The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


HI 2012 Archives



Inouye’s death capped year of political shifts (Star Advertiser, 12/31/12)
Loss of Inouye means loss of clout for Hawaii (New York Times, 12/28/12)
With Schatz sworn in, a new era has begun (Star Advertiser, 12/28/12)
Neil Abercrombie, agent of transition (Civil Beat, 12/28/12)
Why Neil Abercrombie bucked Daniel Inouye pick (Politico, 12/27/12)
Hawaii Lt. Gov. picked to fill Senate seat (AP, 12/27/12)
EDITORIAL: Schatz must hit ground running (Star Advertiser, 12/27/12)
Who is Brian Schatz? (The Fix, 12/27/12)
Neil Abercrombie’s head-scratcher (The Fix, 12/27/12)
Why Abercrombie didn’t pick Hanabusa (Civil Beat, 12/26/12)
Hawaii’s Lt. Governor to succeed Inouye (New York Times, 12/26/12)
VIDEO: Hawaii’s lieutenant governor is named to the US Senate (Washington Post, 12/26/12)
Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz tapped to succeed Sen. Daniel Inouye (LA Times, 12/26/12)
Abercrombie picks Schatz to replace Inouye in US Senate (Star Advertiser, 12/26/12)
Senate seniority, not vanity, important for isles’ future (Star Advertiser, 12/26/12)
Gabbard sets sights on Inouye’s seat (Star Advertiser, 12/25/12)
Inouye’s last wish is Abercrombie’s biggest burden (Civil Beat, 12/24/12)
Governor stays ‘flexible’ on budget (Star Advertiser, 12/21/12)
Schatz throws hat into ring for Senate seat (Star Advertiser, 12/21/12)
State’s 5.3% jobless rate in November is lowest in 4 years (Star Advertiser, 12/21/12)
State urged to beef up its mental health services, outreach (Star Advertiser, 12/21/12)
EDITORIAL: Inouye aids rail one last time (Star Advertiser, 12/20/12)
Several Democrats step forward to apply for Inouye seat (Star Advertiser, 12/20/12)
Abercrombie: Spending increases for necessities (AP, 12/20/12)
Federal funds for rail plan sealed in signing ceremony (Star Advertiser, 12/20/12)
Hanabusa looks strong as possible replacement for Inouye (Star Advertiser, 12/20/12)
Isle delegation’s power decreases to nil (Star Advertiser, 12/20/12)
Hanabusa says she will apply for Senate vacancy (AP, 12/19/12)
Inouye’s call for Hanabusa puts Democrats on the spot (Star Advertiser, 12/19/12)
Inouye’s letter details his ‘last wish’ for his successor (Star Advertiser, 12/18/12)
Inouye’s impact on Hawaii was monumental (Star Advertiser, 12/18/12)
Governor asks $439M for new spending plan (Star Advertiser, 12/18/12)
Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement (Washington Post, 12/17/12)
Inouye asked governor to appoint Hanabusa in ‘last wish’ (Roll Call, 12/17/12)
Sen. Inouye dies at age 88 of respiratory illness (Star Advertiser, 12/17/12)
Abercrombie pledges isle inmates’ return (Star Advertiser, 12/16/12)
Hawaii teachers unleash work-to-rule campaign (Truthout, 12/8/12)
Federal judge dismisses suit over isle gun laws (Star Advertiser, 12/8/12)
HSTA Prez: Teachers have right to ‘Work to Rule’ protests (Civil Beat, 12/6/12)
Abercrombie on the mend from shoulder surgery (Civil Beat, 12/6/12)
Elections went smoothly till lawmakers took action (Star Advertiser, 12/5/12)
VIDEO: Gov reassures state’s financial footing in light of fiscal cliff talk (KITV, 12/5/12)
COMMENTARY: Elections went smoothly till lawmakers took action (Star Advertiser, 12/5/12)
Abercrombie: Hawaii heading in ‘other direction’ of fiscal cliff (Civil Beat, 12/4/12)
UH Regents agree to senate committee’s recommendations (Civil Beat, 12/4/12)
Regents, Greenwood agree with Senate panel recommendations (Star Advertiser, 12/4/12)
Who will lead if Inouye and Abercrombie leave office? (Civil Beat, 12/4/12)
‘Marcy – it’s the governor calling – Abercrombie calls UH president about ‘Wonder Blunder’ (Hawaii Reporter, 12/4/12)
Gov. Neil Abercrombie asks PLDC to take a time-out (Civil Beat, 11/23/12)
Abercrombie asks public land agency to delay steps (AP, 11/23/12)
State encouraged by strong bond sales, Hawaii governor said (Hawaii Reporter, 11/19/12)
Governor statement on resumption of HSTA collective bargaining (Hawaii 24/7, 11/17/12)
Hawaii’s solar power flare-up: Too much of a good thing? (LA Times, 11/17/12)
Two different pictures for North Shore wind farms (Civil Beat, 11/17/12)
State ethics code change allows abuse of power by lawmakers (Civil Beat, 11/16/12)
Gov. responds to criticism from teachers union over lack of progress in contract negotiations (Hawaii Reporter, 11/16/12)
Abercrombie appoints Information, Technology deputies (Civil Beat, 11/16/12)
Kendra Oishi, Christine Hirasa named to Abercrombie’s executive staff (Pacific Business News, 11/16/12)
Gov names new Dir for Policy, Deputy for Communications (Civil Beat, 11/16/12)
Council wraps up 2 legislative packages (The Garden Island, 11/16/12)
Is the NRA gaining ground in Hawaii? National president visits (Civil Beat, 11/15/12)
Public calls spurred UH hearings, state senator says (Star Advertiser, 11/15/12)
UH president sought $2M in return for resignation (Star Advertiser, 11/14/12)
Honolulu Council to Abercrombie: Investigate the election (Civil Beat, 11/14/12)
Hawaii’s booming solar industry in uproar over new tax credit rules (Civil Beat, 11/14/12)
University of Hawaii President = Whistleblower? (Civil Beat, 11/14/12)
