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

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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

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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

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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?

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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 […]

Quizunderstood: How well do you know David Ige?

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1. On May 28, the Maui Humane Society (MHS) announced that Sandra Shelby would take over as their new executive director on July 15. But just 16 days later, on June 13, the MHS said that Shelby decided not to take the new job, and instead current MHS Development Director Jerleen Bryant would become exec […]

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa Endorses Mufi Hannemann For Hawaii Governor

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There are a dozen people running for Hawaii Governor this year (including Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who despite low poll numbers apparently would like a second term), but Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa has apparently already chosen his favorite: former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “I know in my heart of hearts that Mufi Hannemann is the best […]

The Evil Of Three Lessers: The 2014 Hawaii Governors’ Race

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The state Office of Elections’ list of candidates for the 2014 election lists 12 individuals running for governor. Looking over the names, we find three Democrats, two Republicans, one Libertarian, one Indpendent and four Non-Partisans. Ten of them hail from Oahu, and the remaining two list Hawaii Island as their home. The first to file […]