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Election 2018


Judge refuses to block November ballot question

A judge has ruled against a motion by Hawaii’s four counties to block a question on November ballots asking voters whether they want to amend the Hawaii Constitution to allow the state to tax investment property. Read More

Volcanic Ash: Be honest about schools tax before it goes on ballot

The four counties make a fair point in their lawsuit trying to stop a poorly written constitutional amendment that would allow the state to raid real property taxes purportedly to finance public education. Read More

It’s time for publicly financed elections

Will these candidates stick to their pre-election commitments and move this necessary change forward during the 2019 legislative session? Or will we be discussing how much seats were sold for again in 2020? Read More

Isles’ future put on layaway after voters deliver verdict

The primary election is finally over, and it’s time to “flASHback” on August’s news that amused and confused. Read More

Progressives put incumbents on notice

Progressives across the island chain made it clear on primary-election night that, as Nina Turner of Our Revolution says, “any ole blue will not do,” vigorously challenging incumbents, and targeting open seats at all levels — county, state and federal. Read More

Talented legislators got lost in crowded primary

Without opposition for legislative seats in the general election, Democrats bunch up in the handful of big races, some good candidates get wiped out, and we end up without enough qualified, experienced, normal people actually running the government. Read More

Voter turnout was down compared with 2014

In an apples-to-apples comparison, Hawaii voter turnout declined again in this year’s primary election in both the percentage of people who participated and the raw number of people who voted as compared with 2014, according to state statistics. Read More

Ige won in 2 out every 3 state House districts

Gov. David Ige swept two-thirds of the House districts across the state on his way to a win over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary election Saturday. Read More

Ige defeats Hanabusa, will face Tupola in November

In a stunning reversal of political fortunes, Gov. David Ige brushed off opposition from much of Hawaii’s Democratic establishment Saturday on his way to defeating his top rival, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Read More

Polling sites quiet as absentee voting gains popularity

With more absentee mail-in ballots sent to voters this year compared to the last primary election two years ago, precinct officials on Saturday reported a quiet day across Oahu with fewer lines and fewer problems. Read More

Green’s well-funded campaign outpaces fellow senator Tokuda

State Sen. Josh Green edged out his Senate colleague Jill Tokuda Saturday, in the five-way Democratic race to be Hawaii’s next lieutenant governor. Green captured 30.3 percent of the vote to Tokuda’s 27.5 percent, with almost all votes counted. Read More

Tommy Waters and Trevor Ozawa headed to November runoff

Political newcomer Heidi Tsuneyoshi and veteran politician Carol Fukunaga clinched victories in their respective Honolulu City Council races, while Councilman Trevor Ozawa will need to go head-to-head against former state Rep. Tommy Waters in November to win re-election. Read More

PHOTOS: Hawaii Primary Election Night

The election’s clear winner — voting by mail — should be implemented statewide

The primary election is complete and one question has been answered. I can’t talk about who won or lost because this column had to be written before the Saturday election, but I already know one thing. Read More

Humble pie on the menu at post-election Unity Breakfast

There are bound to be some awkward moments at the Democratic Party’s Unity Breakfast this morning. Read More

Nearly 2 dozen candidates seek seats on OHA board of trustees

Kamehameha Schools employee Kalei Akaka was leading Saturday in the race for the open Oahu-resident seat on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board of trustees. Read More

Ed Case overcomes late entry to lead a strong field

Late entry Ed Case, who jumped into the hotly contested Democratic primary race in the 1st Congressional District in June, changing the dynamics of the field, was headed to a clear victory Saturday that will likely return him to Washington, D.C. Read More

Race narrows for Kauai, Maui mayors

The next mayors of Maui and Kauai will be selected in November among current or former county council members after voters narrowed two wide fields of contenders Saturday. Read More

Democrats Ed Case and Tulsi Gabbard win congressional primary battles

In the hotly contested 1st congressional district primary race, late entry Ed Case soundly defeated his opponents in Democratic Party voting today. Read More

Ige to face Tupola in general election race for governor

Gov. David Ige clinched victory over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa tonight after a bruising campaign that focused on leadership and trustworthiness. Read More


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