Two former Maui News employees, Brian Perry and Chris Sugidono, have recently been hired to work within Mayor Mike Victorino’s Communications Office. Former Maui News City Editor Brian Perry now serves as Victorino’s communications director, and former staff writer Chris Sugidono as an assistant communications director alongside Arakawa Administration holdover Ryan … [Read more...] about ‘Terrible for the Pursuit of Truth in our Society’: Former Maui News employees switch teams
The fear expressed by many during election season that a Victorino Administration would become the Arakawa Administration version 4.0 is being slowly realized, starting with Mayor-elect Mike Victorino’s announcement of appointees to key leadership positions within his administration. On Monday, Victorino named the following selections: • Sandy Baz, director of Department of … [Read more...] about Mayor-elect Mike Victorino announces leadership selections, six carryovers from the Arakawa Administration
Back in May 2017, a small, dedicated group witnessed a momentous event in Maui County Council chambers: A unanimous vote to restrict the use of polystyrene foam food service wares. The ordinance was years in the making, and marks the second time Maui would take the lead in regulating the proliferation of a single-item plastic commodity. Back in 2010, Maui was the first county … [Read more...] about Maui County Says No to the Foam: What Maui’s Styrofoam ban means, how we got here, and what’s next
National A part of me resists national news. Since becoming domineered by the forces of Trumpism, the news cycle has become a sequence of palace intrigue and gaffes, sprinkled with flavors of authoritarianism, incompetence, racism, and xenophobia. It’s exhausting to keep up with. But there’s good news for those of us opposed to the racist and authoritarian impulses of … [Read more...] about One Week Later: A post-election reflection
Last June, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an extraordinary feat. In her first electoral bid, the 28-year-old political newcomer defeated Joe Crowley, a well-established incumbent, in a Democratic primary election for New York’s 14th Congressional District (parts of the Bronx and Queens). The loss of Crowley, a high profile Democrat with decades of congressional experience, … [Read more...] about Primary Election Wrap-Up: Just how progressive is Hawai‘i?