money must be flying out the door as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Ige surprise and hot Schatz add spice to election season

By David Shapiro
Hawaii caught a rare glimpse of political competition as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

National studies stick state's foibles in unflattering light

By David Shapiro
New studies found yet more ways to rank Hawaii's state government as one of the nation's most futless as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Feral birds and homeless earn leaders' compassion

By David Shapiro
It's summer, so why are we still hearing about the Legislature? Find out as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Governor salutes the ones keeping things buzzing

By David Shapiro
The governor is putting his own spin on the story of the birds and the bees as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Officials toe the ethics line as they widen it for others

By David Shapiro
City leaders are caught between giving forgiveness and begging for it as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Trick shots come up short as talent searches heat up

By David Shapiro
Our leaders at Hono­lulu Hale were busy leaving taxpayers behind the 8-ball as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Abercrombie and Caldwell go together like rice and poi

By David Shapiro
Governor falls for mayor. Governor gets mayor. Governor and mayor get a little fun poked at them as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Family fussbudgets gain less-than-glowing spotlight

By David Shapiro
The Hawaii GOP got a rare turn in the spotlight but wilted in the glare as we “flASHback” on the week’s news that amused and confused:

Forgiveness doesn't come cheap or easy for UH brass

By David Shapiro
Academics, athletics and politics collided in Manoa as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Pols fail to make the grade yet still rake in bonus points

By David Shapiro
Higher learning continues to elude us as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

'New day,' new bills mostly promise new headaches

By David Shapiro
The Legislature is going home, but the next act in Gov. Neil Abercrombie's political saga is just getting started as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Political drama shifts from contract talks to campaigns

By David Shapiro
Our state leaders were busy angling for power and giving away money as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Pols' problem-solving tactic a game of duck, duck, goose

By David Shapiro
I can't decide whether it's more appropriate to duck or play chicken as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Pols place fear-mongering, fundraising high on agenda

By David Shapiro
Local pols had their mouths open and their hands out as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

N. Korea's not the only spot to find goofball politicians

By David Shapiro
The incoming is more radioactive than usual as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

School labor peace comes as concessions abound

By David Shapiro
Peace unexpectedly broke out in our public schools as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

State, lawmakers practice their political math skills

By David Shapiro
It was payday at the Capitol as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Schoolkids, gunslinger and overpayments haunt Capitol

By David Shapiro
The state Capitol was transformed into Loompaland as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Legislators prep for round 2 after chewing on food bills

By David Shapiro
The 2013 Legislature lurched to its midway point as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Regents claim Kerry-given right by draining UH's wallet

By David Shapiro
Lofty talk of libraries and books leads us off as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Lawmakers heap sugar on bug and bats, not teens

By David Shapiro
As in the song "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch," our governor just can't help himself as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Politicos try to go green but keep losing track of it

By David Shapiro
It's sowing season at the square building as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Lawmakers dig into privacy, money matters and poop

By David Shapiro
It seems the bird's the word as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Government is out to drain taxpayers' cups and wallets

By David Shapiro
If you have a sweet tooth or you're Scott Caan, you're in trouble as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Governor's road to curing 'virus' starts with a mirror

By David Shapiro
The governor visited the Legislature for their annual confabulation as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Nagging bug debuts in isles -- and the flu's arrived, too

By David Shapiro
It's been raining cats, dogs and lawmakers as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

New schedule has Tsutsui here today, gone to Maui

By David Shapiro
The new year is in full swing and the halls of power are bustling again as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Wise quotables help usher isle notables into new year

By David Shapiro
Let’s start the year on a positive note with motivational thoughts from great minds to soothe the sore feelings of newsmakers I may have inadvertently offended in 2012:

Quiet start by legislators gave way to election noise

By David Shapiro
It's the last weekend of 2012, so let's review the year "flASHback" style:

Do you hear what I hear? 'Tis the season to see folly

By David Shapiro
Please enjoy some favorite holiday quotations as an expression of my yuletide wishes, or as Ogden Nash so beautifully put it, "Merry Christmas, NEARLY everybody."