VIDEO: Was MRC ready to call it quits? (KITV, 11/13/12)
Hawaii teachers union ramps up protests amid contract stalemate (Civil Beat, 11/13/12)
Hawaii state proposal would shut down solar energy, jobs (Infozine, 11/12/12)
Hawaii’s strong credit rating reaffirmed (Hawaii 24/7, 11/11/12)
Teacher work protest & contract talks approach; labor board in limbo (KHON2, 11/9/12)
VIDEO: Citing spiraling costs, Abercrombie slashes PV credits (KITV, 11/9/12)
Hawaii’s powerful senior senator shows he still has control of Island politics (Hawaii Reporter, 11/7/12)
Hawaii US Senate: Hirono trounces Lingle (Civil Beat, 11/6/12)
VIDEO: Abercrombie cheers Obama, Hirono victory (Civil Beat, 11/6/12)
5 things to know for Election Day in Hawaii (AP, 11/6/12)
Abercrombie: ‘It couldn’t be better for Hawaii’ (Ka Leo, 11/6/12)
What’s at stake in the 2012 election (Civil Beat, 11/5/12)
Obama boosts Hirono in Hawaii (Politico, 11/4/12)
Abercrombie touts local ag during farm tour (West Hawaii Today, 11/3/12)
Mainland super PAC buys ads in support of Hirono (Star Advertiser, 11/3/12)
Hawaii GOP: Hirono’s only educational accomplishments are siding with union bosses (Hawaii Reporter, 11/2/12)
VIDEO: Abercrombie speaks out against attack ads (KITV, 11/1/12)
Suit against PRP’s ugliness might expose secret donors (Star Advertiser, 10/31/12)
Slightly fewer voters voice approval of Abercrombie (Star Advertiser, 10/30/12)
Maui Democrats rally days before general election (Maui Now, 10/29/12)
Rail pulls back in favor among voters (Star Advertiser, 10/28/12)
Churches’ civil unions suit dismissed in federal court (Star Advertiser, 10/28/12)
Editorial: Developing our public lands (Star Advertiser, 10/28/12)
Governor issues emergency proclamation as waves approach (Star Advertiser, 10/27/12)
Opinion: Pressure from lawmakers could leave UH flattened (Star Advertiser, 10/24/12)
Democratic rally draws 200 supporters (The Garden Island, 10/21/12)
Governor releases $91.9M for CIPs to continue economic momentum, job growth (Hawaii Reporter, 10/20/12)
Hawaii Supreme Court: Labor Board must explain delay in HSTA case (Civil Beat, 10/19/12)
Dela Cruz leaves Gov’s office for Dept of Education (Civil Beat, 10/19/12)
Governor’s communications director moving to DOE (Star Advertiser, 10/19/12)
Editorial: PLDC could divide state like Superferry once did (Star Advertiser, 10/19/12)
Top Abercrombie adviser enlisted to help beleaguered PLDC (Civil Beat, 10/18/12)
Group escalates mudslinging by tying Cayetano to GOP (Star Advertiser, 10/17/12)
Hawaii teachers halt labor negotiations, escalating conflict (Huffington Post, 10/16/12)
PRP mum on whose money it uses to attack Cayetano (Star Advertiser, 10/3/12)
Public gives standing ovation on resolution against Act 55 (The Garden Island, 9/28/12)
New program to ease doctor shortage, medical school debt (KITV, 9/28/12)
Hawaii Supreme Court upholds rail decision (Civil Beat, 9/27/12)
Isle’s energy at center of debate (Hawaii Tribune Herald, 9/27/12)
Opinion: Grill legislators on abuse of power in UH debacle (Star Advertiser, 9/26/12)
Most oppose Hawaii Judiciary’s plan to seal expunged records (Civil Beat, 9/26/12)
Council to consider resolution to repeal Act 55 (The Garden Island, 9/25/12)
Abercrombie & Obama administrations initiate partnership to improve workplace safety (Hawaii Reporter, 9/24/12)
The Natatorium Emails, Part 2: State considers how best to spin it (Civil Beat, 9/24/12)
Natatorium planning kept under wraps (Star-Advertiser, 9/23/12)
Group claims Natatorium planning being done behind the scenes (Hawaii News Now, 9/23/12)
Abercrombie loses another top aide (Civil Beat, 9/21/12)
Commentary: Sleep well! The Natatorium will soon be mine (Civil Beat, 9/21/12)
Gov’s Kauai meeting clouded by PLDC outrage (Civil Beat, 9/19/12)
Scuffle between Abercrombie and PLDC critics escalates (Civil Beat, 9/17/12)
Governor blasts agency’s critics (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 9/17/12)
Governor defends Hawaii public land agency (AP, 9/17/12)
As Abercrombie seethes, state gets suckered again (Star Advertiser, 9/16/12)
Commentary: Broken promise doesn’t bode well for Hawaiians (Maui News, 9/16/12)
Hawaiian officials sign clean energy agreement with China (Ballot News, 9/14/12)
Funds for land adjacent to airport released by gov. (Maui News, 9/13/12)
What does Tulsi Gabbard’s rising star do for Hawaii? (Civil Beat, 9/13/12)
Audio: Can a Republican win a Senate seat in Blue Hawaii? (NPR, 9/13/12)
Governor to host community meeting on Kauai (Hawaii Reporter, 9/12/12)
Commentary: Primary mess shows need for statewide authority (Star Advertiser, 9/12/12)
Tax Review Commission: Don’t kill the messenger (Civil Beat, 9/11/12)
Hawaii House Republicans oppose proposed GET increase (Hawaii Reporter, 9/11/12)
Gun rights dominate hearing on non-violence (Civil Beat, 9/6/12)
Honolulu to Supreme Court: Keep rail construction alive (Civil Beat, 9/6/12)
Abercrombie appointed to NGA’s Health and Homeland Security Committee (Pacific Business News, 9/6/12)
Hawaii Democrats question another candidate’s standing (Civil Beat, 9/5/12)
Pacific island governments form ocean partnership (AP, 9/4/12)
Governor urged to act to halt decline of reef fish (Maui News, 9/2/12)
