Monday, August 13, 2012

Hawaii election oversight scrutinized, Democrats take aim at Lingle, Hawaii Island Senate candidate to protest close vote, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Richard Halverson
Hawaii Democratic Unity Breakfast, courtesy Richard Halverson
Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Sunday that the state should review oversight of elections after irregularities on Hawaii island during the primary. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii's Democratic party candidates woke up early Sunday to prepare for the general election and to signal that they're uniting to battle Linda Lingle in the race for the U.S. Senate. Hawaii News Now.

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle is opening the final push in Hawaii’s race for U.S. Senate seat by tying her opponent Mazie Hirono to a Congress that has abysmal approval ratings. Associated Press.

Hawaii's U.S. Senate campaigns heat up as candidates take aim at one another. KITV4.

Former Gov. Linda Lingle on Sunday sought to tie U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono to a deeply unpopular Congress, while Hirono said national Republicans do not care that Lingle portrays herself as bipartisan in Hawaii because she would vote with their interests in the U.S. Senate. Star-Advertiser.

In the race for Hawaii's U.S. Senate seat, it's one person versus an entire party. Civil Beat.

Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard grabbed the majority of votes in all but one of 27 state House districts on her way to besting former Mayor Mufi Hannemann and four other candidates for the Democratic nomination for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat. Star-Advertiser.

Where They Won: Breakdown of Senate, Congress, Mayor Races. Civil Beat.

Despite a hotly contested Honolulu mayor’s race and primaries for the Senate and U.S. House, Hawaii appears likely to remain among the states with the lowest voter turnout following Saturday’s primary election. Star-Advertiser.

The political and economic winds are shifting for plans to build wind farms on Lanai and Molokai and ship the power to Oahu via undersea cable. Civil Beat.

Hawaii is the second worst in the nation for patient safety during hospital surgeries but has the lowest number of breast and prostate cancer deaths, according to a recent federal government report on health care quality. Star-Advertiser.

A growing dispute between the state and two private schools that serve special-needs students at public expense is putting a spotlight on new efforts to hold private schools that get public money for special-education students to tougher accountability standards. Star-Advertiser.

State roundup for Aug. 13. Associated Press.

Oahu

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano won 33 of the 35 legislative House districts on Oahu on his way to becoming the top vote-getter in the mayoral primary election Saturday. Star-Advertiser.

The most notable aspect of Saturday’s primary was that the incumbent, Mayor Peter Carlisle, lost, with only 25 percent of the vote. This just doesn’t happen in Hawaii. Civil Beat.

Jim Donovan and Rich Sheriff are scheduled to return to work at the University of Hawaii today after a three-week external investigation cleared both of wrong­­doing in the Stevie Wonder concert fiasco. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

State Senate candidate Lorraine Inouye has refused to concede her race, choosing instead to prepare for a possible legal challenge against the narrow election victory to incumbent Sen. Malama Solomon. Tribune-Herald.

One Big Island candidate feels that polling problems on her island may have affected the race. KHON2.

For the first time in Hawaii County’s history, the number of people voting absentee exceeded the number of regular voters who cast their ballots on Saturday. Tribune-Herald.

Maui

A statewide community forum - with videoconferencing from Maui - will be held Wednesday to discuss changes to Medicare and Medicaid services as allowed by the federal Affordable Care Act. Maui News.

The Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) will hold statewide public hearings, starting Monday August 20, for adoption of new Hawai‘i Administrative Rules (HAR) for the PLDC. Maui Now.

Kauai

Saturday’s lowest-ever percentage turnout for a primary election on Kaua‘i is somewhat offset by the highest-ever number of registered voters for the general election. Garden Island.

The Kaua‘i Planning Commission will continue Tuesday a public hearing initiated July 24 on the expansion of the Princeville Center. Garden Island.

Molokai

A once-in-20-year opportunity is coming up for Molokai residents to share feedback and suggestions for the cable television service provided by Oceanic Time Warner Cable. Molokai Dispatch.

On Molokai, one of the largest landowners in the state is attempting to legalize its controversial method of transporting drinking water. Hawaii Public Radio.