Voters this year will be casting ballots to fill seats for Congress, governor, lieutenant governor, state Senate and House, state Board of Education, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Honolulu mayor, City Council, Big Island Council, Maui mayor, Maui Council, Kauai mayor and Kauai Council.
|AT A GLANCE
May 22 special election to fill U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie's seat
Sept. 18 primary election
Nov. 2 general election Deadlines
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Oct. 4 general election voter registration
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Congressional candidates tone it down in latest debate
There were no fireworks at last night's televised debate in the special election for Congress, as the three top candidates chose to focus on the issues instead of sniping at each other. Former U.S. Rep. Ed Case and state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, both Democrats, and Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, took part in the hourlong debate sponsored by KITV4 and the League of Women Voters.
Congress candidate Hanabusa a power player in Hawaii politics
Colleen Hanabusa has power. The labor attorney from Wai'anae, who began her political career more than a decade ago as a dissident in the state Senate, became the first woman ever to lead a chamber of the state Legislature as Senate president.
18% of voters have already cast ballots
Just a few days into the three-week voting period, nearly one in five voters in the 1st Congressional District have mailed back their special-election ballots to the state Office of Elections.
Hanabusa defies polls, will stay in race
State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, trailing in the polls and hearing of intense pressure from national Democrats who want her to step aside, vowed yesterday to stay in the special election for Congress until the end.
Give Hanabusa credit for hanging tough
The ongoing special election for Hawaii's 1st Congressional District is a spirited race among three accomplished candidates offering voters distinct choices that mirror the national political divide.
State Republicans claim 'yes' title
The eight Republicans in the Legislature said yes to the public, yes to accountability, yes to fiscal responsibility, yes to the quality of education, yes to clean energy, yes to job creation, and yes to helping our residents and businesses cope with rising costs of living.
No quit in these candidates so far
Commentary: Well, it's become obvious that the worst fears of local Democrats are coming true. In the special congressional election for the right to succeed Neil Abercrombie — at least temporarily — in the 1st District (urban Honolulu), the tide is running in favor of Republican Charles Djou.
Old guard Democrats make play for power
With pivotal races for U.S. Congress, governor and Honolulu mayor on tap, Inouye and the Democratic regulars are making perhaps their most aggressive grab ever for all the reins of political power.
Bid to halt debates refused
Two congressional candidates excluded from televised congressional debates this week have filed federal court actions protesting the exclusions.
Obama urges Hawaii to vote for a Democrat
President Obama will appeal to Honolulu voters to choose a Democrat in the special election for Congress, as national Democrats grow increasingly alarmed that Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, a Republican, could snatch the president's hometown district.
Hannemann, Abercrombie split Hawaii voters, yet both lead Aiona
Hawai'i voters are divided between former congressman Neil Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary for governor in September, but prefer either Democrat to Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, a Republican, in the November general election, a new Hawai'i Poll has found.
Foes caught off guard, outline plan to retaliate
Opponents of same-sex marriage expressed outrage and disappointment yesterday after the last-minute revival of a civil unions bill, and said they plan to come out in force to urge Gov. Linda Lingle to veto the measure.
Ballots with only English challenged
Two voters whose native language is not English yesterday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of next month's special congressional election.