Five isle residents in mix for OHA trustee seat (Maui News, 8/31/12)
Surf and Turf: An analogy between Hawaii Superferry and Honolulu Rail (Civil Beat, 8/30/12)
Commentary: Self-serving city leaders steered rail off the tracks (Star-Advertiser, 8/29/12)
Hawaii Health Insurance Exchange eyes January 2014 launch (Civil Beat, 8/28/12)
Rail derailed? Hawaii Supreme Court rules against Honolulu (Civil Beat, 8/24/12)
Tiny Hawaiian Island will see if new owner tilts at windmills (New York Times, 8/22/12)
Hawaii law prohibits voter intimidation (Civil Beat, 8/19/12)
Governor asks Hawaii teachers to consider mediation (AP, 8/17/12)
Pitch to bring natural gas to Hawaii heats up (Civil Beat, 8/17/12)
Gov asks teachers union to try federal mediation (Civil Beat, 8/16/12)
Hawaii ranks near bottom for doing business — but does it matter? (Civil Beat, 8/16/12)
Governor proposes mediation session with HSTA (KHON2, 8/16/12)
Big Island County clerk criticized for lack of planning, leadership for primary election (KHON2, 8/16/12)
Video: State House election results round-up (Big Island Video News, 8/16/12)
Hawaii County Clerk talks to Kona Tea Party about election (Civil Beat, 8/15/12)
State holding Medicare, Medicaid forum (Civil Beat, 8/15/12)
Hawaii GOP raises question of nepotism in state House race (Civil Beat, 8/15/12)
Lt. Gov. Schatz: Hawaii making strides when it comes to energy goals (Civil Beat, 8/15/12)
Governor releases funds for housing, Hana health center (Maui News, 8/15/12)
Abercrombie releases $16.9M for education, various capital projects (The Garden Island, 8/15/12)
Commentary: More voters, factors come into play in next election (Star-Advertiser, 8/15/12)
Financing biggest challenge for renewable energy projects (Pacific Business News, 8/14/12)
China-Hawaii clean energy collaboration sets framework (Hawaii 24/7, 8/14/12)
Abercrombie calls for elections oversight review (Maui News, 8/14/12)
Hawaii elections officials try to get to the bottom of Election Day ‘chaos’ (Hawaii Reporter, 8/14/12)
Confusion prevails on election day, for Hawaii media (Big Island Video News, 8/13/12)
Abercrombie: Hawaii wants to collaborate with renewable energy partners (Pacific Business News, 8/13/12)
Hawaii’s energy conference opens with message of urgency (Civil Beat, 8/13/12)
Hawaii county elections under state and council review, court likely (KHON2, 8/13/12)
Primary turnout still low despite hot races (Civil Beat, 8/12/12)
Abercrombie extends voting on Hawaii island after delays (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 8/12/12)
Governor orders extra 90 minutes for Big Island voting (The Garden Island, 8/12/12)
Lingle: Mudslinging from gov, lt. gov (Civil Beat, 8/11/12)
2012 Hawaii primary election results (Civil Beat, 8/11/12)
Gabbard completes upset by crushing Hanneman (Civil Beat, 8/11/12)
Hirono trounces Case, sets sights on Lingle (Civil Beat, 8/11/12)
Hawaii Legislature: Primary results could bring leadership change (Civil Beat, 8/11/12)
Abercrombie orders extension of Big Isle voting hours (Civil Beat, 8/11/12)
Video: Early voting on the upswing, boosted by more mail-in balloting (Hawaii News Now, 8/11/12)
Abercrombie orders voting extension for Big Island polling places (Hawaii News Now, 8/11/12)
Hawaii GOP: Big Island voters’ rights severely impacted (Hawaii Reporter, 8/11/12)
Election results delayed with late poll openings on Big Island (Maui News, 8/11/12)
Video: Abercrombie explains Big Island polling place issues (KHON2, 8/11/12)
First poll results released 2 hours after scheduled closing (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 8/11/12)
Some problems as polls open for primary voting (Civil Beat, 8/11/12)
Anti-pay-to-play petition circulated by PRP (Civil Beat, 8/10/12)
Hawaii and China to sign energy investment agreement (Big Island Video News, 8/10/12)
First natural gas imports to Hawaii expected this year (Civil Beat, 8/10/12)
The public file: Pre-primary ads cost Hawaii campaigns $5.5M (Civil Beat, 8/10/12)
Republican’s Lei of the Land (Civil Beat, 8/10/12)
What’s at stake in Hawaii’s primary election (Civil Beat, 8/10/12)
HI Gov. Neil Abercrombie releases $16.9M for capital improvements (Pacific Business News, 8/10/12)
Gov releases $20M for schools, hospitals, PBS, Mighty Mo (Civil Beat, 8/10/12)
Hawaii GOP demands elections explanation (Bis Island Video News, 8/10/12)
Setback for gay marriage in Hawaii (One Community, 8/10/12)
Assaults on Hawaii’s environment unite ‘strange bedfellows’ (Civil Beat, 8/9/12)
Off the Beat: Neil Abercrombie, Blues Brother in chief (Civil Beat, 8/8/12)
Could Alaska’s natural gas help power Hawaii? (Civil Beat, 8/8/12)
Hawaii and China to strengthen clean energy alliance (Civil Beat, 8/8/12)
Federal judge upholds Hawaii ban on same-sex marriage (Hawaii Reporter, 8/8/12)
Community School for Adults still afloat (The  Garden Island, 8/8/12)
How Hawaii can reverse the brain drain (Civil Beat, 8/7/12)
AOL founder offers business insight to Hawaii companies (KHON2, 8/3/12)
‘Pay-to-play’ corruption a Hawaii campaign theme (Civil Beat, 8/2/12)
Mufi’s last chance? (Civil Beat, 8/2/12)
Abercrombie raised $645K, Schatz $81K in first half of 2012 (Civil Beat, 8/1/12)
