A&B Announces $1.3 Million In Donations, Somehow Forgets To Mention Campaign Contributions

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Leave it to Alexander & Baldwin to tell us what wonderful, charitable souls they are. On Apr. 29, the company sent out a news release saying that from July 2012 (when the company divested itself from Matson Navigation) to the end of 2013, their Kokua Giving Program had donated $1.3 million to various organizations dealing […]

How Rich Are Hawaii’s Congressional Representatives?

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Yesterday the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington published a big online package about the personal financial status of all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Their findings were pretty clear: “Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, […]

In 2014 Hawaii Senate Race, Taranis Drone Favors Hanabusa Over Schatz

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The year 2013 hasn’t even ended yet and The Maui News is already piling on the tired old political cliches for the upcoming 2014 election. “Hanabusa says she has ‘good ground game’ in Senate race” stated that paper’s Dec. 29 front page story (subscription required) on current Democratic Congressional Representative Colleen Hanabusa’s bid to unseat […]

2013 MauiTime Year In Review

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Let’s call 2013 the Year of Ends. Ex-National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who is now in exile in Russia after fleeing Hawaii with millions of secret documents, ended any feeling we had that the Obama Administration cared more about civil liberties than his predecessors. South African President Nelson Mandela’s death brought an end […]

Derrick Kahala Watson Confirmed for Hawaii District Court After Five Months of Senate Obstructionism

After five months of being stuck in nomination filibuster limbo, Derrick Kahala Watson is finally going to be a district judge in the District Court for the District of Hawaii. On April 18, the U.S. Senate finally confirmed him, 94 to zero. President Barack Obama first nominated Watson for the seat on Nov. 13, 2012. […]

County of Maui Receives EPA Grant for Sustainable Development

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On Feb. 7, Hawaii’s U.S. Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, along with freshman 2nd District Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, announced that the County of Maui has won a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. Maui County was one of 43 […]

Here’s Our Take On The 2012 Election for Maui, Hawaii And The Nation #HIVote

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Guess we don’t have Linda Lingle to kick around anymore. On Election night, the former two-term Republican Governor of Hawaii who had trounced Democrat Mazie Hirono at the polls a decade ago, was herself shown the door in her bid to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D–Hawaii). The final summary vote tally, released by […]

First Hawaii Vote Printout Released: Kaniela Ing Beating George Fontaine in 11th Dist State Rep; No Other Surprises #HIVote

Keep in mind the first printout represents “0 out of 250″ precincts, meaning that it shows only early walk-in and absentee votes. And, as we expected, it doesn’t hold any surprises: In the Hawaii U.S. Senate race, Democrat Mazie Hirono is leading Republican Linda Lingle 62.9 percent to 35.5 percent. In the 2nd District U.S. […]

Lots of Energy At Maui County Democratic Party HQ; Republicans? Not So Much #HIVote

Seems that all the big mainstream media outlets have already called the Hawaii U.S. Senate race for Democrat Mazie Hirono, but given the fact that the State of Office of Elections still haven’t released even the first printout of results, we can marvel at their psychic powers. Then again, polling in the race has been […]