The Democratic state senator running for governor of Hawaii was recently asked about how he feels about legalizing gambling in the 5oth state. He opposes it.
Well, Nevada journalist Jon Ralston was listening in and accused Ige of “trashing” Sin City. Here’s what Ige said:
“I’ve spoken with many in the visitor industry and they do believe that legalized gambling would be devastating to their industry. I’ve talked with hotel owners who lament about the fact that, you know, when you see people
Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama’s future presidential library.
The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. New York’s Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are being invited to submit more formal proposals to host the library.
So are two Illinois schools: the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
President Barack Obama today declared that “a major disaster exists” in Hawaii and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by Tropical Storm Iselle Aug. 7-9.
According to a press release from the White House, “federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Iselle in the counties of Hawaii and Maui.”
Volunteers unload ice at the Nanawale Community Center in Puna during
Following the public release of a surveillance video showing a Honolulu Police Department sergeant allegedly beating his girlfriend in a Waipahu restaurant, more than two dozen female political leaders are calling on HPD “to explain its policies and procedures for handling criminal actions involving its own officers and how the failure to act that occurred earlier this week is not repeated.”
The call comes from the 23 members of the Hawaii Women’s State Legislative Caucus, including Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, and the three women members of the Honolulu City Council,
The number of U.S. gubernatorial elections that are too close to call has nearly doubled over the past few months, and they include Hawaii’s.
That’s according to Governing Magazine.
“Hawaii’s gubernatorial race continues to mystify,” the analysis states. “In one of America’s bluest states, the incumbent Democrat was soundly defeated in a primary by state Sen. David Ige. Now Ige faces former Republican lieutenant governor James ‘Duke’ Aiona and, running as an Independent, former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanemann.”
And this: “In one of the nation’s hardest states to poll,
The Hawaii Community Development Authority board is planning to meet to decide whether or not to appoint a committee that could increase Executive Directory Anthony Ching’s salary by as much as $20,000.
UPDATE The meeting was supposed to be held on Tuesday at noon but will be rescheduled because the board didn’t have enough members to meet quorum.
The meeting will be closed to the public, pursuant to a Hawaii law that allows the board to hold closed meetings if they deal with private matters of an employee.
Groceries, food makers and biotech companies opposed to laws that would require genetically modified products to be labeled have spent far more money lobbying this year than in 2013.
Reuters has reported that the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Monsanto, DuPont, Coca-Cola and others opposed to mandatory labeling spent $27.5 million during the first six months of 2014, according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit that supports GMO labeling. That’s up from $9.3 million in all of 2013.
Groups who support GMO labeling have disclosed spending $1.9 million in lobbying expenses
Three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are expected to hear arguments on Monday on gay marriage bans in Hawaii, Idaho and Nevada.
As The Associated Press reports, “The hearings come as gay marriage supporters have piled up legal victories in federal courts across the country this year, nullifying bans in more than a dozen states.”
In the Hawaii case — Jackson v. Abercrombie — the state argues that a legal challenge by gay couples to Hawaii’s now-defunct 1998 law restricting marriage to one man and one woman is moot since
A new lava flow on the Big Island has spurred Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie to sign an emergency proclamation.
The lava, which is coming from vents that opened in June, is expected to reach the boundary of the Kaohe Homesteads as soon as Tuesday. If it continues to flow east-northeast, it will eventually cross Highway 130.
County officials have identified two abandoned roads — Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road — to be improved and used as alternate routes should access be cut off by the lava flow.