Abercrombie has $2.1M war chest for 2014 campaign (Star Advertiser, 8/1/12)
Pro-rail group spends $1M on ads against Honolulu mayoral candidate (KHON2, 8/1/12)
JULY 2012
Hawaii poll: Abercrombie gains in approval (KPUA, 7/31/12)
Attorney general looking into Big Island vote irregularities (KHON2, 7/31/12)
Hawaii hosts 4th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo (Hawaii Reporter, 7/30/12)
Hundreds expected at Hawaii Clean Energy Summit (Civil Beat, 7/30/12)
Health insurers, hospitals fund health care group (Insurance News Net, 7/28/12)
Two state offices jockey for governor’s favor (Hawaii Reporter, 7/27/12)
Governor’s campaign manager runs governor’s health care project (Hawaii Reporter, 7/27/12)
HTA: Hawaii tourism on pace for record year (Civil Beat, 7/26/12)
Governor releases funds for completion of Hilo airport cargo facility (Hawaii Now, 7/26/12)
State elections chief critical of Hawaii County clerk (Big Island Now, 7/26/12)
Hawaii Healthcare Project members include state’s major insurers (Pacific Business News, 7/26/12)
Hawaii Land Corp. pushes forward on projects, despite lack of rules (Civil Beat, 7/26/12)
Auditor: Act 221 cost Hawaii $1B in lost tax revenues (Civil Beat, 7/25/12)
Hawaii gay marriage suit weighed (Civil Beat, 7/25/12)
Gay marriage suit weighed (AP, 7/25/12)
New Hawaii teacher contract nowhere in sight (Civil Beat, 7/25/12)
Abercrombie to keynote Hawaii healthcare project meeting (Civil Beat, 7/25/12)
Federal judge hears legal arguments on same-sex marriage (AP, 7/24/12)
GOP lawmaker: Project Labor Agreements: Costly for Hawaii (Hawaii Reporter, 7/24/12)
Commentary: It’s time for a Save Hawaii coalition (Civil Beat, 7/23/12)
Governor: Hawaii ends fiscal year $300M in black (CBS MoneyWatch, 7/20/12)
Video: Taxes, tourism help bring positive balance to state (Hawaii News Now, 7/20/12)
Abercrombie vows to restore cut services as Hawaii ends last fiscal year $300M in black (AP, 7/20/12)
Abercrombie promises no more ‘fiscal sinkhole’ (Civil Beat, 7/19/12)
Kona coffee industry at odds over new Hawaii labeling law (CBS MoneyWatch, 7/19/12)
Kona coffee farmers fear new Hawaii law could hurt brand (Pacific Business News, 7/19/12)
One year later, Hawaii lawmakers still not reporting stock ownership (Civil Beat, 7/5/12)
Gov releases $75M for Honolulu airport projects (Civil Beat, 7/5/12)
Lawmakers decry Hawaii school bus cuts (The Maui News, 7/4/12)
Abercrombie won’t restore school bus service (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 7/3/12)
Off the beat: School bus operators get a free pass (Civil Beat, 7/2/12)
Watchdogs or lapdogs? (Civil Beat, 7/2/12)
Can a tax increase be in the works? (Civil Beat, 7/1/12)
JUNE 2012
Video: Abercrombie fields questions on Lanai sale (Civil Beat, 6/29/12)
Health care ruling could hurt Hawaii GOP (Civil Beat, 6/29/12)
Campaign cash flows when Hawaii lawmakers are in session (Civil Beat, 6/28/12)
Hawaii joins rest of nation by launching early learning program (Civil Beat, 6/28/12)
Hawaii gov signs energy bills, includes inter-island cable (Big Island Video News, 6/28/12)
Bill signing a big moment for Hawaii startups (Civil Beat, 6/27/12)
Abercrombie to sign undersea cable bill (Civil Beat, 6/27/12)
Hawaii gov singles out 19 bills for possible veto (Civil Beat, 6/25/12)
Gov. Abercrombie sends notice of intent to veto 19 bills (Hawaii Reporter, 6/25/12)
Abercrombie to veto Kona coffee certification bill (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/25/12)
Purchasing Hawaiian isle fits with mogul’s persona (AP, 6/22/12)
Decision on new Supreme won’t come until next week (Civil Beat, 6/22/12)
Does the sale of a Hawaiian Island matter? (Civil Beat, 6/22/12)
Audio: Oracle CEO purchases Hawaiian Island (NPR, 6/21/12)
Ellison buys most of Hawaiian Island of Lanai (Bloomberg, 6/21/12)
Hawaii lawmaker: Oracle CEO plans no major upheaval on Lanai after big land buy (Washington Post, 6/21/12)
Hawaii Gov: Oracle CEO to buy most of Lanai (CBS MoneyWatch, 6/20/12)
Haole? The unbearable whiteness of being (Civil Beat, 6/20/12)
The Hawaii cost of living: Ellison to buy Lanai (Forbes, 6/20/12)
Overthrowing the Democrats? Independents are a long shot (Civil Beat, 6/19/12)
Gov says no agreement for Haliewa Market, signs ‘progressive’ Ag bills (Civil Beat, 6/15/12)
Cahill named again to Circuit Court (Hawaii Reporter, 6/14/12)
Off the beat: When Hawaii Democrats eat their own (Civil Beat, 6/14/12)
Legal analysis says courts would have rejected Dem party challenge to Thielen candidacy (Civil Beat, 6/14/12)
Abercrombie: Hawaii first state to declare health-insurance exchange (Pacific Business News, 6/14/12)
Hawaii first to declare Health Insurance Exchange (Maui Now, 6/14/12)
Governor to establish health care exchange in Hawaii (Big Island Now, 6/14/12)
Judicial panel names gov’s pick to Maui post (Civil Beat, 6/14/12)
Appointment of judge announced then withdrawn (Maui News, 6/13/12)
State general fund revenues set to increase above pre-recession levels (Civil Beat, 6/13/12)
Hawaii Democrats won’t take legal action on Thielen (Civil Beat, 6/12/12)
Abercrombie says Maui judicial appointment was two days late (Pacific Business News, 6/12/12)
