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Analysis shows it takes more than money to win an election | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Money helps, but — especially in local politics — it’s not usually the determining factor in winning an election.

Source: Analysis shows it takes more than money to win an election | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/analysis-shows-it-takes-money-win-election).

Accessed on 06 September 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (“West Hawaii Today”)

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Comment:

Money isn’t everything, especially when it comes to winning elections on Hawaii Island.  A study of campaign spending by winners and losers in the 2016 primary election shows that incumbents with high name recognition often beat candidates who spent more money on campaign advertising. That was particularly true with the frugal campaign of former Mayor Harry Kim, who won the mayoral election outright over 12 other candidates.

University of Hawaii at Hilo political science professor Todd Belt told reporter Nancy Cook Lauer that “local races rely heavily on name recognition, giving incumbents a distinct advantage.”  Belt added that “successful incumbents have a track record that draws financial and other support from interest groups who help candidates get their messages out.”

In the case of Harry Kim, his tenure as Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Administrator and past terms as Hawaii County Mayor boosted his name recognition and popularity.  Coupled with his laid back style of campaigning, a core of dedicated volunteers, and avoidance of large contributions help cement his reputation as an electable candidate.

Incumbent strength was apparent in the race for Hawaii County Prosecutor, where Mitch Roth and challenger Mike Kagami spent about the same, but Roth “ended up with more than twice the votes.”


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The rise of Gabbard: No telling how far independent path will take her | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Rep. Tulsi Gabbard stood before the nation on a stage in Philadelphia as a woman of the people, starkly juxtaposed to the corruption that left the Democratic Party reeling.

Source: The rise of Gabbard: No telling how far independent path will take her | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/rise-gabbard-no-telling-for-independent-path-will-take-her).

Accessed on 28 August 2016, 23:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

Intriguing piece of political analysis from “West Hawaii Today” reporter Max Dible.

Compared the the political scandals revealed for both the Republican and Democrat Parties, Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard seems to be a breathe of fresh air in the political arena.

Gabbard took a big risk quitting the Democratic National Committee to support the failed presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders.  But, by so doing, she “became a symbol of democratic purity among the party’s growing progressive movement as she formally nominated Sanders for the presidency and spoke of a movement of love, of aloha, than could never be defeated.”

Her popularity among voters in Hawaii and across the nation is growing, with Hawaii Island state representative Joy San Buenaventura saying, “She was so popular at the convention that she couldn’t even sit with us delegates because there was constant attention.”

Colin Moore, associate professor of political science and the director of the Public Policy Center at UH-Manoa added that “She’s never really been one to buy into the conventional wisdom and it’s always worked out for her.”

According to reporter Max Dible, Gabbard appeals to both right and left of center voters, with stances ranging from opposition to foreign wars and GMOs to a very hard line on terrorism and the immigration of Syrian refugees.

Gabbard says she is “not consciously trying to be independent…I simply look at each issue on its own merits and so what I feel best for Hawaii and our country.”


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KHNL: Hawaii Republican Party disavows controversial U.S. House candidate


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Hawaii Republican Party has disavowed a controversial Congressional candidate who has posted racist and vulgar attacks online. Candidate Angela Kaaih

Source: KHNL: Hawaii Republican Party disavows controversial U.S. House candidate (m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=88Ssuuz4).

Accessed on 22 August 2016, 15:30 hrs, UTC.

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Disavowed Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Angela Kaaihue, is running against incumbent congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat.

Earlier this year, Kaaihue was criticized for her distasteful campaign signs.  Now, the aspiring congresswoman has been condemned by the Hawaii Republican Party for  social media posts which have been called “offensive, vulgar, and racist.”  Some of the posts were anti-Japanese.

Hawaii Republican Chair Fred Rolfing said Kaaihue’s comments “do not represent the views, values, or the sentiments of our party or its members.”


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Campaigns heating up between Ilagan, Ruderman in District 2 | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Two political worlds are about to collide in Puna.

Source: Campaigns heating up between Ilagan, Ruderman in District 2 | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/campaigns-heating-up-between-ilagan-ruderman-district-2).

