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

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was sailing smoothly into a second two-year term Tuesday night, leading Republican Kawika Crowley in the race to represent rural Oahu and the neighbor islands in the U.S. House.

    Gabbard had 76 percent of the vote, to 18 percent for Crowley, according to early returns. Libertarian Joe Kent had 2 percent.

    Gabbard, a 33-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party, hardly had to campaign this election after running unopposed in the Aug. 9 primary.

    Tuesday marks the second time Gabbard has defeated Crowley, a 63-year-old

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

    · By Nathan Eagle

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is many things. A combat veteran. A Hindu. A national media darling.

    She’s also the Democratic candidate running to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District for another two years.

    The race has received scant attention, though, as less lopsided contests and controversial ballot measures have dominated the political discourse.

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, seen here at AFGE’s annual legislative conference last year, is seeking election Tuesday to a second term in office.


    In her first shot at a congressional seat in

  • Tulsi Gabbard Wants U.S. to Suspend Visa Waivers for European Countries

    · By Nathan Eagle

    U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is calling on the Obama Administration to immediately suspend the Visa Waiver Program for countries that have thousands of citizens fighting alongside Islamic extremists in the Middle East or elsewhere.

    In a statement, she names three European countries as examples of nations with people who have left to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL (also referred to as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS).

    “As things presently stand, Islamic extremists holding British, German, French or other European passports can simply get on a plane

  • An Open Letter to Tulsi Gabbard

    · By Dave Pellegrin

    The Civil Beat staff has voiced frustration over its inability to get timely responses from you or your staff. Here’s my own recent experience:

    As one of your constituents — and an Army veteran — I submitted a question to your website several weeks ago. After getting no response, I followed up on Aug. 14 with a phone call to your Washington, D.C., office.

    An apologetic aide told me I’d be hearing back within a day or so. So far, nothing. I’m now asking more openly.

    In July, as reported by Associated Press:

  • Sen. Mazie Hirono Takes on VA Over Hawaii Vet Problems

    · By Nick Grube

    Hawaii veterans complained to U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono on Tuesday about the reams of bureaucracy that often prevent them from getting timely access to health care and other services.

    Among their concerns were the long waits to be seen by Veterans Affairs doctors, troubles traveling from the neighbor islands and an overall sense that their needs are being ignored by those whose job it is to serve them.

    “The core issue may be one of attitude,” said Victor Craft, a Vietnam War veteran from Oahu. “The veteran is not a piece of

  • Chad Blair: Is Tulsi Gabbard Hawaii’s Invincible Rep?

    · By Chad Blair

    The first-term congresswoman from Hawaii has $800,000 in campaign cash with no credible challenger in sight.

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

    · By Adrienne LaFrance

    Digging beneath the surface of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s new campaign ad.

  • Report Cards for Hawaii’s D.C. Delegates: How’d They Do?

    · By Chad Blair

    Schatz and Gabbard each got a bill passed, Hanabusa co-sponsored a lot of bipartisan measures and Hirono missed only one vote.

  • Hawaii’s Hanging Chad: Tweets from the Holy Land

    · By Chad Blair

    Nice photos, but was the trip by Hawaii reps Hanabusa and Gabbard really worth it?

  • Gabbard’s Limited Fundraising Signals Senate Run Unlikely

    · By Kery Murakami

    Congresswoman’s new campaign report shows a sizable campaign war chest for re-election, but suggests no Senate run.

  • Hawaii Delegation Backs Reforms Against Military Sexual Assaults

    · By Kery Murakami

    New legislation would make it easier for victims of sexual assaults in the military to come forward.

  • Maui Tea Party Group: IRS Intimidated Us

    · By Kery Murakami

    Organization’s former president says IRS application that took more than two years.