Abercrombie nominated Pollack for Supreme Court (Maui News, 6/8/12)
Abercrombie OKs creation of Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness; Colin Koppen named coordinator (Pacific Business News,6/8/12)
A fresh start on fighting homelessness in Hawaii (Civil Beat, 6/8/12)
Governor signs bill establishing homelessness council, coordinator (Big Island Now, 6/8/12)
Gov picks native Hawaiian as new homeless coordinator (Civil Beat, 6/8/12)
Should Hawaii Democrat stop Laura Thielen? (Civil Beat, 6/7/12)
Abercrombie: Change retirement age for judges (Civil Beat, 6/5/12)
Off and running: The race for Hawaii’s Legislature (Civil Beat, 6/5/12)
MAY 2012

Opinion: Vote highlights Democrats’ stranglehold on isle politics (Star Advertiser, 5/16/12)
Commentary: A lull before the storm, taxpayer should be wary (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/13/12)
Hawaii GOP hopes the future is theirs (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/12/12)
Lingle: United Hawaii GOP can win more seats (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/12/12)
Guv makes three Cabinet changes (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/11/12)
HELCO gets OK for geothermal RFPs (Pacific Business News, 5/11/12)
UHERO: Tourism continues to drive Hawaii’s recovery (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/11/12)
The public file: Who’s buying Hawaii political ads (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/11/12)
Hawaii legislative wrap-up gives win to governor (Pacific Business News, 5/11/12)
Businesses satisfied with 2012 session (Pacific Business News, 5/11/12)
Are Hawaii’s political financing rules for candidates effective? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/11/12)
Judicial panel names Hawaii court nominees (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/11/12)
Commentary: Obama’s stance no guarantee for gay marriage in Hawaii (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/11/12)
Hawaii tax revenues up 12.9% through April (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/10/12)
Governor weighs in on future of rail (KHON2, 5/10/12)
Video: Abercrombie questions status of rail (Hawaii News Now, 5/10/12)
Right-wing think tanks hatch plan to discredit wind energy (Honolulu Civil Beaat, 5/10/12)
Are Hawaii’s rules on how political parties can be financed effective? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/10/12)
Abercrombie: Let Oahu voters decide rail (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/10/12)
Cashing in: Hawaii candidates stockpiling campaign cash (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/10/12)
Hawaii unemployment numbers drop by 16.6% (Hawaii Reporter, 5/10/12)
Abercrombie: Rail will be settled in August election (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/10/12)
Obama support for same-sex marriage ripples through Hawaii politics (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/10/12)
Oshiro: 57% of gov’s bills passed (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/10/12)
HI Supreme Court: State must fund Dept. of Hawaiian home lands (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/9/12)
Aloha Oe: A report from the Legislature (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/9/12)
Hawaii voter registration could be online by 2016 (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/8/12)
Islands’ concerns over cable continue to fall on deaf political ears (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/7/12)
Little Hana makes big case for school funding review and reform (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/7/12)
Abercrombie statement on Race to the Top status (Hawaii 24/7, 5/6/12)
Editorial: More time for justice (New York Times, 5/6/12)
Video: Feds extend state’s high-risk Race status (KITV, 5/5/12)
Hawaii Race to the Top: ‘Not out of the woods yet’ (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/4/12)
Hawaii State Senate stays the course in 2012 legislative session (Hawaii Reporter, 5/4/12)
Hawaii state senate highlights job creation in 2012 session (Maui Now, 5/4/12)
Interisland power cable bill clears Hawaii Senate (CBS MoneyWatch, 5/4/12)
What’s behind HSTA’s change of heart? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/4/12)
As clock ticks down, lawmakers OK $11.2B budget bill (LoanSafe, 5/4/12)
Hawaii teachers union to revisit rejected contract (AP, 5/4/12)
Video: HSTA recommends second ratification vote (KITV, 5/4/12)
Hawaii retains $75M Race to the Top grant (Pacific Business News, 5/4/12)
Hawaii Legislature to sign off on fiscal measures (KHON2, 5/3/12)
Abercrombie responds to HSTA’s letter (Hawaii 24/7, 5/3/12)
Undersea cable bill headed to Abercrombie (Pacific Business News, 5/3/12)
HSTA to re-vote on rejected contract, meetings planned (Hawaii News Now, 5/3/12)
Governor shoots down plan for new vote on HSTA contract (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 5/3/12)
Governor rejects teachers union’s latest proposal (Big Island Now, 5/3/12)
HSTA plans for revote of rejected teachers contract (KHON2, 5/3/12)
Interisland undersea cable bill headed to gov’s desk (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/3/12)
