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A majority of the Supreme Court of the United States decided that it was not the court’s responsibility to overturn voting districts drawn with the intent of advantaging one party or another. Partisan redistricting, gerrymandering as its commonly known, has been a feature of American politics practically since the founding of the country.

Wayne Yoshioka

Ed Case was sworn in to the 119th Congress this month, but it isn't the Congressman's first time on Capitol Hill. Representative Case previously represented Hawaii's 2nd District for 5 years. The Conversation sat down with Case as the government shutdown approaches its 6th week and 800,000 federal workers are still going without pay.

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On Election Day 2018, Americans exercise a right of citizenship that has been evolving over the last 200 years.  When the Founding Fathers invoked ideals of liberty and justice, democracy was still under consideration as a means to get there, and, it remains a work in progress.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

2018 Election Coverage

Aug 1, 2018
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What you will find on this page is a compilation of reports and segments discussing Hawaiʻi's political landscape, voting, and the upcoming elections.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Trump v. Hawaii

Apr 25, 2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in Hawai’i’s challenge to President Trump’s latest travel ban. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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The internal investigation into the January 13th False Ballistic Missile Alert was released today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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In his first six months in office, Mr. Trump appointed a Supreme Court Justice, fired his FBI director, and withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord.  The country has new tax rules and President Trump's appointees have restructured key government agencies, or changed long held practices, all amidst allegations of collusion with the Russians and unprecedented staff turnover.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hawai‘i Republicans are feeling a lift.

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The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the latest challenge to the Trump Administration’s third version of the travel ban. Hawai‘i continues to be at the forefront of this legal challenge, and another half dozen lawsuits against President Trump’s policies. HPR Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi has more.

False Missile Alert Highlights Opening Day

Jan 19, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Legislature officially started its 29th session today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

State Department of Taxation Looks Ahead

Jan 19, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The State Department of Taxation is under new leadership and changes are being made prior to hearings on its budget.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.  

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In Tonga, a constitutional amendment proposes to transfer more power from the King to the Prime Minister. Democratic reform, according to its supporters; critics call it a power grab. More from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Dan Boylan: The Politics of Rail

Mar 22, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Honolulu Rail Transit Project is facing an April 30th deadline to come up with a funding source to complete the downtown segment of the 20-mile system.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the political stakes seem high but the decision appears to be relatively simple.

“If rail is not completed it will constitute a real embarrassment to an entire generation of Hawai’i politicians and leaders.”

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The Hawaii Democratic Party is pulling its business from First Hawaiian Bank in support of Dakota pipeline protests.  First Hawaiian’s principal shareholder is BNP Paribas, a French bank that owns 82% of the company.  BNP Paribas is one of 17 banks investing in the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has individually invested more than $400 million dollars into the project.

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While President-Elect Donald Trump has promised no new foreign business deals while he’s in office, projects already underway will go ahead, including two big developments in Indonesia. Now, Trump’s Indonesian business partner says he wants to run for President himself. More from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

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Wayne Yoshioka

Donald Trump has officially won the presidency with the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the office.  Voting proceeded mostly according to tradition… despite some efforts to persuade Republican Electoral College members to vote rogue.

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If you’ve been to the national capitol building in Washington DC, you may have admired the historic dome, or the view down Pennsylvania Avenue.  In Australia, there’s a different tradition associated with the capitol building—and it’s about to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Australia’s “Parliament House” has a unique look--patterned on a pair of boomerangs.  When it opened in 1988 the building showed a broad vision that put the parliamentary chamber and other government offices under a sweeping lawn.

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A major political surprise in New Zealand yesterday, when John Key announced his resignation as prime minister. After eight years in office, Key was widely expected to lead his National Party in elections next year...we have more from Neal Conan in today's Pacific News Minute.

Turkey, Mashed Potatoes — And a Side of Politics

Nov 24, 2016
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This Thanksgiving, some families will be getting a side of politics alongside their turkey and mashed potatoes. That’s because this year’s holiday comes on the heels of a particularly divisive election. HPR’s Molly Solomon got some tips from a professional on how to best manage divided feelings at the dinner table.

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A week from Monday, Hawai‘i County will swear in a new Mayor. But until noon that day, Billy Kenoi remains the chief executive of Hawai‘i County.  He spoke with HPR contributing reporter Sherry Bracken about his 8 years in office.

Since 2009, the current administration has completed more than 160 major projects on Hawai'i Island.  That’s more than 630 million dollars on roads, parks, sewers, housing—even rodeo arenas. Mayor Kenoi says he’s proud of the transformative nature of that spending.

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Just a few days after a controversial re-burial, activists in the Philippines are calling for the body of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos to be exhumed. Marcos died here in Hawaii in 1989 after he was ousted in the "People Power" Revolution, but, as we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, his family has found an ally in the new President of the Philippines.

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Japan’s Prime Minister will likely be the first Asian leader to meet face to face with Donald Trump since the presidential election. Shinzo Abe will see Trump next week. Other leaders in Asia are either reaching out to Trump or making plans for further communication. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was already heading to Peru for a summit meeting of leaders of APEC--the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.  Now Abe will leave Tokyo a little early and stop by New York next week to meet Donald Trump.

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Protests across the country are springing up following the election of Donald Trump. Thousands filled the streets in at least 25 US cities on Wednesday and Thursday.  Major demonstrations were focused outside Trump properties.

Activist group World Can’t Wait Hawai‘i is hosting a rally this afternoon (Friday) on O‘ahu.  Organizer Liz Rees says it was enlightening to see protests happening across the country. 

The World Can’t Wait rally against Trump’s takes place this afternoon from 4-6pm at the Entrance to Ala Moana Beach Park.

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While we held elections across the country on Tuesday, American territories in the Pacific voted as well, while the island nation of Palau awaits a final count on its Presidential Election...more from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Hawai‘i 2016 Election Results

Nov 8, 2016
Nick Yee

Follow the national election results with NPR as the story develops across the country. HPR will cover the state and local race results and post them here as they become available. 

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With little fanfare, a US Navy destroyer conducted the latest in a series of patrols around disputed islands in the South China Sea last Friday.  China protested the intrusion as "illegal" and "provocative."  As we hear from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute, it came as a new public opinion survey showed that Chinese hold a mixed view of the US.

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Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, we are now exactly two weeks away from Election Day. The results will set the tone for the next four years of government leadership in the United States. But in China, a political gathering underway this week may have an impact that lingers even longer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Presidential Debate: Oct. 19, 2016

Oct 17, 2016
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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday, October 19 at 3 p.m. (HST) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, will be live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors. Follow the transcript and fact-checking on this web page, starting at 3 p.m. (HST).

Town Square: Politics and Pledge Drive

Oct 12, 2016
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We examine the future of Nationalism, changing political landscapes, and the rejection of Globalism with professor Jairus Grove.

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Town Square: Media Coverage During Elections

Sep 22, 2016
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  This week on Town Square, looking at how the media and reporters in particular cover political campaigns. Does local and National media coverage generally enlighten or confuse voters? Do reporters focus on things that help us make informed choices or do they just look for scandal and controversy? We’ll take up these questions with award-winning investigative reporter and columnist Ian Lind, long time Hawaii journalist Denby Fawcett, and Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Nick Grube.

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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made a quick stop in Hawai‘i on his way back from the G-20 Leaders Summit in China.  Lew spent Labor Day in Honolulu—where he held a roundtable discussion with some local business and community leaders.

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