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Undeterred By Cancer, Takai Wants A Second Term In Congress Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Undeterred By Cancer, Takai Wants A Second Term In Congress

The Hawaii Democrat says he is responding well to treatments for pancreatic cancer and has been told by doctors he can run for re-election.

Election Problems: The Solutions Are Coming PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Election Problems: The Solutions Are Coming

Several legislative measures are aimed at making elections officials more accountable when problems arise.

Hawaii Elections Commission to Hold 1st Videoconference Meeting PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Elections Commission to Hold 1st Videoconference Meeting

Next Tuesday’s agenda on Oahu will broadcast via videoconference on Hawaii, Maui and Kauai, with testimony allowed from the neighbor islands.

Voting By Mail In Hawaii: An Idea Whose Time Has Come PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Voting By Mail In Hawaii: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Hawaii would move to a statewide vote-by-mail process by 2020 if lawmakers pass legislation that’s still under consideration this session.

What Do the Election Results Mean for the Neighbor Islands? Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

What Do the Election Results Mean for the Neighbor Islands?

Driven by the GMO issue, Maui and Big Island voters sent all their incumbents back for another term, but that wasn’t the case on Kauai.

Hawaii 2nd Congressional District: Gabbard Cruises to Re-election Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

Hawaii 2nd Congressional District: Gabbard Cruises to Re-election

The rising Democratic Party star easily defeats Republican challenger Kawika Crowley.

Hawaii 1st Congressional District: Takai Defeats Djou Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii 1st Congressional District: Takai Defeats Djou

The CD1 race has been one of the state’s tightest and most closely watched campaigns in 2014.

Schatz Helps Fellow Dems as Republican Underdog Tries to Unseat Him Civil Beat composite

Schatz Helps Fellow Dems as Republican Underdog Tries to Unseat Him

Hawaii’s heavily favored incumbent senator spreads the wealth while challenger Cavasso struggles to get his message to voters.

Tulsi Gabbard Emails Thoughts on D.C. and Why She Wants 2nd Term U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard Emails Thoughts on D.C. and Why She Wants 2nd Term

Hawaii congresswoman shares highlights from her first term and discusses what her goals are for the future.

John Oliver Blasts Hawaii Legislature Over ‘No Conflict’ Screen shot

John Oliver Blasts Hawaii Legislature Over ‘No Conflict’

Host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight uses House Speaker Joe Souki as an example.

James Pflueger Donates $4,000 to Libertarian Jeff Davis’ Campaign PF Bentley/Civil Beat

James Pflueger Donates $4,000 to Libertarian Jeff Davis’ Campaign

The Honolulu car dealer was sentenced to jail soon after giving the Hawaii candidate for governor his biggest contribution yet.

Outside Money Having Outsized Influence on Hawaii Governors Race Civil Beat composite

Outside Money Having Outsized Influence on Hawaii Governors Race

Super PACs are flooding the airwaves with campaign propaganda targeting Duke Aiona and David Ige.

Which Hawaii Candidate Spent the Most Money Per Vote? Theresa Thompson via Flickr

Which Hawaii Candidate Spent the Most Money Per Vote?

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission has crunched the numbers and it’s an interesting look at how the 2014 election is playing out.

Hawaii Candidates for Congress Fundraise to the Finish Line PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Candidates for Congress Fundraise to the Finish Line

Takai hauls in almost three times as much as Djou, but Djou has more than twice as much cash on hand.

Is Cayetano’s Complaint Against Super PAC a Criminal Matter? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Is Cayetano’s Complaint Against Super PAC a Criminal Matter?

Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission considering all options in former governor’s case against Pacific Resource Partnership.

February 2016

Monday, February 1

Undeterred By Cancer, Takai Wants A Second Term In Congress

April 2015

Monday, April 6

Election Problems: The Solutions Are Coming

Wednesday, April 1

Hawaii Elections Commission to Hold 1st Videoconference Meeting

March 2015

Monday, March 23

Voting By Mail In Hawaii: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

November 2014

Friday, November 7

What Do the Election Results Mean for the Neighbor Islands?

Tuesday, November 4

Hawaii 2nd Congressional District: Gabbard Cruises to Re-election

Hawaii 1st Congressional District: Takai Defeats Djou

Monday, November 3

Schatz Helps Fellow Dems as Republican Underdog Tries to Unseat Him

Tulsi Gabbard Emails Thoughts on D.C. and Why She Wants 2nd Term

John Oliver Blasts Hawaii Legislature Over ‘No Conflict’

October 2014

Thursday, October 30

James Pflueger Donates $4,000 to Libertarian Jeff Davis’ Campaign

Monday, October 27

Outside Money Having Outsized Influence on Hawaii Governors Race

Which Hawaii Candidate Spent the Most Money Per Vote?

