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...]

Some Thoughts on 1st Batch of Hawaii Primary Election Results #HIvote

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The state Elections Office released the first batch of election results in the Hawaii Primary Election at a little after 8pm. Here are some random thoughts: In the most important race facing Maui County - the bid to replace retiring Democratic US Senator Daniel Akaka, all the action tonight is in the Democratic side (former Republican Governor Linda Lingle is the odds-on favorite to win her party's nomination). On the Democratic side, the … [Read more...]

Hot Maui Primary Election Action!

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Time to vote, folks! Hard to believe that Saturday–THIS SATURDAY–is the Hawaii state Primary Election. Finally, after months of political ads clogging our radio and television airwaves, we get to find out who wins the big popularity contest we call Democracy. Well, half-wins–this is just a Primary, so we'll meet back here in November and finally settle (well, at least for two years...) So after you vote on Saturday, you'll probably want to … [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...]

Candidate! Mufi Hannemann, Democrat Running for US Congress, 2nd District

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MUFI HANNEMANN Running for: US Congress (Hawaii’s 2nd District), Democratic nomination Running against: Rafael Del Castillo, Tulsi Gabbard, Esther Kia‘aina, Bob Marx, Miles Shiratori Birthplace: Kalihi, Hawaii Pre-politics profession: VP for Corporate Marketing and Public Affairs, C. Brewer & Co. Electoral Win/Loss Record: 4/4 First electoral victory: Honolulu City Council, 1994 Supports: Lowering interest rates on school … [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...]

Coconut Wireless: Hawaii Senate Races and Term Limits

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Coconut Wireless by Jacob Shafer *** Hirono She Did More than a month after tossing his hat in the ring, Ed Case—who must have been feeling downright lonely in the race to replace outgoing Sen. Dan Akaka—finally has some company. Rep. Mazie Hirono, a rumored candidate from the moment Akaka announced he wouldn’t seek a fifth term, made it official this week, promising in an e-mail to “keep fighting for Hawaii” and imploring supporters to “help … [Read more...]

Who’s Next? A Look At the Race to Replace Senator Dan Akaka

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That sound you heard last week was the collective lip-smacking of numerous Hawaii politicians—both in and out of office—who are now chewing on a tantalizing question: who wants to become a United States Senator? It’s a pretty plumb gig—one that comes with influence, power and prestige. And the opportunity doesn’t present itself often; before 86-year-old Sen. Dan Akaka announced his intention to hang it up in 2012, Hawaii hadn’t seen an open … [Read more...]

Is Atheism Good For You? New Research Sheds Some Light

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This fall, during one of the gubernatorial debates between Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie, Hannemann (a Mormon) was asked what role religion would play in his administration. “I respect the right of everyone to adhere to a higher being, to respect the power of prayer and what faith can bring for us,” the former Honolulu Mayor replied. “I happen to be what I am, but by the same token I also respect your right to belong to your religion and … [Read more...]

Hannemann Explains His Religious Beliefs, Never Utters the Word ‘Mormon’

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Interesting moment near the end of last night's Gubernatorial debate, when Mufi Hannemann was asked what role religion would play in his administration. Here's a complete transcript of his answer: "I stand by what has been emphasized in my belief about my religion -- that they teach me principles, but I have the principle of free agency to govern myself. And it's that principle of free agency that I will exercise. This will not be an … [Read more...]