`Values,' too

July 29th, 2014

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's latest television advertisement is a direct appeal to voters to preserve Hawaii's values.

In the ad, the congresswoman, who is facing U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary, says she worries that Hawaii is becoming too much like everywhere else.

The primary has divided Democrats and has also stirred racial and local tensions that simmer in the islands.


July 29th, 2014

State Rep. James Tokioka reported raising $29,595 during the past six months for his re-election campaign and $72,577 for the election cycle.

The Kauai Democrat's initial filing this month did not show any contributions between January and June, even though he had held two fundraisers.

Tokioka is facing Dylan Hooser, Kauai County Councilman Gary Hooser's son, in the Democratic primary.

`My side'

July 28th, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent out a fundraising appeal over the weekend on behalf of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz to members of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Warren and the PCCC have both endorsed Schatz over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary.

The Massachusetts Democrat stressed Schatz's support for expanding Social Security benefits:

Working families are getting crushed, squeezed and hammered – and too many people in Washington are working to make it even worse.

Since joining the Senate, I've done my best to fight back to hold Wall Street accountable, reduce student debt, and expand Social Security benefits.

One senator who has been my strong progressive ally is Brian Schatz of Hawaii.

Brian has fought by my side to expand Social Security benefits instead of cutting them. Now, he's being attacked for his work protecting our seniors and most vulnerable.

Hawaii’s primary is in just two weeks. Will you please donate $3 to help Brian win?

In Washington, there are some people I know I can count on during big fights like Social Security. Groups such as the PCCC, and senators like Brian Schatz, Tom Harkin, Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, and Mark Begich have teamed up with me to take on powerful interests and stand up for people.

Protecting and even expanding Social Security benefits is building momentum -- with support growing stronger every month. With your help, Social Security cuts are off the table (for now).

Senators who stand strong for expanding Social Security benefits instead of cutting them should be applauded -- not attacked.

Please donate $3 to Brian Schatz today and fuel his victory in two weeks.

Brian's victory will send an important statement: that we keep the promises we make to our seniors so that after a lifetime of work, everyone can retire with dignity.

We can all do our part to make that happen.

'He reminds me of me'

July 28th, 2014

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is out with a new television ad in his election campaign.

The 30-second spot features former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka:

"What I appreciate most is that we share the same values: honesty, integrity, caring for others. He embodies the best of the aloha spirit."

The full ad:

Tsutsui , the former president of the state Senate, ascended to the lieutenant governor's position following the appointment of his predecessor, Brian Schatz, to the U.S. Senate to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who died in December 2012.

Among his top challengers in the August Democratic primary is state Sen. Clayton Hee. The Republican primary features New Hope-Metro Pastor Elwin Ahu and entrepreneur Kimo Sutton.




On policy

July 27th, 2014

We looked into the competing views of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on a U.S. House vote to delay tougher clean air standards in the newspaper on Sunday.

The story is one of several that have examined policy differences between the two Democrats in the primary for Senate.

*Government surveillance

*A constitutional amendment on preschool funding

*Social Security

*Bipartisan Budget Act

*Arctic drilling

*Medicare drug rebates

*Marriage equality