Accessed on 25 July 2016, 02:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

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Comment:

While the Hawaii Island State Senate race in District 1 is a fairly quiet, civil affair, the Hawaii Island State Senate Race in District 2 is turning red hot, with Hawaii Island County Councilman Greggor Ilagan waging a tight, heated battle with incumbent, Russell Ruderman.

According to reporter Tom Callis, both men “have clashed in political forums over their approaches to a Puna makai alternate route and other pressing issues in the Puna District.

Ruderman has described Ilagan as “lacking independence”, claiming “he doesn’t want an alternate route to Highway 130 to satisfy landowner Shipman Estate.”

Ilagan countered by saying he supports another route for Highway 130 but “wants to see a realistic plan in place”, noting “it needs support from the subdivisions.”  Ilagan added that Ruderman “concentrates on divisive issues and continues to isolate himself.”

Ruderman said he brings valuable experience as a business owner to the legislative table, noting “The same skills that allow me to be successful in business allow me to be successful in politics.”  Ruderman says he wants to promote more “village centers”, including places such as Hawaiian Paradise Park.

The winner in the 13 August primary election will face Libertarian candidate Fred Fogel in the general election.  Fogel says he favors “limited government and home rule.”

 


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12:21Hawaii senators consider suing Ige | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU — State lawmakers are threatening Gov. David Ige with a lawsuit over his decision to replace a utility commissioner before the panel decides whether to allow the Hawaiian Electric-NextEra Energy merger.

Source: 12:21Hawaii senators consider suing Ige | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/1221hawaii-senators-consider-suing-ige).

Accessed on 02 July 2016, 16:04 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

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Hawaii Governor David Ige’s appointment of Thomas Gorak to the Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday has angered some state senators, “who are mulling legal action because the move was made without Senate confirmation.”

According to the Associated Press, “Senators are questioning the legality of the appointment and have pointed to a state statute that says a member shall  hold office until an appointment get qualified.” Senators believe an “expiring commissioner would have to stay in the position until the Legislature is back in session to qualify the appointee through Senate confirmation.”

However, the governor says the appointment of Gorak was made with “the public’s best interest” and that he’s “entitled to make an appointment for July 1.”  The Attorney General’s Office told KHON 2 News that state law permits the governor to make an interim appointment and that “the utilities statute would have to defer or ‘conform’ to the law in the case.”


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Nine bills on governor’s intent to veto list | KHON2


On July 12, any measure that has not been signed or vetoed by Gov. Ige will become law with or without his signature.

Source: Nine bills on governor’s intent to veto list | KHON2 (http://khon2.com/2016/06/27/nine-bills-on-governors-intent-to-veto-list/).

Accessed on 28 June 2016, 16:37 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii Governor David Ige has told legislative leaders that he will veto at least nine bills before Tuesday, 12 July 2016.  Bills not signed or vetoed by that date will become law with or without the governor’s signature.

Most of the bills contain legal language and definitions that Governor Ige wants refined or need a better estimate of the cost involved in implementing the bills.  Many of the potential vetoes involve health and welfare benefits paid to the Hawaii Employer-Union Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) and compensation for officials and staff of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation who will lose their jobs from workforce restructuring.


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Today is the deadline to file nomination papers for primary election | KHON2


Tuesday is the last day for candidates in Hawaii to file nomination papers for the primary election. One of the big contests everyone is watching is the race to replace U.S. Congressman Mark Takai.…

Source: Today is the deadline to file nomination papers for primary election | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/06/07/today-is-the-deadline-to-file-nomination-papers-for-primary-election).

Accessed on 07 June 2016, 15:16 hrs, UTC.

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Tuesday, 07 June 2016, is the deadline to file nomination papers for the primary election.

Most of the attention is being directed to the successor of Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai, who is stepping down to focus on his battle with pancreatic cancer. Takai has endorsed former Hawaii Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa to succeed him.

The other big contest is the race for Honolulu mayor, where former Honolulu mayor Peter Carlisle says he will run again for his former job.


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