Senate OKs interisland undersea cable bill (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/3/12)
Undersea cable bill gets 1 last chance in senate (CBS MoneyWatch, 5/2/12)
HSTA: Breakthrough in stalled negotiations (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/2/12)
Civil Beat poll: Hawaii opposes gay marriage, marijuana, rail (Honolulu Civil Beat, 5/2/12)
APRIL 2012
Lawmakers finally finish budget at 3AM (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/28/12)
Hawaii lawmakers stretch deadline to pass $11.2B budget (Civil Beat, 4/28/12)
State legislators end $11.2B budget stalemate (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 4/28/12)
Civil unions religious exemption in trouble? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/27/12)
State gives Haleiwa Farmers Market options, extension (Hawaii News Now, 4/27/12)
Hawaii Democrats: ‘Emotional chickens with our heads cut off’ (Civil Beat, 4/27/12)
Are conflict of interest rules for Hawaii’s pension fund trustees effective? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/27/12)
Hawaii budget bills getting ‘final touches’ (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/27/12)
Uncovering the truth about the undersea cable (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/27/12)
Crunch time at the Hawaii Legislature (Civil Beat, 4/27/12)
OIP questions the ‘State Accountability Project’ (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/27/12)
Lawmakers stuck in negotiations over construction spending (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 4/26/12)
Haleiwa Famer’s Market gets two more weeks at location (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 4/26/12)
Why environmental exemptions are a terrible policy for Hawaii (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/26/12)
Freedom of Information at stake in legislature (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/26/12)
Hawaii lawmakers pass not-so-open records bill (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/26/12)
Is Calvin Say holding the budget hostage? (Civil Beat, 4/26/12)
Is Hawaii’s pension fund managed transparently? (Civil Beat, 4/25/12)
‘Narrow’ religious exemption for civil unions law? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/24/12)
Court asked to halt Hawaii election to ‘remedy extraordinary wrong’ (Civil Beat, 4/24/12)
Hawaii governor’s wife, environmentalists urge bag bill’s passage (Pacific Business News, 4/20/12)
Environmentalists calling for Hawaii bag bill vote (CBS Moneywatch, 4/20/12)
Plastic bag tax supporters hold out hope for approval (KITV, 4/20/12)
BOE approves teacher evaluation plan (Maui News, 4/18/12)
Single-use bag bill in political death throes (Civil Beat, 4/18/12)
Abercrombie not backing Cayetano for mayor (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/18/12)
Senate confirms candidates for water panel (AP, 4/18/12)
Solving Natatorium issue could be governor’s legacy (Star-Advertiser, 4/17/12)
BOE approves new teacher evaluation policy (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 4/17/12)
Hawaii Ed Board embraces ‘opportunity’ to pass teacher evaluations (Civil Beat, 4/17/12)
Video: Water Commission nominee’s qualifications questioned (Civil Beat, 4/17/12)
Water Commission nominees confirmed amid growing outcry (Civil Beat, 4/17/12)
HI Senate approves water commissioners, new state comptroller (Hawaii Reporter, 4/17/12)
Hawaii cuts healthcare benefits to 3,500 adults (Huffington Post, 4/16/12)
Dalai Lama in Honolulu: One voice, many messages (Civil Beat, 4/15/12)
Are Hawaii’s conflict of interest rules effective? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/13/12)
Big settlement resolves Hawaii land question (Courthouse News Service, 4/12/12)
Video: Akaka and Abercrombie in harmony (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/12/12)
Three-decade-old ceded lands dispute resolved (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/12/12)
Crown Lands settlement signed into law (Maui Now, 4/11/12)
Governor signs settlement; OHA to get Kakaako land (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/10/12)
OHA settlement bill signed by governor (KHON2, 4/11/12)
OHA-Kakaako deal a victory for Abercrombie (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/11/12)
Does Hawaii have civil service regulations? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/10/12)
Let us now praise a lone Hawaii voice fighting for open records (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/10/12)
Abercrombie: UH School of Travel Industry Management will stay independent (Pacific Business News, 4/6/12)
Video: Abercrombie signs historic land agreement (Hawaii News Now, 4/5/12)
Abercrombie to sign ceded lands settlement bill (Maui Now, 4/4/12)
Neil’s latest gaffe (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/3/12)
Governor nominates 7 to Hawaii Tourism Authority (Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/3/12)
Hanneman courts GOP donors on Guam (Honolulu Civil Beat, 4/2/12)
MARCH 2012
Video: Settlement approved between OHA and State of Hawaii (Hawaii News Now, 3/30/12)
Is Honolulu rail debt causing budget cuts? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/27/12)
