Plaza Club

October 31st, 2014
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Former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona had a fundraiser for his Republican campaign for governor at the Plaza Club on Friday morning.

The recommended donation was $100.

Aiona is up against state Sen. David Ige, the Democrat, and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the independent, on Tuesday.

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October 31st, 2014
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State House Speaker Joseph Souki has picked up the support of five more House Democrats, sources say, bringing his leadership group to 34 Democrats.

The shift, which was described by sources close to House leadership and confirmed by two of the five lawmakers involved, gives the Maui Democrat added security in the event some of his loyalists lose re-election on Tuesday.

Twenty-six votes are needed to control the House, and the seven House Republicans had aligned with Souki and dissident Democrats to remove former Speaker Calvin Say from power last year. Minority Republicans received three committee vice chairmanships, including the vice chairmanship of the House Finance Committee, as part of the deal.

Sources predict that Republicans will likely not receive the committee posts when the House reorganizes after the election.

Rep. Marcus Oshiro leads Say's old faction.

Watch

October 30th, 2014
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The New York Times provided a summary on Hawaii in its races to watch for Tuesday:

On the governor's race:

There is no incumbent in this race: David Ige, a state senator, walloped the increasingly unpopular Gov. Neil Abercrombie in the Democratic primary, beating him 66 percent to 31 percent.

That sets up Hawaii for a three-way race among Mr. Ige, who has served in the Legislature since 1986; Duke Aiona, a Republican former lieutenant governor; and Mufi Hannemann, a former mayor of Honolulu, who is running as an independent.

Mr. Ige beat out the governor with his low-key style, holding coffee hours around the state. He has the support of Hawaii’s two most powerful labor unions, opposes a proposal to put public money into private preschools, and plans to push development of the local tech industry. But a Democratic victory is not a sure thing, even in this traditionally blue state. It is not clear whether Mr. Abercrombie’s defeat will help or hurt Mr. Ige. At issue: the state’s troubled health exchange, rising homelessness and questions about how to balance tourism — the state’s economic engine — and sustainability.

Liberty

October 29th, 2014
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Jeff Davis, the Libertarian candidate for governor, has condemned the influence of money in politics during his campaign, mocking political fundraising as "pay-to-play" corruption.

So it was not surprising that the solar contractor and talk radio host has raised just $5,463.

But his largest donor -- at $4,000 -- is a surprise: James H. Pflueger.

The retired auto dealer was sentenced this month to seven months in prison for his role in the Ka Loko dam breach in 2006 that killed seven people on Kauai.

Friends and family

October 29th, 2014
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The latest campaign-finance report from the Hawaii Independent Party shows the challenges of creating a new political party from scratch during an election year.

Organizers have said that the party is more than just an extension of former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann's political ambition. But the party's donors are close to Hannemann, the independent candidate for governor.

Most of the $17,505 the party raised since the primary came from Vaofua Maughan -- Hannemann's sister -- her financier husband, Deryck Maughan, and Lester Chang, the former city parks director who is Hannemann's running mate.

The party has raised more than $83,700 overall.