Friday, October 24

Hawaii Candidates for Congress Fundraise to the Finish Line

Thursday, October 23

Is Cayetano’s Complaint Against Super PAC a Criminal Matter?

Monday, October 20

Should Hawaii Purge More People from List of Registered Voters?

Chad Blair: Too Many Forums for Gubernatorial Candidates?

Wednesday, October 15

Takai Campaign Raises More Money, But Djou Has More Cash on Hand

Tuesday, October 14

Super PACs Wade Into Local Races, and Voters Are Left in the Dark

Thursday, October 9

Fightland Features Kauai Mayoral Candidate’s Fight Against GMOs

Djou Says He’s a ‘Pragmatist’ Ready to ‘Get Things Done’ for Hawaii

Friday, October 3

GMO? Pesticides? Labeling? Hawaii Gov Candidates Have This to Say

Thursday, October 2

Do You ‘Care Like Crazy’ About Women’s Rights, War, Student Loans?

Have Illegal Drugs Lost Their Sex Appeal as a Campaign Issue?

What Happened to the Hawaii Teachers Union Preschool Ballot Campaign?

Wednesday, October 1

Honolulu Mayor Lends Support to Democratic Candidates

Hawaii Candidates for Governor Debate the Future — and the Past

September 2014

Tuesday, September 30

Hawaii Candidates for Congress Seek More Money as Election Nears

Friday, September 26

No More PLDCs: Hawaii’s Top Gov Candidates Talk Development

Wednesday, September 17

Donations Flow Into Hannemann Campaign, But Debts Still Unpaid

Monday, September 15

Three Candidates, Three Views on Future of Fast-Growing Kakaako

Tuesday, September 9

Takai Says He Wants to ‘Knock Some Sense’ into Congress

Denby Fawcett: What Makes Cam Cavasso Keep Running for U.S. Senate?

Monday, September 8

Hawaii Candidates, PACs Could Soon Be Writing Checks for Campaign Violations

Tuesday, September 2

Denby Fawcett: Who the Heck Is David Ige?

August 2014

Friday, August 29

Ige Loans Himself $50K in Final Days Leading Up to Primary Win

Wednesday, August 27

Hawaii Monitor: Puna Voters Had Practical Problems, Not Legal Defects

Monday, August 25

Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

Friday, August 22

Another Day in the Life of Hawaii’s Election Chief

Thursday, August 21

ACLU Files Election Challenge on Behalf of Puna Voters

Djou vs. Takai: An Early Look at the 1st Congressional District Race

Tuesday, August 19

Hanabusa Won’t Challenge US Senate Election Results

Friday, August 15

Hawaii Primary: Schatz Hangs On To Win US Senate Race

Wednesday, August 13

Hawaii Governor Makes Landfall in Storm-Ravaged Puna

Hanabusa Files Motion to Delay Friday’s Election on Big Island

Monday, August 11

Pod Squad on Hawaii’s Historic Primary Night

Sunday, August 10

Will Hanabusa’s Push in Puna Be Enough?

After the Storm, Bruised Democrats Pull Together

Hawaii’s Primary Election Turnout Likely Near All-Time Low This Year

Saturday, August 9

Hawaii Lieutenant Governor: Tsutsui Enjoys Big Victory

Hawaii Legislature: Most Incumbents Win, But There Are Exceptions

Hawaii Congressional Districts: Takai Triumphs

Hawaii US Senate: Schatz Leads Hanabusa — Slightly

Hawaii Governor: Ige Wins It Big!

Wednesday, August 6

Hawaii Congressional Candidates Haul in More Money

Tuesday, August 5

GMO Issue Spurs Candidates to Seek Election, But It’s Ugly Out There

Monday, August 4

Hawaii Candidates for Congress Announce Last-Minute Endorsements

July 2014

Monday, July 28

Republican Djou Leads CD1 Money Race as Democrats Slug It Out

May 2014

Saturday, May 24

Ad Watch: Hanabusa Hits the TV Airwaves, Touts Local Upbringing

Thursday, May 22

Ad Watch: Hanabusa Airs First Ad, Highlighting her Hawaii Roots

Friday, May 16

The Public File: Kim and Chang Make Their Debut

April 2014

Friday, April 25

Campaign Cash Advantage: Schatz’s Edge Over Hanabusa Is Paying Off

Thursday, April 17

Did Sen. Brian Schatz Score Big Political Points With Climate Summit?

