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Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue

The state’s only Republican senator jokes about how he can “caucus with myself,” but he has serious views on making the GOP relevant here.

Denby Fawcett: What Makes Cam Cavasso Keep Running for U.S. Senate? Courtesy: Hawaii Republican Party

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

I’ve been curious why the relatively unknown Hawaii Republican keeps at it when many of his proposals fall on deaf ears and he struggles to raise money.

Hawaii Democrats: ‘The Ball Is in Our Court’

Hawaii Democrats: ‘The Ball Is in Our Court’

Majority party talks solidarity at convention amid fiercely contested primary contests.

Federal Judge: Hawaii’s Open Primary Is Constitutional

Federal Judge: Hawaii’s Open Primary Is Constitutional

UPDATED Seabright ruling a setback for Democratic Party of Hawaii's legal challenge.
A House Divided — Which Way Will Democrats in Hawaii Go?

A House Divided — Which Way Will Democrats in Hawaii Go?

Sen. Inouye's last political wish, and Gov. Abercrombie's choice to ignore it, are leading to intra-party conflict.
Hawaii GOP: ‘Republicans Will Rise Again’

Hawaii GOP: ‘Republicans Will Rise Again’

At annual convention, minority party shrugs off 2012 election losses and internal divisions, looks to 2014.
Oahu Democrats Pick Up Dan Inouye’s Torch

Oahu Democrats Pick Up Dan Inouye’s Torch

State convention shows Hawaii's dominant political party united even with contested primaries.
Hawaii GOP Legislators Fail To Get Caucus Bills Passed

Hawaii GOP Legislators Fail To Get Caucus Bills Passed

But some legislative priorities of House and Senate Republicans were shared by majority Democrats.
Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

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.
Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

Hawaii Democrats quietly talking about succession for the senator and governor. It's not a deep bench.
Party Control of 2013 Legislature? Blue Hawaii

Party Control of 2013 Legislature? Blue Hawaii

UPDATED In spite of several promising races for the GOP, Democrats led by veteran lawmakers will likely keep control.
Dissent, Patriotism and Ed Nakamura

Dissent, Patriotism and Ed Nakamura

New biography of Hawaii associate justice reminds us of our better angels.
Off the Beat: When Hawaii Democrats Eat Their Own

Off the Beat: When Hawaii Democrats Eat Their Own

UPDATED When will the obsession over Laura Thielen's candidacy end — and at what cost to the party and the state?
Civil Beat Poll – Stunning Turnaround In Hawaii’s CD2 Race

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

Hannemann's 45-point lead over Gabbard now dead heat for Democrats.
Off and Running: The Race for Hawaii’s Legislature

Off and Running: The Race for Hawaii’s Legislature

Democrats outnumber GOP candidates by 2-to-1, with nearly all incumbents seeking re-election.

October 2015

Tuesday, October 13

Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s Dot of Red in a Sea of Blue

September 2014

Tuesday, September 9

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

May 2014

Sunday, May 25

Hawaii Democrats: ‘The Ball Is in Our Court’

November 2013

Thursday, November 14

Federal Judge: Hawaii’s Open Primary Is Constitutional

June 2013

Friday, June 28

A House Divided — Which Way Will Democrats in Hawaii Go?

May 2013

Saturday, May 18

Hawaii GOP: ‘Republicans Will Rise Again’

Saturday, May 11

Oahu Democrats Pick Up Dan Inouye’s Torch

Monday, May 6

Hawaii GOP Legislators Fail To Get Caucus Bills Passed

December 2012

Thursday, December 20

Who Wants To Be A U.S. Senator?

November 2012

Friday, November 30

Who Will Lead If Inouye and Abercrombie Leave Office?

October 2012

Saturday, October 6

Party Control of 2013 Legislature? Blue Hawaii

July 2012

Friday, July 6

Dissent, Patriotism and Ed Nakamura

June 2012

Wednesday, June 13

Off the Beat: When Hawaii Democrats Eat Their Own

Monday, June 11

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

Tuesday, June 5

Off and Running: The Race for Hawaii’s Legislature

Why Run? GOP Candidate Says She’s ‘Fed Up’

May 2012

Saturday, May 26

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

Saturday, May 12

Hawaii GOP Hopes the Future Is Theirs

Lingle: United Hawaii GOP Can Win More Seats

April 2012

Friday, April 27

Civil Beat Poll – Assisted Suicide Support Strong

Tuesday, April 24

Hawaii Democrats: ‘Emotional Chickens With Our Heads Cut Off’

Friday, April 6

The Thielen Affair: Debate Continues On Senate Floor

GOP Veteran Fred Hemmings Will Seek Former Senate Seat

Thursday, April 5

Party Chair Dismissed Legal Opinion on Thielen

Tuesday, April 3

Top Democrats Condemn Party for Rejecting Thielen

March 2012

Friday, March 9

Off the Beat: Why Bother Polling Hawaii Dems About Obama?

