Category: Mostly Politics

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DLNR Director’s Job Has Changed

“Enhance, protect, conserve and manage Hawaii’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of the people of Hawaii nei, and its visitors, in partnership with others from the public and private sectors.” Aside from the run-on sentence, state Department of Land Natural Resources’ mission statement […]

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Gov. Ige Takes An Early Tumble

Gov. David Ige stubbed his toe last week, bruised his knee, as well, and may have suffered hair-line fractures in one or both of his gubernatorial legs. Only time, X-rays and future legislative votes will tell. He tripped, of course, on his failure to muster sufficient votes to ratify his appointment of Castle and Cooke […]

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It’s Just What We Do In Hawaii

Deadlines and word lengths leave too many stories unpublished in a writer’s notebook — stuff that someday will be tossed with last night’s fish bones. My December sessions with Dawn and David Ige left more than a few. Following last November’s election, I attended the dinner meeting of a local Okinawan organization: three tables at […]

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Race For Governor By The Numbers

Numbers tell stories — among them that primary election day 2014 constituted a damning indictment of Hawaii’s democracy. On Aug. 9, the primary election attracted 287,387 voters, 41.5 percent of the 697,033 who were registered. That meant that three out of every five of us couldn’t be bothered to go to the polls or to […]

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Wonderful Cold War Days Of Yore

Ah, how I yearn for the good old days. Remember when godless Commies threatened us from East, West, North, South: Russian Commies, Chinese Commies, Cuban Commies? Villainy marked their countenances: Joseph Stalin and his fistful of atomic weapons, Chairman Mao and his little red book, and Ho Chi Minh with his hordes of Viet Cong. […]

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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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Russian History Lesson Is In Order

Some folks seem to feel nostalgic for the Cold War. Arizona Sen. John McCain, for example. The former Republican presidential candidate recently demonstrated his sound-bite genius, referring to Russia as nothing but a “gas station masquerading as a country.” While he was at it, McCain decided to pile it on. Russia, he said, is not […]

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

“All politics,” it’s said, “are local.” So let’s start here at home, but be forewarned that before the period’s placed on this edition of “Mostly Politics,” we’ll go global, or at least roam as far away as the Ukraine. For the past few months, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s been crowing about an $840 million state revenue […]

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What Polls Show For Hawaii’s Pols

The most hackneyed phrase in the political lexicon belongs to the nameless politician who, upon reading a poll that showed him behind his opponent, groused: “The only poll that counts takes place on election day.” True enough. Still, the recent Hawaii Poll published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser provided numbers that should alarm politicians running for […]

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Politics: Fears Win Over Facts

Amy Harmon writes about the impact of science and technology on American life for The New York Times, perhaps the country’s last great newspaper. Harmon is good at what she does — good enough to have won two Pulitzer Prizes, the most recent in 2008 for a series of articles titled “The DNA Age.” In […]