The Strange Case of Ed Case, Who Somehow Lost Two U.S. Senate Campaigns In 2012

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And now I'd like to take a moment to discuss whatever became of Mr. Ed Case. I thought of the former U.S. Representative as soon as I heard that U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye had passed away on Dec. 17. After all, Case had first gotten himself elected to Congress by winning a special 2003 election after Congresswoman Patsy Mink died. And though he never really came close to beating Mazie Hirono in the Democratic Party Primary this year for the right … [Read more...]

UPDATED: U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye Passed Away On Dec. 17 At Age 88

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Going with the theme of death and worlds coming to an end, we’d like to discuss the sad passing of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. He died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center of a respiratory ailment at about noon Hawaii time on Dec. 17. He was 88. His last word, reportedly, was "Aloha." Inouye was severely wounded when fighting with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II and won the Medal of Honor as a result. His … [Read more...]

Breaking: U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye Passes Away

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Going with the theme of death and worlds coming to an end that seems to be all the rage this week, we'd like to take a moment to discuss the sad passing of U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye. According to this Honolulu Star-Advertiser article, Inouye died at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center of a respiratory ailment at about noon Hawaii time today. He was 88. Inouye has been in the hospital for about a week, suffering from respiratory … [Read more...]

Maui Chamber of Commerce Apparently Let US Senate Candidate Mazie Hirono Jerk Them Around

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We don't normally receive press releases from the pro-business, pro-establishment, pro-tourism, pro-commodification-of-all-things-lovely-about-our-home Maui Chamber of Commerce, so when we do, it's quite an event. And today, this afternoon, we had an event. Quite an event indeed. "The Chamber of Maui Political Action Committee (COMPAC) will hold a forum this Wednesday night with former Governor Linda Lingle at the Iao Theatre on August 15th, … [Read more...]

Letters: Readers Respond On Olowalu Development, Ed Case

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HATES BIG PROJECTS THAT COULD KILL REEFS Maui has the best politicians money can buy and most were bought long ago. Graft is, after all, a sacred Maui county government tradition. I watched the reefs at Kaanapali finish dying off after six hotels were built in 1980. I am still seeing development rotting the reefs of Wailea, Kihei and Makena. The reefs at Ulua, Mokapu and Keawakapu and many more? Already dead. Years ago after a sudden … [Read more...]

MauiTime’s 2012 Hawaii Primary Election Endorsements

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When you don’t vote, you have no voice. There’s no truer statement in a democracy. Sure, we can bitch and moan about the influence of money in political elections, or the stranglehold “special interests” have over our legislatures or even the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of most candidates, but when it comes down to it, unless we actually punch holes in a ballot, we’re just kidding ourselves. Voting requires work, effort and, above all, … [Read more...]

After the ‘Opposites Attract’ TV Ad, Why is Ed Case Still Trying To Dance With Mazie Hirono and Linda Lingle in Hawaii’s US Senate Race?

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If I were Ed Case, I'd start to consider ending my electoral political aspirations. He's a decent guy, sure, and, when he was in the House of Representatives, as effective as a legislator can be when he or she is from Hawaii. But from the start of his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Democrat Daniel Akaka, Case has pretty much been the odd guy out at a dance between current Democratic Representative Mazie Hirono (whose … [Read more...]

This Tuesday, June 12: Senate Candidates Case and Hirono Debate

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By Megan Hazen Finally, after months of squabbling, Democratic US Senate candidates Ed Case and Mazie Hirono will go head-to-head in an hour-long debate (it's sponsored by the AARP). The debate, preceded by a discussion forum, will highlight issues that especially pertain to Hawaii residents ages 50 and older, such as Social Security and Medicare. Free. June 12, 9-10am (issue forum), 10:30-11:30am (debate). Maui Beach Hotel (170 Kaahumanu … [Read more...]

Are Hawaii Public Officials Who Use Twitter Just Bots?

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So some Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age students at Eugene Lang College in New York have started the Bot or Not Project. This is a simple test that allows Twitter users to see if a particular Twitter account is maintained by an actual human being or is simple a computerized spam-sender–a "bot" (click here to see the students' methodology in creating the test). For fun, we decided to run the Twitter accounts of some of Hawaii's most … [Read more...]

Talking With U.S. Senate Candidate Ed Case

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By Anthony Pignataro Today he’s managing attorney with the Honolulu law firm of Bays, Lung, Rose & Holma, but from 2002 to 2007 Ed Case was a U.S. Congressman, representing Hawaii’s Second District. In 2006, Case gave up his very safe seat in the U.S. House to run against U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. He never got close to the nomination, but now that Akaka is retiring, the ideologically moderate Case is once again a declared candidate in the … [Read more...]