Reapportionment Panel Completes Map Quest

January 2012

Friday, January 27

Hawaii GOP’s Wish List At The Ledge

Tuesday, January 24

Hawaii GOP Still Looking For CD2 Candidate

Saturday, January 7

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 9-15

December 2011

Saturday, December 31

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Jan. 2-8

Friday, December 30

Hawaii GOP Hopes Local Caucus Will Grow Party

Friday, December 23

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Friday, December 16

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 19-Dec. 25

Saturday, December 10

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 12-Dec. 18

Saturday, December 3

Capitol Watch — Hawaii Politics and Government — Dec. 5-Dec. 11

October 2011

Tuesday, October 25

The Civil Beat Poll: Hawaii Sweet On Obama, Sour on Congress

Wednesday, October 19

When Mazie Met Linda … and Ed

Tuesday, October 11

Slick Rollout For Lingle’s Senate Campaign

Wednesday, October 5

Like GOP, Hawaii Democrats Also In Debt

Saturday, October 1

Governor Has Been Busy Honoring the Fallen

September 2011

Monday, September 26

GOP’s Kaauwai Steps Down Under Pressure

Wednesday, September 21

GOP Hierarchy Demands Kaauwai’s Resignation

August 2011

Monday, August 15

DISCUSSION: Hawaii U.S. Senate Race 2012

Friday, August 12

Perry on the Right

Thursday, August 4

Ko Olina Home In or Out of Hanabusa’s District?

July 2011

Wednesday, July 20

Case Raised Barely Half Hirono’s Total for Senate Run in Latest Quarter

Tuesday, July 19

Abercrombie vs. Hawaii Teachers: What’s at Stake

May 2011

Wednesday, May 25

Should Hawaii Consider a Unicameral Legislature?

Tuesday, May 24

Open U.S. Senate Race Rare in Hawaii

Thursday, May 19

Hawaii Lawmakers Most Proud of Balancing Budget

Monday, May 16

Civil Beat Told Only Part of GOP Story

Sunday, May 15

Hawaii GOP: Show Us the Money

Wednesday, May 11

Hawaii Republicans Strike Out at Legislature

March 2011

Thursday, March 3

Akaka Retirement Triggers Political Free-For-All

February 2011

Thursday, February 3

Bachmann: There’s Tea Party ‘Buzz’ In Hawaii

January 2011

Thursday, January 27

Capitol Watch: Jan. 28

Thursday, January 20

Can a House Divided Against Itself Stand

Capitol Watch: Jan. 20

Wednesday, January 19

Capitol Watch, Jan. 19: Live Blogging Opening Day of the Legislature

Friday, January 14

30 Minutes With the Most Powerful Man In Hawaii

December 2010

Wednesday, December 8

Capitol Watch: Dec. 9

November 2010

Monday, November 29

Capitol Watch: Nov. 30

October 2010

Tuesday, October 26

Same Old Legislature?

It’s Good To Be Dan Inouye

September 2010

Friday, September 17

Only One Incumbent Loses Legislative Seat

August 2010

Tuesday, August 24

Video of Sen. Inouye’s Community Celebration

Friday, August 20

Sunday in Moiliili With Dan

Wednesday, August 11

HGEA: ‘Working Together’ for Mufi, Kirk and Brian

July 2010

Saturday, July 24

Legislative Turnover? Not Going to Happen

Saturday, July 17

Look For the Union Label

Wednesday, July 14

Is the Bluest of States Bleeding Red?

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, June 14

Monday, July 12

GOP Aims To Field Candidates in Most Local Races

Wednesday, July 7

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, July 7

June 2010

Wednesday, June 30

Land Use: A Right or a Privilege?

Monday, June 28

Hawaii GOP Runs Radio Ads to Recruit Candidates

UPDATE: With Passing of Sen. Robert Byrd, Hawaii’s Dan Inouye Becomes Senate President Pro-Tem

Wednesday, June 23

Hawaii Links for Wednesday, June 23

Tuesday, June 22

Hawaii Links for Tuesday, June 22

Friday, June 18

Hawaii Links For Friday, June 18

Tuesday, June 15

Hawaii Links for Tuesday, June 15

May 2010

Monday, May 31

Case Withdraws: Money Makes The World Go Round

Case Closed: What Ed’s Bombshell Means For Democrats

Thursday, May 27

Can Hawaii Democrats Unite At Weekend Convention?

UPDATE: Mufi Hannemann Declares Bid For Governor

Monday, May 24

UPDATE: Monday Morning Quarterbacking On The Djou Win

Mr. Djou Goes To Washington

Sunday, May 23

1st District Voters Send Djou to Congress

Tuesday, May 18

UPDATE: Abercrombie Opens Second Big Isle Campaign Office

Monday, May 17

UPDATE: Aiona, Finnegan ‘Team Up’ On Energy Issues

Thursday, May 13

Discussion: 1st Congressional District Special Election

Wednesday, May 12

UPDATE: The Four Bs On Hawaii Politics

Tuesday, May 11

Civil Beat Poll: Obama Still Riding Wave In Hawaii

UPDATE: Special Elections Past and Present

Monday, May 10

Civil Beat Poll: Djou On Way To May 22 Victory

Friday, May 7

UPDATE: Special Election Maybe Not So Special

Thursday, May 6

UPDATE: More National Attention on 1st Congressional Race

Tuesday, May 4

UPDATE: Congressional Debate Shows Dems on the Run

Monday, May 3

UPDATE: GOP Star Scott Brown Endorses Djou

Sunday, May 2

Discussion: Hawaii

Hirono: ‘Never Take Anything For Granted’

News Flash: Rep. Hirono Elected to Third Term

Minority Report: GOP and the 2010 Hawaii Legislature

April 2010

Monday, April 26

Is Hawaii helped by uncontested elections?

Friday, April 23

Inouye Stands Tall While Others May Fall

Thursday, April 22

Unknown candidates for No. 2 no help for Aiona