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  • Hawaii Needs an Effective Opposition Party

    · By Todd Simmons

    Hawaii Republicans might be forgiven in late 2014 for having wished the year a hurried farewell.  Simply put, it was a tough 12 months. And 2015 thus far doesn’t seem like much of an improvement.

    Not only did the party fall enormously short of bold new voter registration goals announced in the wake of passage of the state’s Marriage Equality Act, the GOP absorbed an epic beatdown last fall in Hawaii’s general election.  While the party was posting huge wins on the mainland, taking over the U.S. Senate and dramatically boosting its

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

    · By Denby Fawcett

    Republican Cam Cavasso is making his third consecutive bid to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by the late Dan Inouye.

    Cavasso is a Christian fundamentalist, a socially conservative champion of views that often fall flat in Democrat-dominated Hawaii.

    I have been curious for some time to find out why the relatively unknown, underfunded Cavasso keeps running for office when his proposals consistently fail to capture the imagination of most of Hawaii’s liberal Democrats.  And when he has had to struggle to raise money in each of his two previous attempts

  • Chad Blair: Republicans on Parade

    · By Chad Blair

    I’ve seen this parade before.

    Dozens of hopeful candidates from diverse walks of life, hopeful, excited, sporting banners and signs and buttons and T-shirts and stickers and websites, all believing this will be the election year that Hawaii elects more than a token representation of Republicans.

    I saw this parade just two years ago, when Linda Lingle and Charles Djou went down to defeat in runs for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

    I saw it as well in 2010, when Djou lost his re-election bid for the 1st Congressional District, Cam

  • Denby Fawcett: Hawaii GOP Chairwoman Pat Saiki’s Great Challenge

    · By Denby Fawcett

    At age 84, Hawaii GOP chairwoman Pat Saiki has left behind a comfortable life, playing golf twice a week, hand-stitching Hawaiian quilts, and hanging out with family and friends to take on an enormous challenge: getting more Republicans elected to public office in a diehard Democrat state.

    With just seven Republicans in the state House and only one Republican in the state Senate, she has her hands full.

    Political analyst Neal Milner says any candidate running as a Republican in Hawaii, no matter how worthy, is at a great disadvantage from the

  • Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

    · By Chad Blair

    UPDATED 12/24/12 2 p.m. A whole bunch of Hawaii Democrats, that’s who. Civil Beat handicaps the appointment of Inouye’s successor.

  • Almost No Debt for Dems, But GOP Still Owes $66K

    · By Anita Hofschneider

    Hawaii’s Democratic and Republican parties are in much better fiscal shape compared to last year.

  • Abercrombie: ‘There Is A War On Our Basic Values’

    · By Chad Blair

    Governor fires up Hawaii Democrats, demands all CD2 candidates participate in convention forum.

  • Off The Beat: The Mouse That Roared

    · By The Civil Beat Staff

    Tiny Molokai will work for big change.

  • Hawaii GOP Hopes the Future Is Theirs

    · By Chad Blair

    Led by young Republicans, Lingle and Djou, minority party eyes electoral success.

  • Lingle: United Hawaii GOP Can Win More Seats

    · By Chad Blair

    U.S. Senate candidate reiterates need for “balanced, two-party system.”

  • Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Headquarters

    · By Nathan Eagle

    UPDATED Turnout of more than 10,000 led to ballot shortages in some precincts.

  • Hawaii Republican Caucuses: Lihue, Kauai

    · By Jon Letman

    The under-40 crowd was noticeably absent from the Kauai GOP caucuses.