Tag Archives: Hawaii politics

Lieutenant Governor will not run for office in 2018


Hawaii News Digest, 24 October 2017, 0526 UTC, Post #15829.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/10/23/lieutenant-governor-will-not-run-for-office-in-2018

Accessed on 24 October 2017, 0526 UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui will not run for public office in 2018.  According to a spokesman, Tsutsui “wants to spend more time with his family, including his three children…One just left for college last month.”

In 2012, Tsutsui was appointed to fill Brian Schatz’s uncompleted term, when Schatz decided to run for the U.S. Senate seat left by the death of Hawaii Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

Tsutsui won his own election in 2014.

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

 

 

Advertisements

Creagan announces senate bid


Hawaii News Digest, 21 September 2017, 1545 UTC, Post #15632.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/creagan-announces-senate-bid

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 21 September 2017, 1545 UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

South Kona and Ka’u state representative Richard Creagan says he will run for the Hawaii State Senate in 2018.  The announcement comes about three weeks after Hawaii Island State Senator Josh Green said he would run for Lieutenant Governor next year.

Creagan says he’s seeking higher office to give Hawaii Island a stronger voice in the Hawaii State Legislature:

“When Senator Green officially announced he was running for lieutenant governor, I realized that I had a duty to my constituents to seek that office… The Senate allows a much freer voice for its members and the possibility of being a stronger advocate for you, my constituents.”

An individual representative in the House, he said, “has little voice or role,” given the margin of Oahu legislators to those from the neighbor islands, calling the recent vote to hike the transient accommodations tax statewide for Honolulu’s rail transit project “especially grating.”

“As part of his announcement, Creagan reaffirmed his vision for a new medical center in the region.”

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii New Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com.

Hawaii News Digest, Friday, 18 August 2017, Post #15432.


Here are some of the stories making headlines on Hawaii Statehood Day, Friday, 18 August 2017:

More than 400 vendors expected at Made in Hawaii Festival.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/17/tgif/made-in-hawaii-features-4o0-plus-vendors-music-chili-cook-off

This year, Made in Hawaii offers more than 400 vendors of food, fashion, and gifts.  The three-day festival is full of entertainment, great food, and cooking lessons from some of Hawaii’s top chefs.

The festival will be held at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Friday/Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For details, visit madeinhawaii.com

Ige says he can beat Hanabusa in a potential 2018 match-up.

http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_330510/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=xKhJhf8h

Hawaii Governor David Ige tells KHNL/Hawaii News Now that he can beat Colleen Hanabusa in the August 2018 primary election for state governor.  Ige says he deserves to be reelected because of his accomplishments, such as “cooling hundreds of classrooms, leading a state that’s a model for sustainability, reducing homelessness and creating affordable housing…”

Two Hawaii Island men charged with burglary, jewel theft in Waimea.

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/two-charged-connection-burglary-jewel-theft-waimea

On 31 July 2017, South Kohala police responded to a reported burglary in Waimea, where suspects entered the home and removed jewelry items, including gold, emeralds, opals, and diamonds.  Working with the FBI and the Honolulu Police Department, South Kohala officers discovered that at least one stolen item was offered for sale online.  On 11 August 2017, police arrested the alleged seller, 40-year-old Stryder Scoff of Kailua-Kona.  A second man, identified as 25-year-old Randen Tabac of Honokaa, was arrested with some of the jewelry still in his possession.

Partial lane closures in Hakalau extended.

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/partial-lane-closure-hakalau-extended

The partial lane closure of Highway 19 between mile markers 16 and 17 in Hakalau will be extended until 01 September 2017.  According to “West Hawaii Today”, Hawaii Electric Light Company crews “have been upgrading transmission and distribution facilities and equipment in the area.”  Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes.  Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes via the Old Mamalahoa Highway. For information, call 969-6666.

Queen Kaahumanu Highway crash sends three people to the hospital.

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/queen-kaahumanu-highway-crash-hospitalization

A head-on collision involving a full-size truck and a SUV near mile marker 98 on the Queen Kaahumanu Highway has sent three people to the Kona Community Hospital.  Two of the injured persons are listed in critical condition.  First responders used “the jaws of life” to remove the truck’s driver.  The SUV’s driver and female passenger were also taken to the Kona Community Hospital.

For the latest State of Hawaii, Hawaii Island, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Here are some websites that may interest you:

Hawaii Science Digest (https://paper.li/f-1476233615).

Hawaii Intelligence Digest (https://hawaiiintelligencedigest.com).

Hawaii Intelligence Daily (https://paper.li/f-1482109921).

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today.

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

https://prgnewshawaii.wordpress.com

 

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”)

Please click link to read the full report.

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.”


For the latest Hawaii Island, state of Hawaii, national, and sports news, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today!

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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”).

Please click link to read the full story.

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.”


For the latest Hawaii Island, state of Hawaii, national, and sports news, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today!

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

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.”


For the latest Hawaii Island, state of Hawaii, national, or sports news, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feed are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today!

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest

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.

Please click link to read the full story.

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.”

 


For the latest Hawaii Island, state of Hawaii, national, and sports news, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Opinions expressed in this blog are mine unless otherwise stated.

Thanks for joining us today!

Until next time,

Russ Roberts

Hawaii News Digest