Hawaii lawmakers revive vacation rental bill (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/23/12)
Hawaii Accountability Project — public access to information, in law (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/22/12)
Legislature may sacrifice environment for economy (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/22/12)
Commentary: Undersea cable is the wrong strategy (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/21/12)
Hawaii offers teachers a deal; union wants talks (KPUA, 3/20/12)
Drastic changes to health insurance law approved by Hawaii House committees (Watchdog, 3/20/12)
Community groups oppose Hawaii health panel nominees (CBS Moneywatch, 3/20/12)
Governor offers settlement to teachers; union wants to resume negotiations (AP, 3/20/12)
Hawaii has no more excuses for not improving accountability (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/20/12)
Civil unions return to the Hawaii Legislature (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/20/12)
Big Wind: Still the same old bill with a new number (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/20/12)
Groups say Health Exchange favors insurers (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/20/12)
Abercrombie: Teachers’ union proposal irresponsible (Hawaii News Now, 3/19/12)
Gov: No deal for HSTA with latest contract (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/19/12)
Gov calls HSTA proposal ‘fiscally irresponsible’ (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/19/12)
Consumer advocates lash out at Abercrombie appointments to health exchange board (Honolulu Star Advertiser, 3/19/12)
Battle brewing over healthcare exchange to help small businesses and people falling through the cracks (KHON, 3/19/12)
Hawaii ranks near bottom for enforcement of transparency laws (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/18/12)
All is not sunny when it comes to ethics in Hawaii (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/18/12)
List: Top 3 areas where Hawaii less accountable than other states (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/18/12)
Abercrombie lacks openness, critics say (Big Island Now, 3/16/12)
Sunshine Week sees Abercrombie’s bill dimming public access to govt records and meetings (Hawaii Reporter, 3/16/12)
Hawaii’s ‘troubled’ healthcare system (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/15/12)
Abercrombie on undersea cable bill: Opting out not an option (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/13/12)
Abercrombie appoints three Aloha Stadium Board members (Pacific Business News, 3/12/12)
Commentary: Hawaii has a fiscal problem (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/11/12)
Abercrombie signs supplemental disaster relief proclamation (Pacific Business News, 3/9/12)
GOP lawmaker reviews legislative actions at halfway point of session (Hawaii Reporter, 3/9/12)
Hail freezes over in Hawaii (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 3/9/12)
Reapportionment panel completes map quest (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/8/12)
Abercrombie says administration has overcome deficit in dollars and confidence (AP, 3/8/12)
Lingle won’t endorse until GOP convention (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/8/12)
Open government lock down (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/8/12)
Managers, supervisors among 14 state tax employees under investigation (Hawaii News Now, 3/8/12)
Abercrombie signs disaster proclamation as another storm approaches (Hawaii News Now, 3/8/12)
Hundreds of retiring public workers ‘spiked’ their pension benefits (Hawaii Reporter, 3/8/12)
Abercrombie releases $7.48M in CIP funds for school facilities (Hawaii Reporter, 3/8/12)
Hawaii flooding: Governor declares disaster on two islands (LA Times, 3/7/12)
‘Dirty 8′ erode three decades of landmark environmental law (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/7/12)
Council on Revenues increases state’s economic forecast by half percent (Hawaii Reporter, 3/7/12)
Abercrombie releases $7.5M for public schools (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/7/12)
Commentary: Gambling with paradise (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/6/12)
House advances 2012 legislative package focused on economic recovery and job growth (Hawaii Reporter, 3/6/12)
HI House okays nearly 300 bills (Hawaii Reporter, 3/6/12)
Civil Beat Poll: Honolulu voters oppose rail project (Honolulu Civil Beat, 3/5/12)
Hawaii House proposal includes gov, union leaders, on ‘Green State Bank’ Board of Directors (Hawaii Reporter, 3/5/12)
Hawaii’s past governors say no to Hoopili development (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/29/12)
Off the beat: Hiding the money clouds campaign endorsement (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/28/12)
Non-Hawaii owners of vacation rentals in uproar (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/28/12)
First ‘favored nation’ fixes hit March 1 for largest public-workers union (KHON, 2/28/12)
Windfall of tax revenue to be had without tax increase (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/26/12)
