Category: Politics

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John Pritchett

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OHA Continues To Bumble Along

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands hands out some questionable leases and there are loud calls for heads to roll — metaphorically, not in a jihadist sense. The Office of Elections momentarily mislays 800 ballots from Maui and is second-guessed on the Puna voting, and elections chief Scott Nago is roughed up — metaphorically, not […]

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The Second Pearl Harbor Attack

“So what’s this display with bomb fragments?” I asked Pacific Aviation Museum curator Burl Burlingame during a tour of the Ford Island institution. “That’s the second Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor,” he said. A second attack on Pearl Harbor? Holy moly, why hadn’t I ever heard of that? But it’s true, and luckily not much […]

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Dick Adair

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Handicapping The Guv’s Race

The question of this month, next month and October is: Can Duke Aiona (R) or Mufi Hannemann (I) defeat David Ige (D) in the November general election? Ige is not eloquent or charismatic and drew many “Anybody But Abercrombie” voters in the primary. But I can’t see an Aiona or Hannemann win unless Ige or […]

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Roy Chang

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John Pritchett

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The Curious Tale Of LG Candidates

I’ve seen them all seeking to be elected Hawaii governor for more than 50 years. Quinn vs. Burns (Quinn won), Burns vs. Quinn (Burns won), Burns vs. Gill (Burns), Ariyoshi vs. Crossley (Ariyoshi, by only 5,000 votes), and Fasi twice losing to Ariyoshi. Often strange running mates. Bill Quinn had James Kealoha, who ran solely […]

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Surprise! An Interesting LG Race

This column is about political conventions, ambition and charisma. Still reading? May was the month Hawaii’s two major political parties held their conventions: the Republicans May 17, the Democrats May 24 and 25. The Republicans highlighted former Lt. Gov. Duke Aiona, their odds-on favorite to be the party’s gubernatorial candidate in November, and former U.S. […]

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Teach Science In Science Class

We’ll be asked to pass a state constitutional amendment for tax money to go to some private — even church-run — pre-kindergarten schools. But look at those charter school problems managing state money. And kids taught in religious schools? But I’ll gag my reservations and vote “yes.” We need schooling for our 18,000 kids turning […]