Monday, November 1, 2010

Candidates make last big push, Obama lends a hand, walk-out looming for HELCO workers, medical marijuana patients can't fly with drug, vacation rentals at issue, more news from the Hawaiian Islands

President Obama is expected to participate in a tele-town hall event this afternoon in Hawaii to encourage voters to choose Democrats in tomorrow's election. Associated Press.

The state Democratic Party is set to hold its traditional campaign-ending rally on the Big Island. KITV4.

For anyone envisioning a DC-style political rally, Honolulu’s satellite “Rally to Restore Sanity” and “March to Keep Fear Alive” on Saturday bore no resemblance to the throngs that spewed out of Metro exits and milled about the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Hawaii Independent.

On the last weekend before Tuesday's big election, Hawaii's two major candidates for governor hit the road, crisscrossing Honolulu to fire up the troops and stimulate turnout. Associated Press.

Political candidates often say that the only poll that counts is the one on election day. Nowhere is that more true than in the race for the First Congressional District between Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa. Hawaii News Now.

The Democrats took a trolley ride, while Republicans went on a walking tour Sunday, as candidates made a final push for votes. KITV4.

A trolley filled with spirited supporters for the Republican candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor arrived at Windward Mall Sunday. KHON2.

Joining fans at the University of Hawaii volleyball game, were UH alumni, democratic candidate Neil Abercrombie and Tammy Duckworth. KITV4.

You could say every election is an uphill battle to the finish line...that wasn't any more evident than when the trolley carrying the democratic candidates for senate, congress and governor had an unexpected delay. KHON2.

James "Duke" Aiona doesn't want Big Island voters listening to West Hawaii Today. West Hawaii Today.

Maui mayoral candidates are venturing into new political territory this year - television. Maui News.

Republicans are positioned to wrest control of the House in this week's elections, the wind at their backs as they reach to capture the 40 seats they need to claim the majority — and potentially many more. Associated Press.

Hawaii's 1st Congressional District is in play. Need proof? National Republicans and Democrats have poured more than $1 million into the race in the last two weeks. Civil Beat.


Maui County voters on Tuesday will be asked to decide several proposed changes to the County Charter. Maui News.

Only days remain before the final votes are cast and the results tallied in what may be an election that brings new faces to the forefront of government, or leaves familiar names in place to govern with increasing challenges and reduced revenues. Lahaina News.

Big Island medical marijuana patients trying to take their pakalolo on interisland flights are increasingly finding themselves in court, despite a state law protecting them from prosecution. West Hawaii Today.

Not sure how many jobs your tax dollars have created through the federal stimulus program? Tribune-Herald.

Electric workers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island could soon walk off the job. KHON2.

Crystal Young worries about a proposed hotel on city land in Haleiwa after witnessing resort sprawl in her nearby Sunset Beach neighborhood, where there is little park space and dozens of residential houses cater to visitors. Star-Advertiser.

Maui County has gotten tough with illegal vacation rentals. Star-Advertiser.

Federal researchers are collecting plankton samples and floating plastic debris between Hawaii and the West Coast. Associated Press.

NOAA Fisheries scientists onboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer are collecting plankton samples from Hawaii to the U.S. West Coast and collecting floating plastic debris from the so-called “great Pacific garbage patch,” a concentrated area of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Hawaii Reporter.

The mayor of the Big Island is being criticized for spending $20,600 on his new television show after saying "This Week with Mayor Billy Kenoi" was being produced at no taxpayer expense. Star-Advertiser.

One in every 97 Kailua-Kona homes was in foreclosure in September, giving the West Hawaii community the worst foreclosure rate in the state. West Hawaii Today.

‘The Gathering Place’ links KCC One Stop Center. Garden Island.

A slow growth in remittance flows and export of Filipino workers overseas are expected to occur as the U.S. economy remains wanting in signs of a recovery on lackluster jobs data. Filipino Chronicle.