Who’s in charge in Hawaii? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/23/12)
Abercrombie’s latest water commission nominees don’t quiet uproar (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/22/12)
Governor, DOH have differing responses to same-sex marriage (Hawaii News Now, 2/21/12)
State issues mixed responses to gay marriage lawsuit (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 2/21/12)
Gov. Abercrombie: Same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional (Hawaii Reporter, 2/21/12)
Abercrombie acknowledges Hawaii same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/21/12)
Gov. Abercrombie attends US-China economic trade meetings (Maui Now, 2/20/12)
It’s time for marriage equality in Hawaii (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/18/12)
Abercrombie appoints documentary filmmaker to HI House seat (Maui Now, 2/16/12)
Governor pledges to fill inspector vacancies (Hawaii News Now, 2/15/12)
Medical marijuana under attack at Legislature (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/14/12)
Video: Abercrombie, Carlisle and Obama see approval drop in Hawaii poll (Hawaii News Now, 2/14/12)
Senate panels back land deal offered to Office of Hawaiian Affairs (Hawaii Reporter, 2/13/12)
Gambling operator: State losing millions by not legalizing gambling (KHON, 2/13/12)
HGEA frustrated over lack of progress on ‘most favored nation’ (KHON, 2/13/12)
Hawaii land question may be resolved (Courthouse News Service, 2/13/12)
Video: Hawaii Poll shows decline in support for rail project (Hawaii News Now, 2/12/12)
Former state workers say governor’s office was warned about Alexander (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/10/12)
Governor on Maui for initiatives he sought (Maui News, 2/10/12)
Governor will forward PUC appointee for Senate confirmation (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 2/9/12)
Questions raised about Abercrombie handling of PUC appointment (Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/8/12)
Governor testifies in support of ceded land settlement (Maui Now, 2/7/12)
Implications for Hawaii after California same-sex marriage ruling (KHON, 2/7/12)
Governor testifies in support of ceded lands deal (KHON, 2/6/12)
Abercrombie urges lawmakers to approve OHA settlement (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 2/6/12)
Abercrombie, Korea in smart grid development deal (Hawaii 24/7, 2/4/12)
Loophole for collective bargaining in Hawaii? (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/31/12)
GOP split over national committeeman (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/30/12)

Opinion: Teachers have lost respect in drama over labor talks (Star Advertiser, 1/25/12)
Video: Gov softens tone as state negotiates to keep Pro Bowl (Hawaii News Now, 1/24/12)
Hawaii governor’s speech addresses jobs, education (KPUA, 1/24/12)
Video: Governor hoping to keep good Pro Bowl ties with NFL (KITV, 1/24/12)
DOE: Committed to teacher evaluation program (KITV, 1/24/12)
Shared objectives with Senate draw applause (Maui News, 1/24/12)
Video: Hawaii State of the State takes a different tone this year (Big Island Video News, 1/24/12)
Abercrombie initiatives aim to strengthen economic recovery (Hawaii 24/7, 1/23/12)
Governor: A laptop for every student (KHON2, 1/23/12)
Recap: Governor wraps 2nd State of the State address (Maui Now, 1/23/12)
Full Text: Abercrombie’s State of the State speech (KHON2, 1/23/12)
Abercrombie: Clean energy crucial to Hawaii’s survival (Pacific Business News, 1/23/12)
Governor begins speech by remembering fallen HPD officers (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 1/23/12)
State of the State: “Investing now for Hawaii’s future” (Hawaii Reporter, 1/23/12)
Technology, jobs focus of Abercrombie speech (Pacific Business News, 1/23/12)
Cayetano announces run to become mayor of Honolulu (Maui News, 1/21/12)
Federal recognition for Native Hawaiians could come via Interior Dept (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/9/12)
Abercrombie on Race to the Top: Teachers Union deserves blame (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/6/12)
Council on revenues lowers economic forecast (Maui Now, 1/6/12)
Council on Revenues downgrades Hawaii forecast (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/6/12)
Hawaii teachers and state reach agreement (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/6/12)
State panel downgrades revenue forecast to 11.5% growth (Honolulu Star Advertiser, 1/5/12)
Failure to renegotiate teachers contract delays Race to the Top (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/5/12)
Gov Abercrombie seeks to add $334.7M in spending (Hawaii Reporter, 1/4/12)

Opinion: Public confidence in rail suffers yet another blow (Star Advertiser, 1/4/12)
Gov. Abercrombie appoints Tom Okamura to Statehouse (Hawaii Reporter, 1/3/12)
Civil unions should not be second-class marriages (Hawaii Reporter, 1/2/12)
Abercrombie releases CIP funds (Hawaii 24/7, 1/2/12)
Abercrombie releases funds for high-impact CIP projects across the state (Hawaii Reporter, 1/2/12)
Hawaii celebrates first civil unions (Honolulu Civil Beat, 1/1/12)

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