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Should voters be asked to post their marked ballots online?

July 24th, 2014 · 9 Comments

An emailed “get out the vote” message from Sen. Donna Kim’s congressional campaign, via MailChimp, urges her supporters to vote early. Nothing surprising there. But then it goes on to ask that they take a photo of their ballot, and then post the picture on social media. Here’s the relevant section of the request: Does […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Elections · Politics

Pro-Israeli media bias requires search for the other side of the current conflict

July 23rd, 2014 · 11 Comments

Start your day with this haunting column that appeared yesterday in the Toronto Star (“Beautiful dream of Israel has become a nightmare“). Vancouver-based author and physician, Gabor Maté, writes: The Palestinians use tunnels? So did my heroes, the poorly armed fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. Unlike Israel, Palestinians lack Apache helicopters, guided drones, jet fighters […]

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Tags: Media · Politics

The governor’s “Yellow Cab” ad is cute but almost invites criticism

July 22nd, 2014 · 15 Comments

I’ve seen Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s latest ad on television a number of times, often appearing almost back-to-back in or around the evening newscasts. You know, the one where Neil appears as the driver of a Yellow Cab, at one time the campaign symbol associated with this once-rebel politician. It’s a cute ad, which shows off […]

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Tags: Campaigns · environment · Politics

Criminal charges filed over sunshine law violations by Florida board members

July 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

Floridians take their Sunshine Law seriously. At least that’s what I thought after seeing a news article describing the recent indictments of a former state representative and several transportation officials for sunshine law violations (“Expressway investigation finds 4 Sunshine Law violations“). Yup. Indictments returned by a grand jury. The alleged sunshine law violations involved secret […]

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Tags: Court · Politics · Sunshine

House & Senate candidates ranked by money raised so far this year

July 15th, 2014 · 3 Comments

I had a little time yesterday to take a first pass at the data for campaign funds raised during the first six months of this year (January 1 through June 30, 2014). To do this, I downloaded the updated contribution file from the portal at data.hawaii.gov (you can also reach this through the Campaign Spending […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Elections · Politics