HILO — Four gubernatorial candidates sounded off Friday evening on Big Island issues before a crowd of more than 150 at a forum sponsored by local business groups.
HILO — Incumbent County Council members held tight to the money lead in the most recent campaign finance reports, with most accepting large contributions from unions and other special interest groups, compared to smaller donations from individuals.
HILO — Two Big Island legislative incumbents are raising less money than their challengers, while most are socking away solid funding advantages over those running against them.
HILO — Once every decade, a commission is created to review and propose amendments to the county’s fundamental governing document, its county charter.
HILO — The county’s purchase of a $2.7 million Vacationland parcel from a politically connected family is ongoing, even after the land was made worthless by lava inundation.
HILO — Freebies from sister cities topped County Council members’ gift disclosures this year, with councilors also reporting peanuts, rodeo tickets and travel on their annual forms.
HILO — Challengers in some Hawaii Island political races say the public is missing out on the back-and-forth of debates and candidate forums because the incumbents are no-shows.