Political Radar

Restoring clout

January 15th, 2015

From the In Case You Missed It file: Hawaii’s congressional delegation was featured in the Washington, D.C.-based outlet The Hill, in a piece on how the members are attempting to recapture influence on defense and national security in the absence of former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, who retired in 2012, and the late U.S. Sen.READ MORE


Majority package

January 15th, 2015

The Senate Majority has finalized its set of priorities for the Legislative session, and plans to focus in three main areas: energy and food resiliency, community well-being and smart growth, and government effectiveness. In a memo to members, leadership outlines those priorities “that will improve the quality of life for revenue everyone in Hawaii.” TheREAD MORE


Making his case

January 12th, 2015

State Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, who last month announced he was switching parties from Republican to Democrat, must now make his case to the state Democratic Party. The meeting before the Oahu County Committee’s Executive Committee is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday at a location to be determined. In an email to members on Monday,READ MORE


Lincoln Dinner

January 12th, 2015

Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona was announced Monday as the keynote speaker for next month’s Lincoln Dinner held annually by the Hawaii Republican Party. The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Ko`olau Ballrooms in Kaneohe. In a news release, Hawaii GOP Chairwoman Pat Saiki said: “We are honored to haveREAD MORE


Committee assignment

January 9th, 2015

New Hawaii U.S. Rep. Mark Takai has been named to the House Armed Services Committee, his office announced Friday. Takai, a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii National Guard, said his top priorities would include “ensuring that Hawaii remains at the center of the defense rebalance,¬†with adequate resources and funding.” He also plans to focus onREAD MORE


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