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July 22nd, 2014

VoteVets, the political group that works to get veterans elected to public office and played a key role in helping elevate the name recognition of Tulsi Gabbard two years ago, is back in Hawaii with a new television ad in support of state Rep. Mark Takai in his bid for Congress.

The group on Tuesday announced it was making a $100,000 independent expenditure in support of Takai.

Funds are being put toward air time and a 30-second TV spot that highlights Hawaii's record of service to America, including the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, and Takai's work to get veterans much-needed health care. The ad:

Takai, a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard, has served in the state House since first winning election in 1994. He is foregoing re-election to that seat in 2014 in a bid for the 1st Congressional District, representing urban Oahu.

Others in the race include: State Sens. Donna Mercado Kim and Will Espero, City Councilmen Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang and Joey Manahan, and human rights advocate Kathryn Xian. The winner is likely to face Republican and former congressman Charles Djou in November.

Based in Washington, D.C., VoteVets had a significant presence during the 2012 2nd Congressional District Campaign. The group spent $317,000 in air time and ads supporting Gabbard, then a first-term Honolulu City Councilwoman, who was badly trailing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann at the outset of the race but came back to win the Democratic primary.

By law, an independent expenditure may not be coordinated with a campaign, but can focus on issues that benefit a candidate.

Founded in 2006,  VoteVets is backed by over 400,000 supporters. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.



July 21st, 2014

State Sen David Ige has debuted his first television advertisement in his Democratic primary challenge to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

Ige has not had the campaign money to advertise on TV before, instead getting his message out through radio ads and YouTube videos.

The TV spot, narrated by Ige's wife, Dawn, is called "Values" and is biographical.

Watch it here.

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IBEW endorsement

July 21st, 2014

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui has earned the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1260.

The endorsement was announced Sunday in a news release.

Brian Ahakuelo, the union's business manager/financial secretary, said in a statement:

“Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui comes from a working class family with strong local roots. With a growing family of his own, he understands what we need to make Hawaii a viable place to raise families. We at Local 1260 are very proud and honored to support Shan’s campaign for lieutenant governor."

The IBEW Local 1260 represents over 3,200 utility, broadcast, service maintenance and service contract employees in Hawaii and Guam.



Bold, progressive

July 18th, 2014

As the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate gets closer, the messages from interest groups are becoming increasingly urgent.

While there are some nuanced distinctions between U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa on Social Security, for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, the world is black-and-white.

Adam Green, the co-founder of the PCCC, which has endorsed Schatz, sent out the following blast:

The next U.S. Senator from Hawaii will be decided in less than a month. The winner will be either Colleen Hanabusa, a corporate Democrat who has voted to cut Social Security, or Senator Brian Schatz, a bold progressive who was one of the first to champion expanding Social Security along with us.

The debate they just had couldn't have made this clash any clearer. Schatz showed us what a Social Security champion looks like.

Watch a clip of their debate, and let us know how you can help ensure that Hawaii keeps its bold progressive Senator in office! <>

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In the debate, Schatz called out Hanabusa for her vote for the Simpson-Bowles plan to cut Social Security. He looked at her and asked, “Do you regret this?” She backpedaled, denied it, and tried to say her vote wouldn’t cut benefits. Then, in rebuttal, he read a letter the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare wrote to her -- it was damning.

This is about the future of the Democratic Party and Social Security. If we want to protect and expand Social Security, we need Brian Schatz in the Senate. With less than a month to go before the primary election, Schatz needs our support now.

Watch the epic video, and tell us how you can help ensure that Hawaii's next Senator is the true bold progressive candidate.

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

-- Adam Green, PCCC co-founder

LG vids

July 18th, 2014

The top two candidates in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor have new videos supporting their campaigns.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui has a new TV commercial out this week. The 30-second spot features the Maui native talking about his experience as a small business owner and his legislative record as state Senate president.

Meanwhile, Democratic state Sen. Clayton Hee has an online endorsement video released this week, featuring North Shore resident Denise discussing the judiciary chairman's efforts for the community, environment and social justice.

The Democratic primary for lieutenant governor also includes former TV journalist Mary Zanakis, Sam Puletasi and Miles Shiratori. Both are unopposed.


On the Republican side, Elwin Ahu, a senior pastor at New Hope Oahu, faces Honolulu entrepreneur Kimo Sutton. Those two squared off in a debate Thursday night on PBS Hawaii's Insights.

The race for lieutenant governor also includes Les Chang, running for the Indpendent Party, and Libertarian Cynthia "Lahi" Marlin.