Political Radar

House GOP

December 31st, 2014

House Republicans on Wednesday organized behind Rep. Beth Fukumoto Chang (R, Mililani-Mililani Mauka-Waipio Acres) for the upcoming Legislative session. In a news release, Fukumoto Chang said: “Our caucus worked through a lot of disagreements and differences of opinion in the last few weeks, and that dialogue is important for any organization. I’m glad that we’llREAD MORE


New attorney

December 30th, 2014

Blake Oshiro, who served three years as deputy chief of staff under former Gov. Neil Abercrombie, is returning to private practice, joining the law firm of Alston Hunt Floyd and Ing as director of counsel. Oshiro, a former state representative, joins the firm’s government relations team. In a news release, Oshiro said: “I look forward toREAD MORE


"808 State Update"

December 24th, 2014

After his loss in the November general election, Republican gubernatorial candidate James “Duke” Aiona is moving on to the next phase of his political life: a talk radio show. In a holiday email sent to supporters on Wednesday, Aiona outlined his immediate future: First, I will continue my legal practice with an emphasis on EstateREAD MORE


Chief of staff

December 22nd, 2014

Long-time public policy executive Rod Tanonaka has been selected as chief of staff for U.S. Rep.-elect Mark Takai. Tanonaka has been serving in the same capacity for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who Takai will succeed in office, a Takai spokesman said in a news release Monday. Tanonaka, who will be based in Hawaii, has known TakaiREAD MORE


Committeewoman's Report

December 11th, 2014

One of the state’s top Republicans says the party needs to study and try to emulate the winning formula of former Gov. Linda Lingle, who became Hawaii’s first GOP governor since statehood when she was elected in 2002 and 2006. In her report submitted to the state committee, Hawaii Republican National Committeewoman Miriam Hellreich urgedREAD MORE


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