Year's best quotes offered drama and not much else

By David Shapiro
It's time to start closing out 2012, beginning with a "flASHback" on my favorite quotes from the year's news:

Tax-and-spend Legislature is ready to hand out gifts

By David Shapiro
The Legislature is warming up to tax our patience and spend our money as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Obamas, election antics take a break for holidays

By David Shapiro
Apresidential visit and other "Wicked" holiday happenings are on tap as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Goings-on at the Capitol don't pass the smell test

By David Shapiro
Unfortunately, the smell of Thanksgiving dinner wasn't our only olfactory experience as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

PLDC puts public on hold as state admits other follies

By David Shapiro
The state's Public Land Development Corp. confused the aloha spirit with the spirit of aino­kea as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Blunder-filled election leaves GOP with the blues

By David Shapiro
The state elections office has only one job to do and two years to prepare for it, but still couldn't get it right as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Tsunami fails to wash away political campaign garbage

By David Shapiro
Events ranged from the seismic to the political to the spooktacular as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Hopefuls' words drown out actions as races drag on

By David Shapiro
Political wars extended from the courtroom to the TV screen as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Candidates get unpleasant in contest for august office

By David Shapiro
Lincoln and Douglasthey weren't, but Linda Lingle and Mazie Hirono debated their hearts out anyway as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

UCLA studies a black hole but UH filled a money pit

By David Shapiro
We have black holes, zombies, serial whoopee-making and more as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Growing train wreck at UH is impossible to ignore

By David Shapiro
We try to move on from the train wreck at the University of Hawaii, but the cars keep piling up as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

UH can't escape grilling, with more in coming days

By David Shapiro
The sucking sound coming from the Capitol was the University of Hawaii being stripped of its alibis as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Governor gets booed even as he tries to instill respect

By David Shapiro
The governor got no respect and the University of Hawaii lawyered up as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

As Abercrombie seethes, state gets suckered again

By David Shapiro
Our Spiro-esque governor takes the nattering nabobs of negativism to task as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Cacophony of candidates and coqui hits crescendo

By David Shapiro
Rhetoric ranged from the nasty to the oblique as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Lawmakers snap on gloves for probe of concert fiasco

By David Shapiro
It's time for the clowns to join the circus as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

UH takes its sweet time to say little except 'sorry'

By David Shapiro
The University of Hawaii and the Hawaii County Council dazzled us with games of circle the wagons as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

UH deserves a big, fat 'F' in wake of Donovan debacle

By David Shapiro
The University of Hawaii is giving us an object lesson on money-walking and BS-talking as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Political humor lifts spirits, dulls pain after the primary

By David Shapiro
I don't have the heart to joke about our local politicians on the day after the election, when you just can't beat the most famous one-liner on politics: "The problem with political jokes is they get elected."

New poll has Abercrombie with a win in the low jump

By David Shapiro
Polls and money stirred the political pot as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

State argues with itself over same-sex marriage

By David Shapiro
Some are of two minds and for others it's three as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

State finances, lewd acts both come out in the open

By David Shapiro
The state is rolling in dough and lovers are rolling on the sidewalks as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Hawaii's newsmakers find money talks -- and walks

By David Shapiro
Hawaii hoteliers put a little umbrella in our political brew as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Inouye plans to become Senate's ageless wonder

By David Shapiro
The political thinking is all in the footwear as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

PR problems plague both Lanai sale, Honolulu rail

By David Shapiro
The deal was sealed on Lanai and rail got beauty tips as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Billionaires, BOE and bears get their place in the sun

By David Shapiro
A piece of Hawaii was bought straight up for a change instead of through campaign donations as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Politicians' values in vogue as Senate race heats up

By David Shapiro
Mazie's on the pulpit and Linda's on the tube as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Isle politicians think green while celebrating birthdays

By David Shapiro
The pols turn their birthdays into paydays as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will celebrate his 74th birthday by selling tables for up to $12,000. Former Gov. Linda Lingle made a spectacle of her 59th.

Trash talk persists despite insistence upon teamwork

By David Shapiro
We'll start and finish with a real political football as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

'Corpse flower,' Legislature giving off a similar stink

By David Shapiro
The air was nasty and cosmic catastrophe loomed as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Disney cruise ship brings more characters into town

By David Shapiro
The circus left town, but the mouse was in the house as we plant tongue in cheek and "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

Mayoral race heats up as legislators clock out

By David Shapiro
The Legislature adjourned on an empty tank and the mayor's race turned testy as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Fears and threats find way onto legislators' agenda

Posted 1:30 a.m. HST, Apr 28, 2012
It's hard to separate the terroristic threatening from the fear-mongering as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

State lawmakers let loose as office hopefuls get bold

By David Shapiro
Let's start with inspiring words to live by as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

High aspirations come crashing back to Earth

By David Shapiro
A North Korean missile test and a legislative gut check both failed miserably as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused.

Political mess deepens as sewage sludge returns

By David Shapiro
Noteworthy happenings went from the illogical to the scatological as we "flASHback" on the week's news that amused and confused:

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