Wednesday, April 9

Hanabusa Vs. Schatz — Will Voting Records Matter to Hawaii?

January 2014

Wednesday, January 22

Ad Watch: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Re-election Video

November 2013

Tuesday, November 26

Underage Voters?

May 2013

Friday, May 10

Lawmakers Balk At Bills Targeting 2012 Hawaii Election Flubs

March 2013

Thursday, March 21

Hawaii Elections May Soon Get Public Funding, More Transparency

January 2013

Saturday, January 26

Elections Commission Short on Answers for Election Day Snafus

Wednesday, January 9

Hawaii Elections Fiascos Prompt Calls For New Legislative Action

December 2012

Tuesday, December 11

Green Party Sues Hawaii Elections Chief Over Ballot Shortages

November 2012

Wednesday, November 28

Elections Commission Demands Answers for Ballot Shortages

Monday, November 26

Abercrombie Will Ask Legislature To Consider All-Mail Voting

Thursday, November 8

Hawaii Election Analysis: Where They Won

PRP’s Campaign Push Prevails in Hawaii

Monday, November 5

Mail-In Ballots Help Boost Early Voting Numbers

Hawaii County: Kenoi Narrowly Beats Kim In Mayor’s Race

October 2012

Monday, October 29

Civil Beat Poll – Full Questionnaire and Results — October 2012

Civil Beat Poll – Obama Lead Narrows, But Hawaii Still Very Safe

Civil Beat Poll – Hanabusa Expands Lead Over Djou In Race for Congress

Civil Beat Poll – Hirono’s Double-Digit Lead Over Lingle Holding

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano Peaks, Caldwell Surges

Friday, October 26

Djou: Hanabusa Voted Against Small Business Tax Relief

Thursday, October 25

Hanabusa: Djou Formed Political Lobbying Firm

Wednesday, October 24

Case Loaned Campaign $50K In Final Days

Thursday, October 18

Hawaii’s ‘Most Sophisticated Grassroots Attack Operation’

Wednesday, October 17

Hirono: Lingle Co-Chairs Mitt Romney’s Campaign

Friday, October 5

Hawaii Campaigning In The 21st Century

Civil Beat Poll – Full Questionnaire and Results — September 2012

Thursday, October 4

Cayetano: Caldwell Raised Property Taxes, Zoo Fee for Keiki

Tuesday, October 2

Civil Beat Poll – Obama Gets Aloha in Hawaii

Monday, October 1

Hanabusa: Djou Voted Against Military Funding

Civil Beat Poll – Unwavering Rail Opposition Gives Cayetano Lead

September 2012

Sunday, September 30

Civil Beat Poll – Hirono Up Big On Lingle

Friday, September 28

Djou: I Was Hawaii’s Most Moderate Congressman

New PRP Ad Clouds Caldwell’s Campaign

Thursday, September 20

Caldwell: Honolulu On Cutting Edge Of Driverless Rail Systems

Tuesday, September 18

Nonprofits Work to Get Hawaii’s Youth to the Polls

Thursday, September 13

Lingle: Hirono Votes with Dems 96 Percent of the Time

Tuesday, September 11

Hirono: Paul Ryan Passed Only Two Bills In Congress

August 2012

Tuesday, August 28

Pacific Islands Lose an Advocate in Akaka

Thursday, August 23

Akaka’s Granddaughter Files Election Protest

Elections Officials Grapple With Uncooperative Hawaii County Clerk

Tuesday, August 21

Big Island Elections Chief Short on Experience, Long on Problems

Saturday, August 18

At Last, Rail Lawsuit Is Getting Its Day in Court

Sunday, August 12

Where They Won: Breakdown of Senate, Congress, Mayor Races

Friday, August 10

Walk-In Voting Down, Mail Voting Up From 2010

Thursday, August 9

2012 Hawaii Primary Election Results

Primary Turnout Still Low Despite Hot Races

What Aloha Spirit? It’s Election Season

Wednesday, August 8

Civil Beat Poll – Full Questionnaire and Results — August 2012

Friday, August 3

Coincidence? Two Commercials Feature Dice, Cash And Corruption

Thursday, August 2

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano On Track To Win In Primary and Avoid Runoff

