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  • Denby Fawcett: Digging Up Dirt and Opposition Research 101

    · By Denby Fawcett

    Hawaii’s candidates for governor and the 1st Congressional District may be too squeaky clean and Boy Scout-ish for any dirt to emerge about them in the upcoming election.

    It is difficult to imagine Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Ige — whose friends say the most scandalous thing he ever did was to “toilet paper” friends’ cars in college — involved in anything salacious.

    Or to imagine goodie-goodie Republican congressional candidate Charles Djou staggering down a Chinatown street after drinking too many mango margaritas at the Pig and the Lady.

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

    · By Anita Hofschneider

    Discontent with Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s policies in the state redevelopment district of Kakaako may have contributed to his political demise in the Democratic primary last month.

    Abercrombie accomplished what no other Hawaii governor had done since the district was carved out in 1976 — overseeing the addition at least another 4,500 housing units that will be built or permitted by the time he leaves office.

    But many residents have criticized the governor’s influence on the state redevelopment agency in charge of Kakaako and questioned whether the area’s infrastructure is prepared for such

  • 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

  • Thielen Donated to Hawaii GOP Candidates

    · By Chad Blair

    She’s running for state Senate as a Democrat but contributed to the 2010 Republican ticket.

  • Capitol Watch: June 13

    · By Chad Blair

    UPDATED 4:47 p.m. State drops appeal on PAC donations case; Nevada lawmaker tracked to Hawaii for bill signage; and Duckworth leaving VA.

  • Capitol Watch: Dec. 16

    · By Chad Blair

    Pot guru Roger Christie denied bail; Salary dispute in Kauai government; more from Inouye defending earmarks; Aiona takes VP job at alma mater; and Hawaii audit on Arizona prison contracts expected soon.

  • Abercrombie Spent $4.6M on Winning Campaign

    · By Nanea Kalani

    Final election reports show Democrat Neil Abercrombie spent $4.6 million on his winning campaign for governor, Republican James “Duke” Aiona spent $3.5 million.

  • Duke Aiona’s Transformation: ‘Praying at the Government Gate’

    · By Chad Blair

    Civil Beat examines chapters by Duke Aiona and Gary Okino in a book that details a religious group’s designs on converting Hawaii’s government.

  • Capitol Watch: Nov. 29

    · By Chad Blair

    Abercrombie makes his first Cabinet picks, selects a communications team and gives hints into his decision-making process.

  • Capitol Watch: Nov. 23

    · By Chad Blair

    Several legislators may be looking for work in the Abercrombie administration. And possible candidates to fill a vacant state Senate seat.

  • Another Road Block at Aiona’s Office

    · By Sara Lin

    Lieutenant governor’s office says it needs time to see if its expense records are exempted from the open records law — seven weeks after initial request.

  • Week 27: Observations About Governor’s Race and Civil Beat Polls

    · By John Temple

    Let’s take a moment this weekend and look back, essentially six months after Civil Beat opened its doors.

    This was my first election season in Hawaii and I have a few observations about how things played out from my seat at Civil Beat. On the night of the election, the middle of the night more like it, we shared a number of other observations that you might find interesting.

    But for now, I’d like to focus on the governor’s race and the role Civil Beat played in it.

    The conventional wisdom might have