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On Politics: For presidential wannabe Tulsi Gabbard, early homophobia is just start of topics to question

Instead of recounting her campaign theme of world peace, she is being forced to answer for her past campaigns against gays and praise for a list of right-wing dictators. Read More

On Politics: Ige got Caldwell’s help in tough campaign; now state budget proposes $125M for Ala Wai

Gov. David Ige and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell are growing closer in both political and government operations. It appears they are sharing the wealth in both arenas. Read More

On Politics: Troubling questions surround Kaneshiro, once Dems’ law-and-order man

Going from being the darling of the old Hawaii Democratic machine to now someone under federal investigation, Keith Kaneshiro’s career as the Honolulu prosecutor appears ready to flame out. Read More

On Politics: Dreaming big for Hawaii mired by small goals, petty politics

To be good, a governor’s inaugural address should not be about the person delivering it; rather, it should speak with confidence and hope and about those governed. Read More

On Politics: City thinks too richly as money woes mount

It is not often that you can turn to F. Scott Fitzgerald for a lesson in City Hall politics, but there it was. Read More

On Politics: CNN win over Trump is present-day echo of Borreca v. Fasi

“Borreca v. Fasi” was one of the first federal decisions regarding rights of reporters to attend public news conferences, and was cited in last week’s CNN ruling. Read More

On Politics: Putting aside election bad blood won’t be easy for Ige, legislative leaders

Two things from Tuesday’s election: First, Hawaii just doesn’t vote, and second, there are no early indications of any significant changes in state government. So if you liked 2018, you are likely to love 2019. Read More

On Politics: Odd couples sit atop governor, lieutenant governor tickets

There is absolutely no doubt where Green, a Big Island emergency room physician, stands with Ige: right next to him with a big grin. Read More

On Politics: Private-public partnership on rail to take generations of Oahu taxpayers on wild ride

Here’s some advice for your grandchildren: Start practicing saying “Who elected you?” because they will be hollering that 20 or 30 years down the road. Read More

On Politics: Passive-aggressive ‘school tax’ proposal could turn out more aggressive than it seems

If it is possible to have a passive-aggressive tax bill, the proposed state constitutional amendment aimed at funding public education may be it. Read More

On Politics: John McCain’s death recalls heroic similarities to Hawaii’s Daniel Inouye

Both men, heroes in war and peace. Two political icons both honored as their bodies lay in state under the U.S. Capitol rotunda. First Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel K. Inouye on Dec. 20, 2012, and now Arizona’s Sen. John McCain. Read More

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

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