Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard votes against USA Freedom Act


So last week, we reported that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, was really steamed about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of Americans’ phone records (which was also recently declared to be “illegal” in an Appeals Court ruling). In a May 7 statement, Gabbard said that she’d “authored and cosponsored several measures to overhaul U.S. surveillance law.” She […]

Hawaii Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard rips National Security Agency


For such an infamous spy program cloaked in a massive shroud of lies and official ambiguity, it’s potential undoing at the hands of our legal system is pretty clear. “A U.S. spying program that systematically collects millions of Americans’ phone records is illegal, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, putting pressure on Congress to […]

Hawaii Congressional delegation secures $47 million in federal funding for local schools

The Hawaii Congressional Delegation has announced that the U.S. Department of Education will allocate more than $47 million in Title I, Part A Grants to local educational agencies in Hawaii, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui counties for the 2015-2016 school year. Title I Grants to LEAs provide financial assistance to school districts for services that improve […]

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard getting married to Hawaii cinematographer

Last week two email messages from the office of Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, fell into my already bursting inbox. The first wasn’t surprising at all: “Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today applauded President Obama for signing the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act into law,” the Feb. 12 email stated. “As an Army […]

The U.S. Army is largely leaving Hawaii, but Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing is the only state official happy about it

The U.S. military and Hawaii have a long and complex history. The 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom happened in part because U.S. Marines came ashore to assist the white coup leaders. Hawaii eventually became a U.S. territory during the Spanish-American War because of Pearl Harbor’s value to the U.S. Navy as a coaling station. […]

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Wants Student Artists For National Competition

Hawaii’s young artists have an opportunity for their work to be displayed in both Hawaii and Washington D.C. by entering a nationwide competition hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is now accepting submissions from high school students for the 2nd Congressional District for the 2015 Kaha Kiʻi Congressional Art Competition. “Every […]

Democrat Tulsi Gabbard Scores First Win In Republican-Controlled Congress

It may not seem like much, but when you’re in the minority party, I suppose even the tiniest legislative victory is something to celebrate in a press release. Which may explain why on Jan. 12, the office of Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, sent out a news release titled “Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Passes Bill to Support Hiring More […]

2014 Maui Year In Review

This was a year of great storms, both political and climatic. It’s the year we got the new governor that apparently everyone wanted, and the year some of Maui’s most powerful and infamous police officers decided to hang up their badges (some more willing than others). This was the year Kimo Apana attempted to make […]

Maui News Editorial Condemns Youth, Says Future Leaders ‘In Hiding’

If young people still read newspapers, they might be insulted by today’s staff editorial in The Maui News (click here for the editorial, but a subscription is required to read it). “There are not many times we feel sorry for the young,” the editorial, titled “The search for leaders,” begins. After a lazy start slobbering over the […]

Hawaii Congressional Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Sponsors Bill To Arm Kurdish Peshmerga ‘Directly’

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, opposed arming Syrian rebels in the war against the terrorist group ISIL (also known as ISIS or the Islamic State), but today she said she’s sponsoring bi-partisan legislation to “directly arm” the Kurdish army–known as the Peshmerga–in Iraq. Here’s how Gabbard put it in a Nov. 20 news release from her […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s military

1. On Nov. 7, The Maui News reported that Alexander & Baldwin’s agricultural portion posted a $7.3 million operating loss during the third quarter. According to the story, how does the company as a whole project it will look at the end of the year? A. $9 million profit B. $4 million profit C. Break […]

Maui GMO Initiative Aside, County Voters Embrace Status Quo


Given the strong mobilization of voters for the GMO Initiative, you’d expect more of an impact on the rest of the couple dozen local races on the ballot. But no. In fact, no Maui County incumbent lost on election night. The pro-GMO Initiative people even put together a slate of candidates–with the exception of incumbent […]

Don’t Know How To Vote In The Upcoming Election? We Can Help!

Oh, joy, it’s time for another General Election. In Hawaii, this is a special kind of treat. Voters only got to see a new campaign finance report this week, after what seemed like months of candidate and political action committee (PAC) spending and fund-raising without any reporting whatsoever. Voters also have to contend with a […]

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Wants To ‘Destroy’ ISIL, But Not By Arming Syrian Rebels


Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, is walking a foreign policy tightrope in regards to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The congresswoman, who’s also a captain in the Hawaii National Guard and a veteran of two combat tours in the Middle East, wants very much for the U.S. to “destroy” ISIL (or […]

2014 Hawaii Primary Election Endorsements


For us political junkies, the late summer of an even-numbered year is a magical time. Our airwaves, email and inboxes get jammed with misleading, often shameless propaganda. Battalions of volunteers line roadsides to wave colorful but still bland signs at passing motorists. And, for the true believers, forums pop up at community centers around the […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know HR 1771?


1. The U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 1771, co-sponsored by Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard, D–Hawaii, on July 28. The bill levies sanctions on which nation? A. Russia B. Iran C. Syria D. North Korea E. All of the above   2. On July 27, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser handed out its endorsement for Hawaii Governor. Who […]