Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tsutsui remains Senate president, Hawaii ballot shortages widespread, Inouye defends UH president, HECO posts profit, Maui council keeps 2-year terms, Hawaii County Council gets 6 newbies, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

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Hawaii state Capitol (c) 2012 All Hawaii News
State Sen. Shan S. Tsutsui from Maui has been re-elected president of the state Senate. Maui News.


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A major election-day snafu led to a ballot shortage across Oahu that has some calling for an investigation. KHON2.

State elections officials acknowledged Wednesday that they failed to order enough paper ballots for Oahu, causing long waits for a turn at electronic voting machines and leading many people to walk away in frustration without casting a vote. Associated Press.

The state Office of Elections will change how it calculates the number of ballots needed at individual polling places and consider keeping reserve ballots on hand at precincts after an Election Day failure that had 70 polling places on Oahu running short or running out of paper ballots and hundreds of frustrated voters waiting hours to vote. Star-Advertiser.

The State Office of Election said at least 23 Oahu polling places ran out of paper ballots. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaii Chief Election Officer Scott Nago said Wednesday that the state did not give precincts enough paper ballots on Election Day because of an error in the formula used to determine the number of ballots. KITV4.
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Hundreds of voters on O’ahu were delayed on Election Night because a number of polling stations ran out of ballots. Hawaii Public Radio.

One thing is perfectly clear: Hawaii remains just about the bluest of the blue states, despite decades of talk that a GOP resurgence is just around the next electoral corner. Civil Beat.

Four more years in office potentially means more visits home to Hawaii for the First Family. Most of the reaction to their trips is positive, and many are hoping the President's next term will help open even more doors to the Asia-Pacific market. Hawaii News Now.

U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono's landslide victory over former Gov. Linda Lingle for U.S. Senate was built on a coordinated get-out-the-vote campaign by Democrats that exceeded expectations.Star-Advertiser.

Republican Senate candidate Linda Lingle, a two-term governor, carried just one of Hawaii's 51 state House districts, while GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney failed to do even that, a Civil Beat analysis of general election results shows. Civil Beat.

After trouncing former Gov. Linda Lingle, Mazie Hirono is embracing her standing as the state’s first woman — and the nation’s first Asian-American woman — to serve as senator. Associated Press.

Hawaii’s powerful Senior Senator Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, showed he still has control of state politics. Hawaii Reporter.

Election Day 2012 was a big win for the Pacific Resource Partnership and its membership of unionized carpenters and contractors. Civil Beat.

As the University of Hawaii regents held their third closed-door meeting on the future employment of UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, Hawaii's senior senator is expressing support for the embattled leader. Star-Advertiser.

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents has approved the deal that removed Jim Donovan as UH athletic director and created a new communications position in the office of Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple. Hawaii News Now.

The University of Hawaii Intercollegiate Athletics Office lacks proper controls for handling cash and ticketing to certain events and activities, an internal audit has found. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. reported a third-quarter profit of $47.7 million, or 49 cents per diluted share, compared to a profit of $48.4 million or 50 cents per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2011. Pacific Business News.

Oahu
From the city standpoint, the election of Kirk Caldwell as Honolulu’s next mayor means that the rail transit project is back on track ­— never mind the federal and state lawsuits holding it up. Pacific Business News.

Support for the city of Honolulu's controversial $5.3 billion rail project has grown since voters first agreed to build a steel-on-steel transit system in November 2008. KITV4.

The State Transportation Department unveiled new plans Wednesday night to transform the section of roadway, between Middle Street and Pensacola. KHON2.

Former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell beat former Gov. Ben Cayetano in 24 of 35 House districts on his way to winning the mayor's seat Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii

An influx of newcomers is giving the Hawaii County Council an unusual opportunity to have all nine elected members meet behind closed doors to choose a new chairman and vice chairman. West Hawaii Today.

If there’s a lesson learned from Tuesday’s mayoral election, it may be that money goes a long way in politics, but it’s not everything. Tribune-Herald.

Kenoi strong in West Hawaii. West Hawaii Today.

There still exists a split between East and West Hawaii, if votes from the mayor’s race are any indication. Tribune-Herald.

Work on the long-awaited Hawaii Community College at Palamanui campus is expected to begin next year with the hope of opening to West Hawaii students in autumn 2014. West Hawaii Today.

Maui

Maui County voters rejected four-year terms for council members, keeping the two-year term status quo. But voters approved all 10 other proposed amendments to the Maui County Charter. Maui News.

Councilmember-elect Don Guzman is among three new faces that will represent Maui after winning respective races in last night’s general election. Maui Now.

Maui Democrat Kaniela Ing unseated Republican incumbent George Fontaine to win the state House seat representing South Maui in Tuesday's general election, pulling in 61 percent of votes in the hotly contested race. Maui News.

Kauai

The latest development in the Kapaia Swinging Bridge project brings its price tag right back to its original estimate of seven figures, as federal funds are being courted. Garden Island.

Voters and election volunteers said Tuesday’s general election went smoothly, with large turnouts and short lines, if any at all. Garden Island.

Alaska Airlines launched the inaugural direct flight from Lihu‘e to Portland, Ore. Garden Island.