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, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress and candidates. The median net worth for the 530 … [Read more...]

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 incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. In the story Hanabusa told the paper (who referred … [Read more...]

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 to a time when people actually seemed to like a world leader. The dark but popular television … [Read more...]

New Lawsuit Alleges That Convicted Criminal And Former Hawaiian Homelands Commissioner Perry Artates Of Makawao Took Part In Crazy Financial Shenanigans At OE Local 3 Union

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By Malia Zimmerman Hit men, Yakuza, the Hells Angels, the Chinese crime syndicate and Hawaii politicians–these may sound like characters coming together in a bad episode of Hawaii 5-0, but they’re actually mentioned in myriad allegations listed in a new lawsuit against 67 labor leaders and entities from Local 3 on Oahu. According to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court’s Northern District of California on Oct. 27 by the law firm … [Read more...]

Super MauiTime News Quiz!

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1. On Sept. 15, the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, sent out a news release saying the Coast Guard’s Pacific Strike Team, which is part of the Guard’s National Strike Force, has been “mobilized” in Hawaii. What does the Pacific Strike Team deal with? A. Terrorism B. Drug smuggling C. Search and Rescue D. Human trafficking E. Hazardous spills  2. According to a Sept. 17 Honolulu Star-Advertiser story, the New York firm … [Read more...]

UPDATED: Three of Four Hawaii Congressional Members Agree–No Syria Strike

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Wow, I seriously cannot believe we’re not already lobbing bombs and cruise missiles at Syria. I mean, that’s how the U.S. solves humanitarian disasters like chemical attacks in the middle of civil wars, right? By firing off high explosives into areas that may contain civilians? I mean, our invasion and occupation Iraq was a decade ago–more than enough time for everyone to forget what a complete disaster it was. What could go wrong? But then … [Read more...]

Special MauiTime News Quiz!

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1. On Sept. 1, The Maui News reported that Maui County Councilman Mike Victorino is “considering” a run against Mayor Alan Arakawa in 2014. Ironically, in the spring of 2012, the labor union that employs Victorino’s wife Joycelyn endorsed Arakawa for reelection. What was the union? A. Hawaii Government Employees Association B. Unite Here Local 5 C. State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers D. ILWU Local 142 E. IBEW Local 1186  2. … [Read more...]

Super Special Weekly News Quiz On All Things Maui

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1. According to an Aug. 25 Honolulu Star-Advertiser story, public schools in Hawaii will need a lot more money next year to cover budget items like payroll and supplies. How much money will the schools need? A. $14 million B. $24 million C. $34 million D. $44 million E. $54 million  2. On Saturday, Aug. 24, a government official visited the Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge to talk of the need for our nation to immediately … [Read more...]

Hawaii Senators Hirono, Schatz Welcome Def. Sec. Hagel To Hawaii With Overused Buzzword

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The word is "rebalance." I'm not really sure it's actually a word (outside jargon-laden military-political circles, that is), but it's apparently what's happening in U.S. strategy in the Pacific these days. Or needs to happen, I guess. I saw the word twice in two separate press releases last night concerning the same event: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit yesterday to the Kaneohe Marine base on Oahu. Not surprisingly, both U.S. … [Read more...]

Hawaii Residents Still Care About Civil Rights, Right?

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We still care about things like “civil rights,” right? Do all of us still hold notions of personal privacy and government accountability dear? When we watch or read the news, does our nation all still really, honestly, believe that power corrupts and, except in rare instances, secrecy does little more than hide criminal acts? I’m just not feeling it anymore. Lately, we seem to be just going through the motions on the whole issue of government … [Read more...]