Civil Beat Poll – Case-Hirono Too Close To Call

Wednesday, August 1

‘Pay-to-Play’ Corruption a Hawaii Campaign Theme

Hawaii County Elections Clerk: No FBI Investigation Into Voter Fraud

July 2012

Monday, July 30

Lorraine Inouye’s State Senate District 4 Survey

Thursday, July 19

Roy “Sky” Wyttenbach Answers Congressional District 1 Survey

John Raghu Giuffre Answers Congressional District 1 Survey

Wednesday, July 18

C. Kaui Jochanan Amsterdam Answers Congressional District 1 Survey

Charles Djou Answers Congressional District 1 Survey

Colleen Hanabusa Answers Congressional District 1 Survey

Hanabusa Raises — and Spends — More Than Djou

Tuesday, July 17

Eddie Pirkowski Answers U.S. Senate Candidate Survey

John Roco Answers U.S. Senate Candidate Survey

Antonio Gimbernat Answers U.S. Senate Survey

Monday, July 16

Heath Beasley Answers U.S. Senate Candidate Survey

Saturday, July 14

Rafael Del Castillo Answers Congressional District 2 Survey

Friday, July 13

Social Issues Center In First Televised Hawaii Congress Debate

Linda Lingle Answers U.S. Senate Candidate Survey

Ed Case Answers U.S. Senate Candidate Survey

Thursday, July 12

Mazie Hirono Answers U.S. Senate Candidate Survey

Carlisle, Cayetano Both Aim Fire At Caldwell in KITV-Civil Beat Debate

John Carroll Answers U.S. Senate Candidate Survey

Wednesday, July 11

Kawika Crowley Answers Congressional District 2 Survey

Esther Kiaaina Answers Congressional District 2 Survey

Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey

Mufi Hannemann Answers Congressional District 2 Survey

June 2012

Monday, June 18

Civil Beat Poll – Questionnaires and Toplines — June 2012

Monday, June 11

Civil Beat Poll – Cayetano’s Grip On Honolulu Mayor’s Race Is Slipping

Civil Beat Poll – Stunning Turnaround In Hawaii’s CD2 Race

Civil Beat Poll – Case, Hirono Tied In Hawaii U.S. Senate Race

May 2012

Thursday, May 31

The Public File: Pro-Rail Group Steps Up Offensive

Thursday, May 17

The Public File: Mainland Super PACs Spend $152K on Congressional Races

Friday, May 4

Civil Beat Poll: Questionnaire, Toplines and Crosstabs — April 2012

Thursday, May 3

Playing To Type In First Honolulu Mayoral Debate

April 2012

Friday, April 27

Civil Beat Poll – Hawaii Opposes Gay Marriage, Marijuana, Rail

Civil Beat Poll – Can Gov’t Solve Challenges?

Civil Beat Poll – Is Voting a Duty Or a Choice?

Saturday, April 7

Military Plaintiffs Take Hawaii Redistricting Plan To Federal Court

March 2012

Tuesday, March 13

Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Ewa Beach

Friday, March 2

Off the Beat: Why Do U.S. Senate Candidates File Paper in Digital Age?

February 2012

Thursday, February 16

Caldwell: With More Time, I’ll Win Mayor’s Race

Monday, February 6

Profs Like Cayetano On Rail, But Not Ready To ‘Forgive and Forget’?

January 2012

Friday, January 27

Civil Beat Poll – Lingle Trails Both Democratic U.S. Senate Candidates

Civil Beat Poll – Case, Hirono Neck-and-Neck for U.S. Senate Nomination

Friday, January 20

Cayetano: Rail A Wall of Concrete Snaking Along Honolulu’s Waterfront

Thursday, January 19

Cayetano: I’m Not a One-Issue Anti-Rail Candidate

Thursday, January 12

Caldwell’s First Promise: Soap In Bus Stop Bathroom

Wednesday, January 11

Could Honolulu’s Mayor Stop Rail Project?

Thursday, January 5

Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Redistricting Plan

December 2011

Thursday, December 15

Hawaii 2010 Legislative Campaigns Raked in $5M in Total Contributions

Friday, December 9

Super PACs Launched to Influence Hawaii Races

Tuesday, December 6

Saturdays in the Park, But Not the Precinct

November 2011

Wednesday, November 30

Inouye: Gingrich as GOP Nominee ‘Frightens Me’

Thursday, November 3

Off the Beat: When Is a Candidate a Candidate?

