Monday, September 20, 2010

Money doesn't equal win in primary races, GOP wants term limits, parties patch divides, voter turnout high, more election news

The day after a bruising primary campaign, gubernatorial rivals Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann put aside their primary rivalry and greeted each other warmly Sunday at the Hawaii Democratic Party's Unity Breakfast. Hawaii News Now.

Emotions ran high as Neil Abercrombie and Mufi Hannemann joined forces at the Hawaii Democratic Party’s post-election unity breakfast on Sunday. KITV.

The word "unity" doesn't spring to mind when thinking of Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie. Civil Beat.

Former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie tapped into a reservoir of support among traditional Democrats in his primary victory on Saturday but also did remarkably well in regions that often favor independents and conservatives. Star-Advertiser.

Democratic candidate Neil Abercrombie's domination spanned all counties except Kauai. It was a blowout. KITV.

The cheering started early at the old Comp USA building on Ala Moana Boulevard well before the first print-out was released. But when it was, the intensity in the room rose to a different level. KHON2.

Having the most money didn’t prove to be an advantage in the state’s major primary races. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii Republicans gathered in a show of unity and to unveil a legislative action plan outlining their proposals to improve Hawaii's economy, education and government. KITV.

The state Republican Party is proposing term limits for state legislators and a rule requiring that a supermajority in the state House approve all tax hikes. Associated Press.

The 42.8 percent of registered voters who cast ballots for Saturday's primary election exceeded the turnout in the last two primary elections.Star-Advertiser.

With 39 of 40 precincts reporting late Saturday night, Maui County turnout was only 34.2 percent. Maui News.

Lynda Goin has made it a point to cast her ballot every election year. This year was no different. West Hawaii Today.

A mapping error has led 370 voters on Maui to be assigned to the wrong election district. Associated Press.

 Democrat Brian Schatz and Republican Lynn Finnegan emerged victorious Saturday night from a big field of lieutenant gubernatorial candidates. West Hawaii Today.

While Hawaii's gubernatorial race and several Big Island County Council seats were hotly contested, eight candidates for state House of Representatives seats cruised on through to November unopposed. Tribune-Herald.

Incumbent Rep. Cindy Evans will face Republican Scott "Hendo" Henderson for the 7th House District representing South Kona and North Kohala. Tribune-Herald.

It was a virtual dead heat after early election returns, but Rep. Faye Hanohano is her party's choice for the 4th state House District. Tribune-Herald.

Democratic state House Reps. Joe Souki and Joe Bertram III easily fended off primary election challenges Saturday night. Maui News.

Former city prosecutor Peter Carlisle bested a field of three other candidates to win the Honolulu mayor's race.Hawaii News Now.

With just two years in office before facing the voters for re-election, Mayor-elect Peter Carlisle is focusing on short-term goals for his new administration. Star-Advertiser.

Kaua‘i voters lined up largely behind Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. in Saturday’s primary election. Garden Island.

The University of Hawaii will sweeten a legislative funding request to restore about $50 million in state cuts by making a portion of the appropriation contingent on meeting key outcomes. Star-Advertiser.

When the Kekaha shrimp farm was in full operation several years ago, ocean currents dispersed millions of gallons of shrimp-smelling wastewater that the company dumped daily near the shore. Garden Island.