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...]

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...]

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...]

The Hill Names Rep. @TulsiGabbard One Of Washington’s 50 Most Beautiful People

Calling her the "Hawaiian Heartbreaker," The Hill–a trusted source of daily Capitol Hill news for Washington politicos–has named Hawaii's Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard the sixth most beautiful person in Washington, according to their new "50 Most Beautiful People" feature. Julie McClain, Hawaii Democratic Senator Brian Schatz's press secretary, also made the list. Ranked 37th, she earned the title "Sunny Side." The feature is meant to … [Read more...]

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes To Defund NSA Spying On Americans

Tulsi Gabbard, the liberal Democrat who represents Hawaii's 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, is also captain in the Hawaii National Guard and thus generally supports the Defense Department in whatever they ask for. Given her background and the size of the military in her home district, this is understandable. But what's fascinating is that she does NOT extend that courtesy to the National Security Agency–the nation's massive … [Read more...]

Hawaii Congressmember Tulsi Gabbard Boosts Pacific Biodiesel

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It’s always nice when we see our esteemed congressional representatives in Washington–who get to attend things like State Dinners with diplomats and meetings with the President–take time out of their busy schedules writing laws and things to throw a shout-out to some of the little people back in their home district. And this week, Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat who represents Hawaii’s Second District, did exactly that in a June 24 Roll Call op-ed … [Read more...]

Democratic Congress Member Tulsi Gabbard Now Angry At National Security Agency

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The other day Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat who represents Maui and the neighbor islands in the U.S. House of Representatives, was pissed off at the military service chiefs who didn't want to take aggressive steps to root out sexual assault in the ranks. Today, our representative is taking on the spymasters at the National Security Agency (NSA) and, by extension, the Obama Administration over last night's Guardian story that the spy agency recently … [Read more...]

Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Pentagon Brass On Sexual Assault In Military

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Tulsi Gabbard, the Democrat who represents all of Hawaii except Honolulu in the U.S. House of Representatives, is in a tough spot. As a congressional member, she's responsible for writing legislation that concerns American military policy as well as oversight of the nation's armed services leadership. But as a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard, she's required to take orders from those same leaders when she's on active duty and away from … [Read more...]