October 2011

Friday, October 21

Hooser Walking Fine Line Toward Congress

Tuesday, October 18

Hawaii’s Early 2012 Donors Still Like Obama

Friday, October 14

GOP, Dems Benefit Equally From Hawaii’s Big Donors

Monday, October 3

Daniel Inouye’s Guide To Getting Elected

July 2011

Sunday, July 31

Hawaii Women and Politics — A Sore Subject

Friday, July 22

Even Without Challenger, Carlisle Rakes In Cash

April 2011

Thursday, April 21

Redistricting Chair Now in Supreme Court’s Hands

Honolulu City Council: No Instant Runoff Voting

Monday, April 18

Politics Divides Hawaii Reapportionment Panel

Monday, April 4

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Nader-Hawaii Case

March 2011

Tuesday, March 22

Eight Named to Redraw Hawaii Political Lines

Thursday, March 17

U.S. Supreme Court To Discuss Nader v. Hawaii

Thursday, March 10

Hawaii Responds in Supreme Court Ralph Nader Case

Monday, March 7

Hawaii Senate Should Reject SB 1195, SD1

February 2011

Wednesday, February 16

Instant Runoff Voting in Hawaii Gains Traction

Friday, February 11

Ralph Nader’s Lawyer: Hawaii Election Law Fight About Free Speech Rights

Monday, February 7

SCOTUS Looking Into Hawaii Election Law

November 2010

Tuesday, November 16

Fact Check Report Card: Winning Candidates Spoke Most Truthfully

Thursday, November 11

Redrawing District Boundaries One Consequence of Election

Saturday, November 6

I Spent More Than My Opponent and Still Came Up Short

Friday, November 5

High Early Voting Doesn’t Help Turnout

Running the Numbers on General Election Results

Thursday, November 4

Opposition to Appointed BOE Grew in Final Days

Wednesday, November 3

Aina Haina Has Highest Income, Highest Turnout (Again)

Tuesday, November 2

150,000 Votes Already Cast

Slideshow: 2010 Hawaii General Election Day

Election Day and Three Free Content Days

Monday, November 1

Big Election Year, but Small Turnout

Live Blog: 2010 Hawaii General Election

Civil Beat Gives Candidates/Campaigns The Last Word

October 2010

Saturday, October 30

Week 26: Looking Ahead to Election

Thursday, October 28

A Prayer Night for Politicians

What’s at Stake on Nov. 2

Wednesday, October 27

The Election Is a Third Over

No Clear Winner in Money Race for OHA Trustees

Friday, October 22

Week 25: Inside Stories

Tuesday, October 19

Election Office Breaches Confidentiality of Voters

Monday, October 18

Absentee Ballot Requests for General Election Already Eclipse Primary

Surprise! Equality Hawaii Likes Pro-Civil Union Candidates

Thursday, October 14

News Flash: Sam Slom Endorses Sam Slom

Corporate Donations go Mostly Unnoticed in Hawaii

Thursday, October 7

Furlough Friday Delays Campaign Spending Reports

Monday, October 4

Confessions of a Political Virgin — The State’s Youngest Candidate on Running for Public Office

September 2010

Tuesday, September 28

Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign

Tuesday, September 21

High Income = High Turnout

Why Is A Blank Vote A “No” Vote?

Mazie Hirono Against John Who? In 2nd Congressional District

Monday, September 20

Running the Numbers on Conventional Thinking

Aina Haina Had Highest Turnout, West Maui the Lowest

Sunday, September 19

Local TV and Newspaper Coverage of Primary Election Gets a Grade

Civil Beat Poll Had it Right — Again

Hawaii 2010 Primary Election Day in Pictures

Saturday, September 18

Can’t Miss Comments, Sept. 18 – Rock the Vote

Friday, September 17

Absentee Voting Sets Record

2010 Hawaii Primary Election Results

Civil Beat Gives Leading Governor and Mayoral Candidates ‘The Last Word’

Thursday, September 16

Follow the Election on Civil Beat

The Sept. 18 Election – What’s at Stake

Wednesday, September 15

Fewer Candidates Using Public Campaign Funds

Tuesday, September 14

Voters Snooze Through Gov Primary, Mayor Race

Monday, September 6

Discussion: Voting in Hawaii

Saturday, September 4

Absentee Ballots Confusing on Their Face

August 2010

Friday, August 27

Week 17: Heard About the Election?

Monday, August 23

Scenes From Sen. Inouye’s Community Celebration

Friday, August 20

Hannemann = Aiona in Hawaii Family Forum Survey

Monday, August 16

Civil Beat Editorials Will Take Positions on Issues, But We Won’t Be Endorsing Candidates

Friday, August 13

Week 15: A Place to Learn

Thursday, August 12

Share Your Expertise on Fact Checks

Wednesday, August 11

Education and the Elections

July 2010

Thursday, July 29

What Happens to Vacated Board of Education Seat?

Wednesday, July 28

Fact Check: The Truth About Election Claims

Thursday, July 15

Federal Campaign Finance Reports for 2nd Quarter

June 2010

Friday, June 18

Hawaii Links For Friday, June 18

Friday, June 4

Resign To Run Law Was Designed to Stop One Man